Chapter 6: The Light that Leads to the World
At the end of discussions, she received permission to search for a sacred treasure, and headed to the actual place together with Nagahide.
Inside a cave and not knowing when they might encounter the Toyotomi Army… there they saw…!?
The next day after Nobunaga-san gave permission to search for the sacred treasure, Nagahide-san and I departed towards the shrine where the legend of a dragon guarding a mirror was said.
It was when close to half a day passed while I was moving on Nagahide-san’s horse–
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, over there! I can see a village.”
.[NAGAHIDE]: “…… If you can see it when you’re riding behind me, there’s no way I couldn’t have seen it, right?”
[YUZUKI]: (Haa…… ever since we set out it’s been like this. There’s been no conversations at all……)
When I sighed softly, so as to not be noticed, the horse suddenly stopped.
[NAGAHIDE]: “–Get off.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Ah, okay.”
When I got off the horse with the support of Nagahide-san, who got off first, he casually handed me the reins.
[NAGAHIDE]: “Don’t leave the horse.”
Saying that, Nagahide-san abruptly drew out his sword.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um, what’s the matter all of a sudden?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… You probably don’t know, but there’s a smell of blood coming from that village. It was probably…… attacked by yakuma.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “I’m going ahead. Keep quiet as much as possible and follow me at a distance.”
When we arrived at the village, Nagahide-san told me to standby on alert and went around looking at the houses alone.
Each time he checked a house, Nagahide-san’s expression darkened and became grim.
It was impossible for me to ask if there was anyone who was saved.
That night, due to the rain, we spent a night in the village that was attacked by yakuma.
The house that Nagahide-san found had no traces of people having been attacked at first glance, but–
[YUZUKI]: (But the people who lived here have surely……)
[YUZUKI]: “–!! Nagahide-san, right now that sound……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… So noisy. It’s just a stray dog.”
[YUZUKI]: (If that’s the case, it’s still scary though……)
As I held my knees I wanted to distract myself and so I spoke to Nagahide-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… you look like you’ve been writing in that scroll since a while ago, what is it?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… It’s a distribution map marking all the locations yakuma have appeared.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “It’s a warning to those who live in dangerous regions where yakuma tend to break out and it is to be used as a reference for moving them to safe locations that I have been making on Nobunaga-sama’s orders.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh…… Nobunaga-san gave those kind of orders……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “I don’t know how you see Nobunaga-sama, but that person takes great care of the people of his territory.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “For the sake of the people, he is looking beyond unifying the country, and trying to ascertain the yakuma’s true form.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… What’s beyond unifying the country?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Isn’t it obvious. Stability and peace.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Many of the feudal lords are fighting to be the one to rule Shinga, but to Nobunaga-sama that is nothing more than a checkpoint.”
[YUZUKI]: (He seems like the most indifferent person to stability and peace… but… I see… he’s trying to protect his territory’s people……)
Perhaps because my feelings became lighter, I gradually felt drowsy and was able to sleep a little.
–And then, the next day.
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… We’ve arrived. The rumored cave should be further in.”
[YUZUKI]: “And Himemiko-sama’s sacred treasure will be there……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… I’m going to say this now but if we encounter Toyotomi’s people the search will be stopped immediately.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… There’s a high chance of that, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Nagahide-san?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “I’m only going to say this once, so listen well. If we encounter Toyotomi people and you were to fall into their hands–“
[NAGAHIDE]: “At that time…… I will kill you before they realize the value of your blood.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Even so, will you go?”