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……
As the Oda Army and Toyotomi Army squared off against each other, I was unable to bear it a second longer.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, could you let me down soon……”
Maybe my words didn’t reach him, because Nobunaga-san approached the Toyotomi Army with me.
Hideyoshi-san stared with wide eyes at Nobunaga-san’s appearance, which was different from usual.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “This is……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Gaze upon this. It is your reward for sending this Nobunaga to the edge of the Sanzu River.”
Nobunaga-san unsheathed his sword and, while holding me, swung that white blade down.
The released slash, skimming beside Hideyoshi-san, gouged deep and wide into the plains.
That extraordinary power took the breath away not only from the Toyotomi Army but also our own army.
[NOBUNAGA]: “It is not a sacred treasure that will destroy Toyotomi. It is our vampiric powers that was once lost.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… What’s the matter. You said you wanted an alliance. Should we not discuss this so that there is no trouble afterwards?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No, no, no! You suddenly slashed at me, it’d be strange if I left it at that, right?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You are the ones who attacked first.”
The edge of Nobunaga-san’s mouth twisted and he sneered as he placed a hand on his chest where it was soaked with blood.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Look at this. I managed to have it miss my heart, but it struck a vital spot and I was dying.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahh, I was thinking about how your clothes were kinda dirty. Is that blood?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, I don’t know who it was that shot you, but that was a disaster, huh.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Heh. I didn’t say I was shot.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oopsies, it slipped out of my mouth.”
[YUZUKI]: (Meaning that matter at the mountain road was Hideyoshi’s……)
[KATSUIE]: “Bastard, I’ll fucking kill you!”
[RANMARU]: “I’ll make you pay with these hands for wounding Nobunaga-sama……!”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Oi…… Nobunaga-sama said this was a good opportunity. Are you guys going to get in the way?”
Katsuie-san and Ranmaru-kun fell silent at Nagahide-san’s question and they dropped their hands which had reached for their hilts.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Still, was it okay to show me that appearance of yours?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I’ve got a rough idea now about that girl you’ve brought along, you know?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “It doesn’t matter.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmm. You seem somewhat pleased…… the same as that time.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “The time Mitsuhide started a rebellion?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yeah. This time you’re supposed to have felt the full fear of death, and yet you smile. The title of Demon King isn’t just for show, huh.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hmph. How brazen of you to have set a trap.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… However, why did you aim for my body? If it was my head, then even someone like me would have crossed the Sanzu River.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s obviously because it’d be problematic if you crossed.”
I was perplexed at Hideyoshi-san’s words which were said as a matter of course.
[YUZUKI]: (Then what was the point of that attack……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “In other words, you were staging a show in the same way Mitsuhide started a rebellion, hm.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Catching this Nobunaga off guard to show your own ability and have it be appreciated.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahahaha. As usual you seem to be overconfident.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh, Hideyoshi-san did all that as an appeal of his own abilities?)
[YUZUKI]: (And Nobunaga-san, who had nearly been killed, is laughing…… I can’t understand these two……)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, putting aside whether we want to be allies or not, you see, I want to surpass you and take the world.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… However, you will accept this alliance, correct?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mmmmm. What should I do. I’m itching to behead you with these hands, you know.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If that is the case, I do not mind. Being allied to those without fangs would be boring.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Furthermore, Toyotomi requires company, does it not. Takeda and Uesugi are also connecting with Sanada and Date.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ahh, you guys have also caught that information, huh. I thought you’d be concerned about the allied forces behind you.”
Turning aside the point that he had been seen through, Nobunaga-san cut to the chase.
[NOBUNAGA]: “The chatting ends here. Let me hear your decision.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hm, whatever shall I do.”
Hideyoshi-san placed a hand on his chin, showing a gesture of thinking. Eventually, he shrugged his shoulders and smiled.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, I guess I’ll do it. This alliance. That was my intention from the beginning.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I see.”
At Hideyoshi-san’s all too easy answer and Nobunaga-san’s plain response, I felt a bit of a disappointment.
[YUZUKI]: (After all that trouble we went through and it was decided this quickly……)
But then I felt there was something wrong with Nobunaga-san.
Although the alliance had been safely formed, his expression hadn’t relaxed at all. On the contrary……
[NOBUNAGA]: “Then I shall give you an important warning…… It is not just Oda who should be cautious about their back.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Back? What do you……”
It was right after Hideyoshi-san showed confusion.
[MITSUNARI]: “We have a problem! An army from somewhere is attacking us!”
(T/N: I really like how the game handles two versions of events because it shows how the smallest things can change everything. In the Toyotomi story, Hideyoshi was considering shooting Nobunaga but decided not to because the heroine gave him courage to face Nobunagna straight on. And then, instead of getting surprised by the enemy army and Hideyoshi getting knifed, they get a warning from Oda this time and the enemy army was slower in coming LOL.)