merciless warlord murders Kiku’s husband and destroys her fortress,
plunging her into a life of sexual servitude in a silk-lined cell. In
harem, she fights the machinations of a love-struck eunuch intent upon
transforming her into the whore the Nobunaga desires.
monster invaded her dreams, a monster as frightening as a Vairocana
and just as bloodthirsty; a demon in the shape of a man.
Though wide awake, she could still see the headless bodies
and friends scattered across a dusty plain. Once more, the sight of her
Father’s head hanging like a trophy on a golden stake made her retch.
Takasada roused beside her. Even in his sleep, it seemed as
though he could sense something distressed his wife. He cradled her in
his muscular arms and asked, “Bad dreams?”
“Of matters best forgotten,” she said.
“The nightmare returned?”
“In all of its gory splendor.”
“And he who invaded your life before….”
“… returns once more.”
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