Chapter 2: Hostilities
The war of allied armies began at last—
Hideyoshi and the others readied their preparations to intercept the Takeda army. However, something unexpected interrupted…?
[NOBUNAGA]: “You… Mouri Motonari.”
[MOTONARI]: “Indeed. I am Mouri Motonari, the general of the Mouri army.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Ooh, to think the general himself would appear.”
Hideyoshi stretched a hand to his sword while keeping cautious to Motonari who came over with relaxed steps.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (The other Mouri commanders… aren’t here? No way, did he show up in front of us alone? Or are they hiding themselves?)
He snuck a glance at Nobunaga and saw that, while the other person placed a hand on his sword, the other hand touched his gun.
[MOTONARI]: “It seems like you took care of my children several days ago.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Aah, you mean at our conference?”
[MOTONARI]: “You punished them quite hard, didn’t you?”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Is that a complaint from the one who ambushed us?”
[MOTONARI]: “I merely… wish to protect my family is all.”
Motonari, walking calmly, entered their space. The moment he did Ranmaru and Toshiie jumped in front of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi without a moment’s delay.
[RANMARU]: “Nobunaga-sama! Please step back!”
[TOSHIIE]: “Hideyoshi! Leave him to me!”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “… Nah. The enemy is Mouri’s general and an oni. I really can’t leave this place to you on those grounds.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “—Monkey, we’re going.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “You’re the one who should keep up with me.”
Motonari didn’t take a particular stance and merely looked at them. It was Ranmaru and Toshiie who attacked first.
[RANMARU]: “Mouri Motonari, prepare yourself!”
[TOSHIIE]: “This guy…!”
In the face of the two’s quick attacks, Motonari dealt with them lightly. However—
Motonari’s sword was swung in a large arc to send Ranmaru and Toshiie flying and a chance was born there.
Perhaps he thought the same thing because, from the opposite side of Hideyoshi, Nobunaga also quickly went around Motonari.
[HIDEYOSHI + NOBUNAGA]: “You’re mine!”
Hideyoshi’s sword pierced Motonari’s heart and Nobunaga’s bullet shot through his head— or they should have.
But Motonari only twisted his body slightly and both attacks were impressively evaded.
[MOTONARI]: “This was a little close just now. —Hmph!”
The two of them barely caught the released slash with their swords, but they were sent flying by the weight of that attack.
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Damn… he’s ridiculously strong.”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “By the way, Nobunaga-sama, is that gun a decoration? It’s embarrassing to be avoided at such a close distance.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Silence. Despite pressing in at such a close proximity, you too didn’t even make a scratch.”
[MOTONARI]: “… Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. If you say you will retreat now I will not pursue you.”
[MOTONARI]: “However, if you are to continue still… I will fight fire with fire.”
[NOBUNAGA]: “Hmph, do you think I, Nobunaga, will disgrace myself by withdrawing?”
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Unfortunately, you see, I hate losing. I’m not going to listen to your words on retreating because you won’t pursue us.”
[MOTONARI]: “… That is a shame. I warned you.”
Motonari raised his sword while sighing. That blade, which made Hideyoshi wonder whether he should blink or not, for just a small moment, reflected light and stole his vision.
[HIDEYOSHI]: (… Ggh!! Shit, he’s coming…!)
In that instant, Hideyoshi put himself on guard for whether he or Nobunaga would be targeted. However, the one Motonari raised his hand to was—
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Wha… TOSHIIE!!”
[YUZUKI]: “…! Right now, wasn’t that Hideyoshi-san and Toshiie-san’s voices!?”
[MITSUNARI]: “I heard it as well!”
[HANBEE]: “Me too!… Over there, I think?”
[KANBEE]: “Most probable. We must hasten.”
[YUZUKI]: (Hideyoshi-san, Toshiie-san, where are you two?… Huh?)
[YUZUKI]: (Just now was…? No, now’s not the time to think. We need to hurry and find Hideyoshi-san and Toshiie-san.)
[HIDEYOSHI]: “Toshiie! Hold on, Toshiie!”
[MITSUNARI]: “They’re here. Over there!”
[HANBEE]: “Hideyoshi-sama! Toshiie!?”
[YUZUKI]: “No… way…”
What leapt into our eyes as we ran over was the red-stained body of an unmoving Toshiie.
T/N: I didn’t screenshot the picture but the MC saw a glimpse of Motonari in the forest… I feel like the set up in Oda and Toyotomi is going to force the heroine to use her power and Motonari is going to find out about her like that and, given his history with Himemiko, it’s just going to ramp up the conflict.