Today was an off day for Kaori as she moved back and forth around her room, making sure things were organized and neat looking. Ikuchi sat in the corner on his knees with a proverbial sweat bubble on his head, counting five times in total that his master had reorganized her shelves. Ikuchi meanwhile continued watching the small woman moving around the room in a frenzy, questioning mentally what the cause of her panic was. "M-master..." he tried to interrupt her work flow to tell her something important but his words fell on deaf ears. Ikuchi let out a sigh and stood up, walking to the door of Kaori's bedroom on board the Arc of Destiny. Kaori turned, her eyes filled with terror as his hand reached for the door hold while she wasn't ready.
'What's going on?' one might ask... Kaori hadn't had a guest over in over a decade. Her normal guests were other nobles, government officials, contracts, and on occasion Lady Ceostra when she felt like swinging by. Recently, Kaori had invited one of her allies from Lady Ceostra's clan to her room. After her adventure in the desert, Kaori had vanished from Lamia Scale's castle completely and taken a new home aboard the largest, most powerful ship in all of Hargeon... the Arc of Destiny. The ship alone was 1,500 feet from front to back and 350 feet across. It towered at 600 feet above the sea, and had two massive guns that a grown man could walk in, jump around and never hit the top of the barrel in. The top of the ship had a hatch that opened up to reveal a third one of these guns, and the sides had another hatch with two more half their size... the most terrifying part of the ship was that a man could still not hit the top of the barrel if he jumped. Hargeon Port's government had no problem with Kaori parking such a monstrosity in its port as the one who owned it was technically a government official herself, and held high status in the Magic Council as a 'Star' of sorts. It was here that Samira was invited to for the sole purpose of staying up all night doing frivelous activities with the owner. Because why not?
Just before a knock would come on the door, Ikuchi opened it to let Samira in. Samira would see a man who wore a pair of black dress shoes polished to a perfect shine. In the middle of the bottom lace was a solid gold flower, a hibiscus. He wore a set of black dress pants to match, and a well cared for shirt of the same color was tucked into them. From his neck dangled another golden hibiscus, as though it were symbolic to the man. His broad shoulders gave way to normal sized arms, the muscular structure hidden behind black silk sleeves; courtesy of his dress shirt. The man wore a dark grey tie that had a crimson outline on the top, and holding the two tie ends together and preventing wind from flicking them about was a golden clasp. He wore a mask that only covered his eyes and the bridge of his nose, but left his mouth and cheeks completely exposed. As Samira walked into the room, Ikuchi would bow to her. "Greetings Lady Nassar. My master did not tell me she would be inviting nobility, otherwise I would've prepared more lavish snacks." he would say humbly before leaving the room. Kaori immediately appeared with her head resting on Samira and her arms wrapped around her warmly, an action she rarely did in public. She also provided a small peck on the cheek before another hug before backing up and smiling, asking Samira what she thought of her room.
Samira would notice several things out of place... Kaori's room had white walls, and excellent lighting. There was a wardrobe on the far side where her weapons and armor were kept, and various shelves on the wall. Aligning the top of the room on a single shelf that wrapped all the way around were variouns small stuffed animals, all of them less than a foot tall. A desk with a mirror was on the same wall as the door, and perfectly half way between both walls that had various make up on it; if Samira knew anything about make up, she'd recognize them as being quite expensive and note they didn't seem used. The other shelves, where most would think Kaori would store her stuffed heads and battle trophies, stored more plush animals. Quite possibly the most disturbing part of Kaori's room, other than the fact that it looked like a normal girly room, was that there was a cat mask mounted on a bust next to the door and not on Kaori's face.
Ikuchi had returned with a cart carrying a tray of varying sweets, not all limited to Fiore or Midi in origin. Several small triangular shaped sandwiches, strudel with assorted jams, and even coconut macaroons were on it. He placed the tray quietly on a white table in the middle of the room along with a pot of hot tea, sugar, cream, and a set of spoons. He then pushed the cart to the far wall and sat on his knees on a pillow, quietly. The tea set was white porcelain and had a gold trim around the top that lead to an elegant design all over the cup that used the white as a background to compliment it.
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