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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:27 am 
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The day had gone by unlike any other. Arid had officially graduated from the Sunagakure Shinobi Academy (passing with flying colors, no less!) and rushed home to celebrate with her parents. Much to her surprise, though, they had left a note on the front door:

"Arii,

We're so proud of you! There's a cake in the fridge for you-- Papa made it himself! A very important client sent for us, so we'll see you in a few days. Be safe on your first mission!

-Mama & Papa"


The newly graduated brunette glared at the note. It wasn't the first time they've left unexpectedly on important dates for her. She ripped it off of the door and crumpled it into a ball, throwing it into the rubbish bin outside. "Tch... I should have expected this. Shame on me for expecting anything different." She grumbled, heading back off into town. "I'll just celebrate by myself."

As she wandered, Arid came across a tavern that she had always passed by on her journeys to the family shop, but had never actually gone in there. She decided now was a good time to get familiar with the place, seeing as she had reason to celebrate. She entered casually, not bringing too much attention to herself. A bar-top seat beckoned for her, and she obliged. The bartender noticed Arid taking her seat and approached her from behind the bar. "What'll you have, little lady?" He inquired with a smile, glass in hand.

"Shochu, please. Thank you." Arid replied, coolly. The bartender gave her a confused look, furrowing his brow.
"Are you old enough to drink, miss?"
"I'm 19. Just graduated from the academy today."
She easily could have lied to the man about her age, stating that she was actually 20. But she was confident enough in her answer.
"Hrm... Close enough, I guess. Just don't make trouble for my other guests, y'hear?"
The bartender disappeared behind an employees-only door, likely where they keep all of the drinks chilled.

As she waited for her drink, Arid munched on some of the free kaki-pi in a bowl nearby, pondering on what her teammates might be like. Hopefully they'll get along.

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:43 am 
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"Ohngh, this is the place? It looks so boring." Violet hair topped the monk's massive frame as he stood in front of a tavern in the village. He wasn't sure why he was sent here really. He wasn't old enough to drink and he wouldn't anyway as it would violate his beliefs. He was currently sucking on a lollipop, blueberry flavored. He reached up slowly and pulled the candy out of his mouth and with drooping eyes, shrugged. "They sent me here for a reason I guess."

He had just graduated from the Academy, though he took his courses at the monastery for obvious reasons. The idea of a six foot ten monk walking around as a shinobi wasn't one that would probably go over too well. The monks had given him some money and the address to this place, saying that regardless of how it looked on the outside, something worthwhile was on the inside. "Tch."

Opening the door to the tavern he found that, like many places, he had to duck to get through the frame. The people inside grew silent as he entered, apparently they had never seen someone his size before. He gave them all an uninterested glance and made his way to the bar. Booths never really worked for him, his legs were too long. He sat a few seats down from what looked like a living poncho and picked up a menu that looked comedically small in his large hands. He flipped it straight to dessert and suddenly it made sense as to why the monks had sent him here. Right there, at the top of the menu, was the nerunerunerune flavor that was constantly sold out in stores. His eyes widened, though this just put them on par with how normal people's eyes looked.

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:19 pm 
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A few moments pass and the bartender returns from behind the door, carrying a glass of shochu. He made his way back to Arid, sliding a coaster in front of her and placing the alcoholic beverage on top of it. "Enjoy, little lady. Wave me down if you need anything else." he said to her, smiling with the same amount of care as any bartender might.

He noticed the young beanpole sitting a few seats away and approached him. "You definitely look too young to drink. Don't tell me you're trying to pull a fast one on me, are you?" the bartender inquired, a twinge of irritation in his voice.

Arid glanced over at the two men exchanging at the end of the bar, but did not want to seem nosy and kept her eyes to herself. She took a small gulp of the shochu before her. It tasted bitter and dry, like vodka. Definitely had a bit of imo in there, too. The drink definitely wasn't her favorite but it wasn't the worst she'd ever had. The girl was no stranger to alcohol, despite her age. Her parents often let her drink in moderation, so long as they were present to keep a watchful eye and ensure her safety. This time was different, though, as she had no one around to tell her how to enjoy her drink.
Beverage Consumed:
Sunagakure Shochu (Imo)

Sobriety Remaining: 93.20%

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:40 pm 
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The bartender called out as he approached causing the monk to pull himself away from the menu. His eyes returned to their drooping, lazy state and he scratched his chin, "Ooooh?" he said slowly, as if speaking was the most boring thing one could imagine. "Don't be stupid, I can't drink, the monastery forbids it." He locked eyes with the bartender, lower lip pouting slightly as if he had been personally insulted. He stood up from the stool and was suddenly towering over the man. He wasn't intentionally doing anything intimidating but his size tended to do that for him despite his usual bored expression. He pointed a finger to the open menu and leaned across the counter, "Do you actually carry this flavor? I can never find it anywhere."

Nerunerunerune candy was his absolute favorite, he had tried every flavor created beside this particular one. It was the taste that got away. An elusive and legendary thing that he had spent years trying to find and after all his searching, it had been under his nose the whole time? It was so annoying. That must have meant the monks knew about it too. Were they waiting for graduation to tell him or did they just find out themselves? Either way it didn't matter. The only thing that mattered now was getting his hands on that candy.

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:17 am 
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As she kept to herself, Arid continued sipping her drink and took in the remainder of her surroundings. The bar wasn't particularly popular, so it was only natural that there weren't many patrons. A band played to fill the remaining silence as glasses clinked, doors opened and closed, patrons conversed, and drinks were poured. Suddenly the young man a few seats down stood, and it was only then that she realized just how tall he was. He inquired about... candy? Some odd flavor she had never heard of before.

His demeanor was definitely peculiar. Despite his seemingly fit frame, the guy looked pretty slouchy and lazy. Something about his facial expressions and the tone of his voice just struck Arid as that of someone who sincerely did not give a shit.

The bartender instinctively took a step back as the tall monk stood before him. "Nerunerunerune?? Er... I think we have that, but only for pastry garnish..."
Beverage Consumed:
Sunagakure Shochu

Sobriety Remaining: 87.15%

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:44 am 
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"Garnish? That's so annoying. I'll buy whatever it's on, but put the garnish on the side." Truthfully whatever it was supposed to be garnishing would never be as good as the nerunerunerune was alone. It was strange to be used as a garnish though, what kind of place was this? The large boy sat back down and reached into a bag he had with him always. He produced a chocolate bar and began to openly open the thing, despite some of the odd looks other patrons were giving him. He couldn't help but notice that the living poncho had looked his way a few times at this point. He was pretty used to that though. You weren't his size and go unnoticed. He bit down on the bar, holding it between his teeth as he turned to the poncho.

"You don't look too much older than me, why are you here?" He muttered around the mouthful of chocolate before finishing the bite and removing the bar from his mouth. He looked at her lazily, the way a cat looks at just about anything and chewed just as slowly as you'd imagine.

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:14 am 
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The bartender gave the purple stretch a confused, yet submissive smile and said, "I'll be right back with that, then...(?)"

With that, he disappeared behind the illusive "Employees Only" door once again. Arid reached to take another sip when the tall monk finally addressed her on-and-off staring. He gave her a lazy once-over. "Shit... was I really that obvious..?" she mumbled under her breath before looking him in the eyes. "Who, me? Oh. I, uhhh. Graduated from the academy today, and thought I'd come celebrate."

Arid returned his once-over with one of her own, however hers was a tad bit more thorough. His purple hair had been left to drape across his face pretty haphazardly. He dressed plainly, and didn't even wait to finish biting into his candy bar to speak to her. This guy definitely didn't belong here. "What about you? You don't look like you're from this town, much less a usual customer here. In fact, in all my travels, I don't think I've ever seen someone dressed like that before."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:22 am 
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"Oh, you too then? I didn't see you at the academy. That place was so boring though, I barely had to try. I'm from the monastery actually, not this town. Your travels sound boring but I guess it can't be helped." He bit into his chocolate again and turned away from her, "You don't look very strong, Ponchin. Did you work hard at the academy?" The monk leaned back in his stool, straightening his back. Even sitting, his height was staggering.

The way she spoke to him, the accented words and implications, it was all so annoying. "The monks sent me here without telling me why. I guess it was for this flavor. You can't find it anywhere. You're drinking poison though, that's probably why you don't look very strong." He said absently as he took another bite of his chocolate.

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Buddhism Spec

Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:46 am 
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"I'm not sure how I missed you, if you were ever there. Though, since you're from a monastery, I guess it doesn't really strike me as odd that you're giving me a serious outsider vibe." She turned at the waist to face the monk, resting an elbow on the counter and crossing one leg over the other. He began droning boastfully about how effortless the academy was, noting her own past as a merchant as "boring." Sure, it wasn't the most exciting way to spend her youth, but at least she learned valuable life experience, right?

The monk went on to mumble to himself about something, maybe referring to her as something like... Poncho? Pon..chin???

"Say, uh. What was that again? Did you call me a "poncho" or something? My name's Arid, actually. Arid Azahara. What about you, Candy Boy?"

He explained that the monks had sent him to the bar without telling why, and that he presumed it was to locate this flavor he had apparently been searching for. Then he commented on her choice of drink, calling it poison. "To be quite honest with you, this alcohol stuff isn't really my thing. It's more for special occasions than anything else, I don't plan on getting wasted off the stuff."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:03 am 
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"I skipped a lot of classes. The teachers kept talking about hard work and effort, it was too annoying." He didn't turn to look at her despite her turning to look at him. His attention was still primarily focused on that nerunerunerune that would be coming soon hopefully. While he waited, Ponchin formally introduced herself as Arid and threw her own joke name at him. He cut his eyes at her and took a hard bite from the candy bar, "P-on-ch-in." he enunciated clearly around the mouthful of chocolate. He swallowed and turned to face her, "Atsushi Murasakibara."

The poncho-that-wasn't-a-poncho went on about not drinking often or drinking to get wasted and the large monk lost interest in the conversation. At first Ponchin seemed like she might have some fight to her, but turns out she was as boring as her poncho looked. "Is that supposed to make it okay? I hate that kind of thinking. Karma wouldn't look well upon that kind of thing." He popped the last square of chocolate into his mouth, "Say," he chewed slowly, "why are you so old and just now graduating? Did you not try hard enough the first few times?"

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:05 pm 
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"Ponchin, huh?" Arid thought out loud, finally pushing her drink away from her. "I guess I've been called worse names."

The monk, whose name was apparently "Atsushi Murasakibara," had a rather rude manner of addressing people, especially those he had just met. Arid didn't really care, though. There were better things in the world to get offended by. She smirked at him, admiring his way of speech. He continued his thought on her drinking, explaining that in his beliefs, drinking was poison regardless of the occasion. Made sense, in a way. "Y'know I think I like you, Candy Boy. I thought I was the only one in this country who spoke their mind instead of trying to save face."

Murasakibara inquired about the slight contradiction in that she's only just now graduating from the academy at 19 years old. As she opened her mouth to speak, the bartender returned with a rather sizable bread pudding dish, with the nerunerunerune on the side as requested.
"Here you are, sir. Enjoy..." he said with a bow of his head. Before he could turn the other way, Arid waved him down. "Yeah, I'll take the check, please. Thank you." The bartender nodded.

"--Anyway, as I was going to say," Arid continued on. "It took me one try to pass, actually. The reason I'm graduating so late is that for a while, I was a merchant that traveled across the Land of Wind. Got boring, though, so I left the family business and enrolled in the academy."

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:24 pm 
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Ponchin sure did have a way with words. A lot of words. He wasn't one to talk nearly as much as she seemed to want to. She complimented him in his bluntness though and the large monk turned to her, confusion breaking through the boredom. "Oh? No reason to lie to people about how you feel. To be true to oneself comes first. If that truth hurts someone's feelings, then they should change that aspect so the truth doesn't offend them. That, or they should deal with it. They were born without the talent to change themselves. Life is suffering that way, they can only hope that the next life deals them a better hand."

The bartender returned with the dessert and all interest the monk had with Ponchin was thrown out the window. He did notice she'd take the check though, was that her way of evening out her karma? He would appreciate it either way. If she hadn't covered him then he would've had to work in the back to pay for his meal. Ignoring the bread pudding he turned his attention to the nerunerunerune. The first bite was one he could never find boring. "The flavor is so explosive. I can see why this is always sold out." He continued to eat as Arid continued to speak. "That does sound boring, but being a shinobi has also been boring, you just traded one for the other." He savored the candy, taking small bites and chewing as long as he could.

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Buddhism Spec

Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:07 am 
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This Murasakibara guy wasn't half bad. He had a very realistic outlook on life, to Arid. Truthfully, she had the right mindset to be a monk, but it wasn't the life for her.

Her eyes gazed towards his dish. "So, Saki, what's up with your dessert? You seemed pretty pumped to get some of it. Is it your favorite or something?"

She'd never seen it before. While the bread pudding looked delightful, there was a small souffle cup of some sort of goop-y, gummy substance. It was lavender in hue. Must be that nerunerunerune stuff. It didn't have any noticeable aroma, and if it did, it was quite overshadowed by the smell of fresh bread pudding wafting from Murasakibara's plate. He paid it no mind, however, his full attention was dedicated to savoring every last bite of delightful confection goodness.

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:16 am 
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"When everything is boring, you have to try to find something that isn't. Candies can have such explosive flavors, they're the farthest thing from boring, but yest, this kind of candy is my favorite." He said, eating another portion of the food. He had longed for this for a long time now, it was one of his few vices in life. He was always trying to find the next strong flavor, the next delicious treat. He would have to thank the monks for this later.

"What about you, Ponchin? What do you do when things get too boring? You don't have the 'get out there and try' look, just like me." Reluctantly the monk finished the candy and looked at the bread pudding that was left. He didn't hate the stuff, but he knew that after finding the flavor that had eluded him for so long it wouldn't compare. Instead he put a massive hand around the plate and pushed it down to Ponchin. He wasn't going to eat it, would be wasteful if no one did.

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:48 pm 
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With every breath, Murasakibara grew more and more philosophical. He was truly right up Arid's alley. In response to his question about boredom, Arid performed a sweeping gesture with her hand that perfectly translated to "Well.... this."

"I honestly just do new things like this. Truth be told, I've never been to this bar before. Or any bar, for that matter. I just thought I'd come in and try something new for a change, seeing as my previous plans were cancelled--"

She cut herself off, realizing that perhaps she had said too much. She didn't want to unload her baggage on this new guy, but y'know. If he asked, she wouldn't necessarily refuse. Thankfully Candy Boy had unwittingly bailed her out of the situation by pushing the bread pudding towards Arid, indicating that he didn't want it. She quickly used this as an escape and changed the subject. "Not into bread pudding, Candy Boy?"

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--Stats--
Fighting Styles:
  • Ninjutsu Specialist
  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
Elements:
  • Wind
  • Fire


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:56 am 
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The monk looked lazily over to the poncho and shook his head slowly, "No, I love bread pudding." He would leave it at that. Honestly he would have eaten the dessert if he had waited there long enough for the nerunerunerune to wear off his tongue, but Ponchin had offered to pay so she might as well get to eat. He chuckled softly as he noticed how quickly her karma had returned to her. Normally he would've just stood up and walked out after this, but he was feeling up to conversation with the girl. Maybe it was because they had both just graduated, maybe it was because she was older and not entirely unpleasant to look at, or maybe it was because he would order another bread pudding to get more candy?

"What plans did you have, Ponchin? I hate plans, they're so limiting and if they don't go as planned, then they're just letdowns. It's better to just go with the flow."

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Strength: Masterful
Constitution: Average (Major Advantage w/Stancing, Proficient w/Taijutsu)
Stamina: Proficient
Reflexes: Proficient (Masterful w/Taijutsu)
Coordination: Proficient
Wisdom: Proficient
Precognition: Proficient (Epic while Stancing)
Tracking: Epic


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:34 am 
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Unfortunately for Arid, her tall friend had not dismissed the abrupt end to her sentence. He pressed on about her plans despite the apprehensive look upon her visage.

"No no, it's nothing important, just uhh..." she said, trailing off before picking back up a moment later, after she figured out how to say it. "I planned to celebrate with my parents today. Turns out they didn't even show up to the graduation, by the time I got home they were long gone on a business trip. All I got was a cake in the fridge, and a note stuck to the door."

Arid rested her elbow on the counter, leaning in to rest her finger on her forehead in a way that conveyed she was at a loss for words. "I didn't expect or even want gifts or anything like that, I just wanted a bit of praise from the people who taught me to walk and talk. You know?"

She shot up in self-surprise, probably coming to the realization that she just unloaded some personal baggage on a dude she'd never met. "H-Hey, uh... sorry. I didn't mean to get so carried away like that."

The girl felt the awkward tension in the air, ashamed of how much she let out. How Murasakibara perceived it was another story. She wanted to get away from the environment she had just tainted with her own trivial issues. Just as she decided this, the bartender returned with the checks for them both. He turned to Murasakibara first.

"I thought you might like yours as well, so I took the liberty of getting it for you." said the bartender, who was cut short of handing the monk his check by Arid clearing her throat. She gestured for him to bring both checks to her. Bartender-san looked at her in admiration as he dropped the checks in front of her. "Wow, little lady, you're paying for this guy? You must be friends, or somethin'."

She nodded and read their individual checks, counted up the proper ryo and dropped it on the counter. "Thanks for the drink." Arid said to the bartender, then turning to Murasakibara. "So, Saki. Wanna get out of here?"

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  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
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Listening with forced interest, Ponchin revealed that she had come to the bar in order to drink and forget her feelings. He knew that it was a touchy subject, but he wasn't one to beat around bushes. "I wouldn't take that to heart. Your parents go on business trips to make money, they don't do it for leisure. If they weren't there for your graduation because of work then you have to weigh the outcomes. They go to work, get money, pay for living, they don't go to work to see you graduate, don't receive money, go in debt. While it may not be the outcome you wanted, it is the outcome that makes the most sense. As for gifts, you said they left you a cake, whether you believe that to be a good enough gift or not, it was still a gift left by them. Do not take your interpretation of something and attempt to make it truth. Did the note hold no praise, or was it not good enough because it was a note? Something to reflect on, Ponchin."

The bartender approached soon after and the checks were sorted out. Left with nothing more to gain from being there he was about to get up to leave when Ponchin asked him if he'd rather leave with her. "I don't see why not, can't be any more boring than going alone." he agreed as the two made their way outside. Again he had to duck under the door frame as he left, letting out an annoyed sigh as he did so. They stood for a moment in the street as the large monk watched people walk to and fro for a moment. He groaned internally, "If your parents were here, what would you have wanted to do with them?" he asked in an obviously forced tone.

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Murasakibara responded to Arid's melodrama with some words of wisdom. The girl listened to him intently, and with every thought that passed from the monk's lips, Arid sank into her seat a little bit more. She truly thought she was mature, like she was a big girl. Maybe even an adult, in her own eyes. Having someone talk her down in this way... it was humbling. Maybe Arid needed the reality check.

"Do not take your interpretation of something and attempt to make it truth."
"Did the note hold no praise, or was it not good enough because it was a note? Something to reflect on, Ponchin."


His voice rung in her ears, causing her to repeat it back to herself a few times over in her head. This would stick with the young brunette, certainly for the rest of the day, and perhaps even for a long time. "Thanks, uh... you're right. I shouldn't be so selfish." she conceded, following behind the towering monk as he awkwardly ducked to exit through the doorway.

"If your parents were here, what would you have wanted to do with them?" Murasakibara asked in an obviously forced tone. Arid laughed to herself at his demeanor, noticing how uncomfortable he seemed to be with being kind to her. She held her hands up to her face in a "stop" gesture, as informally as she could muster. "I dunno, man. I've had enough of the spotlight, though. You clearly stuck it out in that bar with me, so let me return the favor." she offered. "Let's take a walk on your side of the park now."

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  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
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Looking lazily down on the brunette, Atsushi was surprised that Arid wanted to take a walk in his side of the park now, whatever that meant. He scratched his chest for a moment, tilting his head up to the sky as he thought. "I stuck it out for the nerunerunerune, meeting you was just an unexpected pleasantry. Also, it is okay to be selfish. It's okay to be human, Ponchin. Just keep in mind that sometimes that means we overreact. If we didn't accept that we're human, what would we be?" The monk said absently as he continued to contemplate what he would want to do with Arid. Honestly he had nothing else planned for the day and was likely to just meditate or eat some candy while he read, but those weren't exactly group activities.

"How about this, we'll take turns walking in each other's parks. I have the feeling that you'll want to walk in mine first however, so let's get it out of the way." He turned and began to lead the way toward the nearest park. As they walked, Murasakibara turned his head over his shoulder, "So you're a shinobi, right? What element do you have? Knowing the location I'd wager it's Wind but I once met a man in Kirigakure who used bone and crystal so who am I to assume?"

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"How about this, we'll take turns walking in each other's parks. I have the feeling that you'll want to walk in mine first however, so let's get it out of the way." Arid nodded in agreement, and Murasakibara turned and began to lead the way toward the nearest park. The girl matched his pace, strolling along without any rush to get to where they were going. As they walked, he turned his head over his shoulder, "So you're a shinobi, right? What element do you have? Knowing the location I'd wager it's Wind but I once met a man in Kirigakure who used bone and crystal so who am I to assume?"

"Yeah, Wind seems to be my forte, but I've always had interest in learning a few more. Fire, and maybe Earth in case I get stuck against another Wind-user. Gotta cover all my bases, y'know?" she replied. This small talk thing didn't seem like the monk's cup of tea, though, especially when it didn't pertain to him. In response, she shifted the spotlight to him. "What about you? I know monks don't use ninjutsu, but... what's it like being a monk? I can't really say I know too much about the lifestyle."

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  • Poncho Specialist - "Where's my poncho? I can't exist without my poncho!" ~Arid Azahara
  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
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  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
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The monk raised an eyebrow as Arid spoke. He was unaware that shinobi chose their elements. He had heard it was something they were born with and discovered down the line, was it really a choice? If so he was more ignorant to the ways of his new world than he had once thought. The conversation turned to monkhood and Atsushi frowned softly. "What's it like being a monk?" he pondered aloud, moving the idea around in his head for a bit. After a long moment he started up again, "To me, it's normal. I wouldn't know what to compare it to honestly. It's boring though. You spend a lot of time meditating. You think on things like death and suffering a lot. Life is this cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, and all of it is awful. We have to continue this cycle until we do enough good so our karma eventually lets us into Nirvana. The way we are now, it's only temporary. That's why I believe in natural talent so strongly. I was born with ability above the norm, but that was only this incarnation of me. The one before, the one after, I could be a cripple or I could be born with some kind of deformity. We can not fight who we are now, just like hard work can not fight raw talent. Those born with it and those who possess that natural gift, they will always excel over those who have to rise up. Flowers planted in a garden will grow stronger than those that claw their way out of the concrete. The way life is, it's not fair, but there's no fighting it. If you aren't strong enough in this life, there's always the next, or the one after. Our shortcomings now will be easy later. All things come in time."

The monk stopped his speech, realizing he had gone on a bit of a ramble from such an anemic question. In the time it took him however, they had made it to the nearest park. While it was a park by name, it was still a park in a village in the desert and held what you would expect of it. Sparse trees and resilient bushes littered the area with grass that lived only due to constant watering. The monk turned to Arid and held out his arms, his massive wingspan engulfing the girl in shadow. "This is my park, as you said." Murasakibara turned and sat crosslegged under one of the lonely trees. He waited for Arid to join him but after she did he would close his eyes and straighten his back. "The easiest thing in life is to simply breathe. We do it without thinking, we do it constantly. It is the thing we do with absolutely no thought. To me, all things in life should be as easy. The way that I fight is like that. I do not attempt to be the salmon that swims upstream, but rather I am the immovable stone the river flows around. Like wind passing through the leaves, the leaves move but they do not fall unless the wind is significantly stronger. Come, breathe with me."

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The purple-haired monk's response to Arid's question was intriguing. He had such a way with words, and his outlook on life resonated with the young brunette's own. She listened intently. Murasakibara spoke his mind about what life as a monk is all about, how we were all born with an innate talent, or lack thereof. With every new thought, Arid felt herself agreeing more and more.

It made sense, after all. Arid was born with an almost superhuman talent for ninjutsu. But, was it really just a matter of being born at the right time? Would she really go on to die, and return with less or more talent? It was a humbling thought, that her entire life was quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Concluding his monologue, Murasakibara sat cross-legged under a tree and began meditating, as he mentioned he did a lot of. "Did... Did he think I actually wanted him to take me to a literal park...?" Arid wondered. She didn't mind, though. In a way it was kind of endearing. Kinda cute, as well. In any case, she sat beside him and did her best to imitate his poise. He continued on with his philosophical musings, and it sucked Arid back into his captivating mode of speech that seemed to only show itself when he was speaking on something he was passionate about.

"Come, breathe with me."

And so she did. Taking a deep breath with her eyes closed, she held it for a moment before exhaling. This process repeated a few times, before she quizzically opened one eye and looked his way. "I feel like I'm doing this wrong. Should I be feeling something?"

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  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
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Silence settled between the two as the only sound that accompanied them was deep slow breathing. After a moment however, Arid seemed to question the act. Without opening his eyes, the monk continued his slow breathing. "The fact that you are feeling nothing means you're doing it right. Breathing is simple, it's easy. If you have to try just to breathe then how will you ever amount to anything? It is good that you can do it so easily, there are some who struggle merely to survive in even the simplest of ways." He opened one eye, looking at the girl with a slightly less bored expression than he had previously, "Remember how easy this was, make everything in life as easy. Compassion, thoughtfulness, letting go, all things should come as easy as breathing. That is what it means to truly be talented."

Unfolding his long legs, the monk stretched out under the shade of the tree they were under. He was unsure how much of what he was saying made sense, whether to Arid or himself, but he spoke of what he knew. "So Ponchin, this is what my park consists of. Reflection and understanding, at least an attempt to do so. It's not exciting like I said. It's one of the reasons I chose to be a shinobi. I thought it would be more interesting than breathing." It was faint, but for the first time his voice didn't sound quite so detached. He might have even been mistaken for someone with a hint of excitement in his voice. "What of you and your park? I've told my philosophies, what are yours?"

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For a moment, there was silence. Nothing but the wind and steady, effortless breathing. After this moment, however, Murasakibara responded to her question.

"The fact that you are feeling nothing means you're doing it right. Breathing is simple, it's easy. If you have to try just to breathe then how will you ever amount to anything? It is good that you can do it so easily, there are some who struggle merely to survive in even the simplest of ways."
Arid's mind skipped a beat, hesitating to process what he had set her up for. This simple task, breathing, was a life lesson in and of itself. Now open again, her eyes widened in realization. Murasakibara, on the other hand, had opened an eye himself. A tinge of interest clung to his tone, causing the brunette to question if she had heard him properly. Was he enjoying himself? At the very least, was he less bored than before?
"Remember how easy this was, make everything in life as easy. Compassion, thoughtfulness, letting go, all things should come as easy as breathing. That is what it means to truly be talented." he continued. Arid nodded in agreement, beginning to fully understand what he had been getting at. Once more she closed her eyes, rhythmically breathing as she had been doing before.
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Inhale. Exhale.
...
Inhale...
...Ex.....ha...le........
...
The silence did not return to them for long, as it seemed her elongated friend had enough of the impromptu meditation.
"So Ponchin, this is what my park consists of. Reflection and understanding, at least an attempt to do so. It's not exciting like I said. It's one of the reasons I chose to be a shinobi. I thought it would be more interesting than breathing."For a split second, the monk's demeanor seemed to perk up. Maybe he was actually enjoying himself, after all? Arid did not know him for long, but she gathered that this perhaps was a very rare occurrence. "What of you and your park? I've told my philosophies, what are yours?"

Arid's amber irises revealed themselves once more, and her eyelids narrowed in thought. "My philosophies..." she pondered aloud, collecting her thoughts in real-time. As fate would have it, in the act of thinking, she ended up returning back to the meditative state she had been confused of just a minute or so ago. The next few moments were spent asking herself the same question, in a moment of self-reflection.

Slowly, her eyes opened. "I... think my philosophy is... to always be the best I can be?" the girl dragged out. Like a dependent clause, this thought needed elaboration, and Arid knew this. "--I believe that I need to always be the best me. Whether in combat, or in confidence, or simply being the best I can to myself, I have to accomplish this." she continued.
Thinking back to what Murasakibara had just told her, though, she decided she was still not done. In a way, she was forming her philosophy as she spoke, more-so thinking aloud than presenting a full thought. "Though, I think you're right. That should be second nature, like breathing. I think my goal should be to reach a state in which I can effortlessly be in peak performance. I don't believe I should settle for anything less."

Finished, Arid looked to Murasakibara for approval.

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  • Genjutsu Major
  • Sensory Minor
Attributes:
  • Strength: Average
  • Constitution: Average
  • Stamina: Average (+Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Reflexes: Proficient
  • Coordination: Average (+ Maj Adv., Ninjutsu Spec)
  • Wisdom: Masterful (+Min Adv., Gen Major)
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