Kaede was still shaking from her confrontation with Iida and the only thing that she
felt up to was just lying down. She could not help but think maybe fleeing from this horrid
castle would be the smartest choice. She knew Shizuka would never hear of it. Just as Kaede
considered escaping, Shizuka came in to give her a bath and get her ready for bed. As she
combed Kaede’s hair strand by strand, Kaede thought more about Lady Maruyama’s plan. There
is no chance Lady Maruyama would ever go through with it. She would never subject herself to
that kind of danger. Kaede knew she had to let it go and continue living under the rule of Iida
until he was taken down. As the maids prepared her bed, Shizuka began to tell Kaede more about
Takeo. While the two were talking, Lady Maruyama snuck over to her daughter and Sachie’s
room to speak of their plan. Lady Maruyama was determined to get out the treacherous castle for
the sake of her family. The thought of being stuck in the castle for much longer made her cringe.
She felt a tug inside her stomach and fell to the floor with tears. She knew that she must not
procrastinate much longer. She needs to flee for the sake of her soon to be born baby. As Mariko
and Sachie helped Lady Maruyama up to her feet and cleaned away her tears, they realized they
were going to have an adventurous couple of days ahead of them.
Lady Maruyama thought about the risks she was going to take in order to flee from the
castle, but the consequences that would come made no impact. Her first idea was to simply
sneak out of the castle late at night with Mariko and Sachie, get in a boat, and leave for good.
Unfortunately, Lady Maruyama knew that escaping was no easy task and one that could only be
accomplished with a well thought-out plan. The most important thing was to make sure that the
guards were well distracted. The more she thought the more ideas came into her mind. She knew
how the guards loved to drink and persuade ladies to spend the night with them. Lady Maruyama
knew the only way to distract the guards would be with the help of one of the young beautiful
female servants in the castle. Mariko and Sachie knew of the perfect girl for the job. Mariko said
she would ask the girl to meet her tomorrow in the garden and there; Lady Maruyama would
explain her needs. The three ladies said their goodnight and parted ways until the following day.
It was mid afternoon the next day and Shizuka left to bring a note to Shigeru. Kaede
was resting while Shizuka was gone, so Lady Maruyama knew there was no better time to meet
the infamous servant girl who was going to help her escape. Mariko brought her servant friend
out to the garden to meet with Sachie and Lady Maruyama. As the two approached, Sachie and
Lady Maruyama were already in the garden waiting. Lady Maruyama lifted her head and her
mouth dropped in awe. The girl Mariko was with was no ordinary servant girl. She was stunning,
maybe even more stunning than Lady Kaede. Her name was Nana. There was something about
Nana that sparkled. Her eyes shimmered like the crystal blue water of the evening sea. Her
floor length blonde hair shined like the glistening sun of a golden sunrise. Her soft pale skin
glowed with every step she took. The shape of her body was different than any other girl Lady
Maruyama had ever seen. The defined curves of Nana’s body were flawless. Lady Maruyama
was shocked she had never seen her before and as she was about to say how unfamiliar Nana
looked when Sachie interrupted her. Sachie needed to tell Lady Maruyama Nana’s story before
she could say a word.
Sachie began to tell how Nana had not been seen by anyone in the castle for over seven
years. She was taken advantage of by Lord Iida many years ago and had unwillingly maintained
an affair with him for years. His wife at the time, who recently died over the summer, found...
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