" Youko is?"
" Yeah, she would like to see Risai,
but is it all right if we let her come in?"
Koshou looked at Risai questioningly.
" Of course... Please."
Koshou and Keikei noddingly retreated, and
five guests stepped into the room. Kei-ou
led the pack, after whom were Keiki and Prime
Minister (Tyousai), whom Risai met along
with Kei-ou the day before. There were also a man Risai had never seen
before, and a child with golden hair.
" May I introduce En-ou and En
Taiho, from En Kingdom."
" The ruler of En... why?"
" Let's put it that they had some relations with Tai-ou
and Tai Taiho before. --Other than that,
Risai, I would like to pick up where we left yesterday. Now, in what situation
is Tai in reality?"
Risai put her remaining hand on her chest.
" Extremely serious. Above all, our emperor and Taiho are missing."
Risai replied, and Kei-ou's jasper-colored eyes looked straight into
" There are Tai refugees that claimed Tai-ou and Taiho had been assassinated.
And they said the culpit was the general of Zui
(瑞) Province Army..."
Risai's eyes opened wide.
" This is a mistake -- a misunderstanding!"
" We just would like to confirm. Please calm down."
Risai was about to jump out of bed, and Youko pressed her to stop.
" It is a mistake. It is true that I was pursued in charge of many
accusations of treason. However, there is no way, absolutely no way that
"... We understand."
Kei-ou's eyes were gleaming with concern. Risai gave a sigh. Maybe it
was tension, or maybe it was relief; a strong wave of numbing tiredness
"... There were many orders to arrest me, accusing me of assassination,
or being manipulated by some others. However, they are all mistaken..."
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