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Posted: Apr 12 2018, 11:33 PM
Member No.: 172
Joined: 22-March 18
Kunishi, Viola: Week 2 Report
Day 1: Second week of my rounds starts off with a good time on my path. I've started to become acquainted with other students here and it seems like I'm not some sort of outcast like I initially thought I'd be. The other members on guard duty seem to enjoy the fact that I signed up for it and think I'll end up being a great help since I managed to stay with it. Guess that means I'm either in for a rude awakening soon, or people just can't manage to do mundane tasks without action, so they quit. Either way, I need the spare money to go out and enjoy my time here. Was thinking about checking out one of the bordering areas of the city soon... I heard there was a nice beach area and a pretty quiet area around somewhere... beach to the north and quiet area south? Hope I don't botch this up. Shift ended without incident.
Day 2: Shift started with no major problems, and maintained time on my routes. Rumors are spreading among the group that the people who arrived from the west have settled in and we're planning some stuff soon to celebrate their arrival... something like a dance and a tournament. Seems a bit contradictory to me that you have a dance with them, then try to beat them into submission the following week, but that could be what those kids are into. But in retrospect, the dance seems like a great opportunity to wear my kimono again and really get involved with some of the people here. That makes me excited! The tournament, I could get involved in to see where I stand with the world. I have been practicing more and trying to figure more out about these powers and understanding ways to make efficient use of them. Seems like this relic has some incredible depth to it, but I can't really reach too far down yet. Maybe with more practice, I can get there eventually. No incidents occurred tonight as of shift change.
Day 3: Shift begins with rain. Wonderful. Nobody wants rain to happen, especially when you have to be in it, even if I'm completely covered now. Routes were a bit slow due to the boots I'm wearing now, but there weren't any issues that came about because of it. Speaking of that, I did finally get boots, so my shoes can have a break and I don't have to wash them every time I run in the rain now. That in itself will cut down on the biggest hassle of this job... well, besides dealing with intruders, but that's only situational. No incidents occurred as of shift change.
Day 4: Things dried up today, so routes were taken at normal pace. I was talking with my peers and my replacement tonight and was told that apparently a pretty huge invasion happened a few years ago. The Ikko made a pretty large attack against Edo and had to be repelled. They ended up making these positions to ensure if one happened again that things might turn out a little better... I just hope it doesn't happen again. I've been keeping a more alert eye on things since hearing that. I want to be sure that this home I just moved into just over a week ago doesn't fall to some anti-government group. Guess I could just shove them off the property if it came right down to it. Doesn't take much to put a palm to their gut and shove... at least I hope. Nothing to report as of shift change.
Day 5: Shift started as normal and routes taken were a bit faster pace than usual. I got a pleasant surprise when my mom called me during my rounds. I unfortunately had to tell her I was working, which she was ecstatic about. Following that, she reprimanded my dad about me finding work while all he wanted to do was grow his vegetables. We all had a quick laugh about it before she told me they both missed me and wished me the best of luck. I thanked them and returned the sympathies before I got off the phone with them. I'll call them back after I'm done, but it is really nice to know I'm being thought of when I'm not around. I guess it's easy to do, though, since I'm a third of the household. I bet they're at least enjoying the fact that the food isn't disappearing so fast... being in track and helping myself to food to regain energy after a run is no joke. I guess I'm helping them in that sense, at least. Though I've adapted myself to things so far, home is still a wonderful thought to me. I wonder how my friends are doing? Perhaps I should starting using that messenger app they were using before I left... I think Snapchat? I'll see about it later. Nothing to report as of shift change.
Day 6: I came into my shift at the end of an attempted raid by a single Ikko member. Apparently, they were trying to sneak in to the headmaster's office and dig up secret information. The one I relieved had just returned from dealing with the invasion and made clear that I should watch for more activity as it was a bit unusual for them to act individually and if one failed, more would come soon. The entire route, I was on an insanely high alert and could not keep from imagining the scenarios in my head of what to expect... would it be a kid? Or maybe an adult? Fat? Skinny? Ugly? Super handsome... nah, I doubt someone involved in treason would be a good looking guy. Or would they? What a conundrum. As I was entertaining these thoughts, I heard leaves rattling in a nearby bush and nearly jumped out of my skin. I tensed up once I composed myself and waited for the worst only to see a cat come out of the bush. Immediately after that, my relief came from behind and put his hand on my shoulder. I instinctively gripped my tonfa and swung my left arm as I pivoted my ankle, turning my body toward the touch and keeping my elbow bent to release a full force blow once I could see my target. As he came into view, I began to relax and try to stop, but it was too late. He managed to dodge the swing, just barely grazing his hair. He let out a panicked, "Calm down, it's only me!" as he stood to look me in the eye. Of course, I apologized profusely and explained why I was so tensed up. He only laughed and told me the so called Ikko raider earlier was only a sympathizer, not an actual member. He had confessed everything once he was taken in for questioning and taken to the local jail. Relief came over me and I put my tonfa away and thanked him for clearing the situation up. I was then relieved of duty for the night after a bit more small talk. No other incidents occurred.
Day 7: A bit of wind picked up today just before my shift. There's a storm coming in off the ocean they say may bring quite a bit of rain and some intense storms with it... great, as if rain wasn't bad enough. The route tonight was normal beyond a couple stray animals looking for shelter. Can't say I blame them, if I was them and could sense the malice in the air from the storm, I'd be running, too. The way I understand, if conditions are too extreme for safety outside, say if there is lightning occurring frequently or strong winds are blowing, like a hurricane, then the guard staff are told to keep watch indoors in certain areas specified to them at a briefing. If the situation becomes dire and the school is in danger, we become the alarm system. An automated system will alert students to the situation, but we are the ones responsible for keeping them under control. Of course, my role may be diminished due to me being a first year at the school, but regardless, I'd like to do what I can. I doubt this storm will become that rough, but then again, we could all be surprised. Beyond being nearly hit by a trashcan on my route that I had to catch and secure, nothing out of the ordinary occurred during the shift.
End of Week 2 Report
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down her life for her friends."