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…?
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who had been a member of the Oda Army– when I asked for the reason why he betrayed them, Mitsuhide-san and Ranmaru-san’s faces stiffened at the same time.
[MITSUHIDE]: “That is……”
[RANMARU]: “Well, anyway, it means Hideyoshi is the enemy! That’s all you need to know.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Did I ask something bad… since they were comrades in the past……)
[YUZUKI]: (But… I’m sure this person won’t show mercy, huh……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… What.”
I only looked at his face for a moment, but our eyes still met.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, um… When you find Hideyoshi-san what are… you going to do……?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Kill him, naturally…… if things go well.”
[YUZUKI]: “What do you……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, a report from the scouts.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “They have discovered the Toyotomi main camp. It is ahead of us. They confirmed the appearance of a dozen or so soldiers and the general, Hideyoshi. Ishida Mitsunari, a commander of the Toyotomi Army, was not seen.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… I see. Mitsuhide, you will go ahead and wipe out those foot soldiers.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, my lord!”
[RANMARU]: “Please do not get separated from me or Nobunaga-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Okay.”
[TOYOTOMI SOLDIER]: “T-The Oda Army has come! Protect Hideyoshi-sama–!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “You’re in the way.”
[TOYOTOMI SOLDIER]: “GUAAAAGH!”
By the time we caught up to Mitsuhide-san and his people the outcome was already determined.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Do not allow Hideyoshi to escape! Surround him!”
At Mitsuhide-san’s orders, the agile soldiers reacted and obstructed a human shape from trying to escape into the woods.
[???]: “Ah craaap, this is bad, huh…… Looks like I got found.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… It’s been a while, monkey.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yes, it’s been a very long time.”
[YUZUKI]: (This person is… this world’s Toyotomi Hideyoshi……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Aw, I’m happy to have Nobunaga-sama personally come for my head though.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, or….. should I say that Nobunaga-sama, you’ve personally brought your head to me?”
[RANMARU]: “How dare y–!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Enough. Do not fuss.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Monkey, my head is here. As you wished, I’ve brought it.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “What’s wrong? If you’re going to take it, then try taking it.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Well, no matter what tricks you use or however many soldiers you gather…… your hands will never reach my neck.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha…… I see. You came all this way to say that……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “How cruel. That’s why they call you the Demon King, you know?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Do you want Shinga so badly you’ll even kill your former comrades?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You are the same, are you not.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha…… ’cause I’m a man. Of course I’ll aim for the best.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Thanks to someone, it’s been a backbreaking goal though. How about handing it over?”
[YUZUKI]: (This person, even though he’s cornered, he’s saying such goading words……)
[RANMARU]: “……! There’s no need for Nobunaga-sama to dirty his hands. I’ll take care of this person……!”
The moment Ranmaru placed his hand on his sword–
[???]: “As if I’d let you!!”
A high-spirited voice came with someone who suddenly jumped out from the bushes.
[???]: “Get the hell out of my way!”
[ODA SOLDIER]: “Guaaaaaagh!”
[RANMARU]: “Wha……! Maeda Toshiie!? Shouldn’t you be at the front–……”
[TOSHIIE]: “Hey, hey, Ranmaru. Isn’t it mean to say my name like that? Didn’t you use to call me Toshiie-san before?”
[RANMARU]: “Shut up! Nobunaga-sama, please step back! You too!”
Ranmaru-san stood in front of me and Nobunaga-sama. There–
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Nobunaga-sama, a report.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Kuroda Kanbee and Takenaka Hanbee have appeared behind us. At this rate, there is a risk we will be attacked on both sides……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha. Using a bait and a surprise attack from behind– it’s a common strategy, right?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Fool. Did you think I couldn’t see through this plan?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh, what. So, on top of knowing, you personally came here on purpose.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I’ve told you. You can’t take my head with such little tricks.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “As expected of Nobunaga-sama! You won’t let me take the whole country so easily, huh.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But…… next time I, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, will take that head of yours.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toshiie, we’re retreating!”
[RANMARU]: “Ah, wait!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Enough. There’s no need to chase.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Ranmaru, calm down. For Maeda Toshiie to retreat back to the main camp where Hideyoshi is when he should have been fighting at the frontlines with Katsuie means……”
[RANMARU]: “Ah! Katsuie-san and Nagahide-san have won, right!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. This battle’s victory is ours.”
[YUZUKI]: (Then there’s no more danger, right. Phew……)
[MITSUHIDE]: “However, there is still Kuroda Kanbee and Takenaka Hanbee behind us. We need to avoid losing soldiers needlessly……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Mitsuhide. You will deal with–……”
In that instant, whoosh, I felt like I heard the faint sound of something cutting through the air.
[YUZUKI]: (That sound right now……)
[RANMARU]: “N-Nobunaga-sama! Above! Arrows–!”
Before Ranmaru-san finished, arrows came down in succession from the branches of the trees.