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…
All the thieves were cut down by Mitsuhide-san.
[MITSUHIDE]: “It’s safe no–…… gugh!!”
He sheathed his blade and tried to smile at me, but instead a pained voice was raised, and he collapsed to a knee.
[YUZUKI]: “Mitsuhide-san! If you need more blood then……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “No…… I cannot take any more blood than this without Nobunaga-sama’s permission.”
Suddenly, when I thought the bushes were shaking–
[KATSUIE]: “There you guys are!”
Katsuie-san appeared unexpectedly with a sword in hand.
[KATSUIE]: “Are you two unhur…… eh, looks like I can’t say that, but you’re safe.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Katsuie, there are thieves in the forest–“
[KATSUIE]: “Yup. Looks like it. I was a bit surprised when I bumped into them while I was chasing a boar.”
[KATSUIE]: “This girl had you, so I went back to the castle to send out an expedition unit but…… are you okay?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… I would be grateful if you could lend me your shoulder.”
[KATSUIE]: “Sure. You look like you can walk, huh.”
As I felt relieved, the three of us returned to the Oda castle together.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if Mitsuhide-san’s injury is okay……)
When dawn came, I immediately went to Mitsuhide-san’s room to see him.
[YUZUKI]: “Good morning, Mitsuhide-san. I came to see–“
[KATSUIE]: “…… Oh, you came to see him too? Come in, come in.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah! Yes, excuse me.”
I entered Mitsuhide-san’s room while being a bit surprised at Katsuie-san’s presence.
[MITSUHIDE]: “I apologize for causing you concern.”
[YUZUKI]: “Please don’t apologize for that. I was saved by you, Mitsuhide-san.”
I met eyes for an instant with Nagahide-san, who was also in the room.
[YUZUKI]: “Nagahide-san, did you also come to see him?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “No. I came to confirm the events of last night.”
[KATSUIE]: “…… You’re not very honest.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Shut up.”
At this point, footsteps were heard from outside the room–
[RANMARU]: “Mitsuhide-san, Nobunaga-sama has arrived.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, please come in.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I’m entering.”
[RANMARU]: “Ah, so this is where you were.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… m-mhm.”
Nobunaga-san glanced at me but soon turned his eyes to Mitsuhide-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “When will you be healed.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “It seems a complete recovery will take about a week, but if it is my normal duties, I can return to that in a few days.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see.”
Nobunaga-san nodded and then looked at me this time.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Here is a reward for preventing thieves from trespassing into my castle. –Take it.”
Declaring that, he took something wrapped in cloth out of his breast pocket and gave it to me.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… this is……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “–A knife.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It’s a blade for self-defense. Keep it on you. If you have a need, you are permitted to have other weapons as well. Work to your full extent as my retainer.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Also, for those who are here, I permit you to use this one’s blood if necessary. I leave the decision of when and how to use it to everyone.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Ranmaru, let’s go.”
[RANMARU]: “Yes, Nobunaga-sama!”
Indifferent to the surprise of Mitsuhide-san and me at that sudden declaration, Nobunaga-san left the room.
[KATSUIE]: “–Well, I was a bit curious before, so I’m kinda happy it’s okay for us to use it.”
Katsuie-san crossed his arms with a somewhat complicated expression. On the other hand, Nagahide-san muttered this uninterestedly.
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… It just means there’s one more option for us when a situation like this time occurs.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… I don’t mind if my blood is used.”
[YUZUKI]: “In this castle in Oda, I’m being protected by everyone. But I don’t think it’s okay if I just let myself be protected.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s why, if my blood can be of help to everyone then……”
[KATSUIE]: “I see. I get your feelings. But, well, let’s think about this kind of thing when it comes time.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Haa…… you really don’t use your head, huh.”
[KATSUIE]: “Shaddup! Come on, work is starting soon.”
As they bickered lightly like that, the two said they were returning to work and left the room. And then, in the room, only Mitsuhide-san and I remained.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Are you really agreeable to that. Your blood will now be used more than before, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes. I do feel a bit reluctant, but this is about the only way for me to be of help to everyone……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… You are strong, aren’t you.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… That’s not true. There was that time I cried because I wanted to go back to my world.”
[YUZUKI]: “And yesterday, I was really scared when I was running from the thieves… Even the time I thought I was going to be killed, I thought for someone to help me……”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m always painfully aware of just how much I’m being protected by reliable people.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… That is strength.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Facing your own weaknesses properly…… It’s almost enviable.”
Mitsuhide-san smiled and then reached for something on the desk beside him.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Would you please accept this?”
Saying that, he held out a charm.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… this is……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “As long as Nobunaga-sama needs you, I cannot help you return to your own world. However……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I pray that you return. Please accept this charm as an embodiment of those feelings.”
[YUZUKI]: “But… is it really okay?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. I would like someone like you to have it.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Thank you very much! I’ll treasure it.”
I accepted the charm firmly while being happy at Mitsuhide-san’s kindness.