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!?
On a certain day, after several days had passed since we returned to the Date castle from Uesugi territory.
A letter from Kenshin-san arrived at the Date castle.
“We officially accept the alliance with the Date Army” was definitively written on that letter.
[MASAMUNE]: “It seems like the rumors were true.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what do you mean?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Uesugi is merciless towards their enemies, but they do not refuse requests for aid… that’s what I heard.”
[YUZUKI]: (I see… I didn’t know that.)
[KOJUUROU]: “I hope this isn’t the case but, Masamune, did you come up with that dangerous plan relying on just rumors!?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “What were you gonna do if we were rejected?”
[MASAMUNE]: “I’d think about it when the time came.”
When Masamune-san declared that, Kojuurou-san gave a large sigh.
[KOJUUROU]: “… Put yourself in the position of those who have to keep up with you.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Anyway, with this we can openly enter Uesugi territory. Let’s go at once; prepare yourselves.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Right. Then I shall prepare the horses…”
[YUZUKI]: (I-Is it okay for me to go too…?)
[MASAMUNE]: “Hey, what are you doing. You’re coming with us too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh…? Ah, okay! I’ll do my best not to be a burden.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Huh? What’re you saying.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If I thought you were a burden, I wouldn’t have asked you from the start.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That is correct. If you aren’t with us, we cannot reach Himemiko.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Besides, when you and Imari aren’t with us, it feels weird.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s become natural for me to go with them… everyone thinks that way.)
Feeling like I wasn’t just a tool for them to meet Himemiko-sama, and that I personally was accepted among them, I smiled and thanked them.
There was some bustle as usual and then Masamune-san, Shigezane-san, Kojuurou-san, Imari-kun, and I rode on horses and headed towards Uesugi territory.
Along the way–
[KOJUUROU]: “Masamune, should we not stop for a moment soon? If we continue proceeding without drinking any water, it will be a strain on her.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I support that. It’d be bad if she collapsed before using the sacred treasure.”
[YUZUKI]: “S-Sorry, everyone has to consider me…”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn, you’re saying that now?”
Masamune-san huffed in amusement and tied his horse to a tree. Seeing that, Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san did the same.
And then, when I was helped down from the horse, I suddenly heard something moving rapidly, like the sound of something flowing.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s from there. What is it…?)
I turned my eyes to the direction of the sound and unconsciously raised my voice.
[YUZUKI]: (What a pretty stream…! I just happen to feel thirsty too. I wonder if I can drink that water?)
I walked to the stream, curious.
The moment I was a step away, I felt a strange sensation at my feet.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? Right now… did my foot get caught in something?)
Immediately afterwards, something sliced through the air and came flying in from behind me–
[KOJUUROU]: “What happened!?”
Hearing my scream, Kojuurou-san and the others promptly came running.
[YUZUKI]: “Just now, something touched my thigh…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Uwah, you’re bleeding! Are you okay?”
[KOJUUROU]: “It seems you may have been caught in a hunting trap. There might be poison applied on it.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, there’s no numbness, so I think it’s a normal injury. It’s nothing serious.”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, it might fester if we leave it alone. Let’s treat you immediately.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Pardon me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Wah!”
Kojuurou-san easily lifted me in a princess carry and walked towards the horses.
[KOJUUROU]: “It would hurt to walk on that leg, right? Please do not strain yourself, and leave this to me.”
[YUZUKI]: “K-Kojuurou-san, I’m sorry and thank you very much…”
[KOJUUROU]: “No, there is no need for thanks.”
Kojuurou-san gave a faint smile but as soon as his eyes turned to the ground his face quickly stiffened.
I followed Kojuurou-san’s line of sight and lost my words.
[KOJUUROU]: “A type of throwing star. It appears that this was not a hunting trap but an artifical trap.”
[MASAMUNE]: “This place is still Date’s territory. I don’t remember ordering these to be set.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Then who could have…”
[KOJUUROU]: “… No, now isn’t the time to talk about that. Treatment comes first.”
[MASAMUNE]: “In that case, there’s a village ahead after we come out of the mountains. Let’s go there.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry. We have to make a stop because of me.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Don’t worry ’bout it! C’mon, let’s go.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Would you please show me your wound?”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm… ah…”
[KOJUUROU]: “What is the matter? If you do not show me your wound, I cannot treat it.”
[YUZUKI]: “R-Right. Sorry…”
I hesitated a little, feeling like it was improper to roll up my clothes and show my leg to a man, but now wasn’t the time to worry about that.
[KOJUUROU]: “… Excuse me.”
Kojuurou-san’s hand touched my thigh. I don’t know whether it was due to my nervousness or pain from the wound, but I concentrated on the sensation of where I was touched and couldn’t relax.
[KOJUUROU]: “… There, it is done.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you very much. That helped.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Now then, let’s head to the Uesugi territory without delay.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yah! Let’s slam in!”