Chapter 3: Overturn Adversity, the Light’s Guidance—
Shigezane suffered Kobayakawa Takakage’s attack and collapsed. The received wound was so deep that it wouldn’t heal even when the power of her blood was used…
Masamune and the others were under pressure to make a painful decision.
The light which suddenly spilled from the sacred treasure stretched out straight to a certain point.
[YUZUKI]: (It shone the moment I wished to save Shigezane-san… I’m sure there’s some connection.)
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t want Masamune-san and Kojuurou-san to choose to abandon Shigezane-san like this…!)
[YUZUKI]: “Please listen. After I wished to save Shigezane-san, the sacred treasure suddenly glowed.”
[YUZUKI]: “It might be a clue to saving Shigezane-san. If we follow this…”
.[YUZUKI]: “But… I don’t have any proof, but if there’s even the slightest possibility then—“
[MASAMUNE]: “No means no.”
Kojuurou-san gently placed a hand on my shoulder when I pressed my question to Masamune-san.
[KOJUUROU]: “Calm down. I understand your feelings, but there is a reason Masamune is opposing this.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Do you know where the light is pointing?”
[KOJUUROU]: “That direction is Mouri lands.”
[KOJUUROU]: “If this light is some sort of clue to saving Shigezane and if this is in Mouri lands then…”
[KOJUUROU]: “We cannot move without thought… That is what you mean, right, Masamune?”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Yeah. Because of the Mouri army’s attack, there’s injuries to other soldiers too apart from Shigezane.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I can’t take an action that would risk the entire army for Shigezane alone.”
[YUZUKI]: “… But.”
I dropped my head, unable to say anything beyond that, but then I heard a voice that sounded as if it was smirking.
[MASAMUNE]: “However, it can also be said that the Date army is one that takes actions because there is an adversity.”
[MASAMUNE]: “It was only an instant, but I saw light released from the Oda army and Toyotomi army’s camps.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Moreover, there is too little movement in both those camps since earlier.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That is certainly the case… It’s been a while since the messengers have stopped too. Do you mean something happened in their camps?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yeah. This is a guess, but it’s likely both armies suffered injuries the same way we did.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If that’s the case then the situation has changed. I’m going to check it out.”
During the time until Masamune-san returned, Kojuurou-san and I waited while treating the wounded soldiers and Shigezane-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Kojuurou-san… I want to go to Mouri territory regardless of the result of the discussion.”
[YUZUKI]: “If, like Masamune-san said, he can’t risk the entire Date army, then I’ll go alone. Would that be alright?”
[KOJUUROU]: “You… Do you understand just how reckless you’re being?”
Although I shrunk at the exasperation in Kojuurou-san’s voice, I continued talking.
[YUZUKI]: “I-I do! But I want to save Shigezane-san no matter what and I don’t want to give up, so I can only think up something like this.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Not necessarily.”
Masamune-san continued to speak as if covering my words.
[MASAMUNE]: “As I guessed, the Oda army’s Shibata Katsuie and Toyotomi’s Maeda Toshiie are heavily injured. And, like I thought, their sacred treasures seemed to have lit up.”
[KOJUUROU]: “So both of them are carrying sacred treasures. Then… are we heading to Mouri’s lands?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yeah. A small force will be going. It’s impossible for either army to advance a larger force. So, we’ll be sneaking secretly into Mouri’s lands.”
[MASAMUNE]: “From the Date army… Can you go, Kojuurou?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Understood. But it’ll be dangerous to bring Yuzuki along. It would be best for you to remain here.”
[MASAMUNE]: “No, take her with you.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s okay for me to go together with him…?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Right now, only the Date army’s sacred treasure is releasing light. Your power is necessary to searching for the place with the clue.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides, either way, you planned on going even if you had to do so alone, right?”
For some reason, it looked like Masamune-san’s eyes were softer than usual as he said that and laughed.
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll go together with Kojuurou-san to Mouri’s lands!”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s settled then. Both of you, bring home the clue to save Shigezane from Mouri’s lands… I’m counting on you two.”