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…!
[TOSHIIE]: “Aren’t you tired?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m fine. Are you okay, Toshiie-san? Somehow, it feels like the number of yakuma has been increasing……”
[TOSHIIE]: “Hah, these numbers are nothing.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Besides, the more yakuma there are, means we’re slowly getting closer to where Hideyoshi is.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see, then we’ll soon–“
[TOSHIIE]: “Wait, stop.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? What do you…… ah!”
At the point where Toshiie-san’s sharp gaze stopped, there was a swarm of yakuma which blocked our way.
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do we do…… It doesn’t look like they’ve noticed us yet though……)
[TOSHIIE]: “Heh…… It’s finally gotten interesting.”
As he muttered this, Toshiie-san’s eyes glittered with restlessness.
[TOSHIIE]: “From here onwards, I’ll draw the yakuma and, in the meantime, you’ll run to Hideyoshi.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! But there’s so many there……”
[TOSHIIE]: “Don’t worry ’bout that. It’s easier for me to fight alone than to fight while protecting you.”
[YUZUKI]: “G-Got it. Please be careful, Toshiie-san.”
[TOSHIIE]: “You don’t need to worry ’bout me.”
Telling me this, Toshiie-san jumped out in front of the yakuma.
[TOSHIIE]: “C’mon, yakuma bastards! I, Toshiie-sama, will be your opponent!!”
[TOSHIIE]: “C’mon, c’mon, over here! Those who want to die, come at me!”
I left Toshiie-san and hurried forwards to where the sight of Hideyoshi-san, surrounded by yakuma, leapt into view.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, so you did come~. That was quicker than I thought.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Ah, don’t do that! If you look away, the yakuma will–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Don’t worry, don’t worry! Whoops!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I can still keep going~!”
[YUZUKI]: (S-Somehow, he seems really relaxed……?)
Cutting down the yakuma one after another, in the blink of an eye, Hideyoshi-san arrived in front of me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Geez, I told you to house-sit at the castle. You’re a baaad girl.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Or, were you this worried about me?”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Of course I’d be worried!…… But, it doesn’t seem like that worry was necessary.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ehhh, that’s not true. See, look at what’s over there?”
Turning to look at the point he indicated, there was a countless number of yakuma in a swarm which slowly moved to surround us.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Honestly, they’re so persistent it’s troublesome~. At this rate, we’ll be surrounded again.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I think I might need to drink your blood agaiinn. How about it?”
[YUZUKI]: “Why are you smiling in this situation! …… Huh? Come to think of it, didn’t you just say “so you did come” back there?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mm? Did I?”
[YUZUKI]: “No way, did you plan everything up to now–!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Is this the time to care about that?”
As if to block me from pressing my questions, Hideyoshi-san brought his face close to mine.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I told you, didn’t I? That it was my principle to use whatever means necessary to get what I want.”
He whispered that to me in a voice that was different from usual and slightly low.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Come on, why don’t you let me drink your blood soon? If you don’t, then we’re going to die like this, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: (Somehow, it feels like I’ve been playing right into Hideyoshi-san’s hands– but…)
While my body stiffened from the breaths that were being blown into my ear, I looked back directly into Hideyoshi-san’s face.
[YUZUKI]: “…… If you’re going to drink my blood, I have some conditions too.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Huh? Conditions?”
[YUZUKI]: “Please use this blood of mine to help the Toyotomi Army. If I’m of use, then I can stay in the Toyotomi Army, right?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Well, I did say that. And?”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s why… um, the talk about marriage…… l-let’s put that on hold for now……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–Puh, haha, ahahaHAHA! I give up! To think you’d only set these conditions when the person you’re speaking to is me.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I thought you were a girl who couldn’t do anything, but I might have taken you too lightly.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sure…… that’s okay. Well, the results are a bit different from what I predicted but–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “From now on, always stay by my side.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now then, I’m going to take your blood, okay?”
Hideyoshi-san’s face slowly came closer. His fangs pierced my neck, along with a slight pain.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You yakuma are unlucky! Right now I’m invincible.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Hideyoshi-sama! Are you unharmed!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yo, Mitsunari. As you can see, we’re both unharmed.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Looks like it. We’re done with everything over here too. The town hasn’t been harmed either.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, as expected. Good work, everyone.”
Hideyoshi-san grinned and then, suddenly, pulled my hand as I stood beside him.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, anyway, I have an important announcement for everyone!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “At this time, because I’ve lost to her enthusiasm, I will be making her my bodyguard!”
[MITSUNARI]: “A-Are you serious, Hideyoshi-sama!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s ’cause she’s stubborn.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “The topic of marriage has been put on hold, so if I’m going to welcome her into the army, she will need some kind of position, right.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Haha! You’re amazing to have beaten Hideyoshi.”
[HANBEE]: “If it’s you, you’re most welcome~!”
[KANBEE]: “Heh, things have become interesting.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… Haa, if this is Hideyoshi-sama’s decision, then I will obey.”
Hearing everyone’s words, a feeling of having been accepted gradually spread through my heart.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Great, we’ve gotten everyone’s approval! Now then, once again–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Welcome to the Toyotomi Army.”