Contest entry: After losing his life savings gambling at the Jade Dragon, a man receives an unusual proposition from the casino’s foxy proprietress that sets off a chain of life-changing events.
Her mood grayer than the storm clouds above her, she walks with no destination. Her home is destroyed, and her once-prosperous village is long gone. She has no hope, until a gesture of kindness from a stranger sparks something within her…
We all know the classic stories. Boy meets girl. A man goes on a journey. A stranger comes to town. An ancient near demi god takes in a human man. Wait maybe not that last one. But the last one is this story. Can Kaori find joy in the company of others again?