Chapter 2: The Flash of an Assassin’s Blade—
Sanada Nobuyuki of the Sanada army changed sides… Masamune and the others doubted those words while they used the chaos of the war to sneak towards the Mouri army.
However, the person who greeted them there was…!?
[IMARI]: “… It looks like it’s finally started.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mhm.”
For a while now, after day dawned, I began to hear the sounds of weapons clashing and shouts from the distance.
[YUZUKI]: (… The battle’s already started at the front lines.)
Even though I should have resolved myself, my legs couldn’t help but shake.
I was worried when it came to Imari-kun and so, with a stiff expression, I unconsciously said my true feelings.
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun… in the end it really is dangerous here, so escape to somewhere far away.”
[IMARI]: “Wha!? B-but… then you…”
[YUZUKI]: “I… want to help Masamune-san and the others with the power of my blood. I’ll stay here by Masamune-san and the others’ sides.”
Imari-kun stared up at me as if in deep thought but soon his expression tightened with determination.
[IMARI]: “… I understand.”
[IMARI]: “Then I need to do my best at what I can do too!”
[IMARI]: “We’re close to Mouri territory here, so while the warlords are concentrating on the battle I’m going to search for information on Himemiko-sama!”
Without even having the time to stop him, Imari-kun’s form disappeared.
[MASAMUNE]: “… What are you doing in a place like this?”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun was telling me he was going to search for information, but… did something happen?”
[MASAMUNE]: “We’re going to advance from here— be sure not to leave our side.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Woah, Masamune, it’s rare for you to say that honestly!”
[MASAMUNE]: “N-no…! That wasn’t what I meant!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Simply, we don’t know what will happen in this war. It’s necessary to be well prepared.”
For Masamune-san, who used clever schemes and overcame battles, to say this sort of thing made me worried over whether this situation was quite grave.
[KOJUUROU]: “… We’re right before Mouri lands here, but we have no idea as to how the Mouri army will move.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yeah. Moreover, I can’t predict how Sanada Nobuyuki will move either.”
Masamune-san huffed as if he was amused.
[MASAMUNE]: “The other armies are the same in being unable to read the situation.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Us, the Date army, will be separating from our allies, both the Oda and Toyotomi armies, to attack the enemy coalition independently.”
[MASAMUNE]: “—Is how we’re acting while we try to sneak into Mouri territory.”
When I looked at Masamune-san’s face as he said that he had his usual smirk.
This was a large war that I had never seen before since I came to Shinga. For us to rush ahead of the other armies in the middle of this—
[YUZUKI]: (… To be honest, I’m scared, but…)
[SHIGEZANE]: “Leave it to us!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, we’ll be sure to protect you reliably.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Right. I believe in everyone. Please take me with you!”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Heh. Then, Date army, we’re moving out!”