Chapter 5: Don’t Put Off To Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
The party headed to the place in the border zone with Uesugi where Himemiko was said to have descended.
Preparing for the worst case, she assisted Masatoyo with war preparations.
[YUZUKI]: “Haa… haa…”
[YUZUKI]: (To think he’s fighting that swarm of yakuma alone to let that boy escape!)
I ran around the forest searching for the pine tree landmark I heard about from the boy.
[YUZUKI]: “Just now!”
I ran quickly in the direction I heard the roar and the sight of Masatoyo-san, surrounded by many yakuma, leapt into my eyes.
Masatoyo-san managed to catch the attack of the yakuma who sprung at him from the front, but another yakuma closed in on him from behind–
Unable to dodge the yakuma’s attack, Masatoyo-san’s arm was torn and fresh blood was sprayed to the extent where even I could see it from this distance.
[MASATOYO]: “… Wha! W-Why are you here!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah! They saw me!)
[MASATOYO]: “… kgh! Don’t move from there!”
[MASATOYO]: “Now, let’s go…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, it’s so b-bright!”
[MASATOYO]: “Are you alright!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Masatoyo-san!? W-What is this!”
[MASATOYO]: “It’s a tool to disorient enemies. Looks like the things we purchased today were of immediate use.”
[MASATOYO]: “I’ll lead, so please trust me and run.”
Led by his voice and his firm hand, I ran somehow through a blinding white view.
[MASATOYO]: “Haa… I was shocked when you suddenly appeared.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry… but I thought my heart would stop when I saw you beaten up and surrounded by that many yakuma.”
I told Masatoyo-san that the boy came home safely and he should be calling for support at the castle by this time.
[MASATOYO]: “Good… I did my best to draw the yakuma to me until that boy escaped the forest safely.”
[YUZUKI]: “I can tell just from how beaten up you are!”
[YUZUKI]: “We need to stop the bleeding at least…! So, take my–“
[MASATOYO]: “… Quiet.”
[YUZUKI]: “–Wha, yakuma!? We ran so far from there too.”
I couldn’t see them in the dark with my eyes but I could feel that there were quite a lot of yakuma prowling around our surroundings.
[MASATOYO]: “They must have followed the scent of my blood… I’m sorry, I even came here alone thinking that I didn’t want to involve you…”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sure everyone from the castle is coming. Plus, coming here was of my own will. So–“
[MASATOYO]: “You’re right. If I can’t protect even you then I won’t win against Uesugi who we might battle in the future.”
I tried to continue to tell him to use my blood but, as if interrupting that, Masatoyo-san nodded strongly and made to pull out his sword.
However, maybe because the pain in his arm was horrible, the sword dropped like that.
[MASATOYO]: “Ugh… my hand…”
[YUZUKI]: “Please let me see!”
The instant I touched him both my hands became wet with something warm.
I couldn’t tell the color in the dark but by the sensation I could tell immediately that it was blood.
[YUZUKI]: (The wound is deeper than I thought… emergency first aid can’t do anything at this point.)
The moment I realized that I spoke a certain phrase without hesitation.
[YUZUKI]: “Please use my blood.”
[MASATOYO]: “Huh!? B-But… that’s…”
[YUZUKI]: “You’ll use it, right? Because you told Shingen-san, who didn’t want to at the beginning, that you wanted him to drink my blood.”
[MASATOYO]: “Uu… If you say that…”
[MASATOYO]: “… Is it possible you’re angry I used the girl as a pretext to leave you behind in the town?”
[YUZUKI]: “No… but I just thought you’d use my blood if I said it like this.”
I was fully aware that it was unfair of me, but I would do anything to help Masatoyo-san who was bleeding this much.
[YUZUKI]: “Please. Please drink my blood.”
[MASATOYO]: “You really… are a strong person. You’re the polar opposite of me, and I’m truly envious.”
[YUZUKI]: “…! They’re closer than b-before.”
[MASATOYO]: “Either way, it seems we don’t have time to be at a loss… I’m sorry, please bear with this for a short while.”
Masatoyo-san came up to me and, with his uninjured arm, he gently brushed aside the hair on my shoulder.
[MASATOYO]: “Then… I’m going ahead.”
Masatoyo-san bared my shoulder and kissed it.
He traced my shoulder with his lips, looking for a place to pierce his fangs.
[YUZUKI]: “…… Angh… ngh.”
A strange sigh slipped out at my embarrassment and the ticklish feeling.
[YUZUKI]: (Masatoyo-san… hurry…)
[MASATOYO]: “… Here, maybe.”
Along with a partial hot breath, a slight prickling pain ran through me.
[MASATOYO]: “Nn, nngh… this is the taste of your blood… To feel that blood is this delicious…”
Masatoyo-san’s arms went around my back and his fangs sunk into me deeper and deeper.
[MASATOYO]: “… Haa. I’m sorry, did that hurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m… fine.”
[MASATOYO]: “If you say that… I’ll continue to drink from you.”
Masatoyo-san whispered that before separating from me reluctantly.
[YUZUKI]: “Masatoyo-san, your arm…”
When I asked, Masatoyo-san opened and closed his hand, testing its senses.
[MASATOYO]: “Mm, there’s no problem. And, somehow, power is surging–“
[MASATOYO]: “… Huh!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah!… Like I thought, your appearance…”
[MASATOYO]: “Please step back!”
[MASATOYO]: “Right now, I’m amazingly strong. I won’t let you do as you wish!”
Masatoyo-san, with his arm injury healed, defeated the gathered yakuma in the blink of an eye.
[MASATOYO]: “To think I fought like that. I wouldn’t have believed it.”
[MASATOYO]: “This is also due to your blood!… Ah, um, thanks to your blood, hm. I’m very grateful.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ahaha, I don’t mind if you don’t talk politely, you know?”
[MASATOYO]: “R-Really?… Then, will you talk normally to me too?”
[YUZUKI]: “Er… ah, yes… I mean, sure.”
[MASATOYO]: “… I’m glad, because there hasn’t been anyone else, apart from others in Takeda, who I could talk familiarly to like this… Ah, right now you’re a Takeda member too, aren’t you. I’m sorry.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, it’s okay. I know what you want to say.”
As we smiled wryly at each other, embarrassed, we heard a familiar voice from far away.
[SHINGEN]: “Heeeey! If you’re there, answer!”
[MASATOYO]: “Ah, that was Shingen just now.”
[YUZUKI]: “I bet support from the castle came!”
[MASATOYO]: “Haha, though it’s all over now.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s true.”
We smiled at each other and started walking towards Shingen’s voice.
A few days after the events of the night forest. At last, the day we were to set out to Uesugi territory had arrived.
[SHINGEN]: “Everyone, preparations have been made, right! And, is Masatoyo here?”
[YUZUKI]: “Don’t worry, he’s here. Look.”
[MASATOYO]: “Ahaha… thank you. Owing to you, I’ve been noticed.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Oh? What’s this, what’s this? Ever since that matter, you two have become close.”
[MASANOBU]: “About that, I’m curious too.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, Masatoyo, tell me honestly what happened.”
[MASATOYO]: “Haha. It’s our secret, so I can’t.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hah!? The heck’s with that!?”
[SHINGEN]: “Haha. Asking about that is tasteless, you know?”
[SHINGEN]: “Now then– we’ll be departing for the border zone with Uesugi from here! It’ll be a dangerous expedition where, if we make one misstep, it could lead to a large war.”
[SHINGEN]: “But Masatoyo has taken care of the equipment properly so that we can respond to any situation. So, let’s advance without any hesitation!”
[YUZUKI]: (At last, it’s time… If I find the sacred treasure that Imari-kun spoke about, it’ll be a large clue to finding Himemiko-sama.)
[SHINGEN]: “–Well then, everyone, let’s head out!”
(T/N: REALLY SORRY FOR THE ONE WEEK BREAK. Uh, I had to take a mini-hiatus while I was writing a story in English because jumping between two languages messes me up.)