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Beyond the window, snow swirled toward the ground in a shimmering
curtain. A hush lay over the land, all activity quieted by the snowfall,
and within the room, the warmth of the coal-heated brazier filled the space
with a soft, serene glow.
Emi wished she could enjoy the calm evening, but anxiety tightened her
nerves. From the assortment of supplies on the table, she selected a roll of
Yumei sat on the floor in front of her. His bare torso told the tale of the
battle he had fought. The gouges from dragon claws and the dark bruises
from crushing impacts turned her stomach. The same injuries would have
left a human immobile in a hospital bed, but yokai were far tougher. And
Yumei, a raven yokai known to most as the Tengu and to a select few as the
Prince of Shadows, was tougher than most.
She pressed one end of the bandage against his shoulder. She’d dropped
the roll twice and had to restart when the bandages sagged, too loose to
hold. He’d waited patiently without comment—a surprising deviation from
his normally irascible temperament.
Now, with far more confidence than her first attempt, she wrapped the
reddish-purple bruises and four deep slices down his ribs and tied off the
bandage. Touching him at all was rather strange. Unlike Shiro, who
frequently and deliberately invaded her personal space, Yumei rarely
allowed any kind of physical contact. Despite that, once her initial
embarrassment had passed, she found a simple familiarity in their
interaction. She wasn’t sure if that was because she was more comfortable
around him, or because he was more relaxed around her.
When she picked up another roll, he extended his arm and she began to
bind it from shoulder to elbow, covering the half-healed gouges in his bicep
from Orochi’s teeth. She debated with herself as she worked. Did she want
to test his tolerance toward her?
“How are you feeling?” she asked quietly.
His eyes turned to her. The pale silver irises rimmed by a dark outline
had always unnerved her, seeing as much as they concealed. “Fine.”
The single word was flat and irritable, as she’d expected. The Tengu
was a proud yokai, and accepting help, or even allowing her to see his
injuries, wasn’t easy for him. He would prefer no one to know his strength
was compromised, let alone discuss it.
She wound a few more loops of bandage around his arm. “Are you
recovering as well as you would like? Is there anything else I can do?”
“No,” he answered unhelpfully.
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