Karasu - Part 21Karasu - Part 21 by jisuk
“You called for me, Master?” Sagiri asked, sitting on folded knees across from the elder tengu. It was a warm afternoon — the rainy season had just ended, leaving the air thick with humidity.
“Yes,” Shima replied with a nod. “I have a task for you.”
Sagiri straightened in anticipation. Though she had been training with Shima for decades, she still leapt at any chance to prove herself. She wondered if she might once again be able to show her skills in battle, or perhaps to uphold her medical abilities with a new patient. It had been years since the attack at the western temple and there was only so much one could display in a sparring match.
“There are two new children today,” the older woman continued. “I’d like you to tend to them until they’re settled in.”
Sagiri resisted the urge to slump. Her expression remained focused, masking her inner disappointment.
“But Master, I’m no good with children,