Chapter 9: A Bolt From the Blue
The Takeda army and the Sanada army, having formed an alliance, pursued their enemies with great vigour and soon began to pressure them.
Just when things were thought to be flowing smoothly, Masanobu was injured by an enemy’s surprise attack…
Shingen-san and the others, having formed an alliance, pursued the Uesugi army and the Date army.
[SHINGEN]: “Everyone, follow me! We’re going to plunge right to Kenshin!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuahahaha! All who get in the way will be knocked down!”
.[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Krgh… it’s impossible to fight against those monsters head on! We’ll slip around and attack the si…”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Guagh!? N-No way… where did that… attack just now… come from…”
[SAIZOU]: “That ninja technique… was much too beautiful, if I do say so myself. I wonder if the lady was watching?”
[SASUKE]: “What’re you saying, Saizou! Right then it was my wind release that hit him!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Either one doesn’t matter, let’s clean up the enemies early.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Those guys are skilled as ninjas, like usual. Alright, I won’t lose either!”
I watched Takeda and Sanada’s coordinated advance from a distance.
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone’s amazing… There were no preparations and yet they can follow up like that…”
Masanobu-san, who was beside me acting as a guard, replied to my murmur.
[MASANOBU]: “Although everyone’s familiar with each other from the past, they’re in better shape than usual.”
[MASANOBU]: “… Could it be because you’re here, I wonder?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Me?”
[MASANOBU]: “Because even in the strategy meeting earlier–“
[YUKIMURA]: “… We’ve made an alliance but we can’t drop our guard. Uesugi and Date should come to attack again.”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah, let’s crush them with all that we’ve got before that happens. Of course, we’ll spearhead that.”
[SHINGEN]: “But there’s a concern at that time… Date. Those guys probably won’t move together with Uesugi and will butt in using our weak point.”
[SHINGEN]: “I’d like everyone to be constantly vigilant about the Date army too… I’m counting on you guys.”
Everyone nodded with serious looks. Shingen-san confirmed that before turning his gaze this time to me.
[SHINGEN]: “You’ll stay in the back together with Masanobu.”
[SHINGEN]: “Our opponent is Uesugi Kenshin. I can’t afford to protect you when I’m standing off against him… Please understand.”
[YUZUKI]: (He has a point… If I’m there, I can treat wounds but… since I can’t fight myself I’ll become a burden.)
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I understand…”
[YUKIMURA]: “Don’t worry. We’ll be fighting together too.”
[SASUKE]: “Heh heh! As long as we’re here, everyone won’t lose that easily!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Mm. It’ll be easy.”
[SAIZOU]: “I shall show you my splendorous activity thoroughly on the battlefield.”
Saying that, Saizou-san took my hand and covered it with both of his.
[SAIZOU]: “Heh, beautiful lady, I am pleased to become a companion of yours.”
[SASUKE]: “AH, what’re you doing, Saizou! You’re bothering her!”
[SASUKE]: “If you’re talking about activity on the field then look at me! ‘Cause I’ll use tons of cool ninja techniques!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, you guys, this is the second time! Stop plastering yourselves over our herbalist!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Don’t get ahead of yourselves just because we’re allied!”
[SASUKE]: “Whatever, a little bit should be fine!”
[SAIZOU]: “Hmph, as usual you have no composure.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Haa… I apologize. I’ll warn these two firmly.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yeah, that’s right, be sure to take care of those problems!”
Nobuyuki-san nodded at Masakage-kun’s words and then faced me before giving me a gentle smile.
[NOBUYUKI]: “You as well, I apologize for the startle.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no, that’s okay…”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, that also counts… and isn’t allowed!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Masakage, your face is bright red.”
[SHINGEN]: “Hahahaha! He’s easy to understand, isn’t he!”
The serious strategy meeting was, at some point, enveloped in an amicable atmosphere.
[MASANOBU]: “… Everyone seemed to enjoy it when you became the topic.”
[MASANOBU]: “Originally, they’ve fought together before, but it may be due to you that they’ve banded together as one to such an extent.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No way… I haven’t done anything.”
[YUZUKI]: (Whatever the reason… if everyone’s feelings are connected then they won’t lose, right…?)
[MASAKAGE]: “You, over there! Don’t get in our way! Hiyah, move outta the way!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuahaha! More, come at me more! That is if you don’t value your life!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… They’re the same as usual, huh.”
[SASUKE]: “Nah, they seem more polished than the time we were there.”
[SAIZOU]: “A superb show of strength. Well, they cannot beat my elegance though!”
Everyone in Takeda and Sanada steadily defeated the enemy soldiers and pushed on.
Their backs became small in the blink of an eye.
[YUZUKI]: “At this rate, they’ll definitely win against Uesugi and Date… right!”
[MASANOBU]: “Of course. Now, we should follow after them too.”