Chapter 8: Beliefs, Sticking to Obligation and Chivalry!
The Sanada army moved their army forward seeking clues to Himemiko.
Yukimura and the others wished to avoid pointless battles but in front of them the Takeda Army fell into a predicament…!
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Where the light pointed was the zone between the Takeda territory and Uesugi territory.”
Nobuyuki-san began slowly explaining the journey to the clue with a contemplative expression.
[NOBUYUKI]: “It is dangerous with both armies for us to step into their territory unreservedly. However, at least, it would be better to detour through Takeda.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… That’s true. If it’s Takeda territory we’ll know the terrain and safe paths and it’s easy to plan our military arrangements.”
[YUZUKI]: (…? Meaning they don’t know about Uesugi but they know about Takeda…?)
While I thought it was strange I listened to the explanation of the journey.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Still, the possibility that we will come across the Takeda army is not little. We must be cautious.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah… If a battle can’t be avoided… everyone, you understand, right?”
Yukimura-kun looked around at everyone’s faces and raised his fist high.
[YUKIMURA]: “… We’ll be sure to protect Yuzuki!”
[THE THREE]: “OORAH!”
Everyone joined Yukimura-kun and raised their fists.
[IMARI]: “Me too! Me too, I’ll try my best to be a protector!”
Imari-kun said this while jumping up and down.
I felt my chest warm at that sight.
After finally passing a steep mountain path Yukimura-kun stopped.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Alright, how about we look for a camp site around here today.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “You’re right. Our destination is still far away and it would be better to rest.”
[YUZUKI]: (Phew… I’m glad…)
Yukimura-kun, who was looking around the area, squinted his eyes for some reason as if he was deeply moved.
[YUZUKI]: (…? I wonder what’s wrong?)
Yukimura-kun noticed my gaze when I looked at him curiously and abruptly smiled.
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s a bit nostalgic as it’s been a while since I last came to this area…”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, then… you’ve come here before?”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Yeah. We, the Sanada army, were originally–“
[YUKIMURA]: “… members of the Takeda army.”
[YUKIMURA]: “But for various reasons we broke company with the Takeda army.”
[YUZUKI]: (…! Everyone in Sanada has that past…)
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen-sama’s and my way of thinking were too different.”
Yukimura-kun continued talking, somewhat sadly.
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen-sama is assertive about war.”
[YUKIMURA]: “The Sanada army will fight if it comes down to it, but… I think it’s best to end things without fighting.”
[YUKIMURA]: “If I stayed with the militant Shingen-sama then my comrades might be put in danger.”
[YUZUKI]: “I… see…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Besides, each time there’s a battle, we have to leave Sanada territory.”
[YUKIMURA]: “When that happens there’s a possibility other warlords will target the territory.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Even now I still… respect Shingen-sama. But–“
[YUKIMURA]: “I… decided that everyone who lives in Sanada territory to be more important.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… That’s why I left the Takeda army.”
[YUZUKI]: (Whether to serve Shingen-san or the peace of Sanada territory– Yukimura-kun chose to protect everyone in Sanada…)
[YUKIMURA]: “Even though it was a selfish separation, Shingen-sama laughed saying “It’s just like you” and allowed it.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s why I won’t forget this favor I’ve received from Shingen-sama.”
Saying that, he laughed a little embarrassed.
Suddenly, he grabbed his spear while looking around the area with sharp eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “…!? Yukimura-kun, what’s–“
[NOBUYUKI]: “Someone’s here.”
Nobuyuki-san and the other three looked around the surroundings with severe faces.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh, someone…!?)
A sudden tension ran between us all.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Brother, take everyone and run.”
[YUZUKI]: “What, but…!”
[YUKIMURA]: “–I’m trusting you with her!”
Yukimura-kun leapt upon the bushes alone after having said just that.
That attack, which was swung at a terrifying speed, was caught easily.
[???]: “Geez. Buying time alone? Your rashness hasn’t changed.”
[YUKIMURA]: “…? This voice… Shingen-sama!?”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… then that’s the Takeda army’s general… Takeda Shingen!?)
[SHINGEN]: “It’s been a long time guys.”
Shingen-san faced us with a smile that seemed to be friendly.
However, behind Shingen-san, soldiers with drawn weapons were seen. It wasn’t a situation where one could be careless.
Maybe Yukimura-kun thought the same since he kept his weapon drawn.
[SHINGEN]: “Glad to see you look healthy.”
[SHINGEN]: “… But this is Takeda’s land. What are you guys, from another army, doing?”
[YUKIMURA]: “… I can’t reveal my purpose.”
[YUKIMURA]: “But I’m not doing something that will wrong Takeda…!”
[SHINGEN]: “Ohh… you’re telling me to believe the words of someone who entered my territory without permission?”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s… I can only ask you to believe me… If that’s impossible then–“
Yukimura-kun looked directly up at Shingen-san.
[YUKIMURA]: “At least… please overlook everyone but me…!”