Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter One ~
"Koshou, why didnĀft you let her rest?"
Power was drained out of RisaiĀfs arms. Risai collapsed onto the ground,
and struggled to a kowtow right on the spot.
Surprised green pupils were landed on RisaiĀfs face.
The Kingdom of Tai was isolated in the midst of the Empty
Sea (čēäC, Kyokai) at the northeast of the continent. It was an extremely
chilly land on which everything was frozen in winter. This was where the
people of Tai were abandoned. Six years ago -- barely a year after the
new emperor was enthroned, Tai lost its emperor.
"The people of Tai have no way to rescue themselves. Youma swarm around the costal area, and the people cannot even escape from Tai, nor can they survive for long if they stay."
Indignation and pain. The emotions that Risai sealed long within her chest were released once and for all, taking even her breath away. A hard cold lump was frozen in her throat.
"Tai-ou was driven out of the palace by usurpersĀf rebellions. Taiho
disappeared with Tai-ou, without a trace and without a reason. --Nevertheless..."
The emperor was not deceased. TaiĀfs fate was not sealed in doom.
Her breathing stopped. Risai would like to breath in, but her throat only sounded in contrary to her commands, and refused to let air pass. Ominous faint spots developed in her sight, swelled and ate everything in sight into darkness. The only thing Risai could hear was a sharp ring from within the ears.
Lend your power, Risai would like to say, but was her thought eventually turned into audible voice?