Kasyo no Yume -- Toei
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
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After more than a month of journey, Taiki returned to Kouki (ī), only to find that Kouki was still buried in pure white snow. Looking down to the white landscape, Taiki finally landed at the Forbidden Gate.
The moment Taiki and others got off from their kijyuus, the door guards immediately stepped out of the gate and lined up in two neat rows to greet them, white breath coming out of their nostrils. The door guards called, handed the kijyuus to the soldiers, and opened the gates solemnly.
gI was reminded again that we are different from Ren not just in temperature.h
They laughed as they passed through the Forbidden Gate, and headed towards the Inner Hall. Apparently the report that the group's return had reached everyone without miss. When they entered the Inner Hall, they found officials lining up at both sides, and the emperor sitting on the throne.
Feeling the uptight and tense atmosphere inside the Inner Hall, Taiki
moved to the front of the throne, and kneeled down to pay his respect.
gHow was Ren?h
Yes, the prime minister replied articulately, and gave his congratulations to Taiki for his finishing the grand mission. Sougen gave a simple report to all the officials. After the remaining rituals were done, Gyousou had the bind shade lowered, signaling the end of the meeting.
gYou must be tired. Rest well today. Ifll walk you to your room.h
gWhat are the emperor and the Taiho of Ren like?h
gI also helped with farming work. Ren-ou...h
Cocking his head, Taiki looked up at Gyousou.