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…?
[MITSUNARI]: “Important information, you say…”
We waited for Kanbee-san’s next words with bated breath but–
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… And, there wasn’t any change with Nobunaga and the others?”
.[KANBEE]: “There was… As usual, he is a shrewd man.”
[KANBEE]: “Or perhaps I should say as expected, paying mind to spies from our side, his state of vigilance has strengthened.”
[HANBEE]: “I seeee~. In the end, it was a good thing we had you go, huh, Kanbee.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Anyway, about the information, what is it! Stop dragging it out and tell us!”
[KANBEE]: “It is said that there is a clue to Himemiko in Mouri territory…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Hmmm. A clue to Himemiko in Mouri… I see…”
[MITSUNARI]: “Perhaps that is the reason as to why Oda tied an alliance with us…?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Beats me. Not even I know that.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “But I can’t believe that Oda’s only purpose is to simply oppose the allied armies of Takeda and Uesugi.”
[KANBEE]: “Hideyoshi-sama, with respect to that…”
[KANBEE]: “Inside Oda’s castle, the name of a single man was mentioned around like a popular song.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ohhh, who?”
[KANBEE]: “The name of that man is… Date Masamune.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Huuh? Date? Why’s that guy’s name coming out…”
[YUZUKI]: (… Following Takeda and Uesugi there was Mouri, and now even the name Date has come up…)
I didn’t understand the meaning of the name Date appearing here, but my uneasiness became worse inside me.
[HANBEE]: “Hideyoshi-sama, is it possible that~…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yep, seems to be like that.”
[YUZUKI]: (Huh? What does he mean by “like that”…?)
[YUZUKI]: (The Oda Army is already in a dangerous situation, and so for there to be another new enemy in Date is…)
[MITSUNARI]: “… Is it an alliance. Between Oda and Date.”
I suddenly understood with Mitsunari-san’s prediction. If they didn’t have a hostile relationship, then it wouldn’t be strange for Date to be in Oda’s territory.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yeah. That’s the most likeliest possibility huh.”
[KANBEE]: “However… Date did not visit Oda directly. I dare say it is closer to a secret treaty.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “A secret treaty, huh… there’s only one reason for Date to run with Oda, right?”
[KANBEE]: “It is probable Oda’s objective is Mouri.”
[KANBEE]: “If Oda heads to Mouri territory straightaway then, on that occasion, the possibility of being attacked by Takeda and Uesugi is high.”
[KANBEE]: “But if Date enters as a restraint and suppresses Takeda and Uesugi’s movements then it would be a different story.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “That’s how it is… It seems like Nobunaga is really moving with the intention to invade Mouri.”
[YUZUKI]: (If Nobunaga-san starts a huge war with Mouri then Hideyoshi-san and the others, who are allied with Nobunaga-san, would be…)
I wondered if the Toyotomi Army would also get involved in that war. That question crossed my mind.
[TOSHIIE]: “… Still, what were those Oda guys planning? I mean it’s up to them who they want to ally with.”
[TOSHIIE]: “But shouldn’t they at least say a word to us as their allies!?”
[MITSUNARI]: “Exactly. Originally, we should be equal allies.”
[MITSUNARI]: “I can only think that Nobunaga sees us simply as pieces on a board.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now… we know that Oda is full of those types, don’t we.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “More importantly, Nobunaga and his people shouldn’t realize yet that we’ve got this information…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Right now, we should be using this, shouldn’t we.”
Saying that, Hideyoshi-san showed an impish smirk.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well then, what should we do about the Oda Army’s Mouri attack to get the most gain?”
[KANBEE]: “Seeing that a clue to Himemiko exists there, we should go along with Oda and Date, and have no objections to heading to Mouri.”
[TOSHIIE]: “But… I hate how Nobunaga has got the lead!”
[HANBEE]: “In that case, the answer is simple! We go first!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha… go first!?”
[KANBEE]: “Aa. Presently, Oda is preparing for a large war and so their preparations are proceeding behind closed doors.”
[KANBEE]: “That is why we should charge ahead and advance to Mouri.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yep. If we move first then Oda and Date will have no choice but to be forced into support.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “If we fall behind then we’ll always be too late. We have to act now in order to take the lead!”
Everyone nodded at Hideyoshi-san’s words.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Alright, now that it’s decided… Kanbee, can you send a letter to Oda?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Tell them “I’m heading to Mouri now, counting on your support!”.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mitsunari, proceed with war preparations in all haste.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Please leave it to me.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toshiie, gather as many soldiers as you can mobilize. Hanbee, come up with a plan to compensate for our territory which’ll become short of hands.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Alright! It’s been a while since we had a huge fight!”
Everyone received Hideyoshi-san’s orders and gleefully started preparing for the battle to get a headstart on the Oda Army.
And then it was only me and Hideyoshi-san left behind in the main hall.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um, Hideyoshi-san… I…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You can standby at this castle!… Is what I want to say, but…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Since the castle will be mostly empty with us heading to Mouri, it’ll be dangerous for you to stay here.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Besides, we’ll be relying on your blood when push comes to shove. Although I don’t really want to let the others drink your blood…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yeah. Knowing the dangers, will you come with us?”
[YUZUKI]: “… Yes!”
I was scared to get involved with the war but to be relied on by Hideyoshi-san made me really happy– and I ended up nodding vigorously.