No Love is Selfless

無償の愛などなく


[on a beach]

Ushiwakamaru:

*yawn* Good morning! How are you, my lord?

  1. Where are we?

Ushiwakamaru:

Now that you mention it, this is strange. Did the ley shift fail?
Lady Mash and Fou are…

Mash:

Present.

Fou:

Foh!

Ushiwakamaru:

Lady Mash, Fou! I’m glad to see you safe!
Are you unhurt? It would bereave our lord if anything happened to you.

Fou:

Mm. Kyu.

Mash:

We’re fine.
…It seems that some sort of accident occurred during the ley shift. Please wait while I ask the Doctor to extract us.

[later]

Dr. Roman:

Sorry, everyone. We don’t know what caused this, but you’re coming through loud and clear.
We also don’t know much about where you jumped to, but I can tell you the space is stable.
For now, wait a while. I’ll bring you back right away once repairs are finished.

Ushiwakamaru:

Understood! My lord, I will go patrol the area to check for any danger!

Mash:

Wait. Just to be safe, let’s all go together. Are you fine with that, Master?

  1. Not a problem.
  2. Let’s do that.

Ushiwakamaru:

Yes!

[later, in a forest]

Mash:

Master, Ushiwakamaru, is your footing all right?

Ushiwakamaru:

I-I’m fine- …Hyah!? [she stumbles]
P-Pardon me. Thank you! Argh. To think I’d stumble despite my training under the Kurama Tengu…
In any case, this forest… It is quite different than those of my country.

Mash:

That’s true. It’s right next to the coastline… Maybe we’re on an island.

Ushiwakamaru:

Your guess is likely correct, my lady. I believe this is unlikely to continue into a larger landmass.
If that proves an obstacle, perhaps we should cut down some trees to build a raft…

Mash:

If we can return by ley shift, I don’t think we’ll need a raft.

Ushiwakamaru:

A pity. Despite my appearance, I’m rather skilled at raft-building-

Mash:

What’s wrong?

Mash:

Quiet. I sense the presence of evil.

Mash:

Right. Fou, quiet down.

Fou:

Kyu.

Ushiwakamaru:

…F-Forgive me.
Fou is so adorable, he just made my heart skip a beat.

The presence… is on an approach. My lord, shall we ambush them?

  1. Let’s do that.
  2. Got it.

Ushiwakamaru:

Then I will circle around to flank the enemy. Lady Mash, please intercept them from the front.

Mash:

Impressive… her Presence Concealment is on par with an Assassin’s. Intercepting the enemy now. Master, please stand back.
…They’re coming!

Ushiwakamaru:

I’m driving them towards you! Here we go!

[battle]

Ushiwakamaru:

Phew! That was a fine workout! By the way, is it acceptable to eat these game?

Mash:

You probably shouldn’t eat a lamia…

Ushiwakamaru:

That’s a shame. Snakes are rather delicious once you properly bleed them out. On the battlefield, they served as an excellent source of nutrition.

Mash:

I-I see…

[later, on a beach]

Ushiwakamaru:

The island turned out to be quite small after all. It appears there isn’t much to explore.
…That’s too bad.

Dr. Roman:

Ah, hello? It’s me, the Doctor. Sorry, but I need you to wait a while longer until the ley shift adjustments are done.
We’re having a hard time getting it stable…

Mash:

Acknowledged.
…Sorry, everyone, but it looks like it’s going to take a little more time.

Ushiwakamaru:

Then, my lord, I’d like to hear about you.

  1. Me?
  2. Why?

Ushiwakamaru:

Is it so strange to want to know more about the lord I serve?

  1. It’s a boring story.
  2. I don’t think I’m very interesting…

Ushiwakamaru:

Not at all. I simply want to know all about you, my lord.
I may not be a very good listener, but I will endeavor with all my heart and spirit to do so. I would be honored if you would indulge me!

[later]

Ushiwakamaru:

…I see, I see. Thank you, my lord!
…It appears that extraction is a ways off. It’s very quiet.

Um, my lord? I’ve been wanting to ask you…
Am I useful to you?

  1. Of course you are.
  2. That goes without saying.

Ushiwakamaru:

Indeed? I’m glad you think so. I… People often told me that I was “incomprehensible.”
When they heard that I fought for the sake of another, they would exclaim in surprise while shaking their heads.
Was that reason really so bizarre to them?

I fought for my brother, but still failed to earn his trust in the very end.
There were indeed some misunderstandings, but not once did I ever think to do my brother harm…
I am not angry, but the mystery eludes me. Why did he not understand my feelings?
I apologize, my lord. There was no need to trouble you with such drivel.

  1. Don’t worry about it.
  2. Keep going.

Ushiwakamaru:

…My lord, you remind me of Ise Yoshimori.
Ah, well, not in visage. His face resembled that of a wily fox.
But he was very easy to talk to. He was comfortable to speak with whether the topic was trivial or of great import.
My lord commands a great number of Servants. Yet, you show such personal concern for me…
It makes me a bit bashful, but I also feel deeply grateful to you.

Mash:

Is it time yet? Doctor, we’d like to go home now.

Dr. Roman:

Ah, sorry. I have bad news.

Mash:

By all means, share this bad news with us, Doctor Roman.

Dr. Roman:

Hey, I’m just saying, but this isn’t my fault, okay!?

As long as we don’t address the instability in that area, there’s a chance you’ll be sent somewhere else even if you try to return.
And, the source of the instability is moving around that island. Can you see anything that it might be?

Mash:

Around the island? What could it be… Might it be that ship over there?

Dr. Roman:

That ship, huh? Yeah, I’m clearly getting some magical readings from it.
I need you to get over to that ship and eliminate the source of instability. Can you do that?

Ushiwakamaru:

I believe we can. Once it gets closer, I’ll board it right away.

Mash:

F-From this distance!?

Ushiwakamaru:

Lady Mash, I am the one who once leapt over eight boats. This task will prove no challenge to me.
…It’s almost in range. Mash, once I board the ship, I will steer it this way.

Mash:

Understood.

Ushiwakamaru:

Please watch me, my lord! Now–

Dan-no-ura: Leaping the Eight Boats! Advancing!

[she takes off]

Mash:

S-She jumped. I’m pretty sure that’s more than eight boats away!

[on the ship]

Ushiwakamaru:

I’ve arrived! All right, you lot! I’m turning this ship for the shoreline!
I can’t promise you your li-

Your lives… O-Oh, no! They’re all dead!?

[On the beach. Sounds of battle.]

Mash:

U-Um. Ushiwakamaru-s looks like she’s fighting really hard!

  1. Trust her.
  2. It’ll be fine.

[on the ship]

Ushiwakamaru:

I have to steer this towards the shore… Argh, out of my way!

There we go! Lady Mash! I’m turning the ship now!

[on the beach]

Mash:

It’s closing in. Now even I can get aboard! [she jumps]

[on the ship]

Mash:

Ushiwakamaru!

Ushiwakamaru:

Ah, Lady Mash! I apologize. I ran into some trouble!

Mash:

I can see that. So it was a ghost ship!

Ushiwakamaru:

Ah, erm, Lady Mash?

Mash:

Yes?

Ushiwakamaru:

Is our lord, um, disappointed in me? I did tarry overly long…

Mash:

You’re all right. Our Master trusts you, Ushiwakamaru.

Ushiwakamaru:

Indeed!? Good, then I have nothing to be afraid of!
Come at me, monsters! My name is Minamoto- No, Ushiwakamaru!
In the name of Lord Gudao, I shall slay you all!

[battle]

Ushiwakamaru:

Good, we’ve taken care of most of them. My lord! My lord!

  1. [Wave.]
  2. Good job!

Ushiwakamaru:

Lady Mash! Our lord praised me!

Mash:

That’s nice, Ushiwakamaru!

Ushiwakamaru:

Yes, it is!

Dr. Roman:

Hey! You haven’t gotten rid of all of the signals coming from that ghost ship. If you don’t take care of them soon, you won’t be able to return.

Ushiwakamaru:

Oh, really? But…

Mash:

There’s nothing left…

[Something appears.]

Ushiwakamaru:

Mist is coming from the bodies!

Mash:

I see, so these vengeful spirits were moving the ship were the source of instability!

Ushiwakamaru:

Lady Mash, let us eliminate them for good this time.
Evil must be destroyed. All the more so if it is a demon…
I, Ushiwakamaru, shall cleave thy malice!

[battle]

Ushiwakamaru:

We defeated them!

Dr. Roman:

Good, now you can come home. Let me know once you’re ready.

Mash:

Acknowledged. Let’s rendezvous with our Master.

[on the beach]

Ushiwakamaru:

My lord, your retainer Ushiwakamaru defeated the wraiths without a taking a scratch!
Unfortunately, my lord could not witness my exploits while we were fighting on the deck…
But swear that I shall demonstrate my service somewhere visible next time!

So… um. If you wouldn’t mind…
Ah, I wonder if you would…

  1. What is it?

Ushiwakamaru:

I-If you wouldn’t mind, my lord… I’d… I’d be very happy if you could… pet me on the head.

  1. Okay.

Ushiwakamaru:

Thank you very much!

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