Chapter 2: Battlefield of Betrayals
The one who visited the Oda army was Sanada Nobuyuki of the Sanada army.
Amid everyone’s vigilance, Nobuyuki said unexpected words. At the same time, the war begins to move…
Both Nobunaga and Kenshin pulled out their swords and slowly measured their distance.
The surrounding noises, voices, and sounds of battle seemed to move far away and it was only in this space, as the two glared at each other, that was dominated by silence.
However, even that could not continue forever.
Nobunaga sidestepped Kenshin’s single attack, when he closed the distance first, and seized this chance to aim for Kenshin’s throat.
But Kenshin seemed to have predicted that and lightly jumped back, dodging the tip.
[NOBUNAGA]: (Like I thought, this extent will be dodged. In that case—)
Kenshin held up his sword again and Nobunaga also did the same in response. In that moment, he dared to create a small gap.
[NOBUNAGA]: (… Come jumping once more.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “… Ngh!”
Nobunaga caught the heavy blow that was repeated and then—
Although Kenshin quickly escaped the line of sight the instant Nobunaga pulled out his gun, the bullet grazed his side and his face twisted.
Kenshin guarded his injury while being wary of Nobunaga, but sometimes he seemed to be concerned in the direction of the plains.
[NOBUNAGA]: (It appears he is quite worried about the allied Sanada army.)
[NOBUNAGA]: “Was Sanada Nobuyuki your instigation?”
[KENSHIN]: “… What?”
[NOBUNAGA]: (From that reaction, he isn’t some spy by their hands, I see. However…)
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! Nobuyuki seems to have betrayed us!”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… I know.”
[KENSHIN]: “!! Knowing he would betray you, why did you accept Nobuyuki…”
[NOBUNAGA]: “I thought he would be useful to a small extent, nothing more.”
[KENSHIN]: “So that ruthlessness is what makes you the Great Demon King of the Sixth Heaven.”
The moment Kenshin fell into a sword stance— their surroundings were enveloped in an abnormal stir, unlike what it was up to now.
[RANMARU]: “Wha… what is that.”
Kenshin was clearly shaken by that sharp and loud voice.
[KENSHIN]: “… Kagekatsu.”
[RANMARU]: “Ah…! Do we chase!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “No need. More importantly…”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Oh, there he is, there he is.”
[RANMARU]: “Hideyoshi! And Toshiie!?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Looks like it’s a bit of a bad situation.”
[NOBUNAGA]: (He went out of his way to convene here. Like I thought—)
[NOBUNAGA]: “… The Mouri army.”
[NOBUNAGA]: (I suspected they may come, but…)
Hideyoshi nodded at Nobunaga’s words and subsequently suggested a common front.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Until an organized counterattack is arranged, we’ll have to endure… Huh!?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “… It appears we do not have the time to talk leisurely.”
Nobunaga sensed a presence deep in the woods and reflexively stood ready. The moment he did, there stood—