Not all assassins wear black
Some come wearing silk
A young Takeda warrior meets a servant who is much more than she seems. And teaches him what a warrior truly can be.
This is the second of six Kunoichi Companion Tales, prequel stories to David Kudler’s historical novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale:
- White Robes — Mired in her own grief, Lady Mochizuki Chiyome encounters two young women who give her a whole new, much more interesting opportunity
- Silk & Service — A young Takeda warrior meets a servant who is much more than she seems (coming soon!)
- Ghost — When Lady Chiyome receives a note from the shōgun, she finds that the messenger is much more intriguing than the message
- Shining Boy — Plucked off of the streets of the capital, an orphan girl tries to figure out what story she's wandered into
- Blade — Toumi doesn't want anyone messing with her business
- Little Brother — Returning to the monastery turns out to be as hard as leaving it was
“Get my purse, boy!” growled Captain Oniyama, “And more sake!”
Masugu watches the girl appear as if from out of the floor to pour the rice wine into the captain's cup: smooth gait, smooth hair, smooth—
“Boy! My purse!”
Masugu shakes himself, blushing, and leaps to his feet. “Yes, Oniyama-sama!”
The captain is usually patient and polite, but at these regular mahjong games with the other Imagawa commanders, he drinks. And Masugu doesn't like being around him when he's drunk. Doesn't like watching him lose at games.
Also, the girl...
(Teen assassin, historical fiction, love in a time of war, Japan)
About the Author
I am a writer, editor, and publisher living just north of the Golden Gate Bridge with my wife, author/teacher Maura Vaughn, our author-to-be daughters. And our (apparently) non-literary cats.
Currently, I run my own small publishing company, Stillpoint Digital Press. Since 1999, I’ve overseen the publications program for Joseph Campbell Foundation. I have edited three posthumous volumes of Campbell’s unpublished writing and lectures and overseen editions of nine additional titles, the most recent being the third edition of the seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces.
I have just finished Risuko, a young adult historical adventure novel (whew! lots of qualifications on that!) set in Japan during the Civil War era.
I’m a passionate reader of mysteries, fantasy and whatever else I can get my hands on. I am a story addict.
I also have a really healthy respect for heights. (In one of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books, the heroine realizes that it’s not the heights that she’s afraid of: it’s the depths. I understand that.)
And that’s me, at the moment.