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…?
Indeed, Hideyoshi-san asked Nobunaga-san for reinforcements before the Mouri attack.
[YUZUKI]: (But its biggest purpose should have been to let Nobunaga-san know that we were attacking Mouri and taking the lead…)
[MITSUNARI]: “Contrary to our expectations, Nobunaga-san sent over reinforcements to a massive extent.”
.[TOSHIIE]: “… What’s with that. It hadn’t even been that long since we sent our letter to Oda…”
[TOSHIIE]: “For those Oda guys to be able to prepare this much…”
[MITSUNARI]: “Perhaps they… read our movements from the very beginning.”
[KANBEE]: “We cannot conclude that under these conditions. Nobunaga is a man who makes swift decisions. At the very least, if he has sent this abnormal number of reinforcements then–“
[KANBEE]: “Nobunaga himself can easily imagine that we would feel a sense of suspicion that he was up to something.”
[MITSUNARI]: “Still, to send this number of soldiers… Has Oda’s territory not become mostly empty?”
[MITSUNARI]: “With Takeda and Uesugi actively moving presently, I cannot think he is in his right mind to make his lands empty.”
[KANBEE]: “The one who obtains Himemiko takes the world… If that is the case, there is no need to hold back.”
[KANBEE]: “That may be the case in the end.”
[HANBEE]: “They have an alliance with Date so, in case of any attacks, they’re able to take countermeasures.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Well, as far as not being stingy is concerned, I’m of the exact same opinion.”
Right now, even Hideyoshi-san was trying to invade Mouri territory with all the military force he could gather.
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san and Nobunaga-san intend to challenge them with their full might…)
[TOSHIIE]: “Hmph, I can’t stand those Oda Army guys.”
[TOSHIIE]: “But it’s not a bad thing for our number of allies to be a lot.”
[TOSHIIE]: “This seems like it’s gonna be a bigger war than I imagined!”
[YUZUKI]: “… Mm, that’s right…”
[HANBEE]: “What’s wrong? Lately, it feels like your mind’s been occupied.”
[YUZUKI]: “Ah, no… it’s nothing.”
As I answered that, I couldn’t help but recall Himemikos-sama’s words.
[HIMEMIKO]: “I would like you to make this Shinga a peaceful place without war once more.”
[HIMEMIKO]: “The power of your blood is necessary for that.”
[YUZUKI]: (Himemiko-sama said that but can I even do that…?)
[YUZUKI]: (Of course, I think it’d be nice if there weren’t any conflicts but…)
In truth, even if I was in front of everyone and about to head towards a great battle from here, I wasn’t able to do anything.
[YUZUKI]: “… Um, Hanbee-kun, what do you and the others fight for?”
[HANBEE]: “Huh? That’s an abrupt question~. Hmmm… for everyone to live enjoyably, maybe?”
[YUZUKI]: “Live enjoyably…”
[HANBEE]: “Mhm, that’s right! If Hideyoshi-sama takes the world then I’m sure everyone can live much more happily.”
[HANBEE]: “I’m fighting right now for that.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Yeah, I believe that it’s only with Toyotomi uniting the country that’ll lead to Shinga’s peace.”
[TOSHIIE]: “Besides, if I follow Hideyoshi, I think I’ll get to see fun things.”
Toshiie-san smiled while saying that.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ohhh. You’re asking what everyone’s fighting for?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Mitsunari, Kanbee, how about you guys?”
[MITSUNARI]: “I want to demonstrate the abilities I have in a world that Hideyoshi-sama governs.”
[KANBEE]: “I mentioned this before but I am indebted to Hanbee and Hideyoshi-sama. Moreover, being here, I can try various plans.”
[HANBEE]: “Yep, yep. It’s fun to shock everyone with a flashy plan you come up with, right~!”
[MITSUNARI]: “Though sometimes I wish you would also think about the expenses related to those plans…”
[YUZUKI]: (Everyone is the same as always…)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Ah, you finally smiled.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “I don’t know what you’ve been troubled over, but I’m sure it’ll be alright.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “‘Cause there’s a whole bunch of interesting guys gathered here.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toyotomi won’t lose to anyone. We will definitely become… the very best.”
[YUZUKI]: “The very… best.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Yeah. And at that time–“
[YUZUKI]: “Wah… H-Hideyoshi-san!?”
I was carried by Hideyoshi-san and placed on the horse.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “We’ll look at the scenery at the summit together with everyone here!”
Saying that, Hideyoshi-san hugged me tightly from behind, as if to support me.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Are you ready?”
Hideyoshi-san kicked his horse into a run.
[HANBEE]: “Ah, wait, Hideyoshi-sama! It’s not faaair to get a head start!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “This is what they call first come, first served!”
I thought this again while I watched everyone chase after us.
What was waiting for us beyond this battle…
[YUZUKI]: (Himemiko-sama… it’s too big of a goal to return peace to Shinga with my own hands… I can’t imagine it.)
[YUZUKI]: (That’s why right now… I’ll aim for a world where all the people that I love in the Toyotomi Army can live with a smile–)
[YUZUKI]: (I’m going to try hard for that sake.)
[YUZUKI]: (If the power of my blood leads to protecting everyone’s smile…)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Come on! Here we go to Mouri territory!”