Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
gThat is a youma right?h
Rokuta asked the child when they landed
on the shore and unwrapped the fruits and biscuits. It is unheard of that
one can tame a youma. It is said to be impossible.
That was very shocking answer.
gThere arenft anything that fly besides youma and youjyuu
(db, lit. mythical beasts). How do you tame it?h
They sat on the shore and talked. In front of them was the Black Sea, and the mountain range of Mt Kongou (àR), which surrounds the center of the world, stood tall like a wall.
The boy told Rokuta his story. He woke up at the middle of the night. Then, on the next day, he was abandoned in the mountains.
gThose in the city must have told the guy to abandon you. How cruel.h
gSo you got swept to here, and landed at the youmafs cave.h
This one, the boy said as he turned back to the youma. The youma gave
a protective gaze at the child patiently.
Yes, the boy said and nodded. What an unbelievable story. This was never heard of: a youma looking after a human child.
gIs such a story possible?h
Rokuta looked at Rikaku, which was behind Rokuta looking very cautiously to the youma. Rokutafs question remained unanswered. Even if it is a servant, a youma never talked about its own matters. No matter how one demanded them, they would not divulge anything about its own species. Youmas are such aloof creatures in nature.