Chapter 2: Good Medicine Tastes Bitter
Everyone returned home to the castle… for a brief moment. Shingen immediately went out to exterminate monsters called “yakuma”.
When she was worried about his body…
One day, several days after the yakuma extermination–
[YUZUKI]: (Erm… the room Shingen-san’s in is…)
[SHINGEN]: “Haa~, in the end my own house is the best. It feels even more relaxing after being on the verge of death.”
.[MASAKAGE]: “Shingen-sama, are your fits of coughing okay already?”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. I’ve rested properly and I’m feeling much better. Don’t worry.”
[NOBUHARU]: “That is good. We still need you to work hard as the general, Shingen.”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad. It sounds like he’s completely fine now.)
I placed my hand on the sliding screen and then breathed in deeply.
[YUZUKI]: (It’ll be okay. He should be pleased.)
Having “something” in my hands to hand to Shingen-san, I opened the sliding screen to the main hall.
[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me. Um, Shingen-san, do you have some time?”
[SHINGEN]: “Oh! It’s you. There’s no need to be so humble. Here, come over and relax with us.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay. But, before that, I have something I want to give you.”
[SHINGEN]: “Hm?… H-Hey now, this is…”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Pills!? Why do you have these!?”
[NOBUHARU]: “They aren’t things a layman should be able to make through self-studies…”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes, that’s right.”
[MASANOBU]: “That’s why we taught her how to make pills. She came and lowered her head desperately wanting to be some kind of strength for Shingen-sama, you know?”
[MASATOYO]: “Moreover, she catches on very quickly. I’m sure it is due to her passion of wanting to help Shingen-sama.”
[SHINGEN]: “… Is that how it is. You would go that far for my body…”
[MASANOBU]: “Now, Shingen-sama, this is a present a woman made with all her heart. Please down it right here.”
[SHINGEN]: “Er… even if you say that. In the end, pills are, uh…”
[NOBUHARU]: “These are pills for your sake. If you do not swallow them, I doubt the wisdom of that.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Don’t worry, Nobuharu-san! Shingen-sama is a person with a deep sense of moral obligations and empathy, so there’s no way he won’t take those!”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes, yes. If it’s Shingen-sama, he should swallow it in one gulp without hesitation.”
[SHINGEN]: “You guys… you’re absolutely enjoying this, aren’t you?”
While everyone was laughing happily, I was the only one nervous.
Shingen-san, noticing that gaze of mine, showed a wry smile.
[SHINGEN]: “… Geez, I got it. Then I’ll swallow these thaaaaankfully… nom!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah…!… H-How is it…”
[SHINGEN]: “…… Mmgh!? W-What is this! It’s super sweet!? It’s way different from my usual pills!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Huh, sweet pills?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm… actually I mixed the pills with a bit of honey.”
[YUZUKI]: “I hear that honey is good for the body and thought that if it’s sweet it’ll be easier for Shingen-san to swallow too.”
[MASAKAGE]: “What, are you familiar with medicine?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-Not exactly… I just tried to arrange and adapt the pills Masnaobu-san and Masatoyo-san taught me.”
[YUZUKI]: “And I’ve made sweets before in my home economics classes.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ah-rein.. -jee? Home economics? What the heck are those?”
While Masakage-san gaped at me and tilted his head, Shingen-san finished taking his pills completely and grinned broadly.
[SHINGEN]: “Haha. You got me with this. Anyway, it’s delicious! If it’s these pills, I could take any number of them.”
[SHINGEN]: “Thanks. To think you’d make sweet pills for me.”
[YUZUKI]: “If I was even a little helpful then I’m glad!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hmm… your importance is increasing more and more.”
[MASANOBU]: “That’s true… Hey, Yuzuki.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes… what is it?”
[MASANOBU]: “If you’d like, why don’t you become Shingen-sama’s– herbalist?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? H-Herbalist…?”
[MASATOYO]: “That’s a good idea. If it’s about making pills, we can teach her the fundamentals…”
[MASATOYO]: “Most importantly, we were just in want of a dedicated herbalist.”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes. On top of that, your tender consideration on making it easier for Shingen-sama to swallow it…”
[MASANOBU]: “Is why you are exactly perfect to be Shingen-san’s herbalist.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you! I’m really happy, but…”
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder what Shingen-san thinks…)
When I became worried and peeked over at his reaction, Shingen-san was smiling widely.
[SHINGEN]: “I’m going to ask this of you too. There’s no possible herbalist for me besides you.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-Is it really okay? Really…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much! I’ll give it everything I have and work hard!”
[SHINGEN]: “Great! From today onwards, you are the Takeda Army’s and my exclusive herbalist.”
[SHINGEN]: “You can rely on us without hesitation, so keep that in mind, alright?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes! Shingen-san, everyone, I look forward to working with you!”
[SHINGEN]: “Same, I’ll be counting on you.”
Looking at Shingen-san’s beaming smile, I felt like I finally found my own place in this world.
(T/N: Oh man, all my thanks to Garden for suggesting “herbalist” for MC’s title because pharmacist sounded too modern and weird but I was drawing a blank.)