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……
Immediately after the talks ended– a military force surged onto the plains at the same time as Mitsunari-san’s report.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “No way, that’s–!”
[YUZUKI]: (The color on Hideyoshi-san’s face changed…… does that mean they’re really difficult enemies?)
At the sudden change in situation, I noticed confusion and fear on the expression of the soldiers around us.
However, in the next moment–
[NOBUNAGA]: “–Everyone, listen!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “From here on we will be assisting Toyotomi as an allied army!”
Nobunaga-san pulled out his sword and when he shouted that in a loud voice the wavering soldiers changed their attitudes.
[KATSUIE]: “…… If that’s Nobunaga-sama’s orders then that’s how it is. ALL OF YOU, LET’S GO!”
[KATSUIE]: “There’s lots of foot soldiers! We’ll scatter them with the cavalry unit!”
When Katsuie-san was about to cut into the troops, a voice put a stop to him–
[TOSHIIE]: “Woah there! I’m not gonna let you overtake me!”
[KATSUIE]: “Hah!? Bastard, who are yo…… oh, if it isn’t Toshiie!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Before, you asked if I continued training, right? I’ll show you how much I’ve grown right here and now!”
[KATSUIE]: “You’re the same brat as usual, huh…… Guess there’s no choice, we’ll be covering Toshiie here!”
Katsuie-san’s unit tried to follow after Toshiie-san, who broke into the advance guard, but……
[NAGAHIDE]: “Oi, Katsuie! Don’t fool around and go around from the right side to gather the enemies in the center!”
[KATSUIE]: “Ggh…… Roger! –TOSHIIE! DON’T GET TOO RECKLESS!”
Nagahide-san stopped Katsuie-san who was getting heated. He looked over the battlefield calmly and then followed that by turning his gaze to Mitsunari-san.
[NAGAHIDE]: “Mitsunari. You have them, don’t you. A unit equipped with matchlocks. Hurry up and bring them out.”
[MITSUNARI]: “…… It is unavoidable, huh. Hanbee, I will lead the gun unit, so I’m leaving this place to you.”
[HANBEE]: “Okie dokie~!”
[HANBEE]: “Just a little bit more and I was going to come up with an interesting plan…… but right now I need to adapt to our allied army, huh.”
[HANBEE]: “Toshiie~! Go around from the left side~! Also, watch out for stray bullets~.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Huh? As if those things could hit me!”
Despite scoffing Toshiie-san led his troops as instructed and pushed the enemy army towards the center.
In the meantime, Mitsunari-san had made his preparations and focused on the battlefield, choosing a good time to give his command.
[MITSUNARI]: “Our targets are the foot soldiers in the enemy center! Gunmen, take aim…… FIRE!”
In the next moment, the enemy troops who suffered a rain of bullets were in a state of total collapse.
[YUZUKI]: (Wow…… although they were comrades from the start, is it possible to coordinate this quickly?)
[MITSUHIDE]: “Everything seems to be proceeding smoothly over there. Kanbee, my unit will dispose of the ambush in the east.”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. I will take the west.”
As if confident there were troops lying in ambush, Kanbee-san and Mitsuhide-san also acted.
The state of the battle constantly changed. I stood beside the two generals, looking at strenuous efforts of my friends.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Uwah. What a spectacle, huh. When we were under you we did many battles too, but this is the first time everyone from both armies has assembled together.”
[YUZUKI]: (Is that so…… wait, huh?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “By the way Nobunaga-sama…… I’d like to try out that girl’s blood, you know?”
My heart skipped a beat when I was suddenly looked at by Hideyoshi-san.
[YUZUKI]: “Umm, uh……”
[NOBUNAGA]: “No. Too much has been used today.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Oohh, you’re being kind.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Naturally. She’s irreplaceable.”
[YUZUKI]: (…… I wonder if I should be happy about being called irreplaceable.)
After that, the enemy army was somehow driven away–
We decided to stay at the Toyotomi castle, which also served as a rest.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well now, today was some hard work.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “To think an enemy would pounce at our joint meeting. How unlucky, huh?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Heh, what a shameless lie.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If you are seriously going to put away everything with the word bad luck then you’re blind.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, so that means you have the same thoughts, Nobunaga-sama……?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Aa. In all probability, it was a warning to us or possibly some kind of advance notice.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “…… Well, to them our existence is pretty big obstacle, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: (These two seem to have an idea about which army those military troops came from……)
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… For the time being, we must pay attention to each other’s backs.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Right…… but just so you know, I won’t accept you losing to someone other than me.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “As long as the partner I have tied an alliance to isn’t useless, there’s no need to worry.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, that’s harsh.”
Listening to their pleasant chat, I felt relief and joy spread through my heart.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad we were able to form an alliance properly…… with this one thing has been settled for now.)
[YUZUKI]: (But there’s still a lot of things that I don’t know…… when we return home, I’ll have to consult with Imari-kun too.)
Where did the light that came from the sacred treasure point to? Who was that army that suddenly appeared?
Moreover, as usual I didn’t know where Himemiko-sama’s whereabouts were. Lots of things were unsolved.
But somehow I felt like if I was with Nobunaga-san and the others then something would be done–
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… What are you smiling about?”
Not knowing when I started smiling, Nobunaga-san asked me this questioningly.
[YUZUKI]: “Umm, uh……”
Although I hesitated, I spoke about the wish that had just came to be.
[YUZUKI]: “I hope this relationship will last long.”
(T/N: Another one down! Also, were you guys surprised by the way Toyotomi + Oda paired off? For some reason I thought Mitsunari’s counterpart was Mitsuhide but according to this it’s Kanbee, haha.)