[Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

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Re: [Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 29 Aug 2013 14:39

“Burn it. Tonight.”

Futo tensed up, not knowing what to think of Miko's latest instruction about her note. What was written in it? If she really didn't want her to read it, why would she give it to her? Did the Crown Prince have a clever plan, or was she just addled by her sickness? There was a certain irony, Futo realized, that the Saint who could easily listen to everyone's desires now had her own wish pondered and mulled upon by her in vain. She did not wish to fail her, but even when she released her clothes and allowed her to turn around and ask for more clarification, all that she could say was, "Alright," with a nod. There was no need for her to burden her even further with inane questions.

The realization came very slowly, but Futo eventually managed to follow the peasants' eyes, and with much surprise, found that they were trained on her. She quickly lowered her hat to cover her face and looked down, embarrassed. When she looked back and was faced with Miko's inquisitive gaze - there was no doubt that she had figured it out as well - she whispered quickly to her. "I-I'm sorry." Not just because she was the one who was getting them unwanted attention, but also because she felt that it was highly improper for her to receive the people's interest when someone who deserved it much more was next to her.

She would normally think nothing of entering the commoners' world and mingling with them, but in such a strange circumstance, she tried to shrink herself, as much as it was possible when riding a horse. Thankfully, her tribulation passed quickly enough.

"Please be careful, Crown Prince...!" Futo exclaimed once Miko leaped off their steed and darted off on her own into the building - which, looking at how it stood on its own like this, could be an old outpost of a sort. She sighed and shook her head as she got down and followed her lead inside, but a large part of her felt happy that Miko seemed to have recovered her spirit and enthusiasm. Smiling, she passed the golden haired girl by and ascended the old stairway.

Upstairs, the rooms were far too dank and musty for Futo's taste to serve as the Crown Prince's place of stay, but it really wasn't that bad a place. After peeking through the doorways, she discovered that aside from some run-down, broken furniture, it seemed that everything of actual value had been cleared from the building a long time ago. The second floor at least was empty and quite spacious when Futo found it, and if she tidied things up a bit and found something that could serve as matress for Miko, maybe they would be able to spend the night in the place.

Futo exhaled a sigh of satisfaction and would go down to report to Miko, but she was reminded of something and stopped dead in her tracks.

Her mind was brought back to the note that she had carried, the thing that Miko had reminded her about earlier. Now that she was here by herself, she could read it without Miko having to worry about whether she had done so or not. If it bothered her liege so much, it was perhaps the right thing for her to take a look at it before burning it as she had told her to do - and it would be better to err on the side of caution, she told herself, even though she was more than curious to see its content as well.

With a gulp, she took the piece of paper out and began to unfold it, in order to quietly read its contents...
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Re: [Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

Postby Toyosatomimi no Miko » 03 Sep 2013 23:37

"I-I'm sorry."

Miko giggled at the reaction of her companion, it is fun for her how easy it is to make her feel uncomfortable. The Saint isn’t bothered at all by the attention; being worried at a moment like this would just make them both feel more stressed than they already are.



The sound of raindrops hitting the top of the building begin to increase exponentially, it is probably going to rain as much as yesterday. There is still enough light coming through the empty window frames, which allow Futo to read the contents of the note. As Futo unfolds it, she realizes the note is extensive; slightly smaller than normal piece of paper, it is hard to keep it from tearing apart since it is made out of old rags. It is the handwriting of Miko, fairly easy to recognize. It has nothing but names written on it, Chinese names, strangely enough some of them are written twice.

Nine readable names are written down, Miko’s name is at the end of the list a few centimeters away from the rest on a different ink color, a very deep crimson. There is gibberish between some of them, it suggests that some names have been crossed out until they became undecipherable. In total, 15 lines, 5 unique names including Miko. A note left by Miko at the bottom reads,

“Buddhism was unmistaken.”

The sides of the note tear apart by just touching them, it is quite old. The other side of it is empty, a good thing since it is not possible to keep looking at the note now, the sun is gone. A noise in the distance is accompanying the rain now, a tool hitting something, which banging is coming from the bottom floor where Saint is.
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Re: [Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

Postby Mononobe no Futo » 13 Sep 2013 18:38

Futo is bewildered.

At first, she tried to feel anger or any other strong reaction for those last three words in the paper. Because it would mean that Miko had admitted that she and her and Tojiko had been following the wrong path all along. That they had instigated a rightful war with the wrong cause in their hearts.

That Miko would not live for much longer.

But she couldn't. There had to be a reason for Miko to write such a cryptic note, and Futo was only concerned in finding out what she really wanted. That desire powered her to pore and scrutinize over the letters until they blended with the paper in the darkness - and even then, they still danced within Futo's minds.

The banging noise from below shook Futo out of her contemplation, though, and after folding the note back with as much care as she could in a hurry, she ran back downstairs. The art of feng shui once again shows its handiness as an orb of fire appears in the Taoist's hand as a makeshift torch, trailing behing while she runs down the staircase with all sorts of worried thoughts in her head. Did the Crown Prince hurt herself? Could she blundered somewhere in her weakened condition?

"Are - are you all right?!" She shouted as she ran toward where she thought Miko was. "What was that noise?!"
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Re: [Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

Postby Seiga Kaku » 14 Sep 2013 19:32

Among the first things the summoned flame revealed on its way down the staircase was a smooth, slim hand, darting out of the shadows almost faster than they could be illuminated to grab the conjuring hand at the wrist. Only a heartbeat later, it vanished, with not even a puff of smoke to its name. In another beat, the gloom breathed a sigh of relief and swept forth from its hiding places. There was nothing but close, stifling silence on the third beat.

But on the fourth, a level, if weak-sounding, voice whispered right into the courtier's ear.

"The Crown Prince's mind is addled, Futo. Don't try to aggrivate it any further. You can see just fine without the pyrotechnics."

It was Seiga... strictly speaking. She didn't exactly sound herself. For once, she seemed to actually have to try to sound calm and unfettered. More than that, she was failing. Almost imperceptily, her voice trembled, wavered, her slick demeanour slowly giving way under the weight of some pressing concern... was she actually worried?

If she was, she wasn't giving Futo any time to consider the point. All she was giving her was a gentle push down the stairs as she released Futo's wrist, just enough to let her know she should start moving again. And maybe a little more. Seems she was losing her grasp of subtlety as well as deportment.

What could worry someone like Seiga so much?
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Re: [Invite Only] One way ticket to Kwangtung

Postby Toyosatomimi no Miko » 14 Sep 2013 23:26

The hilt of the Saint’s weapon lands between the floor planks. The Saint pushes the other end of the weapon trying to pull the plank out; the nails do not give in easily. Miko pulls her instrument out as she notices her lever is not working, she examines the floor again and pushes the hilt deep inside again on another gap between the planks. “What is this stench...? I have smelled this before.” The Saint says to herself as she uses her body weight on the other side of her weapon in an effort to remove the plank.

Her eyes are focused on the small gap that opens as she applies strength to her grip. A voice coming from the top floor grabs the attention of the Saint, in that exact moment the nails separate from the building structure, releasing the plank without warning. Miko was not prepared at all for such an event, making her lose her balance and fall on her stomach.

“Kyaa!” the Saint screams a second before hitting the ground. A horrible stench seizes the room in a moment; Miko covers her nose and mouth while sitting on the floor, she slowly crawls to hole on the floor, even if she knows exactly what it is, she wants to see it with her own eyes. The Saint moves the plank out of the way, so she won’t hurt herself with the exposed nails. The girl grabs her weapon and pulls the end of the hilt, revealing a segment of her shiny orange blade, enough light to allow her examine the hole's contents.

She stops right next to the hole and hovers the blade over it, while partially covering her face with the other hand. Miko’s suspicion was correct; three different groups of dead rats lie at the bottom, their tails have been entangled with each other. It hasn’t been long since one of the groups of rats perished, which is the source of the stench that has invaded the room.

“A rat king… youkai…” Miko says to herself with a grimace, “a youkai in here?”, with a quick movement, the girl stands up and steps away from the hole. Miko grabs her weapon and remains silent, she keeps her blade ready for anything; listening to the rain outside, pouring… her eyes closed trying to focus her skill. “Above…” Miko confirms as she looks at the ceiling of that room. She moves out of the room in direction of the staircase to the second floor.
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