SNB Toyotomi ~ Chapter 8.1 ~

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Chapter 8: Reason

Dismissing the summons to surrender from Nobunaga, Hideyoshi demanded an alliance on equal footing.

Hideyoshi had a reason he would not concede on for why he would never return to being Nobunaga’s vassal……

Chapter 8.1

[MITSUHIDE]: “Please return obediently to Nobunaga-sama before our lord changes his mind.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “…………”

[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san, what are you going to do……!?)

As I watched with my heart pounding nervously, Hideyoshi-san opened his mouth slowly.

[HIDEYOSHI]: “About that talk we had just now where you arbitrarily decided that if we had a fight my side would lose…”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “We don’t know who will win without fighting, don’t you think?”

Hideyoshi-san’s words did not show any hesitation or panic. Rather, he seemed amused.

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Furthermore…… if anything, you’re the ones who don’t want to fight, right?”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s why emissaries have been sent to us like this. Am I wrong?”

[MITSUHIDE]: “In other words, you are saying you do not mind fighting against Oda…… Are you prepared for Toyotomi’s lands to become a battlefield?”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, even I don’t want to hurt my people aimlessly. So……”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “If you’re saying you want us to return as vassals then…… in the sense that you should take clear responsibility for your mistakes, I’d like you to die. Mitsuhide.”

[YUZUKI]: (Wha… die…!?)

At that cold voice and words, I involuntarily shuddered, feeling a chill run through my body.

[KATSUIE]: “…… HAAH!? Bastard, you’re fucking–“

[MITSUHIDE]: “Hold, Katsuie.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Hideyoshi, your terms right now is not what you truly desire, correct?”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, as expected of Nobunaga-sama’s right hand. You could tell.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s how it is. I don’t feel like returning under Nobunaga.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “You will not return to his jurisdiction. However, you are saying you do not wish to fight either?”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yes. What it comes down to……”

Raising his head, Hideyoshi-san crossed his arms and showed a small smile.

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Is that I’ll consider an alliance as equals.”

[MITSUHIDE]: “I see…… I understand your demands.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “That being the case, if you want to set up another meeting, let’s talk together at that time as two generals–“

[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… is what I want you to tell Nobunaga-sama. Can you?”

[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Very well. I will certainly convey that.”

Those words from Mitsuhide-san announced the end of the tense conference at last.

[YUZUKI]: (Haa…… even though I was just secretly watching, I feel strangely tired……)

[TOSHIIE]: “Kgh……”

As everyone gathered in the hall to take a breather, Toshiie-san smacked the floor in frustration.

[YUZUKI]: “…? Toshiie-san? What’s wrong–“

[TOSHIIE]: “It’s because of me that you got found out by Oda……”

Toshiie-san suddenly turned his body to me.

[TOSHIIE]: “Shit… I’m sorry!”

[YUZUKI]: “Um… that’s……”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now, don’t worry about it, Toshiie. Sneaking into Oda territory was originally my plan that I proposed.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Besides, during the discussion just now, her existence was used as a bargaining chip but–“

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hand the girl over or hand the sacred treasure over…… demands like that didn’t come.”

[MITSUNARI]: “…… Yes. It was a bit unexpected.”

[KANBEE]: “It appears that, for Oda, gaining Toyotomi as an ally is a matter of the highest priority.”

[HANBEE]: “Meaning that they really are at their wits’ end about something~, huh.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmm…… Kanbee, there hasn’t been any useful information from the spies you sent out, right?”

[KANBEE]: “Yes. Apart from Uesugi and Date, Takeda and Sanada, and other allied groups clashing soon.”

[YUZUKI]: (Huh…… that means a large war will be happening……?)

[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’ll be okay. That won’t impact us over here immediately, so don’t worry.”

Due to the uneasy look on my face, Hideyoshi-san said that and grinned widely.

[HANBEE]: “If those allied forces collide, even if they don’t affect us, Oda will be troubled, huh~.”

[MITSUNARI]: “Well, if the coalitions of Takeda and Uesugi clash and reached a conclusion……”

[MITSUNARI]: “The next target would most likely be Oda territory, hm.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “And Oda is guarding against that, or……”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “There’s the possibility that they’re aiming to profit while others fight, when Uesugi and Takeda are weakened from their clash.”

[KANBEE]: “…… In any event, it appears we have insufficient information to determine Oda’s true intentions.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmm. Now it’s just seeing how Nobunaga’s going to act……”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… A letter arrived.”

Several days after the meeting, we gathered in the hall for a war council.

[MITSUNARI]: “That’s… from Oda, is it not?”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yep. It says that Nobunaga himself will respond at the conference.”

[TOSHIIE]: “Meaning that Oda is meeting us halfway to tie an alliance with Toyotomi, right!”

[HANBEE]: “Mmmm, I wonder. It might not be that simple~.”

[MITSUNARI]: “Yes. Our opponent is that Oda Nobunaga. If we are careless, there is a possibility we will be driven into a disadvantage in one strike.”

[HIDEYOSHI]: “…………”

Everyone’s gaze gathered on Hideyoshi-san who didn’t talk.

[KANBEE]: “…… Hideyoshi-sama.”

[KANBEE]: “At times like these, you should do as you like.”

2 thoughts on “SNB Toyotomi ~ Chapter 8.1 ~

    1_chan said:
    November 19, 2017 at 10:22

    The tenseness cuts like a blade. It’s taking a toll on me how scary the Oda clan is emphasized to be haha. Like you’ve mentioned, they’re softies too ;; v ;; )). I wonder what will happen next tho…Oda is agreeing to this quite to simply for this to feel normal lol. Thanks for the chapter!

      Ilinox responded:
      November 21, 2017 at 16:39

      RIGHT? I’m crying at how cold Mitsuhide sounds and how angry Katsuie is but at the same time I’m like sighing in relief at Hideyoshi seeming to win that talk. He had the upper hand like he said since Oda is wanting Toyotomi on their side ;;;;;;;; BUT THEN THAT MEANS POOR ODA IN TERMS OF NEGOTIATIONS. One day we’ll have to draw our lines and pick our favorite sides, haha. (Or more like just live in denial in the alternate universe where the MC can be with both Toyotomi and Oda–).

      ;)) You’ll have to wait to get back onto Oda’s route to see their version of these events!

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