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invited the guest to share the dinner.  As they ate, they talked about the storm.  Chi made cherry blossom tea.

"Forgive me for drinking first."  The guest sipped the tea.  "Torayama San, you will have great expense for fertilizer, seed, shrubs, and trees to restore the farm.  I am able to be of service to you.  I represent interests in Tokyo.  Your daughters are attractive, and we can use them.  They will bring top price, 200 yen."  The guest gestured toward the women.

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Chi stopped with the teacup half way to his mouth.

Conchi's Corner

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Stories Copyright 1999
by Steve Gastineau
Update 11/1/99

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