Juuni Kokuki’s side story — 十二国記外伝
(The Twelve Kingdoms)
Translated by o6asan
First edition released on 2010.Jan.23
Second edition released on 2013.May.29 : Current
Mt.Kankyū(関弓山), En(雁州国). The top of the mountain pierces the sea of clouds. It is literally an isolated island far off in the sea, where Gen’ei-kyū(玄英宮) spreads in the gray of dawn, which is very isolated. The moon still remains in the sky, and the calm sea surface is like a vast sheet of brocade to which the wavelet was interwove with silver threads.
There is a little time before daybreak. However, a block of Gen’ei-kyū(玄英宮), the building that is called Jinjū-den(仁重殿), already overflows with lower officials. Especially, the main bedroom is surrounded by a thick wall of women and men of the court. Though all of them don’t particularly do anything, they keep close watch on around and feel high tense. The lower officials pause near the doorway and the windows seem as if holding their own breath.
In the silence, not hearing even a cough, time flows slowly. Then, the morning sun shines, and the bell sounds loud as if waiting it.
The lower officials here and there begin to move as flipped. They open the door, open the windows, and occupy the place after letting the sun-light in. The court ladies who were waiting in a corner of the bedroom open the door of a luxurious bed, and rush into it.
“Taiho(台輔)! Please awake, my lord.”
When one of the court ladies raises her voice, it seems the sign that someone wriggles in the curtains which envelope the bed itself. As two court ladies from right and left pull and open the curtain, a shadow that slips into the bedding like escaping has been recognized. A pail is brought in while doing so, clothes of a rack are replaced, and tools for the morning dress are prepared on the table. There are no room around the bed because the court ladies move all together.
“It is the time when you get up, my lord.
“Please get up, my lord.”
One of the court ladies peels off the covers, and the other raises the master who jumps on the bed. The third is taking his pajamas off, at the same time the fourth is letting out his official clothes and dressing him in it.
“Stop! I’m up. Already up!”
Rokuta(六太) throws off those court ladies’ hands, running feverishly into a far corner of the bed while clinging to his pillow. The court ladies who call for his getting up and stand in a row thickly by the side of the bed are literally a wall. Moreover, the wall seems to collapse and to surge on the bed at any moment.
“Taiho(台輔)! Please get up, my lord.”
“Changing clothes, my lord.”
“Setting hair, my lord.”
“Wait, I’m getting up now! Everyone, just calm down. — Right?”
The Prime Minister of the country is running around to escape by sheltering behind his pillow, above all, it might need that he himself settles down.
“Well, Taiho(台輔), step on it, my lord!”
“It is the time, now, my lord.”
“I get up. Now, at once.”
“Hurry up, my lord. — Taiho(台輔).”
Rokuta(六太) shouts holding his pillow.
“And you all request me to get out of my bed and to go to the conference immediately. I do, I do!”