SNB Oda ~ Chapter 6.4 ~

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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…!?

Chapter 6.4

[YUZUKI]: (If I’m caught by the enemy, Nagahide-san will kill me–)

Even so, will you go? Nagahide-san urged me to choose.

[YUZUKI]: (I’m sure Nagahide-san is serious…… but……!)

[YUZUKI]: “…… I’m going.”

Coming this far, I didn’t want to give up on a clue to returning home to my old world. I nodded with those feelings.

And then we stepped into the cave which was in the back of the grounds.

On the way, there were many forks in the path and so, while leaving marks so that we wouldn’t get lost, we steadily progressed deeper and deeper.

[YUZUKI]: “…… It doesn’t look like any Toyotomi people are here.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Aa. But…… it looks like guys that are just as troublesome are coming!”

[YUZUKI]: “Yakuma!?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… These guys must be the offenders who annihilated that village. Shit…… it’s dark so I can’t see far, but there’s quite a lot.”

[YUZUKI]: “D-Do we run?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Idiot, obviously! Run as fast as you can!”

[YUZUKI]: “What about Nagahide-san!?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Can’t you see you’ll be in the way! I’ll go after! At any rate, you need to run to the entrance!”

[YUZUKI]: “R-Right!”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Now, you yakuma bastards. I’ll be your opponent, so all of you bring it on!”

Behind me I could hear the sound of a sword being swung and the terrifying roars of the yakuma.

[YUZUKI]: (The only thing I can do now is not to get in Nagahide-san’s way!)

I continued running desperately back the way we came while nearly tripping in the dim light.

[YUZUKI]: “Haa, haa……! If I’ve come this far……”

I stopped and turned to look behind me.

[YUZUKI]: “…… Nagahide-san?”

There was no response. There was no indication of anyone following behind me.

[YUZUKI]: (That’s…… No way……!)

My feet moved before my thoughts did.

[YUZUKI]: “Haa, haa……!”

[YUZUKI]: (Where are you, Nagahide-san!?)

Right now, I ran back as fast I could on the path that I had just dashed through.

I ran, and ran, and when I returned to the place we encountered the yakuma–

[NAGAHIDE]: “……… kgh. Shit……”

Nagahide-san sat with his back against the wall, covered in blood and breathing weakly.

[YUZUKI]: “Nagahide-san!”

[NAGAHIDE]: “………! You, why did… you return……”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s because you weren’t following after me at all, Nagahide-san!”

Nagahide-san’s entire body was a mess and just by looking I could tell there were severe wounds here and there, and I didn’t even know where to start stopping the bleeding.

[YUZUKI]: “Why… why would you let yourself become like this…… weren’t you told that you could abandon me!”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… kugh, to swallow… those… words…… even an idiot like Katsuie… wouldn’t do that… gugh!!”

[YUZUKI]: “Nagahide-san!?”

Tears overflowed in my eyes at the sight of how even breathing seemed to hurt him.

[YUZUKI]: “Nagahide-san, please drink my blood! If you do, then those wounds will heal!”

[NAGAHIDE]: “………… won’t.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh……?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Haa. I’m saying I won’t drink.”

[YUZUKI]: “Why!?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “To heal… these wounds…… might require…… a lot of blood.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “But…… if I drink that much blood… next time you won’t… be able to run……”

[YUZUKI]: “But……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Shut up. Before other yakuma get wind of the smell of blood and gather…… run.”

[YUZUKI]: “No! I’m not going to leave you, Nagahide-san!”

[YUZUKI]: (I’m…… an idiot…… I asked for too much when we don’t even know if this is really a sacred treasure.)

[YUZUKI]: (And now, only Nagahide-san fought and might be left to die……)

When I thought this, tears of regret and apology spilled over.

[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry…… Nagahide-san……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “………… don’t cry.”

Nagahide-san stroked my head, as if worrying about me, and I unconsciously clung to his arm.

[YUZUKI]: “It’s true that the sacred treasure is something really important to me. But, right now, everyone who helped me when I came to Shinga…… you’re all as important as the sacred treasure.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “You……”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s why……! Nagahide-san, please don’t die……!”

The moment I cried that out like a prayer–

[YUZUKI]: “–!?”

My vision was suddenly flooded with light.

[NAGAHIDE]: “This…… light……”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah…! The knife that Nobunaga-san gave me is shining!”

When I pulled it out of my breast pocket, surprised, the overflowing light increased and illuminated the yakuma that were creeping up on us.

[YUZUKI]: “I-If you’re going to come then come! I’ll……!”

In order to protect Nagahide-san, who couldn’t move, I drew out the blade right away. When I did, the yakuma gave out cries that sounded like screams and ran away from the light of the blade one by one.

[NAGAHIDE]: “This light… seems to have the power to drive away yakuma.”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes…… Um, Nagahide-san, won’t you drink my blood after all?”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…………”

[YUZUKI]: “If we have this light then we won’t be attacked by the yakuma! So…… even if it’s impossible to fully recover, at least heal those wounds so you can walk, please!”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Fine. Fine, so stop crying now.”

Nagahide-san wiped my tears and then, with those fingers, brushed my shoulder.

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Bear with this for just a little bit.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay.”

When I nodded, Nagahide-san held me–

[NAGAHIDE]: “………… ngh.”

His fangs pierced my shoulder, which had been exposed by his fingers.

[YUZUKI]: (……!)

As if to console me, Nagahide-san’s hand gently stroked the back of my neck.

[NAGAHIDE]: “………… Haa…… ngh!”

[YUZUKI]: (…… He still seems to be in pain.)

[YUZUKI]: “Please drink… as much as you need……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Haa, haa….. Don’t say that, idiot. I won’t be able to hold myself back……”

Laughing weakly, Nagahide-san separated from me.

[YUZUKI]: “Your injuries……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… For now it looks like the bleeding has stopped. After, if we bind these tightly, it should hold until we reach the castle.”

[YUZUKI]: “Then let’s go back to the Oda castle right no–“

[NAGAHIDE]: “Huh? After coming this far, there’s no way we can return without confirming the truth of the rumor.”

[YUZUKI]: “But……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Lend me your shoulder instead of talking.”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, right!”

When I hurriedly supported Nagahide-san’s unsteady body, he began to walk deeper as if giving my back a push.

[NAGAHIDE]: “Now, let’s go. To bow our heads to this “mirror guarded by a dragon”.”

4 thoughts on “SNB Oda ~ Chapter 6.4 ~

    Reggie said:
    November 6, 2017 at 05:31

    About the knife….. I reread the past chapters if Nobunaga know something about the knife he gave her as to why it has power, but I guess he is not aware of it?

    “It’s true that the sacred treasure is something really important to me. But, right now, everyone who helped me when I came to Shinga…… you’re all as important as the sacred treasure.” Maybe I’m the only one who think this lines as a hurting words than a encouraging words hehehe ^^’

      Ilinox responded:
      November 6, 2017 at 16:14

      … *coughs* the next chapter will reveal some things and tie everything up neatly :’)).

      Oh wow, haha, really? Is it because she’s admitting that the sacred treasures are still really really important for her and she wants to return home still despite liking them? Kinda like how, even after all they’re been through, she still equally desires to want to go home? |D;; I read it as encouraging since from the start she’s just wanted to go home but now she finds they’re equally as important. I like your interpretation too though!

    garden said:
    November 6, 2017 at 03:15

    I’ve always wished this scene was with Mitsuhide or Katsuie instead, but now I’m so glad it’s Nagahide. he’s not very honest with Yuzuki but obviously he liked her too.

      Ilinox responded:
      November 6, 2017 at 16:12

      Hahaha, Mitsuhide already got his time back in chapter 3 |D;; but yeah I’m glad we finally got a moment with Nagahide to show that for all his show of disinterest he’s actually really considerate with Yuzuki. It was after this chapter that made me really agree with Mitsuhide about how Nagahide actually enjoys mothering / caring about people LOL.

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