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…
It was Mitsuhide-san who saved us when we were about to be attacked by the yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: “Mitsuhide-san! T-Thank you…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, that’s right…! Imari-kun is right beside me…!)
But when I looked to my side Imari-kun wasn’t there.
It seemed like he hid into my baggage right away.
Mitsuhide-san didn’t say anything so I felt relieved that he didn’t notice, but then–
I saw him collapse to a knee.
When I ran up to him quickly, Mitsuhide-san opened his mouth with a pained expression.
[MITSUHIDE]: “… I’m relieved… that you are unharmed…”
My heart was squeezed by Mitsuhide-san’s look as he smiled painfully.
[YUZUKI]: (He was worried about me and came looking for me…)
I was filled with gratitude and apologies.
[YUZUKI]: (Those wounds are horrible… something needs to be done…!)
I gently hugged Mitsuhide-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Please drink my blood…!”
[YUZUKI]: “… Please drink my blood and heal your injuries…!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “… But…”
I didn’t listen to Mitsuhide-san’s hesitation and held him tighter, pressing his face into my neck.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Kgh… Forgive me…!”
The moment I thought I felt pain run through my neck, Mitsuhide-san started to drink my blood as if he were unable to resist.
[MITSUHIDE]: “… ngh.”
[YUZUKI]: (… Compared to Mitsuhide-san’s wounds, my pain is nothing…)
A roar came and, when I looked at the entrance to this ruined building, there were many yakuma trying to enter in.
[YUZUKI]: “A… again, there’s so much…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please watch from there… I will end this at once.”
Saying that, Mitsuhide-san stood up in his awakened form and positioned his sword.
And then, like he said, the yakuma were cut down in the blink of an eye.
After killing the yakuma, Mitsuhide-san and I were able to safely reunite with Nobunaga-san.
Maybe due to giving too much blood, my steps were unsure and Mitsuhide-san had to support me.
[MITSUHIDE]: “I apologize deeply. My strength was insufficient and I exposed her life to danger.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I have also caused great trouble to you, Nobunaga-sama…”
Mitsuhide-san lowered his head to Nobunaga-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “It does not matter. More importantly–“
[NOBUNAGA]: “We no longer have business in these lands. We’re returning to the castle.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “… Yes, my lord!”
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um, isn’t Yukimura-san and his brother… still fighting…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “… If it is those two, then they should be fine. There are not many yakuma remaining.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Above all, my present appearance being seen may be more of a problem.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, that’s true…)
I left this area along with Nobunaga-san and Mitsuhide-san while feeling a bit apologetic.
[YUZUKI]: (The expedition this time was also quite serious… and we didn’t meet the Date Army…)
[YUZUKI]: (But I wonder what those two from the Sanada Army were doing so close to the capital…)
Although I had a lot of questions, the atmosphere right now made me hesitate to even ask.
And the words from Himemiko-sama about bringing peace to Shinga revolved inside my head.
[YUZUKI]: (Can I even do such a thing…)
Ending the expedition where many things happened, I went through the way back with overwhelmed feelings.
When we returned to the castle, Ranmaru-kun and Katsuie-san met us in front of the castle gates.
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you for coming out all this way to welcome us back.”
I was suddenly struck by how Nagahide-san wasn’t there. In addition, the expression of the two who came to greet us felt somewhat stiff.
Maybe he noticed my question, because Ranmaru-kun said this with a slightly troubled look.
[RANMARU]: “Actually, just now, Nagahide-san received a suspicious letter.”
[YUZUKI]: “A suspicious letter…?”
(T/N: Mmm, that contrast between awakened Mitsuhide (the most beautiful man–) and Nobunaga.)