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The Longest Road ch.57 A fleeting shadowThe Longest Road ch.57 A fleeting shadow by Kitsune1978
The Longest Road
~Chapter 57. A fleeting shadow~
The daimyō sat in the comfortable armchair, his bare feet on the rich, furry rug, his palm cradling the cup of sake to make everyone who might be coming inside believe that he was properly drinking. The truth, however, was that the flask was almost empty because he had dried it before quickly, not being in the mood for being ceremonial let alone accepting any company. In the solitude of his rooms, he could finally shrug the prudent albeit overbearing attitude off, as he stared at the cold ashes in the hearth. Obviously, even servants were greatly shaken by the news of Kanryū's disappearance, because they had never forgotten before to light a fire in the ruler's chamber at the chilling desert night. The daimyō wasn't going to chastise them though. One could safely say that the entire city was agitated, servants and officials alike. It didn't happen often – hell, it had never happened before! - that so m
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She stood in front of the window, staring sightlessly at the empty street below. It was too early for anyone but those on duty to be outside. The sun had come up less than an hour ago. It would be another scorching hot day, but having grown up in the desert she no longer noticed the heat.
The slow drifting of sand along the ground made the village seem almost deserted. She knew that if she opened the window, she would hear the familiar howling sound of the wind. It was comforting in a way to know that some things would never change. She wanted suddenly to escape this building, escape the village. She wanted to be in the desert, alone, surrounded by nothing but wind and sand, the only two things that she knew and trusted. The only two things that could never be taken away from her.
She forced herself to tear her gaze away from the inviting sight and turn instead to the figure spread out on her bed. Her eyes misted over as she looked at him, the blue shade g