Chapter 5: In the Darkness, the True Appearance–
They snuck into the Sanada territory, seeking the “sacred treasure”.
By chance, she was saved by the general of the Sanada Army, Sanada Yukimura, in the castle town. He hasn’t seem to noticed their true identity yet but…
After a while since we infiltrated the Sanada territory with our small numbers, we arrived near the mountain that was said to have the “sacred treasure” without being questioned by anyone.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ahead is the moutain with the “sacred treasure”, huh. We managed to come here without being found by the Sanada Army.”
[KOJUUROU]: “It was worth coming here with a handful of picked people. I hope there will be no conflicts beyond this though……”
[IMARI]: “I was so nervous about being found… that I’m kinda tired……”
.[MASAMUNE]: “…… At any rate, before we climb the mountain, we need to replenish our food and water. First, we’ll enter that castle town temporarily.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh……? We’re going to go into a town in enemy territory? Is that going to be okay……”
[MASAMUNE]: “We’re still a nameless army. Our identities shouldn’t be noticed with the villagers just seeing our faces.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Although, once I unify the country, everyone will remember our faces…… I look forward to that moment from here.”
The castle town was bustling with Sanada citizens. I walked through the crowd, my heart pounding at the thought that my true identity might be discovered.
Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san, in order to split up and complete the shopping quickly, were off on their own, and so Masamune-san and I were alone together.
Imari-kun tried to come along with me but Shigezane-san said, “Masamune will stand out too much bringing along a woman and a tanuki”, and pulled him away.
[YUZUKI]: (Still, there’s a lot of people…… if I’m not careful, I’ll get separated from Masamune-san…… wah!)
As I was about to get swept away by the crowd, Masamune-san grabbed my hand.
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t get separated. It won’t be funny if you become lost.”
Masamune-san’s large hand squeezed mine. As my heart skipped a beat at that casual action, I was drawn along like that and followed after Masamune-san’s back.
[MASAMUNE]: “Now… this should be enough for food. It’d be good if things went smoothly for Kojuurou-san and the others too…… Hm?”
[MASAMUNE]: “It seems quite noisy up ahead. Let’s be care–“
[SANADA VILLAGER]: “UWAAAAAAAAH! R-RUUUUUUUUUN!”
Suddenly, the people around us screamed and started to run.
Carried away by the crowd, my hand which had been connected to Masamune-san separated.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… where’s M-Masamune-san……!?)
I couldn’t find Masamune-san, who had been beside me, anywhere. I was jostled by the crowd of people running about trying to escape and couldn’t even search for him.
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do… what’s going on……?)
[RUNAWAY HORSE]: “Hiiihiiiin–!”
The crowd split along with a shrill neigh of a horse.
I saw a large horse running down the main street. No one was riding it and there was no one holding the reins.
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone’s running from that horse…! I have to hurry too……!)
I was about to run, thinking that, when I suddenly noticed a child who had fallen in the direction the horse was running.
The horse galloped wildly towards the sobbing child.
[YUZUKI]: (Oh no…! The horse will be there soon…! I have to help him!)
That was what I thought and I immediately dashed. Lifting up the small child, I tried to run but at that moment–
[RUNAWAY HORSE]: “Hiiihiiiin!!”
When I turned around at that shrill whinny, the horse’s hooves approached right before my eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s no use…! I can’t escape……!)
I hugged the child to my chest to protect him and curled up like that, closing my eyes tightly.
[YUZUKI]: (…… Huh? There’s no impact……?)
[???]: “Woah, woah…… calm down…… There, there, you’re a good horse, aren’t you……”
[YUZUKI]: (This voice……?)
When I timidly opened my eyes and raised my head, an unacquainted young man stood there.
The young man soothed and calmed the horse down before turning back to me.
[???]: “Are you okay? You aren’t hurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes……”
The young man held out a hand while giving a clean and refreshing smile. Unintentionally, I stared at him.
[YUZUKI]: (This person stopped that runaway horse? Wow……)
[MOTHER]: “My boy……!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… is that this child’s mother?)
The mother took back her child from me and, while crying, bowed her head again and again.
[MOTHER]: “Both of you, thank you for saving my son’s life…… thank you so much……!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no… I didn’t do anything much.”
[???]: “That’s not true. You risked yourself to save that child, didn’t you? That’s not something that can be done in the spur of the moment.”
[???]: “That’s why…… let me give my gratitude as well. Thank you very much.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh……? Why are you thanking me too?”
[???]: “Because the child you protected, his mother, and everyone living in Sanada, is my precious family.”
[YUZUKI]: (These people are his family……? What does that mean……?)
While I was perplexed by the young man’s words, Masamune-san pushed through the crowd and came.
[MASAMUNE]: “–Are you unhurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… yes. This man helped me, so I’m okay.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… I see. My troublesome girl has received your care. My thanks.”
[???]: “No. The one who was helped was me. –By the way.”
Suddenly, the young man released a cold and menacing air. I was shocked and drew closer to Masamune-san.
[???]: “Those ears of yours… you’re a werewolf, aren’t you? Could it be… you’re from another army?”
[YUZUKI]: (H-He’s suspecting us…? Maybe we got discovered……!?)
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s a rude question. When asking for someone’s name, it’s polite to give your own name first.”
Even though our identities were being suspected, Masamune-san was calm…… and talking back with an insolent attitude which, just seeing it, kept me on pins and needles.
[???]: “…… Ah, that’s certainly true. Pardon me.”
[YUKIMURA]: “I am Yukimura. Sanada Yukimura. The general of the Sanada Army.”
[YUZUKI]: (Sanada Army’s general…… wait, the most important person in the enemy army!?)
I was reflexively taken aback and looked at Masamune-san. However, Masamune-san’s disrespectful attitude didn’t crumble at all.
[MASAMUNE]: “I’m Toujirou. This is my wife.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wife…… wh-WHAA!? He means me……!?)
[MASAMUNE]: “As you can see, I am definitely a werewolf. I used to belong to the Uesugi Army.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Used to belong? Then what are you now?”
[MASAMUNE]: “I fell in love with someone I was not allowed to. And I chose this woman over my loyalty to Uesugi Kenshin.”
[YUKIMURA]: “You chose a woman over your lord and eloped…… is what you’re saying?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. Right now, my wife and I are people who are being chased.”
Yukimura-san, who was listening to Masamune-san’s words with sharp eyes, suddenly turned his gaze to me.
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Is what he says, true?”
[YUZUKI]: “U-Uhm…… that’s……”
[YUZUKI]: (Uu…… he wants me to match his story, huh……)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Y-Yes. He’s, um…… my husband.”
[YUZUKI]: (What am I saying……)
Even though it was just a lie, I felt my cheeks become hot. When they did, Masamune-san suddenly embraced my shoulders.
[MASAMUNE]: “I apologize for trespassing on your territory without permission. However, if we hadn’t done so, Uesugi’s pursuers would have killed us.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t worry. We don’t plan to overstay here. We’ll leave immediately.”
[YUKIMURA]: “…… You seem to be in a hurry.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I told you before, we’re being chased. If we stay long, it could lead to a war between Sanada and Uesugi.”
That was all Masamune-san before he pulled my arm and started walking. And then, like that, he whispered into my ear.
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Of all people, you were saved by the enemy general…… what the hell are you thinking.”
[YUZUKI]: “I didn’t know……!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Haa…… at any rate, let’s get away before we’re doubted.”
[YUKIMURA]: “–Would you please wait?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… eep.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t stop us. If we dawdle, Uesugi’s pursuers will come here–“
Facing Masamune-san, who still said his lies indifferently without his expression collapsing, Yukimura-san declared this decisively.
[YUKIMURA]: “I cannot allow you two to leave the Sanada territory.”
(T/N: I can never stop laughing at this chapter. Masamune’s lies are ridiculous and his go-to lie is always “this girl’s my wife” LOL. Also, HE’S DRAGGING KENSHIN’S NAME THROUGH THE MUD LMAO! I cannot imagine the Kenshin in this game being someone like that because he’s someone who helps anyone who asks for help. I’m sure if anyone asked to marry a girl and peace out of the army they would have been given permission.)