“Just a little more, Sano. It’s gonna be okay.” – an excerpt of “1863, December”

Full fic here. 1864, November In the end, they don’t do anything. Further integration of Itou’s forces into the Shinsengumi ranks continues to challenge, and Sannan’s change has necessitated the move to Nishi Hongan-Ji. The troops as a collective are rowdier than ever---a group grown too large for its current outfit, members flitting between one faction-inspired pissing … Continue reading “Just a little more, Sano. It’s gonna be okay.” – an excerpt of “1863, December”

What are the ends and means of honor? — A Case for “Hakuoki Reimeiroku”

Hello! If you're new here, welcome! If not, you may already know all this, but I'm a lover of reverse harem romance. I mean, honestly, what's not to love? Poke fun if you want, but I'm aware of my own proclivities. (And handsome men? I mean... bonus!) But this isn't a post about reverse harem … Continue reading What are the ends and means of honor? — A Case for “Hakuoki Reimeiroku”

“Chizuru, too, has been very, very busy.” – An Excerpt from “1863, December”

Full fic here. 1864, November In the end, they don’t do anything. Further integration of Itou’s forces into the Shinsengumi ranks continues to challenge, and Sannan’s change has necessitated the move to Nishi Hongan-Ji. The troops as a collective are rowdier than ever---a group grown too large for its current outfit, members flitting between one … Continue reading “Chizuru, too, has been very, very busy.” – An Excerpt from “1863, December”

“I’m not good when a woman cries.” — an excerpt of “1863, December”

1864, October (pt 3) Sanosuke has never seen her cry. Chizuru’s spirit is indomitable, something as hard and unwavering as it is gentle. When he stumbles across her sitting under the early evening stars, he has to take a breath. He blinks twice--isn’t sure what to think--because yes, that is Chizuru, but how? Why? he thinks. Her … Continue reading “I’m not good when a woman cries.” — an excerpt of “1863, December”

“What… what did he do? Is Chizuru alright?”— an excerpt of “1863, December”

1864, October (pt 1) Incidents at the Ikedaya and Kinmon Rebellion left the Shinsengumi on high alert. Interference from the unique group of… whoever they were… was unwelcome at best and an outright danger at worst. The larger man had seriously injured Heisuke, and Souji--laughing in pursuit of his revenge--would often speak to the bastardry … Continue reading “What… what did he do? Is Chizuru alright?”— an excerpt of “1863, December”

With prayers for long life and happiness — an excerpt of “1863, December”

1864, September pt 1 “I was born today,” he says, his eyes locked on his task. On the fourth and seventh days of every ten, Sanosuke helps Chizuru in the kitchen after dinner. On nights like these, with the changing of the seasons, sunset paints their surroundings in a gentle twilight wash. Chizuru’s dainty hands … Continue reading With prayers for long life and happiness — an excerpt of “1863, December”

The Best Retort is Rising to a Challenge — an excerpt of “1863, December”

(full story here) 1864, July -- The Kinmon Rebellion, Aftermath “How cruel, calling all of you that…” “Well, this is how others treat us. Don’t you worry yourself.” “But, it--” Chizuru is angry, and she doesn’t know what to do with it.  By all accounts, the Shinsengumi’s reputation shouldn’t really be her business. She is … Continue reading The Best Retort is Rising to a Challenge — an excerpt of “1863, December”

Blooming from the Mouth of Spring — an excerpt of “1863, December” (HaraChi fanfic)

1864, March Chizuru is often quiet, but when she laughs, it’s rain. She’s joined the captains again for dinner, as has become her custom, and Hijikata steadfastly pretends the girl doesn’t exist. That seems to suit her fine.  Chizuru isn’t a spectacle. She watches and listens as Heisuke and Shinpachi argue over thefts of food, … Continue reading Blooming from the Mouth of Spring — an excerpt of “1863, December” (HaraChi fanfic)

Tipsy Takes — Songs from Anime that Make Me Feel Stuff

Caution: As you might have guessed, this is the second installment of Tipsy Takes. I'm tipsy. My hair is still pink. Read the first post on Karnaval here. I love spell check. Haha. Sober notice: All comments written after I've regained my composure look like, well... this! Song #1: https://youtu.be/8MhwXa75XUg Let's be honest; if you've … Continue reading Tipsy Takes — Songs from Anime that Make Me Feel Stuff

CHAPTER 5: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) — A HARACHI FANFICTION

Summary: “I wouldn’t call it nothing.”“Look, nothing I can just… say!” he snaps, but then he sighs again. “I’m sorry, Hijikata-san. It’s been a long few days.”“For Yukimura’s sake, we’re all going to pretend we have no idea what’s going on. We’re going to let you handle this at home where it belongs.” His voice … Continue reading CHAPTER 5: UNSEASONABLE ACTS OF REASON (OR, “A LONGING INVOCATION OF THE CASTAWAY”) — A HARACHI FANFICTION