Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
<The Shore in Twilight, the Sky in Daybreak>

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter One ~


" He said he could not guarantee anything at this moment."
" Oh..."

" When inquiring Taiho, he said that Tai-ou and Tai Taiho had some encounters with En-ou and En Taiho. Also, refugees from Tai flow mostly to En. An report had been sent to the Military Department (, Ka) and the Judicial Department (H, Syuu) of En, containing the official account on General Ryuu, and the official request for any related information on En's side. Therefore, a reply is expected any minute."

As Youko nodded, a female clerk that served Youko's side entered Seikisuitai, reporting that Risai had opened her eyes. Youko hurriedly rushed to Kaden, but Risai had already closed her eyes again. The doctor that was also called and rushed in reported that for now, he held hope to Risai's conditions.

" There is the Hekisoujyu (ɑo, lit. double jade gems. The imperial treasure of Kei that heals wounds), so she might gradually recover."
" I see..."
Youko nodded, and looked down at the withering female general.

" At the expense of her life..."

This lady arrived in blood and wounds, just to save her country.

-- I would like to do something for her.

I would like to save. This general, Tai Kingdom, -- and Taiki.


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