Chapter 5: Assault
Begin the infiltration plan to another army’s territory to seek clues on Himemiko!
She had to spend a night with Toshiie at a village they arrived at during this plan but…
Pulled by the hand by Toshiie-san, we continued to run until we came out to a river bank–
[TOSHIIE]: “Hey, look. That village……”
When I looked downstream, I could see something that certainly looked like a village.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m glad. If we could hide ourselves in that village even just for tonight then……”
[TOSHIIE]: “That might be impossible. Look closely. It looks like there’s some kinda lookout standing at the village entrance. This is probably a hidden village for bandits.”
I strained my eyes to look again, but with the distance and moonlight alone, I couldn’t tell whether there was a lookout or not.
[YUZUKI]: (But there’s no way Toshiie-san would lie in this situation……)
[YUZUKI]: “If it’s a bandit village then there’s nothing that can be done, huh. Let’s avoid them and run to a safer place–“
[TOSHIIE]: “Hm? Nah, we’ll be staying at that village tonight.”
[YUZUKI]: “Whaa!? B-But you just said it was a bandit village, right!?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Don’t worry, don’t worry! Just rest your feet here and I’ll settle everything in the meantime.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, T-Toshiie-san!?”
[YUZUKI]: (No way, he’s not planning to march in is he–)
Without even having time to stop him, Toshiie-san lowered his body and went to the village quickly and quietly–
[TOSHIIE]: “ORAHHHHHHH! I AM MAEDA TOSHIIE! THOSE WHO WANT TO DIE, COME AT ME!”
[YUZUKI]: (J-Just like I thought……!)
With my heart beating nervously, I couldn’t do anything but wait for Toshiie-san’s return, to say nothing of resting my feet.
[TOSHIIE]: “Owowow…… be a little more gentle.”
[YUZUKI]: “It’s because you were reckless that you were hurt.”
Toshiie-san drove away the bandits all by himself so that we could spend the night in a place with a roof like this but–
[YUZUKI]: (He doesn’t have to purposefully do such dangerous things……)
Wondering if there hadn’t been another way, I was assaulted with complicated feelings while I treated his injuries.
Perhaps because he thought I was anxious when he looked at me, Toshiie-san showed a bright smile.
[TOSHIIE]: “Don’t worry. I’ll definitely take you back to Toyotomi lands safe and sound.”
[TOSHIIE]: “‘Cause I promised Hideyoshi when we had to run from the Oda Army. So, you can relax and depend on me.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s not that I don’t believe him but… he might do even more reckless things since he promised Hideyoshi-san……)
[TOSHIIE]: “Well, anyway, let’s sleep like this today… *yawns*… even I’m a little tired.”
[YUZUKI]: “I’ll put out the fire then.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Yeah, thanks.”
[TOSHIIE]: “… Hey… is it hard for you?”
Asked abruptly by a soft voice, I unconsciously started.
[TOSHIIE]: “I heard from Hideyoshi about how you wanted to go home.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s, well……”
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Hmmm.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Ah, well, don’t worry. I’ll protect you properly until you return to your old world.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Thank you. Ah, but please don’t overdo it.”
[YUZUKI]: “You got a lot of injuries today, so I’m worried about your body, Toshiie-san.”
[TOSHIIE]: “You’re worried? Haha, that makes me happy.”
[TOSHIIE]: “I’ve never really been worried over. Ah, look, it’s natural to get injured during war.”
[YUZUKI]: “Geez… it’s not a laughing matter.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Haha, my bad. –Don’t overdo it, huh. Well, I’ll try my best.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Anyway, see you tomorrow…… Good night.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Yes. Good night.”
[???]: “…… Hey, wake up.”
[YUZUKI]: “Mngh…… Toshiie-san?”
My body was shaken and, on top of it being dark when I woke, Toshiie-san’s expression was grave.
[YUZUKI]: “W-What happened? Could it be that the bandits you drove off returned……”
[TOSHIIE]: “Nah, guys several times more troublesome than that came.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh, by that do you mean… Oda’s……”
[TOSHIIE]: “There’s no time to explain. Anyway, let’s run!”
Doing our utmost not to make a sound, we went outside the cabin.
[TOSHIIE]: “Sorry, but we’re gonna be running for a while again. And we’ll head to Toyotomi lands without stoppi–“
The moment Toshiie-san was saying that–
[???]: “…… It’s been a long time, Toshiie.”
A person appeared as if they were waiting for us to exit the cabin.
[TOSHIIE]: “Che…… geez, you already caught up to us, huh– Nagahide.”
Nagahide– I suspected, from Toshiie-san’s reaction, that the person who was called that was the Oda member who had been chasing us.
[YUZUKI]: (But… why is this person alone……? A lot of Oda soldiers were supposed to have been chasing us……)
[NAGAHIDE]: “Ah, damn. What an annoying face. You’re supposed to have left, so why are you in Oda’s territory.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Hah! And what if I am, you wanna fight with me? C’mon, come at me!”
[NAGAHIDE]: “That’s just fine, I’ll fight you as many times as you’d like. But, you see, I hate troublesome things.”
When Nagahide-san raised a hand all of a sudden, Oda soldiers appeared from the shadows of the village buildings. In their hands were bows–
[TOSHIIE]: “–!? Shit, hide–“
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Fire!”