The Moonlit Corridor

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
The path the samurai chose was paved with self sacrifice, which he willingly accepted before taking the first step on a journey from which there was no turning back. Although trained to bravely embrace duty and the unexpected, he was not prepared for the supernatural nor a predestined love that reached out from beyond the grave.

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prey

Submitted: August 21, 2019

‘Those who honor the dead, have no need to fear the dark…’     The somber silence of the forest was suddenly ... Read Chapter

Awakening

Submitted: August 21, 2019

Far above, in the great expanse of blue sky, the sun shined brightly. That was the first conscious thought of which she was aware. The su... Read Chapter

visitors

Submitted: August 21, 2019

Her last thought when she had laid down, ‘there will still be time to prepare dinner’, returned as she opened her eyes, stirred from ... Read Chapter

the tree

Submitted: August 21, 2019

Time passed slowly…or quickly. Asako wasn’t quite certain. She had lost all perception of time. It seemed only yesterday that she bec... Read Chapter

the bridge

Submitted: August 22, 2019

Asako wasn’t certain when her relatives left, but once realizing they had she returned to the house. Time passed, flowers bloomed and w... Read Chapter

Left hand of God

Submitted: August 22, 2019

  In the village of Tsukimi, inside the Jade Teahouse the atmosphere was airy and light, with nary a whisper as anxious patrons ... Read Chapter

wizard

Submitted: August 22, 2019

“You seek to unravel the mystery of the haunted toll bridge.” The matter-of-fact-statement statement caught Sung Ji by surprise. ... Read Chapter

rage

Submitted: August 22, 2019

  As Miyamoto immersed himself in the best ‘spirits’ the Twin Dragons provided, two kilometers away a different kind of spir... Read Chapter

helping hand

Submitted: August 22, 2019

Sung Ji awoke to discover Kwai’s smiling face just a couple of inches from his nose.  Startled, the Korean quickly rose to a seate... Read Chapter

Specter in blue

Submitted: August 22, 2019

Lost in contemplation, Sung Ji stood as motionless as a finely etched statue atop Chiang Vu Tien’s toll bridge. The quiet and stillness... Read Chapter

Asako

Submitted: August 23, 2019

Kwai listened intently as the samurai described his encounter with the specter in blue. As Sung Ji elaborated, the shaman smiled and nodd... Read Chapter

Moon

Submitted: August 23, 2019

At Kwai’s retreat, morning brought the smell of boiled kimchee cabbage to a surprised Sung Ji. Quickly rising from his palette he hurri... Read Chapter

The city

Submitted: August 23, 2019

Traveling to the city was slow by Kwai’s wagon, but the samurai had no complaints. On the way he asked the shaman about his daughter. ... Read Chapter

nightmare

Submitted: August 23, 2019

It seemed to Miyamoto as if he had been walking for hours through back city streets and deserted alleys. “How difficult can it be,” h... Read Chapter

Intervention

Submitted: August 23, 2019

The sun was setting as Miyamoto brought the horse on which he was riding to a stop at the front gate of the Moon Temple. Sung Ji had left... Read Chapter

evil designs

Submitted: August 23, 2019

Exhaustion finally took its toll on a bedraggled Miyamoto. He slept through the dawn of the new day and the eventual arrival of Kwai’s ... Read Chapter

ghostly tears

Submitted: August 23, 2019

A battle-weary Sung Ji placed an unsteady hand on the huge iron knob that turned and released the latch securing the heavy cedar inner do... Read Chapter

the gift

Submitted: August 24, 2019

The afternoon sun shone brightly above the tall sakura (cherry blossom) trees that lined both sides of the roadway leading from Tsukimi t... Read Chapter

the promise

Submitted: August 24, 2019

The spring breeze gradually cooled as the sun descended closer to the Western peaks, heralding the coming of night. Birds flocked to the ... Read Chapter

book 2 : Requiem

Submitted: August 24, 2019

The purple haze of twilight reluctantly surrendered to the approaching darkness as the sun slowly sank below the western mountains. Night... Read Chapter

Heaven's tears

Submitted: August 24, 2019

The heavy rain had stopped, slowed to a drizzle then became a fine mist. Old Takahashi shivered in the dampness as he sat huddled beneath... Read Chapter

the mirror

Submitted: August 24, 2019

"They are returning..." The wizard’s voice resonated in the vaulted chamber. Sanada San looked up from his imported European crysta... Read Chapter

Silence

Submitted: August 24, 2019

A brooding Ichiban, leaning his broad, thickly muscled back against the containment wall, sulked petulantly as three of his subordinates ... Read Chapter

song of love

Submitted: August 26, 2019

Kenji Tanaka awoke to the melodious sound of a flute wafting in through the open window. Looking at the empty pallet beside his own, he r... Read Chapter

the archer

Submitted: August 26, 2019

The sun was high in the eastern sky above Sanada san’s castle as little Kasumi raced along one of the many corridors that meandered lik... Read Chapter

girl with the wafting scarf

Submitted: August 26, 2019

Riding a few hundred yards ahead of Kenji and his docile mule, Sung Ji played the flute as his black Arabian trotted contently along. The... Read Chapter

Sense of danger

Submitted: August 26, 2019

Sunrise found Silence long gone from the village where the samurai and Kenji Tanaka were preparing to continue their journey. The previou... Read Chapter

Shadow

Submitted: August 27, 2019

It seemed as if a lifetime had passed while Silence patiently waited for an opportune moment to carry out her deadly mission. Sitting qui... Read Chapter

viper

Submitted: August 27, 2019

Sleep escaped Sanada San, as he reclined on a large chair in his equally large bedroom, brooding and pouting like a petulant child. He wa... Read Chapter

a stranger

Submitted: August 27, 2019

Thoughts of déjà vu ran through Ai’s mind as she raced after fleet-footed Kasumi. She was almost within reach of the little girl when... Read Chapter

the castle

Submitted: August 27, 2019

She was uncertain where she was. It was night and she was standing at the edge of a steep cliff. Far below, a pool of water reflected the... Read Chapter

reflection

Submitted: August 27, 2019

Sanada’s castle was a sprawling, imposing structure, with many levels and a plethora of maze-like corridors that meandered throughout t... Read Chapter

retribution

Submitted: August 28, 2019

Since leaving Madam Snow, Sung Ji had not spoken. Kenji reasoned that at least an hour had passed, and after enduring what he considered ... Read Chapter

silver

Submitted: August 28, 2019

Silence paused outside the twin doors leading to Sanada’s private bedchamber. She marveled at the huge Chinese dragon above the portal,... Read Chapter

girl in the mirror

Submitted: August 28, 2019

As they approached the castle from the backside, Ahn Sung Ji and Kenji Tanaka were surprised to see the small group emerging from the tre... Read Chapter

Yuki

Submitted: August 28, 2019

The morning sun shined brightly over Kenji Tanaka’s small rice farm. While he and Kasumi chan prepared provisions for their guests, Sun... Read Chapter

the circle

Submitted: August 28, 2019

 “What comes to your mind if I mention the word ‘circle’?” Sung Ji, roasting fish, raised his head the moment the girl s... Read Chapter

Jangmi

Submitted: August 28, 2019

In the predawn hours before Silence and Sung Ji awoke to begin the second day of their journey, a weary Sensei Hawk anxiously paced back ... Read Chapter

sisters

Submitted: August 28, 2019

Silence and the samurai rode side by side, her Mongolian horse dwarfed by his black Arabian. Although reluctant to admit it, the ninja gi... Read Chapter

Fire and Ice

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Two days after the discovery of her husband’s body and disappearance of Jangmi, Danjo Kuriyama’s widow, an armed bodyguard standing a... Read Chapter

jealously

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Another uneventful day was slowly coming to a close, with light blue skies turning royal blue and amber, a prelude to twilight and the ap... Read Chapter

dreams

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Wide awake at sunrise, the first thing on the samurai’s mind was the pool beneath the falls. The previous evening, darkness masked the ... Read Chapter

Wind

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Jangmi, after departing from the twins, was undecided what to do next. Evading capture was paramount, but she needed an agenda, a plan. S... Read Chapter

Sky

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Darkness settled over Sensei Hawk’s mountain stronghold while a lone sentinel patiently watched the hidden path that led to the shrine ... Read Chapter

blue eyes

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Sensei Hawk awoke from what he had hoped would be a deep and restful sleep. Before his eyes opened to the candlelight something told him ... Read Chapter

children of the night

Submitted: August 29, 2019

Chiharu, returning from an audience with Sensei Hawk, laboriously climbed the last remaining steps leading to the Shrine of Autumn Mists.... Read Chapter

ghost lamp

Submitted: August 29, 2019

A tapping at his door brought a startled Sensei Hawk to his feet… “Who is it?” he demanded as he strained to calm his nerves. ... Read Chapter

Hu Noz

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Inside the ante room of the Shrine of Autumn Mists, Hu-noz scowled and pouted while he knelt before Chiharu. Sensei Hawk had sent him to ... Read Chapter

visitation

Submitted: August 30, 2019

Sensei Hawk listened intently as Hu-noz made his report regarding the stranger hiding in the Shrine of Autumn Mists…  “It could ... Read Chapter

hidden room

Submitted: August 30, 2019

While dressing herself in Chiharu’s hidden room, Jangmi stared at a large portrait hung on the wall; a painting of a young woman with a... Read Chapter

sorcery

Submitted: August 30, 2019

After intercepting Wind and her entourage, Storm and Sky secretly brought them to the Shrine of Autumn Mists, managing to bypass the watc... Read Chapter

karma

Submitted: August 31, 2019

The swordsmen faced one another as if they were alone in the room. Following a nod of the head from Sensei Hawk a black clad ninja attack... Read Chapter

Wasu-re na-i-de (Do not forget me)

Submitted: August 31, 2019

 Following the death of Sensei Hawk, the three remaining children of the night were forced to leave the mountain retreat, banished, ... Read Chapter

welcome back

Submitted: August 31, 2019

Parting from others is seldom easy, but was something to which the samurai had long been accustomed. When it was time to bid farewell to ... Read Chapter

the archway

Submitted: September 02, 2019

…It is not just the setting sun that makes the shadows grow long…   The late autumn wind stirred the trees to a whisper,... Read Chapter

return

Submitted: September 02, 2019

Several leagues south of Fire’s mountain home, a lone rider adjusted the scarf coiled about her neck, lifting it to cover the lower por... Read Chapter

dangerous times

Submitted: September 02, 2019

Mifune barely managed to dodge a dark rapidly flying object as he approached the front doorway of the Shrine of Autumn Mists. It flew pas... Read Chapter

miscast performers

Submitted: September 02, 2019

The evening of the first snowfall brought colder than normal temperatures to the sleepy village of Tsukimi. All was quiet inside the Jade... Read Chapter

Bara (Rose)

Submitted: September 03, 2019

It was a beautiful day, in spite of the cold and snow, thought Sung Ji as he sat beneath the bare limbs of the immense twin tree. He had ... Read Chapter

star sword

Submitted: September 03, 2019

It was late afternoon by the time Sung Ji, Silence and Asuka arrived in the village of Tsukimi. The samurai was prepared to ride directly... Read Chapter

the landlord's daughter

Submitted: September 03, 2019

Asako languidly drifted on the winter wind, the essence of her spirit blending with the pristine snowflakes carried hypnotically along in... Read Chapter

an assult

Submitted: September 03, 2019

Ahn Sung Ji awoke before the others, just in time to gaze in wonderment while the eastern sky gradually turned an array of colors from ye... Read Chapter

Yukari

Submitted: September 03, 2019

Relentless in her investigation, Chiharu connects the incidents of the rain puddle and the return of the construction worker to the mirro... Read Chapter

ghost

Submitted: September 04, 2019

Once within sight of the mountain, Sung Ji reined in his horse to a halt. At his side, Silence did likewise, followed by the others. The ... Read Chapter

the gateway

Submitted: September 04, 2019

The samurai paused along the snow covered path, awaiting Silence and Kwai. Just ahead, Chiharu, Water, Wind, Sky, Ice, Jangmi and Night f... Read Chapter

dark reflections

Submitted: September 04, 2019

Night returned to their room to find Bara cutting and trimming thin bamboo shafts while an intrigued Storm watched. “What are you d... Read Chapter

something astir

Submitted: September 04, 2019

From their vantage point on the rear terrace of the dojo, Water and Wind had an unobstructed view of the grotto and hot spring where the ... Read Chapter

night visitors

Submitted: September 05, 2019

She stood as tensed and ready as the black clad guardian before her, with her mind’s eye fixed on the cursed gateway beyond the silent ... Read Chapter

combined effort

Submitted: September 05, 2019

The samurai’s restless slumber was interrupted abruptly by an alarmed scream that echoed through the corridors of his mind. Although no... Read Chapter

the simple things

Submitted: September 05, 2019

“O-hai-yo Go-zai-masu’ (Good morning),” hailed Asuka excitedly when she saw the samurai and his entourage climbing the steps that l... Read Chapter

Terrible Trio

Submitted: September 05, 2019

Kwai had managed to sleep a couple of hours before awakening, stirred to consciousness by an uneasy impression of impending disaster. He ... Read Chapter

confrontation

Submitted: September 06, 2019

The vengeful entity stirred, deep beneath the mountain where the Shrine of Autumn Mists stood. Perplexed beyond description, it morphed i... Read Chapter

cocoons

Submitted: September 06, 2019

Kwai’s valiant group was just within sight of Hawk’s elevated abode when Minori came rushing from behind to report to the shaman that... Read Chapter

the joining

Submitted: September 06, 2019

“Asuka chan…” voiced Ice slowly, while Kwai and the others could only stare in stunned disbelief at the girl’s still and broken b... Read Chapter

departure

Submitted: September 10, 2019

"Ice, you should come with me now." Seated beside her sister's bed, she looked up to see Jangmi at the door. Before she could respond... Read Chapter

heroic choice

Submitted: September 10, 2019

Bound for Tsukimi, the samurai’s party rode two abreast along the path that meandered from the Shrine of Autumn Mists and through the a... Read Chapter

homecoming

Submitted: September 10, 2019

The dense mists of early morning had lifted, gradually evaporating with the slow rising of the sun, making visibility clear but the pleas... Read Chapter

Guiding light

Submitted: September 10, 2019

Everyone awoke to pleasant weather beneath a somber gray canopy, with just the hint of a breeze to keep the temperature mild. There was n... Read Chapter