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…
In order to put distance between me and everyone, I listened quietly to the discussion at a place that was a little away from the meeting spot.
[YUKIMURA]: “–In truth, we came to this land to confirm whether the rumors are true about Date and Uesugi forming an alliance.”
Everyone in Takeda made some noise at the unexpected information.
[YUKIMURA]: “From that appearance, it seems you didn’t know.”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah… I thought their movements from before were baffling, but if there’s an alliance then that explains it.”
[YUZUKI]: (… I see. It means me being targeted was because Uesugi told Date about the sacred treasure, huh.)
[YUKIMURA]: “… This is just my hypothesis but the reason Takeda is leading this many soldiers is to settle everything with Uesugi, right?”
Yukimura-san turned to face Shingen-san again and looked him right in the eyes.
[YUKIMURA]: “I want to repay your kindness at not blaming our intrusion into your territory without permission and your welcome. Please, won’t you form an alliance with us?”
[MASAKAGE]: “An alliance with Sanada…!? That’d be reassuring!”
[MASATOYO]: “That’s true. There are superb ninjas in Sanada. With them, we could act with a dominant position in this battle.”
Compared to the two’s approval, Shingen-san’s expression was reluctant and his answer was also unclear.
[SHINGEN]: “… No, but…”
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s natural you can’t trust us immediately. But Uesugi and Date’s alliance is a serious affair to us.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Please, I’d like you to add us to the march. I promise we’ll be of use.”
The alliance was put on hold, but the assistance of the Sanada army was decided and the discussion ended.
[YUZUKI]: (… It should be a good thing to have everyone in Sanada become our allies.)
[YUZUKI]: (So, I wonder why Shingen-san put off the alliance?)
The march resumed but I declined to ride a horse.
[MASATOYO]: “Will you really be alright walking? It’s okay to ride on my horse, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you. But it’s not like the road is muddy, so I’ll be fine.”
[YUZUKI]: (Besides, right now, without me beside them everyone can think about what they want to think about.)
That was what I thought, but Masakage-kun jutted out his lip and looked displeased.
[MASAKAGE]: “… Hmph. Is it because it’s not Shingen-sama that you don’t want to?”
[MASATOYO]: “Huh, is that so? Certainly, compared to Shingen-sama I may not be reliable though…”
When Masatoyo-san’s shoulders dropped, depressed, I hurriedly shook my head.
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s not it! I just thought I shouldn’t only take it easy…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hoho, that is a great attitude. Here then, hold this. It’ll be a perfect weight!”
Nobuharu-san said that and handed over the armor he was holding to me, but I unconsciously staggered.
[YUZUKI]: “Uuw… Nobuharu-san, this is way too heavy…!”
[SASUKE]: “H-Hey, hey, you guys. What’re you doing to such a delicate girl!?”
[SAIZOU]: “Aah, such a pitiable lady. Have Sasuke carry all of this armor.”
[SASUKE]: “Hold on, why do I have to carry all of it!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Fuaah. Then, carry me on your back too while you’re at it.”
[SASUKE]: “No, that’s why I’m saying why do I…!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Enough, you all. Don’t cause such a ruckus while we’re marching.”
[MASAKAGE]: “That’s right! Besides, don’t get too involved with her!”
[SAIZOU]: “Heh. A man’s jealousy is an ugly thing, Masakage.”
[MASAKAGE]: “W-What’re you talking about, ass!”
[MASATOYO]: “M-Masakage, calm down too!”
I should have put distance between me and everyone but it looked like I failed.
[MASANOBU]: “Everyone is the same as usual.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… Masanobu-san, I’m sorry…”
[MASANOBU]: “Eh? Why are you apologizing?”
[YUZUKI]: “Because you told me to take as much distance as possible…”
Masanobu-san looked at Sasuke-kun and the others who were in a lively argument and then nodded as if in comprehension.
[MASANOBU]: “No, this was inevitable. Don’t worry.”
Masanobu-san said that, but I motivated myself to be careful as much as I could and faced forward. When I did, Shingen-san’s back as he walked at the very front entered my sight.
[YUZUKI]: (If it was the usual Shingen-san, he’d be the first to join these conversations…)
I stretched out my hand to Shingen-san and tried to call out to him, but–
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Shingen-sama! It’s an a-ambush!”
[SHINGEN]: “… Che, that’s the Uesugi army, huh. Did they notice our movements?”
[SHINGEN]: “I don’t see Kenshin but we can’t drop our guards. –Hey, Yukimura, I’m leaving you guys to secure our path of retreat.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Right. We’ll be sure to secure a path!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hehe. Still, it’s fiiinally a fight!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuhaha! These several days we’ve just been fighting with yakuma. Let’s go wild to our heart’s content!”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Kgh… that’s Baba Nobuharu, the Immortal!? No, we can’t falter here! ADVANCE!”
Looking at Nobuharu-san, the Uesugi army soldiers shrunk back for an instant. However, they immediately rallied and came pressing in.
Masanobu-san furrowed his brows at the battle that began.
[MASANOBU]: “… No matter how I look at them, this seems strange.”
[SHINGEN]: “What’s wrong, Masanobu. Is there something you’re worried about?”
[MASANOBU]: “They’re attacking us, but when we counter they immediately withdraw… It’s completely different from how they’ve fought up to now.”
While Shingen-san and Masanobu-san were talking, the Uesugi army suddenly retreated.
The soldiers grew excited at their victory, but Masanobu-san’s expression didn’t clear.
[MASANOBU]: “Is it truly over in the end with this…”
I felt an uneasiness expand slowly in my heart at Masanobu-san’s quiet, muttered words.
(T/N: Honestly, I love this chapter because it was one of those moments where I synced with Masamune again and started cry-laughing because we’re both too brutal. I think I mentioned in Uesugi’s route that I like to play a game of imagining what I’d do to break a character or exploit their weaknesses, so… can you guess what Masamune is doing here? ;) Cause he’s totally being the brains behind the Date-Uesugi alliance here and what he’s doing is exactly the same thing I thought would be the best way to win against Shingen.)