Chapter 1: Intersecting Intentions
Nobunaga and the others marched on Mouri territory, having tied an alliance with Toyotomi and Date.
The intentions of each army, seeking clues on Himemiko, intersect complicatedly…
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Do you long for your original world?”
Nobunaga-san’s fingers softly stroked my cheek. Because it was such a tender manner, as if he were soothing me, I found myself able to speak naturally about my feelings.
[YUZUKI]: “I do miss my old world a lot, but…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Do you wish to return home immediately?”
[YUZUKI]: (It’d be a lie if I said I didn’t want to go home. But…)
[NOBUNAGA]: “… I asked something pointless.”
By the time I came back to myself Nobunaga-san was already turning his back to me.
[YUZUKI]: “Um, Nobunaga-san!”
[YUZUKI]: “I love my original world. But… I don’t want to go home yet.”
[YUZUKI]: “Why did I come to Shinga? I want to know that reason.”
[YUZUKI]: “So… erm, I’d like to be under the care… of everyone in the Oda army… a little more…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… It is of no trouble to look after a single small girl like you. Thus far and hereafter…”
Nobunaga-san turned to me again and wrapped an arm around my waist, pulling me strongly into him.
My hands landed on Nobunaga-san’s chest and, from there, I could slowly feel the warmth coming from him.
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Remember well. Even if you say you wish to return to your old world, I haven’t the slightest intention of releasing you.”
[YUZUKI]: “B-but… just now didn’t you ask if I wanted to go home…?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Depending on your answer, I wondered if I would have to discipline you again. It would seem that is not necessary though.”
Nobunaga-san’s fingers caressed my neck and then scooped up a bundle of my hair.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Listen closely. I do not intend to let you go and I will not allow you to oppose my will and leave my side… Do you understand?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Good answer.”
Nobunaga-san nodded in satisfaction and dropped a kiss on the bundle of my hair he held.
[YUZUKI]: (He’s forceful, but… I’m a bit happy to hear that I can stay by his side…)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Tomorrow, we will strike the allied forces of Uesugi, Takeda, and Sanada along with the breaking of dawn. You will dedicate that blood of yours for the victory of our army.”
[YUZUKI]: “Of course.”
Nobunaga-san finally released me when I nodded clearly.
[YUZUKI]: (In truth I don’t want to fight or hurt anyone…)
[YUZUKI]: (But if Nobunaga-san and everyone in the Oda army needs me, in any form, I want to live up to that.)
I raised my head, resolving myself. And then—
[YUZUKI]: “… Nobunaga-san?”
Nobunaga-san was glaring hard into the depths of the forest. His hand was placed on his sword.
[YUZUKI]: “Is it y-yakuma?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “No… but it is undoubtedly an enemy.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I know you are there. Reveal yourself.”
The bush which Nobunaga-san was glaring at shook. The person who appeared from there was—
[YUZUKI]: “Ah! If I remember correctly, you’re Sanada’s…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I shall reward your folly for appearing in front of me alone; you may tell me why you came here. However…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “If it is a trivial answer then you will lose that life of yours in this place.”
[YUZUKI]: (Nobunaga-san… he’s serious…)
But Nobuyuki-san wasn’t terrified or trembling and just stood there quietly.
[NOBUNAGA]: “Now, let me hear your answer.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “—Not long ago… I broke off relations with my younger brother, Sanada Yukimura.”
[NOBUYUKI]: “Nobunaga. Will you use me in the Oda army…?”
T/N: Okay, who the HECK would believe Nobuyuki LOL. Unfortunately, we’re going to be left on this cliffhanger though because I’m going to jump to the rest of the armies. SNB has been releasing parts of the chapters in rotation (one part every week and going through the armies in order) so I’m going to assume they want us to follow everyone as simultaneously as possible.