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Shougyokuden

Chapter 19

Based on Light Novel with the same t1tle,Shogyokuden tells the story and the intrigue of Inner Palace Daishin Kingdom with Kan Shougyoku, former Daishin Kingdom Military General, as the Empress to help her former adjutant in military that suddenly enthroned as the Emperor of Daishin Kingdom, Bunrin.

Language: English

Summary

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I do wish if the wind could give me the answers ... Where should my heart sail away ..... ? And, where is the final destination that my feelings would reach .... ?

Finally, that coup d'état attempt by RA Giryū was foiled at the last moment .... So, everybody thought peaceful days were restored in the Palace ... But, suddenly, a new lady, who could be Bunrin's favourite mistress, ... appeared before him --- !?

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( One child is crying loudly. )

( One child is crying loudly. )

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( One child is crying loudly. )

( One child is crying loudly. )

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Why .... ?

( One child is crying loudly. )

Why ...

... did I survive .... ?

( She sank down to the ground. )

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And, why ... did she ...

... have to die ..... ?

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( One child is crying loudly. )

( One child is crying loudly. )

Then, bow ---- !!

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Your Majesties the Emperor and the Empress ...

Long live the Emperor and the Empress ... !!!

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( Glance. )

You take care of yourselves ...

Next group ... ! Bow ---- !!

Your Majesties the Emperor and the Empress .... I am truly honoured to have an audience with you today ....

You take care of yourselves ....

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Ahhh ... I am greatly honoured by your words ....

( They were moved to tears. )

( They were moved to tears. )

Yes ... I shall hand down this great honour from generation to generation ....

You take care of yourselves ....

Hey, wait a minute ...

("You take care of yourselves ..."?) Gosh ... Rather than such a matter-of-fact way of saying, .... can't you say to them more sensibly and kindly ... ?

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] One day, Bunrin told me, "I will cut the number of the ladies in the Kōkyū (Inner Palace)." .... Well, at first, I thought ... it isn't such a bad idea ....

( Whispered. )

Right ---. Next group ---.

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Because ..., here, in the Kōkyū (Inner Palace), ... there are hundreds of ladies who are his concubines- and consorts-to be ....

But, the point is that .... Bunrin even hasn't touched many of them at all ....

I thought ... it is so sad to see these young and beautiful girls would stay here to age meaninglessly ....

So that, I agreed to his proposal ...

Nevertheless ... !!

Gosh ... Look at him ...

May the blessing of God be upon you, Your Majesty ...

You take care of (yourselves) ....

( She gave him a fierce look. )

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[Bunrin] I hope you are in good health.

He is utterly hopeless .....

Next group ... ! Bow --- !!

[Bunrin] There ... !

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The 2nd girl from the right ...

What's your name ... ?

I permit you to say it in person now .....

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..... My name is SHA Gesshi, Your Majesty .....

Right ...

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Your Majesty ... How would you deal with her ... ?

..... I let her own the Kanrin-kyū Palace ....

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( Bang ! )

Ahhh ... Well, Your Majesty ...

Please don't worry about it ... Everything will be alright ...

Here, in the Kōkyū (Inner Palace), "such a thing" ... often happens ...

Certainly, it doesn't mean that ... His Majesty lost interest in you ...

( Held tightly. )

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Finally, spring ...

... has come ----- !!!!

I beg your pardon ---------- !!?

See ... ? Seiki ... ! At last .... !!

Ahhh ... At last, Bunrin has got the smell of spring in the air ---- !!!

[Seiki] Excuse me ... ? What do you mean by that, ma'am .... !?

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Oh, I'm talking about sweet seasons .... !

Really ... I've always wanted Bunrin to be happy from the bottom of my heart ~~~~.

Simply because ... I know I probably can't make him happy ~~~~~~.

Well ...

Furthermore ... ! THAT ... !! Bunrin took the initiative ... !! in taking actions ... !! Oh, marvellous !!

Yay ---- !

It's amazing ... ! See ... ? Don't you think so, too ... ?

Oh, great ... Certainly, definitely, absolutely ... I will support him .... !

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Yes, I'm going to do it ... !!

Oh, dear ... I really sorry for His Majesty, all right ...

Day 1 ... (His Majesty spent the night with) SHA-jūen ... [ Translator's NOTE ] On Page 12, she said her name, "SHA Gesshi." But, here, she is called "SHA-jūen." "SHA" is her family name, whilst "jūen" is the t1tle amongst the Imperial Concubines. [ NOTE ] "jūen" = Lady of Complete Beauty [Wikipedia].

Day 2, SHA-jūen ....

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Kanrin-kyū Palace.

day 5, SHA-jūen ....

Day 4, SHA-jūen ....

.... Day 10, SHA-jūen ... Day 15 ... Day 20 ....

... And, yesterday as well .... His Majesty spent the night with SHA-jūen, apparently ....

For the last one month, ... His Majesty has been with SHA-jūen ... apart from those days ... when he was busy to deal with political matters .....

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Your Majesty ... Aren't you mad at her ... !?

[81 Ladies] ●Hōrin: 27 Ladies of Precious Bevy. ●On-musume: 27 Imperial Women. ●Uneme: 29 Ladies of Elegance [Wikipedia].

[27 Seifu (a court ladies)] ●Shōyo: 9 Ladies of Handsome Fairness. ●Bejin: 9 Beautiful Ladies. ●Saijin: 9 Talented Ladies [Wikipedia].

●Jūen ("SHA-jūen"): Lady of Complete Beauty [Wikipedia].

[Nine Imperial Concubines] There were nine t1tles within this rank, which includes; (from the left) ●Shōgi: Lady of Bright Deportment. ●Shōyō: Lady of Bright Countenance. ●Shōen: Lady of Bright Beauty. ●Shūgi: Lady of Cultivated Deportment. ●Shūyō: Lady of Cultivated Countenance. ●Shūen: Lady of Cultivated Beauty. ●Jūgi: Lady of Complete Deportment. ●Jūyō: Lady of Complete Countenance. (And, the 9th one is ●Jūen: Lady of Complete Beauty) [Wikipedia].

[Four Consorts] There were four t1tles within this rank, which consists of: (From the left) ●Ki-hi: Noble Consort. ●Shuku-hi: Pure Consort. ●Toku-hi: Virtuous Consort. ●Ken-hi: Able Consort. Only one person may hold each of the t1tles at any given time [Wikipedia].

Really .... SHA-jūen ? Why ... ? This t1tle ("jūen") is more than she deserves ... !

[ NOTE A ] "Empress (Shōgyoku)." Only one person may hold this t1tle at any given time. [ NOTE B ] The ranks of imperial consorts have varied over the course of Chinese history but remained important throughout owing to its importance in management of the inner court and in imperial succession, which ranked heirs according to the prominence of their mothers in addition to their strict birth order. Regardless of the age, however, it is common in English translation to simplify these hierarchy into the three ranks of Empress, consorts, and concubines [Wikipedia].

Furthermore, she wants His Majesty all to herself .... ! Goodness, I cannot stand that girl ... !

How rude she is ... !

Indeed ... !

Ahhh ... Excuse me, ladies ... That's fine with me, though ......

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Ummm ... Tell me why these girls are really upset about my situation ... ?

I hate this --- !

Unbelievable --- !

Seriously --- !

Really ... She is the most disgusting person on the planet --- !

You're the kind of "lady who is not good at realising that ... even girls are all over you," aren't you .... ?

Can't you get it, Your Majesty .... ?

[Shōgyoku] What do you mean ... ?

[One of the ladies] Excuse me, ladies ... Actually, this time ... I'm for Shiba-shuku-hi's opinion, though ....

( Smashed ! )

[Shōgyoku] Shiba-shuku-hi ... ? Oh, she did something particular to SHA-jūen, already .... ?

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[Shiba-shuku-hi] Why ... She is such a low-cl@ss girl ... !!

Seriously ... !

Unforgivable ... !! Why could she ignore me and monopolise His Majesty's affections ... !?

First, I have an ancient and honourable origin ... ! Second, I gave birth to the first Imperial Prince .... ! And, everybody knows I have beauty .... !

( Smashed ! )

Why ... Why do I have to receive such an awful treatment .... !?

Here she goes again ... Someone has to tell her clearly ... she has a personality disorder ...

( Smashed ! )

( Smashed ! )

Oh, dear ... This person will be killed by her, surely .....

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[One of the ladies] Apparently .... Shiba-shuku-hi has been educating SHA-jūen properly ....

Well ... She calls it "education," however, ... it looks like "har@ssment" to me, though ....

( On and on. )

( On and on. )

( On and on. )

That's why, lately, SHA-jūen has shut herself up at her residential Palace ....

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Oh, dear, dear .... Previously, ...

... I was the one who got this particular education ... or har@ssment from her .... That's why Bunrin made me "Empress," I recall ...

Ummm ... I wonder why Bunrin cannot get that ... SHA-jūen would have the same problem, too .... ?

[Bunrin] Right ... If you keep on bullying her like this, she should be "Empress" ... !

Your Majesty ... !

( Totally shocked. )

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Why can't Shiba-shuku-hi learn by experience .... ?

( Gosh ... She's close ... )

Ahh ... Yes !!

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Right now, to whom His Majesty shows his love and affection, ....

... we all are always on your side .... !!

From now on, we all will support you in every respect ... !!

Indeed, Your Majesty ... !!

Me, too ... !

Of course, me, too !

Kōka-kyū Palace.

[Shōgyoku] Oh ...

Yes !! Your Majesty ... !!

... really ? Well ... Thank you very much .... ?

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Goodness ----. I'm just too tired ----.

Your Majesty ...

This evening as well, .... His Majesty won't be here ....

I don't know why ....

Oh, really ...

( Sighed. )

Again, you don't react so much .....

In that case, I share a bed with Kō tonight, too ---- !!

Ahhh .... Her Majesty .... Is she forcing herself to try to look alright .... ?

That's so sad for me to see her like that ~~~~~.

Come on, let's go ---- !

Yes --- !

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This book, please ... !!

( Determinedly ! )

Finally ...

... you've decided ....

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Oh, I do know everybody around me has worried about my feelings (since "this particular situation" happened) ... Yes. That's so considerate of them ...

Nevertheless, ... to tell the truth, I don't feel hurt or something like that at all ~~~.

For, Bunrin isn't with me here, ....

.... every night, I can read aloud books to Kō who has just started learning a language ....

Oh, Kō love it, all right ...

And, he finds it easy to fall asleep ...

Furthermore, I've found he isn't very selfish and difficult lately ......

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Oh, it has resulted in good outcomes, hasn't it .... ?

About one month has p@ssed since Bunrin stopped coming here, to this Kōka-kyū Palace .....

Well, Bunrin ... You usually don't show your feelings on your face ... But, this time, you really did it ... !

Well done ... I'm happy for you, Bunrin ....

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Parade Ground.

[Shōgyoku] So, every night, Kō brings many books in bed, which he wants me to read ....

Oh, of course, he always falls asleep before I finish reading the book, though ....

[Shōgyoku] Ummm ... I found Kō seems to be picky about this and that, perhaps ...

Well ... Generally speaking, many 2-year-old kids are like that, then .... ?

That's how they are, I think ...

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[Meikei] Actually, my little one, Sei, was the same ... At one point, gosh ... Sei was so particular about how to place our sp*ons and chopsticks neatly on the table ...

Naturally, the meal got cold .... It gave me a headache, all right ....

What is it now ... ?

Well ... Until Sei would be satisfied with it, ... we couldn't start eating, actually ....

Oh, that's right ... ! Here you are, of course ... !

Ahhh .... Great. ♡

I mean ... I've got you as my precious "Mum Friend" who has a kid .... !!

Oh dear ... It totally slipped your mind, didn't it .... ?

She has one child.

Rather ... That never crossed my mind ... Sorry ....

Anyway, don't worry ... It would be alright one day, anyway ...

Oh, thanks a lot ....

Those "Mum Friends," who are living in my neighbourhood, were talking about the similar problems, too ...

Hear, hear ---.

[Shōgyoku] Right ......

( Hehehe. )

Oh, I'm with you ---.

You, too ... ?

This is an image of a chit-chat conference held by Meikei and her "Mum Friends."

Oh, I don't know ----.

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Pardon ... ?

By the way, Shōgyoku .....

[Meikei] You'd better be more cautious ...

I knew you would be like this, however, .... really and truly, you're doing good as usual, aren't you ... ?

Oh, ... you mean SHA-jūen .... ? So, do you think I should be alert to the possible dangers .... ?

[Meikei] No. That's not the point I'm making here ... The one I am really worried about is that ....

... you do NOT understand Bunrin very well, Shōgyoku .....

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[Shōgyoku] No ... I don't think so !

Because ... Bunrin and I ...

Because ....

... really understand each other ...

[Meikei] Is that so ... ?

Most importantly, I know ... Bunrin will never ever allow anybody if he/she intended to make you fall from power, Shōgyoku ....

Well ... Such a man is with "another woman" day in day out ... ? Seriously, there is no doubt ... something has been going on, I bet ....

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... Oh ?

Ahh ... in that case, you mean ... Bunrin's heart wasn't filled with joy of spring .... ?

Joy of pring ... ? Oh, somehow or other, spring has come ... when he married you, anyway ....

But, the thing is ... his heart may not be filled with "joy of spring" but something pathetic or miserable ... ? And, he has been spending a married life like this ... ?

In a way, these two seem to be husband and wife, however, ....

Well ... In that case, this "pathetic or miserable spring" was gone, and ...

.... on the other hand, they are not ....

Meikei ... You haven't seen Bunrin in person for several years, have you .... ?

... he's already stepped into the stage of summer season, surely .... !

I'd say that ... he's changed a lot since then, though .... ?

Yeah ... That's it !

Come on ~~~.

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I also know ... somewhat, Bunrin and you understand each other well ... in a particular way ....

Oh, I'm sorry, Meikei (I don't mean to criticize)...

Anyway ...

So that, if you say like that, Shōgyoku .... That's the way how the things work between you two, then ...

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[Meikei] So, everything would be alright with you two ... Well, it seemed quite dull and stupid to poke my nose into your affairs ...

Oh, Meikei --- But, when it's necessary, you always does it beautifully ... Really ... That's what I love about you ... ♡

( Held tightly. )

Love ya !

[Meikei] Oh, you're the same, my dear ...

Love ya !

Yay --- !

( Hahahaha. )

Well, well ~~~...

You, girls, really enjoy a chit-chat, don't you ... ? What a heart-warming scene it is ....

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Your Majesty ... Great to see you again ... !

His name is "Juka." (Meikei's husband)

[Shōgyoku] Oh, please ... ! Let's do away with all formalities ... !

You just said "girls" ... You meant us ?

Certainly, ma'am ... A feast for the eyes, indeed ...

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] It's so him, Meikei's husband, all right ....

Why, "girls" ... ? I wonder if we are still "cute," then .... ?

How these two met ... ? Oh, their story is really amazing ...

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] In fact, her husband, Juka, used to be a military commander in the neighbouring country ....

And, Meikei and he once fought bravely on the battle field ...

That time, he was really impressed with her courage and bravery ....

Shortly after that, he sought refuge in this country ....

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] And, as soon as he saw her again ....

Oh ... You must be .... !

Please .... Will you marry me .... ?

That's just the beginning of their long story ... Actually, someone can write an interesting book about this couple, though ...

Sorry, my precious ... Did I rudely interrupt a girl's talk ... ?

No, you didn't, my dear ...

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[Shōgyoku] Excuse me, you two ... May I ask you something ?

What is the secret of your happy marriage .... ?

Well, that is ...

... secret, Your Majesty ...

Yes, of course ... Sorry for asking ...

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See ya ---- !

Generally speaking, many ordinary married couples are like that, perhaps .... ?

Sure ... Those two aren't "ordinary" man and woman, though ...

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Oh .... She is SHA-jūen ....

I have not seen her since "that day," though ....

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Oh ... ?

She doesn't make the usual greeting to me .... ?

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Ummm ... Well, what should I do ... ?

Sorry ... I don't mean to be mean ... But, until you would make the usual greeting to me ....

... I certainly can't do anything ...

It's not for the sake of my pride ....

It's for the sake of the dignity because I am the Empress ....

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Oh, dear .... I do wish if she could give way to me ~~~~~.

Already, some time went by, though .... ?

Ahhh ... Probably, they see that ... I'm bullying her intentionally ~~~ ?

( Looking hard. )

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] She is such a beautiful girl ....

So, she is Bunrin's type after all ....

But ... She isn't outstandingly beautiful amongst those ladies here, in the Kōkyū (Inner Palace), perhaps .... ?

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Needless to say, .... all those stunningly gorgeous women came here from all over the country ...

Well ... In my opinion, Bunrin is the most stunningly beautiful one in the Palace, actually ....

No ... Wait a minute here ... !

For the last one month, .... Bunrin has been with her, hasn't he .... ?

Oh, my ... She doesn't look well today .... ?

It means ... She might be ... already .... ?

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] She is .... probably pregnant ... !?

Ahhh ... What if she's expecting a baby, ... what should I do .... !?

Really and truly, ... what should I do ... !?

(Even though I'm "Empress," whilst she has a lower position here,) Should I offer my greetings first, ... or not !?

But ... But ... It's too late to do now .... ????!?

( Help ----- ! )

Oh, NO --- ! I haven't thought through that far .... !

Well, well ...

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[Shōgyoku is thinking.] Goodness ... ! Someone came to the rescue ... !?

It's lovely to see you, ladies ....

[Shōgyoku is thinking.] .... (Someone came to the rescue,) Or not .... !?

Shiba-shuku-hi has turned up ... ! What will happen next ... ?

To be continued. Next chapter (Chapter 20) appears at "PRINCESS" Magazine, March Issue, which is out in Japan on Tuesday, February 6.

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