Part 33: The Next Alliance – Chapter 5

Suruga, Spring 1546 Rene remembered every nuances and minutes of the night before, down to the flavors and the sensations that he had fleetingly visited. It had been the first for him, and he secretly wished that it would never be the last. Morning had come, but last night remained. “My lord, you seemed unwell […]

Part 32: The Next Alliance – Chapter 4

Suruga province, Spring 1546 Ever since they got back from the library, Miki had disappeared from the castle. Before she left, she served Rene tea one afternoon, briefly mentioned that she trusted him and would be going on a trip. It didn’t mean much to Rene anyway, her presence did. After all, with her gone, […]

Part 31. The Horselord

Etchu Province, Summer 1546 He walked alongside the castle wall, looking at the crows chipping off bits by bits of his enemies head hanging on the parapet. It was such a beautiful sight that he replicated at every single castle he took, and even when there was just dried skulls on those sticks, he kept […]

Part 30. A Long Night

Somewhere between Shinano and Owari, Spring 1546 “… Finally, remember to remind Nobunaga to keep an eye on them. He needs to learn about what we know before he comes of age. I wish I could see you now. Love,” He signed and sealed the letter in a bamboo stick. The night was dark and […]

Part 29: The Next Alliance – Chapter 3

Suruga, Spring 1546 As the season settled in, so were the people of the land. Rene had moved into a small house on the hill overlooking the Sunpu castle. It had a thatched roof and three walls made of round logs, leaving one with sliding door as an entrance. The house sat in a sparse […]