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Love in the Time of Online Auctions: the Sequel
Sasha Blaze
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When I got up this morning, I found this forlorn creature on the front step:





ME: I won't even ask how you reached the lock. Jeez, it's as bad as having a cat. . . . So what are you looking at, Atsu-kun?



ATSUMORI: The rain on these leaves.



ATSUMORI: I remembered a poem. tsuma nashi to . . . yanushi ya kureshi . . . ominaeshi



ME: Translation, please?



ATSUMORI: I have no wife, I said.
And so my landlord gave me
A little maiden-flower.


ME: Ah. Also, ouch.



ATSUMORI: Sumimasen. I did not mean offense.

ME: I know you didn't. . . . Atsu-kun, why don't you sit down for a minute? Please?

ATSUMORI: Sit? Here? Yes, if you wish.

ME: I thought you might have been online this morning, to check the results of that auction.



ATSUMORI: Iie. Pen-san was right. It was nothing more than a night's dream.

ME: No, it wasn't, sweetie. You won. She's coming to live with us. My financial planner is going to have a cow, but what's done is done.

ATSUMORI: Tsuma . . . tsuma desu ka? Hai?

ME: Well, I don't know that "wife" is necessarily--



ATSUMORI: Tsuma desu. Watashi no tsuma desu. Wai, watashi . . . Will you send my picture to her, please, Cynthia-san? Please? She should see me before she comes. She may not think that I am worthy of her. Has the go-between spoken to her family? She must come from a high-born family. I do not--

ME: Breathe, Atsu-kun. This really isn't exactly a marriage arrangement, and--

ATSUMORI: I will stand here. Please take my picture and send it to her. Should I change my clothing? You will tell her family that I have fine clothes, hai? I will not shame her.



ME: And I'll point out that you're capable of combing your hair, too. Though sometimes I wonder about that one. . . . Okay, there you go. Picture taken. Are you happy now?

ATSUMORI: Domo arigato gozaimashita. I am not . . . I do not have the words to say what I mean. I will work my whole life to be worthy of this great gift.

ME: Just promise me that you'll stay off the computer when I'm not at home, okay? Promise?



ATSUMORI: The rain is beautiful, ne?
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He IS! He is, he is, he is. Mid-Tokugawa period, to be precise. :-)

And the mystery lady is Evenstar's amazing Bella Auden with tattoos, who made her appearance on eBay last week. It all happened very fast, between the wild idea of bidding on Thursday and the end of the auction Saturday. *pinching self* Yes, I AM awake . . .

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ooooooooooyeah, she has tattoos . . . she has GORGEOUS and elaborate tattoos. The rest of the pack noticed them in the eBay auction, hence all the wolf whistles and leering, but poor Atsu-kun kinda got stuck on the picture of her beautiful face.

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