Chapter 8: Hidden Fangs and the True Objective
The result of the meeting with Hideyoshi was a demand for an equal alliance with the Oda Army.
At a later date, Nobunaga and the others headed to the location to enter an alliance but, in the middle of that, a single gunshot rang……
Return to the jurisdiction of the Oda Army– Hideyoshi-san asked for certain conditions to be met before he swallowed that request from Nobunaga-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Right now, what did you……”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I asked for Mitsuhide to die.”
.[HIDEYOSHI]: “True, Nobunaga didn’t punish you for the attempted rebelllion.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But it’s important to take clear responsibility for anything, right? Hey, Mitsuhide. Show me your sincerity as a military commander.”
[KATSUIE]: “I can’t stay silent and listen to this. Hideyoshi, you bastard!!”
[RANMARU]: “Hold on! Katsuie, calm down!”
In the highly charged atmosphere, I felt sweat down my back.
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Are you fine with this land becoming a battlefield?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, well, I do believe that story about you guys having found a sacred treasure.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But, if it was a tool you could use in battle, you would have attacked us without these negotiations, right?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yet, emissaries have been sent, meaning that something very inconvenient seems like it’ll happen and you want to increase your allies, no?”
Mitsuhide-san fell silent at that gaze, as if it saw through everything.
We have the upper hand in this negotiation– Hideyoshi-san seemed to be saying that, I thought frightenedly.
[YUZUKI]: (He’s cheery and carefree but…… the same as Nobunaga-san, he seems to be hiding his real goal.)
Feeling that, I involuntarily broke into their conversation.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Hideyoshi-san, what is it that you really want to do?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Oohh. No wonder you’re Nobunaga’s pet.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Then, in consideration of this cute emissary, I’ll tell you my wish.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You see, I don’t want to return to the jurisdiction of Oda.”
[KATSUIE]: “All that beating around the bush, and in the end that’s your answer……!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “After all, we’ve finally become independent, and my army is the greatest, it’d be a waste to go out of my way to return, right?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… Is this a breakdown of negotiations?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now, let’s not be too hasty.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “The real thrill of negotiations comes after this. We need to find common ground between us.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “With the way you are speaking, I presume you have a proposal?”
In regard to that, Hideyoshi-san cleared his throat once, and then declared this towards us with a strong gaze.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I will not fall in under Oda, instead I wish to form an equal alliance.”
My eyes widened at the unexpected proposal.
Maybe Mitsuhide-san was also the same, because he raised a hand to his chin to show that he was thinking.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That reaction means there’s room to consider that, huh. Then go back and tell Nobunaga.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, and I’d like to talk about the terms of the alliance as two generals.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If he’ll accept that then I’ll send an invitation to a suitable place for the talks.”
Hideyoshi-san smoothly decided on the arrangements as if he had thought about this beforehand.
[KATSUIE]: “What are you deciding all on your own! We’re the ones demanding–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Alriiiiighty, let’s break this up now. I don’t want to talk any more.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, go go already! If you don’t listen, there’ll be beheadings.”
Saying these frightening words with a smile, Hideyoshi-san waved his hand.
We were driven out of the castle just like that.
[KATSUIE]: “Geez, that damn Hideyoshi. He’s a bastard that joked around without listening to us.”
[RANMARU]: “Well, isn’t it fine. I admit that he is a flippant opponent, but he didn’t say anything more than that.”
[YUZUKI]: (Because I opened my mouth there, there’s this talk about an alliance……)
[KATSUIE]: “Woah, hey, what’s with that face?”
[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry. It’s my fault……”
[KATSUIE]: “Nah, if you didn’t say anything there, I would have started a fight. It’s no problem.”
[RANMARU]: “Your current remarks are full of problems though.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “…… There is nothing to be done now that things have become like this. Let us report to Nobunaga-sama.”
And like that we started walking to return back to Oda territory.
[YUZUKI]: (But if we return home without fulfilling Nobunaga-san’s order……)
Back inside the Oda castle, we appeared before Nobunaga-san.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… An equal alliance, I see.”
Nobunaga-san listened to Mitsuhide-san’s report without batting an eye.
As usual it was an expression I could not read any emotion from. However, it seemed like there was something like disappointment……
[YUZUKI]: “I-I’m the one who was wrong! I was told to be quiet, but I opened my mouth……”
[YUZUKI]: “So Mitsuhide-san did nothing wrong! He couldn’t fulfill your order because of my–“
[MITSUHIDE]: “U-Um. Please calm down. Everything is fine.”
[YUZUKI]: “But you promised Nobunaga-san that you would carry out your duty without fail……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Settle down. Mitsuhide accomplished his duty. There are no issues.”
[YUZUKI]: “…… Huh?”
(T/N: Oops, I just have to gush about these two versions of the negotiation talk because HIDEYOSHI SOUNDS SO CRUEL HERE. Like his voice is so playful and light but he’s saying all these scary things and you can hear a clear mocking tone. It’s amazing.)