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Who: Meguro Gau (tenpa_tantrum) and Asano Rin (revengeisalie)
Status: Closed, ongoing
Style: Prose, Present Tense
Where: Raisato
When: Week 5, Day 7, mid-morning
Warnings: none I'd hope?



This is something Gau has learned, in the past few years. A part of his growing-up, perhaps, this single truth.

No matter what is going on in his head, or what his emotional state is, there is always something that needs to be done. Even more importantly, he knows about himself, at this point, that he likes that.

So on this particular morning, his mind still a jumble from too many confusing dreams and the aftermath of those dreams, he is out and about, working hard.

His sweater vest and tie are nowhere to be seen, but he wears a neat short-sleeved button up and dress pants anyway. His katana swings from his belt, and his usual messenger bag is slung over his body, overstuffed as always.

He darts through town quickly, his short legs taking many small steps, collecting food items and gathering up last minute items and doing his best to be ready for whatever is coming that day.

Plus he has to make lunch at some point. And probably dinner. And...

There's a look of almost panic on his face, as he turns back in the direction he just came from, toward the Strahl, trying to sort everything out.

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tenpa_tantrum
May. 15th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Other people aren't so much in Gau's mind at the moment, because he's focused more on tasks and information than anything. He doesn't notice the person coming toward him on the street, and even as he bumps into her, the lecture is forming in his mind.

What were you thinking, Gau? It's not about rudely knocking someone over, but what if there had been a threat? I can't follow you around all the time, you have to be aware of your surroundings and ready to react to them!

His hand is on Haiirogamon's hilt, at least, even as he stumbles back from the bag of rice? that he has unfortunately smacked right into. The boy's quick reflexes keep him on his feet, and he leaps back, eyes narrowing a little, to confront his 'attacker'. Or perhaps, victim.

"Can't you be a little more careful!?" He yells.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 15th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
"I was too!"

Gau's free hand is clenched in a fist at his side, the other one still holding onto a bag he'd managed to half-fill so far with useful herbs. Mostly for his and Yoite's use, honestly, but he has to look after his family first, quest or no quest.

"I was..." But it breaks down, and the anger slides away quickly into embarrassment. He offers her a low apologetic bow, the movements graceful now that he's being aware of himself.

It's not ingrained, yet, not like Raikou-san. But Raimei-san promised it would be, someday.

"No, I wasn't. I apologize, Rin-san."
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 15th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Gau's own rudeness is appalling to him, as he realizes that he had not only run over a young woman carrying something rather heavy, but yelled at her for it as well. Obviously, he's simply too worked up in general lately, and needs some time to get his head on straight again.

Not to be running around like a crazy person trying to organize things or sort out the next step of the journey. He draws in a deep breath, shakes his head at Rin.

"Mostly the same thing you are, I'd guess. I already worked some on the food supplies, and I've been trying to sort out any clothing or other needs for at least my family, if not the whole group."

Family?

He isn't sure when he started to think that way, or to say that, and the word sounds strange coming out of his mouth. But he doesn't rescind it. He can't, now. They are all family, one way or another, at this point. Raikou-san and Yoite-kun and even Miharu-kun.

"And at the moment, I'm trying to be sure I have herbs, not just for cooking, but to dress wounds and hopefully help with the cough Yoite-kun gets." There's a certain softness, to his voice and his face, when he says the young man's name.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 16th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)

Gau blinks a little, the question and the statement on two separate topics giving him a little confusion. He isn't sure if Rin has changed the subject because she doesn't want to talk about family or not, and that wistfulness makes him pause for a moment.

He knows that he should probably play it safe and let it go, but he isn't going to do so.

"Well, I know a little medicine because I tend to like to learn about things in general, and on missions, I didn't always have a hospital nearby. Plus, well, in school just before I came here, I was taking some biology classes that included plant life, which led to an interest in identifying herbs, which led to learning about their uses..."

He blushes, smiles a little. "And Yoite-kun's health is important to me, so I am using what knowledge I have the best I can. Because he, Raikou, and Miharu are 'family', despite that fact that we're not related in any way."
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 16th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Gau smiles at that, stretches a little, and shifts the bag with the herbs from one hand to the other.

"That's always the best kind of knowledge, though. There are a lot of things passed down through family traditions that works, but that science doesn't really know or recognize."

He shifts the bag again, wraps the top of it around the strap of his messenger bag, essentially freeing his hands. "Can I carry your bag for you a little, since I knocked you over and all?"
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 17th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Gau smiles at her easily and waves a hand.

"It's the least I can do, really. Besides, I was off about my own business and not doing much useful for anyone else, so I feel a little as if I ought to help more."

He bends his knees, squats down and carefully puts his arms around the bag, minute shifts in his body adjusting the bag slung over his shoulder and his katana, getting them out of the way.

"I take it that we're headed to the ship with this?" he asks, exerting a bit of effort to straighten with his new load.

It's heavy, yes, but he doesn't have to peek around it the way she did, and his muscles have grown stronger in the past several months. "Man, this makes me glad Raimei pushed my training so hard."
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 17th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
"I've got it now, just had to get comfortable."

Gau smiles at her, and there's a touch of an attempt at his partner's charm in it, for just a second. "You just make sure I don't space out and run over anyone else, how's that?"

He winks, though it's obvious that his muscles are working hard as he starts to walk toward the ship with the load.
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tenpa_tantrum
May. 25th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Gau laughs, because yes, it is a little silly for him to carry her things and her to carry his. His bag is lighter than the bag of rice, however, and so he considers it for a moment and then nods.

"Sure, that would work."

He lifts a knee, puts his foot against his thigh, ignoring the way it dirties his dress pants, and balances the bag of rice with his knee and one hand as he works the messenger bag off, the sack with the herbs still tied onto its strap.

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tenpa_tantrum
Jun. 1st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Gau laughs and nods, not really concerned at all over the heavy bag. It's nothing worse than the training that he'd been put through by two samurai, after all.

"I appreciate it. Though, I have to admit, this packing thing is easier in this world than it was in mine. After all, Raikou-san only has a few clothes here... I swear his luggage used to be ten times as heavy as this."

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tenpa_tantrum
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
"Mm, way worse than any of the girls I know," Gau said with a bright grin.

"Then again, I get teased for dressing a little... carefully... for a boy my age in my world, too. So maybe I shouldn't make so much fun of my partner."

He hitched the bag of rice up a little more, made his best attempt at a 'macho' expression, and then... laughed some more.

"I look forward to getting moving again, actually. I don't think my friends and I do very well with sitting around doing nothing. We're all used to having missions to do. Except, well, Miharu-kun, but he's ... different."
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tenpa_tantrum
Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
This requires thought.

On one hand, it is impossible to make friends without giving up something, without being willing to talk and share things.

On the other hand, giving out personal information about your friends is a little more serious than giving out your own.

He thinks about it, weighs it, for a second, and then nods.

"Miharu-kun didn't know of his shinobi heritage until less than a year ago. And he has a special place within our world, sort of, so that... he never had to answer to anyone."

He bites his lip a little, tilts his head. "Raikou-san and Yoite-kun and I, on the other hand, are used to having missions to take. Mine and Raikou's work was to punish those who used ninja tools and methods to commit crimes in the 'front' world... a world where people weren't even aware that such things existed."
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