Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for Oshiro: Blogging the #AtoZchallenge

Meet My Imaginary Friends: Ronin Oshiro

Ronin Oshiro is a huge man. He's also a very bad man. He's been in and out of prison for various offenses and he has a reputation for doing just about anything he can think of to make a little extra money. As Kit Wilde searches for Sultan, the Friesian stallion taken from his stables, the name Oshiro keeps coming up in conversation. In this scene from The Legend: A Marienstadt Story, Kit, Oliver, and Raj are following up on a lead in the woods beyond Marienstadt when they see a suspicious figure.

They’d only gone fifty feet when movement caught Kit’s eye. In the midst of thick hemlocks someone was removing a blue plastic tarp that covered a parked vehicle. As the tarp was pulled aside he saw a metallic glitter of lime green. The man beside the vehicle, spotted them, and took off running.
Shit,” Kit said, jamming on the brakes. “It’s Oshiro.”
Before the car came to a stop, Raj was out the door and running like a wolf. He leaped over a ditch and disappeared into the trees as Kit and Oliver followed. The trees opened to a snowy field and, as they ran, Raj closed the distance between himself and the big man and lunged forward, knocking Oshiro face down in the snow. Oshiro was twice his size and he bucked, knocking Raj off, then slid his hand inside his jacket, but Kit, then Oliver, were on him. Raj jumped to his feet, reached into his vest, and pulled out a Glock that he leveled at Oshiro’s head.
Stay down,” Raj said. “See if he has a weapon.”
Oliver reached inside Oshiro’s jacket and pulled out a nine millimeter handgun.
Check his back.” Raj gestured with his gun.
Oliver pushed up the jacket and removed a matching nine millimeter. He stood, backing away. “Look,” he said, nodding toward the side of the field closest to the Starling camps. A few men, some carrying shotguns, had started toward them, then stopped short.
Kit stood and faced them. “All we want is Oshiro,” he called. “We have no quarrel with you.”
There was some indistinct mumbling; then, apparently deciding they didn’t care about Oshiro, they turned and walked away.
Who are you?” Oshiro rolled onto his back. “I didn’t do nothing to you.”
All I want to know is what happened to Tex Tanaka’s horses,” Kit said.
Oshiro glared at him. “Then you’ll let me go?”
Do you know where they are?”
Oshiro looked back and forth between Kit and Raj’s Glock. “By now they’re probably on their way to Canada.”
He hadn’t meant to do it—Kit had always been an even-tempered man—but without thinking, he hauled off and kicked Oshiro hard in the side. “Where are they?”
I gave them to Mooch Starling in exchange for him letting me hide out here with his family. Jesus.” Oshiro clutched his side, moaning.
What did Mooch do with them?” Kit stood, poised to kick again.
How the hell should I know? What would anybody do with a bunch of stolen horses? Get what he can for them.”
Kit put his foot on Oshiro’s shoulder. “Where’s Mooch's kennel?”
Raj, with his gun still leveled at Oshiro, was on his cell phone.
I don’t know.” Oshiro, realizing that he had no options, looked genuinely frightened.
Was there a big black horse with a long mane and tail with Tex’s horses?” Kit asked, keeping his foot on Oshiro’s shoulder.
Yeah. Beauty. I’m the one that found that horse.”


  1. They got their man! At least Oshiro eventually knew when to stay down.
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

  2. You have a great theme here! I totally want to read the book now. You come up with great names for your characters. I wish I had a mind like yours...

    Michele at Angels Bark

  3. Yes, they did, Sophie! Thanks for visiting.

    Thank you, Michele. Honestly, I have no idea where some of these names come from! They just pop into my head.

  4. I agree with what Michele said - you have great names for your characters. I always struggle to come up with anything other than boring, ordinary names.

    Cheers - Ellen |

  5. Another tasty morsel. I love to write action scenes and this really captures the intensity of the scene.

    Writing Women’s Fiction

  6. The man in the image reminds me of Ray Bradbury's collection of short stories cover for The Illustrated Man! Remarkable.

  7. I was thinking they were going to get into a fight!

  8. Names are fun and they say so much about a character, too.

    Thank you all for visiting.

  9. Oshiro--does not sound like someone to tangle with, but these characters seem to have gotten the better of him.

  10. Kit and Oliver are not the sorts of men to mess with but NOBODY screws with Raj. You'll meet him when we get to R. ;)

    Thanks for visiting.

  11. It is very rare that a bad man knows when to stay down!

  12. I really love your dialogue here. I can see the characters acting and reacting in my mind. Especially when they caught him.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  13. I agree that you concoct great names, for sure. That is a compelling aspect to me. Well done!
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Blessings to you and yours, my dear.

  14. Roland, not many people would be able to get up if Oliver was keeping them down! :)

    Thank you, Pat. Writing dialogue is my favorite thing.

    And thank you, Darla. I find names very meaningful--I learned a lot from Dickens.

  15. cell phone in hand ;) haha. made me laugh. so realistic!

    O for Olive Oatman

  16. He called the cops. Thanks for visiting.

  17. Don't think I would really want to meet Oshiro in real life! Thanks for visiting :)


  18. The bigger they the harder they fall. Although I wonder what will happen when Oshiro gets up.

  19. Horse stealing is serious business in some parts of the world. It might be hard to take them into Canada. Hope the heroes caught up to them.

    Susan Says

  20. That's part of the plot, Susan. 100,000 horses a year are trafficked into Canada and Mexico a year to be slaughtered. It's a huge and very shady business.

    Thanks, Betty, Lynda, and Susan, for stopping by.

  21. Definitely enjoying these snippets.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  22. Exciting scene! I like your writing of dialogues :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  23. That was an exciting excerpt.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  24. Even a big, bad man can be felled by someone who is very angry. But, I suspect, only when he's angry.

    Liz A. from
    Laws of Gravity

  25. Lots of tension in that excerpt. Makes one wonder what this guy knows. Making deals with someone like that isn't reliable. . .

  26. Fantastic action scene :-)

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

  27. That was one hell of a take down - go chaps! Looks like their information was totally on track.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  28. Great theme. Enjoyed reading this.
    Amanda (from

  29. Hmm - not the sort of guy to meet in the dark in a back alley methinks!

    Thought I'd let you know today's P for Pirate over on my blog is an interview with my Pirate:

    from @HelenHollick
    A-Z Let Us Talk Of Many Things (I interview some very interesting fictional characters!)


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