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 meal that was made by Saizou-kun’s help with shopping was eaten by everyone with smiles.
[SASUKE]: “Mmgh, this is… really tasty!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes. It feels like I can eat much more.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Omnomnom… Seconds.”
.[YUZUKI]: “Haha, you don’t have to rush there’s still a lot.”
[SAIZOU]: “Heh. These are ingredients chose by her and I together. Taste it well.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Hold on, Saizou. What do you mean by that?”
[SASUKE]: “You slipped out saying you had other preparations… No way!?”
[SAIZOU]: “Yes, the vegetables that she and I chose are especially delicious.”
[SASUKE]: “Y-You bastard! Don’t screw around, pushing your job onto us!!”
I approached the quietly eating Yukimura who was distanced from the lively three people.
[YUZUKI]: “Yukimura-kun, how does it taste?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Aah, delicious. Thanks to you my tiredness has been blown away!”
His words didn’t seem like a lie and Yukimura-kun’s complexion was certainly better than when we talked in the morning.
[YUZUKI]: “I see, I’m glad… Yukimura-kun, if you’d like there are seconds.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Mm, thank you.”
[SASUKE]: “… So, that guy Yukimura… he really does…”
The next morning, when I woke, Sasuke-kun immediately came to my room.
[SASUKE]: “Hey, there’s a place at the mountain nearby where the view is amaaaazing! So, let’s go right now!”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m really curious but there’s preparations for the expedition…”
[SASUKE]: “Don’t worry! I made a lot of progress yesterday! I should make it in time!”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s true it doesn’t seem as busy today and, even after returning, it looks like we’ll make it in time.)
[YUZUKI]: “Then can I have you show me there?”
[SASUKE]: “Yeah, of course!”
In the mountains I diligently followed Sasuke-kun who went ahead with a familiar manner.
[SASUKE]: “Still, you’ve gotten stamina too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Now that you mention it, you’re right. Before I used to get out of breath right away… I wonder if it’s because I’ve been following everyone constantly.”
I smiled naturally as I said this but, for some reason, Sasuke-kun mumbled unintelligibly in a way that wasn’t like him.
[SASUKE]: “H-Hey, erm, about the others, at least when you’re alone together with me can you–“
[YUZUKI]: “What about the others?”
[SASUKE]: “Ah, um… actually, nevermind! M-More importantly, look. There’s wild plants there!”
When I looked at where Sasuke-kun was pointing, with a face that seemed red somewhere, there were a lot of fresh edible herbs.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, there are. And I feel like I saw those when I was shopping yesterday.”
[SASUKE]: “Really? Hand some over here then! Hm hm…”
Bringing his nose close, where it moved a little, Sasuke-kun showed a grin after a while.
[SASUKE]: “This looks like it can be eaten! Alright, I’ll pick all of them here with this new technique! –Let’s go! True Whirlwind Technique!
The wind in the area rose with Sasuke-kun’s shout and the herbs were harvested one after another.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah! This… is a whirlwind cut!?”
[SASUKE]: “Heh heh! How is it! Wait, huh? Other weeds are getting dragged in too!?”
Although he hurriedly stopped his ninja technique, Sasuke-kun slumped his shoulders in disappointment at the sight of the scattered and mixed herbs and weeds.
[SASUKE]: “Aah… this just made it more work to pick it up…”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha. It’s a new technique so things like this happen too, right. But it was cool.”
Sasuke-kun scratched his head as if embarrassed but then suddenly seemed to notice something and his eyes shone.
[SASUKE]: “It looks like there was a path hidden past the ivy that was cut together… Look!”
When I chased after an excited looking Sasuke-kun, a beautiful river was flowing there.
[SASUKE]: “It’s pretty wide! I wonder if it’s swimmable!?”
[SASUKE]: “Hup! Hmm… but it’s shallower than I thought. Doesn’t look like we can swim with this.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha. But you can soak yourself in it, right?”
[SASUKE]: “… Oh, that’s right…! You come too then! It feels great!”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, it feels cool and nice…)
As my feet were slowly getting used to the cold water, my face was suddenly splashed with water.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah… cold!”
[SASUKE]: “Hehe! Surprised?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Geez, Sasuke-kun. I’m going to get even though!”
[SASUKE]: “Ooh, just try it! Hehe, if you make light of a ninja… gwah.”
When I tried to make a water gun with my hands I was able to hit Sasuke-kun’s face well.
[SASUKE]: “You’re s-surprisingly capable… You!”
We played like that for a while but when we noticed the sun had begun to set we hurriedly headed to the summit.
We arrived at the mountain top at last when the sun was setting.
[SASUKE]: “This is my favorite place– but since the sun has fallen you can’t see very far, huh.”
[SASUKE]: “Sorry, even though you came all this way…”
I shook my head at Sasuke-kun’s sigh.
[YUZUKI]: “No, I enjoyed picking herbs and playing in the water along the way, so don’t mind it.”
[SASUKE]: “O-Oh. It makes me happy to hear you say that, eheh.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, it’d be nice to come together next time with Saizou-kun, Kamanosuke-kun, and everyone.”
[SASUKE]: “Ah, aah… yeah, that’s right.”
[SASUKE]: “… We should head home soon.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yeah, okay…?”
Sasuke-kun nodded at my words but the sight of his back seemed somewhat sad.