Chapter 65: Each on Their Way
Copyright© 2011 by Murasame
Today is the third day since Kenshin left the Kamiya dojo. He should already be on the second half of his journey, but-- Misao: Himura. Hey, Himura. It's lunchtime already. It's time to eat. Hey! Hey, I'm talking to you. Hey! (losing her temper and throwing a kunai at him) Quit ignoring me!
Kenshin (bleeding profusely): Ohhhhh (that hurt!)
Misao: What! You're deliberately walking through the forest. You're still trying to lose me, aren't you!
Kenshin: It's not deliberate. It's just that cutting through the forest is quicker than returning to the road. By evening we'll be back on the highway, but I hadn't intended to stop until then. You can eat while you walk, so if you have food, please go ahead.
Misao (pulling out a packet of food): I see. Let's go, then.
(little arrow--Hardtack. At the time, it was round.)
Misao: What about you? (Aren't you eating?)
Kenshin: Unfortunately, I didn't bring a lunch.
Misao: Oh. But these are mine, so I'm not giving you any.
Kenshin: Yes, yes.
Misao: But, if you tell me about Lord Aoshi, I'd be more than happy to share.
Kenshin: That's all right.
Misao (taking a bite): I wonder what they're doing right now...
(Elsewhere, Sanosuke fells a tree with a punch and another with a kick.)
Sanosuke: No. Just destroying nature isn't training. (he plunks himself down.) Think about it. I never did any training besides fighting all the time, so I don't know what to do. On top of that, I definitely should be on the Nakasen Way, but I was in the woods before I knew it. Well, let's figure out where Kyoto is. (digging a magnet on a string out of his pack) That's north ... Kyoto is west, so it must be ... that way. All right! On to Kyoto!
While Sanosuke is lost--
(At the clinic, a patient sits nervously with a pile of powder on his head. Megumi absent-mindedly applies a match to it.)
At the time, acupuncture and moxibustion were part of the doctor's arts.
Doctor: Megumi!! What are you doing??
Megumi (thinking): I wonder if Ken-san's all right ... Just Shishio's faction would be bad enough, but Shinomori Aoshi's after him too. (aloud) I'm worried.
(The patient runs around screaming; the doctor rushes in with a bucket of water.)
As Megumi's worries become worse--
(A ship at sea. Yahiko is sick in a bucket.)
Kaoru: Are you all right, Yahiko?
Yahiko: I'm not all right. I didn't know a ship would shake like this. You look fine.
Kaoru: I'm a little seasick, but it's not going to bother me. Those two days when I was cowering worried everyone, so I decided I'm not going to whine anymore.
(Yahiko smiles; and is sick again.)
Kaoru is back to her old self again, and Yahiko is almost dead of seasickness.
Kaoru (thinking): That's right. I'm not going to whine anymore. I have to be stronger too! And then I'll see Kenshin again...
(back on the road)
Misao: Then there's Hanya. He's a really great kempoist. I learned from him.
Kenshin (looking all over, and finally finding a snake): It's a pit viper. (Careful, careful.)
Misao: I'm telling you about everyone, so listen up! Jeez, I'm getting to the good stuff about Lord Aoshi too.