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The Shikigami of Chance Excerpt

Chance sneaked up on me. One second I think Life is over and the next I am being bombarded by second- and tertiary plots and baam I got Chance and Power and Night. For a long time I’ve wanted to write about twins, and pairs of twins have always pranced around the inner drawers of the part of my brain where plots live.

Seishirou and Shojirou completely hijacked a pair of twins I had in mind a while back. However, they were on the other side of the law. Then again, I really did not think that a twin brothers would be allowed to work in the same law enforcement team. Originally they were Germans of all things XD so I am not completely sure of how the change happened.

Why a Casino? Why not? XD It is after all a good way to move humongous amounts of money in milliseconds, and the twins would actually be in contact with all those dollars. Looking back, and with the current economic situation, it would probably have made more sense to make it a Casino in Bali but… oh well, call it artistic license?

Title: The Shikigami of Chance, Osaka Guardians, Book 2

Synopsis: What is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there, and taking it when it comes (Natasha Josefowitz). It was luck that made Nagai Seishirou and Nagai Shojirou be born identical twins. It was chance that made them become members of the Osaka Shikigami yakuza clan. Now they have the opportunity to prove themselves, in Las Vegas, half a world away from the place they call home.

Written: NaNoWriMo 2010

Draft 0 Length: 71141 words

Available: Prologue and Chapter 1

The Shikigami of Life Excerpt

Shikigami (式神) are a kind of spirit, found in Japanese Mythology summoned to serve a practitioner of onmyōdō, much like a western familiar. Shikigami cannot be seen by most people, but according to the Heian period onmyōji who were said to control them, shikigami often looked something like a child-sized oni demon. Although invisible, shikigami supposedly could, at the onmyōji’s command, take a variety of human or animal forms, possess or bewitch people, and even cause bodily harm or death. (from Wikipedia [link]).

I am not completely sure where the whole idea for Life came from. I think the yakuza idea was hanging out in my brain since I read 絆 KIZUNA~恋のから騒ぎ~ (Kizuna: Koi no Kara Sawagi / Kizuna: Bonds of Love [link]). Even if they’re not the main focus, the relationship between Masa and Kai is… interesting XD. I do know that the main spark came from a fanfic I wrote, my brain wrapping itself around the backstory of the unimportant supporting characters, which were only there to… make that one fic rounder. And then the ball started rolling. Life was the longest story I wrote in one go, ever XD At that time it was not even supposed to be a series either… Oh, and about why “Shikigami” of all things… I can’t tell for the life of me… and I cannot even blame it on an Okonogi, since none of them were planned at this stage!

Title: The Shikigami of Life, Osaka Guardians, Book 1

Synopsis: Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well (Samuel Butler). Ohmura Naoe is a man of sense, a yakuza in a yakuza building. He lives the biggest of all lies: Raised and trained by the Osaka Shikigami, he was sent to Tokyo to undermine the Sun Alliance’s foundations, and not even death is going to stop him.

Written: NaNoWriMo 2009

Draft 0 Length: 63507 words

Available: Prologue and Chapter 1