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]: (Kagekatsu-kun, Kanetsugu-san, and Imari-kun too…!)
Looking at Kagekatsu-kun and the others, my relief was short-lived.
[MASAMUNE]: “They’re walking with no hesitation. It’s likely they’ve realized we’re here already.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Let’s go. Kojuurou, I’m leaving the girl to you.”
Saying that, Masamune-san pulled out his sword and roughly kicked open the door of the hut.
Simultaneously, Kojuurou-san grabbed my arm and, together with Shigezane-san, they followed after Masamune-san.
The instant I saw Kagekatsu-kun and the others, I automatically called out.
[KANETSUGU]: “Geez, do you only have the ability to get caught? Well, whatever, just be quiet over there.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Wait, we’ll save you immediately…!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “How’d these guys know where we were? I threw off all the soldiers who were chasing me… Kojuurou, you ran away from Uesugi’s next-in-line too, right?”
[KOJUUROU]: “Yes. I confirmed no one was following us–“
At that moment, a voice rang out from Kagekatsu-kun’s feet.
[IMARI]: “I’m sorry I was sleeping and didn’t notice that the Date Army had invaded the castle…”
[IMARI]: “But please be patient just a bit more! Kenshin-san and the others are coming to save you right away!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “T-The tanuki…”
Despite the two who were befuddled, Masamune alone was laughing with his shoulders shaking.
[MASAMUNE]: “Hehe… I see. We got all the humans and Gekka Tribe people, but we didn’t confirm if there was no tanuki.”
— イリ (@Ilinox) November 25, 2017
[YUZUKI]: “Then, Imari-kun, you led Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san here…?”
[IMARI]: “Yes. If it’s me, then it’s hard to suspect me even if I follow them secretly.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “There’s no way we’d suspect something like a tanuki…”
[MASAMUNE]: “But, considering how you’ve followed us to this time, did you only bring those two here?”
[MASAMUNE]: “I can see you did not even want to waste time gathering soldiers… This girl seems to be extremely valuable.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Of course…! Give her back…!”
[MASAMUNE]: “Do you think I’d obey because you said so?”
Both of them held up their blades and glared at each other. In this explosive atmosphere, my eyes caught Kagekatsu-kun’s.
Held on to by Kojuurou-san, I could only watch over the current situation.
[KAGEKATSU]: “If you won’t release her then–“
The second Kagekatsu-kun tried to say that, looking like he would throw himself upon Masamune-san right now–
[MASAMUNE]: “… I’ll pass.”
Masamune-san abruptly came over to me.
[MASAMUNE]: “We’re changing how we’re doing this. Kojuurou, Shigezane, I’m leaving you two to keep them here.”
As Masamune-san said that he grabbed my arm.
[KAGEKATSU]: “…! Wait…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “As if we’d let you go…!”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Woah there. I won’t let you go any farther.”
Shigezane-san pointed the tip of his sword at Kagekatsu-kun.
Kojuurou-san also faced Kanetsugu-san from the front and seemed to be blocking his movements.
[YUZUKI]: (Kagekatsu-kun…! Kanetsugu-san…!)
I had no choice but to start walking, dragged by Masamune-san.
I tried to escape but the more I resisted the harder Masamune-san’s hand tightened–
And, like that, we proceeded to go deep into the forest.
[YUZUKI]: (At this rate, I might really be taken to Date territory.)
Thinking that, I gave up on resisting by force, and I decided to use another way to draw his attention and delay his feet.
[YUZUKI]: “What are you planning to do from here?”
[MASAMUNE]: “There’s no need for me to answer.”
[YUZUKI]: “Are you going to return to Date territory? Uesugi territory is really huge, so how long do you think it’d take you to escape–“
[MASAMUNE]: “… Shut up.”
[YUZUKI]: “And even if you do escape, everyone from Uesugi will chase you immediately–“
At that moment, Masamune-san came to an abrupt stop.
Huh? Just when I thought that, a sword was pressed to my throat…
[MASAMUNE]: “I told you to shut up.”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m scared… but I can’t flinch here!)
[YUZUKI]: “Are you planning to kill me? All that effort to capture me, even taking risks, will come to nothing.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Unfortunately, I’m a contrary person. It makes me want to try and test the worst choice.”
The tip of his sword bit into my throat and a stinging pain ran through me, but I continued to stare directly at Masamune-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hn, you seem to have some guts.”
[MASAMUNE]: “The next time you’re noisy, I’ll cut you without mercy. Remember that.”
I was able to be convinced from Masamune-san’s attitude when he started walking again.
[YUZUKI]: (Like I thought… Masamune-san won’t cut me.)
That one and only weakness of Masamune-san was my trump card.
[YUZUKI]: (It’d be nice if I could use that weakness somehow and stop him here…)
(T/N: I wish I recorded Shigezane and Kojuurou’s voice here too when they’re like “A TALKING TANUKI?!” lmao because they sound so shocked. THAT UMEHARA CHUCKLE PT2 THOUGH. MM.)