Kasyo no Yume -- Toei
<The Dreams of Kasyo -- Prosperity in Winter>

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


= z Hakuyou =


Leaving Gyousou, Taiki trudged back to the inner garden where Seirai was waiting. Recognizing Taiki, Seirai approached him, and immediately cocked his head in suspicion.

gWhat happened?h
gI was sent to visit Ren.h

gOh, the cat was finally let out of the bag.h
gYou know of this already?h
gYour majesty has been discussing with us on whether this would be too big a mission for Taiho. I assured that in no doubt, Taiki can take on this mission successfully.h

Saying that, Seirai peered at Taikifs face.
g--Do you dislike going to Ren, may I ask?h

Taiki shook his head strongly. He didnft dislike it at all, and he didnft want to make the impression that he disliked it.

gThen are you unnerved?h
Taiki shook his head as he looked down.
g...That is not it.h

gThat is a big responsibility, but Gyousou is not with you.h
Seirai was originally a subordinate at Gyousoufs army, so from time to time he could skip the honorific gyour majesty.h

g... Rei is very far away, so it should take some time to make the round trip, shouldnft it?h

gYeah. Even if you use kijyuu and take shortcuts, it would take around half a month for one way. Even if you hurry through the trip, you probably would still miss the New Year ceremony.h

gIs it alright that I am not present?h

gIn fact, the emperor and the kirin should both be here for the ceremony. However, even your majesty believes that this is exactly the right timing for you to be the ambassador. Around this time in preparation for the New Year ceremony, there would in fact be fewer important matters to deal with. --Also, if you donft go at this time, the other side will also be troubled.h
gYeah, I guess...h

gMaybe you feel lonely without Gyousou at your side?h


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