Chapter 10: A Thousand Mixed Complications
The commanders are shaken by the order, announced suddenly from Kenshin, to invade the Oda and Toyotomi territories.
What is Kenshin’s real intention when he remains silent and does not try to speak…?
[KENSHIN]: “With the full force of the Uesugi army… we will attack and destroy the allied force of Oda and Toyotomi.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s… It’s Kenshin-san, so he must have some plan, right…?)
[KENSHIN]: “… That is all.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… excuse me, Kenshin-sa—“
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Father.”
At that moment, where no one said anything, Kagekatsu-kun quietly called Kenshin-san to a stop.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Your words just now… what do they… mean?”
[KENSHIN]: “Did you not hear? I said to begin war preparations.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “However… that means an invasion…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father… are you saying we’re going to try and invade… the Oda and Toyotomi territories…?”
[KENSHIN]: “… I will not speak on this any further.”
Kagekatsu-kun watched Kenshin-san’s departing back, as he left the room, with a sad expression.
[KAGEKATSU]: “I’m sure father must have some plan…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Right…?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Yes. I’m sure you’re right.”
I couldn’t do anything but nod unclearly with hope at Kagekatsu-kun’s words, which he seemed to be telling himself.
[YUZUKI]: (Why did Kenshin-san order such a thing…)
When I exited the room, I heard Kagekatsu-kun and Kanetsugu-san’s conversation in front of me.
[KAGEKATSU]: “Kanetsugu, what are you going to do…?”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Isn’t it obvious. I’m going to make war preparations.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “War… that means invading, you know? Kanetsugu… you don’t think anything about that…?”
[KANETSUGU]: “If Kenshin-sama has decided to go to war then… I only need to obey.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Why… how can you so simply…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Enough, Kagekatsu.”
Kanetsugu-san stopped moving and glared at Kagekatsu-kun.
[KANETSUGU]: “The general of Uesugi is Kenshin-sama… Not you.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I… know.”
Kagekatsu-kun only said those words before leaving us on quick feet.
[YUZUKI]: “… Kanetsugu-san! Why did you say that?”
[KANETSUGU]: “You’re not a commander so you wouldn’t understand even if I told you.”
Kanetsugu-san also just said that and went off in the opposite direction to Kagekatsu-kun.
[YUZUKI]: (If I’m going to chase one of them…)
I thought only for an instant and then immediately ran after Kagekatsu-kun.
[IMARI]: “Huh, ah… please w-wait!”
[YUZUKI]: “Sorry, Imari-kun! I’m going ahead!”
When I chased after Kagekatsu-kun, he was standing in the courtyard.
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun… are you alright?”
I quietly asked Kagekatsu-kun who couldn’t hide his worries.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I don’t understand. Kanetsugu, my father… what are they thinking…”
[YUZUKI]: (I… feel the same as Kagekatsu-kun. But if I said that right now I’d just make him worry even more…)
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun. This kind of thing… happened before, didn’t it.”
[YUZUKI]: “At that time, I think I chased after you like this, Kagekatsu-kun.”
I remembered how, not long after I came to the Uesugi army, Kagekatsu-kun felt uneasy about Kenshin-san who wouldn’t really speak his true feelings.
[YUZUKI]: “But at that time, after you listened closely to Kenshin-san, you two understood each other, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sure this time too… if we ask him properly, we’ll be able to understand.”
[YUZUKI]: (Yes, I can only believe that now…)
[KAGEKATSU]: “You’re… right.”
Kagekatstu-kun smiled gently at my words.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Okay. I’ll try to ask him to talk…”
[KAGEKATSU]: “So… could you come with me…? Like that time…”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, of course…!”
I took Kagekatsu-kun’s hand that he held out and the two of us headed towards Kenshin-san’s room.
(T/N: I really dislike this chapter so I kinda regret leaving it to the end like this LOL. I understand their concerns because Kenshin is going against his ideals but, uh, people change? And considering what he’s gone through recently… Kagekatsu and the MC aren’t being fair to Kenshin in shackling him to those ideals and it frustrates me how they keep forcing their opinions onto him.
Like Kanetsugu said, the two of them don’t understand the position of a general and the responsibilities. If they’re gonna disagree with Kenshin’s decisions and lecture him then they should be prepared to assume a general’s responsibilities, but Kagekatsu’s whole thing is that he CAN’T assume those responsibilities due to insecurity.)