Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Two ~
--What is that?
What? Why? Risai's thought was filled with these two questions. It was the first time for Risai to encounter a shoku. Also, from what Risai had heard, shoku does not occur above the Sea of Clouds.
Senkaku supported himself up. The rubble of roof tiles surged down to his feet. If they had not stepped their two or three steps forward, they would have been under the rubble now.
" Risai, where is Taiho?!"
Where is Taiki? The time was a little too early for him to attend the afternoon administrative affairs section. It was long after he left the outer Hall (外殿, Gaiden), but there should not be enough time for him to return to his room at the main Hall (正殿, Seiden). Is he at Jinjyuu Hall (仁重殿)?
"Don't worry. Daiboku (大僕, head body guard)
is at Taiho's side."
" Risai, don’t you know!? Shoku doesn’t suppose to happen above the Sea of Clouds. If there is one, it can only be meishoku (鳴蝕) -- one that is invoked by Taiho"
Risai dashed off.
Risai yelled to her back, jumped right above the pile of rubble in one leap, and ran towards Roushin (路寝). Risai also knew. Kirin can invoke a small shoku. That is called meishoku. -- However, does Taiki, who was raised in Hourai, really know how to invoke a meishoku?
Risai met Taiki at Mt. Hou (蓬山). To tell the truth, when Gyousou did Syousan (昇山), Risai also did Syousan herself. At that time she met Taiki, who then couldn't transform (転変, tenpen) -- returning to his kirin form -- or keep a shirei (使令, lit. servant). The time such instinctive powers were awaken, Taiki must have been driven to a corner. So something must have happened.