Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
It was Ekishin who yelled. He took a defensive
stance, and grab the sword at his waist. Rokuta
hurriedly stopped him.
gBut, Taiho, thatfs...h
Rokuta said, and Ekishin eased his defensive stance without totally letting his alerts down. However, he kept his hand on the handle of the sword. That is unmistakably a Tenken, a type of youma. Ekishin was told that youjyuu (mystical beast) can be tamed, but definitely not for youma.
gEverything is all right. See, there are people around.h
gThe big one, he doesnft change a bit!h
He said, and turned his glance to the people standing beside the youma.
Yes, the people replied as they lowered their head, so they must be Rokutafs servants. It is nothing suspicious for an official, Rokuta thought to himself as he looked at the people. One man in the middle held a small baby in his arms. Rokuta saw him give the baby to Kouya, and dropped his jaw.
gI canft believe it! --Is that your child, Kouya?"
Kouya smiled as he held the baby. The baby was sound asleep.
Smiling gently, Rokuta held the baby out to the youma. The youma opened its beak, complete with sharp teeth inside. Before the dumbfounded Rokuta could make a cry, Kouya put the baby right inside the beak of the youma.