Chapter 7: Past Mistakes and Resolve for the Future
Nobunaga, who obtained a sacred treasure, set up a meeting with Toyotomi as his next move.
Chosen as the emissary, Mitsuhide headed to the Toyotomi territory prepared for death in order to settle the past, but……
[YUZUKI]: “Wow, amazing……!”
After the conference with Nobunaga-san and others ended, I returned to my own room and widened my eyes at its change.
[YUZUKI]: (At some point, my room’s been buried in extravagant boxes……!)
[YUZUKI]: (Are these possibly the rewards that Nobunaga-san spoke of for awakening the sacred treasure……?)
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount, I tried opening one of the boxes, which were stacked like a mountain.
[YUZUKI]: “Inkstones and inksticks……? This looks like a calligraphy set.”
When I opened the others, there were practical things like brushes and paper, fashionable things like face powder and incense pastilles, and many other things that could be used around me.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m really happy but each and every one of these seems expensive…… Is it okay for me to have this much……?)
[YUZUKI]: (But for Nobunaga-san to prepare this much might show how important the awakening of the sacred treasure was to him……)
[???]: “Uurgh…! Uugh…!”
I could hear a groaning voice coming from somewhere.
When I startled and looked over to the sound, I saw a box shaking little by little.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… w-what…!? What’s there…!?)
I nervously removed the items around the area where the sound was and from the cracks I could see white fur jutting out.
Could this be…… the moment I thought that, the white lump jumped out into the air.
[IMARI]: “…… Puwah! I’m finally out… thank you so much…!”
[YUZUKI]: “So it was Imari-kun! Why were you buried there!?”
[IMARI]: “A-Actually… when I came back to this room, I found a lot of boxes placed in here.”
[IMARI]: “And while I was looking at them, wondering what they were, soldiers came into the room. When I panicked and hid under the boxes, they packed even more on top……”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha!? Then you’ve been under those boxes all this time? Are you okay!?”
[IMARI]: “I am…… More importantly, are you okay!? I heard you went to get the sacred mirror……”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, we found it safely. It wasn’t a mirror but this knife though.”
[IMARI]: “Huh!? R-Really! T-That’s the real sacred treasure……”
I talked about the circumstances of how I received the sacred treasure from Nobunaga-san to the surprised Imari-kun.
[IMARI]: “Light came from this knife……!? U-Um, could you try pulling out the sacred treasure?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Mm, sure but I don’t know if it’ll light up like it did that time……”
At Imari-kun’s request, I pulled the knife out of its sheath and in that instant a dazzling light poured out from its blade.
In the moment I was surprised and reflexively let out a scream, I felt like I could hear someone’s voice.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… what’s this… it feels like someone is calling me……)
[KATSUIE]: “What’s wrong!?”
Katsuie-san and the others, who had heard the noise, burst into the room. At the same time, in the corner of my eye, I saw Imari-kun hide himself hurriedly.
[RANMARU]: “We heard a scream. Could it be an enemy attack…!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, sorry… I was surprised when I pulled out the knife and light came out.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… What, that’s all? Geez, don’t make such a fuss……”
[NAGAHIDE]: “…… Hm?”
Nagahide-san, who had sighed, suddenly changed his expression. When I followed his line of sight……
[KATSUIE]: “What’s this…? The light from the knife became thin like a line……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “It’s as if it’s… pointing towards something. This direction is… the Toyotomi territory?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Or possibly not Toyotomi.”
As if in answer to Mitsuhide’s question, Nobunaga-san quietly entered the room. His eyes were extremely serious……
[MITSUHIDE]: “Not Toyotomi… you say? In other words, Date and Sanada… or possibly……”
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… what’s going on, everyone…? What’s at the end of the light just now……?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You do not have to know. However…… hm, that’s right, you may think of it as a clue to Himemiko.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It is conjecture at most, do not expect anything. Leaving that aside, have you looked at your reward properly?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes, thank you very much. But… is it okay for me to have this much?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa, use them as you like. Now then, everyone, let’s go.”
Saying only that, Nobunaga-san took everyone out with him.
[YUZUKI]: (I got a lot of things…… and there’s still things I haven’t looked at. I need to give my thanks again later……)
When I was thinking that, Imari-kun peeked out again.
[IMARI]: “…… Phew, they’re finally gone. I was really nervous thinking they were going to find me.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Hey, Imari-kun. Just now, when I pulled out the knife, I felt like someone was calling me… but maybe that was my imagination.”
[IMARI]: “Huh… a voice calling you? Perhaps that was Himemiko-sama’s guidance!?”
[YUZUKI]: “If that’s so, then the day we can meet Himemiko-sama might be close…!”
[YUZUKI]: (And then I can finally return to my old world……)
[IMARI]: “But I’m also curious about what the commanders said. What exactly is waiting for us at the end of where the light pointed……”
[IMARI]: “Right now, Shinga is an age of rivalling powerful warlords. We don’t know which army will rise to power……”
[YUZUKI]: (I see…… I thought I finally found a clue to my old world but… a war might be starting again……)