Chapter 2: Plan
Her blood’s ability to “awaken” the Gekka Tribe… and then suddenly being told to become a bride!?
While being confused about all these events, reports about the appearance of fiendish creatures called yakuma come to Hideyoshi…!
[YUZUKI]: (Haa… I rushed out of that room without thinking, but maybe that was a bit rude……? But, I really can’t think about marriage yet……)
[HANBEE]: “Fooooound you!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah! H-Hanbee-kun……”
[HANBEE]: “Geez~, even if you’re inside this castle, you can’t walk around alone, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m sorry… but I……”
Because I lowered my head, when I raised it again I noticed two people approaching from behind Hanbee-kun.
[KANBEE]: “Hanbee, it appears you found her.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Good grief, the search was a pain.”
[YUZUKI]: (Kanbee-san and Mitsunari-san too…… I can’t believe I’m meeting these three at a time like this.)
Mitsunari-san’s suspicious gaze pricked at me when I unconsciously averted my eyes, feeling awkward.
[MITSUNARI]: “…… Well? Why are you in such a place? Were you plotting something?”
[YUZUKI]: “Whaa!? N-No!”
[HANBEE]: “That’s no good, Mitsunari~! If you talk like that, you’ll scare her.”
[KANBEE]: “However, it is true that she was wandering through the castle without permission. It is not unreasonable to be suspicious.”
At Kanbee-san’s words I finally realized the severity of my actions.
[HANBEE]: “Hey, did something happen? Hideyoshi-sama is worried too, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, Hideyoshi-san is……?”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm. We came to find you on Hideyoshi-sama’s orders. He said “It’ll be a huge problem if my future wife becomes lost in the castle, so find her” to us.”
[YUZUKI]: “F-Future wife……!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Yes. For me, I would like to think something was mistaken.”
[YUZUKI]: “I feel the exact same way! To suddenly marry when we just met……”
[YUZUKI]: “I can’t believe it, and it feels like he’s treating it too lightly……”
[MITSUNARI]: “Haa…… It’s true that Hideyoshi-sama may look like a frivolous person.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… However, you haven’t seen everything of that man yet, correct?”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh? B-But……”
Overpowered by Mitsunari-san’s serious expression, I called to mind every sight of Hideyoshi-san up to now.
[YUZUKI]: (From the time we first met, he gave his name as Oda Nobunaga…… I feel like I haven’t seen him being proper……?)
[HANBEE]: “The town around the castle is a nice town that’s prospering right now, but at the beginning there weren’t many people and there was no public order.”
[HANBEE]: “Normally, it’d be a town that people should abandon, but Hideyoshi-sama didn’t abandon it.”
[HANBEE]: “The town grew, little by little, and the result has led to Toyotomi’s present appearance.”
[YUZUKI]: “Hideyoshi-san did that……”
[MITSUNARI]: “Certainly, Hideyoshi-sama always seems to be outlandish and acts the moment he thinks of something.”
[MITSUNARI]: “However, all of this is after he has thought it through. Hideyoshi-sama is an amazing man who can see through to the big picture.”
[HANBEE]: “Well, putting aside Mitsunari’s boasts about Hideyoshi-sama! Come on, Kanbee, say something too~.”
[KANBEE]: “…… I, too? Then, let me give you one piece of advice.”
Kanbee’s dark eyes pierced me, and I felt myself straightening my back.
[KANBEE]: “–Do not be deceived by his appearance. That is, if you wish to know about Hideyoshi-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… True, it might not be good to decide that he’s a shallow person.)
[HANBEE]: “Heehee, do you have a better opinion of Hideyoshi-sama?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes…… a little.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… Well, that is good enough for now. Let us return, since Hideyoshi-sama is waiting.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, wait, please. Um, I… want to sort out my feelings some more……”
[YUZUKI]: (I’ve gotten this far just following the flow, but since I have to stay in this world until I can return to my own……)
[YUZUKI]: (I’d like to think over everything alone……)
[MITSUNARI]: “What are you saying. Hideyoshi-sama ordered us to take you back–“
[HANBEE]: “Gotcha! Then we’ll go back first.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Hanbee! What are you deciding on your own!”
[HANBEE]: “Isn’t it alright? If she’s in the castle, we can come running immediately if anything happens, and she might get to know more about Hideyoshi-sama.”
[HANBEE]: “Mitsunari, you yourself don’t want her to continue misunderstanding Hideyoshi-sama, right?”
[KANBEE]: “I concur with Hanbee. It would be convincing to feel Hideyoshi-sama’s nature in practice, more so than our words.”
[MITSUNARI]: “That may be so but…… haa…… I understand. I suppose she can do as she likes.”
[HANBEE]: “So, that’s how it is. See you.”
[KANBEE]: “Excuse us.”
[YUZUKI]: “Okay. Thank you, everyone.”
[YUZUKI]: (I really can’t think about marriage, but if I’m driven out of here, there’s no place to go…… Moreover, Hanbee and the others’ words–)
I walked around the inside of the castle without being able to gather my thoughts, but nevertheless there was one fixed thought.
[YUZUKI]: (I want to try talking properly with Hideyoshi-san once more……)