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…?
When I picked up my cell phone that came out of Imari-kun’s tea kettle, the area was enveloped in a bright light.
[IMARI]: “Huh…? What’s going on!?”
[YUZUKI]: “I don’t have a clue either…”
The light gradually converged and became a three-dimensional shape, which then changed into a woman’s figure.
[YUZUKI]: (Who is this lady…? She’s somewhat mysterious and really pretty…)
She seemed to perceive me and smiled sweetly.
[???]: “At last, I am able to speak with you…”
Her voice resounded directly in my head.
[YUZUKI]: “You are…”
[HIMEMIKO]: “Yes… I have been waiting all this time to be able to speak with you.”
[HIMEMIKO]: “And, Imari-kun, you have found her wonderfully.”
[IMARI]: “B-But… if I was more put together, she could have talked with you sooner, Himemiko-sama…”
[HIMEMIKO]: “That is not true at all. Imari-kun, you worked very hard. I am glad I requested this from you.”
[IMARI]: “H-Himemiko-sama… uwaaaah!!”
Imari-kun was so moved by Himemiko-sama’s words that he cried out loud.
[HIMEMIKO]: “But… I also think it’s true that it would have been better if you found her earlier.”
Imari-kun received this shock with teary eyes and Himemiko-sama giggled as she looked at him with affection.
[YUZUKI]: (Is Himemiko-sama surprisingly mischievous…?)
[IMARI]: “This was something I picked up on the day you came to Shinga. I didn’t think it belonged to you…”
[IMARI]: “It was smooth and pretty so I stored it in my tea kettle to treasure it.”
[IMARI]: “Uuu… it wasn’t something I’ve seen before so I should have suspected it was yours…”
[YUZUKI]: “Don’t worry, Imari-kun. It’s alright because you found it. Thank you for picking it up.”
[IMARI]: “Uuu… it really helps to hear you say that…”
Himemiko-sama was looking at Imari-kun with gentle eyes but, suddenly, she returned to a serious expression and looked in my direction.
[HIMEMIKO]: “I sincerely apologize for summoning you abruptly to Shinga.”
[HIMEMIKO]: “But at that time I had no choice but to do it…”
[YUZUKI]: “Umm… uh, in the first place, why did you summon me?”
[HIMEMIKO]: “… I have something to request of you.”
[HIMEMIKO]: “Yes… I would like you to make this Shinga a peaceful place without war once more.”
[YUZUKI]: “Wha…? Me?”
[HIMEMIKO]: “Yes. The power of your blood is necessary for that.”
[YUZUKI]: “The power of my blood…?”
[HIMEMIKO]: “This is something only you can do. Please, I beg of you, make this Shinga– peace–“
In the middle of her words, Himemiko-sama suddenly began to blur and disappear.
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah! Himemiko-sama!”
[IMARI]: “P-Please wait, Himemiko-sama! HIMEMIKO-SAMA!!”
Imari-kun’s shouts were in vain and Himemiko-sama’s form disappeared along with the light of my cell phone.
A few days later, after I met with Himemiko-sama, the Toyotomi Army was finally about to head towards Mouri territory.
[MITSUNARI]: “Now then–, in other words–… What is the matter. You seem to be absent-minded.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Huh? Ah, yes!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Please get a hold of yourself. Did you hear what I just said?”
[YUZUKI]: “N-No… sorry.”
I wasn’t able to consult with anyone about Himemiko-sama’s words, because I hadn’t sorted out the contents myself yet.
Because of that, I had been in deep thoughts increasingly since then.
[MITSUNARI]: “Good gracious… we are about to head to Mouri territory from here, please focus your mind more.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Now, now, now. This girl is also nervous. Right?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Anyway, while we’re heading to Mouri territory we’ll join up with reinforcements along the way that Oda prepared.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Let’s brace ourselves, and roll up our sleeves!”
[YUZUKI]: (I have to switch my feelings over right now… because we’re heading into a dangerous place from here!)
[MITSUNARI]: “However… what in the world is Nobunaga thinking, I wonder.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Far from stopping us when we sent a letter saying we would head to Mouri ahead of Oda…”
[MITSUNARI]: “On the contrary, they have sent over reinforcements…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Who knows.”
Although he said that, Hideyoshi-san seemed to have already sensed something, unlike Mitsunari-san who was openly suspicious.
[YUZUKI]: (No need to mention Nobunaga-san… but I can never tell what Hideyoshi-san is thinking as usual…)
Just what was Hideyoshi-san’s frame of mind when he spoke in such a carefree tone…
Even though I was beside him, I wasn’t able to guess that yet.