Chapter 2: Resolve, the Battle for our Friends!
The Sanada army threw itself onto the battlefield, lacking Nobuyuki. They continued to fight while feeling somewhat clumsy.
The person who appeared in front of them like that was…
Time passed with my feelings unable to settle, and then the next day—
[YUKIMURA]: “Our enemies are formidable! Everyone, keep your mind steady!”
Yukimura-kun’s command resounded across the battlefield and the war between two coalitions began.
[IMARI]: “The time has f-finally come…!”
Imari-kun seemed to be frightened at the violence of the battle that unfolded before our eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun might be in danger in such a large war. It’ll probably be better to have him run away right now…)
[YUZUKI]: “Hey, Imari-kun, this place is dangerous so why don’t you hide somewhere far away?”
[IMARI]: “N-no way… I’m staying beside you! It’s your first time at such a large battle too, right? Aren’t you scared…?”
[YUZUKI]: “I am scared… but, Imari-kun, you have your important task of searching for clues to Himemiko-sama, don’t you?”
[IMARI]: “I do, but… but I can’t leave you alone!”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, Imari-kun. But I’m not alone, and everyone in Sanada is here. Besides—“
I looked at Yukimura-kun, who was standing a little ways away with a grim expression.
[YUZUKI]: “Right now, more than being scared, I want to look for something I can do here. I want to support everyone, even by just a little.”
[IMARI]: “… You’re doing your best too, huh. Then, I can’t just run away either!”
[IMARI]: “Now the commanders are concentrating on the war, so I’m going to use this opportunity to look for Himemiko-sama’s clues close to Mouri territory!”
[IMARI]: “Please just wait! I’ll also work hard!”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun… Right, take care!”
The war situation, while still equal, gradually increased its intensity.
During this time, a single messenger came to Yukimura-kun with a flustered appearance and gave a new report.
The contents were that Nobuyuki-san was assisting the enemy’s coalition.
[YUZUKI]: (No way… Nobuyuki-san is on the enemy side…)
Disquiet ran through the soldiers as well, but—
It was Yukimura-kun who swept away the unrest.
[YUKIMURA]: “No matter our opponent, the people we should fight are the enemy’s allied forces!”
[YUKIMURA]: “We fight to protect Sanada!”
Everyone’s morale increased with Yukimura-kun’s inspiration and the Date army’s momentum increased.
However, that was visible only for a moment.
The reports of the war situation that came one after another were all news about how the Sanada army was at a disadvantage.
[SASUKE]: “Yukimura! We’re being pushed in here by the Toyotomi army! Let’s pull the troops back for a moment!”
[SAIZOU]: “This side as well! We cannot stop the Date army’s momentum! We should retreat temporarily and re-establish the front line!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Right. I’m leaving this to you guys!”
[YUZUKI]: (If only Nobuyuki-san was here at this time…! No… Nobuyuki-san isn’t here anymore. I can’t keep thinking like this, huh…)
At this moment, another messenger ran over with a report. What was told in a tense voice was this fact— the Oda army was approaching.
[YUKIMURA]: “Great, I’ll go over—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m attacking the Oda army.”
Kamanosuke-kun’s expression when he brought that up and interrupted Yukimura-kun’s words had an atmosphere that was completely different from normal.
[YUZUKI]: “Kamanosuke-kun…? You can’t be thinking about going alone?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Hold on! Kamanosuke! Don’t rush ahead!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m going no matter what you say.”
Not even listening to Yukimura-kun stopping him, Kamanosuke-kun ran off in a flash.
[SASUKE]: “Yukimura! Wait!”
[SAIZOU]: “What are you going to do if you run off!?”
Yukimura-kun, who tried to chase after, was held back by Sasuke-kun and Saizou-kun.
[SAIZOU]: “You are the general of the Sanada army. Entrust Kamanosuke to us.”
[SASUKE]: “Yeah, yeah, the general should just plop down here and wait!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Saizou… Sasuke… Alright. I’m counting on you guys.”
The two of them nodded firmly at Yukimura-kun’s words.
[YUZUKI]: “Both of you… come back safe together with Kamanosuke-kun.”
[SAIZOU]: “Yes, of course. What a massive idioit, doing such a wilful thing. He even made you this worried and I won’t forgive that.”
[SASUKE]: “Exactly. I’ll drag him back and force him to get on his hands and knees!”
[SAIZOU]: “In addition… when I return you shall hear about my greatest military achievements. Please look forward to that.”
[SASUKE]: “No, I’m the one who’s gonna tell her a great story!”
The two of them said this and ran off after Kamanosuke-kun.
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone, please stay safe…)
Yukimura-kun seemed to be thinking the same thing as he silently saw off their backs.
[YUKIMURA]: “…… Kgh.”