SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.5 ~

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Chapter 5: Steel Tempered One Hundred Times

The location of a “sacred treasure”, which was once held by those who were permitted an audience with Himemiko, was confirmed.

Finally, she thought she would know the whereabouts of Himemiko, but…

Chapter 5.5

While protecting me with his back, Kagemochi-san met the soldiers of the Takeda Army.

Despite this overwhelming situation of being outnumbered, Kagemochi-san cut down the enemy soldiers one after another in a flowing motion.

[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “What the hell is going on! He was wounded just a moment ago…!”

[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “I thought I saw him drink that girl’s blood. It can’t be that–“

[TAKEDA SOLDIERS]: “GUAAAAAGH!”

A portion of the enemies collapsed with a slash and behind them stood Kenshin-san and the others with their swords drawn, having been led here by Imari-kun.

[KENSHIN]: “Are you unharmed!?”

[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san…!”

[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Kugh, the general of Uesugi…! It’s frustrating but we can’t win right now. Everyone, we’re withdrawing from here! Retreat, RETREAT!”

Realizing they were at a disadvantage, the enemy soldiers hurriedly ran away.

[KAGEIE]: “… Dammit, to let the enemies retreat in front of us…”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… I’m glad we made it in time to help…”

[KANETSUGU]: “Still, this is an amazing number… Kagemochi-san, you did all of this alone, right?”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Actually, I owe it all to this girl.”

Kagemochi-san said that and turned back to me, offering a hand.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “… You aren’t hurt, are you?”

[YUZUKI]: “Nope. Thank you for saving me.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “I am the one who was saved. However… please do not ever act like that again.”

[YUZUKI]: “Act like that?”

Kagemochi-san lowered his eyes quietly, looking a little sad.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please do not do something like sacrifice yourself for a person like me, is what I mean.”

[YUZUKI]: “……”

I slowly opened my mouth to answer Kagemochi-san’s words.

[YUZUKI]: “… I can’t promise that.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Good gracious. You are a bit too softhearted.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Like that, you will not know if you are being used by someone again or not.”

After a bitter smile slipped out, Kagemochi-san gently brought his lips close to my ear–

[KAGEMOCHI]: “I will say this in advance but… you are not allowed to be tricked by any man other than me, alright?”

[YUZUKI]: “Er… uh…”

I felt like Kagemochi-san’s soft smile held some kind of deeper meaning…

And not knowing what to do, I unconsciously put some distance between me and Kagemochi-san.

[YUZUKI]: “C-Come to think of it… what happened with you and the others, Kenshin-san?”

[KENSHIN]: “Merely moments ago, we fought back against the Takeda Army’s ambush and made them withdraw.”

[KAGEIE]: “But it was so quick it was a let-down. Hrm, it’s been on my mind…”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kageie, was Shingen among the enemies?”

[KAGEIE]: “No, I didn’t even see any “Gekka Tribe” people.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see…”

Kagemochi-san nodded as if in comprehension and then turned to Kenshin-san.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama, this is–“

[KENSHIN]: “Aa. We are being invited.”

[KENSHIN]: “However, we have all already resolved ourselves to plunge into the Takeda Army’s camp.”

[KAGEIE]: “Yeah! Whether it’s a trap or what, we only need to jump in and smash it down!”

In other words, we were going to proceed to the sacred treasure again from here and, at the same time, we would be clashing with the Takeda Army from the front–

A battle might start again. When my body instinctively stiffened, Kenshin-san’s hand was placed gently against my back.

[KENSHIN]: “That you are unharmed is above everything else.”

[YUZUKI]: (… Kenshin-san looks the same as always, but is his hand trembling slightly?)

[KENSHIN]: “Do not leave my side. Ever again.”

I silently gave a strong nod at Kenshin-san’s words.

[YUZUKI]: (This is the old castle with the sacred treasure…)

[KANETSUGU]: “There are no signs of people around. I would have thought the enemy would be waiting for us.”

[KENSHIN]: “However, be sure not to lower your vigilance… Kagemochi, where is the sacred treasure?”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Over there.”

At the place Kagemochi-san pointed out, there was a glittering azure magatama placed in a casual way.

[YUZUKI]: “That is…”

[KENSHIN]: “What. Do you feel something?”

[YUZUKI]: “… I’m not too sure but it feels like I’m being called.”

[YUZUKI]: “By a woman… the same voice I heard when I was called to “Shinga”.”

[KENSHIN]: “… I see. We cannot proceed any further than this due to the invisible wall… but how about you?”

[YUZUKI]: “… I’ll try it.”

I nervously tried taking a step. When I did, I easily went close to the sacred treasure without feeling a wall.

[KAGEIE]: “Woah, like we thought…! The sacred treasure can be touched by you!”

[KENSHIN]: “… But if you think that it is even a bit strange, return immediately.”

[YUZUKI]: “Okay, I understand.”

After Kenshin-san instructed everyone to spread out their caution…

I slowly walked to the sacred treasure under everyone’s watch– and then gently placed the magatama in my palm.

At that moment, a blinding light spilled from the magatama.

[YUZUKI]: “Wah… what is this, it’s so bright…!”

Even more, I felt like the atmosphere in the old castle changed…

[KANETSUGU]: “Hm…? Hey, I can move forward. The invisible wall… disappeared?”

Hearing that, Kenshin-san tried to rush up to me, but in that instant.

A single cavalry soldier dove in with tremendous force.

The cavalry soldier was quicker than Kenshin-san and, arriving at the place with the sacred treasure, he lifted my body and that up.

[???]: “I’m taking the sacred treasure, Kenshin!”

[KENSHIN]: “Wha…! Bastard!”

Kenshin-san immediately pulled out his sword and attacked the cavalry soldier, but his blade was easily caught.

[KENSHIN]: “Give that girl to me right now– SHINGEN!”

[SHINGEN]: “Oh? This girl was going to be a freebie, but… she’s what you really want, huh.”

Kageie-san, Kagekatsu-kun, and even Kanetsugu-san brandished their swords at Shingen who chuckled lowly.

[KAGEIE]: “Your opponent isn’t just Kenshin-sama!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “And would you not say that charging in as a single rider is reckless rather than daring…”

[KANETSUGU]: “Anyway! Don’t think we’ll let this end easily!”

[KAGEKATSU]: “Mhm… we’ll have you… return that girl!”

However, in spite of having to carry me, Shingen-san comfortably staved off everyone’s swords.

[SHINGEN]: “Hah. It seems like she’s a very special girl to people other than Kenshin too. In that case, that’s even more of a reason not to give her back, right.”

After Shingen-san smirked–

People who appeared to be Shingen-san’s vassals surged into the old castle one after another.

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kgh, even the Takeda commanders…!”

With this they weren’t able to concentrate their attacks only on Shingen-san.

Shingen-san showed a triumphant smile and, while holding me, spurred his horse into a run.

[SHINGEN]: “Then I’ll take my leave with this. Kenshin, if you want this girl back, fight me seriously.”

[KENSHIN]: “Grgh…”

Right after Kenshin-san bit his lip, he stretched out a hand to me.

[KENSHIN]: “WAIT…!”

[YUZUKI]: “KENSHIN-SAN…!”

I reached out my hand too, as if imploringly, but our fingertips only grazed each other…

And, like that, Kenshin-san’s form became distant and eventually went out of sight completely.

(T/N: Why do I have the horrible urge to be like “Okay,  this is a good spot for me to take a break now” LOL. Look!! When they were releasing these chapters!! I was stuck on this cliffhanger for a month or so!! Jk jk. HERE WE GO ONTO THE PAIN TRAIN!! And you guys really need to hear Kenshin’s voice in this chapter and compare it with his usual dignified and calm voice because he is just losing all composure. His voice is flooded with desperation and worry IT’S AMAZING. AND PAINFUL. BUT AMAZING.

Also, I can’t help but wince at everyone painting a big target on Yuzuki with their actions. No one knows how to react in hostage situations– //bricked. Then again it’d be gamble if they tried to act like Yuzuki didn’t mean anything… although Shingen isn’t a despicable man and Kenshin should know that through their extensive history with one another. Strategies reveal a person’s character after all.)

 

27 thoughts on “SNB Uesugi ~ Chapter 5.5 ~

    1_chan said:
    June 21, 2018 at 03:28

    AH YOU WRITERS MADE KENSHIN LOSE HER FOR THE SECOND TIME. His hands were trembling ;; o ;; )) and like the time she slipped from his hands, he also failed to grab her again…in the same day. >:0000000
    The poor boy.. AND not to mention Kagemochi >:0 . You with ur cunning ways and sad smile…The sad smile was so unexpected. So many sad boys in this chapter D”:

      Ilinox responded:
      June 22, 2018 at 10:56

      ISN’T THIS SO PAINFUL? It’s like he just recovered from the scare of her falling right before his eyes and him being unable to save her AND THEN– |D;; I think I saw a few of your comments in Kagemochi’s card stories and :’)) PEOPLE WHO HIDE THEIR PAIN BEHIND A NONCHALANT ATTITUDE AND SMILE! Kagemochi is so good at teasing and reading the mood and flirting and stuff but then at the same time he seems to have a worrying lack of self-esteem, at least when it comes to sacrificing himself for Uesugi and Kenshin (even if it would involve killing his heart or himself).

        1_chan said:
        June 22, 2018 at 17:43

        YES. IT IS VERY PAINFUL //ugly sobbing ;; You weren’t kidding when you said how it’s like the creators wanted to kick Kenshin and his ideals where it hurts :’)) Tho~ it’s such a good feeling getting to know these type of characters better, but once you know, you can’t help but worry and question what expression they’re making behind those casual masks of theirs. These boys should be more truthful to themselves orz

    AMBER said:
    April 3, 2018 at 11:13

    OMG finally I have time to read this chapter, I hate my busy weekdays T_T

    “Give that girl to me right now– SHINGEN!” – I’m dying! The first time in the route seeing Kenshin loses his calmness. I can’t convey how much I love this chapter and feel sad for Kenshin. He’s obviously worried about the girl but trying so hard to reveal it much. I have to say I was frustrated the first time I read this but OMG I need to thank anything in this world to have you translate these chapters because I missed that part in Shingen’s sentence about he said to Kenshin to fight him to get her back! I was just translating him stealing her and saying something like “oh this girl seems very important, I’d love to get her with me”. Thank you and thanks God. This means a lot to me because it does influence my thoughts a lot in the next chapters about how Kenshin reacted in saving the girl from Takeda army. I was frustrated and got mad at Kenshin for months! but your translation on that Shingen’s words wash that feeling away ToT I’m sorry Kenshin-san, I love you! Lol

    I bought tons of tissues so next chapters – come hit me!

    Thank you & take care!

      AMBER said:
      April 3, 2018 at 11:15

      *trying so hard not to reveal it

        Ilinox responded:
        April 3, 2018 at 19:47

        Take your time! That just means you won’t have to wait for the next chapter to release at a terrible cliffhanger ;D!

        Oh my, haha, missing Shingen’s line about why exactly he’s doing this and what he’s goading with Kenshin would change the whole scene entirely |D;; I’m glad you were able to see what they said here and that poor Kenshin doesn’t have to suffer your anger any longer LOL. These chapters are the best for sure and it’s definitely around here that I finally paid attention to Uesugi and Takeda since at first I was hardcore Oda and Toyotomi and Date and didn’t like these guys as much. But Kenshin suffering… mmm //bricked.

    Reggie said:
    April 2, 2018 at 16:35

    [KAGEMOCHI]: “I will say this in advance but… you are not allowed to be tricked by any man other than me, alright?” *drop my phone on my face * oww…. My nose Mochi, you surprise me, you’re not only a lady killer but you can be aggressive too 😚

    Oh this is starting to ache my heart so do I need to prepare tissue to the next chapter lol

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 23:32

      Oh gosh, are you okay LOL dropping phones on faces is the worst thing ever. When is Kagemochi not aggressive might be the better question ;D that teasing in the archives… and then his awakening… and now this. Everyone’s just standing there and watching too as he talks to the heroine and then steps closer to her to whisper in her ear, excuse me sir!! Kenshin is right there!!!

      I think you need to prepare a lot of tissues :”D and it’s just gonna go downhill some more until 6.5–

    AC said:
    April 2, 2018 at 15:40

    The feels!!! Poor Kenshin, I think my heart broke when I read:

    “Right after Kenshin-san bit his lip, he stretched out a hand to me
    [KENSHIN]: “WAIT…!”
    [YUZUKI]: “KENSHIN-SAN…!
    I reached out my hand too, as if imploringly, but our fingertips only grazed each other…
    And, like that, Kenshin-san’s form became distant and eventually went out of sight completely.

    As much as I love the romance, got to say this angst is just as good. I would truly give a penny and then some for his thoughts though as he watches Shingen ride away as Yuzuki is calling him to save her.

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 22:46

      It’s all going to go even more downhill from here :’D but oh man yeah a dash of angst with romance is the best. This is literally the second time he’s reached out and missed her – BARELY – in the same day. That has got to be devastating ;;;;;

    waterinegirl said:
    April 2, 2018 at 02:27

    didnt expect you’ll post another chapter. since you post april fools chapter a while ago

    thanks for your dedication

    [KAGEMOCHI]: “I will say this in advance but… you are not allowed to be tricked by any man other than me, alright?”

    damn my heart!!!

    [KENSHIN]: “Give that girl to me right now– SHINGEN!”
    [SHINGEN]: “Hah. It seems like she’s a very special girl to people other than Kenshin too. In that case, that’s even more of a reason not to give her back, right.”

    finally shingen screen time. its gonna take some time while waiting for shingen’s route

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 22:43

      <33 Had to post the April Fool's chapter on April Fool's (my time) haha. Meanwhile these chapters are already translated and queued up.

      Seeing Shingen here really makes me want to give him some love but :'D we're too deep in Uesugi right now for me to jump to another army. One day!!

    garden said:
    April 2, 2018 at 02:10

    !!!! we’re entering the FEELS chapter finally!!!

    yes Toriumi got me weak with him making Kenshin sounds so desperate and devastated. he never would have imagined seeing Yuzuki being yoinked off his reach that fast. and yes the Uesugi’s non-effort to not make that one random girl they kept close to the big shots of the clan not that special was really bad. I would suspect no one was ever briefed on to how to hide her importance.

    note to Yuzuki: gain a bit more weight maybe? heavier ppl are harder to kidnap. and this is not gonna be the last time either…

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 22:45

      BRING ALL THE TISSUES!! I love this part soooo much (and the next one too, oops).

      Oh man, it’s definitely that contrast when we’ve always heard Kenshin be composed and cool and dignified. The moment he raises his voice you just know crap is about to hit the fan or he’s furious/desperate.

      At this point, Yuzuki needs to keep a dagger on her or something. If you’re gonna get picked up then at least you can poke them somewhere |D;; but then again bringing a weapon means escalating the violence and at this point she’s just being carried around so… hjsjhshjgfh it’s a tough life in the Sengoku era for a girl who has mystical blood powers.

    yukihime03 said:
    April 2, 2018 at 02:09

    Oh dear. So many things happening here.

    [KAGEMOCHI]: “Please do not do something like sacrifice yourself for a person like me, is what I mean.”

    Is this a sign of feelings of inferiority? and from what Yuzuki said about his smile with deeper meaning… I really wanna know what’s really going on inside Kagemochi’s head. Is he one of those who become “bullies” because they actually feel inferior?

    [YUZUKI]: (… Kenshin-san looks the same as always, but is his hand trembling slightly?)
    [KENSHIN]: “Do not leave my side. Ever again.”

    MY HEART. (●´□`) DEM ONION NINJAS.
    AND YUZUKI’S GONE JUST AFTER THAT!!!
    Kenshin must be feeling terrible. I just can feel his wrath at Shingen through the dialogue. I think I do need to listen to Kenshin’s voice here. Tori-san is a top notch seiyuu so I’m sure he did a great job with this.

    This part hurts the most: “I reached out my hand too, as if imploringly, but our fingertips only grazed each other…” .·´¯`(>▂<)´¯`·.

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 15:34

      Saaaaame about Kagemochi. I want to know his past with Kenshin because he really really seems to respect Kenshin to the point where he doesn’t even take himself into account (*stares at Kagemochi’s 4* card which just ripped me to shreds out of nowhere). He was even willing to die to deliver Yuzuki safely to Kenshin and if that doesn’t say what he thinks about himself then… everything is for Uesugi :’)). Even if he ends up loving her he realizes that when push comes to shove he might prioritize Uesugi– LIKE A CERTAIN SOMEONE. HA HA… ow.

      So cruel right? Kenshin pretty much felt his heart drop like two times in quick succession and then the third just stomped on his heart. He misses catching her when she falls off the trail? Then he finally catches up to her after a crazy battle where it’s just Kagemochi defending her. AND THEN HE LOSES HER LOL.

      You’re in luck! Looks like there’s an upload of the entire chapter 5 here (and well chapter 6 but shh spoilers). I skipped it to part 5 already /o/.

      It paints such a vivid image of them both reaching out for each other :’)) and then she’s gone!!

        yukihime03 said:
        April 2, 2018 at 22:56

        Despite his exterior, Kagemochi holds a lot of things inside, huh…
        He has noble intention, and I can’t say it’s wrong, but it sure sucks.

        Thanks for the link! You make it easy for me, hehe.
        Kenshin surely sounds so desperate, I can’t wait to read the next chapter. Ugh.
        What a cruel writer haha, doing this to Kenshin… The other three armies are not this angsty?? Sanada should not be this angsty too, methinks? But I wonder about Takeda (for obvious reasons *eyes Shingen*).

        Btw, I just realized this. This time the sacred treasure is a magatama, with Date it was a sword. Just how many sacred treasures there are?? And does each of them have different form…? Hmmm

      waterinegirl said:
      April 2, 2018 at 21:18

      I really wanna know what’s really going on inside Kagemochi’s head.

      i have to agree with you when you said that. there somethin in him which is irresistable

        yukihime03 said:
        April 2, 2018 at 23:21

        I think because he’s just that intriguing? He has that seductive quality after all… (and Midorikawa’s voice makes things worse!!)

    seiggy said:
    April 2, 2018 at 00:23

    Mm, that Kagemochi line. Such a lady-killer~ But anyways. The fact Kenshin’s hand trembles ever so slightly to the utter desperation when she’s taken away in front of him :’D. It’s delightful. When I first saw this part, I actually laughed when they reached out to grab the other’s hand. The drama is literal icing on the cake. And I suppose they’ve never been put into a hostage situation before which is why they go into sort of panic mode? Then again, I don’t remember if there were any sort of hostage situations in actual Sengoku battle history. Not to mention Kenshin isn’t actively attacking other territories like Oda/Toyotomi who would gladly exploit Kenshin’s ideals to their advantage, so he’s been mostly dealing with Shingen who wouldn’t do underhanded tactics. And Yukmiura also falls into that same category. Date, on the other hand…*more nervous laughter* Being Kenshin is suffering indeed.

      Ilinox responded:
      April 2, 2018 at 15:24

      Honestly, Kagemochi destroys my heart so much. I don’t understand why he and Kenshin have to share so many card stories because it’s so sad on Kagemochi’s end LOL. He has a high enough emotional intelligence to understand and pursue these things, but at the same time he has this unbreakable devotion to Kenshin that he prioritizes over everything else, including himself. When he basically implied he was okay with dying in order to do his duty to deliver her safely and unharmed TO Kenshin I just wanted to shake him, hahaha.

      I DIDN’T REMEMBER KENSHIN’S HAND TREMBLING AT ALL!! so when I saw that line I had to pause and just go “oh no”. Honestly, the Uesugi writer brings on so many feels in this coming arc. Dat foreshadowing where he’s all “Don’t ever leave my side” :’)). Mmm.

      I’d imagine things like bandit attacks were commonplace and like if bandits wanted too loot things it seems pretty normal to kidnap innocent civilians or something and use them to bargain? I guess innocent civilians rank differently from the girl you’re falling in love with LOL like you might feel a sense of responsibility to those civilians but it’s easier to mask your emotions. Kenshin’s first words pretty much gave the game away cause Shingen was all like “Haha! I have the sacred treasure!” and Kenshin is immediately like “GIVE ME THE GIRL!!” LMAO.

      So true about Kenshin’s lack of aggression and Shingen’s tactics probably not making Kenshin have to deal with so many underhanded things (although Shingen is doing it right now, woops). Meanwhile, Date… *laughs weakly*.

        seiggy said:
        April 2, 2018 at 16:17

        Haha, yeah, I feel if Kagemochi were male lead it would be his loyalty vs desires while Kenshin is ideals vs desires. Kagemochi wrrry щ(ಥДಥщ)!! Also, *nervous laughter at Kagemochi being willing to die for Uesugi* I hope you get his original 5* card because while his event 4* one about killing his feelings for Kenshin’s benefit hurt your heart…*coughs*
        Maybe they let the lower rank Gekkazoku handle the bandit attacks? Unless it’s on such a scale that would require the interference of a vassal/supreme commander. Well, we know Shingen won’t like harm Yuzuki at least. Nobunaga, and possibly even more likely Hideyoshi LOL, there’s no guarantee if it means to force Kenshin into their trap. I wonder who would truly put Kenshin’s ideals to the limit and possibly even destroy his resolve. Like if we really wanted to go dark, Nobunaga might shoot her in the leg/leave a nearly fatal wound *flashbacks to Hideyoshi getting shot in the manga* There’s also the fact Toyotomi has Hanbee and Kanbee who can easily get unorthodox in their strategies, so Kenshin might be forced into an uncomfortable position at first or suffer heavy casualties.

        Ilinox responded:
        April 2, 2018 at 22:41

        SERIOUSLY SNB? SERIOUSLY!! Stop making Kagemochi suffer so much in his OWN card stories lmao why is it like that!? Even Mitsuhide doesn’t get blocked by Nobunaga in his card stories and you’d think Mitsuhide and Kagemochi share the same “loyalty > everything else”.

        Oh man, remember how Hideyoshi pretty much felt the heroine up in Oda’s route and made Nobunaga furious? I can see the same thing happening for Kenshin LOL Hideyoshi would have no qualms with feeling the girl up in front of him and that would probably infuriate him just as much *coughs* that one Kenshin line when Shingen was commenting about her *coughs*. Nobunaga… instead of using the heroine to lure out Kenshin why not just deal a devastating blow by breaking the mind of his heroine and then parading her in front of Kenshin afterwards on the battlefield? :’D *coughs* if you remember, Mitsuhide brought up how Nobunaga could strip someone’s will from them…

        seiggy said:
        April 2, 2018 at 23:13

        @Ili It’s not as bad as you’re thinking it is but yeah :’D certainly hits the feels in regards to Kagemochi’s character. Midorikawa’s skill is amazing too. I mean, there was his limited UR where his voice went really low *fans self* and no suffering there!
        Ooooh, I can’t wait to get to that part of the Uesugi story. That line was A+++
        Ooh, that’s true. At the same time, I feel Hideyoshi would go the extra mile to make Kenshin fall into despair or truly regret going against him. And almost forgot about that small detail about Nobunaga. I think it’d be easy to break the Uesugi heroine to be fair? I mean, she’s already feeling guilty that she’s not “paying back” everyone. I am curious to what means he could turn her into a mere shell. I feel like if SNB were a complete game these would be some of the bad endings LOL.

      waterinegirl said:
      April 2, 2018 at 21:20

      Being Kenshin is suffering indeed.

      i have to agree with you. because kenshin has his noble ideals.

      stay strong kenshin!!!

      waterinegirl said:
      April 2, 2018 at 21:26

      @seiggy

      I feel if Kagemochi were male lead it would be his loyalty vs desires while Kenshin is ideals vs desires.

      that will be interesting. i need fanfics or short stories!!!

      @Ilinox

      Kagemochi destroys my heart

      this was supposed to be kenshin route by my heart was captured by Kagemochi and kageie

        seiggy said:
        April 2, 2018 at 23:35

        Ah, I think it’d be interesting take on the “a person who has sworn loyalty to his lord falling in love with someone” and how his growing love clash with a core part of his identity. Perhaps there where would be scenes that make show his ruthlessness and whatnot whether it’s actually killing a possible spy in cold blood or symbollically/metaphorically having scenes where he’s walking in darkness (or shadows cover his face sort of like his awakening scene?) for nice imagery. Or to reinforce an off-putting feeling that such a nice person isn’t so innocent/just as everyone else? Though, that relies on the prose to pull it off well. There’s also those “Are you scared?” scenes to use, haha.

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