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]: “Ow…! I’m sorry, I think I sprained my foot…”
[MASAMUNE]: “Enough, keep walking. Do you want to be slashed?”
Masamune-san looked at my acting with cold eyes, but he didn’t move to pull out his sword.
[YUZUKI]: (I knew it, Masamune-san won’t cut me…! I might be able to buy time with this.)
That’s what I thought but Masamune-san seemed to see through my thoughts–
[MASAMUNE]: “Your worthless stalling ends here.”
At the same time Masamune-san said that flatly I saw through a break between the trees.
[YUZUKI]: (No way…)
[MASAMUNE]: “Once we’re out of the forest, we’ll be outside of Uesugi territory and into the Takeda Army’s lands. If Uesugi chases us carelessly, they’ll make enemies out of Takeda.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s… But Takeda’s territory is hostile to the Date Army too, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “If you run away into there, you won’t be safe either.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, but if I ran into Date territory then Uesugi Kenshin could crush us entirely if he felt like it.”
[MASAMUNE]: “That being the case, if the Takeda Army and Uesugi Army clash then the probability of escaping in the chaos also rises.”
The two times I witnessed a battle between the Uesugi Army and the Takeda Army crossed my mind.
The first time was Kagekatsu-kun, the second time was Kagemochi-san, and both nearly died…
[YUZUKI]: (For a battle like that to happen again… Absolutely not!)
I had given up on resisting by force, but once again I braced my legs and planted myself on the spot.
In order to buy time, even one second longer– there was no other way left for me but this.
However, in the next instant, I was pulled by a strong hand and went into Masamune-san’s arms.
When I nervously looked up, a cold voice came down.
[MASAMUNE]: “You harpy! So you’re going to defy me to the very end.”
My body jumped and trembled at that voice which was filled with anger.
[MASAMUNE]: “There are many ways to hurt someone without killing them… why don’t I show you.”
[???]: “–I WON’T LET YOU!”
Suddenly, a white something jumped in and slapped a cloth over Masamune-san’s face.
[MASAMUNE]: “The tanuki…!”
Masamune-san immediately tore off the cloth. Imari-kun ran over to my side and held something out to me.
[YUZUKI]: (This is… the sacred treasure!?)
[IMARI]: “Please touch this!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ri… Right!”
The second I touched the sacred treasure, a dazzling beam of light was released.
[MASAMUNE]: “What is this light…!?”
Masamune-san’s eyes were caught by the sacred treasure he was seeing for the first time and that light. At that moment, Imari-kun pulled my hand.
[IMARI]: “Quick, now let’s run! While that Gekka Tribe man is surprised, hurry!”
I didn’t really understand what was happening but, while carrying the sacred treasure that kept on emitting light, I started running with Imari-kun.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Haa… haa… you guys are… quite good… But I’ll definitely kick your–“
[KOJUUROU]: “Wait, Shigezane. Something’s strange. Since a while ago, the Uesugi Army has only been defensively fighting.”
[KOJUUROU]: “It’s almost as if we’re the ones–“
[KANETSUGU]: “Being stalled, right?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Ah, Kanetsugu… Look.”
[KANETSUGU]: “That light…! Looks like it’s working out.”
Encouraged by Imari-kun, I did nothing but continue to run. However–
[???]: “Did you think you could run away on those legs of yours as a woman?”
My arm was grabbed by a strong force and, when I instinctively looked back, there stood Masamune-san who wasn’t even out of breath.
[IMARI]: “Let go of that lady!”
Imari-kun tried to spring at Masamune-san’s face, but–
[MASAMUNE]: “As if I’d fall for the same thing twice.”
Imari-kun was easily flicked away and, slamming onto the hard ground, he became limp and stopped moving.
[MASAMUNE]: “These worthless petty tricks end here. –Come.”
[YUZUKI]: “No, let go…! Imari-kun is…”
My resistance was in vain and I was being dragged by force.
I was no match for him alone.
[YUZUKI]: (Someone… help…! Help me… Kenshin-san!)
Suddenly, Masamune-san released my arm and leapt back from that spot.
At the same time, someone broke in between us, as if shielding me.
Smooth fluttering silver hair. A dignified bearing that one could tell even from behind.
The one who saved me was–
[MASAMUNE]: “Uesugi… Kenshin…!”
(T/N: Reminder to vote in the next army translation poll if you haven’t already! Next post is going to be the last Uesugi translation before I jump to a new army! Also, don’t mind my creative license with Masamune’s harpy line. I thought this over long and hard, okay!! He uses the word “kisama” which is just a hella rude way to address someone but it’s also IIRC the first time he speaks to her like that because his temper snapped. I was debating using the word “bitch” but that’s super harsh sounding in English… so we ended up with harpy :’) because she was jabbering his ear off to delay him. Another runner up was “witch” because wink wink her blood powers. Anyway, TL;DR translating is hard work.
PS. Take a drink every time Kenshin’s silver hair gets an entire descriptive line to itself—)