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#6. The Book of Kasose (3)

Flames are Like the Wind #6

tl by danluffey

96)
#6. The Book of Kasose (3)

97)
1: Shirou, can you bring over the blue pot from the T shelf?
2: OK.
3: It hurts, princess!
4: Don't worry. Once I put this medicine on it, you'll get all better.

98)
1: Princess, please eat this! We harvested these vegetables from our field.
2: And my grandma made these bean paste buns!
3: Oh my, thank you!
4: I've never seen the leader's face,
5: but the princess goes out of her way to meet with all other members of the clan.
6: Seems like that's what keeps this village together.
7: Shirou, you're not working fast enough!
8: When she's with me, though, she acts completely different...
SFX: TEE HEE
9: I really don't get her...
SFX: CHOP!
SFX: CHOP

99)
1: Hey, Shirou, hold on...
2: Kozue?
3: What? You need something?
4: Ummm...
5: Please...
6: take good care of the princess!!
7: Huh?!
8: The princess has been depressed ever since her mother died three years ago...
9: She always makes sure to appear cheerful in front of everyone, though...
10: But ever since you've been her, she's truly been in good spirits!
11: It's been such a long time since I saw her laugh so much!

100)
1: I'm just so happy.
2: Her mother also used to take care of the fields and herbs.
3: The princess has been trying hard to fill in for her,
4: but of all things, her lord father keeps trying to make her stop! We've gotten desperate simply to try and keep our jobs...
5: Help her, OK?
6: It seems like the princess is really relying on you. So please take good care of her!!
7: But people have to live for the now...
8: Her...?

101)
1: Yes, it's true...
2: For some reason, my father is against me doing the same work that my mother did.
3: Why?
4: Probably
5: because it makes him remember her, and that hurts.
6: My father has always put the Kiriba clan at top priority,
7: and the same goes for me.
8: Sometimes, we just have differing opinions...
9: But you don't need to worry about that.
10: Please just focus on your training and become a top-class ninja as quickly as possible! OK?
11: O-OK.

102)
1: For the first time ever,
2: she seems incredibly small.
3: Up until now, it'd seemed like she was high above everyone else,
4: You have to hurry up and dry those, Shirou!
5: Oh!
6: but I guess she really has been suffering this whole time...
7: Oh, Gohei!
8: Has Shirou been doing a proper job? I just got a little worried...
SFX: HOHOHO
SFX: HAHAHA...

103)
SFX: WHACK CLINK CLACK
SFX: WHAP
1: Not bad, Shirou! Guess you've been doing more than gathering herbs with the princess.
2: I don't shirk ANY of my training!
3: But if I really end up becoming a medicine dealer, then, I mean, what did I even come here for in the first place?!
4: Heeeey!
SFX: HAHAHA
5: Jitoumaru, Shirou! Lord Soujin has returned!!
6: Sensei?!

104)
SFX: TINK!
1: Hoh. Looks like you've improved.
2: Sensei!!
3: Did you learn how to read?
4: I've read The Tale of the Heike, the Four Chinese Classics, the Five Confucian Classics, and the Collection of Modern and Classic Poems!
5: Hmm.
6: Congratulations on your safe return, sensei!!
7: Haha! Enough, enough.

105)
1: I've heard about all your progress through an informant.
2: That's why I came for you.
3: Huh?
4: It's time for you to do your first job as a ninja.
5: Come with me to Gifu!
6: Y...
7: Yes sir!!
8: So, um... What's the mission?!
9: To protect Lord Nobunaga at Gifu Castle.
10: Nobu... naga?!

106)
1: We're leaving tonight, so prepare yourself.
2: The Kiriba clan has always been one that "sells" its services, so we've never had a samurai lord to serve directly.
3: For the time being, though, we're allied with Lord Oda Nobunaga.
4: Whether or not Lord Nobunaga conquers the land will greatly affect our fate. Right now, though, he's surrounded by enemies, so he's getting desperate too.
5: I didn't think we'd be doing a job together this soon. Let's work hard now!
6: Yeah.
7: Jitoumaru. Takuzou.
8: Matahei. Shirou!
9: Our destination is Gifu Castle.
10: Let's go!!

107)
1: Kazanagi, be good while I'm gone...
2: I see you've finally become a proper ninja!
3: What a joyous occasion! Congratulations!
4: What's wrong? You look down.
5: No, that's not it.
6: I'm going to go let the princess know.
7: Wait, Shirou!

108)
1: The princess already knows about your departure. You don't need to go tell her.
2: But I should at least say...
3: Ninja don't need to say goodbye when they go off to do work.
4: You must refrain from doing things that do not befit one of your status.
5: Don't forget that she's the daughter of your leader.
6: Stupid old fart!
7: Why'd he have to go and force me to start thinking about 'status' all of a sudden?!
8: Still, I can't believe I'm actually going to be guarding Nobunaga...
9: Tch! Sure is ironic. I wonder what kind of a general he is?

109)
1: Gifu Castle
2: At this stage in history, Oda Nobunaga had been cornered in his greatest crisis yet, after being surrounded by the army of the shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiaki.
3: Takeda from Tai, Asakura from Echizen, Asai from Northern Omi, Honganji from Settsu, Mouri from Chuugoku, Miyoshi from Awa, Hatakeyama from Ouchi, and Buddhist monk soldiers from Mt. Hiei.
map:
north: Mino
east: Owari
west: Oumi
south: Ise
4: Generals from all over Japan had gathered solely in order to crush Nobunaga, turning the entire nation against him.
5: Throughout this, Nobunaga saw ninja as vital in keeping his information net in tact.
6: It was a time when there was no telling which of his vassals were actually assassins, so only Nobunaga and a few other vassals knew that Soujin was actually a ninja.
7: Shirou and the others disguised themselves as pages in order to gain entrance to the castle.

110)
1: We have come in order to serve you, lord...
2: We are relatives of Lord Soujin. Yamaji Hikomaru, Yabe Ichitarou,
3: Oota Kyuusaku, and the Matahisa brothers.
4: Welcome. Raise your heads.
5: So that's Nobunaga...
6: There are assassins here?
7: Failure is no tan option. The reputation of the Kiriba clan is resting on this mission!

111)
1: It appears that Lord Nobunaga plans to start going west in October... I imagine he'll have attacked as far as Hamamatsu by December.
2: What shall we do, sir?
3: Building up the capital is our top priority right now. We must not split up our troops.
4: There's also Nagamasa to consider... It's no wonder that Ieyasu's suffering.
5: Can you send some good men to the Tokugawa army as well?
6: Yes sir! As you wish!
7: Touji? So, how did Oumi look?
8: Nagamasa hasn't made any moves, but Yoshikage seems to have weakened quite a bit. Lately, they've been praying to Hiuri a lot and begging for protection.
9: Hoh.

112)
1: Hiuri, eh?
2: Hiuri was originally a farmers' god, but the rumors about the power it grants made it popular among the generals as well.
3: Matahei, you'd better not talk about any of that in front of our lord.
4: Lord Nobunaga hates the gods, as well as the people who rely on them. One little slip-up, and it could mean your head.
5: Oh, that reminds me.
6: I heard a rumor that Lord Nobunaga
7: is trying to become a god himself...
8: Lord Soujin, is it actually possible for a human to become a god?
9: Ninja don't need to worry about such things. I imagine it's a dream that any aspiring ruler sees at least once.
10: But if it were to come true...
11: What?
12: Never mind. I'll return to my mission now.

113)
1: If a human were to become a god...
2: It's impossible.
3: Shift change!
4: No problems over here.
5: Aaahhh! I never thought guarding a castle would be this boring!
6: It's even making me fall out of shape!
7: I feel like I'm gonna die up here!

114)
1: Shirou, you need more patience. How do you expect to accomplish anything like that?
2: Someone told me the same thing once...
3: Are you one of those people who want to be successful and get famous?
4: Of course! What about you?
5: I just want to get strong.
6: But unless you make a name for yourself, no one will believe it no matter how strong you get!
7: Oh yeah?
8: That's how the world works.
9: What's success for a ninja, though? Sensei said that a ninja's techniques are his pride.
10: For me, I want to surpass my dad...
11: Your dad?

115)
1: My dad's a ninja too, of course, and he was the leader of a small squad.
2: He took part in countless wars and made a name for himself, and in the eyes of his children, he was a strong, top-class ninja. But then, in a run-of-the-mill mission, he let his allies go on ahead of him... and ended up sacrificing himself for them.
3: I respect him, but I don't want to end up like that.
4: I'm going to get even more famous than him...
5: until the name of Jitoumaru rings out through the entire Kiriba clan! That's my dream!
6: Your dream, huh?
7: My dream...
SFX: CLOP
SFX: CLOP
SFX: CLOP

116)
SFX: 5,000 years of human life is nothing but a dream to the land...
1: Excellent! Excellent dancing!!
2: Let's see one more!
3: Where did Shirou learn that?!
4: Heheh! I didn't expect this to come in handy here.
5: Could she have foreseen this?

117)
1: Huh? Wait, which way did this one go?
SFX: FWISH
SFX: SMACK
2: Oh no! I forgot!
SFX: STAGGER
SFX: CLACK
3: Ah well! I'll just make up the rest!
SFX: SMACK
4: I've never seen that dance before...
5: It's wild, though. Just how our lord likes them!
6: He's got some guts.
7: But I suppose improvisation is more up his alley!
SFX: CLACK
SFX: FWISH
SFX: SMACK
SFX: FLASH

118)
SFX: SMACK
SFX: FWISH
SFX: SMACK
SFX: FLASH
SFX: SMACK
SFX: SMACK
SFX: SLICE
1: An intruder!!

119)
SFX: BWAP
SFX: WHAM
SFX: SLASH
SFX: LEAP

120)
SFX: CLINK
SFX: STAB
1: I knew he'd do well in real combat.
2: This is gonna be one hell of a first job...

121)
1: Hey! Did Yoshiaki send you?!
2: Stop it. He's already dead.
3: But he must have some allies here too.
4: I'll return to Lord Nobunaga. The rest of you need to guard all the exits!
SFX: SHOUT
SFX: SHOUT
SFX: SHOUT
5: If they're gonna break in, then this is the spot to do it.
6: We'll just capture them in our net!
7: No... We can't stay here.
8: This is the wrong place! We need to move!!
9: What?
10: Where's your proof?!

122)
1: I just
2: have a feeling...
3: A feeling?! Ninja are supposed to make calm, calculated decisions on concrete proof! It's an iron law!
4: It makes sense that the enemy would hit this spot!
5: But what if they know that we'd expect them to do that? If they're thinking one step ahead of us...
6: That's some talk for someone who's on his first mission. Save the guesswork for your training. If we screw up here, we'll all be in trouble.
7: Wait.
8: Shirou and I will go to the front gate.
9: We'll leave this spot in your hands.
10: Jitoumaru?!
11: The enemy may split up, right?
12: That's why we need to...
13: Shirou, let's go!

123)
SFX: TOK
SFX: TOK
SFX: TOK
1: Tch! See, what did I tell you, Matahei?!
2: Guess we get 'em all for ourselves!
3: No, Shirou was right. Staying here was a fatal mistake...
4: What?
5: Why did you take my side, Jitoumaru?
6: I don't know... I just have a feeling that your animal intuition may come handy in situations where we lack concrete data.
7: Animal intuition?
8: Sshh.

124)
1: There!
2: Shirou, you take that side!
3: OK!
4: Heheheh. You're not getting away...
5: Good job finding us. What's your name?
6: Ninja don't have names.
SFX: CLINK

125)
SFX: SLASH
SFX: TOSS
SFX: TOSS

126)
1: He's gonna kill me...!!

127)
SFX: DRIP
1: Shirou...
2: Just now...
3: Mother, Hiuri...
4: Please protect Shirou!
5: Please let his first mission be a success!
6: Please let him come back to our village in one piece...
7: As quickly as possible...
8: Soon...

128)
1: Shirou, hurry back!!
2: Please come back safely...
3: I never thought I'd feel this lonely without you here...
SFX: FWIP
4: Father?
5: Gohei... It's rude to intrude on someone's quarters without notice!
6: I prepared myself for my punishment before entering. There is something you must know, princess...
7: What?
8: You, princess, are next in line to lead the Kiriba clan... Please, whatever you do, you mustn't betray the trust of your father and the rest of the clan...

129)
1: I'll be sure and talk to Shirou... before anything happens... Just please, princess...
2: I understand that you are worried,
3: but I am fully capable of exercising the necessary discretion as the daughter of this clan's leader. You needn't worry about that.
4: I see...
5: Please forget all I said, then. It seems that I was needlessly worried.
6: I'm just always thinking of your best int...
7: Enough!
8: Leave me.
9: Yes, princess...
10: The daughter of our leader...
11: The daughter...

130)
SFX: CLINK
SFX: SLASH
1: Heheheh! Looks like I let a Kiriba get the best of me.
2: Never knew they had men like you...
3: But your clan won't be around for much longer...
4: It's already begun crumbling from within, and soon it'll be in pieces. Heheh...
5: What?!
6: Hey! What's that supposed to mean?!
7: Tell me, you...

131)
1: Excellent work!
2: Although, the loss of Takuzou was truly painful...
3: I'm very sorry, sir. I was there, and yet...
4: No use dwelling on the past. Rest your body for today.
5: Your next mission is already awaiting you.
6: Yes sir!

132)
1: Princess!
2: Princess!!
3: Shirou...
4: Shirou's returned!!
5: It's already begun crumbling from within...
6: Shirouuu!!
7: Oh, gramps! I'm home!
8: I heard about your accomplishments! I'm so proud of you, my boy!!
9: How has the princess been? Those dance lessons she gave me really came in handy! I need to go thank her!!
10: Oh, about that... Wait, Shirou!!

133)
1: Shirou...
2: Heheh...
3: I'm home!
4: I'm so glad you came back safely... I also heard you did wonderfully in your mission. Congratulations...
5: Um, by the way, I...

134)
1: I know that from now on... you'll be very busy, so I hired a new assistant.
2: You don't need to worry about me anymore. Please, just focus on your missions...
3: And thank you for all your help.
4: Why...

135)
1: Hey... gramps!
2: I've been feeling weird lately.
3: I'm glad that I've gotten stronger, and I enjoy going on missions.
4: With some more success, I'm sure they'll start to acknowledge me.
5: But for some reason... I feel really constrained.
6: Like I've been shoved inside a tiny box...
7: Princess, you're bound to get busy now, so is it OK if we hire some new people?
8: Of course.
9: I'll cut down on my involvement little by little.
10: I've never felt it this strongly before...
11: Before, I was never afraid of losing my own life.
12: I stared death in the eyes over and over ever since I was a kid, but I never felt like I was afraid of it.
13: I'm not afraid of it now, but...

136)
1: During that battle, I thought...
2: 'I don't want to die.'
3: I didn't want to die. No... I felt like I couldn't...
4: Why?
5: Do I have unfinished business?
6: I don't remember having any goal like that...
7: Maybe I really was just scared after all...
8: What do you think?
9: Shirou, forgive me.
10: Forgive me. I...
11: Gramps?
12: You're suspicious about Takezou's death?

137)
1: The leader of his squad reported that the manner of death looked a lot like Matahei's work.
2: You think Matahei has betrayed us?!
3: Not alone, he didn't. There must be someone above him pulling the strings.
4: You think Matahei is communicating with another ninja clan?
5: An exceedingly traitorous organization may have gotten its hooks in us...
6: In the Kiriba clan?!
7: Whoever they are, they must be stopped.

138)
1: This has nothing to do with the customs of a land in war! The Kiriba clan must protect its traditions!
2: How will clinging to archaic theories help a ninja? You think that's what's going to let us survive?!
3: Excuse me?!
4: Do you know how many people there are out there who believe that Nobunaga will eventually rule the land?!
5: If Shingen comes to the capital, it'll all fall into place! What's wrong with trying to connect ourselves with him now?!
6: This is an age in which even samurai are forsaking their lords, and you want us ninja to swear fealty?!
7: You've gotta be kidding me!!
8: That's the surefire way to destroy the Kiriba clan! You're only thinking about yourself!!
9: I've heard rumors that there are traitors in our midst...
10: Would one of them happen to be you, Hiraga?!
11: You're going to regret that!!
12: Enough!!

139)
1: None of this changes the fact that the Kiriba clan is allied with Lord Nobunaga as of now.
2: I want no more arguments!!
3: But sir, everyone is no longer content with our current engagement.
4: What?!
5: As you already know, sir, our subordinates have been complaining that they don't want to give up their lives for Nobunaga's sake, and we agree with them.
6: On top of that, now the entire village is in an uproar with the rumors of the traitors.
7: If we don't take care of the traitors as quickly as possible, then Kiriba will fall along with Nobunaga!
8: Sir, please!
9: You should already have an inkling of who the traitors are...

140)
1: I'm still not entirely sure... that there were even traitors in the first place.
2: His leadership power is waning...
3: What's going to happen to the Kiriba clan?
4: Ahhh.
5: Would you like another?
6: No, I'm fine.
7: Being here is so relaxing...

141)
1: ...It seems like the garden's gotten a bit messy, though.
2: Yes... I haven't had time to tend to everything.
3: Speaking of which, you're looking a bit pale, Lady Mitsuyu...
4: You don't need to worry about me.
5: I'm sure you have it much harder than me, uncle...
6: Could the rumors about a traitor be true? Or is it just because of the way things have been going?
7: I actually have something that I'd like to ask for your help on, Lady Mitsuyu.
8: My help...?
9: It shames me to say so, but I believe that the leader and I no longer have what it takes to quell the unrest of the entire clan.

142)
1: Any word, Kyuubei?
2: I'm sorry, sir, but nothing's happened yet.
3: Perhaps this is some kind of mistake, Lord Soujin?
4: I just can't bring myself to believe that Matahei could really be a traitor.
5: Mmm...
6: Soujin...

143)
1: Soujin, just lay there and listen to me.
2: Mm...
3: Who are you?
4: You want power, do you not?
5: I can't move...
6: Yield your body to me.
7: Do that, and you will receive great power, the power of a god!
8: You will be able to do whatever you wish.
9: It will become simple for you to make the Kiriba into a great clan!

144)
1: Yield your body to me!
SFX: JERK
2: Mother... Please watch over us.
3: I wonder how Shirou's doing? Please make sure he doesn't get hurt...

145)
1: Who's there?!
SFX: CLAP

146)
SFX: SLIP
SFX: JERK
1: Evil...
2: Evil thoughts?!
3: Power...

147)
1: Great power, the power of a god...
2: Shirou...
3: Shirou!!
4: What are you staring off into space for? Takeda's army is on the move!!
5: I know!
6: You were the lead until just recently, Jitoumaru. I can't believe Shirou is moving up so quickly...

148)
1: Listen up! We have only one target...
2: Shingen's head!
3: Watch him without pause, wait for when his guard has weakened the most, and then attack!!
4: We must prevent Takeda from reaching the capital, no matter what it takes!!
5: Hey, Shirou.
6: Have you heard of Hiuri?
7: Why are you asking me that all of a sudden?
8: What if Hiuri were to appear here right now?

149)
SFX: RUMBLE
SFX: RUMBLE
SFX: RUMBLE...
1: If Hiuri offered you infinite power,
2: would you take it?
3: Knock it off. Now's not the time.
4: We're in the middle of a mission!
5: I want to know, so just answer the question. What would you do? Would you take it?
6: I don't need it...
7: I hate Hiuri!
8: There's no point to wishing for power like that anyway!
9: Oh.
10: That's too bad...

150)
1: Thunderclouds!
SFX: RUMBLE RUMBLE
2: Perfect timing!
3: Is this the power of a god? If only I had such a power...
4: I could take Shingen's head in the blink of an eye!!
SFX: RUMBLE
SFX: CRASH
1: Now!!

151)
SFX: CLINK
1: What are you doing, Kyuubei?!
2: I don't know what to think about you...
3: Are you really that clever? Or just stupid?

152)
1: You were the traitor?!
2: No, wait...
3: The Kiriba clan is a good one... It's just too far removed from the world right now.
4: Don't let your guard down just because we're allies!
5: This is what it means to live in the Warring States Period!!
6: Bring it ooon!!

153)
SFX: STAB
1: Don't underestimate me.
2: I don't care who it is -- I'll always kill before someone can kill me!!
SFX: HEHEHEH
3: I see.

154)
SFX: GRAB
1: Who's underestimating who now?
2: Shirou...
SFX: FLASH
3: Let's go to Sakai together.
4: Shirou...

155)
1: Stop...
2: Please, stop!
3: Stoooooop!
SFX: SLASH
SFX: CRACKLE

157)
Flames are Like the Wind - Vol. 2 - The Book of Kasose / END

*Note: Kasose is a locale name that means "Wind meets the river."

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