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…
[YUZUKI]: (Just when I thought we were going to get away……!)
Hideyoshi-san and I were surrounded once again by Oda Army soldiers.
But Hideyoshi-san showed a relaxed smile and took out his sword.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Stand back.”
[YUZUKI]: “B-But… there’s too many of them!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Don’t worry! Thanks to you my injury was healed, so this time I’ll show you something cool.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wow…… he really won……”
Hideyoshi-san used the forest cleverly so that the enemies could not swing their swords freely, and – on top of that – he defeated them all while protecting me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “See? No problem, right?”
[YUZUKI]: “Right…… Um, Hideyoshi-san, thank you very much for protecting me.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, wow, when you say it directly to me like that it’s embarrassing. Then, can I ask for a reward for working so hard?”
[YUZUKI]: “U-Umm…… if it’s something I can do……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Really? In that case…… could you let me taste your blood again?”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That and this are different matters!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Meaaaan! You said you’d give me a reward! Haa, I even worked so hard……”
[???]: “Certainly, that battle right now was quite something.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “—kgh! Get back!”
By the time I noticed, we were surrounded by the Oda Army’s troops.
[???]: “It has been a while, monkey.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Oda Nobunaga.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? That person is… Oda Nobunaga……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “You did well to come this far while carrying a burden. First, I should praise you for that.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, thank you very much. It is my utmost honor to receive praise from you.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Your manner is as pleasant as usual…… Is there a reason that woman merits being taken around with you?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s because…… she’s just this cute? Isn’t it natural to want to have her close at hand.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh?…… For you to lie with such nonsense means you have decided that she is of use, hm.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Oh dear. Honestly, that keen insight of yours is terrifying.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hmph…… You talk well for someone who does not think that one bit.”
[YUZUKI]: (At a glance, the two of them are smiling, but the air is so strained it’s like it’s stabbing into me……)
[YUZUKI]: (Moreover, that person has such cold eyes…… Our eyes only met, but I can’t seem to stop shaking.)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmm…… this is actually kinda bad.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I thought I could do something so long as it was just soldiers but…… the strength of the Oda Army’s main force is one of the best in Shinga–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Even if I were to use that trick from before, I’m not sure we’d be able to cut our way through……”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? Um, what do you mean by that……?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, nothing, I’m just talking to myself.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It seems you two have finished your farewells. –Kill them.”
[ODA SOLDIER]: “Yes, my lord!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Do not leave my side no matter what.”
[ODA SOLDIER]: “Aim at Hideyoshi’s head! –FIRE!!”
[???]: “–like I’d let you!”
[TOSHIIE]: “I’m not gonna let a single finger touch Hideyoshi and the girl!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mitsunari, Toshiie! You guys came!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Haha, obviously! Well, it took some time to find you guys though!”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad…… if these two are here, everything should be okay now……)
Behind Oda Nobunaga, who was observing us and our relief, a new person appeared.
[???]: “–Nobunaga-sama. Not just Ishida and Maeda, but Takenaka Hanbee and Kuroda Kanbee’s forces are spreading out behind us.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see…… the opportunity is lost, hm.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Hideyoshi-sama! For the present, we will hold them back here! Please use this moment to retreat!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s frustrating, but since it’s not a good plan to fight any more in this situation, I guess I have no choice……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Got it! Sorry, you two! I’m counting on you here! Hold on!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You two better return properly too!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Ou! Leave it to us!”
We entrusted everything after to Toshiie-san and the others, and hurried back to the castle.