Chapter 7: Conference
A proposal for a conference from Nobunaga was delivered to Hideyoshi. The ones who appeared as emissaries were Oda’s chief vassals, Mitsuhide and others.
Hideyoshi, who was making preparations for the conference, spilled an unexpected motive……
[MITSUNARI]: “In the end…… we cannot avoid a war with the Oda Army, huh.”
Mitsunari-san said that with a serious expression as he looked at the light emitting from the sacred treasure.
[YUZUKI]: (…… Beyond this light is a clue connected to Himemiko-sama. I felt that, though I wouldn’t be able to explain it.)
.[YUZUKI]: (But if everything was a wrong guess from me and… because of that, Hideyoshi-san and the others were to get into a war with the Oda Army and become injured, then……)
[YUZUKI]: “–Um, about what I just said on this being a clue to Himemiko-sama……!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now.”
…… Everything might just be a wrong guess from me. When I tried to say those words, Hideyoshi-san interrupted me with his usual attitude.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I said it just now, didn’t I? That I’d believe anything you say. So, don’t throw a wet blanket over things now.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Or is it that you think we’re no match for Oda Nobunaga?”
[YUZUKI]: “T-That’s not it at all. But……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I see…… that’s how much you’re worrying about us, huh.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But don’t worry! ‘Cause no one here is even thinking about losing to Oda Nobunaga.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Right on! I’ll kick the entire Oda Army down!”
[HANBEE]: “When Hideyoshi-sama is enthusiastic, it really makes you inspired, huh~. Alriiighty, I’m going to need to work out some extraordinarily flashy plans!”
[MITSUNARI]: “That is well and all, but even if we’re declaring war, there is no need to wage war face-to-face.”
[KANBEE]: “Nonetheless, I do not think we can use disguises a second time. If we act poorly, we could turn out to be rats trapped in a bag.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “When it comes to it then, it might be more of a feint – to a certain degree – to move together, rather than acting covertly!”
[YUZUKI]: (W-Wow… Before I noticed it, everyone’s discussing strategies already… they’re all so motivated.)
[YUZUKI]: (I know everyone’s strong and reliable, but there’s no guarantee we’ll be okay. I need to do something to help even just a little too……!)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well? Are you a bit more relieved?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Um, is there something I can help out with too?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmmm, let’s see……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Then how about researching how to use the sacred treasure, so that you can utilize its powers whenever.”
[YUZUKI]: “Research on the sacred treasure……?”
[MITSUNARI]: “The sun is setting, how about we continue these talks inside.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s true, let’s go. Well then, if you figure anything out come report later, okay!”
[YUZUKI]: “G-Got it!”
When I replied, Hideyoshi-san and the others moved to the great hall like that.
[YUZUKI]: (Umm… utilizing the sacred treasure’s powers. How should I do this?)
[YUZUKI]: (In the first place, I don’t even understand exactly what the powers of the sacred treasures are…… I wonder why it lit up at that time……)
Having returned to my room, I stared intently at the “sacred treasure” in my hands while thinking about that.
And then a small shadow suddenly blocked my expression reflected in the mirror.
[???]: “Is there something about this mirror?”
[YUZUKI]: “WAH!? Wait, Imari-kun!?”
[IMARI]: “S-Sorry. I surprised you by appearing suddenly, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, it’s okay. More importantly, it’s been a while, Imari-kun.”
[IMARI]: “Yes. But, um……”
[IMARI]: “I looked, and looked, but I haven’t found any information on Himemiko-sama and I’ve been no help at all…… so I wondered if I could even show myself in front of you……”
[YUZUKI]: “You don’t have to worry about that at all! I’m relieved in just seeing your face, Imari-kun……”
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, that’s right, if it’s Imari-kun, then he might know something about the sacred treasure……)
[YUZUKI]: “Hey, Imari-kun. This mirror is said to be one of Himemiko’s sacred treasures, but……”
[IMARI]: “Wha, sacred treasure!? Could it be that you found a sacred treasure!?”
Imari-kun said that and hurriedly peered at the mirror I held.
[YUZUKI]: “This mirror isn’t anything right now but when I touched it a while ago in the garden it released a light. And then I felt like someone was calling me……”
[IMARI]: “Calling…… t-that might possibly be Himemiko-sama’s voice!?”
[YUZUKI]: “M-Mm. That’s what I kinda felt. I might be wrong though……”
[IMARI]: “No, I’m sure you aren’t wrong! Because the sacred treasures react to a limited number of people, I’m certain it’s Himemiko-sama calling you!”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Then Himemiko-sama really is in the direction the light was pointing to?”
[IMARI]: “Direction the light pointed!? W-Which direction was that!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Umm…… the direction of the Oda territory, so that way, I think?”
[IMARI]: “I see…… Himemiko-sama is over there! Yay…! We can finally meet her……!”
[IMARI]: “If we find Himemiko-sama, I’m sure she’ll know a way to return you to your old world! That’s great, right!”
[YUZUKI]: “Mhm, I’d like to find Himemiko-sama quickly.”
[YUZUKI]: (Haha, when I look at Imari-kun jumping in joy, I can really feel like I made a step forward……)
[IMARI]: “Alright!! Then I’m going to investigate in the direction the light pointed at once!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, we still don’t know anything but the direction though……?”
Imari-kun, hurriedly went in the direction the mirror pointed out, wanting to strike while the iron was hot.
[YUZUKI]: (He left instantly. I hope Imari-kun will be okay……)
[YUZUKI]: (We found a clue about Himemiko-sama, but we still don’t know if it’s true or not…… and I don’t know how to use this sacred treasure.)
[YUZUKI]: (If a war breaks out like this and if everyone starts to lose then……)
As I was thinking that, the sliding screen to my room opened quickly.
[KANBEE]: “You were here.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah, Kanbee-san?”
[KANBEE]: “I apologize. I entered because there was no response.”
[YUZUKI]: (That surprised me… Looks like I was thinking so hard I didn’t hear him.)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Um, is something the matter?”
[KANBEE]: “Aa, an emergency war council is commencing. Come immediately.”
[YUZUKI]: “An emergency……?”
When I arrived in the great hall, brought by Kanbee-san, Hideyoshi-san was reading something painstakingly.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, you came. We were waiting.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Hideyoshi-san…? What happened.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “About that, you see, a letter arrived from Nobunaga.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… from Nobunaga-san…? And what was written?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I was shocked when I read it. It says to come back to the Oda Army.”