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 later, after the march towards Mouri territory was decided. Inside the castle, war preparations were proceeding steadily.
When I was putting together my traveling bag in my room, the sliding screen opened awkwardly.
[IMARI]: “… Excuse, me!”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh… Imari-kun!? What happened to you!”
The person who entered in a tattered state was Imari-kun.
[YUZUKI]: “It doesn’t look like you’re hurt too badly, but… are you okay?”
[IMARI]: “Yes. This is nothing!”
[YUZUKI]: “That’s good then… Where in the world have you been ’till now?”
[IMARI]: “I kept going in the direction of the light shown by the sacred treasure. But, in the end, I couldn’t find anything…”
Imari-kun said that, looking piteous.
[YUZUKI]: (Come to think of it, the moment I said where the light of the sacred treasure was pointing, Imari-kun flew off as fast as he could go.)
But, if I remembered correctly, that was before Hideyoshi-san had made an alliance with Nobunaga-san.
[YUZUKI]: (Imari-kun was looking for clues to Himemiko-sama alone for such a long time…)
[YUZUKI]: “Imari-kun, I’m sorry. I haven’t been able to help you much…”
[IMARI]: “Not at all! Haven’t you been searching for clues in places that I’m not able to!?”
At Imari-kun’s words I remembered it was said that there was a clue in Mouri territory.
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, that’s right! Actually, I have new information about Himemiko-sama!”
I explained everything to Imari-kun, including the situation of the Toyotomi Army right now.
[YUZUKI]: “Toyotomi and Oda have tied an alliance… and they’re now preparing to go to Mouri territory…!?”
[IMARI]: “How did things change so much…!?”
[YUZUKI]: “Well… thinking back, everything’s been full of surprises, huh. No wonder you’re surprised, Imari-kun…”
It was all that I could do to concentrate on what was in front of me that I didn’t notice, but I felt reassured by Imari-kun’s reaction just now.
[YUZUKI]: “On that though… what do you think about there being a clue to Himemiko-sama in Mouri territory, Imari-kun?”
[IMARI]: “Right… if the source of information was Oda then it seems highly credible…”
[IMARI]: “Besides, I haven’t gone into Mouri territory yet either…”
[YUZUKI]: “Huh, really?”
[IMARI]: “Yep. Mouri is a terrifying clan that once sent troops towards the capital.”
[YUZUKI]: “The capital… if I’m not mistaken, the one where Himemiko-sama was?”
[IMARI]: “Exactly. The general, Mouri Motonari, was not afraid of Himemiko-sama’s power and marched on the capital.”
[IMARI]: “But… for some reason along the way the Mouri Army suddenly returned back to their own territory.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Then the capital and Himemiko-sama were safe?”
[IMARI]: “Yes… but, strictly speaking, things were fine up to then.”
[IMARI]: “Soon after Mouri Motonari returned to his own territory, Himemiko-sama disappeared…”
[IMARI]: “So, if it’s Mouri Motonari then, even if he had information about the disappearance of Himemiko-sama, it wouldn’t be strange.”
[IMARI]: “… No, maybe he’s hiding Himemiko-sama in Mouri territory…!?”
[IMARI]: “Ah! Somehow, I feel like that’s the case…!”
[YUZUKI]: “… I-Imari-kun, calm down a bit…”
I tried to soothe Imari-kun, who was getting more and more excited, by placing a hand on his shoulder but then–
Instead, Imari-kun grabbed my hand firmly and looked up at me with stubborn eyes.
[YUZUKI]: “Huhh? W-What’s wrong?”
[IMARI]: “Um, I beg of you, please take me with you guys to Mouri territory!”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha! With us… it sounds like it’ll turn into a war so it’s dangerous…!”
[IMARI]: “I’m scared to get close to Mouri Motonari alone when he threatened the capital once, but…”
[IMARI]: “If I’m together with you then I can bring out enough courage to go to Mouri territory.”
[IMARI]: “And I have a responsibility to protect you…!”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mm. Okay.”
I couldn’t object any further in front of Imari-kun’s desperation.
[IMARI]: “Thank you so much! I don’t know how much help I’ll be but I’ll do my best for you too…!”
[YUZUKI]: “Haha, thank you. It’s reassuring to have you with me, Imari-kun. I’ll be counting on you!”
[IMARI]: “Okay! If that’s decided then… I need to prepare to go to Mouri territory!”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes. I was just in the middle of packing too.”
[IMARI]: “Then I should organize my tea kettle in case of times of emergency…”
Saying that, Imari-kun lowered the tea kettle he carried onto the tatami mat.
I wondered what was inside… When I looked over curiously at Imari-kun, what came out was–
[YUZUKI]: “Wha…!? T-That’s… my cell phone!?”
[IMARI]: “Huh? Sell-fone?”
What Imari-kun took out of his tea kettle was, without a doubt, my cell phone.
[YUZUKI]: (… And here I thought I came to this world without anything but myself…)
My cell phone didn’t look particularly broken. But the moment I accepted my cell phone from Imari-kun–
The screen activated on its own and a bright light enveloped the area.
[YUZUKI]: “Eh!? Wh, what, is this…!?”