" It is turning snowy."
Kaei said as she was led into the guestroom
in Risai's official residence, and Risai
gave a bow.
" You must be cold."
Risai showed Kaei a chair beside a brazier.
" It was always an honor that you come all the way to this humble
The pleasure is mine, Kaei shook her head facing Risai.
" I should be the one to apologize for my sudden intrusion. I have
long desired a long conversation with Risai. My request was without manners
and out of the blue, but I appreciate Risai's quick approval."
It is my honor, Risai smiled, and invited her to the wine and
food that her servants had prepared. Kaei was as if her heart was wondering
in the clouds. Her pale face showed a helpless expression and signs of
being cold. Kaei looked like she was in her late forties, and was older
than Risai in both appearance and in real age. However, at that moment,
Kaei looked like a lost child. It was in any way unperceivable that Kaei
paid a visit just to befriend with Risai.
" Pardon my rudeness, but Kaei, what is your reason behind this
Kaei looked at Risai as if she had just woke up from some meditation.
" Oh... Well, there is nothing like a purpose. I just really hope
to have a long conversation with you."
Kaei claimed, but she was not speaking much from the very beginning. Probably
noticing this herself, Kaei shamefully lowered her head.
" No one will force herself into another's residence, even after
being kindly spared some time -- How rude I am..."
Risai looked into Kaei.
" Please don't regard me as a blunt fellow -- but Kaei, is it that
you have some worries inside you?"
Kaei looked up as if she was hit on the chest, and suddenly her face twitched
as if to cry.
" Pardon me if I have said something rude. I am always unacquainted
with beating around the bush."
No, Kaei shook her head.
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