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-kun came back from the war council with a very serious expression.
[YUKIMURA]: “Apparently, the allied armies of Oda, Toyotomi, and Date are waiting for us just before Mouri lands. Tomorrow… it’ll be a three-on-three army battle.”
I was shocked at this sudden news. Everyone else couldn’t seem to hide their unrest either.
[SASUKE]: “Why’d they stop marching to Mouri. Plus, they’re waiting for us on purpose…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “A battle can no longer be avoided, can it.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Seems that way. They’re tough opponents, but… we have no choice but to do it.”
[SASUKE]: “That reminds me, Yukimura, you and the others met Nobunaga close to the capital, right?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah. He was really strong.”
I recalled the events close to the capital. He was strong to the point where even I could tell.
[YUZUKI]: (No way… we’re really fighting…?)
Maybe Yukimura-kun and Nobuyuki-san also remembered that time, because I saw that their expressions seemed a little stiff.
[SASUKE]: “But don’t worry. We’ve got Takeda and Uesugi here.”
[SAIZOU]: “Furthermore, above all, you have the genius me. Heh… our victory cannot be shaken.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Where does that confidence come from…”
After saying that in exasperation, Kamanosuke-kun muttered something while looking into the distance.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… But me too. If Oda is our enemy, I absolutely won’t lose.”
[YUZUKI]: (…? What does he mean…)
Kamanosuke-kun’s voice was extremely quiet and, apart from me who was nearby, it didn’t seem like it was heard.
[YUKIMURA]: “… Anyway, let’s prepare for tomorrow. Each one of us will split up and inspect the weapons and supplies. I’m leaving the preparation to you guys.”
Receiving Yukimura-kun’s orders, each person set out to prepare for tomorrow’s battle.
I ended up checking the supplies together with Nobuyuki-san.
[YUZUKI]: “… Alright, it’s okay here too. Everything’s confirmed with this, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobuyuki-san? Is something wrong?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Huh… no, it’s nothing.”
Nobuyuki-san said that but he seemed to be contemplating something.
[YUZUKI]: (It doesn’t look like nothing… Is it possible…)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san, do you also get worried?”
For an instant Nobuyuki-san’s gaze wavered, but then he immediately looked at me and smiled.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… It’s not that.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “No matter who the opponent is, I will protect you. By any means, I will certainly…”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m here too.”
The one who interrupted Nobuyuki-san’s words and suddenly appeared was Kamanosuke-kun.
[YUZUKI]: “Wah…! K-Kamanosuke-kun…?”
Not minding our surprise, Kamanosuke-kun came close beside me.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’ll protect this girl too.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Yes, you’re right. All of you are here, so things will be alright.”
Nobuyuki-san said this and averted his gaze from us, looking into the distance.
Because there was also what happened earlier, I was worried about Nobuyuki-san.
[YUZUKI]: (Nobuyuki-san… I wonder what he tried to say…?)