SNB The Targeted Post Town! A Fated Cooperative Battle ~ Chapter 4 ~

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Event: The Targeted Post Town! A Fated Cooperative Battle

Following sightings of a yakuma subspecies, the Uesugi army stayed at a post town. At that time, the post town was attacked by a large horde of yakuma. Just as they were struggling with the large numbers, somehow the Takeda army entered to reinforce them…

Chapter 4: Two Generals

[YAKUMA SUBSPECIES]: “Grrrgh…”

[KAGEIE]: “Crap, this thing… it keeps absorbing yakuma over and over again…!”

[KAGEKATSU]: “Every time it absorbs… it grows stronger. Our attacks are also… losing effect.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Heh. This truly is a despicable yakuma. —Ggh, it comes again!”

[KAGEIE]: “Gugh, one attack is strong…! You guys, don’t take a hit…!”

[KANETSUGU]: “Shit, how the heck do we stop this…!”

[KENSHIN]: “… Beware! Everyone, get back!”

Kenshin, who was watching the yakuma subspecies’ movements, predicted a ferocious attack and raised his voice. However—

[KAGEIE]: “… Kagekatsu-sama! Kanetsugu!”

Kanetsugu and Kagekatsu were both too close to avoid the attack.

[KANETSUGU]: “… Kgh!”

[KAGEKATSU]: “—!”

Giant claws closed in on them.

[???]: “… Haah!”

… But those claws did not tear apart the two of them.

[KAGEKATSU]: “Y-you all are—“

[SHINGEN]: “—Yo, guys. Sorry for making you wait.”

[KENSHIN]: “… Made it in time.”

[NOBUHARU]: “I, Baba Nobuharu, will also be of assistance!”

[MASAKAGE]: “So this one’s the yakuma subspecies, huh. Hehe, my arms are tingling!”

[MASATOYO]: “For the present, we’ll suppress it here! Everyone in Uesugi, please step back a moment and reorganize your formation!”

[KAGEIE]: “Sorry, and thanks!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Everyone, you heard that! Please get back! Leave this to the Takeda army!”

[KENSHIN]: “—Shingen.”

[SHINGEN]: “Yo, Kenshin, I’m glad you’re still living. I wouldn’t know what to do if you got done in.”

[KENSHIN]: “Heh. Well said.”

[KENSHIN]: “… I entrust this place to you for the moment. We will return immediately.”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah, leave it to me.”

 

The Uesugi army regained its formation and returned to the battle with the yakuma without delay.

It was worth cooperating with the Takeda army and, before their eyes, the yakuma were defeated and their numbers decreased.

[MASAKAGE]: “Still, just this one’s stubborn…!”

[MASANOBU]: “No matter how many times we slash, it’s not quite weakening. This certainly should have given the Uesugi commanders a hard time.”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… Everyone, there’s yakuma behind you!”

[KANETSUGU]: “Watch out! Get out of the way!”

[MASANOBU]: “I didn’t notice my back being attacked. Thanks, that saved me.”

[KAGEKATSU]: “… No, earlier we were saved too… It’s returning the favor.”

[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, that’s how it is. It’s not anything to especially thank us for.”

[KAGEIE]: “You guys, take care! There’s still some small fish heading over there!”

[KANETSUGU]: “Jeez, we can’t even talk comfortably…!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “We are suppressing the yakuma subspecies over here! You, gentlemen, please deal with the other yakuma first!”

[SHINGEN]: “—No, you guys, leave the yakuma!”

[MASAKAGE]: “Huh, what’re you saying, Shingen-sama! That guy’s gonna get stronger if it absorbs them, you know!?”

[MASAKAGE]: “If we leave the other yakuma alone, this battle’s not gonna end in this lifetime!”

[SHINGEN]: “But, at this rate, we won’t be able to deal a final blow either.”

[KENSHIN]: “… I see. You mean to let it absorb in order to create an opportunity?”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah, that’s what I’m doing. I don’t know if it’ll work well, but we can try once at least, right?”

That opportunity came sooner than expected. The yakuma subspecies, which continued to receive attacks, tried to reach out a hand to a smaller yakuma.

[KENSHIN]: “—Shingen, it’s necessary to deal a blow fatal enough that we will not be able to respond afterwards. In that case, us two…”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah, we’ll attack it.”

[SHINGEN]: “But I haven’t seen it absorb anything yet… It’s short, right?”

[KENSHIN]: “Yes. There won’t be much time at all.”

[SHINGEN]: “Then I leave the signal to you.”

The yakuma subspecies pressed the yakuma it grabbed into its body. Its awareness was directed there.

[KENSHIN]: “Now, Shingen!”

[SHINGEN]: “Alright!”

The two generals leapt at it at the same time. The yakuma subspecies noticed them of course but absorbing took time and it wasn’t able to resist—

[KENSHIN + SHINGEN]: “HAAAAGH!”

The yakuma, who was cut up, slowed down its movements due to those powerful attacks and its failure to absorb.

[SHINGEN]: “… Alright, you guys, the rest is just putting an end to things! Let’s do it in one go!”

[KENSHIN]: “Everyone, you are prepared, yes?”

Voices in response to Shingen and Kenshin rose up all at once from both armies. And then, following Kenshin’s command, the last battle began.

[KENSHIN]: “… Attack!”

[KAGEIE]: “Let’s go—!!”

[NOBUHARU]: “Don’t fall behind!!”

Because of all the attacks from the elites of both armies, the yakuma subspecies’ attacks stopped, and the two armies became even more encouraged.

[MASATOYO]: “…! Its movements are becoming slower!”

[KANETSUGU]: “It’s a reaction that hasn’t happened up to now!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Press on with your attacks all at once!”

[KAGEKATSU]: “Just… one more!”

[MASANOBU]: “It still hasn’t been completely exhausted! Be careful about an unexpected attack!”

[MASAKAGE]: “Heh! Like I’d let it make that attack!’

The yakuma subspecies, which could not endure the onslaught, was taking feeble breaths. It dragged its body and tried to escape from the area.

[SHINGEN]: “As if we’d let you run! Kenshin, this is… the last one! Let’s go!”

[KENSHIN]: “… Mm!”

Both of them brought down their last attack on the yakuma subspecies—

[SHINGEN]: “… Is it done?”

[KENSHIN]: “It appears so.”

The yakuma subspecies collapsed on the ground and didn’t move again before disappearing.

[SHINGEN]: “Is this the end?”

[KENSHIN]: “… Yes.”

[KENSHIN]: “It is unmistakably… finished.”

After the two’s quiet conversation— the soldiers and townspeople cheered in high voices.

[KAGEIE]: “… Great, we’re done!”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “Oh dear, that was a long battle.”

[MASANOBU]: “To think it’d be such a strong opponent.”

[MASAKAGE]: “But it was defeated by us!”

[NOBUHARU]: “Yes, that was some splendid cooperation!”

[MASATOYO]: “Everyone, good job.”

[KAGEKATSU]: “Everyone… are your injuries alright…?”

[KANETSUGU]: “Haha, that’s right, everyone’s covered in injuries.”

[SHINGEN]: “But it doesn’t look like anyone suffered a serious wound.”

[KENSHIN]: “Everyone is riddled with wounds, but… generally speaking, the important thing is that everyone is safe.”

The Uesugi army and Takeda army, realizing fully that the battle was over, turned awkwardly to look at each other.

[KAGEKATSU]: “Thank you all for lending us a hand…”

[KANETSUGU]: “… Yeah. To be honest, you guys saved us. I don’t know what would have happened if you all weren’t here.”

[NOBUHARU]: “Nah, if that ridiculous yakuma escaped then one day harm would come to us as well.”

[MASATOYO]: “Instead, it was a fortune that it was defeated here with everyone.”

[MASAKAGE]: “But you Uesugi guys did well to keep it pressed back until we came, huh.”

[KAGEIE]: “No, it’s frustrating to admit this but it took all we had to suppress it… I still need to train a lot.”

[KAGEMOCHI]: “In any event, we are deeply thankful for everyone’s aid from Takeda.”

[KENSHIN]: “… Allow me to thank you again as well for this occasion.”

[SHINGEN]: “Stop it with the thanks. I believe that if we were in the opposite position you’d have done the same. —Besides, you’re someone I’m going to defeat one day.”

[SHINGEN]: “So, isn’t it a bit weird to get overly familiar here?”

[KENSHIN]: “… Undoubtedly. Then I shall not thank you. —Only, there is still one thing that must be done before our settlement.”

[KENSHIN]: “Presently, the investigation on that yakuma comes first. We dealt with one today, but we cannot be negligent.”

[SHINGEN]: “… Yeah, you’re right. We don’t know if it’ll appear again.”

[MASANOBU]: “We can’t say it won’t appear inside Takeda’s territory next, can we…”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah. We still need to resume our investigation.”

[KENSHIN]: “… We will be investigating this as well. If we learn anything, I will send a letter.”

[SHINGEN]: “… Is that okay?”

[KENSHIN]: “It is to protect the people. Furthermore, I do not know if this town will come under attack again one day… I would like to continue our truce here.”

[SHINGEN]: “… That’s true. I guess my hand’s are tied if it’s for the people. Fine. If I learn anything over here then I’ll let you know.”

[KENSHIN]: “Aa, I look forward to that.”

Shingen noticed his mouth smiling for some reason and changed the topic to hide it.

[SHINGEN]: “Great. We’ve talked things over, so I guess we’ll withdraw now.”

[SHINGEN]: “… See you, Kenshin. Make sure not to get defeated by anyone other than me!”

[KENSHIN]: “I won’t lose to anyone. Of course, this includes you.”

[SHINGEN]: “Hahaha! I look forward to fighting you one day!”

 

[NOBUHARU]: “Still, you guys are all covered in wounds. Are you all alright?”

[MASAKAGE]: “I’m totally fine with this degree!… Wait, Nobuharu-san, you’re the weird one for not being injured when we fought that crazy battle.”

[MASANOBU]: “Shingen-sama, are you alright?”

[SHINGEN]: “Yeah, these are scrapes. There’s no problem with my health too… Hm?”

[SHINGEN]: “What happened to Masatoyo?”

[NOBUHARU]: “… Hrm, that’s true, I don’t see him.”

[MASATOYO]: “Um… I’m actually here. I also happen to be uninjured…”

[SHINGEN]: “Oh… you were here! Sorry! I didn’t notice you at all!’

[MASATOYO]: “Ahaha… well, it’s fine. Not noticing me is proof of things being peaceful.”

[SHINGEN]: “… Somehow, I feel really sorry.”

[???]: “Everyone!… Please wait!”

[MASANOBU]: “Hold on for a moment. Someone is chasing after us.”

[NOBUHARU]: “Who…? It can’t be that we forgot something, right?”

[VILLAGER]: “Haa… hah… I’m glad I caught up…”

[MASAKAGE]: “Huh, you look a little familiar…”

[MASANOBU]: “If I recall correctly, the person attacked by a yakuma in the forest… was you, right?”

[VILLAGER]: “Yes, just like you said. Thank you very much for saving my life at that time… hah… haa…”

[SHINGEN]: “And? What’s the matter? You came running after us.”

[SHINGEN]: “… It can’t be something like yakuma coming again, right?”

[VILLAGER]: “Ah, no, you’re mistaken! I just wanted to hand this over…”

[MASAKAGE]: “This…”

[MASATOYO]: “Erm, rice balls? Did you go out of your way for us…?”

[VILLAGER]: “Yes! I am a person of Uesugi, but I was saved by everyone in Takeda.”

[VILLAGER]: “On top of that, even my village was saved… So, I wanted to thank you by all means! Truly… thank you so much!”

[VILLAGER]: “In truth, it would be nice if I could offer something better but…”

[SHINGEN]: “… No, these rice balls are more than enough.”

[SHINGEN]: “Since, after fighting, we’re starving.”

[MASANOBU]: “Yes, it is as Shingen-sama has said. We will accept this with gratitude.”

[VILLAGER]: “… Right! Then, please take care on your road home!”

Everyone in Takeda saw off the villager, who bowed his head vigorously and ran off, with a happy but complicated expression.

[MASANOBU]: “How do I say this? Because of the lord being the lord, the people follow… and they have integrity.”

[NOBUHARU]: “… Hrm. It does bring to mind the lord’s character.”

[MASAKAGE]: “… But! Takeda doesn’t lose to this! Because Shingen-sama is governing it!”

[MASATOYO]: “That’s right. We definitely don’t lose in any respect.”

[SHINGEN]: “Ahaha! That’s also true… Then, let’s hurry home to Takeda’s people who don’t lose out anywhere!”

2 thoughts on “SNB The Targeted Post Town! A Fated Cooperative Battle ~ Chapter 4 ~

    Cey said:
    September 2, 2019 at 14:43

    [MASANOBU]: “How do I say this? Because of the lord being the lord, the people follow… and they have integrity.”

    So true. It’s hard to be a leader. Very few people can do it with such a decency and integrity.

    Is this the end? It was a nice story. I like the banter between Shingen and Kenshin.

      Ilinox responded:
      September 3, 2019 at 09:43

      There’s one more chapter after this! But, yes, I love how Kenshin and Shingen are contrasted against each other with one person putting the greater good and bigger picture in front, while the other is more personal and heroic. Yet you can’t say either person’s way of ruling is wrong and both their territories are strong |D;;

      I’m just glad no one in Kenshin’s territory tries to take advantage of him or anything, though I bet Kenshin can lay down the law hard when the situation really calls for it. It’s cute to think they’re all really righteous people in there though.

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