Chapter 9: Advance, Pursuing Victory!
The Sanada army, who formed an alliance with Takeda, fought against the approaching Date army.
While they were scattering enemies in succession, Nobuyuki suddenly felt a sense of discomfort. When he did, in that moment…!
We left the battlefield and finally returned home to Sanada’s castle.
[YUKIMURA]: “Everyone, you all fought well. Please take it easy today.”
[SASUKE]: “I’d have done that even without being told… I can sleep anywhere right now…”
[SAIZOU + SASUKE]: “Fuaah…”
They must have been very tired as the two threw themselves down on the ground like that.
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone, I know you’re tired but… if you sleep there you’ll catch a cold, you know?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Then there’s no problem if it’s here since it’s warm, right.”
Saying that, Kamanosuke-kun suddenly hugged me.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… w-what’s wrong, Kamanosuke-kun?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Let me use your lap.”
[SASUKE]: “Hey, wait! What’re you doing hugging her as soon as you get home. Get away!”
[SAIZOU]: “I won’t allow you to jump ahead.”
Kamanosuke-kun’s shoulders were grabbed by the both of them and he was yanked off.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Ugh… working together only at this time is unfair…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “You three, she herself is tired. Can’t you be quiet for today.”
[SASUKE]: “But Nobuyuki-sama–“
[NOBUYUKI]: “Enough, you all should take a bath and sleep.”
[SASUKE]: “If I get in the bath while being this sleepy– fuaah, I’ll drown~…”
[YUZUKI]: (It looks like the three have completely let go of their tension after returning home to the castle…)
While everyone was making noise Yukimura-kun called out to me.
[YUKIMURA]: “Erm… Sorry to ask this when you’re tired but can we talk a little?”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm, sure.”
Guided by Yukimura-kun I sat down on the castle’s veranda.
[YUZUKI]: “What’s the talk about?”
[YUKIMURA]: “I wanted to say my thanks to you by all means.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Thank you seriously for coming with us on this expedition.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh no… I’m only ever protected every time we meet danger, so I’m the one who wants to thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Rather, I’m sorry for being a burden…”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s not true. Everyone worked hard because you were beside us.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s why, um–“
At that moment, a displeased voice was poured on us.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Yukimura, you’re hogging her again…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Wah!? Kamanosuke!?”
Kamanosuke-kun came out from the corner of the corridor and sat between me and Yukimura-kun.
[YUKIMURA]: “Geez, surprise people only in battle.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, Kamanosuke-kun, do you want to talk together here too?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Mhm.”
Kamanosuke-kun, while nodding, presses his head into my shoulder as if he was leaning on me.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Hey, Kamanosuke. Aren’t you a bit too close to her?”
[YUKIMURA]: “… And you too, if these guys give you trouble you can warn them, okay.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s fine. Kamanosuke-kun and the others are always nice to me.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Haha, that’s good then.”
[YUKIMURA]: “But, Kamanosuke, you guys should also– Huh?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Zz… zz…”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah, is he asleep already?”
When we noticed we heard the regular breathing of sleep from beside us.
[YUKIMURA]: “Haa, geez…”
[YUZUKI]: “Ahah, it can’t be helped. Kamanosuke-kun, was really active.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Not just him. Everyone really did a lot this expedition.”
When Yukimura-kun stood up he lifted Kamanosuke-kun with both hands.
[YUKIMURA]: “–Up we go. I’m going to put Kamanosuke to sleep in his room.”
[YUKIMURA]: “You should also rest.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay, I’ll do that.”
[YUZUKI]: (I guess this expedition was harder than usual…)
[YUZUKI]: (I just pulled everyone down, so is there anything I can do to take care of them–)
[YUZUKI]: (I know! I’ll go look for sweets in the castle town!)
[YUZUKI]: (… Alright, buying this much should be more than enough–)
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, sorry!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “No, it’s fine– huh?”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san! Sorry, I didn’t notice…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “You don’t have to mind that. More importantly, why are you here in town?”
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone seemed tired so I thought to get something sweet…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Is that wrapping everything?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. I even bought the sweet soy sauce mochi you said you liked, Nobuyuki-san.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “…! Thank you.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “But you’re too considerate. You should also be resting.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ehehe, I’ll do that when I go back to the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san, why are you in town?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “I wanted to see the state of affairs and whether nothing serious happened in town while the castle was emptied.”
Nobuyuki-san looked over the town with gentle eyes.
[NOBUYUKI]: “It’s also work but, above all, I wanted to confirm that our territory was peaceful.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s just like Nobuyuki-san, huh…)
Everyone in town who noticed him nodded with a smile as they passed by.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Now then–“
Nobuyuki-san scooped up all the baggage I was carrying.
[NOBUYUKI]: “I’ve concluded my business, so why don’t we return home together.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay!”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san, you also really treasure everyone in this territory, huh.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “It can be said that because they are here there is a Sanada territory.”
[YUZUKI]: “… I heard about it from Yukimura-kun during the expedition. That in order to protect everyone living in Sanada territory he left from under Shingen-san.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “At that time we thought that would be best.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “And, even on the alliance matter, we intend to make the best choice to protect everyone living here.”
[YUZUKI]: “If there’s anything I can do then please let me help too!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Thank you. In that case, I do have a request for you as well.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “With what Yukimura said, a letter with summarized information will come soon from Takeda. Based on this, we intend to hold a discussion with everyone.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “I’d be pleased if you could also participate.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I understand!”
[YUZUKI]: (I hope we can have a good discussion, so that the peace of Sanada territory can be protected…)