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…?
[KANBEE]: “Hanbee… why are you here?”
[HANBEE]: “During the talks just now, I was worried about Kanbee’s dark look.”
.[HANBEE]: “I’ve gotten the general gist of things though… Geez, Kanbee and Hideyoshi-sama, you two should have just said everything~.”
[KANBEE]: “… My apologies.”
[HANBEE]: “Don’t worry, everything’ll be fine, Kanbee, because you have me, Hideyoshi-sama, Toshiie, and Mitsunari beside you!”
[HANBEE]: “Everyone’s the same in wanting to protect this girl. The enemy might be mighty but that’s exactly why we should help each other and face them.”
[HANBEE]: “Let’s create tons of interesting and flashy plans like we always do and make the other armies gasp!”
[KANBEE]: “… Aa, you’re right.”
[KANBEE]: “I, of all people, was about to lose my mind and miss an opportunity.”
[KANBEE]: “Now that all the various armies and their thoughts have become entangled, this is a good chance for the Toyotomi Army to extend our strength.”
Kanbee-san, who muttered that with a hand against his chin, had regained his usual state.
[KANBEE]: “Detailed plans should be made after we return to our rooms.”
[KANBEE]: “Then, we shall excuse ourselves first. Thank you for listening to me.”
[HANBEE]: “We’re going to think up extraordinarily amazing plans, so look forward to them!”
[YUZUKI]: (Kanbee-san and Hanbee-san really are amazing… If the two of them are here, I’m sure we won’t lose to any army.)
I thought this strongly while I watched their disappearing backs.
Several days later. A war council was held in the great hall.
[MITSUNARI]: “Sending reconnaissance to Oda territory… are you serious?”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. That is the only way to sound out Nobunaga’s true intentions.”
[KANBEE]: “The situation is changing moment by moment while we stand by and watch.”
[HANBEE]: “That Mouri Army also attacked us, so we don’t know what’ll happen.”
[KANBEE]: “Toyotomi cannot stand still. Rather, it is necessary for us to move proactively and advance in a superior position for the battles to come.”
There was no shadow of uneasiness that used to be there before on Kanbee-san as he briskly explained the contents of his strategy.
[YUZUKI]: (I’m glad… it looks like Kanbee-san has regained all his energy.)
[TOSHIIE]: “Scouting out Oda, huh… that sounds super interesting!”
[MITSUNARI]: “It’s too reckless! What will you do if, in the worst case, they find out!?”
[MITSUNARI]: “The enemy is that Oda Nobunaga. No matter how much we are said to have an alliance, if we are discovered, it will not be overlooked!”
[KANBEE]: “However, this is the best plan.”
Mitsunari-san objected to it but it didn’t seem like Kanbee-san would bend his opinion.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Looks like you’re serious.”
Hideyoshi-san, who had been quiet and listening up to now, gave a large sigh.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “It was a long time ago when Mouri’s army brandished a mighty power. But that name has been passed down as a subject of terror to many warlords, even now.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “The more we move proactively, the higher the possibility that other armies will be wary of us. Naturally, this means the Mouri Army too.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… You understand what I’m getting at, right?”
[KANBEE]: “Everything is on top of being fully aware of this. Because in order for Toyotomi to take the world, they are an unavoidable opponent.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Somehow, I’m reminded of the time you advised me to break away from Oda… Alright, I understand!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yeah, we’ll send scouts to the Oda Army. Now, who should I ask.”
[KANBEE]: “… No. On this occasion, please allow me to go alone.”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh…? Kanbee-san alone?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Nope, nope, nope! No matter how good you are, that’s crazy!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Precisely! It is too dangerous. Can we not entrust it to the spies?”
[KANBEE]: “If someone of shallow ability were to go, they would just be seen through by Nobunaga.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Well, it’s true that if someone was to outsmart Nobunaga, it’d have to be someone like Kanbee.”
[KANBEE]: “I wish to be absolutely certain in order to obtain useful information. Thus, please grant me permission.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Alright. If you insist, then I’ll entrust this to you, Kanbee.”
The moment Hideyoshi-san decided on that, Mitsunari-san and Toshiie-san also dropped it.
[YUZUKI]: “Um… are you really going alone?”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. Exactly as I said, even if we increase the number of those going to Oda territory, it will not bear good results.”
[YUZUKI]: “I see…”
[KANBEE]: “In this battle, I have made a single decision. And that is… to protect you without fail.”
[KANBEE]: “Therefore, uh…”
Kanbee-san faltered and averted his eyes from me as he fell silent.
[YUZUKI]: “What’s wrong?”
[HANBEE]: “… Heehee, actually, Kanbee is embarrassed.”
[YUZUKI]: “Embarrassed… why?”
[HANBEE]: “Hmmm, I don’t think any more explanations should come from my mouth.”
[HANBEE]: “… Anyway, we won’t let you go through anything dangerous. So, let’s wait here together, okay?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Kanbee-san, you have to come back safely.”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. I promise.”
[YUZUKI]: (He’ll surely be okay…)
I told myself this while I watched Kanbee-san’s back as he stood up and left the room, but I had a horrible sense of apprehension.