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.
Kojuurou-san’s words about a temporary truce became the cue and, although everyone was still awkward, they confronted the yakuma while giving calls to each other.
However, the last one wouldn’t fall down. Even I could tell everyone was feeling strained and tense, even though I couldn’t fight.
[HANBEE]: “Haa… we’re making no progress at this rate… Everyone, could I have some of your time?”
The suggestion from Hanbee-san was a basic cooperative attack.
[KANETSUGU]: “… I guess that’s the only way to kill this one.”
[MASANOBU]: “It appears so. If we’ve decided on this then, Kamanosuke, I’d like you to draw the yakuma.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “I’m the diversion… Got it.”
[KOJUUROU]: “You were thrown earlier by a yakuma, so will you be alright attacking it head on?”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Not a problem. This time… I won’t be hit.”
Indifferent to Kojuurou-san’s worry, Kamanosuke-san reined in the yakuma with quick movements and, from the opposite side, Ranmaru-san attacked the yakuma.
[YUZUKI]: (Next is Kojuurou-san and Kanetsugu-san’s joint attack though…)
When I looked at the two they were exchanging words without taking their eyes off the yakuma.
[KANETSUGU]: “… I have no intentions of forgiving you for using Kenshin-sama’s kindness and us, the Uesugi army.”
[KOJUUROU]: “From the start, we are not looking for forgiveness. We merely took steps that were necessary for our own army.”
[KOJUUROU]: “However, you shouldn’t have any objections about cooperating in this situation. You men also have circumstances, do you not?”
[KOJUUROU]: “I don’t care if you remain silent, but I’ll ask you to be reliable with this joint attack— Let’s go.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che, whatever. You better not betray us this time.”
Both of them cooperated amazingly in a way that was hard to think this was impromptu and, without wasting a movement, they skillfully drove the yakuma back.
Without overlooking a moment of opportunity, they attacked the yakuma at the same time.
The yakuma, suffering both their attacks, collapsed with an echoing sound—
And silence came as if all the tumult from before was a lie.
[YUZUKI]: (Phew… They’re all gone…! No one’s hurt either…!)
[KOJUUROU]: “Are you alright!? You aren’t hurt anywhere are you—“
Seeing me plop down, maybe from a sense of relief, Kojuurou-san ran over in a panic.
[YUZUKI]: “N-no… I just somehow lost all strength…”
[KOJUUROU]: “I see… I’m glad.”
He kindly gave me his hand as he said that and pulled me up.
[MASANOBU]: “… Still, for there to be such a strong yakuma.”
[KANETSUGU]: “It was surprising when they were cut down once but then stood up and came at us.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Mm… our attacks bounced off.”
[HANBEE]: “The strength of those yakuma was abnormal. Could it be—“
[MASANOBU]: “They may have been for eliminating those who approached this lithograph.”
[RANMARU]: “There’s a trace of vines being brushed away here… It looks like someone came here recently.”
[KAMANOSUKE]: “Coming here means… the Mouri army?”
[KOJUUROU]: “In any case, so that nothing further happens, we should take a look at that lithograph.”
Everyone gathered around the stone slab as if in agreement with Kojuurou-san’s words.
[RANMARU]: “It’s written with quite old characters. Let’s see…”
[RANMARU]: “—‘If thou completes the sacred treasures and offers them to the capital, then the path towards unification shall open.'”
There was a stir when the contents of the stone slab was read out loud.
[YUZUKI]: (The capital was where Himemiko-sama was, huh…)
She wanted Shinga to be at peace—
I remembered what was said when I met with Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: (If someone assembles the sacred treasures at the capital does that mean they can unify the country…?)
[YUZUKI]: (But this isn’t a clue to save Shigezane-san…)
Just when I thought that a voice came suddenly from behind us.
[???]: “Oh my, it appears there were preceding visitors.”
Surprised, I turned around and there stood two shapes—