Chapter 7: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
In order to obtain even more clues to Himemiko, Shingen decided to battle again with Uesugi.
The commanders of Takeda begin training for their battle with Uesugi, but!?
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-kun. Here, have some tea–“
[MASAKAGE]: “!? D-Don’t suddenly get so clo– mgh!”
[YUZUKI]: “M-Masakage-kun!? Are you okay!?”
Masakage-kun’s face was red, maybe because his throat was clogged. Even when I hurriedly patted his back, his face only grew redder.
[MASAKAGE]: “Gugh, gck, grgh! I-I’m fine already! *coughs*!”
[YUZUKI]: “But your face is still red and you’re coughing…”
[MASAKAGE]: “T-This… is nothing! Don’t bother!”
[MASAKAGE]: “More importantly, this is such a big feast! Don’t give me tea, but sake!”
[YUZUKI]: “… Huh? Masakage-kun, you drink sake?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Wha… you, are you making fun of me? You’re judging me from my appearance, aren’t you!?”
[MASATOYO]: “Ahaha. Masakage has a high alcohol tolerance. To the extent where I haven’t seen him drunk.”
[YUZUKI]: “Is that so…”
[YUZUKI]: (But he’s so red before even drinking sake, so will he really be okay?)
I carried sake to Masakage-kun and Masatoyo-san while thinking curiously on that.
Afterwards, as I absently watched the lively banquet again, Masanobu-san lightly beckoned me over.
[YUZUKI]: “Masanobu-san, what’s the matter? Do you need me to fetch something?”
[MASANOBU]: “No, that’s not it. I was wondering if you were properly eating or not. So, here, sit down.”
Masanobu-san patted the floor cushion beside him and when I timidly sat there he presented some tofu in front of me.
[MASANOBU]: “Hey, do you like tofu? It’s my favorite dish and this one is particularly delicious.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, thank you very much.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Your stomach won’t be filled with just tofu. There’s also boar meat. Now, eat, eat!”
[MASANOBU]: “Ugh… ahaha. Um, I’ll pass on that…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hm? I see, Masanobu, you dislike boar meat. However, it is better to eat everything.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, that’s true. You shouldn’t be picky and you should eat everything.”
[SHINGEN]: “Ha ha ha. That’s exactly right, Masanobu.”
[YUZUKI]: “… You too, Shingen-san, why are you avoiding those greens?”
[SHINGEN]: “Ah, well… I’m not very good with these vegetables…”
[YUZUKI]: “That won’t do! Vegetables are good for the body, so you have to be sure to eat them!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yes. Now, both of you, this is the time to overcome your least favorite foods!”
[SHINGEN + MASANOBU]: “Uugh…”
After the enjoyable feast– Masakage-kun, Masatoyo-san, and Masanobu-san went to make an appearance at a similar banquet the soldiers were having.
And I decided to go look at the moon and drink with Shingen-san and Nobuharu-san.
[SHINGEN]: “… Ah, in the end, drinking sake while looking at the moon is nice. How about you join us?”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, but I’m okay.”
[YUZUKI]: “The two of you should be careful not to drink too much.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuhaha. We drank a lot at the feast just now! It may be too late already.”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That much?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yeah. To the point where it seems like we’ll forget whatever is said here tomorrow.”
[SHINGEN]: “It’s as Nobuharu-san said. –So, whatever you say will be kept here. I don’t mind you saying whatever you want.”
Both of their gazes were turned naturally to me. As if they were waiting on my words.
[YUZUKI]: (… They really are kind people.)
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m a little worried about what’s going to happen.”
[YUZUKI]: “The Uesugi army is strong, right?… I wonder if there’s a need to risk such danger.”
[YUZUKI]: “If it’s for my sake… I don’t want everyone to overdo it.”
[SHINGEN]: “… I see. But finding Himemiko-sama is necessary to the Takeda army– no, to the whole of Shinga.”
[SHINGEN]: “Besides, every army is becoming active. We can’t let ourselves fall behind.”
[SHINGEN]: “… In other words, there’s reasons for us to find Himemiko-sama as well. So, you don’t need to worry about that.”
I resisted the tears that wanted to spill unconsciously at Shingen-san’s gentle words.
[YUZUKI]: (Even so, there’s no mistake that I pushed them. But Shingen-san will surely never admit that, so…… I need to do what I can!)
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m going to make medicine pills! Good night, Shingen-san, Nobuharu-san!”
[NOBUHARU]: “It hurts to see her show such a brave face. I suppose the person herself intends to come along on this campaign as well…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Are you really going to leave her behind?”
[NOBUHARU]: “If you find it hard to say, Masanobu or I can…”
[SHINGEN]: “No. I’m the one who decided it… I’ll tell her.”