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…?
The three people standing in front of the stone slab didn’t seem to notice us, maybe because they were focusing.
[YUZUKI]: (Being here means…)
[YUZUKI]: “It can’t be the Mouri army, could it?”
[MASANOBU]: “No… they’re—“
The moment Masanobu-san spoke they turned around.
[???]: “Huh? Just when I wondered who it’d be it was you guys.”
[MASANOBU]: “Mori Ranmaru of the Oda army and Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army. Also—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army.”
[YUZUKI]: (The enemy coalition came to Mouri’s lands…!?)
[YUZUKI]: “Why are they…”
[MASANOBU]: “Either they’ve come to search for clues on Himemiko-sama with a small number, or they’re here for the same reasons as us.”
[YUZUKI]: “You mean they’re also searching for a clue to save their friends…?”
[MASANOBU]: “This is only a speculation. In any case, they’re people we didn’t want to meet… although, they might be better compared to the Mouri army.”
The other side may have thought the same because they glared at us while exposing their wariness.
[RANMARU]: “… Why are you all here?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you think we’d answer that honestly?”
Everyone’s hands slid to their swords and, the moment the air became explosive, a roar resounded.
[YUZUKI]: (This noise…!)
I turned my eyes towards the sound and saw that several yakuma were approaching us.
[YUZUKI]: (What’s with those yakuma… Somehow, they look and feel different from the others up to now…!)
My body trembled at the sinister air of the yakuma but then Masanobu-san, with his blade drawn, whispered to me.
[MASANOBU]: “… Go behind me.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che… this comes first then.”
[MASANOBU]: “That’d be a good idea.”
During the time Kamanosuke-kun held down the yakuma, Masanobu-san and Kanetsugu-san swung their swords down at the yakuma.
Their blades were easily bounced back and they couldn’t injure the yakuma.
[MASANOBU]: “Ggh…! Our blades aren’t cutting through… it seems like these are different from normal yakuma.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, seems so…”
Kamanosuke-kun muttered that and then headed towards a yakuma. He ran over at a rapid speed and slashed with that momentum, but in the end he was thrown back.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Ngh!”
[MASANOBU]: “… It seems like it’s not just the Gekka Tribe that’s strong in Mouri’s lands but even their yakuma.”
Contrary to his gentle tone, Masanobu-san’s expression lacked composure.
[YUZUKI]: (At this rate, everyone’ll…)
The appearance of the fatally injured Masakage crossed my mind and I tightly clenched my fists.
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t want to experience that anymore.)
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Masanobu-san, my blood—“
Masanobu-san smiled wryly, seeing my surprise when an answer came before I finished speaking.
[MASANOBU]: “I know what you’re going to say in this situation.”
[MASANOBU]: “I’m grateful for your feelings, but… this is something that can’t be discussed.”
[YUZUKI]: “Why? Those yakuma are extremely strong, right? If, in the worst case, something were to happen…!”
[MASANOBU]: “I can’t use the power of your blood in front of the other armies and I don’t wish to put any more stress on your body. Besides…”
[MASANOBU]: “I told you, didn’t I? That I came to protect you.”
[MASANOBU]: “I don’t plan to let you get a single injury. Even if it was an injury you made yourself. So, please, let me protect you.”
[YUZUKI]: “… I understand.”
[MASANOBU]: “Thank you.”
Masanobu-san smiled gently and then called out towards the commanders of the enemy alliance.
[MASANOBU]: “Is a temporary truce here agreeable?”
[HANBEE]: “Mm, if we quarrel here we might end up repeating what just happened.”
[KOJUUROU]: “We need to prioritize defeating these right now.”