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…!
[SHINGEN]: “I don’t need your help any more. Go back home right now.”
[YUKIMURA]: “!!… why…”
Yukimura-kun and the others were struck dumb by those words.
[SHINGEN]: “That’s because there’s no point to joining with guys that can’t secure a path of retreat and took an ambush directly.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Ah!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… We cannot deny that we lack power when compared to the Takeda army. However–“
[SHINGEN]: “To be blunt, right now you guys are a burden.”
Shingen-san suspiciously looked at me.
[SHINGEN]: “… Don’t follow me anymore.”
Shingen-san said only that and turned his back to Yukimura-kun and left.
Having been driven away by Shingen-san, we walked in silence.
[SASUKE]: “… Isn’t this OK? Not joining with the Takeda army!”
Sasuke-kun suddenly broke the ice.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “If we traveled together like that I think we’d increase the danger Yuzuki is exposed to…”
[SAIZOU]: “Indeed. That being the case, it becomes rather good that we were refused.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Ye… ah…”
Maybe he was cheered up by the three who didn’t look bothered, but Yukimura-kun also showed an awkward smile.
[YUKIMURA]: “But Himemiko-sama’s clue is in Takeda territory. What’ll we do about that…?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “This area will become a large battlefield so it is too dangerous to search like this.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “We should withdraw temporarily and look for another time. Until the battle is sorted out we can’t do anything but search for another way.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… You’re right.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Sorry, we’ll have to make you wait but we’ll definitely find a way to return you to your old world!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes, of course. But we must re-think the way we’ll get close to Himemiko-sama’s clue.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “However, this may be for the better. If we moved with Takeda like that there was also the fear of your power being known–“
I suddenly recalled the time when my blood was drunk by Nobuyuki-san.
[YUZUKI]: “… Everyone in the Takeda army probably… already knows about my blood, I think.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Could you tell us what you mean?”
[YUZUKI]: “Someone saw when my blood was being drunk by Nobuyuki-san. They were…”
Following that memory, I was able to remember the sight I saw at that time clearly.
[YUZUKI]: “A Takeda commander. I think it was the person beside Shingen-san.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “I see… then that is strange.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “If Shingen knew your power, he should want to put you close by…”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s certainly true… yet why did he send us home?”
Unable to understand Shingen-san’s intentions, everyone racked their brains.
[YUKIMURA]: “It can’t be…”
At that moment, Yukimura-kun opened his mouth as if in sudden realization.
[YUKIMURA]: “Was Shingen thinking about us and thrust us away?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, what do you mean–“
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen knows just how important you are to us. So he sent us home on purpose…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I see. Her power is the same as Himemiko-sama’s, a power that can shake “Shinga”.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “If other armies were to learn of that, many of them will start moving to target her.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen, knowing that, isn’t targeting her power and is keeping us away from the battlefield so that information won’t spread to Uesugi and Date…”
[SAIZOU]: “It wouldn’t be strange for that man to take such actions.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Mm. I think so.”
The three nodded in agreement.
[YUKIMURA]: “But that being the case…”
[YUKIMURA]: “I can’t abandon Shingen and run away like this when he thought about us that much.”
However Nobuyuki-san replied cautiously to Yukimura-kun’s passionate words.
[NOBUYUKI]: “But, now that her power is known to the Takeda army, if we get close again then it may put her in danger.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That… might be so, but…”
[YUZUKI]: (Yukimura-kun said he couldn’t abandon Shingen-san. And yet…)
[YUZUKI]: (For Yukimura-kun to bend his beliefs because of me… I don’t want that!)
[YUZUKI]: “… I think we should assist the Takeda army.”
[YUZUKI]: “Because Shingen-san is someone you’re indebted to, you want to save him… that’s what you’re thinking, right?”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s… But to put you in danger…”
[YUZUKI]: “I look up to the Yukimura-kun who thinks about the best for others at all times and acts without hesitation.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s why, I… don’t want to block that.”
Yukimura-kun’s eyes widened greatly and then his expression suddenly softened.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Thank you. You’ve settled my decision.”
Saying that, he looked around at everyone’s faces.
[YUKIMURA]: “–We’re heading to assist the Takeda army!”
[SHINGEN]: “Don’t falter! We’re the Takeda army who has no equals under the heavens. This level of difficulty is nothing!”
[TAKEDA ARMY SOLDIERS]: “… OORAH!!”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Wha… Takeda’s ambush!?”
A disturbance spread through the Uesugi army at the sudden appearance of reinforcement.
[SASUKE]: “Eat this! Self-style ninja art, Whirlwind!”
Piercing the opening that resulted from the disorder, Yukimura-kun and the others defeated the enemy soldiers one after another.
[SHINGEN]: “You guys!… Why’d you come? I told you not to follow me!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Still… I wanted to thank you no matter what–“
[YUKIMURA]: “The thanks for how you thought about us and let us run…”
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s because you’re such a person that we can’t abandon you and run away!”
[SHINGEN]: “… But do you plan on dragging that girl into this battle!?”
[YUZUKI]: “I… don’t mind.”
Shingen-san’s eyes went round when I decisively said that.
[YUZUKI]: “I want Yukimura-kun to be like Yukimura-kun. I want him to go through with his own beliefs.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, I’m okay with this…!”
[SHINGEN]: “… I… see.”
Shingen-san showed a soft smile and looked at me and then Yukimura-kun.
[SHINGEN]: “… You’ve found someone who’s hard to come by, Yukimura.”
[SHINGEN]: “That girl is a woman who is suitable to stand beside a general… Cherish her.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Yes!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Just now… he spoke as if you were taking her as a wife, Yukimura.”
When Yukimura-kun was whispered to quietly his face turned bright red.
[YUKIMURA]: “What are you saying, brother! Shingen didn’t say it with that meaning!”
[SHINGEN]: “Hm? What about me?”
[SHINGEN]: “Haha, you’re pretty flustered.”
[SHINGEN]: “Anyway, it’s heartening that you guys came. It’s a tough situation but I want you to fight with us.”
[SHINGEN]: “Of course, to live up to your feelings, the Takeda army will also protect that girl with all our might.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Aah… thank you, Shingen.”
Like this the Sanada army and Takeda army formed an alliance and clashed with the Uesugi and Date combined forces.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Let’s go! Everyone, charge!”