The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore by Jordan Taylor. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Jordan Taylor.
At the hot springs, the monkey demon waits for her at the edge of the pool. She knows him instantly, a full head and shoulders taller than the others, inhuman intelligence hidden in his eyes.
She kneels in the deep snow.
"You came, Samurai's Daughter," he says. He cocks his head at her, horrifying.
"A good daughter obeys her father," she answers.
The monkey demon snorts air through his side nostrils, looking briefly like an old peasant from the rice paddies. "A good father is not so weak as to give up his only child without any resistance."
Jordan Taylor grew up in a small town in the American South, where she was raised on equal parts Jesus and fairy tales. She now lives in Seattle, where she keeps several bookshelves full of books and one cantankerous corgi. Her short fiction has recently appeared in On Spec and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. You can follow her online at JordanRTaylor.com, or on Twitter @JordanRTaylor13.
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