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Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Larger even than Raiden's Eye, Port Cirrus and its sister city to the south, Kelmura, occupy natural deep-water harbors that have become essential stops for ships and caravans traveling across the known world. Congested and growing at a nonstop pace with the constant infusion of funds from international trade, the cities have become hotbeds of opportunity for wealth as well as dens of intrigue and danger, where dreams collide with nightmares.

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Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:23 am

Most people thought that what it really took to be swindled was nothing more than a willingness to be blinded by a charming smile and a sweet word or two; nothing, in fact, could be further from the truth. Now, granted, desperation did tend to play into the equation more often than not, and most people knew about that dimension of things, but what a good fleecing really boiled down to was the willingness of the soon-to-be-victimized party to venture out into unknown territory, being mentored along the way by someone they haven't been given a good enough reason to mistrust. The only difference, in this way, between naivety and ambition seemed to be whether or not the opportunity that was sailing past, ready to be grabbed onto, was authentic, and woe betide those who couldn't make out a meaningful distinction. Tetsu's old boat was gone, obliterated out of his own frustration; his path to the outside world, to the dream he had of riches and of somehow climbing up out of the dirt he was born from, suddenly cut off by the village's stifling bureaucracy. What's more, his attempts to butter up the Anbu at the gates with homemade ciders and schnapps was beginning to bring up just enough heat that he felt forced to put the whole business on temporary hold. Nothing, it seemed, was destined to go his way.

Now, in this situation, you might think to yourself that the young man seemed to be shaping up as a pretty good mark to be ripped off by someone with the right sort of scheme. That wasn't entirely untrue, but there was little Tetsu could really offer a manipulator outside of raw physical labour, and he wasn't exactly going to be an easy enough catch to pull into slavery to really warrant the effort. No, as desperate as the boy was, his role in this situation was not the victim. In point of fact, the line between the swindler and the swindled could often be measured by nothing more than a degree of empathy, and those who edged out their poor competition were likely to be the first to make it up to the middle classes.

"So what kind of study is it?" The bald man asked as the two approached the chain link fence.
"Oh, nothing really, we're just looking at the local ocean wildlife to get a sense of, uhh, wildlife health in the region."
"I don't know if you're looking at inverts or fish or what, but we've got some nets and Kahle's if you need them."
"No, that's fine, I'm bringing my own." The boy responded, trying not to let the sense of confusion and concern that he was being bated start creeping up on his face.
"Well alright," The man said, pulling out a ring of keys and thumbing through them as the two now reached the gate, "And hey, it's pretty generous of you to offer to share your sampling data with us, but, you know, actually I really think I should just get Dr. Nokoru's confirmation that you guys are collaborating with us, wouldn't want to give this bad boy out to a random stranger, you know." The man said, indicating the rather nice looking ship held just out of view by the tarp draped over the metal
"Look, I get your concern," The concern that was ultimately going to be realized if this doctor turned up on site, he meant, "But you know how sampling is, gotta keep to a schedule here."

Turned out the boy's due diligence wasn't really cutting the mustard here. When he originally visited the bald scientist, he had worked quite a bit on his transformation and impression of the person, he thought, was running the lab, but a little more research would have gone a long way here, or so it seemed. "It's either I go out now or cooperate with Dr. Minosu's lab, and he's been asking to share our work for a while now." Right, that seemed to do the trick, and the padlock keeping the fence together opened with a satisfying Click.

The boat was quite the spectacle compared to the piddling rowboat he had left at the mountain pass. Must have been at least twenty feet long, with a trailer under it ready to be hitched to a wagon the boy didn't have. He'd climb up, flicking the leaves off of the tarp, digging in for several minutes to get the buckets-full of stragglers out of the corners of the ship left exposed by the wind turning over one of the corners of the tarp. With that, he was on his way, off to meet this Doi character he had met the other day. He secretly hoped the boy was capable of swimming and willing to put his heroics into action when the Tetsu inevitably fell overboard and started sinking to the bottom of the ocean. The boy was thinking, as he cranked the boat hitch up and started tying a rope to it, that he really should have conducted some kind of test of character and courage before embarking out on this adventure with the stranger.

He had given up on getting out of the country by this point, after all, which meant that the need for a companion for passport reasons was no longer really part of the equation. So why was he taking the other adolescent? The boy's inherent sense of greed was creeping up inside of him. Maybe he had no hope of catching the ancient shark he'd read about so much in the country's collection of lore; being barred from traveling abroad certainly made that option seem like a fleeting dream, but, well, maybe he was being a bit superstitious, but being told that he'd find everything he wanted by a homeless man certainly seemed like a kind of fortune telling, didn't it? In any event, if Doi was a necessary component of that fortune, so be it. The giant fins they collected from their bounty would be enough of a spectacle to the local restauranteers to fetch an enormous price. Shark fin soup was one of the most expensive dishes in the country, usually relegated to being served only at important events, and part of that had to do with the fact that there was no overlap between fishermen and shinobi here. He wasn't afraid of a simple animal though, he'd met enough people he was sure were just as vicious, and probably not as dumb, either. The ocean, now that was a different story. When the beast grabbed onto his harpoon, beginning to rock the boat, would the boy have the resolve to hold fast to it, at the risk of being plunged once more into the darkness? He supposed he would have to wait and see. If worse came to worse, he could always use the momentum of throwing the other child overboard to steady himself and stumble back into the ship.

Tetsu was sweating buckets by the time he made it out to the shore, his hands and shoulder raw from the rope. He looked around, waiting for the other boy to make an appearance, but ultimately, nothing yet really required a second body. He'd tie the boat to the dock, slowly pulling it out into the water, until the trailer came far enough down the submerged ramp that he could start walking it back up.

Well, it was finally time to wait.
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Tetsu's fear of the water (profile excerpt):
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Downward, by degrees, the transparent liquid graveyard faded from clear, to a deep green, to nothingness. Everything invisible, it seemed, when stacked deeply enough, eventually collapsed into blackness. Tetsu could feel the waves lightly lapping against his face, like an unending onslaught of hands, weakly, but surely, pulling him into the depths of that monstrous orb of night that stood waiting below him. This is it...

Before he went down, he tried to take a kind of inventory. It was a strange instinct, Tetsu's lizard brain, in the midst of panic, performing a last ditch accounting feat, trying to organize his thoughts into a kind of priority; a rapid scan of his patterns of thinking, along with his memories, in search of useful information. Automatic, it overloaded his senses, his physical body awakening to an autonomous state to overpower his own agency, as if fed up with sitting dormant for fourteen years only to be killed by a fool. This was being simultaneously overridden by the internal clock on his dwindling oxygen supply telling him to find a single memory to hold and cherish. Time was running out, and the Goddess of the abyss was kind enough to let him carry one treasured possession with him to her watery throat.

'One more time.' The voice called out to him. Tetsu saw his father coming in through the front door, looking down at the handle as he closed it, waiting there for a fraction of a second with an indescribable look on his face, like he was trying to hold his breath while simultaneously struggling to breathe. He glanced up at Tetsu with a strange and un-self-conscious look as he passed, one that the boy had some difficulty parsing out, but it immediately made him feel as if he was on equal footing with the man. Not in a good way either, but rather, in the way your employer or teacher might look at you right before asking you to help them bury a body. Goro slowed down and rested his hand on a nearby table for support. "Listen..."

'Not that one.' The accountant in his head demanded. It was too long. The boy, if he wished to savor some memory, to chew on it, it had better be the single frame of a moment, selected from the very best, for a single moment was practically all he had to enjoy it with. If he was looking for clues, there simply was no time to chew the scenery, to try to exactly understand the nature and dynamic of his father's feint expression of grief. He jumped forward, to the forest, as he pushed and waded through the thick brush, his temper slowing and cooling to the pace of long hours spent managing the continual minor annoyances that hiking through unbeaten paths through the trees came with. He gripped a branch nearby as the crumbling soil beneath his feet trickled a little further down the ravine, and tried to catch a glimpse of the parted sky between dancing silhouettes of leaves. Where was he? How much further to the shore? One glimpse of the landscape, exposed from parting branches caught by the wind, immediately oriented Tetsu within his internal map of the countryside. His father had taught him how to do that. You could say what you wanted about the man, and everyone did, but for as much as he mocked the dead and cast aspersions on all those who believed living for 'honor' meant anything at all, he would always describe the forests and mountain ranges of the Lightning Country with the same passion and attention to detail that a man who had built his own house might. He loved this country, in his own way. Tetsu looked down at the soft Earth. He saw his mother's footprint impressed within the mud.

He thought back to that afternoon. He didn't mean to hit her. His body, encapsulated by the darkness, now began to vibrate and shake without his control. His chest hurt. It was unbearable, it was literally unbearable, but he knew he would not be asked to suffer it for too much longer. He had been robbed of everything. He could hear the voices of his screaming parents ringing in his head, distorted from his own gargled screams, back in the present, as if time itself was experiencing some kind of painful schism, the burst of sound emanating from him was being soaked within the memories he could not help but to play through the panicked and wordless landscape unraveling within his own mind. Blame, and the unknown. His parents had nightly surpassed every limit of anger a person could reasonably allow themselves to succumb to without resorting to absolute violence. Grievances, paranoia, denial; all of the same conversations playing out in forward, in reverse, laced with insidious commentaries on the contents of a person's character. The object stopped being to find the truth, or to live together, or even to prove, finally, that they were more right and more rightfully aggrieved; it was to inflict deep and lasting wounds, to injure more than they had been injured. The darkness was closing in now. He looked up to the fragmented sun, and searched for an answer for his life.

He couldn't face himself, even then. He felt a deep shame for it, if this was the end. If. The words seemed to echo mockingly from the abyss below. No, this was it. There was no saviour that would come in at the eleventh hour, and he had done absolutely nothing with all the time he had been given. He thought briefly of all of the millions of people who must have come before him, scythed out of existence without a thought in their head as to what was coming, a progression from the promise of one day possessing the whole world to, suddenly, nothing; a senseless and meaningless blip into the fabric of living reality. He could see his mother's smiling face, after she had made fun of him for something. He couldn't remember what. Ryuichi was there, and they were all waiting out on the edge of the forest for their father to finally wake up and take them into town. Was this it? His last memory? It was plucked from a nearly forgotten morning, there wasn't even anything particularly special about it; Tetsu simply remembered how stunning the look of the cold sun was on the dew covered grass of the countryside, the shadows from the trees and from their house as black as the night against the crystalline shimmer of the forest, and, he remembered, the particular expressions on the faces of Ryuichi, and his mom. Something deeply contented and hopeful from his brother, but also like he was enjoying a little joke to himself involving his own overly dramatic expression. Tetsu seemed sure his brother didn't even know anyone else would be looking at him, it was his own private little amusement. For some reason, from the very pit of his stomach, he wanted to burst out crying. If only he still had control over his body.

After, in a rage, Tetsu had hit his mother and run away, so too did his mother, as a kind of melodramatic show of fear. She would get as close as she could to the edge of the Country before expecting to be apprehended by Goro, who would be chasing her desperately for fear that she would be killed trying to flea the nation without a passport. 'Everything is always about you.' His own voice called out from the abyss. 'Your own mother risks her life to escape her violent and tyrannical son,' the voice was getting closer now, and he began to see the dark reflection of himself begin to emerge from the depths of the world below, 'And you somehow turn this into a sentiment where you're the victim of her melodramatic guilt trips. It just doesn't get much more narcissistic, don't you think?' The boy could feel rage and resentment and sadness all swirling around the small world inside of him, remembering all the nights he was beaten, but even then, under the gaze of his own mocking eyes, he knew the memory was insincere, an excuse invented to give to no one, just before he died. This was the way he lived his life; pathetically. There was, however, some small amount of truth in there, somewhere, and he decided to give himself to it. 'Then why do I feel this way?' He asked, knowing that this last uncomfortable realization that he was forming would, finally, become that small morsel of life that he would end up bringing with him. One last thought to crush his spirit and fracture his sense of identity. Well, it wasn't like he needed those things any more anyway.

'I wanted to be alone.' The words started pouring out from his mind, "I hated who I was, and I wanted to blame it on someone else. I feel like I'm filled with a rage that can never be satisfied, I feel betrayed.' And Tetsu's reflection came even closer, face to face with the boy and ready to pull him into the embrace of the monster, 'And you know why that is, right?' The sadistic smile crept up the boy's cheeks as he stared up at the other dying boy, 'Who is it that betrayed you? Who told you life was going to be different for you, that you were special enough that you could sit around doing nothing and expect life to just start for you?' Tetsu stopped struggling now. '...I did.' He told himself, 'I was waiting for something magical to happen.' And after a pause, he added, "And here it is." The voice agreed, echoing, "And here it is." As Tetsu, for the first time, really looked at the immensity of the ocean around him. He thought of his father, imagined the moment when the man would hear what had happened to his son. Tetsu knew that Goro would hold onto that burden indefinitely, until it killed him. He told himself simply that there was nothing he could do about that now. He thought of his mom. He thought of her face, and knew that thinking of her in words was not something he had the time or ability to manage any more, he just wanted to remember her.

When he awoke the next day on the beach, he immediately began throwing up water. His chest and legs hurt so much that he passed out from the coughing fit and only woke again several hours later, when the sun was just beginning it's setting trajectory. He sat up with a strange feeling, his thoughts overwhelming him to the point that it felt like a calm quiet had fallen over his mind. He felt light, like something blocking the flow of his blood, of his life and fate, had suddenly become unclogged, and he thought of the boy he found at the bottom of the ocean. He knew instantly that he had unlocked something fundamental to his jutsu techniques, lost in the novelty and experience of the specific feeling of enlightenment on the topic rather than any utility purpose for it. This was the pathway to the Grandeur Phantom kinjutsu, he understood what it was now as plainly as recognizing the sky for being blue, or water for being wet. He knew, too, why it was a kinjutsu; you had to die to learn it.

Tetsu the entrepreneur
Buying the first boat
Attempting to leave the country to go fishing
Reading up on mythological creature lore, prophesy to go fish with Doi

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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:35 am

Doi used his right forearm to shield his eyes from the sun’s fierce rays. He was slowly getting closer to the destination where he and Tetsu agreed to meet. It had only been a few days since he’d met the other teen, but they'd planned to go fishing upon their first meeting. In his hand was a half-eaten grilled squid skewer he’d purchased from one of the many vendors in the area. Doi took in the sights of the surrounding area as he walked and Port Cirrus was quite a lively town from what he could tell. It was a shame he’d never taken the time to come out here before on his own.
He definitely planned on coming back here every once in a while throughout the near future.

As he walked towards the designated meeting spot, Doi began to further question his motivations behind coming all this way just to fish. He’d initially agreed off of pure boredom, but what’s kept him from changing his mind? It must’ve been the allure of this ‘ancient shark’ Tetsu had spoken of. The guy made it seem really cool and Doi, even at seventeen years of age, was still a sucker for ‘cool’ stuff; not that it brought him any shame.

“Hey! Wanna’ buy a souvenir or two, Mr?" The unfamiliar voice came from Doi’s right side. He turned his head to follow the source to see that it had come from a smiling little boy sitting legs crossed on a decorative rug. Sprawled out in front of said him was a variety of small trinkets; necklaces, bracelets, pins, etc. Doi crouched down to further inspect the items. “Did you make these yourself? They all look great.” The child’s smile turned into a full on grin. “Yup! I didn’t do it all alone, though. I had my big sister help me!”

“Oh? So what are you doing out here selling souvenirs and not somewhere playing with other kids your age?”

The little boys expression began to sadden and he appeared to whisper something under his breath.

“What was that?”

“To make ends meet,” mumbled the child.


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Doi ended up listening to the child, whose actual name was Kamina, explain his unfortunate circumstances. It seemed he and his older sister had become orphans a few years prior due to the untimely deaths of their parents. Doi ended up leaving Kamina most of his pocket money, despite the kid’s refusal to receive such a gift. The child’s desire to work for what he earned only made Doi want to give him the money even more, though. Despite that, there was one item among the child’s trinkets that the teen shinobi was particularly interested. It was a bracelet made from a multitude small painted shells.

Eventually, Doi came across Tetsu at their designated meeting location and assisted in pushing the boat back out the see after exchanging pleasantries. Tetsu quickly prepared the sails and before long they were out at sea.

“So, Tetsu…” Doi spoke up while leaning against the boats railing and face upwards towards the blue sky. “This ‘ancient shark’ we’re going after... what’s up with it? I know you gave me a general idea, but still.” The teen raised his right arm to further inspect the necklace he’d bought from the kid back in town as he awaited a response.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:41 am

"Picture this." The boy stood up in an intentionally bold stance, posing one of his hands against his hip as the other swept across the sky "An ancient beast, at least a hundred feet across. Yes," He cast a sidelong glance back toward his companion, "You heard that correctly. A hundred feet across." He repeated slowly, for emphasis, "That creature is somewhere out on the sea. There's just a rumor of it passing by Lightning Country, but I believe it has been here. You go into the town here, to the seaside restaurants, all the reputable ones serve shark fin soup, and it's expensive. It's a ceremonial dish, for important events, business gatherings, and weddings, and do you know why?" Another pause, taking in the salty air and beginning to feel like a real sailor as the wind caught the sails, "It's because these things have eaten people, and the one we're after, well, let's just say it's had it's fair share of shinobi's like us for dinner. We're gonna get those fins, Doi. We're gonna make a meal out of them, with spectacle enough that people are gonna think they're chewing on the robes of Raiden himself, and we're gonna make a fortune off it." He wanted to step up on the ledge for one more dramatic posing, but just then a particularly strong wind picked up, and the boy stumbled back, before clinging with his very life to the ledge of the boat.

It occurred to him, in this moment, that their outing might have been a slight mistake. The sea terrified Tetsu, and he caught a glimpse of himself struggling against it as if it was thick as molasses and he had an anchor tied to his ankle. That was... Rather compromising to his present company, and that dampening of morale could prove to be quite dangerous in the face of a mythical killer. "Let's, uhh... throw some chum out, I think we're far enough out." He was eyeing the other boy carefully for some kind of emotive response. Had he been found out? He reached into the backpack he had brought on board, pulling out a plastic bag full of bloody, chopped up fish. Yes, it was gross and he should have thought of some other way to carry it, but he was living in the moment here. Throwing it over board, he turned to his mysterious guest, hoping to divert some of the attention away from the fact that he was about one strong gust away from wetting his pants. "So Doi, why'd you come out here, anyway? You seem pretty... easy going." This was code, in Tetsu language, for accusing the boy of being a little bit directionless, which was mostly an accusation born out of being a bit too distracted to really pin the boy down as anything up to that point, and now feeling like he needed a bit of ammunition in the event that his crew saw his weakness, and thought it might be a good idea to host a bit of a mutiny.

Was it wishful thinking to believe that Tetsu, on his first outing, would be able to capture any shark, let alone one only fabled to make it's appearance around Lightning Country once before (at least as far as Tetsu had read)? Of course it was, so maybe he was just looking for a reason to go on a relaxing sort of adventure, contrary as that idea seemed. If the beast did come though, well. A normal sized shark could be managed easily enough, or so the boy thought; all you had to do was lure it close and spear it, all the more easily accomplished when the attacker in question had any manor of magic at his disposal to take it. A larger shark, though. That was a different matter. Hostility might be met with attempts to capsize the boat, and those attempts were likely to be successful too. They'd have to jump their way onto the back of the creature if it came to that, or else conjure up something a bit buoyant. The boy hoped his ghost dancers had a bit of fat on them, he wasn't too worried about sacrificing them to the sharks; he could always produce more. Everyone was going to get fed today.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:13 am

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The sea. The ocean. The endless stretch of water that carried on for many miles and beyond as far as the eye could see. It had many names but it's beauty never failed to impress those who dared to embark on it's waterways in seek of adventure, gold or some other incentive they may be pursuing. Every now and then, a wave would crash into the shoreline gently the sound of the tide rising and falling almost a soothing effect to any listening ears. The boat and it's crew whomever they may be would not be shaken by the waters as the vessel managed to navigate it's way as long as Mother Nature was pleased. It was a lovely, bright, sky on the horizon with the sun glaring overhead. It was the perfect typical day for all sorts of aquatic activites as here and there, boats littered the coastline, fishermen shouting to each other, some dashing in for a swim though the sounds of village life would all but drift away as the duo and their ship coasted deeper away from the shore and into the endless grasp of the watery empire. It was vast in all it's might and demanded a degree of respect. The far-piercing cry of white-feathered seagulls could be heard from afar as they swooped low over the waves plucking ripe fish from the rivers and soaring off repeating the cycle again and again. It was like a feeding frenzy except this one had a sense of gracefulness about it..the way the birds swooped down, they were like the perfect predators.

As the outlines of the port which were mere dots in the distance now dropped from view, ahead of them, it seemed like the journey ahead would be long, all that could been was the glint of the sun on the watery surface that rippled across for miles. It was not only fish and predatory birds that littered these parts, for a much greater threat lingered deep within the depths, after all, the world was not a friendly place. As their voyage would continue, the two would soon happen upon a larger vessel, a red flag waving from it's mast as if to signal distress. There was a gaping hole in the side of the hull as if something had taken a enormous chomp out of the ship and it was leaning to one side dangerously, it could topple at any second. Several people scrambled about on the deck shouting and yelling as their vessel would approach waving their arms in a wild manner. One man, taller than the rest, he had a impressive red beard and his garbs were that of a sailor but ripped in several places, in one hand, he held a curved sword which seemed to be dull and old from several years of usage. He would attempt to call out to the Kumo-nin hoping they could hear him which with his booming, commanding tone, such a thing was not a concern."Hail, voyagers! Over here! Would two kind souls such as yourself be willing to take on this rabble of crew and myself?!"He would shout as there was an enormous groaning sound as the mast began to snap splintering in several places.

This caused a reaction among the other five members of the crew who scrambled away to the uppermost portion of the deck keen not to get in the way of the mast as it began to lean downwards. It was in this moment that nature saw fit to invoke her powers. A wave would be approaching from the starboard side of the ship and the bearded warrior who had called out to them looked at it with horror before bellowing to his crew."Reel 'er in, boys! HOLD STEADYYY!"Clearly, it seemed whomever this man was, he seemed to be the leader of this rabble of warrior or fishermen, it was hard to tell. They wielded tools of all sorts from spears to swords, one even had a bow and and floating on the watery surfaces, were crates of fish that had been thrashed and broken when they hit the surface. The giant wave crashed against the already broken vessel sending two of the men overboard and the mast careening into the water as it finally snapped with a groan tumbling into the depths.""Throw the ropes! Get 'em on board."The bearded captain would cast one final pleading look their way."We'd be forever in yer debt, strangers. I don't even know how we managed to get this far! We set out from the port over yonder and soon after, a current took ahold of us, the darned thing. We wound up here!"He spat on the wooden floorboard in disgust as two other sailors behind him began casting ropes to the ones in the water yelling and echoing.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:27 pm

Doi attentively listened to Tetsu's grandiose explanation of the beast they were targeting. As expected, this ancient shark's exquisitely lived up to its name. The magnitude of the shark’s size and the grandness if its ferocity served to further arouse excitement inside of the teen. Yet it did also serve to further elevate his internal concern. Primarily, if this beast was a man-eater as Tetsu had described it to be, it certainly wasn't going to go down without a fight. Likewise, their boat didn't seem well suited for combat, much less fending off such an enemy. Secondly, even if the pair of youth did manage to defeat the shark, how were they supposed to bring it back? It undoubtedly had to weigh a ton based on its speculated size.

Despite this, Doi was still unaware of whether his boat companion planned to bring the whole beast back with them or just take its fins. Maybe they were too ambitious and hadn’t completely thought that part through yet. Either that or it was common sense and Tetsu just expected him to naturally catch on. Doi would be lying to himself if he said his brain was operating a full capacity at the moment, so this was entirely possible.

Once Tetsu declared they were far enough out, Doi assisted in throwing the pieces of chopped up fish out into the water. Ironically, for someone pursuing a career path where death and blood was extremely common, he in no way found this part of the fishing trip pleasant. Hands covered in copious amounts fish blood and vile goo, he quickly chose to rinse them off with a bit of sea water. He’d be uncomfortable for the rest of the shark-hunting voyage otherwise.

Afterwards, Doi went back to relaxing against the side of the boat. The soothing sound of waves crashing around the vessel was music to his ears. It was truly splendid.


Omoi Tetsu wrote:"So Doi, why did you come out here?"


"Uhhh..." A good question, although one that nonetheless bamboozled him. It was hard for the teen to think of a proper response when he himself wasn't too sure why it was that he came along. "It's gotta be somewhere in between boredom and intrigue. I was kinda' hooked by the allure of this whole 'majestic ancient shark thing, ya' know?" Doi cracked a smile."I know it's a bit childish but if there's something as spectacular as what we’re after around, I've got to see it." The teen's face turned slightly somber as he remembered the conversation he’d had with the souvenir boy, Kamina. "It's best to do fun stuff like this before everything changes. You could end up in a situation where things like enjoying yourself is no longer in your best interest before you know it." Doi went silent for a brief moment before shaking his head and releasing a deep sigh.

It was unlike him to be so pessimistic. He’d personally always found this way of thinking highly detrimental, but unfortunately found himself indulging in it on occasion. He feared what his future outlook could develop into as he walked along the tumultuous path that is life.

“Sorry, didn’t mean to be a downer there...”

The sound of yelling came from the area of sea behind Doi’s position at the side of the boat. Quickly turning his head, the teen spotted a heavily damaged boat carrying some disheveled men. These men would begin wildly flail about. It didn’t take a high level of intelligence to figure out the purpose behind their gestures was to gain the pair’s attention. A man called out to them.



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Doi’s eyes fell upon the gaping hole at the ship’s side. Proof this vast sea they were traveling must’ve been quite the calamitous force, despite its current serene nature. Doi found such an unpredictable environment riveting. There was one other thing that crossed the youngsters mind, though. Could this occurrence have had any relation to the beast they were after? If so, perhaps it wasn’t such a coincidence that they would stumble upon this group. They looked like fishermen too, so chances were they knew more about the area than the pair of shinobi did anyway. The teen turned to face his cohort. "What do you want to do? They don’t look very hostile to me.”

Doi ultimately gave Tetsu the right to choose their next course of action. It wasn’t like he was in charge of the vessel anyway.
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:32 pm

Listening to his first mate's reasoning, Tetsu realized that it wasn't that far off of his own. Yes, it wasn't as if the boy was quite as aimless and prone to fits of fancy as his crew, but did see the allure of the ancient beast. Or, more specifically, the allure of the fanfare they'd be receiving when they brought it back to the country. If he wasn't terrified by the sea, this might have made for a fun little entrepreneurial adventure too. As Tetsu was looking down at his friend as he explained himself, he went through a bit of an automatic survey of how impressionable and manipulable the young man was, and to the boy's surprise and encouragement, the situation looked good. For his own part, he couldn't really believe someone would willingly share one of their worries about where their life was heading. Tetsu considered for a moment that the other boy might be crying out for help, that he was so aimless that he would willingly expose this vulnerable part of himself because, in point of fact, he wanted to be manipulated, probably preferably by someone who had a better inkling of what Doi might best spend his time doing. In this case, it was making them both a fortune, although Tetsu was beginning to consider that he might reasonably swindle the boy out of the lion's share of the proceeds. He did provide the boat, after all. In a way, Tetsu admired the boy's innocence and naivety. He took out a flask from his back pocket and took an early-voyage swig of it before turning the cap back to a closed position. If Doi managed somehow to survive adolescence, he might be one of those characters people look up to. An anomaly of old virtue in a world that puts this type of ninja in the ground by the thousands before they can reach that matured state. "I don't think you're being a downer," Tetsu began, placing a firm and reassuring hand on the boy's shoulder, "Your life has value, you should enjoy it while you can." He started to give a warm smile, but was distracted by the other boy's trailing gaze, seeming to spot something off in the distance. Tetsu lifted his leg up on the bow of the ship; it started shaking at his thought of the current racing by below them, but the pose was important for remaining captainly.

In the distance, they were being hailed, and the boy steered the ship closer to get within earshot of them.

In at least appearance, there was a thin line that separated self-defense from aggression. Tetsu looked over at the wreckage of the vessel they had stumbled across and considered the situation carefully. He wasn't the sort of person to get swept away by ideas of fate and chance encounters, but these are the last hopes of someone who has exhausted all of their resources, and the boy, having failed to secure a passport, having failed to secure an exit from the country without one, was no leaning more and more toward mystical happenstance, which is right where his new companion fit in, on the advice of a sage. Their vessel was small, but certainly the two of them could use the extra help in wrestling down the creature they were after, and so fate seemed to be smiling on them after all on this bright and sunny day. These are the sentiments the boy would have indulged in, if he was born yesterday, but a simple sizing up of the situation would lead any reasonable person to conclude that you didn't exactly need a broadsword to catch a fish. Added protection for the voyage maybe, but it wasn't as if Tetsu needed to take the chance here. "Sure, you can all come on board," He began, letting the captain have a small taste of what he was after, enough to spark a glimmer of hope either for survival or for bounty, "As soon as you toss your weapons into the sea." The rest of the situation seemed somewhat tricky as well. It was possible, if a little unlikely, that if this was a trap, that the ship only appeared to be capsized; a wreckage floating atop another vessel, in which case the small crew was vulnerable to cannon fire. That seemed unlikely, given the probability of that crew happening across another vessel out in the middle of nowhere, but it couldn't hurt to do a little bit of scouting. The boy strung a few handseals together, forming a Crystal Eye that would weave it's way through the shards of wooden planks that now made up the capsized vessel.

Tetsu turned to his first mate, his back toward the ship as if it was close enough that the crew would have any chance of hearing his muttering (not that it would have ultimately mattered anyway), "See that rope in the corner?" He asked the boy, motioning with his eyes and a slight nod of his head, "If they start coming over, I want you to tie their hands behind their back and to the ship. It isn't much, but stretch it out as far as you can. I'm looking for more rope on their boat too. We don't need their whole crew to help us." As much as the situation through a sort of wrench into their plans, Tetsu could see the obvious benefit of having a few more hands on deck, even though the prospect of making the boat more top heavy was giving him a bit of a panic attack. He could have announced that two thirds of the captains meager looking crew was about to be made hostage, but this wasn't exactly a negotiation, and he'd be willing to wager that the captain would be far more pliable and amenable to any amendments the boy made after the transaction of people had already begun. Tetsu had no particular interest in having a fight to the death above the watery abyss they now found themselves in.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:22 am

The water thrased about the stricken vessel as it bobbed up and down on the waves hanging on for dear life. The two that had been flooded overboard were hoisted back on board by two crewmen though the situation was getting dire by the moment. The bearded captain blinked a few times to comprehend what he had heard. Surely, these peculiar sailors did not deem them a threat in their current state? He glanced down at his blade and back at the men weighing his options as the ship took another battering, this time as a sail snapped loose of it's rigging fluttering down into the watery depths of the ocean."Strangers, I assure you there is no need for such drastic action, we wield arms for a sole purpose and that is to strike down the great lurker of the deep who has done this to us. Though, if it is necessary to make you trust us, I will allow you to confiscate all that you see fit but I will not throw this precious blade of mine that has seen many wars for the aquatic devils to rip apart."As if to indicate that they had no intention of robbing the two voyagers, the captain unclipped the curved blade from his belt and held it out blade first. The rest of the crew followed suit, the sound of weapons hitting the wooden floorboard resounding all around the deck. In truth, the captain would be willing to part with anything to do off this damned vessel but the idea of casting away his beloved sword was just too much to bear. Though, if the crew would be able to make it across to the other ship or not would be quickly wiped from all of their's minds as the ship was suddenly struck from the side splintering each time."Alright, alright, have it yer way!"He said casting a nervous glance down at the surface sending the blade to the side of the deck with a kick inhaling sharply.

"Throw a plank across, you rats!"He bellowed in that commanding tone and two able-bodied sailors ran up carrying a wood plank thrusting it across so it linked across with the other vessel providing a sort of platform. As soon as this happened, the ship took another strike this time taking two of the sailors with them who disappeared under the wreckage among a mixture of screams and yells."Zoro! Levi! Damn it, it's back! GET ACROSS, GET ACROSS, DAMN IT!"A frenzy of panic set across the group as they scrambled to get across the vessel to the other ship as a huge dark shadow could be seen barely visibly underneath the sea surface, a huge grey fin with black markings sticking jutting out as it circled the two vessels. It was large in size and a trail of crimson stained the water now, an answer to the fate of those two sailors. Following the last crew member, as the captain carefully scaled his way across to the other bobbing ship, there was an enourmous groaning sound as the creature's heavy tail whacked into the stricken ship's midcenter sending it splintering in two. Amid all of this, the aquatic animal never popped it' head above the surface save for the single fin that indicated it's location."That's the feisty monster himself! The lurker of the deep! That dratted thing has been a curse on all of us since we set sail from port!"

As soon as the captain would finish speaking, a loud tone would echo across the seas as the shadowy figure positioned itself directly in front of the Kumo-nin's vessel."You have wandered too far in search of a goal that many have tried to achieve. Turn back now and I will spare you the fate of others. Continue and you will regret the things you are about to see and witness, landlubbers. Unless of course, you think you have what it takes to face one of the great warriors of the ocean and all that is within it."As if to enforce the message, the creature would flick it's tail across the waves sending a gush of water directed at the ship. It was not powerful in any sense, merely a provoking gesture as if daring the humans to confront the thing. Upon closer inspection, it would be clear to all that the thing was some sort of large fish. A whale, shark or maybe a dolphin? Who knew?"Wait, that thing...talks?"The bearded warrior managed to sputter out staring at the single fin doing it's circles around the boat."I grow impatient, misguided ones. Provide me with your reply and I will answer in equal."
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Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:40 pm

Doi stood up from his spot and walked over to grab the bundle rope Tetsu mentioned. Once the item was in the hand, he walked back to a position that better overlooked the boat the sailors were on. The teen watched the situation further develop as he slowly untangled the bundle of rope; making sure to pick out any knots he found as he did so. It appeared Tetsu found certain degree of success in convincing them all to drop their weapons. Though, the blades were simply dropped against the floor of their tattered vessel and not directly into the sea as the adolescent had specifically asked. Yet, it wasn’t like it mattered as long as they were unarmed; the weapons would fall into the sea on their own eventually judging from the way things were going over there.

As the sailors passed a plank over to the their vessel, Doi began to question the purpose behind tying the men up. He didn’t see much use for doing it now due to how desperate the sailors were to get aboard. They weren’t a threat at this point from his perspective. Alas, he was not the one in charge of the boat.

As the sailor’s tried their best to run along the wooden plank, Doi raised an eyebrow in surprise as the battered ship was suddenly struck by an unseeable force. “What was that?” Two sailors who were attempting to cross over were sent overboard and into the sea. The teen leaned over the side of the ship to get a better look at the water below; searching for any sign of them. All he saw was a concerning large shadow and a trail of blood. He quickly turned towards Tetsu. “Tetsu, there’s something huge in the water and it doesn’t seem friendly.”

The reaction the sailors had to the new arrival was sign enough that whatever was down below was directly connected to why their ship ended up in such a state. “We’ve got to do something, or this boat is a goner.” Doi covered his eyes as shrapnel flew from the now sailors’ now completely destroyed sea vessel. He then turned his focus to helping the remainder of the sailors board the ship until everyone was safely on; of course he was completely drenched from head to toe by the end of it from all the water splashing about.

All of a sudden, a loud menacing voice reverberated throughout the area. Doi stood in place as he searched around for a possible source. Yet, there was nothing around them but the remains of a completely wrecked boat and a massive aquatic creature lying beneath the surface. Could it have been that thing that was talking?

What was it exactly that they were up against?
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Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:12 pm

Tetsu followed the sail of his presumed enemy as it was pulled eerily into the abyss. He seemed unable to take his eyes or mind off of it, trying to listen to the other captain's voice call out in reason, but the words sounded muffled, and he could feel his own knees begin to shake. It didn't matter what he thought might be best for their current situation, it was rapidly becoming apparent to Tetsu that he was going to lose his ability to act on his own best intentions. 'Keep your swords, you fools!' He wanted to yell out, somewhere in the bottom of his gut urging him to do so as some deep undercurrent thrashed the neighbouring ship apart. Was he allowing his own fears to get the better of him, or was there something down there in that blue-black hell eagerly seeking out companions? Wanting to act against his own paranoia, which was becoming more powerful by the second, he would will himself into remaining silent, but in his fear, could not judge whether it was paranoia to have them re-take their arms, or paranoia to maintain his order to discard them. All he could do in response to his own emotions, now bubbling over the surface, was to run in the opposite direction, but reason itself was no longer an option.

The plank slammed against the boy's small vessel with a shock that almost woke the boy from his stupor. There wasn't enough time. Not to think, not to lead anyone out of the death that had found them all. He turned to Doi in his panic, his knees now vibrating visibly as the other boy needlessly pointed out that they were goners, and the entirety of his focus seemed to be on the task of stopping them from collapsing. He grabbed the other boy by his collar, a wild panic visible on his face. 'Don't say anything, you cowardly dog!' His own mind called out to him in protest, 'If you give up this charade now, don't think you can just take it back when you need to!' "You need to..." The boy gritted his teeth, hard, as if trying to physically swallow the words that were trying to escape. He wanted to scream at Doi to take control of the ship, of the ambiguously untrustworthy fighters that were boarding their vessel, of the thing... Whatever it was... that was rising up from the black nothingness to threaten them. No matter what he did, show weakness in front of a crew that was boarding them and multiples of their own meager size, or take control of an assault that he knew he did not have the mental fortitude to lead, no matter what, they were all going to die there. He was foolish enough to challenge the ocean again when it had nearly taken him in it's eternally loving embrace only a few years earlier.

Then he remembered what he had. It was a memory so sweet it felt like salvation had come down from the sky to visit itself upon them, like they were about to be rescued by Raiden's golden army. Bourbon. He hated the taste of it, but thought it would make for a suitable voyage-themed memory-eraser. He threw Doi aside, the mad animal that was scratching around inside of him losing it's regard for civility in it's desperate pursuit of what it needed to survive. Rummaging through the trash he had brought on board, the nets, the harpoon gun, tarps, all nonsense; he found his bottle of amber life-sustaining medicine full and now cradled in his eager hands. He ripped the ornate paper away from the cap and had it open and up to his lips in an instant, and was now downing the whole bottle, ignoring the chaos erupting around him like it was his purpose in life.

Having gained the bare minimum of necessary bravery, it was time to issue a response to the hellish beast that had already downed one ship. He cocked his arm back, the tiny drops of liquid within sloshing in the glass next to his ear. This was it, the moment of truth. If he just dropped it, maybe everyone could return to shore, treasureless, with their tails between their legs, but ultimately alive, and what else, really, was more important than this? The boy threw the glass bottle into the shadow hovering below and in front of them as hard as he could, before yelling out in response to the booming voice, "Go fuck yourself!" As much to the fish as it was to his own body, which was now kept barely in check from the violent revolt it was attempting over him. Was he embarrassed by the childish outburst? A little, it probably didn't reflect all that great on him, but it steadied his legs, and that was all that he could afford to care about. He moved on to the leader of the invading crew, now grabbing him instead of Doi, "You're a captain, right? So CAPTAIN!" He slapped the grown man in the face, as if it was the sailor that needed to be snapped out of his panic, "Outmaneuver that beast like your life depends on it! If I feel so much as a wave against this ship that I think came from that monster, I'm gonna let you find your precious sword again!" As terrified as he was, Tetsu meant those words. He'd kill any man, in his current frenzy, that he thought was putting him at risk of falling into the ocean.

There wasn't any time, he knew. No time to weigh out his options and what might be the best course of action to survive. It meant, if he wanted to survive, if he wanted to kill this monster, as much as it pained him from the very bottom of his soul, he was going to need to risk giving up some of the control of this situation. It really felt like he was prying it from his own cold, dead fingers, locked in place as it was. He needed, he shuddered to think the word, help. The boy turned to the crew that was filling up his too small boat, making it more top-heavy than he cared to think about, but the panic was plastered all over his face "We're gonna die out here, you hear me?! We're not running away, so get the thought of taking time to mourn for those you just lost or panicking out of your pathetic goddamn heads and get to work! If I see anyone get glassy eyed and distracted, I'll stab you my goddamn self and throw you into the drink to buy us some time while that thing eats you! GET TO WORK, YOU BASTARDS!" What this work was, he couldn't exactly say, he'd have to assume the captain of the other ship could direct what remained of his crew to pull on some rope somewhere to change the direction of the sail and navigate the pending battle. Heaven knows Tetsu didn't know how the hell to do any of that.

"Spare hands down with me and Doi!" And now, finally finding a moment to come back to his first mate, he hustled toward the other boy, announcing to him and whatever crew was left to take part, "We're the boarding party." It sounded nice, almost like the boy was confident that they're smaller ship with a less competent captain and a crew that couldn't even fit on it, somehow had a sliver of a chance of surviving the encounter with this shipwrecker of a monster. He looked into the ocean at the enormous shadow moving underneath, his ears transfixed upon the creature, trying to understand if what he was hearing could really be just one animal, or if it was the undercurrent of the whole ocean. "I don't know what the fuck I'm doing. He said quietly to the other boy, without looking at him. He could feel the panic overtake his facial expression, the blood now gone from it while snot and tears both threatened to start pouring out. He didn't know why he told Doi this either; he had managed, somehow, to spit out words approximating orders and to give some kind of plan the legs it needed to at least start moving, and confessing this weakness could only make things worse. Well, he could consider it a journal entry into a diary that was about to be thrown into the ocean. It wasn't like it really mattered at this point.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:55 pm

Chaos set in as people milled about on the vessel which was threatning to buckle under the sheer weight but thankfully it held. The aquatic behemoth sent a spray of water in their direction almost in a provoking gesture as if daring them to make a move...daring them to sink to their doom. That was until one of the shipgoers decided to take charge of his own. The captain blinked a few seconds taking in the fact that he had just been slapped by someone perhaps a bit younger than him, first anger set in followed by shock than understanding. Holding back what choice words he had for the sailors, he inhaled before bellowing out a series of guttural sounds that the sailors happened to understand strange enough."Do as the youngster says! Hak! You're up here with me! Rest of you lot, let's give our answer to that kraken for our fallen brothers! ONWARDS!"The cry was echoed by the rest though perhaps the idea of being thrown overboard into the depths of the rapids were enough to spur the panic-stricken men into action shuffling to join Doi and Tetsu on the deck as the captain sprang up to the helm seizing the ship's wheel and jamming it to the hard right as far as he could. The vessel would shudder at the effect groaning as the ship began to turn, it's bow eventually beginning to respond in turn."I see...so instead of accepting the doomed fate you are to face, you have decided to challenge that which you have no knowledge of. So be it then, humans, I shall also respond with full power!" As the ship began to turn groaning with all it's effort, the shadow began to grow bigger as it approached the surface at alarming spped."FULL SAILS! FULL SAILS, YOU RATS!"The captain yelled casting a glance at the water's surface cursing under his breath."I am going to tell you right now, if we outrun this monster, that is going to be a miracle in itself."He would say to one of the two shipgoers before a spray of water rained down over the ship drenching all upon it.
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An horrifying sight was presented before them as the creature broke the surface. It had all the makings of an average shark except for a few MAJOR details. The skin was torn off in various places and the flesh seemed to be rotting yet did not seem to affect it's functions in any manner whatsoever. It's pupils were pearl white, one could mistake the creature for being blind. The tail curved down instead of straight out though it could flick it upwards to smash into it's target at incredible power if it so desired."I have warned you over and over yet like those before you, your pride clouds your ability to think rationally, it would seem so let me enlighten you a bit before I have my meal. My name is Honcho, the sovereign of these waters and for milennia, my kind have lived here while you humans trespass here hunting our kindred for sport so I see it only fitting we return the favor."He grinned displaying a row of white fanged teeth stained with the blood of the two previous sailors whom had met their fate. Several of the crew muttered shifting thier feet uneasily not able to bear the sight."So, tell me, poor souls, your cause for wandering into these parts and I may spare a limb or two. You would think carefully about your answers. Dishonesty with me will only earn you a fate worse than death." He flicked his tail upwards to reinforce the message sending a medium-sized waved against the starboard side of the vessel but it held shuddering a bit.

"You killed them.The gruff voice broke out as the aged sailor let go of the ship's wheel fixing the shark with a glare."Levi and Zoro, two of my best men and you just snatched them up into your jaws without a second thought. I should gut you right here and right now or perhaps serve you on a plate, deep-fried fish sticks sound good right abut now."The creature's head snapped to the captain, a comical expression on it's face as it appeared to be snickering in a sense."Oh,please, do not blame me for something you are at fault. After all, they elected to take on this voyage knowing the risks and purpose, did they not? So, the risk was presented and as a result of that, they could not keep up. It all falls back on you, my friend, Your kind have hunted and slaughtered our type for centuries, how many times do you think I wallowed in despair over the deaths of my friends, huh?! You think you understand? Try losing all your loved ones close to you and then perhaps we can talk. I am not interested in speaking to some creaky old man, I want to speak directly to the leaders of this vessel and why they dare to intrude upon our waters, otherwise, you will join the many others at the ocean bottom. That is a promise, I assure you.
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Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:43 pm

Omoi Tetsu wrote:"I don't know what the fuck I'm doing.


Tetsu’s condition was starting to concern Doi. His companion looked very afraid… or dare he say mortified. ‘He’s taking this a lot worse than I thought he would.’ Tetsu’s resolve was now in question. ‘I guess we were too optimistic in coming out here, after all.’ Doi was really depending on Tetsu to step up to the plate once things got tough. ‘This isn’t good.’ The teen clenched his hands in frustration. Under normal circumstances, Doi would rush into battle when faced with a strong opponent. Safe to say he was quite confident in his combat ability. Yet, the problem with this particular situation was how much the environment favored this opponent. They were out at sea facing an aquatic beast. Even with his own proficiency in the use of water style ninjutsu, it wouldn’t do him much help in this case. He was also not willing to risk Tetsu and the others getting caught up in such a battle as collateral. They were very clearly in no condition to fight such a foe. “What can I do? I’m kinda’ stuck here…” Doi thought to himself.

A frantic Tetsu was able to rile up the captain of the sailors, whose speech would in turn kick the remnants of his crew into gear. Looks like they were all going to try and outrun the beast. As Doi asked the crew in what ways he could assist in manning the vessel, their foe decided to make itself visible by rising to the surface of the water. Turns out it was a gruesome looking shark with cuts and rotting flesh all over its body. It revealed itself to be ‘Honcho’, sovereign of the waters upon which they tread.

Was this the large shark he and Tetsu were supposed to be after?

No way they were getting any pay from bringing back rotten flesh; even if they were somehow able to defeat Honcho. There no longer stood any point to combat with the shark but their survival now.

Doi decided to speak up to Honcho’s calling. Maybe the shark would be willing to reason with them, despite the unfortunate circumstances he’d been put through due to humans. “Honcho! Please, forgive us for stepping foot in your territory. I can’t vouch for the intentions of these sailors, but I will say that my partner and I were foolishly chasing after a rumor.” Doi took a deep breath before continuing. “I am very sorry for what you’ve been through, but I assure you my friend and will never return to challenge you again.” The slightly nervous teen put his right hand over his chest.“Please, I beg you show us mercy.”

Anyone who knew Doi was aware the did not speak in such a proper manner under normal circumstances. He was trying to be as respectful as possible.
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Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:49 pm

The ship was creaking and moaning so loudly that a person could be forgiven for believing that the wood and metal was going to burst apart at the seams at any moment. The second colourful captain brought aboard seemed to be quite the asset, in the end, to the extent that Tetsu was feeling a little bad that he had made the man toss his sword overboard. Then again, by the time the boy was done here, he had a suspicion that the old man might want to use it on him, after all.

The dexterity with which this gruff man managed the ship was admirable, to be sure, and Tetsu found that it was giving him the time he needed to steel his nerves, especially under the prospect that maybe, just maybe, he could get the treasure he was after without risking another hair on his body? Was it true though? Was this emerging and hopeful belief truly justified, or was it just his “reason” finding a way to placate his phobias? Before he could officially and mentally sign off on the answer he wanted to give to the ferocious man-hunter, however, his first mate actually took the initiative for once, offering an olive branch of diplomacy to the beast.

Nevermind the fact that this gesture seemed to have, embedded within it, a kind of amnesia at what their new crew had just lost in facing off against the beast. Mainly Tetsu wanted to forget this little inconvenience because his new plan didn’t exactly get them through those choppy waters, but was Doi even thinking about the fact that they hadn’t tied any of their new crew up? Even ignoring this, and worst of all, his shipmate seemed to be giving up in the moment that their enemy exposed it’s greatest weakness. It told them what it wanted.

This, too, would simply have to be factored into the ever-changing landscape of their current treasure hunt. Doi had forked over their poker chips, so to speak, and it was Tetsu’s job now to make sure that that poor fish didn’t think he was actually going to be able to cash them in. The boy leaned over the hull of the ship to address the monster, certain as he was that that thing knew it would also need his own submission if it thought this fight wasn’t going to happen. Cry more. He called out to the beast, giving a nice pregnant pause between Doi’s acquiescence and his own opinion on the shark’s complaints, ”My first mate here seems to have a soft spot in his heart for the sob stories of ancient man-eaters, but I couldn’t care less. To me, it’s just another colorful detail I can tell the rich bride and groom as they’re drinking the soup that has you in it.” In the end, Tetsu didn’t even want to be angry with Doi. It was his own fault, after all, for exposing his weakness to a stranger, but he’d gently guide this ship back on course, and everyone could get what they wanted, even the shark. ”I haven’t lost my boat or crew, you think I’m interested in blame? In figuring out who’s suffering the most? I want money, and that comes with your hide on a dinner plate, or in a bowl. Worst of all, for you, and you probably know this already, but what do you think brought us out here? The fact that you’re such a prolific killer just makes you more valuable as a catch. So what are you gonna do? Kill us and hope that that’s not going to be even more enticing for the next lot like us? My own death is gonna be at least a few hundred more yen per bowl, so I can rest easy knowing that someone’s going to benefit from my work here today, even if it isn’t me.”

”The only reason I’m talking to you now though is because, as it turns out, there’s another option that’s more profitable for me, and not only gives you your life, but I’m going to turn you into a sort of advocate for your people. Come with me to land, be a performer in my show, and we’ll create a bit of reverence and connection between our worlds that will start saving your ’people’s’ lives.” To hell with the restaurant business; once they eat the shark, that’s the end of the boy’s paycheque, but this talking cow could be milked weekly. ”I can give you everything you want, Honcho, but one way or another, you’re coming back to shore with me today. Soup or stardom, your choice.” Gold or steel. The boy listened carefully for any murmurings coming from his new pirate crew. What did they want more here; survival, or vengeance?

He looked at Doi, trying to mentally communicate with his first mate to get himself ready, since some calamity might just be on the cusp of going down. Doi probably didn’t particularly like the whiplash that Tetsu’s sudden snapping of the extended olive branch was undoubtedly giving him, but that bridge was now burnt, the ship sailed and set on fire, and the other boy would simply have to adjust to the new fact that the only option now was to survive the debris of the shitstorm that was possibly going to descend upon them as a result, together.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:45 pm

It was like watching two hounds go at it and both had such opposite views on the situaton. One of them pleaded with the beast to spare them a watery death in the depths below while the other had no problem confronting Honcho directly in a aggressive manner, a trait that just peaked the shark's curiosity even more. His attitude was one that would surely dictate how this entire encounter would go and at the moment, it was not looking to bright to say the least."One of you pleads for me like a beggar while the other has the audacity and courage to think he could take on one who has endured your kind before. I have seen your type before, foolish one and all have suffered. You are no different. What makes you different? To the seas, you are merely another victim for the predators to dispose of in any form or fashion they see fit."The shark watched almost in a bored fashion as the ship attempted to manevur around the beast as the aquatic devil made little to no effort to keep pace with the vessel."Fast too, are you, eh!"The bearded captain grunted sweat trickling down his brow as he wrenched the wheel one more time this time turning the hull to face the shark."Fine then, if you won't move, I guess we'll just have to force you to!"He roared."BRACE FOR IMPACT!"The ship began to gather the speed of the sails as it rushed towards the large fish bobbing up and down, it was clear the intention was to ram the thing with as much force as possible. Honcho blinked a few times as if attempting to comprehend what was transpiring."Clearly, not only are you misguided but it seems you take me for a fool and that is insulting."

As the sails began to fluff up gathering the wind, the predatory fish would make it clear that no mere vessel would be the end of him. Waiting until the ship was close enough, he turned so his side was exposed to the front of the ship almost mocking it in a way. The crew assembled on the deck beneath shouted encouragment at their leader upon seeing this as he closed the distance rapidly. Though, it seemed they had closed it perhaps too much. A large shadow fell over the vessel and as eyes would turn to see what the root cause, they would see the fish tail rising out of the waves before slamming into the deck floorboards sending a few more men overboard and splintering a hole in the deck causing water to gush out onto the vessel weighing down the vessel. Panic set among the crowd as once before as people scrambled here and there to get away from the gaping hole."You tried, you have failed. However, you are persistent so that much I will give you. As such, I will ignore the fact that you decided to ward me off with threats and such."It seemed the thing was about to offer them alternatives as it ignored the chaos, it's dull yellows eyes locking onto Doi and Tetsu in an intense fashion.

"Give up your arms and cease hostilites and I will show you why our kind carry out these endless massacres among your people.The answer lays deep within these waters but if you are willing to put your arrogant demeanor aside for the time-being and truly try to understand why people have suffered end after end, perhaps you will begin to understand why these waters are so hostile. Or would you rather be doing a disserivce to your fellow colleagues and let the murder continue on for millenia to come?"Honcho made no move to assist the damage he had just reaked on the poor boy's vessel watching the water flood on."You have made no move to attack yet you speak as if disposing of me is a simple task. i think there is something holding you back so I suggest you think carefully. I am your only way to gurantee you will ever see dry land again. Your vessel is nothing but wood and rope. A few more strikes and it will meet the same fate as the other one. Then what, sailor? Try to understand and perhaps we can come to an agreement here. What say you?"The captain was still at the wheel staring at the massive hole inwardly cursing as he cast a nervous glance at the duo. He had most probably just wrecked their vessel and they would not be too happy."Now would be a good time to start leaving.."He said to himself shifting a bit away from the helm. Crew on the deck below began to throw rope and rigging down to contain the leak as the beast readied itself for the duo's answer whatever it may be.
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:17 am

"Endured my kind before, huh? Same goes for me, you think I ain't ever killed a fish up 'till now? Don't be so sure of yourself." Hell, the way the boy was saying it, he almost convinced himself he wasn't worried about those long, jagged teeth tearing into him. At least they'd get him before he had to swimming to the bottom. No, Tetsu may have been far away from land and home and anything familiar, but he could find solace in the familiarity of the situation he had found himself in. The monster might have forsaken his affections, but he wasn't so naive to think that he had lost just yet. On the contrary, this was now a negotiation. Tetsu couldn't swim, he probably couldn't fight a Goddamn man-eating shark, but he knew how to negotiate alright. It should have worried the boy, a sane person might have reasoned, that the giant fish didn't seem to be having all that much trouble keeping up with their research vessel (the boy was considering he might've thought the make and model of the craft his life was depending on a little more carefully, but there was nothing to be done about it now). No, if anything, evidence of the shark's superior mobility was the exact proof he needed to demonstrate that he was on the right path. His God's light was shining upon this voyage. If this beast wanted to destroy them, it seems like he would have had every opportunity to do so. He wanted something else though, and what kept the beast in this conversation was the question of whether or not Tetsu was the one who could give it to him.

Tetsu's back slammed against the wooden edge of the ship, a wave of vertigo passing over him as he arched his back ever so slightly toward the water in the impact of the other captain's expert steering. The boy wanted to walk over to the man and gut him for it, but the irrationality had passed over him as quickly as it had arrived. They were running for the beast, and suddenly the planks of wood below his feet felt unbelievably flexible, and thin. Was there even a chance the thing would hold together? A drop of sweat trickled down the boy's cheek as he stared intently at the monster they were aiming to give a little love tap to. This was a part of negotiations too. Tetsu wanted to grab the wheel, throw the other captain down and veer the ship off course; he could barely, in fact, keep himself from doing so, but if you couldn't stand your ground, you had no business talking to the adults at the table.

From out of the water, a great shadow loomed, seeming to materialize from thin air as a haze of mist washed over the boy's face. An instant of peace before the loud crash of wood was all that could be heard. Men went overboard, that was the last of them, for sure. The crash missed the boy by a long shot, and for no other reason than that he was not it's target, but it felt close enough to send the boy's lungs into his stomach. Was this it? It happened so quickly, and the boy wanted to refuse to believe that this was wear his own ship would sink too. A million miles away from any other asshole that would take advantage of him like he helped the other crew. For some reason, the idea that this ship was on loan flashed through the boy's mind.

In an instant, the deck of the ship was in total chaos too. More of the pirates had died for the boy's wealth, he'd have to make sure that they didn't go for nothing. Hey, maybe they'd float up to the surface and start swimming, anything was possible, right? The boy was trying to distract himself as a singular thought was racing through his mind over and over and over again. What floats? What floats? What floats? What floats? His hands were trembling. He wished he had learned how to create any kind of wood at this point, but anything that kept the air inside the hull of the boat would have to do. He had absolutely nothing. Nothing permanent. He'd weave the requisite handseals he'd need together to call forth his Nature's Guard below the hole under the boat. It wasn't something he could sustain forever, and he certainly didn't like the idea of distracting himself with a jutsu that would leech his chakra like a parasite while he was trying to figure what thing he could say next that wasn't going to beach this ship like a piece of driftwood on some distant island.

The boy listened to Honcho, half paying attention to what the shark said, rubbing the sweat down his face as he thought of nothing at all, of the chaos around him in fragmented and recent memories. Without thinking too much on it, the boy was rolling over the shark with his follow up, eager to make his own... adjustments to what he had said earlier. "Try not to focus so much on the negative, huh? You're so worried about what I think I can do to twist your fin that I worry you're not paying attention to what I actually want to do." He leaned over the side of the ship now, his arms crossed in faux-relaxation as he tried to make one last plea to reach out to the shark. "You give me an essay out here about why I should care, it's not gonna reach the audience you need and it's probably not even gonna reach me. You want people to listen? You want to change their minds? Art changes minds. Make someone cry for you and they'll squeeze you out of their mind ASAP and in a hurry, make them adore you and they'll thank you for the pleasure of being able to do your laundry. Human being are selfish, you know, but they sure do love a star." The boy's smile may as well have been fulled with two rows of jagged teeth as it crept it's way up this cheeks, but the fog rolling in, the cold air, the silence of the sea all had their effect on the boy, slowly dragging it back down, reminding him of just how far out he was from the comforts of the shore. He didn't want to follow the shark. He knew that it was a horrifically dumb move tactically to follow your aggressor to a place they want to take you. You couldn't even be angry at that point if you were ambushed, because it was your own damned fault if you were. Did the monster really want to show the crew something? Was it possible? Yeah, it was possible. Maybe, maybe not, but the maybe not portion of that equation, for some reason, felt like it held a lot more weight to it. "Yeah, alright." He sighed, wiping the sweat from his eyes, and, after a moment, "We'll go." What'd he want to do, just give up now? The boy grit his teeth, hard. He had come too far to put ocean behind him just because it was too stupid not to.
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OOC: Doi and I decided to switch up the order
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Re: Lemon Lime in the Citrus Sky [Dual Contract Search]

Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:41 pm

Doi scratched his head at Tetsu’s approach. It was literally the exact opposite of his own. ‘We’re doomed…’ He had to resist the urge to facepalm due to the seriousness of the situation they were in. How had his boating companion built up the courage to talk back to the sea beast in such a manner? He’d been completely mortified only moments ago. Tetsu must’ve been putting up a tough guy act. Doi had to admit it was quite commendable. It didn’t much help their situation, though.

The adolescent wondered if it was too late for his companion to take what he said back. It would be reasonable to assume the angry giant shark would immediately attack them if offended, right? Either way, it didn’t seem like Honcho took too kindly to either of them. Doi held onto the vessel’s railing as the captain they’d met earlier attempted to out maneuver the shark to no avail. At a moments notice, the captain turned the boat around and steered the vessel straight towards Honcho.
“What are you doing?”
Doi questioned. His own yell muffled by that of the yelling crew mates.
“Why are you heading-”
The teen was cut off when a fishtail rose from the water and struck their deck with immense force. Doi shielded his eyes as debris flew from the point of impact. Upon inspecting the damage, the teen spotted the gaping hole where the tail hit. Not just that, but he also noticed water accumulating at that very spot.
‘Tetsu’s not gonna’ be very happy if we manage to get through this alive, that’s for sure.’


Doi turned to his side and spotted a few of the sailors that were originally standing near him hanging on to the side of the boat for their lives. The impact almost sent them overboard. He ran over and quickly pulled the two he could grab back onto boat. Unfortunately, there were some who weren’t lucky enough to grab onto something and fell directly into the sea below.

The teen walked along the edge of the boat to get over to where Tetsu was; using chakra to stick the wooden floor as not to slip. He had to keep an eye on how the situation was developing with Honcho; the large hole in their ship aside. As the massive shark spoke, the pair from Kumogakure were given an ultimatum. Either fight and risk an even greater loss of life or cooperate and come to an agreement. Doi’s behaviour made it very clear the latter option would be the one he’d agree to. Tetsu’s response only served to reassure the teen of his own choice. Of course, this wasn’t to say that Doi wasn’t suspicious of Honcho’s intentions.
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