Chapter 9: A Bolt From the Blue
The Takeda army and the Sanada army, having formed an alliance, pursued their enemies with great vigour and soon began to pressure them.
Just when things were thought to be flowing smoothly, Masanobu was injured by an enemy’s surprise attack…
[KENSHIN]: “Won’t you join hands with me?”
Shingen-san widened his eyes at Kenshin-san’s unexpected proposal.
[YUZUKI]: (Join hands… what does he mean?)
[SHINGEN]: “… In short, you’re saying you want to have an alliance like the one we have with Sanada?”
[KENSHIN]: “Precisely. If we cooperate we will become a much more powerful force.”
[SHINGEN]: “… Are you for real?”
[KENSHIN]: “Of course.”
Kenshin-san’s eyes, when he answered simply, did not seem to be lying or joking.
[SHINGEN]: “To approach me with that… something big must have happened.”
[KENSHIN]: “Your surmise is correct… Just earlier, Date brought forth information.”
[KENSHIN]: “It appears Oda and Toyotomi have allied.”
[SHINGEN]: “Wha…! Those guys!? For what exactly…”
[KENSHIN]: “We have not grasped that information yet… However, this is likely to be fact.”
[YUZUKI]: (Erm… by Oda and Toyotomi they probably mean Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi… right?)
I didn’t know the scale of the armies but from both their conversation I was able to understand that it was a pretty dangerous situation.
[KENSHIN]: “Seeing that Oda and Toyotomi have allied– as long as we remain as we are, we will be mutually destroyed.”
[SHINGEN]: “… That’s why you wanna join hands, huh.”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, everything is to protect the people. Surely you cannot overlook this either.”
Shingen-san’s expression stiffened.
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san is unsettled…)
[SHINGEN]: “… Up to now, we’ve fought as longtime rivals.”
[SHINGEN]: “And in those battles many soldiers died. You know that, right?”
[KENSHIN]: “Naturally, this is all in consideration of that.”
[KENSHIN]: “But still, we must join hands. So as not to make any more sacrifices…”
[KENSHIN]: “… You should be able to understand, correct?”
[YUZUKI]: (I don’t know what he should choose. But…)
I gently held Shingen-san’s hand.
[YUZUKI]: “No matter what you choose… I’ll follow you, Shingen-san.”
When I squeezed his hand to convey my resolve, Shingen-san’s expression softened a little.
[SHINGEN]: “… Thanks.”
Shingen-san murmured that and then sheathed the sword he had in hand into its sheath.
[SHINGEN]: “I’ve made up my mind.”
[SHINGEN]: “Let’s join hands. We’ll have a temporary truce.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Hm, this conversation is concluded then.”
[KENSHIN]: “In that case, let us withdraw our armies. A letter will be sent later with details.”
[KENSHIN]: “Let us leave, Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “My lord.”
[YUZUKI]: (Even though it was such a violent battle, it’s over so easily like this…)
[SHINGEN]: “Wait, Kenshin.”
[KENSHIN]: “What. The conversation should be over now…”
[SHINGEN]: “In the end, this alliance is temporary.”
[SHINGEN]: “The moment this alliance is done, I’ll definitely settle things with you!”
[KENSHIN]: “Of course.”
Answering shortly like that, Kenshin-san left the spot without turning back.
[SHINGEN]: “… An alliance with that guy, huh.”
Shingen-san muttered this, looking in the direction where Kenshin-san left.
[SHINGEN]: “Sorry… You got pulled in.”
[YUZUKI]: “Pulled in… In the first place, it was my fault for getting caught. More importantly, Shingen-san… are you okay…?”
[SHINGEN]: “Okay, huh… I’m certainly not calm. But I don’t regret what I’ve decided.”
Ponpon, my head was patted.
[SHINGEN]: “Alright, we’ll pull out our army too. Gotta fulfill my promise with Kenshin.”
[YUZUKI]: (Shingen-san… I hope he’s not forcing himself.)
–Like this we returned to everyone to tell them about the end of the war and the alliance with Uesugi.
(T/N: SNB can get surprisingly dark and serious and I love this bit where Shingen points out how many people have died in their battles, and yet they’re just going to ally themselves like this? It almost makes their deaths meaningless but luckily Shingen is still gungho about settling things with Kenshin afterwards. But it’s an interesting and serious thing to consider.)