Chapter 6: Fury of a Raging Lion
Caught by the Takeda Army together with the sacred treasure, she waited to sound out the situation… but it appeared that Shingen’s objective wasn’t the sacred treasure or the power of her blood, but something else.
In the end, that objective was!?
Carried by Shingen-san, I was taken to the Takeda castle and left in a situation where my body was wrapped in rope and I couldn’t move at all.
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “This girl is the one they’ve been talking about…”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “Yeah, though I can’t see her as anything but a girl…”
Takeda’s vassals were whispering something to each other while looking at me suspiciously.
[YUZUKI]: (What is this… It’s really uncomfortable…)
Their gazes were sharp; it was completely different from the people of Uesugi.
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san immediately stole the sacred treasure too, after I was brought to Takeda’s castle…)
I wanted to feel depressed but, instantly, I encouraged myself to stay firm.
[YUZUKI]: (Now’s not the time to be depressed…!)
Holding these feelings in my heart, I glared back at the whispering people of the Takeda Army, but–
The vassals didn’t seem to notice my look at all.
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “According to the reports from soldiers on the field, Amakasu’s wounds healed the instant he sucked this girl’s blood and he seemed to show a tremendous power.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “What? Isn’t that exactly like when Himemiko’s blood is drunk?”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “We won’t know the details until we examine the girl, but she’s certain to have use.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “If that’s the case then, using this girl, we’re one step closer to uniting “Shinga”, huh.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “No, if we let this girl use the sacred treasure, we could even obtain Himemiko–“
[SHINGEN]: “Are you guys done talking?”
At that moment, the very person who kidnapped me– Shingen-san, appeared.
After confirming that the vassals bowed to him deeply, Shingen-san came up to me.
Although I couldn’t move, I returned Shingen-san’s look sharply at least as some sort of defiance.
[SHINGEN]: “Haha, what a scary expression.”
[SHINGEN]: “You don’t have to act that tough. I didn’t kidnap you to steal the sacred treasure.”
[SHINGEN]: “… Rather my interest is in you personally.”
Hearing Shingen-san’s words, the vassals all looked at me at once.
[SHINGEN]: “Girl, is it true that your blood has the same power as Himemiko?”
[SHINGEN]: “You’re saying you don’t intend to answer, huh… Oh well. –We’ll know once we test it.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? What is he–)
I didn’t understand the meaning of his words and was perplexed, but then he suddenly came close to me.
After that, he brought his face to my neck while I was still unable to move.
I unintentionally closed my eyes tightly while I shoved my terror down.
It can’t be that my blood was going to be drunk–!?
That was what I thought but, for some reason, no matter how much time passed Shingen-san’s fangs never pierced me.
Instead, a hearty laugh resounded through the room.
[SHINGEN]: “Hahahaha! You didn’t even cry out once. You’re a pretty gutsy girl. I can see now why that Kenshin is engrossed with you.”
When I nervously opened my eyes, Shingen-san left my side and had a mischievous smile.
[SHINGEN]: “Right now, I was just playing around. I have no intentions of using your power.”
[YUZUKI]: (Oh, that’s a relief… But…)
Being laughed at by Shingen-san was mortifying and I grinded my teeth together, hard.
[SHINGEN]: “You’re a hostage for the sake of drawing out Kenshin’s serious side. If you’re quiet and obedient, no harm will be inflicted on you.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “But Shingen-sama, if we use this girl, something like the Uesugi Army would easily–“
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “Hiii…!”
[SHINGEN]: “My confrontation with Kenshin is to be settled by my own power.”
[SHINGEN]: “Even if I borrow and win with this gir’s power, there’s no meaning at all!”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “M-My deepest apologies…”
Shingen-san gave a large nod and then quickly turned on his heel.
[SHINGEN]: “Untie that girl’s restraints and put her in a cell. Be sure not to be rough too.”
[YUZUKI]: (What’s going to happen to me from here…)
Suppressing the anxiety that assaulted me, I whispered his name in my heart once more.
Meanwhile, around that time, at the old castle–
[KAGEIE]: “Why do we have to sit down and have a talk at this point! We should be going to save that girl right now!”
[IMARI]: “That’s right! While we’re doing this too she–“
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please calm down, both of you. It is most likely she is in the Takeda castle. Are you planning to invade the enemy’s territory right now?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Yes, but even if we stay here… the situation will only worsen…”
[KANETSUGU]: “He’s right! We need to hurry and save her… ah, no…”
[KANETSUGU]: “We need to hurry and take back the sacred treasure, or won’t Himemiko be snatched away by Takeda next!?”
[KAGEIE]: “Ah, Kenshin-sama!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father… let’s hurry and go rescue her…”
[KANETSUGU]: “I am requesting this too!”
[KENSHIN]: “No, we will return to the castle. Everyone, begin preparations.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Why… father. You can’t possibly plan to abandon her…!?”
[KENSHIN]: “Settle down, Kagekatsu. Hear this. Our opponent is none other than Takeda Shingen. We cannot hold an optimistic viewpoint.”
[KENSHIN]: “Seeing that the sacred treasure was stolen, Shingen must have already used the sacred treasure and is taking measures to ascertain Himemiko’s location.”
[KENSHIN]: “If that is the case, then the next thing we must do is observe Takeda’s movements and prevent Shingen from coming into contact with Himemiko.”
[KENSHIN]: “In brief, on top of anticipating their movements, we will strike the first blow and obtain Himemiko.”
[KAGEIE]: “Please wait, Kenshin-sama! Then the girl…?”
[KENSHIN]: “If Shingen obtains Himemiko, the Uesugi territory will be easily captured. It is our top priority to prevent that.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… For the Uesugi clan, this is the best plan.”
[KENSHIN]: “If everyone understands, we are returning to the castle.”
[KENSHIN]: “… What?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father, whatever you say… whether you are right or not… I don’t want to abandon her.”
[KENSHIN]: “Kagekatsu. You are the successor to Uesugi. Do not lose sight of the whole situation, swayed by your personal feelings.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “No. My decision is to be respected… The one who said that was you, father.”
[IMARI]: “I-I’ll go with you too!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, Kagekatsu, Imari!”
[KENSHIN]: “… It cannot be helped. Kanetsugu, chase Kagekatsu and bring him back.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Kenshin-sama. There is something I would like to say.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “With all due respect, Kanetsugu will not bring back Kagekatsu-sama. That tanuki child is together with them as well and, instead, the three might…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Kenshin-sama, are you certain we should return to the castle like this?”
[KENSHIN]: “… I am the general of Uesugi. Before I am a single person, I am Uesugi Kenshin.”
[KENSHIN]: “There cannot be anything I should prioritize over the Uesugi clan.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I… see. If that is what you say, Kenshin-sama… as you will.”
(T/N: Who else is sobbing into their hands. This conversation with him and Kagemochi destroyed me because 1) arguably the two of them understand each other the best; because they both prioritize things over themselves BUT 2) THE PAUSES FROM BOTH OF THEM. Also, totally random, but I love Shingen and his boyish yet mature charm, haha.)