Chapter 7: One Should Persist with One’s Way–
The next clue that leads to Himemiko seems to be in the Uesugi territory.
Masamune advances his army towards the Uesugi territory without delay, but a battle has started between the Uesugi Army and Takeda Army in front of their eyes!?
The light emitted from the sacred treasure pointed to the Uesugi territory.
[YUZUKI]: (Uesugi is the place that Masamune-san and the others attacked before, huh. But the tables were turned on them…)
[YUZUKI]: (For Himemiko-sama to be in the territory governed by such a strong enemy…)
.[SHIGEZANE]: “Dammit, why’d it have to be Uesugi of all things! Aren’t they the most annoying ones!”
[KOJUUROU]: “However, if that light is denoting the location of Himemiko then we cannot leave it as is.”
[KOJUUROU]: “If we obtain Himemiko’s power, then the Date Army will be able to unite Shinga…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yeah, but our enemy is that Uesugi, you know? You think they’d let us through if we said “Heyy, we’re looking for something in Uesugi lands”?”
Kojuurou-san pondered over this while crossing his arms.
[KOJUUROU]: “… We have no chance of succeeding if we invade from the front.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But there’s a high chance we’ll fail again like last time if we ambush them.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That is true…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Ahh, geez! What should we do!”
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s obvious. –We’re invading Uesugi.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Masamune, what’re you saying! The last time we ambushed Uesugi, you were on the brink of death!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “And yet you wanna attack again… this time you really might die, you know!?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. I know. That’s exactly why we’re going.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s exactly why, you say… I don’t know what to say about your “contrariness” coming this far too.”
[MASAMUNE]: “No matter what you say, I don’t plan to change my mind.”
[KOJUUROU]: “… Good gracious, a person like you…”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s inevitable though, so we’ll go with this plan.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, Kojuurou!? You serious!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Our Date Army general has decided upon that. In which case, we need to obey.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… It’s settled then.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Kojuurou, Shigezane, tell the soldiers to “make preparations to head towards Uesugi territory”.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Let’s go, Shigezane.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “… Aagh, geez! Fine! Let’s do this then!”
The two of them said that and left the room.
[YUZUKI]: (We’re really going to Uesugi’s lands…)
When I thought about it again, my anxiety descended on me in a rush. Like what if Masamune-san and the others were injured again…
Moreover, there was no way it wasn’t going to be dangerous along the way.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Masamune-san. Is it really okay?”
[MASAMUNE]: “What, are you also displeased?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, it’s not about attacking Uesugi…”
[MASAMUNE]: “Then what?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m thinking about if the group we met when we got the sacred treasure attacks again…”
[YUZUKI]: “Those people were clearly targeting me. So if you take me along, won’t they come to attack again?”
[YUZUKI]: “Because of me, Masamune-san and the others will get involved. When I think about that, I get uneasy…”
[MASAMUNE]: “–How stupid.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I said, how stupid. I wondered what you were going to say, but it was such a silly thing at this point.”
Unexpectedly, Masamune-san’s hand touched my shoulder, and I was gently embraced like that.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um… Masamune-san?”
[MASAMUNE]: “… There’s no need for you to feel uneasy.”
Masamune-san murmured this by my ear as he held me.
[MASAMUNE]: “You appeared in front of us suddenly, escaped from the castle… I’ve become considerably used to getting involved in your circumstances.”
[MASAMUNE]: “What’s with that dumb look?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Did you want me to say “you don’t have to think of it as us getting involved”?”
[YUZUKI]: “… No.”
I was surprised in spite of myself at his words that went beyond my expectations, but…
[YUZUKI]: “Because I know you wouldn’t say something like that, Masamune-san.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Heh… you understand me well, don’t you.”
Masamune-san’s expression suddenly relaxed.
At the same time I felt Masamune-san’s hand, which was on my shoulder, tighten slightly.
[MASAMUNE]: “… I thought it was only Shigezane and Kojuurou who understood me.”
[MASAMUNE]: “And I also thought it was more than enough for them to be the only ones who knew.”
[MASAMUNE]: “But, to think there was a woman who understood me to this extent.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… That might be why I’m so attracted to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Masamune-san, just now…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Ah! No, right now that was… nothing!”
[MASAMUNE]: “More importantly, tomorrow is an early day. Business has been concluded, so go back to your room and sleep! Understood?”
Masamune-san said that and turned his face away.
[YUZUKI]: (Masamune-san… thank you.)
His appearance was a little cute and, so that Masamune-san wouldn’t find out, I only smiled a little.