[NOBUHARU]: “Ha ha ha! What’s wrong, what’s wrong? Isn’t there anyone with more spirit here!?”
[NOBUHARU]: “It appears that this battle will end in our victory as well!”
.[YUZUKI]: “Nobuharu-san, you seem to be in a good mood.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hm? What’s this. You’ve come on a trip to the front lines?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes… I thought that if someone were to get hurt, I could treat them immediately.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hmm… that spirit is well and all, but…”
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “You’re wide open!”
[NOBUHARU]: “How cowardly to target a woman… I, Baba Nobuharu, shall be your opponent! DORAAGH!!”
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “GUAGH!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuhahaha! Looks like he wasn’t a serious enemy at all.”
Nobuharu-san gave a hearty laugh and then suddenly turned a serious expression to me.
[NOBUHARU]: “However, now you understand, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Understand…?”
[NOBUHARU]: “That this place is too dangerous for you. You should wait in the back quietly.”
[YUZUKI]: “… No. I don’t want to just be protected! I’m staying here!”
[NOBUHARU]: “I see… Heh, geez, what a strong-willed girl.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Alright, I won’t say anything more. But don’t leave my side. If you don’t want to die that is.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Then, let’s go! EVERYONE, FOLLOW ME!!”
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “Retreat! RETREAT!”
[NOBUHARU]: “They’re running away, huh…”
After the battle was over, I started acting at once.
[YUZUKI]: “Please say if you’re injured! I’ll treat you immediately!”
At that moment, I abruptly noticed that Nobuharu-san’s appearance was strange.
[YUZUKI]: (The battle’s over but he’s still looking grim…? I wonder what’s wrong? It can’t be…)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuharu-san, are you hurt anywhere?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hm? Me? Hahaha, even as a joke it’s not laughable.”
[NOBUHARU]: “You know, I’m called something like “The Immortal” because, no matter the battlefield, I am never injured.”
[YUZUKI]: “B-But… it’s not possible to always be unhurt.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Having said that, do I look like I am injured?”
[YUZUKI]: “I can’t see any injuries, but… you might be hurt somewhere that I can’t see from the outside. Please let me inspect you a bit.”
[NOBUHARU]: “No, there’s no need. Instead of me, there are others that are–“
[YUZUKI]: “No! It’ll be over shortly, so please stay still.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Good gracious… once you suggest something you won’t listen, huh…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Alright, fine. Inspect until you’re satisfied.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you. Then please excuse me.”
I touched him above his clothes to ascertain whether or not there were any injuries or places with pain.
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m glad. There’s nothing strange in particular.”
[NOBUHARU]: “That’s what I said, right? It’s unnecessary to worry about me.”
[YUZUKI]: “But you had such a grim expression…”
He showed a moment’s hesitation and then Nobuharu-san suddenly reached out a hand to me.
And, by the time I realized it, I was embraced tightly from behind by Nobuharu-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Wh, wha!? Um… Nobuharu-san, what’s the matter!?”
[NOBUHARU]: “In this battle, there were many dangerous moments. How many times did the enemies’ blades draw near you…”
[NOBUHARU]: “I’m glad I could protect you until the end… However, I can’t let this kind of battle happen again next time.”
[NOBUHARU]: “I must obtain more strength, an overwhelming one. For that…!”
Nobuharu-san’s hand forcibly opened my collar. And then, he brought his face close to my neck.
[NOBUHARU]: “I need you…”
Those commanding and strong words seemed somewhere like he was telling himself that.
And then Nobuharu-san’s fangs sunk into my neck. My skin was broken through and my spilled blood sucked.
[YUZUKI]: (He looks aggressive but… the strength in his arms is weak. If I resisted seriously, I could escape… Maybe Nobuharu-san can’t help himself either…)
And so, I entrusted my body to Nobuharu-san.