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  1. #201
    "Rengoku?" the blonde questioned without so much as a moment of hesitation. What was this lack of informality? Had it been determined that he, the greatest Oni to live for generations, no longer carried the power to rule this land? There was still so much for him to do─ so much victory on the horizon in this seemingly endless faction war. Being questioned by Shuten as if she were his commanding officer was... strange. In truth, she always should have been, and he knew that. How could he even think to accept her, though, given the negative connotations applied to her final moments in the past? Such weakness could not be tolerated in this era. "I said what I said. You come back from the grave looking like a little girl, and for what? Just to uproot my rule and try your hand at success again? Your time is over, and nobody wants it back."

    "I'm sure you will," said Akashi when Tamamo spoke of doing her best. With that said, he released his hold on her wrist, as if granting her full clearance to do as she pleased. What would she do with such freedom? Well, her following statement gave the implication that there would be an unknown passage of time prior to an action being taken. "Another wait, is it? Dragons aren't made of patience. What good will it do me to avoid having what I want right now, and burning anything that gets in my way?"

  2. #202
    The immediate questioning of Tomoe's use of Rengoku's given name was met with a sigh. It was as if he never listened to anything the young woman said to him, unless it somehow suited him. In this moment she repeated herself if only to help him remember their earliest discussion. "I told you upon meeting you, I only call one person 'taishou'. I would however defer to you all respect of your current position. That is what we agreed upon. It is clear now that your current position, affords you no extra respect..." she concluded. Tomoe never minced words and was very specific in how she chose to speak to Rengoku to begin with, he had to realize her specific way of speaking would eventually come back to haunt him. "Fufu, are you sure you aren't a lawyer. That's splitting hairs... not that I disagree or anything," mentioned Shuten who found the entire exchange to be funny. Tomoe's specific references being what they were she was sure he'd get the point. What was more, it seemed he was having trouble reconciling his current position with whatever he thought of the past. His words made Shuten scoff. "Your idiocy is making my sake taste bad," she murmured only to look up at the man with a hand resting on her hip.

    "You don't know enough about my death to make any claims about it. Only what you were told and obviously what you were complacent enough to accept. But if keeping pissant kids away from battlefields and getting myself killed in the process results in my death again. I'll gladly accept it." said Shuten knowing that their previous self died in a sham of peace talks undertaken without the already slain Daiji who'd been their advisor. "Success is assured now, more so than ever, because none are missing here and now. So long as the rest of you know your place," she said with full use of the memories she had. Her previous death was after all something of a sham something that happened under the pretense of keeping the young out of an endless war, something someone as young as Rengoku couldn't understand. "Besides, one could say your time was over as soon as you died, there were witnesses to that and everything. No rule is without critics but history has been far kinder to me than it would be to you if you'd been left dead," she said knowing full well the lad had nothing to show for his time as ruler than the extreme decline of Oni Kind. "You can't choose to accept and dispute logic only when it suits you. Especially not when a continued faction war, and the decline of Oni-Kind is all you have to show for your time as leader, Ren-chan." Shuten spoke those words and then took her sweetest sip of sake yet.

    In the meantime, Tamamo's wrist was released and she'd be allowed to do as she pleased. As such she'd hook her index finger into the lad's belt and pull herself into him, bringing them closer together. "Ara ara, I didn't expect to see the Red Dragon of Purgatory pouting..." she said with deviance in her eyes. "There is nothing to stop you, but behaving tends to yield better rewards and more uninterrupted time. I'm sure you remember how much extra alone time we were afforded between activities in Atlantis," she mentioned as she leaned a bit closer. "Besides, set up and presentation are important and some things are worth waiting for~" she mentioned while giving her most devious look yet and in typical Kimiko fashion with so much freedom she took a little more and leaned her lips into his own. All the while, Shuten got to be woefully ignorant to the goings on, as she was facing a completely different direction.

  3. #203
    His current position? How incredibly low the mighty Rengoku had fallen, to be without the respect of his most trusted follower. Worse yet, there was Shuten to deal with. This flimsy-looking little girl had the ability to kill him, all because she was a reincarnation of an Oni from a bygone era. She was sickening to look at for multiple reasons, not the least of which was the fact that his raw might and blood strength had not outgrown the power of that era. Perhaps there was another way to get around this ridiculous gap in ability. Could he develop magic of his own? Was it worthwhile to forego his own ideals for the sake of power? No. In fact, he wasn't even allowed to think about it for very long, as any reality he had left was quickly torn asunder by mention of his rule resulting in the Oni's decline. Was that what he'd done? Had he entered this era of physically overpowering Oni, just to weaken them in the end? Oni were no longer the mighty force they once were, but surely that could be blamed on the factions not cooperating. It had always been Rengoku's goal to lead Oni into an absolute rule over Ryozanpaku, but... there had yet to be success. "Tch. . ."

    There was a long pause from the male as he attempted to process everything going on, as well as any options he had left. Who failed to be privy to this? Akashi. "Ara?" he questioned with a smug grin when addressed by Tamamo. Was he pouting? No, that would be nonsense! "Are you telling a Dragon to behave? I could create an eternity right here, right now if I wanted to lift a finger, but I'll hold you to the notion of making it worth the extra wait," the Dragonoid spoke with confidence, extending a hand coated with flames that seemed nothing but warm, even inviting. "A contract. Give me a time frame, and be ready when it's over."

  4. #204
    Was Rengoku without the respect of his most trusted follower? Yes, but this was simply because he often chose not to listen to her, this time leading to his untimely demise and resurrection. Of course, it went without saying that Shuten was enjoying her sake to the highest extent by the time the man before her went completely silent. He seemed to be weighing his options. This was good, a bit of quiet reflection often came with the territory. The Princess in Eonis didn't speak for almost 24 hours after she was slapped but when she finally did, her words finally made sense. "Anytime you're ready by the way. I mean, I have sake so I'm pretty patient... Nii-san and Nee-san probably won't be whenever their done nerd-flirting," said Shuten with an obligatory eye roll. In her current form, she wanted nothing more than the rise of the Oni, and to right the wrongs of Ryozanpaku, at the same time, she'd rather be having a meeting with the rest of her group about the 'situation' between their leaders.

    In the meantime, the 'situation' she was thinking was being held up, was actually progressing quite rapidly given the personalities of the currently present Avatar stats. The current faces of Kimiko and Yugi were indeed flirting. They were actually making some very indecent plans if anyone would have heard them speaking. "Of course I am, who besides me could get away with such a thing?" the fox lass teased, knowing she took several liberties with this Dragon that others wouldn't survive. "Besides, behaving will be rewarding for you, Mikon!~" mused Tamamo as if she hadn't done a thing wrong. Those words specifically could be taken many ways, but Tamamo had innate knowledge of her other selves, she knew of the boldness of her other personalities, and though she was outright less demanding than her Dragon's face, she was still a good 'wife' and happy wife, happy life, was a pretty accurate saying after all. "Of course it will be," she said after backing away from him a tad. Strangely she found his hand extended towards her warm flames inviting her touch and offering a contract. "Hoh?! A contract you say, now you're talking my language, Mikon... let's see," she thought for several moments. What did she need in order to present herself properly to this Dragon by the methods he'd mentioned and his own apparent like of her current disposition. A secluded space, she could get easily, a maid outfit, also fairly easy she was already setting up her connections. There were still the smaller matters of Ryozanpaku as a whole to deal with, but she could be ready for her alone time with Akashi bar any major hinderances in the world. Tasks such as quelling the war and fixing a seated council should take a week, but she had a specific goal in mind and she planned to meet it, with her own hands even. They'd still need to set this place straight overall, but assuming nothing went abhorrently wrong she knew the amount of time it would take. "No more than three days. And I'll be ready for you~" she said placing her own hand within the warm flames presented by him. "Anything specific you require of me between now and then as part of this contract?" she asked, negotiations were important after all, she wouldn't want to miss any important clauses in her excitement.

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