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 5: A Reason to Fight
… Ten days had already passed since the battle with that yakuma subspecies. The Uesugi territory had already regained its previous calm.
Kagekatsu and Kanetsugu sat on the veranda inside Uesugi castle and were spending a peaceful afternoon together.
[KAGEKATSU]: “… It’s peaceful, isn’t it?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Yeah, it is.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Even remembering back to it now, that time was like a dream. Fighting together with Takeda.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Well, it was certainly an interesting experience.”
.[KANETSUGU]: “… It’s just, on the other hand, I’m curious about the rumors on that yakuma subspecies, which had been sighted by so many villagers, disappearing.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Isn’t it just the case that… there was only that one?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Seeing that we haven’t seen any else, that seems to be the case but… well, nothing will come out of thinking about this. Anyway, the most important thing is that it’s peaceful.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Alright, Kagekatsu, our injuries are healed so let’s go train! At this rate, my body’s gonna get sluggish.”
At the same time the two stood up from the veranda Kageie peeked his head out.
[KAGEIE]: “So the both of you were here.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Ah, Kageie-san. Why don’t you join us too, since it’s been a while?”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s a tempting invitation, but… I was told by Kagemochi that there was something to discuss. You and Kagekatsu-sama were also summoned.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Huh, us too…?”
The three walked to the great hall where Kagemochi and Kenshin were already waiting.
[KENSHIN]: “You three, sit there.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Father, did I do something to be scolded on?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, you don’t have to be so anxious. Simply, a letter arrived addressed to us and that is going to be read out.”
[KANETSUGU]: “A letter… from who exactly?”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “From the representative of the post town the other day. It is probably to report that they no longer see yakuma close to the village and to thank us for our actions several days ago.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Oh? That’s quite polite of them.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… But it’s my first time getting a letter of thanks… I’m happy.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “There is nothing more important than that.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Fundamentally… it seems they wish to extend their deepest thanks to the Uesugi army, and of course the Takeda army, but also Kenshin-sama for requesting their aid.”
[KENSHIN]: “… Unnecessary. It is a matter of course for the lord to protect their people.”
[KAGEIE]: “That’s just like Kenshin-sama.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, for them— a letter alone is not enough for thanks. They say they would like to celebrate Kenshin-sama and us vassals.”
[KANETSUGU]: “Oh! Isn’t that a nice invitation!”
[KAGEIE]: “Yeah, there are a lot of nice inns there. It wouldn’t be bad to spend some relaxing time there.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Haha, that is true. It is an attractive invitation.”
[KAGEIE]: “Hm, Kagekatsu-sama? What are you thinking over?”
[KANETSUGU]: “You aren’t thinking about anything strange, are you?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… I wonder if we could go to this together with the Takeda army.”
Everyone in Uesugi reflexively paused at Kagekatsu’s words.
[KAGEIE]: “… Haah!? Kagekatsu-sama, what are you saying!?”
[KANETSUGU]: “… Like I thought, you said something weird. Why the heck would you think about that.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Because… we fought together. The feeling of wanting to help someone is unrelated to being Uesugi or Takeda.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Doesn’t everyone think so?”
[KANETSUGU]: “That time was an emergency. Now that it’s not like that, we’re enemy armies like before.”
[KAGEIE]: “It is as Kanetsugu says. We cooperated there, but Takeda is an opponent we must fight one day.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… But that post town should be a ceasefire zone, right? We don’t have a reason to fight there.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “Hah… Both of you have been argued completely into silence by Kagekatsu-sama.”
[KANETSUGU]: “N-no! This is just far-fetched logic!”
[KAGEIE]: “However, what Kagekatsu-sama said is not wrong. If it’s a ceasefire zone, then staying at an inn with Takeda should be no problem?”
[KANETSUGU]: “Kageie-san, please don’t think about that! Things that can’t be done can’t be done!”
[KANETSUGU]: “Kenshin-sama, please say something.”
Kenshin, who had been quiet up to then, turned his eyes to Kagekatsu after being asked by Kanetsugu.
Kagekatsu received Kenshin’s gaze directly and straightened his posture, waiting for Kenshin’s next words.
[KENSHIN]: “… We cannot go to the post town.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… But.”
Hearing Kenshin’s words, Kanetsugu and Kageie fell into silence without saying anything. Seeing their appearance, Kenshin continued his words.
[KENSHIN]: “However, this is unrelated to Takeda. There are things we must do apart from the yakuma subspecies… We merely do not have time to lodge over there.”
[KENSHIN]: “Only, if there is the opportunity to visit that post town while we are carrying out what we must do, then…”
[KENSHIN]: “I believe I will not stop you at that time.”
Kenshin left those words and then quietly left the great hall. Kanetsugu and Kagekatsu unconsciously looked at each other.
[KANETSUGU]: “What did Kenshin-sama’s words just now mean exactly?”
[KAGEKATSU]: “… Could it be that at some point a day will come where we stay the night with Takeda?”
Kageie and Kagemochi smiled gently at the confusion the two were showing.
[KAGEIE]: “Still, as you’d expect, such a day will not come easily.”
[KAGEMOCHI]: “However, Kenshin-sama may have felt something in this battle.”
[KAGEKATSU]: “Father too…”
Kagekatsu thought about the back of his father who couldn’t be seen anymore and showed a small smile.
The other three directed gentle gazes to that Kagekatsu.