So Taitou and Housei see the ghetto side of the capital city and are, to put it mildly, shocked at how crummy it is. Taitou is PISSED. Housei says the emperor can't do anything about it because he's just a figurehead and doesn't even know what's going on right under his feet.
At this point, Taitou!logic dictates that the only solution is to SNEAK INTO THE PALACE AND BEAT SOME SENSE INTO THE EMPEROR.
AND THAT'S JUST WHAT HE DOES.
Well, up to the sneaking in part, anyway. Once he's in there, he realizes that this place looks reaaally familiar to him. HINT HINT. He finds a pond and wonders around in a daze when Taigatei, who is just sitting there watching him, calmly asks Taitou if he would like to stay for tea.
OH SHI---- okay, sure.
It's important to note here that Taitou does not realize that Taigatei is the emperor.
Taki (who is Keirou's daughter btw) comes walking up with the tea, but is stopped by Shoukaku (one of the Goshintoushi), who asks her to bring tea for one more person, while looking knowingly over at the pond.
While waiting, Taigatei asks Taitou what he's in such a hurry about. Taitou proudly says that he's here to PUNCH THE EMPEROR.
Taigatei: o_o;;; Do you know what the emperor looks like?
Taitou: No, but I'll know him when I see him. I'm sure he looks very STUPID and CHILDISH.
Taitou goes on to explain all the awful stuff he's seen, and that it's all the fault of the emperor. Taigatei, looking very guilty, agrees. But he says that it might not make much difference if Taitou punches him, because the emperor is nothing more than an ornament, trapped inside the palace like a bird in a cage.
He says to Taitou, "THEN PUNCH ME. I AM THE EMPEROR YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. I AM KENRYUU TAIGA."
Taitou: O.O Kenryuu......Taiga.......TAIGATEI?
Taitou is visibly pissed, and shaking, but looking at Taigatei's face, can't bring himself to punch him. He slams his fist into the table instead, shouting "IS THE FRIGGIN TEA HERE YET?!!"
Taigatei: Aren't you going to punch me?
Taitou: *turns his back on him* HNPH! You're so good-natured that I lost my spitefulness. >:(
Taigatei: .....I'll say my thanks. ^_^
GAWD THESE TWO ARE SO CUTE.
Then Taki comes with the tea! She's a bit taken aback by Taitou sitting there looking all sulky, and even more taken aback when Taitou demonstrates his complete lack of manners by STUFFING HIS FACE WITH TEA SNACKS.
Taki: ...Um, Your Majesty, who is this?
Taigatei: He is my guest. ^_^ His name is....say, what is your name?
Taitou's mouth is too full to answer properly, so he gulps down the tea (Taki's face here is PRICELESS), burps, and answers "Taitou Shirei."
GASP, Taigatei realizes something! He asks Taitou if that's the name he was born with. Taitou says that no, he got that name when his dad took him in.
Taigatei: .......I see. Then where are your real parents?
Taitou: HA! My real parents? *looks away* I don't give a crap about the parents who abandoned me.
DUN DUN DUN.
Meanwhile, Ryuukou is freaking out after learning that Tonrou = Keirou. Uh, wow. In the anime, I think he finds this out in the first episode? o.o;
Taitou has finished eating all the snacks. He complains about Taigatei and Taki getting to eat such good food all the time when other people are having trouble just finding something for dinner, and tells Taigatei to do something about it.
Taigatei: But what am I supposed to do...
Taitou: *points at him* You like Taki, don't you?
Taigatei: WHA!!! *blushes* Wha-wha-whawhawha what are you saying so suddenly?!!
Taitou: In that case, all the things you want to do for Taki, you should just do for everyone else.
Taigatei: *looking at Taki* What I...want to do for Taki...
OH MAN TAIGATEI IS SO CUTE. *____*
And then Taigatei makes a promise: "Though it's not possible right away, I will be sure to make the Ken Empire into a better country. So that Taki...no, so that everyone can live smiling...a country like that..."
Taki: *blushing* Your Majesty...
STOPPIT YOU'RE MAKING ME DIE FROM TEH CUTE. *___*
Taitou grins, and says that it was worth coming here after all. (BEHOLD! TAITOU!LOGIC WORKS!) Taigatei reaches out his hand, asking if Taitou will lend him strength. Taitou reaches out to take it, saying "Yeah. You can count on m--"
SUDDENLY CHOUKA COMES CHARGING AT TAITOU THROWING DAGGERS. "DIE!!"
Taitou now has to make his getaway. But before he goes, he says:
Taitou: DON'T FORGET YOUR PROMISE! *grin*
Taigatei: :O *gasp* ...*nods* >:|
So Taitou runs away, and finds that it's much harder getting out of the palace than it was to get in. As the guards chase him around, someone grabs him and pulls him into a room.
End of chapter.
AWESOME, AMIRIGHT?! *_______*