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Akio Tabasaki

"Words can cut deeper than any sword."

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a character in “Retribution to Execution”, as played by roomrider

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ImageAge: 27

Appearance: Akio has green eyes, and brown hair. He keeps his hair so it hangs right above his shoulders. Akio is quite tall, standing at 6'1, and wieghs 150lbs. Being lean and tall, he carries a diplomatic look with him wherever he goes.
Likes:
Eating: Akio likes to eat, especially delicacies and expensive foods.
Debate and Diplomacy He likes debate, and finds interest in philosophy and politics.
Teamwork: Akio, unlike his brother, thinks that teamwork is essential in all things. He finds his brothers "lone wolf" attitude quite foolish, and is somewhat opposed to his brothers opinions. But the real reason why Akio supports teamwork so much is because of his lack of self-confidence. He thinks that he needs others' help to succeed, and thinks he will fail otherwise.
Drama: Akio actually enjoys watching drama unfold, just as long as it doesn't involve him.
Training with his brother: Although he is often humiliated by his brother's superior swordsmanship, he still enjoys training with his younger brother. Image
Dislikes:
Being the Leader: Despite the fact that he is, Akio dislikes being the main decision maker, or the "head honcho." Since he was the second son, he suspected that he'd just be second in command, not the one with the most influence.
Trying new things: Akio dislikes trying new things at times, his way of sticking to old things dampens his creativity.
Drunkards: Akio hates it when people get drunk, which is why he avoids alcohol, except for ceremonial or traditional reasons.
Taking Chances: He also hates taking gambles at times, and sticks to the safe route, which can be a problem.
Silliness: Akio dislikes people that are completely silly, or don't take things seriously.
The Kobayashi Family: No explanation needed.

Fears:
Death: What Akio fears the most, despite the ways of the samurai, is to lose his life. Therefore, he tends to play it as safe as he can, and doesn't take chances.
His enemies using friends and family: He fears that his enemies will use the one's he loves to hurt him, which is why he tries to keep his circle of friends relatively small.
Betrayal: Akio fears that one of his friends, trusted servants, or even family, may betray his trust.

Strengths:
Archery: Akio is a superior archer, although he doesn't use his bow often.
Horse Riding: Akio is very good at horse-riding. Which is kind of necessary when that's your only method of transportation.
Using the Fan: Akio is also quite gifted in using the fan, which he takes with him on diplomatic missions.
Persuasion: He is good with reasoning and words, he can persuade and communicate well.
Acting: He is good at acting and masking his emotions.
Self Control: Akio knows when to let things go and suppress his urges.
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Physical Shape: Being more of a diplomat, Akio doesn't train often, therefore having less stamina.
Swordsmanship: Akio is only slightly better than an average samurai in swordsmanship. Therefore, he often losses or ties while training with his younger brother.

Self Esteem: Akio lacks confidence in himself, and the decisions he makes. Since he's the second born, he supposes that he wasn't meant to lead the family.

Pure Strength: Although Akio is no weakling, he is not very strong. He relies on technique and skill to defeat someone, instead of strength.

Safety Oriented: Akio is very safety oriented and won't ever take chances. Being "too safe" in a way. This can be a disadvantage.

Protectiveness: Akio's over protectiveness of his family can be a problem. He won't allow his family or friends to do risky jobs, even when necessary.

Somewhat Paranoid: Akio is a bit paranoid at times. He's always thinking up hypothetical worst case "what if's" which can impair his decisions.
Personality: Akio tends to be kind to others, or at least respectful. He keeps a professional air to himself, and doesn't use slang or rude terms when speaking. He loves a good political debate, and enjoys discussions and such. Akio is the "happy go lucky," or "go with the flow" kind of person. He's usually pretty lax as far as rules and regulations go, and keeps punishments light and practical. Although some might say that he "uses his tongue instead of his sword" Akio takes that as a compliment. He prefers to settle things peacefully and doesn't pull out his sword unless absolutely necessary. He is very protective of his friends and family, and will jump to their defence at a moments notice (although he tries to keep himself from doing it).
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Equipment: Akio often carries nothing. But he will sometimes carry his father's katana with a wakizashi, mainly for ceremonial purposes and more commonly his tessen or tonto. Very rarely, Akio will also carry his bow.

History: As a child, Akio was often teased by his older brother because of his lack in swordsmanship. And because of his fairly high metabolism, he was quite thin and was easily toppled over, which was why his older brother referred to him as a "stick." Later he learned to fend off his brother's insults with his own whit. His sensei worked Akio very hard, even to the point where Akio could hardly stay standing. But despite his sensei's hard work, Akio only became a fraction of the swordsman his sensei was expecting. After he realized that Akio just wasn't made to be a great swordsman, his sensei gave up. Akio, sensing that he had to be able to use some kind of weapon, settled on the tessen. With practice he became quite skilled with it. As he grew older, Akio became the best at working on relations with other families. He was always listened to, because of his talent and often had a large word in many family decisions. After the murder however, Akio became very cold and irritable. Akio began to curse excessively and he also began to yell more often as well. He even began drinking, contradicting with his own self regulations. He believed that it was due to his inability to negotiate with the Kobayashi family that his mother and brother were killed.

So begins...

Akio Tabasaki's Story

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Keira Tabasaki Character Portrait: Akira Yagami Character Portrait: Amaya Yoshida Character Portrait: Akio Tabasaki Character Portrait: Satoru Tabasaki Character Portrait: Joaquim "Sanashi" Espada Character Portrait: Akemi Suzuku
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It was late at night, and most of the house had gone to sleep. The silence was consuming the essence of people being around, something some might enjoy, while other might detest. Regardless, the house was silent, and it was late at night, the moon being the only light source from outside.

A lonely light was lit in the upper end room in the Tabayahi residence, a small oil lamp hanging from the wooden roof by an old thread. The room was mostly not decorated, the only kind of ornaments that it sported was a small square table and a two-tiered cherry-wood weapon rack, one long sword and one short. The short was covered in bamboo while the other had a thin, sturdy leather scabbard. The only light source in the room apart from the oil lantern over the table was the circular window, sharing a dim tone of gray coming from the moon, a light easily consumed by the burning oil. The room didn't even have anything a normal person would consider as comfortable, it was just... Floor and walls.

By the small table in the center of the room sat a lone woman, her hair flowing down her back and her eyes focused on the sensitive equipment she was holding in her hands. One small shell in form of a small pipe, and a small metal pin in the other hand, as she slowly united the small bits.

Sadly enough, cheap equipment comes with the cost of being unreliable. The pin she had been trying to place had been a splinter, and the shell was a bombshell, filled with a light-emitting powder as well as gunpowder. It wasn't the ideal thing to buy cheap.

A loud bang could be heard trough the whole house, and from the window pointing out, a short beam of white light shot out, filling the night with its rays.

The woman sitting by the table, better known as Amaya, was holding her left hand in her burning eyes, not having noticed in time that the splinter for the bomb she had been making had felt into the mixture of yellow and gray powder. She had barely managed to let go of the advanced piece of technology before it went off. It was an embarrassment, undoubtedly. The whole house would probably be woken up. The only one she truly felt sorry for was Akemi, as she would have to deal with her younger brother. The others would probably not be all too affected, though she had no doubts that some would get angry to say the least. She would simply have to explain and then take whatever punishment or whatever the house decided to put upon her.

Currently though, she only had her ears to rely on though. She would be blinded for quite the while considering how close the grenade had detonated to her, and her eyes was drowning in water from the way too bright light, and her ears hurt from the loud bang. Regardless, she was still alive, which was the most important. She was currently bent over so her hand was resting on the floor with her eyes held down to the purple cloth, covering them from any other light, as it would simply hurt. The best way to neutralize the effect was to simply cover her eyes, or so her father had told her at least.

She could already hear footsteps in the hallway and was sure that someone was coming. Damn, this would be hard to explain...







Meanwhile, on the other end of Kyoto, there was a quite different party sitting around a differently shaped table in a bigger, better lit up room. The part consisted of twelve men from Kyoto, rich business owners, Samurai families that had lost their land, you name it. On the end of the table, there was one quite well known man, simply known as Kobayashi. The men had been sitting there for four hours straight, but couldn't end at such a moment because it would mean bad luck. Kobayashi had been leading the discussion till now, though he suddenly now let the rest of the table talk.

The discussion had been mainly about how they should split the wealth killing off the entire Tabasaki family would give. A strong samurai wanted friends that could back one up when things were going dire, and that was exactly what the Kobayashi was going. The more friends, the more strength, and the more forces. Most store-owners had trained one of their sons to serve the emperor, but since nothing was going on, they could be considered as Ronin, and if there was one thing the powerhungry head of the murderous family wanted, it was more power, power to beat down all the enemies he could ever encounter.

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In a room, a man lay silently in his bed. He wasn't asleep, his eyes weren't even closed. The lamp laying close-by had been snuffed hours ago. Akio Tabasaki second born son of the Tabasaki's lay there, eyes unfocused and staring at nothing in particular. He listened intently to nothing but silence, and many thoughts were swirling endlessly around his tired mind.

The meeting had gone quite badly. The Kobayashi had been very rude and difficult, they even went to the extent of threatening the Tabasakis. "Of course they wouldn't dare carry out what they stated." Akio thought. But the encounter would obviously send the road of the Tabasaki, Kobayashi family relations into the depths.


Just then an ear piercing scream broke the dead silence of the night. Akio bolted upright, and hastily grabbed his katana off of it's rack. He ran out of his room, and rushed in the direction of the scream. Akio screeched to a stop at the sight of an open door. To Akio's horror, it was his mother's room, the door was hastily flayed open. Akio carefully inched his way inside, hand on the handle of his sheathed katana.


There mother's body lay on the floor, in a pool of something but in the current light, he couldn't see it properly. Akio nudged closer to the puddle of liquid until he could smell it. It was blood, Mother's blood. Akio jolted upright in shock. "No...this can't be happening..."


A grunt from closeby, quickly shifted Akio's attention away from his mother's body. He moved as quietly as he could in it's direction, his sword now drawn. Akio worked his way towards the room where the grunt originated, and finally worked up the courage to enter through the already open door.


The room was empty, not a soul in sight. Or so he thought, until his foot stepped in a thick liquid, crimson in the moonlight. Akio could barely keep himself from vomiting as his eyes traced the trail of blood to a motionless figure laying face-down close to the walls of the room. He couldn’t believe how he’d missed the body, and quickly knelt down beside it. To his uttermost surprise, the face of the man belonged to his elder brother.


When the shock finally decided to subside ever so slightly, Akio checked for breathing and heartbeat. None. Then, Akio could feel the wetness of the tears running down his cheeks. He really couldn’t help himself, and for a few seconds Akio sobbed, for this was just too unbelievably horrible. Something out of a tall tail. His brother and mother, murdered on the same night. And just like that, Akio abruptly stood erect and regained his composure. He wiped away the remaining moisture on his face, and sheathed his sword.


”Tsk, what would brother say if he saw me like this?” Akio said to himself, as he walked out of the room. "I must check on the others."


The deafening roar of the explosion yanked Akio awake from his awful nightmare. “What is going on?” Akio thought as he quickly retrieved his katana and tessen. He then sprinted full speed to where the explosion seemed to have originated, Amaya’s room. When he drew closer, he slowed down his pace to silent strides, but when he reached his destination, he could see the figure of a man standing just outside of Amaya’s room. The lighting was too insufficient to tell his fine features, but he looked suspicious enough just standing there. The man didn’t seem to be paying Akio any attention and seemed to be patiently waiting for something, or someone. ”Fool”. Akio thought as he slowly drew his katana. ”No matter, I will have to dispose of him, quickly.” Akio quietly crept closer to the unaware figure and gripped his tessen ever so tightly in his left hand.

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The first person appearing was undoubtedly Joaquim. The rhythmical sound of the cane knocking towards the floor as the man walked down the hallway was impossible to miss. She could even hear the sound of liquid being shifted around in a bottle. It was probably some alcohol, and it was definitely Joaquim who was drinking from it, just like always. While she didn't have any problem with alcohol, she wondered how he could afford drinking as much as he did, it wasn't cheap after all, and being drunk wasn't the best when working, not that she really knew what he did for the household.

The second person was... Akio. It was the pattern of the walking that told it. He was heavier than any female in the house, and he did not have a cane like Joaquim. Besides that, Satoru would have walked a lot softer, and as well as that, he was heavier than Akio because of his more muscular build. Also, Satoru's walking pattern would have been entirely different. While Sayuri doubted that Akio would be armed and move in an attack stance, Satoru undoubtedly would have and therefor, there was little to no chance that the person coming after Joaquim was Akio. Well, either that, or a heavy lady, something she doubted.

Now, there was only one thing yet. How would she reply. She didn't want to appear as weak by just letting them in, but on the other hand, some water to clean her eyes would have been good. She could probably walk down to the first floor pretty silently just based on how many times she stepped forward. However, she would only be pushing aside what was impossible to avoid. She would, in the end, have to explain herself. She stood up and grabbed the shortest blade, the ninjato, from the rack before slowly walking towards the sliding door leading to the hallway. She kept one sleeve in front of her eyes for the walk, and as she passed the table, she pushed off the scabbard and flipped the blade around so it was in a defensive stance. She could rely on just her hearing and defend herself for a good while, at least till her eyesight came back. Hopefully however, she wouldn't have to do anything.

She only had one free hand, and that was the one covering her eyes. What should she do? Uncovering her eyes was probably the smartest, she couldn't keep them covered for hours anyways. And so she did, closing her eyes in an instant. They burned, the dim light from the lantern was more than enough to make her squeal slightly in pain, though it was so faint that without listening, she doubted that anyone would hear it, though it was of course not impossible. She wiped over her eyes with the sleeve of the loose hanging purple shirt before putting one hand on the door. Her eyes remained closed for the time being. She couldn't reach up to the lantern without jumping, and she didn't exactly want to mess around with burning oil without seeing anything. She would have to ask at least one of the two men to come inside and turn out the light so she could open her eyes again.

One hand rested on the sliding door's handle for a couple seconds before she slid it open in a slow motion, and only about halfway. When she opened the door, she was already sitting on her knees respectfully. Since she had created disorder, it would have been straight out rude to not show any sign of apologize. "Joaquim-San-" There was a slight pause as she slowly opened her eyes and looked up, just to make sure. "Akio-dono, I apologize for creating disorder and disturbing you, it wasn't intentional and won't happen again" One hand still held the straight blade, though it was quite loosely. Her other hand was resting on the floor as she bent forward in apologize, some of her front hair-locks touching the wooden floor. The lantern continued to flicker ever so lightly in the background, and the seconds felt like hours as the young woman waited for any sort of response from one of the two men.

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Akemi, that night, had to sit in her room for nearly a whole hour because her brother had a nightmare. Because of that, she sat near her bed, which was taken by Mamoru, until he'd finally fall asleep. The whole time she hoped for silence, that way she wouldn't have to wait any longer. As much as she loved her brother, she also couldn't risk falling behind in her job as a servant for the Tabasaki family.

Just after she heard his light snores, she quickly, but silently got out of the room to take a midnight walk. Despite how tired she was, she didn't exactly feel like she had to sleep, and definitely didn't want to just yet, thus explaining her stride around the house at night.

While she began to walk around, her hands folded into her pink kimono while her white hair nearly dragged at her feet, she heard small noises coming from a few feet in front of her. After proceeding to walk just a little further, she saw Keira, the oldest daughter of the family that Akemi took a great liking to. Seeing her practice with a sword made Akemi a little anxious that she'd hurt herself, but she knew how much the girl didn't like her saying things like that and only approached slowly.

Unfortunately, her thoughts were right and a yelp came from the eldest daughter. Akemi broke out into a small sprint, being careful not to wake the others in the house, thinking they were all asleep and kneeled at her side before whispering with a concerned look in her eyes after hearing her whisper, "Akemi..."

"I'm here, Keira-sama." She said silently, so that only she could hear since she didn't want any others to be woken up on her according. Whatever punishment she'd get for that would definitely be the worst, "I'll wrap up the wound... Please be careful when practicing the art of the sword. It's very dangerous and it's horrible to see you hurt this way..." She said, a motherly frown on her face as she, without needing to think, ripped off part of the sleeve of her kimono and gently began to wrap it around Keira's finger.

Suddenly something went off, sounding like an explosion. It sounded loud, and the night sky suddenly became brighter than the moonlight. From instinct, Akemi immediately stood up and began to search the perimeter, unaware of what was going on. Even though she couldn't exactly fight, it was still her duty to protect the Tabasaki family at all costs.

Once the light faded, she turned back to Keira with a smile and said gently, "Please excuse me for a moment." She did a small and formal bow, as she always did before hurrying to where she sensed the explosion to have come from, 'What... was that...' She wondered to herself, even more concerned, but this time for the whole family.

Finally, Akemi arrived to what appeared to be Amaya Yoshida's room, and there were already two people there. She recognized one to be the second son of the Tabasaki family, Akio, one of the people she almost feared, and the other figure, after a great deal of adjusting to the darkness after the flash of light, to be Joaquim Espada, a foreigner and also a servant. For a small moment, in the dark, she could have sworn she saw him drawing his katana, "Akio-sama-"

Akemi then saw that the door slide open as Amaya revealed herself, only seeing Akio and Joaquim as Akemi was further out of view, "Joaquim-San, Akio-dono, I apologize for creating disorder and disturbing you, it wasn't intentional and won't happen again."

Akemi raised an eyebrow and walked a little closer to see what was going on, but even though the two of them were practically servants to the Tabasaki family, she wasn't rude enough to glance into her room but instead asked calmly, addressing Amaya normally, but with a little more respect than usual since she didn't want to appear that informal in front of the head son, "Amaya-san... What were you doing, exactly?"

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As Akio drew closer to the figure, he realized it was only the short form of Joaquim, obviously up to no good. In one hand he held his cane and in the other... his cursed flask of sake. Akio reddened realizing his own stupidity. He was just growing a bit antsy, that was all. He hoped no-one had noticed his act of stupidity as he prepared to sheath his katana.

As if to answer his thoughts, he heard a feminine voice resonate, "Akio-sama-" Akio cringed, as he turned to see Akemi's small figure standing close-by. As he quickly sheathed his katana he opened his tessen and began to fan himself awkwardly trying to make the warmth enveloping his reddening face recede.

As he revived his stride towards Joaquim, he saw the door to Amaya's room open and he heard Amaya's voice. "Joaquim-San-" A moment later her voice returned, "Akio-dono, I apologize for creating disorder and disturbing you, it wasn't intentional and won't happen again." Akio was quite surprised that she had known he was there all along. Obviously he would have to work on muffling his footsteps from the ear. He then heard Akemi's voice sing in reply, "Amaya-san... What were you doing, exactly?"

After a few moments of silence, Akio realized that Amaya was waiting for a response, which he abruptly gave. "It is quite alright," Akio replied. "because I'm assuming you were doing something quite important in the process." He snapped. Akio didn't even bother to look at Amaya until now, and he realized she genuinely was sorry. "No really, I don't mind." Akio said softening his tone.

Just then, Akio remembered Akemi. He grudgingly turned to face her. "Yes Akemi? Is there something you would like to say?

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'Your stance is off, Satoru!' His teacher would continuously scold him, tapping his left ankle with her bamboo pole gently, but hard enough to give him a reminder that it was his third mess up that day with the same position, 'Standing like this is an easy opening for your left knee to be struck, and you will never be able to reach to defend in time. Thus, you would be injured on your shin and most likely tumbled over as it is an obvious welcome to any flip.'

Satoru looked at her with awe that she knew so much about the next move his opponent would make, if he was fighting one, but during this time where he gawked at her, she rolled her eyes and did the exact thing she described, slapping his knee with the stick as he went down to grab it out of instinct and pain before them flipping him around and back onto his back. The 13 year old child was no chance against her, 'You didn't fix it in time.' She'd say with a small smile tugging at her lips before ruffling his hair after he sucked up the pain and grinned back at her. Those were the good days.

Then, she got sick.

'Kou!' Satoru began to yell, three years later once he figured out his teacher, who he thought of as family, was dying, 'Kou!' He repeated, tears filling his eyes like the child he really was, deep down.

The woman with black hair, lying on the bed, her breath scarcely loud now, raised a hand and patted the boy's head and said to him with her usual smile, 'Not bad for a kid your age. You did well.' She coughed out blood, a lot of it, which spilled onto the white bedding that covered her sick body before shakily reaching for the sword at her side and handing it towards Satoru, 'I, Kou Yamamori, am your teacher, and will always be your teacher. Remember that.' She cackled.

Satoru took the sword with his weak hands that easily dropped them before turning his focus back onto his teacher, 'You can't leave me like this! You're family now! You can't just... You can't...' He was cut off again by the twitching in his jaw, trying his best to stop crying.

'Make me proud.' Was the last words before his dear teacher took her last breath.





Suddenly, flash backs of his mother and oldest brother's death played in Satoru's head during his dream. He twitched in his sleep, a frown forming on his face as his vision went red from all the blood on the ground. A horrid and terrible sight, and he could hear the screams of the two, the worst thing he could ever possibly hear.

This set him off as he quickly woke up, and, out of instinct like always, reached for his sword, drawing the katana half way until noticing he was only in his room and it was still night. Satoru was soaking in sweat, breathing incredibly heavy, and definitely was feeling light headed. After waiting a little longer, he laid down again, resting his head on the pillow before sighing, "You over worry too much." He told himself, but then the worry came back after an explosion went off and a bright light shined through his thin door.

Without even needing any thoughts of explanations, he scrambled up, taking his sword in his hand. He didn't bother to get dressed into proper clothing. Instead, her dashed out the door and headed directly to where he thought the explosion came from, and after knowing which room it was, he scowled, "What the hell did you do this time." He growled at Amaya behind the group, though being in sight seeing how two of them weren't very tall.

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"My, my." Joaquim looked over his shoulder to grin at Akio. "Murder on the mind, my lord?" He kept the playful smile on his lips as he locked eyes with the older man for just a moment, then a tiny chuckle escaped his mouth. "Best save that for the Kobayashi, Akio-kun." Playing with honorifics was one of the benefits of being a foreigner. If somebody took serious offense, he could just play it off as being a strange foreigner with a poor grasp of the language. With the tiniest of shrugs, Joaquim returned his attention to the rest of the gathering group.

Akemi arrived first, followed shortly by Saturo. Joaquim gave Akemi an expedited yet exaggerated bow. "My muse." Saturo had harsh words for Amaya, as usual. Joaquim was, at that point, too lost in his now racing thoughts to give his own acknowledgement to Saturo.

Having heard their questions, Joaquim couldn't help but wonder. Amaya had apologized, yes, but his curiosity was not yet sated. Explosions were wonderful gifts and at the thought of Amaya practicing with such things, Joaquim's face immediately lit up. A mischievous smirk played its way across his lips as he thought out his best course of action, his curiosity having overwhelmed him.

Well, maybe it wasn't the best plan. But it was definitely the most entertaining. He had other motives too, of course. If he could make Amaya the victim instead of the source of the disturbance, that might alleviate some of whatever ire her little experiment had earned her from the rest of the household.

Joaquim gave a yawn and a feline stretch of the arms, at least as best as he could do without losing his balance or dropping his sake. "Well since I'm already up anyways..." With uncanny alacrity for a crippled man, Joaquim brushed his way through the doorframe and hobbled into Amaya's room, managing to find a moment within that motion to down a swig of sake. He wasn't sure what he was looking for, but he would know when he found it. Perhaps some trace of whatever had caused that lovely explosion. Excuses for his actions already flitted through his mind, though at this point he was planning on simply brushing off any accusations of impropriety.

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"My muse."

Akemi turned her head slightly to look at the man who was eye level with her. She made an odd face at the words, not really understanding his words at first, but then slightly nodding as she turned back to Amaya. She also bowed to the second son as he approached the group, although she paid little mind to his rude mouthing towards Amaya as she knew she'd be punished for speaking up.

"I was making a bomb. However, it is harmless towards other than people, so please don't fear I would ruin the house. It only makes a loud sound and a bright flash."

On usual terms, when the two were alone and away from the other members of the family, she'd probably giggle at how curious she is about the outside world's weapons, but instead, she kept a straight face and said, "I see. Please refrain from doing such activities in the middle of the night. It may interrupt the Tabasaki Family's sleep, and will also lessen your sleep also." She said maturely and respectfully, reflecting the attitude of a very polite woman.

Just as she was going to continue to listen to Amaya, she heard the oldest son's voice beforehand, "Yes Akemi? Is there something you would like to say?"

She turned back to him. Akemi, in the beginning, was going to ask what he was doing, raising his sword to Joaquim, but since he seemed to have put his sword back into its sheath, she quickly noticed, she made sure not to make any notice of that. She was a little late when she recognized that if she asked that she'd probably get in trouble, and would rather not at that moment. Akemi, most of all, needed a job to fund her life and her brother's especially.

It was when when she was able to remember the oldest daughter and immediately saying, struggling to hide the concern in her voice for the girl, "Keira-sama, your sister, is hurt. Please, tend to her wounds as I have only stopped the bleeding temporarily." She said, a small frown being concealed in the darkness as she began to walk in a certain direction, bowing to the group to be excused as she motioned, in a respectful way, for Akio to follow her as she would lead him to his injured sister.

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Akio clenched his jaw tightly. It was just like Joaquim to rub salt in the wound, especially on one that affected his dignity. He thought about responding to Joaquim's lines, but decided it would only dig the pit deeper. So he just sighed deeply instead, as he heard Amaya's reply to Akemi and an angry Satoru. "I was making a bomb. However, it is harmless towards other than people, so please don't fear I would ruin the house. It only makes a loud sound and a bright flash"
As Akio saw Amaya pulling out shards of...something, possibly metal out of her skin, Akio felt his own skin crawl. "I apologize for not waiting, but if I don't pull them out, it could kill me, I'm afraid these things are slightly poisonous, it wasn't planned as I didn't get what I wanted when I was buying the parts." That wasn't good, "Hopefully she'll be fine." Akio thought.

He then heard Akemi's reply to his earlier question, "Keira-sama, your sister, is hurt. Please, tend to her wounds as I have only stopped the bleeding temporarily."

"Smart girl," Akio thought. "the idea is not with faults though, since I'm no doctor." Akio sighed. "Nevertheless, I should still offer her my thanks..." Akio began to follow Akemi, and as he passed Satoru, he quietly spoke. "Satoru, please make sure that everyone returns to their quarters," Akio caught a glance at Joaquim's sitting figure inside of Amaya's room. "including him, then please return, I will return shortly myself." After he finished speaking, Akio continued to follow Akemi towards his "injured" sister.

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Akemi nodded thankfully once she saw the oldest son, now, of the family following just behind her. She took a glance at Amaya, then at Satoru, and then back at the young girl. She gave her an anxious look on her face, almost as if it were a warning that she should head to sleep as soon as possible, but turned away before she got any weird looks from anyone in sight.

"I'm not sure what happened exactly." Akemi murmured a bit, going back to Keira, quickening her pace a bit so she could get to the injured girl faster, but not too fast that the man behind her would have trouble keeping up to, "I was still awake after my brother fell asleep and decided to take a walk around the grounds. She was practicing her sword training, and I thought things were fine but then..." She sighed, "It's not too much of a bad cut, but I suggest asking for a doctor or someone of medical profession to tend to her injury."

While continuing to walk, she passed her own room where she heard her baby brother waking up, judging from the movement of sheets in the room. She flushed a bit, stopped in her foot tracks, and turned to the Tabasaki son, "Akio-sama, please excuse me." She said hesitantly, "I'm afraid my brother may wake the whole establishment, and I will quiet him down. Your sister is just a bit a head from here. Please watch over her and I'll join the two of you shortly." Akemi bowed respectfully and backed away, opening the door into her room and looking down at her little brother, Mamoru, who seemed to have awoken from a nightmare and was crying, a little loudly also.

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Akio tried to keep up with the younger girl as she rushed on ahead of him. Was his physical state so deteriorated that even Akemi could outrun him? He pushed himself harder despite the physical strain that had already developed. "I'm not sure what happened exactly. I was still awake after my brother fell asleep and decided to take a walk around the grounds. She was practicing her sword training, and I thought things were fine but then..." Akio heard the girl sigh. "It's not too much of a bad cut, but I suggest asking for a doctor or someone of medical profession to tend to her injury."

Moments later, Akemi stopped so abruptly and without warning that Akio nearly ran her over. As she turned to face him he heard her say, "Akio-sama, please excuse me. I'm afraid my brother may wake the whole establishment, and I will quiet him down. Your sister is just a bit a head from here. Please watch over her and I'll join the two of you shortly." As she bowed and began to turn away, Akio just then remmembered to thank her, but all he could get out was, "A-Akemi..." unfortunately, it was too late, his words were drowned by Akemi's little Brother's cries.

"Ah well, I'll thank her later I suppose..." he thought as he began walking towards where his sister was. As he walked into the room his sister occupied, countless childhood memories and experiences bombarded Akio. A small smile even etched itself onto his face as he thought of how hard his sensei had tried to produce a great swordsman out of him, pushing him to limits he didn't know he could stand. The product of course, was close to nothing of what Akio's teacher had in mind. "No matter," he thought, "I'm only called a samurai because I was born into the name, not because I'm good at being one."

Akio's smile disappeared as he remembered Keira. He rushed over to her and embraced her. Are you alright? he asked. As he embrace his sister he managed to catch a glimpse of her "injury." "It's nothing but a mere paper cut!" he thought. "It barely even broke the skin!" There wasn't even very much blood on the makeshift bandage that had been wrapped around Keira's finger. Akio suddenly stiffened as it hit him, "Wait, she was bleeding...she hated blood...that meant..." Akio gulped, "No, not here, not when I'm alone, no, please don't..."

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"Mamura..." Akemi sighed tiredly while walking back into her room, closing the doors behind her and kneeling down to tend to her crying brother. His sobs quieted down a bit at the sight of his older sister and he wiped his tears away, "Quiet down..." She pleaded him gently and held the little boy in her arms, "You could wake the others up..."

"But I had a nightmare!" Mamura exclaimed while Akemi continued to stroke down his short white hair, "It was a long time ago, I remember our home. But there wasn't anyone there!" He looked up at her, "Where'd they go!" He demanded as little tears rolled down his little cheek.

"They're somewhere nice." Akemi lied, pulling him close though she, too, was on the verge of crying, knowing what he was talking about, "Definitely somewhere nice." 'They died, and they won't be coming back, ever. They're somewhere they can never rest... I'm sorry...'

"You have to go back to sleep, alright?" She kissed his forehead lightly as he crawled back into the bed that was once hers, though she had openly decided to give it all to her little brother, "I'll see you in the morning, so calm down and sleep. Think about happy thoughts and you'll fall asleep to have no nightmare. I promise." Akemi smiled while her brother reluctantly closed his eyes to sleep. She slipped the blanket over him before heading back out, as she remembered she had to go back to Akio and Keira.

Once she figured her brother had fallen asleep, which she figured out was quick seeing how he began his usual quiet snoring, Akemi headed outside again, this time leaving much more quiet than she entered. If he woke again, she was certain the two of them would receive some sort of punishment.

Akemi walked slowly through the house until she reached the point where Akio and Keira were in view. Akemi had keen eyes though, and could even see the man's facial expression change just as she had arrived. She approached the two with light footsteps as it was her usual way of walking, and asked Akio, "Is... something matter? Will she need help? A doctor?"

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"Is ... something matter? Will she need help? A doctor?"

In Keira's little world, in her mind, these words echoed again and again, endlessly, and infinitely. She managed to sneak a few thoughts in , into her own mind, before those repeating words made her lose sanity.

What was she talking about? Who was the person talking anyway? It was slightly... disturbing. Where was the quiet around here, and how could she concentrate with all that sound!Wait... Now who was she again?

She thought for a long moment, accidentally speaking her next thought out loud, somewhat unconscious.

"What the hell..."
"What the hell happened here?"


And it was at that moment, while Keira spoke, and dreamed inside her mind, she woke herself up. Her eyes slowly flickered open, darting left and right nervously, settling on her brother, before her tongue sneaked out to lick at her lips.

For a few moments, there was silence. She didn't disturb the silence. She liked it, even if it was just a little awkward.

"Brother?"

She whispered, her voice cracking slightly, as she blinked, quite confused.

"Akemi?"

Now why on earth, would Akemi and brother be next to each other and somewhat staring at her? Was there something wrong with her? What did she do? Was she in trouble ?

Too many thoughts darted through her head, and she nervously coughed, disliking the spotlight. "What happened? And why the hell are the two of you staring at me in the dark?"

(Hello, and sorry for the late posts... i don't actually remember why i didn't post, and my character may be a little ooc, so forgive me)