Chapter 10: All Worldly Things are Transitory
Several days after entering into an alliance with the Uesugi army, Shingen, who returned to the castle, seemed to be deep in thought about something.
While everyone tried to guess at his inmost thoughts, the words spoken from Shingen’s mouth had a premonition of further war…
It’s been several days since the expedition ended and we returned to the castle. The restless days where I was treating injured soldiers finally settled and so I made an effort to compound medicine.
[MASANOBU]: “I’ve procured the herbs we were running short on.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you very much, Masanobu-san.”
[MASANOBU]: “You’re welcome.”
Masanobu-san smiled and then began mixing, using a part of the herbs he brought.
I looked at Masanobu-san’s profile as he did so and abruptly remembered the conversation I had with Masanobu-san the other day.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry for breaking my promise not to leave that spot.”
[MASANOBU]: “No, that’s fine because you were unharmed. But… why did you leave that place?”
I couldn’t talk about Imari-kun and so I was stuck with my words but Masanobu-san smiled softly.
[MASANOBU]: “I’m sorry for leaving you as well. Anyone would become uneasy being alone there… I’m honestly relieved you’re safe.”
[MASANOBU]: “But don’t be reckless anymore.”
I nodded strongly while feeling my heart warm by Masanobu-san’s kindness.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m never going to make them worry anymore.)
I swore that in my heart and then placed Shingen-san’s medicine, which was just completed, and water onto a tray.
[YUZUKI]: (… I wonder if Shingen-san is okay.)
Shingen-san’s health was stable but he seemed to be thinking about something and, ever since we returned home, he’s been absent-minded.
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if it’s because of the alliance with the Uesugi army, like I’m thinking.)
I was worried but I should do everything I could do right now. I told myself that and headed towards Shingen-san’s room to hand over his medicine.
But Shingen-san wasn’t in his room. I searched the castle and asked everyone too but he couldn’t be found.
[YUZUKI]: (Why isn’t he anywhere… Is it possible something happened?)
My feet stopped from uneasiness. When I told myself not to think about weird things, my shoulder was suddenly patted from behind.
[YUZUKI]: (! Shingen-san!?)
But there stood Nobuharu-san. Nobuharu-san’s face was clouded with what seemed like worry and he grabbed my shoulders.
[NOBUHARU]: “What are you making that look for. Did something bad happen?”
[NOBUHARU]: “If you don’t mind it being me, I’ll lend a ear.”
Hearing his gentle words, my anxious feelings slipped and spilled out.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… there’s no sight of Shingen-san anywhere. I was wondering where he was…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Oh, it’s about that.”
Nobuharu-san gave a relieved smile and then removed his hands from my shoulders.
[NOBUHARU]: “If it’s Shingen, he’s surely in the privy.”
[YUZUKI]: (Privy… like the toilet? But if he’s been there for so long that no one’s seen him then…)
[YUZUKI]: “Could he have collapsed in the privy…? I’m going to find him right now!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Nah, it’s alright.”
[YUZUKI]: “But just in case…”
[NOBUHARU]: “I see. You don’t know yet, huh, about Shingen’s habit.”
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san’s… habit?)
[NOBUHARU]: “He has a habit of shutting himself in the privy.”
[YUZUKI]: “In the privy…”
[NOBUHARU]: “There’s a privy just for Shingen. It’s cleaned and straightened neatly and when I used it once he got quite angry at me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Come to think of it, I’ve heard about that. But he hasn’t seemed to do that recently…”
[NOBUHARU]: “That’s because it’s been pretty busy since you came. He hasn’t had time to coop up in the privy.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Currently, the war’s on hold and we’ve made an alliance with Uesugi, so he must want to think about many things.”
Nobuharu-san scratched his head and gave a small grin. I was relieved that it wasn’t a serious situation by his usual appearance.
[NOBUHARU]: “There’s no need to worry and he’ll return to normal soon… More importantly.”
[NOBUHARU]: “I thought this when I touched your shoulders earlier, but… you have skinny arms as usual, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: (Do I…?)
But it might not have been unreasonable for Nobuharu-san, whose body was trained, to think so.
[NOBUHARU]: “This is dangerous what with battles continuing on… Alright, let’s do some training now!”
[YUZUKI]: “Training… me!?”
[NOBUHARU]: “Yeah. Even if you’re a women, it never hurts to train because you don’t know when an enemy will suddenly come at you.”
[YUZUKI]: “That may be true, but… it’s impossible for me to train like everyone right away.”
[NOBUHARU]: “What, I won’t go hard on you right off the start. Come on, let’s go.”
Nobuharu-san took my hand and half-dragged me to the courtyard.
[MASAKAGE]: “Geez, you’re late! Nobuharu-san!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Oh, my bad, my bad.”
[MASAKAGE]: “I thought you forgot our promise, but you came so I’m glad. Anyway, putting that aside…”
Masakage-kun eyed my hand which was still grabbed by Nobuharu-san.
[MASAKAGE]: “What’s with her?”
[NOBUHARU]: “You’ve grown quite a bit and teaching someone is also good for yourself. Therefore…”
Nobuharu-san patted my back and said this loudly.
[NOBUHARU]: “Try training this girl.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Wha, WHAAAT!?”
(T/N: Title is an interesting idiom. The literal meaning is what I chose to use, but I’m seeing the English idiom “Life is full of ups and downs” for this as well. The English one sounds kinda lame to me though LOL.)