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!?
[KENSHIN]: “Kagemochi, how is the situation.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I have released as many spies as we can release inside Takeda’s territory. With this, we will be able to immediately detect if Takeda moves to seize Himemiko.”
[KENSHIN]: “I see. Good work.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Kenshin-sama, are you well? Ever since we left that old castle, your complexion does not seem to be good.”
.[KENSHIN]: “There is no problem. Concentrate on the surveillance of Takeda.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… As you say, Kenshin-sama.”
[KENSHIN]: (… It’s about time.)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Please wait, Kenshin-sama.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “If you are going for a stroll, please have someone accompany you.”
[KENSHIN]: “No, Kagemochi, I…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Currently, no one has noticed your disappearance, Kenshin-sama. Now, please return immediately.”
[KENSHIN]: “I… will not return.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Why. Kenshin-sama, you were the one who decided not to go and rescue that girl.”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. Because I cannot deploy my soldiers for one person alone.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “And that is why you are going to rescue her alone?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Uesugi needs you, Kenshin-sama.”
[KENSHIN]: “I understand that this is a selfish act.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “But you will still go, won’t you.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… In that case, Kenshin-sama, please allow me to join you as well.”
[KENSHIN]: “! However…”
[KAGEIE]: “If that’s how it’s gonna be, then I’m going too!”
[KAGEIE]: “I, Kageie, have been waiting for this moment! C’mon, let’s go save her!”
[KENSHIN]: “Even you…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, everyone seems to have the same thought. Then it would be better for us to go together.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Besides… Kenshin-sama, you were expecting this to happen at some point, no?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That is why you arranged for a sufficient enough surveillance of Takeda and a response to that, even if we are to be absent for a while.”
[KENSHIN]: “… You are correct. However, if something were to happen to all of us, Uesugi will–“
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Then we only need to rescue her and return safely as six people and one animal.”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s right! Please, Kenshin-sama! I beg of you, allow us to join you together!!”
[KENSHIN]: “… Alright. Thank you, Kageie, Kagemochi.”
[KENSHIN]: “Then, about how we are to rescue her…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “It would be reckless to invade Takeda with just the three of us.”
[KAGEIE]: “Though I wouldn’t mind fighting Takeda’s entire army!”
[KENSHIN]: “No, that will not be the case.”
[KENSHIN]: “Because Takeda Shingen… that man’s desire is to fight me.”
[KAGEIE]: “…? But, Kenshin-sama, haven’t you fought with him many times now?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. However, Shingen has yet to fight the “real me”.”
[KENSHIN]: “Until now, I have been fighting in order to protect Uesugi. And I try to avoid unnecessary and pointless battles.”
[KENSHIN]: “It is unmistakable that Shingen is displeased with how I fight like that.”
[KENSHIN]: “If you were born as a man, then should you not aim to obtain the world? That is the man called Takeda Shingen.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see…”
[KENSHIN]: “If I were to seriously fight with Shingen then he would not allow his vassals to interrupt.”
After having my restraints removed, I was brought to the prisons.
Meals were properly sent to me but I absolutely refused to touch them.
And then the door opened with a heavy sound. The person who appeared was… Shingen-san.
[SHINGEN]: “What, you haven’t eaten again, huh. You haven’t had anything but water since you came here, haven’t you.”
[SHINGEN]: “At this rate you’ll die.”
I didn’t answer with anything.
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san is using me as bait in order to lure out Kenshin-san.)
[YUZUKI]: (If I’m going to cause more trouble for Kenshin-san, then I should just–)
End my own life. I had already made that resolve.
[SHINGEN]: “… What an admirable woman. It’d be a pity to let you die here.”
Shingen-san said that with amusement and sat down cross-legged in front of the cell.
[SHINGEN]: “Hey, whether Kenshin will come to rescue you or not, I see it as fifty percent.”
[SHINGEN]: “It’s clear that guy thinks you are special. But, still–“
[SHINGEN]: “I don’t know if he’ll do something like expose Uesugi to danger to come and save you.”
[SHINGEN]: “Killing his personal feelings, he devotes himself to being the general of Uesugi. That is the man called Uesugi Kenshin.”
[YUZUKI]: “What are you saying…?”
[SHINGEN]: “If you want to know I’ll tell you.”
Shingen-san smiled boldly–
[SHINGEN]: “Girl. If that guy doesn’t show up like this then… at that time, stay with me.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Is that because you want my power?”
[SHINGEN]: “Nope. It’s because I’m also interested in the person that straight-laced man fell for.”
I looked back at Shingen-san with cold eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (Even if what Shingen-san says is true, I won’t be led astray. No matter what happens– I’ll believe in Kenshin-san.)
In that moment, pounding footsteps were heard beyond the door.
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “SHINGEN-SAMA! SHINGEN-SAMA, ARE YOU THERE!?”
[SHINGEN]: “You’re being noisy. What happened.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “Actually–“
Shingen-san shrugged his shoulders, as if exasperated, when the vassal whispered into his ear.
[SHINGEN]: “… Got it. You’re dismissed.”
[TAKEDA VASSAL]: “Yes!”
After he confirmed that the vassal left the prisons, Shingen-san turned an amazed look to me.
[SHINGEN]: “… Girl, it looks like that guy holds you in his thoughts quite a bit.”
Shingen-san smiled wryly at me when I tilted my head, not understanding his meaning, and then he took out a key from his breast pocket–
[YUZUKI]: “… Why?”
[SHINGEN]: “Because my wish has come true.”
[SHINGEN]: “But it’s a bit of a shame when I think about having lost the chance to get you.”
Saying that, Shingen-san’s face had a faint smile–
Shingen-san brought me and his four commanders to a place.
It was a small hill overlooking the old castle I was kidnapped from. What were we doing here…? That question was blown away in an instant.
The reason why was–
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san…! Kageie-san, and Kagemochi-san too…!”
Seeing Kenshin-san, I unconsciously wanted to cry.
But, more than that, I felt deeply apologetic towards him being lured out because of me…
Not knowing what kind of expression I should face Kenshin-san with I looked down, but he spoke to me in his usual tone.
[KENSHIN]: “I will save you immediately. We will return home together.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san… Okay!”
However, my sight was soon filled by Shingen-san’s broad back.
[SHINGEN]: “It sounds like you’ve already saved her, Kenshin.”
[KENSHIN]: “She has no involvement in this, release her.”
[SHINGEN]: “Oh, righto. Do you honestly think I’d say that?”
[KENSHIN]: “… I do not.”
[SHINGEN]: “You really do know me well.”
[KENSHIN]: “Even if I did not want to, I have had no choice but to.”
After they said that Kenshin-san and Shingen-san quietly pulled our their swords.
[KENSHIN]: “How dare you involve that girl in this senseless thing.”
[SHINGEN]: “Relax, I won’t mess around with her. You, however–“
[KENSHIN]: “You do not have to tell everyone. If you want to see me being serious, then I will show you.”
[KENSHIN]: “Kageie, Kagemochi, do not involve yourselves.”
[KAGEIE + KAGEMOCHI]: “Understood.”
Shingen-san also ordered his commanders not to get in their way.
[SHINGEN]: “Alright then, shall we do this, Kenshin.”
[KENSHIN]: “As you wish, Shingen.”
While observing the other, the two of them slowly closed the distance–
Suddenly, the wind blew lightly. Immediately following that, two blades intersected, and a shrill noise reverberated through the area.
(T/N: WHERE TO BEGIN, RIGHT? That bit about Kenshin not wanting to use his army for one person alone, but instead wants to go off alone like a DUMMY! It’s so him but I also want to shake him for it. No matter how well he arranged everything (like a will) for Uesugi to carry on without him, his clan will suffer a giant blow if they lose their general!!
SHINGEN AND KENSHIN BOTH TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER!! *clenches fist* One is all about the lack of personhood while the other is ALL about personhood. It’s so good. Also, if only this game had a system like OZMAFIA where we can hop over to another route mid-way… LOL I’m sorry but I’m such a sucker for those kind of things. Sorry Shingen, you’ll have to wait until it’s your turn.)