Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter One ~
" When Taiki returned, the imperial
flag (黄旗, kouki) was raised, Syousan started,
and not long afterwards Tai-ou was enthroned.
The records of that time remains even in Kei.
The phoenix (鳳, hou) had its first cry (一声,
issei) to Tai Kingdom, signaling the coronation
of the new emperor. According to records, Taiho
visited Tai for informal congratulation."
" So, we had diplomatic relations with Tai..."
Wow, Youko mumbled unbelievably.
" Then has the lady -- Risai visited
Kei before, asking help from Taiki’s acquaintance Keiki?"
Koukan also cocked his head slightly.
" Anyway, the new emperor was enthroned. -- Then half a year later,
Tai sent messengers to Kei, claiming that Tai-ou had deceased."
" You are right. When an emperor is enthroned, the phoenix gives the first cry. When an emperor descends from the throne, the phoenix gives the last cry. The phoenix should cry in this way to deliver the messages, but this time the phoenix didn’t cry at all. Up to the present moment, the phoenix didn’t give the last cry to Tai Kingdom. In other words, no matter how I think about it, I cannot come to the conclusion that the emperor abdicated or was deceased."