[D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

The sake here is like the plants - well-watered. Still, it's cheap, and the regular knife-throwing competitions never fail to entertain.
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[D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:09 pm

A lot of samurai wouldn't be caught dead at the Peach Pit. But for a lot of others, like Daigo, it was just their kind of place.

Daigo sat at a table, waiting for his companion to arrive. It was a good spot, with a good view of the knife throwing, but not too good a view. His scowl kept the other side of the table clear as he waited.
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Re: [D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Daitohime had been nervous when the Investigator had asked her to join him. Nervous enough that she had already had two drinks in her room before arriving.

Finding his table, the Bushi smiled at him, her cheeks slightly flush, and then bowed.

"Good Evening, cousin. Thank you for the invitation. I was surprised, but pleased!"
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:11 pm

Daigo's grey eyes narrowed as he spotted the flush to her cheeks, but didn't comment. Instead he rose, first giving a cheery wave, and then a bow.

"Good evening indeed." He said, half smiling, half smirking. "And I'm glad to be able to both surprise and please."

He waved to the seat across from him, waiting before being seated again himself. "So what do you think?" He waved a hand around. "I was here the other night with Tamori-san. It's a little rough, but I like it. They keep the sake going. Oh, speaking of..." He waved again, this time at the bartender. In a few moments, the two Mirumoto had a bottle and some cups. Deftly, Daigo filled one cup, then slid it across to Daitohime before filling the other.
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Re: [D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:35 am

"Oh, this is wonderful! Knife throwing, exciting!" She was genuine as she sat down at his invitation. Beaming at him, she gladly took the offered cup, holding it with both hands.

"This place seems so... vibrant. Like a party that never stops." Daitohime chuckled a bit, before looking down, trying to fight back the flush. Her hands trembled slightly around the cup.

"What are we drinking to tonight?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:51 am

As he lifted his own cup, Daigo frowned briefly at the tremble in her hands.

The frown faded into a friendly smirk. "I had a feeling you'd like it. A party that never stops. Seems a bit like you."

He lifted his cup higher, his eyes glinting. "Every person is a mystery. Getting to know them is solving it." His smile grew. "To solving mysteries?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:57 am

"Are you saying I am without restraint, cousin?" She teased as she lifted the cup to toast, the trembling seeming to stop. "To solving mysteries! Kampai!" Raising her glass, she then brought it to her lips, feeling the flavor of the alcohol as she drank, the warmth radiating from her chest as she drank.

"Not bad! Probably keeps their guests here in good spirits, ne?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:11 am

Daigo laughed. "I was saying that every time I've seen you, you've looked like you're having a good time." The smirk returned. "I'm not gonna make any guesses about your restraint yet."

He paused a moment for a deep drink of his own sake. "Mmm. Yeah." He lowered his cup with a deep breath. "Keeps me coming back, too."

Reaching out, he leaned over the table, refilling her cup and then his. "So..." he began as he poured, "-what's your story?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:45 pm

"I don't know if there's much of a story." She idly shrugged, taking a deliberate sip from the cup after it was refilled, trying to push the need to drink even more deeply from her mind.

"Just a simple mountain girl, wanting to do my Duty for Clan and Emperor. Nothing out of the ordinary there." She smiled as she spoke, looking to the investigator with her good eye.

"Other than maybe telling people to exercise caution when doing weapon demonstrations, lest accidents occur from pride." Daitohime laughed at that, tapping her eyepatch on the side.
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:40 pm

Daigo smirked. "Just about everyone says that." Still, it seemed she was willing to give it a try. As she spoke, Daigo leaned casually forward, resting his forearms on the table. A little closer, he had an easier time hearing her, and he certainly didn't mind being a bit closer to the gorgeous bushi. He also didn't shy away from eye contact, his two grey eyes meeting her one green.

As she finished, those grey eyes widened, just for an instant, before narrowing. "I see..." He said. "Sounds like that's the story of your missing eye. Even if maybe it's not the full story of Mirumoto Daitohime. But it's a good part of it."

Slowly, he lifted his cup to his lips, his eyes still on her. Just as slowly, he lowered it. "As it happens, I've got a similar story. It involves climbing, but the bit about the pride's still the same." He reached down to pat his side, just above his hip.
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Re: [D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:19 am

She flushed, catching the way he was looking at her. Daitohime's fingers gripped at her own, cup, before she brought it to her lips, and downed in again, trying to calm her nerves. Breathing in deeply, letting the warmth reach her extremities. Licking her lips, she looked away, catching the glint of a knife being thrown.

Then nodding, she gave him a wide smile, looking to where he patted. "Perhaps hubris is something that plagues our kin in our youth, as examples of the sincere actions that could lead to folly." She nodded, punctuating her story. "May I ask about your climbing midsadventure?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:52 am

Daigo's eyes followed the motion as she downed another cup. Then the motion of her tongue as she licked her lips. "Don't go too fast, Daitohime-san. It's a little early for me to be carrying you back to your room." His smile glinted at her.

At the question, though, Daigo's eyes narrowed thoughtfully. Slowly, he nodded. "Yeah. You certainly can." He took a deep drink of his sake, finishing off his own cup before setting it down with a thunk.

His grey eyes went distant. "It was about two years ago. It was a hike up along a mountain ridge with some of the other students. Gempukku was right around the corner for us, and we wanted to..." he grimaced, "-well, to prove ourselves. And so we took a difficult path. A really difficult path."

This time, his cheeks flushed, just a little. "I was playing around with one of the other students. I said I could make it across a ridgeline. She didn't think I could. I tried to show off, run and jump across the damn thing like a mountain goat." He swallowed. "I missed a jump."

He took another drink. "Fell almost forty feet. Luckily, there were some rocks to break my fall." He smirked wryly. "They also broke both my legs. And my hip. Fractured my spine too, believe it or not." He shook his head. "Thank the Fortunes for healers."
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Re: [D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:04 am

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Daigo's eyes followed the motion as she downed another cup. Then the motion of her tongue as she licked her lips. "Don't go too fast, Daitohime-san. It's a little early for me to be carrying you back to your room." His smile glinted at her.

At the question, though, Daigo's eyes narrowed thoughtfully. Slowly, he nodded. "Yeah. You certainly can." He took a deep drink of his sake, finishing off his own cup before setting it down with a thunk.

His grey eyes went distant. "It was about two years ago. It was a hike up along a mountain ridge with some of the other students. Gempukku was right around the corner for us, and we wanted to..." he grimaced, "-well, to prove ourselves. And so we took a difficult path. A really difficult path."

This time, his cheeks flushed, just a little. "I was playing around with one of the other students. I said I could make it across a ridgeline. She didn't think I could. I tried to show off, run and jump across the damn thing like a mountain goat." He swallowed. "I missed a jump."

He took another drink. "Fell almost forty feet. Luckily, there were some rocks to break my fall." He smirked wryly. "They also broke both my legs. And my hip. Fractured my spine too, believe it or not." He shook his head. "Thank the Fortunes for healers."
Red faced as she was called out about her drinking, the samurai-ko gently held onto her glass. Looking away, just listening to the man speak for a moment. Even with the smile showing it was a joke, she cursed herself for allowing that weakness to show.

As the story went on, Daitohime showed interest, and then concern and worry as it went on, enthralled by the daredevil nature of it. "Fortunes... that is terrible." She spoke up, softly, watching him closely with her good eye. "What is it about being so close to gempukku that the idea to do things so foolhardy seems like such a good idea?"
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Re: [D7LE] Mirumoto Night at the Peach Pit

Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:28 am

Daigo snorted laughter at that. "You know, that's a very good question." He shrugged. "I'd guess it because, even though we haven't quite made it yet, we feel like we have. Nothing's gonna stop us. We're invincible." He shook his head. "Every samurai is prepared for death, but that's not the same as expecting it."

He took a slow sip of his sake, watching her watch him. "Sounds like your accident was just before your gempukku too?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:42 pm

"Just a few days before, in fact." She laughed with him, finding herself more at ease. She didn't push the cup forward, instead trying to focus on anything except the desire to drink.

Or on all the pretty people around her. Drink too much, and that noticing gets even more palpable.

"We were doing weapon demonstrations. I decided that showing off with some flair and dangerous, lethal kata, was an appropriate choice. Ended up cutting out my own eye. It was gruesome, my sensei was... quite disappointed with my performance. Moreso that my pride had gotten the better of me." Smiling again, then shrugging. "A valuable lesson was learned by all the students that day, and for that, he was at least keen to be grateful. I clearly learned from my own mistake."
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Post by Mirumoto Daigo » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:32 pm

Daigo had seen things you wouldn't believe. But still, there was something so visceral about the story as Daitohime told it, he found himself clenching his teeth. Slowly, he relaxed. "That... sounds like a hard lesson." He gave her a respectful nod. "But learned well." He grinned. "Well, we Mirumoto are tough, eh? And we learn from our mistakes, damnit."

He leaning closer, smirking slyly. "If it helps..." he began, "-you can really pull off an eyepatch."

He sat back. "So how else have you been since we last spoke? Been enjoying the city? Make any new friends?"
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Post by Mirumoto Daitohime » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:28 pm

"It's been.... an experience." She nodded, thinking back to the week. She had to rely on Ai's help, through mental exercises to not give in too temptation.

Despite how delicious those temptations were.

She flushed when he mentioned she could pull off the eye patch. "If I am to be marred, then I must do what I can to at least own it as best I can." She grinned, the tip of her tongue visible through her teeth.

"I can safely say I will remember all who I have met."
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