Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
Rokutafs shout turned into a shriek. The youma accurately split Ekishinfs throat, and bit off his flesh. Blood and flesh flew. Rokuta was shielded from such a dreadful scene as a pair of arms hugged Rokutafs body and drew him away.
gOh no, Taiho!h
g--Why, Kouya? ...h
The province of Gen, Rokuta whispered to himself.
gHe is the vice lord of the province of Gen.h
Rokuta pushed off the wings that hid his face. Standing beside the youma, Rokuta stared at the ever-smiling Kouya.
gOh you know Keihaku (¨, the rank of Atsuyu)
Kouya remained silent to Rokutafs question. Only the invisible sound urged the people around.
gTaiho,h a questioning voice could be heard from the back. Rokuta shook
Rokuta ordered, and the white arms that hugged Rokuta lost hold. Rokuta
turned back, and showed a nod to the worried nyoukai
(ö, female monster, such as Sanshi for Taiki).
The female with white scales, white wings and lower limbs of a crane looked confusedly at Rokuta. Drawing a deep breath, she shook her snake tail slightly and disappeared. She had returned to Rokutafs shadow. Rokuta double checked, and turned to face straight at Kouya. Kouya smiled gently.
gThat is what I expect from Taiho. How deeply generous you are.h
~ End of Chapter Two ~