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……
[NOBUNAGA]: “We’re bringing Toyotomi back under our army.”
It was one week after that day I received a reward and felt a disturbance in the air, unable to put my mind at ease.
Those were Nobunaga-san’s first words, after he summoned for everyone.
[YUZUKI]: (Bringing Hideyoshi-san back into the army……? Even though Nobunaga-san, when he met Hideyoshi-san back at that time, was really irritated……)
I was surprised but when I looked around at everyone else they weren’t shaken at all; perhaps they had heard of this in advance.
[YUZUKI]: (Hmm…… in my world’s history Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a retainer of Oda Nobunaga’s, so there’s that……)
[YUZUKI]: (Which reminds me… it was when I had just come to Shinga that I feel like I heard it being said about how the Toyotomi Army was originally members of the Oda Army……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… are you saying you’re going to add Hideyoshi-san as a comrade again?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I did not say we would be comrades. At most he would be a subordinate.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “However, having crossed blades there is now a large chasm between us.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Therefore, we will not use military force this time. We will establish a location to talk and settle this dispute in a conversation.”
Nobunaga-san, who had answered unusually politely, seemed to expect something from me……
[YUZUKI]: “…… And what should I do?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Heh, you’ve gathered that without it being said…… Mitsuhide.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “My lord.”
[YUZUKI]: (I thought it was unusual, so it really is related to me as well……)
[MITSUHIDE]: “You, along with Ranmaru, Katsuie, and I will be heading to the Toyotomi territory as the Oda Army’s emissaries.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha, me being an Oda Army emissary!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Don’t make a fuss. You being chosen was nothing more than a request from the Toyotomi Army.”
[YUZUKI]: “The Toyotomi Army’s……? But why, I’m just……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “A few days ago, a letter was issued to the Toyotomi Army wishing to establish a location to talk, but we received a reply that your presence was required for them to accept our request……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “That monkey is persistently cunning. He may have noticed the secret of your blood.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Moreover, that man has the scroll stolen from my castle. That scroll must have an account about the sacred treasures.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s…… then Hideyoshi-san’s target might be me and this sacred treasure. Is that what you’re saying……?”
Thinking about the possibility that I was being targeted I became uneasy, but Nobunaga-san called out to me in his usual tone.
[NOBUNAGA]: “There is no need to do anything, simply be there. All negotiations are entrusted to Mitsuhide.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… You understand don’t you, Mitsuhide.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. Originally, everything was my misconduct…… Even if it takes this life of mine, I will fulfill your order.”
[KATSUIE + NAGAHIDE + RANMARU]: “…………”
[YUZUKI]: (“My misconduct”……? What does he mean by that.)
[YUZUKI]: (And… everyone seems a bit strange.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “You depart in three days. Until then, arrange for the necessary preparations.”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes… I understand.”
[YUZUKI]: (There seems to be circumstances though… will we be okay going to the Toyotomi territory like this……)