Chapter 8: The End of the Line
She was kidnapped by the schemes of the Date Army and Kagekatsu, who came to help, was also wounded.
Furthermore, the Uesugi Army was toyed with by the Date Army’s plans, and a desperate situation approached…
[YUZUKI]: (Nn… huh?)
[YUZUKI]: (Where is this place…? Why am I here…)
[YUZUKI]: (If I remember correctly, there was a fire in the town… and then Date commanders came in–)
.[KOJUUROU]: “Have you come to?”
When I looked in the direction of the voice, there stood Kojuurou-san.
[YUZUKI]: (That’s right, Kagekatsu-kun fought with Kojuurou-san–)
Remembering up to that point, I suddenly sat up.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun…!? Where’s Kagekatsu-kun!?”
[KOJUUROU]: “You do not have to worry, he is alive.”
[KOJUUROU]: “It seemed he was quite against losing you. It took all we had to escape and shake off the pursuers.”
[YUZUKI]: (Oh, I see…)
[MASAMUNE]: “It would have been ideal if we were able to get rid of the next-in-line general while we were obtaining you though.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “We got this girl just as planned though, so isn’t that more than enough of a result?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “I wondered how this was gonna go the moment Masamune suggested getting into Uesugi territory by pretending to tie an alliance, but to think it went this well, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha? Is this possibly the Date territory already…?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Nah, we’re still in Uesugi territory.”
[KOJUUROU]: “Shigezane, do not give unnecessary information.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “… Yeah, yeah.”
Shigezane-san closed his mouth after he was glared at by Kojuurou-san.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad… If we’re still in Uesugi territory then–)
[MASAMUNE]: “Those men will come to recover you, won’t they.”
Masamune-san smirked when I was surprised by those words that seemed to see through my mind.
[MASAMUNE]: “Rather, I’d have a problem if they didn’t come to take you back.”
[YUZUKI]: “… What do you mean?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “If we fought straight on, even people like us would have no chances of winning, ya know?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If we went to Date territory immediately after obtaining that girl, they would chase us and it would end up as a direct confrontation.”
[MASAMUNE]: “However, we dared to stay in Uesugi territory. In other words…”
[SHIGEZANE]: “…! We can ambush those Uesugi guys from the back when they head to Date territory! That’s so like you, Masamune.”
Shigezane-san clapped Masamune-san’s shoulder delightedly, but in contrast Kojuurou-san had a stern look.
[KOJUUROU]: “… Our opponent is Uesugi Kenshin. It is dangerous to to think everything will proceed as expected.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Of course, there is a possibility that those men will realize we are hiding. But they cannot abandon the possibility that we will run away to Date territory. They will have no choice but to split their troops there.”
[MASAMUNE]: “On top of that, Uesugi territory is massive. Even if they placed a bet on us hiding… they will need to divide their soldiers to search a wide field.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Gotcha. So, even if we’re found by the Uesugi Army it won’t be a large number and the three of us will be able to turn the tables on them.”
[MASAMUNE]: “That’s how it is.”
When I thought that Masamune-san’s voice was right beside me, my face was forcefully yanked up.
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides the ability resting in your blood, you have another use. As bait to reduce the strength of Uesugi.”
[YUZUKI]: (Once again, I’m… a burden to Kenshin-san and the others…)
I remembered the time I was kidnapped by Shingen-san and bit my lip hard.
[YUZUKI]: (… No, it’s because it’s this time now, that I have to get a hold of myself.)
I gathered my courage and glared at Masamune-san.
[YUZUKI]: “… Are you all planning to use me in order to defeat Uesugi?”
Not even paying attention to my small resistance, Masamune-san shook his head.
[MASAMUNE]: “No. Uesugi is nothing more than a checkpoint to taking the world.”
Masamune-san smiled coldly and then looked away from me.
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll never let Masamune-san and the others use me however they want…!)
Fortunately, it was said this place was still Uesugi territory. If I threw off Masamune-san and the others and looked for help, I might come across someone from Uesugi.
[YUZUKI]: (The problem is how I’ll escape though…)
It was impossible for me to fight against Gekka Tribe people by my own strength. If I made a poor move, there was no guarantee of life.
[YUZUKI]: (What should I do…)
[YUZUKI]: (I also don’t know which area this place is of Uesugi territory, so yelling loudly and hoping someone is close or not is a bit…)
Unable to come up with a decent way, my shoulders dropped–
[???]: “Over here!!”
[YUZUKI]: (This voice…)
When I looked outside the window, I saw Kagekatsu-kun, Kanetsugu-san, and Imari-kun close to a tree with a cloth wrapped around it.
Somehow I overcame the urge to cry out and stared at them.