Adelaide Jade Regent
The Window on the West
Matsuro walked slowly from the bathhouse towards the room shared by Luthien and Shalelu. He was going to invite Luthien to come into town with him to enjoy the night market and maybe share a meal. He enjoyed her company and found that he looked for opportunities to spend time together.
Reaching the room, he knocked boldly. He heard rustling, and movement inside. Shalelu answered the door. His bravado was lost as he smiled awkwardly at her. Although the tension between them had lessened over their journey, there was still a level of unease. Matsuro knew that if he did anything to hurt Ameiko or Luthien, Shalelu would end him. Shalelu smiled breaking the tension, knowing the only reason the samurai would come to their room was to see Luthien.
“She isn’t here” Shalelu said “She left some time ago. I assumed she was meeting you.”
“Uh, I wasn’t looking for Luthien……..I….uh… was…..uh………looking for Theibar” Matsuro stammered, trying to mask his disappointment. He span on his heel and started to walk back down the corridor towards his own room.
“She said she was going to the city park, if you were interested”. He heard called down the corridor towards him.
He continued down the corridor, and then instead of turning to his room, left the building towards the park.
Despite the war and the threat of the Jade Regent and his cronies, the city was pleasant and bustling. The fellowship had rescued O-Sayumi and they had all enjoyed downtime while waiting for Shalelu to return with the envoy sent to meet with Ameiko. This was their last evening in town before they moved to the next city to meet with the Ninja clans.
The sun was approaching the horizon as Matsuro approached the park. He wondered why Luthien would have come to the park so close to dark, surely she would have seen more during the day. He paused at the entrance, wondering where to start looking. Then he saw the large tree by itself on the hill. He instinctively knew that was where she would be. Despite her professed dislike of nature, every time they went to a town, she had to find the park and the biggest tree. He walked towards it.
As he crested the hill, he saw her sitting on a large rock. She sat unmoving facing the setting sun. As he approached, she spoke
“I thought you would never come. Please sit with me, this is supposed to be one of the most magnificent sunsets in Tian Xia.”
He lowered himself onto the rock beside her
“Koya said this is something that can’t be missed. I think she has some sort of Desna worshippers tourist attraction guide book” she said.
They sat together and watched the magnificent sunset as it turned the city to gold. Feeling bold, he slipped his arm around her shoulders. Luthien tensed for a moment, then exhaled and moved closer to Matsuro, her head resting on his shoulder. They stayed that way until the sun had gone below the horizon and little spots of light began to dance in the city below.