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With Honor Veiled

By Matt Kirkby

Copyright 2011 Matt Kirkby

Smashwords Edition

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Chapter One

Uzume Tomiko walked along Edo’s dusty streets with a delicate grace that belied her wrinkled face and the hints of white in her hair. Her wandering path led through well-known neighbourhoods, past tall and crowded apartment buildings, and into her favourite marketplace, just as the sun was cresting its peak. She wore a pale dress with a hem that draped all the way to the ground, under a cloak of red and blue feathers. Her white-streaked hair was elegantly coiled atop her head in an elaborate style held in place with lacquered sticks. The careful and subtle application of make-up helped to obscure her wrinkled too-red features, though nothing could help to disguise her enormous nose.

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