Chapter 3: The Art of Surviving a World of War
Nobunaga ordered Katsuie and Nagahide to train her in order to learn self-defense.
Among the ongoing uneasy days where she wondered if she would return to her original world, one day…
Having become accustomed to life in the parallel universe called Shinga, I was being taught by Mitsuhide today too about the Oda territory.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Let us stop today’s studies here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you for everything as always, Mitsuhide-san.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “No, I am the one who should be thankful. It is a delight to teach you when you are so passionate about learning.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Your passion is to an extent where I would like Katsuie to follow by example.”
It was natural to smile broadly when I was praised by Mitsuhide-san. But I couldn’t be unreservedly happy.
[YUZUKI]: (What I really want to know is about Shinga, or Himemiko-sama, or knowledge and information necessary to return to my original world……)
While I was thinking that and tidying up the books–
[MITSUHIDE]: “This is…… Nobunaga-sama.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “How is she, Mitsuhide. Has she become slightly useful?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. She is extremely passionate and rapidly becoming able to read and write.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see. But one cannot survive on knowledge alone. At the very least, she needs to be trained so that she won’t die if thrown out into the wild.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “If thrown out into the wild, you say……”
[YUZUKI]: (When this person says that, they seem like they really would throw me out and that’s scary……)
When I thought this was ominous, Mitsuhide-san, who had been thinking seriously, opened his mouth.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Understood, Nobunaga-sama. She shall also learn the skill of protecting herself.”
Indifferent to my surprise, Mitsuhide-san–
[MITSUHIDE]: “We shall start in the afternoon at once.”
–said this with a smile.
[KATSUIE]: “…… So, that’s why you called us to teach this girl how to protect herself?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. Because, presently, the Oda Army is in a strained relationship with the Toyotomi Army. It is necessary to prepare for unexpected circumstances, including the possibility of a battle……”
[KATSUIE]: “Guess so…… besides, even during normal times, public order’s gone bad due to the yakuma.”
[KATSUIE]: “And if a girl is caught by bandits or thieves, it’d be better to die than suffer through whatever they’ll do, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… is the skill of protecting myself something I’ll be able to do as well?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “If you don’t become able, we’ll be in trouble. Because that’s what Nobunaga-sama wishes.”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay. I’ll do my best.”
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t want to die until I can return to my world……)
[MITSUHIDE]: “Then I shall leave this matter to the two of you.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Ah…… please do not forget to review today’s studies as well.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I understand.”
[KATSUIE]: “Ugeh! They have you studying too…… Is that also Nobunaga-sama’s orders?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Hey. If we’re going to do it, let’s start now…… ’cause this is a bother.”
[KATSUIE]: “Ou, that’s right. Looking forward to working with you for a while.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes! It’s a pleasure to work with you as well.”