SNB Oda ~ Chapter 5.1 ~

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Chapter 5: A Monkey’s Tail Moving Dangerously

A clue about the sacred treasures was seized, but Nobunaga appeared unconcerned about that with the Toyotomi Army’s threatening movements.

Furthermore, her actions were restricted as Nobunaga seemed to be wary of something…

Chapter 5.1

[YUZUKI]: (Sacred treasure… huh……)

Several days ago, Imari-kun said that he felt the presence of a strange power similar to that of a sacred treasure near me–.

[YUZUKI]: (If the sacred treasure was found, it’d move the search for Himemiko-sama forward and be a clue to returning to my old world……)

[RANMARU]: “Do you have some time right now?”

.[YUZUKI]: “Ranmaru-kun? Come in.”

[RANMARU]: “Excuse my intrusion. Mitsuhide-san has returned from his expedition–“

[YUZUKI]: “Ah…! If I remember correctly, he went to investigate eyewitness information on Himemiko-sama, right.”

[RANMARU]: “Yes. Everyone is about to listen to his report and Nobunaga-sama told me to call for you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Got it. I’ll come right now!”

[KATSUIE]: “Oh, you’re here.”

[YUZUKI]: “Sorry for the wait. Mitsuhide-san, welcome home.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. I am relieved to see things unchanged.”

[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Mitsuhide.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “My lord. I will report the results of the expedition.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “Toyotomi also does not appear to have obtained any information about Himemiko in particular. With respect to the sightings of Himemiko, I was unable to confirm the location or any facts.”

[YUZUKI]: (So that’s how it is……)

[MITSUHIDE]: “However…… I am a bit concerned with the Toyotomi Army’s movements. It seems like they are preparing for war again……”

[KATSUIE]: “What was that!? Those guys really don’t learn!”

[MITSUHIDE]: “I was unable to establish whether they intend to invade Oda though……”

[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Katsuie.”

[KATSUIE]: “Prepare for war, right! Leave it to me!”

[YUZUKI]: “Uh… um… about the sacred treasure search……”

[NOBUNAGA]: “Until we know the monkey and his group’s aims, forget it.”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s……”

[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Ranmaru.”

[RANMARU]: “Yes, Nobunaga-sama!”

[NOBUNAGA]: “I will be deciding on our response now with Nagahide and Mitsuhide. During this time, you will be with her.”

[RANMARU]: “By your will.”

Like that, everyone started talking about war and, not having anything to do, I left the hall together with Ranmaru-kun.

[YUZUKI]: “Haa…… the sacred treasure search is being postponed, huh……”

When I sighed, Ranmaru-kun peered at my face worriedly.

[RANMARU]: “Don’t worry. If it’s Nobunaga-sama, he’ll finish Toyotomi off quickly.”

[RANMARU]: “And we’ll be able to search for the sacred treasure soon. So, let’s not rush.”

[YUZUKI]: “Mm……”

[RANMARU]: “…… Ah, I know!”

With his face shining, Ranmaru-kun grabbed my hand and squeezed.

[RANMARU]: “How about we walk around the town a bit as a diversion?”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh… is that okay? At this time……”

[RANMARU]: “It’s because it’s at this time. Once the war starts earnestly, you won’t be able to walk around freely.”

[RANMARU]: “Also, I believe Nobunaga-sama told me to be with you as a bodyguard to imply that you are free to do as you wish.”

[YUZUKI]: “I wonder……”

[RANMARU]: “I’m sure that’s the case. Or is it that you don’t want to be with me?”

[YUZUKI]: “Wha, that’s not it!”

[RANMARU]: “Then it’s decided. Let’s go.”

Brought by Ranmaru-kun, I came to the castle town.

And when I looked at the lively townspeople, I naturally felt excited.

[RANMARU]: “Ah… please look, dried apricots are being sold.”

[YUZUKI]: “Wow, really. They look delicious.”

[RANMARU]: “I am going to buy them as a gift to Nobunaga-sama, so I’ll share some with you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh… but I feel bad having you spend money on me……”

[RANMARU]: “Don’t worry. Well, please watch this. –Ah, excuse me, could I have these.”

 

[RANMARU]: “How was that. My price negotiation technique.”

[YUZUKI]: “A-Amazing……”

[YUZUKI]: (The old shop lady fell in love with Ranmaru-kun’s smile and coaxing and dropped the price to nearly half……)

[RANMARU]: “Here, for you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Mm, thank you!”

[RANMARU]: “Now next–“

[MAN]: “Hey, bastard, don’t screw around!”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh… what is that, a fight……?”

[MAN]: “Do you know who I am, HUH!?”

[MAN]: “That’s right, that’s right! Brother, let’s beat this youngster up!”

[RANMARU]: “It looks like someone got caught up in something. But it has nothing to do with u–“

[???]: “Hey, hey, I like your energy. If you’re gonna do it, then try!”

[RANMARU]: “…… Wha. T-This voice!”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, Ranmaru-kun?”

I hurriedly chased after Ranmaru-kun who ran towards the voice. And when I turned the corner–

[TOSHIIE]: “Come at me!”

[TOSHIIE]: “I, Maeda Toshiie, will accept any challenges given to me!”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh? That person is certainly Toyotomi’s……”

[RANMARU]: “AHHHH! Maeda Toshiie!!”

[TOSHIIE]: “…… Hm? Ugeh! Ranmaru!? Ah, shit! If this was gonna happen, I’d rather have Nagahide find me–!”

Saying that, he clenched his fists–

[MAN]: “GUAH.”

[MAN]: “GYAH.”

In the blink of an eye, he beat down the two men who were involved with him.

[TOSHIIE]: “Haha, alriiiight, that’s my win! See yaaa, Ranmaru.”

[RANMARU]: “Ah!! Kgh…… I’m sorry, but our shopping ends here. We’re returning to the castle at once!”

[YUZUKI]: “R-Right, got it.”

I hastily followed Ranmaru-kun’s back, which was steeped with frustration.

Returning to the castle, we rushed like that into the great hall where they were still having a discussion.

[KATSUIE]: “Haaah!? Toshiie was in the town!?”

[RANMARU]: “Yes. It didn’t seem like the other Toyotomi commanders were together with him though……”

[NAGAHIDE]: “Was the Toyotomi Army’s war preparations a feint……?”

[MITSUHIDE]: “If so then I wonder if their aim is a surprise attack on this castle……”

[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Nagahide.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “My lord. I will organize a pursuit unit directly and capture Maeda Toshiie!”

[MITSUHIDE]: “Nagahide, please avoid deep pursuit seeing that we do not know our opponent’s aim.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “That goes without saying.”

[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Katsuie, I’m leaving Nobunaga-sama to you.”

[KATSUIE]: “Hah! Who’re you saying that to. I’m gonna turn the tables on those Toyotomi guys.”

[YUZUKI]: (For the enemy to possibly come here……)

[NOBUNAGA]: “…… You.”

[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes!”

[NOBUNAGA]: “For the time being, do not leave your room. You will also eat your meals there.”

[YUZUKI]: “Eh… why is tha–“

[NOBUNAGA]: “–Silence.”

[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes……”

I couldn’t do anything but nod at that voice with obvious irritation, which I had never heard up to now.

After that, I plodded back to my room and ate the dried apricots that Ranmaru-kun gave me.

[YUZUKI]: (Haa…… why am I the only one who can’t leave their room. I guess he must be thinking something……)

[YUZUKI]: (…… Ah, this sound……!)

[IMARI]: “Haa…… I’ve finally got here……”

[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun! Welcome back, you aren’t hurt today?”

[IMARI]: “Yep, as you see!”

[IMARI]: “More importantly…… about the scroll you got from the shrine a few days ago, can you get another look at it again?”

[YUZUKI]: “…… I think that’ll be hard, since it’s in that person’s room……”

[IMARI]: “Uwah, so it is in that scary Demon King’s room, huh…… Haa, I wanted to see if we overlooked anything just in case……–AH!!”

[YUZUKI]: “…… Imari-kun? Why did you suddenly hi–“

[NOBUNAGA]: “…………”

[YUZUKI]: “Wah!!”

[NOBUNAGA]: “There was a strange presence…… Where is it……”

[YUZUKI]: (Huh, no way…… Has Imari-kun been discovered!?)

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