Friday, September 2, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample

Welcome! Today I'm sharing another scene from my historical novel, set in 19th century Japan:

Hanako turned to look at the owner of the voice. The stranger stood head and shoulders above the unsavory Sato-san, with muscles born of hard physical work, yet his facial features radiated intelligence, and his bearing hinted at an aristocratic upbringing. The fact that he wore two swords identified him as one of the mighty warriors of the samurai class.

“I am Hiromasa Tanaka. Since I am not familiar with the merchants in this area, I sent my intended to find the livestock and supplies we need. If all is ready, I will pay you, and we will be on our way.”

“Your intended? But this woman just told me she is still grieving for her late husband,” Sato-san sneered.

“Yes, she still grieves. It is normal. But her husband was a cousin and a longtime friend. I promised him I would care for her. When she is ready, we will marry. Until then, I will take care of the business of the farm.”

Before Hanako could blink, the stranger completed the purchase and was leading the cow from the stockyard. Ignoring her frustrated glare, he indicated with a nod of his handsome head for her to pick up the cage of chickens. Without a word, he began walking down the road leading away from the village. Helpless to do anything else, she followed at the customary three paces behind him. He had the animals she wanted. Nothing would be gained by making a scene here.


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