Chapter 2: The Tip of the Blade
The war began at last with the dawning of the night. The commanders of each army attacked Motonari and the others one after another.
In order to fight fire with fire, Motonari and the others unsheathed their swords…
Following Motonari-san’s orders, everyone scattered to their own locations and waited for the sign to set out onto the battlefield.
And then, soon after the night ended— the war between armies began at last.
The sight was a chaos I had never seen before now and I unconsciously held my breath.
[YUZUKI]: (Even though the battles with yakuma were terrible, when it comes to the battles between armies, the intensity is different…)
[YUZUKI]: (Motonari-san and the others are going to join this violent battle…?)
Engulfed by the tense atmosphere, I tightened the arms which were holding Imari-kun without thought.
[IMARI]: “U-um… it h-hurts…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah! I’m sorry, Imari-kun!”
Imari-kun dropped to the ground when I released him from my arms and stared at the battlefield again.
[IMARI]: “I’ve seen a lot of battles up to now, but this is my first time for such a large battle.”
[IMARI]: “It makes me worried over whether we can grant Himemiko-sama’s wish and if peace can really arrive in this situation…”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm, that’s right…”
[YUZUKI]: “But I’ve decided I’m going to do what I can do.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll make Shinga peaceful together with Motonari-san and the others and show Himemiko-sama!”
[IMARI]: “… Right, let’s do our best.”
Motonari-san turned a gentle smile in our direction after watching us.
[MOTONARI]: “… Thank you.”
[MOTONARI]: “Ever since you arrived in Mouri lands, everyone in the castle has worked harder than before.”
[MOTONARI]: “I also receive courage just from having you beside me, princess.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-no way. I haven’t really done anything…”
[MOTONARI]: “No need to be humble. It’s the truth. I need to show you my virtues as well, hm.”
[YUZUKI]: “I think you’re more than amazing enough now, Motonari-san…!”
[MOTONARI]: “Is that so? I’m pleased if you think that, princess.”
I could tell my nervousness was loosening little by little at Motonari-san’s gentle words.
[YUZUKI]: (Could it be that he’s talking like this because I’m worried…?)
[YUZUKI]: (Motonari-san really is a kind person.)
[YUZUKI]: “… Motonari-san, you and the others are going to go to the battlefield from here, aren’t you.”
[MOTONARI]: “That is correct. On top of the battlefield being extensive there are many enemies and so it’s necessary to press them all down in one blow.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, I heard you say you would send a signal to march…”
[MOTONARI]: “Is there something you’re curious about?”
[YUZUKI]: “Everyone’s waiting in distant spots, right? I was wondering how you were going to send a signal in this chaotic situation.”
[MOTONARI]: “Indeed, it is difficult to cooperate if you’re separated.”
[MOTONARI]: “However, there is no concern. I will be using this as signal.”
When I followed Motonari-san’s line of sight I saw an archery squad.
[MOTONARI]: “The moment they release their arrows, we will begin battling.”
[YUZUKI]: “So everyone’s waiting on arrows to fly then.”
[MOTONARI]: “Our enemies will also be in disarray by the shooting of the arrows, and so it should be easy for everyone to advance.”
[YUZUKI]: (… Wow, he’s thought about how to make everyone move no matter where they are…)
Like that we waited for a while and then, at last, the time arrived—
[MOTONARI]: “It should be about time.”
Under Motonari-san’s signal the archery squad took up a stance.