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…
[MASAKAGE]: “Train her… Nobuharu-san, however you put it, choosing her is…”
[NOBUHARU]: “We learn by teaching! That’s how it is and this girl needs to be trained too, so it’s perfect.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Until I teach her, you won’t be satisfied, huh, Nobuharu-san.”
Masakage-kun gave a resigned sigh and then ordered me to wait a little before running off somewhere.
[MASAKAGE]: “… Here, I’ll lend this to you.”
Masakage-kun returned immediately and held in his hand was one wooden sword.
[YUZUKI]: “This is…”
[MASAKAGE]: “What I used when I was a kid. It’s lighter compared to normal wooden swords, so it should be easy to use.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see. Thank you for going out of your way, Masakage-kun.”
I received the wooden sword and tried holding it. Even though he said it was comparatively light, I felt like it was heavy for me.
[YUZUKI]: (Still, this wooden sword has been used for a long time. That’s just like Masakage-kun.)
[MASAKAGE]: “Well then, try giving it a test swing!”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay… Like this?”
[MASAKAGE]: “No, not like that… like this!”
[MASAKAGE]: “First, keep your arms close to your side.”
[YUZUKI]: “Like this?”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yeah. And hold the hilt tighter…”
Masakage-kun touched my hands, which were holding the hilt. In that instant, he froze.
[YUZUKI]: “…? Masakage-kun?”
When I looked at Masakage-kun questioningly, his face was dyed red.
[YUZUKI]: “Are you okay? Are you feeling bad or…”
[MASAKAGE]: “Er… n-no! I’m not feeling bad anywhere!”
The moment I worried and thought it best for him to stop the training and rest—
[NOBUHARU]: “You know what, I’ll join too!”
Maybe because he couldn’t hold back, but Nobuharu-san barged in holding a wooden sword.
[MASAKAGE]: “Y-Yeah! It’ll be better for you to have Nobuharu-san here too instead of me alone…”
[MASAKAGE]: “C’mon, concentrate more on training than me!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuhaha! You’re instructing her diligently, that’s good.”
Like this I was taught by the two of them.
After a while, just as I thought I was finally getting the hang of it, a familiar figure walking through the hall entered my eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Shingen-san!”
[SHINGEN]: “Hm? Oh, you. What’s up, you’re being instructed by Nobuharu-san and Masakage-kun?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. It’s difficult, but… it’s fun.”
[SHINGEN]: “Haha, I see. Then, next time, I’ll have you accompany my training too.”
Shingen-san laughed cheerfully and he didn’t have that pensive air from a few days ago.
[NOBUHARU]: “Heh, it seems like Shingen is back to normal.”
[SHINGEN]: “Hm? What are you talking about, Nobuharu-san.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Nah, it’s nothing. Ha ha ha!”
[SHINGEN]: “…? Oh well, more importantly, I bumped into you guys at a perfect time.”
[SHINGEN]: “There’s something I’d like to talk about. Call for everyone else.”
Looking at everyone who gathered in the main hall, Shingen-san opened his mouth.
[SHINGEN]: “Actually, a letter arrived from Kenshin. It says— apparently, Date is following Oda and Toyotomi.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Wha… Date is!?”
[MASATOYO]: “Oda and Toyotomi…”
[MASANOBU]: “In other words… those three armies have joined?”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. That’s what it’s become.”
[MASATOYO]: “Oda and Toyotomi alone will be trouble, but of all things Date is to be added to that…”
[MASAKAGE]: “Oda and Toyotomi were originally enemies and Date itself doesn’t have a relationship where they’d join with those guys. What is this all of a sudden…”
[SHINGEN]: “Wait. There’s more in Kenshin’s letter.”
What Shingen-san said was that a Mouri seal case seemed to have been sent to Kenshin-san from Date.
Apparently, it was found while Date was searching for Himemiko-sama clues and that it seemed like Mouri held some serious information about Himemiko-sama.
[NOBUHARU]: “Mouri, you say…! To think those guys would come out…”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, what kind of army is Mouri?”
[MASATOYO]: “Mouri is a race of oni, the strongest amongst the Gekka Tribe… they can be said to be a threatening existence to both vampires and werewolves.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see…”
[MASAKAGE]: “But Mouri aren’t guys who are that warlike, right? I haven’t heard about them fighting anywhere.”
[MASANOBU]: “That is purely because there hasn’t been any interference from our side. But if other armies trespass into their territory, even Mouri will counterattack.”
It’s true it wouldn’t be strange for it to become a war. Uneasiness welled up inside me.
[SHINGEN]: “… Although it’s dangerous, if there’s information on Himemiko-sama in Mouri then we have no choice but to go.”
[SHINGEN]: “Masanobu, send messengers to Sanada and Uesugi. Tell them we’re stepping into Mouri territory.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Fuahaha! My blood boils at the thought of fighting the Mouri army!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yeah! Whether they’re the strongest or whatever, I’ll beat them!”
[SHINGEN]: “Both of you, remember that war is our last resort. Don’t forget that our goal is gathering information on Himemiko-sama.”
[SHINGEN]: “Well, first I’d like you guys to get some rest. There was an expedition and battle, so it’s been pretty exhausting. Rest well when it’s resting time.”
Shingen-san broke up the meeting with those words.
After the meeting, I handed medicine over to Shingen-san and returned to my room. When I thought to rest slowly–
Faintly, I heard someone sobbing.