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…
[SAIZOU]: “It appears meritorious gains have appeared by themselves. I look forward to telling that girl about my acts of heroism.”
Despite the disadvantageous situation with numbers, Saizou showed a composed attitude.
[SAIZOU]: “Heh, you two have no fortune. Of all people, you met a genius like me…”
[SAIZOU]: “It’s clear the loss will be with you. Just regret your bad luck.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “… Certainly, it is regrettable to have met you because I do not like to fight much…”
Takamoto, while closing in the distance between him and Saizou with surety, spoke with an expression that gave off a feeling of sorrow.
[TAKAMOTO]: “I think this is futile, but I have a request. I don’t want to fight you if that is possible… Could I ask you to retreat like this without doing anything?”
[SAIZOU]: “Both of us know that I cannot do that, no?”
[SAIZOU]: (He has strong, determined eyes in spite of being an enemy…)
[SAIZOU]: “Or… are you intimidated in front of my beautiful strength?”
[TERUMOTO]: “Let me tell you…! YAAAH!”
Terumoto, who jumped forward forcefully, closed the distance in a blink towards Saizou.
[SAIZOU]: “Too naive! Ninja art… Earth Release, Rock Spear!”
Countless sharp, pointed rocks sprung from the ground and knocked away Terumoto’s small body.
[TERUMOTO]: “Ugh… gugh…”
[SAIZOU]: “Those were some nice movements, but they were too direct.”
[SAIZOU]: “However, to still be conscious after receiving my technique… I suppose it is to be expected of an oni. But you cannot fight anymore with those wounds.”
[SAIZOU]: “Now, it’s just you.”
The moment it looked like Saizou’s form disappeared, in the next instant, he appeared in front of Takamoto and was swinging down his weapon.
However, Takamoto managed to just barely dodge it.
[TAKAMOTO]: “Kgh…! Haah!”
[SAIZOU]: “!? Although you said you dislike fighting, that swordsmanship isn’t something I can be careless about. However…!”
[SAIZOU]: “Ninja art… Dance of the Four Seasons Shuriken!”
[SAIZOU]: “You’re open—!”
Maybe Takamoto faltered at the fluttering shuriken, but he was unable to block Saizou’s attack.
However, the moment he attacked, Saizou also received a counter attack from Takamoto.
[SAIZOU]: “Kgh… that was dangerous…! But this is the en—“
The insant Saizou tried to deliver the finishing blow at Takamoto—
Terumoto’s weapon stabbed deeply into Saizou’s body.
[TERUMOTO]: “I am fighting for Mouri too…!”
[SAIZOU]: “Gugh… ah…!”
Saizou crumbled to his knees and then fell face down.
[TERUMOTO]: “Haa… hah…! Takamoto-sama!”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Terumoto… I’m glad you’re safe. You saved me, thank you.”
[TERUMOTO]: “No, I just acted according to your plan, Takamoto-sama.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes… it was a good act.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “… Our objective is accomplished, so let us report to Motonari-sama.”
[SASUKE]: “…-ey, hey! Saizou! Where’d you go!?”
[TERUMOTO]: “—!! Takamoto-sama, please grab onto my shoulder!”
[TAKAMOTO]: “I’m sorry… and thank you, Terumoto.”
Sasuke ran over to the collapsed Saizou and reflexively raised his voice at the large amount of blood there.
[SASUKE]: “Sa… Saizou!?”
[SAIZOU]: “Ah… ugh…”
[SASUKE]: “H-hey, this ain’t true, right!? What happened!? Saizou, hold on!”
[SAIZOU]: “… I’m… I’m a big idiot too…”
[SAIZOU]: “Like this, I’ll… make her sad too… What a failure… this isn’t… beauti… ful…”
Saizou’s breath was feeble as he muttered but then, eventually, his eyes closed and he stopped moving.
[SASUKE]: “Sa… Saizou…? S-stop it… this isn’t true, right!? Hey, Saizou!? SAIZOU!!”
Even though Sasuke called out his name continuously, Saizou did not respond to that—