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…!?
[SHINGEN]: “… Masakage, Masatoyo, I’m trusting this girl with you two.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Yes, Shingen-sama.”
[MASATOYO]: “We will believe in you and wait as well, Shingen-sama.”
Shingen-san patted them on their shoulders but his eyes were quietly facing me.
[SHINGEN]: “I’ll definitely return home alive.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Yes. I’ll be waiting.”
[MASAKAGE]: “… Alright, let’s go.”
[MASANOBU]: “Please be sure to be careful.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Putting aside Uesugi soldiers, yakuma won’t choose a time or place.”
[YUZUKI]: “Right, we’ll be careful.”
Nodding, I started walking together with Masakage-kun and Masatoyo-san.
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san… will he really be okay…)
Even at this late hour anxieties welled up and made my feet heavy. But Shingen-san promised me.
[YUZUKI]: (I can’t always lean on Shingen-san. I need to have the courage to believe and wait.)
When I glanced back, Shingen-san was staring directly at me.
[YUZUKI]: (It’ll be okay. Shingen-san will definitely come home. To Takeda territory and to us. That’s why I have to say at least that–!)
Right before I stepped out the old castle, I turned around to Shingen-san and the others and shouted.
[YUZUKI]: “Shingen-san! Masanobu-san! Nobuharu-san!… Take care and see you soon!!”
It was strange for the side that was seeing the other off to say that they’ll see them soon, but I just couldn’t help but say that.
So that, when they returned, they could say “I’m home”.
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah! We’ll be right back!”
[YUZUKI]: (Please… let me see that smile again…)
I didn’t know if there was something like a god in this world, but I continued to pray to any who would listen.
[SHINGEN]: “… If everything’s gone well, those guys should be in Takeda lands around now.”
[MASANOBU]: “That’s right. Are you worried over whether or not she’s done as you ordered?”
[SHINGEN]: “No, this time should be good. After all, she told us she’ll be seeing us soon.”
[NOBUHARU]: “Hum. We need to return home then. All of us.”
[SHINGEN]: “Hah, naturally!”
[MASANOBU]: “…… Shingen-sama, they’ve come.”
[SHINGEN]: “What’s this, that’s quite a small number of people.”
[KENSHIN]: “You as well; your numbers have decreased more so than yesterday. In addition… there are no troops in ambush.”
[SHINGEN]: “Well, yeah. Because it looks like if we make noise here, those yakuma things might come out.”
[SHINGEN]: “It’ll be annoying for our match to be pushed back like yesterday. I’ve sent everyone apart from us home.”
[KENSHIN]: “…… Is that how much you desire to battle me?”
[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. I have to go beyond you in order to unify the country. –Uesugi Kenshin, the war god!”
[SHINGEN]: “You guys, don’t lift a hand.”
[KENSHIN]: “…… Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Yes, I understand.”
[SHINGEN]: “Now! Takeda Shingen has arrived!”
Having left the castle, I returned to Takeda territory with the others and all the soldiers.
[MASAKAGE]: “Alright. If we’re this far, those Uesugi guys shouldn’t chase us.”
[MASATOYO]: “Although, it appears that they haven’t pursued us at all.”
[YUZUKI]: (Right now, Shingen-san and Kenshin-san are…)
[MASATOYO]: “…… Worried?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mhm.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey! No way Shingen-sama’s gonna lose!”
[MASAKAGE]: “Ever since he’s been taking those pills you make, the number of times he’s had fits has lowered noticeably.”
[YUZUKI]: “Right… thank you, Masakage-kun, for cheering me up.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Wha, i-it’s not like I meant to do that…”
[MASATOYO]: “You’re red.”
[MASAKAGE]: “Shut up!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Shingen-san.”
I wanted him to return home quickly. Thinking that, his name naturally slipped out.
[SHINGEN]: “Tsk! As usual it’s hard to see any openings.”
[KENSHIN]: “Those words I will return to you as is. Those movements even as you suffer from a disease… you are a monster.”
[SHINGEN]: “…… What, you’ve noticed?”
[KENSHIN]: “I heard that those who belong with you were searching for medicinal herbs within my territory.”
[KENSHIN]: “I also know the kind of medicinal herb they were searching for. And about the disease that herb is necessary for… Why does a man such as you…”
[SHINGEN]: “Who knows. Inheritance issues alone are a problem, so I think I’m just burdened by bothersome things.”
[SHINGEN]: “But, well, that has nothing to do with our match. Am I wrong?”
[KENSHIN]: “Indeed. It is a trifle detail in this battle.”
[SHINGEN]: “Then let’s keep going. I’m sorry to say I have someone waiting for me.”
[KENSHIN]: “Oh. Do you think you can return home alive after crossing blades with me?”
[SHINGEN]: “I’ll return home. For sure!”
Several days had passed since I returned home to Takeda’s castle. Shingen-san and the others hadn’t returned yet.
[IMARI]: “… You haven’t opened it yet, huh.”
The box I got from that old castle was in front of Imari-kun, who came to visit me.
[YUZUKI]: “I want to open it after Shingen-san and the others come home… Sorry, even though we’ve finally obtained a clue to Himemiko-sama.”
[IMARI]: “No, the sacred treasure is in your hands like this, so that’s more than enough for now.”
Saying that, Imari-kun left again to gather information on Himemiko-sama.
And then, as if changing places with him–
[MASAKAGE]: “Hey! Huge problem!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah! Masakage-kun, what’s wrong!? What happened?”
[MASAKAGE]: “They’ve come back!”
(T/N: I love this trope so much but I don’t feel like I captured it all in English LOL. Basically, there’s a set phrase you use when you send someone off, when they leave, and when they return home and you greet them. It’s used a ton in otome games because it’s really cute and romantic :’) but yeah… I don’t think it’s emphasized on or used commonly in English media.)