Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
<The Shore in Twilight, the Sky in Daybreak>

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter Three ~


When Risai () finished her sentence, the five people in the room each gave a unqiue cry.

Risai nodded and Youko (zq)'s reaction.

"The Hakuchi ()'s fall means the emperor's death. We were pushed into the abyss of desparation. -- At that time, everyone of us in the room could find no reason to doubt Asen (I)'s claim."

Asen was once in the same rank as Gyousou (邏@). They were called as "the two pillars," and were said to be close both at work and in private. After the revolution, Gyousou warmly received Asen, and all subordinates under Gyousou had put Asen in high regards. Asen had answered such trust really well, and even Taiki (i) seemed to become attached to him.

From under the tranqil water surface, Asen suddenly surfaced without alarm.


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