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…
We met up with Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army and Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army before trespassing into Mouri territory.
[KOJUUROU]: “… That sacred treasure continues to shine.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… yes, although I don’t know the reason.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Incidentally, what is your position in the Oda army? You don’t appear to be able to fight.”
I was at a loss as to how to respond to his searching question when an answer came from a surprising place.
[HANBEE]: “What do you mean what position? She’s Nobunaga’s—“
[RANMARU]: “Hanbee. I don’t know what you intend to say, but she is a precious guest of the Oda army. Kojuurou, you too, please don’t ask strange questions.”
[HANBEE]: “You don’t have to be so angry. Well, it doesn’t seem like something that can be easily explained, so it’s true that asking about it is also useless.”
[KOJUUROU]: “I’m unable to simply say ‘alright’ and accept that answer though…”
[HANBEE]: “But I don’t think Ranmaru or this girl will tell us any more~.”
[HANBEE]: “More importantly, since we’re all going together, let’s get along.”
Being told that by Hanbee-san with a smile was, in its own way, hard to answer.
[RANMARU]: “This isn’t the time or place to say such nonchalant things. Toshiie should be gravely injured in the Toyotomi army as well.”
[HANBEE]: “Of course, I plan to accomplish our objective. But we can’t lose sight of ourselves.”
[HANBEE]: “If you lack calm then you’ll overlook something you would normally notice. For example—“
Hanbee-san said that and quietly held out an arm in front of us.
[HANBEE]: “Stop. It’s dangerous if we go any further.”
[KOJUUROU]: “This is… a trap?”
[HANBEE]: “Rather than hurting an intruder it gives notice that an intruder has come.”
[RANMARU]: “That… would be the most troubling thing for us right now.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes. If they lead an army over we’ll have no chance of victory.”
[HANBEE]: “Yep. Even if we detour there might be similar traps… I’ll see if I can cancel the trick, so wait a moment.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Then we’ll watch the surroundings.”
Following Kojuurou’s suggestion, Ranmaru-kun and I also decided to be wary of our surroundings.
[RANMARU]: “… I’m no good.”
I thought I heard wrong, but when I looked at Ranmaru-kun he was staring straight ahead and began to speak in a voice that only I could hear.
[RANMARU]: “You were entrusted to me from Nobunaga-sama, yet I couldn’t notice the trap.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ranmaru-kun, you’re not terrible. Earlier, you protected me from Kojuurou-san and Hanbee-san.”
[YUZUKI]: “I didn’t know what to do… like what if I blurted out something that would make it disadvantageous for Nobunaga-san?”
[YUZUKI]: “So, thank you for protecting me.”
[RANMARU]: “I can’t just accept what you’re saying. It’s frustrating, but what Hanbee said was correct.”
[RANMARU]: “I’m not calm. I need to take more care so as not to expose you to danger.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I know why you can’t remain calm, Ranmaru-kun.”
I spoke while remembering our promise to find a clue to save Katsuie-san.
[YUZUKI]: “It’s because you’re like that, Ranmaru-kun… that I’m glad we came here together.”
[RANMARU]: “… You really are kind. I didn’t think anyone would say that about me.”
[RANMARU]: “Thank you for acknowledging me. But I can’t continue to let myself indulge in those feelings.”
[RANMARU]: “I will be sure to protect you. I won’t let the Mouri army, or anyone, lay a single finger on you.”
The moment Ranmaru-kun’s words touched me Hanbee-san spoke.
[HANBEE]: “I released the trap. Let’s keep going!”
Eventually, we arrived at a slightly open area.
[YUZUKI]: (The light seems to be pointing into those bushes over there…)
[RANMARU]: “It looks like something is there. Let’s try going over—“