Chapter 6: Man Proposes, God Disposes
Organizing their preparations, they headed towards the border zone with Uesugi at last.
Their opponent was their longtime rival “Uesugi Kenshin”, one that could not be dealt with by ordinary means, and Takeda was to challenge them seriously but… what direction would the match go…!?
The person who caught me when I fell after my footing collapsed was–
[YUZUKI]: (… What do I do! He’s not Shingen-san! Plus, I feel like I’ve seen him from somewhere…)
[???]: “… Whose permission did you obtain to enter this place. From your outfit you do not seem to be of the people at the base of this mountain.”
Pierced by those sharp eyes, I felt my body tremble on its own.
[YUZUKI]: “Er, um…”
[???]: “… A thief?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, you’re–… not wrong…”
[YUZUKI]: (If I came in without permission and took something I’m a thief!)
I realized for the first time, after it was said, that this was a fine act of robbery and I couldn’t think up any excuse on the spot.
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do! Imari-kun!)
I looked around to him for help but I couldn’t find him anywhere.
[???]: “… I will have you come with me.”
[YUZUKI]: “Erm! T-That’s a problem! Um, let go!”
I was lucky I was caught in this man’s arms, but when I frantically tried to escape from his arms I couldn’t budge him at all.
[YUZUKI]: (Aah, oh no, what do I do…!)
[???]: “Aah, I’m relieved you have finally returned… oh my, you are…”
[YUZUKI]: (The Uesugi commander that Masakage-kun fought!? Then this person is also of Uesugi…)
[???]: “… Kagemochi. Is she an acquaintance of yours?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Yes. She is the woman that monkey brought along, the one I spoke to you about a few days ago.”
[???]: “Oh… then one of Takeda’s people…”
Those eyes which were already cold shot through me with an even sharper light.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Incidentally, why are you holding her like that?”
[???]: “She fell from a high altitude.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… And thinking she would be injured, you helped an unknown and unfamiliar girl?”
[???]: “Owing to that, I made an unexpected find. Now we know the whereabouts of the Takeda army who aggressed into the border zone.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… just then that was Imari-ku–)
[KENSHIN]: “Hrm, I have been saved the effort of going to locate him. You’ve revealed yourself personally, Shingen.”
[KENSHIN]: “Do not blame me, woman.”
[YUZUKI]: (What’s going on…!)
Shocked, I tried to sit up but right above me Shingen-san and the Uesugi warlord crossed swords with each other.
[SHINGEN]: “Yo, Kenshin, you arrived pretty early.”
[KENSHIN]: “Hn. As I thought, that cavalry was to buy time.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ken… shin… then this man is Uesugi Kenshin!?)
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey, you aren’t hurt!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Masakage-kun! Nobuharu-san!”
[MASAKAGE]: “You’re not hurt, right!? That tanuki really did appear to repay us!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Ha ha ha. It was fortunate we didn’t turn it into tanuki soup and eat it.”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… come to think of it, Imari-kun was saved by Masakage-kun and the others when he was being chased by yakuma, huh…)
I didn’t know if it was because of that, but I realized that Imari-kun guided Shingen-san and the others here.
[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun, thank you.)
[SHINGEN]: “–Don’t move from there yet. Haaaaargh!!”
Shingen-san pushed back Kenshin-san’s sword with force and Kenshin-san leapt back like that.
[SHINGEN]: “I’m not done yet!”
Little by little I gained distance from Shingen-san and Kenshin-san who were exchanging blows violently, and so I ran towards Masakage-kun and the others.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I won’t let you ru–“
[MASAKAGE]: “Bastard, your opponent is me!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “A bothersome monkey, hm. I should have killed you back then.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hah!? Who’s a monkey! My name is Yamagata Masakage! You better remember the man who’s gonna take you out!”
[NOBUHARU]: “Geez, we looked here and there for you. Shingen was very worried.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry…”
[YUZUKI]: (But I found Himemiko-sama’s sacred treasure!)
I firmly held the box that should have the sacred treasure to my chest again.
[YUZUKI]: “Shingen-san! The thing we were looking for is–“
[SHINGEN]: “–! Yakuma.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Kagemochi, we’re withdrawing.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Eh!? However!”
[KENSHIN]: “You must have heard the howling of yakuma. We must avoid the situation of them heading to the village at the base of this mountain.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… As you will.”
[KENSHIN]: “–Shingen, this bout shall be put over. The crime of breaking into this castle–“
[SHINGEN]: “Too bad. I intend to intrude for a little while longer. I won’t run away, so– the village, was it? Hurry and go check it out.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Is it okay to let them run?”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. There’s something that I’ve gotta do over here too.”
Shingen-san sheathed his sword and walked directly up to me–
[SHINGEN]: “Now, do you know what I want to say the most?”