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……
[KANBEE]: “…… Hideyoshi-sama, at times like these, you should do as you like.”
Kanbee-san said that to the silent Hideyoshi-san without hesitation.
[KANBEE]: “Doubts will make you lose sight of victory. That is why, at times like these–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I should do as I like?”
Hideyoshi-san suddenly smiled.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha. Thanks, Kanbee!”
Laughing lightly, Hideyoshi had a look on that was cleared of all doubts.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Alright, it’s decided! Mitsunari, I’m leaving the meeting preparations to you.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Acknowledged, my lord.”
[YUZUKI]: (……! The meeting with Oda is going to happen……)
Hideyoshi-san gave me a grin abruptly as I watched over them quietly.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, the game begins here!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Hey, do you have a minute?”
On that night, Hideyoshi-san came to visit me in my room.
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… Hideyoshi-san? For you to be here at this time… is something wrong?”
I tilted my head at Hideyoshi-san who had showed up all of a sudden.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mmm. A little……”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Does he look a bit tired?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I’m tired from thinking too much, so I was thinking of having you comfort me–“
Saying that, Hideyoshi-san hugged me without warning.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… umm–“
Due to his momentum, both of us fell over onto the floor.
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do I do…! He’s too close…! This is embarrassing……)
I was flustered but Hideyoshi-san said nothing and simply squeezed me tightly.
[YUZUKI]: (He’s acting differently than usual…… Did something happen……?)
[YUZUKI]: “…… Um, are you okay?”
I became worried and tentatively patted Hideyoshi-san’s back gently, as if to soothe him.
Hideyoshi-san only sighed quietly with his mouth closed and wrapped his arms around me tighter. But I felt gentleness instead of pain.
After a while, Hideyoshi-san raised his head which had been buried in my shoulder.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Sorry, there’s just something I’ve been worrying about.”
As he said that, Hideyoshi-san held my hands and pulled me up.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… if you’d like, I can listen……?”
I softly offered that while my hands were still held by Hideyoshi-san.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Thanks…… well, the thing I’m worrying about is you though.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? What do you mean?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Tying an alliance with the Oda Army means that inevitably we’ll be heading to battles together with Nobunaga and his people, and I think we’ll be acting together often.”
[YUZUKI]: “That seems… about right.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “And I’ve been wondering if, at that time Nobunaga demands for your blood, I can refuse him completely……”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san… he’s been thinking about me……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… I don’t want to give your blood and, above all else, you…… to Nobunaga.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That person…… is a terrifying man……”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Did something happen in the past with Nobunaga-san?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Something like that……”
Saying that, Hideyoshi-san looked away from me and his eyes became distant.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… When I was still serving Oda, there was a case where I received a secret mission from Nobunaga.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That secret mission was to move the people who lived in regions where yakuma were likely to appear to secure lands, but……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “At that time our countermeasures for yakuma weren’t enough still. Nobunaga didn’t tell the worried people that yakuma may appear–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Instead he bought the lands, as part of a governmental campaign, and halfway forced the residents to emigrate.”
[YUZUKI]: “Eh… um, the uneasiness wouldn’t spread but wouldn’t that invite dissatisfaction?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Nobunaga doesn’t tolerate dissatisfaction.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “The people also knew that the man called Nobunaga is a heartless and terrifying man, you see.”
[YUZUKI]: “Then… even if they were forced to emigrate, they didn’t voice their complaints?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yes. Even if they thought it, there was no way they’d say it.”
Hideyoshi-san suddenly showed a complicated smile that was neither afraid nor amused.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s who “Oda Nobunaga” is.”
[YUZUKI]: “Nobody can say anything, huh.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yes. But his ability in politics is extraordinary and proof of that is how the Oda territory is prospering firmly.”
[YUZUKI]: (Nobunaga-san has a lot of sides, huh……)
[YUZUKI]: (Even when a rebellion occurs, he compliments and forgives; he doesn’t tolerate dissatisfaction, and yet he governs properly……)
And he was the person Hideyoshi-san “wants to be rivals” with–
[YUZUKI]: (…… I want to know the true meaning of those words……)
I looked directly at Hideyoshi-san and dared to ask.
[YUZUKI]: “Why are you purposefully trying to be rivals with Nobunaga-san?”