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May. 4th, 2010

Who: Asano Rin (revengeisalie ) & Shimizu Raikou (pinktintedgamon ).
Status: Ongoing, closed.
Style: Prose, present tense.
Where: Raisato.
When: Week 5, Day 4, early morning.
Rating: PG.
Warnings: None, so far.

The grass was still heavy with dew, little droplets that soak through socked feet and weigh down hakama ever so slightly. It doesn’t matter though, not to Raikou.

No, he’s too caught up in the dance, the white-light flash of the first rays of sunlight off the smooth edge of his gamon as he works through kata after kata. Every move is sharply fluid, exactingly precise as Shirogamon sings a shrill note each time the blade cuts through the air.

It’s a familiar dance, one that he can sink into – a moving meditation.


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May. 7th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
He'd been aware, on some basic level, of the girl's arrival, though he made no show of it since she hadn't attempted to greet or otherwise interrupt his morning training. Instead he bent all of his focus on the intermediate kata, the blade a natural extension of his arm, each sharp sweep and thrust utterly controlled, every twist, turn, duck, and roll of his body fluid, precise.

Rude or not, he stayed in a continuous state of motion until the steely glide of metal hid the blade, nestled safely within its saya once more. Only then did he glance up, a light sheen of perspiration on his sharp features and a polite smile gracing his lips. He inclined his head in a respectful bow before calling softly, "Good morning, Rin-san. I trust you slept well?"
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May. 10th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
“Every morning since I was a child,” shot back Raikou before adding with a wry smile, “I’m afraid some things are simply too ingrained to let go and really, it feels good to work on the familiar forms.”

Soft steps through tall grass brought him closer to the young woman, until he was standing a respectful distance before her. As he walked, he studied her covertly, checking for signs of stress or weariness, seeing nothing that stood out glaringly. So he arched a brow and asked jovially, “And you, Rin-san? Are you always such an early riser?”
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May. 13th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
“Well, Rin-san, if you really want me to train you, might as well get used to it!”

Raikou smiled easily then, one hand resting lightly on the hilt of his katana, the other waving between them as he laughed softly. There was a touch of genuine amusement as he teased gently, “After all, I remember the promise I made you. Unless, of course, you’ve no desire to learn the way of the sword as an adult.”

He wasn’t sure, honestly, if it was the right thing to do – to remind her of the offer. What happened after…he’d been so busy trying to take care of Yoite, and then Gau’s arrival, and be the time he was able to try to help her, she had no need.

But it was the promise made as a child, combined with the threat of that warped and twisted being that had had him making a set of bokken to use as a first step in training.

If she wanted.
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May. 13th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
“In that case,” smiled Raikou as he waved lightly ahead of him, as if offering her the path before them, “Would you like to take a walk with me? I have a pair of bokken made, waiting to be used back at my house. We can be back here in an hour and train a bit after breakfast if you like.”

His heart was relieved to see her enthusiasm though, because to him, she needed a stronger method of defense if she was going to have to suffer the ghosts of one such as that man. It still baffled and confused him why in the heavens the gods felt it necessary to bring him back.

Because so far as Raikou was concerned, that ‘Joker’ displayed a continuous sense of depravation, didn’t hesitate to torment and kill for anything other then an irrational whim. There was no balance left to that soul and as such, would be one long since deemed in need of severe punishment.

This world truly made little sense to him.
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May. 17th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Raikou’s smile was warm as he started walking, automatically taking a step to walk at a proper distance from the young woman. “It won’t take us long – just a quick trip to Hisato so that we can get the bokken…or if you like, to that grove of bamboo on the opposite side of the Strahl so that I can show you how to make them for yourself, should the need arise.”

Either option worked for him – because either way, it’d give him time to gauge her actions, her reactions, and determine just how deep her resolve ran. It would be an exceptional waste of time if she wanted the training, but was unwilling to put forth the effort needed and there was far too much going on to simply waste time that could be spent put to better use elsewhere.

He found he rather hoped her resolve measured up to her apparent enthusiasm.
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