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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


= og Syusshi =


After Seirai left, Sougen and Asen visited Taikifs room with their casual travel wear taken off. ogether with them were their subordinates, who also put on their formal wear.

gYou must be tired, my dear sir.h

Sogen was the one who spoke. Sougen was originally the commander of the Gyousou army, and was now the General of the Left Army, the main troop in the Province of Zui. Though not huge in physique like Gantyou of the Left Imperial Army, he is tall and masculine, with a somehow courteous, composed ambience. Every time Taiki met Sougen, he thought of the term gknighth in those stories he had read in his homeland.

gNot really... Rather than that, look!h
Taiki stood by the windowsill and showed the garden outside. The two generals happily approached the windowsill and looked at the direction Taiki showed them.
gThere are flowers in the garden!h

Gyousou had said that git is a warm place with flowers blossoming,h but Taiki never expected that there exists a country where you can see flowers immediately in front of you at this season. Nowhere could snow be found. One donft feel cold even when he leans by the windowsill like that. If it were in Tai, cold wind and wind blowing through door gaps surely would make one shudder.

Sougen narrowed his eyes as he looked outside.
gWhat spectacularly flowery scenary! All flowers bloom all the way from here. It is just unimaginable that there is a country free from snow this time around.h

Me neither, Taiki said as he stood chins in hand by the windowsill.

gTai is spotlessly white everywhere, so I thought that it would be the same everywhere on this side.h
gThis side?h

gYeah. At my home in Hourai, snow only comes occasionally. It is quite common to have no snow at all. Of course it is also not that warm there. However, Tai is always like how it is now, isn't it? So, I thought every country on this side is like Tai. You know, this is my first winter on this side. However, I know now that only Tai is that cold.h

You are right, Sougen said and nodded seriously.
gIt comes to me again that this world is very big.h


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