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…
Ranmaru-kun immediately separated from me, but when I thought about Nobunaga-san having seen us I became a little nervous.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… did you need us for something…?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “We will leave here tomorrow morning. Rest your body early.”
.[YUZUKI]: “O-Okay… um…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… And your answer?”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh? Answer…?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ranmaru asked you something, did he not?”
When he said that, I realized that Nobunaga-san heard our conversation.
The conversation about whether or not I would betray Nobunaga-san and go somewhere…
[NOBUNAGA]: “Ahead of us lies a great war where each and every army will clash in a mess. At that time, you would have the option to go to other places apart from Oda.”
Under Ranmaru-kun’s seemingly anxious look and Nobunaga-san’s testing one, I decided on my resolve and answered.
[YUZUKI]: “I… won’t go to another army.”
[YUZUKI]: “Going to a place I don’t know at this point would be scary, and also…”
[YUZUKI]: “I thought I was already a member of the Oda Army…”
I was inwardly nervous about what the two thought but when I declared that courageously, Ranmaru-kun showed a full-faced smile.
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Heh.”
But Nobunaga only gave me a glance and then started to leave this spot.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Nobunaga-san…”
[YUZUKI]: (What do you think about me… ack, if I asked like that would I just be coldly rejected…)
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobunaga-san, what would you do… if I said I was going somewhere…?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I have no desire to entertain silly questions.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… But, I suppose I would bring you back.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “You are valuable. I will not hand you over easily to other warlords.”
[YUZUKI]: (So, from the start, the choice of me going to another army was never inside Nobunaga-san…)
But there was no mistaking that I was needed by Nobunaga-san. When I thought that, I was a little happy.
A few days after we returned to Oda territory, Nobunaga-san held a war council once again.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Having joined an alliance with the Toyotomi Army as planned, we can finally make preparations to obtain clues on Himemiko.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Yeah, that was our original objective.”
[YUZUKI]: “Um… may I ask something…?”
Maybe because my question was sudden, everyone looked at me with a surprised expression.
[YUZUKI]: “What’s at the place the sacred treasure is pointing to… and who was it that attacked us a few days ago…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “… Nobunaga-sama, would it not be best to tell her soon?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Very well.”
Mitsuhide-san, having obtained permission from Nobunaga-san, turned to face me.
[MITSUHIDE]: “The location the sacred treasure is pointing to is… the territory of the Mouri Army.”
[YUZUKI]: “The Mouri Army?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes. The Mouri Army holds a mighty force, to the point where we do not even know if we can oppose them even with Oda and Toyotomi joined together.”
[YUZUKI]: (That’s… to think they’re opponents that we might not win against even if Nobunaga-san and Hideyoshi-san join together…)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Nevertheless, what we will do has not changed. I have already decided to invade Mouri.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “However, in order to invade Mouri with all our might, we cannot ignore the neighboring Takeda and Uesugi.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “We will need some shield or other.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “In other words, if another army is able to attack Takeda and Uesugi in the rear, especially at the critical moment, we can feel more secure.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “The armies close to Takeda and Uesugi are Date and Sanada…”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I am hoping we can obtain cooperation from either one, but…”
[NAGAHIDE]: “The question is which one do we ask for help, huh.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “It would be difficult to make allies with the notorious Date Masamune. Be that as it may, Sanada Yukimura is a compassionate man, thus…”
[NAGAHIDE]: “From the way you’re talking… it seems you’ve confirmed the talk about Sanada having joined with Takeda.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “… Yes. And thinking on how they were originally from the Takeda Army, I do not think they will betray their alliance with Takeda.”
[KATSUIE]: “It’s not easy to side with either army, huh…”
Nobunaga-san stated that without hesitation.
[NOBUNAGA]: “If we are to side with one, it is easier to handle a person who you know will have an ulterior motive.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Then, I shall need to organize the funds to contact Date for an alliance…”
For some reason, with a sigh, a heavy air drifted around eeryone. When I was unable to understand the reason for that–
[RANMARU]: “In order to contact Date, we will need to cross Takeda and Uesugi who are in a tense situation.”
[RANMARU]: “Futhermore, even if we are to get in touch with Date after that hard work, there’s no guarantee they will tie an alliance.”
[YUZUKI]: (I see… it’s tough just trying to get in contact, and even if that goes well, there’s a possibility it’d be a waste of labor…)
[NAGAHIDE]: “… Well, I don’t think it’s that bad of a situation.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “With all the forces throughout Shinga joining alliances like this repeatedly in all sorts of places, there will inevitably be friction somewhere.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Because it’s impossible for any army to be a perfect monolith.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “That is true… It should already be well-known that Oda and Toyotomi have become allied.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “For emerging powers like Date and Sanada, there will be people who will want to join our alliance in order to survive.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “In short, about the alliance with Date, as long as we can meet them, the likelihood of success is plenty enough.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Mitsuhide. Watch for an opportunity, and plan measures to appeal to Date from here.”
When the war council ended, everyone stood up from their seats to leave the room.
[KATSUIE]: “… Looks like I won’t have a job for a while.”
I also followed after everyone and exited the room; there I saw Ranmaru-kun who seemed to be troubled over something.
[YUZUKI]: “Ranmaru-kun, what’s wrong?”
[RANMARU]: “Ah, um…”
[RANMARU]: “No… I will talk. After all, you did promise you wouldn’t betray us…”
[YUZUKI]: “Talk, about what?”
[RANMARU]: “… Just now, during the war council, there was talk about how no army is monolithic, right?”
[RANMARU]: “That there might be betrayers or informers…”
[YUZUKI]: “Mm, right… but what about that?”
[RANMARU]: “… I may be mistaken but…”
[RANMARU]: “The Oda Army might also have an informer.”