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…
[KENSHIN]: (Could this happen to be…)
The moment Kenshin arrived at that possibility it was already too late.
From the distance he heard Kageie’s scream.
Looking to where the voice was, the appearance of an unknown commander and Kagekatsu collapsed at his feet entered Kenshin’s eyes.
[KENSHIN]: “… Kagekatsu.”
Kenshin broke off from Nobunaga and headed towards Kagekatsu with a discomposure that was unimaginable from his ordinary calm.
When he helped Kagekatsu sit up, the other person was barely breathing and his face twisted from pain.
[KENSHIN]: (He breathes… but at this rate…)
Kagekatsu’s wound bled copious amounts of blood and it was evident he suffered fatal injuries.
[KENSHIN]: (The bleeding needs to be stopped at once—)
[KAGEKATSU]: “… F…… Fa… ther……”
Kenshin strongly gripped the hand of Kagekatsu who called out to him in a voice that could disappear even now.
[KENSHIN]: “Kagekatsu! Hold on, we’ll immediately—“
[???]: “So he wasn’t the general.”
When he turned his gaze to the direction of the voice, there stood the man he had seen earlier at a distance who cut down Kagekatsu.
[KENSHIN]: “You are—“
[MOTOHARU]: “Kikkawa Motoharu.”
[KENSHIN]: “… A commander of the Mouri army.”
Kenshin looked behind the indifferent speaking Motoharu and saw soldiers bearing the flag of the Mouri army’s crest run onto the battlefield one after another.
[KENSHIN]: (An attack chosen at the time of each army’s exhaustion.)
[KENSHIN]: “… I should have noticed sooner.”
Motoharu placed his hand again on his word and, seeing that, Kageie and Kanetsugu stepped in front of Kenshin and Kagekatsu to protect them.
[KAGEIE]: “… Kgh, he’s coming?”
However, Motoharu didn’t pull out his sword and turned to leave the place.
[KAGEIE]: “HEY, where are you going!”
[MOTOHARU]: “—It’s over already.”
Kenshin turned to where Motoharu was gazing and over there was a single man looking at them.
The man smiled with an elegance from somewhere, gave the sign to retreat, and left like that.
Receiving the signal, Motoharu also turned on his heel and left.
The bleeding wouldn’t stop and blood seemed to pull away from Kagekatsu’s face.
His breathing gradually became shallow—