[Extra Early Release] Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 17: Of Sadness and Swimming

For a while, I sat in the little cottage, in the middle of the bloodbath, hugged my knees, and cried. I wailed long, mournful sobs like I had never cried before. They came from deep in my soul, singing with the rhythm of my heart. Little Teru was gone, and not from his illness. Akiko …

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Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 15: Of Monsters and Morals

As my gut suspected, Kei continued to not make any sense. Before long, he began leaving Akiko, Teru, and I by ourselves in our shack and heading to Heian-Kyou, or so he claimed. “For work,” he said. I supposed he was old enough to find a job somewhere, but it still didn’t settle right within …

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[Extra Early Release] Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 16: Of Crimson and Quietus

Kei didn’t come home for about a month.   Winter had begun, and we had to start eating our salted reserves, which was nowhere near enough nutrients for Teru, who fell ill as soon as the first snow came.   It started slow, just a few coughs and sneezes, but these turned into thick, bloody …

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Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 14: Of Hunger and Hunts

In my short, miserable life, I had seen farms, small villages, whorehouses, but never cities. I wasn’t sure what I pictured when I first heard of Heian-Kyou, but the city itself was beyond my wildest imaginations. The first thing I noticed was the sheer amount of people. Their robes were beautiful and of colors I …

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[Extra Early Release] Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 15: Of Monsters and Morals

As my gut suspected, Kei continued to not make any sense. Before long, he began leaving Akiko, Teru, and I by ourselves in our shack and heading to Heian-Kyou, or so he claimed. “For work,” he said. I supposed he was old enough to find a job somewhere, but it still didn’t settle right within …

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Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 13: Of Carts and Capitols

  Somehow within me, I knew that bodies were easier to move while they were still warm, so without hesitation, I heaved Hitomi’s body over my tiny shoulder as Akiko gasped with tears.   “Where are you taking her?”   “We can’t leave her to die here.”   “We can’t bury her out here, either!” …

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[Extra Early Release] Akai Oni, Book 1: Liberator – Chapter 14: Of Hunger and Hunts

In my short, miserable life, I had seen farms, small villages, whorehouses, but never cities. I wasn’t sure what I pictured when I first heard of Heian-Kyou, but the city itself was beyond my wildest imaginations. The first thing I noticed was the sheer amount of people. Their robes were beautiful and of colors I …

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