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

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


= gÏ Koukashou =


gWhat a gorgeous garden!h
Taiki exclaimed, and the young man smiled brightly.
gYou think so?h
gWhat are these red fruits?h
gThey are called Koukashou (gÏ, lit. Granted Crimson Fortune). Why not try one?h

Seitaku freely extended his arm, and picked one of the sparkling red fruits from a branch. He then threw the fruit into a water bucket right beside him, and wiped it clean with a handkerchief.

gSo, Tai Taiho, please try one. There are seeds inside, so please be careful.h
gThank you.h
Taiki said, and looked up at Seitaku.
gBut... is it right for me to accept it? Doesnft it belong to the emperor?h

gI grew it, so nobody else should be troubled by it.h
gBut wonft the emperor scold you?h
Seitaku showed a slightly bewildered expression.
gI am the emperor, so I wonft get scolded.h

Taiki, with the red fruit in his hand, stared blankly at Seitaku.
gAre... are you Ren-ou, may I ask?h
gYes, I am.h

Taiki turned back to Seirai, flustering for a response, but Seirai was only frozen there staring with widening eyes. Taiki then turned his confused glance back to Seitakufs bright smiley face. Taiki had learnt about the decorum in front of an emperor at the Main Hall, but how should he respond in this condition?

Oblivious of Taikifs confusion, Seitaku reached out to pick another fruit, and turned to Seirai.
gWhat about you? Try one!h
g... Thank you, but... No...h

gOh, how rude of me to let everybody standing! There is a summerhouse nearby, so letfs move there!h
Taiki nodded tentatively.


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