Chapter 3: The Radiance Which Answers Your Wish
On the battlefield, where the turmoil was at its most extreme, the general of the Mouri army suddenly appeared— Mouri Motonari. Motonari swung his blade and Katsuie suffered a grave wound. In order to save Katsuie, she tried to give him blood but…
[NAGAHIDE]: “The Mouri army has withdrawn!?”
Having taken command of the main camp, Nagahide-san’s voice was rough at the facts told to him from a messenger.
[YUZUKI]: “That means Nobunaga-san and the others have driven the Mouri army into a disadvantage… right?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “No, it’s hard to think that from the reports I just received. What in the world—“
[RANMARU]: “Hurry! Over here quickly!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Ranmaru-kun! Is everyone saf—!?”
The moment I tried to run over to the direction of the voice a blood-stained Katsuie-san was carried in.
[NAGAHIDE]: “Katsuie…!? Hey, Ranmaru, what the hell happened!”
[RANMARU]: “He was cut down by Mouri Motonari! We need to hurry and treat him—“
Although Katsuie-san was barely breathing his breaths were shallow and he was unconscious.
[YUZUKI]: (He’s really pale… at this rate, Katsuie-san will—)
[YUZUKI]: (Oh, I know! If I let him drink my blood then surely…!)
I looked around my surroundings and picked up a dagger that was in my sight. Then, pressing my fingertip to the blade, I made a cut.
[RANMARU]: “!? What are you doing—“
“Katsuie-san isn’t in a condition to drink my blood, so I can only have him drink it like this…!”
I pushed the blood that was welling up from my cut to Katsuie-san’s unconscious mouth.
[YUZUKI]: (… He’ll be saved with this, right?)
However, Katsuie-san’s pallor continued to be without blood and there was no signs of his wound closing.
[YUZUKI]: “W-why!? Why isn’t he healing…”
[YUZUKI]: (Maybe this serious of an injury needs a lot more blood…? In that case—!)
Nagahide-san grabbed my hand when I clenched it around the dagger again.
[NAGAHIDE]: “Enough! Even if you do anything further, you’ll just waste your blood.”
[YUZUKI]: “Let me go…! At this rate, Katsuie-san will—“
[NAGAHIDE]: “HE WON’T DIE! I absolutely won’t let him die…”
[NAGAHIDE]: “I’m going to get a move on Katsuie’s treatment. Ranmaru, look at this girl’s injury first.”
[RANMARU]: “I understand.”
After that, although Katsuie-san’s injury was closed up somehow, he remained unconscious.
It was determined that no further treatments could be done here and so we rushed to make preparations for a retreat—
[NAGAHIDE]: “It seems like the Toyotomi army and Date army have organized preparations for a retreat as well. We’re heading out now too.”
It wasn’t just Katsuie-san who was seriously injured by the Mouri army’s attack.
Together with Katsuie-san there was Toshiie-san and the Date army’s Shigezane-san. Each person also seemed to have suffered grave wounds.
[YUZUKI]: (Katsuie-san… his injuries are sealed but he still doesn’t look well.)
[YUZUKI]: (I’m only useful to everyone with the power of my blood, and yet…!)
I squeezed the sacred treasure that I had in front of my chest, hard.
[YUZUKI]: (… Himemiko-sama, please, I’m begging you for the power to save Katsuie-san—)
—In that moment, as if my wish reached her, the sacred treasure abruptly began to shine.
[YUZUKI]: (Why…? It hasn’t responded until now…!)