Chapter 7: Harmony, an Important Meaning!
In order to locate Himemiko the Sanada army decided to battle with other armies.
Before they approached the next battle, each and every one of them spent a calm regular day, but…
The next morning after the expedition was decided… I got up earlier than usual and saw Yukimura-kun in the hallway rubbing at his eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Good morning, Yukimura-kun. You look a bit sleepy?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Ah, morning… Actually, I’ve been making preparations for the expedition since yesterday.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, then you haven’t slept?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Mm. I want to leave as soon as possible, although it looks like it’ll still take some time.”
Ahaha, Yukimura-kun laughed lightly but he really did look tired.
[YUZUKI]: “It’s not good if you don’t properly rest. It’s still early in the morning so… why don’t you sleep right now?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Hmm, you’re right. I’ll go to sleep after I finish the work I’m doing right now. See you later then…”
Yukimura-kun said that and tried to leave while walking unreliably.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um, Yukimura-kun, is there anything I can help– wah!”
The moment I tried to chase after Yukimura-kun I tripped over my legs and started to fall.
But thanks to Yukimura-kun catching me in his arms when he turned around immediately I managed not to fall.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m s-sorry, Yukimura-kun…”
[YUKIMURA]: “No, I’m glad you didn’t fall.”
When I raised my head our eyes met. At this close distance where our breaths mixed my breathing caught and Yukimura-kun also released me in a panic.
[YUKIMURA]: “S-Sorry! Um… I’m gonna go now!”
And then, without time to call for him to stop, Yukimura-kun left in the end.
[YUZUKI]: (… Maybe I caused him more trouble. I’m the one who needs to be reliable.)
Making up my mind I left this spot, not noticing the three shadows that happened to be in the background…
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Sasuke, did you see how Yukimura-kun held her just now?”
[SASUKE]: “Yeah. It was kinda… suspicious! What in the world is going on with them…”
[SAIZOU]: “Heh. The answer to that is simple.”
[SAIZOU]: “It’s decidedly– because the two are lovers!”
[SASUKE]: “Wha, whaaaa!? T-Those two are… lovers!?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Yukimura, that’s not fair. I’m the one who loves that girl.”
[SASUKE]: “Y-Yeah! No, I mean it’s not that I like her or anything but…!”
[SASUKE]: “Anyway… it’s not fair for Yukimura to act before us!”
[SAIZOU]: “Indeed. To do something such as disregarding a genius ninja like me… I shall not forgive that!!”
[SASUKE]: “No one talked about you! Better yet, as if she’d get with an idiot like you!”
[SAIZOU]: “Wha… who is an idiot! The one who’s calling others an idiot is an idiot!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Don’t worry, because you’re both idiots.”
[THE TWO]: “What did you say!”
[SASUKE]: “Crap, now that it’s come to this we gotta settle it clearly…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Excuse me, you three. What exactly are you making such noise about in the morning.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Ah, Nobuyuki-sama…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Inspecting the equipment, securing provisions, and calculating supply points… there’s a mountain of things to do.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “It’s not finished yet, so let’s do it quickly. Now, I’ll be going then.”
[SAIZOU]: “… We have no choice. For the moment, let us break up here.”
[SASUKE]: “Yeah, you’re right. No matter how much it bothers me, we gotta prepare.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Mm, that’s true. We need to work…
[THE THREE]: “……”
[YUZUKI]: (… I wonder if Yukimura-kun is alright. Is he resting properly.)
As I thought about that while organizing my luggage for the expedition, Imari-kun peered at my face with worry from beside me.
[IMARI]: “Is something wrong? You look like you’ve been troubled over something since a while ago…”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… sorry, I’ve made you worry.”
[IMARI]: “Are you worried about going to another territory in the end?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, that’s not it. I’m with everyone so… I’ve just been thinking that I don’t want everyone to overdo it.”
[???]: “Heh. Such a gloomy face does not suit you.”
No sooner had a ring of flowers appeared than Saizou-kun came out.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah!? Saizou-kun!?”
[IMARI]: “Woah! W-Where in the world did you come from…!”
[SAIZOU]: “Let’s set aside those small details. Do you have any plans after this?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm, my preparations for the expedition are done so…”
[SAIZOU]: “Then won’t you give me your time. I’d like to gift you with something wonderful.”
[SAIZOU]: “Now, tell me what you desire. I’ll present to you anything.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? That’s… too much. Saizou-kun, you’re busy too…”
[SAIZOU]: “Heh, no need for concern. I’ve forced the preparations onto Sasuke and the oth– I mean, I’ve come after settling everything.”
[SAIZOU]: “Besides, above all…”
Saizou-kun winked and then showed a mischievous smile.
[SAIZOU]: “In truth, I simply want to see your smile.”
[YUZUKI]: “A smile…”
Feeling apologetic for my hesitation when he was insisting that much, I tried thinking about what I wanted.
[YUZUKI]: (… No, I don’t have to think on that. It’s the same as Saizou-kun. I want to see the smiles of everyone in the Sanada army.)
[YUZUKI]: (But what can I do? If I think about what I can do then…)
[YUZUKI]: “… I know! Won’t you come shopping together with me?”
Saizou-kun gave a large nod with glittering eyes at my proposal.
[SAIZOU]: “Of course! That is an easy task!”
[SAIZOU]: “And, what do you want? If it is your wish then I’ll grant anything.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, Saizou-kun. Um, I want a lot of different ingredients.”
[YUZUKI]: “Because I want people to smile too, having eaten delicious food.”
[SAIZOU]: “Ohh… i-in other words you’re cooking for me–!?”
[YUZUKI]: “And then I wonder if Yukimura-kun, Nobuyuki-san, Sasuke-kun, Kamanosuke-kun, and everyone… if they’ll be happy?”
For an instant Saizou-kun showed a complicated expression but then he nodded right away.
[SAIZOU]: “O-Of course. If I can see your smile then let us go and purchase them together!”