Chapter 2: What’s Captured is the Heart–
Not knowing Masamune’s plans, she attempted to escape again, but was unlucky and encountered yakuma.
At that moment, sensing danger, the one who came to narrowly save her was…?
Pulled by the hand by Masamune-san, we headed towards the castle but I suddenly noticed something.
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san’s hand… it’s strangely hot……?)
When I looked at him, while thinking this was strange, I noticed other things that were different about Masamune-san from usual.
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san is walking differently from usual…? Like he’s dizzy or unsteady.)
[YUZUKI]: (…… Maybe he’s feeling sick?)
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Masamune-san, how about resting a little?”
[MASAMUNE]: “What, are you tired already?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I’m fine but…… Masamune-san, your hand seems kinda hot and you’re walking–“
[MASAMUNE]: “Your worries are misplaced.”
Masamune-san said that, as if interrupting my words, and released our connected hands in a flash.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Kojuurou! I’ve found Masamune and her!”
[KOJUUROU]: “What! You’ve found them!? Thank god……”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… Shigezane-san! Kojuurou-san!”
From afar, I saw the two astride horses and they galloped our way.
[KOJUUROU]: “Are you two unharmed?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, we’re okay. Did you come looking for us?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yeah. ‘Cause Kojuurou kept saying he was worried. I told him to leave you guys alone though.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “‘Cause if you and Masamune both disappeared, you guys were probably having a lover’s date–“
[MASAMUNE]: “T-That could never happen!”
[MASAMUNE]: “This girl slipped out of the castle without permission so I went looking and that’s it!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Oohh? Then, Masamune, you personally went looking for her?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “And here you told us to lock her up, but you’re getting along pretty well.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Y-You’re mistaken! It’s just, I need her blood so–“
[YUZUKI]: (Why is Masamune-san trying so hard to explain himself……?)
[KOJUUROU]: “Mm…… Oi, Masamune, your clothes have blood on them. Did something happen?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hm…? Ah, this. It’s nothing. Just splash-back when I cut down yakuma in the forest.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Do you think someone like me would get injured from something like yakuma?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Good then……”
[KOJUUROU]: “However…… you were attacked by yakuma in a forest not far from the castle.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. We need to exterminate them before harm comes to the people.”
Masamune-san touched my back and pushed me towards Kojuurou-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “Kojuurou, take this girl back to the castle. Shigezane, come with me.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hm…? What do you mean by going with you?”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s obvious, isn’t it. We’re going yakuma hunting.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “You must be tired from walking around though. I can go alone, so you go back and rest.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I’m not tired. Your concern is unnecessary.”
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san intends to go exterminate the yakuma…? But he seems unwell……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Masamune-san, I think it’s best you head back and rest. You were staggering just a while ago……”
[KOJUUROU]: “…… Now that you mention it, his complexion looks bad too. Perhaps you caught a cold.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “He was walking around looking for her in the rain, right?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “It’d be weird if he didn’t get sick from that. And you were really worried, huh.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Shut up. I’m saying it’s nothing.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But you haven’t rested much at all since our last battle, right?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Seriously, I’m saying just leave it to me.”
[MASAMUNE]: “But…… passing this burden onto my vassals is setting a bad example as the general.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ahh, geez, you’re so stubborn. Kojuurou, drag Masamune back to the castle, okay.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I’ll do something about the yakuma. I’ll even take along some soldiers, so don’t worry.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hey, you guys, what are you deciding on your own……”
[KOJUUROU]: “Leave the yakuma to Shigezane. You will return to the castle and get a good rest.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Kgh…… I’m saying everything’s fine……”
As he said this reluctantly, Masamune-san started walking on the road back to the castle along with Kojuurou-san and me.
[KOJUUROU]: “Your body must be chilled. There is hot water; I will prepare it now so please wait.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Got it…… Oi, let’s go.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, okay.”
[YUZUKI]: (But… go where? I wonder if he’s going to put me in prison again……)
[YUZUKI]: “……? This room……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s your room. Use it freely.”
[MASAMUNE]: “You’re the one who asked not to be locked up anymore. Or do you want to go back to prison?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No! Please let me use this room!”
[YUZUKI]: (He actually thought about my request……)
[YUZUKI]: “But…… is it okay? I went out on my own and caused trouble……”
[MASAMUNE]: “That is true, but you’ve also saved people too.”
[MASAMUNE]: “So, this might be what you’d call thanks, or pity……”
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides, uh…… even if you were locked up, you’d run away in the end.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If that’s the case then letting you have a normal room doesn’t change anything.”
I understood his act of averting his eye awkwardly as him hiding his embarrassment.
[MASAMUNE]: “…… What are you smiling about.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh. I’m… smiling?”
[YUZUKI]: (I kinda thought Masamune-san was cute, so I just…… but I can never ever say that.)
[MASAMUNE]: “Geez. I really don’t understand… you……”
At that moment Masamune-san’s body tilted greatly.
And then he collapsed on the spot, as if crumbling down.