Chapter 1: Resolve, Enveloping Dark Clouds!
Yukimura and the others aimed for Mouri lands, but they caught hold of information that the allied armies of Oda, Toyotomi, and Date have taken a position to counterattack.
Yukimura and Nobuyuki judged that the battle could not be avoided, but…
[YUKIMURA]: “We’re going to be entering Mouri territory from here and if we’re found… We won’t be able to avoid a battle.”
[YUZUKI]: (But if we don’t go to Mouri lands we can’t get Himemiko-sama’s clue…)
[YUZUKI]: (Is it okay to continue advancing like this…?)
I squeezed my hands, shivering, and looked down.
[SAIZOU]: “—It’ll be alright.”
My hand was gripped by Saizou-kun, who was beside me, and the sudden action surprised me.
[SAIZOU]: “The great me is here. There is no need for concern. Not even oni will be able to compete with my beautiful attacks.”
[SASUKE]: “Hey, Saizou! Don’t take advantage of the confusion to hold her hand! Besides, it’s because I’m here!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m here too. You can’t slip ahead.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Like Saizou and the others have said. It’s true the oni are strong… but still, we’ll definitely protect you.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes, and so please relax. Because no matter what happens, we are beside you.”
The words and kindness from everyone warmed my heart.
[YUZUKI]: (… That’s right. I have these reliable friends, everyone in the Sanada army.)
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you everyone.”
When I gave my thanks everyone responded with smiles.
[YUKIMURA]: “Now then… in order to protect you too, I need to talk with Shingen and Kenshin about what’ll happen from here. I’m leaving this place to you guys in my absence.”
Yukimura-kun said this and went towards where Shingen-san and Kenshin were.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Well, we should inspect our supplies—“
Suddenly, we heard a rustling noise come from the bush and interrupt Nobuyuki-san’s words.
Tension ran through everyone, including me.
[SASUKE]: “I-it can’t be…”
Everyone raised their guard, thinking it might be enemy soldiers, but—
[IMARI]: “… Ooph. Huh? Why does everyone have a scary face?”
[SASUKE]: “Oh, what the heck, it was you, Imari! Don’t surprise us!”
I breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing Imari.
[YUZUKI]: “I was worried when I didn’t see you. Where did you go?”
[IMARI]: “S-sorry! I thought I’d go on ahead and search around… There aren’t any enemies around us!”
[YUZUKI]: “So you took a look at our surroundings. Thank you, Imari-kun.”
[IMARI]: “It’s no big deal! We’re here to find clues to Himemiko-sama, so I thought I should do something!”
[SAIZOU]: “We’re grateful for your help. However, please do be cautious so as not to be found by people in the other armies.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Whether they’re enemies or allies, if the other armies learn that you are Himemiko-sama’s attendant, it would be inevitable for them to catch you.”
[IMARI]: “You can rest easy on that! If I’m silent then I’m just a normal tanuki!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Then, if they catch you as a tanuki, will they make tanuki soup…?”
[IMARI]: “I-in that case, I’ll be okay if I hide in my teakettle! Look!”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s t-true you can’t be seen as a tanuki that way, but…”
[SAIZOU]: “I believe there would be a sense of discomfort in its own way for a teakettle to be sitting alone on the roadside…”
[SASUKE]: “W-well, wouldn’t it be less interesting than a talking tanuki?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Rolling, rolling~.”
[IMARI]: “Awawawa! Please don’t roll me~!”
[IMARI]: “A-anyway, I’m going to continue investigating and I’ll follow everyone while hiding!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Will he be alright?”
[SASUKE]: “He hasn’t been found even to now, so won’t it work out somehow?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m more curious about how he got into that teakettle…”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s true…”
Everyone was talking about this when Yukimura-kun returned.
[YUKIMURA]: “I’m back… Huh, it seems to be lively here. What happened?”
[YUZUKI]: “Welcome back, Yukimura-kun. Just now, you see, Imari-kun—“
I was about to talk but we heard someone’s voice from a little way away.
Turning around, it was a messenger from the Takeda army who ran over in a hurry.
Yukimura-kun, who finished listening to Takeda’s messenger, had a serious face.
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s a summons from Shingen. It seems like he wants to hold a war council. It could be… that there are movements in the enemy allied forces—“