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……
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Die.”
[ENEMY SOLDIER]: “GUAGGGGGGHH……!!”
Nobunaga-san’s sword ripped through the body of an enemy soldier coming up behind Hideyoshi-san.
[YUZUKI]: (T-That scared me. I thought he was going to cut Hideyoshi-san……)
Nobunaga-san walked over to Hideyoshi-san like that–
[NOBUNAGA]: “Good grief, I went through the trouble of coming here and you’re in this unsightly state.”
Saying that, he casually pulled out the knife stuck in Hideyoshi-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Poison…… hasn’t been applied.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Now then, hurry and heal. If you use this woman’s blood, you’ll heal, correct?”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Wah!”
Nobunaga-san suddenly grabbed my arm while he continued to look at Hideyoshi-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do not move.”
I tried to run but Nobunaga-san placed his sword directly against my neck.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Kugh…… Nobunaga! What’re you going to do to her!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Fool, don’t move either. If you lose any more blood even a vampire like you will die.”
Nobunaga-san made me sit beside Hideyoshi-san and then raised my arm.
He drew his blade lightly against my arm like that and a sharp pain ran through me.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oh…… such delicious looking blood.”
Nobunaga-san shoved my bleeding arm to Hideyoshi-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Drink. I believe you cannot resist, having lost that much blood.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “–…… grh! I’ll remember this later……”
[YUZUKI]: (…… H-He’s scary. But this is also to save Hideyoshi-san……)
I managed somehow to suppress the fear I felt at having Nobunaga-san grab my arm.
I stared intently at Hideyoshi-san who was carefully lapping at and drinking my blood.
Finally the bleeding stopped and Hideyoshi-san’s injury healed.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… That’s enough, won’t you let her go now?”
Hideyoshi-san, who awakened, separated me from Nobunaga-san, as if taking me back from his hand.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Oh? So that is our original vampiric powers and appearance, hm……”
Nobunaga-san readily released his hand and observed Hideyoshi-san’s awakened appearance. And then……
[NOBUNAGA]: “Show me, monkey. That power you have obtained.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Sure, leave it to me…… is that what you thought I’d say?”
Hideyosh-san said that a little challengingly and showed a thin smile.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do not be concerned about this woman. I have no interest presently.”
Hideyoshi-san and Nobunaga-san quietly narrowed their eyes at each other, but–
[MITSUNARI]: “This is bad! At this rate our formation will…… ngh!”
[TOSHIIE]: “…… Gugh! These guys are strong……!”
We could hear the voices of Mitsunari-san and Toshiie-san who seemed to be having a hard fight with the enemy army.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… kgh.”
When Hideyoshi-san glanced over there to check, he gently let go of my hand.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… If you lay a single finger on her, I’ll rip that head off.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You may do as you like.”
As soon as Hideyoshi-san heard that reply, he quickly plunged into the center of the enemy army, where the situation seemed unfavourable.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Is that the power of awakening?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa, I’ve seen something pleasing.”
Nobunaga-san’s mouth curled up slightly. And then, one by one, he gave orders to the vassals of the Oda Army.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Mitsuhide, take command of the elite unit. Nagahide, you will go to the center.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Katsuie, you will take the right wing. Scatter the enemies, and support the Toyotomi Army.”
[YUZUKI]: (Support…… he’s helping the Toyotomi Army?)
Thinking it strange, I looked up at Nobunaga-san whose line of sight led to Hideyoshi-san, who was running through the battlefield–
There was a fearsome smirk on Nobunaga-san’s face as he watched that.
After a while, the enemy army suddenly – much like how they appeared – started to withdraw, and the battle was resolved all too quickly. Hideyoshi-san immediately returned.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Are you okay!? Nothing was done to you?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-Yes…… I’m okay.”
When I gave him a nod, Hideyoshi-san released a large sigh of relief.
And then he promptly hid me behind his back, as if to obstruct Nobunaga’s gaze.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Awakening, hm…… quite an interesting power.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I’m grateful for the assistance in the battle, but what are you going to do to my fiancée?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, fiancée!?”
Nobunaga-san flicked a glance at me but immediately removed his gaze.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Have no worry. While the power of her blood is interesting, I do not have the leisure to occupy myself with a woman.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Leaving that aside, those people will come again. Targeting the day of this meeting was simply an exchange of greetings.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… You knew those people would come?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “News from the spies I released in this area cut off. However, I obtained confirmation that it was not Toyotomi’s doing.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… You released spies in my territory. How bold of you to say that in front of me.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You’ve done the same.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, that’s true.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Enough, let us return to the main topic. The one you’ve spoken about; an alliance that is equal in terms of position.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Very well.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “The objective of this alliance is to cooperate during wartime, like today.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If Toyotomi was to collapse, my army would be targeted next. In which case, it would be troublesome.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You presume much…..”
[NOBUNAGA]: “However, you will swallow this proposal, no? If you weren’t, you would have set some kind of trap on the way here.”
At Hideyoshi-san’s unpleasant expression, Nobunaga-san said this with plenty of composure.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haa…… I really wanted to have a head-to-head contest and either win an alliance or provoke a fight.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But, well, those guys interrupted……”
[YUZUKI]: (Those guys…… Hideyoshi-san knows who that army was……?)
Although I had questions, now really wasn’t a situation where I could jump in.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Alright, fine. I have no objections.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But it’s too bad, huh. You only have us as your option.”
As they exchanged letters of alliance, Hideyoshi-san spoke with a touch of sarcasm.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Not particularly. You are easier to talk to than Takeda or Uesugi.”
For an instant, Hideyoshi-san had a dumbfounded look on his face at Nobunaga-san’s words. And then–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Haha, ahaha! I’m of the same opinion on that.”
He let out an amused laugh.
[YUZUKI]: (Huh……? They seem to get along more than I thought?)
I secretly watched the two of them while I thought that, surprised.
[YUZUKI]: (…… At any rate, there’s that mysterious army which suddenly attacked, and this alliance which was just formed……)
[YUZUKI]: (What’s going to happen in the future……?)
(T/N: One army done!! Or at least caught up!! A huge thank you to everyone who’s stuck with me through these posts and dropped motivating comments!)