[YUZUKI]: “Haa… haa… It’s surprisingly far from the castle to the main camp, huh…”
I was heading to where Shingen-san and the others were waiting at the main camp together with Masatoyo-san and the supply squad he was leading.
[YUZUKI]: “Mm, I’m okay. There’s no time to rest.”
[MASATOYO]: “You’re very dependable. It’s just a little further until the main camp. You can do it.”
[MASATOYO]: “If the morale is raised with these supplies, I’m certain we’ll win the battle this time as well.”
[MASATOYO]: “It’s very encouraging for supplies to arrive when you’re exhausted.”
[MASATOYO]: “That’s how important our role is. Let’s hurry.”
At that moment, our surroundings suddenly became noisy and tension ran through all the soldiers.
[TAKEDA ARMY SOLDIER]: “Reporting! A group of enemy soldiers is attacking!”
[YUZUKI]: “What…!? The enemy should be fighting with Shingen-san and the others…”
[MASATOYO]: “… It looks to be a detached force. I believe their goal is to cut off supplies.”
[MASATOYO]: “If we run away here, they might pursue us to the main camp. If that happens, then it will cause trouble for Shingen-sama…”
[MASATOYO]: “There’s no choice, we’ll counterattack here. We’ll defeat the enemy before proceeding!”
When Masatoyo-san made his decision, the area quickly became a battlefield.
Enemies and allies became jumbled together and a violent battle began.
And then, even to my location…
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “I won’t spare anyone whether they’re women or children! Prepare to die!!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah, ahhhhh!?”
[MASATOYO]: “Watch out!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, Masatoyo-san!? You’re hurt!?”
[MASATOYO]: “Don’t move! It’s still dangerous! Hragh!”
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “Guuagh!”
[MASATOYO]: “Stay behind me. I’ll protect you without fail.”
[YUZUKI]: “B-But Masatoyo-san… you’re hurt! We need to hurry and treat that!”
[MASATOYO]: “I’m fine. I can still move with this extent.”
[MASATOYO]: “… I let you see something embarrassing though.”
[MASATOYO]: “If it were Masakage or Nobuharu-san, they wouldn’t be scratched by this sort of thing…”
[MASATOYO]: “But don’t worry. I’ll protect you even if it takes my life.”
[MASATOYO]: “Haa… haa…! S-Somehow, we won…”
Masatoyo-san’s efforts were the reason the enemy retreated. However…
[MASATOYO]: “Gugh! … Aha, haha… how troubling. I have no strength in my arms and legs…”
[YUZUKI]: “Masatoyo-san! Those injuries are awful…! It needs medicine immediately–“
[YUZUKI]: (No, the bleeding is too bad… Medicine won’t do anything about that…)
[YUZUKI]: (… Now that it’s come to this!)
[YUZUKI]: “Masatoyo-san. Come here!”
As I supported Masatoyo-san, who couldn’t walk on his own, I moved deep into the forest.
It was quiet here and no one could see us.
There I… slowly held out my arm.
[YUZUKI]: “Drink m-my blood.”
[MASATOYO]: “But… that…”
[YUZUKI]: “Please! At this rate, Masatoyo-san, you’ll…”
[MASATOYO]: “… I understand. But a mark will stand out on your arm.”
Saying that, Masatoyo-san removed my boots and socks with slow and careful movements.
And then Masatoyo-san’s hand gently touched my foot.
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah.”
[MASATOYO]: “You’re nervous, aren’t you. Don’t worry, I will do my best so that it won’t hurt… Please relax.”
Masatoyo-san’s hand kindly stroked my foot. And then my foot was kissed.
[YUZUKI]: (…! Masatoyo-san’s fangs are… pressed into me. It’s inside…!)
It tickled a little to have my foot touched… but still, for some reason, I was struck by a warm and strange sensation in the depths of my heart.
[MASATOYO]: “… I vow to continue to protect you, now and in the future.”
[MASATOYO]: “I was given life by you, and so I need to be by your side forever.”
[MASATOYO]: “No, this is a wish from me. Please allow me to be by your side…”