The lottery to choose her next husband was to take place at the Imperial Palace. Kiyoko got up earlier than usual and headed down to Odaiba. The inlet, covered with black stones, was always gloomy, and it was hard to believe it was in the South Seas. Hemmed in by jutting cliffs, the seawater appeari…
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