Kenshin is cutting woods to be made for fire, and every time
the blade cutting it, he’s having flash back memories as if he cut
down his victims before. Tomoe
coming out of the house.
“Sorry to keep you waiting,” says Tomoe.
“The weather is good today. It puts me in a good mood,” says Kenshin.
Then the two go walking to a place to pray, then following the lake
until it gets to the city, Otsu.
Kenshin bought Tomoe a mirror, and she realizes that he is
paying attention to her and knowing that she wants to take care of
Scene changing, later at night, they’re eating.
“Sorry,” says Tomoe.
“There wasn’t any radish to grate.”
“I don’t mind,” says Kenshin.
“But it just seems like something is missing.”
After finish eating, Tomoe is doing the dishes and Kenshin is
playing with his top-toy.
“We’ll make a field,” says Kenshin.
“I don’t know about radishes but we should be able to grow
something. When I was a
kid I helped around the house a lot.
It shouldn’t be too hard.”
Late at night Tomoe is writing on her journal, then she’s looking
at herself at the mirror Kenshin bought for her.
And as always, Kenshin is sleeping while he’s sitting
holding his sword.
Early morning, Kenshin and Tomoe are working in the field.
“Yo! You’re in good
spirits!” says Iizuka.
At the house, Tomoe is serving tea to the guest.
“Hmm..” says Iizuka.
“What is it?” asks Kenshin.
“No matter how I look at it you two really seem married.”
Tomoe is going away and saying, “I’ll go plant the rest
of the vegetables.”
“Did I say something wrong?” asks Iizuka.
importantly...” says Kenshin.
“The situation is not good. After the last anti-Shogun battle there’s been a purging of
the gangs and anti-government groups.”
“The conservative domain leader want to show the government their
good face so they’re cutting ties with gangs. Now there isn’t a night without a suicide (harakiri)...
Well at least we’ve managed to subjugate Choushuu’s
pro-Shogun forces. Either
way, both sides are licking their wounds.
But at this rate it won’t end.
There’s a movement to get Takasugi out of prison.
If that happens the cavalry will move.
If that happens, soon there will be fighting.”
“Where’s Katsura?” asks Kenshin.
“After the battle he’s been gone without a trace.
In the domain they’re saying he’s a coward who’s run
“That can’t be.”“That’s the way the world is. All we can do is wait. This
is your money for now. It’s
from Katanai. And
I’ll leave some things for you.
Tell people you’re making medicine.”
“People won’t be suspicious if you’re running a business,”
“There’s no one living around here,” says Kenshin.
“On the way to Otsu there are several villages.
It’s for when you have any affairs while passing through
Then Iizuka is about to leave the house.
Tomoe is watching from the field.
“You can get to Kyoto in a day from here.
Don’t go near there. The
Shinsen Gumi and its lookouts are all over the place.
With their numbers even an assassin like you couldn’t
handle it. I’ll come
check on you soon,” says Iizuka to Kenshin.
Then he’s saying to Tomoe, “See you Tomoe.
From today you’re the wife of a medicine seller.”
Nighttime, Kenshin is making medicine.
And Tomoe is arranging flowers.
It’s full moon and Japanese celebrate it by arranging
fruits, vegetables, to be placed in front of their houses.
Tomoe is looking at the moon.
Kenshin is coming beside her and looking at the moon as well.
“I’d forgotten about full moons these last few years,” says
“In the evening I saw a sunset. What is going to happen in the future? How long are we going to live like this?”
“For a little while. I
don’t know more than that,” says Kenshin and he’s back on his
is looking at him and the moon, and she realizes that she’s
starting to love him.
In the morning, Kenshin is waiting for Tomoe outside the
house, they’re about to go selling medicine.
Tomoe is dressing up and before she’s going outside,
she’s looking at her dagger, and having a flashback memory when
she left her own house to Kyoto.
“I want to get back before the sun goes down,” says Kenshin from
the putside, “Are you ready yet?”
Tomoe awakens and say, “Yes, I’m ready.”
Then she puts her dagger into the drawer.
The two are leaving to sell the medicine.
On the way home after selling.
“He was right. Merchants
aren’t looked at suspiciously,” says Kenshin.
“And the medicine sold better than expected.
“You left that dagger,” says Kenshin.
Tomoe gasps, “Yes, I left it. Right now I’m the wife of a medicine seller.”
“It’s getting cold. Let’s
At the house, Kenshin is drinking sake.
“Tastes good,” he says.
“Does it?” asks Tomoe.
“I haven’t tasted this in awhile.”
Tomoe is joining Kenshin to drink sake, “That’s true,” she
Then Kenshin notices something from Tomoe’s face and reaction.
“What’s the matter?” asks Kenshin.
Tomoe s pouring sake to Kenshin’s cup.
Later at night Kenshin is sleeping with his sword, and Tomoe is
writing on her journal. After
finish writing she puts on a blanket and her coat to cover Kenshin.
Scene changing, rainy day, Kenshin is talking witn Iizuka outside
“Is that so,” says Kenshin.
“Well take it easy. Or
have you grown tired of the boring life of a medicine seller.”
“Not at all. I
didn’t enjoy killing people.
Life here isn’t boring.
It has opened my eyes to various things,” says Kenshin with
soften expression on his face.
“That’s good but be careful not to let your skills slip.
Later,” says Iizuka and he adds when he’s rather far from
Kenshin, “Be careful.”
After Iizuka left, Kenshin enters the house.
“Sorry, I’m not comfortable with him.
I didn’t even see him off,” says Tomoe.
Scene changing, it’s been 5 months now that Kenshin and Tomoe live
together in a hiding place as newly weds. One day...
“No way. After
all that work...” says Tomoe as she’s observing their plants.
“It’s the continuous rain, It’s OK. Half
of them are all right. This
is a common thing,” says Kenshin.
“But... but...” says Tomoe, she’s very sad.
Scene of Iizuka running into the forest, and somebody is
Kenshin and Tomoe’s house, Kenshin is drinking sake.
“You don’t ask do you?” says Tomoe.
“About my personal circumstances.”
“I feel bad towards your father. Even if we’re doing it to cover our tracks, hiding like
this is no different than being a fugitive.
So I don’t think it’s my place to ask about your past,”
"No, it’s nothing,” says Tomoe.
Late at night Tomoe is going to write on her journal, and she finds
a sakura petal inside the journal.
That brings her into memories, back at Tomoe’s house.
“Tomoe, at least take this. It’s from their parents,” said a lady to Tomoe and she
gave Tomoe a dagger.
“Thank you for taking the trouble,” said Tomoe.
“Of course a second son of a middle class family couldn’t take
care of Tomoe so he had to go to Kyoto.
At least he showed a lot of caring.
This happened because he joined that patrol group,” said a
“Don’t say those things. Think
of Tomoe’s feeling,” the other lady said.
Tomoe was at a room next to those ladies talking.
“Sister, what’s the matter?” said Enishi, Tomoe’s brother.
He’s approaching Tomoe.
“Answer me. Sister,
what’s happened? Sister!” he held her but Tomoe said nothing but
tears falling from her eyes.
Back at present day. The
sakura petal falls, and Tomoe is crying.
“You’re too nice when you’re not killing people,” says
Scene at a temple in a forest. The one who’s following Iizuka is Katanai.
He’s peeping inside the temple.
“Katsura got away but we still have the group under control.
Soon we can get Himura,” says Iizuka to somebody there.
“He is s traitor after all,” thinks Katanai.
“His color has changed and he’s weakened over the past few
months. Quite a plan
you’ve put together,” says Iizuka again.
Then one of those men inside the temple senses there’s somebody
watching at them. He
throws an arrow, and it sticks right near where Katanai
stands. He runs away, but then a claw-weapon takes his head, he dies.
“Heh Katanai,” says Iizuka, “It’s time for last step,” he
The other guy there nods.
“Enishi,” calls Iizuka.
A little boy shows up.
“It’s up to you. When
it stops raining it’s time for you. Yukishiro Enishi,” says Iizuka.
Scene of Tomoe washing clothes at the river near the house.
“Sister!” somebody’s calling her.
“Enishi,” answer Tomoe and she stands up.
“I came sister.”
At the house.
“This is my younger brother Enishi,” says Tomoe introducing the
boy to Kenshin.
“Yes, I sent him letters occasionally.
He came to visit.”
“I see,” Kenshin says and he stands up, “I’m sure you have
lots to catch up on. I’ll
go check on the fields.”
Ken is walking away and Enishi is watching him with anger on his
“You appeared suddenly so I was surprised.
Is father doing well?” asks Tomoe.
“I guess so.”
“How long has it been since you left Edo?”
“About six month. Soon
after you left,” says Enishi.
“Where are you staying? How
did you know this place?” asks Tomoe again.
“Of course I’d know. I’m
Tomoe’s very surprised, she falls the wooden spoon on her hand.
be happy sister. Finally,
the time has come to show that bastard heaven’s judgement (tenchuu).
That is your wish, right sister?
That’s why you left all by yourself.
how can you stay in this lonely place with that bastard?”
Tomoe takes Enishi into her arms.
“Go home to Edo alone,” she says to Enishi.
“What are you saying?”
“You are the oldest son of the Yukishiro family, right?
Don’t get involved in this matter.”
“I don’t care about the house. I want to help my sister.
home Enishi. Understood?”
Tears are falling from Enishi’s eyes, but then he
struggles and off his sister’s arms.
“What’s the matter? Why
do you protect the bastard? He’s
your enemy. He stole
your happiness. He’s
the one you’re supposed to hate, isn’t he?” Enishi screams in
Tomoe is looking at him with sadness.
Awhile later, Enishi is about to leave.
He and Tomoe go outside the house.
that to father. Tell
him to think of it as me. Please,
understood?” says Tomoe and she gives her umbrella to Enishi.
“Do you understand?”
“I’ve told them where they can reach you,” says Enishi and
then suddenly he’s looking at Kenshin with fire in his eyes,
“Him. If only he’d
Then Enishi’s leaving as Kenshin is watching from the field.
Scene of Kenshin pulling out radish in the field, daytime.
“We made it before winter,” he says.
“Yes,” answers Tomoe.
“I wasn’t sure we’d be able to harvest them but actually they
grow pretty well,” says Kenshin again.
Later at night, the two are eating complete meal they picked from
“Hmm...?” says Kenshin when he realizes Tomoe is
looking at him.
“Nothing. It’s just
you eat as if it’s really good,” says Tomoe.
Is that so?”
“Normally you’d be living like this everyday.
Working in the fields and eating what you picked.”
“After coming here I’ve done a lot of introspection.
I thought I was swinging my sword to protect Mitsurugi... to
protect the happiness of helpless people but I was only trying to
convince myself that this is true.
But I realize all I can do is protect this simple lifestyle.
Now I know personally about happiness.
Living in the country with you I could clearly examine why I
fought and why I will fight in future.
You taught me the answer,” says Kenshin.
“May I speak a little too?” asks Tomoe.
“My hometown in Edo. My
father works hard but he’s a nice person. My mother was sickly and
she died shortly after giving birth to Enishi.
That’s why I’m a sister and a mother to him. He’s a sweet little brother.
We weren’t rich but we lived peaceful lives. I was set to marry a middle class son who was my childhood
friend. (Kenshin gasps) My
brother a little upset but otherwise everything was going smoothly.
Before the wedding he went to Kyoto.
He got killed in Kyoto, adn hearing the news I couldn’t
stand it so I went to Kyoto and I met you. That’s what happened.
Sorry. Sorry, I
Scene changing in the morning, Iizuka is talking to Enishi.
Tomorrow you can go home to Edo with your sister.”
“You mean once that bastard is gone I can go home with my
“Yes. Everything will
be over. All our
troubles will pay off,” says Iizuka and he continues talking to
himself, “Sorry fool, I can’t afford to lose”.
Scene of Kenshin and Tomoe walking home, early evening and snowing.
“We’ll be there soon,” says kenshin.
“This is it for this year. The next time we go will be after the snow melts.
If this lifestyle continues until next year.”
Tomoe is very tired she falls down.
Kenshin reachs out his hand to her.
“If you don’t hurry you’ll catch a cold.
I... I will protect you,” says Kenshin.
Tomoe is looking at him, and the words ‘I will protect
you’ keep on playing in her mind, taking her to flasback memory.
“He died someplace where I wasn’t and with him disappeared my
happiness. I couldn’t
hold onto the happiness that was right in front of me.
It was my fault for not expressing my feelings.
If I’d been brave then... The more I think that the more I
have to hate something or someone. I came on a mission to kill you... And yet you want to
protect such a woman,” says Tomoe to herself.
At the house, Tomoe’s so confused and in doubt.
Suddenly she throws herself into Kenshin’s arms and he
holds her tight.
“My fiancee was a middle class worker like my father but he was so
nice and he worked so hard.
I always loved that
about him. I was so
happy when he chose me. But
all I could do was stare wide eyed at him.
That may be why I couldn’t tell him how happy I was.
Maybe I had no right to be happy,” says Tomoe to herself.
The two are sitting embracing in a blanket near a fireplace.
“You make it rain blood. That’s
what you said when we first met.
You also said that there’s no happiness to be had from
killing people. But I
will killl people in the future.
A new time is coming. I
will kill until then, but when that time comes I will stop killing.
I’ll find a way to protect people.
I want to protect the happiness of each person I see and rid
myself of my sins. If I
have you I can throw away my sword.
Tomoe,” says Kenshin.
will protect your happiness.”
“Yes,” she replies, and for the first time, Tomoe is
smiling in happiness.
Early morning, Tomoe has just finished writing on her
journal. Then she’s
dressing up and wearing her perfume.
After that she’s looking at Kenshin who’s sleeping in his
bed, and for the first time he’s sleeping so tight without holding
“This person is the one who stole my happiness and gave me another
happiness. Good bye.
Second man to love me.”
Then Tomoe closes the door and leaving the house.
Later Kenshin wakes up and he’s looking for Tomoe.
“Tomoe,” calls him, “Tomoe!”
Kenshin opens the front door, Iizuka is standing there.
“We’ve found the traitor. It’s
Tomoe,” says Iizuka.
Kenshin eyes is wide open
“Her group is across the mountain from here.
Tomoe’s probably there too.
Let’s kill her.”
“No way!” says Kenshin.
“I have proof. Her
“Her journal,” says Kenshin and he’s rushing into the room.
“The guy who gave you that scar... Tomoe was supposed to become
his wife,” says Iizuka.
Kenshin finds Tomoe’s journal and open it.
“On a street in Kyoto he became a person never to return...”
that’s the writings on the journal.
The journal falls from Kenshin’s hands.
His wound bleeds.