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…
[YUKIMURA]: “M-Me and her are lovers!? That’s not true at all!”
Sasuke-kun continued to give suspicious eyes to Yukimura-kun who raised his voice as if flustered.
[SASUKE]: “But aren’t you different from usual when you’re in front of her?”
[YUKIMURA]: “N-Not at all! Hey, I’m the same as always, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “R-Right, I think so…?”
[YUKIMURA]: “See. She’s saying that too, isn’t she!”
But for some reason Yukimura-kun’s face was bright red and he couldn’t calm down.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Your reaction right now is really suspicious.”
[YUKIMURA]: “WHERE! Look, she’s something like family to us–“
Kamanosuke-kun’s eyes flashed momentarily at Yukimura-kun’s rushed words.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Family… meaning, husband and wife…?”
[SASUKE]: “WHA!? Yukimura, you’ve even thought about marriage already!?”
[SAIZOU]: “In any event, there is no doubt that Yukimura likes her.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Ggh… n-no, I like her as a comrade…!”
[SASUKE]: “See!! You really do like her!”
[YUKIMURA]: “I’m just saying…!”
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do I do. But Yukimura-kun’s saying it’s different, so if I mind that then it’d be strange, right…!?)
While I was desperately trying to cool down my hot cheeks, Yukimura-kun continued to be accused by the three of them.
[SAIZOU]: “If you say you like her as a comrade then I’ll have you swear right here and now that you absolutely won’t lay a hand on her!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Yeah, yeah.”
[YUKIMURA]: “No… why are you guys so extreme!?”
[SASUKE]: “Take responsibility for the things you say, Yukimura! You’re the general!”
[YUKIMURA]: “I-I’m just saying…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Hey.”
Nobuyuki-san, who was at a distance from the quarreling four people, whispered to me quietly.
[NOBUYUKI]: “It doesn’t appear like the noise will be settled for a while, so you should leave.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “If it spills over it’ll be your turn to be bothered. Before that happens, come here.”
The room I was guided by Nobuyuki-san into was quiet and I felt my feelings settle.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Apologies. Sasuke-kun and the others’ misunderstandings have caused you trouble.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I don’t mind that…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I see. But, rather, it may be better for you to mind that.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Having been together for so long, your existence has grown larger in us than it was when we first met… as an important person.”
My heart skipped a beat at Nobuyuki-san whose eyes crinkled gently.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m… happy. Everyone’s really kind and I feel like I’m treated importantly.”
[YUZUKI]: “I also treasure everyone.”
Nobuyuki-san sighed along with a smile at the reply that came from my heart.
[NOBUYUKI]: “A girl like you, honestly… Do you really understand the meaning of those words?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “No… but it’s because you are like this that they’re drawn to you so much, perhaps.”
Nobuyuki-san stretched out a hand and stroked my cheek softly. Those eyes looked a little sad.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Even I, if there were no obligations, would surely immediately–“
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki… -san…?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “–No, nevermind.”
Removing his hand from my cheek, Nobuyuki-san spoke as calmly as usual.
[NOBUYUKI]: “At any rate, you should think more carefully about what it means to be important.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Well then, I’m going to stop Sasuke and the others.”
I thought over the meaning of those words while watching Nobuyuki-san’s retreating back.
[YUZUKI]: “The real meaning of importance…”
[YUZUKI]: (Important… like a family, right? Everyone in the Sanada army is always like a real family.)
[YUZUKI]: (But, just now, Nobuyuki-san spoke like it was different. Importance… an importance outside of being family…?)
[YUZUKI]: “–N-No way!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone actually… t-there’s no way, right…! It’s impossible, right…!”
Taking deep breaths, I forced myself to calm down.
Early in the morning several days later– preparations for the expedition were completed and we were about to set out at last.
[NOBUYUKI]: “The preliminary research of the route has been done and there are no problems.”
[SASUKE]: “Equipment preparations are perfect too!”
[YUKIMURA]: “If we leave now we can make quite a bit of distance. Let’s do our best to get to our destination as soon as possible!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Let’s go! We’ll definitely find Himemiko-sama for Yuzuki!”