Chapter 1: Awakening
She was brought under the protection of the Toyotomi Army, where many individualistic commanders gathered; however, they weren’t humans but “vampires”.
Aiming to unify the country, they headed for a fight with the Oda Army but…
Let’s run together– saying that, Hideyoshi-san pulled my hand and ran into the forest out of the base camp, which was swarmed with enemies.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Phew…… we’ve been separated pretty far from our friends, but it looks like we’ve lost our pursuers from the Oda Army for the moment?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Just in case, let’s hide in this bush for a while and check things out.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haa… haa… o-okay……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Here, come closer. It’ll be a problem if the enemy finds us, right?”
[YUZUKI]: (Um, if we’re any closer, our bodies will be glued to each other……)
[ODA SOLDIER]: “They have to be nearby still! Split up and search for them!”
The angry shout I heard made me jerk and a tremble ran through my body.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I’ll be okay. They won’t find us.”
An arm was wrapped around my back at the same time I heard a whisper in my ear. That warmth prevented me from panicking.
[YUZUKI]: (Please, hurry up and go somewhere else……!)
I wonder how long I prayed for that. Eventually, the Oda soldiers went away.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sorry, you were scared, huh. But you can relax now.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-It’s okay, I’m fine.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, you’re saying that when you’re shaking this much. Acting tough, hmm.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m sorry. I’m trying my best to stop but……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s alright. First, without rushing, how about taking in slow and deep breaths?”
[YUZUKI]: “H… Here like this?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If you wish, we can be like this for a loooooong time?”
[YUZUKI]: “……! I-I’m okay now!”
When I tried to get away in a hurry, Hideyoshi-san released me with a snicker.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now then, we should get back to where everyone is. Mitsunari and the others will be worried too– ow……”
[YUZUKI]: “Is your wound from before hurting……?”
I took a look at it, worried, and saw that the bleeding was worser than it had been at the beginning.
[YUZUKI]: “…… ! The gash is larger now……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, well, it was tense up until now so I also forgot about it. But it became worse because I was running around and cutting people down, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “This isn’t a laughing matter!”
I pulled out a handkerchief from my pocket and tried to apply it to Hideyoshi-san’s injury.
[YUZUKI]: “Hideyoshi-san, this’ll stop the bleeding……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Stop the bleeding…… I’m not human, so this kind of injury will heal quickly.”
[YUZUKI]: “Even if that’s the case, I can’t leave it like this.”
I wrapped the handkerchief gently around the painful-looking and bleeding wound.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, I don’t really like pain, but if I can get this kind of treatment from you, I think I’m glad to have gotten hurt.”
[YUZUKI]: “Geez, how can you laugh like that……”
[YUZUKI]: (He looks the same as a normal human apart from his pointed ears…… but Hideyoshi-san is–)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Hm? What’s with that scratch on your neck?”
Having been told that, I touched my neck and felt a stinging pain. When I looked at my hand, there was some blood on it–
[YUZUKI]: “When did this happen…… I didn’t notice it at all.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Did you get scratched by a branch when we were hiding? Well, it’s nothing but…… that blood…… looks delicious.”
[YUZUKI]: (Right now, I thought I saw fangs in Hideyoshi-san’s mouth……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, that reminds me, I haven’t told you yet, have I. We, in the Toyotomi, are vampires.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But…… it’s strange…… I see blood everyday and yet I’ve never felt this kind of urge to drink it……”
Hideyoshi-san stared directly at me–
[YUZUKI]: “Wah……! H-Hideyoshi-san!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Your blood… smells really good.”
His heated voice, like he was spellbound, shook in my ears.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “For some reason…… it makes me feel like I can’t stop myself from drinking it. I think I’ll sample just a bit of it.”
[YUZUKI]: : (Wha……!)
In that instant, he licked the blood trickling down my neck, and my body tensed with nervousness.
Maybe he noticed my reaction, but Hideyoshi finally moved away from me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Ahaha, sorry, sorry. Did I scare you a little too much?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Because it was such a small scratch, I thought I’d heal it by licking it. Just look at it as my way of treating y–…… huh? What is… this?”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san’s appearance… changed!?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Is this…… “awakening”……!?”
As his surprised voice slipped out, Hideyoshi-san unraveled the handkerchief I used to stop his bleeding.
[YUZUKI]: “Hideyoshi-san! If you unwrap that, you’ll bleed again……!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… No, it’s okay, because, look, the wound is healed.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-It really is…… Vampires can heal injuries this quickly?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No, if I healed this quickly, I’d have no troubles…… Woah……”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah… his previous look returned… What exactly was that just now……?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… That amount wasn’t enough, huh. Ohh, I see……”
[YUZUKI]: “……? Hideyoshi-san, do you know–“
In the moment I thought to ask about what happened–
[ODA SOLDIER]: “There he is, it’s Hideyoshi!! This time, you won’t get away!”