Chapter 1: Valuable Blood
The Oda Army was heading into a battle against Toyotomi.
For some reason, Nobunaga had ordered her to accompany him to the battlefield.
It seemed like he was testing something, but what was the true motive…?
[YUZUKI]: “What do you mean by vampires!?”
The people in front of me were vampires– I unconsciously raised my voice when I was told that.
[MITSUHIDE]: “By chance, have you not heard of the Gekka Tribe?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… Gekka Tribe?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “It is a general term for people who are not humans like us vampires and werewolves.”
[YUZUKI]: “There’s not just vampires, but others too!?”
.[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, there are. Well, the Gekka Tribe members that belong to the Oda Army are the people here right now– we are all vampires.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… I really came to an outrageous world……)
[RANMARU]: “To think she doesn’t know about the Gekka Tribe, what a shock.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Aa. Is she a foreigner from a place without the Gekka Tribe……”
The moment the place started to become noisy–
[NOBUNAGA]: “–It does not matter what she is.”
At that imperiously strong voice, everyone caught their breath.
[NOBUNAGA]: “This woman will be kept in the castle for a short while. –Mitsuhide, you will manage this.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Acknowledged, my lord.”
[YUZUKI]: (I’m scared at being in a place with vampires, but it’s better than being thrown out…… maybe.)
Indifferent to the confusion I could not erase, a high-spirited voice leapt in, as if having been waiting this entire time.
[KATSUIE]: “Alright! If that topic is over, let’s talk about the battle now!”
[KATSUIE]: “Nobunaga-sama, you’re not gonna say that we’re done after that small squabble, right?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Naturally. We were testing each other but, in any case, the monkey should be moving.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nagahide, I recall that you sent out scouts, correct?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Aa. They should be returning soon. Oh, speak of the devil……”
[ODA SOLDIER]: “Excuse me. Nagahide-sama, my report……”
A single man quickly moved to Nagahide-san’s side and reported something into his ear.
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… I see. Good work. You’re dismissed.”
[ODA SOLDIER]: “Yes, my lord!”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, it looks like the Toyotomi Army just so happens to be moving.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh? Faster than I thought. –Nagahide.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Yes, my lord! I will order our soldiers to prepare for battle.”
[RANMARU]: “As expected of Nobunaga-sama! Hideyoshi is in the palm of your hand!”
[KATSUIE]: “Just you wait, Hideyoshi! I’m gonna get you back this time!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oi. You’re coming too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha!? M-Me……?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… You as well, these are Nobunaga-sama’s orders. You will be coming together with us.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… I understand.”
It seems there was no choice other than to obey, so I could only nod.
The place I was brought to was the middle of a forest. The battle had already started and, if I strained my eyes, I could see people fighting beyond the trees.
Slashing, being slashed– every time I heard someone’s last screams, I became scared and reflexively blocked my ears.
[YUZUKI]: (Why was I brought to this place……)
Not even paying attention to me, who was scared, beside him, Nobunaga-san and the others spread out a map and had a strategy meeting.
[NAGAHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, Katsuie has started to force back the Toyotomi Army’s frontline.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “If we can draw the enemy’s eyes to the frontline with this condition, we can send a detached force to the Toyotomi Army’s back.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Good. Nagahide, you will go to the frontline and draw the enemy’s attention along with Katsuie.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “My lord.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Is this well? Our enemy is Hideyoshi. This could also possibly be an inviting trap……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Who cares. I will teach that monkey that my head cannot be taken with cheap tricks.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Gather troops immediately. We will strike directly with a small elite force.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, my lord.”
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, allow me to accompany you too!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa…… And you will come too.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha… but……”
[RANMARU]: “It’s safer to come with us than to stay here.”
Urged by his smile, in the end, I went along with them.
We continued into the forest, aiming for the place that was said to hold the enemy’s main camp.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, if we run into any enemies along the way……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “There is no need to worry, because we have sent an advance reconnoitering party.”
[YUZUKI]: “Reconnoitering party……?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Those who have the task of scouting out the enemy’s movements and numbers.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see……”
[RANMARU]: “…… Nobunaga-sama. It is time to settle things with Hideyoshi at last, huh.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Aa.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… The opponent everyone is fighting right now is the Toyotomi Army… right?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. The enemy general is Toyotomi Hideyoshi–“
[MITSUHIDE]: “They are vampires the same as us, and used to be members of the Oda Army…… but they broke away and, presently, they are now enemies.”
[YUZUKI]: (Broke away… as in betrayed…… but… huh? Wasn’t it Akechi Mitsuhide who betrayed Oda Nobunaga?)
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… why did that person, Hideyoshi, betray the Oda Army?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “……! That is……”