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…!
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder what’s going on with Kenshin-san…)
I pondered over this in the new room I was moved to for my safety.
[YUZUKI]: (It can’t be that he’s carrying a large worry by himself, right…)
Kenshin-san and his grim expression that I saw earlier floated into my mind and then disappeared.
[YUZUKI]: (I want to discuss this with Imari-kun, but…)
[IMARI]: “Mm… mgh… zz…”
[YUZUKI]: (He’s sleeping soundly… He was really active today, huh.)
[IMARI]: “Mgh, I’ll… save you… zzz…”
[YUZUKI]: (Haha, Imari-kun… is he worried about me even in his dreams?)
I gently stroked Imari-kun who struggled hard to save me.
[YUZUKI]: (… Thank you.)
[YUZUKI]: (Those footsteps just now… no way, did someone sneak in again…!?)
Remembering the time I was kidnapped by Masamune-san and the others, my heart started to race.
[???]: “Are you awake…?”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… Kageie-san!)
I was relieved at the familiar voice and opened the sliding screen.
[YUZUKI]: “What’s wrong? You’re here this late at night…”
[KAGEIE]: “Uh… um…”
Kageie-san looked down with a regretful expression and didn’t try to say anything.
[YUZUKI]: “Erm… anyway, please come inside. You’ll catch a cold here.”
I said that and tried to invite him in, but—.
[KAGEIE]: “No, please let me stay here.”
[KAGEIE]: “I want you to let me protect you all night here.”
[YUZUKI]: (Is Kageie-san bothered about me being kidnapped by Masamune-san and the others…?)
[KAGEIE]: “I… said I’d be sure to protect you. And yet… I couldn’t protect you.”
[KAGEIE]: “I let you go through something uncomfortable… I’m really sorry!”
Kageie-san said that and bowed his head deeply.
[KAGEIE]: “So… please let me atone.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Kageie-san, it’s not your fault I was kidnapped.”
[KAGEIE]: “But… even if that’s true—“
[YUZUKI]: “… Okay, I’ll have you stay here the entire night then, Kageie-san.”
Kageie-san nodded with relief.
I pulled my futon over to Kageie-san and then slipped underneath its covers.
[YUZUKI]: “… Good night, Kageie-san.”
[KAGEIE]: “Yeah, please rest easily.”
[YUZUKI]: (If Kageie-san is here then I’m sure it’ll be okay…)
Forgetting the bodiless anxieties I held, I dropped into a gentle sleep.
The next day, we gathered under Kenshin-san again and continued our discussion.
[KAGEIE]: “… I still think we should chase after Date!”
[KAGEIE]: “Date might still harm Uesugi again…!”
[KAGEIE]: “Because they’re despicable people who set fire to the town and kidnapped this girl…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Certainly, we can’t forgive the Date army, but… right now we should prepare for the definite threat that is Oda and Toyotomi.”
[YUZUKI]: (What’s it going to be in the end…)
I watched the discussion that couldn’t be decided with Imari-kun on my knee.
Beside me, Kagekatsu-kun was watching over the situation, close-mouthed in the same way.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… Kagekatsu-kun, what do you think we should do?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I’d like to hear your opinion…”
I thought about it for a moment, while being puzzled, and arrived at a single thought.
[YUZUKI]: “I… think we should go with what Kenshin-san decides, shouldn’t we?”
I answered that with confidence as I watched Kenshin-san, who was silent and listening to the discussions.
[YUZUKI]: (The moment I came to this world, and after that, I was saved many times by Kenshin-san…)
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t know any strategic things, but… I’ll follow the path Kenshin-san decides on.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Mm. Me too… I have the same opinion.”
Kagekatsu-kun and I looked at each other and smiled.
[YUZUKI]: (… That’s right. Whatever happens, my feelings won’t shake.)
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll believe in Kenshin-san. Always and forever…!)
The instant I swore that in my mind firmly—.
[KENSHIN]: “… Everyone.”
It was an extremely calm voice.
[KENSHIN]: “… Our next objective is only one thing.”
The discussion that was tinged with heat fell completely silent in an instant. Everyone focused their ears on Kenshin-san’s next words.
I gave a nod to Kagekatsu-kun who flicked a glance over to me.
[YUZUKI]: (No matter what path Kenshin-san chooses, I’ll—)
[KENSHIN]: “Gather the soldiers and prepare for war.”
[KENSHIN]: “We formed an alliance with the Takeda army, thus we no longer have to fear an attack to the back.”
[KENSHIN]: “With the full force of the Uesugi army—“
Kenshin-san looked over everyone’s faces.
[KENSHIN]: “… We will attack and destroy the allied force of Oda and Toyotomi.”
[YUZUKI]: (We’re going to war with Oda and Toyotomi…?)
I was purely surprised at Kenshin-san’s unexpected decision and couldn’t do anything but stare at his face.