SNB Toyotomi ~ Chapter 9.4 ~

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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…?

Chapter 9.4

[KANBEE]: “… I believe we were talking about whether or not Hideyoshi-sama lied, correct?”

[KANBEE]: “Why do you think that?”

[YUZUKI]: “That’s… because Hideyoshi-san talked a lot more than he usually does.”

.[YUZUKI]: “I’ve been allowed to join these discussions once or twice and Hideyoshi-san always sits back and listens to everyone.”

[YUZUKI]: “Yet today he was actively talking… I thought it was a bit strange.”

[KANBEE]: “I see. You’ve been watching closely.”

Kanbee-san nodded with comprehension and then looked away from me to the courtyard.

[KANBEE]: “… To be accurate, Hideyoshi-sama did not lie.”

[KANBEE]: “It is more than probable that the Oda Army used Mouri in order to bind an alliance with us. However…”

[KANBEE]: “I wonder whether Nobunaga really attacked the Mouri Army only for the sake of binding an alliance with us…?”

[YUZUKI]: “Huh…?”

[KANBEE]: “It is impossible for Nobunaga not to know the terror of the “sleeping lion” that is the Mouri Army. And yet, if Oda attacked Mouri…”

[YUZUKI]: “You’re saying Nobunaga-san had another aim?”

[KANBEE]: “Aa. It is natural to think that.”

[KANBEE]: “… However, to be honest, neither I nor Hideyoshi-sama can read it.”

[KANBEE]: “Is Mouri moving on their own, or is Oda planning something…”

Saying that, Kanbee-san’s face was stiff.

[YUZUKI]: (This might be the first time I’ve seen Kanbee-san looking so grim…)

In that moment, as I worried about how it was such a dangerous situation, I suddenly realized something.

[YUZUKI]: “That’s why Hideyoshi-san didn’t tell the truth, huh. He didn’t want to make everyone uneasy.”

[KANBEE]: “Correct. In a situation where we cannot read the other party’s hand, we should not invite unnecessary disorder.”

[KANBEE]: “Which is why you should also be careful not to–“

[YUZUKI]: “… Could it be that you’re uneasy too, Kanbee-san?”

[KANBEE]: “…… kgh.”

[KANBEE]: “…… You see that?”

[YUZUKI]: “Um… your expression is a bit dark, so…”

[KANBEE]: “……”

Kanbee-san took a long hard look at me and then gave a large sigh.

[KANBEE]: “You really have been watching closely…”

[YUZUKI]: “I’m sorry. That was rude, wasn’t it…”

[KANBEE]: “Do not be concerned… because the truth is that I am scared.”

[KANBEE]: “During the battle in the day, I saw one of Mouri’s commanders.”

[KANBEE]: “They controlled their exceptional soldiers in perfect order and, as soon as they saw that Oda and Toyotomi had allied and moved to the offensive, they withdrew their soldiers immediately.”

[KANBEE]: “The speed of their judgment and withdrawal… their ability to command and skillful tactics were extraordinary. That was what Hideyoshi-sama said.”

[YUZUKI]: “Extraordinary…”

[YUZUKI]: (In that battle, Kanbee-san and Hideyoshi-san saw that much.)

[YUZUKI]: (For these two, who have bottomless talent even among the Toyotomi Army, to evaluate that commander so highly…)

[KANBEE]: “Just from that battle, I was made aware of the terror of the Mouri Army. If they were to attack us straight on…”

[KANBEE]: “Furthermore, our enemies are not only them. If we fall into a situation where we are pincered by Oda and another army while we are distracted by Mouri, then the Toyotomi Army will–“

[YUZUKI]: “… ah.”

When the worst case scenario floated into my head and I trembled, Kanbee-san looked at me and gave a start.

[KANBEE]: “… I apologize for frightening you.”

[YUZUKI]: “No, I’m fine. Please don’t worry… Kanbee-san, sometimes you get scared too, huh. I’m a little surprised.”

[KANBEE]: “Surprised…”

[YUZUKI]: “Yes. A lot of things have happened up to now, but you’ve always been calm, Kanbee-san.”

[YUZUKI]: “So, no matter what happens, I thought you’d be thinking calmly about the next plan.”

[KANBEE]: “… You are right. I have done so naturally up to this point.”

[KANBEE]: “Similar to the time when I recommended for Hideyoshi-sama to break away from the Oda Army, I have passed through many difficult predicaments.”

[KANBEE]: “But when I think about it… I was able to do so because I did not have something to protect. However, right now…”

Kanbee-san’s eyes were directed straight at me.

[KANBEE]: “You are here. No matter what it takes, I wish to protect you.”

[YUZUKI]: “Kanbee-san…”

[KANBEE]: “But I am unaccustomed to battling while defending something… If you were to be hurt as a result of one of my plans…”

[KANBEE]: “It is a first for me to think about this. I am afraid of fighting with Mouri… and losing you there.”

Kanbee-san’s voice trembled slightly. I felt my heart become squeezed at the distressed look on his profile.

[YUZUKI]: (I don’t want him to make that kind of face. But how do I…)

In that moment, as I thought about what I should say, a familiar and bright voice was heard.

[HANBEE]: “–I see. That’s what you were troubled about, huh.”

9 thoughts on “SNB Toyotomi ~ Chapter 9.4 ~

    Astarte said:
    February 21, 2018 at 12:29

    Kanbee, i love you! Maybe you should keep to Yuzuki only for you!

      Ilinox responded:
      February 22, 2018 at 11:39

      LOL I’m glad you’re getting so much out of this Kanbee-centric chapter. He’s lovely though n_n

    Idaira Ferrandiz said:
    February 21, 2018 at 10:33

    Hanbee!! I love you!!

      Ilinox responded:
      February 22, 2018 at 11:38

      Haha, and it looks like he really loves Kanbee– |D I’ve never been able to translate this naturally but a fun fact is that people in Oda refer to Kanbee and Hanbee as the “two -bees” LOL aka. Toyotomi’s crazy strategicians.

    Bluesheep said:
    February 21, 2018 at 00:29

    Hey hey easy there Kanbee you’re moving in on your commander’s fiance. This must be what he was about to tell her pre-alliance and I kind of suspected it in that chapter how intently he was looking at her in their conversation.

      Ilinox responded:
      February 22, 2018 at 11:37

      Too true. I always nervously wonder what Hideyoshi would think if he saw his commanders saying things like this, but then again it can always be taken as a “they’re loyal to their general so naturally their protection extends to their general’s fiancee and it’s good that they feel just as protective over her”! This can be considered platonic or romantic :”D!

      I’m certain it’s related to that too, although the more heavier “I have one more dream” after helping Hideyoshi unify Shinga sounds even heavier/weightier than just wanting to protect her. One more dream… as in raising a family? //bricked.

    Rachel Kim said:
    February 21, 2018 at 00:11

    No more light beyond??

      Ilinox responded:
      February 22, 2018 at 11:34

      I’m still working on it! It’s just a little difficult juggling so many projects (and yes I only have myself to blame but :’))) I am doing all of these as a hobby). It hasn’t been dropped though.

        Rachel Kim said:
        February 22, 2018 at 11:35

        Thank you!

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