Chapter 6: The Path To Take Should be Ours–
A direct showdown with Yukimura!
The moment the contest was thought to be ended…… yakuma appeared in the shrine.
Who was it that obtained the “sacred treasure”…!?
In the instant the Sanada Army, who was trying to secure me, and Masamune-san and the others, who were trying to force their way through, were about to clash–
Suddenly, Yukimura-san raised his voice and everyone, Masamune-san and the others, as well as the Sanada Army, all stopped moving.
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Everyone, listen.”
[YUKIMURA]: “The one the “sacred treasure” chose…… wasn’t me.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “What are you saying. You’re holding the sword right now.”
[YUKIMURA]: “I… only picked it up. The “sacred treasure” fell from her hands……”
At Yukimura-san’s words, everyone’s eyes in this spot gathered onto me.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Her…? Oi, that means……”
[NOBUYUKI]: “It was not Yukimura or Date Masamune who were chosen by the “sacred treasure”……”
[KOJUUROU]: “But you……?”
[YUZUKI]: “Uhh… um……”
[YUZUKI]: (Can that be called being chosen…? I just happened to pull it out……)
I didn’t really have the confidence to state that I was chosen by the “sacred treasure” and so my words faltered.
As if he was unable to just stand and watch, Masamune-san opened his mouth.
[MASAMUNE]: “…… This girl was the only one able to touch the “sacred treasure” and the moment she touched it, it showed a reaction. This is certain.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Really! That’s awesome!”
[IMARI]: “That’s really amazing! That means you’re the one who’s worthy of meeting Himemiko-sama!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Then the one who has the right to hold the “sacred treasure” is……”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, the girl. And so, the one to decide…… is her.”
Yukimura-san stared at me. Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san too…… and everyone, stared intently at me.
By my side Masamune-san prompted me, like the time he did inside the shrine.
[MASAMUNE]: “You choose.”
[YUZUKI]: (I get to choose……)
Everything would change greatly at my choice as to whether to stay with Masamune-san’s side or go to Yukimura-san’s side.
Inside the shrine I wasn’t able to choose on the spot…… but now, I didn’t even have to think, and decided on my answer.
[YUZUKI]: “I… want to stay together with everyone in the Date Army, and in the future too.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Heh.”
Hearing my answer, Yukimura-san shrugged his shoulders.
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s mortifying, but I thought you’d say so.”
[YUKIMURA]: “The moment you were attacked by the yakuma, for an instant my attention was on the “sacred treasure” more than you.”
[YUKIMURA]: “The very moment when I took the “sacred treasure” and not you and came out from that shrine…… the contest was already over.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Brother, everyone, I’m sorry. I lost this match.”
[YUKIMURA]: “And I want to accept this result. I don’t want to do something like using brute force to take her and the “sacred treasure”.”
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Is that agreeable?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “…… I’m reluctant but nothing can be done. The general of the Sanada Army is you. We should proceed with doing it your way.”
With Nobuyuki-san starting it, everyone in the Sanada Army nodded at Yukimura-san’s words.
[YUKIMURA]: “Thanks, everyone.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Here, this should be with you.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If you had kept silent you might have been able to obtain both. Foolish man.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Maybe. But this is my way of doing things.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Even if I were to win, I definitely don’t want to do things that I don’t believe to be right.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t think a general who can’t tell lies will survive in this world of warring states.”
[YUKIMURA]: “I’ll show you that I can survive. One day, I’ll get that girl from you by doing things my way.”
[YUKIMURA]: “So you should prepare yourself… for that time.”
Yukimura-san gave a gentle smile. However, Masamune-san stood in front of me and hid me from Yukimura-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t plan on fighting against an annoying man like you ever again.”
Masamune-san reached for the “sacred treasure” that Yukimura-san held out.
[SHIGEZANE]: “With this… we’ll have Yuzuki-san and the “sacred treasure”, a clue connected to Himemiko, both in the Date Army.”
[IMARI]: “Yes! Let’s go search for Himemiko-sama!”
While Shigezane-san and Imari-kun exchanged words, Masamune-san grabbed the “sacred treasure”–
[KOJUUROU]: “–MASAMUNE, WATCH OUT!”
Suddenly, Kojuurou-san shoved Masamune-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “Kojuurou!? What are you……”
[KOJUUROU]: “Gugh, urk……!?”
Kojuurou-san grimaced. From his mouth, a line of fresh blood ran down.
In his back that had protected Masamune-san there were multiple arrows, which had come flying from somewhere, pierced deeply into him.
I ran over to Kojuurou-san who collapsed on the spot. During that, Masamune-san and the others, and everyone in the Sanada Army, drew their weapons and entered a battle stance.
[SASUKE]: “Hey, this is bad! We’re surrounded!”
Before we realized, we were surrounded by an unidentifiable group holding weapons.
[MASAMUNE]: “These guys… what exactly……”