The Dragon's Song is Ringing in the Sky - Ch 5.2 - The Siphons
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The Singing Voice of the Dragon Echoes in the Sky, Vol.1
Chapter 5.2 – The Siphons
A statue of the dragon god, who was the founder, was enshrined in the temple inside the castle of Elman kingdom.
Inside the pitch-black temple, the statue of the majestic dragon god illuminated by the candles on the altar, which were lit all day and night. The figure of a person kneeling in front of the altar in prayer was also illuminated.
“Is someone here?”
The man who was praying straightened his body at the sudden call, and turned around. His silver hair shone brightly under the light of the candles.
“I wondered who it could be in this late night… If it isn’t Shurei.”
“Baihan-sama” The one who answered his call was Baihan, the temple chief entrusted with this temple. The man was known to be the most gentle and benevolent among the Siphons. For generations, he was in charge of protecting the temple, passing on the legend of the dragon god and being an advisor to the dragon king.
“Is something the matter?”
The middle-aged man had a lot of white hair interweaved with his orange hair. He slowly approached Shurei and asked with a smile.
“I came to confess to God.” Shurei replied with a docile expression.
Baihan seemed to realize something, he narrowed his eyes and didn’t ask more.
The flame from the lamp in his hand was flickering softly.
“If you like. How about some tea? I have also finished patrolling and was just thinking of having a little break before going home. It’s better to have someone to drink tea with.”
Shurei closed his eyes and thought for a while before nodding to accept Baihan’s offer.
He was brought to a room in the back of the temple and offered a seat. After waiting for a while, Baihan appeared with a tea that gave off a fragrance. He placed the cups on the table and sat across Shurei, smiling gently. The mild scent tickled the nose. It made him feel as if his depressed heart was understood a little. As he gazed at Baihan’s face, Shurei’s eyes wavered hesitantly.
“I heard that Baihan-sama can keep a secret.” said Shurei suddenly.. Baihan quietly held the tea in his mouth and nodded.
“I listen to confessions from different people. There are times I also give advice. Most of them want the burden in their heart to be heard. The heart’s burden can be alleviated if spoken out loud. Of course, I will keep it confidential.”
Shurei sighed deeply after hearing Baihan’s words.
“Baihan-sama. Does Baihan-sama know the Ryusei’s attendant before me?”
“Yes, I knew him.”
“Did he also have the same affliction like me?”
“What do you mean?” he asked and Shurei fell silent for a moment. As if he was still hesitant to speak of it. Baihan silently sipped his tea without urging him.
“I… sincerely love¹ Ryusei-sama. This feeling … is this uncontrollable emotion I have for him a sin?”
Shurei said, covering his face with both hands. His shoulder shook slightly. Baihan’s face turned a little grave but didn’t say anything. The silence went on.
“I can’t know for certain what kind of feelings the past generations of attendants had while serving Ryusei-sama. Nor can I tell you if the previous attendant had the same trouble and made the same confession to me. However, what I am certain of is, Ryusei-sama is so beautiful and attractive that anyone, even those who are not kings, will be charmed by him. Which explains why Ryusei-sama’s personal attendant, who is the closest to him, receives surgery, and their manhood is cut off, isn’t it? So having such feelings is not a sin in itself. But, if you act on it… then it will be a sin, won’t it?” Baihan said calmly as if to sooth. Shurei listened to it with his eyes closed.
“I am afraid of myself. This feeling grows each day and runs amok inside my heart. I know that I must never let Ryusei-sama know of this feeling but… the more I try to hold it in, the stronger it burns inside my heart.”
Shurei said, clenching his fist on the table with all his might. He squeezed it so strongly as if digging his nails in that his shoulders shook. It was the first time he saw Shurei this agitated. Baihan was inwardly surprised. Those who were to be chosen to be Ryuusei’s attendant were recruited at a young age of 10. They were screened, then received many training and tests, only one would be selected. The chosen child would receive a thorough education and trained to be the most exemplary attendant. In order for the attendant to make a decision, under any kind of situation, calmly and without panic, a training in suppressing the emotions must have also been included.
“Have you fallen that deeply in love with Ryusei-sama?” As if surprised by Baihan’s question, Shurei’s eyes stared at him unblinkingly for a moment, eventually he frowned and closed his eyes as he groaned out a “yes,” as if in pain.
Silence descended once again.
With a calm appearance, Baihan stared at Shurei’s anguished expression, shoulders trembling.
“Is it painful?” Shurei nodded at Baihan’s words.
“What is painful? Is it being unable to achieve your desire?” Shurei lifted and shook his head to that question.
“From the beginning, I have no intention of telling Ryusei-sama of this feeling or do something about it. I love Ryusei-sama but I have no thoughts of doing sexual activities with him. What is hard for me is, because I am an attendant. There are times when I have to be strict with him… and I unconsciously tend to give priority to my personal feelings. I can’t keep my emotions under control. And the feeling like I am losing myself is hard. Even today… I became emotional towards Ryusei-sama. I couldn’t stop my emotions from running wild and almost blurted out my feelings. That’s what I am repenting.”
“Is it painful that Ryusei-sama will be tied to the king?”
Shurei shook his head.
“If Ryusei-sama could truly be happy, then it wouldn’t be painful. Right now, all I wish is for it to not turn out to be the same as the previous Ryusei-sama.”
Shurei’s words were spoken from the heart. Baihan watched him intently.
“If Ryusei-sama…turns out to be the same, would you also do the same thing the former attendant did?” Baihan asked solemnly. Shurei stared at him, then, although hesitantly, he affirmatively nodded.
Just as I thought. Baihan thought and closed his eyes. He knew the answer even without asking. To follow the same fate… Because the former attendant also confessed to him his feelings. The former Ryusei who committed suicide… and his attendant who followed after him… If the current Ryusei commits suicide, Shurei would surely follow after him too.
To die for love.
If possible, Baihan heartily wished for that not to happen.
“Come here anytime whenever it’s hard. I will always lend you an ear.”
“Thank you.” Shurei bowed his head deeply.
Baihan stared at him with eyes full of affection.
He prayed to God with all his heart,
for the same tragedy not to repeat itself…
For the time to come when this pure love would be saved…
¹Shurei used the term お慕い which basically means to love dearly, to yearn (usually towards someone in a higher position without knowing if they love you back.) an old word for love with respect and admiration.
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