6 Goat 1169
My armor is uncomfortably warm today. Of course, everything becomes uncomfortable in the Kanshigumi – I think it is part of their allure. We are nothing but uncomfortable combinations of ideal and reality: Law-enforcers with no authority, Samurai trying to put the Empire first with our clan colors still blazing proudly, authority figures who are outranked by almost everyone around us – it would be funny if there weren't so many people deadly serious about it…and if I were not a member.
This is our first patrol with our new squad leader, Isawa Yamizu-sama. Just what we needed: a pacifistic priest of the Kami in a group that will, in all likelihood, end up in not a small number of fights. Well, what's one more contradiction among the others? My father liked to say, "The market's never wrong, even if you don't understand it." I don't know what particular need we had for such a milksop as this one in his flaming finery, but he's the -sama for now.