Chapter 3: The Warm Light Dwelling in One’s Heart–
Shigezane was wounded in the yakuma extermination.
She caught a glimpse of their family-like “bond” in how Kojuurou listened calmly to the situation and admonished Shigezane and how, in his own way, Masamune showed his appreciation for others.
Shigezane-san, seeing us rush into the treatment room hurriedly, scratched his head uncomfortably.
[MASAMUNE]: “I heard you were wounded but…… are you okay, Shigezane?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “It’s not a bad wound. Everyone’s been overexaggerating.”
.[KOJUUROU]: “Indeed, judging from appearances, they seem to be scratches only. However……”
[KOJUUROU]: “You’re not one to suffer injuries from an opponent like a yakuma. What exactly happened?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s, um……”
Shigezane-san faltered and then lowered his head like that.
[YUZUKI]: (It doesn’t seem like the injuries on his body are serious but, Shigezane-san…… he seems kinda depressed?)
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Could it be you were attacked by an enemy army? If so, we need to organize our forces immediately and meet the enemy–“
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… No. All of these wounds were from the yakuma.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “When I led the soldiers to exterminate them the swarm of yakuma wasn’t very big.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I thought it was an easy victory so I… dropped my guard…… and missed seeing another swarm head towards a nearby village.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “By the time I noticed, the village was being attacked. So I left the yakuma in front of me to the soldiers……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “And jumped into the village alone.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then those injuries…… they’re from when you fought the yakuma swarm alone……?”
[YUZUKI]: (I was so scared of just one…… and he fought a swarm all by himself……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… Aa. Of course, I defeated all of them but……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Until I went, the village people… a number of them had already been attacked……”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I let our people die in vain…… ’cause I got cocky and missed the other swarm……”
Shigezane-san held his head and his eyes became damp with tears. I could tell from looking that even though his bodily wounds were shallow, the wound in his heart was deep.
[YUZUKI]: “But…… Shigezane-san, you did all that you could do, right?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, this girl is right. You did all that you could.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Even so, victims are inherent in war. Don’t blame yourself too much, Shigezane.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Masamune…… Yuzuki……”
Hearing our words, Shigezane-san lifted his head. After a while of hesitation, Shigezane-san went to nod–
[KOJUUROU]: “No, that our people were killed is your responsibility.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Oi, Kojuurou. That’s not a way to speak.”
[KOJUUROU]: “You two are being too soft. The events this time are clearly…… from your mismanagement, Shigezane.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… That… I KNOW THAT WITHOUT NEEDING TO BE TOLD!”
Shigezane-san raised his voice. I jumped and my shoulders trembled at that extreme force.
[KOJUUROU]: “I do not think you understand though. Shigezane, you neglected training yesterday too.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “T-Training has nothing to do with this!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, it does. You were overconfident in your strength and took your enemies too lightly.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That self-conceit which leads you to neglect your training is what resulted in the death of our people.”
Kojuurou-san walked closer to Shigezane-san with cold eyes.
[KOJUUROU]: “Come, you will train right now.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… Kojuurou-san! Shigezane-san is injured, you know!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “They’re not serious. The person himself said so.”
[YUZUKI]: “That might be so for his physical injuries, but……”
[KOJUUROU]: “This is a problem between us, the Date Army. My apologies, but please do not interfere.”
Having been refused bluntly and coldly, I couldn’t do anything but close my mouth.
[KOJUUROU]: “Now, let’s go, Shigezane. I will let you know just how prideful you are.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “…… Saying whatever the fuck you want. You’ll let me know, you say… You, Kojuurou?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Don’t look down on me! I’ve already been through many real battles!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Strategy may be one thing, but if it’s about fighting then I don’t need to be taught by you now, Kojuurou!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Then show me.”
[KOJUUROU]: “If you beat me in training, then I will end it immediately.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Those words…… I’ll make you regret ’em!”
The two glared at each other and then, as if fighting to be first, they exited the treatment room.
[YUZUKI]: “…… Masamune-san, is this okay? Leaving those two alone.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Are you saying I should have been Shigezane’s support and defended him from Kojuurou……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If I did that, that guy wouldn’t have been able to endure it.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… I see. By being silent, Masamune-san protected Shigezane-san’s pride.)
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san, Kojuurou-san, and even Shigezane-san, they all understand each other’s feelings……)
[YUZUKI]: (…… It looks like there’s no room for me to butt in.)
[YUZUKI]: “…… I guess I was being intrusive. Sorry.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Hm.”
Masamune-san turned his back to me and headed to the exit of the treatment room.
When I looked in the direction of his voice, Masamune-san had turned around and was looking over here.
[MASAMUNE]: “Training is starting. If you’re worried over Shigezane-san, you should go and watch.”
[YUZUKI]: (But…… if I intrude, won’t I just get in the way……)
[YUZUKI]: “Is it really okay for me to go……”
[MASAMUNE]: “If you want to go, then go.”
Masamune-san left but, as if to urge me, the door of the treatment room was left open.
[YUZUKI]: (Noticing my feelings, he told me I should go……)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Let’s go, Kojuurou!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Come at me from any direction!”
Hearing that from the door, I ran in the direction of both their voices.