And while reading the novels and short stories for Shoumyou, I ran into a strange contradiction about Guren's circlet. O_o The novels have been pretty consistent about the circlet and what it represents, but the sidestory about the first monster that Masahiro and Guren battled gives a slightly different explanation for it. Could it be that its meaning changed from that first SS to its current meaning in the novels? From the publication dates, they don't seem too far off from one another but it might be enough?
Otherwise, I finally tracked down the initial scene in Ep 13 in the books and it was in an SS not one of the novels as I'd first thought. ^^; Masahiro, shame on you! It doesn't matter that you were (more than) half-asleep! ^^;;
[*uchigi--a form of clothing, either the outer layer of women's wear or an inner layer for men--these are commonly seen being used as covers in Shoumyou (commonly used in said manner during that era?)]
Kyo's winters are harsh. There's nothing colder than drafty houses like wind tunnels. The great onmyouji Abe no Seimei's youngest grandchild, Abe no Masahiro was currently 13. He'd laid out his bedding on top of the tatami mats, wrapped himself up in several uchigi, and holding something white, he was lightly snoring away.
The living creature that Masahiro was holding. This one was also blissfully asleep. It had a body like a cat, was about the size of a large cat or small dog, and its pure white fur looked very soft to the touch. The long ears flowed to the back and there was a flower-like red pattern on its forehead. At the ends of its four feet were five sharp claws, and there was a ring of protrusions around its neck like a necklace of magatamas. A non-human creature. Masahiro had taken to calling this living creature Mokkun the Mononoke.
Masahiro was a page at the Onmyouryou. It was almost time for him to get up and get ready to go to work, but there were no signs of his waking any time soon.
The door quietly opened and a small shadow entered. The shadow knelt beside Masahiro and, stretching out a hand, shook Masahiro.
"...Unnn... just a little longer..."
Masahiro reached out his hand and dragged the other person into the covers with him.
There was a light scream and Masahiro, who was more than half-asleep, paid no attention to it.
Red-faced, the girl fought her way out from under the covers and took several deep breaths.
"You're going to work today aren't you? Come now."
Getting shaken some more, Masahiro resignedly opened his eyes. And after a moment of blankly looking up at the person who'd come to wake him, he suddenly gaped and jerked awake.
"What, what is it?"
The mononoke Masahiro had been holding jumped awake at that yell.
Getting nicely smiled at, Masahiro tried to calm his racing heart and muttered, "...Akiko shouldn't come to wake me..."
"My, but I'm imposing on this residence. So I should help out Tsuyuki-sama."
Tsuyuki is Masahiro's mother.
"No, that's not what I meant... Oh, never mind."
Masahiro sighed and gave up.
**skip narrative about why Akiko came to be staying at the Abe residence**
When he opens his eyes, Akiko's there. He still wasn't used to this situation and it was extremely hard on his heart. The mononoke that had been stretched out in Masahiro's lap until then yawned widely and said, "Get used to it already. How about turning the tables and telling her, 'I want you to be the first thing I see when I open my eyes from now on'?
Masahiro scuttled back. What a thing to say!
"But even so," the mononoke continued, "what're you doing remaining fast asleep when someone comes up to you, Seimei's grandson?"
Instantly, Masahiro's brow rose. Grabbing the mononoke he yelled in its ear, "Don't call me 'grandson'!"
Anyhow, back to GH 7 and then 8. :P