Shiroi’s feelings become clear, but her goals are still far from her grasp. The group nears their destination, and the Gunslinger is left to discover even more about this land of the East.Read More...
“It’s known as the Path of the Wise Serpent.” Yuki corrects me as she parts the sheer ‘curtain’ on her uchikatsugi. “Although I can see why you’d assume it was ‘White Serpent’…”
“So what’s the story behind that?”
“Many years ago, the Daimyo commissioned the construction of a post road between the capital and major cities throughout the islands.” the lamia explains.
“Well, it was said that the Daimyo at the time ordered them built so that decrees from the imperial court could be delivered to his regional governors without delay and artisans, magistrates, nobles and craftsmen could quickly make their way to the capital when summoned.”
“So a road like this one?”
“Not quite- the first of these roads went along the coast-“
“The ones Kori and Fuyu are supposed to be taking?”
“That was the original alignment. However, washouts and landslides were a common problem during the rainy season or whenever a major storm moved through the area.”
“Then this would be an alternate route?”
“Yes- although the winters in the mountains are harsher. It was said that the Daimyo had a seer who he trusted more than anyone else- a Shirohebi who was also rumored to be his concubine. She reasoned that a path through the mountains would be far more passable during the temperate months and even during milder winters- and thus would ultimately be worth the investment in time and resources to construct it.”
“Makes sense. So the Daimyo names it in honor of the seer who convicned him to build it.”
“Well- that’s one version.”
“What’s the other version?”
“Oh my….the more popular version is a bit….how should I say?…..immodest.”
“Yuki- come on. How can a story about building a road through the mountains be- as you put it- ‘immodest‘?” I ask with finger quotes to emphasize the last word.
“I…I’ve said too much.” the nervous shirohebi stammered.
“Yuki….tell me…”Read More...
Finally taking a break from doing paperwork, the Echidna and founder of the Orphanage Katy herself graces her halls greeting and exploring her building. She meets with her head chef; a Holstaurus cowgirl by the name of Betsy.
“Betsy! How are you today!? I was just about to ask you about your opinions on our new staff member” Katy asked.
“Oh! Yeah he was a real treat to the eyes if I do say so myself-b-but he’s also really nice, I can just tell from his eyes, they were strong, sharp, but gentle…and compassionate. Just like my papa-I-I mean my father!” Betsy replied.
“Yes, I saw a lot of spirit in his eyes too, it appears as if he’s starting to grow accustom to our ways here, but he has a lot more to discover” Katy hinted.
“Sure as apple pie he does! I wonder how he’ll react to it all? I hope we don’t scare him off, or nothing…I already got a few of my tykes wondering when he’ll come see them” Betsy replied.Read More...
You did it, somehow someway you got the job, and your first day is here and now! Meeting Katy for the first time you realize she’s surprisingly casual, especially considering the stories you have read about Echidnas in the past.
You can’t help, but wonder what your new job has in store, you hope the uniform looks cool, and not at all embarrassing to be seen in.
Then there’s the building neighboring the Orphanage, a shrine said to be taken care of by beautiful shrine maidens, and their head priest said to give incredible blessings to a certain chosen number of people. It might be worth a shot to buy a lucky charm of some kind while you’re at it right?Read More...
So, apparently there’s a new source of power newly discovered. Or something. Cutting edge.
Yeah, what a crock.
This story is the second installment of my original setting, Darkness Prevails.
I suggest reading the first one, Eyes in the Dark, first, as there are spoilers here for that story.
A young man travels into the mountains to worship at a sacred shrine, but ends up providing more ‘worship’ than he anticipated.Read More...
At first, Lessa wanted to tutor me Dragon-Tongue by sitting on my lap with her paws on my shoulders. I decided that this wasn’t conducive to my learning anything of value.
Well, anything other than where her erogenous zones were, that is.Read More...
“Here on the Chaos, Upper Left, Board for each player there are ten Servitors also known as Shoggoth. They serve as the boards Pawns. Two Mind Flayers as Rooks, two Night Gaunts as Knights, two Mi-Go as Priests, and two Yith as Merchants. Finally, we have one Cthulhu as King and one Cthylla as Queen.”
“Wait!” said Yasu with a triumphant smile. “If the Shoggoth are referred to as servitors then this set must be truly old.”
“You are correct Yasu. This one fact alone gives us an indication of just how truly ancient this set is.”Read More...
Satisfied the others were gone, Yuki turned to me.
“Hanta- you seem to have a unique talent for angering my sister.”
Whatever I had to say, Yuki wasn’t quite ready to listen.
“You know what serpents do with sneaky little rats, don’t you?” she scowls.
Her miko’s top managed to slip a little further open.
“Well….at this point I’m hoping that it’s something that involves hand-holding and possibly other outward displays of affection.” I say.
She scowls a little.
“We wrap our bodies around those sneaky little rats nice and tight so that they have nowhere to go.” she says, coiling her lower body around me before gently running her fingers through my hair.
“Then…we cut off the air.” her hands were on the back of my head, gently guiding towards her ample bosom.
“For the record, turns out ‘bedding other youkai’ is a sport I wasn’t particularly good at.” I pout meekly with my face mere inches of the beautiful serpent girl’s bust.
“That’s it. Your are going to get such a smothering, my little sneaky rat!”Read More...
Mizukui, a ryu, lives alone at her temple on a small island off the coast of Zipangu. Her solitude is interrupted by a young man, journeying from the far north of Zipangu. He searches for something, though she knows not what. He stays with her for a time but she knows nothing can last forever, and the rain has a tendency to fall with a striking taste.Read More...