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…
Hearing a suspicious sound from the courtyard– I became anxious and went to see how things were, but Nobunaga-san found me.
[NOBUNAGA]: “I believe I told you not to leave your room?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… um… I was a bit afraid……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Come to my room tomorrow.”
[YUZUKI]: (H-He’s really glaring at me……)
I regretted leaving my room a lot but it was too late.
The next day, I timidly visited Nobunaga-san’s room.
[YUZUKI]: “E-Excuse me……”
It looked like Nobunaga-san was copying a book; he faced his desk and neither looked my way nor responded.
[YUZUKI]: (I should have guessed he’s angry. H-He wouldn’t possibly have me killed for violating his orders…… right?)
I quietly entered his room and sat obediently in the corner. In that moment, I saw the scroll about the sacred treasure that Imari-kun said he wanted to look at again but–
[YUZUKI]: (There’s no way I can ask to borrow it in this situation……)
I remained silent like that for a while. But Nobunaga-san did not talk at all and, unable to endure that silence, I spoke to Nobunaga-san.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um… why did you call for me? Is it because I left my room without permission to check things out?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Do you have the knife I gave you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh?…… Y-Yes, I’m always carrying it.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Have you tried using it?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, not yet. I haven’t had the chance to use it……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Have you not even unsheathed it?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, because… this is a real blade, right?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… There is no progress in ascertaining then.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… What do you mean?”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Ack, asking will be useless, huh. He didn’t answer my previous question……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “–I speak about ascertaining whether you are suitable to have this blade or not.”
[YUZUKI]: (Wha… he answered……)
Surprised, I hurriedly threw out another question.
[YUZUKI]: “I-If you find out that I’m not suitable to have it then what will you do?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… As a rule, my judgments are not wrong.”
[YUZUKI]: “You mean……”
[YUZUKI]: (I’ll be able to answer his expectations– or something?…… That’s strange, I feel kinda happy……)
When I dwelled on my strangely pounding heart–
[RANMARU]: “Excuse me.”
For some reason, Ranmaru-kun brought a futon into the room.
[YUZUKI]: “…… Huh? Ranmaru-kun, isn’t that the futon I’m using?”
[RANMARU]: “Yes, it is. –Nobunaga-sama, I will carry this into your bedroom.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, bedroom? Um…… what’s going on?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You should be able to tell by looking. From today on, you will sleep here for the time being.”