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 Post subject: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:37 am 
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The trek into the dunes was a relatively lengthy one. Andō was not particularly fast, at least not by the standards of shinobi, and he did not see it necessary to sprint through the winding sand. Instead, he moved deliberately, with a purpose, but restrained himself from sprinting across the sloping dunes. A slight wind gusted over the walls of sand, washing away his footprints as quickly as he made them, and had he not been a denizen of this land, he would have been lost the second Sunagakure disappeared from line-of-sight behind him. It was something that made the environment so hostile to outsiders and invaders.

The dark sky overhead was illuminated by the brightly shining moon and the dazzling stars, creating a soothing atmosphere that was almost as bright as the evening might have been, in comparison. Andō did not travel alone today. His company was infinitely better, with Kisora close to his side. His eyes scanned the smooth surface of the dunes. For those who could see it, the desert was teaming with life. Lizards, snakes, and little mammals could be caught scurrying across the sands, the sounds of the wind whipping across the dunes dancing through the air like a song.

"I bet you recognize every one of these dunes," he joked to his friend, knowing her fondness for travel.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:02 am 
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With the moon being their setting now, Kisora had followed Andō into the dunes. She didn't quite enjoy the sands as much as others would, and the wind blowing the sand into her face and body had only made things worse for herself. Her left hand swiped over her forehead, removing the sweat that she had been building since the fight. The loss of blood took a lot from her, leaving her weaker than normal while making this journey. But, she was not alone and that had just made her take her steps one at a time as she followed the white-haired man. He stuck out against the sand and the moonlight to a degree. The white and gold that he wore made him almost shining in a way, leading her forward and a beacon of directions to take. The man shined with a bright aura in a way, almost as bright as those stars that were around him. Yet, when he brought up how much she sees them, it almost brought a frown to the woman's face. While this was her home, it wasn't the sights that she enjoyed to see the most. It was the most common and the most boring to the woman to a degree, she was more of a fan of stranger experiences. But, the only thing that had made it better was having Andō here with her. It made this trek different to her in a whole different way. She shook her head as she responded to him, in a joking manner, "Normally I would, but your white clothes make me just look at you instead of trying to identify each and every dune and what I have named them on my normal travels."

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:20 am 
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The samurai flushed slightly - Kisora was a worthy opponent, as much in conversation as she was in combat. She still managed to find a way to make him blush when all he had been trying to do was start conversation. Whether she was teasing or flirting, he did not know, and that made him blush all the more. It was a good thing that he walked in front, obscuring his face from her and hiding just how red he was. He was silent for a long moment, opting to allow himself to calm down before attempting to speak again, so as to ensure that he wouldn't stutter when he did finally begin to form words.

"You flatter me too much," he protested with a light laugh and a sweatdrop, waving one of his hands dismissively as if to say that he was unworthy of the praise. "I'm just sorry for slowing you down. I'm sure if you were to make this trip by yourself, you could have completed it long before now."

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:33 am 
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"But you're fun to flatter!" She responded, a chuckle followed after her response. It was normal for her to do, at least around and for Andō. It felt natural in a way. It felt good to be supportive to someone who didn't judge her for what she does in her life. Even if Andō didn't know everything, it felt good that he didn't know her home life. It felt nice to not have to defend herself. The woman took a quick jog as she wanted to catch up to the man who was a bit ahead, catching up to next to him as she gave him a small pat on his back. The mixture of the heat and lack of food felt bad on her stomach as it let out a growl, her face turning away. "You're not slowing me down at all, honestly you're making me faster on this adventure by showing me where to go."

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:06 am 
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She gave him a pat on the shoulder, closing the distance between them, and he turned to look at the ground to better hide his flushed face as they moved. He felt a little better, at least, knowing that his company was at least somewhat enjoyable to her. He didn't believe that he wasn't slowing her down, but it was good enough to know she didn't resent him. He offered a slight smile, which grew in size when her stomach rumbled. Andō had been sidetracked by their spar and the thought of the stone, he had entirely forgotten that it was passed time for dinner.

He stopped moving near the apex of one dune and surveyed the landscape. It looked about the same as it had since they left the village, though further out now some of the desert sands gave way to bits of rock and tangled bits of shrubbery. "This should be good enough. How about we eat first?" He offered, looking around a bit for something that they might be able to make a meal out of. This wouldn't have been his first time hunting a meal on the go, and he doubted it would be Kisora's first time either. "Think you could gather some of those shrubs and get a fire going? I'll find something to cook. Consider it repaying the favor for the bento," he teased.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:35 pm 
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Kisora sighed, her stomach rumble was easy to hear within the quiet dunes that they were journeying through. The man had stopped after giving the woman a smile, offering food. While it sounded great, it was more strange that something would be cooked out here to her. She was more than content on making the fire over cooking whatever could be cooked out here. "Alright, I'll look around. I hope you make something good," she chuckled right after saying that. The woman thought for a second. She knew that finding things to kindle would be easier than finding food. The woman started to walk away, looking for some dried out shrubs or something that would be good to build from.

It didn't take her long to find something to use. Out in the deserts of Kaze no Kuni, not much ended up surviving over time. It would only live for short periods, making it even more dangerous for those who don't know how to live out in this heat and sand. The woman slowly pulled it apart, trying to not break it as she needed it in tack for it to burn better. It seemed to a degree that they were under-prepared, they had headed out here with just what was on them, and Kisora wasn't the type to carry water but sake instead. So hopefully they could make it out before any sorta dehydration could set in. Kisora returned to the earlier spot with her materials that she picked up, setting them down and opening up her medical kit. Matches. It was one of the few things that came in handy to keep in there as she pulled them out and got her pile more together before she attempted to light it. The woman blew lightly on it, letting the fire form and giving it more oxygen. Kisora looked over to Andō, pulling away from her fire that she just started. She wanted to see what he was doing.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:44 pm 
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Being in the desert, as they were, Andō knew there was going to be a relatively scarce selection of food to find. However, it wasn't his first time having to do this, and he was confident in the fact that there was food to be found, if only one knew where to look. As Kisora went to gather firewood, Andō moved a bit further away, descending the other side of the dune in search of a good spot to wait. It would be a game of patience, but as the sun had gone down and the temperature had reached bearable levels, the desert had become a hotbed for animal activity.

He didn't have to wait too long, standing completely stationary, for the cautionary creatures of the desert to become assured of their safety. The occasional lizard scampering over the dunes, though they were not the prey that Andō sought. He was looking for something bigger; the lizard's natural predator, drawn by their scampering feet. He even waited after the first snake appeared, eyeing it cautiously as it pursued its target. He proved fortunate, his patience rewarded, when a second snake also appeared from the sands to chase the scampering lizards. Andō's hand gripped his blade a little tighter as he prepared to move. One strike would be enough, he needed only wait for the appropriate moment.

Sizing each other up, the two snakes could not abide by another in their hunting grounds. The lizard left abandoned, the two snakes reared themselves up, closing the distance between each other to try and intimidate the other. With a strike of his blade, a white arc of chakra coursed from Andō's position, cleanly severing the heads of both snakes in a moment. The samurai returned his blade to its sheath and watched, waiting, until the two thrashing bodies ceased their movement, before retrieving them with one hand and moving to ascend the dunes back towards his and Kisora's location.

He moved his way over to the freshly-started fire and set the two slain snakes down by the ground. Then, he removed his white coat, seeking not to have it become too sandy, and folded it over one of his arms, then tossing it neatly over his shoulder, revealing his gray armor underneath. With that done, he carefully removed his two swords and set them down as well, before sitting himself down in the sand by the fire. "I hope wild snake is equivalent to a bento." He glanced over at Kisora and smiled, then produced a small knife and grabbed one of the two snakes and pushed the knife into the lower end of the snake, inserting about half way and beginning the process of removing the scales and skin from the snake.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:10 pm 
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It didn't take long for Andō to return to the previous spot, in hand with two snakes. Her eyebrows raised, it was an interesting choice of the sorts. Snake wasn't known for being tasty at all, nor was it known for the amount of meat that on it's small boney body. But, she couldn't argue much about it. Food is food, even if it wasn't a first choice on the matter. Out here it was more about what you could find, the limited food was a straining thing on those who traveled. They had not much choice on what they could eat tonight, and snake was already on the menu. Kisora nodded her head, ignoring her own knowledge about how they tasted and such. "It's better than starving," She responded. The woman let out a sigh as she began to sit down. "Hopefully it tastes better than I remember." The woman let out a small chuckle. She sat back and waited for a moment, letting her back hit the sands. More than anything, she was starting to get tired from the day. There had not been any breaks at all.

"So how are you going to cook it?" She asked, her eyes staring up at the stars.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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Gutting the first snake after removing the skin, Andō shifted over to working on the next snake as Kisora sat. There wasn't a whole lot of meat among them, but it was enough to function as a small meal. "I think it's exotic. How many people can say they eat snake?" It was something that was unusual in Sunagakure, whose deserts boasted a plentiful amount of sand snakes, which could often make a necessary meal for travelers. It was even more unusual in the other great nations, which made some think of it as a little bit of a delicacy, at least when lavishly prepared. Here in the desert, Andō was more than hesitant about describing it as such.

"We should roast it," he suggested, producing a waterskin from his belt. He uncorked the top and poured a bit of it over the snake, cleaning the snake meat off as best he could while still lacking better utensils. When done with that, he brought the water up to his lips and took a sip, letting out a satisfied sigh when he was done. Then, he handed the waterskin over to Kisora, offering it to her if she wanted to take it. He might have wagered that she would be disappointed that it wasn't beer or sake, but water was critical in the desert environment. At the moment, he was entirely unaware of the fact that the act would represent an indirect kiss between the two of them.

In the meantime, he set about taking two of the remaining sticks and began skewering the snake on the stakes to prepare to roast over the small fire.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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Kisora's eyes watched as Andō started to finish working on the snakes. He was gentle enough with them to be able to not fully damage them, compared to the strength that the man had within battle, it showed that he could control it much better than she thought. Her decision on letting him stab her seemed more reasonable as she joked back, "Well, we now get to say we eat snakes." It was followed by a small chuckle on her end. But, once he had finished up, he had offered her some water. Her eyes almost lit up as it came close enough for her to reach and grab, she immediately latched her hand on it and took it from him. The dehydration was hitting her hard, with the mixture of blood loss, and already making her extremely tired despite not being too far from Sunagakure. The woman didn't just take one sip, but two sips instead. Kisora held onto it for a second, loosely enough to let Andō take it back if he wanted to.

Kisora looked to the sticks, the snakes starting to roast over the fire. Her eyes stared into it for a moment, before switching to Andō. "So why did we come out here?" She asked. There was a reason but Kisora didn't care until her body started to tire out. She had followed him here, but why?

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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Once each stick had been sufficiently filled with pieces of snake meat, Andō stuck the skewers into the sand, letting them stand freely, angled over the fire so that they would cook from its heat. It was rudimentary, but effective. She offered the water skin back and he nodded slightly, taking it and setting it down in the sand between the two of them so that either of them could have access to it and use it when they wanted. Once he was satisfied that the pieces of snake were now cooking, he crossed his legs and turned to face Kisora for conversation, knowing that the snake would take a little while to fully cook.

She asked why they had come out all this way, and instinctively, Andō's eyes narrowed slightly. He gazed over Kisora's shoulder, as if to ensure that they were alone, or that they definitely hadn't been followed, even though he well knew that they had not been. Satisfied that they were actually alone,and that they could talk freely, he spoke without lowering his tone of voice. "It's about the stone," he explained, turning to rotate the skewers a bit so the meat could cook evenly. "I am... unsure whether it's better to keep it in our possession, or to dispose of it. I thought the latter might be the better choice, and so I figured we should bring it away from the village before we try. Firstly, because we don't know what it might do when we actually try and crack it. Secondly..." He trailed off, not wanting to seem boastful, but at least relieved by the fact that she knew at least a little bit of his strength already. "I wanted us to be somewhere where I could strike it with all my strength, if necessary. The village wouldn't be a good place for that."

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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It seemed that Andō wanted to do something to help her, help them, with their small problem. Kisora's hands slowly moved towards her pocket, her eyes looking at him as she thought. "But, what if it doesn't break at all?" The woman asked him out loud, "What if it stays together and... just sand gets everywhere? I mean that's not a problem out here, but the animals sure won't be happy." Kisora joked near the end of her question, not missing out on lightening the conversation where the Sunba could. Her hand pulled out the stone fully from her pocket, holding it out between her index finger and thumb. Her eyes switched from him to the tiny orb, rubbing it back and forth.

"But, hopefully destroying the thing will solve our issues. It would mean I can do more of what I want over having to be careful about what I do," She ended it with a sigh. It was a stressful time for the woman, she didn't try to think about it too much and prefer to enjoy herself. She had even started to train in order to attempt to beat the man to no success so far. But, what else could she do? The woman could only focus on things that would be useful and fun in order to forget what words were told to her. Protecting the stone wasn't her choice, it was one given to her and that was not something she had enjoyed, not one bit.

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Coordination: Epic (Major advantages w/ Kenjutsu, Major Advantage w/ Ninjutsu Aiming, Minor Advantage w/ Sensory Technique)
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Rotating the skewers as he listened to Kisora speak, Andō gained a deeper understanding of the situation that they faced. The stone wasn't just a problem for Kisora because of what it was, or what it represented alone. It was the fact that what it represented ran entirely counter to how she normally sought to live out her life. It was frustrating just to think about, he was unsure if he could really understand just how poorly that might have made someone feel without experiencing it for oneself. He offered a slight smile of comfort, the silence in the air filled with the soft crackling of the fire as the snake meat continued cooking over the open flames.

"If it doesn't break..." Andō wondered aloud. He had been less concerned with the thought of it not breaking than he had been trying to break it, and the possible ramifications of what would happen in the process of attempting to do so. He was silent for a few moments longer as he considered, then finally spoke. "If it doesn't break, we should take it out of the village. There's no way to tell if the stone is connected to someone, somehow. They might know we're trying to break it once we start. We should seek out someone who might know anything about something like this. At the very least, it probably wouldn't be safe to return it to the village."

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Kisora rubbed the stone between her fingers, it had just enough slip with it's smoothness and the sweat that was built up on the woman's body and hands. The woman lets out a deep sigh as she looked from the stone to Andō, her eyes moving up slowly from the amber stone. "There's one more thing, this thing... glows when I focus chakra into it somewhat," She said with not much concern. The woman didn't know what it meant but she still had that experience with it on the day that they had met each other, the day that she had gotten this forsaken stone. Kisora didn't know what to do, at least whatever Andō tried meant that she wasn't alone in this. It was some comfort; just some. "I mean... not returning to Sunagakure sounds nice to a degree, but that does mean I can't make money. That doesn't sound too fun." The woman kept thinking further, repercussions for whatever they do to the stone might be too much for the rancher. She had no luxury to be able to leave too long, no funds to be able to do what she had wanted.

"But, we should eat first before we ruin the food with you throwing sand everywhere from that sorta blow," She teased, knowing full well what might happen. Her eyes closed as her hand lowered. Was this really what her life was going to be? It wasn't her choice.

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Coordination: Epic (Major advantages w/ Kenjutsu, Major Advantage w/ Ninjutsu Aiming, Minor Advantage w/ Sensory Technique)
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Grunting slightly in recognition, Andō lifted the skewers from the fire and kept one for himself, then offered the other out to Kisora. He blew on his own portion a bit, trying to cool it off from the remnants of the direct heat, so that he could take a bite. He dug into the meat, taking a small bite and chewing. It had very little taste, and was sinewy and chewy. In a way, it was like an unappealing grilled fish. At one point, he had to reach up with his pinky and pull a little bone out of his mouth, spitting it onto the sand. "It's not bad," he jokingly declared, glancing over at his partner.

She talked about how the stone glowed when met with chakra. That seemed to make sense, it probably served some kind of purpose. If it didn't, it wouldn't have been in apparently such high demand as it was, thus putting them in danger. However, what exactly it did still seemed to elude them. Andō frowned slightly in thought as he chewed, taking another bite of snake as he pondered. When he finished his second mouthful, he let out a remorseful sigh. "I wouldn't worry about money too much, at least. I'm sure Kyōsuke-sama would adequately reward us for our efforts," He paused, frowning slightly. "If he's alive, that is."

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Kisora took the offered skewer from Andō, taking a deep breath. She was not excited about the snake what so ever. Maybe if it was not just roasted over a fire, maybe if it was seasoned. Maybe if it wasn't a damned snake for dinner, she would be more excited. But, the woman couldn't complain too much, she was way too hungry to complain right now. She bit into the meat, slightly missing some of the bones that were within it. It was bland, it was plain. Kisora's face cringed slightly. But. as she swallowed, there was relief. She continued to bite into the snake, moving the bones to the side of her mouth and swallowing the meat before spitting the bones out. It was unlady-like in every regard as she started to devour the snake. The ravaging hunger was only driving her to eat the bland snake. It didn't take her long to finish the snake, but her hunger was not fully satisfied. The woman could only do something about it later.

She reached and took a sip from the water that was still nearby, washing down everything as she let out a sigh of relief. There probably wasn't a day of her life that she was this hungry before. Even at home, they were surrounded by food if you were fast enough to get some. "Hopefully he is alive... I don't think I'd enjoy not having income for a bit." She almost seemed too relieve from the snake. It had filled her enough to be able to bring back some energy to her body, but the water hit better within her stomach.

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Finishing his bits of snake, Andō tossed his empty skewer into the fire, yellow eyes watching the little stick crackle and snap as it went up in flames. He placed his hands in the sand behind him and leaned back somewhat, looking up at the stars and the moon above them, allowing time for the food to settle and the conversation continue before they set about trying to destroy the stone. With the sense of unease that it brought, and the unknown of what might happen when they tried, this moment felt like the calm before a storm. Andō tried to remain calm; however unpleasant that uncertainty was, it was a facet of the shinobi world in which he lived.

"What are you saving up all this money for?" He eventually asked, tilting his head to the side. They had become fast friends, but in that moment he realized that he didn't know a lot of the deeper things about her. "Do you have some kind of goal, or grand dream?" If these were going to be some of his last moments, smashing a kind of ominous, chakra-infused stone with all his might, he wanted to know the answers to these questions. He wanted to know more about her.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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When he asked, Kisora looked away. It wasn't her money. Nor, did she have most of her money. But, if he really wanted to know, it wouldn't hurt to tell him about it. "I for the most part don't have my own money, most of it gets sent home to my family," She followed the same motion by tossing the skewer into the fire, then she sat back down. Her other hand put the st one away for now as she continued to tell him about it, "My part of the family that I am in, doesn't live so great compared to the ones within Sunagakure. I'm... not a traditional shinobi. I decided to do that on my own while the rest of my family runs their ranch out in Gaara no Kaikaku. It would be fine if I did, but the amount of family that I have that live there... I have numerous cousins and so on out there. There's way too many of us, and the money becomes really tight. Crops only get harvested at certain times a year, making the animals the only ones we can make money from all throughout the year. During that one time of harvesting... is the only time I can really go out and journey around. That's the only time I get a break from everything in my life."

It didn't take long to explain but, it never made Kisora feel good about herself. She was never traditional in anyway, she had to make due with what she had. Her apartment was a mess because she had no money for it, the woman could only do so much. But, her escape was through her alcohol, her freedom away from everything. The only thing that she could cherish outside of deciding what she would do to make money. Even thought it contridicted what she had wanted to a degree, she still decided how she would help before the others would get old enough to make that decision.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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"Ah..." Stunned into momentary silence, Andō wasn't exactly sure what to say. He had expected perhaps some kind of revelation of a grand dream, some sort of nindo or ambition, but instead he received something much more mundane. Something that was also, in some way, even sad to think about. Furthermore, his own relationship with his parents was skewed at best, resulting in a mixed cloud of emotions where he wasn't sure exactly how he should, or could, react to everything that she had just said. He turned his golden eyes to glance at the crackling fire, and let out a deep breath as he examined the dancing red and orange flames glow in the dark of the night. He was silent, no longer sure if having her accept this mission would have been proper or acceptable. It was the difficult situation of balancing the unknown dangers presented by the stone with the real facts of Kisora's family experiencing financial difficulties if she were to simply leave and begin to wander, especially without the promise of pay. "If you need to say, I can take the stone and go somewhere myself. Attempt to find any kind of clues or information, and you can stay to provide for your family. My parents are dead, I'm an only child, I don't have such things to think about, or people to miss me if I die."

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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"I... don't think I have a choice now. Even if I left, it would be better for me. It's just what I do right now. But without money, what can we do? I have to give money to people who don't even believe in my decisions, but if I can leave... I would take it in a heartbeat," She almost seemed offended to a degree when he said she could stay. Kisora scratched the side of her head, it wasn't something she wasn't proud to talk about. She even stayed away from saying what she didn't like to a degree, only just enough to let him know. The woman then continued talking to the man, "But, I also don't want you to go alone. This... isn't your problem. This is my problem and I still have to solve it." It was true, she had gotten him into this. It was still her responsibility no matter he she looked at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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There was resolve in Kisora's words, and Andō could certainly respect that. If what she said was truthfully how she felt, then it wasn't his place to try and encourage her otherwise. It would have been disrespectful towards her as a warrior to do anymore. He smiled slightly. In earnest, it was reassuring to have her company and her dedication to see this through with him. She was a skilled swordswoman, more than talented in her own right. Even aside from that, her thoughts and her company were comforting. He stood, picking up his swords with him and brushed the excess of sand from his person. He steeled himself and focused in on his resolve to face what was about to happen. He took in a deep breath, closed his eyes, and exhaled, then opened his yellow eyes and turned to look at Kisora. He extended his hand, offering to help her up. "Well then, shall we get to it? Together."

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Kisora's eyes went to his offered hand, then gazed up to his face. The short-haired woman gave a small nod as she took his hand in hers, accepting his help to get up. To Kisora, it felt nice that the man didn't push further. Nor, did he try to stay even after she said that it really didn't matter, nor did he insult her for the amount of money she spent on the alcohol she would consume when not giving her money to her family. The woman felt okay in the presence to be herself compared to most people, it didn't matter as much to hide how she was feeling right now. It took her a moment as she thought to herself, staying silent before she shook her head. Kisora finally opened her mouth and asked the man, "Are we ready to try it and am I going to be safe during this? Should I move further away or?" It was a few questions, but the woman was ready to attempt to break the stone

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Andō gave a slight nod when Kisora asked if they were ready to try and destroy the stone. It was an eerie prospect, and he could feel his heart pounding in his chest as the moment came closer and closer. There was no escaping it now. He was a seasoned warrior, but he was no stranger to apprehension or fear; he wasn't so foolish as to have rid himself of such emotions. When Kisora asked Andō if she would be safe at the epicenter when he struck the stone, he was taken slightly aback. He wasn't sure how exactly to respond. In truth, it definitely would have likely been safer for her to move back and put some distance between herself and the epicenter. The blow would be strong enough that he had felt the need to preform this experiment far away from the village, after all. However, after the conversation that they just had, it no longer felt appropriate for him to simply send her away.

"I don't know what the stone will do when struck, whether it will release energy or not. I can only speak about my own strike - it will be strong as I can manage," He didn't want to brag, but neither did Andō want to obscure the truthfulness about what he expected to happen. "There will be tremors, the dunes will split, it will be harsh." It felt better for the samurai to explain what would happen, and to let Kisora make the judgement herself rather than be dictated to by him about what she should do. "Can you handle it?"

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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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It was determined that it was time for the stone to be shatters. Yet once that happens, what would happen? How much would the woman have to run away to just be able to get out of the way of the aftermath? "I'll run as far as I need to, I should be able to get out and far away enough but I should get further away now. Who knows what will happen out here, Andō." Kisora knew that his strength could shatter even as far as she could run and a head start wouldn't hurt for her to make sure that she was completely fine. "Here... Take it, I shall start running now," Kisora said as she took out the stone and offered it to him. Once the stone was taken from her hands, she would start her stance that Andō was familiar with that she would pull off in combat. It wasn't just a stance that she used for combat, it was Kisora's main usage of her Swift Release chakra and how she would usually escape from devastating attacking.

The woman's hands naturally fell to her swords as her dash started, she was heading back towards the village by her direction choice. What will happen? Kisora shook her head, her feet still moving. The only way to know was to wait and see when she would get back. Kisora was hopeful to this being the end, but there was this feeling deep down that her problems would not be easy to solve.
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 Post subject: Re: Kōya - The Dunes
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Hesitant for a long moment, Andō extended his hand and took the stone from Kisora. He had half-expected to feel a jolt or surge of energy when it entered his hand. The two of them had built up some kind of great mysticism around this stone, but when it simply sat in his hand like this, it didn't really feel any different from a typical rock. He clutched it in his hand for a moment before letting out a deep breath, giving Kisora ample time to put distance between herself and him. After several long moments, knowing that she needed only a small amount of time to clear vast distances, Andō tossed the small stone onto the sand, observing it with his yellow eyes as it sat there amidst the grains. He wondered for a moment if it might be better to simply leave it here, abandoned, where no one might ever find it. He pushed the thought aside, however, as he reached a hand behind his back to touch the handle of his nodachi.

It had been some time since he had loosed the blade for practical use. In almost any other situation he defaulted to his katana. For this, however, he needed the keen edge that only the Treasured Sword of the Desert possessed. It was almost poetic, given the name of the blade. He had always felt that way, given that his parents had chosen to live in Sunagakure no Sato. Andō let out a soft scoff of laughter as he drew the blade, taking it gently between his hands. The polished blade gleamed in the moonlight as Andō turned his yellow gaze back towards the stone in the sand. He felt his grip around the longsword tighten as he squared his feet. He felt the muscles in his forearms clench as he raised the nodachi about his head, and he held the position for a long moment; silhouetted against the large moon in the sky, the soft breath of the wind causing the sand at his feet to dance.

A single downward stroke brought to bear all of Andō's strength. The edge of his blade collided cleanly with the stone, and the world pitched and yawed. The ground trembled with the force of earthquakes as his blade cut a divide miles long through the dunes before him. An immense gap opened as his blade parted the sea of sand, cleaving straight through to the bedrock below. At the epicenter, directly around him, the sand was blasted back with such force that he was let hovering over pure bedrock, which had cracked heavily under the force of his blow.

After a moment, the shockwave and burst of noise had reached out across the desert, and the trembling abated as Andō fell several feet down, landing on his feet atop the cracked bedrock. Before him, the stone fell with a clink against the earth. The samurai's eyes widened, glancing over to his blade, a nick appearing against the flawless steel. His eyes turned back to the stone, then narrowed. It was without even a single scratch.

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