Sengoku Horizon

Look towards the Horizon

The Warring States Period: Fierce warlords fought for control of Japan, and many would perish. When a warrior falls, where does the passion they once held go? Possibly into something dear such as a favorite weapon or heirloom. These heirlooms have been labeled as “relics”, and those that carry them are labeled as “Scions." Recently more and more of these special relics have been activating, signaling the start of a great change as ancient power meets the modern world!

Now For The Local News, 08/05/2018 The school dance is still ongoing as the seasonal news report reveals that a large ship has left England and is moving towards Edo!

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 Post Traumatic Roshi Disorder., Suishoku!
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 Posted: Oct 4 2017, 05:38 AM
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Hey! Gimme that woman! Give her to me and you get to die quickly...

This is the way it should be, killing each other while everything burns to the ground! Isn't it glorious?!

For Ikko!!


It was late. Sleep wasn't coming easily for Roshi Bento. In his room at home, sheets were a'tangled and pillows were being wrestled with, as per his latest bout with his own subconscious. Put simply, he was dreaming the worst dreams, his mind on replay over the most-recent trials of his life. Before now, he had strange dreams and only the occasional bizarre nightmare. Of late, however, it had been dread flashbacks of his first real combat experience.

Toya The Spider, Koga Ninjas, deadly traps, burning buildings, Ikko Monks, blood all over the place, and that foreign general known as Jack in the middle. All of these were his guests and more, though none of them were welcome. These things had been plaguing him since that time, and they would not go away. In the dark, Roshi awoke - as he often did when his mind went "NO MORE!" - his eyes open to the darkness with his face mostly engulfed in pillow.

He started groaning into that pillow. He couldn't take much more of this. They taught you how to fight in Bugei, but he wasn't a made-of-steel guy like Kai or Nobu. They were obviously use to the fighting. He wasn't. He put on a brave front, and did what he could to help them. For a guy who had never seen combat before then, it was admirable. He knew this, but...none of it made him feel any better, nor did it tell him how to make the nightmares go away.

He sat up and looked around the room in the dark. Drawings, statuettes, designs, and other things were about the room, which was a bit of a mess. The things were new in this room. First, his wooden staff had been joined by a metal staff, tekko-kagi, and kunai. He wasn't just a guy who defended himself anymore. He'd been thrust into the world of fighters, because he himself had fought. He had real weapons...and he'd really killed people with them.

The second thing was the big hat currently on the tall hat-rack. It was Jack's. Roshi hadn't known why he took it at the time, apart from it being a big silly floppy hat. Later on, though, he realized why he did that: To prove that the man was dead, that it wasn't one of his illusions. He was gone forever. Well...almost gone. There was still one more battlefield for Jack and Toya and the Ikko Monks: Roshi's own head.

"I can't take much more of this..."

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A while later, he was coming upon a place where he thought maybe someone could give him a hand. He'd thought about talking to Nobu about it, or Kai, or Kurome. With Kai and Kurome, he was getting along with nicely. Nobu seemed very level-headed. But...he didn't exactly know them as well as he should. It might've seemed strange, but he found himself outside the school dorms at this late hour because he thought that she would be better at it.

Suishoku knew the Roshi we all know and love better than the one that went to war. Right now, the young artist was at odds at the young man who'd gone and fought for the country, recently. Right now, he needed not an acquaintance - no matter how good that acquaintance was - but rather...a friend. He needed a friend who had probably been through combat, as he had, and shared some moments - good and bad - with him. That was why he wanted it to be her.

She might've been the first good friend he'd had since the earthquake.

So, he was below the window that he was pretty sure was the right one for her dorm room. Why was he here? The old chuck-the-stone-at-the-window routine! Except, first...he had some leftover dominoes, and second...they weren't reaching high enough. He tried, but he kept missing. Alright then. Plan B. Roshi took out his cellphone and began to text her, hoping that she was in an...understanding enough mood for this. It said...

-Suishoku-san, I need to talk to someone, face to face. Can you sneak out and meet me on the school grounds?-

If she did, she would find that he was not hard to spot. The moon was bright enough and his attire was a bit unusual. At times, Roshi liked to relax in a monk-like robe, pants and no shirt, with sandals on, if not barefoot. He was like that now, but...he was seated on an outside bench, legs rucked up to his chin and holding them, staring either into his knees or just...ahead.

A layman could easily tell that something was wrong. Someone who actually knew the guy knew that he was in a really bad way.

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It took some time before being released from the hospital, her memory foggy and uncomfortable when coming to after who knows how long Suishoku had been out. Overbursts weren't a joke when it was said to take a lot out of a Scion. Extra days were added to her stay there and visitors came and went to say their peaces. The feelings that came forward during that time was unlike any of the anxiety that went hand in hand with the medical track. The girl needed time to think and be sure of those emotions but for what it was all worth, the main thing that was repeated to her the most was that she saved lives. How many? Who? What were they talking about? These kinds of questions riddled those early days at the hospital when that was the kind of news to awake to. There was a lot of catching up to fill in the gaps between what took place at the warehouse in southern Edo to the hospital room.

Those days came and went with extra names and faces along with it. It was a lot to take in though and still more to process from the shock. Within her dorm room did the elite finally rested in sheets not scented with the sterile hospital environment. Coming back was almost surreal to find the dorms and her own room largely intact while the rebuilding efforts were gaining momentum to beak the early summer rains. It made her tear up at the thought that, of all places, this dorm room presented itself as the most safest. Safer than her own room back in Kaga and far removed of the aftermath that still plagues Edo. Even still with such peace did her dreams continue in the most curious of fashions and tonight wasn't going to be any different. That was what Suishoku had resided herself to when pulling up the covers.

By now did her dark room light up with the screen of her cellphone going on with a picture of a jovial Roshi captured somewhere last year among his project antics. The device rumbled on her desk stand and jingled in the dark for attention. A tried hand groped around the night stand before accidentally knocking it to the floor with a pitiful groan coming from the blankets right after. The elite grumbled and slid to the floor with blankets in tow to read her message. "Roshi," she sighed at first, not sure what to make of the name at this hour. Now wasn't the time for crazy plans so she hoped the young man had this in mind. On the other, he could be plotting something for the people and that would be in line with his usual antics as well. The Elite hoping for the later portion but as she pressed the button for the message to flash before her eyes, that hope sank quickly. A short and to the point request without any hint of mystery. This was not Roshi.

Give me five minutes.
Where are you?
-Suishoku


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Whether it was because she was now an Elite or that general unrest was hard to properly manage, dorm curfew remained strict but expanded its range of allowing students to roam a small range of space within the dorms than the confines of their rooms. Exiting past the female's side of the dorms, she took a moment to bow before the room where the girl's supervising teacher usually occupied before departing. Full knowing there were eyes watching somewhere in there as she went on her search.

The young woman left the dorms with phone her phone in her hand visibly and her relic tucked away in a breast pocket of a green plain pj shorts and shirt set. Over her shoulders for the night rested a brown overcoat provided by the Maeda all thanks to the clan's emblem decorating the edge of the sleeves. She didn't feel there was a need to fully dress or fix her downed hair when needing to see someone on short notice. Consciously she rubbed her left arm slowly as she texted her arrival before beginning to seek him out.

I'm outisde.

The message read simply and her feet started walking with her right-hand clutching both her phone and left arm. The summer air hung lukewarm with a breeze off the port stirring coolness into the atmosphere of the campus. She strolled lightly while mentally preparing herself in seeing him. How is he? How should she be? Suishoku had some idea of how the other elites and the people that went with her to Kaga and back were but continued to still be in the dark on other students. Roshi was one such student she had little knowledge in how well he is or what part of the missions he took that day. The last thing she wanted to be right now was insensitive.

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The trouble with Roshi was that his wild goofball nature wasn't due to being any sort of real Cloud Cuckoolander. He did it to keep his mind off of serious things, like his father's business. That was something Suishoku might've picked up on, from previous occasions. He WAS strange, but he had some sort of grip on reality. Right now, though, his grip on reality was a little too real. He couldn't stop thinking about it. Roshi had a wild and active imagination, and a pretty good memory. Forgetting all of what happened wasn't going to be an easy sell.

After a few minutes, his cellphone lit up and buzzed with a response. On his phone, the picture he had as her avatar was the painting he'd done, that she still presumably had in her room, and that he'd delivered personally in disguise. Suishoku was coming down. Good... She needed to know where he was, though. He looked around. Okay, yeah.... The school grounds were not exactly small. One-handedly, he gave some easy directions to the bench he was at. It wasn't exactly far from the dorm buildings. Once sent, Roshi wrapped his robe around him a little more, breathing the cool night air.

He rested his head against his knees and he could still see Edo burning around him. He couldn't remember what he was thinking. He'd been angry for the monks attacking his home, and he'd been scared because he'd narrowly avoided death and was now in a warzone. If Nobu hadn't been there, he might've freaked out. His cellphone buzzed again, thankfully distracting him from the thought. She was outside now. With his directions, she'd find him easily. Once she was in sight, he gave off a small wave...which was not excitable or Roshi-like in the least. This would be a new experience for Suishoku. She was seeing Roshi unplugged.

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On cue, her phone lit up again with some instructions to a bench seating area not far from the dorms. She smiled some in knowing the location and that it wasn't too far of a walk from dorm safety but this was from Roshi. This was someone who worried more about trouble with locals than terrorists. That time with the mafia was the rare exception though that even she had to throw that bone to him. Roshi wouldn't be the type of person to go running around pissing off powerful organizations constantly. Thinking about things like this provided a small humor to this odd summons but it was only just that.

A lone figure came into her view off the dim lights of the Edo building and what could be provided from an equally dim city and night sky. His head was down at first and the small humor slowly ebbed away. Her worries began to build slowly while nearing him. As his head raised for a brief wave, Suishoku returned it in kind with a small wave of her own. "Don't want to come in?" She asked him. He lived off campus but should have the same privileges as any student but maybe coming inside may not work for him. She could tell that Roshi's shoulders were slumped and he kept himself held closely.

Once Suishoku came up to the bench, she sat down next to him and adopted a similar pose. Her posture leaning slightly forward with her right arm and phone resting bent on her lap and her left arm shifted to hug around her side and hold onto a corner of her coat. She sat quietly like this for at least a minute. Suishoku already asked him a question before but that was just casual compared to the real ice breaking. It was just the night around them now in the wake where no one should be left alone. Never for too long.

"It's good seeing you again Roshi."

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Yeah, true, there was a lounge that visitors - students, mostly - were permitted inside, but he didn't want to go inside of it. Roshi had simply shaken his head 'No' to answer the question. He'd looked at her as she'd approached. The way she carried herself, he could see that Suishoku had been injured somehow. Roshi had not been injured in any severe way. On his mission, he'd acted as support for Kai and Kurome, and thus was not the focus of attack. In Edo, he'd been mostly on his Pale Hornet attacking, or helping Nobu. He hadn't taken any real harm there, either.

He watched her takea seat beside her out of the corner of his eye before returning his full attention to the ground. He wasn't even sure how to start this, so for the moment, he was just silent. Suishoku must've picked up on the fact that something was wrong. He hadn't cracked a joke or said anything weird yet. Fortunately, she had decided to open up the conversation. Roshi replied to her with only a simple "Yeah...", but from that point, he decided to just speak his mind. It wouldn't be right, calling her out and then not saying anything. He looked over to her, not exactly meeting her eyes.

"I can't sleep. I literally cannot. I keep seeing it all, up here."

He pointed to his head. Then, he lowered both it and his hand in frustration.

"I went from artist to soldier and special operative in...in...what? A few days! I don't even know why I did that... I just thought it was right, and then all this and..."

He trailed off because he'd run out of words, after blurting it out like that. He looked agitated. Roshi had seen things. Not all of them horrible, but some of them bad. He'd created wonderful things and lived through the great earthquake. He had impressed the likes of young important people and he'd seen a young cavalryman cry. Really, there was alot in Roshi's head that he didn't sift through, but stored out of the way while he made a safe route for his art to come out of. But right now, his mind had some very unwelcome clutter and he couldn't get rid of it.

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"Mmn," she nodded with fingers rubbing the edges of her coat just to feel the texture of the fabric. Momentum wasn't going as well as she thought the greeting would have prompted. Her head tilted to the side to see Roshi but his hunched figure made her sigh and return to the ground in debate on her next move. What should she be asking? If she played pretend like it was all okay then Suishoku worried that may strike him the wrong way. He was the one that called her out after all so why was it oddly difficult to just ask that? Her eyes went to her left head that fumed with the clothing. The texture of each thread against her fingers made her nod while consciously counting each thread. It'll be okay, she told herself.

"Sleep. Mmmn, yeah," she turned to Roshi but couldn't look at him to match the words that greeted him. His being made her feel sad to see him like this.

"I went from artist to soldier and special operative in...in...what? A few days! I don't even know why I did that... I just thought it was right, and then all this and..."

"This." Suishoku breathed and stared at Roshi. The hand holding her jacket trembled a bit making her hold onto the edge tighter. Of all his antics and projects, the way he spoke of this made her realize that Roshi was just an artist. He was here in Bugei not like the others who were politics and battle. And yet he went out there thinking that way? To go out there and make things right? She pretend to rub sleep from her eye before speaking to him. What was he rightly thinking?

"You don't have to be that way again if you don't want to be. A solider or special ops." Suishoku started and sat up to adjust her posture a bit. Leaning forward too much started to hurt her back a little. "You just did what you thought was right. Isn't...that usually enough?" Roshi had a good sense of judgement but his words rushed out so quickly. It was hard to appraise which parts were wrong and what could be right. All that time trying to be thoughtful and planning on how to handle Roshi was wasted when she should have been spent worrying about him more or speculating what went wrong. Roshi has been in Bugei for...how long? She remembered her surprise that he was a 3rd year student when they first met but what could he have been doing all this time and never once enter a battle?

"You don't have to go into great detail but, I can see that this has been the largest task you've done. What made you want to go out there? What made you feel you must be out there?"

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Well, she may not have known that he actually jumped ahead in grades, academically, because he'd consumed a mass amount of data obsessively and blasted it onto his papers in a way shocking to his teachers. So, he hadn't spent quite as much time as you'd think. Either way, though, he had not been sent out to battle much. He was an artisan whose talent was clearly greater in the field of creating things than fighting things. They were surprised when this box came in and signed his name up for a mission so suddenly. He listened to Suishoku speaking, thinking about his judgement on the matter. It was a little like finding a puddle and jumping on it...only to find out it's a big hole. You get alot on you, that way. Still...the why?

"I don't...really get into the big politics and stuff. I just think of right and wrong, like you said. I've never liked the Ikko Monks attacking people. I thought..."

Just a simple recon mission. He'd keep his wits about him and help the Scion duo the best way he could. He didn't know that it was a Koga Ninja base or that the Princess had been there, or even about the deathtraps...

"I thought I should be doing something, and I thought it should be something I could do. So, we were going to spy and infiltrate a base, but...it was alot more than any of us thought it would be. And then, we came back here and my hometown is on fire."

At the last part, he looked her way with the same distress he'd had when he first saw it, arms raised and with that expression of shock. He'd been on a mission and he'd been effectively at war as soon as he got home...fighting to save his home. He could swear he still smelled the smoke, possibly because he'd been in an illusion, and partially because it'd been part of reality, as well. That was a weird goddamn scythe. He'd been around murdering perverts and ninjas and completely lunatics. Some soldiers never saw any of that. Small wonder Kai wanted him to be an Elite. Living through that alone must make you a cut above the rest, in some way.

"I've seen alot of things in a very short time, Suishoku-san... I've had to hurt and kill and...I headbutted a General."

Wait...what?

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Suishoku nodded her head and listened, leaning back against the bench to rest there now and keep an easier eye on him from there. He didn't sound too broken up to still talk about this which helped them both. "Hmm." The cellphone in hand tapped into her lap. "You thought going out there to help would the most about it. Hmm." Her head looked at the Maeda clan emblems on her overcoat. This would likely be the first time she's ever tried on anything clan related but the coat found its use for tonight. "Me neither. I signed up for Kaga because it's home and I wanted to keep my folks safe. What took place and what I had to do ended up being unexpected. Just...unexpected things. A small wonder our group made it back to Edo to try taking care of here."

They went on missions and an informal one before. Everyone wrapped up with Edo and how it turned out made it easier to talk about in a way. Unlike how she swore into silence of how the Shogun got his arm lobbed off, everyone in the active part of this Ikko business had something to say. The pressure of keeping silent wasn't so overbearing of a condition anymore to say things a little bit freely. Everyone that supported the Ikko showed themselves that day and people of many occupations revealed their true colors in the shock and horror of those around them. Luckily, Kaga didn't have that large of an outcry of Ikko supporters all in part of Lord Maeda having much of it in his people. It seems over there did traitors resorted to using armor or infiltration by militant ranks. Edo suffered an unfortunate betrayal.

"Is your family okay though? Your dad and brother? Hatto-san even?" Sushioku asked if there was more to this than the mission. Roshi didn't mention them so she assumed they were okay as well for what little she had interactions with and how they were. Neighbors turned enemies in a blink of an eye based on how she saw the bodies lay in the streets of southern Edo. She waited for Roshi to answer this as he turned to her to say more about what his mission was like.

"I've seen alot of things in a very short time, Suishoku-san... I've had to hurt and kill and...I headbutted a General."

"..."

The hand which clung to her coat released and she petted Roshi's forehead with it in a slow fashion. She didn't say anything yet but kept stroking his head without a word for her fingers to feel his slightly sweat stained hair and warm brow. His head didn't feel fractured and neither was there an odd formation to his skull. She nodded while feeling him as though in approval that this action was a very Roshi like thing to do.


"That is a lot done in a very short amount of time indeed. What part of Edo did you go to to face all this?"

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When Suishoku asked about friends and family, Roshi answered soberly with a one-two-three gesture from the hand farthest from her.

"Dad and bro got out quickly, mom was helping at the hospital, and Hatto-san was fighting and only got injured when he tried to bash through a wall."

Hakuro believed that running full-tilt at a wall and shouting 'HATTO SMASH!' will break through any obstacle. Some barriers will be broken, and even the building he was busting through had been weakened enough, but he hurt himself doing it and had to go to the hospital, as a result. So no, it wasn't about them. They were shocked and appalled as a citizen would be, but this was different from how he felt. He put himself in this, and they had put him through the wringer.

Roshi was now resting his head on his crossed arms, which were on his still-up knees, when...he felt Suishoku's hand on his forehead. It was unexpected, and it caused him to wince because...while there was no long-lasting damage...there had been a sizable delay-action bruise that'd taken a while to fade. She could still find a mark there. Obviously, though, he didn't care about the physical pain. Physically, his suffering was laughable. Emotionally, his reaction to alot of this had been the same as falling off of a cliff.

Her hand on his brow was a good comfort, at least a kind of comfirmation that it was okay to talk about this. It was very hard to read Suishoku, sometimes. He'd said as much to Nobu. He wasn't sure if it'd been because of him or because she was just that way naturally. As for himself, he knew that he was kind of hard to follow, because what he wanted people to see was the Roshi everyone sees. The Roshi behind the curtain - with his hating his father and brother, with his not wanting the family business, with his trouble now with the Ikko war - was not something he tried to inflict on others. Every now and then, though, he needed a release valve.

"I was dropped into Yoshiwara, red-light zone. It was right after our mission. Kai and Kurome had to fight elsewhere, so they dropped me off and then had to go. Everything was on fire. Monks were all over the place. I might've gotten surrounded if I didn't have my cycle..."

His Pale Hornet, currently parked by the main gates. Roshi survived by being some kind of motorized cavalry, for the most part.

"I found Nobu, a little later, and we started looking for Monks or people to help out...and this crazy foreign guy with a big hat started attacking."

He shook his head like he was trying to dislodge him from it.

"We fought him alongside some other guy I never met, and...this General is just kill-obsessed, blabbing on about war and death and murder... He didn't even care when he got hurt. He just kept fighting like he thought he couldn't die...!"

There was a frantic edge in his voice as he started talking about Jack.

"And then, the other guy went berserk and he tore him open and he...he just kept slicing and slashing, even though he was already dead and blood was everywhere!"

He was gripping his legs tightly, because he couldn't stand them shaking now. His hands, not his legs. In a battle, Roshi had the courage to stand, but he was having real trouble resolving all the death and dismemberment, at his or anybody else's hands. He'd assisted Kai and Kurome, or Nobu later, but there were a good number of sickening thuds and crunches to his name now.

"We hadn't even recovered from barely escaping a Koga Ninja base that was suppose to be an Ikko base. Straight from that to my home being under attack..."

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The hand on his head paused briefly as she felt him flinch. She expected something more rash or a motion to tell her to stop this but Roshi did neither of those things. Feeling accepted to continue, Suishoku continued to stroke his head even as he recounted the horrible things he did. It made her happy that his family was also safe and, despite having yet to meet this particular person, Hatto-san only got an injury via a wall attack of some ... kind? It was something she had to take for granted as Hatto-san is someone Roshi looked up to.

Then the story began of Roshi's heroics of sorts. She now learned where Kurome and Kai had gone. Knowing this gave confidence in that Roshi was taken care of by two very combat focused friends, yes Kai is also a friend at this point oddly enough, but even Nobu was there to keep Roshi safe. Hearing Nobu's name mentioned made her smile to know where her friend went and it sounds as though Nobu also helped keep Roshi safe. The grin was brief though as he told her more about their enemy.

"Hmm...so you too faced someone like that." Suishoku sighed and tried to recount what happened those few days ago. "I went to southern Edo to find anyone. First met up with a young first year doctor and...eventually met someone...large. A former samurai I think." There was a pause as she now lowered her hand from Roshi's head to try thinking back to that battle before losing consciousness. "I supported a fellow student and...saw a fighter and a smith student. From what I understood later, the man was killed by the fighter and the smith student." It was clear that Suishoku wasn't remembering things too well and in an odd way. She didn't give many specific names of her enemy or friends of the situation.

Resuming her main focus on Roshi, she rested her hand from his head and rested it on top of his hands pressed on his knees. "Not many did have enough time to rest before returning back to Edo. Though...what you are feeling, I felt that way on an early mission during first year. It wasn't um, a good memory but...no one is going to be upset with how you feel."

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This wasn't a one-sided thing. He knew that she had suffered in some way, herself. The way one of her arms was not doing very much at all, it must've gotten hurt during a battle. Really, though Suishoku's own tale wasn't extremely heavy on the details, Roshi was able to fill in the gaps with his imagination. All of Edo was damaged, all of Edo was flooded with Ikko Monks and whatnot. It didn't take much to put together that she'd been through her own hell. However, his head raised and he had a look of confusion, even distress, when she mentioned that the big man had been killed.

"What...? But what did...? Why the...? Weren't they all on your side?"

He didn't know. He assumed that she was recounting people whom she'd met that had helped her deal with situations in the Southern area. Whether any of them were turncoats or had personal agendas, he couldn't tell from this alone. It bothered him when a detail like that stuck out, especially if it was a death-y kind of detail. Suishoku soon rested her hand on his own, and honestly Roshi was trying to keep himself calm about this. It's just that his own recount had sort of gotten away from him. He hadn't been in a normal battle, but the battle of the century. Rough transition. Still...

"It's really not about how other people feel. Other people are actually proud of me, right now. But even then, you know I wouldn't be the Roshi I am if I succumbed to embarrassment easily."

That was true. What people thought of him didn't bother him when he was off the wall. How would having a normal and understandable reaction upset him? Of course, the things were still disturbing, but he'd been order to kill the Ikko Monks...and he'd done it, because he was too mad at what they'd done to his town! No, it wasn't about how they felt about the situation.

"It's about how I feel. I can't sleep because...well...I can't shake the images. The foreign guy's laughter, the fires, the deathtraps, the ninjas, the broken and crumpled bodies, the everything... How do you deal with it?"

He was asking her because everyone else he knew that was in on these things seemed to be more battle-hardened or even crazy, while Suishoku seemed like a normal person who coped. Roshi wasn't exactly normal, but he was closer to her line of thinking than a die-hard warrior.

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Roshi’s demand on clearing that up caught her surprised. Was that fat man an ally of theirs in the first place? Suishoku looked to him and shook her head quickly to deny the possibility that at any point was he ever helpful during the encounter in Southern Edo. “Hmm, when the first year medical and myself arrived, stumbled upon really, this large man showed little signs of virtue. He guarded a warehouse of women that were assumed to had been collected in the area. Between the fellow medical track and myself, our weapons weren’t durable enough to take on close combat for long so we went to save the girls.” Suishoku recounted in half certainty of the events but her brow did furrowed from thinking back. There were feelings of disgust and irritation toward that man. He fought with an inhuman lile body after all! This too should be explained to Roshi. Her hand pressed atop of Roshi’s unconsciously as things became less clear. “I think, we think, that man used a relic that made his body...mud like? Metallic? He was oddly resilient but...that man may have died trying to use a Scion’s final ability.”

She paused there in an attempt to play the event out again. They did disengage from the main enemy to help get those foreign women and this really was the last time she saw those combat students. How would she know of that man’s death? “Call it a feeling or intuition but somehow, that man wasn’t very right. Not right in a ‘not wrong’ kind of way but humanly not correct, if that makes sense. I remember the ground began shaking like an earthquake had happened again. I...ran outside of the warehouse to counter it with my own and, um...the last thing I remember was feeling very hot.” That heated feeling did linger the longest for her. Using an Overburst has always been described as taking a toll on a Scions body but hearing and actually experiencing was alwys the case. Even now the after effects hung on thanks to her left arm feeling very sluggish and almost numbness.

“Next thing I remember was waking up in a hospital room. They had me stay there longer due to running a high fever for a few days.” She explained the end of what she knew of the mission and it’s outcome. The look on Roshi’s face showed the gaps in her memory of how things neglected in mention; of how the bodies laid, former samurai and Ikko lurking like feral dogs, death or near dying laying in hiding. Roshi also brought up a good point. In the end, they were praised for their actions.

“Hmm, no. You wouldn’t be Roshi if you did,” Suishoku managed a small grin and retracted her hand to rest back in her lap. She inhaled the cool night to stay calm and awake while listening to not just Roshi but the nightly sounds of wind through the trees and the general quietness of the once lively Edo at night. She didn’t answer his questions yet on what she did to cope with the horrible first mission but instead asked him just this. “Do you feel safe here?”

It was a simple question but held so much more to the word. Suishoku awaited for what his answer would be, if he could describe how he felt about it before going further back to the time of her first mission.

“That first year mission I mentioned? The bad memory? I felt...kinda like you did. The nightmare, images that haunt the darkness, the sight of those mangled bodies...” A sigh left her before refilling her lungs with more cool air. “I never understood how could the school or the Shogun praise the work done when sending highschoolers to face those things. If I wasn’t around people, I’d shut myself away in my room. Scared to turn off the lights with thoughts of someone watching me constantly. I actively avoid missions just to be ridiculed as a talent-less coward or a useless medic that’s over reliant than usual actual practice. This relic brought me into Edo to become a Scion where I feel trapped in not just living here but where my future was going.

To be honest, I still would have stayed in my room as a shut in for every horrible thing that happened if I didn’t find someone to share these with.” Her hands clapped around her cellphone by now, sharing Roshi what selfish and petty feelings she harbored about the whole Scion deal. There wasn’t a need to go into full length of how bad the first mission had gone but she did attempt to be honest about everything to the end. Even now, if not for Roshi coming, neither of them would be outside like this.

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So, the ex-samurai was some kind of crazy pervert? Roshi found himself staring and not saying a word as Suishoku better-explained her encounter with the big man. As she said, he might've been a Scion, and he might've had the power to change his body somehow. Roshi didn't really know how Scion powers worked. This was because {A} he'd never had them himself and {B} they varied from person to person. He had no trouble believing the mud-man story because he didn't know if it was possible or not, and he liked to believe more IN the impossible!

Now, she herself hadn't been around to see the man's demise. She mentioned that. It'd been just a feeling, something in the air maybe, that said he tried to go all-out and died in the process. Suishoku didn't know, personally, what happened because she had been using her own Scion abilities - of which Roshi had only had a vague idea of what they could do - to somehow counter him and must've passed out. It was during this time, and when his grip on his knees had chilled out, that he noticed that her hand was rather firm on his now. It reminded him of something, somewhere between his own issues and being relieved that she was alright.

He knew that she was the right person to turn to when she managed a grin through all of this. Roshi imagined that Nobu, Kai, and Kurome would be rather morose and bothered by all these things, as well, grimly working through. He had wanted to see someone who could still put on a smile after all this, and by god that was what he got. She seemed to agree with his general account of Roshi-ness, which was just more proof that she knew him well. Then, Suishoku asked an unexpected question. Did he feel safe here? He looked around briefly.

"Well...yeah. Edo's always been pretty safe. War and earthquakes and stuff are really out of place here."

Yeah, war AND earthquakes. He still hated the great Kanto Earthquake that occurred, demolished things, killed plenty... These were unnatural things to him, firmly set in their wrongness. They didn't belong, because Suishoku certainly had a point. Edo felt safe, his haven. And now came her first mission... This WAS Roshi's first, wasn't it? First military action, anyway. He listened intently, taking it all in. She had had the same exact kind of feelings, plus one more about the possibility that she might be watched. The last one...didn't occur to him, but then he lived in town where his family was. Suishoku was alone out here, living in her dorm.

The strange thing was...it seemed to him right now that...they both still had the same problem with all of this, and that the answer appeared to be...doing what they were doing. Even now, she seemed like she could be just as bothered about the situation as he was. She was losing sleep over it, as well. Wow, it really wasn't a one-sided thing. Perhaps the reassurance that good friends would be there and be alright was the key? Roshi's legs finally extended - They needed a stretch, anyway. - so he could sit normally, and then - quite unexpectedly - he had his hand on Suishoku's shoulder.

"I'm glad you could make it out here, Suishoku-san. I guess Scions really don't have it any easier."

He use to think so, before the altercation with the Fish Mafia, but she was the one who cleared up that fantasy for him. They were still people, still capable of being surrounded and killed, stabbed in the back, or nearly bombed by a big-hat maniac.

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She kept her hands around her phone as something to hold onto. These feelings were shared before with Mizuha-sensei but with very few others. Mostly out of fear of coming off as too depressing and self centered than oppressing others who are more well adjusted with the failings of someone who can't get into the military mindset so readily. It amazed her how some already had the hardened battle core to accept death in whatever form it may take in the battle field. This wasn't so far fetched though since they came from family backgrounds that made it the case. Those kind of people had better ideas of what to do with their lives and the futures they will carve out. Signs and guides presented to them by their family history or idols that made deep impressions in their lives. Suishoku wondered if some of the more militant types were driven by noble causes but this was just a passing wonder at the tail end of the thought train.

The weight of Roshi's hand on her shoulders, the weight of it and not the initial touch, had her slowly turn her head to him. Her eyes looked a little confused at first and glanced at the hand on her.

"I'm glad you could make it out here, Suishoku-san. I guess Scions really don't have it any easier."

"Ah....hah hah hah," she let out a laugh more out of self deprecation. The words felt like irony to be told this that it was hard to really keep laughing or start crying to hear those words aloud. Suishoku nodded her head in agreement and smiled a bit more. "W-We all have our own struggles it seems." It could be counted that herself and a few others only made up the minority fraction of Scions that didn't bear the mindset. However, all of this felt dwarfed by the sheer number of pains and trials that had gone by the whole year. Maybe this time would they all find some peace as Edo rebuilds itself for the second time.

She set the phone in her lap and reached for Roshi's hand on her shoulder, holding it more firmly but gently in her stronger right hand. Talking to him like this, there was a feeling of kinship now in this bond over their emotional troubles. Funny how what happened in Edo has made Suishoku feel closer to Roshi than getting caught up in his zany plots or tangling with the Fish Mafia has done. "You're not the only one. I'm glad you called me Roshi. And...I'm glad you're still here." Saying this, Suishoku turned and hugged the boy. It wasn't a tight clinging one since she lacked fulled strength in her left arm but she still wanted to express her gratitude more for Roshi being alive after all this mess and for them having this kind of personal talk.

"Let's keep doing our best to keep ourselves, friends, and family safe."

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Her reaction was... Well, it was a reaction, that's for sure. Roshi wasn't sure if perhaps he'd missed something vis-a-vis her life as a Scion, or if she was just having a nervous laugh in an 'I know, right?' kind of way. Either way, this was alot better than he'd hoped. He didn't think he'd get to know Suishoku this well when he came out here, just figured that she could help him. This? This was much more open and friendly.

It got even better when she took his hand and pulled him into a hug. It was one-armed because of whatever harm Suishoku had taken during the battle, but...like Roshi's astonishing lack of wounds to his body...it had a much more emotional impact. Real eye-opener, there. He hugged her back, of course. Also not too tight. He didn't know what kind of injury she had, but you had to be a bit delicate with that. It was like hers, but with two arms.

Keep everyone safe. That was it. That's why I did it. It's for everyone I care about, even though I'm a goofy artist with no power but my own.

Roshi was properly smiling by the time he pulled back.

"I think you're a great medic. I certainly feel better."

He hoped it worked on herself, as well. Hmmm... So, they were here, and there was something he'd been wanting to confirm or deny for a while. Why not now?

"Uhh, Suishoku-san... There's something I've been curious about ever since I met Nobuyori. Are you two...seeing each other or something?"

It was a thought that'd popped into his head and...he had to wonder.

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