hence the king from kagehana

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issues 81-82, November 2011

"The outlaw’s eyes opened wide, the whites round and clear in the starlight, and for one continuing instant all hung on the moment—that startled gaze locked on Saga’s, the stringed droplets of blood a misty bridge between them—until the blood spattered the outlaw in the face . . ." 



Art: "Kinhyōshi Yōrin (Yang Lin)" by Utagawa Kuniyoshi