Chapter 1: Even a Chance Meeting is Due to Fate
In a hurry, everyone inside the castle were preparing for the next battle.
In a world where battles were around the corner, she started to look for something she could be even a little help with, but…
[YUZUKI]: (Ngh… mmgh…)
[YUZUKI]: (Huh, this is… Ah!)
Remembering the things that happened yesterday, my sleepy mind woke up instantly.
[YUZUKI]: (That’s right. I came to an unfamiliar world called Shinga… And then while I was thinking about what to do…)
[???]: “HYAH! HRAGH!!”
[YUZUKI]: (… I hear a voice outside. This voice… it’s Shingen-san…?)
Abruptly, the kind smile that Shingen-san showed me yesterday crossed my mind.
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t want to stay here staring out into space alone…)
Relying on the voice I was hearing, I searched for Shingen-san.
[YUZUKI]: (Erm… the voice was coming from here…)
Because it was early in the morning, there were no signs of life in the castle and, after walking around here and there, I finally came out into a place that was like a courtyard.
[SHINGEN]: “SHA! HAAAAH!!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… there he is!)
[YUZUKI]: (He’s only making practice swings but there’s so much force!)
I didn’t want to interrupt but for some reason I wanted to watch for a while, and so I quietly tried to move to the side.
But the instant I took a step, Shingen-san’s ears twitched.
[SHINGEN]: “–Oh? What, you’re awake already.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. Good morning.”
[YUZUKI]: (Come to think of it, yesterday Shingen-san said he and the others were werewolves… I wonder if their ears are good as well.)
[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for interrupting…”
[SHINGEN]: “Don’t worry about it. I was just thinking of taking a breather.”
[SHINGEN]: “By the way, how’s your body?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m fine. I slept soundly at night.”
[SHINGEN]: “Ah, that’s good. Actually, last night, I went to check in on you but at that time you weren’t moving at all.”
[SHINGEN]: “I was a bit worried whether you were alive or not.”
[YUZUKI]: (He went out of his way to check on me…)
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, Shingen-san… Ah, should I call you Shingen-sama…”
[SHINGEN]: “Haha, call me however you’d like.”
[SHINGEN]: “Oh yeah, that’s right. If you’re okay with it, how about I show you to everyone… kgh! *cough cough*…!”
Shingen-san suddenly had a painful coughing fit and I reflexively ran over to him.
[YUZUKI]: “Shingen-san, are you okay!?”
[YUZUKI]: (Should I rub his back at a time like this?)
While I panicked over what to do, Shingen-san’s coughs subsided and he smiled as if nothing had happened.
[SHINGEN]: “Sorry, my bad. I just choked a little.”
[YUZUKI]: “R-Really? If that’s all then…”
[SHINGEN]: “Ah, right. Will you let me introduce my friends? There wasn’t enough time yesterday to show everyone’s faces.”
[SHINGEN]: “Come on, over here.”
Led by a smiling Shingen-san, we went deeper into the courtyard and I could hear the sounds of something clashing violently.
[SHINGEN]: “Ohh, not bad.”
[SHINGEN]: “Right now, the one who’s lunging in is Yamagata Masakage. And the one who caught that cleanly is Baba Nobuharu-san.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Ha ha ha, not a bad stab. However, though this may be a mock battle, do not ease up. Come at me with a killing intent!”
[YUZUKI]: (K-Killing intent!)
[MASAKAGE]: “I’ve always gone at you with that! Yet I haven’t landed anything, have I!”
I looked up at Shingen-san, shocked at this dangerous conversation, but Shingen-san was unperturbed and watched over them.
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t really know but maybe this is natural for Shingen-san and the others…)
[MASANOBU]: “Stop there!”
[MASANOBU]: “… Nobuharu-san has also won today.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ahhh. Like I thought, I’m no match for Nobuharu-san, huh.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Ha ha ha. I can always be your opponent again.”
[SHINGEN]: “Yo, everyone, you’re all pretty fired up this morning.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ah, Shingen-sama! Good morning! And last night’s…”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m Yuzuki. Thank you very much for yesterday.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Hmph.”
[YUZUKI]: (Er… somehow he seems guarded against me?)
The gaze directed at me hurt and, when I quietly turned my head away, this time I met eyes with Nobuharu-san who was staring at me with immense curiosity.
[NOBUHARU]: “Hmmm. I heard from Shingen, you know? That you were on top of that unfamiliar tree when you woke up… but I can’t see you as someone who could climb such a tall tree!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, uh, um.”
[MASANOBU]: “Hey now, you two. It’s pitiful to be stared at so hard by dirty men. Especially you, Masakage. It’s not polite to glare.”
[MASANOBU]: “Sorry for scaring you. I am Kousaka Masanobu. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. It’s nice to meet you.”
[SHINGEN]: “And there’s one more. This guy is Naitou Masatoyo– er, huh?”
[SHINGEN]: “Sorry. Masatoyo, that guy, seems to have gone somewhere. Well, I can introduce him to you later–“
[???]: “Um, excuse me~…”
[MASATOYO]: “I’ve been here this entire time actually…”
[SHINGEN]: “WOAH!? Y-You were here, Masatoyo! My bad! I didn’t notice!”
[MASATOYO]: “Well, I don’t mind. This is always the case.”
[MASATOYO]: “Umm… once again, I am Naitou Masatoyo. It’s often said that my presence is weak but it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes. It’s nice to meet you.”
[SHINGEN]: “Now, I gave my name yesterday but…”
[SHINGEN]: “My name’s Takeda Shingen. I’m this Takeda Army’s general. Again, it’s nice to meet you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, it’s nice to meet you as well.”
When these rough introductions were done, Shingen-san turned to Masakage-san and the others.
[SHINGEN]: “… At any rate, you guys have been practicing pretty hard since this morning.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Of course, Shingen-sama. That’s because today is an important day!”
[SHINGEN]: “Hahaha, I see. That’s promising. Let’s go and give it to those guys today too.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yes, sir!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… is something happening today?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Huh? Something, you ask… Isn’t that obvious?”
[MASAKAGE]: “A battle, a war! Geez, this is why women are…”
[SHINGEN]: “Now then, looks like you guys can’t wait so why don’t we head soon. Let’s go and give it our all, everyone!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, u-um…”
[SHINGEN]: “Don’t look so worried. I’ll let everyone in the castle know about you.”
[SHINGEN]: “What, we’ll be back immediately. You can just take it easy and relax here.”
[YUZUKI]: (Even if he tells me to take it easy…)
As Shingen-san’s back disappeared, my anxiety became bigger and bigger–
[TAKEDA ARMY SOLDIER]: “Hey, we’re leaving for the front soon. Hurry up. Why are you carrying that stuff? Doesn’t that belong to the medical corps?”
[TAKEDA ARMY SOLDIER]: “I’ve been temporarily entrusted with it. Lately, there aren’t enough people. We’re so busy I’d even borrow the help of a cat… Alright, I’m done preparing. Let’s go.”
I suddenly heard an exchange between two people who seemed like soldiers. There was a shortage of hands… Hearing that, a feeling sprang up inside me.
[YUZUKI]: (In the end, I can’t just wait here like this… Even I should be able to help out with something. I want to be useful to Shingen-san and the others…!)
Unable to suppress my feelings, I chased after Shingen-san and the others.
(T/N: Starting from the beginning again where MC has to get everyone’s trust :’) I forgot how warm and kind Shingen is. He’s like the ideal older boyfrie– LOL.)