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…
When Kenshin-san fell off the horse, I couldn’t control the reins and the startled horse threw me off forcefully.
The horse galloped off like that but I didn’t have the time to care about that.
I ran over to Kenshin-san in a panic but blood continued to flow from his body.
[YUZUKI]: (We need to hurry and treat that injury…!)
Multiple footsteps came towards me as I was thinking that.
[KANETSUGU]: “W-Who are those people. They’re not the Takeda Army!?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I don’t know, but… we need to do something…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “My father needs to be taken somewhere safe…! Leave this place to us…!”
[YUZUKI]: “R-Right! Sorry for this and thank you!”
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, are you okay? Can you stand?”
[KENSHIN]: “Of course, this degree of injury is… gugh!”
[YUZUKI]: “Please don’t force yourself. I’ll lend you my shoulder… let’s escape for now.”
[KENSHIN]: “My apologies…”
Imari-kun also helped and somehow we were able to run away into the bushes.
When I looked at Kenshin-san’s injury again it was quite deep and seemed to be life-threatening if it was left as is.
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, please lie down. I’ll bind it with a cloth or something and stop the bleeding…”
Unexpectedly, Kenshin-san yanked me into him.
My face instinctively twisted at the strong force that gripped my arm to the point where it hurt.
[YUZUKI]: “W-What’s wrong? Kenshin-san!?”
Kenshin-san, keeping silent, slowly brought his face close to my neck and just as he opened his mouth wide–
[KENSHIN]: “!? What did I… just try to do…”
Snapping back to his senses, he released his hand from my arm.
I thought his mind had been in a haze but no, Kenshin-san really was acting strange.
[KENSHIN]: “Gugh…! Hagh…!”
His usual dignified appearance was not there and, while breathing in pain, he was staring intensely at me.
Like he wanted something… his eyes were like a ferocious beast in front of its prey.
[YUZUKI]: “A-Are you okay? Kenshin-sa–“
[KENSHIN]: “Don’t… come close to me right now…”
[KENSHIN]: “Even I… don’t understand what I will do to you…”
[YUZUKI]: (W-What does he mean…? What exactly is happening to Kenshin-san?)
[IMARI]: “No way, that state…”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, Imari-kun, do you know something? If you know something, say it. What’s going on with Kenshin-san?”
[IMARI]: “I think Kenshin-san wants blood right now.”
[IMARI]: “When Gekka Tribe members drink blood their injuries heal and the original powers of their species is drawn out.”
[IMARI]: “And if it’s Himemiko-sama’s blood then they’ll get extraordinary and unimaginable powers…!”
[IMARI]: “So when they’re seriously injured or face something that threatens their life they’ll instinctively feel like sucking someone’s blood.”
[IMARI]: “Right now, Kenshin-san is being driven by the urge to drink your blood…!”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t understand… but if his injury might heal from drinking my blood then…”
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san! My blood–“
[KENSHIN]: “I refuse.”
[KENSHIN]: “I have… a duty to protect those without power… that is why I decided to shelter you…”
[KENSHIN]: “I cannot act in a way that will hurt you…”
[YUZUKI]: “But at this rate…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che! Hey, Kagekatsu, put your back into this! We’re going to be pressed like this!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm… I know… I can’t let them… get to my father…!”
[YUZUKI]: (Both of them are struggling hard… at this rate Kanetsugu-san and Kagekatsu-kun too will…)
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, please. For the sake of those two who are fighting so hard, I’m begging you to drink my blood.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Are you certain?”
[YUZUKI]: “Of course! If there’s the slightest chance that it’ll help everyone then…!”
[KENSHIN]: “… I understand.”
Kenshin-san placed a hand on my shoulder as if he had made a resolution.
[KENSHIN]: “… If it hurts, speak. I will stop immediately.”
Right after that, Kenshin-san’s tongue traced my neck–
[YUZUKI]: (… Huh? It doesn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Rather, it feels kind of pleasant…?)
[IMARI]: “Ah, look! Kenshin-san’s injury!”
When I looked, the wound that was supposed to have been bleeding a while ago had completely sealed up.
[IMARI]: “Amazing…! This “power in the blood” is the same as Himemiko-sama…! What are you…!?”
Before long, Kenshin-san quietly pulled his head back from my neck and murmured to himself, as if overcome with surprise.
[KENSHIN]: “What is this. I’m filled with power… it is as if this were not my own body–“
[KENSHIN]: “… No, now is not the time for leisure. You stay here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Um–“
Kenshin-san leapt from the bushes without waiting for my response and, in a flash, cleared out the enemy soldiers.
As Kenshin-san mowed down swarms of enemy soldiers, he advanced forward forcibly, and then–
[KENSHIN]: “You are the general?… Prepare yourself!”
[???]: “Guh…! As expected of Uesugi Kenshin… this won’t be an easy job, huh…”
[???]: “There’s no choice. We’re retreating here.”
At that person’s voice, the enemy army turned around and began retreating.
[KENSHIN]: “Your clever scheme which caught me off guard was impressive. Let me ask your name.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… Masamune. Date Masamune.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Remember it well. It’s the name of the man who will one day destroy Uesugi and Takeda and take “Shinga”.”
Saying that, the mysterious army… the Date Army left.
[KANETSUGU]: “Kenshin-sama! Is it okay to let those guys escape!?”
[KENSHIN]: “Our main enemy is the Takeda Army. If we chase those men here, this time Shingen will take us unawares.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Understood… but, father… your injury…? And your appearance…”
[KENSHIN]: “Ah, this is…”
Kenshin-san spoke about how he drank my blood to heal his wound and, additionally, obtained tremendous strength.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Your blood has the same power as Himemiko… amazing.”
[KANETSUGU]: “What exactly are you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Even if you ask that, I don’t really…”
[KENSHIN]: “In any case, you have saved my life. I am grateful.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, if it was helpful, I’m glad.”
Right after I smiled, Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san gasped.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father, your appearance… returned to normal.”
[KENSHIN]: “Hm. It appears this power is only temporary.”
[KANETSUGU]: “If only it could have lasted a little bit longer. We still need to find the Takeda Army…”
[KENSHIN]: “No, the timing is excellent. I must fight this decisive battle with that man by my own strength.”
[KAGEIE]: “Oi, we’ve found them, Kagemochi! Over here!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama, I am relieved you are safe…!”
[KENSHIN]: “Kagemochi, Kageie… what happened to the feint. I believe I told you to simply draw their attention…”
[KAGEIE]: “It’s because we could smash those guys with brute force! It’s better to make them take to their heels, right!”
[KAGEIE]: “So, now what? Will we chase the defeated army?”
[KENSHIN]: “Kageie… that army was a decoy. If we chase those fleeing men, we will be pincered.”
[KAGEIE]: “Huh, really?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I apologize… I explained as well, but…”
[KENSHIN]: “… It doesn’t matter. For certain reasons, my ambush has also failed. We will dispense with the small tricks from here and clash army against army.”
[KAGEIE]: “I see…? I don’t really get it but if it’s about martial power then I won’t lose to anyone! Please leave it to me!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “No, please reflect on your actions some more.”
[KAGEIE]: “Why! Kenshin-sama said it was alright, so it’s fine, right!?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Good gracious…”
[KENSHIN]: “… We will stop the chatter here. It’s about time.”
When I looked at where Kenshin-san was sending his gaze, I was able to confirm that the fleeing Takeda feint joined up with the main force, led by Shingen, and was heading this way.
[YUZUKI]: (It can’t be that we’re going to fight that right now…?)
The moment my body unconsciously stiffened due to nervousness, my shoulder was patted gently, and I heard Kenshin-san’s whisper.
[KENSHIN]: “You will fall back.”
–Before long, the entire army had assembled and was facing across from us. In the center of that force, the one who stood imposingly, was most likely the enemy army’s general.
Both generals only exchanged fearless looks; they did not say anything.
A prickling sense of tension dominated the field.
And, the moment that expanded to the maximum limit, the two raised their swords at the same time.
[KENSHIN]: “Today, we will decide this battle with our longstanding rivals! All soldiers, attack!
(T/N: Do you guys remember Date Ch1? When Masamune comes back almost dead because he attacked Uesugi? :’)) This hurts. I’m actually wondering if, in the Date route, he tried to do the same thing but Kenshin was able to avoid it because he didn’t need to protect the heroine and then crushed the Date army.)