A moment later, he felt a blade at his throat as a figure emerged from the shadow of a tree.

“But how-?” Izushi cried in a strangled voice. “No one could have known I was coming here!”

“What you failed to anticipate, Izushi of Clan Matsumora, is that I am also the warrior for my clan,” said Tamaribuchi. “Know now that I am Twelfth Meow, and that the Way of the Cat has rendered me cloud-ridden, such that I can appear and disappear at will, always underfoot at the worst time!”

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