Summer 1868. Japan is in the throes of civil war. Fleeing the chaos, three wayward souls cannot escape their destinies.
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Hmm, Fujisawa-juku station is next. I wonder if they have any decent dojo? Or perhaps a lord in need of skilled muscle.
Waa! Look at Fujisan this morning! The plum rains are so late this year. Today is going to be another scorcher.
Odd seeing so many armed fighters in such a small town. I wonder what is going on? Some of them look pretty battle-hardened.
What the?!? Who are these samurai?! Help! They broke down our door and are running into the teahouse. HELP!!!
Oh my god everything is on fire. HELP! HELP!! Please someone! We are still inside the teahouse! Someone come help us!
O-HATSU!! Where are you?!!!
There isn’t much left of this teahouse. Everything, everyone... is gone.
Yamashiro, I have a favor to ask. Could I travel with you to Edo? I have relatives I can stay with there. I promise not to slow you down. Or get in your way. I am a very strong and a hard worker.
Thank you for rescuing me from....oh god. I can’t believe my aunt knowingly sent me along with that creepy pimp Monjiro. That old hag.
Usaburo Yamashiro, unemployed ronin, at your service.
She reminds me so much of Yuki. I am going to make sure nothing happens to her. No more depraved old men groping at her.
I was right. Monjiro *was* stalking us. Not surprising, since he stands to lose a bundle if he doesn’t deliver Bun to the brothel.
“Give it up,” I told him. “These women are under my protection. Here are 3 gold coins for your trouble.”
But he doesn’t look ready to give up. He looks ready to fight...
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