Chapter 9: Determination
Opposing the mysterious army together, the Toyotomi Army contracted a public alliance with Oda.
However, during the evening banquet, in the midst of harmonious conversations that were flying about, there were sparks between Nobunaga and Hideyoshi…?
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, let’s all get excited today!”
Celebrating the alliance, a banquet was held with the Oda Army at Hideyoshi-san’s suggestion.
[YUZUKI]: (Because they’ve been enemies up to now, I was worried something would happen but…)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Come on, Nobunaga-sama! Drink more, please!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… You are the same as usual.”
Nobunaga-san muttered this without looking at Hideyoshi-san, but his expression was somewhat calm.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s a really gentle atmosphere…)
[YUZUKI]: (I can’t believe Hideyoshi-san and Nobunaga-san are having a meal together like this…)
[YUZUKI]: (… No, it’s not just Hideyoshi-san and him.)
[RANMARU]: “Although these are Nobunaga-sama’s orders, I do not intend to become friendly with traitors…”
[HANBEE]: “Now, now, nowww ♪. We’ve managed to tie an alliance, so let’s get along.”
[HANBEE]: “Oh, have you eaten this? It’s really tasty.”
[RANMARU]: “You can’t manipulate me with that… but, certainly, this is delicious.”
[HANBEE]: “Right? Also, I recommend this!”
[TOSHIIE]: “ALRIIIIGHT! Twenty cups!”
[KATSUIE]: “Oh, not bad! As expected, Toshiie. This sake is pretty strong but you can drink that much.”
[KATSUIE]: “But… I WON’T LOSE EITHER!!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Wha!? Drinking the entire cask all at once…!”
[KATSUIE]: “HA HA, HOW ABOUT THAT! I can still keep drinking!”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Mitsunari, it seems you respect Hideyoshi considerably.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Yes, of course. That man is suited to uniting all of Shinga.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “I do think Hideyoshi has an ability, but… still, I believe that Nobunaga-sama is someone who possesses the capabilities to control Shinga.”
[MITSUNARI]: “In that case… please elucidate as to just how great that man is.”
[KANBEE]: “… To think a day would come where we have a meal together like this.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “Indeed. When, up to yesterday, we had been trying to kill each other on the battlefield.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “… It was hard work fighting your unit. All you used were dirty plans.”
[KANBEE]: “I don’t want to be told that by someone who attacks by taking advantage of our weaknesses.”
[NAGAHIDE]: “… Guess the feeling’s mutual.”
Everyone was having such intimate conversations that I could hardly believe they had been fighting up until recently.
[YUZUKI]: (But the Toyotomi Army was originally with the Oda Army, so it wouldn’t be strange for them to be friendly, huh…)
Though I thought it was a good thing to tie an alliance, I felt a little bit lonely, like I was being left out.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s natural since they’ve known each other longer than they have me…)
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, yes. What is it– eh!?”
I turned to the voice that called out to me from behind and froze. There stood–
[NOBUNAGA]: “I wish to speak with you.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Where did you come from? How much do you know about Himemiko?”
[YUZUKI]: (What do I do… how should I respond…)
Nobunaga-san cast a cold glance at me when I didn’t answer readily. Those piercing eyes made my body tremble.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m scared… but this might count against Hideyoshi-san and the others, so it’s best not to speak, right?)
I pressed my lips tight and, clenching my trembling fists, I looked back at Nobunaga-san.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hold on!”
The moment Nobunaga-san narrowed his eyes, Hideyoshi-san stood in front of me as if to protect me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I said that this girl was my fiancée, didn’t I?”
[YUZUKI]: (F-Fiancée again…!)
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Hideyoshi-san…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Don’t worry. Leave this to your future husband. You’ll be safe if you stay behind me.”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s not it…!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Hn, how well-trained.”
Saying that, Nobunaga-san left me. When he did, Hideyoshi-san yanked me towards himself.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Are you okay? Nothing was done to you?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Y-Yeah.”
When I nodded with a pounding heart at how close our faces were, Hideyoshi-san sighed in relief, and then glared at Nobunaga-san.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Nobunaga. No matter how much of a partner you are, I will never hand this girl over.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If you try to steal her from me, I won’t show any mercy.”
As if in answer to Hideyoshi-san’s words, everyone in the Toyotomi Army appeared with their backs to me to protect me.
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Oh? Do you wish to fight?”
In response to the Toyotomi Army, the Oda Army also lined up and faced them.
[YUZUKI]: (Up until now there was such a peaceful atmosphere too…)
Now they were glaring at each other and it was a situation where it wouldn’t be strange if a battle broke out.
[YUZUKI]: (We even made an alliance; it’s not all going to disappear, right…?)