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…
[???]: “Huh? Just when I wondered who it’d be it was you guys.”
We were surprised at the identities of the three shapes that turned around.
[MASANOBU]: “Mori Ranmaru of the Oda army and Takenaka Hanbee of the Toyotomi army. Also—“
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Katakura Kojuurou of the Date army.”
[RANMARU]: “… Why are you all here?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you think we’d answer that honestly?”
A low roar resounded through the area like it was tearing up the tense air where a battle had been about to start at any moment.
[YUZUKI]: (Just now—)
Yakuma appeared as if to surround us without any time to think.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “—Don’t leave my side!”
As soon as Kamanosuke-kun said that the yakuma attacked us.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Kugh…! What’s with this one… it’s stronger than usual…!?”
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder what’s wrong! For Kamanosuke-kun to struggle…)
When I looked around, countless gleaming eyes were aimed at us.
[YUZUKI]: (Is there this many strong yakuma here? It looks like everyone’s attacks aren’t penetrating either…)
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… It’ll be okay.”
Maybe Kamanosuke-kun sensed my fear because he called out.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I won’t ever… let this be a situation that’ll make you sad.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che… this comes first then.”
[MASANOBU]: “It appears so.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “…… Haagh!”
Kamanosuke-kun distracted the yakuma well and turned it around so that Kanetsugu-san and Masanobu-san could easily attack it.
Kanetsugu-san and Masanobu-san swung their blades down, aiming at the yakuma’s gap, but— they were easily repelled.
Kamanosuke-kun’s sickle and chain, which was thrown with force, also bounced off very easily.
The yakuma that had repelled the sickle took a large step like that and sent Kamanosuke-kun flying.
He would hit the ground like this. The moment I thought that a single shadow caught Kamanosuke-kun.
[KOJUUROU]: “—Are you alright!?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “…! Why did you save me?”
[KOJUUROU]: “… It’s not the time to fight with each other in front of yakuma, right? Besides…”
Looking around, it seemed like the other commanders were facing off with the yakuma while naturally helping each other out.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Why… Everyone was trying to kill each other just earlier ago…”
[YUZUKI]: “Kamanosuke-kun, watch out!”
The person who drove back the yakuma which tried to attack Kamanosuke-kun again was the Oda army’s small commander— Mori Ranmaru-san.
[RANMARU]: “Kgh… Kojuurou! And you over there! Please hurry and return to the fight!”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Why did an Oda commander help me…”
[KOJUUROU]: “… We’re here in order to save people precious to us.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… You guys too?”
[KOJUUROU]: “You as well? Then this conversation will be quick.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Right now, we need to prioritize killing these.”
Kamanosuke-kun met eyes with me for just a second and then, as if he understood something, he nodded briskly.
[KAMANOSUKE]: “… Mm. I’ll cooperate just for now.”