The Eightfold Fence
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The Eightfold Fence is an 86-page single-story slash Shogun novel which first appeared in a numbered limited edition in 1993 and was thereafter produced on demand. The story, written by Sue aka The Android, is set two years after the events of James Clavell's Shogun and describes the evolution of a romantic and sexual relationship between John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain) and Father Martin Alvito (Damien Thomas).
Author's summary: "Japan, 1605. John Blackthorne, English Samurai, crosses paths again with Father Martin Alvito, Jesuit priest, in an encounter arranged by Yoshi Toranaga, Regent of Japan. Needing their help, afraid to lose either of them, he has decided it will suit his purposes very well for these two natural enemies to become lovers. He has the power of life and death over his subjects, but arranging the disposition of their hearts is not, he learns, quite as easy as he had imagined."