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!?
Because of trying to hurry to the Takeda castle… Kanetsugu stood in the way of me and the young tanuki who followed me.
[KANETSUGU]: “Hold on! What are you trying to do by going in with just you two!? You’ll be killed in no time!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… It doesn’t matter, move, Kanetsugu.”
.[KANETSUGU]: “You…! Do you even know what you’re doing.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Of course…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “But I… want to save her. If you’re going to stop me, then even if it’s you, Kanetsugu… I won’t show mercy.”
[KANETSUGU]: “… the hell. Is that woman that important.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Because this time I’ll protect her… that’s what I promised. I won’t… let that be wrong anymore. So, Kanetsugu… prepare your–“
[KANETSUGU]: “Wa, hold on, wait!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… What?”
[KANETSUGU]: “I understand your feelings. But what are you going to do when you jump in like this.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Kenshin-sama and the others have long withdrawn. If we die in vain here then there’ll be no one to save her anymore, right?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Huh…? “We”…?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Ah!? No, um, uhh…”
[KANETSUGU]: “… That’s why! I’m saying I’m going to join you too!”
[KANETSUGU]: “I don’t mean to speak badly of Kenshin-sama, but I think we should rescue her too.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Of course the power of her blood is valuable, but more than that–“
[KANETSUGU]: “She’s essential to Uesugi. She’s already one of Uesugi. Right?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm… you’re right. It’s like you say, Kanetsugu…”
[KANETSUGU]: “We’ll save our comrades even if we have to risk our lives.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Yes… that’s right… Because… no one will follow… an army that would abandon their comrades…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Let’s calm down and think together. Of some way to rescue her with just us.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Okay. Thank you, Kanetsugu. And… I’m sorry.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Don’t worry about it. More importantly, let’s quickly discuss this.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm… but I have no ideas right now… about a good way…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hrmmm, yeah. But, in the first place–“
[KANETSUGU]: “I don’t think we need to be impatient. Since she’s probably unhurt.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… How can you say that?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Even if Shingen used the sacred treasure and obtained Himemiko, that girl’s blood is still worth using.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Now that you say that, that’s true…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Himemiko… is targeted by every army… It’s dangerous to borrow the power of her blood at a moment’s notice…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “But no one knows about Yuzuki… except for Takeda and us.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, exactly. Besides, if Himemiko were there, the girl could be used and then thrown away.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Kanetsugu.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, even I don’t feel good saying that. But to save that girl… we have to look at the facts.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I know, but… it just came out.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Meh, that’s what I figured.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Anyway, even if we don’t rescue her now, I don’t think there’s any harm being added to her.”
[KANETSUGU]: “However, as I said earlier, it’s impossible for us alone to invade Takeda’s castle.”
[KANETSUGU]: “It’d be great if there was an opportunity where Shingen took her out of the castle though.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Ah… Hey, Kanetsugu. When Shingen kidnapped her… didn’t he say this…?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “That if you want the girl back, you have to fight seriously…?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Moreover… that what my father was fixated on wasn’t the sacred treasure but that girl…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Huh? Then, you mean…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Shingen’s goal… isn’t to find Himemiko…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Isn’t it to fight… my father when he’s serious…?”
[KANETSUGU]: “If that’s the case then Shingen…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “He’ll use her as bait… and lure out my father…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “If a fight happens, Shingen will be concentrating on fighting with Kenshin-sama.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm. If we’re going to save her… that moment… is when we have to take Shingen by surprise…!”
[YUZUKI]: (With this, everything should end without me being Kenshin-san’s burden…)
I wasn’t scared to die if it was for him. That was what I thought but…
In this moment, when I jumped down, my heart shuddered with enormous terror.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m not scared, I’m not scared! I’m not scared…!!)
I shut my eyes tightly and told myself this.
Although, my body should be striking the ground soon.
But, no matter how long passed, I wasn’t struck by that pain.
Instead, I felt something like a person’s arms catch my body.
When I opened my eyes timidly, wondering what exactly happened–
What leapt into my eyes immediately was Kagekatsu-kun’s worried face.
There was also Kanetsugu-san and Imari-kun nearby.
Kagekatsu-kun’s face was close enough that our lips nearly seemed to be touching and my heart instinctively skipped a beat.
[KAGEKATSU]: “You surprised me… because you suddenly… dropped from above…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Horrible things weren’t done to you by Shingen, were they…? Was your blood sucked…?”
Kagekatsu-kun was unusually flustered as he touched my neck, trying to see if there was a mark from being pierced by fangs.
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m okay, nothing was done to me. More importantly, I’m sorry…”
[YUZUKI]: “The sacred treasure was taken by Shingen…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Idiot.”
Kagekatsu-kun murmured that before I finished and hugged me tightly.
[KAGEKATSU]: “We were worried about you… more than the sacred treasure…”
[KANETSUGU]: “That’s right. Did you think we came all this way to get back the sacred treasure?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…? Then why is everyone here…?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Obviously to rescue you… because I promised… to protect you…”
Hearing Kagekatsu-kun’s whisper by my ears, the feelings I had locked deep in my heart came pouring out all at once–
[YUZUKI]: “… I was really scared.”
[YUZUKI]: “I was really scared, thinking I might be killed, and not having anyone to depend on, so…!”
[YUZUKI]: “… I’m so glad you and the others came, Kagekatsu-kun. Thank you so much…!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm… I’m glad you’re safe…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Geez, learn from this and don’t ever make us worry again.”
Right after Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san showed a smile–
A voice sounded from the top of the hill.
[???]: “Ah! They had people on standby below!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Che! They found us!”
The Takeda commanders all came running down the hill.
[KANETSUGU]: “Leave this to me, I’ll force them to stay! Kagekatsu, take that girl to Kenshin-sama!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Got it…! Let’s go!”
We got on Kagekatsu-kun’s horse and started running. Imari-kun followed after that.
I noticed there were two men watching us, but I paid no heed to that at the moment since I wholeheartedly wanted to hurry to where Kenshin-san and the others were.
[SHINGEN]: “… What a reckless girl. Did you tell her to do that?”
[KENSHIN]: “No. She surprises me every day as well.”
[SHINGEN]: “Ohh, someone as stiff as you… huh. I’m even more curious about that girl now, but…”
[SHINGEN]: “I haven’t finished this with you yet. Hey, Kenshin. Did you think this was over because that girl escaped?”
[KENSHIN]: “… No.”
[KENSHIN]: “I would like to apologize for my earlier discourtesy. This time, the real Uesugi Kenshin will be your opponent.”