Chapter 3: The Withered Tree Flowers
An abrupt appearance of a commander of the Mouri army. Because of that one man, Kikkawa Motoharu, Kagekatsu sustained a grievous wound. The wound was deep and even with the power of her blood it couldn’t be healed. She wished strongly to save Kagekatsu and in that moment…
Maybe it was because the three shapes were focused on the stone slab, but they hadn’t noticed us.
[YUZUKI]: “Could they be… the Mouri army?”
[MASANOBU]: “No… they’re—“
The instant Masanobu-san tried to speak the three people turned around.
[???]: “Huh? Just when I wondered who it’d be it was you guys.”
[MASANOBU]: “Mori Ranmaru of the Oda army, Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army, and—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army.”
[YUZUKI]: (Why are they here…?)
One of the three who were facing us had the same exact question that came into my head— it was the Oda army’s Mori Ranmaru who spoke.
[RANMARU]: “… Why are you all here?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you think we’d answer that honestly?”
An explosive atmosphere settled in at Kanetsugu-san’s thorny words.
[KANETSUGU]: “Get behind me.”
That was quietly whispered to me, but when I tried to step behind him with caution there was a roar heard from nearby at that moment.
[YUZUKI]: “That was…!”
Looking around I could tell there was a considerable number of yakuma with glowing eyes.
[KANETSUGU]: “Che… this comes first then.”
[MASANOBU]: “That’s be a good idea.”
[MASANOBU]: “Hey, that girl is special, right? To the Uesugi army, and to you.”
I was at a loss when this subject was brought up by Masanobu-san all of a sudden.
Maybe Kanetsugu-san was the same because he replied in an irritated tone.
[KANETSUGU]: “Now’s not the time for that, is it?”
[MASANOBU]: “I was thinking about offering help if she was someone you had to protect, but is my assistance unnecessary?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, it’s not needed.”
Kanetsugu-san seemed to spit that out and then turned his gaze to me.
[KANETSUGU]: “I take back what I said. Listen up, don’t leave my side.”
However, Masanobu-san went around behind us, uncaring about Kanetsugu-san’s reaction, and spoke.
[MASANOBU]: “I’ll protect the back. You take care of those— hah!”
However, the sword that was swung down with force was rebounded and he couldn’t give an injury to the yakuma.
[MASANOBU]: “Kgh…! Something seems strange.”
This time Kanetsugu-san slashed at another y akuma but it was easily avoided.
[KANETSUGU]: “Che… it’s the same here.”
[MASANOBU]: “… It seems like it’s not just the Gekka Tribe that’s strong in Mouri’s lands but even their yakuma.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, looks like that…”
Every yakuma seemed to be abnormally strong and, as the battle continued, everyone’s expressions began to lose their composure.
[MASANOBU]: “Even if we fight separately, there’s no progress…”
[KANETSUGU]: “… We can only fight together here, huh.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, Kamanosuke! Attack right after Masanobu and I slash down.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Okay.”
Kanetsugu-san and Masanobu-san raised their blades again and sent a signal to Kamanosuke-san with their eyes.
[KANETSUGU + MASANOBU]: “HAAAAAGH!”
But this attack was also repelled and Kamanosuke-san was sent flying by the yakuma.
The one who caught him was— the Date army’s Katakura Kojuurou-san.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Ngh!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Are you alright?”
It looked like Kojuurou-san and the others were also having a hard fight against the yakuma because his expression looked to be lacking calm.
Then the Toyotomi army’s Takenaka Hanbee turned to everyone and spoke words.
[HANBEE]: “This isn’t the time or place to quarrel. At this rate, we’re just going to repeat the same failure.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes, we need to prioritize defeating these right now.”
The moment everyone’s awareness strayed— one single yakuma came at me.