Chapter 2: The Wonderful World of Shinga
Nobunaga ordered Mitsuhide to be in charge of her studies about the world of Shinga.
She learned how to read letters and toured the town around the castle, but…
Taken by Ranmaru-kun, I came to Nobunaga-san’s room.
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, preparations have been made to head into town.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see…… And, why are you here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… umm……”
.[RANMARU]: “Because she’s spent a while in this castle, I thought this would be a change of pace and invited her.”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, will you allow her to accompany us?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Do as you please.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… t-thank you very much!”
[RANMARU]: “Aren’t you glad.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yeah. Thank you, Ranmaru-kun.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh? When did you become close to Ranmaru.”
[RANMARU]: “It was after she had finished studying with Mitsuhide-san, I spoke to her a little bit and asked her not to be so careful around me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Though I’d be happy if, Ranmaru, you also talked to me more informally……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It is not that Ranmaru is placing distance between you two, or being careful of you. It is his habit. Do not mind it.”
[YUZUKI]: “Is that how it is……”
[RANMARU]: “Yes! Please don’t worry about it. But if you insist no matter what then I will try cooperating……”
[YUZUKI]: “Don’t force yourself. I just didn’t want you being formal around me. If this is easier for you to talk to me with, then we’ll keep it this way.”
[RANMARU]: “I understand, thank you.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Well, as long as you do not defy me, Ranmaru should not treat you roughly. He will also be a good person to talk to.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Now, the horses should be prepared already. Let us go to the town soon.”
When we went outside, Mitsuhide-san was there, and three horses were prepared.
Quickly, Nobunaga-san went to one horse and straddled it, looking noble.
[YUZUKI]: (I should have expected it…… He looks good……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “–Oi. I suppose you cannot ride a horse, hm. You will come with me.”
I timidly reached out my hand to his extended one. When I did, he pulled me up onto the horse powerfully.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do not touch the reins.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay. But if I don’t have anything to hold onto……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “That won’t be a problem.”
Saying that, Nobunaga-san wrapped an arm around my waist and held me.
[YUZUKI]: (…… !!)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… You have a slender chest. It’s so delicate that it seems like even if I were to use the slightest force, it would break.”
[YUZUKI]: (He doesn’t have to say such scary things when it’s also my first time riding a horse……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru, Mitsuhide. Let’s go.”
[RANMARU & MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, my lord!”
Indifferent to my trembling, Nobunaga-san made his horse run.
When we reached the town, Mitsuhide-san was the only one to dismount, and then he entered what seemed like a store.
Mitsuhide-san returned in a while, gripping a bundle of papers in his hands.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Nobunaga-sama, I apologize for the wait. These are reports of eyewitness testimonies from traders about yakuma.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Yaku… ma?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Show me.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Over here…… It appears that the damage has been concentrated on the road close to the western forest.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “There are also testimonies from merchants who visited today. It is almost certain they were seen in the western forest.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Ranmaru-kun. What’s a yakuma?”
[RANMARU]: “Eh…… you don’t know? Yakuma are……”
The instant Ranmaru tried to explain–
[TOWNSPERSON]: “UWAAAAAAAAGH!! YAKUMA ARE HERE!”
A person on the same street suddenly shouted. And then, on the other side, I saw something I had never seen before running towards us with great force.
[YUZUKI]: “I-Is… that… a yakuma!?”
[TOWNSPERSON]: “HIEEEEEEE! S-SOMEONE HELP!”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, I will deal with this!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa. But do not kill it; only drive it out of the town.”
[RANMARU]: “By your will!”
Ranmaru-kun slashed directly at the yakuma coming this way without any hesitation.
[YUZUKI]: “Will Ranmaru-kun be okay on his own!?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. A human would not be able to cope, but if they are of the Gekka Tribe like us–“
[RANMARU]: “Take this!”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! The yakuma is running!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “We’re chasing it!