[Day 14, Late Evening] At the Dark End of the Street. (Expecting)

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[Day 14, Late Evening] At the Dark End of the Street. (Expecting)

Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:58 pm

Bayushi Choudai waited in stillness.

Everything about the day had been... terrifying, with a brief moments of exhilaration.

But he couldn't leave. Not yet.
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:18 am

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Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:58 pm
Bayushi Choudai waited in stillness.

Everything about the day had been... terrifying, with a brief moments of exhilaration.

But he couldn't leave. Not yet.
Doji Ayaka approached him from down the road leading to the shrine... Truly, Shosuro Hatsuki. She smiled when she say him, warm but sad. She carefully checked the shadows around them with her new sight before saying with a soft smile, "Choudai."

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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:24 am

"Hatsuki-chan."

He let out a ragged breath.

"You were... I know you won't agree, but you were magnificent against that thing. But... something's wrong, isn't it?"
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:43 am

She chuckled a little, darkly. "I couldn't even hit it... but I tried, and I didn't back down, so it counts for something." Blue eyes looked down, then glanced into his. "You noticed, as well, didn't you, then? There's definitely something wrong."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:47 am

"I think... since the night you nearly died."

Since the night I unwittingly made you a target.

"When I touched you... for a brief second, it was like you weren't there. I don't mean... mentally."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:51 am

"Yes... I felt odd that night, and shadows have looked.... different," she replied quietly. "They're not less dark, but they don't obscure anything. and when we were fighting in there, it was... easier to move in the dark."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:57 am

Nonononononononononononononononono.

"I've... made some inquiries since then. There are... things you can do, but..."

But it will try to erode you- everything you are, everything I love.

"Your... new family has some experience in these matters."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:48 am

She swallowed a little and nodded, jaw set with determination and she looked at him straight on. She wasn't going to back down from this situation any more than she had anything else. "Do you think... they're going to ask me to..." Still... she couldn't quite get that part out. Her trip home might be her last.
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:53 am

He couldn't lie to her.

He could lie to anyone else in the Empire, but never to her.

"I don't know. They might."

His voice cracked a little.

"I can't promise you anything on their behalf. But favors were traded to secure your marriage. I doubt they'll... discard you out of hand."

At least not until Tanoshii had an heir or two.

"But certainly, if they do not, you live under increased scrutiny."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:34 am

She nodded a little bit. It was what she had guessed.

"I just wanted to know if it was a possibility," she replied with a nod. "I can't imagine they were that desperate for my skills, but probably until I have a child... maybe two. Assuming I don't become a problem before then." She had been thinking the same thing.
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:11 am

"I..."

What? You WHAT, Choudai? Should have thrown yourself between them? You tried, and your damn legs were so shaky it made you look like a sumai.

Well. There was one thing he could say.

"I love you with all of my heart, Hatsuki."

A brief pause.

"I know we don't say it out loud- and will probably have fewer opportunities to do so in the years ahead..."

However many you each get.

"But... if you ever.... feel yourself slipping away, I will do everything in my power to pull you back. You have but to ask. For you, anything."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:53 am

She smiled at him, her expression warm. "I love you, too, Choudai. Romantic love isn't something I ever expected or hoped for for myself, but I really... couldn't be happier that you appeared in my life. The last two weeks have been the happiest of my life, even with this. If I knew everything that would happen, I would jump at the chance to do it all again to make sure I had this time with you," she replied. "I think it will help keep me anchored to the world, knowing you're out there. If I get cold inside, it will warm me."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:02 am

He chuckled at that.

"Funny you should say that... I came here to run away from the Painted City. Give you some space. Let you move in. And move on."

He shook his head, still clearly amused.

"So of course, the second I walked through the market and saw you sitting there, I knew it was no good. And as you say, even with everything that's happened, these two weeks have the best in my life. All the danger, all the hardship, the lies... all worth it. My world is a better one with you in it, Hatsuki, and every second I spend with you..."

He paused.

"I think this was in one of those plays I read, but why not use a cheesy Crane line, hm? It's still their province, poor bastards. 'A small eternity of paradise.'"
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:23 am

She chuckled softly. "I didn't expect you to be here at all, you know. I didn't know where you'd gone, so I tried to let it go," she replied. "It didn't go away, and was stronger than ever when I recognized you. You should have known better than to think could move on so easily. I'm far too stubborn."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:26 am

"And I'm far, far too selfish."

He smiled.

"Besides, it's really your fault. Achieving perfection in human form just isn't fair."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:06 am

She scoffed, but gently. "Oh, I'm far from perfect. There's something , actually, I wanted to tell you about that. Are you willing to keep a secret for me?"

"I expect the higher ups already know... I wonder sometimes if it weighted into them choosing me."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:08 am

"I'll keep any secret you trust me with."

What was one more, after all?
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:14 am

She stepped forward and murmured something at some length to him behind her fan.
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:19 am

He listened, making sure to let her get out every word. To share the entire tale.

Then he placed his hands on her cheeks, leaned in and kissed her full on the lips.

He couldn't do anything else.

When he came up for air, he kept his eyes fixed on hers.

"You are a wonder, Shosuro Hatsuki."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:20 am

The reaction came as a total shock. All she could do was stare. "I'm... what...?" She was, contrary to her normal nature, entirely at a loss.
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:28 am

"A wonder. Amazing. Perfect."

He kissed her again.

"You might not see it, but that... took as true a heart as can be asked for. No half-measures, no hesitation."
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Post by Doji Ayaka » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:38 am

She broke into soft laughter. "... I think you're mad to think so, but I love you all the more for it, too."
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Post by Yasuki Kanbei » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:40 am

"Well, my brothers and sisters all said I was out of my mind more than once, so why worry about a little thing like that, hm?"
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