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…
Following the escaping yakuma, we dismounted and entered a forest.
For a moment we lost sight of the yakuma, but we found traces of blood and stepped even deeper into the forest.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oi, get on.”
Nobunaga-san stretched a hand out towards me.
[YUZUKI]: (When I got on earlier, there was nothing to hold onto so it was a bit scary……)
[YUZUKI]: “Uh… um, can I get on the back instead of the front?”
.[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh?…… Are you saying you wish to deflect arrows for this Nobunaga?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… deflect arrows……?”
[RANMARU]: “It’s because Nobunaga-sama is the closest one to unifying the country.”
[RANMARU]: “So, it’s not just Toyotomi who we were fighting a few days ago, but forces from every land who are aiming for his life.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “We do not know when or where an assassin will come for Nobunaga-sama’s life. Only one thing can be said–“
[NOBUNAGA]: “There is no such thing as a foolishly honest assasin who would come to kill me from the front. –If an attempt is made, they will target my back.”
[YUZUKI]: (T-That certainly might make getting on the back dangerous……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Heh. You do not want to die yet, do you? Keep silent and be protected by me, Nobunaga.”
In the end, I got on the front again, and the four of us continued deeper into the forest.
After a while, a cave came into view beyond the trees.
[YUZUKI]: (The blood continues into the cave. That must be the yakuma nest……)
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, there also seems to be a cave at the far right. How will we proceed?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru, Mitsuhide, you two go to the far right cave. I will enter this cave in front of us with this one.”
[YUZUKI]: (This one…… huh!? Me?)
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Are you certain? From the reports of the merchants, there isn’t just one yakuma like previous……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It doesn’t matter. Rather, she was brought here for this moment.”
[YUZUKI]: (What does he……)
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Understood. Let us go, Ranmaru.”
[RANMARU]: “You and Nobunaga-sama, be careful.”
Mitsuhide-san and Ranmaru-kun looked worried, but they obeyed Nobunaga-san’s orders and went to the far right cave.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Get off.”
[YUZUKI]: (Am I really going into that cave……?)
I felt reluctant, but it was also scary to be left alone in the middle of this forest–
[NOBUNAGA]: “Let’s go.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes.”
I quietly followed behind Nobunaga-san.
The moment we entered the cave, there was the sound of a groan like a beast from deep inside.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Have they sensed our presence and are coming?……”
When Nobunaga-san murmured this, he suddenly pulled me to him.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…!? U-Um……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Shoulder or neck, which do you want. Choose. I will do whichever one you want.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Are you going to drink my blood again?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Is that not your worth.”
What Nobunaga-san said before we entered the cave, that I was brought for this moment– I finally understood those words.
[NOBUNAGA]: “You look displeased.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If this frustrates you, then show this Oda Nobunaga a worth apart from your blood.”
Nobunaga-san smirked and then–
Fangs pierced my neck.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though he asked… which one……)
Together with his hot breaths, his fangs sank even deeper.
[YUZUKI]: (…… ngh!)
My body jerked and then trembled, and I unconsciously clung to Nobunaga-san’s arm. He wrapped that arm around my back.
I didn’t know whether that was to support me or whether that was to keep me from running.
I just closed my eyes tightly and endured the embarrassment. There–
[NOBUNAGA]: “………… They’ve come.”
Hearing the roars of yakuma, Nobunaga-san finally released me.
[YUZUKI]: (His appearance… again……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “You stay there.”
Hit by a sense of exhaustion, I couldn’t move even if I wanted to and so I was a bit relieved at Nobunaga-san’s words.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Now then…… come. This Nobunaga shall hunt you all personally.”
Just like that, Nobunaga-san cut down all the yakuma.
As I looked at that back, I softly touched my neck where there remained feelings from before.
[YUZUKI]: (…… In the end, I’m protected because my blood is precious.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Keep silent and be protected by me, Nobunaga.”
[YUZUKI]: (I wanted… to think he was a normally nice person……)
After that, we returned to the castle with Nobunaga-san, who killed all the yakuma, but I had mixed feelings.