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……
When I looked at Ranmaru who gave a shrill scream, I froze.
[YUZUKI]: “No way……”
Beside Ranmaru-kun was Nobunaga-san with a pained expression as his chest became stained dark red.
Getting off from his horse, Nagahide-san ran over hurriedly and caught Nobunaga-san in his arms as Nobunaga-san fell off from his horse.
He tried to treat the wound immediately but–
[BANDIT]: “NOW, EVERYONE ATTACK!”
[BANDIT]: “Aye aye!”
Suddenly crude men appeared. Seeing that they held matchlocks in their hands, Katsuie-san became enraged.
[KATSUIE]: “…… YOU BASTARDS HURT NOBUNAGA-SAMA!”
[BANDIT]: “Haha! Look at that guy. He’s jumping right into here all alone! Doesn’t he see the numbers on our side…… w-what!?”
[BANDIT]: “W-We’re… being cut down one after another……!? Y-You guys, hurry and shoot……!”
[KATSUIE]: “TOO SLOW!”
In an instant, Katsuie-san killed those men.
[BANDIT]: “I-Is he a monster!? Everyone, aim at that guy’s ba…… argh?”
A man in the center tried to give instructions but he was interrupted halfway.
Because standing in front of him was Ranmaru-kun who pierced him with a blade.
[RANMARU]: “–Please do not think you will die an easy death.”
In this chaotic situation, Mitsuhide-san and I rushed quickly to Nobunaga-san who had been shot.
Mitsuhide-san worriedly asked a question to Nagahide-san who was doing medical treatment.
[MITSUHIDE]: “The bullet?”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Pierced through.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “You’re lucky you weren’t riding behind him. If you were, things wouldn’t have ended well for you.”
[YUZUKI]: (T-That’s…… but if that were the case, was Nobunaga-san protecting me by telling me to change horses?)
When I thought that, Nobunaga-san sat up and showed a strained expression.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… I barely managed to have it avoid my heart, but it struck a vital spot.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Nobunaga-sama, you mustn’t speak. It will aggravate your wound……!”
[YUZUKI]: (A ton of blood is pouring from the wound. At this rate, Nobunaga-san will……)
I rolled up my sleeve and held out my arm.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, please use my blood!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Heh, it seems you understand your role.”
Nobunaga-san smiled thinly and pulled me into him a bit forcefully.
[YUZUKI]: “…… ah!”
Feeling my heart pound, a dull pain ran through my neck.
[YUZUKI]: “W-Why my neck……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… I won’t take your instructions. Be quiet.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… ngh.”
My arms were grabbed before I could resist and then my blood was sucked without my control.
[YUZUKI]: (…… My neck tingles……)
Unable to become used to the act of blood sucking, no matter how many times it happened, I twisted my body. However, Nobunaga-san continued with no regard to me.
As if he was quenching his thirst, the sound of him swallowing was long and slow–
And then the act was done.
Because more blood was drank than usual, I couldn’t move my body as I wanted……
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, my legs are trembling……)
When I seemed to collapse, Nobunaga-san gently held me.
It seemed like his gunshot wound was sealed completely.
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… We’re heading to the meeting place.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “With that appearance!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It is a trifling matter. Now that this commotion has happened, Hideyoshi would notice sooner or later.”
Nobunaga-san said this and then sent a look my way.
[YUZUKI]: (Ah, it’s Ranmaru-kun and Katsuie-san! I guess the battle is over already.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Did you extract information from those bandits?”
[RANMARU]: “Yes! Their story was that a man in black suddenly came to them and handed them matchlocks and money.”
[RANMARU]: “He told them to attack the party that crossed the ridge.”
[KATSUIE]: “But those guys weren’t good at using matchlocks. They aren’t the ones who shot Nobunaga-sama.”
Hearing Katsuie-san’s words, a look of caution appeared in Nagahide-san’s eyes.
[NAGAHIDE]: “If it wasn’t them, then the one who fired was the man in black, hm.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “If that guy is someone in the Toyotomi Army……”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Toyotomi may not have the intention to tie an alliance.”
[YUZUKI]: (Then if we go to the meeting place……)
[YUZUKI]: “Nobunaga-san, are we really going?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Of course. It would be a pity to miss this opportunity.”
[YUZUKI]: (Opportunity… does he mean this chance? But if we’re ambushed it’ll be a bad situation……)
However, without clearing my uneasiness, the Oda Army arrived at the meeting place.
The commanders of Toyotomi were lined up before our eyes, and they turned looks of curiosity towards Nobunaga-san’s appearance. Although–
Nobunaga-san took one step forward with a nonchalant look and declared this imposingly.
[NOBUNAGA]: “–I’ve come, monkey.”