Chapter 3: Fortune and Misfortune Come By Turns
Masakage lost a battle with Kikkawa Motoharu of the Mouri army. Somehow his life managed to hang on, but his wounds were quite deep and his health was a battle against time. In order to save Masakage, she gave him blood immediately, but…?
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… It’s weird.”
Kamanosuke-kun murmured this while we advanced through Mouri’s lands, following the light released from the necklace.
[MASANOBU]: “Weird… what is?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Sanada’s sacred treasure and Uesugi’s sacred treasure glowed for an instant before disappearing, but Takeda’s sacred treasure is still shining…”
[YUZUKI]: (Now that it’s mentioned… Does that mean this light really is Himemiko-sama responding to my call?)
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I wonder why…? Are our sacred treasures different from this one somehow?”
Kamanosuke-kun stared at the necklace with a deeply interested look while tilting his head.
[MASANOBU]: “I don’t think there’s a large difference with the sacred treasures… but I’m glad we’re lucky enough for the light to remain even in just this sacred treasure.”
[MASANOBU]: “Because if they all disappeared then we wouldn’t know where to head.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “That’s true…”
[KANETSUGU]: “… No, it’s not a coincidence that it’s still glowing even now and it might be because that necklace is a special sacred treasure.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, you, where did you get that necklace?”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s something that was found in Uesugi’s lands, but I can’t honestly say that… W-what do I do? How should I answer—)
[MASANOBU]: “Do you think we’d tell you such an important thing?”
Kanetsugu-san gave a glancing glare at Masanobu-san when he entered the conversation as if to protect me when my words were stuck.
[KANETSUGU]: “… I heard that, before, you guys trespassed into Uesugi territory and that there was something which disappeared from the ruins.”
[KANETSUGU]: “According to Kagemochi-san, when that girl was caught by Kenshin-sama she seemed to be carefully holding something…”
[MASANOBU]: “And that something was this necklace? It’s not good to suspect something you didn’t see.”
[MASANOBU]: “I thought you were capable of more logical thoughts, but… perhaps my expectation was wrong?”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Hmph. Do you plan on playing innocent to the end?”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s a v-very prickly atmosphere…)
[YUZUKI]: (If he learns this sacred treasure was the Uesugi armys, it looks like it’d be a serious problem…)
I clenched the hand that was holding the necklace while praying that this wouldn’t be discovered.
[YUZUKI]: (It doesn’t look like the Mouri army is around anywhere right now… but we can’t drop our guards, huh. We don’t know when or where they’ll come from after all.)
[MASANOBU]: “We’ll take care of watching the surroundings, so you can relax some more.”
[MASANOBU]: “Since, not only must you be tired from the continuous expedition, but you also treated Masakage.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you, but if there’s something I can do then I want to do it.”
[MASANOBU]: “… You’re the same as always.”
[MASANOBU]: “I won’t stop you if you want to do it, but you can’t push yourself too hard, alright?”
I felt horribly apologetic while nodding to Masanobu-san’s words.
[YUZUKI]: (Masanobu-san must be even more tired. If I didn’t say I wanted to go to Mouri’s lands then I’m sure he would be resting by now…)
[MASANOBU]: “… What’s wrong? Does it hurt somewhere?”
[YUZUKI]: “No… um, Masanobu-san, I’m sorry for making you come with me.”
[MASANOBU]: “… Ah, so that’s what you’re looking gloomy about. Don’t mind me. I share your feelings in wanting to save Masakage and I came because I wanted to protect you.”
[MASANOBU]: “Even if someone else announced going, I think I would have forced them to let me come.”
[YUZUKI]: “Masanobu-san… thank you so much.”
A smile leaked out naturally at Masanobu-san who smiled and joked out of concern for me.
Eventually, we arrived at a slightly open area.
[YUZUKI]: (It looks like the light is pointing past those bushes. I can see something though, so is that—)
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… A stone slab?”
[MASANOBU]: “Looks like it.”
[KANETSUGU]: “So that’s where our clue is, huh. Alright, let’s go check it out.”
At the same time we went past the bushes the sacred treasure’s light disappeared and three shapes, standing in front of the stone slab, entered our eyes—