"Who ARE these people?" Yuzuki was peering out onto the battle field watching the battle commence.
One man with a sword and bright red hair, whom was fighting another man with a spear shouted something as he swept the other's long weapon up and away.
The now disarmed opponent to the red haired man gasped, looking back to where his spear had been flung, high into the air and whirling like a dangerous fan.
It soured many feet up until it abruptly stopped, a hang grasping it firmly and halting its ascent.
"What are you doing, Toshiie?" The voice sounded young and cheerful as it called down in question.
Blond hair, the edges tipped in red with a tiny ponytail set high, held together by a large black band with some colourful beads crowned the man who had leapt up to take hold of the flung spear. His clothing was white with one armoured shoulder and a purple caplet covering the other.
Two swords were at his left hip and a red mask on his right.
As he descended, he attacked the red haired man with the spear he had snatched out of the air.
This caused the red haired man to go on the defensive. No longer making light of the situation, it was all the red haired man could do to not get hit.
There was no more talking between the two as they exchanged blows.
The blond was obviously in better control of this fight than the original owner of the spear weapon.
The blond and red haired man exchanged one more blow, pausing to flex their strength, trying to push the other back with their silver blades.
"Hey, look behind you." The blond glanced over the red haired man's shoulder and relaxed.
"The retreat signal, huh." The red haired man in turn relaxed, stepped back and placed his swords within their sheaths.
"Guess i don't have a choice.." The red haired man exclaimed, turning to casually walk back to his regrouping company.
The blond fully relaxed in turn, smirking as he watched his opponents back. The owner of the spear returned, walking up to the blond man's side as he too watched the army regroup.
Pausing before he got too far away the red haired man called back out. "Ill kill you next time. Be ready!" Without looking back at the two.
Yuzuki looked over to you. "Theyre retreating." She whispered. Your heart thumped as you watched, fixated on the clearing.
You both continued to observe.
"Man! That battle was a tough one!" Sighed the blond as more soldiers came upon him. They were all clad in more than just regular armour. They were bright and offered far more room and reach than something made just for men who were disposable. These characters had to be of higher standing than even just army generals.
One man with a very long white braid all the way past his hips chided the original man who had lost his spear in battle. "You must not be so rash, our plans went amiss this time because of you." He adjusted the square glasses on his face with the tips of his fingers and closed his eyes.
The man who can only be the 'Toshiie' they are speaking of turned to the man with the braid and glasses. "Thats not true!" he retaliated.
"Come on now" the blond interjected. "Its no fun if everything always goes exactly as planned, right?"
You felt something crawling on your hand and glanced down to see a little ant on your finger. You weren't scared of bugs by any means, but the slight shift caused Yuzuki to turn her head completely and open her mouth to speak.
"Hmm?" Yuzuki turning her head to you must have been just enough movement to grab the blond's attention, for he glanced over towards were you both were hiding and frowned.
Yuzuki and you both flinched back, hiding as best you could. Your heart started to beat in your chest as you prepared to get into a fight or flight situation. Yuzuki on the other hand just covered her mouth, her eyes wide.
Guess it was up to you to protect your friend. Not that Yuzuki was weak by any means, but growing up in Japan, girls were a little more delicate. Or at least you assumed so by how anime and manga portrayed them as.
The other man whom had gathered around the blond to converse caught on to the suddenly serious look he suddenly displayed.
They all turned, quietly gazing along the same path.
"Toshiie.." The blond tossed the spear back to its owner. Toshiie reached back, grabbing it from the air without looking with very little effort.
Yuzuki started to quiver, her eyes huge. You could tell she was wondering if you both had been seen or not. Neither of your were far enough into the bushes to hide completely.
Toshiie headed the group, his spear pointed towards your hiding place. "Hey! Come out!" He demanded.
You were both frozen in place. No doubt, you were in trouble.
"Hurry up!" Came the impatient voice. Yuzuki looked at you and you shook your head. You didn't understand what was being said and sought Yuzuki's gaze for guidance.
Your friend however did not reply, but only gulped. It was obviously Japanese that was being spoken, so you knew she understood.
Yuzuki started to get up. Your eyes widened in question and fear. What was she doing?!
She gestured for you to stand as well. Perhaps you had been told to show yourselves. Whats the worse that could happen?
You got up as well, annoyed for a moment at your legs shaking from the adrenaline pulsing through your veins. You couldn't really control it, but your poker face was on point. You would be fierce if need be.
You followed Yuzuki out of the bushes to face five men and a pointy spear.
Like students about to be scolded by angry parents you stood side by side shaking. Holding hands as you looked on in fear at these men.
"W-What? Girls?!" You didnt understand the exclamation but you were pretty sure they were surprised you werent snipers or something.
The blond made a cheerful noise as he approached you both. Yuzuki squeezes your hand harder and closed her eyes.
He was talking in Japanese and looking first over Yuzuki, then giving a glance over all of yourself. He seemed really curious about both your attire and reached out his hand to touch Yuzuki.
She let go of your hand and slapped his away. She squeaked out what you could only assume to be something along the lines of "NO!" in Japanese.
Toshiie bristled at this immediately, shouting something at her that sounded angry. The blond spoke back to him, smiling lightly as if it wasn't such a big deal that she had slapped his hand away.
"Perhaps your just scared" He spoke in Japanese to Yuzuki.
Just then, one of the other members of the group piped up. He was holding an umbrella and his over all appearance was very feminine. His blond hair was short and pinned back with a mask tied to the side of his head.
"Your really don't know who this is? He's Hideyoshi Toyotomi-sama!"
All you caught out of all that exchange was the name. Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Of course you also understood 'sama' but that didnt really matter.
You were still tense as you watched what was going on, the frustration slowly creeping up on you as you fought to understand any of what was going on besides just guessing at context. You were resisting the urge to grab a hold of Yuzuki and ask. Your anxiety on full alert and you feared any sort of movement would draw their eyes to you.
The one with glasses carried on the conversation, obviously speaking to your friend while also keeping an eye on you. His hand was still raised to his glasses, as if he couldn't keep them adjusted for long.
More names were being mentioned but damned if you understood.
Yuzuki's eyebrows furrowed ever so slightly as she was fed information. She asked something and repeated the names previously mentioned. Her confusion and awe plain on her face.
The others in the group also commented and Yuzuki almost relaxed. You looked at her, silently begging her to remember you existed and tell you anything at all of what was going on. Yuzuki! Im right here!
The blond stepped closer to her, a slight smile on his face. He gave her an approving look up and down and Yuzuki blinked at him.
Suddenly he stood straight up, hands on his hips he exclaimed something to the group.
The one with the glasses looked a bit shocked. His reply back was a question to the blond.
Toyotomi, which could only really be the blond looked back at him, replying while adding in the name "Mitsunari."
Guess that was braid man's name.
Toyotomi grabbed your friend's arm and you stepped forward, grabbing his attention. Yuzuki looked over to you with wide eyes. "He wants us to come with them." She said in English. Finally she remembered you were there.
The sudden change in language caused a look of confusion to cross the blond's face. He glanced at you, then back at Yuzuki, then back at you.
Yuzuki looked back over to him, her arm still in his grasp, paused in dragging her along.
Yuzuki started rattling something off to Toyotomi which caused not only him, but the others in the group to all turn their attention to you. Your face went blank for a second. Poker face all the way. You didn't like the sudden attention and didn't understand what was going on.
Toyotomi let go of Yuzuki's arm and turned to you.
"Anata wa Nihon no hanasu ikemasen ka?" Toyotomi asked you something but all you could do is stare at him blankly.
Thankfully your friend saved you and continued to speak with him.
Eventually he let it go and you both were herded out into the clearing towards the larger part of the grouped up army.
What a fun adventure this is turning out to be... You thought sarcastically as you hung close to your friend.