Chapter 9: Complicated Expectations
A mysterious army that suddenly appeared; however, with the united front of both armies, they were succesfully repelled.
A banquet was held that night, but everyone seems to have their own feelings and thoughts…
That day, when the alliance with the Toyotomi Army had been decided– a banquet was held in the castle at the suggestion of Hideyoshi-san, who loved festivals.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “C’mon, c’mon, let’s all get excited today!”
Beside Hideyoshi-san, who was leading everyone, Nobunaga-san quietly drank sake.
[YUZUKI]: (It feels kind of strange seeing the two of them beside each other like this…)
As if the explosive atmosphere in the morning had been a lie, right now there was a peaceful air drifting between both armies.
[YUZUKI]: (The Toyotomi Army seemed a little scary, or gave off the impression of having a set of strange people, but they might be surprisingly easy to get along with like this…)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hey, you have some really strange clothes. Where’d you come from?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Uh, I…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “What kind of connection do you have with Himemiko? I’ll show you a sacred treasure, so won’t you come to my room?”
When I was troubled at how to answer Hideyoshi-san who talked on and on, Nobunaga-san suddenly pulled me towards himself.
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobunaga-san…?”
My heart pounded when I was brought into his chest, close enough to feel his breaths.
Nobunaga-san’s expression, when he glared at Hideyoshi, seemed slightly more alluring than usual, maybe due to the sake.
[NOBUNAGA]: “You’re a light-fingered monkey as usual…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now, that was a joke, since I know it’ll be scary later if I willfully take something that belongs to you, Nobunaga-sama.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Hn.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But, of course, it’s a different story if you say you want to come over here. If you ever feel like it, come to the Toyotomi Army.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No, thank you…”
I was relieved when I managed to answer somehow and Nobunaga-san released me.
[YUZUKI]: (If I’m in this room together with the two of them any longer I don’t think I can calm down…)
I looked around as to whether I could leave this place well or not, but…
[YUZUKI]: (Mmm… everyone’s deep in conversation and it’d be hard to interrupt…)
In this situation where there was no escape, I started to feel suffocated, but then Mitsuhide-san called to me.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Your complexion is not very well. Are you a little tired?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah, yes. I’m sorry… I think the hot air in this banquet is getting to me a bit…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “In that case, how about breathing some fresh air?”
[YUZUKI]: “Y-You’re right. Then, please excuse me…”
Accepting Mitsuhide-san’s timely help, I tried to leave the room but–
[NOBUNAGA]: “Oi, you aren’t intending to walk alone in Toyotomi’s castle, are you?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru, accompany her.”
[RANMARU]: “… ! Yes, my lord!”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah… sorry. I made you accompany me, Ranmaru-kun…”
[RANMARU]: “No, please do not be concerned. I was also wanting to rest a little…”
Saying that, Ranmaru-kun’s expression was somewhat dark and gloomy.
Like that, Ranmaru-kun pulled me by the hand and left the room while looking down.
[YUZUKI]: “Ranmaru-kun, is something wrong?”
[RANMARU]: “Wrong… what do you mean?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Did something bad happen?”
[RANMARU]: “…… Haa. Am I that easy to understand?”
[YUZUKI]: “No, but your expression seemed somewhat dark, Ranmaru-kun… is it possible that you wanted to leave that place?”
[RANMARU]: “… I can’t forgive the Toyotomi Army, who betrayed Nobunaga-sama once, to talk to him and us as if nothing had happened.”
[RANMARU]: “Of course, this is an alliance that Nobunaga-sama decided upon and I have no complaints about that itself.”
[RANMARU]: “But to make a clean divide and talk happily like everyone else is doing is…”
Ranmaru-kun fell silent on that note.
As I was troubled over what words to say to Ranmaru-kun who was seriously bothered–
Abruptly, a sliding screen nearby was opened from the inside with great force.
Having had a conversation we didn’t really want to be heard, we hid ourselves in the corner of a hallway.
[KATSUIE]: “Fuah. It’s refreshing when you go outside…”
[TOSHIIE]: “Yeah. Anyway, it’s been a long time since we had a banquet with all these faces. Everyone seems to have gotten pretty heated.”
[YUZUKI]: (It’s Katsuie-san and Toshiie-san…)