[Day 9, Early Morning] The Most Important Meal of the Day IV

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[Day 9, Early Morning] The Most Important Meal of the Day IV

Post by Bayushi Choudai » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:29 pm

The more things changed, the more they stayed the same.

Breakfast had turned out merely... acceptable.

But given the week he'd had, it was hardly a surprise.

He snagged a couple of Old Aoi's dumplings to help make up for it.

And he went looking for his uncle.
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:31 am

It does not take him long to find him.

With a bow, Koga says "Nephew."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:33 am

"Uncle."

He returned the bow.

"I overslept, didn't boil it down enough, so the soup's a little weaker than I would have liked. Fortunately, Old Aoi's stand opens early, so the dumplings are first-class."

He hadn't overslept, of course, but it was always good to offer a lie for the old man to feel clever about spotting.
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:43 am

Koga shakes his head.

"Hasn't been good for either of us these past few days, has it?"
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:54 am

Choudai sighed.

"No, it's been pretty roundly terrible. And I have the feeling that your bad week has been a direct result of mine, so..."
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:59 am

"I've not made things any better for you."

He shakes his head again.

"They were right. I should retire."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:14 pm

"I'm not sure what more you could have done for me, Uncle."

He paused.

"As for your retirement... that choice is yours, of course, but..."

But I'll miss you, old man. I doubt I'd be allowed to just hang around a monastery to talk.
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:19 am

"I didn't do you any favors yesterday, to be sure. Your fellow cook might have been trying to do better before I interfered. It was a lapse of judgment.

"Same with the Monkey girl--though I am certain she's not one of my issue. I never had as nice a mask as that..."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:28 am

"I'm not sure how much better than her I'm going to do in the immediate future, Uncle. And that's not on you. You warned me. Twice. And even then, the way I handled... the inevitable reality? That was not of your doing."

But he let the comment about Shin'ya go by. There was some truth to it.
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:07 am

The masked head turns left and right, checking surroundings.

A spotted, wrinkled hand reaches up, pulls the mask away, showing a face pale and old, a hairless head, and eyes beginning to cloud over.

A wry chuckle issues from the bared lips.

"It's been some time since I've shown my face, I know, other than to the mirror when I shave."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:02 pm

It really had been ages.

Unlike Choudai, whose treatment of his own masks was relatively cavalier, Koga had been strict with his.

Which made sense. It was his armor, and the frailty his features exposed indicated that he'd stood in need of it.

"I suppose when one has had your experiences that trust doesn't come easily."

If at all.
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:15 pm

Koga's rheumy laugh sounds again.

It ends in a few wet coughs.

The old man wipes his mouth.

"You might say that."

There is a smile on his old lips as he says it.

"You're one of the few left. Not that there were ever many."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:32 pm

"Thank you, Uncle."

Choudai wanted to give the old man a hug, but that would have been unseemly. And possibly not appreciated. But he had been a part of his life for so long...

"Honestly.... given the way the past ten days have gone, it might be the most gratifying thing you could have done."
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:03 pm

There is something of a twinkle in the old man's eyes as he smiles again.

He looks at his nephew. And he winks.

Then he puts the mask back on.
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:16 pm

Choudai let the lapse in the conversation linger.

Both he and his uncle- but most especially the latter- often used words to keep others at arms' length, and it was nice to just enjoy the old man's company.

But it couldn't last forever. Nothing could.

"So. What's next?"
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:23 pm

"That depends on you, of course.

"There is always a need for guards--and I've never met a fighting man who didn't appreciate a good meal, so you'd always be welcome on campaign. Naishou will need more troops, of course. I've heard rumors that the Minor Clans are going to be hosting one of their tournaments soon, and you might compete there.

"Most any such posting could be arranged."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:50 pm

Choudai chuckled.

"I don't see myself faring too well in any tournament, but I suppose it's possible. Likewise, Naishou is a pressing concern, I suppose I could make up for some of my missteps by going there..."

He paused.

"And you, Uncle?"
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:55 pm

"I don't exactly need to shave my head at this point. I could probably walk into a temple in plainer clothes than these and take up sweeping cobblestones without much comment."

He shrugs.

"But the Clan didn't let me retire before. They may well not now, tired as I find myself becoming. But I think I shall ask the hierarchs."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:01 pm

"Well, let me know when you know..."

He felt a little catch in his voice.

"... so I can get everyone together for a proper retirement banquet, hm?"
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:06 pm

The masked face dips in a bow.

It is clear the old man doesn't trust his voice.
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:02 am

Choudai glanced around. The life of the city went on without a hitch. As if none of what his uncle was going through mattered to them. As if the old Scorpion's realization of his own frailty was unworthy of notice.

Fuck all of you.

"Well."

He reached out and placed his hand on the old man's shoulder.

"I think you'll understand when I say I... have some matters to attend to."

His grip was firm. He couldn't hug his uncle, not here, but... it was something.

"But... tomorrow, I think, or the day after, we should meet someplace out of the weather, hm?"
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:06 am

"It's a possibility."

He pats the hand.

"Take care of your business, Nephew. Don't leave any loose ends. Haha-san would hate that."
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:24 am

"She most certainly would."

One more squeeze, then he let go.

"Carry the Fortunes, Uncle."
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Post by Bayushi Koga » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:28 am

"And you, Nephew."

/scene?
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Post by Bayushi Choudai » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:31 am

/Scene!
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