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1 Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} on Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:52 pm

Retsu

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Konohagakure, The Village Hidden in the Leaves. It has been nearly five years since the young Aburame was last here, the boy looked down upon the village from the top of the Hokage Rock having climbed up the back of the mountain in the cover of night rather than entering the village from the gate. The sun was just rising over the horizon casting an orangish red glow across the sky as well as cascading over the buildings of the village. It was hard to believe how little it had seemed to change over the years, with the exception of a couple of things everything seemed the same as it was when he left. As he turned to begin walking down the mountain path he wondered what else had changed and what had stayed the same, it was obvious that the guard around Hokage Rock had not changed as he was able to climb the back side of the mountain and not be apprehended in the process. Of course now that he was within the village he doubted anyone would say anything, after all he was an Aburame one of the pillar clans of the village. The boy then began to wondered if the Hokage was the same man as it was when he had graduated the academy five years ago. Of course he could just go into the museum there on the mountain and find his answer, however the boy would rather meet the man himself rather than learn about him from some plaque next to a statue. He would be able to tell more about the man if he meet him in person so he made a mental note to spot by the administration office to arrange some kind of meeting with the man to talk about his future with the village. For now the boy would settle for a stroll around the village, taking in the site and seeing just how much the village had changed since he was last here. He doubt anyone would know him, save for those of the Aburame that knew him and his parents. To those not from the clan of the village he would just be another bug, just like all the rest of the Aburame or at least that was how the boy had come to think of what the villager's think of him. Not that it bothered him what others thought of him even if they were from of his own clan, things that are unknown or hard to understand are often looked down upon or feared and the connection that the Aburame share with their Kikaichu was something that most did not understand. By the time the boy reached the village street the sun had risen slightly higher into the sky, the villager's were just starting to fill the streets of the village off to work or whatever it was that they were doing today.



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2 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} on Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:15 pm

Shippo

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Shippo was awake early in the morning and he was training as was his usual want when he didn’t have a mission that was fairly pressing right at the moment. Instead, he was just another day to grow in strength and better himself for the next mission that he may or may not be given. He was a Spec. Jounin now and that meant that he had to be on call and ready to respond to the call of the Hokage whenever it would come in. He was joined with his partner much like he always was, but Tsume was now fully grown and his head was leveled with Shippo’s stomach now. Now Shippo could actually ride his Ninken companion if he wished to do so. Shippo was down on all fours trying to keep up with his Ninken moving through the village Hidden in the Leaves. He was dressed in the same get up as was his norm, but the fur was thicker and if anyone cared to really look they would see that it was the fur that Tsume would shed through the rather typical shedding season. For now, as the two stopped they had a chance to catch their breath and it was then that Tsume noticed a scent on the wind. He gave a soft couple of barks which in turn caused Shippo to look ahead of them and he saw what his hound had seen. There was something or someone wandering around near Hokage Rock and if Shippo’s eyes were correct then it was someone who was coming down or away from Hokage Rock. This was interesting as very few people moved towards or around Hokage Rock at this time of the day, not many people were up, and those who could get to and from Hokage Rock without being caught by any security measure were Shinobi. With this in mind he didn’t recognize this shinobi, but he decided that he would go and meet this person.

He and Tsume were easily capable of catching up to this person who was just strolling along without much of a care for anything. He and Tsume landed in front of Retsu at a respectable distance between them. He smiled at the Aburame clan member bowing his head “Greetings, I haven’t met you, or scented you before. I know that you are of the Aburame, you all have that…scent, and look about you. It’s a pleasure to meet you, I’m Shippo Inuzuka, and this is Tsume. I would be happy to get to know you, or at the very least know your name. I must say that I am glad to face to face meet one from your clan. I haven’t had the chance before.” He said tucking his hands in his pockets as he looked Retsu up and down tilting his head as his nose worked to memorize the scent that Retsu had.
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3 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} on Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:09 am

Retsu

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The boy's Kikaichu were a buzz with activity, it had been so long since he had been in the village around other people, around other chakra source's especially such a large number of them. It took most of the boy's focus just to control the small beetles and prevent them from trying to drain chakra off of the villagers, so much so that the boy was beginning to think he had returned to civilization prematurely. However he did not get that far from Hokage Rock before all of the boy's Kikaichu seemed to focus on the same thing, rather large chakra source was moving towards them accompanied by another chakra source that was either an animal or a child. Retsu did his best to restrain them however their desire for the large chakra source was strong, forcing the boy to use all of his will power to pull the beetles back to his body to prevent them from leeching off the person that was approaching him. A boy not much older the Retsu himself by the looks of him landed in front of him, accompanied by a rather large dog 'Ah an Inuzuka, how odd' the boy thought to himself as other boy introduced himself as Shippo and made mention of not smelling Retsu before he remembered that the Inuzuka clan were more like the dogs that accompanied them just as he was more like his Kikaichu then normal people.

The boy was very forward with what he wanted in a friendly almost creepy way that made Retsu slightly uncomfortable, it was not so much that this Shippo was creepy but to Retsu someone so friendly and open is rather creepy in truth this boy was the exact opposite of himself. Retsu is not the type to start a conversation nor did he care much for getting to know people, he preferred his solidarity and the company of his Kikaichu the fact was he did not even like the company of other Aburame. Ever since the death of his parents the boy had pretty much lived in the forest surrounding the village avoiding contact with people as much as possible. Of course the boy knew that coming to the village would present itself with this type of situation he did not think it would happen so fast or that the person would be so forward, Retsu would look at the Inuzuka and his pet Tsume through the tinted lens of his goggles. Wondering how best to respond, the boy was obviously a Shinobi of the leaf that much was obvious however Retsu was not one to trust someone so quickly.

The boy began signing, as he signed the boy's Kikaichu would begin to form together to create words that floated in front of him which scrolled as if it was on a teleprompter, "My name is Retsu, I have been away for many years. I am just observing the village. You can join me if you wish. Not much has changed since I left, but I would not mind a tour guide." Once the boy had finished signing the beetles that made the message would return to the boy's jacket as he awaited the other boy's answer. Though he was not really looking forward to the company the boy was presented with a unique opportunity, since he had been away from the village and away from the current events of the not only the village but the world around it. Spending time with another shinobi would give him a chance to gather information that he had been missing.

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4 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} on Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:32 am

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Shippo watched very carefully as he was doing his best to memorize the boy’s scent. Tsume was having a much better time of it as was evident by his tapping Shippo’s leg twice to show that he had it done and that it was a done deal. Ever since Shippo became a Jounin he was hunting for people who weren’t the same or people who could threaten the village if he didn’t know them. The rumors had spread about what happened to Sunagakure and he would not allow the same to happen to Konohagakure. He also knew that Aburame were rare, but they were highly talented and often sought after as recon, black ops, and various other functions. His mother had worked very closely with a few Aburame throughout her years and she spoke very highly of them. So, with this in mind, he would not pass over the chance to really examine an Aburame.

Tsume was hairs on end as something about this human wasn’t right. He could scent the bugs, but the biggest issue was that the bugs and the human almost smelled exactly the same. There were very few subtle differences between the two scents, but the least that he could memorize them. He gave a few small soft barks that relayed that he had memorized Retsu’s scent and that he would recognize it again should he be put on the trail to find this person in the future. Shippo tapped his right foot twice to show that he understood, and he caught it as well. The pair of them blinked in surprise as the boy began to sign. A deaf shinobi would be a first, with Inuzuka blind didn’t matter at all because Shippo could tell even more about his environment. Still, being that the Aburame were fairly similar to him, he wouldn’t rule out the very likely possibility that they didn’t need to hear either. He smiled warmly at Retsu and while he couldn’t sign he could read the bugs and he did so. When they were done he smiled and shrugged his shoulders “Well, that is very interesting. Are you deaf or have your bugs made it impossible for you to talk? I am not trying to be rude, but I am highly curious. If it makes you feel any better, then I will happily say that yes Inuzuka can indeed talk to dogs. At least their dogs.” He smiled and this time he moved towards Retsu “Well, I would be happy to play tour guide for you. After all, while you think nothing has really changed you’d be surprised.” He stood next to Retsu and started to walk along with him “I have to say though that was very interesting. I can’t believe that you got bugs to form into words and sentences. That is very talented, and I have to admit that is the first time I have not only seen that before, but I haven’t even heard of it before. That is beyond amazing and I can’t say that I would even begin to know how to communicate without my own voice. Tsume is good, but he is not able to speak like we do.” He then seemed to stop and ponder something. “Well, you know…I have heard some family stories of a Ninken in my clan many, many years ago who could speak the way we humans do. I can’t say if there is any truth to them, but I have to admit there is some hope to be had there.” He walked along with Retsu and Tsume was on the other side of him, but one eye was locked onto Retsu. Shippo may be presenting a fake state of relaxation or a real one, but Tsume would not relax in the presence of anyone he didn’t trust, and after the latest incident with their family he wasn’t sure he could trust ever again.

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5 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} on Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:13 am

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A smile formed on the boy's face briefly, though he quickly realized that the other boy would not be able to see it due to the mask cover his face. After Shippo finishes his explanation of how he could talk to Tsume, the boy decided to share some knowledge about how he communicated with his Kikaichu. This time he had his Kikaichu form without signing to show Shippo that the bugs are under his beckon call and form to his will. "I can speak and hear fine, I prefer this way of communication as it was something I was taught at a very early stage in my development as a shinobi and can be done by simple thought. Though I do not need to sign to control them, I like signing to them just because it was something my mother taught me and it helps me feel closer to her. You see when I was young like all Aburame I became a host for a Queen Kikaichu which then produced the first generation of my hive, there was a time that the Kikaichu were first getting use to my body that they would explore. They would form around my ears blocking me from hearing, blocking my mouth or nose, and sometimes even my eyes blinding me. Because of this signing and forming the Kikaichu into words became a way of communicating before I even learned to talk. Of course they never stayed permanently, it just happened when I was first learning to control them, we can communicate with them and any other insect though a silent language I guess you could call it a telepathy of sorts. Now as you can see I can form them into words just by a simple thought, I can send them to scout out locations and whatever else I wish, such as recognizing your personal chakra signature. So that if they sense it again they would know it was you." The boy's thoughts paused for a second as he pondered if he might be sharing too much clan sensitive information with an outsider, his Kikaichu no longer forming words due to the interruption of this thought. The boy shook his head before calling the bugs back to form, "anyway to sum it up for you I will it and the Kikaichu do it." Retsu would stop communicating with the Kikaichu for a brief second as he thought of a way to gather the information he sought, before deciding to just be honest with his fellow Konoha Shinobi returning to his communication method. "Its been nearly 5 years since I have been in Konohagakure and I have been out of touch with the would outside of the forest. What can you tell me about what has changed? Who is the Hokage?" Of course the boy had a lot more questions he wanted answered, however he decided to start with the most important one in his mind. He wondered if it was the same man it was 5 years ago when he had graduated from the academy, of course if the boy gave him other information it would just save him from having to ask later.

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6 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} Yesterday at 4:04 pm

Shippo

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Shippo watched as the Kikaichu formed into words, and he did notice that Retsu was not actually signing. This meant that there was something he was not seeing, something that was going on that he couldn’t feel, or something that he was just missing. Of course, it was the same with him and Tsume because they were indeed able to communicate in a way that most wouldn’t understand. Still, he suspected that eventually, he would figure it out, or at least have something about it explained to him. He listened silently and attentively to what was being told to him. It was actually very heartwarming that he learned how to sign so he could feel closer to his mother, and he was also helping himself as well. He did know something about how Aburame worked, much like his clan, they were quickly introduced to their animal partners. Though in the Inuzuka’s case it was more a partnership of two species that could live independently as one or the other instead of what the Aburame had which was a symbiosis with insects that in Shippo’s opinion needed the Aburame more than the Aburame needed them. Still, what did he really understand, but the bit about the Aburame becoming a hive for their insects was fairly common knowledge among the shinobi of the Village Hidden in the leaves. Hearing that the insects caused any kind of problems to their host while they were young was news that he didn’t have from before, but he was excited to learn that the boy had a way of communicating before he could speak, but that did make technical sense. He stored the rest of the information in memory, but upon the boy stopping to think most likely watching the bugs stop and vanish was also very interesting, to say the least.

He was thinking about this information how it could be useful, and various other things about them. He also wondered why the Inuzka clan and the Aburame clan hadn’t ever had a marriage or a crossing of the bloodlines before. He imagined that if such a thing were to happen then it would be a powerful lineage indeed. His thoughts were broken up by the sight of bugs moving once again. Seeing the questions that were brought up he nodded his head “Well when I became a shinobi a genin back in the day, it was Kenta Inuzuka. However, recently it is Rippa Chi who is now our Hokage. He is well enough, and he promoted me from Chunin to Spec. Jounin. As for what has changed, inside our village not much has changed. However, word has reached my ear recently of Sunagakure being destroyed. I haven’t gone there yet, and wouldn’t know for myself, but it is true that we have to make sure that it isn’t going to happen to our village. So, I won’t allow it to happen under any circumstances.” He blinked and cleared his throat slightly “Uh, well, that’s uh, about all I can think about really. I don’t bother with much else these days, just missions, keeping the village safe, and protecting my clan. Also training but I think that it goes without saying honestly.”


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7 Re: Kikyō ~ Homecoming {Open} Yesterday at 6:22 pm

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The boy was disheartened to learn that the only information the boy really had was the name of the Hokage, which while it was an important piece of information did not really seem worth Retsu's time for having to put up with the boy. Evidence of Retsu's unhappiness was on the boy's face as a frown began to form, luckily for the young Aburame the boy he was with would not know how unpleased he was to learn that this boy would be of no help to him in gathering the information he sought. The mention of the village hidden in the sands destruction however did spark something in the boy, he remembered a few day prior to his return to Konohagakure when he had first met Lady Yasuda, she had briefly mentioned something about refugees from Sunagakure. Retsu did not push the issue with Lady Yasuda at the time mainly due to him choosing to use that time to get to know the girl, however it would obviously stand to reason that the two were connected. Why were there refugees from Suna within the land of Fire, because their village was destroyed now the question for the young Aburame became who destroyed it. Retsu knew he would not get that information from this boy, considering the fact that he just stated that he did not even know if it was true or not. However hearing similar stories from separate sources causes the young Aburame to find truth in the boy's words, Retsu could not allow such a fate to befall his village but first he had to get himself to an area of increased strength and ability. This boy seemed to almost match Retsu's own life, minus the clan part of course, considering the fact that it had been five years since he had even seen a member of his own clan. Retsu would quickly call his beetles to form words for him to talk to the other boy, "News of the destruction of one of the great villages such as Sunagakure is very Troubling News indeed, it is always a sad sight to see someone lose their home especially when it is an entire village that loses it." The boy paused as a thought came to the boy's mind, this boy may not have some of the answer he sought but surely the boy would know where he could find these answers to what he had missed over the past five years. "Shippo, would you take me to the library? I think maybe the books there could help me with what I am missing from the years, with the exception of the recent stuff that I can catch up later." The boy knew it was a quick change in the conversation, going from talking about how sad it was to lose a village to take me to read books. However it was something the boy felt must be done, he needed information and the boy was not going to be able to help in that regard. The Inuzuka may still prove himself valuable to the Aburame in the future, but for the time being his only service the young shinobi needed of the boy was the direction of the library.



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