Chapter 1: Indomitable Perseverance
Explaining the circumstances of how she came from another world, she searched for a way to return to her original world.
First, when she thought to investigate the forest where she first collapsed, she headed to the actual place together with Kagekatsu and Kanetsugu, but…
[KANETSUGU]: “So, those Takeda Army guys are invading Uesugi territory…”
Kanetsugu-san and Kagekatsu-kun exchanged uneasy looks.
[KAGEKATSU]: “It isn’t far here… from the castle. If we leave this alone… it’s dangerous…”
.[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah… if that huge force attacks the castle then even Kenshin-sama will be…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm… we need to let everyone know immediately…”
[KANETSUGU]: “There’s no choice, we’re changing our plans. We’ll get horses at the bottom of the mountain.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, you. Can you ride a horse?”
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m sorry, I can’t.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che. How can I bring along a person who can’t ride when we’re racing against time. You and that baby tanuki need to go back together.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Once we get down to the bottom, I’ll tell you the way. Fortunately, it’s not a distance that you can’t walk.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “That’s… not possible… It’s dangerous…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Because once the fighting starts… we don’t know what will become a battlefield.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Imari is tiny so he might be able to run or hide… but she…”
[KANETSUGU]: “And I’m saying there’s no way we can take along a burden!”
[KANETSUGU]: “We need to tell everyone as soon as possible, or the Uesugi Army might be destroyed!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Which is important to you! That girl or Uesugi!?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Kagekatsu-kun. Don’t worry about me, I’ll go back somehow.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… No. Even then, no.”
Kagekatsu-kun declared that decisively and turned back to Kanetsugu-san.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Kanetsugu… go ahead and tell my father about this… I… will bring this girl and Imari back.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Idiot, what are you saying!”
[KANETSUGU]: “You’re the heir to Uesugi, you know!? If you’re found by the Takeda Army you’ll definitely be killed!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “That danger is the same for this girl…”
[KANETSUGU]: “No, even if they find her, they might overlook her as a village girl!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Might… right? If they don’t overlook her then…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Kagekatsu…! Why are you supporting this girl so much!?”
Kagekatsu-kun answered Kanetsugu-san’s words without hesitation.
[KAGEKATSU]: “This girl… is an important person… my father decided to protect…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I absolutely need to… protect her…”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Che, fine.”
[KANETSUGU]: “But be careful, Kagekatsu. And you! Don’t pull Kagekatsu down!”
[YUZUKI]: “Got it!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Alright! Now let’s run down to the bottom already.”
When we explained the situation to the villagers they lent us their fastest horse.
Kanetsugu-san nimbly got onto the horse and, leaving the words “Be careful!” with us, he kicked the horse and went back towards the castle.
Lacking the time to watch his disappearing back, me, Imari-kun, and Kagekatsu-kun started walking cautiously while taking cover so as to not be found by enemy soldiers.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry, Kagekatsu-kun. We’re in this situation because of me…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Why are you apologizing…? I’m the one… who suggested going to the mountain.”
[YUZUKI]: “But… if we’re found by the enemy army along our way then…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Don’t worry about that right now. I’ll… do my best to return you back safely…”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun… thank you.”
The moment I smiled we heard the sound of rustling bushes in the distance.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Over here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, okay…”
I held my breath again while Kagekatsu-kun pulled me by the hand and we started moving with quiet footsteps.
But it seemed like the Takeda Army had already drew near to us–
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Someone’s there!”
We were discovered by soldiers of the Takeda Army who appeared to be searching the area.
Kagekatsu-kun immediately stepped in front of me to protect me and pulled out his sword.
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Hm? You’re… Uesugi’s…!”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “There’s no doubt, it’s Uesugi Kagekatsu! UESUGI KAGEKATSU IS OVER HERE!”
At those words enemy soldiers gathered one after another.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… This looks pretty difficult.”
[YUZUKI]: “What do we do, Kagekatsu-kun…!”
Kagekatsu-kun replied to my panic in a gentle voice.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… It’ll be okay. I’ll definitely protect you… Believe in me.”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “What’re you guys whispering about over there! … ORAAA!”
A single enemy soldier rushed out and stabbed with the point of his sword. But Kagekatsu-kun dropped his upper body back and nimbly switched so that his blade passed by the other one and slid towards the enemy’s side–
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “GUAGH!”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Che, don’t get carried away!”
Lightning-quick, another enemy soldier came to attack but Kagekatsu-kun drew me into him with his free hand and spoke in a cold voice.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I won’t let you lay a single finger on this girl.”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “GYAAAAGH!”
A silver blade drew an arc as it attacked the enemy soldier and, immediately afterwards, a splash of blood scattered through the air.
Kagekatsu-kun was strong. But the number of enemy soldiers was simply too much…
[KAGEKATSU]: “Haa, haa…”
He couldn’t deal with them alone. Kagekatsu-kun, who was breathing roughly, seemed to have reached his limits already.
At this rate, Kagekatsu-kun will… I couldn’t help but speak when I felt that.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun, that’s enough… Leave me and run.”
If he didn’t have someone to protect, he should have it a little easier.
[YUZUKI]: “Don’t mind me and run…!”
But Kagekatsu-kun, with his back still in front of me, shook his head roughly.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I can’t leave you behind.”
[YUZUKI]: “But at this rate…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I already said it, just now. I’ll definitely protect you… so believe in me…”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, but…!”
Kagekatsu-kun adjusted his stance with his sword but his feet staggered and it was like just standing took all that he had.
The enemy soldiers also seemed to notice that and, seeing it as a good opportunity, came attacking all at once.
Unable to do anything, I could only call out Kagekatsu-kun’s name. In that moment–
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “GUAAAAAAGH!”
The shadow of a person leapt in and cut down the soldiers in the blink of an eye.
Who was it…? With feelings of disbelief I turned my eyes to the owner of the blade and…
[KENSHIN]: “–Are you unharmed?”
There stood Kenshin-san with a quiet atmosphere drifting around him and his silver hair fluttering in the darkness of the night.
(T/N: Take a sip every time Kenshin gets a line of description to himself about his elegant and quiet atmosphere and flowing silver hair LOL. I’m kidding because I love these descriptions but it’s still hilarious to see the writing in each route and why I’m of the belief that they’re handled by different writers. I swear all the other characters get like one or two passing lines about their characteristic qualities but every description about Kenshin is so evocative LOL.)