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Nameless Nights, 04
« on: March 13, 2008, 08:57:19 PM »
Will update as and when, and probably according to the responses I get :P
Period era A/U with MM 3rd-6th gen ;D and more. Wanna predict the pairings? :lol:

Anyway, enjoy.


Episode 0 : Kiss the rain.

Wolves howled from a distance, roused by the rare full moon of a nameless night.

The beasts’ rotating cries soon turned into whispers, then echoes, and eventually replaced by the crashing of merciless waves beneath her feet. How far and how blindly had she ran through the haunting woods, to end up by the barren cliffs with no other openings left for escape.

Cornered now by her approaching enemy and impending doom, what choices did she have?

Her enemy did not speak to announce their presence, but she could hear the rattling of steel from the depths of the woods. She could just imagine the blade glimmer under the moonlight and the thought of blood, which stained the same edges made her own veins turn cold - Blood of people she shared her life with, drawn from the very person she trusted her heart with. Remembering how cruel training used to be, that was really nothing compared to now.

Her legs froze, the soles of her sandals becoming one with the muddy earth.

Where were her weapons when she needed it?

Where were the results of her daily toils?

Where did her guts run off to at a time like this?

Her character, her attitudes, everything…

She felt them all disintegrating into nothing.

She was afraid.

She heard the leaves ruffle, and the smooth sound of sliding metal rang against her ears like a shrill cry. A long shadow began to advance towards her.

“Why are you doing this?”

An enormous crack appeared in the sky suddenly, illuminating the cliffs, as would the sun. The light revealed her opponent’s face; so familiar and once so gentle, it was now maniacal as if possessed. 

”Haven’t we treated you well?”

Like an explosion, the vast sky behind her flashed brightly, capable of blinding an average person temporarily. The armed individual was silent, treating the pleas like a passing wind, and their weapon held loosely to their side with no intention of attacking… yet.

”Wasn’t there something between us? Don’t you remember anymore?”

Her pursuer just kept coming closer, and she wanted to back away but the risk of falling over into the mercilessly sea wasn’t part of her plan to survive. The lack of any reaction from the other frightened her as if the heart of her enemy did not exist anymore.

drip

She felt something cold fall against her face, then breaking apart into something wet.

Was she crying?

No, that’s not right.

drip… drip…

More began to land on her, threatening to enter her tired eyes, gradually sending shivers throughout her body. It was raining, and she wants to run.

“I remember.”

She couldn’t run. She was less than an arm’s length away from the enemy now.

And she didn’t want to flee anymore too, because of that one response.

She felt herself being pulled into the enemy’s embrace suddenly.

”That’s why…”

The whispers albeit ominous, calmed her down and gave her the slightest of hope.

”...My parting gift. I loved you.”

Soft lips crashed against her own without warning. It taste salty, from the rain that had slipped between them discreetly, and it felt emotionless. A farewell was all she could gather from the contact, until an immediate pain destroyed all thoughts in her mind. Lips then parted like they had never touched.

It surged through her body, as though struck by the lightning from behind by surprise. She felt the pain, and the object lodged inside her. There was that rattling again. Something was being pulled out from within her slowly. It was slicing her from the inside and a cold scream escaped from her lips, unable to be restrained any longer.

She stumbled back carelessly, giving momentum to the withdrawing sword that pierced through her by the hands of the person who stole a kiss from her. She struggled to keep her balance, clawing at her attacker in hopes of pulling the other down with her if it shall come to that. In the process, she felt her nails graze across what seems like flesh, easily having created a cut on that surface without her knowing.

The last thing she saw were closed eyes and an expression of shame.

One clumsy step after another until she felt herself dive back, falling…

Plunging…

Sinking…

Drowning.

Before long, her consciousness was lost to the currents around her.

~  ~  ~  ~

“Ojou-sama!”

The relentless crack of thunder was followed by an anxious cry that echoed down the hall as an attendant, clad in only her nightdress and a shawl, burst into the room holding a candle lit lamp that could extinguish any second now. She immediately ran to a corner to lend fire to the room’s candles.

Once the room had some decent lighting, the attendant saw her respected lady sitting up from her bed, breathing haggard and uneven. The young lady was clutching to her blanket tightly, her arms doused in cold sweat.

“What happened!? I heard your scream.”

“I-it’s… It’s nothing. I just had a nightmare.”

The woman gradually regained her cool and the first difference she noticed around her was the downpour outside her window. She sighed as it was also raining in her dreams. She looked back up at her worried servant with a weak smile.

“I’m alright now, you may leave.”

“That is fine Ojou-sama. I’ll stay until you’ve fallen asleep first.”

“Then… Thank you.”

She appreciated the company. Relieved from the previous scare, she lied back down onto her futon and pulled the blanket up to her neck. It took awhile, but she eventually did manage to fall asleep again.
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Re: Nameless Nights, 00
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 10:47:50 PM »
Damn you :angry1:! Why did you leave me on such a cliff hanger :pleeease:... that was one hell of a beginning though. I'm a sucker for sarcastic/ironic assassination scenes :wahaha:.


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Re: Nameless Nights, 00
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008, 11:07:03 PM »
Yay another fantasy-like H!P fic... well somehat :sweatdrop:
A realy interesting prologue, and i can't wait to find out who the characters are.
BTW.. when you said it will be with 3th-6th gen, does it mean all of them? *crosses fingers*
can't wait for the next one.. update soon ;)

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Re: Nameless Nights, 00
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008, 12:03:36 AM »
Suspense!!!  :depressed: very good!! keep it up!!!

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Re: Nameless Nights, 00
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 01:46:24 AM »
Looking forward to the next part, wil be interesting to see who those involved so far are.

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Re: Nameless Nights, 00
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 04:50:48 AM »
Oooooooooooooooooh...love and betrayal?

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008, 09:07:49 PM »
Quote
BTW.. when you said it will be with 3th-6th gen, does it mean all of them? *crosses fingers*
Maybe :P

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Oooooooooooooooooh...love and betrayal?
Could be, with a whole lot more of things that wouldn't make sense eventually. D:


Episode 01 : If luck shall have you.

The cries of seagulls echoed throughout the port nearby. By the sandy coast that ran through the harbor, a peasant leisurely strolled along while hauling a large fishing net behind her. She wore a contented smile; full of peace, fulfillment and overall happiness. Today would be a great day, she told herself. As always.
 
Beyond the shallow waters, there was an enormous boulder lodged into the seabed, it’s rough surface peaking from beneath the sea’s surface, wide enough to accommodate a few who wishes to rest on it.

“Saa, let’s see what we’d be able to catch today.”

The peasant, now seated crossed legged on the rock like an old man- lacking grace, demure, shyness, and everything else that made a woman appealing-, fumbled through her large pockets in search of bait.

“Baka.”

She stopped suddenly and laughed out, remembering that she used a net and that required no bait all. Brushing the lint from her gloved hands, she stood up clumsily with her tool in hand and skillfully threw it into the sea with a tight grip remaining on the corners of the web.

From where she was, she returned to her seat and waited patiently for something, or anything to drift into her fishing net. From a distance, she watches the foreign ships from the nearby port come and go. Time passed slowly, but the fisherwoman did not mind. After all, having the liberty to waste time like this was a pleasure for her.

~ ~ ~ ~

A warrior without her weapon and armor wasn’t worth anything. Earlier before, these armors were long removed to show some hint of respect within a dignified person’s home. It would be unbecoming to be venturing the halls doused in blood after all, but she felt uncomfortable like this, almost as if stripped to her bare skin and then abandoned.

She stared long and hard at her own two eyes through the mirror gifted by an ambassador of unknown lands.

Just staring, clear of thoughts and feelings. When she finally gave in and blinked, she made a small discovery.

Not until now had she noticed that it was there. A scar an inch long bore into her cheeks, an injury that hardly inflicted any pain when caused. Lifting her slender fingers, the warrior touched the wound gently only to quickly retract her arm when there was a knock to her room.

She would not be found in such a vulnerable state.

“Yoshizawa-sama. They’re waiting.”

Coughing a reply, Yoshizawa promptly straightened the hakama she wore over a kimono and slid open the doors, coming face to face with a suddenly timid steward. She looked down at the short man coldly, his existence meaning nothing to her. Putting on professional airs, she spoke politely.

“Please, lead the way.”

The quiet warrior was brought to a wide hall, surrounded by nothing with only an ankle-high table at the top center of the room.

“I am impressed!”

From behind came a sudden sarcastic remark, causing the warrior to turn around. Leaning against the doorway was a woman no older than her, dressed in a yukata with its length shortened to ease movement. The other appeared haughty, which made the warrior cringe.

“You finally got the guts to exterminate that clan.”

“I’m offended.”

“You’re so cold…Hitomi.” The rather scantily clad woman (what with having her thighs exposed and chest in need of more cloth to cover) narrowed her eyes at the warrior and advanced towards her in an affectionate way.

“And you’re still as shameless.” Hitomi turned around and made her way towards the table, refusing the other woman any chance of coming into physical contact with her.

“Years in that stupid house made you stoic, didn’t it?” The woman clenched her fist, offended by the rejection. Calming herself down, she quietly crossed the room and stood shoulder to shoulder beside the warrior.

“I believe that doesn’t concern you at all.”

“Do you think I care?”

“You never change.”

“Should I?”

The woman looked at Hitomi with a smirk, and the warrior herself shifted her glance to her companion with an almost unnoticeable smile. It was a friendly bicker, in the most unusual way.

“Do you know why we’re here?”

Hitomi adverted any further dwellings on the current topic and went to the point of her situation now. Her companion appeared thoughtful at first, and the given shrug made her lose hope of getting a proper answer.

“Shishou has a new assignment for you.”  The woman answered straightforwardly, much to Hitomi’s surprise.

“What kind?” Again, there was no beating around the bushes.

“Who knows.”

Hitomi eyed the documents she just noticed on the table, wondering what her new task could be. Her speculations were cut short by an unneeded interruption.

“Oh, I just remembered. Ojou-sama is anxiously waiting for you to meet her.”

The woman nudged her playfully with a grin, as though knowing a secret that only they both were aware of. That may very well be however.

“And she doesn’t like a cold unfeeling Yocchan, just so you know.”

Hitomi gave the woman a look of understanding, no other reaction present. She didn’t care the least about how the impression she gave people after all. Not anymore, at least.

~ ~ ~ ~

“K-Konkon!” The weak door made of straw was almost destroyed by the commotion displayed by the addressee, but that was the least of her concerns. She ran up to her housemate and grabbed her shoulder violently.

“Ah, Mako-chan. You brought back dinner- Eh?”  The other, better known as Konno, and was holding a wok and ladle froze at the sight of her worked up friend. “What happened? You look like you’ve seen something horrible.”

“Worse! Come, follow me!” Her friend dragged her out of the house and into the small courtyard they had.

Just by the entrance was the woman’s usual fishing net, with something entangled within it. A body, it would seem. Something so startling made Konno drop her utensils immediately.

”Hol- My god. Is that a corpse?”

Her friend nodded, eyes still wide open in surprise from when she first discovered it during her fishing trip.

“Ogawa Makoto! Why did you bring home a dead body?!” Discarding the normal pleasant personality, Konno started yelling at her friend like a distressed housewife. “We can’t eat that!”

“Konkon! I may like to eat but I’m not a cannibal!” Makoto rebutted, her friend’s scolding becoming her main concern as of now.

“Then why, Mako-chan, why? What made you bring that home?!” Konno pointed at the net, being a little overdramatic with her words.

“She’s alive.” The fisherwoman whispered cautiously into her companion’s ears, giving the lump under the web some shifty looks.

“You can’t be serious.” Konno gasped at the news, not at all convinced however. “Even the dried fishes out here looks more alive that that!”

“No, really. She’s still breathing. Check it out yourself.”

“This is ridiculous!” The more sensible of them both was ushered towards the apparently lifeless body and made to place a finger under the person’s nostrils. “Eeeww.”

“See! She’s breathing, isn’t she?!” Makoto repeated excitedly.

Much to Konno’s surprise, the body was indeed still alive as she could vaguely feel a slight rush of air brushing past her finger.

“You’re… You’re right! We have to bring her inside immediately!”

Hearing the command, Makoto quickly nodded and reached out for the corners of the net in attempt to drag the body back into the house.

“Mako-chan! Carry her! Ca-rry!” Konno made each syllabus clear and made the motion of lifting something up and hauling it over her shoulder to get her point across.

“Oh, OH! Right.” Realizing that dragging would probably kill the person faster, Makoto quickly lifted the body along with the net and with each heavy step, she tried her best to keep her balance until she’s back inside the house. Her housemate followed closely behind.

“Hey, Konkon. Why aren’t you helping me?” She stressed her words, having a hard time speaking and doing hard labor at the same time.

“It’s your catch. You should have the honor of carrying it.” Konno replied with a smile so genuine that it was almost scary. She then gave an encouraging pat to Makoto's empty shoulder and walked ahead, leaving her best friend behind with the load.

“Mou~!”



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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 09:41:25 PM »
I'm curious... The woman Yossie meets could be Miki? Maybe Rika? Maki? So many options! It looks like they're old friends. And I want to know who's ojou-sama too...
It's funny to see Mako as a fisher, considering she played that part on Haromoni Theater  :lol:
Keep up with the good job! :yep:

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008, 10:50:43 PM »
So like...Yossi's a ronin or something? Some type of hired warrior?

And LOLZ at Konkon getting Mako to do all the hard work. :lol:

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008, 11:43:38 PM »
 :dunno: so many questions!! so little time.... i wonder.... well don't keep in the dark too long!  :pleeease: keep up the nice work!  :nya:

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2008, 04:28:31 AM »
omg omgomg omgomgoomgomgomgomgomgomgomogmogmogmogmomgogm This is s o soo sooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!
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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2008, 07:13:12 AM »
These are my first thought of who is who:
Yossy was the one who "killed" the girl in the first chapter
The "killed" girl is Takahashi
The girl who was with Yossy in the second chapter is Maki
Ojou-sama is Aya-cha

 XD XD XD I know is crazy :lol:
Oh... and the story seems pretty interesting... keep the good work

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2008, 10:16:20 AM »
nice chapter.. the Mako/Pon-chan bit realy cracked me up, they are so funny together...
I think that the girl they found is Ai-chan.
It realy fits for Yossi to be somekind of warrior, i don't think she would have been better in another kind of role.
The other girl who was mocking Yossi seems to be Maki (because of her clothing :roll:)..
anyway, you've updated realy quick, please continue doing so ...i mean as quick as you can :yep: 8)

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2008, 11:53:53 AM »
Normally, I don't reply unless I'm updating but...

- Nope, Ai-chan's role isn't that big here. :lol:
- You've got Maki right. ;)
- I've not written Aya before, but who's playing 'Ojou-sama' is still pending from now until her debut lol. Depends really, who would you like it to be? XD

I have 3 fics under my belt, but I'll be trying my best to update. Better late than never, right?

PS : Love the new layout o.o

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2008, 12:44:20 PM »
Me thinks the girl who dies in the start is Yoshi cause it says something about her missing her weapons when she needs it the most. That would mean that although the girl who was found was taken it by Makoto and Konkon neither of them could be the one that is the girl who dies in the start, ergo they are neither of the leads. Why couldnt they be the murderer? Because read closely to what the muurderee says to the murderer as she runs through the woods. So the killer in the start will have to be someone other than the already named characters. So my guess is that the girl who was fished is the murderer in the start and her name is.................................. well that I wont say because it will give away too much..... and the girl being killed in the start was Yoshi. Who maybe lives with Konkonk and Makoto..... Maybe they live together and thats why she says we took you in and took care of you. But I'm not going to reveal any more about my guesses cause I have a tendency of spoiling things for other people so Im gonna erase part of the above to confuse the ppl more. Mwahahahahahahahahaha
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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2008, 12:15:37 AM »
After reading your post sweeety I think I going to re-think this again ;)

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2008, 06:34:58 AM »
lol this is fantastic...I'm still cracking up from that last chapter XD  Reading the funny scene between Mako and Konkon made me realize how much I miss them...I hope they get to stick around for a few more chapters.

and I have to say this now after reading all the comments....I can't believe it's not Ai chan!

If this is more of a 3rd + 4th gen fic...maybe it's Rika  :O  but then again I'm still waiting for 6th gen to show up =D

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Re: Nameless Nights, 01
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2008, 07:23:34 PM »
I wonder who that body was.Hopefully no one eats her lol.

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Re: Nameless Nights, 02
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2008, 10:14:06 PM »
I got lazy, sorry XD
Anyway, I guess Ai-chan will be appearing soon enough, eventually.


Episode 02: More than what they think.

It was somewhat breezy up here. To be shrouded by leaves and to rest upon a rough surface for hours on ends really started to rile up her temper. But she was a dignified lady, regardless of what anyone else would say and she chose to stay tolerant.

She’ll have something to vent all that frustration on anyway when the time is ripe. And right now, in front of her superior, being impatient would be a bad… bad idea.

“Goto-san… how much longer are we going to sit here?”

“Until a miracle happens, rookie.”

“I’m going to get a butt rash soon…”

“Thanks for the mental image, brat.”

“Sure. By the way, I heard Yoshizawa-sama came back.” The rookie- without much respect for her elder- adjusted to a squat beside the tree trunk for better movement if she intends to lean forward to take a better look at the path through the forest which they had been patiently keeping an eye on for the past hour or so.

“News sure travels fast. What’s it to you anyway, and why do you call her –sama instead?”

“Because I can.” The rookie answered bluntly. “I wondered why you wouldn’t take up her domestic assignment instead, since you’ve been slacking for some time now anyway.”

“Gutsy, aren’t we? Speaking to your superior like that. No wonder you’re still a rookie.”

“I don’t see any problems with being a rookie.” The younger of them both answered again, with the slightest of being intimidated by someone more powerful than her. “So?”

“Yoshizawa got the job of babysitting Ojou-sama, what do you think.” Goto gave in and entertained the rookie. It was no fun bantering with someone that wouldn’t play along.

“Ah… Better her than you then.”

“Smart. You’ll go far with brains like that.”

“Yet my brains still can’t figure out why we’re perched on a branch since the coming of noon.”

The path had been deserted for a better part of the day, without so much of a hint of anyone ever having gone through. It was quite a wasted effort just waiting like this, without any form of entertainment besides each other; the last thing either woman would want.

“We’re bandit watching.”

“Huh? But there are no bandits anywhere.”

“You’re right. But these are Shishou’s orders whether you like it or not.”

“Terada-sama wants us to sit here and wait for some petty thieves to appear? But we can do better than that!”

“I know! I’ve told him, but nooo…. he thinks these bunch of thieves are going to revolt against the magistrate or something.”

Both women went silent suddenly, something clicking inside them as they looked at each other knowingly.

“Believe it or not, I think you’ve just figured out why we’re wasting our lives here.”

The sound of pebbles cracking under a heavy carriage traveled to her sensitive ears, and the blurred figures in a distance was clear to her hawk-like vision. Their conversation ended there immediately.

“Shh, someone seems to be coming.”

~ ~ ~

“Konkon! I think you’re killing her!”

“What do you mean I’m killing her? And don’t shout! Someone might think we’re committing a crime in here.” Konno Asami yelled back at her unusually reactive friend. “I’m just reapplying herbs to her wound.”

“But... look at her face.” Makoto pointed anxiously at the unconscious form of her ‘catch’ before. “She’s wincing in pain. She’s in pain!”

“Well I can’t do anything if the herbs tend to sting naturally.”

“Can’t you be more gentle? That is a really deep wound she has.”

“I think it’ll leave a scar… And I AM being gentle!”

“You’re killing her. I know you are!”

“She might just die if you keep saying that, you know.”

“No way! I’ll keep quiet now. I promise.”

“Good. Be useful and see if she has any identification on her.”

Makoto gave her friend a salute and hurried to the pile of damp clothes they had removed from the person. She found some dead fishes, a heap of seaweed and some other sea creatures that got caught in the clothing but there wasn’t anything useful.

At least, Makoto didn’t think a gold plate with a name engraved in it was very important. Still, she thought it was better to show it to Asami at least.

“Do you think we can sell this?” The fisherwoman held the plate before her friend’s face.

“Sell what?” Asami lifted her head to look at the object. To see something so valuable and unfamiliar, she instantly snatched it away. “Definitely not! This isn’t ours.”

“Aww. What is it anyway?”

“I’m not sure. It’s too valuable for me to have ever seen it. It’s probably something important.”

“You sure we can’t sell it?”

“Don’t you dare, or you’re taking the floor tonight.”

”No, not the floor!”

“Then don’t even think about it.”

“Alright, alright. Hey, I think she’s waking up.”

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Re: Nameless Nights, 02
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2008, 11:14:59 PM »
I wonder who the rookie is.. The brat remark made me think about Gaki, but i can't see her talking to Gottsan like that, so perhaps hmmm Reina?
MaKonkon is so funny and adorable altogether, and the mystery half-dead girl is yet to be revealed...
can't wait for the next one ^^ :muffin:

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