The sun was setting in the east and around the time it began to stain the area in warm colors, I was told that he wished to talk to me alone and so I came to the inner courtyard where he was waiting.
He said several things before he suddenly fell silent and directed an unusually serious gaze at me.
My breath caught at the dream-like sight of him, illuminated by the red light, and I—
—continued to stare at him like that.
[SHINGEN]: “You made some new medicine pills, didn’t you. I heard about your trial and errors from Masanobu. Thanks.”
[SHINGEN]: “I want to be someone who supports you like how the medicine pills you make support me— so, stay beside me from now and on too.”
—resolved myself to speak to him. [voiced]
[SHINGEN]: “It’s already been two years since you came to Shinga, huh. Each time I hold you, I think about wanting to feel your warmth even more.”
[SHINGEN]: “The time I spend with you has made me selfish, huh. Sorry about that. I’ve fallen for you to the point where I can’t hold myself back.”
—unconsciously averted my eyes.
[SHINGEN]: “Look over here. Won’t you let me see your face? Please.”
[SHINGEN]: “… You really are amazing. See, something a little sad happened, but after seeing your face I feel calm.”
[SHINGEN]: “You have a power that soothes people around you. That smile gives us strength. Thanks—“