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…!?
Preparations for the war had been arranged and Motonari-san and the others were about to depart the castle.
I came together with Imari-kun to see everyone off.
[MOTONARI]: “Princess, thank you for seeing us off.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, not at all…”
[MOTONARI]: “I apologize for making you sad. However, we will return immediately.”
Saying that, Motonari-san tenderly stroked my head.
[MOTONARI]: “Now then, we’ll be going.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay… I’ll be waiting.”
[IMARI]: “Everyone, take care!”
Imari-kun and I waved at Motonari-san and the others until we couldn’t see them.
[IMARI]: “They’re gone, huh. Let’s go back to the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: (But is this really alright…)
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone’s doing their best to protect Mouri territory and yet I’m the only one doing nothing—)
Imari-kun called out to me in concern when I didn’t move from that spot.
[IMARI]: “… What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun… in the end, I want to follow everyone.”
[IMARI]: “Wha!? But everyone said they wanted you to stay in the castle because it’s dangerous, right?”
[IMARI]: “Besides, they’re oni. I don’t think they’ll be easily knocked down.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, I know Motonari-san and the others are strong.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I’ve also seen them hurt…”
[YUZUKI]: “If they were to get hurt again… and if it was something where they could be saved if they drank my blood immediately…”
[YUZUKI]: “I know I’m saying selfish things, but… even still!”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m scared. I’m scared to lose everyone…”
[IMARI]: “… You’re right. Even if there’s a proper plan, we don’t know what’ll happen—“
[IMARI]: “Let’s go too! Right now, we might be able to catch up still.”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, thank you!”
And so we hurried in the direction Motonari-san and the others went to follow them secretly.
[IMARI]: “—We managed to reach them somehow.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, looks like it.”
[YUZUKI]: (But where did Motonari-san and the others go… I got separated after we entered the forest.)
[YUZUKI]: (I need to join up with them quickly—)
I suppressed my anxious feelings while walking and then Motonari-san’s figure entered my eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Motonari-san…”
I tried to call out but there Motohari-san and the others ran over to begin their reports one after another.
Missing the proper time to talk to him, we remained hidden in the bushes and listened attentively to Motonari-san and the others’ conversation.
[MOTONARI]: “—Have preparations been made?”
[MOTOHARU]: “Yes, there are no problems.”
[MOTONARI]: “And you, Takamoto?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes, there’s no problems here.”
[TERUMOTO]: “I’m okay whenever too!”
[MOTONARI]: “I am glad then.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “… That reminds me, where did Takakage go?”
[TERUMOTO]: “Oh, really! He’s not here.”
[MOTOHARU]: “This always happens. He’ll return soon.”
[YUZUKI]: (… Takakage-san is the only one not here. I wonder where he went?)
The moment I tried to look around the area—
I realized a cold blade was placed against my neck and tried to scream, but my mouth was covered.
[YUZUKI]: (Oh no… Someone!!)