Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Two ~
The inexperienced words from the young empress of age 16 or 17 was filled with sincerity. Risai, who first imagined Kei-ou as being more unreliable and gentler, was surprised by Kei-ou's military-man character. -- She is really different from Taiki. Risai started to notice her evidence-lacking presumptions that everyone would be similar to Taiki just because they came from Hourai like he did.
" ... Thank you very much."
Youko nodded, and looked back at the two men standing behind her.
Noticing again her presumptions based solely on Taiki, Risai could not but give a bitter smile. -- The golden hair clearly indicated that he is a kirin. However, Tai's kirin is a black kirin (κi, Kotsuki), with the color of polished steel.
" I have heard a lot about you since a long time ago, Kei
" I heard a lot from Taiho... Taiki.
I was lucky enough to be close to Taiho all the time. Taiho had always
been saying that you are a very gentle person who showed great care towards
him. Taiho seemed to admire Kei Taiho very much."
" ...Excuse me? Did I say anything impolite?"