Killing some time at the Library [Open]

Miyazaki Hikaru

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Hikaru flitted among the towering wooden bookshelves, searching for another interesting read to occupy her time. She had decided to become a denizen of the Great Konoha Library for a brief time in order to pass the minutes by until a class she was scheduled for was supposed to take place. She was trying to focus on the books in front of her eyes, but she had to admit she was getting distracted- thoughts of the class just kept redirecting her attention. It was another ANBU-centric class; although she supposed it couldn’t hurt to learn more about the branch from another experienced ninja, she still wasn’t planning on joining them. In truth, the Medical Branch and Main Branch just held more appeal for her, and reading about assassinations upset her stomach.

Hikaru wore a short-sleeved robe colored a pale blue-purple over a black t-shirt. She also wore dark gray pants and a worn pair of boots- now that she had experienced an ANBU-style lesson, she decided the sandals were a no-go. She sat at a table now, paging through a picture-filled book of the many different bloodlines in the Land of Fire and checking a wall clock every once in a while.
 

Uchiha Asuka

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Asuka jumped up and down the different corridors, grabbing books from up the shelf, checking them and either skimming through them or placing them back, so far... every book was given back. She just, couldn't find the right one and it was very important. Almost life and death scenario, for her. Anyone else would tell her she was crazy but she just knew this book was here somewhere, but maybe she just had to ask for help. Walking from one shelf up on the roof, she dangled from it, chakra keeping her from falling. Asuka simply scanned the library looking for a loner, one that seemed bored most preferably.

A few moments of scanning and eureka! There was a girl sitting alone, man what a dork! (Said the girl who almost failed the academy) But in any case, she looked closer and smiled. This would be interesting indeed a Hikaru, she remembered her name from her file at the academy. She just wondered if. 1. She knew her. 2. She would be a bit like her. Asuka dropped down in front of her, slamming her hands on her table! "HIIIII!" She spoke with a bright smile "Just a simple question, have you seen a book about pranking? I have been searching for it and can not find it."
 

Miyazaki Hikaru

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Hikaru jumped so forcefully when the woman slammed her hands on the table that she knocked the book she was reading onto the floor. She didn’t retrieve it immediately, though; she recognized her assailer as Uchiha Asuka, Main Branch Sennin of the Leaf. She had never seen her this close in person before, and in fact had only recently made sure she knew who she was because Soku, the ANBU captain, had mentioned she owed her a dango during a tutoring session. She... decided not to mention that to her just yet.

Apart from that, she knew very little about the Sennin besides her first impression of her, which was certainly something. Hikaru blinked, and slowly repeated, “A book about pranking?” She hadn’t stumbled upon a book like that while she had been at the Library that day, but she hadn’t exactly been looking around for one, either. The student didn’t have much experience in pranking- nor did she really have anyone to prank, for that matter. She wondered why someone of Asuka’s position in the village would be looking for a book like that. She was eager to find out- she might hopefully learn something no book could teach her.

A little nervous- naturally, from being confronted so directly- but smiling steadily, Hikaru answered, “Uh, no, I haven’t seen one. I’d like to help you look, though, if you don’t mind...?”
 

Kyoshi Hyakkimaru

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Hyakkimaru was sick of school! He was over it and all of it's inconveniences. Few friends, a lot of bullies, and a bunch of homework. Not even on the cool things either, like history. It was all about boring things, how the chakra flows through the body, the basic arsenal of a shinobi, the basic forms of taijutsu. It was always basic this, basic that, basic everything! He was going through the rows in the library looking for a basic book about different kind of bloodlines. His assignment was to write an essay about the bloodline he found the most interesting, and why. Pretty simple, yet boring.

His eyes furrowed as he looked through the aisle, wondering if the librarian pointed him the right way. But he almost jumped out of his skin when he heard a thud from nearby. He rubbed the back of his neck, annoyed as he felt the goosebumps from under his finger tips. He turned towards where the noise came from and quickly became curious when he saw Hikaru, the girl who gave him the book that, for once, wasn't boring. Alongside her Asuka. He's seen her once around the academy, not for long, but long enough to get her name from another Shinobi she was speaking to. That's the one Soku sensei mentioned.

He didn't know where the courage came from, but he stepped forward with a smile, hand still planted nervously on his nape, "Yo, Hikaru, you're here too?"

He gave both of them a smile, and turned to Asuka, "Sorry to intrude, Kyoshi Hyakkimaru, pleasure to meet!" He removed his hand from the nape of his neck and held it out towards the high ranking kunoichi, looking to shake hands.

"What brings you guys here?"

'You're being a bother' He thought, kicking himself in his head.
 

Uchiha Asuka

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Asuka smiled brightly at Hikaru as soon as she offered to help. It was indeed rare to find someone who would be so helping to others. Besides, she could also use this chance to learn about them. She always liked visiting her students and have some adventure with them, that way she could be sure if they were ready for their graduation or if they needed more time... worst case to get kicked out of the academy. "Really!" Asuka gasped jumping once, grabbing Hikaru's hand. "No time to waste then!" She was about to sprint when another one of her students showed up, Kyoshi Hyakkimaru. As far as Asuka knew, he joined the academy more or less the same time as Hikaru. Well, he could also be of some help.

"You come too!" She smiled brightly grabbing Hyakkimaru's hand and dragging them both through the library, she had already searched a few isles so she started with one she hadn't searched. Looking at the books she rubbed her chin. "So! I need to find a book about pranking, I know it exists because I got my confetti bombs idea inspired by it. It's called... eh.... 'The art of Pranks' by some dead guy.. eh..." She thought for a bit, scratching the pack of her head "Tsun Tzu? Sun titzu? Sun tzu? Somewhere along those lines." Asuka gracefully jumped, slowly landing in one of the bookshelves and started searching. "If you want to know why, I'm need new ideas. Need to get revenge against my big sister.... stupid stinky bombs...."
 

Miyazaki Hikaru

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Hikaru was startled again by Asuka’s sudden movements, but less so than the last time- she was starting to get used to the Sennin’s energetic demeanor. She returned her smile and was ready to ask where she had already looked when she spotted Hyakkimaru appearing from behind one of the bookshelves. Her smile widened a little, and she responded, “Hey, long time no see! There’s a class in a little bit, but in the meantime I’ve offered to help-” She cut herself off as the woman she had been about to introduce took her friend’s hand and steered them both through the orderly labyrinth of shelves.

As they came to a stop, Hikaru shrugged at the other student and listened to Asuka’s directions. Confetti bombs sounded interesting, and for a moment she entertained an amusing mental image of employing them in combat to some usefulness. As the woman jumped away, already resuming her search, Hikaru walked along the bookshelves, looking for this ‘The Art of Pranks’ by an author along the lines of the guesses Asuka mentioned. Her attention was elsewhere, though- wondering about the sibling she had cited as her target. She knew a few things about the Sennin, but never that she had an older sister.
 

Kyoshi Hyakkimaru

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"Huh?" Hyakkimaru was taken aback when the older kunoichi took him along in a forceful manner. She dragged the two young students to an unsearched aisle full of books on either row. The Sennin informed them she was looking for a prank book so she could pull something on her older sister. This was definitely strange behavior for a kunoichi, at least that's what Hyakkimaru thought. He would never expect someone of such a ranking to be so jovial, especially after seeing how strict and straightforward Soku Sensei was. But one thing was for sure, his day was getting a lot more entertaining.

"Confetti bombs?" He repeated, a huge smile on his face, "If you wouldn't mind sharing how to make those, I think it would be pretty cool as a uhrm-experiment."

He stood side by side with Hikaru searching the books on the row opposite of the ones she searched. When Asuka wasn't paying attention he whispered towards Hikaru, "Weird to see a Sennin looking for something like this huh?"

"So what did your sister do to you that you need to get revenge?" Turning his attention back to Asuka, he was always direct and confrontational, so he didn't mind asking.
 

Uchiha Asuka

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She looked for the book. Man were did the librarian leave it? Knowing her own branch they probably hid it to stop her from doing anything stupid, which made sense... but Asuka never liked making sense. She liked having fun and stuff. But she did smile at the kid showing interest on her creation, she hadn't heard anyone interested in that kind of stuff before but it seemed as he was. With a big smile on her face she spoke. "Sure! Can't do it here though, it's hard to get the amount just right. You get it wrong and something might actually break! Come by my office sometime, I'll show you!"

She went on top of the bookshelf and looked at the books from the top, trying to find the right one. The're questions were indeed interesting but Hikaru was a bit quiet. She gave a pout to Hyakkimaru. "Long story short, she sent a very important message through stinky bombs. So now I'm going to send one right back!" Giving a nod towards Hikaru "Yo, while we look for this. Any prank ideas? Need to be original."
 

Miyazaki Hikaru

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Hikaru paused her train of thought to answer Hyakkimaru, “Yeah, I agree... She’s energetic, though, which is a great thing to be if you’re helping to manage a village. I might be interested in those confetti bombs, too- they sound to me like useful tools to carry around, if you can believe that.” Her thoughts had indeed been straying towards multiple ways to use a confetti bomb in practice. This whole pranking thing was new to her, yes, but maybe Asuka would let her take a look at the book the three of them were looking for, if they ever found it.

The Kunoichi’s question made her stop and think. Original prank ideas? She had picked the wrong student to ask about this- though she had been silent for the past few minutes while wondering about the Sennin, she realized sheepishly. She thought about a televised fight her father had been watching recently from a tournament. He had been rooting for an old friend of his who could send his chakra through his weapon to hit opponents. She looked up at Asuka and asked, “You’re good at chakra control, right?” That was a silly question, of course she was. She had been walking all over the bookshelves earlier, hadn’t she? “Uh, well... If it’s possible to infuse your chakra into a weapon or something, you could try running chakra through a confetti bomb, just to see what would happen. Maybe that would make them better pranks? I know it’s not completely original, but I’m... not exactly a prankstress myself.” She had begun to discover her own natural affinity for Wind chakra in recent weeks; maybe infusing that into a confetti bomb would make it bounce.

As she went quiet again, she instinctively checked the clock on the wall, and her mind returned to the book she had been reading before their search had begun- a compendium of Bloodlines and similar abilities found in the Land of Fire. Asuka was part of the Uchiha bloodline; maybe she could teach the students a few things. “Erm- Asuka, ma’am? Could you tell us anything about Bloodlines and... stuff? We have to write an essay about them for school.”

[MFT]
 
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Uchiha Asuka

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Asuka stopped looking for a second and looked at Hikaru, it seemed as though she had a question. That is until she heard it, oh... it wasn't a question but an idea. She hadn't thought of running chakra through the bombs... I mean she could do that and maybe have a seal inside of them, that way the air gust could be better or even have a better outflux of glitter, better quantity. "Gotta say, you have good ideas Hikaru."

That being said she did have a question, about bloodlines. Well this was indeed interesting to say the least, it wasn't long when you saw kids having interesting in school. She would have too keep a good eye on her. "Well, bloodlines are simple yet complicated." She started speaking still looking for the book. "A bloodline is a special ability that is granted based on your genes alone, basically it's an advantage some people have thanks to the luck draw when they were born. Now it doesn't mean you can't exceed without a bloodline but it does help to find your specialty in the Shinobi world."

"Some have very good eyesight, others can play with their size while some have an ice kink."
Asuka smiled "That's the very basic, if you want more information just ask me more specific questions."
 

Miyazaki Hikaru

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The girl couldn’t help but smile at the older ninja’s compliment. She listened as she explained what a bloodline was and gave some examples of what they did. Specific questions... she paused her search and thought for a few moments. Before her trip to the Academy/Library, Hikaru had asked her father about interesting bloodline abilities that he had knowledge of. She considered it a perfectly appropriate question, since he practically read books about that kind of thing for the both of their livings. To her surprise, though, he tried his best to dodge the question and didn’t seem willing to talk about the subject at all. That interaction had refused to leave her head, and she attempted to give it more thought now that she had someone to answer her questions.

So far as she knew, her father’s side of the family wasn’t related to any of the major clans in the Leaf Village or any other. He was an only child, the proud son of a baker and a retired medical kunoichi. He was now on good terms with lesser figures in several prominent bloodlines through his work in the research facility - Hikaru had several close friends who were children of one Hyuuga cousin or another. The Miyazakis didn’t have any birth-power to call their own... but maybe her mother’s family did? It wasn’t likely- the Amari clan wasn’t anywhere on the registry lists she had skimmed in the book she was reading earlier. While her father hypothesized that her heightened chakra control was inherited from the other side of her lineage, it could hardly compare to the (in)famous Sharingan or size-changing (nor would she consider it a ‘kink’ of any kind).

She would have to write her essay about something else, then; something that wasn’t her own. “You’re part of a bloodline, right?” she asked Asuka. “Could you tell me some more about yours?”
 

Uchiha Asuka

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"Mine?" Asuka smiled, it had been a while since someone had asked her about her own bloodline and she was interested to know what the girl thought about it, although she didn't know if her bloodline was common knowledge or not. As far as she knew, it wasn't necessarily a secret but she would be smart to keep a few details a secret. "Well, my bloodline is a dojutsu." She spoke turning to look at the curious student. "That means it's an eye technique." She wouldn't activate it, not here anyway. "The Sharingan it's called and it lets me do a couple of things." She took out a book and started skimming through it. "To make a long story short it let's me perceive everything around me and understand it, I can read lips, copy jutsus although the Sharingan specializes in Genjutsu. The Sharingan let's me predict my opponents movements but I can only react to it if I'm fast enough..." Asuka placed the book back on the shelf.

"Believe me, it's no fun seeing a punch coming your way in slow motion and not being able to do anything about it. In any case, it's mostly known for that and the it's unique eye techniques. Genjutsu, I can cast and cancel them without moving a finger. The other stuff depends on who you talk too."
 

Miyazaki Hikaru

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Setting the books she held in her hand aside for a moment, Hikaru listened with fascination as the older kunoichi described the gifts her lineage possesed. She was no stranger to the Uchiha name- they were the first one thought of when bloodlines came to mind (as they had been lately for the young student). It was certainly a unique opportunity to talk with an experienced Uchiha, however widely their population was spread. She tilted her head to one side as Asuka shifted to face her, the boring normal eyes she lay claim to wide with rapt attention. Copying jutsu, casting Genjutsu with ease, even reading quickly... of course, it was no wonder the Sharingan was as eminent as it was among Hikaru’s schoolmates and friends.

“She talks like she’s done all of this a thousand times…” thought Hikaru. She had so many questions for her... but she was still acutely conscious that her class was starting soon, and besides, wasn’t she supposed to be helping Asuka look for a book about pranking? She didn’t think it was possible to feel any further from finding one lousy guidebook, and they had been combing the library for it since the Sennin had found her a little while ago. Come to think of it, she didn’t even remember properly introducing herself. As the girl spun back to face the woman beside her, already leaning forward into a hasty bow, her arm knocked clumsily into the tall shelf beside her and a single book toppled from it, just missing her head on its way down. It lay sprawled on the tiled floor with its hardback cover facing up: it read, “Mischievous Antics and You: A Personalized Guide to Annoying Others... With Style!” Hikaru peered at the high shelves the rogue manual had dive-bombed off of; perhaps this was the right place to look, after all.

The girl straightened from her bow and said, “I think we might actually be getting close to finding that book, finally... You’re sure it was called ‘The Art of Pranks,’ right?” She scanned the towering layers of shelves before her slowly, wondering if their targeted volume had any defining colors or features. She didn’t say a word about what she was planning to do- although she wasn’t completely sure, she was mostly confident it would work, since controlling her chakra was beginning to become like second nature. Making up her mind, Hikaru willed her chakra into the soles of her feet and placed her right foot on the stained and aged wood of the shelf nearest, her eyes on the gap where the other book had fallen. She pulled herself up the wooden panel cautiously, starting by sliding her feet along its smooth surface and gradually trusting herself enough to lift one foot at a time. She wondered quickly if Asuka was still down there, watching her feat, remembering that this kind of thing required practically no effort from experienced shinobi and that she had seen the Sennin as well strolling up the walls earlier.

Hikaru had reached the height of the dropped book’s wake, but the long stretch of bare shelf she had been using for support didn’t extend nearly far enough to reach. She momentarily considered that the only option would be to walk on the books, but she ruled that plan out reflexively- her father had passed down to his daughter enough of his reverence for the things that potentially damaging them like that would weigh on her conscience more than she would like. Instead, she attempted to reach her arm out as far as it would go, pulling at books to check their titles and putting them back again, until... she just couldn’t stretch any farther. In a fit of frustration, she let a surge of chakra through her feet into the wood underneath them to give herself that last push- and it was too much. She was jolted away from the solid shelves into the open air quite a few meters above the tiled floor, and the shelf that she had parted from tipped agonizingly backwards just enough...

[OOC: Hey, the thread is officially opened I guess! It's obviously been open since I made it originally and forgot the private label existed, but I updated the title anyways.]