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……
[KANBEE]: “I advised Hideyoshi-sama to break away.”
I spontaneously lost my words at Kanbee-san’s words.
[YUZUKI]: (It was Kanbee-san who advised Hideyoshi-san to separate……?)
.[KANBEE]: “Publicly, we separated as a protest to Mitsuhide not being punished for his rebellion, however the reality was different.”
[KANBEE]: “The reality was that we thought to overthrow Oda by taking advantage of the chaos.”
[YUZUKI]: “To overthrow… Oda.”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. But then only the vassals were in chaos; Oda Nobunaga himself was not the slightest bit discomposed.”
[KANBEE]: “Rather, as a countermeasure to the soldiers we took up arms with, he quickly had Mitsuhide return to the frontlines.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… the person who caused the rebellion? No one in the Oda Army opposed that?”
[KANBEE]: “In Oda, Nobunaga’s decision is everything. If Nobunaga permitted it then no one could go against him.”
[KANBEE]: “…… Well, those who consisted of his closest aides: Nagahide, Katsuie, and Ranmaru, adored Nobunaga from the start. And so it is inconceivable that they would raise an objection.”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobunaga’s will… is that absolute, huh.”
[KANBEE]: “Aa, that it is. However, Hideyoshi-sama has a will different from that of belonging to Nobunaga.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see…… the reason Hideyoshi-san left Oda is because Hideyoshi-san wishes to take the world himself……”
[KANBEE]: “It appears to be that way.”
[YUZUKI]: “Kanbee-san, you and the others support Hideyoshi-san in this.”
[KANBEE]: “I…… merely like devising strategies. However, if Hideyoshi-sama was able to take the world with a strategy I thought up then……”
[KANBEE]: “I think that would be very enjoyable.”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, that’s your dream then, huh, Kanbee-san.”
[KANBEE]: “To be accurate, it is… one of my dreams.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh……? What’s the other one?”
When I asked that, Kanbee-san glanced at my face and then suddenly turned his back to me.
[KANBEE]: “That… shall be kept a secret.”
[KANBEE]: “The story ends here. I have intruded upon you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no…… thank you very much for telling me the story.”
[KANBEE]: “…… Then, excuse me.”
Saying that, Kanbee-san left the room.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad I heard the story from Kanbee-san.)
[YUZUKI]: (Now that I’ve heard the story between Oda and Toyotomi… I feel like I can understand Hideyoshi-san’s feelings a bit.)
[YUZUKI]: (But with such a past he’s probably not going to return to Oda… I hope the meeting with Oda’s emissaries ends without a problem……)
–And then three days later.
[MITSUNARI]: “The moment is here at last. The emissaries will be arriving before long, so I will make a final confirmation.”
[MITSUNARI]: “First, Toshiie, when Shibata Katsuie arrives please do not suddenly challenge him to a match.”
[TOSHIIE]: “I got it, I got it. How many times ya gonna say that.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Negotiations will be carried out by Hideyoshi-sama, Kanbee, and I. Toshiie, Hanbee, and you all will keep hidden so that you can’t be found.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I understand……”
[HANBEE]: “Oh my~, could it be that you’re scared?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Don’t worry. ‘Cause we’ll definitely protect you.”
[YUZUKI]: “Right… thank you.”
After we hid at a distance, the emissaries from Oda arrived at Toyotomi’s castle at last.
[HANBEE]: “Ah! It looks like the Oda people have arrived!”
[TOSHIIE]: “So they came. Let’s see, let’s see…… oh, that dude Katsuie made sure to come.”
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um…… shouldn’t you two hide yourselves a little more……”
[TOSHIIE]: “They can’t see us in this place so don’t worry. More importantly, you should take a look too.”
Told by Toshiie-san, I nervously peeked out from hiding.
[YUZUKI]: (Those are emissaries from Nobunaga-san…… it’s the first time I’ve seen them, apart from Mitsuhide-san, but they’re all a little scary……)
[YUZUKI]: “…… I wonder if Hideyoshi-san will be okay.”
When those words leaked out of me, Hanbee-kun turned to me with a smile.
[HANBEE]: “Worried? Then how about we eavesdrop?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…… can we?”
[HANBEE]: “Of courseee~! There’s a place we can eavesdrop from without being found out, you know~.”
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Hey, Hanbee. Do you mean “that” place?”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm. We were told to keep hidden, but we weren’t told where.”
[HANBEE]: “Hideyoshi-sama knows that which is why he specified that hall, don’t you think? Toshiie, you’re curious about the meeting aren’t you~?”
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Well, it’d be a lie to say that I wasn’t. It’s true that if we’re there, there’s no chance of getting found out…… that’s what the place was used for from the start.”
[HANBEE]: “Looks like you agree then, Toshiie! How about you? Agree? Or disagree?”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s wrong to eavesdrop but I’m worried about everyone…… and if we won’t get found out then……)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Okay. Please take me along.”