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…?
[YUZUKI]: (W-What do I do… If it becomes a battle like this…)
The moment I felt like I was about to be crushed by anxiety, Nobunaga-san suddenly turned his back as if he had lost interest.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Tomorrow morning, we will be leaving to return to Oda territory. If it is needed, I can leave soldiers here.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It’s not needed. We’ll protect our own lands.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hn, you’re saying you won’t show your belly.”
[YUZUKI]: (The air is really prickly… Even if we’re said to have an alliance, the hostility towards each other hasn’t changed.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Unfortunately, I do not have the time to squabble with you right now.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s true. I’ve been thinking about the alliances of the other armies too…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Above all, I need to consider that army we just fought a while ago too.”
[YUZUKI]: (Oh, right. Those soldiers we fought during the day… who exactly are they?)
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Beyond this point, massive battles will occur. On a scale of which these skirmishes between Oda and Toyotomi are beneath notice.”
Nobunaga-san stated that and then looked at me.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Girl, you will be forced to make a choice at that time… It will be something to watch.”
There was no time to ask what he meant; Nobunaga-san said only that and then left.
The vassals of the Oda Army followed him like that and the room was left with only the Toyotomi Army.
[YUZUKI]: “… Fuah.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Were you scared?”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes… a little… er, more like a lot. Nobunaga-san was angry too…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I see. But don’t worry because he wasn’t angry at all, he was actually in a pretty good mood.”
[YUZUKI]: “Like that!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yep, like that. He’s hard to understand, huh.”
[YUZUKI]: “But why…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Because you didn’t bend to Nobunaga and followed through with your will. That cold-blooded Demon King makes judgments on his opponents by their ability.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “And it seems like you’ve been liked by the Demon King.”
[YUZUKI]: “I-Is that how it is…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… It’s not just Nobunaga who likes you though.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You resisted well without saying anything in front of that Nobunaga. Thank you.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Seriously. You worked hard!”
[HANBEE]: “Yep yep! I was moved!”
[MITSUNARI]: “It would be extremely advantageous for other armies to know the information about Himemiko and the sacred treasures that only Toyotomi knows.”
[KANBEE]: “… Aa, it was good work.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No… all I did was stay silent though…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “As expected of my fiancée!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wah!? Geez, Hideyoshi-san, you can’t just hug me suddenly–“
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Nobunaga-san said something, didn’t he. That, eventually, you are going to make a choice.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Yes.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If that time comes… will you choose to be together with me?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You’re the only one I don’t want to hand over to Nobunaga or any other army…”
Hideyoshi-san gently touched my cheek. The sad look in the eyes that were facing me squeezed my heart.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I want to stay with you forever. You…?”
Hideyoshi-san’s face slowly came closer. And in the moment where I thought our lips would touch with just a little more distance–
[HANBEE]: “Okaaay, stop right there. Separate, separateee~!”
Hanbee-kun pulled Hideyoshi-san apart from me while laughing with a broad smile.
[TOSHIIE]: “Geez, ignoring us like that…”
[MITSUNARI]: “P-Please stop your jokes right there.”
[KANBEE]: “This is not the time for that sort of thing.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “What a shame. I just needed a little bit more too.”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san is back to his usual self already. Was that a joke just now? Or…)
[MITSUNARI]: “Kanbee is correct. Right now we need to discuss about tomorrow’s situation and things thereafter.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s true. Let’s settle everything before we sleep.”
[MITSUNARI]: “About the Oda soldiers… was it really wise to make them withdraw?”
[TOSHIIE]: “It doesn’t matter, right? We wouldn’t be calm if there were Oda soldiers in our territory.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Indeed. No matter how much our troops would increase, it’s dangerous to leave the Oda Army in this castle.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Since this alliance won’t always continue.”
[MITSUNARI]: “However… when I think about opposing his army from here on, we won’t have enough troops no matter how much we have.”
[YUZUKI]: (His army… they mean the person we fought during the day, right?)
[KANBEE]: “… I am of the same opinion as Mitsunari.”
[KANBEE]: “Certainly, it is dangerous to put Nobunaga’s subordinates in the castle. However, when I think about the movements of his army…”
[YUZUKI]: “Um, about this topic just now, by his army who exactly is that…”
[KANBEE]: “… I see. You did not know, hm.”
[KANBEE]: “The land controlled by mighty demons who, in the long ago past, reigned over Shinga…”
[KANBEE]: “Presently, the Toyotomi Army is under the worst threat called the “Mouri Army”.”