Senshi (A Katana Novel)
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Is Rileigh's only hope for salvation to team up with her sworn enemy?
Rileigh Martin just wants to do normal teenage things, like go on romantic dates with Kim, her boyfriend and past life soul mate. Although that seems impossible when she's the reincarnation of Senshi, a fifteenth century samurai warrior. After a ninja ambush leaves her unable to control her ki powers, Rileigh vows to get them under control before her friends lose more than their eyebrows. But when Kim leaves her for his past life betrothed and the other samurai stop talking to her, Rileigh realizes she doesn't have any friends left to worry about.
As the ninja attacks increase, Rileigh learns that the reincarnated kunoichi, a powerful female ninja, wants to kill her in order to reclaim her destructive powers. Alone and with increasingly unstable powers, Rileigh's only offer of help comes from Whitley, her sworn past life enemy. Rileigh knows she doesn't stand a chance against the kunoichi by herself, but Whitley's sudden allegiance might be hiding a much deadlier agenda.
25 Quentin pulled into his assigned parking spot in the school lot. He turned off the ignition but made no move to get out of the car. I could feel his eyes staring at me even though I hadn’t looked up from the latte in my hands. The post-breakup haze left me numb and empty. The heat the caramel macchiato lent to my fingers was the only sensation I’d felt in more than a week—since the night Kim had stolen into my room, kissed me, and told me he never wanted to see me again. “How are
fine.” Lies. I clenched my teeth together so hard my jaw ached. I couldn’t lose control now, not in a theater full of people … and them. My muscles tightened as my entire body braced for the power about to rip through me. Q put his hand on top of mine. And just like someone had flipped a switch, the buzzing sensation died, my muscles relaxed, and my ki fell silent, retreating inside of me. For the first time in more than a month, I felt like I wasn’t a bomb moments away from exploding. I
think I have a way out of this in which nobody has to die.” I jammed the kanzashi into my pocket, spread my arms, and reached for Whitley and Q’s hands. “Let’s just hope it works.” 35 The first security officer entered the room. She was barely in her thirties. Her mouth dropped when she caught sight of us, her lips forming an O of surprise. Quentin’s fingers tightened around mine. Whitley’s hand was cool and rigid. I closed my eyes, channeled my ki, and hoped to hell what I was
sorry.” I snatched his hand and curled my fingers around his. His hand felt weird entwined with mine. His fingers didn’t overlap quite right with my much smaller ones. We didn’t fit. Not like Kim and me. But there was no Kim and me. There was only me, the mall, and Carson. Who was a cute boy. A nice boy. This could work. I would make this work. Carson stared at me with an unreadable expression. “You’re a hard one to figure out, Rileigh Martin.” “Yeah, I know.” We continued to the food
their time as ninjas. I figure it’s less traumatizing for them that way. And as a healer, isn’t that what I’m supposed to do? Help people?” I didn’t know what to say to that. In fact, I didn’t know what to say about any of this. Things were changing faster than I could take them in. I glanced over at Whitley to see what he thought, and the hungry look on his face made me wish I hadn’t. Whitley licked his lips. “You mean to tell me you have the power to take away someone’s memory?”