The Accidental Killing and Other Stories
The Accidental Killing and Other Stories is a story written by Kuruma Ebi and illustrated by beili. It ran in Issue 43 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/249682.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/the-accidental-killing-and-other-stories/.
From gatoraid.tumblr.com: "The story set in the Edo period, and it’s essentially about the power of stories, and a former bandit who cannot keep running from his past forever."
From fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org: "In Edo-era Japan, a papermaker's apprentice saves a storyteller from a bandit. The two become close, although the apprentice is hiding secrets, and the local magistrate is starting to ask too many questions."
- delicious.com: "Beautifully written story about stories, a storyteller, a bandit-turned-papermaker and Tokugawa era Japan. I loved this so much!"
- pinboard.in: "The one with a detailed examination of heroes and villains, through historical slash fic. So good."
- pinboard.in: "A papermaker's apprentice with a dark past saves the life of a wandering storyteller. Set in Edo Japan, with wonderful worldbuilding and evocation of time/place, this is such a great story. I loved the stories within stories device, and the ending feels completely earned. The art is STUNNING."