She returns the bow, but seemed uncomfortable with all of the compliments. They weren't something she received often and her social skills didn't include actually taking them. She sort of knew how to give one, but getting one? It just didn't feel right and it showed on her face as she shuffled around, eyes cast downwards.Tamori Kazunosuke wrote: ↑Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:53 am When she releases him, the Tamori takes a few deep breaths to recover, then bows to her. Far from being down, though, he seems to be smiling.
"Oh, I'm the one who should be thanking you, Hida-san!", he says, straightening himself after the bow. "And really... don't worry, this won't let me down. In fact... this is the second time you teach me something and encourage me to improve at this Dojo."
Actually... the third one, he thinks, remembering their first exchange at the library. Not all lessons are found in training and formal practice, after all.
"Nor is this your only thing... as you sure well know, ne?", he says, his smile broadening. "Your work at the Armory has been inspiring! And... your words there gave me the spirit to finally learn at least something of the craft. Now... unarmed fighting is something I expect to be at least somewhat capable on, one day. And again... training with you I see just how much I must improve, and have at least some idea how I might do so. Really... I should thank you, Hida-san.", he says as he nods to her again. "And... you really shouldn't let it be said you don't know throws", he says, grinning. "You most certainly do! I'm witness to that".
"The words at the armory weren't really much though... Just a good job and a thumbs up when you boil it down, really..." She murmured, rubbing the back of her neck awkwardly. "But I'm glad to hear that you're learning more. It's a pretty neat thing and can help you in a pinch if your weapon ever gets broken and no reliable smiths are around."
A pause as she thinks of how to counter more of his compliments. "I wouldn't really say that I taught you anything either... Throwing you around really isn't teaching, and yeah... I'm still not the best with it. It's not something I really know well, but I didn't want to just keep you in a lock and keep hitting you, so I thought throwing might be a way to allow you to try again to knock me over without me just... letting you go. I'm sure it won't be long before you're able to knock me over, or anyone else. It was a good form you had... I think." This was getting harder by the moment, but at least she was getting to flex and learn how to compliment others.