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Illusion Of Love: Sunshower


It was a clear sky. The sunshine filtered through the canopy of the trees and shone inside the small room of the cottage. Dust particles swirled in the light, swayed with the summer wind, and danced with the music of her flute. Hoshi closed her eyes and breathed into the instrument, playing the familiar tune, drowning herself in the music. Her flute made wispy sounds that were both raw and broken, creating a heart-wrenching tune that lingered in her mind. It was a tune no one recognized. A tune she hadn’t composed, yet, it was engraved inside her, something she could never forget.

Instinctively, the words rang in her mind.

The day when the bright sun shone,
and the rain fell, 
the day when parents warned their children to stay at home, 
and the day when the night wind howled in the deserted mountains.

It was today, Kitsune-bi Matsuri, the Sunshower Festival. An auspicious day for magical beings. Nothing more than an urban legend—she knew that—but it still left a bitter taste at the back of her tongue. An uneasiness in her stomach that she couldn’t forgo. There was something about this daya secret perhaps, a little sinister, a little magical, but unbeknownst to her. And the unknown frustrated Hoshi, and it reflected in her music.

Reader’s Spotlight

This is an excellent start–the world you set up is wonderfully vivid, and the mystery you introduce definitely leaves the reader wanting more! (…)


This is beautiful.


Ahhh I can totally see this happening! An anime should be made based on your book!… Or atleast a webcomic.


What the shit. What the shit. What the shit. What the shit. My heart can’t take this anymooooore!


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Published by Aanchal Budhiraja

Aanchal Budhiraja is the author of The Demon Babysitter book & comic book, Baking With Boys, Stay Afloat My CEO, Illusion Of Love: Sunshower, One Of These Endings and more. She has over 8 million reads and 60 thousand subscribers across platforms like Wattpad, Tapas and Radish.

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