Only A Shadow: (An eSpecial from Roc)

Only A Shadow - Steve Bein Jujiro, the leader of the Iga clan and the best shinobi is now an old man. He recruits Tada a young orphan with great promise to pull off an impossible heist and rescue the clan from destruction. Tada must steal a sword, the tiger of the mountain, a magical sword made by the master Inazuma..
Tada passes a series of tests and on learning he is to be chosen for the life changing mission, Jijuro imparts some final words of advice. "You are patient, quick witted, creative, and insightful. The question that remains is whether you know when to double-cross and, more importantly, when not to".
A excellent and very clever short story, and I shall be reading Daughter of the sword very soon.