The battle ended and on the way home… I walked alongside Yukimura-kun behind the soldiers heading back to the castle.
[YUZUKI]: “… Phew, I’m glad today’s battle ended safely.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, really. It’s also thanks to everyone doing their best.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, that’s true…”
.[YUZUKI]: (He could be more proud of his own achievements… but Yukimura-kun really treasure his comrades…)
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, this won’t do… I didn’t notice we were falling behind the line. We need to hurry and catch up to the people in front of us…)
[YUZUKI]: “… Nh.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… You seem to be slower than you were before. Are you alright?”
[YUZUKI]: “… M-Mhm. I’m fine. Sorry, I’ll be faster so…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Wait. You look like you’re dragging your feet a little. Do you feel bad…?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Come on, let’s take a short break. Sit here… will you show me your foot?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm… okay.”
Unable to refuse Yukimura-kun’s words when he had a serious expression, I faced him and slowly held out my bare foot.
[YUKIMURA]: “Thanks. Now, hold still…”
[YUZUKI]: (–… Ow.)
[YUKIMURA]: “Ah! S-Sorry…! I touched it suddenly… it must have hurt, huh.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… But, like I thought, this is… a shoe blister, isn’t it.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-It’s alright. This isn’t anything so…”
I didn’t want to worry Yukimura-kun and the others– thinking that, I smiled somehow.
But Yukimura-kun’s expression didn’t change. Rather, he faced me and urged me in a strong voice.
[YUKIMURA]: “You can’t push yourself too hard. If your injury worsens then everyone’ll…”
[YUKIMURA]: “No… I’ll worry.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yukimura-kun… I’m sorry. I’m causing trouble.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Don’t worry about the trouble. Actually, I’m happier when you rely on me.”
Yukimura-kun grinned at me and then crouched in front of me and presented his back.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? Yukimura-kun’s back…)
[YUZUKI]: (Th… this means he’s going to carry me, right…!?)
[YUKIMURA]: “What’s wrong? Here, put your arms around my shoulders.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m okay… Besides, it’s embarrassing, so…”
[YUZUKI]: (I-I haven’t prepared myself…!)
[YUKIMURA]: “Ah… wait. If you stand up so quickly like that…”
[YUKIMURA]: “…! Watch out…!”
After a moment’s impact… I was suddenly aware that I had fallen on top of Yukimura-kun in a way where I covered him.
[YUZUKI]: “… Eep.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Ah, uh…”
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do I do… this is so sudden I can’t think of anything…)
There was the sound of a heartbeat ringing loudly by my ears… but whether this was my own heartbeat or even Yukimura-kun’s, I wasn’t really sure.
As I was confused like that Yukimura-kun suddenly grabbed my hand.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…! Yukimura-kun…?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Your arm’s injured. We need to treat it right away.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… it really is. It scraped the ground when I fell.)
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, but… this isn’t a serious wou…”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… Yukimura-kun’s expression is somewhat different than usual…)
When I saw his extremely serious but reddish expression my heart started pounding and I couldn’t think of any words. Yukimura-kun’s lips slowly approached my injury.
[YUKIMURA]: “I’m sorry if it hurts.”
After he told me this shortly he traced the wound with a gentle tongue as if shyly.
[YUKIMURA]: “Ah… Did it hurt…?”
[YUZUKI]: “… N-No. It’s not that…! But…”
While I replied in a fluster, I averted my eyes from Yukimura-kun who was looking up from under his eyelashes.
[YUZUKI]: (Uu… this is embarrassing and my heart’s racing; I can’t think about anything else…)
And then, as if giving me a final blow, Yukimura-kun showed an embarrassed smile.
[YUKIMURA]: “Good… then I’ll continue.”