Chapter 8: To Be Inseparable
Pursuing the sacred treasures, the Takeda army went on an expedition to Uesugi territory. On the way, they encountered the Sanada army by chance.
As Uesugi and Date move suspiciously, an alliance proposal came from Yukimura…
Pursuing the sacred treasures, we began our expedition towards Uesugi territory. I ended up placed on a horse, but…
[YUZUKI]: (To think I’d be riding Shingen-san’s horse… It’s like I’m being held from behind and it makes me a little nervous.)
My body unconsciously stiffened and, suddenly, Shingen-san smiled gently.
[SHINGEN]: “What, you don’t have to be so nervous. I’ll definitely protect you.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Right. Thank you, Shingen-san.”
Several days passed as we progressed with vigilance. We took a short break in the woods.
[SHINGEN]: “It’s been smooth up to now. We met some yakuma, but they were within expectations.”
[MASATOYO]: “Yes. I hope we can continue to advance smoothly like this.”
Shingen-san and the others started to talk about future plans and so, as not to get in the way, I moved to a place that was a bit farther away.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, that herb… if I recall correctly it’s good at stopping bleeding… I don’t know what’ll happen in the future so I’ll pick some while everyone’s talking…!)
[YUZUKI]: (I also picked some herbs that are effective painkillers and I’ll get everyone to look at these too– wait, huh?)
[YUZUKI]: (I got so involved in picking herbs that I went too far…! I have to hurry back.)
I tried to turn back in a panic, but at that instant– the nearby bushes shook greatly and then a single young man jumped out.
[???]: “Alright, we made it here without meeting an enemy! Woah, you–“
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… w-who is this!? He’s a werewolf, right!? What do I do… should I run away…!)
I was confused at this sudden event but he continued to stare at me, mouth open.
[???]: “… C-Cute. Are you possibly an angel!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh?… An a-angel?”
[???]: “Hey, Sasuke. What are you doing being discovered so loudly when secrecy is the principle of being a ninja. Besides, this girl is really surprised.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wah, another one!?… But I don’t seem to feel any hostility from either of them.)
[SASUKE]: “Ah, you’re right. Sorry for surprising you… By the way, what’s your name? Is it okay to ask?”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm… h-huh…?”
[???]: “Hey now! Don’t trouble a girl you met for the first time! We’re already intruding on another person’s territory. Come on, let’s go.”
[SASUKE]: “A-Alright. See ya, angel.”
[YUZUKI]: (… They’re gone. What was that just now… They mentioned another person’s territory, but… what did that mean?)
[YUZUKI]: (… Ah! More importantly, I have to hurry back to everyone…!)
[MASAKAGE]: “AH! Where’d you go!? Everyone was worried, you know!”
[YUZUKI]: “S-Sorry. I found some herbs and then…”
[MASANOBU]: “Well, I’m glad you were found immediately. You didn’t run into anything dangerous, did you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I’m okay… Ah, but I met two werewolves.”
When I told them about the two’s appearance and characteristics, and how one of them was called Sasuke, everyone looked at each other.
[YUZUKI]: “Could they have been Uesugi or Date spies?”
[SHINGEN]: “No, that’s not it. It’s more like they’re either Takeda or ex-Takeda… Anyway, it’ll be quicker to actually meet them.”
[YUZUKI]: “Meet them… in other words, you’re going to fight?”
[SHINGEN]: “Nah, the opposite. I’m going to meet them so that we don’t fight. Sorry, but could you lead us to where you met those werewolves?”
I visited the place I met those werewolves earlier together with Shingen-san and Nobuharu-san. However, the sun had already set and the area was pitch black.
[NOBUHARU]: “Hrmm. It appears grabbing a clue today will be difficult.”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. We should return for the time being–“
[???]: “PREPARE YOURSELF!”
Suddenly, several shadows flew out and Nobuharu-san pulled my arm, hiding me behind his back to protect me. Following that, the sounds of blows being exchanged resounded.
[YUZUKI]: (An ambush!? Shingen-san–!)
[SHINGEN]: “… Heh. It’s going to be a problem if you think this sort of surprise attack will take my head, Yukimura.”
Even I could tell that the opponents recoiled at Shingen-san’s words.
[???]: “This voice… it can’t be!?”
[SASUKE]: “Huh!? Isn’t that the angel earlier ago beside them!”
[SHINGEN]: “That one attack was pretty scary, Sasuke. Yukimura, you too… it’s been a while since we crossed blades, but like I thought you’re skilled.”
[SASUKE]: “I-I’m sorry! That was, um, a bit of a slip-up…”
[YUKIMURA]: “You aren’t hurt, are you? I’m truly and deeply sorry…”
Behind the two flustered men, even more shadows of what seemed like their comrades came.
[???]: “Hey, you two, what are you doing there– hm? It can’t be… over there…!”
The werewolves that appeared in succession showed shocked expressions when they saw Shingen-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Nobuharu-san, those werewolves seem somewhat friendly with Shingen-san…?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yeah. Those men aren’t Date or Uesugi… They’re Sanada people.”