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……
[YUZUKI]: (Because I’m worried about Hideyoshi-san and the others, I got dragged into eavesdropping but……)
[YUZUKI]: “Um…… Hanbee-kun, where are we going to eavesdrop from?”
[HANBEE]: “Right above where the meeting is going to be held.”
.[YUZUKI]: “Right above……?”
[HANBEE]: “Yep, yep. A hidden room was made in advance for times like these.”
[YUZUKI]: (Like an… attic or something?)
[HANBEE]: “It’s small but we can peek in from there.”
[TOSHIIE]: “It’s reaaaally small so be careful, okay? Keep your head down.”
[HANBEE]: “If it was a large space then it’d be suspicious, so there was no choice.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Yeah, you’re right. Ah, it’s also pitch dark so you won’t be able to see your feet.”
[HANBEE]: “Be careful not to make any noise too. Being able to hear noises from below means they can hear our noises too……”
Impressing the warnings Hanbee-kun and Toshiie-san gave me firmly into my head, I nodded.
[HANBEE]: “Here we are, we can climb up from here……”
And then, beckoned by Hanbee-kun, I stepped into the attic.
[YUZUKI]: (Wow, you really can’t see anything……)
[HANBEE]: “Careful until your eyes get used to it.”
While paying attention not to hit my head, I slowly moved forward while bending over. And then Hanbee-kun, who was in the lead, stopped.
[HANBEE]: “Now then, was it around here……?”
Hanbee-kun put his face close to the floor and raised his head after he confirmed something.
[HANBEE]: “Yep, I’m right…… Come and try peeking from here.”
[YUZUKI]: (Peeking……? Ah, there’s a hole in the floor……)
Invited by Hanbee-kun, I looked into the great hall from the hole.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I read the letter from Nobunaga, so I know what you came to talk about but……”
[HANBEE]: “…… Looks like the conference has started already~.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Since you came all this way to the castle, won’t you tell me again what you came for?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Nobunaga-sama’s request is this: “Starting with the separation, all the battles and the swords that have been crossed, everything will be overlooked. In exchange, you will return to the army”.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… We haven’t done such a thing as separating. We declared a protest.”
[KANBEE]: “Indeed. Regardless of these false charges, traitors must be punished.”
[YUZUKI]: (Mitsunari-san and Kanbee-san are speaking extremely coldly…… it’s like they aren’t the two people that I know……)
Even though I was just looking at the two who asserted that in cold and strong tones, I winced. However, Oda’s emissaries weren’t fazed at all.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… It appears that you gentlemen have misunderstood.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Misunderstood? How do you explain that.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “It is true I caused a rebellion, however Nobunaga-sama’s decisions are everything in Oda.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “As long as Nobunaga-sama overlooks it, you gentlemen have no right to say anything.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ooh, strong words~.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Above all, Nobunaga-sama has entrusted all of today’s negotiations to me.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Presently, in this place I – and no one else – am the proxy for Nobunaga-sama.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Kanbee-san said that Mitsuhide-san was a very serious person, and somehow I feel like I can understand……)
[YUZUKI]: (Like how Hideyoshi-san and the others have their own convictions, Nobunaga-san and Mitsuhide-san and the others have theirs too……)
[YUZUKI]: (…… And that’s why neither side is yielding to the other in this discussion……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… I know what you want to say.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But don’t you think it’s a little impossible to bring us in now that we’ve already become independent and have expanded our forces?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You know, to us right now, Oda isn’t an enemy anymore.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Is that really true, I wonder.”
Even after receiving Hideyoshi-san’s provocative words, Mitsuhide-san did not bat an eye.
[MITSUHIDE]: “We are already aware of the fact that you gentlemen have obtained the blood that awakens the power of the ancients and the sacred treasure.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “However, we have prepared countermeasures as well.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Power of the ancients? Obtained the sacred treasure? I don’t know aaanything about what you’re saying~.”
[KATSUIE]: “Hah! It’s useless to play innocent! You were out of luck when you snuck into our lands. Nagahide saw it for sure with his own eyes.”
[KATSUIE]: “That Toshiie sucked a girl’s blood and changed looks!”
[YUZUKI]: (He means… that time!)
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Shit. So that time he looked like he was withdrawing, he was still there beside us……”
[HANBEE]: “…… ‘Cause Nagahide-san is especially wary and well prepared, huh~.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama has no intentions, as of now, to aggravate this situation.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please return obediently to being under Nobunaga-sama before our lord changes his mind.”
In response to Mitsuhide-san’s words, Hideyoshi-san kept quiet. Because we were directly above him, I couldn’t see his expression……
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san, what are you going to do?)
(T/N: GODS I just have to scream because even though we’ve retraced parts of this meeting from Oda’s side, the way the seiyuus voice this part is COMPLETELY different! I honestly recommend anyone interested to play this free game just for the full-voiced story. Hideyoshi has this cruel undertone in Oda’s route but here he’s a softie. Meanwhile, Mitsuhide who sounds really gentlemanly and sweet in Oda is emotionless here. It’s just SO SO good.)