Chapter 1: Imminent Danger
Looking for clues on Himemiko, Shingen and the others proceeded smoothly towards Mouri territory.
However, the scouts brought back “troubling information”…
Having been suddenly carried, I stared at Shingen-san in surprise.
[YUZUKI]: “U-um! Shingen-san, why did you do this all of a sudden…!”
[SHINGEN]: “This way you can get down from the horse.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then you could have given me your hand like you did just now…”
[SHINGEN]: “But your body’s stiff from riding the horse all this time and you can’t move, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-no! I was only thinking about things!”
[SHINGEN]: “Oh, that’s how it was. My bad.”
In contrast to my fluster Shingen-san smiled brightly as usual and lowered me onto the ground.
[SHINGEN]: “Go and rest with the others. I’m going to step away for a bit.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, Shingen-san, you aren’t taking a break?”
[SHINGEN]: “As generals of each army, we need to have a discussion about what’s going to happen.”
Saying that, Shingen-san pointed to where Kenshin-san and Yukimura-san were.
[SHINGEN]: “Those guys are waiting too so I’m gonna get going.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… okay. We’ll be waiting.”
[YUZUKI]: (I was worried it might be tough for him to march with Uesugi, who he’s been fighting for years, but…)
Shingen-san seemed to be talking to Kenshin-san with no ill feelings.
[YUZUKI]: (From the looks of it, he seems okay. I’m glad… Wah!?)
After I was relieved my feet staggered and I was about to fall—
[MASATOYO]: “Are you alright?”
[YUZUKI]: “Masatoyo-san! Thank you for supporting me.”
[MASATOYO]: “You’re welcome. I’m relieved you didn’t get hurt.”
[MASATOYO]: “You must be tired from riding a horse this entire time. Everyone’s resting over there, so we should go too.”
As I was taking a break with everyone I remembered what happened earlier and became a little depressed.
[YUZUKI]: “It’s not my first expedition but I wobbled like that. It’s pathetic, huh…”
[MASANOBU]: “It’s because breaks haven’t been interspersed this time. It’s not unreasonable.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Even though we’re doing this to catch up to Oda and the other armies, we’re marching quite hard.”
[SHINGEN]: “We don’t know when we can rest next, so it’s best to rest well when it’s resting time.”
[YUZUKI]: “Shingen-san! Is the talk with Kenshin-san and Yukimura-san over?”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. But I still have some business.”
Shingen-san told everyone to get the rest they needed and then left the place.
[YUZUKI]: “Shingen-san isn’t resting even though it’s a break…”
[MASANOBU]: “There are many things a general needs to know.”
[MASATOYO]: “It’ll be okay and you don’t need to have such a worried look. Shingen-sama will also properly rest when it’s a break, so you should also rest well without being concerned, alright?”
When I nodded to Masatoyo-san’s words Nobuharu-san muttered this while he rotated his shoulder.
[NOBUHARU]: “Still… we’ve only been riding our horses and my body feels leaden.”
[MASAKAGE]: “We haven’t done anything these past few days except ride our horses, huh… I want to hurry and swing my sword as much as I want.”
[MASATOYO]: “Come to think of it, we don’t seem to have encountered yakuma either…”
[MASANOBU]: “Perhaps there aren’t many yakuma in this area.”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad. In that case, Imari-kun is also safe, right…?)
Learning that there might be information on Himemiko-sama in Mouri territory, Imari-kun headed for Mouri territory alone.
[YUZUKI]: (It would have been nice if Imari-kun came together with us, but I can’t let everyone find out about him, huh…)
As I was thinking about what a shame it was that Imari-kun wasn’t beside me the wind blew softly.
[MASAKAGE]: “… Hm?”
[YUZUKI]: “What’s wrong, Masakage-kun?”
[YUZUKI]: (It sort of looks like he’s staring hard at me…?)
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, you—“