Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
Rokuta gave up on his investigation, and
turned himself to face the boy.
gDo the big one eat humans?h
Rokuta swallowed faintly.
The boy shamefully lowered his head.
Well, the boy said as he threw a begging glance to Rokuta.
I can imagine that, Rokuta said as he nodded. He forced himself to pat on the smiling childfs head.
gBut that is very great. It is wrong to eat humans.h
gOkay... Rokuta, where do you come from? This side of the sea?h
hThe country at the very east of the sea. Over there, no one quarrels
or does mean things. Dad is over there. Maybe mom is over there as well.
Thatfs why Ifm searching...h
-- Most probably, the boyfs father is already dead. The mother, unable to tell that to they boy, lied to the boy that his father had gone to Hourai. --That is just too common a lie. Even such a mother could not but abandon her child, and the abandoned child still believed in his motherfs words up to this moment, and continued searching for that mythical land.