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Umeko Shimizu

"With all this time I've been given, I want to spend it with someone."

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a character in “The story of Yokai”, as played by skeletalprince

Description

梅子 清水
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------Name: Umeko (梅子) Shimizu (清水)
------Gender: Female
------Hair: Black
------Eyes: Brown
------Height: 5'4"
------Age: 320
------Role: Herbalist / Tea Merchant
------Clan: None
------Time In The Village: Since she was first planted 320 years ago.



Yokai Description

------Furutsubaki no Rei
------ 古椿の霊
------ふるつばきのれい


The Furutsubaki no Rei is a type of Kodomo, a Japanese forest spirit.

" In Japanese folklore, almost anything, upon reaching an old age, can develop a spirit and become a yokai. When a Tsubaki tree (Camellia japonica, or the rose of winter) reaches an old age, it’s spirit gains the ability to separate itself from its host tree, along with other strange and mysterious powers, which it uses to bewitch and trick humans. " {Yokai.com}

The Tsubaki is a type evergreen tree that drops full flowers to the ground, while most blossom trees drop petals. As a result, it has long been associated with death and disappearance in Japan. It's considered bad luck to bring them to people in hospitals or who are sick.



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Personality

Umeko is much like the Tsubaki flower, quiet and never scattered. She is poised and graceful in her work, taking her time in all things she does. Umeko is timid, unlike most Furutsubaki. She's least likely to cause trouble, but she isn't without a bit of trickery with disruptive humans. Her timid disposition brings about the ability to make her flustered with any sort of flattery or flirtation, as well as easy embarrassment. Umeko is especially sensitive, making it easy for her to become emotional or hurt. The young Yokai is surprisingly brave in spite of herself, Umeko has yet to step down from defending others or challenges. She's moody, depending on how long others pester her for wares or nitpicking at her work. Her heart is always in the right place, but she's stubborn in her methods. Umeko is always proud of her work, and she hopes to gain the same pride from others. This can lead her to become a people pleaser, sometimes disregarding her own needs so that others like her. Umeko is a romantic at heart but is nervous about matchmaking. She thinks very little of herself, as Tsubaki flowers have little fragrance or popularity. In spite of this, she tries to find joy in the little things and keep herself positive. So far, it's been working well for her. Her giving nature is not to be taken advantage of, she can put her foot down when she needs to. Umeko, as a whole, tries her best.

So begins...

Umeko Shimizu's Story

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While the two male Yokai had their fun, Umeko had finished mixing the tea leaves together. Plenty of orders had come in as the festival grew closer, and she hoped to sell them in time to participate. It was something she constantly looked forward to, her inner romantic always hoping for a chance to meet someone who was willing to love a simple girl like her. She sighed, locking up her cart as she carried a box carefully in her arms. It was an order for Touhou Gesshou, a kitsune who was in charge of matchmaking. Despite her wish to see him, she was never brave enough to go through with it. Not yet at least.

She set off down the path, the Tsubaki Yokai greeting those who passed her by. Quiet like her flower, she moved silently in the village. Coming to Gesshou's home, she carefully used the door knocker. Umeko adjusted the box in her arms, careful as to not disturb the tea pouches. "I certainly do hope he's here..."

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The fox looked up at the dog and feigned shock. As Itami extended his hand to Touhou, the mischievous soul saw his chance. Reaching forward as if to take his hand, at the last second the fox spirit lunged forward, his plan having come to fruition. The Kitsune grabbed for the Okuri Inu's sword, drawing it in an instant. With the same motion, Touhou brought himself to his feet and began a dead sprint down the road. While running, the fox made sure to overtly examine the blade. "Ah yes, of course..." The Yokai nodded and yelled behind, as if the blade contained some universal wisdom that may bring him to enlightenment.

A bit of keep-away before I'm dragged back to Tu San? He darted down the path, weaving in and out of the crowds and ensuring each foot fall was perfect, taking pains to put at least a little distance between him and Itami so that he could get out of the Okuri Inu's eyesight. Touhou's eyes settled on the next target of his mischief, a Tsubaki tree, delivering tea somewhere by the fragrance of the box she held. The kitsune fought to keep a smile down and center himself so that this next trick would be delivered perfectly. As the trickster darted past her and made his way to weave through her and an Inugami, he pirouetted suddenly, and crashed into Umeko.

As he collided with her, he slipped the sword into the sash about her waist, as gently as possible to avoid being noticed. He assumed her form, and tried his best to keep the box from spilling as they fell. By then a few Kitsune had shown, desperately looking for their clan leader. The Fox in the guise of a Tsubaki turned to Umeko and quietly pleaded to her in a hushed voice, "I desperately ask that you play along for my sake. We're delivering this tea, yes?"

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Umeko squeaked, fumbling the box before catching it in her arms once more. The sword on her hip pulled her sash slightly, Umeko acknowledging it for but a moment. She figured it was simply from the collision. Umeko smiled apologetically, the Fox soon a Tsubaki. The spirit would apologize, but the fox pleaded with the idea of playing along. Umeko looked behind her for a moment, seeing Kitsune search about.

"Of course..! I must get this to the Matchmaker, Touhou Gesshou." Her voice was hushed, moving forward so that the fox could walk with her. She looked forward once more. "I've always dropped off the box, but I thought it would be nice to deliver it in person."

A kitsune opened the door for the two, an assistant who pointed the two in the direction of Touhou's workspace. The young Tsubaki looked around in awe, eyes lit up with admiration and wonder. The decor was lovely, silks and paintings being things of elegance in Umeko's eyes. The humble Tsubaki could never have such beautiful things, but she could admire them all the same. It was the small comfort she held close to her. So down she went, passing rooms to the very end.

Umeko took the tea gently from her companion's hands, "Alright... Thank you very much for carrying this." She looked at the Fox, unknownst to her that it was the very one she needed to give the box. "Hopefully I have taken you far enough away, for my delivery must end here."

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Itami lost the fox within seconds. He glowered at this fact. The dog lifted his head and sniffed. The scent of Fox tingled in with tea leaves. A smirk grew on his face.

"That old man still has a few tricks, shame I'm descended from wolves." He chuckle, skipping towards the scent. His white eyes followed a distinct trail. "He's gone home." He whispered, following the route. Itami followed swiftly, jumping onto the roof, the Okuri Inu bent down over the entrance which the fox had just entered. "And now we wait." He whispered, clear from anyone's view.

He closed his eyes, waiting patiently for the fox and Tsubaki to arrive outside.

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The guards sent out from Tu San fanned out and began to search for their leader. Touhou glanced at each of their faces as Umeko led him along, helping her with the tea. After noting that no one he knew very well had been sent, he felt more relieved. They should have sent someone who recognized my scent, he began to smile, it felt slightly odd with Umeko's face, but for the sake of the joke he put up with it for awhile longer.

They arrived at Tu Shan, a short ways outside of the Ōbokeyōkai. The guard started forward, but as Touhou returned to his fox form the guard recognized him and welcomed them to Tu Shan. The city was nice, even if it had turned into a bit of a tourist trap as of late. The Matchmakers had become the largest industry, capable of supporting the entire clan in excess, and the economic stimulation in the form of the wedding celebrations had shops filled with all sorts of unique and hard to find things. A fan of Touhou's called out "Sensei!" Then began to approach the Kitsune, but he waved him away with a flick of his ears "I need to deliver this tea," he called back with a smile, hurrying ahead of Umeko.

"It's this way!" The fox explained excitedly as they passed sweet shops, shops that sold Onmyodo tools, shops that sold magic, teahouses, restaurants, street vendors, and a human and yokai couple Touhou had to preemptively way away before they said his name. They finally approached the estate his extended "family" lived and operated out of, the building was like a Japanese castle but almost looked small with the Tree of Bitter Love roaring up behind it.

Assistants ushered Touhou in, "Sensei nice to see you again, who's the lady?" Touhou waved the assistant away with a frown. "That reminds me we haven't been properly introduced! Thank you so much for saving me back there, let me walk you out. My name is Touhou Gesshou. Thanks for the tea also, I suppose." He put a thoughtful finger on his chin as he took Umeko to the entrance. I don't think I lost Itami, where in the world could he have gotten off to?

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Shiori.

The first thing she knew – before she saw anything, before she’d even noticed she was alive – was that she had been named. The next thing she discovered? She could feel. Something was walking on her, leaving an imprint on her worn fabric. Despite that this was the first time she had felt any sensation, it was familiar. Warm, and… a little bit painful. Then she lost it all again.

Who knows how much time passed before she came back. All she did know was that she could feel again, and she felt something that was itching to open. And so, for the first time, she opened her eyes.

Or, eye.

One large chestnut eye stitched into the pattern of the carpet opened to look up into the dark, only just making out a wooden ceiling. A fairly unimpressive first view of the world and yet… she felt joy. A fat tear welled up in her fabric eye and immediately soaked back into her. She knew where she was, she knew what she was and she knew that she could… should… why couldn’t she move?

She curled up to see her bottom half trapped beneath the legs of a heavy writing desk. Oh. Um, let’s see here… soon it was quite apparent that there was little a carpet could do to move a weighed down desk. Well, shit. Nothing to do but wait until the humans of this house decided to take it off for her. Considering how much dust she had gathered beneath the table, it was unlikely her owners were the type to rearrange things often. Exactly how long had she been here, any… was… was that an ink stain?!

Shiori had been gifted with knowledge of many things when she woke up. Knowledge of her country, morality, time, days, weather, Yokai, Gods, mortality, immortality – so, so many things that came all at once, but did not overwhelm her. What had her overwhelmed was what she was forced to learn in these quiet moments alone after her awakening. What was she, other than Tsukumogami? Frayed corners and worn fabric and a horrid stain and forgotten...

The carpet began violently thrashing beneath the desk, eventually knocking off rolls of paper and an inkwell before she finally yanked herself free from her prison and floated up. The table legs had left dents in her that she would not be free of for a long time. Unable to find anything like a portrait of her owner, she rolled half of herself up so she wouldn’t trail over the ground and flew out of the room in search of them. After searching the entire house, it appeared they weren’t home. Ah, well, she’d know them the moment she saw them. Something told her that.

She floated over to the sliding paper door and eventually managed to open it, gazing out onto the street. The sun was down and the Yokai were out. Everything in the house felt annoyingly familiar, but out there… out there, she barely knew anything. Would her owner care if she left for a moment while they were out? It surely must have been expected of her to stay and protect the homestead, but… well, they didn’t know she was alive yet.




Soon the sentient carpet was floating above the Matchmaking Festival, listening to music and smelling food for the first time – and looking at the Tree of Bitter Love. She wanted to join the people beneath her. She also wanted to climb that tree – not because of the view, she could fly, duh, but just because she could. The crowds were… mostly Kitsune, it seemed. A flying one eyed, long-tongued carpet would be very out of place down there. Oh, well, time to change form. The carpet spiraled around, wrapping itself in a cocoon, when suddenly it exploded into a naked, human girl – and immediately began plummeting towards the earth.

“Ah,” Shiori said as she dropped from the skies that were once her domain, “Whoops!”

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As Umeko and Touhou neared the gate, the Clan Leader could suddenly feel a new Yokai's spiritual pressure and for a moment Tohou felt uncertain. His jaw practically dropped, had he the sense of mind he might even have shifted into a form that would've allowed his jaw to hit the ground for dramatics. However, he was besides himself with the commotion, as he could absolutely NOT afford to let any ceremony devolve into shenanigans. The Fox Spirit Clan Leader quickly turned to address Umeko with sudden urgency in his usually lackadaisical eyes.

"I uh... I have to go see what that was all about!" He flashed her a quick smile before leaning forward and embracing her with a swift hug, simultaneously drawing the sword he had carefully placed on her. The fox started away from her with the sword in hand, before quickly turning around to address Umeko. Little did the Fox know, Itami lurked not far from them, awaiting a chance to get his sword back and perhaps even exact a little comeuppance.

"Ah! Could you hold onto this? I will be right back! Please wait for me!" Touhou handed her the sword, bowing formally before starting back towards the matchmaking ceremony. No, no, no! Things have gone off without a hitch for far too long. If Oda thinks I had a part in this it'll be full blown war between Tu Shan and the Shogun. As the fox ran, he increased in size, each step covering more distance than the last before a full-blown giant version of himself was lithely darting through the town, right up to the Tree of Bitter Love.

The Clan Leader shrunk down right outside the ceremony; with a final leap he jumped into the air above the Tree and almost instantly he was normal sized again, landing on the ground, and nearly face level with a stark naked young Yokai he'd never seen before. "Uhhh....." Tohou was more than a little shocked, usually the Kitsune guards would've stopped a streaker from interrupting such a ceremony, and yet here she was. "G-G-Gomen-nasai!" He blustered out before quickly manifesting his other eight tails and grabbing the naked young spirit's wrist; moving them both through a rip he tore into space and depositing them just outside his Clan's house.

The new female Yokai was still naked and Tohou felt a slight need to blush. Really? Clothes can't be that hard to manifest... With a slight wave of his hand, Touhou garbed her in an illusory Yukata to hide her nudity; but as it was still his spell he could easily see through it, and he held his free hand up to block a majority of her nudity from his view; all the while leading her with the other hand to the entry gate of Tu Shan.

As they walked, a few moments passed before he finally asked, "So typically I would imprison or destroy people who flagrantly interrupted the ceremony such as you did, but I can sort of tell from your spiritual power, that you meant no harm... No harm no foul." The Clan leader smiled gently at her as he took her back to where he left Umeko. "My friend is only slightly further up, care to explain what just happened?" Though his eyes didnt look at her, Touhou's ears perked up and twitched, eager to hear what she had to say.

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Itami watched the scene over carefully, before understanding the situation. With a swiftness, he took his sword from the Furutsubaki no Rei as he moved like the wind. The Okuri Inu whispered a quick thanks before disappearing out of the area His white eyes flickering before taking a breath. "Smells like a new visitor has arrived..." He sighed, placing his blade on his hip.

He bit the inside of his cheek before following the scent. "Has the fox already beat me there?" He asked himself, staring over the land. It was quite dry that day, not unusual for the area. Clouds had begun to emerge upon midday, signaling rain for later that day.

The Hiratake wasn't so sure where he was headed, only that the new Yokai and the Fox was already there. A grasp of wind was blowing. He couldn't be so sure if it was natural or not. His eyes locked onto a straw doll nailed onto a withering tree. A gentle growl could be heard from the Okuri. Diverting from his route, Itami went over to the doll. "A ward to all Yokai of Ōbokeyōkai?" He questioned, stopping as he felt a presence that worked to stop his movements. "These Onmyōji are uzai..." He sighed, turning around. "I'll have an unidentified Yokai take care of that." He sighed, mentally jotting down the location.

Carrying on, Itami quickly saw Tohou and an unknown girl speaking. "Fox! I thought you knew the rules about new Yokai! " He cheered, strolling over. "Act with extreme prejudice until they are known." He spoke, holding his hand over his blade.