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…
[SAIZOU]: “Well, what did you wish to convey to us?”
[YUKIMURA]: “It’s about the battle with the enemy allied forces…”
[YUKIMURA]: “I don’t think we should confront the enemies.”
Everyone was surprised, including me, at Yukimura’s sudden words.
[YUKIMURA]: “Think about the situation right now. Our enemy is the allied armies of Oda, Toyotomi, and Date.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Although we have Takeda and Uesugi over here, there is no doubt the other side will be a tough enemy.”
[SASUKE]: “Yeah, we know it’s not gonna be straightforward though…”
[YUKIMURA]: “At the war meeting, we shared information on the enemy’s military strength and I was convinced again on their difficulty.”
[YUKIMURA]: “You guys haven’t forgotten our goal, right? We’re going to Mouri lands to get information on Himemiko-sama. In that case, we should avoid unnecessary battles.”
[YUKIMURA]: “So… I think we shouldn’t fight but head towards Mouri lands together.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Together with the Oda army…?”
[YUKIMURA]: “At the war meeting earlier, my thoughts weren’t gathered so I didn’t say this, but…”
[YUKIMURA]: “I think I’m going to tell this to Shingen and Kenshin.”
We listened quietly as Yukimura-kun spoke.
However, the one who broke the silence was Nobuyuki-san’s heavy voice.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Are those your thoughts?”
Nobuyuki-san stared hard at Yukimura-kun with similarly serious eyes.
[YUKIMURA]: “Yeah, that’s right. This is the path with the least sacrifices. So—“
[NOBUYUKI]: “Aren’t you saying that because, in truth, you are scared of battling?”
Saying that, Nobuyuki-san had a frightening expression that was never seen before.
At that, not just Yukimura-kun, but we were at a loss for words too.
[NOBUYUKI]: “Consider this carefully, your opponent is the peerless and ruthless Oda Nobunaga, you know? In addition, there is the unreadable Hideyoshi and Masamune, who only uses ambushes.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Do you think those men would honestly cooperate?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “On the contrary, they would take advantage of your weakness and we could end up in a dangerous situation.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… C-certainly, what you said is right, brother. I don’t know if I could trust them like I do Shingen and the others.”
[YUKIMURA]: “But now isn’t the time to say that. In order to protect everyone, we should avoid this battle.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I can only think of this as an action that will expose everyone to danger. Your plan is an idiotic one that will only put everyone’s lives to waste.”
Everyone and I couldn’t interject at those strong words which were unlike the normal Nobuyuki-san.
Unable to stop the two’s argument, the quarrel continued.
[YUKIMURA]: “… No matter what you say, brother, heading to Mouri lands as six armies is the best plan. This is what I think as the general of the Sanada army.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… You’re right. If you, the general, decides this then that is the decision of Sanada.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “However, I cannot obey this. I don’t intend to die with you and everyone.”
Everyone in this place was shocked at Nobuyuki-san’s abrupt statement.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… This is it for me. With this I am leaving the Sanada army.”
Having said that, Nobuyuki-san turned on his heel and began walking away to somewhere.
[SASUKE]: “…… Huh?”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san? P-please wait!”
When I called out Nobuyuki-san stopped for a moment.
However, he didn’t turn around and left like that.
Nobuyuki-san didn’t return to us as we stood still there–