Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
gThat sea was called the Black Sea. Hourai
is at the Empty Sea, a sea even further to the east. However, Hourai is
so far away at the east that you cannot reach there even if you ride on
the big one. The place is really, really far way.h
g... Ifm sorry.h
The boy held his breath repeatedly and made a faint sound of gCome.h The youma at the nearby rocky shore jumped off the rock and reached the boyfs sides. The boy put his face against the fur that was smeared with human blood.
Oh, Rokuta suddenly realized. The boy wasnft talking to Roku in human language. Thinking back, the boy wasnft using human language at all; he was making animal sounds for over half of the time in his conversation with Rokuta. Kirin know the ways to understanding the language of youma and beasts, so the boyfs sounds were heard as human conversation.
The youma tapped the tip of his beak to the back of the boyfs neck, and
made a small sound. Rokuta couldnft hear what it said, but he understood
that it was a call, gEven so, letfs go home.h They boy lifted his head,
and dispiritedly stood up.