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…!
[YUKIMURA]: “That banner is… Uesugi!”
The large army force that suddenly appeared in front of us was raising Uesugi’s banner.
[SHINGEN]: “Che, we got beaten to the punch, huh. Damn Kenshin…!”
[YUKIMURA]: “If we’re surrounded like this there’ll be no chance of winning…”
[SHINGEN]: “… Yeah.”
[YUZUKI]: (No way…!)
[SHINGEN]: “We’ll do something about Uesugi. You guys go around to the back and concentrate on securing a path of retreat.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Got it…!”
[SHINGEN]: “Alright. –Takeda army, charge!”
Turning our backs to Shingen-san, who raised his voice, we began to move to the back.
[YUKIMURA]: “Sorry for getting you caught in battle.”
Yukimura-kun said this apologetically while moving quickly ahead.
[YUKIMURA]: “But everyone’ll protect you so that you won’t get hurt even in the worst case.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes. The only worry is–“
[SASUKE]: “Yukimura, Nobuyuki-sama! Something’s coming from the shadow of the mountains!”
Right after that, the Date army attacked the Sanada army with a ferocious momentum.
[SAIZOU]: “Toh! Ninja arts… Four Seasons Technique!”
Everyone struggled with each of their own large number of enemy soldiers.
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone… please be safe…!)
My attention was caught by everyone fighting in front of me–
[NOBUYUKI]: “! Watch out!”
An enemy soldier attacked from behind but I was late in noticing that.
Nobuyuki-san slid his body forcibly between me and the enemy soldier, and then–
Nobuyuki-san, who protected me, received the strike with his own body.
However, in the next instant, he quickly struck back, catching an opening.
Nobuyuki-san pressed a hand on his wound, which was bleeding heavily, and looked at me worriedly.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Are you alright? You aren’t injured?”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m okay. But, Nobuyuki-san, because of me…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “This is fine.”
Nobuyuki-san smiled with a pale face–.
But even I could tell right away that if it was left like that it would become a dangerous situation.
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn… the Sanada army isn’t anything serious.”
At that moment, I heard that voice nearby.
[YUKIMURA]: “You’re– Date Masamune!”
[SASUKE]: “Hey, hey, is the general supposed to come out personally!?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… It shows just how serious the other side is.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Engage them!”
While we were bewildered, the Date soldiers came to attack us one after another according to that command.
[YUZUKI]: (Nobuyuki-san… and everyone too, at this rate…)
Seeing Nobuyuki-san losing blood before my eyes I couldn’t help but grab his hand.
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobuyuki-san, over here!”
I pulled Nobuyuki-san into a bush and hid us there.
[YUZUKI]: “Please drink my blood.”
I held out my arm in front of Nobuyuki-san.
Nobuyuki-san’s eyes widened in surprise.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I appreciate your concern, but when we don’t know where the enemy may be watching I cannot rely on your blood…”
[YUZUKI]: “… But! I can’t leave you like this, Nobuyuki-san…!”
Even as he hesitated the battle intensified and, at that sound, Nobuyuki-san touched my arm haltingly.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I’m sorry.”
Nobuyuki-san’s fangs stabbed my arm and I felt a stinging pain.
When the pain gradually changed into a sweet numbness, I suddenly felt someone’s presence deep in the bushes.
[YUZUKI]: (Is that… possibly…)
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Thank you. Owing to you, I feel completely better.”
Awakened and with his wound completely recovered, Nobuyuki-san smiled gently.
… But that expression immediately became grim.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Let’s return to everyone.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Brother, that appearance…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “I apologize for causing trouble. –But I’m alright now.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Great! Everyone, force them back in one go!”
Along with that shout everyone begain their counterattack spiritedly.
Among them the awakened Nobuyuki-san’s power was overwhelming and he cut down Date army soldiers in succession.
[MASAMUNE]: “And now we’re at a disadvantage, hm…”
Masamune-san muttered bitterly and took a step back.
[MASAMUNE]: “… Everyone retreat.”
[YUZUKI]: (For now… we struggled through…!)
We joined up with the Takeda army and Yukimura-kun immediately told Shingen-san about the Date army’s attack.
[SHINGEN]: “So Date went over there, huh. They were aiming to pincer us from the beginning.”
[SHINGEN]: “From the looks of it, you were forced into a hard fight, weren’t you?”
[SHINGEN]: “If you guys were harassed to that point then those guys might be more of a nuisance than I thought…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen, we’ll tie an alliance too. If we’re an official coalition then we should be able to fight in a more coordinated way.”
[SHINGEN]: “… No. I don’t need your help any more. Go back home right now.”