Chapter 1: The Hour of Departure
Allied armies were approaching Mouri lands. In such a tense situation, Motonari opened his mouth, dignified. “Now then, let us begin to move as well.”
The plan to confront the approaching large armies is…!?
[MOTONARI]: “… Princess, I would like you to remain here at the castle.”
[MOTONARI]: “I’m very grateful for your feelings, princess. But, you see, it is because I heard what you just said that I would like you to stay behind in the castle.”
.[MOTONARI]: “You are kind. Thus, in order to protect us, you will try to fight without considering your own self.”
[MOTONARI]: “I do not wish to see you hurt, princess…”
[MOTONARI]: “Moreover, there is another reason.”
[MOTONARI]: “Your blood carries a power that resembles that of Himemiko. In addition, you also have the special ability to use the sacred treasures.”
[MOTONARI]: “The other armies have not learned this yet. The moment they know, they will certainly aim for you.”
[MOTONARI]: “Therefore, we cannot let your existence be known. Do you understand?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Hey, why do you think we chased after the spy from before and dealt with them?”
[TAKAKAGE]: “There was the stone slab, but we drove out the enemy to protect you.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Don’t put to waste Motoharu-niisan’s injury.”
Hearing Takakage-san’s words, I remembered the time Motoharu-san came home injured.
[YUZUKI]: (Like that time… if people learn about me then I might cause everyone trouble.)
[MOTOHARU]: “Don’t worry. No matter how many armies come, we won’t let them enter the castle.”
[MOTOHARU]: “We’ll definitely protect you.”
[TERUMOTO]: “That’s right. I trained hard to protect you!”
[TERUMOTO]: “You’ll be a little lonely but just wait, okay?”
Terumoto-kun said that and then hugged me tightly.
[YUZUKI]: “Motoharu-san, Terumoto-kun…”
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone thinks this much about me. I’m really happy about that.)
[YUZUKI]: (… But that’s exactly why I don’t want everyone to be hurt—)
As my emotions largely shook, Imari-kun poked my arm and spoke up.
[IMARI]: “I know exactly how you feel. I’m worried about everyone too…”
[IMARI]: “But that’s why we should believe in everyone and wait in the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mm.”
Motonari-san made sure I nodded before he looked over at everyone again.
[MOTONARI]: “—Now then, let us prepare. Takamoto, will you help me?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes, of course.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “I think I’m going to do some preliminary investigation.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Then I will prepare our weapons and tools.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Terumoto, don’t forget about our plan.”
[MOTONARI]: “Good, everyone, we will depart before the sun sets.”