Chapter 12: On the hilltop

Since her first visit, Miyo had begun hiking the East-West trail regularly, though she had yet to go all the way to the western coast. The peacefulness of the path usually calmed her but she felt nervous stepping off the trail into the forest by herself. While there was the occasional whisper of the wind … Continue reading Chapter 12: On the hilltop

Chapter 7: Practice makes tea

Dawn had only begun to touch the sky, but behind the tea shop's closed doors, Miyo had already drained her first pot of tea and finished her morning magic drills. When her mother had first taught her the drills, her pre-teen self had always felt exhausted afterward. Now, however, the drills filled Miyo with an … Continue reading Chapter 7: Practice makes tea