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……
[MITSUNARI]: “A report has come in on how the Oda Army will be arriving soon.”
The day of the meeting. In this tense atmosphere, Mitsunari-san said this in a plain tone.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s going to start soon. I hope everyone’ll be okay……)
.[MITSUNARI]: “The Oda camp is made up of a small number of elites. They have no openings but presently we cannot see any suspicious activity either.”
[HANBEE]: “But our opponent is Nobunaga so we can’t let down our guard, huh~.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Well, it’s not like we don’t have a plan. If it comes down to it, we’ll blast Oda with the matchlocks we’ve prepared.”
[KANBEE]: “…… Hideyoshi-sama. What are your thoughts on shooting Nobunaga here and now.”
[MITSUNARI]: “I see. I agree with a surprise attack as well. We’re the ones who chose the meeting place here, but we cannot say with finality that Oda hasn’t planned anything.”
[YUZUKI]: (Oh…… they’ve considered surprise attacks on both sides……)
[MITSUNARI]: “I think it would be a move to attack before we’re tricked.”
It seemed like Mitsunari’s words, which were logical, were a little more heated than usual.
[MITSUNARI]: “In the first place, is Oda serious about tying an alliance?”
[MITSUNARI]: “I wonder whether it is necessary to carry out this meeting until danger occurs……”
[YUZUKI]: (…… Mitsunari-san also isn’t in complete agreement with having these talks……)
[YUZUKI]: (What’s Hideyoshi-san going to decide……?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… I’m going to wait. It’ll be annoying if we bring a dragon’s wrath down on us.”
As everyone’s gaze gathered on him, Hideyoshi-san asserted this clearly.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Supposing we defeat Nobunaga here with a surprise attack, Oda still has Mitsuhide, Katsuie, Nagahide, and Ranmaru.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Those guys will stop at nothing to get revenge for Nobunaga. They’ll definitely attack us, mad with rage.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Because that group has those kind of fanatics.”
[YUZUKI]: (The Oda Army is that scary……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If Nobunaga is killed, we’ll have to deal with an infinitely more troublesome opponent rather than the rational army led by Nobunaga.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “In other words, Nobunaga’s influence as the general won’t disappear from the Oda Army.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Oi, oi, what’s with that, Hideyoshi! Are you getting cold feet!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No way! It’s actually the other way around. I got the courage to fight the Demon King from her.”
Hideyoshi-san said this and sent a glance over here. When I became the center of everyone’s attention, I looked away, embarrassed.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s why we’re not going to do anything until the Oda Army arrives at this meeting place.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Whether we talk or fight, we’ll do it fair and square! We’ll meet them right in front of us!”
Hideyoshi-san declared this strongly and grinned.
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Aa, that’s right!”
[MITSUNARI]: “If that is your decision, Hideyoshi-sama, then we will obey that by all means……!”
Everyone who was surrounding Hideyoshi-san had bright expressions and overflowing motivation and confidence.
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone in Toyotomi can really be relied upon. With this I’m sure the talks with the Oda Army will also–)
[YUZUKI]: (Huh… what was that……!?)
[MITSUNARI]: “……! An Oda attack!?”
[KANBEE]: “No, it’s not. That is……!”
The emblem on the banner that suddenly appeared from the forest and was rapidly approaching caused everyone who was gathered to have a shocked look.
[YUZUKI]: “Whose army is that–“
The moment I tried to ask that, something glinted in the corner of my eye.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–…… huh.”
In the next instant, a knife came flying from somewhere and stabbed deeply into Hideyoshi-san’s body.
[YUZUKI]: “Hideyoshi-… san? A blade……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah… haha…… you’re kidding, right……”
A dry laugh spilled out of Hideyoshi-san before he collapsed on the spot with a thud.
I sprang over to Hideyoshi-san.
[KANBEE]: “Mitsunari, Toshiie! Gather the troops immediately and take command.”
[TOSHIIE]: “R-Right! Got it!”
Reprimanded by Kanbee-san, Toshiie-san and the others immediately responded to the enemy attack.
[HANBEE]: “The enemy’s deployment is quick…… our opponent seems to be quite skilled!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Kgh…… at this rate, we will be caught between this army and the Oda Army!”
[YUZUKI]: (T-That’s……! What do we do……!?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah…… haha…… that would be… a huge problem, huh……”
Hideyoshi-san tried to get up with a cold sweat.
[YUZUKI]: “Hideyoshi-san! You mustn’t move!”
Panicking, I tried to stop Hideyoshi-san, and then at that moment–
[???]: “–I’ve come, monkey.”
A low and cold voice was heard from behind us.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–……kgh! Nobunaga!”
Hideyoshi-san’s body jerked in my arms. Regardless, Nobunaga-san raised his sword–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Die.”