You’re known to be the favorite piece of a well known swordsman whose name was Hijikata Toshizou. Your creator was nobody but your namegiver, Kanesada of the 12th generation. Your birth was at the beginning of the end of the Samurai era, and you couldn’t complain about it.
You experienced loyalty towards your master and wouldn’t ask for another one. You know that your master wouldn’t trade you for someone else either, or rather… something. You wanted to be the perfect sword for you master and you tried your best. You didn’t want to act all weak, but perfect and flawless instead. You have learned from your Master, some of his personality even brushed off to you.
You knew that you were not the only one who was being wielded by Hijikata. No, you sure can remember someone else being there. His name was Horikawa Kunihiro as far as you can remember. Carrying a tachi and an uchigatana was common in the samurai era, you knew it pretty well as you could say. Horikawa was still young, yet you decided to take care of him. He cared about you like you were his mentor, and you cared about him like he was your student, your partner. You may think you were flawless, but if it come to any other sword that would be wielded by your master, then you would try to make sure that they know that you are not the only one. You were no selfish individual, you didn’t want to show that trait either.
It was not unusual, not at all, but you sure cared about him as much he cared about you. You were always proud of him at whatever he did. It made you feel good having someone who had learned from you. You wanted to protect Horikawa, and you did so by being nice yet harsh. Having a rookie around you was sometimes a hard task, but you always thought that you could manage, and you did.
Horikawa was the reason you could smile more, and being separated from him would be very hard to handle. And yet people called him a “copy of yours”, a replica, an imitation since he was made to have the same qualities as you. But you knew very well that Horikawa was different, you knew that Horikawa was not a copy, he had more value than just being a copy of yours, and you wanted to show that at all costs. You had as much respect for him as he would have for you. That was a fact.
The battle of Hakodate: It was not much that you actually could remember from the battle. You knew that you were not the only sword that Hijikata was wielding and before the battle, it’s been said that you were sent back home with a photo. Maybe you were too priceless and Hijikata didn’t want to lose you. Maybe he didn’t need you, you were not sure yourself. But it was fine, you said. Maybe you would be reunited with your master, who knows?
You could remember the day both you and Horikawa were separated. It felt like a piece of you was missing, and you wouldn’t understand that empty feeling. It made you feel incomplete, that you were nothing without your partner. You cared about Kunihiro, you cared about him a lot, maybe even more than you’d care about yourself. Was it bad? No, actually not.
Would you actually expect to be reborn? You remembered the first time you were reborn, you felt different. You had a body, a meaning. How long had it been ever since you had seen the world go on? So much time seemed to have passed but you didn’t care. Maybe it was just meant to be that way. You were told about a war, about the Time Retrograde Army and how it messed with time.
Later, you’ve been found by a Saniwa, and since then you have been waiting for the arrival of your other half. If Saniwa would have found you, they would find Horikawa as well, right? It was just a matter of time you would say.
And you waited.
You knew you were not the patient kind, but even if it would take hundreds of years to be reunited, you would wait. Then, the time has come when Saniwa has found the one you have been yearning for. You couldn’t be happier. Not only did you find your elder half brother Kasen, but the one you have been waiting for. Horikawa was finally with you, and now you could feel complete again, having your partner by your side.
Being Saniwa’s sword was a hard task, making sure that the Time Retrograde Army wouldn’t mess up the past. The least you wanted were things turning out badly for the sake of the future.
You kept saying to yourself, as long as you were with your partner, things would go smoothly. You (and Horikawa) knew that being united would make things easier. You were still his mentor and you took that role seriously in any occasion possible.
During a mission, you were separated by Horikawa once again. You told to yourself it was temporary, just hunting down the Time Retrograde Army and then returning, but you didn’t expect that you were separated for a longer time period.
The place you have reached was Elysion. It seemed nice at first, and you got used to it very easily, but something was still missing. You were wondering if Horikawa would be around, too. Your job at the Capitol was a good one, and you enjoyed it as a whole. Sometimes, you kept track to sea for some reason. It would be silly thinking that Horikawa wold pop up from the ocean, right?
Oh, you wish.
You miss him, that is all. You miss having around your other half. You know about some other swords being around as well but you paid little to no mind to them. Not because you didn’t care, but because you were so busy with your job and managing your life in Elysion. You are happy and satisfied, and sometimes you miss the old times being a sword fighter. Not that you do any less as your job. It’s really peaceful actually.