Chapter 24 – Restless Revelations

The banquet hall of the Akaboshi’s castle was far more bustling and busy than that of the Nakazono’s. Where that had one table set up for the lord and his guests to eat at, Lord Akaboshi had more of a feast hall going on, with the lord and his direct relatives–or at least the lord,Continue reading “Chapter 24 – Restless Revelations”

Chapter 23 – Demonic Developments

Michael didn’t know what to expect from getting arrested, mainly because they never thought they would ever get arrested.  It was an odd experience, being a lawbreaker, though they preferred to think they were handling their situation better than typical mortal lawbreakers. At the moment, they were sitting in the local jail, though not behindContinue reading “Chapter 23 – Demonic Developments”

Chapter 22 – Pursuit in the City of Water

Vivian was avoiding them.  Michael was willing to admit that they were not a perfect angel, and therefore they could miss things, but they were positive the paladin of light was avoiding them. Even now, back at Kyora–or, more accurately, the town’s outskirts–Vivian remained by the carriage, aiding Polina in unhitching the unicorns from saidContinue reading “Chapter 22 – Pursuit in the City of Water”

Chapter 21- An Angel’s Weakness

“How long has it been since you’ve taken a bath?” Michael blinked, glancing at Noriko as the human laid flat on the futon she’d claimed as her bed. “What was that?”  “When did you last take a bath? Just wondering since, ever since we met, this gal hasn’t seen you take one.” “I don’t requireContinue reading “Chapter 21- An Angel’s Weakness”

Interlude 2 – A Dragon’s Desires

Up. And down. Up. And down. Up. And down. Sweat glistened down skin and scales. The slow rhythm of rising and dropping, like the sun shining through the windows. Light glinted off the equipment inside, off of weights and chains and racks–not made for torture, but for improvement. “Most men would want a spotter,” theContinue reading “Interlude 2 – A Dragon’s Desires”

Chapter 20 – Meeting in the City of Fire

Michael wasn’t sure what to make of their current situation. Mostly because their current situation was bizarre, but also delicious. “Katsu, don’t let them sit that long, the meat will char.” “Charred meat’s fine.” “It’s dry is what it is. You lose all the flavor if you let it cook too long!” “Mm…tastes fine toContinue reading “Chapter 20 – Meeting in the City of Fire”

Chapter 19 – The Explosion

Rokuhara brought them relatively far from the town, though the trip didn’t take too long. Both of them could fly, and without anyone around, Michael was perfectly fine with allowing their wings free for this excursion. It was pleasant. Letting their wings spread from their back, feeling the wind on them. It had been tooContinue reading “Chapter 19 – The Explosion”

Chapter 18 – The Great Thunder Dragon

The ride from Akino to Natsuno was…frustrating. Very frustrating. “We need better transportation,” Michael stated, ignoring the immediately offended looks Gauri and Sadja gave them. “Eh? Why?” Polina asked, apparently unbothered by the almost glacial pace they’d been taking through the provinces of Autumn and Summer. “We’ve been makin’ good time for cross-country travel.” “NoContinue reading “Chapter 18 – The Great Thunder Dragon”

Chapter 17 – The Immortal Capital

Explaining the entirety of the leviathan debacle–carefully edited so as not to imply that Misha the perfectly normal paladin was actually Michael the cardinal angel–took the better part of a morning and an afternoon to get through. Largely because Michael had to keep thinking of ways to explain why Misha Centola would know things thatContinue reading “Chapter 17 – The Immortal Capital”

Chapter 16 – Daring Discoveries

Michael was beginning to wonder if they were cursed. It was a strange thought, but not an unreasonable one, due to the constant rain that seemed to follow them through Nassato and into Akino, the northeastern province of Gorokiva. They did handle that cursed charm, so there may have been some type of hidden retaliatoryContinue reading “Chapter 16 – Daring Discoveries”