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…
The sacred treasure that was gripped in my hand continued to release a direct light.
[NOBUNAGA]: “This… is the light of the sacred treasure?”
Nobunaga-san had come to my side at one point and asked this question.
[YUZUKI]: “Y-yes… It just suddenly started shining…”
[YUZUKI]: (That the sacred treasure seems to be reacting to my wish means—)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobunaga-san, this light could be a clue to saving Katsuie-san.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do you have proof?”
[YUZUKI]: “I… only have my intuition.”
He probably wouldn’t believe in such a baseless thing— was what I thought when I lowered my head, but unexpected words came down.
[NOBUNAGA]: “If it is your intuition then we cannot overlook that. —Mitsuhide.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “My lord.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You saw it as well, did you not? The light just now.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, are you referring to the momentary light that was released from the Toyotomi and Date army camps…?”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh!? There were other lights…!?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Yes. It is likely those men also possess sacred treasures. And for those to have released light at the same time—“
Saying this, Nobunaga-san gave me a single glance before turning his eyes to the direction of the light.
[NOBUNAGA]: “I will speak with Hideyoshi and Masamune. Perhaps they are thinking the same as me.”
[YUZUKI]: “I wonder what Nobunaga-san went to talk about…”
It was Nagahide-san who answered my words that weren’t directed at anyone.
[NAGAHIDE]: “It’s probably about whether to invade Mouri lands or not.”
[YUZUKI]: “Mouri lands…? Why are we talking about that now?”
[RANMARU]: “You haven’t realized what’s at the end of this light, have you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… you mean…?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. The light appears to be pointing in the direction of Mouri territory.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “However, all armies are exhausted from the earlier battle. It’s doubtful as to whether we’ll cross a dangerous bridge on your gut feeling alone.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “But she carries the power to awaken the sacred treasures. I do not know how Nobunaga-sama will explain, but they should not be able to ignore this—“
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! Then, will we be advancing into Mouri lands?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “No. Hideyoshi and Masamune are of the view that we cannot ignore the light of the sacred treasures, but we will not march.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “We will invade with a small number and acquire the necessary information.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “May I ask who will be going from the Oda army?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru, I entrust this to you. Go with this girl, invade Mouri territory, and seek out the meaning of the light.”
[RANMARU]: “… My lord.”
[YUZUKI]: “I can go together with him too?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “There is no meaning if you do not go. Or have you grown frightened after learning the objective is Mouri territory?”
[YUZUKI]: (It’d be a lie if I said I wasn’t scared. But—)
[YUZUKI]: “I want to save Katsuie-san. I don’t know if there’s a clue at the end of this light, but…”
[YUZUKI]: “If there is even the slightest possibility then I’ll overcome my fears.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Heh… you’ve become strong. In that case, depart at once. Ranmaru, I leave the rest to you.”
[RANMARU]: “It’s only this sacred treasure that is shining now, huh.”
Ranmaru-kun opened his mouth while we were heading to meet up with the Toyotomi and Date army.
[YUZUKI]: “Mm. I don’t know why, but… I wonder if it reacted to my feelings because I was wishing hard at that time.”
[RANMARU]: “Your feelings?”
[YUZUKI]: “I wished for the power to save Katsuie-san. And then—“
[RANMARU]: “…… Kgh.”
Ranmaru-kun suddenly turned his gaze to me and he looked as if he was about to cry.
Then, slowly walking closer, he buried his face into my shoulder.
[RANMARU]: “… In truth, at that time, the one Motonari was aiming at was me.”
[RANMARU]: “And yet Katsuie-san protected me and went through that…”
[YUZUKI]: “Ranmaru-kun… we’re definitely going to save Katsuie-san.”
[RANMARU]: “… Right. Let’s find a clue in Mouri lands for Katsuie-san.”