Chapter 3: Under the Clouds is a Blue Sky
Appointed as Kenshin’s “assistant”, she spent her days managing the internal affairs of the army.
Learning about each other gradually, the distance between her and the commanders gradually shrunk, and the atmosphere in the army also began to change.
On a certain day, after several days had passed since returning to the castle.
I was called by Kenshin-san and went to his room.
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, it’s me. Yuzuki.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, excuse me.”
After I opened the sliding screen and entered, Kenshin-san offered me a seat and then began to talk in a calm tone.
[KENSHIN]: “The reason I called you is because I have made a decision on what we spoke about previously.”
[YUZUKI]: “You mean…!”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I will assign an official post to you.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s like I thought…! With this I can help everyone outside of the power of my blood…!)
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you very much! So, what should I be doing?”
[KENSHIN]: “Recently, there has not been enough hands to handle the internal affairs of my army due to the continuous battles with the Takeda Army and the yakuma.”
[KENSHIN]: “Accordingly… I would like you to assist me with my work.”
Hearing that I’d be Kenshin-san’s assistant I froze on the spot.
[YUZUKI]: (This is a really important job, right?…)
[YUZUKI]: “This seems to be a really difficult job though… Would I be able to do it…?”
[KENSHIN]: “Fret not. You can help me with simple things at the beginning.”
[KENSHIN]: “Moreover, I would not ask someone for something they cannot do.”
[YUZUKI]: (Meaning, Kenshin-san has faith in me and is requesting help with official business, huh.)
[YUZUKI]: (In that case, there’s just one thing for me to do. I need to live up to Kenshin-san’s feelings…!)
[KENSHIN]: “You will undertake this, correct?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes! I will be happy to help.”
For an instant, when I gave a large nod, Kenshin-san’s mouth showed a faint smile–
But after that, he immediately returned to his normal dignified expression as usual.
[KENSHIN]: “Then, I apologize for the immediacy, but I have something to entrust to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay, what is it?”
[KENSHIN]: “In a few days, a delegation from an allied territory will be visiting.”
[KENSHIN]: “I wish to rely on you for the preparations of our hospitality.”
[YUZUKI]: “Hospitality for the delegation… I understand. But, is it okay for me to have such an important role…?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. I want Kanetsugu and you both to arrange everything so that we do not disrespect the delegation.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, me and Kanetsugu-san…?”
The moment I heard Kenshin-san’s words I felt a little uneasy.
[KENSHIN]: “Diplomacy is Kanetsugu’s field of expertise. If you have any troubles, rely on him.”
[YUZUKI]: “I understand…”
I knew that Kanetsugu-san wasn’t a bad person, but…
[YUZUKI]: (He’s always finding fault in me. Will this be okay…)
[KENSHIN]: “Ah, also, I have one more thing to ask.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes, what is it?”
[KENSHIN]: “Regarding what we just spoke about–“
[YUZUKI]: (While I’m heading back to my room, please inform Kanetsugu-san about the hospitality for the delegation, huh…)
Kanetsugu-san was probably in his own room.
When I thought about how harsh words were going to be told to me again, I felt a bit depressed as I aimed for Kanetsugu-san’s room but–
[YUZUKI]: (… Ah, Kanetsugu-san and Kagekatsu-kun!)
Contrary to my expectations, Kanetsugu-san was outside of his room and together with Kagekatsu-kun, looking like they were talking about something.
[YUZUKI]: (If Kagekatsu-kun is there maybe the talk about working together will go smoothly…)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Kanetsu–“
The moment I spoke Kagekatsu-kun looked over at me, quicker than Kanetsugu-san’s reaction, but turned back to Kanetsugu-san to continue talking without mentioning me.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I just remembered… I have something to do. Bye…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Oh? Alright.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh…? Kagekatsu-kun left… He seems different from usual though. I wonder what happened?)
[YUZUKI]: (… Oh well, I have to talk to Kanetsugu-san today anyway.)
[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san, do you have some time right now?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hah? What’s your business with me?”
[YUZUKI]: “Actually, just now, Kenshin told me to prepare the hospitality for the delegation of an allied territory together with you, Kanetsugu-san.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hmmn, and?”
[YUZUKI]: “Exactly like his instructions, for the supplies of the materials and preparation of the dishes to be served that day–“
[YUZUKI]: “I was thinking of going around and talking to all the vassals in charge of those…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Doing that is useless.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…? Why?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Enough. You won’t understand even if it’s explained to you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! Um, Kanetsugu-san, please wait! Kenshin-san told us to do it together…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “I’ve received the orders from Kenshin-sama. So your job is done here.”
[YUZUKI]: “But… I want to help out properly too.”
[KANETSUGU]: “No, that’s enough. Don’t do anything later either. You’ll get in the way.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! Aren’t your words–“
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, he left…)
While I watched as Kanetsugu-san left looking unapproachable, I unconsciously let out a sigh.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s already like this at the beginning; I wonder if things will work out well…)
[YUZUKI]: (But Kenshin-san entrusted this to me believing in me, so I need to do my best even if it’s by myself!)
(T/N: Honest to gods, Kenshin, stop it with your idioms!! Okay, so this one basically means as long as you put in the effort to overcome difficulties, wonderful things will await you. AKA. You must not despair and work hard and you will end up seeing a blue sky after the clouds pass. By the way, there’s this neat site that collects 4 kanji idioms and I foresee it being very useful as we continue on LOL. Also, tell me I’m not the only one cracking up at hearing “diplomacy” and “Kanetsugu’s expertise” in the same sentence.)