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Akai Oni: Liberator, Chapter 11: Of Inns and Independence
Fuujin must have scared Abe and his crew, because he didn’t last long in the storm. It didn’t bother me too much--I was just a little cold--but he insisted we go to the nearest village and stay the night.
The innkeeper didn’t seem all that willing to house six onmyouji and an oni girl. “We’ll keep the oni and other mononoke away from your inn tonight if you let us stay,” Abe begged, slapping coin upon coin on the desk.
The innkeeper gestured toward me. “What’s that, then?” “It can sleep outside.” The wind howled. Thunder crashed in the distance. I could hear the screams of a tree falling and the crack of a window as the wind beat it mercilessly. “Never mind,” Abe said nervously, adjusting his hat. “She doesn’t count. She’s just a child.” Ao3:
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