Chapter 2: Plan
Her blood’s ability to “awaken” the Gekka Tribe… and then suddenly being told to become a bride!?
While being confused about all these events, reports about the appearance of fiendish creatures called yakuma come to Hideyoshi…!
[YUZUKI]: (I want to try talking properly with Hideyoshi-san once more……)
As I tentatively headed towards the main hall, Hideyoshi-san and the others came into my vision, walking down the hall just like me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “They haven’t come to the village yet, right? Then let’s hold them back before that.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Understood. Preparations have been made for our departure.”
[YUZUKI]: (……? They seem to be in a rush……)
Hideyoshi-san and the others were acting differently, but when Hideyoshi-san noticed me he raised a hand lightly.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yo! Welcome home~.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, uhm, yeah…… I’m back. Um, Hideyoshi-san…… I want to talk about something–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, sorry, could we leave that till later? We’re about to go and get rid of some yakuma.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mhm. I’ll listen to what you have to say after I return… Ah, or, if you would like, you could come with me?”
[MITSUNARI]: “That won’t do, Hideyoshi-sama.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ehhhh, why not. It’s close. It’s just the field right outside of town, right?”
[MITSUNARI]: “The location is not the problem. Our enemies are yakuma. To bring a human there is……”
[TOSHIIE]: “Does it reaally matter? S’not like yakuma are a big deal to us or anything.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… Certainly, if it’s us, it will not be a difficult battle. However, considering their nature, there is no need to purposefully tread on dangerous grounds.”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm…… are these yakuma that dangerous?”
At my question, there were many surprised looks turned my way.
[TOSHIIE]: “Wooow…… you really don’t know anything, huh.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Haa…… listen closely. Yakuma are ferocious creatures which suddenly appeared out of nowhere and eat humans.”
[MITSUNARI]: “A powerless girl like you would be an attractive prey to them.”
Unconsciously I became uneasy but, in contrast, Toshiie-san tilted his head with a blank look.
[TOSHIIE]: “But, bringing just one person like her along, wouldn’t make a difference one way or the other, right?”
[MITSUNARI]: “Toshiie…… why are you so shortsighted……!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now. I got it. If you’re going to say that much, then I won’t take her.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sorry, this time you’ll have to house-sit.”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay. I understand.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hm? Could it be that you’re sad to be alone?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no, that’s not……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, I’ll be coming back immediately so that you won’t be lonely~.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, I know. Before we return, decide on the kimono you’ll wear at the wedding~.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha!? W-What are you saying!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahaha! Anyway, we’re going now!”
[YUZUKI]: (Geez, he says whatever he wants……)
[YUZUKI]: (For some reason, now that Hideyoshi-san and the others are gone, it suddenly feels like the castle has gone quiet. It’s like I’m all alone in the world–)
Suddenly, things in my previous world were brought back into my mind. My family, my friends–.
[YUZUKI]: (If, by chance, I can’t return to my world again then……)
For a moment I accidentally thought that, and then quickly shook it off.
[YUZUKI]: (No…… when I’m alone I start thinking pessimistically. I hope everyone comes back quick– ah……)
[YUZUKI]: (Even if everyone comes back, it hasn’t been decided if I can stay here……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… So, what are you going to do? My army’s standard is that if you don’t work, you don’t eat, by the way.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I wonder what you can do to help us during battles or in coming up with strategies~?”
[YUZUKI]: (Fighting, is a little too much for me…… Even in the battle against the Oda Army, I was just getting protected by Hideyoshi-san……)
[YUZUKI]: (I even made Hideyoshi-san get hurt……)
Remembering the redness of the blood that seeped out of his injury, my body trembled.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if someone will get hurt in this battle……)
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san, Mitsunari-san, Toshiie-san, Hanbee-kun, Kanbee-san…… I don’t want to see any one of them get hurt, but…)
[YUZUKI]: (I can’t do anything–)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, no one saw the actual thing. But I drank her blood and experienced that power.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “She is special. That’s all I want you guys to understand.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s right, my blood…… There might be something I can do.)
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll try going to where Hideyoshi-san and the others are. I believe he said it was the field right outside of the town……!)