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Birthday Mathoms — 2007

Ahiru finds Fakir in his studio, tottering in on the new legs he has written for her. She keeps a hand pressed to the wall for balance, watching as he goes through the long arching stretches of warmup. Without looking … Continue reading

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Five Truths About The Oni-Eater

1. On a certain day every year, during the full moon, he returns to a specific mountain, to the base of a specific tree, and spends the night there; he will raise his cup to the youkai who pass him, … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Thing

Kantarou kissed Haruka first. He hadn’t meant to, but Haruka was cute when he actually got flustered, scowling and wild-eyed and exasperated, you stupid human, what the hell is wrong with you? and there was just something very cute about … Continue reading

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As You Wish

The truth is that Kantarou is as lazy in sex as he is in everything else; he likes to roll indulgently onto his back and just moan where appropriate, lashes fluttering coyly on his cheek. He likes to act, writhing … Continue reading

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In Cups of Tea

Late one Sunday afternoon, an oni walks into the teahouse. Youko doesn’t even notice at first until she hears some of the other girls — Shoukiku, Shoukiku! they whisper to each other behind their hands, wide-eyed and a little bit … Continue reading

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The Crane Takes Flight

Everything started with a man who came to ask for Kantarou’s help in finding his wife. It was all a terrible mistake, he’d said, dabbing his eyes with his sleeve; he hadn’t meant to break the one promise she’d extracted … Continue reading

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Treads Soft the Cat

The cat is on his desk when he enters his office. She sits in a perfect neat loaf, all her limbs and tail tucked in as she purrs, so loudly that he hears it the moment he opens the door. … Continue reading

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Trick Or Treat 2006

i. Zombie Jamboree [Halloweentown’s annual burning] In previous years, Jack’s return had always been greeted by the robing ghosts, who would swaddle him up and hoist him onto the signpost, to wait for the Burning. They were pleasant as ghosts … Continue reading

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Knowing To Fall

“Did you know?” During the change of summer to autumn, insects always sang loudest at night, in an unseen chorus that went without pause until the night deepened to its fullest. For a few hours the world held its breath … Continue reading

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kagome kagome

The sound of rain is loud on the roof. It comes down in torrents off the eaves, louder still: shaa, shaa, shaa. His tea has grown cold. Even the refinement of his bowl doesn’t help the bitter taste on his … Continue reading

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Not with a bang, but a whimper

Somehow it still comes to this: lying on his back in the water, choking on it and the blood in his throat. He can no longer tell if the other battles are continuing, but his is over. It’s over. “Heim,” … Continue reading

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her new home

Part of her isn’t quite certain why she accepts the offer to live with him, and she almost regrets it when he gives her this new name. It feels awkward, like clothes that are too large and too heavy, and … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 20. taisetsu na hito [precious person]

“I promise,” Kantarou says, pale against his white bedding, his hand almost limp in Haruka’s, “I promise we’ll meet again.” Haruka brushes the hair from his face, and lets his fingers hesitate. Past the wrinkles and the sunken skin, Kantarou’s … Continue reading

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HaruKan 20 :: 19. chouchou [butterflies]

They bury him in a haori with a butterfly print, over the traditional white clothes of the dead; it is new and expensive, and Youko’s hands shake as she wraps it around him. She weeps very quietly, very neatly, without … Continue reading

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Perspective Problems

“Don’t you realize what Ichinomiya-sensei actually wants from you? Oni-Eater?” +++ Breakfast was a strange and uncomfortable affair, with the bad mood radiating from Haruka with a near-visible intensity. Youko attempted a few times to start a conversation, only to … Continue reading

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