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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:04 pm 
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It had been a long day. As if the battles that plagued Sunagakure earlier had not been enough, the slow, tedious process of restoration kept the destruction hanging on the air, its impact a constant pull to drag down one's spirit. By the time the sun fell under the horizon, bringing darkness to the city streets, Kanbe was exhausted. A heavy sigh escaped his lips as he made his way towards a shop. He had arranged to meet Ty Lee there, wanting to talk to her after the day's work was through. Shortly before finishing, a brief meeting with the village elders had pulled him away from the main body of workers, leaving him separated from his Jashinist ally by the time it was time to head over. Having fortunately mentioned the place before parting ways, he hoped to see her there by the time he arrived.

"What even happened today?" He quietly muttered as he walked down the sandy street. Without the load of work and shinobi to rally before him, the Hokori was only now beginning the process of really understanding everything that happened today. It was a rising tide of confusion, each question prompting more and more questions. Not enough answers came to resolve those thoughts. It was a heavy load to think of, one that he didn't want to contemplate alone. It was a rare situation for him to actively seek Ty Lee's thoughts and guidance, but the troubles were great enough to warrant it.

Finally, he reached his destination. Stepping inside, his sharp eyes scanned the heads of those he could see in the shop, looking for the familiar blonde girl that he was expecting.

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Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:57 pm 
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The day had moved in relative boredom after the earlier events had rocked the village to it's core. Personally, Ty Lee was happy with the monotonous, mind-numbing repetitive tasks she had been given in order to help recoup some kind of normalcy around the place. It gave her little time to think of what happened and even less time to dwell on the man calling himself her deceased sensei. It was almost sad when the work was over, or at least over until the next day. She had welcomed the escape from herself but, as she was painfully aware, all good things had to come to an end. Kanbe had asked her to meet him afterward at a nearby shop but was called off on some kind of thing before they could walk there together. This gave Ty Lee an uncomfortable amount of time to herself, so she spent it like she always did.

The key fiddled with a lock for a few tense moments before a click sounded it's success. She turned the knob to that familiar door before pushing it open and walking into her permanently empty house. It was growing less and less empty as time went on though, no longer the bare minimum as it had been those years ago. She had pictures now, some of her teammates, and some of places far off she planned to visit some day. There was a couch now, and even a table to entertain guests that she never would have had back as a Genin. The mirrors of the house were all turned around. They would be righted if someone came over but, alone as usual, now they only reflected the wall and darkness. She shook free from her mourning clothes and strutted through her bedroom before finding her wardrobe. There were quite a few copies of her usual outfit, a trick to avoid laundry mostly, but in the corner hung a nice and light sweater. She grabbed it and some leggings before quickly taking an ice cold shower. She shook the wetness from her hair as she dried off and threw on her, at least in her opinion, cutest clothes. She took Arid's scarf and tied it in a bow around her neck before pulling it around to the back. Her leggings were black, of course, and she slipped on some beige boots. For a moment she considered flipping one of the mirrors to get a look at herself but she knew better.

The shop wasn't all that far from her house, nothing in the village was really all that far honestly. She didn't speed toward it though but instead took her time. Who knew how long Kanbe would be gibberjabbing with the elders anyway? "What even happened today?" She asked, head tilted up to the darkening sky above. The glow of fires polluted the emerging stars, only the brightest of which shone through. A sigh, if something so heavy could be called one, escaped her lips before she rounded the corner to the shop. To her surprise the taller swordsbowman had beat her there and was standing a little ways inside. She snickered before tiptoeing behind him and let out a low whistle.

"You know you're blocking the door, right?"

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
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Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:53 am 
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To his surprise, he couldn't spot her. After taking a second look over the store, he started to question whether he had falsely recalled the time that they scheduled to meet up. He wasn't early, certainly, but was he late enough that she figured he wasn't going to show up? As the thought began to loom over his head and he hoped that it wasn't the case, Ty Lee's familiar voice announced her presence behind him. The whistle had caused his head to more sharply turn, his body turning out slightly to allow him to glance behind him. As soon as the voice and familiar sight revealed the source of the whistle, his movements went back to a slower, calmer pace. "Oh, Ty Lee, hey. And whoops, sorry." He greeted and replied with a sarcastic roll of the eyes. It was then that he took notice of the Jashinist's alternative attire to what she wore earlier.

Comparatively, Kanbe now felt out of place. The clothes that he worse were the same ones from earlier in the day, dirtied with sand, debris, and sweat. Her outfit was entirely fresh, seemingly recently changed into in order to clean up before the evening. It was difficult for the Hokori to ever really think of Ty Lee as "cute", that bridge having been burned early in their relationship by her fanatical ideas, but he could still acknowledge that she looked nice for the occasion. "I was going to say sorry for keeping you, but I still somehow beat you here. Things never change, huh?" He laughed to himself. Maybe he didn't need to be so punctual all the time after all; even when running late he was still able to make it to their destination first.

Brushing that thought aside, he gestured in towards the tables before taking a step in. "Let's go grab a table. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some food." Finding a table somewhat off towards one of the corners, Kanbe felt relief brought to his bones when he plopped down onto one of the seats. It was refreshing to sit down for a change of pace, the fatigue of the day rolling in harder now that his feet were given a break.

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Stats:
Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:13 am 
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"Hey, what is that supposed to mean?" She rebutted jokingly. Truth is she could have been there on time, early even, but one on ones with Kanbe were rare things and she wanted to look nice for it. That and she felt gross, covered in sand, sweat, and other people's blood. The latter wasn't new for her, but it felt a little weird when that blood belonged to people she had saved rather than sacrificed. Her "date" for the night motioned to the tables and she quietly nodded, following after him as he lead the way. "Food sounds nice." Truthfully she expected it to taste like cardboard after everything that had happened earlier. Unequivocal heartbreak had a way of turning your taste buds off.

The two walked toward their table and Ty Lee waited for Kanbe to sit before she did the same. It was hard not to notice that her teammate didn't as much sit down as he did crash into the seat. It had been a long day for them both, she knew, but how hard he had taken it was something she had no way of knowing. "Are you injured at all? You know I could give a quick once over if you need it?" She asked, folding her hands over her menu. It would be the same as it was every time someone asked her out to eat. She didn't need to look at what she was going to order, she would just have the same as Kanbe. A small part of her wondered if anyone had noticed the habit. It was small enough that it had probably slipped under the radar, her other habits were much less muted and likely overshadowed it.

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
Raiton

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:43 am 
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The thought was appreciated, of course, but Kanbe shook his head to dismiss the offer. "No, no, I'm fine, don't worry. I know I've made a habit of getting hurt more than the rest of the team, but this time things turned out alright for me. No injuries here." He tried to turn it lighthearted through his tone. Truth be told, the amount to which he had always gotten injured in their team's major battles was a sour point for him, something that he felt disgraced by whenever he recalled it. It was a sign of his weakness. Coming out of their battles today without needing medical attention was, in a weird way, the one positive thing that he had to celebrate. Perhaps he was getting better after all.

His hands took up the menus prearranged at the table. Opening it up, his eyes began to scan through the pages looking for something appetizing. The store was known to have quite the variety of dishes to choose from. Having come in without any particular meal on the mind, it would take him some time to narrow down his choices. "Of the four of us, I think Ayane was the only one who really got hurt. I hope she's alright ... I probably should have had you give her another look before sending her off." Kanbe's calloused fingers turned another page of the menu, landing on a section advertising a large selection of meats. A soft "ooh" voiced Kanbe's interest as he began to pick a handful of options to debate between.

"Do you think they'll find any strong clues? For finding Kyousuke-sama?" Kanbe looked up for a short time while he posed the question. It was definitely a concern that would keep Kanbe up for the next few days. After all, the village needed a leader at its helm, and he certainly didn't want that responsibility on his shoulders. The sooner Kyousuke was back, the sooner Kanbe could turn his focus back towards just himself and his team.

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Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:48 pm 
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A lasting glance was all she did in confirmation for Kanbe's words. He had gotten himself into more than a few close calls and it seemed at the end of every one of their large battles she had carried him to safety. It must have been a sore spot for someone as proud as her teammate, but it was a sore spot for her as well. Too many times had she seen him closer to death than living and each time hung over her like a reaper's scythe, waiting to steal away more of her heart. Thankfully Kanbe was still here, still fine, and that was enough. The past experiences had been hard but they lead the two of them here, so it was a hardship she appreciated.

Bringing up Ayane, Ty Lee remembered how she had felt in her hands earlier. "She felt fine when I stopped. Better than you and Arid felt back then at least." Kanbe went on, moving past their teammate and moving to their leader. "Strong clues? You mean other than a guy who oozes visions of your own death, has two different colored eyes, and is known throughout most of the world as the Kazekage? Nah, probably will just go unnoticed for a while." She joked. Her feet began swinging under the table, heels barely skipping against the floor.

"Thank you." She started, her eyes looking down to the floor. "I appreciate that you invited me out here tonight. I...needed it."

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
Raiton

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:39 pm 
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Upon hearing Ty Lee's description of all Kyousuke's obvious tells that would no doubt make remaining hidden difficult for him, Kanbe couldn't help but let out a short laugh under his breath. "That's true. With enough time, I'm sure they'll catch wind of him somewhere. I just hope he's okay, wherever he is." It still made the Hokori ill to think of the state that their leader could be in. The circumstances of his disappearance were still an absolute mystery. According to Masaru, he had seemingly been teleported away, the same way as Rei and the rest of her gang had done so during the battle. While Masaru had earlier chalked it up to a separate instance, as he had teleported away independently of Rei's chakra signature, Kanbe couldn't be convinced. Rei teleported away Shikaji and Sajin back at the restaurant-- she could have done the same to Kyousuke. If only someone knew some sort of limitations on the technique that would help them pinpoint where he might have been sent.

In a surprising moment of gratitude, the Jashinist thanked Kanbe for inviting her out there. Her eyes darted to the ground as she spoke, unable to keep eye contact. "Yeah, of course." Kanbe spoke genuinely and softly to his teammate, a rare contrast to his usual tone. Although, lately it had begun to feel like this kinder, more compassionate tone was seeing use with Ty Lee more and more. "To be honest, I needed to talk too. I--" His sentence was interrupted by the arrival of their server, a brunette, older woman with a deeper voice. She provided them complimentary cups of water while introducing herself. When asked what he wanted, Kanbe ordered a mixed assortment of yakitori sticks, coupled with a sweet sauce to coat them in. The dish looked appetizing with an assortment of meat types as well as a small helping of fried vegetables as well. "Make that two, please." He ordered, gesturing over to Ty Lee. He paused for a moment, looking over to her to double-check that she wouldn't object. Once their orders were taken care of, Kanbe returned to his previous thought.

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Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 1:00 am 
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Taking her eyes off the floor, Ty Lee was more intrigued by Kanbe's choice of words than most things. What did he need to talk about? Was this the moment, when he finally confessed that he was wrong about her? That he was in love with her? Pft, even if he was she didn't love him back. No, not at all. She thought about turning him down, feeling that momentary rush of power that came from rejecting someone, but could she actually do it? Probably. Maybe. Maybe. As she thought of all the scenarios that could play out after those words, they were interrupted by a waitress with the audacity to do her job. Glasses of water were placed in front of them and Kanbe ordered something that sounded pretty okay. Meat, in any way, sounded good after her vegetarian meal back at the first restaurant. She still thought it would taste like cardboard, but at least it would be cardboard meat.

She raised her hand preemptively to order the same, but Kanbe cut her off and did it for her. She lowered her hand and gave him a puzzled look, "Yes please, make that two." She waited for the waitress to leave before fiddling with one of the napkins on the table.

"Why'd you do that?" She asked, more out of shock than anything.

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
Raiton

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 2:17 am 
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Reaching forward with a firm grip, Kanbe brought the glass of water up to his mouth. As focused on the tasks at hand as he was, the Hokori had seemingly forgotten to hydrate himself as much as he should. In the overbearing heat of the desert, such a thing was extremely important. It was only now, feeling that cold, refreshing rush of water sliding its way down that he realized how thirsty he had grown. Placing it down with a satisfied "Ahhh," his attention turned towards Ty Lee, who expressed surprise at him ordering for her.

He shrugged his shoulders, dismissing what he had done as anything major. "What? I figured I'd just skip a step." He answered matter-of-factly. He shifted one of his wrists to point a finger in Ty Lee's direction. "It's what you normally do. Like this afternoon when you ordered the Shochu that Arid got, or last week when you ordered that, uhh ..." Kanbe's voice dropped off for a moment as he tried to recall what it was. The group ate frequently enough that some of their meals had a habit of blending together. "Oh, the spicy curry. Yeah, the one that Ayane got." It had taken awhile for Kanbe to notice it, but ever since he had grown more receptive to Ty Lee, looking at her more as a teammate than the Jashinist side of her, some of her smaller habits had become clearer to see.

"I hope you weren't planning on breaking the pattern this time." He gave a soft laugh, feeling a slight flush of heat to his face as he contemplated if he had been too presumptuous. Kanbe couldn't deny that he would feel a little bit foolish to have pushed her into ordering something she didn't want.

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Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 12:03 am 
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Ty Lee sunk into her chair. She had expected that, one day, someone might pick up on her habit of ordering the same as another member of the team, but she had never expected it to be Kanbe. No," she began, "I was planning on ordering whatever you did." She scrunched her face up, as if debating if her nose was itchy or not before it settled into it's normal look. She traced her finger around the rim of her glass, not yet wanting to take a drink but needing something to do with her hands. "Do you wanna know why I always order what someone else does?" She asked, eyes flicking up from the glass to Kanbe. She waited for his answer before replying, saying the same whether he said yes or no.

"It's so, when this is all over," she tore her eyes from him, "when I can't remember the faces or the names, I can at least remember the taste. When I have shochu, I'll think of Arid. When I have spicy curry, it'll be like Ayane never left. I've never been a picky eater and I never found a favorite dish of my own. Through you guys though, I've had some great food and greater times." Her finger trembled as it continued to round the rim of her glass but that was the only tell that she was holding back something more than just an explanation of her habit. "I know that you and I don't always agree but, in some far off town years and years from now, I'll be eating yakitori and it'll be tonight again. If only for a little while."

She smiled. She smiled with tombstone teeth that held the graves of so many dead dinners, dead drinks, and dead teachers.

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
Raiton

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 1:01 am 
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Seeing her slump down further into her seat, Kanbe internally worried that she was offended after all. That feeling was somewhat alleviated upon hearing her admit that his observations were correct, that she was planning on ordering the same thing as Kanbe. With that in mind, her reactions came across more as an embarrassment at being caught. That gave Kanbe the briefest laugh, hidden away under his breath so as to not drive the concern in deeper. What followed was a question that he hadn't considered: why was it that Ty Lee always ordered the same thing as someone else? "I hadn't thought too much on it. Why is it?" He responded, taking a gulp from his glass before propping his chin up between his fingers. He listened intently as she spilled the reason.

It was strange to hear such a sad story for what he had thought nothing too serious of. Like many of the Jashinist's struggles, it fell back to her immortality. The cursed fate to outlive all of your friends and family was one that weighed heavily on Ty Lee's mind. Despite having heard of the pain that the circumstances cast on his teammate's conscious, it still hadn't become any easier to find the words to answer with. "I ... Didn't know." He replied quietly at first, temporarily filling the space with sound while he considered a more fulfilling response. "If it helps bring back good memories, then I guess I'm all for it. But ..." It wasn't something he had ever been able to offer, but the recent events surrounding the mysterious Shikaji left the gnawing thought on the back of the Hokori's mind. This was how he would broach the subject.

"... Do you think that there's a chance that we won't ever be 'all over'? That we might find our way back even if we get separated?" The words themselves were vague, but Kanbe figured that Ty Lee would understand the connection to Shingen supposedly returning to them. As he broached the subject, there was a tinge of conflict brewing across his face, a crease on the forehead as he strained to solve his confusion.

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Strength: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Minor Adv. w/ Ken)
Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
Kyujutsu Specialist
Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
Wind Release
Dust Release

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:58 pm 
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Kanbe's words stopped her finger's path around the rim of her drink. Wrapping her hand around the drink, she tapped it off-time. A moment passed in silence aside from flesh meeting glass. "You mean like how Shingen managed to?" She asked bluntly. It was a thought that needed to be voiced, like a lake threatening to flood held back only by a dam made of toothpicks. Death was something she thought herself knowledgeable of. It had been her religion, nearly her life, until this point and in one brief dinner her idea of it had been turned upside down. While Yui had mentioned reincarnation more than a few times, Shikaji was no newborn. He was the same age as Shingen, so how could anyone explain that kind of thing? The entire idea brought her beliefs into question, her worldview into disarray. More than anything that pained her the most.

"I don't have my hopes too high for that." She said after another thoughtful moment. Her eyes moved to meet Kanbe's, soft and honest. "I'm not that lucky." Her lips moved to smile but stumbled along the way. A small quiver moved through them before they fell flat once more. "I appreciate the thought though, really. I envy you, Kanbe, for not being like me. The desire to die can be an addicting drug, but the will to live can be a euphoric struggle." She paused, lowered her eyes, and finally managed to smile. "It's been a long time since I've felt that struggle..."

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Strength: Proficient (Minor Advantage w/Buki)
Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
Ijutsu Expert
Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

Meiton
Raiton

Weapons List:
Steel Johyo
10x Shuriken
10x Kunai
10x Explosive Tags
3x Scrolls
4x Smoke Bombs
150x Makibishi


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:00 am 
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He didn't even have to say it. The same, lingering questions were on Ty Lee's mind as well. "Yeah ... Like him." Kanbe replied in a somber tone. He inhaled deeply before letting all of that air out of his lungs, hoping that it would relief some of the stress and tension that gathered in his bones. He kept his focus sharply on his comrade, listening to her as she brushed off the idea. His thoughts weren't met with any logical reason why it wouldn't be so, only that it wouldn't happen because she wasn't lucky enough for it to be so. Kanbe's lips curled downward ever-so-slightly at that; for so long her life had been hellish for her, he only wished that things would flip around for the Shikome. For a short time, Kanbe had been fooled into thinking everything was getting better.

And then Shikaji and Rei stormed in.

Under the table, his hidden hand tightened into a fist, squeezing out some of the anger he felt in his chest. He then released, loosening up for the continuation of the conversation. "Ya know, I sometimes wish that, just for a day, I could live in your world, see the world the way that you do. There's just ... So much that you've gone through, so much that you're still going through, and I feel like I could never really understand it." He paused, considering the elegant sentence that she had constructed regarding the differences in their situations. The will to live is a euphoric struggle, huh? Truthfully, he hadn't thought of it that way; it was certainly a unique perspective. "I know it's not the same, but at the very least if you don't have to deal with trying to actually survive, you can still cling onto the will to live in the way that makes you happy-- with the people that you want to be with, doing the things that you want to do." It was different, but it was at least something to possibly grasp for comfort.

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Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
Kenjutsu Specialist
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Ninjutsu Expert

Elements:
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It took her off-guard. It floored her. The breath exited her chest in one quick huff. Never did she think she'd hear Kanbe say that he would want to spend even a moment the way she did. Her hand slid to the table and her lip trembled. She knew he was trying to be kind, to assure her that things weren't as bad as she thought. She knew he was trying to help. Knowing didn't matter though.

Her trembling lip turned into a thin line as she locked eyes with him. "Don't you ever say that." She said quietly but with the full brunt of anger that came with a shout from the top of your lungs. "People like you, and Arid, and Ayane, and Nensho, people like you should never spend a moment in my life." She said softly, the anger in her voice gone as quickly as it came. "I'm glad you don't understand. If you did..." her hand clenched into a fist, "things might go back to the way they were, when you couldn't even look at me."

She did her best, but there was no holding back the tear that rolled down her cheek as she said the last few words. Quickly she wiped it away and sniffed back the rest that threatened to break free. "You're wrong though." She laughed. "Every day I have to try to survive. It's so hard to wake up in the morning and even harder to go to sleep at night. Sometimes I think about just walking to some place no one will find me and staying there. A statue dedicated to all the mistakes I've made in my life, now and to come." She moved her hand closer to Kanbe's.

"I know one thing though. Meeting you and Shingen, Arid, Nensho, and Ayane..."

"...was the best thing to ever happen to me."

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Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

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Fuinjutsu Novice

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The rising fury in her sharpened tone was startling. Although she kept her voice down to a whisper, each word was lashed out with razors lining the edges. She reprimanded him for his desire to understand the world that Ty Lee had grown up in. It stunned him momentarily into silence, his gaze catching hers as he struggled to take hold of any words that seemed appropriate. He couldn't quite agree with her hypothesis, that in doing so he'd revert to their earliest days when he could hardly stand being in the same room as her. Yet, he erred on the side of caution, diverting away from the conversation that triggered the tears welling up in her eyes. "I'm sorry." He finally answered, his own voice soft and calm. It was an apology grounded not only in the present, but in all of their history as well.

The Jashinist continued on, her hand sliding across the table closer to his own. He didn't pull away. The loving sentiments she shared were ones that he already knew, yet nevertheless were always touching to hear. Her story was a tragic one; being able to sprinkle in some happiness into each day was something Kanbe found to be very rewarding to his own satisfaction. In one motion, his hand moved forward. Larger than Ty Lee's, his calloused hand lightly rested itself atop hers, cupping most of her hand underneath. "I'm glad you choose to stay ... I know I couldn't have made that decision an easy one in the past." His hand rose up, patting the back of hers once before returning to its original position. "Nothing worthwhile comes without effort. You, me, and the rest of the team-- after everything we've been through, our connection has grown into something far more than I ever thought it'd be."

His attention was pulled away afterward for a split second, his eyes flickering off to the side where he saw their waitress across the room, walking around from table to table with a large tray in hand. In one spot were what looked like Kanbe and Ty Lee's plates. However, she was still a ways off. The Hokori's full focus returned to his teammate, unwilling to be distracted from this conversation.

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Constitution: Masterful
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Masterful (Epic w/ Ken)
Dexterity: Masterful (Major Adv. w/ Kyu)(Epic w/ Ken)
Wisdom: Masterful (Epic w/ Eagle Eye)
Tracking: Legendary with a Major Advantage (Godlike Minor Adv. w/ Eagle Eye)

Fighting Styles:
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The apology startled her, as much as her anger had seemed to startle him. She waved it off as nothing. "I'm sorry too, I shouldn't have lashed out like that." She knew more than anyone how awful the world could be. She knew the deepest corners, the shadiest men, and the most blood-soaked sands. Kanbe was no stranger to awful things, but there were atrocities out there that she was so happy he'd never have to see. She had seen the light fade from eyes like his once.

Then her mind was blank.

A weight lie on her hand and even though she stared at it, inspected it with the scrutiny of a jeweler, she couldn't believe it. She stared even as he spoke, her eyes never leaving his hand. It was warm, calloused from years of swordsmanship and kyujutsu but it still had a softness to it. Her hand felt small in his but that smallness brought comfort. If ever her hands were full, she knew his hands were large enough. As it started to leave she wavered. He pat her hand and began to pull back, telling her that he was glad she didn't become the statue she had thought so many times of being. His attention pulled away for just a moment, probably toward the waitress but Ty Lee took it as an opportunity. Her hand moved forward, wrapping around Kanbe's if he allowed. She moved to twine her fingers with his. A thudding in her chest thundered so loud that she was sure Konoha could hear it.

"Could we...hold hands some more?" She asked sheepishly, "Even if you're just pretending." It felt pathetic to say, but now she could use the warmth. Even if Kanbe had to pretend to enjoy the moment that didn't mean she did. Even if he went home and scrubbed any remnants of her from his hand, it was better than nothing. How long had it been since anyone held her?

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Constitution: Epic (Legendary w/Jashinism)
Stamina: Epic
Reflexes: Masterful
Coordination: Masterful (Epic w/Buki, Ninjutsu, and Ijutsu)
Wisdom: Proficient

Bukijutsu JoaT Specialist
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Ninjutsu Expert
Fuinjutsu Novice

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Weapons List:
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