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…
The moment Imari-kun and I spread out the scroll on the sacred treasure–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mm mm, I seeee now.”
[YUZUKI]: (Th… this person is certainly Toyotomi Hideyoshi! That’s…… wasn’t Nobunaga-san chasing him!?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sorry about this while you’re surprised, but I’ll be taking that interesting looking scroll~.”
Imari-kun leapt to recover the scroll that was stolen but–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Huh? A tanuki? Hahaha, I’ll return this tanuki to the mountains.”
Imari-kun’s tail was grabbed and then he was thrown outside.
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun!? Hey, what are you–“
When I turned to Hideyoshi-san, the smile from Hideyoshi-san’s face disappeared.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Shouldn’t you be more worried about yourself rather than the tanuki? Look– you’re wide open.”
The instant he said that, my feet were swept out.
Knocked down, I tried to get up in a panic but Hideyoshi-san straddled me from above. Like that, he pressed my arms and shoulders to the floor.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You know, I just so happened to want to talk to you.”
Hideyoshi-san looked down at me, who was pushed down and unable to move, without emotion.
Even though his eyes weren’t scary to Nobunaga-san’s extent, it was like I was pierced and I couldn’t move my body.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You see, I snuck into this castle the day before yesterday, and I heard that Nobunaga-sama, who seems to only be interested in unifying the country, personally invited a woman to spend the night with him.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “My interest was piqued…… Hey, who are you to Nobunaga-sama? His lover? Moreover…… this delicious smell of blood……”
Hideyoshi-san’s fingers, which held my shoulder down, lightly stroked my neck like a tease.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh? What a cute reaction…… Maybe I’ll have a taste.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yo… you’re… a vampire too……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s right. Now then, don’t mind if I do.”
I twisted my body trying to resist but–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–That’s useless.”
Hideyoshi-san buried his face in my neck and his breath hit my skin.
I prepared for my blood to be drunk. But–
Suddenly, Hideyoshi-san leapt up. And then he wrapped an arm around my neck and, as if I was dragged along, I was forced to stand.
[YUZUKI]: (… Ugh, it hurts……)
There, I saw–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You returned unexpectedly quickly, Nobunaga-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: (……! Nobunaga…-san!)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Surely you are not trying to lay a hand on what is mine.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oh? As I thought, this girl is your lover then, Nobunaga-sama?”
As if mocking him, Hideyoshi-san caressed my cheek. In that moment–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… I will make it so that mouth will never speak again.”
[YUZUKI]: (H-He’s… angry?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahaha…… this is a seriously bad one. I can’t let myself be cut down here, so I’ll be returning this girl, here!”
Saying that, Hideyoshi-san thrusted me towards Nobunaga-san with all his strength.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… he caught me……? Why……)
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! It appears that the one who ran into the forest wasn’t Hideyoshi, but Takenaka Hanbee! Hideyoshi is still in this castle–“
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa. He ran away just now. Chase him immediately.”
Despite being overwhelmed by Nobunaga-san’s clear anger, Ranmaru-kun left the room promptly. When he did, Nobunaga-san closed the sliding door for some reason.
And then he drew near to me, who had sunk down to sit on the floor.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… What did the monkey do.”
I managed to squeeze out my voice while trembling at Nobunaga-san’s tone which was fraught with rage.
[YUZUKI]: “Really nothing… he also didn’t drink my blood……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You were thrown to the ground as he pleased, weren’t you. That’s why I told you to use your knife if you felt danger…… No… against the monkey it’d be useless, hm……”
When Nobunaga-san sighed deeply, he placed a hand on my shoulder as if to stroke my neck.
His movements, opposite to the rage that filled those sharp eyes, were extremely gentle–
[YUZUKI]: (…… Ah.)
Slowly, I was pushed to the ground. But, unlike the time with Hideyoshi-san, I felt no fear. Only my heartbeat steadily quickened.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… If you cannot protect your own body, then obey what I say without fail. Otherwise, a young girl like you will be easily killed.”
His right hand took my arm against the floor and his left hand softly caressed my neck. As if he were searching for where fangs could have pierced me–
[NOBUNAGA]: “If you do not wish to die, then obediently let yourself be protected by this Oda Nobunaga.”
Along with his sweet, whispered words, Nobunaga-san’s lips touched my throat.
My body jerked and then trembled with nervousness. As if he were enjoying my reaction, Nobunaga-san’s lips trailed from my throat to the base of my neck–
[YUZUKI]: (My blood is… going to be sucked again……)
Nobunaga-san’s fangs touched my neck.
[YUZUKI]: (…… Huh?)
Nobunaga-san did not suck my blood but merely gave me a slight love bite before raising his head.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Whose retainer are you. Say it.”
It wasn’t his usual strong command, but a whisper that brushed my ears with a gentleness that could be felt somewhere.
[YUZUKI]: “T-That is… yours……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “No. Say my name. Whose retainer are you.”
When I managed somehow to call out his name, Nobunaga-san finally released me, seemingly satisfied.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… I will forgive you today with this. However, if you disobey orders again and cause trouble…… At that time……”
[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay. I’ll be careful.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do not forget those words.”
[YUZUKI]: (For some reason… Nobunaga-san is kind today……)
Even though Nobunaga-san had already released me, my heart still pounded without stopping. At that point–
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama, excuse me.”
[RANMARU]: “…… I deeply apologize but we failed to catch Hideyoshi. Mitsuhide-san and Katsuie-san are still pursuing him though……”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah, the scroll! That person stole the scroll from me!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… The one written about the sacred treasure?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes…… um, I’m sorry……”
[RANMARU]: “No…… It is our responsibility for allowing an invasion.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Enough. In any case, I had no intention to search for that sacred treasure.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “We needn’t search because we already have a trump card here.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Trump card?)
Although I was curious, when I looked up at Nobunaga-san I saw that he had grit his teeth hard–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… That monkey, to think he laid a hand on what is mine.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… It’s the first time I’ve seen Nobunaga-san this angry. Maybe it really is frustrating for the scroll to have been taken.)
[YUZUKI]: (Or is it that he’s angry about me…… No, that can’t possibly be true, right?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Ranmaru, take her to her room.”
[RANMARU]: “Yes, my lord…… Come, let’s go.”
I left Nobunaga-san’s room with painful reluctance.