Chapter 3: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way
As Shingen’s “herbalist”, she set out to search for a rare medicinal plant along with Masakage.
What was in front of them there was something more troubling than yakuma…!?
In front of our eyes, when we left the hunting hut, stood that Uesugi Army commander.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “As I thought, I was correct to return.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I am of the nature where I am not satisfied until I see the corpse. This time, I have come to stop your breathing for certain.”
Those pupils which contracted into slits held a clear killing intent.
And even though I wasn’t the one being glared at, I unconsciously trembled.
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey. I’ll do something about this, so you run away.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha… but…!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I do not mind if you run away. Even after I take care of this wild monkey, there is plenty enough time to catch you.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hah! Say that after you take my head!”
Seeing Masakage-san draw his weapons, the Uesugi Army commander also slid his sword out of its sheath.
[YUZUKI]: (For him to fight again while still being injured like that…)
No matter how I thought about it, this fight would be tough for Masakage-san who was injured.
[YUZUKI]: (If only he wasn’t injured at least… ah!)
[YUZUKI]: “P-Please wait, Masakage-san! Before you fight, hear me out.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Haah!? Why at this time! Later! Do it later!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh my, turning down a lady’s request like that. It seems it’s not just your body that is small, but also your heart.”
[MASAKAGE]: “The hell, say that again!!”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… was that a c-coincidence? Or…)
Masakage-san looked like he would spring anytime now at the Uesugi commander who pinpointed Masakage-san’s weakness and poked it–
[YUZUKI]: “You can’t! Please wait!”
Thinking that I had to stop him no matter what, I pulled as hard as I could at Masakage-san’s clothes.
[MASAKAGE]: “Guegh! Stupid, stop that! Ah, ahhh, d-don’t get that close!”
[YUZUKI]: “Anyway, listen to me!”
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-san, please drink my blood right now.”
[MASAKAGE]: “–… WHAT!?”
[YUZUKI]: “I heard that if werewolves drink the blood of a human then their injuries will heal quicker. So, please drink mine.”
[MASAKAGE]: “T-T-T-T-T-There’s no way I can do that kind of thing!”
[MASAKAGE]: “I-I’ve heard about your blood from Shingen-sama and I know that amazing things happen after drinking it…”
[MASAKAGE]: “But… drinking your blood means biting y-you, doesn’t it.”
[MASAKAGE]: “I mean, biting is basically like kissing! You don’t want a guy you don’t like doing that, right.”
[YUZUKI]: “But is there a chance you can win with your body covered in injuries?”
[YUZUKI]: “… To survive there’s no choice but to drink my blood.”
[YUZUKI]: “Please, Masakage-san! Please drink my blood.”
[MASAKAGE]: “…… Ah, dammit! Fine! If it’s like this, I’ll steel my nerves too!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Have you finished talking yet?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Shut up! Bastard, keep quiet just a little more!”
Maybe the Uesugi commander thought he could kill us at any time, and so he kept still and did not try to move.
[MASAKAGE]: “… It’ll be over soon. Just so you know though… this is my f-first time! Don’t complain even if it hurts, okay!?”
Masakage-san took a deep breath and then placed his hand on my shoulder.
[MASAKAGE]: “… I-It’s better to be gentle, huh.”
Saying that, his face slowly approached my shoulder–
[MASAKAGE]: “I’m doing it, okay?”
At the last moment he said that and then gently pressed his fangs against my neck.
Masakage-san’s fangs touched my neck, pressed in slowly, and split my skin shallowly.
Masakage-san licked the blood the welled up from the wound but–
[MASAKAGE]: “… Haa… Sorry, this isn’t enough.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay… I’m alright.”
The moment I said that, his fangs sank into my neck strongly, a complete change from before.
[YUZUKI]: “… ngh!”
Strangely, there was not much pain but I clutched Masakage-san’s arms without thinking.
When I did that, as if to comfort me, arms wrapped around my back–
[MASAKAGE]: “Mngh… this is amazing… I’m overflowing with power. Also… your skin is soft and warm… it feels nice.”
[YUZUKI]: (…! He doesn’t have to say that while biting me. It tickles.)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That’s quite an ingenuous kiss. How was your first and last taste of blood?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hah! As if I’d tell you! In the first place, I don’t have any intentions of this being the last– ngh!?”
[MASAKAGE]: “W-What the!? My body… is strange!?”
[YUZUKI]: (His appearance changed! It’s the same as Shingen-san!)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “This is… Haha, thanks to going along with your farce, I could see something very interesting.”
[MASAKAGE]: “That act of being cool ends here!”
[MASAKAGE]: “THERE’S STILL MORE!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kgh… I see… This truly is a bad situation.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I shall withdraw from here for now. However, next time it will not go this way.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Haa… haa… ALRIIIIIGHT!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, did you see that!? Such a strong guy ran away with his tail between his legs!”
[MASAKAGE]: “I have such crazy strength…! Hey, check this out, okay?”
Masakage-san only swung his sword lightly but the surrounding trees collapsed with a funny creaking sound.
[MASAKAGE]: “See! Just from the force of my swing, these trees fell down.”
[YUZUKI]: “Geez! Is body okay?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yeah! Nothing hurts at all– ah.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Aw, what… I’m back to normal already.”
[YUZUKI]: (Just then he was happy like a kid getting a toy, but now he’s depressed like it got taken away…)
Because he’d be angry if I said he was like a kid, I secretly giggled in my mind.
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-san, the sun is already setting, so we should return to Takeda’s lands soo–“
The instant he yelled, Masakage-san ran over to one of the trees he had just knocked over.
[MASAKAGE]: “H-Hey… look at this! Isn’t this the dream herb we’re looking for!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! H-Hold on a moment.”
I hurriedly pulled out the book and compared the herb drawn in its pages with the one Masakage-san held.
[YUZUKI]: “W-Wow! It’s the dream herb! There’s no mistake!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Alright! We’ve achieved our goal!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Then we should go home about now.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s right.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… I’m going to have to walk several hours again from here to go home, huh.)
I felt heavy-spirited at the thought of the long distance. But–
[MASAKAGE]: “I’m sure Shingen-sama’s gonna be happy! Don’t you!”
[YUZUKI]: “You’re right!”
At Masakage-san’s carefree smile, I also smiled and nodded.
[MASAKAGE]: “–roughly how it went and I defeated Uesugi’s commander! That’s the end of my report!”
[SHINGEN]: “Ah. Good job. –IS THAT WHAT YOU THOUGHT I’D SAY!”
[MASAKAGE]: “O-Owww!? Why’d you hit me!?”
[SHINGEN]: “I’ve always told you not to be reckless!”
[SHINGEN]: “Geez… my blood ran cold hearing that part about where you collapsed.”
[SHINGEN]: “Sorry you had to get dragged around by this idiot.”
[SHINGEN]: “I can’t ask you to forgive him, but… well, I’d be happy if you understood.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, it’s okay. I learned fully well today how hard of a worker Masakage-san is and how he’s a good person.”
[MASAKAGE]: “I-I’m not that nice…”
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-san, thank you very much for today.”
When I said that with all my gratitude, Masakage-san’s cheeks were a little red as he muttered quietly.
[MASAKAGE]: “…… Not Masakage-san, but Masakage.”
Our eyes met and Masakage-san turned even more red as he continued.
[MASAKAGE]: “I’m saying, uh… Masakage is fine. Also, you don’t need to be polite.”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm, uhh… M-Masakage.”
[MASAKAGE]: “……! Y-Yea, yeah!”
[YUZUKI]: (I-If he turns that red then I’ll feel embarrassed too…!)
[YUZUKI]: “Um… I don’t think I’ll be used to calling you that for a while, erm… Is Masakage-kun okay?”
[MASAKAGE]: “… AHHHHHHHHH!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh!? M-Masakage-kun, where are you going!?”
[MASAKAGE]: “I-I’M GOING TO TRAIN! GONNA CLEAR MY MIND OF EVERYTHING! AHHHHHH…”
I was dumbfounded by Masakage-kun who suddenly dashed away.
[SHINGEN]: “Well, anyway, just excuse him.”
[YUZUKI]: (I-I don’t really get it, but… I’ve gotten closer to Masakage-kun, right?)
I was a bit insecure, but I took this small step to heart.
[YUZUKI]: (I hope I’ll steadily get closer and closer to everyone else too in the future…)
[YUZUKI]: (For that, I also need to do my best to be more and more useful as their herbalist.)