Chapter 3: The Withered Tree Flowers
An abrupt appearance of a commander of the Mouri army. Because of that one man, Kikkawa Motoharu, Kagekatsu sustained a grievous wound. The wound was deep and even with the power of her blood it couldn’t be healed. She wished strongly to save Kagekatsu and in that moment…
The light that stretched towards Mouri lands reminded me about Himemiko-sama.
[YUZUKI]: (There might be a clue on Himemiko-sama in Mouri’s territory.)
[YUZUKI]: (If that’s the case, then wouldn’t this light also mean something…?)
[YUZUKI]: “Kenshin-san, maybe this light is a clue from Himemiko-sama? One to save Kagekatsu-kun…”
.[KENSHIN]: “The light pointed to Mouri’s lands… You can make a judgment like this merely from that?”
[YUZUKI]: “… It’s true there’s little evidence. But after I wished, ‘I want to save Kagekatsu-kun’, the sacred treasure lit up.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sure it’s not unrelated. Besides, even if it’s a faint hope… I want to do anything to save Kagekatsu-kun…!”
[KENSHIN]: “… If you’re going that far then it seems there is something more than just intuition. However, I cannot condone going to Mouri’s lands.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That’s right. From that attack this time, we can understand that the Mouri army’s strength is considerable.”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes, therefore… I cannot expose the entire Uesugi army to danger just to save Kagekatsu.”
[YUZUKI]: “Let me go there alone then! If it’s just me, then I might not be discovered—“
[KANETSUGU]: “Do you know what you’re saying? There’s no way that’d be allowed.”
[YUZUKI]: “But…! To give up like this…!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Don’t think you’re the only one who is desperate.”
[KANETSUGU]: “—Kenshin-sama, could you give your permission for me and her to slip into Mouri’s lands?”
[KANETSUGU]: “We will be sure to obtain a clue to saving Kagekatsu and return. I also won’t act in any way that will expose this girl to harm. Please, I beg of you, grant your permission.”
[KENSHIN]: “… I understand both of your feelings. However, there is something that must be confirmed before you two leave.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “The Takeda army and Sanada army, right?”
[KENSHIN]: “Yes. Neither army would have overlooked the light just now. Furthermore, I believe I saw a momentary light from both camps.”
[KAGEIE]: “Wha!? Meaning both armies also have sacred treasures?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “That may be the case. But it appears that only Yuzuki’s sacred treasure is glowing now.”
[KENSHIN]: “In any case, it is necessary to speak to Shingen and Yukimura. I will head there personally.”
During the wait for Kenshin-san’s return, I prepared my luggage while trying to settle my feelings.
[YUZUKI]: (If we follow this light then surely…)
Something jumped out from the nearby bushes as I squeezed the glowing magatama hard.
[???]: “I saw a light and thought that maybe it was what I thought it was— and it really was the sacred treasure!”
I told Imari-kun, who came after noticing the sacred treasure’s light, the events up to now.
[IMARI]: “Something like that happened…”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm… and so, you see…”
The moment I tried to talk about what was going to happen from here—
[KAGEMOCHI]: “So this is where you were. Kenshin-sama has returned.”
Just like Kenshin-san’s predictions, the Takeda army and Sanada army also held sacred treasures and saw a light that stretched towards Mouri territory.
[KENSHIN]: “Thus, each army will be sending one person to head to Mouri’s lands, but—“
[KENSHIN]: “I have also obtained acceptance for you to accompany them. Will you go there together with Kanetsugu?”
As I put a lid on the worries in my heart and changed my mindset, Imari-kun raised a hand as if to encourage me.
[IMARI]: “I’ll help out too! Although, if I go with you then I’ll be found out by the other commanders…”
[IMARI]: “So, I’ll go ahead and search for clues. If I find anything out then I’ll let you know right away!”
I saw off Imari-kun, who said that and ran off, and then Kanetsugu-san started walking after him as if following him.
[KANETSUGU]: “Let’s head out too.”