Chapter 3: Will
A scream echoed on the battlefield. When they ran towards the location of the voice there they found Toshiie heavily injured by Mouri Motonari. Despite trying to use her blood to heal Toshiie’s wound though…
We joined with Mori Ranmaru-san of the Oda army and Katakura Kojuurou-san of the Date army and entered Mouri’s forest.
[YUZUKI]: (I knew we wouldn’t go on normal roads since we’re sneaking in but…)
[YUZUKI]: (This road is steeper than I thought… No, this isn’t the place to complain.)
[YUZUKI]: (I need to find a clue to save Toshiie-san as soon as possible!)
.[HANBEE]: “You have a pretty serious expression.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Not really…”
Hanbee-kun looked like he was thinking a little and then— he suddenly sat down.
[HANBEE]: “Owowow! My chest hurts! I can’t move another step~.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha!? W-what do we do?”
Ranmaru-san and Kojuurou-san also noticed us and ran over.
[KOJUUROU]: “What’s going on all of a sudden?”
[RANMARU]: “You looked fine just a moment ago…”
[HANBEE]: “My leg… no, I mean, my chest hurts~! I think it’ll get better if I rest a little though…!”
[KOJUUROU]: “… I see.”
[RANMARU]: “Understood. Let’s take a break.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Huh??”
For some reason, Ranmaru-san and Kojuurou-san glanced at me and then consented to Hanbee-kun’s words.
[HANBEE]: “Thank you! Then, there’s a fallen tree there that looks like it can be sat on so you come too.”
[HANBEE]: “Sit beside me.”
[HANBEE]: “Mm? What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Is your chest okay…?”
[HANBEE]: “Don’t worry! I’m alright now that you’re sitting beside me.”
At this point, with his words, even I could understand Hanbee-kun’s consideration.
[YUZUKI]: (He thought I wouldn’t speak out myself and so he made it so that we could take a break…)
[YUZUKI]: “Hanbee-kun… thank you.”
I said that and Hanbee-kun turned to me, reaching a hand out—
[YUZUKI]: “W-what are you doing!?”
[HANBEE]: “Ahaha! That’s a cute look. Take this, and this!”
[YUZUKI]: “W-wait, seriously, jeez—“
[HANBEE]: “You can’t do that, you know. If you push yourself too hard then Toshiie will be sad too.”
[HANBEE]: “Toshiie… no, we’re all prepared for how we might die in war. No matter how cheery we look.”
[HANBEE]: “But we weren’t expecting to hurt you or make you suffer. I think Toshiie would also say ‘That wasn’t my intention!’.”
[HANBEE]: “So, please don’t push yourself too hard. If you’re in pain then say so. You can also complain.”
[HANBEE]: “Also, I love your smile so I want to see your smiles.”
[KOJUUROU]: “… I do not know what sort of identity you have and I will not ask right now.”
[KOJUUROU]: “However, I will admit you are an appropriate companion.”
[RANMARU]: “That’s true… You have the courage to come here, knowing all the dangers, and an attitude that doesn’t complain.”
[RANMARU]: “I can tell that it’s because of your feelings for your comrades.”
I realized a little late that everything was seen, from beginning to end, and grew embarrassed.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… thank you for saying those things.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll do my best and as much as I can so that I don’t drag any of you down.”
[HANBEE]: “Be careful not to do anything unreasonable. Now, we should get going.”