Chapter 1: Valuable Blood
The Oda Army was heading into a battle against Toyotomi.
For some reason, Nobunaga had ordered her to accompany him to the battlefield.
It seemed like he was testing something, but what was the true motive…?
I was unable to do anything but crouch down and cover my head, but someone pulled me into them, as if to protect me from the raining arrows. Startled, I raised my head and saw–
[NOBUNAGA]: “Don’t raise your head!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Tch………… That monkey, he’d turn anything into an opportunity.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… All the arrows are in pieces. He cut them all down……)
When I looked up at Nobunaga, surprised, his arm had been pierced and blood dripped from his fingers.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah…! B-Because you protected me…… We have to hurry and treat that…!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Silence. Don’t make noise over every small thing.”
[YUZUKI]: “B-But you’re bleeding……”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, you’re injured……!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It doesn’t matter. This is the perfect moment to test this one’s blood.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru, Mitsuhide, beware a second or third wave of arrows. Go and confirm the damage.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Acknowledged.”
When the two left, Nobunaga-san sheathed his blade.
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… we need to hurry and treat your arm……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I do not need treatment. This arrow wound is nothing.”
Saying that, he ripped out the arrow in his arm.
[YUZUKI]: “Pulling it out that roughly…! You’re going to bleed more……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You will compensate the amount I lost.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh…… what do you mean by compensate……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Have you forgotten? The fact that I am a vampire?”
Nobunaga-san’s sharp eyes watched me– but the moment I understood his words, he had already grabbed my arm.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah! P-Please let me go……!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Shut up. Stop struggling.”
Nobunaga-san pressed me against a nearby tree trunk and easily stopped my movements.
When I looked up at Nobunaga-san, scared, his sharp eyes were looking down at me directly.
[NOBUNAGA]: “–Whose fault do you think it is that I suffered this wound?”
[YUZUKI]: (…… True, because I was protected I didn’t get hurt……)
And even now the blood continued to flow from Nobunaga-san’s arm.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Stay still like that.”
While I couldn’t move, as if I had been shot, Nobunaga-san buried his face somewhat forcibly into my neck.
Immediately after feeling a hot breath, a stinging pain ran through my neck.
[NOBUNAGA]: “………… ngh.”
[YUZUKI]: (He’s really… drinking… my blood……)
Whether it was fear or shame, my body stiffened and I couldn’t move a single finger.
[YUZUKI]: (E-Enough… already……)
Unable to even breathe, I tried somehow to push back Nobunaga-sama’s arm but–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Don’t get in my way.”
My left arm – the only one that was free – was immediately grabbed and I didn’t know what to do anymore.
And then, Nobunaga-san slowly – as if confirming the taste – swallowed my blood two, three times.
Abruptly, Nobunaga-san raised his head and released me. I sank to the ground, not having any strength, and when I looked up at him–
[NOBUNAGA]: “–!! T-This is……”
[YUZUKI]: (Eh…… his appearance changed!?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “My strength is overflowing, and the arrow wound has been healed in an instant. As I thought, your blood is……”
Nobunaga-san showed an unrestrained smirk, and then in that moment–
Pulling out his sword, and with that momentum, Nobunaga-san slashed the thicket beside him.
[TOYOTOMI SOLDIER]: “Guaaaaagh!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh? The monkey’s spies. Good grief…… what a shrewd man.”
[TOYOTOMI SOLDIER]: “W-We’ve been found! RETREAT NOWWW!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hmph. Do not think you can escape from me, Nobunaga.”
In an instant, Nobunaga-san closed the distance between him and the soldiers and swung his sword down without hesitation.
[TOYOTOMI SOLDIER]: “GYAAAAAAGH!”
The soldiers in that spot were cut down in the blink of an eye and, as if he were bored, Nobunaga flung the blood off his sword.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Hm. Against these foot soldiers, I cannot tell how much my abilities have risen.”
[YUZUKI]: (Even though he protected me from arrows, against enemies he really is a merciless person……)
I don’t know what would happen if I went against him. When I felt that fear once again–
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, we have finished confirming the damag–…… huh!?”
[RANMARU]: “Uwah! Nobunaga-sama, your appearance! It’s wonderful! You look amazing!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You two…… Hm…?”
[RANMARU]: “Ah…… you’ve returned to your original appearance……!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Did you perhaps drink this woman’s blood?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa. Whether it was the amount of blood or the quality… It seems the effects are short-lived.”
[RANMARU]: “I see! You brought her along because she possesses amazing blood, huh!”
[YUZUKI]: (Possesses… amazing blood? Me?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “–Now, the damage situation?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. There has not been much damage. Both Kuroda Kanbee and Takenaka Hanbee have retreated. There is no more danger.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see. We will join Katsuie and Nagahide and withdraw.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, my lord.”
[RANMARU]: “With this, the battle is over. We can return to the castle!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes.”
Special blood– while I was concerned about these words, I returned to the castle together with Nobunaga-san and the others.