Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Three ~
"We have investigated once more, but again there is no Taiki's fruit
in Mt. Hou (Houzan HR). Taiki is not dead.
As long as Hou hasn't cried, there is no way Tai-ou is dead either. From
the various theories we have heard from Tai refugees, the most probable
situation is that there is a military coup."
" There must have been something going on just before the battle. He is not dead, but is not safe either. Maybe he is confined somewhere. Maybe he is under hot pursuit by the assassins, and is forced to hide himself. Whichever the case, Tai has fallen into the usurpers' hands, and even though Tai-ou would like to defeat the usurpers and take back the throne, he couldn't -- How about Taiki?"
" Again nothing is sure, except that he has also disappeared...
Above all, there was a shoku (I). A meishoku
(ΒI) occurred in the palace, causing great disasters in Hakkei
" Exactly. Afterwards, Taiki was nowhere to be found, and even after
combing the rumble, nobody could find him, Risai said."
" Then, he is at the other world?"
Youko nodded, and looked at Syouryuu.