Part 2, The Samurai & The Geisha
Takamatsu-san, my honorable husband never speaks about the campaigns and battles he’s participated in during his past as a samurai. However, he does want me to know of his ways and we spend time together in sessions where he explains and teaches me the things he’s learned in his life. Being a former samurai, my husband is very knowledgeable about the martial arts, but he is also very knowledgeable of spirituality.
Last night, we returned to the regions of Hosoi Ichiba and made our way to a location just outside the great castle that dominates the region. So far, we have only visited the castle once and left before we made any contact with members of the warlord’s circle. The castle is open most days for visitors, but there are spies everywhere and we are careful to remain somewhat invisible.
While meditating at the holy place, a man came and took a seat nearby. I had known this man from my past travels into China where we had met at the glorious Tang Empire palace. The man recognized me but waited patiently while I meditated. And as he waited, a woman joined him and waited as well.
When we ended our meditations, I greeted the visitors and introduced them to my husband. I told them of my marriage to Takamatsu. The man and I also lamented the loss of the great Tang palace, and puzzled at the circumstances that led to it’s loss. It was pleasant converation and seemed a fine ending to a good evening. But the man was about to open a door for us we had not foreseen.
This man I had met in the foreign lands is a curious fellow, a small man with features that defy description. Regardless of his odd appearance, when I first met him I discovered he is a warm hearted man with sagelike common sense. We also discovered another coincidence; in the geisha town with it’s many cafes, it turns out that this man is the owner of the sake cafe where I had served Taka just a week before.
The man’s name is Spot, an odd but appropriate name. Spot wanted us to know that there was a lovely home for rent in the geisha town several kilometers away. Both my husband and I were immediately interested in his information. And even though the night was closing in on us, we decided follow him to the home. I won’t describe the home at this time, but my honorable husband quickly decided that this house was the kind of home we needed for our mission in this region. And then we marvelled at our good fortune.
There are many things I will not be able to explain to you about our travels, but our move does bring us closer to our objective. And the coming days as events unfold, I believe you’ll come to understand how we fit into the scheme of things that are happening in this land.
by Yordie, wife of Takamatsu Soke
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