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…
After Kenshin-san finished eating the rice balls I returned a step ahead of him to the others.
[IMARI]: “Everyone ate them happily.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yeah! I’m glad I did my best to make rice balls.”
I naturally broke into a grin, happy at being of use to everyone.
[YUZUKI]: (I want to help everyone out more.)
As I thought about whether there was anything I could do I saw Kenshin-san returning this way.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Kenshin-sa—“
The moment I tried calling out to him though a single messenger ran over to Kenshin-san with a flustered appearance.
[YUZUKI]: (They’re in such a hurry I wonder what happened…)
After they whispered into Kenshin-san’s ears the messenger left the spot immediately.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kenshin-sama, is something the matter?”
[KENSHIN]: “… It appears the allied forces of Oda, Toyotomi, and Date are preparing to counter attack us. Furthermore, they seem to be arranged already.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “As we thought, it has become like this…”
[KENSHIN]: “Mm. On this matter, there was a messenger from Shingen about holding a war council.”
[KENSHIN]: “I will head to this war council. Command in this meantime will be entrusted to you, Kagemochi.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Acknowledged. I will proceed with preparations to depart for the front.”
In preparation for the battle, everyone took turns resting to relieve even a little fatigue, but—
[YUZUKI]: (I was told to sleep so I could preserve my energy, but I can’t sleep. What do I do.)
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, you haven’t slept yet? Rest when it’s time to rest.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san… I’m sorry. I can’t sleep for some reason…”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Worried?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes… but—“
[YUZUKI]: (Maybe I’ll be told by Kanetsugu-san that I’m a burden again…)
[KANETSUGU]: “Don’t look like that. We’re with you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Besides, Kenshin-sama said it too, didn’t he? That the Uesugi army would protect you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Well, above all, I’m with you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “I’ll definitely protect you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “So, just be normal.”
Saying that, Kanetsugu-san ruffled my hair.
[YUZUKI]: “Kanetsugu-san! If you do that my hair’ll—“
[KANETSUGU]: “This degree is fine.”
[YUZUKI]: (My hair’s a complete mess…)
[YUZUKI]: (But it’s like my nervousness from before was a lie… I have to thank Kanetsugu-san—)
Now that I was able to calm my feelings, I suddenly looked up at the sky and a full starry sky spread out.
[YUZUKI]: “Wow! So pretty!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Did you just notice now?”
[YUZUKI]: “I haven’t really had the time to look up…”
[KANETSUGU]: “Don’t just keep looking down; if you don’t look up you’ll hit your head.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Why’re you laughing…”
[YUZUKI]: “Thanks to you, Kanetsugu-san, I’ve managed to get my energy back somehow. Thank you.”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Mm.”
Then we heard a voice from behind us.
[???]: “What are you two doing…?”
[YUZUKI]: “This voice… Kagekatsu-kun?”
[KANETSUGU]: “We’re looking at the stars. You wanna watch them together too?”
[YUZUKI]: “That reminds me, it’s said if you wish on a shooting star three times it’ll be granted.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Really?”
[KANETSUGU]: “That’s just a superstition—“
The instant Kanetsugu-san said that.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah! A shooting star!”
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if I can make it…)
Before it disappeared I chanted my wish in my heart. When I looked beside me, Kanetsugu-san had closed his eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “… Kanetsugu-san, did you possibly make a wish too?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Wouldn’t hurt to do so.”
[YUZUKI]: “What did you wish for? I—“
[KANETSUGU]: “Hey, isn’t it that if you speak your wish the effects will be lost?”
[YUZUKI]: “Oh right, but…”
[YUZUKI]: (He’s the one who said it was a superstition… I wonder if Kanetsugu-san had something he wants granted too.)
[KANETSUGU]: “… I hope your wish is granted.”
I turned my head to those murmured words and saw Kanetsugu-san’s profile as he looked up at the sky.
I quietly nodded and then gazed at the countless stars.
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll keep silent about my wish too…)
[YUZUKI]: (Because I want this time to continue forever—)