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”…
[SHINGEN]: “Something important…?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes! This!”
When I took out medicine pills Shingen-san grimaced.
[SHINGEN]: “Gugh…! Of all things, you remembered that…”
[SHINGEN]: “It’s already night, so isn’t it alright if I don’t take one for today?”
[YUZUKI]: “Nope! Even if you feel fine now, it’ll be a problem if your health collapses at a crucial moment.”
[SHINGEN]: “That might be true, but…”
[NOBUHARU]: “Resign yourself, Shingen. Once she becomes like this, her will won’t bend.”
[MASAKAGE]: “As a herbalist, she’s really stubborn.”
[MASATOYO]: “Masakage has received treatment even after saying this and that every time, huh.”
[MASANOBU]: “Therefore, Shingen-sama, I don’t think she’ll quit until you take the pill.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes! Until you take it, I’ll follow you wherever you go!”
[SHINGEN]: “… Jeez, I’ve lost to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Please go ahead and choose one.”
[SHINGEN]: “Haa… I thought I could get away with not taking it today.”
[YUZUKI]: “As long as I’m here I won’t allow that to happen.”
[SHINGEN]: “I know… Seriously, our herbalist is strict.”
Shingen-san resolved himself and threw the pill into his mouth. Then his face immediately twisted.
[SHINGEN]: “Ugh… today’s a bitter one too.”
[YUZUKI]: “A sweet one might appear tomorrow.”
[SHINGEN]: “That’d be nice…”
[MASANOBU]: “Ahaha, it really was correct to ask her to be our herbalist.”
[MASATOYO]: “Mm. If it was us then he wouldn’t have taken it so readily.”
[MASANOBU]: “Yes, exactly. We were often deceived.”
Masanobu-san nodded to Masatoyo-san’s words and then turned to me and smiled.
[MASANOBU]: “Thank you for taking on the role of our herbalist.”
[MASATOYO]: “We’ve really been helped thanks to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Not at all… I haven’t done much…”
[SHINGEN]: “Don’t be so humble. Thanks to your pills, I can fight to my satisfaction tomorrow too.”
Shingen-san said this, smiling, and then stared directly at me before telling me this.
[SHINGEN]: “It’ll be a pretty large battle tomorrow. However, I’ll definitely protect you so don’t be worried.”
Shingen-san and the others wouldn’t break their promise. I was certain that, like their words, they would protect me.
[SHINGEN]: “Well then, we have to get up early tomorrow too so let’s—“
[YUZUKI]: “Excuse me…”
[SHINGEN]: “Hm? What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “I believe in everyone. That we’ll win no matter what army is our opponent. But…”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t want everyone to push themselves too hard. If anything should happen, please drink my blood.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m also a member of the Takeda army. I don’t want to just be protected; I want to protect everyone!”
Shingen-san’s eyes widened for a moment and then he smiled happily.
[SHINGEN]: “… You’re right. You aren’t a woman that’s just to be protected, huh.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Mhm. A normal girl wouldn’t be able to do something such as throwing a rock at a yakuma to counterattack.”
[MASAKAGE]: “She also scolded a general.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I was desperate at the time…!”
[SHINGEN]: “I understand how you feel. If necessary, we’ll borrow your blood. But, in the end, that’s the last resort.”
[SHINGEN]: “Everyone, do your utmost best so that this doesn’t happen!”
At that moment, where everyone responded loudly to Shingen-san’s words, an unexpected visitor appeared.
[YUKIMURA]: “Shingen! Has my brother come here?”
[SHINGEN]: “No, I haven’t seen him…”
[YUKIMURA]: “I see…”
[YUZUKI]: (Yukimura-san seems to be acting a bit strange…?)
[SHINGEN]: “… What happened?”
Yukimura-san hesitated for a second at Shingen-san’s question, but then he slowly opened his mouth.
[YUKIMURA]: “You see— my brother has disappeared.”