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]: (Huff, huff…… I asked the townspeople about the place Hideyoshi-san mentioned, but is it around here……?)
[YUZUKI]: (It’d be nice if I saw someone around soon– ah!)
[TOSHIIE]: “Take that! Who’s next!!”
[YUZUKI]: (Are those… yakuma……?! At this rate, won’t Toshiie-san be in danger……!)
While Toshiie-san was mowing down yakuma one after another, several new ones appeared and tried to attack him from behind.
[TOSHIIE]: “Heh, there’s no end to these guys as usual. But– there’d be no thrill if that weren’t the case!”
[YUZUKI]: (……! He destroyed them in one attack; Toshiie-san really is strong.)
[TOSHIIE]: “Woah, you!? Why’re you here!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah…… um, I remembered Hideyoshi-san talking about this place and asked the townspeople about the way.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Oh! That’s amazing to have come after us with just that.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m sorry for deciding on my own to come here though…… Um, where’s everyone else?”
[TOSHIIE]: “I’m the only one here. The others are over ther–…… oops, crap, I went a little too far from my post……”
[TOSHIIE]: “That won’t do. First, might as well join up with Mitsunari and the others.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Toshiie! You went too far forward. Try not to leave your post to that extent– hm?”
Mitsunari-san, who was shouting at Toshiie-san, noticed me behind Toshiie-san.
[MITSUNARI]: “Wha, Why are you in this place!?”
[HANBEE]: “Wow, really~.”
In contrast to Hanbee-kun who greeted me with a smile, Mitsunari-san looked at me with a stern expression.
[MITSUNARI]: “I already explained the dangers of yakuma for plain humans, do you not have any brains to understand!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Even if you are the person Hideyoshi-sama is to marry, if something were to happen, what would you do!?”
I jerked and my shoulders leapt up at Mitsunari-san’s strong tone.
When I unconsciously shrunk my body, Kanbee-san broke in between me and Mitsunari-san.
[KANBEE]: “Calm down, Mitsunari. At this point, now that she is here, nothing can be done even if you say that. More importantly, we need to ensure her safety first.”
[KANBEE]: “Stand back.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah…… P-Please wait. I, I, I want to help everyone……”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… You? Please don’t talk nonsense.”
[HANBEE]: “We can’t let a girl do something dangerous~. Let us take care of this! Okay?”
[YUZUKI]: (Uu…… I thought I could do something and rushed over here without thinking but… maybe that was too silly……)
[YUZUKI]: (But, if I leave now, then I won’t know the reason why I came to this place……!)
Encouraging myself, I looked at everyone’s face one by one.
[YUZUKI]: “…… It’s true I can’t fight. But can’t my blood be of use to everyone?”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… You mean the awakening that Hideyoshi-sama spoke about. However–“
[TOSHIIE]: “Stop it, Mitsunari. Look at her eyes. It’s the same as Hideyoshi…… those are the eyes of someone who absolutely won’t yield.”
[KANBEE]: “Hm…… her ability is still unknown. This may be a good opportunity to ascertain it.”
[KANBEE]: “There is that matter with Hideyoshi-sama as well. Is it not a good idea to accept her proposal here?”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… now that you mention it, where is Hideyoshi-san?”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… He went off by himself to draw away the yakuma.”
[MITSUNARI]: “I do not think Hideyoshi-sama would be defeated by yakuma, and there is no doubt that he is planning something but…… with the numbers being as they are, I have some concerns.”
[TOSHIIE]: “I’m okay with going on a quick run though……”
[MITSUNARI]: “Absolutely not! Hideyoshi-sama’s orders were to defend this place.”
[TOSHIIE]: “…… annd, that’s what I was told.”
[KANBEE]: “…… Toshiie, how many yakuma were at the front?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Huh? I don’t remember the exact number. Most of ’em went after Hideyoshi, so there’s not that many.”
[KANBEE]: “Heh, then you still have more than enough energy, hm.”
[HANBEE]: “Ah, I see!”
In contrast to Hanbee-kun, who thumped his fist against his palm, with an expression of comprehension, the rest of us had question marks above our heads.
[HANBEE]: “Hey, Mitsunari, let’s send her to where Hideyoshi-sama is.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Excuse me? What are you saying all of a sudden?”
[HANBEE]: “I mean, Mitsunari, you’re worried about Hideyoshi-sama too, right?”
[MITSUNARI]: “Of course. When I think about how, in the worst case scenario, he could be injured then……”
[HANBEE]: “Those worries would all be resolved if she’s close to Hideyoshi-sama! Right?”
[MITSUNARI]: “That is… no, but… In this current situation, to rely on her blood is……”
[MITSUNARI]: “First of all, it is too dangerous to have her do something like going to Hideyoshi-sama alone.”
[HANBEE]: “Don’t worry! We can just have Toshiie go partway together with her.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Oh! Is it my turn!”
[KANBEE]: “According to Toshiie’s report, the yakuma remaining here are few in number.”
[KANBEE]: “If Toshiie rampages loudly and attracts the attention of the yakuma, then we should be able to send her to Hideyoshi-sama.”
[KANBEE]: “Are you uneasy without Toshiie around, Mitsunari?”
[MITSUNARI]: “T-That’s not it at all! The likes of these yakuma are not a hard battle.”
[HANBEE]: “Then it’s decided…… In other words, can we leave Hideyoshi-sama in your care?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, oh, o-okay……”
[YUZUKI]: (T-This responsibility might be heavier than I thought……)
[TOSHIIE]: “Alriiiight, everything’s settled, right! Leave it to me, I’ll make a path to Hideyoshi.”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay! Thank you, Toshiie-san.”
I rebuked my body, which was stiffening due to nervousness, and made sure to straighten my back.
[MITSUNARI]: “…… Haa, understood. Please take care of Hideyoshi-sama.”
[HANBEE]: “And please watch out for the yakuma!”
I began to run, taken along by Toshiie-san, as Mitsunari-san and the others watched us go.