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…!?
[NOBUNAGA]: “–And, did you find the ‘mirror’ you were looking for?”
The next day after we returned from our sacred treasure search– everyone was gathered, and Nagahide-san and I reported our results.
[YUZUKI]: (Somehow…… it seems like Nobunaga-san is in a good mood?)
I was curious but I answered Nobunaga-san’s question.
[YUZUKI]: “…… There was no mirror in that cave.”
A mirror guarded by a dragon– its identity was not a sacred treasure of Himemiko-sama, but a beautiful spring overlooked by a large boulder shaped like a mirror.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though we received Nobunaga-san’s permission to search and Nagahide-san went through a terrible experience…… For this to be the result……)
As my shoulders slumped, unexpected words came flying out.
[KATSUIE]: “…… Wow, it’s exactly like Nobunaga-sama said.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh……? What do you mean exactly like he said?”
[RANMARU]: “Um…… I’m sorry.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… We knew there was no sacred treasure in that cave.”
[YUZUKI]: “W-Wait a minute, please. By “we” you mean……”
[KATSUIE]: “Ah… yeahhh, sorry.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… I also knew by hearing it from Nobunaga-sama. About the spring and the nest of yakuma too.”
[YUZUKI]: “You heard… When was that……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “After I reported my pursuit of Maeda Toshiie to Nobunaga-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: (Come to think of it, I was the only one sent back to my room then……)
[YUZUKI]: “But…… if you knew that place was dangerous, why did you let me and Nagahide-san go there……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “To obtain a sacred treasure in the real sense…… No, perhaps saying “in order to awaken it” would be more correct.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Awaken… the sacred treasure?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “The knife you were awarded by Nobunaga-sama. That was the sacred treasure.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha… WHAA!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I’ve said it many times. There is no need to go and search.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “The case this time was to drive you to a wall and aim to awaken the sacred treasure you were granted–“
[NOBUNAGA]: You have a blood that is similar to Himemiko. And so I thought you would be able to handle the sacred treasure passed down through the Oda clan.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah!! So, when you talked about ascertaining my suitability……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “The training given to you by Mitsuhide and the others, everything was for this purpose.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If you were given that knife without care, it would be a problem if you committed suicide. I had to observe a human like you first.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You didn’t admit defeat to Mitsuhide and Katsuie and the others’ training. Furthermore, you showed a strong spirit when you fought against the thieves. That is why I gave the sacred treasure to you, however……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You neither tested it out nor did you draw it from its sheath.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s the reason why he talked about the knife when I was called to his room that time……)
[YUZUKI]: “So, to create an occasion you had me go search for the sacred treasure?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Exactly…… Well, there was a possibility the problem was not with you and that the knife itself was sealed somehow. –As I thought, there is nothing wrong with my judgment.”
[YUZUKI]: “But if I didn’t say I wanted to investigate the cave then… ah, no… nevermind.”
[YUZUKI]: (Because it’s him, it’s obvious he’d lead me to say I wanted to go somehow.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Heh. I see you finally understand as well.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… That’s mean! Do you know what Nagahide-san went through because of that……!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “In an emergency, it was planned for Mitsuhide to enter and help.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… No way…… Mitsuhide-san, you were with us at the time!?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “At that time, you say…… But I was following you two with soldiers ever since you two left the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: (I-It really was just me who didn’t know anything, caused a big fuss, then cried loudly…… Uugh…… how embarrassing……)
When I lowered my head to hide my burning face–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Oi, Yuzuki.”
[YUZUKI]: “–Ah, yes!”
[YUZUKI]: (Just now…… he called my name for the first time……)
While my head was thrown into a panic of surprise and happiness, I somehow listened to Nobunaga-san’s words.
[NOBUNAGA]: “In this one case, you succeeded in awakening the sacred treasure. Thank you for your and Nagahide’s services.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “A reward has been prepared corresponding to your work. At this time, it is being carried to your room. Confirm that later.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes! Thank you very much.”
[YUZUKI]: (I was tricked and went through a terrifying experience, and yet……… I wonder why I’m this happy.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Come here.”
I stepped up to him nervously and, when I kneeled down, my face was lifted as if he stroked my cheek.
Nobunaga-san’s sharp eyes looked directly at me. But strangely today I didn’t feel any fear.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Who is your lord?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… You, Nobunaga-san.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Correct. The one to devote your loyalty and blood to is I, Oda Nobunaga. Never forget that and be diligent.”
Nobunaga-san appeared to be satisfied with that and left the room.
[RANMARU]: “Thank you for all your hard work this time.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “You must still be tired, are you not? Please take it easy and rest.”
[KATSUIE]: “Nagahide, you too, don’t overdo it. Your wounds haven’t healed yet.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “You don’t have to tell me that, I’m going to fully enjoy a life of sleeping.”
[RANMARU]: “At least call it recuperating.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Nagahide-san. Thank you so much this time.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… It was nothing. I was just obeying Nobunaga-sama’s order.”
[KATSUIE]: “Oh? What’s this Nagahide, isn’t it unusual for you to be embarrassed?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Wha!? I’m not embarrassed!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Ah, you mustn’t do that, Nagahide! You have to keep still!”
[YUZUKI]: (A lot of hard and scary things happened but…… I found the sacred treasure and everyone’s here.)
[YUZUKI]: (That reminds me, what’s the reward that Nobunaga-san prepared? I hope it isn’t a weapon.)
Feeling slightly excited, I returned to my own room.