Earlier the group had stopped for a quick break so the merchants could eat. There were three of them, two being in their late thirties and the third looking to be almost sixty. They were a father and his two sons, talking a bit about what they were planning on doing. The family had come Sunagakure to buy some merchandise to take back to the Land of Rivers and wanted an escort on the way back to Thirsty Scorpion Town. There, they had a personal guard from the Land of Rivers who would escort them the rest of the way back. He did not like to go past Thirsty Scorpion Town for some reason, they didn't tell the Sunagakure chuunin that much.
It would take at least until dusk to reach Thirsty Scorpion Town, meaning that Iro and Nobunaga would likely be there for the night. The desert was not a safe place even for Sunagakure chuunin at night, mostly due to how easy it is to get lost among the sand and rock pillars. He was glad to have brought extra water and a bit of food. Hot days made for thirsty men, and what's a drink without something to wash down?
The sun told him that it was almost one in the afternoon, meaning they had about five more hours until they got to Thirsty Scorpion Town. Thinking about Iro, Nobunaga would do one more check around the area to reassure himself that the area was somewhat secure, he would step to the side and backpedal to Iro at the rear of the train. He was on her left, and when he got to her he would be holding out a small hunk of cheese and a few pieces of salted beef.
"Thought you could use a little snack." His tone made his offer sound more akin to an expected acceptance than a yes or no. Maintaining your energy in the desert was key, especially for any amount of time longer than half a day. The sun burned away calories like a fire burns away a twig. Once she accepted this, he would slip his pack off and retrieve the second canteen of water. He held this out to Iro as well, as he hadn't seen one on her when they left the village. "And a drink, too."
He would leave the canteen with her, slipping the pack back onto his back as it had been before, and allowed her to get a few bites and a drink down before continuing. "I don't remember if I told you or not, so I wanted to tell you while I was thinking about it, but our mission is more than just an escort mission." he paused here on the chance she did know that they were supposed to actively suppress any bandit groups they rank across in addition to protecting the caravan. If she didn't, he would continue. "If we come across any bandits, we're under orders to eliminate any that we come across. This is a secondary order along with guarding any caravans. I thought I'd let you know that we're probably going to have to get our hands a little more than dirty today, should the occasion arise."
The entire time he was talking, he maintained a close eye on their surroundings. Any sudden movements and he would be ready to intercede with the Body Flicker technique, more than able to get back to the front of the caravan. He didn't see anything; not yet, anyways.