Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
Rokuta got the real punishment to attend the administrative meeting, staying still behind Syouryuu and stifling yawns as he listened to the six ministersf reports. Finally, he was set free. But as he stepped out of the hall, a person called him to stop.
Rokuta stopped and turned back. A minister kneeled before him.
No, the minister answered.
Rokuta opened his eyes wide, and took one step forward.
I canft believe it, Rokuta thought to himself. He thought that they would never meet again. In fact, Rokuta doubted whether the boy had survived.
gI am going right away. -- He is at Kokufu, right?h
Understood, the minister replied as he bowed. Rokuta hurriedly turned back, while Syouryuu and others stopped midway and looked at the sight.
g--Ifm surprised. You had acquaintances at the world below.h
gWhat about the government affairs in the afternoon?h
gMaybe it is a premonition of some looming catastrophe, or maybe it is a punishment of my lack of virtue, but I have somehow caught some sudden illness, and would like to request for sick leave for the rest of the day.h
gI sincerely appreciate your concerns, but you need not go that far. Ifll retreat to my residence and have a sleep. -- Something like that.h
Seisyou, who stood next to Syouryuu, called
a subordinate standing straight by his side.