River of Stars Ch 2 bit – Dharma

“My.” Master Koumyou halted in the shade of a flowering cherry. “What a lovely place for a smoke.”

Kouryuu clapped a hand to his face in disbelief. “Master, the castle guard-” Continue reading

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River of Stars Ch 2 bit – irony

“Fortunately, Koumyou Sanzo was known to be a bit eccentric,” Hakkai informed them, picking his words with delicate care. It wasn’t lying. Exactly. “Once he pulled Kouryuu from the river, he allowed the rumor to spread that the stranger was actually a holy young monk from the mountains, who’d been persecuted by jealous evil spirits to the point that he threw himself into the river and prayed for purification. Which, obviously, worked.” Continue reading

What Comes Around Ch 19 bit -Extra Sarcasm

Movement, traced by the faintest bright wings of rukh. A small head of messy brown hair, tucked against a woman’s dusty blue blouse as the young boy shivered in chill air. The lady herself was shackled to a bench – steel, no magoi-draining runes – deep blue eyes scared and furious enough that those shackles might be the only thing keeping her from tearing evil idiots to bits. Continue reading

River of Stars Ch 2 bit – meeting Koumyou

You know something, Hakkai concluded. Oh dear. But he let that realization slide over his reactions like glass. Whatever they might know, they didn’t – couldn’t – know what a Sanzo really was. Most of Shangri-La didn’t know; not even the highest priests. “I don’t think Ni believes in control groups. Dr. Genjyo wasn’t experimented on-” by Ni, at least “-because he wasn’t there.” Continue reading