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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter Three ~


" So, it is Hien ()?"
" Yes. The kijyuu has completely recovered. I would love to show you to it for once, but the Imperial Affairs guys (Tenkan, V) are really upset about bringing kijyuu to Seishin.h
" How can I express my gratitude..."
" It is not me you should thank for! Anyways, is it all right for Keikei to take care of it? Keikei has never taken care of a kijyuu before, so you need to guide him on every detail though."

" My pleasure."
Risai replied, and a small "Gotcha!" escaped from Keikei's lips.
" In any case, why is there no tea for our guest?"
Koshou pointed out, and Keikei jumped to his feet. Leaving behind a light voice of "Got it!" the child ran out of the room.
"... Pardon my rudeness, but is this child Koshou's?"
" Nope. We are completely unrelated. His guardian passed away, so Youko is taking care of him."
" Youko... Kei-ou is?"

" Yes. Though she is the guardian now, she has no spare time to actually take care of him. Therefore I am now in charge."
" So this is Koshou's residence?"
" Humm, how should I put it?"
Risai blinked.
" You can probably call it Taishi (t)'s residence. It is the inside of Taishifu (t{, lit. Taishi's Residence). This is part of the administration office, but Taishi Enho () has specially permitted me to stay. So I am free to stay the nights in here."

" Then Taishi is Koshou's...?"
" Oh, we are also unrelated at all."
"... Pardon me... But what does this mean?"
Risai cocked her head, and just then Keikei dashed back with the tea set in his arms.
" Koshou, Youko (zq) is coming!"


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