A Matter of Honour
A Matter of Honour is a story written by Shinko Hisada (身固之妥). It ran in Issue 9 and can be read on LJ, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/a-matter-of-honour/.
"Sitting beneath a tree and grateful for its shade, Kale took another sip from his water canteen. Unfortunately the road between the port and the capital didn't follow a river, so they had to ration their water between towns. Playing honour guard was supposed to be a cushy assignment, and certainly it had been a high honour for the 64th Elite unit to be chosen for the duty, but Kale was starting to wish the king had picked someone else."
This story is part of a larger arc, the complete order of which can be found here.