Chapter 10: Forward
The information brought by Kanbee who returned from his reconnaissance was that Date and Oda had made contact behind-the-scenes.
Realizing that it was in order to attack Mouri, the decision that Hideyoshi made was…?
Several days passed since Kanbee-san went on a reconnaissance of the Oda Army.
[YUZUKI]: (Kanbee-san hasn’t come back today either… I wonder what he’s doing right now…)
When I thought about how Kanbee-san proceeded to go scouting alone and whether he was safe or not, or what would happen if the Oda Army found him… I couldn’t help but be worried.
[HANBEE]: “… Hey. You have such a serious look, what’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah! Hanbee-kun…”
I completely didn’t notice that Hanbee-kun had come right up beside me.
[HANBEE]: “Could it be that you’re worried about Kanbee?”
Maybe Hanbee-kun was being considerate of my feelings because he spoke in a gentle tone.
[YUZUKI]: “Yes… I’m sure he’s okay because it’s Kanbee-san we’re talking about but I can’t help but be concerned…”
[YUZUKI]: “Though I don’t think anything will change with me being worried…”
[HANBEE]: “… Heehee. Nope. That’s not true.”
[HANBEE]: “If Kanbee knew that you were concerned, I’m sure he’d be happy, you know?”
[YUZUKI]: “I-I wonder…”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm. Certainly! Thank you for worrying about Kanbee!”
I returned an embarrassed smile at Hanbee-kun’s words.
But, on the other hand, I felt slightly strange at Hanbee-kun’s innocent smile.
[YUZUKI]: (Hanbee-kun really is smiling like he usually does…)
[YUZUKI]: (Is it possible that he’s not worried about Kanbee-san?… No, there’s no way. They’re so close…)
[HANBEE]: “Hm, what’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no… I was just thinking that you’re pretty strong, Hanbee-kun…”
[YUZUKI]: “You must be worried but you’re not showing it at all on your face…”
[HANBEE]: “Ahaha, that’s trueee~.”
[HANBEE]: “After all, I’m not worried about Kanbee!”
I unconsciously raised my voice at Hanbee-kun’s answer and wide grin.
[HANBEE]: “Because, you should know too, right? That Kanbee is calm no matter the time…”
[HANBEE]: “He’ll use the best plans he can choose in that situation.”
[HANBEE]: “And it’s because he thought he should go alone to scout, that he did so.”
[HANBEE]: “His mind is good and he’s really strong! Because that Kanbee is the one who said he’d do it…”
[HANBEE]: “He’ll definitely be absolutely safe!”
Saying that, he grinned widely again.
[YUZUKI]: (I see… Hanbee-kun believes in Kanbee-san from the bottom of his heart…)
[YUZUKI]: “You’re right… He’ll return home safely…!”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm, mhm! Don’t worry, everything’ll be alright!”
Drawn in by Hanbee-kun’s bright smile, my feelings also became much lighter.
[YUZUKI]: (It’s kinda nice. This thing. One day, like Hanbee-kun I’ll also…)
[YUZUKI]: (Not worry and I want to be able to believe in them. In Kanbee-san and in everyone in the Toyotomi Army…)
[TOSHIIE]: “–Oh, there you guys are.”
[HANBEE]: “Hmm? Something you need?”
[TOSHIIE]: “Something I need? Nothing. I came to tell you guys that Kanbee came home just now!”
[HANBEE]: “Heehee, see?”
[HANBEE]: “He’s in the main hall so hurry and go. You were looking forward to him coming home, right?”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm! She was, she was~! Well then, let’s go and see him right away!”
Hanbee-kun said that, took my hand, and ran towards the main hall.
[HANBEE]: “Kanbee, welcome home!”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. You two do not seem to have changed.”
In the main hall, along with Hideyoshi-san and Mitsunari-san, was Kanbee-san who was unchanged from before.
[YUZUKI]: (Kanbee-san doesn’t seem to have any noticeable injuries… I’m glad…)
The anxiety that had built up until now vanished and I breathed a sigh of relief.
Kanbee-san, maybe sensing my feelings, turned to me again.
[KANBEE]: “I seem to have worried you quite a lot. My apologies.”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No… I’m really glad you’re safe!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hrmmm. If she’s going to be so concerned, maybe I should go on a little scouting too…”
[MITSUNARI]: “There is no way such a thing would be allowed.”
[TOSHIIE]: “… So, Kanbee. Did you get any information from going to Oda’s lands?”
When Toshiie-san asked this, Kanbee-san straightened his posture and his expression changed into a solemn one.
[KANBEE]: “… Aa, I seized some. Some very important information…”