Such was the misfortune that befell the capital city of Heian-kyō as well as its outskirts: snow, snow, neverending snow, covering the ground in a layer so thick one would sink to their calves in it. Hardly anyone stepped outside in such weather, including the residents of Abe no Seimei's monastery. There was not much the four of them could do beside sitting huddled together by the hearth, listening to the crackles as it was drawn out by the wind howling outside. The fire dwindled, and Seimei could feel Kagura shivering next to him.
"Are you okay?" he asked.
"I'm fine. You don't have to…" her teeth clacked and her breath came out as a puff of white fog. He immediately took off his haori, the only layer of garment keeping him warm, and wrapped it around her petite body.
"But you are going to get cold!" said Yaobikuni beside him. In response, he gently placed his hand over hers, then taking her hand in his and entwining their fingers. She blushed at the simple, yet affectionate gesture.