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
“I …… can’t stand this kind of life.”
When Rokuta(六太) mutters, Shōryū(尚隆) also nods silently. Now, Shōryū(尚隆)’s wide private room is uninhabited, but this is because he ordered to leave the room for the time being, otherwise, male and female attendants are thronging around them all the time. They are disgusted about that, besides many people he ordered to leave the room still stay outside the door and the window, so they can’t settle down.
“All is your fault, your going places here and there. I am perishing nuisance because of you.”
“About going places, you’re no different.”
The quality of going places is different. Though Rokuta(六太) wanted to object, same words have been exchanged many times, so repeating is also troublesome. He is already sleepy just after dinner, because he is gotten up early in the morning and he has to work on affairs of state and acquire culture etc without wasting a minute.
Rokuta(六太) sticks to a table.
“I need your help!”
“…… I think I can do something.”
Rokuta(六太) jumps to his feet against Shōryū(尚隆)’s low voice.
His voice by itself becomes higher with expectation and Shōryū(尚隆) calms down him by a hand.
“If you have a will to conclude the negotiation for peace.”
“The negotiation for peace?”
“Seeing fellows’ ways, it is obvious their assumption is you and I don’t conspire with each other. They think we will drag down each other about this thing.”
“No wonder. I have a hard time with your by-blow.”
“I say that is fellows’ strategies. — Oh well. Anyway, if we collude with each other, I have something I can do.”
“…… Do you or I become a decoy?”
“Should I say we pull the lower officials around by becoming a decoy each other. While I playing a decoy, you think about a plan which makes me escape. After a break, you becoming a decoy, I think about your plan.”
“Hmmm”, Rokuta(六太) murmurs. He thinks he cooperates with Shōryū(尚隆) might be effective, if those three take their thwarting each other into consideration. However, if Shōryū(尚隆) betrays him and he is held captive by ill chance, he performs his thankless task.
“One having missed running away, who would get beaten up absolutely.”
“So we do conspire with each other.”
“It is doubtful you propose such a thing.”
“What do you say? You look wasted away, so I will help you, I say.”
Rokuta(六太) points his finger at Shōryū(尚隆).
“You, I cannot trust at all.”
“Do you doubt your master’s warm-heart?”
“More than trusting your warm-heart, it’s better expecting Shukō(朱衡) and others suddenly tell me to go for fun and genially send me off.”
“In the first place”, Rokuta(六太) looks into Shōryū(尚隆)’s face.
“Why don’t you set me free by becoming a decoy if having a warm-heart? You don’t need to make yourself the decoy, if you had canceled your instruction for Shirei(使令), I could let myself off in now, couldn’t I?”
Shōryū(尚隆) frowns like being touched on the raw.
“…… I am thinking to have a place to visit.”
“I promised to come again at the same season. — Please, Rokuta(六太).”
A woman? He thinks so, but ‘please’ makes him feel better.
“What do I do? If we manage to escape, we might have very hard time when coming back.”
“When the very time comes, I’ll do something for you by my order.”
“Why don’t you do it, right now?”
Shōryū(尚隆) raises his eyebrows like having heard a very unexpected thing.
“They are thinking they confined us by this. We should get around them, shouldn’t we?”
Rokuta(六太) claps his hands after a split second.
“Using Imperial orders and Shirei(使令) are the height of folly, we run away from the front fairly if running away.”
“Is it fair to get around them?”
Rokuta(六太) laughs satisfactorily.
And Rokuta(六太) grabs a tea utensil, takes a stance lightly toward the floor and laughs at Shōryū(尚隆) who have done suspiciously.
“To relax them, we should play a big fight now?”