Chapter 1: Causing Confusion, the Progress of the War—
Masamune and his group formed an alliance with the Oda army and Toyotomi army, but it was hard to say that the atmosphere of the three armies was calm as they headed towards Mouri territory.
At that time, a certain piece of news, which Masamune wished for, arrived…
We joined up with the Oda army and Toyotomi army and advanced through the forest, aiming for Mouri territory.
[YUZUKI]: (Somehow, everything happened in a flash…)
[IMARI]: “—llo, erm.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Huh?”
I was brought back to the present by Imari-kun’s voice and he was peering at me with worried eyes.
[IMARI]: “Um, are you okay? You looked like you were spacing out…”
[YUZUKI]: (Oh no, while I was thinking I seem to have worried Imari-kun.)
[MASAMUNE]: “What’s wrong?”
[YUZUKI]: “Nothing, erm…”
[KOJUUROU]: “We’ve been moving constantly these several days, so you must be tired.”
When I was at a loss on how to respond Kojuurou-san also spoke.
[YUZUKI]: “I’m alright, thank you.”
[YUZUKI]: “… It’s just that only a short while ago we were allied with the Uesugi army.”
[YUZUKI]: “But it only took an instant, after the letter was sent to Nobunaga-san, until we were allied with the Oda army and Toyotomi army.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Hn. In the end, we are only temporarily allies with the other armies.”
[MASAMUNE]: “I believe you know, but those guys are nothing more than a means to achieve our goal.”
[MASAMUNE]: “That is precisely why you can’t drop your guard. Obviously with Nobunaga, but in particular with Hideyoshi.”
[MASAMUNE]: “Yeah, on top of being unknown, the attitude he showed when we met up… Caution is needed.”
Having allied, we joined up with the Oda army immediately and followed after the Toyotomi army which was said to have headed to Mouri lands first, leading Oda’s reinforcements.
Between the Oda army and Toyotomi army’s military flags that were lined up, I saw that a remarkably striking man was sitting down.
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Monkey, you’ve become bold to send a single letter demanding me to hand over reinforcements.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Nah, I didn’t think you’d really give me them.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Plus, you even brought the Date army.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hah, it’s you. In any event, you already knew.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Haha, who knows? Anyway, everyone in Date, it’s nice to meet you.”
Hideyoshi-san let Nobunaga-san’s words flow past him smoothly and then, like that, faced Masamune-san and us and showed a grin.
[YUZUKI]: (I wondered what kind of person he was, but he seems kind of cheery and kind.)
[MASAMUNE]: “… Hmph, too sharp.”
[YUZUKI]: (… Huh?)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Too sharp? If someone is to be called that it’d be you, Masamune. I heard you sent a strange letter to Nobunaga?”
Masamune-san smirked fearlessly at Hideyoshi-san’s question.
[MASAMUNE]: “Because if that standard of a message couldn’t be read, then there’d be no value in joining hands.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “…… Hn.”
Nobunaga-san, who was listening to their conversation beside them, only remained silent without a single change in expression.
However, between the three of them, somehow I felt a tense air drifting around—
[YUZUKI]: (Up to now, the Sanada army and Uesugi army we were involved are werewolves like Masamune-san and the others, so I didn’t feel anything too strange but…)
[YUZUKI]: (This time the alliance with the Oda army and Toyotomi army is, how do I say it… It makes me nervous.)
When I became filled with uneasiness, Kojuurou-san gently touched my shoulder.
[KOJUUROU]: “It’ll be alright. Because, no matter what happens, we will protect you.”
[SHIGEZANE]: “Yep, yep, we’re with ya so don’t worry! Right?”
[YUZUKI]: “Shigezane-san… right, thank you…!”
I felt my anxious emotions lighten slightly at their heartening words.