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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
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~ Chapter Three ~

 

"... I am impressed you can find this place, Keiki (Œiêi)."
"Of course I always know where Your Majesty is at. ... is searching for you."
"Okay..."
"En-ou (‰„‰¤) had a puzzled expression on his face."
"... I would guess so."

"May I sit beside you?"
"Please... Keiki, what do you think?"
"What, to be exact?"
"Even as a beast of mercy, do you also think I should leave Tai alone?"
Sitting beside Youko, Keiki turned silent for quite some time looking at the Sea of Clouds.

"... The people of Tai (‘Õ) are pitiful."
Keiki burst out, and Youko nodded.
"I heard that Tai is now desolate, but the situation is probably much worst than we imagined."
"I agree... Even if it is a time of Kuui (‹óˆÊ, lit. empty seat / throne), it has only been six years. Normally in six years, very unlikely would it turn to such a desparate situation that makes people cover their eyes. Before Tai-ou (‘׉¤) was enthroned the desolation had not been that serious."

"So you have visited Kouki (ƒŠî) before, haven't you?"
"Yes. It was just after the emperor's coronation, but the desolation was not to a strikening degree. The substitute government (‰¼’©, katyou) had been efficient in rule."
I see, Youko mumbled, and looked at Keiki.

"How did Taiki (‘×êi) look like?"
"A small child he was."
Youko chuckled.
"Keiki's explanation are never enough, as usual."
"Is... is it so?"
Youko laughed on her own for some time.
"Anyways... It was more than seven years ago. Now he must have changed a lot from what I have heard from you."
I believe so, Keiki only replied.

"Keiki, if you were expelled out of this kingdom, what will you do."
"... Return."
"What would be a situation where you cannot return?"
"I cannot imagine myself. Taiki was small, but he knew clearly the duties assigned to him. It was a daunting duty. Whatever catastrophe took Taiki out of Tai, he would have returned by all means. A condition that makes Taiki impossible to return is nothing I can imagine."

"...Maybe he is now with Tai-ou?"

 

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