Chapter 3: A Dilemma, An Unshakeable Will!
The battlefield was extremely chaotic due to the appearance of the Mouri army. During this, Kamanosuke returned together with Nobuyuki-san, who should have left the army. In the brief joy at their return, a seriously wounded Saizou was carried in…
Amid the battlefield made chaotic with the appearance of the Mouri army, two shadows approached the main camp of the Sanada army.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… I’ve returned.”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobuyuki-san… and Kamanosuke-kun too…!”
[YUKIMURA]: “… So you’ve come home.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Yes… I’ve caused a lot of trouble, haven’t I?”
[YUKIMURA]: “… Will you talk about everything?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “I will. Once Sasuke and the others come back—“
Right in the moment the two were talking Sasuke-kun rushed in, looking like he was at his wits’ end.
[SASUKE]: “Huge problem! Saizou is…!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Sasuke? What in the world is—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “What’s with Saizou’s injury!?”
Sasuke-kun had lent his shoulder to a bleeding and limp Saizou-kun.
[YUKIMURA]: “Is he alright!?”
[SASUKE]: “I-I don’t know… He hasn’t responded at all even when I called him.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “This is bad. It seems like he’s bled quite a lot. I’m sorry, but could you give your blood to Saizou?”
I cut the tip of my finger a little and let a drop of blood flow into Saizou-kun’s mouth.
[YUZUKI]: (… Please!)
However, Saizou-kun’s wound didn’t seal and his face remained pale and bloodless.
[YUZUKI]: “It can’t be… Why!?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… It’s likely he’d bled too much. He’s still breathing but— he probably won’t hold for long.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Who did it?”
[YUKIMURA]: “For Saizou to be struck… Could it be the Mouri army?”
[SASUKE]: “I only glanced at them, so I can’t say for sure but probably.”
[SASUKE]: “Two figures went away from the place Saizou collapsed. I’m sure it was them…!”
[YUKIMURA]: “Did they aim for the spot where we were fighting and exhausted…?”
[SASUKE]: “It sounds like Uesugi and Takeda have seriously injured guys too. Dammit, did every other army get hit by the Mouri army too?!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… My plan wasn’t of any help at all. Rather, because of my half-cocked actions…!”
Nobuyuki-san said this, as if spitting it out. His hand was clenched to the point of turning white.
Nobuyuki-san released a breath and then opened his mouth with his usual calm expression.
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Yukimura, I knew that your plan certainly wasn’t a bad one.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “—However, I thought I should assume the worst case scenario.”
[SASUKE]: “… What does this have to do with your actions, Nobuyuki-sama?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… If I defected to the enemy side then, supposing the Sanada army were to lose, everyone’s lives could be spared through me.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Conversely, if the Sanada army won then only I alone had to die as a traitor.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s why you…”
[NOBUYUKI]: “But, in the end, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t be Sanada’s… your strength.”
[YUKIMURA]: “That’s not true at all! I’ve always been able to act like myself because you were here, brother!”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Yukimura.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Brother, won’t you come back to the Sanada army?”
[NOBUYUKI]: “… Is that alright? I betrayed you once.”
[YUKIMURA]: “Of course. Even now you’re supporting me—… the Sanada army.”
[SASUKE]: “Like Yukimura said. It’s because you were there, Nobuyuki-sama, that Kamanosuke was saved.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Mm. Thanks.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Everyone… thank you. But…”
Nobuyuki-san turned sad eyes towards Saizou-kun.
[YUZUKI]: (Nobuyuki-san came back and I thought the Sanada army was finally together again, but…)
Saizou-kun continued to breathe roughly and feebly, and there were no signs of waking.
[YUZUKI]: (I want everyone to laugh together again… Is there no way to save Saizou-kun…!?)
I held myself tightly like I was praying.
It happened in that moment. Suddenly, a dazzling light spilled from my breast pocket and pointed in a single direction.
[YUZUKI]: (The light from the sacred treasure…!? What’s going on…?)
[YUKIMURA]: “The light is pointing in the direction of Mouri’s lands…?”