Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Three~
Rokuta was brought to deep within the castle.
Going down as low as the very bottom of the Sky-Pillar
Mountain, there was a room. When the door to the room was opened,
a lady stood up from the other side of the metal grating.
Ribi was the Bokuhaku (q) that was appointed to Gen Province, to supervise provincial lords at the order of the emperor. It is also correct to say that Bokuhaku were to share the administrative workload with the provincial lords and Reiin that had their power frozen. Eight Bokuhaku in total were appointed to the all provinces, with the exception of Sei Province which Rokuta himself administered. The Bokuhaku and their suborindates, together with the subordinates under Syukou, Itan, Seisyou (¬â) and others, were the team of close subordinates supporting Syouryou amidst wicked officials.
Lifting the metal grating, Kouya and others
shoved Rokuta into the room. Rokuta gave a sigh.
Ribi looked at Kouya.
Kouya signaled him to come, so Rokuta obediently walked to the Kouyafs side. Kouya took a bundle of red thread and a white stone from his inside pocket. Kouya put the white stone onto Rokutafs forehead, and Rokuta abruptly withdrew his body.
gIfm not really resisting. --But I feel sick.h