Chapter 1: A Long Way to Go
Forming an alliance and aiming for Mouri territory, Kenshin and the others obtained information on how the preceding alliance of Oda, Toyotomi, and Date were arranging a counter attack.
As the outbreak of a war approached, each and every person’s resolution is questioned…
Kenshin-san and the others spurred on their horses to chase after the Oda army, Toyotomi army, and Date army, who were heading towards Mouri territory.
Following them in a row like that was the Takeda army and Sanada army—
Last night, Kagekatsu-kun and the others assembled in the main hall.
[KENSHIN]: “The fact of the matter for gathering everyone here is because a letter arrived at this time from the Takeda army.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama… by some chance, is that letter…”
[KENSHIN]: “Mm… regarding the alliance I informed everyone on, we will be convening with them tomorrow morning.”
[YUZUKI]: (Tomorrow morning… that’s so sudden…)
[KANETSUGU]: “Geez, what’re you looking surprised for. As if a battle would start suddenly.”
[YUZUKI]: “I guess so, but…”
Maybe he sensed my worries, because Kagemochi-san smiled gently at me.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “You must be uneasy, but we’ll be with you so everything will be alright.”
[KENSHIN]: “I am trusting everyone to make preparations for hostilities at any time.”
[THE THREE]: “Understood.”
Everyone started to leave the place, but when I got up to follow them I was called to a stop by Kenshin-san.
[KENSHIN]: “May I have some time?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, what is it?”
[KENSHIN]: “I made a promise. That I believe in you and would protect you—“
[KENSHIN]: “However, the Oda army, Toyotomi army… and the Date army awaits us in the future.”
[KENSHIN]: “It may become a violent war… Nevertheless, will you come together with us?”
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san… I’ve already decided.”
[YUZUKI]: “I trust in you, Kenshin-san, and everyone else. Besides, I also want to be of help to everyone.”
[YUZUKI]: “So, please let me go together with you.”
[KENSHIN]: “… I understand. You have my gratitude.”
I would follow them firmly to the end. I swore that again in my chest while staring at Kenshin-san’s eyes.
I returned to my room and, while I was thinking hard, Imari-kun peered at my face in concern.
[IMARI]: “… What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do right now.”
[IMARI]: “I see!… How about doing something that’ll cheer everyone up?”
[YUZUKI]: “Cheer everyone up…”
[YUZUKI]: (Like something to eat? Ah, how about rice balls… They might be happy if I bring them out when everyone’s tired.)
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, I’m going to the kitchen!”
[IMARI]: “Huh, what’re you going to do? I’ll help too!”
I decided to make rice balls and quickly went to the kitchen with Imari-kun.
[YUZUKI]: (I hope everyone’ll be happy—)
In the dim light, before the sun rose, everyone gathered with tense expressions.
[KENSHIN]: “You will ride in front of me.”
After I got on the horse, Kenshin-san looked around at the faces gathered and quietly opened his mouth.
[KENSHIN]: “The Uesugi army will be joining with the Takeda army and Sanada army from here. The other armies will have started to move already.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “By the other armies, do you mean… the Oda army…?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That’s right. The Oda army, Toyotomi army… and the Date army. Our destination is the same after all.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “We are in the situation of chasing the three armies, so it wouldn’t be strange if something were to happen.”
[KAGEIE]: “Don’t be so worried, I’ll handle it somehow! Haha!”
Hearing Kageie-san’s laughter, it felt like everyone’s feelings also became positive.
Following up with that atmosphere Kenshin-san declared in a strong voice.
[KENSHIN]: “Now, we depart!”
After continuing on a mountain path for a while, I heard a familiar voice.
Even though it was dark, I knew who it was immediately from the voice.
[SHINGEN]: “Haha, I’ve been waiting! Kenshin!”
[???]: “The group is gathered with this, huh. Let’s head out immediately.”
[YUZUKI]: (Who’s that…? He’s with Shingen-san though…)
[KENSHIN]: “Shingen and Sanada Yukimura, I see.”
[YUZUKI]: (So that’s Sanada’s general, Sanada Yukimura-san—)