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Akihana Akari
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Stage 4 -Depression (Kozai) Empty Stage 4 -Depression (Kozai)

Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:13 am
The walk was supposed to be to clear her head, the kunoichi reminded herself as she slipped on her simple sandals, unwrapping the long shawl from around her golden head as she exited the mosque. Various words of farewell trailed after her as she left the place of warship, her light blue shawl for once not making any efforts to hide her trademark hair. She had been out to clear ehr head, but that was twenty minutes ago.

Now she was coming out of a mosque with a basket of complementary meat based foods in her hands, a trail of children following her hoping to catch a word of praise of a whiff of the food she carried. On any normal occasion, she would have given them it too. Thanks to the reforms Denkiteki and his team had brought to Hoshi, food was no longer a scarcity, water aplenty, buildings sound and people - for the most part - at peace.

"I'm sorry darling, but this is for Master Kozai, our resident librarian," Akihana apologized to a little girl who came up to her with big eyes and empty hands. "But I'll tell you what, you can have this," she offered, unwrapping the powder blue shawl from around her shoulder and wrapping over the girl who promptly began to dance with it, her face all smiles.

"And this," Akihana added, leaning down to kiss the top of the little girl's head. A few minutes later, she was on her way, dressed in a simple white garment and sandals, hair lose and fluttering in the wind and the small basket wedged in her arm. Sure there were problems. The Queen now slept more than she stayed conscious, Arata's room had turned up things she had not imagined possible in her little boy's mind, there was a persistent emptiness inside her body that refused to go away. All of that could have been cured by a simple, quiet walk to clear her head.

And yet that would have been self serving, so instead the Kunoichi had stopped off at the nearest mosque, inspecting their water supply lines to ensure the area for their ritualistic ablutions before prayers was well filtered and drained. Then she had stopped by to wish the Imam a good evening as he had prepared for Friday afternoon Jamaat and finally, she was off to see the man who had brought Denkiteki in a most unusual manner to Hoshi and who had since then holed himself up in the Hoshigakure archives. The man had caused no trouble, as she knew he wouldn't. Den seemed to be agreeable to that fact too which just went to show that people showed you their best when you let them.

Today however, they had more serious things to discuss. It was time for Kozai Yuki to make a conscious decision about what he wanted his status in Hoshigakure to be and Akihana hoped their views aligned.

Reaching the library a few more minutes later, she was shown in by the pair of Queensmen at the door. Waiting respectfully out front, Akihana would pick up a book of poetry, patiently waiting Kozai's entrance.

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Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:13 pm
"I do indeed," the blonde replied, a small smile already decorating her face at the way the young girl had ran out just minutes before with the book clutched to her tiny frame. "It's of the utmost important nature too," she added, lifting the basket in her arms up slightly. "Have you been eating well, I brought some high in protein local delicacies you might enjoy. As I'm sure you've noticed, we Hoshi people take our food very seriously," she ended with a small laugh, extending the basket his way. Should his sensory extent towards her own, Kozai would sense a welcoming, friendly glow of chakra emanating from the female, the warm aura exuding all around her and giving off a sense of comfort and ease.

"I came to see how you were settling into the village. I had heard you'd quite revolutionized our library and such a service could never go unrewarded. Plus I wanted to see for myself, if you'd be so kind." Other than genuine gratitude towards the near stranger for organizing all of Hoshigakure's publicly available documents and putting a proper library system in place, Akihana wanted to see for herself how he'd done it. She was a big believer in people showing their fondness for a task by how well they did it and if she had heard correctly, the books would be immaculate in there.

"I heard you managed to even restore some of our oldest religious texts. How did you manage that?" she asked with a friendly smile, entering the library should he lead her in. True there was business to discuss but nothing that couldn't wait until she'd inquired after his well being and made sure he'd had a decent meal. He may have been powerful enough to best Denkiteki in battle but sometimes, in the right light, he resembled a tired child, someone who needed looking after despite his indignant protests that he was old enough to do things by himself. It was this initial feeling that had helped Akihana make up her mind about Kozai, and it was this feeling that allowed her to continually worry about him and keep checking up on him through people who worked around him.

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Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:33 am
"You're more than welcome," the blonde replied, surveying everything he showed her with interest. "And I'll put in a word about the budget." He seemed to have not only worked on the texts stored within the building but the building itself as well, something Akihana had to give the young man credit for. When he mentioned wasting her time, the kunoichi shook her head, loose strands of gold falling over her shoulder.

"Not at all, I rather enjoy watching someone work at soemthing they're passionate about, and from the looks of it you seme to be plenty taken with this profession. I'm glad you found something in hoshi that make you happy," she added, raising her golden eyes to his for a second before dropping erh gaze once more. hether this man was not used to pleasantries or never had the opportunity to indulge in them, she didn't know, but she hoped it would change with time. There was no way to explain why she felt Kozai always appeared on edge. It wasn't sensory, certainly not ninja sensory, not that she knew of. Akihana simply knew people and Kozai was... complicated to say the least.

"Just a heads up, I'm going to kep sending food," she continued, a small smile on ehr lips. "After all, what would your mother think if she thought no one was looking after you?" Akihana quipped softly, the spark of amusement dim but present in her gaze. It was a tried and proven method, making others laugh made you want to cry less. Or so she'd been told.

"But you are right, i did come to discuss something more than your health. As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Queen of Hoshigakure, Her Royal Highness, Queen Shiera has been sick for neigh a year now. I was tasked with being her personal healer and I'm afraid... most of my efforts have been in vain. I've prolonged her life but I couldn't do much to improve the quality of it. Sometimes... Sometimes I feel she simply doesn't want to go on." It was all difficult to say but she had to say it. If there was even the slightest chance sharing this information with Kozai would help, she would do it a thousand times over.

"We've obviously kept the extent of her illness from the general population. The Queen is so much more than a ruler here at Hoshi, she's a symbol of hope that people look up to, take courage from. She's the only constant Hoshi has had in the last half a century of turmoil. And now, well, now is the time everyone starts looking for miracles."

It had been Ser Tarly who had first came to her with the legend, and it had seemed just that. A fanciful tale to occupy children, a tool for parents who simply weren't ready to let their offsprings in on the secrets of death. But as time went on and one week turned into two and two weeks into a month, the idea that something akin to what Ser Tarky claimed existed became less fanciful. Perhaps it showed how desperate everyone really was but it was worth the risk if the item really did exist.

"One of the Queensguards approached me about a month ago claiming he knew the existence of something called Hero Water. He claimed it was water that sprung from a magical well somewhere in the east and had great healing force within it. I was wondering if you'd come across anything of such a nature while sorting through all the old tomes?" Her question was worded politely, more like a request for information than an order to reveal what he knew. Akihana had always found best results came gently.

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Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:43 pm
At his offer of examining the Queen himself, the blonde shook her head regrettably, unsure how to tell the young man in front of her of Hoshi's modest culures and perceptions . Whether anyone else believed it or not, Akihana had always believed that Denkiteki was a better medical ninja than her. Perhaps this young ninja was too. But they had one thing in common, they were both undoubtedly men and therefore it was Akihana who had been chosen to tend to the Queen. At first she had been surprised to see midwives instead of doctors, separate examination quarters for males and females but it had taken her not long to realize that the modest nature of Hoshi's people was dire ctly tied tot eh various faiths they served.

"A kind offer, and one I wish I was at liberty to accept. But Her Grace is well enough to make her own decisions and I'm afraid neither she nor the nobles will permit an examination by a male doctor, otherwise I would have had Denkiteki examine her a long time ago. As it is, I give him regular reports and seek his counsel on ehr condition, as I was hoping to do with you. After all, it doesn't matter who's treatment cures ehr so long as she gets cured," Akihana explained, walking with him towards the tome where he'd allegedly read of this mysterious water. Try as she might, she could never place Kozai, from the unconventional way he had enterred Hoshigakure to his currently helpful but... somewhat detached emotions. She wished she knew him better, knew im well enough to ask if he had grown up with a family or without as so many ninja did in these times. Whether he could not attach apporpriate emotional responses to his words or did not want to would have to remain a mystery for now.

"I also have to confess I came here to discuss your status as a Hoshigakure shinobi. You've quite asserted yourself as our librarian and the city has only benefited from your service but we all know you're a ninja," she paused, letting her words sink in and giving him apt time to either deny or confirm her statement. His answer didn't matter, she didn't need a confirmation or a denial, if he no longer wished to be a shinobi, that was his right.

"The question is, would you like to be a ninja that would serve Hoshigakure, or a librarian of the city blessed by the stars? This is in no way a method to push you into making a decision, rather this gives you something to ponder over your next meal." With a soft smile, she reached out a hand for the thick volume regarding Hero Water that he'd extracted from the glass bookcase.

"May I?"

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Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:04 pm
His quick reply was unsettling to her if she was perfectly honest with herself. She had expected a request for more time or even a noncommittal shrug. But his quickness simply made him seem eager to the blonde which worried her. Was he this ready for a fight? Did he believe that being a ninja of Hoshigakure would automatically put him in violent situations from which he would have to think his way out. His further clarifications of his methods not suiting her only added another layer of worry to the young woman's brow.

"All the same I'd like you to take some time to consider the notion, not because I doubt your ability to choose but because I want to give you a chance to think of this from all perspectives," she explained, closing the book in her hands. Ideally she would have liked to go over it with him but a more important matter had cropped up, on she had to address.

"In order to truly serve a village, we as shinobi have to put its needs ahead of our owns. We serve it in whichever way it requires us to, we don't get to decide what we think is best for it, we simply do as told. It is how shinobi have always worked and sometimes, maintaining fragile peace is much harder than going to war." Akihana had always personally been of the opinion that war was easy, nothing was simpler for most people than to give into senseless hatred and destruction. It was the sole thing that alienated her from everyone else, her inability to comprehend how one could knowingly hurt another. And here there was perhaps another who belonged to the same school of thought.

"The people of Hoshigakure are different from those in more developed shinobi nations. Different but no less worthy of respect for what they have achieved and what they believe in. Their ways may seem odd to you at first, they did to me. We must seem odd to them too yet they welcomed us into their midst and gave us a home. Together, shinobi and the people of this city have built a narrow, somewhat shaky bridge of trust and as a shinobi of the city, your task will be to maintain and strengthen that bridge - which will not happen by you looking down on them or being oblivious to their needs and values. If you still wish to join our forces, I will have Denkiteki send you the paperwork that officiates you as a Master of our village," she finished, tucking the book neatly at her side and making sure not to cause any damage to it.

"If you choose to remain neutral however, I will understand. Certainly, the life of a librarian is a lot more peaceful," she added with a slight smile, reassuring him that whatever his decision may be, she would not judge him for it, nor will she think any more of less of the young man.

"It might also help to make friends," she added lightly, almost as an after thought. "They make for great company, and eating alone I hear is something no one likes to do. You might be surprised at how nice it makes you feel when someone is concerned for you. I'll try to keep sending food even if I can't visit as regularly and I hope when you do decide on making friends, you'll think of me."

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