The sister and the brother looked at each other.
Aki said to his sister,
“From tonight, we will change places.
You will become me and I will become you.”
Haru was very surprised to hear this.
They talked and decided it was the best idea.
So they had to prepare for the change.
They taught each other about their lives.
During the day, Haru told Aki about the people at the emperor’s palace and taught him how to play the flute.
During the night, Aki gave lessons to Haru on how to play the Japanese harp and how to write like him.
Haru made a special request for Aki.
“Please take care of Fuyu for me.
Please love her as your wife.”
When they’re finally ready, Aki went back to the city as Haru.
People were very happy to see him again.
Only Fuyu was not.
Her husband knew she had a baby with another man.
She didn’t know how to act in front of him.
But Aki said kindly,
“How are you, my wife?
You look as beautiful as ever.”
Fuyu was surprised to hear such sweet words.
She thought her husband was a little different from before.
But she was happy that her husband was back.
Crying, Haru gave up her son.
Then she went to the emperor’s palace and worked as Aki.
People didn’t notice the change.
They only thought Aki was now a little brighter and a little quicker with her answers.
Then one day, the new emperor saw Aki who used to be Haru and fell in love with her.
He proposed to her again.
How could the father refuse?
Aki was really a woman this time.
He happily replied, ‘Yes’.
His daughter married the emperor and had many children.
11 years later, Haru lived in a palace as the emperor’s wife Aki.
One day, she noticed the boy playing with one of her children.
Right away she knew it was her first son.
Her boy had grown up into a beautiful child.
She called him close to her and said,
“I knew your mother.
You were told she is dead but she is always alive in your heart.
If you ever want to see her, come here to see me again.”
There were tears in the boy’s eyes.
Haru wanted to take the boy into her arms but she didn’t.
She quietly walked away.
This was a story of a sister and a brother who are living their lives as the opposite sex.
But in the end, each found happiness in their own destiny.