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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter Two ~


Gyousou and Tetsui were tied with trust and righteousness. Therefore Gyousou could never overlook Tetsui falling into the whirlpool of war. Gyousou, alongside with Sougen, led nearly 20000 soldiers to Bun Province. Risai hugged Taiki's shoulders as they saw Gyousou off.

" Gyousou-sama would safely return, wouldn't he?"
Facing the young kirin that looked up unsettled, Risai nodded with assurance.
" Everything will be fine, Taiho."

Risai's assurance turned out to be a lie.

In hindsight, the rebellions were so carefully planned when Tetsui was swept in as the center of all chaos from the very beginning, Risai realized. Those were no simple riots from local gangs. There was a finger conducting in the dark on organizing the local gangs and advised them with strategies. That conductor had clear insight on that Gyousou could not leave Tetsui alone.

Gyousou never returned to Kouki from then on --


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