Chapter 1: Causing Confusion, the Progress of the War—
Masamune and his group formed an alliance with the Oda army and Toyotomi army, but it was hard to say that the atmosphere of the three armies was calm as they headed towards Mouri territory.
At that time, a certain piece of news, which Masamune wished for, arrived…
The allied armies decided to make camp around the time the sun was soon to set.
[MASAMUNE]: “Split up and begin camp preparations.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, is there something I can help with?”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Not in particular. Try not to get in the way.”
.[YUZUKI]: “Anything is fine. I can’t be the only one to stand around spacing out—“
[SHIGEZANE]: “Then come with me to look for food! Hey, that’s okay right, Masamune?”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hn. Do what you want.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Alrighty, done then! C’mon, let’s go!”
Shigezane-san took my hand and started walking into the nearby forest.
[SHIGEZANE]: “It’s gonna get dark around your feet soon. Be careful.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, thank you! Imari-kun, you take care too.”
Shigezane-san moved quickly through the forest while pulling my hand so as to find food before it grew dark.
[YUZUKI]: “That reminds me, Shigezane-san. I thought we brought more than enough food…”
[YUZUKI]: “So, why are we going out of our way to search?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hrmm… first is to be economical. When we get into Mouri lands we won’t be able search for food without a worry.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Second… I was asked by Masamune.”
[YUZUKI]: “Masamune-san said he wanted something in particular…?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yup, that’s right. He said he wanted to cook something to encourage the soldiers.”
Shigezane-san said that as his eyes quickly looked around their feet.
[SHIGEZANE]: “… Alright, this place is good!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “There’s a lot of wild veggies growing here, so let’s pick them.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wow… there’s so much.”
[IMARI]: “Ah, tree fruits are on the ground too!”
I let go of the hand I was holding with Shigezane-san and began looking for ingredients.
I picked the wild vegetables that were springing up from the ground beside Imari-kun, but suddenly there was a rustling noise of leaves.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh…? It doesn’t sound like the direction Shigezane-san is in—)
[IMARI]: “AH!? R-run—!”
I raised my head up at Imari-kun’s voice and there stood a yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: (Wha… yakuma!? What do I do—)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Watch out…!”
Shigezane-san rushed over to where I was, frozen and unable to move, and cut down the yakuma before giving me a kind grin.
[SHIGEZANE]: “You aren’t hurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-no… thank you…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “… You’re really OK? You seem kinda spaced out.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, how should I put it… I was surprised by how fast you moved, Shigezane-san…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s how you saw it? Hehe, actually, I’ve increased my training lately.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Since there was that time I didn’t protect you well.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But this time I’ll definitely protect you to the end!”
[YUZUKI]: (Shigezane-san… He’s been thinking that.)
I was touched by his feelings and my heart became full.
Shigezane-san smiled gently at me and held out his hand.
[SHIGEZANE]: “C’mon, let’s hurry and go back to everyone.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Heyyy, Masamune. We got the ingredients.”
[MASAMUNE]: “…… Mm.”
Even when we called out to him, Masamune-san stared off at one point with a tense appearance.
[YUZUKI]: “U-um… Masamune-san? Did something happen?”
[MASAMUNE]: “… You’ll understand soon.”
The moment Masamune-san said that a soldier came running over in a hurry.
When Masamune-san heard the report from the soldier the atmosphere he had until now did a complete change and he smiled with pleasure.
[MASAMUNE]: “They finally came…!”