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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994


~ Chapter Three~


gGen Province was really abundant.h
Rokuta muttered, and Kouya turned to him with a smile.
gYou think so? It is all because of Keihaku. Keihaku is a great person. Everyone in the city are attracted to him.h
Kouya peeked at Rokutafs expression.
gThey say that Keihaku is even more reliable than En-ou (, =Emperor of En).h
Rokuta nodded in agreement.
gMaybe. Syouryuu () is an idiot.h

Kouya opened his eyes wide.
gDidnft Rokuta like En-ou?h
gI didnft hate him. He is just a real fool, thatfs all.h
gThen why are you working under an idiot?h
gBecause I have no choice. --You like Atsuyu, Kouya.h
Rokuta commented, and Kouya smiled.
gI like Keihaku so much that I blackmailed Rokuta and captured you to here just for his sake.h

But Atsuyu was a traitor, Rokuta thought, but he swallowed his words. The crime was clear by just capturing Rokuta, not to mention people from Gen Province coming into Kankyuu and purchasing weapons. That was nothing but treason.

Emperors are chosen by kirin. That is the rule. But there are people who donft accept this rule. There were just too many traitors in history trying to strike down the emperor and aim for the throne.

Rokuta threw his glance to his back. The mountains in Sei Province had been fogged by distance and could no longer be seen.

What would Syouryuu do? He might have got a little flustered, mightnft he?


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