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 Post subject: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 3:43 pm 
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It was dark when Ryoka would return to her apartment in Kirigakure.

It hadn’t been that long since she had stepped down as Mizukage, rather short noticed for just about everyone, even those close to her. She had left the village shortly afterward, needing a little bit of space to deliberate her current and next actions. She’d gone to stay with her sister in their home village, several hours from Kirigakure, just for some peace of mind and to see her nephews that she rarely got to see. Satabi still lived a simple way of life away from the chaos of being a shinobi and had never engaged in that side of their family heritage. Ryoka almost envied it, and being able to play at that life for a while had helped clear her mind. There was still so much she had to take care of in Kirigakure, though.

Not the least of these is that she planned to have a very serious conversation with Shouko. Though they had grown very close, something still felt off to Ryoka. Not on Shouko’s part, but her own. She wanted to be totally upfront and honest with everyone, but with her most of all. She’d wanted to come into her platform as Mizukage on an antipolitical approach, one of honesty and straightforwardness, and she felt like she had failed. Well, she felt like she had failed on several fronts, but perhaps that most of all. Though she had discussed on a surface level that she was stepping down and some reasons, she wanted to go in depth and lay everything on the table.

That being said, she had been hoping to see Shouko at a later time, though as Ruri was informing her now as they sat at their kitchen table, the younger sister had already informed Shouko that Ryoka was coming home that night. Of course, Ryoka thought with an eyeroll. Well, so much for spending the night settling in. She would sit at their table drinking tea with Ruri and awaiting Shouko’s arrival.

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Strength: Proficient (masterful ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Godlike (60 nin) (60 tai)
Reflexes: Masterful (Epic ken) (Epic tai)
Coordination: Masterful (Epic ken) (major adv nin) (Epic tai)
Wisdom: Masterful

Tracking: Legendary w Major Adv

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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 2:49 am 
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"Leave it to Ruri to spill the beans." Laughed Shouko as she made her way to Ryoka's apartment. She always thought it strange that Ryoka, the former Mizukage, didn't have a house of her own but it wasn't a big deal. Apartments were cozy. Shouko's own apartment was nothing to write home about, but it was her home and she liked it more than she thought she ever would have when she first moved into it. Rent was a hassle and it never felt good, but oh well, there were more important things to worry about than that. Mainly what she had overheard during her time at the Mizukage's office. It still hadn't fully donned on her, the war was picking up again and she would be asked to partake in it. The painting of Seto Uchiha's capture still hung over her mantle, but that seemed like a lifetime ago.

In what felt like no time at all, she found herself in front of Ryoka's door. Lights were on inside and she could faintly hear Ruri's voice. That put a smile on her face. Ruri had been such a huge help with all of this, Ryoka's absence and her subsequent stepping down. She was thankful to have someone like Ruri through all of that. A squirm on her upper arm butted into her thoughts and she laughed, "Yes, yes, I'm thankful for you too, Bea." The squirming turned into an embrace as she chuckled again. She wondered if this was how Ryoka and Ophi's relationship was.

A sharp knock filled the air as her knuckles met the door before she took a step back. Hurriedly, she straightened her clothes and fixed her hair as best she could. When the door opened, she smiled wide.

"Mind if I come in?"

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Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (Major Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Epic (Major Advantage w/Kyujutsu, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu, Major Advantage w/Sensory, Legendary w/Drawing)
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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 11:43 pm 
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Ryoka had been in the process of reprimanding Ruri about inviting Shouko over when there was a knock on the door. The elder sister gave her younger sister one last side long look of contempt, and Ruri simply smiled and shrugged. She’d already offered her explanations and didn’t feel the need to explain further. Before Ryoka could stand, Ruri was up and bounding toward the door. She would fling it open and grin widely at Shouko, giving her a quick hug. “Hi! We were just finishing dinner. Ryoka’s at the kitchen table.”

She would lead Shouko in, sliding over to Ryoka and giving her a wink. She would bend to her sister and whisper, “you’ll thank me for this later,” before turning to Shouko and giving a wave. “I’ll give you some time to talk. G’night! We’ll catch up some other time.”

Ryoka would watch Ruri go, letting out a sigh. She would then turn her attentions to Shouko. She felt nervous and somewhat awkward having to tell her what she wanted to tell her, but looking at the girl again melted some of that. She smiled warmly at her and stood, giving her her own hug of greeting, albeit longer and tighter than Ruri’s. It was nice to see her again, even though it hadn’t been that long. She felt they’d had too much separation since the start of their relationship. She wanted to change that.

She would pull away from their hug and look Shouko over for a moment. “I’m really happy to see you. I was a little pissed at Ruri, but she was right, I”ll have to thank her later,” Ryoka said with a laugh. “How have you been?”

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Strength: Proficient (masterful ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Godlike (60 nin) (60 tai)
Reflexes: Masterful (Epic ken) (Epic tai)
Coordination: Masterful (Epic ken) (major adv nin) (Epic tai)
Wisdom: Masterful

Tracking: Legendary w Major Adv

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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:21 am 
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Ruri ushered her inside the home, Shouko a little surprised to see Ruri there. The company didn't last long however, Ryoka's sister making her way out almost as soon as she arrived. "Oh, thank you. Goodnight, Ruri, be safe." Just like that the place was only hers and Ryoka's. It was nice, she thought. The two hadn't had much alone time in what felt like ages.

Her attention was moved to Ryoka, standing and approaching her. Even after all this time she found the former Mizukage so breathtaking. Her green eyes, the way her hair always seemed so perfect. A pounding in her chest filled her ears as they embraced. Closing her eyes, she wrapped her arms around the small of Ryoka's back. The warmth she felt radiated from toes to the tip of her head and she couldn't help but smile.

All too soon the embrace came to an end. Ryoka pulled back a bit and looked her over, a small blush playing on her cheeks as she did the same. "It's great to see you too." She felt a squirm on her arm and rolled her eyes, "And Beatrix is excited to see you and Ophi too." She added. The conversation smoothed into what she had been up to lately. For a moment she considered not explaining the day's meeting but thought better of it.

"I've been great, thank you. The kids at the Academy are great to work with and a few of them are really picking up kyujutsu. Some of them might even be better than me or Kyo soon enough." She paused and met eyes with Ryoka. "I just came back from a meeting in your old office, place just isn't the same without you." She placed her forehead against Ryoka's and moved to kiss the tip of her nose. "I'm sure you know but there's talk of an attack soon. I just want this war over, so I don't have to worry about you anymore."

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Strength: Proficient w/Minor (Epic w/Kyujutsu)
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (Major Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Epic (Major Advantage w/Kyujutsu, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu, Major Advantage w/Sensory, Legendary w/Drawing)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/Fuinjutsu)

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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:19 am 
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Just as quickly as Ryoka had felt tension and awkwardness about the meeting it melted away when Shouko hugged her. She couldn't help but smile slightly, one corner of her mouth rising. It was nice to feel her in her arms again. Ryoka couldn't help but feel a little bit of an ache that was brought on by the last couple of years. There had been so much that had come between them, and that wasn't what she wanted. It gave her the courage to get out in the open everything she wanted to say. Ryoka smiled down at the starfish Shouko now had on her own arm. It pleased her to see that Shouko had taken so kindly to creatures that Ryoka held near and dear. Ryoka smiled even more warmly to hear what Shouko had been up to; she was also glad that the girl had been keeping herself busy doing important work. That was more than Ryoka could say for herself. Her face scrunched slightly when Shouko kissed her nose, and she felt a butterfly-filled pit in her stomach that she wanted to grasp and hold on tightly.

Her smile dissipated as soon as the war was mentioned. Ryoka let out a heavy sigh and sat down again, patting the seat near her so that Shouko would sit too. She leaned her chin on her hand, propping it up on the table. Ophie squirmed on this arm, her way of saying hello to Shouko and Beatrix. "That's mostly what I wanted to talk about, actually." She let out another sigh and drummed her other fingers against her leg. Might as well just be out with it. How to phrase what she wanted to say, though? "Listen, I want to cut straight to the chase. I know... I just got back, and I haven't seen you for a bit, and there's been so much going on. But, there are some things I would like to say." She reached out her right hand that had been tapping her leg and took Shouko's hand in hers, rubbing her thumb over the palm. She looked down at their conjoined hands, felt the warmth, and felt the strength to go on.

"I care about you, Shouko. More than... more than maybe I could express," she said with a laugh and a shy smile. "So I want to try being honest with you. About the past few years, about the ups and downs and all that, now that we're not student and sensei anymore and well, something more." She smiled again, but it quickly faded. She took a deep breath. "A part of me knows you can look past this next part, but a part of me... has always been worried about it. Anyway... a little bit of history. Before I was Mizukage, I was an ANBU for years, and a captain of the guard for a bit just before I was promoted. ANBU have a variety of jobs, to be certain, but mine was..." she swallowed hard. "Well, mine was to dispatch of people that threatened the Mizukage at the time, by whatever means possible. I was, for all intents and purposes, an assassin. A murderer." Her voice grew soft, almost to a whisper as she said the last part. She took a deep breath before continuing. "At least, that's how I saw myself. It was hard not to at times, and still is to this day. Again, maybe it was obvious that I didn't have a great past, but all this has a point, I promise." She let out a sardonic laugh. "It has a lot to do with my reasoning for the way I've acted in the past few years." She bit her lip, waiting a few moments, holding tight to Shouko's hand and ready to measure her response.

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Strength: Proficient (masterful ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Godlike (60 nin) (60 tai)
Reflexes: Masterful (Epic ken) (Epic tai)
Coordination: Masterful (Epic ken) (major adv nin) (Epic tai)
Wisdom: Masterful

Tracking: Legendary w Major Adv

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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:09 pm 
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The air of the room changed when she brought up the day's previous meeting. She had known that might have happened, but hiding things from Ryoka had never been an option. She had more faith in what they had than that. She watched as Ryoka let out a sigh that made Shouko fight to not frown before taking a seat. She moved to sit where Ryoka had pat a second before. She smiled and waved back at Ophi, a brief moment of escape from the seriousness she could feel coming. The way the conversation started caused her stomach to drop. Never had those words, nor the ones that immediately followed, been the beginning of a happy talk. She straightened slightly, as if her posture could slow the beating of her heart. Her hand was picked up by Ryoka's and she knew that the woman would be able to feel her pulse racing as she did her best to remain calm on the outside.

"I care about you, Shouko." There it was, the words she had been afraid of. While she had never been that much of a dater, she knew the beginning of a break up when she heard it. Her face didn't crack, but she could feel the hold on herself slipping. Ryoka's small laugh and smile that followed left her reeling internally. Was she not doing what Shouko thought? Her feelings in turmoil, she listened as closely as she could. This was Ryoka opening up, about herself, her past, and part of her hesitance that Shouko had felt up until now. It had a little to do with why she had been gone the last year, and a lot to do with the both of them.

The relief she felt was so intense that she genuinely burst into laughter when Ryoka finished. "I'm so sorry. I know I shouldn't laugh but, the way you started, I thought you were breaking this off." Her free hand moved to their conjoined ones and she squeezed, "I told you my past on the beach all that time ago, and nothing changed between us right?" She leaned over, placing her forehead on Ryoka's shoulder, "I know your past now, and nothing has changed about how I feel." She whispered softly. "I'm not as clueless as I was back then. I've had an idea of what you've had to do for the village for a long time. It doesn't make you a bad person, it just made you a good shinobi. Those things aren't related. Who you are to me," she pulled back and looked Ryoka in those green eyes she fell in love with so quickly, "is so much more than your duty to the village, past, present, or future."

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Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Reflexes: Masterful (Major Advantage w/Sensory)
Coordination: Epic (Major Advantage w/Kyujutsu, Major Advantage w/Ninjutsu, Major Advantage w/Sensory, Legendary w/Drawing)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/Fuinjutsu)

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 Post subject: Re: Mizuki Residence
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:15 pm 
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Ryoka’s face burned with some embarrassment at Shouko’s reaction. She hadn’t meant for it to sound like she was ending things between them, and she wondered for a minute if perhaps she was taking herself too seriously. With Shouko’s continued reaction, this idea grew in her mind, as the girl she had chosen to love took everything Ryoka had to say so far in stride. Perhaps she had been taking herself too seriously for a long time, and perhaps that had been necessary at one point. And in any case, Shouko herself was a Jounin at this point, had gone to war. She was right in saying that she had grown too, more and more matured and wise and womanly by the day. When Shouko put her forehead down on Ryoka’s shoulder, Ryoka’s hand instinctively went to her hair on the back of her head.“Well,” she murmured, “I feel a bit foolish for worrying about that for so long.” She gave Shouko a crooked half smile. “I guess those things were such a big part of my life for so long. When I first became a shinobi, I lost sight of myself. When I was younger… I never thought I’d be a shinobi at all. I grew up on a farm way out in the country, and life was… simple. There was a lot of hard work but I had so much freedom to be my own person.” She often felt embarrassed of her past and realized that she hadn’t ever really talked to Shouko about it. The words now came freely and easily, though. “I left that farm because my mother died, and my father was a powerful shinobi. I changed so much after being a shinobi became my focus, and not always in a good way.” Ryoka looked away from Shouko for a moment, a dark look crossing her face, and then turned back to face the girl.

She paused to marvel for a second at how different it truly was than when they had first met. Ryoka was still new as a kage, Shouko just starting to try as a shinobi. They’d both changed and grown so much since then, and it had kept them apart. But Ryoka felt it was finally time to cast all that aside. They had grown on their own terms long enough. It was time to grow together now. She took a deep breath. “All of this to say, I joined the war for the wrong reasons. When I was made Mizukage, it came as a surprise to me, and it was because of my background as an assassin and spy that I had been chosen to root out several threats at the time. I… let it carry over too much, I think, into my other decisions. For generations now Kirigakure has maintained a vision of peace and isolation, and of course my job had been to maintain that vision from the shadows. I realize now I hadn’t stopped to consider how my own actions and choices to try and join the war on my accord might affect everyone else and our nation. Of course I said it was voluntary, but that was selfish, and I didn’t realize how much more would go into it than that.” She paused now, looking at Shouko with a frown and a dark look on her face.

“There’s a part of me, of course, that you know, who is dedicated to Kirigakure and my people and those I care about, but I mentioned that bit before because… when I sort of lost myself in my job, a part of me became… bloodthirsty. Some things I did as an ANBU were selfish and grabs for power, and I fear that carried over. I don’t know if I wanted to fight in the war for the right reasons. I don’t know if it was because I cared, like I said I did, or if a part of me longed to be back in the position to… to…” Ryoka took a deep breath and didn’t continue that thought. She couldn’t quite say out loud that there was a part of her that longed to push her sword through human flesh. “That’s why I visited the snake sage, and ultimately why I quit the job of Mizukage and spent time in the countryside where I grew up as well. I think now that both parts were true, but I don’t know if I can be the leader this village needs as I am.” She looked now to see if Shouko had anything to say to all this, as it was a lot and sort of a heavy subject.

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Strength: Proficient (masterful ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Godlike (60 nin) (60 tai)
Reflexes: Masterful (Epic ken) (Epic tai)
Coordination: Masterful (Epic ken) (major adv nin) (Epic tai)
Wisdom: Masterful

Tracking: Legendary w Major Adv

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