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…?
The next morning. I heard voices arguing about something at the entrance to the room when I woke up.
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Last night, you people were the ones who caused that commotion!”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “We have witnesses who saw you two slip out of your rooms late at night.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “That’s ’cause I wanted to go to the toilet. I looked everywhere for it and accidentally broke a vase. Hey, actually, why would soldiers come for such a small thing.”
.[KOJUUROU]: “And you do not even accept our apologies; we are continuously being suspected.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Masamune, please say something about this.”
After Kojuurou-san sighed with an exasperated look, he turned back to Masamune-san who was behind him watchfully waiting.
[MASAMUNE]: “… It’s true, these two destroyed your personal property on their way to the privy. However, that was not done intentionally.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Even though we apologized, you men are doubting us more than necessary, simply because we are people of another army.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Above all, you men have a previous offense. Yesterday, while saying that we are allied, Amakasu Kagemochi tried to kill us.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Following that, this poor treatment. What exactly do you intend with this?”
Masamune-san met eyes with Kenshin-san, who had been watching this series of exchanges behind the soldiers.
[MASAMUNE]: “Kenshin, do you really plan to tie an alliance with us?”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “Bastard, you DARE to insult Kenshin-sama–“
The moment the anger of the Uesugi soldiers was to explode, Kenshin-san chided them and stepped forward.
[KENSHIN]: “… I apologize for this rudeness. However, I have no reason to annul the promise of an alliance.”
[MASAMUNE]: “So, you will continue this current relationship.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If so, swear you will treat us with the utmost sincerity in the future. If you do, then I’ll forgive and forget yesterday’s actions.”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I shall certainly promise. We will not act discourteously to you, our allies.”
When Kenshin-san gave a firm nod, Masamune-san continued speaking as if he remembered something.
[MASAMUNE]: “I have not received a reply yet regarding the survey of Uesugi territory.”
[MASAMUNE]: “This is just in time. Let me hear your answer here and now, since I am not a patient person.”
And then Masamune-san looked at me, who had been watching the proceedings a short distance away.
[MASAMUNE]: “That girl is also “one of Date’s”. So, there should be no problem if she accompanies us.”
[KENSHIN]: “… I understand. I will permit your survey.”
[KENSHIN]: “However, we cannot rule out the possibility that the Takeda Army will strike again. Until you all return to Date territory, I shall also go together with you around my territory.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Thus, your wife with mysterious powers may also feel safe.”
Eyes with unreadable emotions turned towards me and, for an instant, my heart skipped a beat.
[YUZUKI]: (Is it possible they discovered our use of the sacred treasure yesterday…!?)
In contrast to me who was inwardly shaken, Masamune-san answered quietly without being perturbed at all.
[MASAMUNE]: “My thanks for your concern.”
After Kenshin-san left to prepare, I recalled the conversation just now.
[YUZUKI]: (Asking to be together with the wife with mysterious powers… Does Kenshin-san know everything…?)
[YUZUKI]: (… What do we do. If the power of my blood is known…)
Remembering that Kenshin-san again, I shuddered a little.
[MASAMUNE]: “… What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah, sorry, I’m worried about Kenshin-san’s words back there.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Wife with mysterious powers… you mean that?”
[YUZUKI]: “… I wonder if Kenshin-san noticed my power.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… The possibility of that is high.”
Masamune-san replied, as if slightly irritated.
[MASAMUNE]: “I don’t know about the other commanders, but I’m sure only Kenshin has seen through to how you aren’t just an ordinary person.”
[MASAMUNE]: “After all, the other party is Uesugi’s general.”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh no…”
[MASAMUNE]: “However, even if we can’t completely hide it, there’s still something we can do if he only suspects.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “But if this girl were to get taken by Uesugi then, at that point, we’d be at a stalemate, wouldn’t we?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa. In that case, and this situation, how are we to get over this while remaining on top?”
[MASAMUNE]: “–By quickly grabbing the clue to Himemiko before Uesugi starts to move.”
Saying that, Masamune-san smirked.
[MASAMUNE]: “We’ll use any means necessary to achieve our goals. In the first place, that’s how we do things, right?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Right on!”
Unlike Shigezane-san, who was grinning, Kojuurou-san shrugged his shoulders with an expression of exasperation.
[KOJUUROU]: “I’m the one who has to make those plans come true though…”