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…?
[YUZUKI]: “Masamune-san…!? Are you okay!?”
I called out in shock to Masamune-san who had suddenly collapsed.
[MASAMUNE]: “I’m… fine……”
Masamune-san tried to get up with a pained expression.
[YUZUKI]: “Please don’t force yourself up! Masamune-san, you really were unwell, huh!”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll call someone. Please lie down.”
[MASAMUNE]: “This degree… is nothing……”
[KOJUUROU]: “I heard a sound like something falling. What happened?”
Kojuurou-san, who came to check in, saw the collapsed Masamune-san and his eyes widened in surprise.
[KOJUUROU]: “Masamune…! As I thought, you’re in ill health…!”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s what it looked like; he suddenly collapsed……”
[KOJUUROU]: “Understood. Please entrust Masamune-san to me. First, I’ll have him rest in his room.”
[YUZUKI]: “Please. Once I get Imari-kun settled, I’ll come and help.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That would be a great help. Come, Masamune, we’re returning to your own room.”
Kojuurou-san pulled Masamune’s arm around his shoulders and stood up like that.
Masamune-san, perhaps because he didn’t have the energy to act tough, groaned in pain and was taken away like that.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m worried about Masamune-san but… first I have to settle Imari-kun……)
I laid Imari-kun’s body, which I had been carrying all this time, on the futon that was spread out in the room. When I did–
[IMARI]: “Uuugh…… please run away……”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Imari-kun? Are you conscious?”
[IMARI]: “Nngh……? Huh……? AH! YAKUMA!? WHERE’S THE YAKUMA!?”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s okay, Imari-kun. The yakuma are gone already.”
[IMARI]: “Huh……? Then we’re saved, right! Phew…… I’m glad we’re safe……”
[YUZUKI]: “…… I’m sorry, it’s because of me that you went through that danger.”
[IMARI]: “No, it’s not your fault!”
[IMARI]: “…… Wait, huh? This is Date’s castle, isn’t it? Meaning……”
[IMARI]: “Our escape failed, huh. I’m sorry for being so worthless……”
[YUZUKI]: “No, it’s okay, because Masamune-san said he wouldn’t put us in prison anymore.”
[IMARI]: “Really…!? I’m glad…!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Um, I’m sorry, Imari-kun. I have some place I need to go after this.”
[IMARI]: “Really? Then I’ll come with–“
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, you should rest. You’ve been unconscious until now.”
[IMARI]: “No, I’m totally fine–“
Imari-kun tried to get up but he immediately staggered and fell down onto the futon.
[YUZUKI]: “You don’t seem fine?”
[IMARI]: “Uuu…… I really am weak, I’m so sorry……”
[YUZUKI]: “Don’t mind that…… and thank you for being together with me when we left the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “It was really reassuring.”
[IMARI]: “Ehehe…… I’ll continue to be beside you in the future too……”
As he said that Imari-kun started to breathe deeply in sleep.
[YUZUKI]: (…… Now, let’s see how Masamune is doing.)
When I went to Masamune-san’s room, Kojuurou-san had a hand placed on Masamune-san’s forehead who was laid in the futon.
[YUZUKI]: “… Kojuurou-san. How is Masamune-san…?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Ah, there is nothing to worry about. It’s a simple cold.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see, I’m glad……”
[YUZUKI]: (I wouldn’t know what to do if it was a major illness……)
[KOJUUROU]: “It appears that, with his stamina having been consumed by consecutive battles, he came down with a fever after spending an entire night being rained on.”
[YUZUKI]: (If that’s the case then Masamune-san’s ill health is because of me, huh……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, is there anything I can do? I’ll help with anything.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Let me see…… then, while I get medicine, won’t you watch over Masamune?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Hm? Oh, Masamune, you’re still awake.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t…… plan to be taken care of by this girl……!”
Kojuurou-san sighed at Masamune’s obstinance and came close to me, lowering his voice.
[KOJUUROU]: “…… I believe you know this already, but…”
[KOJUUROU]: “Masamune is stubborn and pretends to be tough when people’s eyes are on him.”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s different with me and Shigezane, but when entrusted to soldiers or other vassals, he pretends to be strong and, conversely, his illness will worsen.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Therefore, please watch over him and make sure he rests obediently.”
[YUZUKI]: “But… wouldn’t me being with him be counterproductive……?”
[KOJUUROU]: “It will be fine. Masamune seems to relax his guard around you.”
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder about that……?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, I can see it.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Oi, Kojuurou……! What are you two whispering about over ther…… *cough cough*!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, that’s no good, Masamune-san. Please rest quietly.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Shut up, don’t concern yourself with me.”
[YUZUKI]: “If you rest quietly then I won’t have to be concerned.”
When Masamune-san and I had that conversation, Kojuurou-san snickered and turned his back.
[KOJUUROU]: “It appears that I have nothing to worry about with entrusting this to you. Then, I shall leave the rest to you.”