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…
[KENSHIN]: “Are you unhurt?”
.[YUZUKI]: “Yes. Um, was it the “sacred treasure” that led you here, Kenshin-san…?”
[KENSHIN]: “Aa. The moment I knew Date Masamune might target you, I had Imari hold this.”
[KENSHIN]: “If anything were to happen, he would have you touch the “sacred treasure”. Furthermore, if you were kidnapped then, along the way, he would tie cloth around trees to leave behind landmarks.”
[KENSHIN]: “If done in this way, I would be able to hurry to you at once…”
After he said that Kenshin-san gently touched my shoulder, as if to reassure me.
[KENSHIN]: “… I apologize for having you experience a fright. Wait a little. I will end this immediately.”
Kenshin-san gave a soft smile to me and then looked at Masamune-san.
[KENSHIN]: “It is appropriate to regard your actions of hurting my people and attempting to obtain this girl in your hands as an annulment of the alliance; however, are you willing to explain?”
[KENSHIN]: “Although, even if you were to ask for forgiveness, I would never nod to it.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn, who would lower their head to someone like you.”
[KENSHIN]: “Is that your answer. Then I have no choice.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Are you sure? If you die, you won’t be able to preserve Uesugi territory. That’s why you don’t put yourself in danger. Am I right?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Besides, even if you take me prisoner there’s still Shigezane and Kojuurou. You also have a burden with you, so you can only withdra–“
In that instant, with no hesitation, Kenshin-san slashed at Masamune-san.
[MASAMUNE]: “Ggh… Why did you swing your sword…?”
[KENSHIN]: “The answer is obvious–. I must not die here in any event.”
[MASAMUNE]: “… I see… so I misread you, huh.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If you want to attack me, then attack.”
However, Kenshin-san quietly sheathed his sword.
[KENSHIN]: “I am not foolish to attack you while Shigezane and Kojuurou remain. Take your leave now.”
Kenshin-san declared that coldly and Masamune-san snorted.
[MASAMUNE]: “… Don’t regret this.”
Masamune-san left and took along with him Shigezane-san and Kojuurou-san, who had been concealed nearby at some point in time.
[YUZUKI]: (… Ah, that’s right, I need to thank Kenshin-san for saving me.)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Kenshin-san, thank you for sav–“
… By the time I realized it, I was embraced by Kenshin-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, Kenshin-san…?”
[KENSHIN]: “… I am sorry.”
[YUZUKI]: “Why are you apologizing…?”
[KENSHIN]: “The one who brought the Date Army into Uesugi territory was me. While knowing that this may expose you to danger, I joined us in an alliance.”
[YUZUKI]: “But it’s your principle not to refuse someone who asks for help, Kenshin-san… right?”
[KENSHIN]: “… Yes. As the general, as Uesugi Kenshin, that was the correct choice. Until now… that is what I have always done.”
[KENSHIN]: “However… the instant I knew something had happened to you, I regretted myself… I horribly regretted myself as the general who handed down that decision.”
Kenshin-san’s voice, along with the arms around me, grew stronger.
[YUZUKI]: (That’s… Kenshin-san doesn’t need to blame himself, so…)
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san. Please do not regret your principles.”
[YUZUKI]: “That day I came to Shinga… if you hadn’t saved me, Kenshin-san, I’m sure I would have died.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s because of you that I’m alive, Kenshin-san. That’s why… I’m following you.”
When I said that, Kenshin-san pressed harder with the hands that held me.
[KENSHIN]: “… Thank you.”
[KAGEIE]: “Here you are!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama, where is the Date Army?”
[KENSHIN]: “By this time they should be in the buffer zone with Takeda territory.”
[KAGEIE]: “Grrrgh, we were a step too slow…!”
Beside the frustrated Kageie-san, Kagekatsu-kun looked at me in concern.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… You aren’t hurt?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m fine. Kenshin-san saved me when it was getting dangerous.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I see… I’m glad…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, what’re you going to do about how easily you’re grabbed.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… But, Kanetsugu, you were worried about her this entire time, right?”
[KANETSUGU]: “T-That’s because… she’s our comrade, so of course I’d worry.”
When I first came to this world, I couldn’t help but be anxious. But now there are people who are overjoyed with my safety.
[YUZUKI]: (That day I came to Shinga… I’m glad it was Kenshin-san I asked help from.)
The moment I murmured that in my heart, Kageie-san raised a loud voice.
[KAGEIE]: “Woah!? What’s that…!”
Following Kageie-san’s voice, when I looked in the far distance… there was an army hoisting two types of flags and filling the horizon–
(T/N: Honestly, the crowning moment of this chapter. MNGH. I couldn’t believe the SNB writers went there with Kenshin’s character but this scene was so good. I’M SO PROUD OF THE HEROINE and sobbing over how Kenshin is so shaken he’s second-guessing himself!!)