Chapter 2: In These Eventful and Critical Times
The war began at last. In the middle of the coalitions clashing, Kenshin confronted Nobunaga.
In a tense atmosphere, a battle unfolded between the two. However, bad news was brought there…
[KAGEMOCHI]: “If you think lightly of us that will be a problem. Hah!”
The swords of Kageie and Kagemochi swung down again and again.
[KAGEIE]: “Heh, I won’t be defeated at this level.”
[KAGEIE]: “If you don’t want to die then hurry up and open a path— HRAGH!!”
Kageie attacked with overwhelming power while, on the other hand, Kagemochi cut down enemy soldiers in succession with a bewitching smile.
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, finished already? You won’t stop us with that degree of strength.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Well, no matter the opponent, I will be protecting Kenshin-sama.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Now, who shall be next?”
Kenshin aimed for the place Nobunaga would be while the two held back a line of soldiers, but—
Kenshin blocked an attack that was unleashed from the side within a hair’s breadth and created some distance.
[???]: “Well, it wouldn’t be interesting if that didn’t happen!”
[KENSHIN]: “You are…”
[KATSUIE]: “I’m Shibata Katsuie! I’m gonna be your opponent.”
[KATSUIE]: “I’m not gonna letcha go to Nobunaga-sama!”
[KENSHIN]: “I see… then I will defeat you.”
[KATSUIE]: “Ha! If you can do that I’d like to see you try!!”
[KAGEIE]: “… I won’t let you touch Kenshin-sama.”
[KAGEIE]: “Your opponent is me! Hragh!!”
[KATSUIE]: “Kgh… bastard…”
[KAGEIE]: “Someone like you isn’t fit to be Kenshin-sama’s opponent!”
[KATSUIE]: “What’d you say…?”
[KAGEIE]: “Kenshin-sama! I will take this on! Now’s your chance!”
[KENSHIN]: “Aa, I leave this to you.”
[KATSUIE]: “Like I’m gonna let you go— grgh!”
[KAGEIE]: “Ggh! I already said that your opponent is me!”
[KATSUIE]: “… Hah, interesting. I’ll cut down shit like you right away.”
[KATSUIE]: “Don’t regret this!”
Sparks scattered from the blades that crossed each other, and Kageie and Katsuie’s intense exchange of blows continued.
[KAGEIE]: “… What, is that all? Then I’ll be going next! HAAGH!”
[KATSUIE]: “Ngh! Don’t think it ends here!”
Kenshin, with Kageie and the others’ voices at his back, spurred his horse on to Nobunaga.
[KENSHIN]: “—Wait for me, Oda Nobunaga.”