Chapter 3: The Shape of Peace
To protect those they should, Motonari and the others chose the path of drawing their swords. After the battle, they passed a short time as they always did, but…
In front of this calm daily life, a small doubt suddenly sprouted.
One night passed after the finished their battle and returned to the castle—
I was helping Motoharu-san with breakfast preparations as usual.
[MOTOHARU]: “After you finish cutting those vegetables, check on the pot.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I know.”
[YUZUKI]: (… A lot of things happened yesterday, but everyone returned home safely and so I’m really glad…)
[YUZUKI]: (But I wonder why… I should be happy and yet, for some reason, I’m really restless—)
I scooped up the vegetables that were just boiled in a small bowl while struggling with these unanswered feelings when my hand carelessly slipped.
[MOTOHARU]: “Hey! What’re you doing…”
[YUZUKI]: “S-sorry! I’ll clean it up right away!”
I tried to quickly pick up the fallen vegetables, but my arm was grabbed by Motoharu-san.
[MOTOHARU]: “Wait, if you grab it with your bare hands you’ll burn yourself.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… right…”
Imari-kun came running in, panicked, as if he heard a loud noise.
[IMARI]: “I thought I heard a loud noise, is everyone alright—“
[IMARI]: “Woah, huh!? W-what happened!? The food’s a big mess!”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry for startling everyone… I was careless.”
[MOTOHARU]: “… You’re a bit odd today. Did something happen?”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh, no… I’ve just been thinking a little…”
[MOTOHARU]: “You’ve done enough for today. Rest a bit until breakfast is done.”
[MOTOHARU]: “It’s important to work hard, but there’s no point if you push yourself and get hurt.”
[MOTOHARU]: “Besides, with that appearance, something might happen again. So take a break for now.”
After breakfast, we ended up reflecting on yesterday’s battle.
[MOTONARI]: “Everyone, may I ask for your reports from yesterday?”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Yes, we accomplished our plan over here without any problems.”
[TAKAMOTO]: “Our enemy was the Sanada army and a man who seemed skilled with the ninja arts, so various attacks came at us but… Terumoto did very well.”
[TERUMOTO]: “But it was hard to fight. I think it’s because I followed Takamoto-sama’s plan that we were able to defeat him.”
[MOTONARI]: “I see… so we must take some care against these ninjas, I see. Both of you, well done.”
[MOTONARI]: “How did it go for you two, Motoharu and Takakage?”
[MOTOHARU]: “Yes, I was able to deliver a fatal injury to the commanders of two armies.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Me too. I made a commander in the Date army suffer a fatal blow in our forest.”
[MOTONARI]: “The ones who suffer fatal injuries are important commanders of each army… with this, none of the armies should be able to move for a while.”
[MOTONARI]: “Everyone must still feel the fatigue of yesterday, so please rest today.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Okay! What should I do now~.”
[TAKAKAGE]: “Terumoto, if you have time why don’t you run an errand? I have something I want to buy, but I want to rest.”
[TERUMOTO]: “Huh! That’s not fair, Takakage-sama! I have other things I want to do too—“
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone is smiling and passing the time as they always do. It’s the sight I wished to see… that should be the case, but there’s something that doesn’t ring true.)
“Is this really alright?” “Is this the peace you wished for?” Those words continued to run around inside my head.
“Erm… why did you summon me?”
“… Because I wished for Shinga to once again be a peaceful place without war.”
[YUZUKI]: (No. This isn’t what Himemiko-sama or what I wished for.)
[YUZUKI]: (War will never end in a peace that was created by someone’s sacrifice…)