SNB Date ~ Chapter 3.5 ~

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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.

Chapter 3.5

[YUZUKI]: (Nnh…? What’s that, I can hear something……)

At night, I was lying down and drifting off into sleep when I woke up to a clear and ringing tone from somewhere.

.[YUZUKI]: (This is… the sound of a flute…?)

[YUZUKI]: (It’s such a beautiful sound…… when I listen to it I feel at peace……)

[YUZUKI]: (Who is it that’s blowing it……?)

Becoming curious, I got up from my futon as if lured by the sound of the flute.

[IMARI]: “Zzz… zzz… mngh……”

[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun is sleeping deeply. I need to make sure not to wake him……)

When I exited my room with soft and quiet footsteps, I started walking in the direction of the sound of the flute I could hear.

[YUZUKI]: (I think it’s around here……)

[YUZUKI]: (Hm…? Huh, over there isn’t that……)

[KOJUUROU]: “…………”

[YUZUKI]: (This flute sound…… Kojuurou-san is playing it……!)

I tried to call out to Kojuurou-san but gave up on the idea.

[YUZUKI]: (Such a beautiful sound…… it’s too nice for me to call out and interrupt it.)

[YUZUKI]: (I’ll just listen to it a bit more here.)

Eventually, at the end of a long and clear note, the flute performance ended.

[YUZUKI]: (Aah, I’d like to have listened to more.)

I was immersed in the lingering memory of that beautiful sound, when suddenly–

[KOJUUROU]: “Did I wake you?”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh…… Kojuurou-san, you noticed? That I was here……”

[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, a little while ago.”

[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for listening in……”

[KOJUUROU]: “No, I am the one who should apologize. I woke you…… It was noisy, wasn’t it?”

[YUZUKI]: “No, not at all! It was a lovely performance!”

[YUZUKI]: “You could say the tune was so calming that I ended up getting lost in them……”

[KOJUUROU]: “A calming tune……?”

Kojuurou-san’s eyes widened as if he were a bit surprised.

[YUZUKI]: “Um…… have I said something I shouldn’t have?”

[KOJUUROU]: “No, only…… you said the exact same thing Masamune said not long ago. I was surprised.”

[YUZUKI]: “Masamune-san……?”

[YUZUKI]: (Ah, could it be that… at dinner, what Masamune-san asked of Kojuurou-san was–)

[YUZUKI]: “Um, a while ago when Masamune-san said “I’m counting on that”, did he mean your flute performance?”

[KOJUUROU]: “Yes.”

[YUZUKI]: “Masamune-san likes your flute, huh, Kojuurou-san.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Likes…… I believe it is slightly different.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Whenever Masamune becomes uneasy or loses confidence in himself……”

[KOJUUROU]: “He requests a flute performance from me.”

[KOJUUROU]: “I’m certain right now Masamune…… has worries that he cannot say to anyone.”

Kojuurou-san dropped his gaze, which held sadness somewhere, to the flute in his hand.

[KOJUUROU]: “And, until I was asked to perform just now, I was unable to notice even that.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Even though it is my duty to infer that and lend aid without Masamune saying anything……”

[KOJUUROU]: “It pains me to have been unable to do that.”

Kojuurou-san, as if he were blaming himself, tightened his grip around the flute.

[YUZUKI]: “…… But Masamune-san said that Kojuurou-san’s performance was calming, right?”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s more than enough…… and counts as giving help to Masamune-san, doesn’t it?”

[KOJUUROU]: “I wonder……”

[YUZUKI]: “Moreover, you train with Shigezane-san out of consideration for him and, while keeping Masamune-san’s dignity, you help him do what he wants.”

[YUZUKI]: “You’re the only person, Kojuurou-san, who can naturally do that.”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s why I don’t think you should feel bad.”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Or something, I might be a little presumptuous here.”

When I tried saying my honest feelings, Kojuurou-san showed me a gentle smile that I had never seen before up to now.

[KOJUUROU]: “…… Thank you very much.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Because of you, I have realized something important again.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Something important……?”

[KOJUUROU]: “Yes. That, no matter what happens, I cannot be insecure.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Because in such a state I am unable to support Masamune and Shigezane.”

[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san…… you really place those two first in your thoughts, huh.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Yes. It is my duty to devote myself to the Date Army.”

At Kojuurou-san who said that without hesitation, I was a little…… just a little sad.

[YUZUKI]: (Everyone in the Date Army…… I’m sure all their members believe in each other.)

[YUZUKI]: (The bonds between the three which have been nurtured for years since they were young is amazing, but……)

[YUZUKI]: (When I think about how there’s no way for me to enter in now makes me a little lonely……)

[KOJUUROU]: “I intend to continue devoting all that I have for the Date Army, Masamune, Shigezane, and for you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… why me as well……?”

[KOJUUROU]: “It is natural. I think of you as a member of the Date Army already.”

[YUZUKI]: “Rea… lly…?”

[KOJUUROU]: “Yes…… Since you came, the Date Army has started to change in a better direction.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Masamune has not thrust people away as much as he did before.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, since then, has not neglected his practice.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Even the atmosphere in the army has changed since the time you nursed the soldiers before.”

[YUZUKI]: “I…… was I that much help? Rather, I feel like I’m just being saved all the time by everyone……”

[KOJUUROU]: “That is not the case. Until this time, the Date Army was brutal.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Because, from the start, we are smaller than the other armies and full of young people……”

[KOJUUROU]: “Everyone had become desperate to win through the wars.”

[KOJUUROU]: “This castle to date has only been a place to plan strategies and sleep in preparation for tomorrow. However–“

[KOJUUROU]: “Ever since you came, this castle has become a place for everyone to return to…… a restful house. I believe in this.”

[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san……”

[KOJUUROU]: “Therefore, you are already a presence that the Date Army cannot do without.”

My chest became tight at Kojuurou-san’s words and that kind smile.

[KOJUUROU]: “And that is why if you also have any troubles or worries, please do not hesitate to talk to us.”

[KOJUUROU]: “Because helping each other out when there are troubles is what a family does.”

[YUZUKI]: (Worries……)

One worry that I’ve constantly held in my heart suddenly crossed my mind.

[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if it’s okay to talk about it……)

[YUZUKI]: (I didn’t think they’d believe me so I’ve kept silent about that……)

[KOJUUROU]: “It seems that you have thought of something.”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes.”

I focused on Kojuurou-san’s soft gaze and resolved myself before opening my mouth.

[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san. In truth, I’m–“

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4 thoughts on “SNB Date ~ Chapter 3.5 ~

    1_chan said:
    December 13, 2017 at 15:19

    OH! There’s so much character development in this chapter and so many bonds getting strengthened. Thanks for the chapter! Our Yuzuki feels much more immersed into this (maybe it’s cuz the situation is rlly harsh lol).

      Ilinox responded:
      December 16, 2017 at 13:25

      Because the Date Army only has 3 people in it, I feel like you get more scenes with each character so it tends to make you feel closer to them. For example, there are SO many Masamune scenes, haha. But yes ;w; you really get a sense of everything they’ve been through and how strong their bonds are.

      Haha, I think in general the mood for the Date Army seems pretty grim and brutal (I mean a horse died!! Even though Nobunaga is the ruthless one we haven’t seen much about people dying or Yuzuki being treated badly ;;;;).

    ❄Save Net Neutrality!❄🌹 (@CattyFae) said:
    December 13, 2017 at 12:36

    !!!!💖✨

      Ilinox responded:
      December 16, 2017 at 13:24

      <33333 BEST MAAAAAAN!!

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