Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Three~
The castle for the provincial lord of Gen Province was, like Kankyuu, located at the peak of a Sky-Pillar Mountain (½_R, Ryouun-yama) called Mt. Ganboko (æpR). The crew landed at a rocky area at Mt. Ganbokufs hillside, and took Rokuta with them up to the Sea of Clouds (_C, Unkai). There was the Gen Province Castle.
Upon entering a huge hall, a man could be seen waiting among several other officials. The man looked young, and his hair was dark brown to the extent of red.
Rokutafs wrists were grasped by two men at his sides, and Kouya and the youma followed behind. The youma still had the baby contained in its beak. Short stints of cries sounded from within the loosely closed beak.
Atsuyu was the son of Gen Provincefs lord. He worked in the title of Reiin (ß), which helped the lord administer the provincial departments, and was ranked keihaku. And now, this keihaku received Rokuta while sitting on the provincial lordfs seat.
gGreat job, Kouya.h
gMay I apologize for my behavior, Taiho (äã).h
gPlease forgive the rudeness of this Reiin daring to show my humble self
in front of your honor, as the lord is now resting from his ailment. I
acknowledge how deceitful and outrageous my way of inviting your honor
has turned, and I prepared no excuse. But please, your honor, please show
Rokuta twitched his eyebrows.
Rokuta bit his lips. --Serves him right! Syouryou and others must be stirred and upset right now, but they just taste the consequences of their own actions.
gIt should always be within the sovereignty of the provincial lord in each province. I thoroughly understand that Kyou-ou regarded the provincial lords he dubbed as an eyesore, but I wonder whether it is wise to even seize power from them. To rule a kingdom simply means that the rulerfs eyes cannot reach to every corner of the kingdom. In fact, the rain season is coming, but Rokusui is still dry.
Atsuyu looked up at Rokuta as he remained kneeling.