Chapter 10: At the End of Schemes, Hope is Connected–
Utilizing the seal case discovered in the destroyed town to make use of other armies, Masamune plans to aim at Mouri territory.
Furthermore, as if seeing an opportunity, a messenger arrives from the Uesugi Army. This also appears to be Masamune’s scheme…
The messenger from the Uesugi Army began to talk, getting right to the point.
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “Regarding your visit to Uesugi’s lands the other day, my lord believes that there is a need for mutual discussion of the particulars.”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “Therefore, we would like to arrange a meeting location in the near future… Would that be agreeable?”
.[MASAMUNE]: “… Alright. Tell Kenshin that I accept his proposal.”
[UESUGI ARMY SOLDIER]: “Acknowledged… In that case, please excuse me.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wow… it’s really going like how Masamune-san said it would.)
Like this, Masamune-san and Kenshin-san decided to set their conversation at a village in Uesugi territory, close to the border.
[KENSHIN]: “First, I thank you for agreeing to this proposal.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn. It’s because I have business too.”
[KENSHIN]: “Is that so.”
After a casual conversation, Kenshin-san’s expression as he looked at Masamune-san suddenly changed into a cold and sharp one.
[KENSHIN]: “–Well, did you find what you were looking for?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yeah… This.”
[KENSHIN]: “A seal case… This crest is the Mouri Army?”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yes, there is no doubt.”
[MASAMUNE]: “And there was a cave in Uesugi’s territory that led to what appears to be the ruins of the former capital.”
[KENSHIN]: “… The capital where Himemiko dwelled, hm.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Aa, though it’s not conclusive. You also know that, after Himemiko disappeared, no army could enter the capital.”
[MASAMUNE]: “But then why did this seal case drop there.”
[MASAMUNE]: “And I haven’t revealed this only to you. I also gave the same information to the Takeda Army as well.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, Kojuurou! What’s that mean!”
[KOJUUROU]: “I haven’t heard anything either…”
[KENSHIN]: “… Why was this information sent to the Takeda Army?”
[MASAMUNE]: “If there is information in Mouri then Oda and Toyotomi… the vampires will also be moving.”
[MASAMUNE]: “This isn’t the time for us werewolves to be at each other’s throats, so that those men don’t beat us to it, right?”
Kenshin-san’s appearance didn’t change even when he heard Masamune-san’s words, but eventually he gave a single nod.
[KENSHIN]: “… I will bring this matter back with me and consider the best strategy.”
[KENSHIN]: “I shall take my leave then.”
–After Kenshin-san left, Kojuurou-san and Shigezane-san drew close to Masamune-san.
[SHIGEZANE]: “Hey, Masamune, what was that. About passing information on Mouri to even Takeda…”
[MASAMUNE]: “I haven’t really passed it on. It was a move to make Uesugi act.”
[MASAMUNE]: “If there is information on Himemiko, then they will move.”
[MASAMUNE]: “However, as long as the Takeda Army is close, Kenshin cannot empty Uesugi territory–“
[MASAMUNE]: “Meaning, in this present state, Uesugi cannot direct their troops to Mouri.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… that’s why you said you told the Takeda Army about Mouri.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Now, I’ve played all the hands I could play here. We’re returning to the castle.”
As he said that, Masamune-san straddled his horse.
Shigezane-san and I also got on a horse, but I heard a groan and looked behind me.
[YUZUKI]: “Shigezane-san, what’s wrong…?”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Well… I was thinking what if there was actually a clue on Himemiko in Mouri.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “How would we get that information?”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s true… umm…”
With Shigezane-san being extremely troubled, I unconsciously started thinking together with him.
I tried glancing at Masamune-san who was riding at the front, but whether he heard or not–
He didn’t look back even once, and his horse continued to run.