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]: “—You are all here.”
[YUZUKI]: (I wonder if Kenshin-san returning means the discussion with Shingen-san and the others are done?)
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father… how was the war council…?”
[KENSHIN]: “Aah… the battle will begin tomorrow morning.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s finally going to get started…)
.[KENSHIN]: “I apologize for asking this, but could you summon Kagemochi and Kageie?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, of course.”
After I quickly found Kagemochi-san and Kageie-san and returned, Kenshin-san faced everyone who was gathered and began to speak.
[KENSHIN]: “It was decided in the war council that we would attack tomorrow morning.”
[KAGEIE]: “Meaning the other armies around us have moved, huh! It doesn’t look like there’s any chaos… so it was within expectations?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, ever since we set our sights on Mouri, there would be a battle sooner or later. It is merely happening now.”
[KENSHIN]: “No matter who our opponents are, we will advance with our full strength… Prepare to attack.”
[KENSHIN]: “We will likely head out tomorrow at dawn. Everyone, I would like you to arrange your preparations in haste.”
[KAGEIE]: “I’m always ready for a charge!”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Kageie, I value your enthusiasm, but please don’t be thoughtless.”
[KAGEIE]: “Wha! There’s no way I’d be that!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Kageie-san, we’re counting on you.”
[YUZUKI]: (I need to ask if there’s anything I can help with—)
Thinking that, I was about to move until I met eyes with Kagekatsu-kun.
Kagekatsu-kun turned to Kenshin-san and spoke.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… May I ask something?”
[YUZUKI]: (Kagekatsu-kun…? I wonder what’s wrong.)
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father, in this battle… what will she be doing…?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Every time a battle takes place, she gets put in danger…”
[YUZUKI]: (Kagekatsu-kun… he’s been worrying about me all this time…)
[KAGEKATSU]: “If you’re bringing her to this battle… I…”
[KENSHIN]: “The one to decide that is not you.”
Kenshin-san sent a look in my direction and quietly asked me.
[KENSHIN]: “… What do you wish to do?”
[KENSHIN]: “I would like to hear your will.”
[YUZUKI]: “I… will go with everyone.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “But… this battle is different from all the ones up to now…”
[YUZUKI]: “Kagekatsu-kun, thank you for worrying.”
[YUZUKI]: “But I’ve decided that I’m going to do what I can do.”
[YUZUKI]: “And the one who taught me that was you, Kagekatsu-kun.”
[KENSHIN]: “… It’s decided then.”
[KENSHIN]: “No matter what happens, I will protect her with all that I have.”
[KENSHIN]: “Kagekatsu, do you not share the same feelings?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Yes.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “I’ll definitely protect you, so…”
Kagekatsu-kun said that with a determined look and then left.
[KENSHIN]: “… It appears your resolve is unwavering.”
[KENSHIN]: “I see. I shall tell you one thing then… Do not do the impossible, no matter the situation.”
[YUZUKI]: (Not overdoing things… That might be the best thing I can do but—)
[YUZUKI]: “I won’t do anything unreasonable. However… if I can help everyone then I’ll do anything. Please let me do that…!”
[KENSHIN]: “Aa… I’m relying on you.”
Kenshin-san’s hand, as he touched my shoulder and said that, was very warm.