Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter One~
Itan looked to his back. Although there are always no other people when Itan and others gather, Itan wants to reconfirm that there are nobody around.
gInformation from the streets. It was said that Gen Province was getting much wealthier recently. Each month the soldiers from the provincial army of Gen spent a lot of money at the red-light district many times. They came empty handed, but they return to Gen with a lot of luggage.h
gWhat are they stocking up from Kankyuu?h
gThere is no problem on food, so maybe it is weapons?h
gHowever,h Syukou said as he tilted his
Syouryuu laughed and turned his head to
Seisyou narrowed his eyes. Arenft the managers of the weapon chamber letting the weapons flow out freely? Kyou-ou had raked up an unusually large amount of weapons. Selling the weapons helped supplement the kingdomfs budget, but the outflow of weapons is so large that the weapons became worthless soon afterwards. Therefore, a lot of weapons are piling up at the weapon chamber even now.
gBut, the lord of Gen Province...h
Itan nodded at Syukoufs words.
g eCornered rats will even bite cats.f Those who have their minds set are much more scary. Also, the vice lord of Gen Province controlled the provincefs affairs, didnft he. He was a son of the lord of Gen Province... Called Atsuyu (´R) or something.h
gYour majesty sure knows well.h
gI get my information from the streets. Rumors among the people are not something to make light of.h
Catching a glimpse of Itanfs impressed expression, Syukou cleared his
gWhat is it?h
gIt would be better for your majesty, with such a respectable position as the emperor of all provinces, to avoid descending to the level of the general public and act like a spy!h
Syouryuu looked up to the ceiling, as if saying, gHere it goes again.h Rokuta laughed, and stood up from his seat.
gWhat are you doing, Rokuta?h
Rokuta turned back as he retreated from the room.
-- End of Chapter One --