Fires of Edo

Story Cover for Fires of EdoAuthor: Annabeth Leong

Isamu, hailed as the veteran of 500 fires, has spent 17 years as a machibikeshi, protecting the delicate paper-walled homes of Edo during windy monsoon season. Ryo, the water dragon etched on his skin, has been a source of comfort throughout this time—and an object of longing. The chief of the brigade wants the aging Isamu to retire, but Isamu fears that if he does, the great dragon will no longer be interested in protecting him.

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Editor(s):
 Lon Sarver
Production Editor(s): Erika L Firanc
Cover Designer(s): Siol na Tine
Cover Art Credit(s): Collage by Siolnatine using modified images from the ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) series "One Hundred Phases of the Moon" by Master Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and Hiart's photograph of a hand-painted hikeshi hanten (fireman's jacket) from 19th century Japan, all public domain from Wikimedia Commons. (Because I can. -Siol-)
Proofreader(s): Kailin Morgan
Length: Short Story
Word Count: 4,700
Chapter(s): 1
Publication Date: (Day-Month-Year) 30-12-2014
Serialization Date: (Day-Month-Year) 08-04-2018
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