Chapter 7: A Malicious Intrigue
Due to a proposal from Masamune, Uesugi allied itself with Date.
And then one day, the commanders of Date suddenly visited Uesugi territory in order to survey the land…
It seemed Masamune-san and the others didn’t show any suspicious movements, while they were surveying the land, and they went home quickly after greeting Kenshin-san at another residence.
Kenshin-san ordered everyone not to relax their vigilance for the time but, in the end, several days passed and nothing happened.
.[YUZUKI]: “I wonder if Masamune-san and the others really just wanted the Uesugi Army’s help.”
[KAGEIE]: “I don’t know but, anyway, your guard detail ends today. By Kenshin-sama’s orders, it wouldn’t be good to continue imposing this inconvenience on you.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see… I’m actually a bit sad but thank you very much, Kageie-san.”
[KAGEIE]: “N-No thanks needed. Don’t worry about it!”
My usual ordinary days returned. At least, that’s what I believed without any doubt.
That night I had a bad feeling and slowly sat up.
At that moment, the sight outside that entered my vision made my eyes widen unconsciously.
–The castle town was wrapped in hell fire.
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “FIRE!”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “We cannot overlook the peoples’ crises. We must head there immediately!”
Right after that, someone called my name and entered my room.
[KAGEIE]: “You’re awake!”
[YUZUKI]: “Kageie-san! Kagemochi-san!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I apologize for the abruptness.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s fine, more importantly, the town…!”
[KAGEIE]: “So you know about it too. We still don’t know the cause of the fire, but there’s a large number of injured.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “We will be heading to the town from here, but you–“
[YUZUKI]: “Please let me help somehow too!”
[YUZUKI]: (I can’t afford to be the only one who goes to sleep at this time…)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “If that is the case, those who are seriously wounded are to be carried to the Uesugi castle on Kenshin-sama’s orders. Can I ask you to provide aid to them?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kagekatsu-sama and Kanetsugu are in the castle. If there is any trouble, consult the two of them. And please be sure not to push yourself too hard.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, please be careful Kagemochi-san and Kageie-san!”
After both of them left, I tried to make preparations to go off and treat people but–
[???]: “Scuze me, coming in!”
From behind me I heard a cheery voice that did not match this place or this situation at all.
[???]: “You really were here. Just like what Masamune heard!”
[???]: “It was rough slipping through the guards but just by causing a little ruckus I could come here normally. Great, great!”
[YUZUKI]: (Then the ones who set the fire in the town are…!)
[YUZUKI]: “W-Why would you do such a…”
[???]: “Hrm? That’s ’cause–“
Just when he was about to answer, there was a sudden commotion outside the sliding screen that was left open.
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “That scream just now… It can’t be!?”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “Look! It’s Date Shigezane!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Che, they found me already, huh.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Even for me this many opponents is… It’s not my nature to retreat but I guess I gotta.”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “WAIT!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “No waay!”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “He ran away, chase him!”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “Circle around from behind and capture him!”
The soldiers immediately went out the room but, maybe having been woken by the noise just now, Imari-kun clung to me on the verge of tears.
[IMARI]: “Wh, what’s going on?”
[YUZUKI]: “Date Shigezane-san… a Date commander tried to kidnap me… but Uesugi soldiers stopped that…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “You really were here. Just like what Masamune heard!”
[YUZUKI]: (Those words from Shigezane-san sounded as if I was their goal from the start…)
[YUZUKI]: (I knew it, Masamune-san is aware of the power of my blood.)
Just when I was convinced–
[IMARI]: “AH…! BEHIND!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Hya!”
The instant I tried to scream a large hand covered my mouth. Even more, an arm was tightened around my body from behind.
[???]: “… You’ll be coming with me.”
(T/N: I’m sure it says something about me when I love this chapter so much. We do see deaths (rip the nameless grunts that always fall to the commanders and leaders) but up to now it’s been confined to soldiers who signed up for this. But Date in Uesugi’s route honestly shows just how ruthless they are (especially without the heroine, if you recall how Kojuurou said she made Masamune kinder). Setting a town full of innocent civilians on fire just for distraction is… *breathes in* *breathes out* bOY!! And it’s confirmed that there are casualties, or at least serious injuries!! I love the darker turn and this exhibition of Date’s brutality.)