Chapter 9: All or Nothing
In the moment a predicament was escaped, the large army of Takeda and Sanada were soon approaching.
Kenshin, who was concerned about the castle town becoming a battlefield, chose to confront them in an overwhelmingly unfavorable situation…!
I couldn’t do anything but watch intently as everyone in Uesugi advanced towards the large force right in front of us.
[YUZUKI]: (Kenshin-san, everyone… I’m sure they’ll be okay, right?)
I had to believe in everyone, but while I thought that I was unable to suppress my anxiety at our enemy’s might.
I looked beside me and Kagekatsu-kun was also silent and clenching his fist to the point where his hand was white.
[YUZUKI]: (So, Kagekatsu-kun is also uneasy…)
When I thought about Kagekatsu-kun’s kindness earlier when he tried to soften my anxieties—
[YUZUKI]: (This time I’ll…)
I gently placed my hand on top of Kagekatsu-kun’s tightly clenched fist.
Kagekatsu-kun was slightly surprised and then looked at me.
[KAGEKATSU]: “I should believe… in my father and everyone. But I’m still this uneasy. It’s pathetic, isn’t it…”
The lips that murmured that seemed to tremble a little.
[YUZUKI]: “Even if we believe in them, we’ll worry. Because…”
I looked straight up at Kagekatsu-kun, who was staring hard at me, and met his eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “… Kenshin-san is really important to us…”
The tension from Kagekatsu-kun’s face, as we looked at each other, seemed to disappear a bit.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Mm, you’re right… thank you.”
Kagekatsu-kun opened his fist and squeezed my hand hard.
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll believe… and wait. For everyone…)
I grabbed Kagekatsu-kun’s hand back in the same way and prayed for Kenshin-san and everyone’s safety.
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, how long are you two going to stand there. Let’s get away to a place where those guys won’t find us.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Right.”
Urged by Kanetsugu-san, I shook off my concerns and left the place.
When the Uesugi army clashed with the Takeda and Sanada armies directly in front of them, the two sides immediately started fighting.
[SHINGEN]: “Haha! Kenshin… to come directly at us with this number of people—“
[SHINGEN]: “Are you looking down on us? Or are you trying to say you’re confident?”
[KENSHIN]: “… Neither.”
The two generals of both sides were strangely calm.
[SHINGEN]: “Then why’d you come with such a small force… Do you want to be killed?”
[KENSHIN]: “… Enough with the boring provocations, Shingen.”
[KENSHIN]: “From the beginning, you did not intend to force your way with this large force, correct?”
[SHINGEN]: “… Why do you say that.”
[KENSHIN]: “If you were a simple commander who would spread an ostentatious army like this and attack—“
[KENSHIN]: “The Takeda army would have long been utterly destroyed.”
[SHINGEN]: “… Jeez, you won’t let me see a single look of discomposure… As always, you’re a shrewd man.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Thus, what is your purpose.”
[SHINGEN]: “What, I heard you joined with Date so I just came to check things out.”
[SHINGEN]: “Let’s leave everything around us to our vassals… and have our own competition between us.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Very well.”
Like that, Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen’s battle quietly began.
[SHINGEN]: “… Damn, no matter how many times we fight there’s no opening…”
While the battle of both armies happened, Kenshin and Shingen continued their rivalry.
[SHINGEN]: “… But that’s why it’s interesting. Fighting with you!”
[KENSHIN]: “… Like usual, you’re a tenacious man.”
Both of their blades crossed many times with none of their vigor declining at all.
At that time—
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “… Reporting!”
[TAKEDA SOLDIER]: “Just now, information has arrived on the movement of the aforementioned allied forces!”
[SHINGEN]: “What did you say…?”
[SHINGEN]: “Che… those guys moved, huh… It’s much quicker than I expected…”
[KENSHIN]: “Those men…?”