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…
Due to Kenshin-san, who arrived to help, the number of enemy soldiers was drastically reduced.
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “W-Why is Uesugi’s general here…”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “We alone cannot kill him! For now retrea–“
[KANETSUGU]: “As if!”
Following that Kanetsugu-san led his soldiers and swung his sword from atop his horse, scattering the remaining enemies.
Finally, when the last one standing was defeated, the area became deadly silent.
[KANETSUGU]: “Kagekatsu, are you unhurt!?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm, I’m okay…”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much for coming to help…! Kenshin-san, Kanetsugu-san.”
[KENSHIN]: “Gratitude is unnecessary. I only fulfilled my duty–“
[KENSHIN]: “And it would not be an exaggeration to say that this matter is Kanetsugu’s meritorious deed.”
[YUZUKI]: “You mean…”
[KENSHIN]: “I departed from the castle with haste after hearing about you and the young tanuki that is Himemiko’s messenger from Kanetsugu.”
[KENSHIN]: “If his report had not been in time… my arrival may have been too late.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s because Kanetsugu-san passed the message along to Kenshin-san immediately…)
[KANETSUGU]: “You guys were only saved incidentally when we came for Kagekatsu. You can think of it as pity.”
[KANETSUGU]: “So, you guys should be thankful to me!”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, thank you!”
[IMARI]: “You saved us!”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun too… thank you.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I didn’t do anything… to deserve thanks.”
Perhaps it was because his tension was settled, but Kagekatsu-kun muttered that with a sunken expression.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I’m sorry. I wasn’t able to protect you… alone…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “While saying I would protect you… in reality I was the one protected. At that moment, I thought again that…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I… can’t be strong like my father…”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s not true…! If you weren’t here, Kagekatsu-kun, then I would have been cut down a long time ago.”
[YUZUKI]: “So don’t be so sad.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Thank you.”
[KENSHIN]: “Indeed. I also think you did well, Kagekatsu.”
[KENSHIN]: “Whatever the circumstances were, you did not abandon this girl, correct?”
[KENSHIN]: “The Uesugi Army never abandons those they have decided to protect. Therefore, your decision was correct.”
For the first time there, Kagekatsu-kun’s mouth abruptly relaxed upon hearing Kenshin-san’s words.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Yes, thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: (Aww… Kagekatsu-kun makes such a gentle face when he’s happy.)
Immediately after I casually thought that, Kenshin-san looked in the direction of the Uesugi castle.
[KENSHIN]: “… We cannot spend much time talking here, since we have only crushed their patrol.”
[KENSHIN]: “We shall brush away the descending sparks before they become a blaze.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Are we going to wait for Kageie-san and Kagemochi-san before assaulting them with our full army?”
[KENSHIN]: “No. The Takeda Army that is heading to our castle is a feint, because their movement is strange for an ambush.”
[KENSHIN]: “Their main body is in a separate location. I believe they intend to lure our army with their feint and pincer us with their main force.”
[KENSHIN]: “–Therefore, we shall also attack the enemy on both sides.”
At those words, Kagekatsu-kun, Kanetsugu-san, and of course me, held our breaths.
[KANETSUGU]: “Then Kageie-san and Kagemochi-san split off before we came here to…”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, I have entrusted those two to intercept the feint. Upon doing so, we will ambush the enemy’s main force.”
[KENSHIN]: “It is likely that Shingen is in the main force. Today I will conclude my fate with that man.”
It was going to be a battle– I straightened my back naturally when I thought that.
[YUZUKI]: (The battle’s going to start from here… at the least I should try not to be a burden–)
[YUZUKI]: (Wait, but how do I do that…?)
[YUZUKI]: “Um… what should I do?”
When I timidly raised my hand, Kenshin-san said this in a calm tone.
[KENSHIN]: “You should accompany this march as well.”
[YUZUKI]: “Me… too!?”
[KENSHIN]: “The ambush on their main force is a contest against time. I cannot afford to send you back to the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I…”
[KENSHIN]: “It is needless to worry. You will ride my horse.”
Kenshin-san lifted me up onto his own horse that he brought and then immediately mounted behind me.
[KENSHIN]: “Good, now let us hurry to Takeda’s main force.”
[KAGEKATSU + KANETSUGU]: “Acknowledged.”
Kenshin-san, who was holding the reins, was in a position where it was like he was embracing me tightly from behind and my heart raced.
[KENSHIN]: “It is safest beside the general. If I were to be defeated, then you would not be able to escape harm no matter where you were.”
Because I lowered my head out of embarrassment, maybe Kenshin-san saw that as anxiousness and spoke words to try to encourage me.
Hearing those words, I looked straight ahead and advanced with Kenshin-san and the others–
And then, under Kenshin-san’s instructions, our horses ran for a while.
The ranks of the Uesugi Army that was commanded was not disturbed at all, even when the path ahead was a bad road.
How long did we run like that?
[KENSHIN]: “Everyone, halt.”
At those words everyone stopped and stood still at once. Meanwhile, Kanetsugu-san focused forward with serious eyes.
[KANETSUGU]: “Kenshin-sama, Takeda Shingen is there. There is no doubt that ahead of us lies the main body of Takeda.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Excellent. We will attack all at once like this.”
[KENSHIN]: “Everyone, cha–“
[???]: “UESUGI KENSHIN! I’ll be taking that life of yours!”
Before Kenshin-san could finish speaking, a human shape suddenly leapt at him from right beside him.
Kenshin-san immediately moved to twist his body but for some reason, after glancing at me, he stopped his action in the middle–
And directly took the blade that was swung.
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san…? KENSHIN-SAN!”
Kenshin-san’s graceful body tilted and then he slowly fell off his horse…
(T/N: I’m not sure if I took enough screenshots throughout all my translations for you guys to notice this but :’)) that’s not what a Takeda soldier looks like.)