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”…!?
Masamune-san and Yukimura-san met the unidentified group.
Yukimura-san, while holding the “sacred treasure” in his left hand, wielded his spear skillfully and cut down the enemies one after another.
[YUKIMURA]: “Masamune! I’m leaving the left side to you!”
At Yukimura-san’s words, Masamune-san–
[MASAMUNE]: “Why should I lend a hand?”
Sheathing his sword, he stood quite a way behind Yukimura-san and crossed his arms.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… Masamune-san isn’t helping Yukimura-san……!?)
[YUKIMURA]: “Hey, what are you doing, Masamune! Behind! Enemies are coming!”
Masamune-san tilted his head acting like he didn’t notice the enemies behind him–
And then, in the next instant, he drew his sword and cut down all the enemies pressing in on his back.
[MASAMUNE]: “The enemies are coming, aren’t they. I’m letting them come.”
[YUKIMURA]: “What are you saying. They’re aiming at you because you’re wide open.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. The enemies aren’t idiots. If there’s an opening, or a place easy to target, they’ll come slashing.”
[MASAMUNE]: “In that case…… if I create an opening where it’s easy to attack me, they’ll come to get cut down.”
[YUKIMURA]: “You don’t have to do that if you fight from the front……”
[MASAMUNE]: “Fair and square, you mean? And then you would get tripped up. The enemy is attacking openings. For example–“
Masamune-san slashed down the enemies who came at Yukimura-san’s blind spot.
[MASAMUNE]: “Your left hand holding the “sacred treasure”. They’re aiming at that……”
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Geez. I don’t want to admit it, but it’s easy to fight together with you.”
Yukimura-san, in return, cut down the enemies who approached Masamune-san.
[YUZUKI]: (Both their personalities don’t match at all and yet… when they’re fighting, they’re perfectly in sync……)
Perhaps thinking he was no match for those two, a single soldier raised his weapon and came at me.
[YUKIMURA]: “Do they mean to take her as a hostage!?”
[MASAMUNE]: “As if I’d let them!”
Yukimura-san stabbed at the enemy and, while the enemy defended himself against the thrust spear, Masamune-san went around behind him in a smooth motion.
[MASAMUNE]: “Your back is wide open.”
In a single slash Masamune-san cut down the enemy.
[YUKIMURA]: “Haha! If we formed an alliance, we might be able to take Shinga immediately.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t plan to share Shinga with anyone.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s what I thought you’d say.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hmph, naturally.”
Yukimura-san smiled innocently while Masamune-san snorted and turned his head away.
[MASAMUNE]: “It seems like the enemy is targeting the “sacred treasure”.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah. That’s probably why they’ve just been aiming at me since a while ago.”
[MASAMUNE]: “But these guys are also trying to run off with this girl.”
[YUKIMURA]: “It can’t be that they… know about the connection between the “sacred treasure” and her!?”
[MASAMUNE]: “The moment the sacred treasure and her were together, they attacked, so that line of thought is consistent.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If that’s the case… Yukimura, let’s make it one thing that we need to protect.”
[YUKIMURA]: “What do you mean?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hand the “sacred treasure” over here. If we put together what the enemy is targeting, then it’ll be easy to meet them.”
[YUKIMURA]: “I see… Got it. Here!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Wait. If you make her hold it then it might shine again and stand out.”
The moment Masamune-san said that I had already taken the long sword from Yukimura-san.
[YUZUKI]: “It looks… okay…?”
It seemed like the dazzling light at the time I pulled out the “sacred treasure” in the shrine was currently gone.
[YUKIMURA]: “Anyway, I think there’ll be even more enemies coming after you, but don’t worry. We’ll definitely protect you!”
Masamune-san and Yukimura-san were vigilant on their surroundings, as if to protect me and Imari-kun.
[MASAMUNE]: “…… This is bad, Yukimura. The enemy has cavalry. There are horses here too. Lend me one.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Aa, got it!”
Yukimura-san whistled through his fingers and a horse came rushing over. When it came, Masamune-san sheathed his sword, placed me and Imari-kun on it, and then straddled it himself.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Huh? Why me too…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “We’re going to run at full speed. Put your hands around my waist tightly.”
I wrapped my arms around Masamune-san’s waist while being confused.
[MASAMUNE]: “Good. Now…… I’m leaving the rest to you, Yukimura!”
Yukimura-san, who had been cutting down the enemies alone, looked back and upon seeing us his eyes widened.
[YUKIMURA]: “Huh? Hey, Masamune! Where are you taking her!?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If I have this girl and the “sacred treasure”, I don’t have any more business with you. I’m running!”
[YUKIMURA]: “No way!?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Do your best to delay the enemies.”
Leaving behind a dumbfounded Yukimura-san, Masamune-san made the horse gallop and in a flash we had withdrawn from the battlefield.
[YUKIMURA]: “Did Masamune really run? That guy… just how much of a coward is he…”
Shigezane-san, who watched Masamune and the others run and Yukimura who was left behind, clapped Kojuurou on the shoulder.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Kojuurou, Masamune ran away. Is that……”
[KOJUUROU]: “Hm…? Aah, again… Good gracious, that man……”
Kojuurou sighed and then ran over to Yukimura.
[KOJUUROU]: “Hey, Sanada Yukimura.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Huh…? If I’m not mistaken, you’re Date Army’s…… uhhh.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Whoever I am doesn’t matter. More importantly, I have something to say. Lend me your ear.”
Kojuurou brought his lips to Yukimura’s ear and whispered something secretly.
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Ohh, I see. That’s how it is.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t fall.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Masamune-san, is it really okay to run? Didn’t you jump into the battlefield to help Yukimura-san……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn, even with us helping there’s, at most, three people who can fight. We’re not much help…… but look.”
Masamune-san looked behind him. Following his gaze, I turned around.
When I did, the unidentified group was separating from the Sanada Army and chasing after us.
[IMARI]: “Hiiieee!? T-This is bad! Everyone’s coming here!”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh… because their target is the “sacred treasure” and me, they’re chasing us……!”
[YUZUKI]: “If we run then we can pull away the enemy from the Sanada Army……!”
[MASAMUNE]: “It looks like you’ve come to understand a little bit of strategy.”
[IMARI]: “But if that many catch up to us then won’t we be done in for immediately……?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Those guys won’t catch up to us.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Unlike us with just a single horse and being light, if the enemy has calvary then they’ll also have heavy infantry.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If they try to make their pace uniform then they can’t catch us, but if they try to catch up then their formation will collapse.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Apparently, it looks like they’ve chosen to chase us even if it means collapsing their formation…… but, because of that, they’ve lost the advantage of being a group.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Right now, even if they catch up to us, they won’t be able to stop us with their numbers. They can easily be cut down.”
[YUZUKI]: “So this is also a clever plan, huh.”
Saying that, Masamune-san kicked the horse’s flank and increased our speed.
[YUZUKI]: “…… By the way, Masamune-san, why did you go and help Yukimura-san?”
[MASAMUNE]: “I said it, didn’t I. It was to take the “sacred treasure”.”
[YUZUKI]: “But if you just wanted the “sacred treasure”…… wouldn’t it have been more reliable to watch for an opening and rob it from Yukimura-san who was being attacked by the enemy……?”
At my words, Masamune-san went awkwardly quiet and then–
[MASAMUNE]: “…… You seem to be able to understand war too now.”
He said that in a voice that was embarrassed somewhere.
[YUZUKI]: “…… Is it because you became friends with Yukimura-san?”
[MASAMUNE]: “That is definitely not it.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I can’t find another reason……”
[MASAMUNE]: “Shut up and be quiet. Do you want to be thrown off the horse?”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… but if I’m thrown off then wouldn’t you be troubled too, Masamune-san……?”
Masamune-san seemed to have lost his words and went quiet for a while before–
[MASAMUNE]: “…… If I’m always cowardly then you won’t be able to hold your head high.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Huh?”
[MASAMUNE]: “I just thought that since you chose me and not Yukimura then I’d try to be a warlord you didn’t regret.”
On that note Masamune-san became silent as if saying that he didn’t plan on speaking anymore.
After we ran for a while, Masamune-san suddenly stopped the horse.
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s about time.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, is it okay if we don’t run?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. There’s no need anymore.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… But the enemy is still chasing us, you know?”
[MASAMUNE]: “For now, yes. However, their formation has completely collapsed. And, if the Sanada Army attacks from the side, they will be easily destroyed.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Won’t they be cautious?”
[MASAMUNE]: “There’s no need. They think I betrayed Sanada and ran.”
[MASAMUNE]: “They would never dream of something like the Sanada Army assisting us.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see…! You arranged that much with Yukimura-san and then left the battlefield, huh!”
Wow, Masamune-san really was amazing…! Is what I thought but Masamune-san tilted his head dubiously.
[MASAMUNE]: “I put into action something I thought of on the moment. Things shouldn’t have been arranged.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha…… um, hold on. Then the Sanada Army won’t be coming to help……?”
However, Masamune-san smirked boldly and leisurely waited for the pursuing enemy army.
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t worry. Kojuurou and Shigezane are there.”
Masamune-san’s voice was confident about victory.
[MASAMUNE]: “I come up with clever schemes, Kojuurou changes that into a feasible strategy, and Shigezane accomplishes it. That’s how we’ve always done things up to now.”
[MASAMUNE]: “–At this point, there’s no need to arrange things.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “SANADA ARMY! ALL MEMBERS, FOLLOW MEEEEEEE–!”
The instant Masamune-san’s words ended, Shigezane-san’s voice resounded.
A large force of the Sanada Army, led by Shigezane-san, attacked the enemy’s broken formation from the side.
The enemy could not even counterattack this unexpected ambush and, in the blink of an eye, they were routed and they retreated.
[MASAMUNE]: “This is our way of doing things.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wow…… this is something that can’t be done unless they trusted each other a lot……!)
[YUZUKI]: (This is the bond of the Date Army……!)