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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:22 am 
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Sporting a mauve umbrella, Shouko made her way down the streets toward the harbor. She had asked Taiyo to meet her this afternoon a few days prior and was unlucky enough to have rain attempt to delay the plan. In the Land of Water though this wasn't an uncommon occurrence and long ago the Sumi had purchased a rather sturdy umbrella that did more than it's job at keeping her dry. Still she was dressed in a few layers, mostly visible though was a beige pea coat, a pink scarf poking out from it's collar, and a long beige skirt that ended past her knees.

She almost skipped in the water enjoying the rain for what it was as she moved to their meetup location. Since coming back from the war her visits with Taiyo, and subsequently Tsuki, had been scarce and scattered but that was to expected. As heirs to their clan in wartime it was obvious that they'd have better things to do than simply visit with an old friend. Today was different though, she made sure of it. Almost a week of planning had been put into today so she could really get to spend some time with the members of her team, that is if Tsuki was going to show up. Lately it had appeared that the Kazehana member of her team was more and more involved with clan activities and just couldn't find time for their small meetings.

Upon finally reaching their meetup destination, the beach where they all first really met that training session with Ryoka, she stood and overlooked the ocean. She couldn't help but smile knowing how far all of them had come in the last three years. She only wished that it could slow down some. Things were going so fast that it was hard to keep up with. She needed this reunion with Taiyo more than he probably would ever know. Ryoka had been gone for most of the year though her doppelganger was near perfect and if she wasn't one of the only people the Mizukage trusted that information with she wondered if even she could have told the difference. But she did know the difference and it left her kind of hollow these last long months.

Her smile widened as she noticed a familiar signature enter her range and it took everything she had to not turn to face the direction he was walking from.

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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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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:49 am 
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No matter how often the thought crossed his mind, it was always weird to him. The Hōzuki clan heir, a man whose being was made entirely of water, hiding from the droplets of rain that fell from the sky. Taiyō held firmly onto a light-blue umbrella, keeping it close overhead and tilted backward slightly. A strong gust swept through the island, pushing at his back as if it were urging him to put more speed into his step. Truth be told, the occasion was an exciting one, placing a warm smile across the Chuunin's face. It had been awhile, but Shouko had scheduled a meetup for the two of them.

It had been far too long since the duo met up. Part of that came from the fact that they had moved past the rank of Genin-- that, in combination with Ryoka having left the village for some time, left their team activities to a bare minimum. While they met up from time-to-time in order to complete missions, team activities were certainly less than they used to be. And then, there was another reason. The second one was one Taiyō imposed upon himself. After the events that took place a year ago, when the war was first announced, Taiyō found it hard to stand so complacent in the ninja world. The fear that had stuck deep in his core at the thought of war sickened him, and although their night together in a cave with Tsuki on the way back from the Chuunin Exams had served to strengthen his resolve to conquer that fear, he still had to acknowledge the power distance between him and his allies. After having reunited with the Kirigakure gang in Kemurikage, he heard tales of the awe-inspiring might of the Jounin Kyo and his very own teammate: Sumi Shouko, the Gentle Breeze. Having heard the tale of how his teammate dove into the fray to rescue Kemurigakure, striking Konohagakure's jinchuuriki with a mighty, piercing arrow, Taiyō couldn't help but feel as though he had fallen far, far too behind.

That led to a doubling of his resolve, working with great dedication day-in and day-out in order to catch up to his peers. Knowing the areas that he sorely lacked, the Hōzuki worked to strengthen the areas that he did boast talent in order to make the most of the hand he had been dealt. In fact, his family life had grown better since his promotion, too-- seeing his son accomplish something, Taiyō's father seemed to lighten up, turning more supportive of his son's skills than previously. With that support overseeing the young man's training, the Chuunin found his skill in puppetry increasing exponentially. Still though, it wasn't enough.

A break in all of the training was well-received. As Taiyō's sandals first touched the sandy grains of the beach, he hastened his step happily, eyes searching and soon spotting his teammate. His free hand waved towards her as he called out over the downpour: "Shouko-chan! Hey!" He hustled over with a jog, stopping beside her once he was a couple of feet away. "Great weather for a meetup, isn't it?" He mused, letting out a soft laugh as he held a hand out from underneath his umbrella, feeling the soft pitter-patter of the rain droplets against the palm of his hand.

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Name: Taiyō Hozuki
Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

Stats:
Strength: Average
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:39 am 
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Excitedly the Chuunin turned to face her old teammate and gave him a wide grin, giggling at his joke about the weather. "Hi Taiyo-chan, it's been a while huh?" She bowed her head and took a few steps forward to hug him, awkwardly shuffling her umbrella around to do so. Afterwards she pulled herself away and held a hand out into the rain. "It's been like this a lot lately, but you know what that means? It'll be even better when the sun comes out." She tilted her head and looked the boy up and down. It was crazy to think of how young he had been when they first met and how he looked now. She could really see a difference in Taiyo and wondered if she had a similar drastic change from their first meeting.

"Tsuki busy again today?" She asked as politely as she could. Part of her felt bad for asking Taiyo away from her if that was the case. The year without Ryoka had left her especially sensitive to what it felt like to leave someone you cared about behind. Obviously Taiyo and Tsuki's situation was different but there were enough similarities there to concern her slightly.

After he replied she hmm'd and then smiled playfully, "Hey, I have a gift for you by the way. More like a promise I finally was able to finish, close your eyes, kay?"

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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)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:19 pm 
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The awkward shuffling of umbrellas was two-fold, with Taiyō caught unprepared for the hug. For a short moment as his teammate's umbrella bumped against his, he fumbled the handle. It was only thanks to his natural, dexterous hands that he was able to regain a firm hold on the umbrella before it fell away from his grip. Choosing to play it off rather than bring attention to his clumsy display, the Hōzuki heir remained quiet, moving his hands gently around Shouko's back to return the warming gesture. Letting her go at the appropriate time, the young man took a step back as well. "That's true. I prefer it this way, but a change of pace every now and then is refreshing." He replied, diverting his attention away from Shouko when he noticed how she was looking him up and down. "What, is there something on my clothes?" He asked with a concerned tone, dropping his gaze down to look over his pants. While he had moved beyond his stammer long ago, the self-conscious part of him proved harder to overcome.

"Yeah, she's busy at home. Her parents are coming home tomorrow from a long mission; she wanted to surprise them by cleaning the place up." They were really lucky to have Tsuki as a daughter. Taiyō couldn't help but imagine how wonderful of a job his fiance would do. When she set her mind to a task like this, there was nothing that could hold her back from success. Later on, he was planning to stop by and lend her a hand-- that is, if it wasn't already spotless by the time he arrived. His thoughts were interrupted by a request that had caught him off guard. "A gift? Shouko-chan, what for?" He asked, happiness in his voice being a byproduct of the sudden generosity.

"Do I need to put a hand out?" The young man's eyes closed tight. Dropping his free hand down to his pants, he wiped them off to rid them of the water quickly before placing it out, closer to his body to stay underneath the umbrella's protection.

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Name: Taiyō Hozuki
Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

Stats:
Strength: Average
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:54 pm 
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A small laugh under her breath came when Taiyo said he preferred the rain. She couldn't fault him, he was made of water after all. The short time she had spent Assimilating water had been pretty eye-opening to what Taiyo went through every day. The small laugh turned into a full one when he seemed concerned about her look and moved his attention down to his clothes. She shook her head playfully, brown hair bobbing softly with the movement. "No, nothing like that. It's just," she clapped her feet together in the sand, "you've grown up a lot Taiyo-kun."

The reason for Tsuki's absence sounded exactly like how she remembered the Kazehana to be. She smiled softly, "Typical Tsuki. Tell her parents I send my best wishes and I'm glad they made it back safely when you get the chance." It really was nice to know that two of the more predominant clans in the village were left to two of the most trustworthy and hardworking people she knew.

"Yeah, hand out, and don't peek!" She said excitedly before moving closer so his umbrella was over hers. If water were to ruin the gift she'd be so sad. Carefully she unbuttoned the top of her pea coat and reached in with her free hand before pulling out a frame and handing it over to the Hozuki's extended hand. "Okay, okay, the suspense is killing me, open your eyes!"

When he did he would see a portrait in his hands, redwood frame decorated with cherry blossom leaves carved into the wood and painted so realistically that it almost looked like if you held it up they would fall to the sands below them. Inside the frame was, quite possibly, the most intricate painting of Shouko's life. Taiyo and Tsuki were shown, facing one another with hands clasped in the center of the painting. Behind them was the details of the small cave they had spent their moments after the Chuunin Exams in. The details were so immaculate that they seemed to leap off the page, and that's because if he were to remove the glass of the frame, they would. It was a painting technique she had been working on over the last year but she had finally nailed it. She was able to implement her clan's ink into her paint and create three-dimensional paintings!

"Tsuki gave me the details on what happened after we split up from the Land of Iron. I told you when we were doing that mission about the Darkeater that I'd paint you guys a portrait. I'm sorry it took so long."

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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)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:23 am 
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It was almost embarrassing to hear Shouko remark on how he had grown so much older. "Ahh, do you think so?" He spoke softly, scratching at his cheek momentarily as he averted his gaze. While he wasn't a stranger to hearing those words spoken, they normally only came from Tsuki. It was something she had told him many times throughout the years. When it came from her, it made sense; her affection and admiration of Taiyō beget praise like that often. To hear it from someone else, though, someone not in love with him-- that was an impactful surprise. I suppose I have, huh? He mulled over the idea to himself. In his heart, he believed it too. Taiyō just didn't expect it to show to others so immediately.

"Will do! I'm sure they'll be glad to hear you're doing well." Taiyō promised before shutting his eyes and placing his hand out. A couple moments went by to build the suspense, all vision cut off as the Hōzuki heir pondered what the gift could be. Something way laid down gently in his hand, immediately prompting him to gather what clues he could. It had some weight to it, and from the texture of it ... That's definitely something wooden. He deduced, being all too familiar with the feel of polished wood from his puppet craftsmanship. As soon as he was told he could open his eyes, they snapped open, anxious to get a look at the gift.

"Shouko-chan, it's, it's ..!" He began to exlaim, his eyes wide as they darted around, taking in every aspect of the frame and the picture inside. A light rose hue touched his cheeks when he saw the subject matter of the picture-- it was him and Tsuki, sitting so closely to one another, hands locked with each other's. Each detail was so perfectly crafted: the shadowing cast by the dim light they had, the effect of the pouring rainstorm on their clothes and their hair, the fever-pitch emotions that the two felt that night. Without a doubt, the picture was a portrait of the two that night in the cave, just before they set out to Kemurigakure to ensure all of their friends returned home.

For a few seconds, no words could find a voice to guide them out from Taiyō's body. However, his expression painted it all: the slightly dropped jaw showcased the magnitude of his unsuspected shock, and the glimmer in his eyes displayed the glee he felt. "That night ... It was a roller coaster, but it was also one of the happiest ones. Tsuki really helped me to come out of my shell, you know?" He spoke fondly, remembering the courage he had worked up that night. Even though it was put on hold until the night that they returned to the village safely with Shouko and Ryoka in tow, that was the night he worked up the courage to profess his love, finally building up to the readiness to lay a kiss onto her lips.

Taiyō wouldn't have been able to curve the wide smile down from his face even if he wanted to. He looked up to Shouko. "It's ... It's so real, Shouko-chan. If I didn't know you weren't, I would have thought you were there." He praised her work graciously. "I love it! Thank you so much."

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Name: Taiyō Hozuki
Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

Stats:
Strength: Average
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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Kugutsu Specialist
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:19 am 
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The look on Taiyo's face was everything she had hoped it would be and more. Part of her felt bad that it had taken so long to get the portrait done but seeing his expression now she felt the wait was worth it. She smiled as widely as he did and hopped up and down with excitement. "Oh I'm so glad you like it! I'm just sorry it took so long to do. The technique I used to paint it took a while longer than I would have thought to work out and Tsuki kept giving me new details she remembered every so often and I'd have to start over." She didn't mention that the detail she was able to accomplish was thanks in part to the new eyes she had mastered over the past year or so.

Settling down from her initial excitement her smile moved from full-blown grin to small curves, "I really am glad you like it so much." She turned on her heel, digging into the sand a little bit with doing so. She looked out over the sea, it's choppy surface a perfect reflection of how she felt about being in this spot again.

"Do you remember the last time we were here together? When Ryoka kicked all our butts and did that creepy thing with her spine?" She laughed at the thought of it, and then laughed harder knowing that she know possessed a similar ability with the Black Receivers. "Do you think we've changed much as shinobi since then?"

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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)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:18 am 
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Hearing Shouko apologize for how long it had taken to finally finish her masterpiece was just like her. Taiyō couldn't help but laughing at it. His head shook from side-to-side, whisking away her apologies. "No, no, cut that out. For something like this, I would have waited much longer. It's perfect, Shouko-chan, really. I know how much passion you put into your art; if you had taken any less time, it might not have all blended together so flawlessly." His eyes glued themselves back onto the picture frame, admiring the whole once more before he had to store it away for now. "I would have given you another hug out of sheer happiness, but I'm afraid of accidentally dropping it." That would be a devastating tragedy. It was better to get that stored safely as soon as possible.

"Let's see ..." He muttered, tilting the umbrella's shaft so that he could keep it secure by tilting his head and raising a shoulder up, wedging it into place between his two body parts. With a hand now free, it worked its way underneath his jacket. An observant eye would spot a few small glimpses of his stomach momentarily shifting into water before his hand returned, now holding a scroll that he always kept secured within his person. Deftly unraveling the scroll until he found a section that was open for him to use as a storage place, Taiyō balanced the two items in his hands, carefully putting the frame against the parchment while forming a single seal in one hand. A puff of smoke initiated the sealing, transporting the frame into safety until he could get home. Quick hands worked to re-wind the scroll and place it back underneath his clothing.

It was then that Shouko dragged the two of them even further back through memory lane. "Oh, wow ... Yeah, that was terrifying. I had just gotten out of the academy; I had hardly seen many different types of techniques, so that whole fight was terrifying. Between that, those giant creatures you and Tsuki had made, all of Ryoka-sensei's speed and lightning ... I couldn't believe that I managed to not freeze up during all of that." The young man laughed, thinking back on his early days. While he was far from being able to say he wasn't timid, it was no secret to him that at the beginning of the journey, he was doubly so. He turned backward, lighting pressing against Shouko's arms to motion for her to turn with him. A bony finger pointed out towards a spot just beyond the sand. "It was all right over there, wasn't it? I remember having Hantā fly all around that area while he tossed out explosive tags like crazy. To be honest, that was my only trick back then, so I'm glad it worked." His voice fell into silence, lost in the moment as his memories replayed out in front of him like a vivid dream.

The next question was a surprising one: had they changed much as shinobi? Taiyō turned back to his close friend, eyes wide as he went to answer. "Really? If we're talking you, that's hardly even a question. You've ran miles past where you first started, Shouko-chan. Remember when we first met, back in that classroom? I don't know if I ever told you this, but ... I was actually really happy when we met. Seeing how shy and uncertain of yourself you were helped me to realize that I wasn't the only one who felt that way. The person I met back then, I never expected her to come as far as you've come. You've become so strong-- both as a shinobi and as a person." Taiyō kept a kind, warm-hearted smile across his face. He didn't often give these sorts of speeches (on the contrary, it was normally him receiving them from Tsuki), but knowing that Shouko and him were so alike, it would do her well to hear it. "I'm sure that Ryoka-sensei couldn't be happier with the type of woman you've become."

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Name: Taiyō Hozuki
Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

Stats:
Strength: Average
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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Kugutsu Specialist
Fuinjutsu Novice
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:15 am 
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An interested eye watched as Taiyo pulled a scroll from inside himself. She blinked blankly, unsure why she was surprised by anything anymore. "I bet that comes in handy." She said with a small giggle as he sealed the picture away safely.

She contently listened as the Hozuki recounted his feelings on that first day. It was surprisingly not that much different than how she had felt. "I know what you mean. Honestly if it hadn't been for Tsuki telling us what to do I probably wouldn't have even moved. All the drawings I did were just copying her that day." Wolves and whales, what a combination. She turned with him and smiled as he pointed out the location of the spar. "Yeah, it's crazy to think I hadn't even picked up a bow back then. It wasn't until after that first meeting that I decided I would learn it. I wanted it to be a measure of what I learned from that day."

She had known that was true but never put the two together before. She placed a finger to her pale lips as the realization that she had done so without meaning to hit her. She hadn't even been able to properly pull back a bowstring back then and now she was giving classes at the Academy.

Train of thought derailed she turned to look at her teammate. A nervous blush pressed against her cheeks as he gave a near speech on her growth. It was so out of the blue for Taiyo that it felt heavier than he probably meant it to. She was about to thank him when he added a little more to his praise. It caught her off-guard and she immediately snapped her mouth shut, blush deepening.

"I'm really glad you think so." I really hope she thinks so. "When we met that day I was actually terrified to have you both as teammates. You had each other while I had kind of hopped around different friends, never really settling down. You're both next in line to run some of the biggest clans in the village. I felt so inferior to everyone that day. You, Tsuki...Ryoka. You were all so much more than me. I think if it wasn't because of that I wouldn't have tried so hard. I felt like I owed it to the three of you to be better. To hear you say that you think I've accomplished that," she grinned widely and threw her umbrella into the air, "well that's as good a present as the one I gave you."

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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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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:14 am 
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A laugh tried to escape in response to the bright red hue growing steadily and steadily deeper in his teammate's cheeks. It instead took the form of a wide grin, Taiyō knowing with certainty that he was right in the assumption that he had made a year ago. Back during the Chuunin Exams, and in those following moments when Ryoka announced their plans, the way Shouko had acted and spoke about their teacher had caught the Hōzuki's attention. Until now, it had all been a guess, but seeing the way that Shouko's cheeks grew more rosy upon the mention of Ryoka was practically enough to confirm the suspicion.

The woman went on, adding on to what was said by expressing how many of the same thoughts found themselves reflected in herself. That was something familiar; her ever-present feeling of inadequacy when paired with a team of important figures. Although time and time again Taiyō had hoped to try to help her see past it, it had come up many times. He couldn't blame her-- to stand, ordinary in birth, alongside the heirs to two great families, trained by the strongest shinobi in the village ... It was an intimidating thought. Really, Shouko-chan ... I hope you realize that you've long since surpassed us. Suddenly, his teammate's umbrella found itself tossed in the air during Shouko's display of happiness. A short gasp of surprise was let out from the Chuunin's lips as he saw it caught slightly in the passing wind.

Bending his occupied wrist forward to tilt his own umbrella forward in cover Shouko's head, his free hand whipped outward, extending a thin string of chakra out from his fingertips. Quickly, the string made contact with the thrown umbrella. Withdrawing his finger closer towards his own body, the string dragged the umbrella handle back downward, bringing it back in range to easily grab. He extended it back towards his teammate. "Careful, you don't want to lose your umbrella," Taiyō laughed cheerfully, before returning to the conversation. "I'm glad that that makes you happy, though. I meant every word: you've never been a burden to us."

Taiyō's eyes turned away from her, looking out over the ocean as he thoughts turned inward towards himself. The dropped down for a brief moment, looking over the hand that had cast the chakra string. "I wish I could have driven myself as hard as you have all of these years, Shouko-chan. I know I've changed too, but ... Not as much as I've wanted. I know I still have a long way to go before I'll be content." No, he wouldn't stop until he had the power to protect everyone that he loved: Tsuki, Shouko, Ryoka, and all of his other friends. He wouldn't let himself remain a burden forever.

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Name: Taiyō Hozuki
Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

Stats:
Strength: Average
Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:06 am 
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The feeling of the rain was cool and refreshing and she couldn't help but laugh at Taiyo's reaction. It was so like him to immediately move to that his umbrella covered them both. A thin thread of chakra slung forward and caught her thrown umbrella before bringing it in range for her to hop up and snatch it out of the air. She raised her wrist to her face and laughed into it.

"You should lighten up sometime, break loose, have some fun." She moved the hand from hiding her laugh to pushing lightly on the Hozuki's shoulder. His kind words warmed her heart and left her feeling very content in the moment. He went on to say he wished he had pushed himself as hard as she had and that caused her to stop for a moment. She began to twirl the umbrella between her fingers as she digested his words.

"I guess that's one reason I'm thankful for just being me. If I didn't have you and Tsuki and Ryoka to make me work harder who knows where I would be? Probably still a Genin just catching cats from a tree." As she spoke a part of her felt like she was almost lying to the Hozuki heir. While it had only manifested in the last year and she'd like to think she pushed herself hard in the two before it, something had happened that made her something more than just Shouko Sumi. Her fingers strummed the handle of her umbrella before she furrowed her brow.

"It was because of you guys that I was able to become remarkable. I'm done thinking of how I used to be." Closing her eyes, she took a deep breath and then opened them. Where her usual brown eyes had been lavender pools of rippling rings now took their place. He was the first person in the village she had shown other than Ryoka and she worried about how he would react. Would he even know what it was?

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The laughter was contagious, prompting Taiyō to push back against the side of Shouko's arm after she had shoved him. "Well, excuse me for wanting to keep you out of the rain!" He exclaimed jokingly, allowing the cheery giggling to subside over a few moments before the conversation progressed further. As his friend talked, he tried to picture the situation-- Sumi Shouko, low-level Genin doomed to fetch cats out of trees throughout the prime of her life. He shook his head from side-to-side. "I can't even imagine it. It's hard to believe, but I'm glad that I've made such an impact on you." That was something he could put on his own personal list of achievements. Growing up untalented as he was, the young man had grown used to finding pride in the smaller things.

Taiyō nodded as Shouko announced that she was done with thinking the way she had in the past. As she closed her eyes, Taiyō started to move his own attention away from her, looking in the direction of the grassy fields behind them. But, something caught his attention out of the corner of his eyes, and his gaze found itself drawn immediately back to where they had previously rested. His expression widened in shock as his body tilted itself backwards slightly. "Wha-- Shouko-chan, your eyes!" He pointed up at them with his free hand's pointer finger. "Did you do that? Your eyes just turned all purple. Are you okay?" He asked instinctively, afraid of the possibility that it's something negative. The sudden reveal made it seem less like a reveal of Shouko's own design to him and more like something out of her control.

What exactly was that? His eyes narrowed on the pattern present in her eyes-- just like a pond after something falls in and breaks the stillness, a rippling effect of black rings surrounded the center of Shouko's eyes. Never had he heard of such a thing, leaving him lost in cluelessness as to what exactly it was, and whether it was good or bad.

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Unable to contain her laughter at Taiyo's response she nodded her head fervently to try and calm him down. "I'm fine, I promise!" She managed to say through the giggling. She turned the Rinnegan on him and gave him the same look she always did to try and reassure him. "It's called the Rinnegan and it's this legendary Doujutsu. I'm not entirely sure what it can and can't do but for me I can make these." Holding up her left hand, a black rod pushed itself out of her palm. Catching the Receiver once it was free from her, she held it out to her teammate.

"It won't hurt as long as you don't stab yourself with it. Otherwise it'll hurt a lot and it'll mess with your chakra. I've been working with making them into arrows but they're like, these things I can project my chakra into. I can utilize techniques through them and can sense through them. It's pretty strange but it came in handy while I was in Kemurigakure."

She left out the part about giving one to Ryoka and using it to tell if the woman was alright from time to time. Some things just didn't need to be said. After Taiyo took the time to digest the information she gave him, she smiled softly, tucking a lock of hair behind her ear. "I guess it turns out all of us on Ryoka's team were special in some way."

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It was reassuring to hear Shouko tell him that all was well. Taiyō's look of worry subsided, replaced by one of curiosity and confusion. "The Rinnegan?" He repeated the name, putting a finger to his bottom lip as he tried to remember hearing the term at all. Despite his best attempt, nothing came to mind. Having no knowledge to draw upon, Taiyō paid attention to Shouko's description, noting the black, metal rod that suddenly was protruding from her palm. It was certainly a strange power to suddenly come out of nowhere; hadn't she mentioned it was a Doujutsu? Those normally were passed down by certain bloodlines, right? How did she obtain it?

"Shouko-chan, you were already special." Taiyō dismissed first, waving away the notion. "But, uhm ... Hold on. What?" He asked, a small, shy laugh came out as his free hand fell behind the back of his neck, itching at it for a few moments before dropping back down to his side. "So, how did you get those eyes? Those are your normal eyes, they're the same color and size. Did they just ... Appear? Do you know why?" Taiyō stopped there, not wanting to bombard his teammate with too many questions and risk overwhelming her. "I know I'm not a part of the Sumi clan, but I'm fairly certain a unique eye isn't part of their bloodline." He teased, knowing that it was bound to be unrelated.

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As Taiyo probed about how she gained the eyes she blushed furiously. She couldn't just tell him that they showed up the night she kissed Ryoka, that would bring up more questions than the eyes themselves! Her eyes widened as she struggled and grasped at something to say before finally letting out a long, steady breath. "I uhm, they're my eyes still, yes." To prove that point she changed one from that lavender, rippling hue to her normal brown eye before doing the same with the second and then flashing back and forth a few times. Her control with the eyes had grown much quicker than she had expected over the last year but it was as simple as thinking about it now.

"It's not a part of my clan, at least I'm fairly certain it isn't. I don't know all that much about it. I just found the name while doing some research on it. It doesn't feel malignant or anything like that." She said defensively. His questions were out of curiosity she knew but part of her felt that he was almost attacking her with the questions. Maybe she hadn't shown him after all? It wasn't until she noticed his teasing tone that her worries were put to rest. Of course he would have a lot of questions, she did too. It was just a shame she didn't know the answers. For both of their sake.

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A gentle laugh accompanied Shouko's demonstration of control over her eyes, ping-ponging back and forth between her own, natural eyes and the ringed, lavender ones. Unfortunately, there wasn't much more that she knew about her own gift. "So it's that rare, huh?" Taiyō surmised, closing his eyes for a few moments as he rested his chin in the nook between his thumb and pointer finger. "Well, I'm glad that it's not dangerous to you or anything like that. If you'd like, I could come with you sometime to the library to look for information about it! There has to be something about it in a history book, or ... Some sort of databook." It was hard to believe that there wasn't anything on them. "Most of the special eyes are famous, right? Like the Sharingan, or the Byakugan. There's gotta be something on yours!"

It was undoubtedly hard for Shouko to learn to live with this new power, without an understanding of what it could do or a teacher to fully show her. "Have you tried asking Ryoka-sensei about it? Maybe she could help shed some light." Taiyō offered the suggestion, unsure who else would be a better candidate to ask. Ryoka was the head of the village, after all-- even if she didn't know, she would possibly have an answer as to who would know.

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"I guess it is." She said, laughing alongside the Hozuki heir. She finally settled on two of her own brown eyes and tucked the Receiver away under her peacoat. She smiled as he offered to accompany her to the library but softly shook her head in the negative. "As much as I would like that I don't think it'll do much. I've scoured the entire place top to bottom for anything on Doujutsu. Maybe if we ever go outside of the village to another town's library than there might be more to find out but as it stands in Kirigakure, I've checked everywhere." Her voice was a little defeated as she finished. It was unpleasant to have something she knew so little about. While it had served to be quite helpful in the past and would likely serve to be just as helpful in the future, the fear of the unknown was a hard one to shake.

While she had thought of it, so many times in fact, springing the Rinnegan on Ryoka during their brief interactions during the war was not exactly what she wanted. The two only saw each other for small periods of time and while they maintained their professionalism during those meetings she so desperately wanted to feel the woman's hand in her own, to feel the warmth of her lips again. Looking longingly into the distance she again shook her head no. "I didn't want to give her anything else to worry about. When things settle down and she returns for good then maybe I'll tell her, until then you're the only person who knows so keep it a secret will ya?" She snapped out of her little daze and gave him a quick, small smile, her head tilting just slightly. She knew she could trust Taiyo and was mainly saying it as a way to tease him, but that same edging fear was still there.

What if there were things she didn't know about the Rinnegan? Things that made her a threat to her friends or a target for enemies? For now she thought it best to simply keep it under wraps as best she could. Truthfully one of the biggest reasons she told Taiyo in the first place was that a year of holding in the secret was starting to eat away at her. At least if one person knew than someone knew and carrying the burden of hiding it wouldn't be so hard.

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A small frown formed on Taiyō's face as Shouko expressed how far she had already gone in the quest to search for clues regarding her eyes. The entire wealth of knowledge in the libraries of Kirigakure had already been shuffled through, leaving his teammate with the pitifully small handful of facts that they currently knew. "Oh, that's a shame ..." Taiyō replied with a hint of sadness in his tone, before he turned back towards hopefulness. "That just means we'll have to keep our eyes out when we go out on missions. We'll find more, I'm sure of it." Of course, he had no way of knowing if there actually was anything more that they could find, but his teammate sounded like she could use the uplifting optimism.

Shouko went on to explain that Ryoka didn't know about her Rinnegan either. As of now, Taiyō was the only one that the Sumi decided to confide in. A moment of happiness built in the young man, feeling just a little bit honored that of everyone within the village, he was the first person that Shouko felt that she could talk freely to. Of course, he trusted her wholeheartedly as well; three years ago, Taiyō would have never imagined that he would open up to her as much as he had. He had Tsuki to confide in as well, but having both of them was more than he could have asked for (plus, it helped to have someone other than Tsuki for when the subject was about her). "Don't worry, your secret is safe with me." The Hōzuki heir chimed in sincerely, offering a warm smile along with his promise. "You can trust me." He allowed a couple of seconds for those words to settle in.

"When she does come back, though, I think you should tell her. She cares about you too, you know? 'A good sensei is involved in every aspect of their student's lives.'" Taiyō recited, a line that Ryoka had once told them at this very place. It was during their first training session. It was a speech that the Chuunin remembered well-- being as scared as he was to be under the tutelage of the Mizukage herself, those words helped ease the fright that came with her rank and status. "I know she'd want to do whatever she could to make sure that you're safe and equipped to handle whatever those eyes of yours can do."

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Taiyo's optimism was infectious, and though she had scoured every scrap of paper that might have held something regarding her eyes in the village, she didn't doubt him for a second. "Yeah of course. With the two of us on the case there's no way we won't find out more." Taking a deep breath for the first time without the weight of a secret constricting your lungs was cathartic and so she did it a few times. She did it so much in fact that she almost went lightheaded and couldn't help but laugh at herself. Her head was clearing of it's oxygen deprivation when Taiyo spoke up again. Her head snapped over to him, brown hair waving behind her, as her features softened with every word.

"Thank you I really appreciate that. More than you know." She said politely as she looked back up at the raining sky. He spoke of Ryoka and even quoted her and while he probably did it out of nothing but good intentions it only made her miss the Mizukage more than ever. Of course she wouldn't mind and would probably do whatever she could to help. It was one specific word that Taiyo had used that was the problem. She didn't want Ryoka to care about it because she was the Sumi's sensei. She didn't want Ryoka to be involved in her life only because she was her teacher. A part of her worried about what the woman would think. Would she like how they look? Would she think the lavender hue was ugly? A deeper fear was what the Mizukage would think of her Chuunin that suddenly had a legendary Doujutsu. While she doubted that Ryoka would ever see her that way, the thought of being used as a weapon was one she couldn't shake. It had been made clear that Ryoka was a leader first and a crush second.

That was what scared her the most.

"I plan to tell her when she returns." She said with a softness to her voice that was difficult to place intent to. It was a mixture of excitement to see her again, fear of what had happened during the last year, and worry of what would come of her new power. Time would tell and she was never usually one to fret over things that she couldn't change but this was noticeably different.

"Taiyo-kun?" She asked, turning her brown eyes on him. "What have you been working on the last year since she's been gone?"

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"Of course, I'm glad it helped to hear." Taiyō returned with a warm smile. His gaze lingered on hers a moment longer, trailing it up towards the dark clouds above that poured down onto them. Shouko voiced her agreement, remarking that she would tell Ryoka about the mysterious Rinnegan once she returned. The Hōzuki nodded, content with the answer. He could tell in his best friend's tone that it was a lot for her to handle. Even after relinquishing some of that burden by confiding in him, the topic still held a lot of connotation to her. While Taiyō couldn't glimpse exactly what those emotions she was feeling were, he could fashion some guesses. "Good. And let me know if you need any help, alright?" He kindly requested, wanting to be there for her in Shouko's time of need.

A brief moment of silence went by as the two Mist shinobi stood in the rain. Taiyō didn't mind it-- the embrace of raindrops all around him surrounding his small circle of dryness cast by the umbrella in his hand was comforting. Shouko soon spoke up again, changing the topic suddenly with a question about what Taiyō had been working on in the past year. "Me? Well ... I've been working on getting stronger with the things I know how to do." Taiyō stated matter-of-factly, his tone simplifying a time period in which he was truly more motivated than ever before. "After the war broke out, it began to sicken me more and more each day how much my lack of ability immobilized me in fear. I'm working hard to catch up to everyone else so that nothing bad happens to all of you." Shouko, particularly, played a role in his sudden growth of motivation, whether she knew it or not. To hear her name spread across the land for all that she had done in the opening attack on Kemurigakure while Taiyō was too scared to even come to her aid initially had been tough on his conscious.

"I've gotten a lot better with my puppets now than I was before, though!" His voice perked up at that, the topic being something of a trigger that always lightened his mood. "My father has been helping me practice, and I've gotten a handle on controlling far more puppets than I could before. I've been building more too; Kirigakure recently decided to help fund my puppet supply, so there has been a lot of work to be done." It was a generous act, something that he had hardly believed at first. The puppeteer was sure that Ryoka had something to do with it, wanting to see her student bloom as much as he could. The amount of ryo donated to his cause would certainly help with that.

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Hearing someone you care about talk about something they care about was always so nice. She couldn't help but smile listening to Taiyo's newfound resolve and all of the great things that had come his way. His father helping him with his puppets and even the village helping him to make more. The Sumi couldn't imagine how expensive it was. Then again she probably could with how much she spent on art and music supplies all the time. At least Taiyo's expenses were in thought of the village. He was far more selfless than she was.

"That makes sense, you're a clan heir and a student of the Mizukage. I'm sure both of those things hold just a little weight. I'm very glad to hear that though." She laughed with a wink. She always enjoyed seeing Taiyo use his puppets, even since that first day of training on this very beach. Her paintings and his puppets were similar in a lot of ways but his were far more permanent and durable. Part of her was jealous that his creations got to remain after they were hit but she wasn't daft enough to believe that her own paintings weren't valuable. Too many times her clan's techniques had come in handy for her to ever take them for granted.

There was a silence for a moment as Shouko chewed her bottom lip. Finally she decided to just ask something she had always wanted to know. "Taiyo-kun? How did you and Tsuki meet? What about her made you know that you wanted to be with her more than anything else?" She turned her eyes to the Hozuki, a deep expecting gaze playing in her brown irises.

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A hearty laugh followed Shouko's choice to point out how status likely played a large role in Kirigakure's decision to fund Taiyō's puppeteering. "You know how I don't like to be defined by my position as a clan heir." A sly smile spread across the Hōzuki's face. "But if it's part of why I ended up with these funds, I can let it slide just once." Another brief bout of laughter echoed out from the man's vocal cords. Undoubtedly, his choice of style for combat was an expensive one. If he weren't the future leader of one of Kirigakure's most influential clans, acquiring the puppets he needed would be leagues harder. The thought of slaving away mission after mission in order to afford them was an unpleasant one.

His gaze had drifted out towards the ocean as he contemplated that alternate reality, but was then drawn back when an unexpected question entered his ears. "Huh? How did we meet?" He repeated, scratching his cheek as he trued to recall his earliest memory of her. "Well, it was back when we were babies, still learning how to walk and talk. She's always been there, even in the earliest memories I have." He spoke fondly, a familiar glimmer of affection in his eyes that was always present when he thought about his fiance. "I can't remember it myself, but my parents say that it was during a visit from Tsuki's parents to discuss some sort of village affair. While our fathers did that, our mothers took us into another room to play." There wasn't much more to the story of how they met, as disappointingly simple as it was. The only thing more that Taiyō could mention was that he had apparently been stubborn about sharing his toys back then (a level of selfishness which he was swiftly disciplined into not showing), but that part was better left unsaid.

"As for the second part, thaaat's ... A little bit tougher." Taiyō laughed as he tried to think of an answer, a light blush falling over his cheeks. "It's hard to really simplify love, you know? Especially with me and Tsuki-- I never really had a precise moment where I realized that I had fallen for her. But, well ... I guess it's her strength, her kindness, and her unwavering dedication. Throughout my life, I haven't had a lot of people that I felt were on my side. But, no matter what ... I've had her, standing with that smile of hers. No matter how many times I fell, she selflessly helped me to stand back up stronger than ever. Whether I've needed a shoulder to cry on, a beacon to guide my way, or even just someone to remind me to do simple things like eat, it's always been her." It almost made Taiyō teary-eyed talking about it now and thinking about how far he had come together with Tsuki. When he was a kid, this was a future he couldn't have imagined.

"You know, you wouldn't ever think it now, looking at the two of us. But, back when I was younger ... Being arranged to marry Tsuki someday was something I hated. I couldn't stand having my destiny already decided for me." His eyes darted away, slightly embarrassed by what he was admitting. "Looking back at it, I should really apologize to my parents for all of the trouble I caused them over it. I was, uhm, uncharacteristically rebellious about it." A wide grin spread across his face as he reminisced in his mind.

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"Yeah, yeah, I know, but it's still kind of unbelievable to me. You'd think after these years I would be used to it by now." She laughed, noting how hard it was for her to just believe she was friends with such important people. Her laugh died slowly, naturally before asking how the two met. She listened with an attention that couldn't be swayed. Since the day that she had met Taiyo and Tsuki in that classroom she had wondered these things. How they met, when they fell in love, everything that made them so cute together. It was more than that though. She wanted to know how her friends felt about one another, truly and without holding back. It was a strange want but she didn't question it. She let out a soft "awh" when Taiyo mentioned that Tsuki had always been there, even from the beginning. A love that always was. She adored the story already!

The second part, as she knew it would be, seemed to be harder for her friend to answer. "Oh yes, of course." She replied to his statement of simplifying love. Her eyes softened and lips turned upward as she listened to Taiyo speak of their teammate. It was everything she hoped it would be. Moving, sweet, compassionate, she had known that those feelings were likely there but Taiyo sharing them was really a show of how much he had grown.

"Oh yes, hating something your parents made you do, now that is rebellious. For shame, Taiyo-kun." She said playfully, noting how common it was for that behavior among kids. Shouko turned then and looked toward the village, "Thank you for sharing that with me. I needed to hear something like that." She cut her eyes to Taiyo, "You know what I realized when I was waiting for you today? I think I've told my students at the academy more about you and Tsuki than I have myself. Now I have even more to share with them."

With a deep, heavy sigh of relief, Shouko changed the grip on her umbrella. "It was great seeing you again, Taiyo. I'm glad you liked your present. For now though, I think I'm off to see Ryoka. It's been a long time, y'know?"

She gave him a final smile before tucking a lock of hair behind her ear and made her way from the beach back to the village.

[EXIT]

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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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With time, all things change. Seasons come and ago, and days tumble on like sands through an hourglass - a relentless tide that wore away at the bedrock of history. So, too, was it that things in the Hidden Mist continued to shift, too. The end of one Mizukage's rule, and the beginning of another's. However, when one story ended, another began, and it was today that was the beginning of such a story, a new chapter for the Land of Water. Be it for better or for worse, only time could tell, and time more oft than not was reluctant to relinquish its secrets, for time was friend to no man. Because of that fact, messengers had been dispatched, summoning several persons of interest to the Mizukage's Complex for an important meeting. The note, a tightly furled scroll, written with a flourishing script in black ink, each stroke sharp and precise, contained a friendly invitation.

Your presence is requested immediately at the Mizukage's Complex, the letter began. Sensitive matters of state await you there. More information will be provided upon arrival. The letter was short, though it was signed with a large signature, taking up nearly as much space as the contents itself. Hattori Hanshō, Mizukage. A copy was provided to every present shinobi, marked with the official seal of the Water Shadow.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:26 pm 
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The playful teasing from his teammate spurred a hearty laugh. Taiyō took a step back, feigning defensiveness on the issue. "Hey, it's rebellious for me! You know how strict my father is, that's about as far as I could ever get towards being bad." As his words came to an end, he allowed the space to be filled with more laughter. A warm smile shined on his face. It felt refreshing to talk to Shouko again-- it had been far too long. Having grown up with few friends in the first place, Taiyō had always placed a high value on his friendships, but the bond that he had forged with Shouko throughout their years working together ... That bond was what it meant to have a best friend.

Surprise lit the Hōzuki's face when Shouko revealed what she often told her academy students about: Taiyō and Tsuki. A light red hue painted his cheeks as he repeated it in disbelief. "...Us? Aww, Shouko, that's really kind." It wasn't something he ever really thought would happen; never did he think that he would be important enough for others to tell tales about. The extent to that would be due to his status as the Hōzuki heir, but never did he think it would revolve around who Taiyō was as a person. It was shortly after that comment that Shouko announced it was time for her to head back towards the village. There was a meeting with Ryoka in her future. Taiyō gave her a small, knowing grin. Of course, he wouldn't dare stop her. After hearing Taiyō and Tsuki's love story, it was no surprise that Shouko would want to push towards the next chapter of her own story. "It has. Promise we'll meet up again soon, Shouko?" Taiyō asked, raising his free hand to wave her off. "And go get her." He called out after Shouko had already began to walk away.

The Chuunin chose to stay a little longer, enjoying the tranquility of the rain falling around his personal space. The rushing waves crashing against the shore added to the atmosphere. There, Taiyō remained alone for some time to think. His time was interrupted by a surprise messenger-- he was summoned to the Mizukage's Office under orders of the Mizukage. There was some sort of urgent development afoot. The Hōzuki heir gasped.

The reason? The signed Mizukage wasn't his teacher.

~Exit~

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Age/Height/Weight: 15, 5'5, 105 lb.
Rank: Genin of Kirigakure

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Constitution: Proficient
Stamina: Masterful
Agility: Proficient
Dexterity: Epic
Wisdom: Masterful

Fighting Styles:
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Kugutsu Specialist
Fuinjutsu Novice
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