Chapter 2: All Things Wholeheartedly
“Blood that has power” the same as Himemiko.
The moral within the army rose when they obtained this power in an unexpected place and that unification of the country would not be a dream.
But at that time, Kenshin issued an order.
Ever since I was attacked by the yakuma in the castle town… it seemed that yakuma started to appear in Uesugi territory.
In order to protect the people, Kageie-san and Kanetsugu-san and the others led soldiers and went out daily to exterminate yakuma.
Each time I prayed for everyone’s safety in the castle. And then one day–
[KAGEIE]: “I told you not to talk about that anymore!”
[YUZUKI]: (Is that Kageie-san’s voice? He seems angry though, I wonder why…?)
When I looked around the area I saw Kageie-san and a vassal arguing at the end of a hallway.
[VASSAL]: “But it can only be because of that girl! Even the people saw the yakuma aiming at that girl in a straight line…”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s ridiculous. To think the yakuma came to Uesugi territory to target her.”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s as unbelievable as the talk about a strange power in her blood.”
[VASSAL]: “Strange power in her blood…?”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah! That’s, uh… it’s nothing! Anyway, we’ll do something about the yakuma so don’t worry about extra things!”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Kageie-san…”
[KAGEIE]: “Uwah!? What, what’s wrong!?”
[YUZUKI]: “I heard you two talking, Kageie-san… um, about the yakuma targeting me…”
[KAGEIE]: “Aah, that has nothing to do with you!”
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t think so though…)
[KAGEIE]: “Anyway, forget everything you heard just now and go back to your room! Okay!?”
Beside Kageie-san, who said that, the vassal looked at me like one would a suspicious person.
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay, I understand.”
Unable to bear that, I accepted Kageie-san’s kindness and, as if escaping the eyes of the vassal, I left hurriedly.
On the way back to my room, this time I saw Kenshin-san and another vassal talking.
[VASSAL]: “The moment that girl came, the Takeda Army invaded. And now this time the yakuma have appeared shadowing that girl. Are you going to claim those are coincidences, Kenshin-sama!”
[VASSAL]: “It will be troubling if any more calamities are brought to us. You should drive that girl out of Uesugi immediately!”
[KENSHIN]: “No. I absolutely will not permit the banishment of that girl.”
[KENSHIN]: “Before being swayed by trivial rumors, think about countermeasures for the yakuma.”
[YUZUKI]: (Kenshin-san is also protecting me…)
[YUZUKI]: (But it feels like the things the vassal said has some truth. It’s a little too coincidental, huh…)
After I returned to my own room, Kagemochi-san came to visit.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “There is something I wish to tell you…”
[YUZUKI]: “Is it about how I might be a girl who brings disaster to Uesugi?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… So you already know.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, you do not need to be concerned. Those are simply rumors without any basis.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That battle was not the first time the Takeda Army came to attack in Uesugi territory, and it is not unusual for there to be a large outbreak of yakuma.”
[YUZUKI]: “But if it really is because of me…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “What are you saying. Everything is simply a coincidence.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Can you really declare that, I wonder.”
Because I had already experienced an event that could not be settled as coincidence.
[YUZUKI]: “In the first place, my existence is an impossibility to you and the others, Kagemochi-san.”
[YUZUKI]: “On top of suddenly coming to “Shinga” from another world, I even have the same power as Himemiko-sama…”
[YUZUKI]: “In that case, it wouldn’t be strange if I had the power to draw in disasters, right.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Even if you really bring about calamities, I will not drive you out.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama has decided to shelter you. And so, no matter what is to occur, I am your ally.”
Kagemochi-san smiled gently and, as if to reassure me, said this kindly.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That is all I wished to tell you.”
After Kagemochi-san left my room, this time Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san came.
The two silently took up positions in front of my room.
[YUZUKI]: “… What are you two doing?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “There’s no guarantee the vassals… won’t do anything strange…”
[KANETSUGU]: “We’re guarding you until the strange rumors die down. Even though we’re busy exterminating the yakuma, geez…”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry, when you guys are so busy… but thank you.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Don’t worry… because… I’m on your side…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hah, I don’t plan on being on your side though.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Hey… Kanetsugu…”
[KANETSUGU]: “If you haven’t done anything then be more unreserved. It’s because you’re sneaking around that everyone suspects you needlessly, you know?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Kanetsugu. Stop.”
When Kagekatsu-kun said that in an unusually stronger tone, Kanetsugu-san sighed and then ruffled his own hair.
[KANETSUGU]: “… It’s not like I believe that you’re calling in disasters either.”
[KANETSUGU]: “I’m just telling you to walk tall because you’re innocent.”
[YUZUKI]: “… You’re right. Thanks.”
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone is protecting me… they’re worrying over me and being kind…)
But that’s exactly why their concern made me extremely apologetic right now.
It felt like I was being made very clear of the fact that I was causing trouble to everyone around me…
[YUZUKI]: (I’m grateful for everyone’s feelings, but…)
[YUZUKI]: (If I wasn’t even here in the first place then these things shouldn’t happen, right…)
On that day, I waited with Imari-kun until late at night before starting to act.
First, the biggest obstacle… I peeked at Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san who were outside my room.
Fortunately, the two seemed to have fallen asleep.
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone’s been busy lately with the yakuma, huh…)
[YUZUKI]: (But I also called in those yakuma… I’m sorry for causing trouble. And…)
[YUZUKI]: “… Thank you for everything up to now.”
Murmuring that, I placed a futon over both of them, and left the room.
[IMARI]: “… Are you really sure?”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm… I’ve already decided to leave the castle.”
[YUZUKI]: “Because I can’t cause any more trouble for everyone in the Uesugi Army.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ve gotten used to life in “Shinga” too, so I should be okay even without everyone’s help.”
[YUZUKI]: “The two of us will look for Himemiko-sama from here.”
[IMARI]: “I see…”
Imari-kun didn’t say anything further and followed me quietly.
It was easier than I thought to leave the castle.
I’m certain the guards were exhausted from exterminating yakuma.
While I walked through the dead silent castle, I thought back on all the days up to now and felt like stopping my feet many times, but…
[YUZUKI]: (… I can’t stay here.)
Telling myself that, I finally reached the gates.
There I looked back only once.
When I saw the castle that I had lived in up to now, ah, I really still felt like staying here– I felt like my decision would waver.
But I forcibly suppressed my feelings and said these words.
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you for everything up to now.”
Who that thanks was directed to, even I didn’t know…