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…
The Uesugi army made war preparations for the decisive battle which was to be held tomorrow.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m done checking over the medicine like I was asked, so I guess I’ll see if there’s anything else I can do.)
As I was thinking that Kagemochi-san came over with a smile.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “You aren’t nervous, are you?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, I’m fine.”
[YUZUKI]: “I was just wondering if there was anything more I can do to help…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I see. Then how about talking with me for a short while.”
[YUZUKI]: “Talk? Of course.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I’m glad. The night sky today is very beautiful, isn’t it.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… Were you enjoying yourself earlier?”
[YUZUKI]: “!? You s-saw…?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, I happened to pass nearby when I was patrolling…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “But it isn’t praiseworthy for you not to have slept right away. You were told to sleep, weren’t you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… I’m sorry…”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Don’t worry, because I am not blaming you in particular.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “It also seems like the two are firmly preparing.”
When I looked to Kagemochi-san’s line of sight, the two of them were making preparations with serious eyes.
[YUZUKI]: (We looked at the stars together just earlier, but it feels like a long time ago now…)
I watched the two of them with complicated feelings, and then Kageie-san came from another direction.
[KAGEIE]: “Hm? What are you two talking about over there?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Kageie-san… erm… uh…”
[YUZUKI]: (Kagemochi-san found out I didn’t sleep and instead talked to Kanetsugu-san and Kagekatsu-kun— I can’t say that, so what do I do…)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “I was only making sure if she slept or not.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Because there won’t be time to relax after this.”
[KAGEIE]: “Aah, I see.”
[YUZUKI]: “Er, y-yes! That’s right!”
[YUZUKI]: (I accidentally said it in a loud voice… I hope he doesn’t think it’s strange…)
[KAGEMOCHI]: “… That reminds me, the men over there are looking for you, Kageie-.”
[KAGEIE]: “Oh, I must go right now then!”
Having heard that Kageie-san quickly went towards the direction he was called.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Are you curious about why I didn’t tell the truth?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes… why?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Hm, that’s right… because I wanted your thanks.”
Kagemochi-san smiled charmingly and brought his face to my ear.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Next time— spend a night alone with me.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha. Now, how about we head off.”
Was Kagemochi-san relieving my nervousness in his own way just now? Not knowing the truth, I hid my red face and went to everyone.
[KENSHIN]: “How is everyone’s preparation?”
[UESUGI SOLDIER]: “My lord! Everything has been arranged!”
[KENSHIN]: “I see. Now we only wait for the hour of departure.”
[KENSHIN]: “Yukimura… what is the matter?”
[YUKIMURA]: “Ah! M-my apologies. May I say something?”
[KENSHIN]: “Aa, I do not mind.”
[YUKIMURA]: “… There is one thing I must announce.”
[KENSHIN]: “What exactly happened?”
[YUKIMURA]: “You see, actually… my brother… Sanada Nobuyuki broke off.”