The Archer of the Sun and the Lady of the Moon

From Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice (originally published in issue #9 of Paradox magazine).

Long ago there was an archer named Hou Yi. Because of the keenness of his eye and the unerring aim of his horn bow, he was granted immortality by the Jade Emperor and invited to live in the heavenly court. Also in the Celestial Palace lived Chang’er, the most beautiful handmaiden of the Queen Mother of the Western Heavens. Hou Yi happened upon Chang’er in the Undying Garden, and she was the most exquisite of all the blossoms, a shimmering flower in her saffron-bright court robes. Chang’er peeked over an armful of scarlet peonies and golden daffodils to see a man with strong arms and piercing eyes gazing at her in wonder.

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