A day off [Roku | NK]

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Re: A day off [Roku | NK]

Post by Roku on Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:07 pm

The girl laughed quietly, laying out the rules Roku would be forced to follow if he wanted Bandit’s affection. The boy shook his head at the demands of one dog. ”You’ll spoil that beast if you’re not careful.” They looked at the directory together, Rokumaru finding the section he wanted, and stated his intent to buy a few things. Then, he embarrassingly revealed his plans to follow her and how they were foiled by his own lack of discipline. Asami merely smiled at his trickery, which was so ambiguous that Roku was only half-certain it contained some amount of amusement. Abashed, the darker redhead moved down the aisle while his lighter counterpart followed behind, eyeing the books with no hurry.

Rokumaru eyed the books, thinking over what he had already read and what looked interesting. The book about the first Kazekage captured his attention and the boy quickly grabbed it. He turned back towards Asami to show her the book, and ask her thoughts about the position itself, when he noticed her eyes lingering on one book in particular and her head tilted, hand reaching up to pluck it from the shelf. The whole motion was so quick that Rokumaru barely had time to register it happened at all before his questions to her spilled out. He was still curious to see if she wanted to be a Kazekage, but it was that book she was reaching for that occupied his mind. Why not just grab it? His brown-red eyes met her own amber ones, but he wanted to know the title of the book.

He shoved the thought aside in time to hear her response; she had given it some thought and the idea excited her. Especially the part about handing off your work to others, freeing yourself up to enjoy the day and spend time with your friends.

She said it with such sincerity, that Rokumaru thought it had to be a joke, and a very funny one at that which took him by surprise; his slow laughter was slightly too loud for the bookstore they were in, the owner behind the counter poking his head above the shelves to glare at the offender. The thought of a Kage dumping their work on their subordinates to go play with their friends tickled him pink. Roku did not actually know if she was serious, but the mental image of it almost made him laugh again.

He still had a grin marring his face as Asami continued her answer, but her next words were actually profound enough that he could take them seriously, smile turning to his straight-lipped expression as he nodded at her ideas. She understood that the purpose of being a Kage was to improve your village and Asami wanted to do this through peaceful means, such as trade between nations, while still maintaining a reputation as someone not to trifle with. He should have expected her to not actively seek conflict with the other nations, preferring the more diplomatic approach to ruling. It was probably best that people like her were in power rather than people like himself. He knew she would not approve of his aggressive, militant policies if he were Kazekage, so he just nodded his agreement.

She went on to say she would appoint him as the head of a division of archaeologists that would search the desert for its artifacts, learning what they could from the past. The idea intrigued Roku, his free hand rubbing his chin in thought. Being paid to walk the dunes, digging through sand like when he was a boy? As long as he could pursue other interests in his free time. ”Can’t say I’d decline the offer.”

Asami turned the question around on him, asking him what he thought being Rokukage- a title he wouldn’t mind hearing a lot more- would be like. He gave the idea a bit of thought, and knew there were few who would enjoy his rule. ”Unless we were at war or desperate for resources, no one should put me in charge.” He left it at that.

Before she could respond to his words Rokumaru reached out to the shelf beside them, sliding the book she was interested in into his hand with his other book, never breaking eye contact. ”Must be interesting if it caught your attention,” he commented. He studied the cover of the book; Disciples Of Demons was written across it. Roku looked back at Asami, raising an eyebrow at her selection. ”Sounds like a page-turner.” He held the book out for her to take; if she did not want it, he’d buy it for his own reading.

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Re: A day off [Roku | NK]

Post by Asami Amakura on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:30 pm

Well... She should have guessed the smart guy had noticed her hesitation about the book. She couldn't really stop him from taking it, as that would probably make it even more appealing, but she somewhat wished he simply hadn't noticed it at all. Even if it was only her grandfather, Aku Amakura, the one from which her Scorch Release originated from, had been a key reason why their bloodline had come to be feared. Certainly, many before him had made 'the best' use of Shakuton's brutal power, but the war had its way to immortalise people - for good or for bad.

Likewise, her grandmother, and the ex-wife of Aku at that, was equally known but for a totally different reason. She hadn't been such an influential person in the war itself, but as a Bird Sage she was prone to some renown of her own. If only by a select few Sages and aspirants. Asami doubted her grandmother would figure in the book Roku was now holding, even if it looked like it was a newly printed edition, but even then... books as these were not as keen on correct details, as long as they could amaze the people and draw them in to buy up more.

"Interesting...", she shrugged her shoulders. "I'm not too sure what to think of it. I didn't find bad, but not that good either."

She raised her hand to wave Roku's offer away. She had one at home already, there was no need for a second. He could have it, even if she had preferred he hadn't spotted it. She expected him to discover the page about Aku and the atrocities he committed during war, which would inevitably either make him shun her or ask a bunch of uncomfortable questions. Granted that most of it didn't exactly bother Asami, but her grandmother had suffered such fate more than once, and even her parents had experienced trouble because of it before. She wondered what Roku would eventually think about it, once he had finished the book.

Not wishing to linger on the topic too long, she allowed her gaze to run over more covers. She wasn't really interested in a new book, but perhaps it would help in finding something else to talk about. They already had tattoos and dogs, the war... Her eyes stopped at a cover reading, "Taijutsu Schools from across the world". Techniques. Why not? She couldn't be the only one who tried to shape her chakra into something proper. Sure, they had yet to see most of the lessons at school, but waiting for it to pass by was such a bore.

"Have you tried molding chakra yet? I mean, into something else than the basics we're learning."

She had mostly tried with fuuton herself. Higher jumps, creating balls of compact air, maintaining a consistent stream of air... Small things, mostly, but they had proven to be equally hard as the basic techniques they were being taught. She knew she had Fire Release as well at her disposal, but she was a little hesitant to try that one out just yet. A burst of air generally knocked stuff over, but fire... The last thing she'd want is to set something aflame and not be able to douse or prevent it. Wind Release was generally not the nature you wanted to use at such moment, and unfortunately about the only one she actually had.




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Re: A day off [Roku | NK]

Post by Roku on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:12 am

Asami seemed to have already read the book Rokumaru held out as she refused it, saying that her opinion of the book was neither great nor terrible. The boy faltered, clearly not expecting that, and took another look at the cover of the book. She did not have any strong opinions about it and yet it managed to capture her attention, out of all the books these shelves contain. Well, at the least he would not have to wait for her to finish the book before he could read it, and it somehow sounded more interesting than a biography on their village’s leader. Normally the latter subject would dominate his focus, but there was only so much that could be revealed in a book like that. There was also the slight factor of Asami having read a book that he hadn’t that irked him.

Roku nodded and put the book with the other one held in his small left hand, content with his selection. Asami had moved on from her interest in the book, browsing the shelves again. There were more varied subjects as they went down the shelves and Asami eventually found a boon worth looking at, pulling it from the shelf for Roku to see it was a collection of Taijutsu styles from different regions across the known world, the boy pleaded with his classmate’s selection. He had no interest in that discipline beyond being barely capable enough to defend himself, so if Asami pursued Taijutsu he would have an ally to compensate for his poor close-range ability. That, and with this book she could learn the various forms of Taijutsu their enemies would use against them and know what each forms weakness was. If they were to spar together Asami could help Rokumaru develop counters to certain forms through experience facing them; he was very pleased with her selection, to say the least. He let it show with a nod at the book and a hum of approval.

She studied the book for a moment, seemingly in thought as Roku continued browsing himself, before turning to the boy and asking if he had yet to begun to mold chakra in any way, beyond the simple techniques they were being taught at the Academy. He wondered if that meant that she was doing so in her free time, and if training was as large a part of her schedule as it was to him, perhaps even more so. Roku did not see any issue that would arise from telling anyone, so he nodded in confirmation. ”My father taught me a simple Fūton chakra training exercise that involves sand recently, and I’m getting proficient at it too. If you’re interested, I can show you the process some time.”

It was a rather basic technique: channeling and expelling Wind chakra in controlled amounts to produce lines in the sand, his father able to create complex abstract designs while Roku was limited to geometric shapes and waves, but it was already going to have an impact on any Fūton techniques he learned or developed. Rokumaru sometimes wondered how shinobi from different climates trained their abilities; he knew Suna-nin could use the sand, and that those in Hi no Kuni would split leaves to train their Fūton affinity, but what of those in other nations? Did Iwa-nin become much stronger more faster by splitting stones, or Kiri-nin using theirs to part water?

He gestured at the book Asami held in her hands, wondering if there was anything else she needed. ”I’m finished if you are” he said, his free hand in his pocket relaxedly.

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Re: A day off [Roku | NK]

Post by Asami Amakura on Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:56 pm

She nodded at Roku's revelation on chakra molding. It was nice to hear that his father spend time teaching him his techniques. Her father was different. It wasn't that he didn't care, but he was generally so absorbed in the study and the improvement of battle puppets he tended to lose sight of time. So eventually she had started practising on her own, often with uncomfortable, if not disastrous, consequences. It mostly granted her a scolding and an apologetic excuse from her father about him needing to spend some time teaching her. She'd probably get his attention when she'd start using Scorch Release - and blew up the whole place or something.

"I'd like that. I can show you mine, then. It's a simple ninjutsu technique inspired my grandmother's Cursed Seal. She tends to whip up quite a lot of dust when she activates it."

But taijutsu... It wasn't a bad specialisation, but she wasn't much into melee combat. Even if she didn't like to admit it, she liked the use of kugutsu chakra wires, but unlike her father's love for puppets, she wanted to use them on people. Heal them, boost them, improve them with puppeteering techniques. She had been thinking about other uses for it, but with the exception of puppets or weapons, had found little other ways. Another interest was fuinjutsu, mostly because of her grandmother Koryo, who made plenty use of it. They were like tattoos. Living tattoos, with interesting effects, but hard to master.

Still, seeing Rokumaru not excitingly about the book, she guessed it wouldn't hurt to take it along. Even if taijutsu wasn't her thing, it couldn't hurt to pick up a thing or two about fighting techniques, either as a fall-back option or as a means to identify the styles of opponents. And if she didn't like it, she was fairly certain her red-headed counterpart wouldn't mind borrowing it if he was in need of something new to read.

Pressing the book against her chest, she looked around once more as Rokumaru stated he was finished. Her eyes falling upon a book labelled, "Fuinjutsu: Seal Variations", she quickly plucked it out of the shelf, not even bothering to read the back, and lumped it together with the other book. After that, she nodded at Roku to sign she was done as well. She'd probably would have to scrape together whatever few coins she still had just to pay for these two, but it would keep her occupied when she wasn't trying to avoid destruction during her ninjutsu training.

Walking over to the counter, she waited until Roku had bought his books before placing hers to be counted. In the meantime, she took out a small pouch and started to scrape together her coins to pay for the bill that was to come. She'd have a 7 ryo over or so. Better than she had expected. Lucky she had already bought Bandit's snacks, as it would be unthinkable her favoured dog would not get spoiled at the end of the day. Once she had paid for the books, she pressed them against her chest again.

"Well, this was fun, but I think I should slowly head home again. Got to spoil my dog, need to do some chores still and I have two books to read, thanks to you."





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Re: A day off [Roku | NK]

Post by Roku on Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:05 am

Rokumaru mentioned the chakra control exercise his father had taught him to which Asami nodded, saying that she would teach him her own exercise in return if he taught her his. Apparantly it was an a technique based off of her grandmother’s Cursed Seal. This was the first time Roku had heard of a Cursed Seal and he was immediately curious as to what they were, or why someone like her elderly grandmother would have one. The boy nodded his own acceptance of her offer, hoping he could extract more information from Asami if she taught him. ”I would like that. I would like to hear more about your grandmother’s Seal, too, at some point in the future.”

She grabbed another book from a shelf after a few seconds of browsing, a tome about the various methods of sealing, and Roku just hoped the girl would find that certain discipline easier to understand than he found it to be. She nodded to signal she was finished browsing and they both approached the front of the store where behind a counter stood the man tending to the shop, Rokumaru stepping forward to pay for his items first. The shopkeeper processed his transaction quietly, only speaking to tell his customer the cost, though the man’s eyes did linger on Disciples Of Demons before studying the two kids who had found the book, but made no comment about it.

Finished, Roku waited for Asami to finish her own transaction, paying with ryo from a coin pouch, and the two exited the store together with their items. Once outside Asami turned to Rokumaru and mentioned it was time to return home, to finish chores and bring her dog his treats. Rokumaru shrugged and nodded, having spent enough time shadowing her that day to satisfy himself. ”Thank you for indulging my curiosity today, Asami. I’ll see you in class then.” He gave the girl a friendly wave in goodbye and walked away from the bookstore they stood in front of to return home. She had given him a lot to think about that day, but right now his concerns were the books he held in his hands.

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