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…
Imari-kun tried to help me as I was about to be kidnapped but he didn’t know what to do…
I quietly walked through the silent corridors while the person who invaded the castle pressed a short sword against me from behind.
Still, I thought that someone would notice if I sought help without giving up, and so I tried twist my body around but…
[???]: “Would you please stay quiet and obedient. If not, I will have no choice but to be rough.”
… If I didn’t do as he said, I would experience something horrible. Even though I knew that.
[YUZUKI]: (I have to do something…!)
[YUZUKI]: (Even if I can’t raise my voice, or move my body as I wish, there must be another way.)
Just then, I heard a metallic noise from behind. Not knowing who it was, the moment my body stiffened–
[YUZUKI]: (! That voice just now…!)
[KAGEKATSU]: “You were together with Date Masamune… Katakura Kojuurou, correct?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Uesugi’s next in line, hm. You’ve left yourself vulnerable without bringing guards.”
[KOJUUROU]: “I’m afraid I do not have time to talk with you though.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Talk? I don’t have any intentions of doing that either. –I’ll have you return that girl!”
[KOJUUROU]: “Is it fine to try and attack me blindly? If you make a mistake, you will cut this woman.”
Hearing Kojuurou-san’s words, Kagekatsu-kun’s movements hesitated for an instant.
Kojuurou-san made a large swing with his sword, seizing the opportunity he made–
Right after that, blood splashed out from around the area of Kagekatsu-kun’s chest, which had been torn open.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu… -kun?”
Clang! Making this noise, Kagekatsu-kun’s sword fell to the ground.
At the same time, for some reason, Kojuurou-san loosened his arm around my body.
My mind was filled more with Kagekatsu-kun than finding the reason for that and I ran over to Kagekatsu-kun’s side immediately.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Kugh… hagh, agh…!”
[YUZUKI]: (This needs to be treated right away…)
I made up my mind and held out my index finger.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun, drink my blood.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “N… o.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “You are a precious person my father decided to protect… so I don’t want you to be hurt because of me…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Besides, if I drink your blood in front of him, your power will be known…”
[YUZUKI]: “But I don’t want to just watch you be in pain, Kagekatsu-kun. Over my power being known, I’d rather…”
[YUZUKI]: “So please, drink my blood.”
Kagekatsu-kun stared intently at my finger as if he was at a loss but…
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I’m sorry.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “…… ngh.”
After whispering that like a murmur, Kagekatsu-kun swallowed my finger in his mouth and pierced me with his fangs.
At first Kagekatsu-kun drank my blood reservedly, but gradually he started to devour it greedily as if he forgot himself.
As he did so, the injury on his chest healed before my eyes–
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I’m… alright, now.”
The awakened Kagekatsu-kun smiled and then slowly stood up.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad…)
Although I was relieved for the moment, I couldn’t say the situation was good.
[KOJUUROU]: “… I am convinced now. Indeed, there is a strange power in that girl’s blood. Exactly as Masamune said.”
[KOJUUROU]: “That being the case, one could say it was a mistake for you to prioritize your own life and drink her blood in front of the enemy. Uesugi Kagekatsu.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “It wasn’t a mistake.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Because if I were to die… then who would… protect this girl here…!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Gugh, what strength…”
[KOJUUROU]: “His power and swordsmanship are completely different from before…! Is this also due to having drank that girl’s blood…!”
[KOJUUROU]: “There is no doubt then, that we must obtain that girl for the Date Army at all cost……!”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I’ll never… hand her over…!”
Kagekatsu-kun said that and raised his sword overhead powerfully. At that moment.
[???]: “An inexperienced next-in-line general, brought up under a far too superior father. And so you must always be searching for opportunities to show off your own power.”
[???]: “That is precisely why at this time, eager for success, you’ve concentrated on the enemy in front of you.”
The moment I looked back to see the owner of that voice, an impact was made to my neck. And then, my consciousness became distant.
[MASAMUNE]: “The Date Army will be taking this girl… It’s nothing personal.”
(T/N: Seriously, this chapter made me yell so hard. WHERE TO EVEN START. Let me tell you guys a story. Okay, whenever I get invested and analyze characters I instinctively play this game called “How would I break this character” because I live my life by this quote from Dune, “To know a thing well, know its limits; Only when pushed beyond its tolerance will its true nature be seen.” If you know what makes a person snap in anger
or despair then you’ll know their bottom line, etc etc.
So, before this chapter even came out, I already thought “Kagekatsu is Uesugi’s weakest link. He’s a walking complex of issues! If I were to break him I’d put him in a hard spot where he can only make a choice between worse or worser. Then when he’s feeling shitty over his decision, I’d rub his inexperience in his face, compare him to Kenshin (an absolute must because inferiority complex!!), and then finish off his self-esteem by making him FAIL his goal. Granted, there’s a small chance that characters who go through absolute hell like this rise from the ashes into a powerhouse but shhhh that’s a risk you’ll have to take.
AND THEN!! THIS CHAPTER COMES OUT!! And I realize Masamune and I are soulmates L O L. Kagekatsu was forced into making a hard decision, aka. to drink or not to drink the heroine’s blood (either die or reveal her powers), check! His inexperience was rubbed in his face by Kojuurou and Masamune, check!! Masamune compared him to his much more superior father, check!!! Kagekatsu fails to protect the heroine and she gets kidnapped, check!!!! They leave him alive so he can dwell in his failures and self-destruct, CHECK CHECK CHECK BINGO!!!!!
Anyway that’s why I always laugh hysterically at the quiz placing me with Uesugi because I’d be eaten up with guilt by how despicable my thoughts are beside Mr. Justice Man Kenshin. He’d be like “we must help these poor people” and I’d be like “yo I came up with this great idea to spread the plague to our enemies” LOL. PS. SORRY FOR THIS HUGE WALL)