Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Three ~
Risai shook her head as she pointed out.
"Should ... Should I really believe so?"
"No, I am not saying I had treacherous ideas. It is just that I
was not accustomed to his majesty's logics at the beginning. I had the
impression his majesty was hasty in every decision, and I was unsettled.
I also felt left out. I felt helpless and unsettled. ... I had even rushed
to your place to cry myself out."
"Now I got it. I think he is impetuous, but not exceedingly so.
The anxiety has also disappeared. It is because there is enough reason
behind all his majesty's actions to put my trust on. However, definitely
I had been anxious before, and people around should have noticed it. There
is nothing I can do even if my behavior was regarded as criticism, or
even disapproval, towards his majesty. It is not unreasonable to be misunderstood
this way -- and when I think of that..."
" Religious Affairs Minister Tyouun
is so as well. Before, he had raised criticism towards his majesty quite
often. Prime Minister Eityuu is also known
to be very unsettled before. Besides them are Asen
and Gantyou, and ... you, Risai. There are
especially more rumors about you."
Yes, Kaei's pale lips trembled.
"Exactly. I am afraid such rumors would pain your ears. Risai, you conducted Syousan (昇山) alongside his majesty, didn't you? The fact that his majesty got chosen in the end must not be pleasant for Risai, the rumor says. Gantyou was originally under his majesty, but he has always been highly regarded in the Imperial Army. When the Imperial Army General post was open, it was expected Gantyou would be the first candidate. When the appointment was announced, however, his majesty was selected in unprecedented young age. Gantyou had always been Gyousou's subordinate, but rumor has it whether there are any hidden stories..."
"Outrageous! -- Going along such biased conjectures, anyone in this
world can be a criminal."