Chapter 10: The Arising Tumult and Hope
In order to tie an alliance with Date, the Oda Army proceeded to the area that was once the capital.
She departed with a fleeting hope that she would obtain information about Himemiko, but what awaited her along the way was…
We stood off against the werewolf commander who suddenly appeared in front of us.
[YUZUKI]: (He has ears on the top of his head, so he must be a werewolf, right?… So, Date?)
[MITSUHIDE]: “You are…”
[???]: “What a strange coincidence to meet in this place…”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? Do they possibly know each other?)
In that moment, I saw the corner of Nobunaga-san’s mouth hook up slightly in my sight.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Both of you, please stand back.”
Mitsuhide-san continued talking as he stood in front of Nobunaga-san and me.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Why are you in this land?”
[???]: “I have no obligation to answer.”
[YUZUKI]: (The atmosphere’s a bit scary… if it ends up in a fight like this…)
When I thought I heard a voice coming from behind the commander who had just appeared, another commander showed up.
Seeing another opponent, Mitsuhide-san’s caution deepened.
[???]: “You guys are Oda’s…!… What business do you have here?”
When Nobunaga-san and Mitsuhide-san didn’t answer, he continued his words.
[???]: “I don’t know why you guys are here but it’s dangerous to stay long.”
[???]: “It’s best you leave this place quickly.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Besides, that girl’s been scared since the start and somehow I can’t bear to see that.”
It seemed that, while he was guarded against Nobunaga-san and Mitsuhide-san, he also seemed to be considerate of me.
[???]: “… Certainly, it’s not our intention to frighten a lady.”
[???]: “More importantly, our purpose here is not to fight.”
Hearing that, I could see the tension leave Mitsuhide-san’s shoulders, and I sighed in relief too.
[NOBUNAGA]: “… It appears that you are as the rumors say, Sanada Yukimura.”
At that instant, a mass of yakuma appeared together with a tremor in the earth. And, like that, they closed on us in a straight line.
[YUZUKI]: (…! It’s coming straight at us!?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Mitsuhide.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Understood. Please leave her protection to me.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Sanada Nobuyuki, is this agreeable?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Aa. Our armies may be different, but yakuma are a common foe. We should cooperate here.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Is that alright, Yukimura?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah. There’s no need to even answer, brother!”
Nobunaga-san and them stood side by side and each one slashed into the yakuma.
The fighting of the werewolf commanders were especially ferocious–
[YUZUKI]: “Who exactly are those two…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Sanada Yukimura and Nobuyuki… they are quite strong.”
[YUZUKI]: (Sanada was a famous warlord back in my original world… It’s a bit reassuring…)
However, the battle was intense and as further yakuma descended on us the situation became disadvantageous in an instant.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please fall back further!”
Mitsuhide-san, surrounded by several yakuma, continued to respond to their attacks.
Avoiding the increasing yakuma, I was gradually getting separated from Mitsuhide-san.
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do… I can’t leave Mitsuhide-san and the others, but at this rate…)
[IMARI]: “T-This… yakuma appeared, huh!”
Imari-kun jumped out of my luggage while I was troubled.
[IMARI]: “Either way, we have to run away! Come on, hurry… this way!”
Urged by Imari-kun, I escaped into a ruined building.
[YUZUKI]: “… We managed to get away somehow. I hope we’re not found like this though…”
[IMARI]: “I’m sure it’ll be okay if we stay still and hide! And I’ll protect you, so…!”
Imari-kun tried hard to encourage me.
[IMARI]: “Ermm… what can be used as a weapon…”
Saying that, Imari-kun opened the lid to his tea kettle and peered inside. When I also looked inside together with him, there was a familiar object in there–
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? T-This is…!”