[Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

A row of storehouses have been converted into guest quarters just north-facing the training grounds. The Crane Clan Occupy the center-left building. Their accommodations are modestly furnished with notable works of art taking up one sliding door wall in the middle. One panel is a painting of Shiro Daidoji, the matching panel reveals a di-glyph, showing a landscape of the Kosaten Province beyond.
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[Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Utaku Yamada » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:22 am

Yamada stirred in her sleep, tuning over and seeking Nakura for comfort. But her hands touched empty space, beyond the edge of the bed. She sat up. Where was he? Surely she could tell her husband about the terrible nightmare she had had...

This wasn't their yurt. Where was she?

Then it all came flooding back. The duel, Nakura's sacrifice, her standing in a pool of his blood... Then she had come here, like one in a dream. Kyoumi had sat with her, Hiroshige had done his ritual and blessing...

Yamada laid back on the bed.

This is a dream, tell me this is a dream. I'll wake up and laugh about it with Nakura.

But it wasn't, she had to deal with this today, and every day after. She had to live, for him, for their child. She instinctively touched her belly, he would never meet their daughter, had only known for a few hours.

Her sensei Kamoko's voice came into her mind.

There's only one thing you can do, Yamada. Get up, and go into battle.

And there were still battles to fight. Today, and every day after that.

She got up, washed her face, tidied her hair and sent a servant to her yurt from some clothes. No colours, she had told them, something more appropriate for a widow. Then she dressed, a plain black mofoko kimono with Unicorn mons.

Then she went into the main part of the Crane embassy, ready to meet the day.
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Iuchi Hiroshige » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:17 am

Hiroshige sits off to one side of the main chamber, reciting a prayer to the kami in a tired voice. He had remained awake through the night to hold vigil for Yamada.

As Yamada enters the room, he finishes his prayer, and he draws in a deep breath, the tiredness washing from him in a wave of mystic energy. He replaces his scroll, and looks up to see his delegation head.

He stands and bows his head to her.

"Are you well, Yamada-san?" He refrains from wishing her a good morning.

[Rejuvenating Vapors, also, going to bed, but wanted to toss this in]
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Utaku Yamada » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:19 am

"As can be expected, Hiroshige-san," said Yamada. "Did you sleep? You need not have waited up for me."
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Iuchi Hiroshige » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:24 am

Hiroshige shakes his head.

"No, but it is of no moment. I have performed this vigil on numerous occasions. Not all require it, but I have found that some find seeing a friendly face should they start awake in the night after such a loss a comfort. And the water kami provide refreshment after a long night."
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Utaku Yamada » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:25 am

"Well, thank you," she said bowing. She looked a little lost, as if not sure what to say. "Perhaps we should have something to eat."
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:28 pm

Kyoumi should be there this morning...but she is, strangely, not. Hiroshige, keeping vigil, would have noticed her slipping out just before dawn, a resolute expression on her face.

Other details....she left wearing a man's haori rather than her normal overkimono, and you might have seen that she had a jitte tucked into her obi as she was pulling on her coat. Certainly a noteworthy distinction from such a sheltered, protected, innocent Crane.
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:35 pm

Soft snoring can be heard from Karasu's room. He has a dream that he might be irritated with Kyoumi when he wakes up.
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Utaku Yamada » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:15 pm

It seemed a little rude to be sitting down to eat without their hosts present. But the servants appear to have been given instructions. Yamada managed some tea and a little rice.

This was the day of Kousuda and Kyoumi's wedding. Yamada had promised to attend, but she didn't feel like she would make a good guest.
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Kakita Karasu » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:55 pm

Karasu wakes up. The dream he had made his sleep uncomfortable.

He washed his face in the bowl and puts on his normal dark clothing. At least for breakfast.

Karasu quietly makes his way into the common room. He bows to the two Unicorn and looks around.

"Good morning all. Is Kyoumi-San getting the breakfast?"
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Re: [Day 29 EM] Morning in the Crane Embassy (open)

Postby Iuchi Hiroshige » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:15 pm

HIroshige returned the Crane's bow.

"Kyoumi-san left some time earlier, Karasu-san. I have not yet seen her return, though I suppose it is possible. She was dressed rather strangely, but I did not think it was my place to interfere."
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