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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter Three ~


The meeting room turned dead silent for quite some time. Everyone was too shocked to utter a sound. It was Asen (I) who finally broke the heavy silence.

"Anyways, rescuing of the victims within the palace is necessary. Agreed? A place must be set up to take care of the servants (Genan and Gejyo) and injured officers. Another urgent matter is to set up a care center at the Outer Wing (O, Gaityou)."
Senkaku (p) nodded, and suddenly lifted his head.
"Not that we mention it, how is the situation at the city of Kouki ()?"
"It seems to suffer no damage."

It was again Asen who answered the question. Asen had taken one step ahead in city disaster relief, and confirmed that there had been relatively less damage at the city of Kouki. The shoku happened above the Sea of Clouds (_C, Unkai), and the Sea of Clouds blocked the damage from reaching the world under. For the time being, the establishment of a care center to treat the victimized servants and officers was written on paper, and was stamped using Hakuchi ()'s foot for approval. At that stage someone realized it was necessary to preserve the Imperial Seal with the disappeared imprint, but that Asen had also taken care of by sending his troops. However, Senshin was not exempt from the disaster, and the Imperial Seal was considered to be within the scattered rumble. The troop was searching for the seal as the highest priority.

-- In other words, as the other officers were chasing around their tails in the meeting room, Asen alone grasped what needed to be done, and put them into action.


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