Still, the *event had been noticed. Bulbous eyes, much larger than my house, opened as if awakening from a deep sleep. The ridge blinked slowly.

Reizei waited for several moments. “Master?”

I gulped. Despite earlier rehearsals, my mind blanked. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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I couldn’t *feel the wind rushing by, but I could hear it. Seeing *lush forest below took my breath away. My own perspective had been limited as a ground dweller.

Reizei quietly landed across the river from the remote mountain. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Reizei tested an idea that allowed me to stay put and yet help explore. On his camera’s lens, he opened a small portal allowing me to see his surroundings and communicate. Then he took to the sky.

Would we be able to *build rapport with the mountain? @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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Tuna has always been chill. Now-a-days he needs a little help to look out the window. Still the best boy ever.

What makes Dr Aya say the bar Banzai Izakaya is "Hands down, the best drink establishment in Okayama Prefecture."? (Be sure to read the team secrets!) worldanvil.com/w/liminal-chron

@vssCollab@twitter.com We combed the map for anything that matched the clue. Bingo! A *branch ran into the Nonogawa river!

*Dread crept in and clung. Approaching this powerful yokai had no *undo. We’d face the consequences, good or bad. @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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@vssCollab@twitter.com We combed the map for anything that matched the clue. Bingo! A *branch ran into the Nonogawa river!

Dread crept in and clung. Approaching this powerful yokai had no *undo. We’d have to face the consequences, good or bad. @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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@vssCollab@twitter.com His wings flicked open to slow his descent. My tree’s leaves flutter wildly in the gust.

“I have news! The historic society dug up an obscure reference. They say *telltale sign of the mountain’s location is that it sits directly in the river.” @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com I certainly didn’t want to *tangle with it, if didn’t wish to share its story. But surely, it wouldn’t mind a single *question.

My rumination halted when Reizei returned, diving from the sky at full speed to meet me on the veranda. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Was there a *relation between the uptick in yokai activity and the story of the Mountain with Eyes? Would it be wise to *disturb such a large yokai? It may wish to be left in *solitude. Mountains’ moods changed with the weather. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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Reizei’s peculiar tengu and Nonogawa *dialect was sometimes hard to understand. But he never *stewed over it. He slipped on his sandals to hand deliver the message. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Reizei drafted a *letter for me to the Nonogawa River Valley Historic Society inquiring about who might know the tales of the Mountain with Eyes. Undoubtedly, the group would put the letter in the *circuit of the group’s folklore archivists. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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Reizei shuffled his feet. “I’m not yet an *expert in transporting you unseen. And I don’t wish to *strain your capacity.”

I shook my head. “I am kodama, tree spirt and echo. Where you go, my kind will repeat what they see and hear.” @vsscollab@twitter.com

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“You collect yokai tales. I was one who asked you to collect our local stories. Might I suggest studying the *haunted houses popping up?” Reizei said.

“The rumor of the mountain with eyes also intrigues me. Which should we *visit first?” @vsscollab@twitter.com

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“You're privy to a secret only a few have known over the centuries. I am far from *ancient in the *eyes of my kind, but have outlived each of my human caretakers. I am glad to have you, a fellow yokai, as the one to provide my needs, now.” @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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My August HISTORY themed tale should fit right in with the season of spooky stories in Japan - "The Mountain with Eyes"

Nakamura, so salty and stubborn, is one of my favorite characters to write.

@vssCollab@twitter.com Haruki, my bakeneko friends, and I had *solved the mystery. But we had work to do. Even after we shut down MagiSecurity, we weren’t safe. Something else was out there. I was determined to bring it down. @vssCollab@twitter.com

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