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Vol 6 story 3 snippets

June 19th, 2006 (03:40 am)
tired

current mood: tired

Hmm... this is mostly Shouka's family's memories - specifically Shuurei and Seiran. I forgot to mention that Shouka's home is referred to as Shouka's residence while Reishin lives at the Kou residence (makes sense, he's head of the family).

Oh, this is from the side story for ep 11.


"It's probably a cold," Seiran placed his hand against Shuurei's hot forehead. Shuurei was laying in bed with her face bright red, and her eyes bloodshot and watering. She was breathing raggedly. "Jumping into the river in the middle of winter...... you're really lucky your heart didn't stop right then."

"......Hot... I wonder..... how many years it's been since my last cold......"

"Please don't talk. I'll go make you a warm drink and an ice pack, so please wait a moment."

Seiran's gentle voice was very comforting on the ears. Even so, since it had been so long since she'd last been sick, it may be that a part of Shuurei had gone back to how she was as a child. She unthinkingly grabbed Seiran's sleeve as he turned to leave. Seiran looked a little surprised at the feel of his sleeve being pulled. He sensed the fingers withdraw quickly and smiled wryly.

"......I'm sorry...... I'm being childish."

While listening to that hoarse voice, Seiran brought a chair over beside the bed, and sat down. He gently brushed aside the bangs that were stuck to her forehead. Wiping the sweat from her brow with a cloth, he gently murmured, "I'll stay with you. So please get some sleep."

"......Your hand...... is so cold, it feels nice......"

At those words, Seiran, who'd been about to move his hand, placed it on her forehead instead. Shuurei closed her eyes as though in relief at that cool sensation.

When Shuurei fell into a childlike sleep, Seiran slid his hand from her forehead to her cheek, and then to her ear. *****

"......I'm being childish......" Remembering Shuurei's words, Seiran lowered his long lashes. Shuurei's childhood had been all too short. Since the death of her mother, Shuurei didn't allow herself to be coddled. The servants who left one after another, all the possessions that they'd stolen, the reality that had been thrust upon them... the first one to come to grips with it, was Shuurei.

One day, with her small hands, she made dinner, cleaned, did the laundry, and she pulled Shouka and Seiran, who were still stunned from the shock of losing someone so important, along. The results of Shuurei's work proved to be pretty sad. Rice that was more like porridge, broth that was too salty, a mountain of books stacked raggedly to the side of the room (cleaned up), and soaking wet laundry, but it was enough to finally bring Seiran and Shouka back to their senses.

'If only I'd pulled myself together better.' Even now Seiran regretted things. If he'd been the first one to recover, Shuurei would've been able to still be a child to be protected. He still felt that he was pathetic for not knowing what to do then.

He smiled as he remembered the feel of having his sleeve pulled. It was something that young Shuurei had often done to him. While only slightly, probably the only ones Shuurei would ever allow to coddle her were Seiran and Shouka. It was something that Seiran was very happy and proud of.

Seiran bent down and whispered something in Shuurei's ear.

*****

......-iraa, Seiraa

The young child crawled out and stretched out a hand to the young boy who'd turned to leave the room when suddenly, she tumbled from the bed. The boy turned in surprise at that sound. His normally expressionless face crumpled slightly. Taking long strides, he easily picked up the young child.

"......I told you to rest quietly." There was little feeling in his voice, but even so she laughed happily. "......You have a fever, so please don't go rolling around all over the place. And pull the covers up."

"Saying that sort of thing with such a serious expression to a three or four year old child... You really are amusing aren't you, Seiran," the bright laughing voice said from behind. Seiran, who'd been putting the young child back to bed, turned.

"Madam, the medicated infusion?"

"I brought it with me. But Shuurei really has taken to you, hasn't she."

Seiran's expression didn't change the slightest, and so she calmly reached out a delicate hand and pinched his cheek.

"......What are you doing"

"I thought I told you not to look so sullen. Afterall, you have a cute face. It's such a waste."

"It's up to me whether I smile or not. It's not like it'll change anything."

"Really? At the very least, I think it would stop Shuurei from crawling out of bed."

Seiran turned in surprise to find that Shuurei had once again crawled out of bed.

"Seiraa. Smile. Smile..."

"Go on. Hurry up and do it. We ordered you to smile at least once a day." The woman deliberately sat on the bed with Shuurei to watch. Seiran shook slightly.

"Hmm? Is it time for the smile?" Shouka, who'd brought an ice pack, looked amused as he also joined the viewer side.

"......I-I can't smile being watched like this"

"What? I think it'd be much more foolish to smile by yourself"

"............"

Since Seiran wouldn't smile, Shuurei went into a sulk.

"My, my. It seems that the princess' feelings have been hurt."

"She's hard to handle when that happens. Seiran, take responsibility. Here. Have her drink this infusion, chill her head, and make sure to put her to bed. Otherwise, her fever will go up again at night."

After pressing the medicated infusion and ice pack on him, Shuurei's parents left the room. Seiran looked at the small back that was curled up in a sulk. He tried to get her to look up, but Shuurei clung to the bedcovers and wouldn't let go. Seiran made her along with the covers, look upwards. The young child's eyes widened at this unexpected strategy. She then looked at Seiran and smiled.

At that moment, for the first time, Seiran realised he was smiling. Bringing his hand to his mouth, he exhaled. Even though he'd always had adults eating out of the palm of his hand, it was completely ineffective against the people of this house. Even so, it wasn't an unpleasant feeling.

"......Now, please rest quietly. And drink all your medicine."

Shuurei drank from the sipping dish much more obediently than usual. Putting it in her mouth, she scrunched her face. But even so, she did her best to drink it down. It seems that since Seiran smiled, while she was young, she felt that she too had to do her part too.

After covering her with the bedcovers, he started to stand when she grabbed his sleeve. She looked at him with her watery eyes, and Seiran sat down on the chair again.

Being needed by someone. Liked, sought to be spoiled from, relied upon. All from innocent feelings. --They made him very happy.

And then he remembered - That there'd been someone who'd turned to him with such feelings before.

'--aniue...... Seien-aniue......'

His young brother, the only one at the palace, who was earnestly attached to him.

Because of her fever, her hand looked like a pudgy maple leaf, as she reached and pat Seiran's lap gently.

"Seiraa...... don'- cry......"

Seiran had been trying to forget so many things. He'd been trying to throw away and leave behind so much. The important things too along with all the rest. But while being in this residence, he was slowly reclaiming those important things.

His smile was one of those things.


******

"Shuurei, your medicine's ready. I improved it so it's sweet."

Shuurei happily took the sipping dish and drank. But the next instant, she spat the medicine out.

"Aaa, Madam, what did you give her?! Having her drink some unknown liquid again..." Seiran angrily snatched the dish and licked the liquid. he instantly went pale.

She's always saying "It's bitter. It's bitter." so I tried making it sweet this time. ......I wonder why she spat it out."

"...... S-sweet...... this, is too sweet. Just how did you get it this sweet?! I- I feel sick. ......I think I'm going to throw up."

"Sheesh...... Kids are really particular about flavour. Shouka just smiled and said it was sweet."

"Please don't make things based on the master's sense of taste! And I'm not a child!"

"What? You're a child. If you want to know why, it's because Shouka and I decided you're a child." As soon as she said that, the sound of an explosion echoed through the residence. The Lady of the House looked in the direction of that sound unconcernedly. "Come to think of it, Shouka said he'd make a ginger drink. It seems like it's ready."

"Why are there explosions when making ginger tea!?"

Seiran looked livid as he ran to the kitchen. The lady of the house smiled gently as she watched him leave.



p153 - Reishin brings medicine

"......Reishin, you brought too much. Sheesh, as always you go from one extreme to the next. That and this medicine... Why is there medicine to increase virility, that time of month, and even something against labour pain?!"

"---I'll have the herbalist beheaded imediately."

*****

p156 - Shuuei in an aside with Seiran

"......If this many people have all gathered...... it's strange that *he* hasn't come."

"......That's true."

"Shall we make a bet, Seiran. Over how much longer it'll be before he comes."

"Okay. If I win, you're never to enter the red lights district again for the rest of your life."

"......I think I'll pass afterall."

*****

p162 - Between Reishin and Shouka

"When I learned that you'd gone to find the exiled prince, I sent assassins a number of times to eliminate the previous emperor."

Shouka calmly munched on some pickles. They were well flavoured and delicious.

"Hahaha. That rotten bastard (Shou Taishi) stopped them all, didn't he."

"Yeah. Just what is he? Some sort of racoon spirit?"

"Hmm... I think the racoon spirit might've been better"

*****
p168 - searching for Ryuushin

"Let's go. It's all right. I'm sure I'm more familiar with this mountain than Ryuushin. I've been coming here together with her ladyship for over ten years to gathered edible wild plants and medicinal herbs."

Kouyuu and Shuuei reeled as they felt defeated for the umpteenth time. They remembered making dinner under Seiran's strict direction. Sheesh, those fine strips are weak, too much salt, stir the pot, don't throw away the radish leaves, remove the scum from the pot, what, are those pork dumplings rice cakes? And you're the emperor's closest advisors; how pathetic.

p168
The former prince was a perfectionist, and extremely strict, unwillingly to compromise even for amateurs. Even Kouyuu couldn't bring himself to complain. In order to try and meet Seiran's high standards, he worked with Shuuei and started cooking. ......If Seiran had taken the throne, they had an idea of what sort of ruler he'd have been.

The boy who'd been considered the most capable prince, no doubt after joining the citizenry, he'd further expanded to his experience. No doubt his ability at gathering medicinal herbs was close to top in Saiunkoku.

~p170 summary while looking for Ryuushin
Shuuei asks if there weren't a couple of holes in the area they were in and that, while they were difficult to spot, kids might have found them and made them play spots. When asked how he knew about that, Shuuei explains that the Uringun often go to Mt. Ryuu for training exercises and that, one time, in the fall, they'd gotten into an edible plant gathering contest. Apparently it was pretty hard work, not only did they go through major training, they also ran full speed from the bottom of the mountain to the top and back, and then had to gather plants until sundown with it being a contest between the left and right companies. Apparently the night before the training, the entire left uringun borrowed the archives and spent the entire night studying which mushrooms were good to eat and which were poisonous, where different plants grew, etc., and the right uringun were next to them doing the same.

However, on the day of training, while picking mushrooms, the two daishoguns unfortunately bumped into one another, and somehow they decided that the final battle would be to see which one could dig a horizontal hole the deepest and fastest. Before the contest was started though, they put a time limit on the contest, and according to Shuuei, they put moles to shame. When they ran into a boulder they break it with their fist, or if the ran into tree roots, they'd chop them off. If the time limit hadn't been put on the contest, then no doubt, they'd have kept digging until they reached the other side of the mountain. As it was, Shuuei along with Kou Shogun of the right uringun, planted some brush by the mini caves that ended up being dug in an effort to hide what had happened (and to bury the memory).

p178 - Shuurei catches a glimpse of hell. Ryuuki adds Dr. You's medicine to the drink dish he found in Shuurei's room...

"Shuurei, pull yourself together."

Shuurei automatically drank from the dish that had been brought to her mouth. The next instant, her eyes went wide as she snapped awake. And then a scream, as though one had seen hell, echoed through the Shouka residence.

"My lady!?"

"Shuurei-dono!?"

"What is it, did something happen!?"

"Shuurei, what's wrong!?"

Responding to that terrible scream, Seiran, Shuuei, Kouyuu and Shouka stampeded into Shuurei's room. They found a tearful Shuurei, her face contorted as she gripped the front of her light night wear tightly closed, and a thoroughly flustered Ryuuki. And for some reason, his sleeve was torn.

Any way you looked at it, it was "the image of the young man come for an evening tryst attacking Shuurei who was unable to move." In that instant, murderous intentions swirled through the room. As to whose feelings they were, Kouyuu obviously couldn't tell, but even the eminent officer of the Uringun, Shuuei, having been frozen to the core, couldn't tell.

Or rather, he didn't want to know.

Comments

Posted by: Maria (reynardine)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
bwah-ha-ha

Poor Ryuuki. Can't seem to get a break, can he? ;-D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)

*laughs* Nope. What's worse is the poor guy had all that anger directed at him by his beloved Seiran and Shouka. ^^;;

Posted by: f_ireworks (f_ireworks)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 10:56 am (UTC)
young_trio

Thanks so much for this. You and Mona have turned me into Sainkoku fans and I am so glad (and grateful) that I can read this.

Thanks so much! :-)

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)

*sniffles* another convert! neee Shadow we should open the Church of Saiunkoku for fangirl worship! :)

but wai! thanks so much for sharing this with the rest of us T___T MY POOOOO RYUUUUUUKI!!!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)

*laughs* I'd SO be there! ^^;; This series is simply too addictive. :P

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)

Oh, man, these outtakes are so cool! ;)

Seiran is still cooler x 100 than Ryuuki, and as it turns out, capable of asserting his princely will even more than his brother. Saiunkoku may have just realized how lucky they are to have Ryuuki on the throne there. ;) Having him order a general and a secretary to cook that way was hilarious! And again, those three make a fine set of friends. :)

"---I'll have the herbalist beheaded imediately." - One more reason to love Reishin!

"When I learned that you'd gone to find the exiled prince, I sent assassins a number of times to eliminate the previous emperor." *guffaws* Protective little brother.

"Hmm... I think the racoon spirit might've been better" *laughing from somewhere under the table*

Shouka's lovesickness really makes me want to see what his backstory is now. It actually seems as though Shuurei's mother was quite the sarcastic personality. So, that means Shuurei's nice nature comes from her father?

Seiran's impossible bet with Shuuei was funny. I wonder if Shuuei's womanizing will show up in that supposed red light district in Ep 12?

*fears the Seiran killing ki* So there are things he won't forgive his brother for. ;)

Thanks so much for the outtakes. As usual, they add another layer to what see in the show, and also more of the internal humour! I hope you don't mind, but I added you to my friend's list too.

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)

PS: Sorry about the repeating paragraph about Seiran. I was posting to this and the post about ep 11's script at the same time. Though Seiran is so cool I could repeat myself. :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)

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Posted at: June 20th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)

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Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hotohori

*wants to take Seiran home in her pocket*

I smell a love triangle here. Or possible a quadrangle...

Poor Ryuuki...

Posted by: Nicole Lucille Perez (nikperez814)
Posted at: September 18th, 2014 11:45 am (UTC)
*..wants to take Seiran home in her pocket...* Laughing my gums out...XD

That's the best ever...Laughing my intestines out... It really made my smile wide enough to reach my ears....♥♥♥

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)

BTW did Eigetsu die in vol. 8?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC)

In a word? (Highlight below.)


No.

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)

does this mean that ...Ryuuki didn't give Shuurei the medicine mouth to mouth in the novel? or did he? ^o^
Reishin is sooo uber protective of Shuurei! wow

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)

In the novel he doesn't. He considered it but decided against it, and what he did instead that he figured would be forgiveable, was to kiss Shuurei's hair. ^^ However, when he was taking care of her he did stroke her a bit on the face, and down along her throat and it took will power for him to stop himself at that point let alone from kissing her while she was asleep. (Bad Ryuuki! No taking advantage of a sick girl while she's asleep!) He did fix her nightwear so that they were closed at the neck and made sure to cover her with the covers. ^^;

Instead though, he looks around Shuurei's room and sees the curse doll and, beneath it, a letter box that he'd sent with his first letter. (Shuurei had threatened to sell it to help pay for living costs). By this time, he knows that he'd been fooled by Shou Taishi about the doll, but he can't help being happy that Shuurei kept the doll. Instead, what he does is he ties a piece of cloth from his robe around the doll. He also opens the letter box and finds all the letters he'd sent to Shuurei were kept inside. As it is, Shuurei notices that the curse doll has gained "clothing" as she's about to fall asleep again after everyone left the room. ^^;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: June 20th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: June 22nd, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)

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Posted at: June 23rd, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 21st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
ep 11 draft

i was reading the ep 11 draft... can anyone enlighten me why shuurei mother says this to reishin:
Mother: Reishin-dono, what do you think? Isn't she cute? Your neice carries mine and Shouka's, as well as your, blood.
Shuurei doesn't know the depths of you spite, your utter self-conceit, or your extreme selfishness. You should start with practising smiling. If you smile nicely, then Shuurei will smile back, so you should practice hereon.
Reishin-dono, wouldn't it be nice if everyone could find happiness one day..

The uncle seems to love his brohter and shurrei and it seems like he didn't really cast his brother out of the family but took over the role since shouka didn't take the role of head of the family. I beleive that is bc he was in the band of wolves and didn't want the famliy to be involove if he is the head of the family.

Also in the same episode: What does Shuurei mean or intended to say with this incomplete statement regarding Ryukki? Shuurei: If only you took a beautiful and kind person as your consort. Even though you draw near from a single-minded desire, I...

I don't understand what she is trying to say here or what she means...???

Will there be another woman in the focus then shureii??? I just feel like there is so much maleness. I hope they they have more girls later in the novel or anime for some of the guys. Maybe a really good nice pretty girl for Seiran and the rest of the staff. I like seiran a lot along with the ryukki. i hope neither of them get hurts by unrequited love.

I just want to say thank you for bringing us Saiunkoku. :-)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 23rd, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: ep 11 draft

The uncle seems to love his brohter and shurrei and it seems like he didn't really cast his brother out of the family but took over the role since shouka didn't take the role of head of the family. I beleive that is bc he was in the band of wolves and didn't want the famliy to be involove if he is the head of the family.

Shouka's father passed him over in favour of Reishin on his deathbed. Since Shouka was the eldest, his position became tenuous in the family and so his family was sent to the capital and a position arranged for him at court. As for Reishin himself, back in ep 9, Kijin said the following:

Kijin: I have one question, why didn't you, the clever, cool-headed, cold-blooded, heartless, pitilessly, icy head of the Department of Civil Affairs not oppose it?

The only people Reishin is an idiot over are Shouka and Shuurei. While he cares about Kouyuu, he tends not to show it well resulting in comments like just before Shouka hit him on the head.

I don't understand what she is trying to say here or what she means...???

In the book, the scene's more detailed and developed so there's no doubt how she feels and what she's thinking. Shuurei suspects Ryuuki has feelings for her, but at the same time, isn't entirely positive that the feelings Ryuuki has for her isn't more platonic. In any case, most likely, the full line that she's thinking is: "I... probably, -- can't return (your feelings)."

Will there be another woman in the focus then shureii??? I just feel like there is so much maleness. I hope they they have more girls later in the novel or anime for some of the guys. Maybe a really good nice pretty girl for Seiran and the rest of the staff. I like seiran a lot along with the ryukki. i hope neither of them get hurts by unrequited love.

Sadly, I get the feeling Seiran's pretty much sunk, but that's my own opinion as far as I've read so far. >_<;; Of the girls, Shunki and Kourin get quite a bit of development romantically. Non-romantically, we see a bit of Eiki (Sa Enjun's widow) and a hint with Shusui. ......Sairin might see some romantic development as well IIRC. Lots of characters still to be introduced. ^^;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 23rd, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Re: ep 11 draft

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 25th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: ep 11 draft

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 27th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the clarification. :)

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: September 27th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)

Once again, thank you very much for all these novel info! I feel like I've found a hidden treasure trove - all this time I had no idea you had so much info about the novels here in your LJ; it's only now that I backtrack that I realise! Thank you so much!

Seiran's always been my favourite, but the more I read, the more I love him! That segment you posted was nothing short of beautiful ... I wonder why Seiran was so serious in the beginning (perhaps because of his past at the palace and his subsequent exile?) ... and it was just so poignant (and sweet) in the bit where he reminisced about Ryuuki...

Speaking of which, the more I read, the more I'm getting the feeling that Seiran is like a big brother to both Shuurei and Ryuuki (it makes me feel like he's gonna end up all alone ... that makes me kinda sad)...

Reishin's "I'll have the herbalist beheaded immediately" made me laugh, though - how like Reishin to say something like that! And the bit between Reishin and Shouka on p.162 was hilarious as well.

And may I ask what Shuuei and Seiran were betting about?

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: September 27th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)

Oh, I forgot to ask: that side story for ep 11 that you posted - could you tell me what Volume and Chapter it is in, in the novels? Thanks.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: September 27th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)

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Posted at: September 28th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)

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Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
uhm...

i dont know how to read it!!the misc from the previous eps....i just get confused!!please help!!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 12th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: uhm...

?? These are little scenes from the novel version of the story that weren't included in the anime series. They add more detail compared to what we get to see in the anime and are just fun little bits I thought I'd translate. ^_^

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