Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
<The Sea God in the East, the Vast Sea in the West>

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994


~ Chapter Two~


Kouya gave a deep kowtow. Apparently Kouya had learnt about the status of Rokuta.

gIt has been 18 years already. Last time I didnft know you are Taiho. My apologies.

Kouya was nicely dressed. He didnft make animal squeals when he spoke.
gBut... you...h
Rokuta lost his head, failing to link the young man in front of him with the boy he met at the Province of Gen. The man lifted his head, and put on a smile again.

gTaiho just likes to play jokes. At that time you should have told me you are Taiho. Imagine my surprise when I heard from others afterwards that the one with golden hair is Taiho.h
gAh... Yes.h

In this kingdom, people have all kinds of hair color except golden. The golden color is a unique property of kirins.

gAnd I am so honored to be named by Taiho. --However, I didnft know what the name means even after you explained to me.h

gSo, how are you doing now?h
gA very kind person adopted me, and taught me many things such as the language. Now I am working under him, as the lowest of all officials.h

gSo you have been raised as a sage. That is why you havenft grown old.h
Yes, Kouya smiled.

gComing to Kankyuu, I wanted to see you no matter what. If I asked for a meeting with you, you might just shut the door, I asked you out instead. ...Would it be a bother to you?h
gNot at all!h

gGlad to hear that. --I was wondering whether Taiho has already forgotten about me.h
Rokuta shook his head. His heart was filled with delight that they finally met again.

gHow can I forget you? It has really been a long time.h
Yes, Kouya smiled.


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