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    Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

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    ○Kaori

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    Primary Magic: Ninja
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    Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Tue 22 Aug - 21:14



    Aboard the beginning of what would be soon known as the Arc of Destiny, Kaori watched over the city of Hargeon through a series of lacrima vision that were installed throughout the helm. Many of the halls of the guild were under her surveilance, but Kaori made sure to keep out of private places for obvious reasons. The residing clan was ignorant of her observation since it was done with specially made lacrima that blended into the background. Sensing magic in the castle wasn't abnormal, so no one suspected the lacrima were in place.

    On the ship, Ikuchi was silently waiting for Kaori to give him an order. He was in his human form, wearing a black garment with a mask that was seemingly made of bone. His long black hair was messy and spiked, giving him a slightly edgier look than Kaori cared for; but she wasn't one to judge. Out of nowhere, he heard the magic words of his master saying "Iku" to get his attention. "Yes Lady Lareci?" he replied with a calm tone, his reptilian eyes focusing in on her.

    In the castle, there was an individual taking up a task to enter the Spooky Forest; a place known for having dark mages, and kidnappers to add onto wildlife with no fear of humans. Kaori was trying to keep her presence in the castle to a minimum, so she'd stopped sleeping there. Since her ship was nearly built, she had the builders finish the walls and floor for her room and she used a blanket for a bed. Her days were spent monitoring the people leaving the castle and making sure they weren't going in over their head... "Do you know her?" the servant asked, looking at the same woman taking up the request. "A new member. Miss Burke, if her record is accurate." the masked warrior said calmly. Her knowledge began and ended at the individual's name since she had watched the girl's entry to the castle, as well as combed over her file to a minor degree. "I apologize for troubling you Iku, but-" "I shall be her strength." the man replied, bowing to his master respectfully before vanishing without a sound.

    In the guild hall, as Ashleen would near the end of the bridge connecting the castle to the port town of Hargeon; she would see the man in his black robes appear before her. He was on one knee with his fists resting on the ground. His mask was a dark grey color with crimson outlines. It contained no holes at all, and was essentially a blank slate; but Iku could see her perfectly fine. "Bear no alarm Miss Burke, I come of innocent intent." was the first sentence out of his mouth. "I am Ikuchi, an emissary of Lady Ceostra's ally; I shall be accompanying you for your task. My capabilities lie in combat, but you'll find me to be quite capable at things that require a... gentler approach. Rest assured, Lady Ceostra's ally had trained me well." he added afterwards, letting the woman know his purpose and abilities. He would walk behind Ashleen calmly, but so silently even at a normal pace that his footsteps didn't produce a sound. At the same time, his posture was standard and non-combative in nature.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Tue 22 Aug - 21:56

    Walking around a castle all day was exhausting in and of itself. Even more exhausting, and frustrating at that, was the distinct lack of people in said castle that weren't busy doing "something else", whatever it happened to be. She had come to the castle after reading the journal of a man called Samuel Martin, as well as listening to the entries recorded on the bloody lacrima delivered alongside it. She had been deeply troubled by the nature of its contents and, not being one to shy from something serious like this, she had set her sights on traveling to the first in question.

    Ashleen had intended to gather some sort of help from the castle, but nobody seemed to be available. Bad timing, she told herself, forcing her chin up and not letting her disappointment show. "Alright then, thanks anyway!" She said in a bright, cheery tone, before walking away from her final prospective team mate with a bit of a sigh. She was grimacing internally, of course. This wasn't the sort of job she was comfortable with taking on herself, but on the other hand it wasn't the sort of thing that could be put off. She cradled her right elbow in her left hand as she walked, chewing the nails of her right hand nervously and pondering other options. Perhaps she could call upon a mage from another guild? She shook her head swiftly at the idea. She wasn't sure who to even ask in that case, or how long it might take.

    When she finally broke her train of thought, she had decided on going to the forest alone. She'd just have to be extra careful. That was when Ikuchi appeared before her. She was startled by his sudden entry into her life, jumping backwards with a shout and holding her right hand near her waist, as if to draw a sword that didn't appear to exist. Her left side was angled towards Ikuchi, and her stance low. She offered Ikuchi a level gaze for a moment, before relaxing and letting slip an embarrassed giggle. "O-oh, sorry! You really shouldn't sneak up on people like that, you know. Wait, how did you know my nam-" Ashleen began to ask, but Ikuchi had already continued on to speak. She listened patiently, favoring Ikuchi with a soft smile as she watched him. When he finished his piece, see began again. "Well, thank you Ikuchi. But who is lady Ceostra? Or her ally for that matter. And how did you know who I was? I don't mean to look s gift horse in the mouth, but I also don't mean to become indebted to the wrong people. I've only just met you, after all..."[/color] She questioned him with an apologetic tone, folding her arms behind her back to show a lack of intended offense. Ashleen awaited an answer to her questions for a brief moment, then spoke again, "Actually, do you wanna walk and talk? No point waiting around here, in the end." Ashleen suggested, starting to walk towards the end of the bridge, setting her course for the Spooky Forest.
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    ○Kaori

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    Lineage : Godess's Boon
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    Cosmic Coins : 30
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    Experience : 314,462.5

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    Primary Magic: Ninja
    Secondary Magic: Reversal

    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Tue 22 Aug - 22:28



    Ikuchi remained in his submissive pose as her questions came in. Just as he was preparing to answer what he could, the woman suggested moving while speaking. The masked man stood up and bowed "On your lead Miss Burke." he said calmly, his voice coming smoothly through the mask. Ashleen would notice that he wasn't armed at all, but anyone would assume someone as shady looking as him would have several tricks up his sleeve. "I was made aware of your recent arrival. I was foolish to assume you know of Lady Ceostra, my apologies." he apologized. "She's the leader of your Clan, a woman with the ears of a rabbit. Her generosity is enough to convince my master to provide her services to your clan, whatever services that may be needed. I'm unable to provision my master's name, she gave me no such permissions; but, I assure you, there is no cost associated with my presence."

    After several moments, allowing Ashleen to reply to him, he would answer another of her questions. "You had asked how I knew of you. My lady is well informed, she has many methods of obtaining information; a copy of your dossier was simple to obtain. She doesn't sell information so worry not for that. Lady Ceostra would have a great deal of issues with my lady if she did, and my lady has a great deal of issue with betraying her allies and vice-versa."

    After the two had reached a few streets, Ikuchi had received word from Kaori- who was silently behind them, perfectly disguised as one of the many seagulls in the area. It was one of her spells that allowed her to take on the form of any target, but denied her access to their magic if they had it. Taking the form of one of the sea birds made her blend in since the port was crawling with flocks of them all over, she even smelled like one of them. "Miss Burke, have you any transportation to the Spooky Forest? If not, I've received permission to provision it." Ikuchi asked inquisitively.

    If Ashleen would accept the ride, she would be given the option of flying to the entrance of the forest on the back of a rather large bird that appeared to be made entirely of lava. The bird was easily fifteen feet tall with a thirty foot wingspan. Despite it's intimidating looks, the bird was gentle and began nuzzling at Iku's hand. In response, the masked man rubbed the massive brimstone beak as though it were a normal animal; and not something that existed only in legend. "This being is the personal escort of my lady. It's feathers only burn those whom it considers an enemy. An ally to my lady shall incur no harm." he would say, explaining the nature of the massive fowl.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Wed 23 Aug - 2:20

    Ashleen nodded her understanding as Ikuchi explained the situation to her. She wasn't sure she trusted him yet, not with how proactively available he had been. Still, she decided that his explanation sounded reasonable enough, and as she was assured that she would not be obligated to pay back any sort of debt, she shrugged slightly. There really wasnt much reason for her to doubt him, and if there was trouble, she told herself that she'd just handle it. However it may be necessary to do so.

    She shined a bright smile at Ikuchi, forcing herself to dash away her suspicion and doubt, as she frequently did. "Well, thanks so much for accompanying me, Ikuchi! It was very kind of you. Or, your master I suppose?" Ashleen wasn't completely sure if she was being insensitive or not when regarding Ikuchi and his master, so she just kept smiling warmly to show she meant nothing by it. [Color=gold]"Actually, Ikuchi, I don't have any way there... Now that you mention it, I suppose I had planned on walking. But, if you have a better way, I'd really love to hear it!"[/gold] She continued in her bright, cheery tone, her eyes focused on Ikuchi now after turning to face him.

    "Woaaaah.... He's amazing! I mean... just look at him! That's sooooo cool!" Ashleen almost cooed as she spoke, clearly impressed. She didn't hesitate to reach out, gently stroking his feathers and feeling an intense sense of satisfaction in doing so. She had always been a fan of magical creatures of nearly any kind. She was glad to be offered a ride in his back. "Really, you are something special..." She muttered, speaking to the large bird. "An excellent choice in transportation, sir Ikuchi. Is this how you usually travel, or are you showing off for me?" Ashleen winked playfully at Ikuchi.
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    Primary Magic: Ninja
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Wed 23 Aug - 2:57



    Ikuchi felt insult for being distrusted, but he was trained to know that humans distrusted other predators; for good reason. He knew that she was burying her distrust under a faux display of glee, something that humans did often. One of the reasons he respected Kaori was that she didn't act like she wasn't wary of him. She was wary of everyone, himself included, and made sure to let Ikuchi know his boundaries. She didn't try and lie to him even if she didn't know he could smell her fear.

    Upon revealing the hawk to her, Ashleen had shown him something that humans did as a sign of playfulness. At the same time, the gesture was also done to signal deceptive intent, as well as a desire to begin human mating rituals. He hadn't had much training in interacting with others, so he decided to remain neutral instead of avoiding a miscommunication. "My master rides him. This would be my first time mounting this creature." he said in a calm tone. "There is but one woman I attempt to present myself in higher esteem before. My lady decided to use the hawk for this, I am in no position to question her intent." he said while mounting the hawk.

    Ikuchi reached his hand down to help Ashleen on. If she took his hand she would pull her up gently, if not, he wouldn't be offended. "Hold on to me." Ikuchi said, and as the hawk took off, it let out a loud screech and shot into the sky where it only seemed to pick up speed. "Miss Burke." Ikuchi said to call Ashleen's attention to him. "It is to my understanding you have no intent to harm anyone's feelings. You attempt to hide your distrust for me behind a smile... I find this to be the only insult present. If you distrust me, then do not hide it; but rather show it until you come to trust me. Once you view me as the ally my master is, show me that side. You are beautiful, I do not wish to confuse beauty with distrust..." he would say in a caring tone. It was in his nature to care, as well as be ruthless. Ikuchi was after all, a reflection of the one he serves.

    The Lava Hawk would take the two to the clouds and slow down slightly. Dipping his wings into the white fluffiness enough for its passengers to reach out and touch the floating water pockets. The hawk knew that the two weren't common to fly, so it was mindful to fly gently for them. On occasion, it would screech and point its beak at something that only could be seen in the air. The tops of distant mountains, tiny people down below, cities from the air, anything that was unique to those with wings. Ikuchi gave no reaction since he couldn't see anything it was pointing out.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Wed 23 Aug - 3:55

    Ashleen took his hand gratefully, lifting herself up using him as an anchor, then grabbing on tight, holding onto Ikuchi as she was told. When the hawk took off, she couldn't help herself from screeching, much in the same way that one does while riding a roller coaster. This was much faster and much higher than she was used to moving, by a long shot. Then, as Ikuchi spoke to get her attention, she forced herself to quiet down, holding her breathe firmly.

    As Ikuchi finished speaking, Ashleen would cast her eyes downward, an air of incredible grief and weariness coming over her as she responded in a low, even, but not dangerous tone. "Don't think you know my motivations so well. You seem to be mistaken, at least In one regard. Nothing I have done is due to fear. Not in a strict sense anyway. Id really rather not talk about it, but my smiles are for me, not you." She said, before taking a long pause of silence, building back up to her normal, cheery self.

    "Im sorry, I try not to be so blunt... I appreciate what you're trying to say, really." Her normal energy seemed to have returned at this point, and she began revelling at the sights that the hawk had been pointing out. At several points, she would reach out and soak her arms in the pools is vaporized water, grinning with glee at the sight of mountaintops.

    "Anyway, Ikuchi... What do you think is waiting for us, when we get to the spooky forest? Maybe a ghost... Could it really be a demon?" She asked, trying to put focus on the job, now that she could see the forest on the horizon. "We're almost there..."
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Wed 23 Aug - 10:21



    Ikuchi's eyes narrowed below his mask at the words she spoke. Humans were complex, they had motives beyond survival that drove them to do things. Had Ashleen not displayed a desire to avoid the topic, he would have pursued further clarification. She had apologized for her words, masking her problems with a smile once more. Ikuchi replied with a level, respectful tone "No. I prefer being told things more directly."

    Ashleen had made an observation that they were close and inquired about the enemies they would encounter. "There lies another magic user clan at the north end. It would be common to see some of their members on our way through. If there are ghosts and demons within, they would be wise to remain hidden. There would most definitely be several predators that may try to kill you. Try, but fall long before they could hope to succeed." Ikuchi's tone implied he had no fear of failure. He was confident that his skill was enough for this. If that wasn't enough, his power would be.

    As the hawk landed, Ikuchi got off first to help Ashleen dismount. After that, the hawk took off. Ikuchi stated Ashleen's name once more with respect to call her attention. "I wish to apologize for my arrogance earlier. My lady has taught me a great deal regarding your kind, and I had made assumption on matters I knew little of based on that. I have a great deal left to learn, and it was arrogant of me to forget that. My lady has told me my hearing surpasses most predators should you ever wish to discuss matters the Arc of Destiny is my den. It's the largest ship in the port, you couldn't miss it if you tried. For now, let us advance on your lead."

    Entering the forest would give rise to the fears within most beings. There were sounds that didn't seem natural to a forest, and it felt like they were being watched at all times. Most likely they were... Ikuchi walked at Ashleen' s speed so as to not fall or leave her behind. A rustle in the brush was hear not far from them and Ikuchi had waited to see what it was. Much to his disdain, I was a rabbit and nothing more threatening. Shortly after however, he smelled blood and called Ashleen to follow him. The even was faint, barely noticeable even to his enhanced senses. When he found the source, they'd come to a small shack that was locked. "I don't suppose you have a key?" he asked, partially being serious, partially jesting. If she didn't have one, Ikuchi would pick the lock with a needle he pulled from his sleeve.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Wed 23 Aug - 18:06

    Ashleen hesitated for a moment when dismounting the hawk, realizing she had forgotten to ask if it had a name. She shrugged, figuring it didn't really matter. She could always ask later. With a sigh, she hopped off, holding Ikuchi's hand for support. Then, as he began apologizing to her, she began to shake her head quickly. "No, it's fine. I understand, and it's not like you hurt my feelings. I just didn't want you to have the wrong idea... It's a little hard to explain, really." She interjected, before looking ahead at the spooky forest before them. She couldn't wait to finally start working as a guild mage, and this would mark her first job. She was shaking, but less out of fear, and more anticipation. There certainly was some apprehension, though. "Thanks, by the way. I'd be glad to talk some time. I need as many friends as I can get, with what I've planned."

    As they entered the forest, she began looking around at the trees and bushes that cluttered the area. She was partially trying to keep an eye out for anything suspicious, and partially just curious about the various kinds of plants that grew here. They all seemed about twice as spooky as other plants of their kind, somehow. Suddenly, Ikuchi was calling out for her to follow him. She was curious as to why, but didn't bother asking just yet, figuring she'd find out soon enough. When they arrived at the shack, she couldn't help herself any longer, simply asking, "Hey, Ikuchi, what are we doing here?"

    Then, as Ikuchi asked if she had a key, she raised one eyebrow at him. "Did your master read that in my dossier too?" She asked a bit playfully, a bit sarcastically. Without waiting for a response, she stepped forward, lifting her hand with thumb and forefinger pinched together, almost like she was holding a key. Suddenly, as if formed from her fingertips, a small brass key appeared in her uplifted hand, and she thrust it effortlessly into the keyhole of the door in one, smooth motion, twisting it sharply back and forth, then pulling it back out and pocketing the key. "There, it's unlocked. Pretty cool, huh? Anyway, do you want to take point, or should I?" She said, grinning pridefully.
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    Primary Magic: Ninja
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Wed 23 Aug - 19:15



    "My lady read only your name, age, and biometric data while reviewing your portfolio. Your capabilities were ignored; she prefers seeing such things rather than reading it." Ikuchi replied. He wasn't well versed in sarcasm as of yet, he hadn't had much time to learn the language so he didn't know she was being facetious... mostly. Watching her work, he had to admit the trick was much faster than his method, which was using a couple needles to work oldschool on it. "Most incredible Miss Burke. My method would have taken longer." he said with a calm voice that lacked any form of enthusiasm, but at the same time held no sarcasm.

    Ashleen had wanted to know who should go first, but as it would stand, he was ordered to keep her safe. Ikuchi walked into the room without bothering to take a fighting stance and looked around. Blood markings were all over the place from where bodies hit the walls with great force. A marking on the floor, leading to the door showed where a man was dragged. He, or she were clawing the floor so hard there was blood in the nail marks. A corpse was on the left wall, pinned to it with a tree branch- several branches in fact. His expression revealed that he was absolutely terrified in his last moments. The eyes were wide open and dilated from fear, and his mouth was agape with no blood still dripping from it. A puddle of crimson liquid on the floor that was yet to dry told Ikuchi a great deal. "One hour." he said calmly, stating roughly how long ago they all died.

    Ikuchi heard a small clank, along with a heartbeat suddenly increasing. Originally the scent was washed out by the blood, but now it was getting clearer to him as he focused on it. "Human... female." he said calmly while scanning the room, homing in on the scent. He began walking towards an overturned bed, grabbing it and moving it aside to reveal a cabinet. Upon opening it, the light filtering through revealed pale skin and something with a smaller frame than even his master's. The one inside began inhaling deeply, her eye blue as the sky amidst rivers of red where pain had bled in. She was shaking, trying to scream but too afraid to utter a sound. Ikuchi felt his instinct pulling and he kneeled down slowly, extending his hand only half way towards the girl. "Be at ease, little pup, you're safe now." he said in a calm, gentle tone and the girl relaxed completely to the point where she was nearly limp. Her eyes quivered, and lips trembled just before she began screaming and letting all of her pain flow down her blood stained cheeks.

    Ikuchi reached into the cabinet, gently putting a hand behind her back and around her opposing arm, and another under her. He pulled her in, enveloping her and gently rubbing her head. "Such a brave pup to remain silent so long. Cry if you must." he said, reaffirming that she was now safe. She adjusted her position to wrapping her arms around the back of his neck, pulling her face as close to him as possible and screaming into the silk shihakusho. Ikuchi rubbed her back gently, comfortingly while letting her continue. By the time she finished, the girl was asleep and clinging to Ikuchi as though her life depended on it. She was silent, but still crying in her sleep. "Hold onto that nightmare, little pup. It will become purpose, and that purpose will become your strength. For now... sleep, you have been through much, little pup." he whispered while standing and supporting the child.

    He looked at Ashleen by means of aiming his mask in her direction. "We must continue the mission. No obstacle, child or not, is permitted to hinder the completion of it... Miss Burke, between the two of us, who do you believe to be a more capable fighter?" he asked calmly. He wasn't trying to assert dominance, or boast strength; it was a genuine question. If Ashleen said she was the stronger, he would say "Very well, I shall retain the child and protect her with my back. I trust you to protect our front." If she'd call Ikuchi the stronger, he would instead say "I am honored by your humility Miss Burke. Please, hold the pup and do not release her until the mission is complete. If you do release her, and it isn't safe... We'll burn that bridge when we get to it." His tone would be quite serious, and Ashleen would feel a protective vibe coming from him as though his aura were radiating off his body. He was naturally protective of children, thought, he knew not why. Ikuchi had never laid with a woman let alone had children, but as long as he could remember, he was always good with them.

    Ikuchi would remain at the shack if Ashleen had any purpose to do so, and afterwards, move out. The whole time they were there he showed no sign of being shaken by the gore within, which only meant the spooky forest would need to try harder to get under his skin. If he were the one in front, he'd be smelling the area for enemies; if he were behind, he'd be using his ears and nose to detect any ambushes.

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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Wed 23 Aug - 21:34

    As Ikuchi entered the building, Ashleen would stand in the doorway, looking in after him. What she saw was atrocious, but she seemed shockingly jaded to the display, as if she had seen similar things before. "Damn.... I cant believe this..." Ashleen muttered, the same grim tone from earlier oozing from her lips as she spoke. She took a step into the shack, taking a deep breath at the same time. The stench was not unfamiliar either. She walked amongst the bodies, glancing at them briefly.

    It was Ikuchi's next words that seemed to strike a chord with her personally, as she grimaced briefly, before generating a large 1 meter long brass key with axe head shaped teeth, slamming it quickly into the wall. "Damn it all... If I had just left sooner, I could have helped!" She yanked the key out of the wall swiftly and turned to face the door.

    "You're probably stronger... I don't sense any weakness or hesitation from you. But think about it... The kid can't protect herself even a little. She needs more strength than I can provide to stay safe. If we're going to make sure no one else gets hurt, I should fight. You should protect the girl. If I can't handle it on my own once we find this thing, then we switch places." Ashleen looked over her shoulder, pain in her eyes. "What do you think? Am I just crazy?"
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Wed 23 Aug - 23:57



    Ikuchi nodded in acknowledgement at her idea. "Granted I believe everyone to be moderately insane, I have no qualms with your judgement. That, and I don't believe she'll be releasing my shihakusho anytime soon..." he stated with a straight tone. For much of the walk, the girl had remained completely still, only shifting herself to redistribute her weight out of instinct. From how hard she slept, Ikuchi could tell that whatever attacked, it was lingering for quite some time before doing so, and that the kid was extremely scared when the event occurred. That wold be easy to understand since not many creatures could see, or hear their parents die without feeling some form of panic. 'This world is cruel to them too... I had assumed it was made easier for them, but it seems I was wrong.' he thought to himself.

    Ikuchi could feel something picking at his spine. Something was trying to tap into his worst nightmares and bring the fear to the surface, trapping him in that fear and letting it take over. If this was beginning to happen to him, he knew that it would either be, or soon be happening to Ashleen. His personal fears surprisingly didn't revolve around losing his master, as many would expect. They were fears related to himself; losing a battle, arriving to watch someone die, being too weak, etc... He was able to bury those fears since he knew that there were several things about those fears. A war's victory isn't measured in losses, but in gains. He could lose a hundred battles, but win the war with one decisive one. If he saw someone die, it only meant their time had come or they themself were too weak. Him being too weak only meant his master had to step in to help him, which he had no qualms with.

    All of Ikuchi's fears that the 'something' kept tapping into were being quashed with reason and logic. Ikuchi's wisdom stemming from his years of survival, and months with his master. Once the fears had stopped surfacing, Ikuchi looked towards Ashleen while still moving and asked "Did you just feel something?" to confirm he wasn't the only one. After that, his eyes were brought to a colorful bush and he once again called to Miss Burke. "That plant there, it's a rainbow cauliflower. They're excellent for making fast acting paralytics, as well as anesthetics and analgesics in low, highly diluted doses. In the black market they sell higher than normal, but they sell for good money to alchemists as is." he said, and waited to see if Ashleen would take some of the plant or leave it. He wouldn't care either way, but thought it good to point out rare things since he was technically acting as her support now.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Thu 24 Aug - 1:58

    As Ikuchi mentioned the girl's tight grip on his clothing, Ashleen thought that in another situation she may have at least given a chuckle. This wasnt the time or the place, she told herself. By now she had fallen fairly silent, and seemed to be extremely focused on nothing in particular. Her thoughts were dark, and angry. It took Ikuchi asking her if she felt something, after a fair time spent walking, to snap her out of her single minded quest to find whatever killed those people. She didn't have any person attachment to them, but she hated herself for not arriving sooner. When she did snap out of it, she stated at Ikuchi for a moment, her eyes wide as if she had just been startled awake. "Feel what?"

    Of course, just as she spoke, she stated to feel an eerie creeping sensation tingling at the back of her brain, up and down her spine. She became distinctly aware of every little sound, and not a single inch of her body felt comfortable, whether or not it was tensed. "On second thought, I think I know what you mean..." Then she began to hear her old friends calling out to her, her eyes narrowed, and she bit down hard on her tongue, her fists clenched tightly. She remembered flames, and tears, and screams. She knew she was getting lost, but couldn't even hear Ikuchi as he told her about the strange plant. She started to shiver with fear and rage, emotions that she only ever seemed to experience when paired.

    Suddenly, Ashleen was startled free of her spiraling downwards by an extraordinarily loud crash as two large trees fell, one after the other, only inches from her feet. She shrieked in her surprise, jumping back and viciously gouging the bark of one tree with her key/axe. She stumbled to a stop, turning to look for Ikuchi. "Damn! That was close! You alright, Ikuchi?" She asked, now hearing a loud, wailing voice, "LEAVE NOW!" The voice sounded almost as though the air itself was speaking, surrounding Ikuchi and Ashleen, before disappearing again.

    "Okay, that was creepy..." She nearly whispered, her eyes wide and staring at her surroundings, as if to search for whatever had done this. Between fear and rage, the balance was certainly in fear's favor by now. She was beginning to seriously doubt if she had what it would take to bring down this threat.


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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Thu 24 Aug - 21:11



    From afar, Kaori watched the two through the slits in her mask as they exited the shack with an extra body. She could see the small girl's features only so well, so she didn't know of the kid was hurt; but hoped not since Ikuchi wasn't trained in her type or priorotization yet. For him, the mission was everything no matter how insignificant the goal. The reason she hand't taught him this lesson wasn't because she was neglectful, but rather, he hadn't found his humanity yet. Taking in a crying child was something all walks of life did; it was an instinct that transcended the boundary of species. Abandoning your ambition for the sake of another... now that... that required something else entirely.

    It was shortly after the two travelers felt something creeping that two trees began coming down. While Ashleen had enough time to escape, Ikuchi was a different story. He was carrying a child, supporting her neck to prevent whip lash, supporting her bottom to keep her from falling, and supporting her weight so she would be comfortable enough. His burden made it so he couldn't move nearly as quickly as normal. Children were weak, squishy, and easy to break. Had he accelerated, or decelerated too quickly the child would be injured for sure. If he dropped her, she would be dead. In his moment, Ikuchi's instinct to protect took over and he wrapped himself around the child and let the tree fall on him. The first of the two trees hit the ground with a resonating 'thud' that echoed through the world around, the second however didn't make this sound. The trunk had landed on Ikuchi's back, and the air between his spine and the tree truck seemed to be rippling like water on a lake's surface. It was the power of his blessed armor, focusing itself where Ikuchi needed it most. He was using his legs to push up, and his back to keep himself from folding over and crushing the girl.

    He let out a grunt while pushing up, slowly making progress until the tree slid off his back and landed next to him. Ikuchi's breathing was heavy, but rather than look around for the source of the ominous command, he looked towards the child to ensure she wasn't hurt anymore than she already was. He felt her grabbing tighter, but could hear her heart beating and knew that she was still asleep; though, mostly aware of the situation. He let out a sigh of relief at the sight, ignoring the five inch wood chip sticking out of his right shoulder. "A coward living in the shadow has no right to order others to vacate." he said in an angry tone, responding to the disembodied voice.

    A vision had come to him as the disembodied voice showed the man a new fear of his. The girl in his arms suddenly turned to dust and flew away on the wind, forever gone. This wasn't enough to break Ikuchi. He knew that if the girl were to die, it was because Ikuchi himself was dead. If he were to die, it was because his master was dead; and nothing could kill his master as far as he knew. "Your petty parlor tricks are insignificant. I am a member of the most powerful clan in all of Midi, with the most dangerous person at its head! You'll see no fear from my heart." he shouted, causing the small child to begin stirring.

    The shadows in the forest began stirring, rising from the ground and undulating around them. Laughter was heard coming from everywhere at once. "My warning ignored, with arrogance you proclaim your pride. Your souls are now forfeit, there's no place you fools can hide!" The voice boomed and the ground nearby seemed to rise. A massive being with crooked arms, and no distinguishable features formed and opened its arms before Ikuchi. The girl let out a scream and stuffed her head in Ikuchi's robe, holding on even tighter. The man walked towards Asleen and said "I believe we found the culprit." with an unamused, and unafraid tone. "Miss Burke, this place will become a battleground and my blood calls me to war. If you can take this child to the entrance of the woods, I'd be quite grateful... and I would owe you a debt."

    If Ashleen took the child from him and ran, she would find a group of ten individuals dressed in ninja attire. Their masks were made of silk, unlike Ikuchi's bone one; and their wrists had differently colored bands on them. Some were white, two had crimson, and one of them wore gold. "We were waiting for your boyfriend, but I think lord Saia would forgive us for bringing an extra head... and a new recruit." the one with the gold band. They'd begin surrounding her, all wielding katanas in preparation for killing her.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Fri 25 Aug - 0:18

    Ashleen stared, shocked at the way Ikuchi had simply shrugged off an entire tree. Not that it looked easy, but it was still impressive to say the least. She noticed a relatively large splinter protruding from Ikuchi's right shoulder. Though she was concerned, Ashleen also knew that the injury wouldn't be likely to stop the kind of guy who can withstand the rest of the tree. His bold shout reassured her that he would be fine, so she chose not to question it further. She was almost distracted enough to halt the progression of fear inside her heart, but it wasn't enough. When the ghastly apparition appeared before Ikuchi, she suddenly remembered everything in much more vivid detail than ever before. The primary fear insider her soul was screaming to identify itself as loss, helplessness, and regret. She tried, but failed, to stand up against it, unable to speak. Her eyes themselves shook and trembled, but before her rage could take back over, she heard Ikuchi's request.

    Nodding firmly, still shaking like a leaf, Ashleen took the child in her arms and ran. She ran hard and fast, as quickly as she could from the demon that seemed to delve into the depths of her heart and mind, stealing old memories to use against her. It was unnatural, and she couldn't help but feel completely powerless in the presence of such a being. She but her lip, tears streaming down her cheeks, frustrated by her own incompetence. How could she have hoped to do this without Ikuchi here? Maybe she really wasnt cut out for all this mage business.

    Her thoughts continued to run wild, until she came to her senses facing down a troupe of 10 ninja-like individuals. At first, she mistook them as friends of Ikuchi's, but it didn't take long for her to work out the true nature of these men. Now her fear was being quelled, as she had reached the very furthest reaches of the monster's territory, and the being was no doubt distracted at the moment. As her fear seemed to wash away, she found it difficult to fear the ninja in front of her. They seemed comparatively... underwhelming. She regarded them with tired eyes, kneeling to set the girl down by her feet, and with a flick of her wrist she'd generated a second key in her left hand - now dual wielding a club-like key and an axe-like one. She lowered her stance, channeling her paralysis spell into the left key and watching the ninja carefully. She wasn't sure that she'd be able to take them on, herself, but she was certainly going to try. "I think you'd best be leaving now." There was no joy in her voice, only a low and dangerous note that carried an unspoken threat. She waited to see how they would respond, keeping her eyes on the two crimson wearing ninja, as well as the gold one. He looked the strongest. She spoke to the child now, without looking down. "You're going to be safe, kiddo. I'll make sure of that." Internally, she still want sure she could do this alone, but she knew she had to. It was the only option left to her.
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Fri 25 Aug - 19:53



    Ikuchi watched as the two of them vacated the area, making sure they were well out of range for what was to come next. "You would have been wise to flee with them." the demon said menacingly as a pair of yellow eyes began showing on its body. Ikuchi turned to face the being while reaching to his mask, gently lifting it and taking it from his face before dropping it to the ground. Opening his eyes revealed a pair of blood red orbs with a slit for pupils. "You would have been wise to never show yourself." Ikuchi said in an enraged, but mostly calm tone.

    The demon sent a wave of tendrils flying at Ikuchi. While the standard instinct would be to dodge, Ikuchi wasn't so foolish. It was the kind of attack that relied on the fear of being hit, not the stregth of the user. Ikuchi put his hand out, focusing his blessing at his palm and taking the full force of the hit. The air rippled like water just as it did with the tree and with his other hand Ikuchi formed a black magic circle that had a crimson highlight. "Overheat." he said in a calm voice that caused the circle to begin glowing brightly before sending a blast of liquid blood onyx out, melting through the tendrils and blasting through the figure. Ikuchi moved his hand, and the attack by default, upwards to cut the monster in half. The monster dispersed into the air and seemed to vanish.

    Ikuchi didn't celebrate an early victory since he knew that fear doesn't come in just one form... His master, Kaori had appeared before him with her blade drawn. Ikuchi knew that Kaori had followed them, and that if she had to, she would kill him without hesitance; but he didn't expect this to be that time. As Kaori came towards him, Ikuchi let out a sigh. "How desperate you must be to think I would fall for that..." Ikuchi said in a soft tone while holding his hand out as though there were a weapon in it.

    From a distance, Ashleen would see white orbs materializing all over the forest, even around her and her attackers. The ninja knew this attack and began looking around, all on their guard expecting Kaori to come out- taking their focus off of Ashleen. Ikuchi's eyes turned bright white as the particles began gravitating towards his hand, the demon disguised as his master seeming to move slower now. Ashleen would feel a surge of emotion as the particles began filling the air like a dust storm... Warmth, love, devotion, passion, and the most powerful emotion; hope. All of it radiated from the particles that filled the forest.

    "Shirofune."

    Ikuchi said the name of his master's attack, using her own power against the beast while cutting straight through it. The demon seemed to be starstruck as it stood in place, eyes wide open behind the cat like mask. "Your mistake was taking the form of someone I love, and know on a personal level. Lady Lareci would never attack me for no reason, and even if she attacked me for a good reason; she would expect me to fight back. Goodbye demon, may we meet again in fields of fire." Ikuchi said before flicking the sword to reveal a small hole in the blade where a piece of it was missing. After that, a pure white light began radiating from the body of the demon. One by one, more lights erupted from it before finally, an explosion of white flames took over the world around it. Ashleen would see and feel the explosion from the forests edge, and a few seconds later the shock wave from the blast would come as well.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Sun 27 Aug - 4:16

    Ashleen couldn't help but let herself become distracted by the strange white balls of energy, as well. She took a moment, along with the various ninja surrounding her, to stare at them, a strange sense of positivity welling up inside of her. It had been years now, since she was able to feel this way without forcing it on herself, so she took a moment to adjust to it. It was shocking enough to throw her off-balance a bit, but she quickly shook herself from the trance it had put her in. She stared down the ninja around her, now, tempted to attack while they weren't paying attention.

    Unfortunately, Ashleen didn't actually have this opportunity in the end, as the ninja seemed to come to shortly after her. To an observer, it may well look as though she'd allowed the ninja time to recover, in order to be fair. Ashleen thought it over once or twice while facing down her opponents. She had no idea how skilled they were. She knew she was heavily outnumbered. She also knew that she'd have to protect a small girl at the same time as fighting. With all these things considered, it was obvious that this would either be a fight just to stay alive long enough to be rescued, or if she wanted to win, Ashleen would have to use an astounding combination of wit, planning, and coordination.

    The strangest thing happened, though; as the feeling of warmth and devotion, but more specifically the sensation of hope, coursed through her, she lost the desire to doubt her ability. It wasn't as though she had a death wish, or was taking unnecessary risks. To her, there would be no risk, as long as she could do this just right. Observing her enemies, she took note first of their colored bands, deciding that it must be some measure of their rank, and thusly their respective skill levels. Her first target would have to be the gold one; perhaps if she could fend off the others and take that one down, she would be able to scare them into a retreat.

    With a nod, she decided on her plan. She lunged forward, now, only to stop dead and bend backwards sharply, dodging a slice that had been aimed at her head by one of the ninja in white. She quickly rolled to the side, intentionally crashing into the legs of two more of the ninja in white, sending them tumbling onto their backs with little ability to cancel the damage of the fall, as their legs were essentially acting as levers to send their torsos crashing downwards. She didn't waste any time, however, stabbing the ground with the axe-shaped key and nearly dislocating her shoulder with a primal thrust. Of course, the ground gave no way, but Ashleen was able to lift herself deftly off the ground, as if she weighed nothing at all, spinning in the air and swinging the deadly axe head in an arc at one of the white ninja's heads as he approached the child. Figuring that would be enough to deter him, for now, she continued her spin and oriented herself mid-air so that she would land with both keys held out to the side, down on one knee. She was glaring at them with all the determination in her body, the kind of determination it took to keep herself going for years by sheer force of will.

    The ninja seemed taken aback as a whole, but not thrown off-balance just yet. They were no doubt used to a certain level of resistance. The crimson ninjas chose now to attack, lunging past each other in an x-formation, attempting to cut through Ashleen much like a pair of scissors. Ashleen disrupted their attack by flinging her axe-key in the way, destroying her key in the process but creating enough of an opening in their attack for her to roll forward, toward the ninja wearing gold. She wasn't sure what she'd do if he dodged, but rather than hesitate to think about it, Ashleen simply swung her club-like key wildly at the ninja's legs. The gold ninja was far too skilled to fall for a desperate attack like that, though, simply hopping over the attack and kicking off the back of her head, sending Ashleen forward further, into the dirt.

    "Damn it, he's fast... I guess I should have figured as much." Ashleen muttered, and as she stood back up to face the ninja down, she was forced to back flip away from a barrage of sword swings, all of the white ninja attacking at once to try and overwhelm her. She saw this as a sort of opportunity, choosing to dodge away from their attacks, even managing to evade the crimson ninjas' scissor attack again, by vaulting over it with yet another key - this one about 2 meters in length, and also immediately destroyed by their attack. She didn't need that one, though, as in mid-air she had generated yet another key. This one seemed different, though. It had a translucent blue appearance, and as she landed again, she had forced the key into her sternum. The gold ninja, standing in front of her, hesitated for a moment, wondering what spell she had just cast. This gave her the perfect opportunity to swing her club-key once more at his legs. He dodged again, taking a step back this time, but the key managed to graze his right knee while he had it lifted off the ground, with his knee bent.

    Suddenly, the ninja in gold toppled over, unable to move his leg. "W-what the hell?! What's going on?!" He demanded, Ashleen standing over him with a new key in her right hand, one whose teeth had been noticeably sharpened and extended into a blade. With the steel at his throat, Ashleen glared at the other ninja. "Do you want to keep doing this, or should I let you take him and leave?" She had given the fight all she had. She knew that the moment those crimson ninja landed an attack, she'd most likely be done for. Let alone the gold ninja at her feet, who would only remain paralyzed for one round. They didn't need to know that she couldn't keep paralyzing them. Had it only been the 7 white ninja, she may have stood a chance, but even then, their attacks were certainly overwhelming in such large numbers. Ashleen's mind was already racing, trying to come up with a backup plan. If she had to keep fighting, her only choice would be to whittle down the white ninja, then the crimsons, and finally the gold, but she would certainly run out of energy by then. Subconsciously, she looked over her shoulder to see if Ikuchi had come to her aid.

    It hadn't been long enough for that, though, and the answer to Ashleen's question came in the form of the white ninja attacking again. With a curse, Ashleen began deflecting their attacks rapidly, using her two keys in conjunction to form a veritable curtain of steel, preventing any of their attacks from landing properly. A few scratches here and their managed to fall on her body, but for the most part, Ashleen was able to stave off their advance. She'd have to start picking them off, though, since the fight was clearly intended to continue at this point. The strange thing was that the smile on her face still had not faded this entire time. She swung the bladed key now as she deflected using her club-key, taking a small gash on her side as a trade, her blade finding it's mark and gouging one of the white ninjas across the chest. The wound looked fatal, but with medical attention the ninja would be capable of recovering.

    Ashleen's eyes shifted steadily from one ninja to the next as she skirted away from the gold ninja, not wanting him to attack her from the ground while she was distracted. The crimson ninja came in hot again, seeming to intent another scissor-like attack. If that kept up, she wouldn't be able to keep dodging it. She looked over her shoulder to judge the timing of her next move, then began counting off quarter-seconds in her head, in order to keep time. She ducked low, swinging her keys up and across three of the white ninjas' bodies, the club dislocating one of their knees, the blade nearly gutting another, and the club finally coming up to smack the last one in the temple, knocking his lights out.

    Despite the surprising effect of this attack, Ashleen's goal had been entirely alternate. She was using this upwards spiral to generate as much momentum as she could, while fending off the white ninja that continued to attack her, so she could hope to defend against the crimson ninjas' attack. As her keys circled her head, she turned around, rooting herself to the ground in order to give her added stability. The two keys crossed each other in an "x" of their own, catching the leftmost crimson ninja's katana in the crook of the crossed keys. She continued the swinging motion of her keys, even leaning forward a bit to add force to he redirection, the katana suddenly sinking deep into the flesh of the second crimson ninja. Without waiting for a reaction, Ashleen leaped towards the child again, tackling one of the white ninja away from her. Ironically, Ashleen hadn't even noticed this ninja's approach towards her protectee, she had simply decided to regroup with the child, in order to prevent just that sort of sneak-attack. Even Ashleen was off-guard for a moment while she processed the sudden collision, but she managed to recover faster than the ninja she'd accidentally tackled, knocking him out cold with a swift strike to the back of his head with the handle of her key-club.

    Standing again, she took stock of the situation. There were nearly 5 white ninja removed from the fight in one way or another, and it appeared that the two crimson ninja had both retreated, one caring for the other with first aid. Ashleen was sweating, nearly exhausted, but she still had a little more in her. She was making each action look nearly instinctive, but almost every part of her defense was planned at least seconds ahead of time, and she was starting to lose her focus. She would start slipping up soon, if she didn't end this fast, but these ninja didn't scare off easy. She wanted desperately to call for help, but as the heat of the fight burned on, she felt herself becoming more stubborn than simply determined, refusing to let herself feel so weak on her first mission. She'd have to be much, much better to get where she was going.

    Then, as she took another step back, to drop into a fighting stance, she nearly stepped on the child she'd been protecting, and she snapped out of it. None of this fighting with the ninja would mean anything if the child was hurt. She decided it would be better to call for assistance, then keep fighting the ninja if nobody came. She could still do this, she felt, but it would be better to be absolutely certain. "Ikuchi! I can't keep this up for much longer, not if I'm going to keep the girl safe, too!"
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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by ○Kaori on Sun 27 Aug - 13:59



    As the leader of the group began recovering from the paralysis, the remaining crimson ninja ordered one of the injured white subordinates to continue his treatment of the other's wound. He joined the fight alongside the two remaining white ranks and hid leader, all beginning to surround Ashleen in preparation for their assault. Suddenly, appearing out of literally nowhere, a new arrival to the fray made herself known. It was another Ashleen. Aside from a katana at her hip, and a how slung over her torso, she looked exactly like Ashleen. Kaori looked at the gold ninja with a cold expression that made her know which enemy was the true threat.

    The two white bands were new to this war. They didn't have the same experience as the other's. They didn't know what to look for when squaring up against a new opponent. They didn't know true fear... They were the first to attacks and both came at Kaori from the front. The crimson band didn't move and the gold one started shouting "DON'T" but wasn't fast enough with her orders. Kaori had vanished and reappeared between them. It looked as though she only struck once, and at first the two white bands were standing with awestruck eyes. A red line appeared at both of their necks, then their stomachs and they realized the truth of what happened. Their heads rolled off their necks and their knees gave way, hitting the grass and letting their torsos slide off entirely. Kaori looked to the crimson warrior with the same cold expression, he looked back with anger. Kaori vanished once more and when she reappeared her sword was protruding from the man's chest. He turned to try and strike Ashleen's dangerous twin but only slashed air before Kaori fan him through a second time. The gold band was quivering, to scared to attack as much as she wanted to. The crimson ninja's knees hit the grass and without hesitance Kaori executed him by beheadal.

    The gold ninja fell to the ground and pressed her head to the grass, prostrating herself while crying. Kaori,  still holding Ashleen's visage, walked up to her with the blade pointed at her neck. "Please, show me and my men mercy. We were only after-(gurgling sounds)" the woman was cut off by Kaori's sword sliding from the back of her head through her mouth. "Request denied. Your clan will pay for their crimes." Kaori said with Ashleen's voice. Suddenly, Ashleen appeared behind every remaining ninja and beheaded them before vanishing in clouds of smoke. "When Iku arrives, tell him to escort you to the pub. I'd like to have a little chat." Kaori said calmly before vanishing. After a few more seconds, Ikuchi showed up with his mask on and looked around. He looked to Ashleen for an explanation of what happened.

    If she would relay Kaori's request to speak with Ashleen to Ikuchi, the man would lead her to a small place on the north side of Hargeon. On the outside, it was extremely small looking compared to the higher rated places around it. The pub looked more like a small inn rather than a place to eat. It was made of logs on the bottom, arranged vertically but stopping after a couple feet. On top the logs was a solid sheet of stone wall that some could only imagine was a bit on the thin side. Structurally, the building looked weaker than anything she'd ever seen. Kaori thought it was a marvel that they even put windows on it since those only made the structural integrity worse. Entering the building revealed hardwood floors. The walls were a slightly yellow color with sconces, pictures of people most other people didn't know at all, and other things on them. There was a counter in the far end of the room with bottles of amber, clear, and unnaturally colored alcoholic drinks on a set of shelves behind it. The room contained several people gathered in groups, all speaking to each other while drinking to their heart's content. They were all happy, smiling widely with friendly expressions that countered some of their large appearances. On the far end of the room would be a woman sitting alone with crimson hair, one leg folded over the other as she sipped on some tea. Ikuchi would point her out as being his master, taking the form of someone else.



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    Re: Job: Nightmare Incarnate: Kaori & Ashleen: C Rank: Private

    Post by Lemon Lime on Sat 2 Sep - 22:11

    Ashleen watched, stunned, as another version of herself seemed to step out of the tree line. A few different theories crossed her mind as to who, or what, the interloper might be. After a moment, she simply shook her head, trying to refocus on the ninjas that she'd been fighting. Her eyes went wide when she saw that the last ninja, the one in gold, was being slain already. "What the hell..." She muttered, trying too work through what she had missed in her distraction. Whoever this other Ashleen was, she was fast.

    When the remaining ninja fell, Ashleen didn't know what to think. She wanted to be relieved, but she couldn't help but also feel terrified by the skill and speed with which her dies had been dispatched, and she wasn't sure she could trust someone who would hide using her face. Suddenly, Ashleen leapt to the little girls side as she lay on the ground, stabbing one key into the ground and kneeling in a defensive position.

    Ashleen was put at ease when Ikuchi was mentioned, and even more so when the other her vanished. Once Ikuchi arrived, Ashleen looked over her shoulder, sighing gently and standing. She reeled for a moment, her joints screaming as the adrenaline wore off. She felt stinging sensations all over her body, and when she looked down, she finally noticed several shallow cuts in various spots on her body. Apparently, she'd not been quite so good at dodging as she thought. She had lost a bit of blood, and significantly more stamina from fighting a fair deal above her physical level. The exertion was getting to her, and she knew it, but she made herself remain standing. "Ikuchi... There you are. I trust the demon is no more?" By now, she thought she had a good guess as to who had saved her. Knowing about Ikuchi, calling him by nickname, and the way she fought all made her think it must be one person. "Hey, don't worry. This all wasn't me. I'd have lost if I had to fight them alone. Actually, I think it was your master who stepped in on my behalf... Whoever it was, she said to tell you to escort me to 'the pub'."

    Ashleen took little note of the features of the bar. By now she was dead tired, her legs burning their dissent as she walked into the deathtrap of a building. Her eyes were narrowed slightly, and she gave a soft yawn as she stretched hard, raising her arms far over her head and arching her back. Then, as Ikuchi pointed out his master, she approached the crimson-haired woman and sat next to her without a thought, pushing back the urge to put her head on the counter and sleep. "So, you're Ikuchi's master, huh? Why are we meeting here, if I may ask?" She looked over at Ikuchi briefly, as if expecting him to sit as well, offering him a small smile. She'd put on her happy go lucky attitude in no time after the fighting stopped, but she was too tired to muster more than that.


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