Chapter 8: The Light Points to a New Sight–
Binding an alliance, Masamune and the others obtained permission to move freely within Uesugi territory.
They then slipped out to a cave, pointed to by the light emitted from the sacred treasure, and what they found there was…?
[KENSHIN]: “…… Indeed, words alone are not enough of an apology when you had been shot at with arrows.”
[KENSHIN]: “Hence, there is a need to show our sincerity.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama, then…”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I will accept the demands of Date.”
Hearing those words, Kagemochi did not say anything more.
[MASAMUNE]: “Well then, about the content of our demands–“
[MASAMUNE]: “Give us permission to walk freely through Uesugi’s territory.”
[KENSHIN]: “My territory… you say?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. The other day you guys were able to drive away the Takeda Army thanks to us.”
[MASAMUNE]: “–However, we’re talking about the Takeda Army. It won’t go so well every time.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Knowing that we’re helping, they might lead a massive army next time.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If we are to fight together then I need to grasp the terrain of Uesugi’s territory in advance. That way the war can proceed favourably.”
[KENSHIN]: “… I see. I understand what you wish to say.”
[KENSHIN]: “However, I am unable to answer that yet.”
[MASAMUNE]: “What do you mean at this point in time. Were you not going to accept our demands?”
[KENSHIN]: “Of course that is my intention. I will give permission for “those of Date” to look around my territory.”
[KENSHIN]: “However… who is that girl over there. Is she also of Date?”
Kenshin-san’s gaze was cast onto me. My body stiffened at those cool eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, I, I’m…”
[YUZUKI]: (How should I answer…)
While I was thinking, Masamune-san suddenly pulled me towards himself by the arm–
[MASAMUNE]: “This girl is my wife.”
[YUZUKI]: “… M-Masamune-san!?”
[KAGEIE]: “This girl is your wife? There should be no reason to bring your wife to this place.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “This is clearly unnatural. Kenshin-sama, there can only be something underneath–“
[KENSHIN]: “–Enough, both of you.”
When Kenshin-san said this, both Kageie-san and Kagemochi-san immediately closed their mouths.
[KENSHIN]: “Then, may I have you come to my castle first?”
[KENSHIN]: “As a token of our alliance and to apologize for inflicting harm on you and yours.”
Masamune-san showed that he was thinking about Kenshin-san’s words.
But, within an instant, his expression returned to normal.
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, I understand. We’ll go there.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Wait… what’re you saying, Masamune! By castle, it’s the same as going to their base, you know!?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Even though we’re said to be allied, originally–“
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, they’re enemies, but right now they’re our allies. We should be taking their invitation here.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, be quiet and come along.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “… Ahh, geez, fine!”
[KENSHIN]: “Have you finished your discussion? Then let us head there at once. Kageie, Kagemochi, I entrust you two to guide them to the castle.”
[KAGEIE]: “… Understood, Kenshin-sama.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… We will be your guides. Please, come this way.”
Following Kenshin-san, Kagie-san and Kagemochi-san started walking, and behind them Masamune-san and the others, who were on their horses, followed.
I stared at the castle in the distance with uneasy feelings.
[YUZUKI]: (I hope nothing happens…)
Although we were joined by an alliance, Kagie-san and Kagemochi-san had not lowered their caution towards us yet.
Especially Kagemochi-san, who might set up something against us on his own judgement again.
[YUZUKI]: (… Will it really be okay?)
Perhaps it was nervousness but my fingers shook imperceptibly.
When that happened, Masamune-san slowly came closer–
[MASAMUNE]: “Don’t look so worried.”
[MASAMUNE]: “It’s you, so you’re probably wondering what to do if guiding us to their castle is a trap.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… t-that’s exactly right…”
[MASAMUNE]: “Heh, as I thought…”
[MASAMUNE]: “If it’s a trap, then we’ll deal with it when the time comes.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides, if we’re cornered into an unfavorable situation, the fun of cutting our way through is born.”
Masamune-san showed a smirk that was full of confidence.
Drawn in by that expression, a smile unconsciously slipped out from me.
[YUZUKI]: (… If I’m together with Masamune-san and the others, I feel like we can easily overcome any trouble.)
When I realized it, my fingers had stopped trembling.
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, Masamune-san, you’re reliable.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hn, of course.”
And then Masamune-san faced the front and focused on the towering castle.
[MASAMUNE]: “In a little while we’ll arrive at Uesugi’s castle. Brace yourself.”