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DX - Coda, Part 1

Jan 8th, 2016
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  1. [10:11] <Cherem> Title. The cool wind grows colder, as it embraces City N as the year winds to a close, the trees growing devoid of color as their brown leaves paint the sidewalks a murky, muddy shade. The skies are clear and the stars shine bright as a year of hardship finally comes to a close, the end of one song and the beginning of another.
  2. [10:11] <Cherem> Verse. As the sun sets on one day and rises on another, dark hands and dark intents are given shape and form, the goal to set a city ablaze, consuming all. Against this, tripwires and decoys play a deadly game as shadows dance against the wall, beckoning one closer, closer.
  3. [10:12] <Cherem> Coda. It is in this nightmare given form that a final stage may be set.
  4. [10:12] <Cherem> Double Cross - Coda
  5. [10:12] <Cherem> Welcome to Double Cross. This is the world of Traitors.
  6. [10:14] <Cherem> Several days ago, you recieved a call. You don't know how he got the number, although you are sure he has his ways; Junko, Shizuka.
  7. [10:16] <Cherem> The voice of your father, Takatora Tsuboki: "I have heard things regarding you, Daughter. I would be honored if you would join me for tea in three days hence. This is a non-negotiable invitation." Following was an address to a nice enough Japanese Townhouse, where there's two sedans parked outside. The lights are on.
  8. [10:18] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka seems relaxed enough with this, giving the place an appreciative look and a smile. "Did you know mom calls him Dakka-chan sometimes? There's an inappropriate story behind it."
  9. [10:19] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko is in a track suit and sneakers when she shows up, hair in a ponytail. "Wanna know my nickname for him?" She sneered. Her irritation was toward the old man more than Shizuka of course.
  10. [10:21] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Why not?" Shizuka says obliviously. In contrast she's in a kimono, leaving her hair down. "It could be enlightening."
  11. [10:22] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Probably not," she mutters.
  12. [10:24] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Well, I'm heading inside soon. I don't want to keep him waiting. If it's anything unflattering speak now or forever hold your peace."
  13. [10:24] <Cherem> And at that, the door opens. "A shame. I was eager to hear, Daughter." And there he is, hair black as night, solid, masculine jaw and the body of a boxer who's spent maybe a few months doing anything but boxing.
  14. [10:25] <Kirishima_Shizuka> A quick bow from Shizuka. She doesn't seem to find this awkward at all. "Father."
  15. [10:26] <Cherem> He's tall, but not as tall as you may remember, depending on when you last saw him, but you can see his eyes: they're not cold, but they're very hard. He returns the bow, a fair fraction less deep than hers, "You honor me, Kisishima-san. Or should I say, Shizuka-san?"
  16. [10:27] <Tsuboki_Junko> If the delinquent girl were a dog her hackles would be raised. She was gritting her teeth to keep from shouting, hands stuffed into her pockets. "Takatora."
  17. [10:29] <Cherem> He stands up straight when addressing his eldest daughter. "Junko-me. I am certainly seeing you." He steps back, "Please, both of you, come inside from the cold. I welcome you to my house."
  18. [10:30] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I thank you for the hospitality." Another bow before Shizuka steps into the house, still relaxed, though an observant person might have noticed a brief flash of horror over Junko's form of address.
  19. [10:31] <Cherem> Inside it is significantly warmer, and there's the smell of matcha and tea that is flooding the house. Incense burns, with a thick, musty, smell, overpowering the senses temporarily. Takatora Tsuboki was never one for moderation, apparantly.
  20. [10:32] <Tsuboki_Junko> Garuru. "Hmph." She follows Shizuka inside and even mutters "Ojama shimasu."
  21. [10:33] <Cherem> "Please, I have seating and tea inside the waiting room. You can take off your shoes, we have geta for you as well. I would say I haven't been expecting you, but, this is a meeting long overdue." He takes the lead, passing through the house. There's the distant sound of somebody as well, upstairs most like.
  22. [10:34] <Tsuboki_Junko> Once he's ahead Junko sighs, deflating slightly and pulling off her sneakers.
  23. [10:35] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka removes her shoes, looking over the geta with amusement. She follows along. "Tea~"
  24. [10:36] <Cherem> "I must say, you two have grown up well. Your mothers' have done their duty." He opens the sliding door to the wiating room as he arrives, stepping inside. It looks like it's set up for a tea ceremony almost, but there's no way he's patient enough for that. "Please, sit, and we can begin."
  25. [10:39] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka sits, hands folding on her lap. "Mother is truly a remarkable woman."
  26. [10:40] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko plops down in a spot near Shizuka, deciding not to say anything about her own mother.
  27. [10:41] <Cherem> Tsuboki sits at the head, pushing a tray their way. Yep, already made the tea. And from the distinct lack of a brazier fire to bake the leaves and a mortar to crush them up, it's probably just instant. "Have you two been well? Your studies, your work?"
  28. [10:46] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "My studies go well. I find that work makes me reflect on my place in existence often." Shizuka takes a small sip of the tea, convinced of its instantness. Truly father is a man for the modern era.
  29. [10:47] <Tsuboki_Junko> The almost casual talk had Junko feeling on edge. Maybe if he'd asked dumb stuff like that when she was still a kid..."I-I attend the university now."
  30. [10:50] <Cherem> "School? Ah yeah, I remember hearing from your mothers' about that. Good for you two." He sips at his own tea, asking a few inane questions. And after maybe half an hour of truely idle chatter passes, "I heard you were attempting to join the Himoto family."
  31. [10:51] <Cherem> An edge starts to creep into his voice as the questions slips out, and he looks between the two of you.
  32. [10:51] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Gah, I thought he recognized me." She bit the rim of her cup, cursing Ryuuko's grandfather. Sly old man.
  33. [10:53] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I must apologize if it's been troublesome for you."
  34. [10:54] <Cherem> "Troublesome isn't even the word for it. You thought you could get past Akebashi's eyes? That old man could see you spit from a mile away, and yell loud enough that you'd hear it." Tsuboki sits up, gripping his teacup tightly.
  35. [10:55] <Cherem> "And once he heard, half of the Kaneshima heard. I've had to explain to some of our own guys that I'm still Kaneshima blood, through and through. Not all of them are buying it."
  36. [10:58] <Cherem> He raises his hand and raps his fist on the floor: despite being tatami, it echoes through the house. "You two, have you adopted the fine art of drinking yet?" The sound of feet upstairs suddenly starts again, and the stairs sound like somebody is hustling down them.
  37. [10:59] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko's brow furrows. Odd direction to take things wasn't it?
  38. [10:59] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "On occasion. Socially."
  39. [11:01] <Cherem> "Good. Sakura-san will bring us sake. We will speak of this as adults: If you are interested in following your Old Man, why the Himoto? Now there's three different teams of Kaneshima, and only one of those is watching me, you understand?" He seems to be implying your mothers are under supervision.
  40. [11:04] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Understood." Shizuka says with a nod, catching the implication and not at all happy with it.
  41. [11:05] <Cherem> "It is part of this life. And I need your help to fix this." Tsuboki sits up, setting his cup aside and looking between them.
  42. [11:05] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko casts a questioning look toward Shizuka.
  43. [11:06] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "That's only fair, father."
  44. [11:08] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Whoa whoa. Our reasones for bein' there were a deception. We had no interest in being Yakuza. At least I didn't." Her gaze, still on Shizuka, gets a little harder.
  45. [11:08] <Cherem> "Regardless of why you were there, the fact of the matter is that you were seen with our business rivals."
  46. [11:09] <Cherem> "There is a friend of mine who has gone... missing. Gone low. He calls himself Heiwa, and he moves weapons and arms for our Family." As he talks, the door behind you opens, and a woman who can't be that much older than the two of you comes in. She bears a painfully striking similarity to your motherly benefactors, and is carrying several cups for sake, and a warm bottle.
  47. [11:10] <Cherem> He waits for the young woman to pour him out a cup, passing it to Shizuka, "Now, while he's been with us for longer than either of you have been alive, my superiors are worried at his actions as of late. They want his allegience... reaffirmed."
  48. [11:11] <Cherem> "Not violently, mind you," Tsuboki continues, "Just, find out where he's been holed up, and make sure he's not going to the government."
  49. [11:12] <Kirishima_Shizuka> Shizuka eyes the woman as she takes the cup, seeming curious. And then she takes a sip. She smiles to Junko, somewhat awkwardly.
  50. [11:12] <Cherem> The woman approaches you, Junko, and offers you a glass as well. You can take note that this entire time she hasn't made a single bit of noise, a ghost walking.
  51. [11:14] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko looks up at the woman, expression going through a few subtle shifts before taking the glass. She wanted to say something. Anything. Instead she took it and kept quiet.
  52. [11:15] <Cherem> "That is all I ask. If we do this, they may believe that we too are beyond suspicion. The Akebashi themselves have been under surveillence as well as a result: I can never tell what that old man is thinking."
  53. [11:19] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Not much of a choice," Junko grumbles, taking a gulp of sake.
  54. [11:20] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "I'm glad you feel that way. I'll do my best. For the sake of my mother, who I love more than cream puffs."
  55. [11:20] <Cherem> "Such is life. Hard choices, but hard liqour will make it easier to take." Tsuboki nods a little, "You two are responsible. I'm impressed."
  56. [11:21] <Cherem> At Shizuka's comment, the woman seems to take it as a specific request and slips out, returning while Tsuboki starts grilling you two about your studies with a plate of sweets.
  57. [11:24] <Cherem> ==== SCENE ====
  58. [11:24] <Cherem> Meanwhile, on the other side of the railroad, Ian is returning home to... well, there's not actually that much smoke coming from the door. And the fire alarm isn't going off, so there's that.
  59. [11:24] <Cherem> Outside of his house, there's a familiar bicycle latched to the fence, with a panda hanging off one of the handlebars. Looks like you have an unwelcome visitor.
  60. [11:28] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian frowns and rolls his eyes as he heads into the apartment, dressing down swiftly so he can hurry to the kitchen and mitigate any potential damage. "I'm home, please don't say you ruined my new cooking pans..."
  61. [11:31] <Cherem> Inside, the house isn't as chaotic as it would usually be when Akite visits: there aren't torn up shirts, the beds are still made, and the fire isn't actually that out of control. "You say that like I would let it get too crazy." Inside, Akite is holding a pan under cold water as steam seems to billow from it like a cloud. The oventop looks like a disaster, but nothing that a little elbow grease won't take out. "Lena's in her room, I told her to run when the fire started reaching the ceiling."
  62. [11:35] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian seems rather unimpressed, leaning closer to her to observe damage control methods. "What were you even trying to cook, anyway?" He doesn't even bother staying in the room to wait for an answer. He'd hear it anyway. He then heads to Lena's room and knocks at her door. "Are you okay in there?"
  63. [11:35] <Cherem> "Eggs and rice-
  64. [11:36] <Cherem> "Ah... Is it okay to come out?" Lena's voice is right behind the door, opening it slowly, then quickly and grabbing at her brother, "I'm sorry! I tried to stop her! I didn't know you could light rice on fire like that!"
  65. [11:39] <Ian_Goodwill> "Were you planning on jumping three stories down if things went wrong?" He snickers as he takes her out of the room. "Guess I'll have to order some dinner for tonight. Pizza sounds good?" He had been quite happy recently, since the UGN was leaving him alone after his last job. He mostly let things run by themselves and took some time off with his family.
  66. [11:40] <Cherem> Lena is still holding onto his arm as they walk out, "Yes! Hua's been here, and she's trying her best, I think, but..."
  67. [11:41] <Cherem> "Nah, Pizza is better anyways." Akite's already at work cleaning up her mess, "You know, that guy you hired, he's way too strict when it comes to cleaning." This elicites a snarky response from Lena, and the two start a small argument as your phone begins to ring, Ian.
  68. [11:43] <Ian_Goodwill> "It's hard to counter the Akita tornado, is it?" Just loud enough so she could hear, too. Taking out his phone with his other arm, he's just about to call the restaurant (which is on speed dial at this point, really, thanks to Akite). Answering the call, he careully pulls away from Lena and motions her he'll be right back. "Moshi moshi, Goodwill speaking."
  69. [11:44] <Cherem> The two immediatelly get into it, Akite unable to defend herself effectily as she cleans. At least they get along.
  70. [11:44] <Cherem> Over the phone, you hear Huo, "Evening Boss. It's Huo, calling to fill you in on the day's work. I've got a nice tidbit for you."
  71. [11:47] <Ian_Goodwill> "Right then, fill me in." He heads to his little private office in his apartment, the one he keeps locked away for Lena's safety, and seats behind the desk.
  72. [11:49] <Cherem> Huo begins listing off things, mostly innocent little things like stock and market shares, but to Ian it's the blizzard of information covering the secret of his trade. An increase in demand for handguns, more ammunition, a dropping in the amount of assault weapons (worrying), but business as usual. Until the end, when Huo clears his throat, "And, there's one last thing, Boss. There's a weapons dealer, a guy who works with the Kaneshima and been moonlighting for us. I think you remember him, Heiwa."
  73. [11:50] * The_Espada (~IceChat9@Rizon-A6482CAC.rh.rit.edu) Quit ( Ping timeout: 240 seconds )
  74. [11:50] * The_Espada (~IceChat9@Rizon-A6482CAC.rh.rit.edu) has joined #DXtheGame
  75. [11:53] <Ian_Goodwill> "Uh, yeah, name rings a bell, what about him?" He's scribbling down notes of all kinds as he gets the info. That late shipment from China also is upsetting him, but that's a matter for another day.
  76. [11:56] <Cherem> "He's gone underground, we think. But before he did, he was talking about needing more support. A bigger transport. For something big. Might want to be something to look into. It's a hunch on behalf, sir, but when somebody like that just up and disappears..."
  77. [11:59] <Ian_Goodwill> "Really now? Alright, I'll look into it myself. Got any leads on the man?" He doesn't seem too pleased with this outcome, tapping his stylo against the table at an incredible speed.
  78. [12:01] <Cherem> "Possibly. There's a local bar that he used to frequent, but we've had people watching it and nothing so far. I've heard some things about him too, but... Well, it's nothing. I'll leave you to your day off boss."
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  80. [12:29] <Cherem> ==== SCENE ====
  81. [12:32] <Cherem> Earlier that same day, a call went out to Playback and Dragoon. Another "CALLER ID BLOCKED" phone call you've grown somewhat used to seeing: Guhuin, Kuromizo specifically. "There's a coffee shop not too far from where we usually meet. I'd like to see you two there at five, sharp. It's important."
  82. [12:32] <Cherem> The Coffee shop in question is the painfully modern: White walls with the menu painted on it, paintings on the wall that would look more at home in Seattle or Portland, and servers who seem kind of... out of it. Why Kuromizo would want to meet you here is certainly a mystery, but he's reserved a booth for the three of you, apparantly.
  83. [12:35] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie sighs inwardly, if it weren't for the money she wouldn't be here. Lord knows what Junko would think of her taking another job so soon afdter the last fiasco. But she was there regardless.
  84. [12:35] <Cherem> And there he is, turtleneck and all, sitting and sipping away at his coffee without a care in the world. Must be nice.
  85. [12:37] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie sits across from him and nods politely. "Nice to see you again."
  86. [12:38] <Cherem> "Indeed. It's been rough for you lately, hasn't it." Kuromizo sets down his coffee and beckons towards the menu, "Pick what you like, it's my treat."
  87. [12:38] <The_Espada> Dragoon sits down "whats up"
  88. [12:40] <Jamie_Knapp> "I've had worse." Jamie orders a coffee and nothing else. She smiles at Dragoon. "Hey."
  89. [12:41] <The_Espada> "How are you doing playback?"
  90. [12:41] <Cherem> "Good evening." Kuromizo sits up a bit, "We're all here now." He passes his own menu to the two of them, "There's the third page, the special there is supposed to be something marvelous."
  91. [12:42] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie accepts it and opens to the page, "Oh?"
  92. [12:42] <Cherem> Inside the menu is a small manilla folder, with a brief description, a picture of a man that Jamie recognizes, and accompanying pictures of a bar and... explosives. A lot of explosives.
  93. [12:42] <Cherem> "They call it the Peace (Heiwa) special, supposedly it's been coming in from China. Funny, it's been sold out recently as well, and nobody knows where to find it." Another sip of coffee.
  94. [12:43] <Jamie_Knapp> "Sounds delicious. I might have to track this stuff down myself."
  95. [12:45] <Cherem> "It's really something peculier. If you manage to find some, I'd be more than willing to pay for your efforts. It's hard to find a good coffee nowadays."
  96. [12:45] <The_Espada> "I suppose"
  97. [12:46] <Jamie_Knapp> "I'll let you know if I come up with anything. I don't suppose you know any good places to start my search?"
  98. [12:47] <Cherem> "Aah, there's a bar that's supposed to still sell it, but that's been running dry too." Kuromizo shrugs, "And Dragoon, I'd enjoy if you accompany her. Others are looking for this blend as well."
  99. [12:48] <The_Espada> "I'll be sure to lend her a hand."
  100. [12:50] <Cherem> "Good. Then I wish you two good luck. And keep me in the know: I don't like the way the wind's been sounding lately." And with that, Kuromizo stands up and leaves a pay card on the table.
  101. [12:50] <Cherem> ==== SCENE ====
  102. [12:53] <Cherem> One evening, as the wind blows cold and the moon glows with fierce determination to outshine the sun, the small "Kazenin to Ronin" bar is basked in darkness. Surrounded by taller buildings, it looks very, very out of place, with a rustic looking exterior, a muscled bouncer, and a very muted sound of music coming from it. Streetlights illuminate the people who walk in and the people already having issue stumbling out.
  103. [12:53] <Cherem> The lights are aided by the bright pink and blue lights of a love hotel from across the street, and every so often the road is illuminated by the headlights of taxis ferrying people about.
  104. [12:54] <Cherem> Inside, the bar is certainly alive: there's a dance floor with a fair share of people, several tables for pool, and a thriving bar. In the far end and along the sides there are booths, where people carouse and drink to their heart / liver's content.
  105. [12:55] <Cherem> It's a scene where you could find anybody if you looked hard enough for them, and it is Heiwa's favorite dive. Those who know him remember he has a very odd habit: when the moon is full, he can always be found here, somewhere.
  106. [12:56] * The_Espada (~IceChat9@Rizon-A6482CAC.rh.rit.edu) Quit ( Ping timeout: 240 seconds )
  107. [12:56] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie has taken to the dance floor, her eyes scanning the room as she flirts with anyone who'll flirt back.
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  109. [12:57] <Ian_Goodwill> So is Ian apparently, though he's not dancing just yet. More like, rudely shoving through people as he makes his way to the bathroom.
  110. [12:58] <Cherem> For an attractive woman there's certainly company: lights are flashing, music is playing, and all is right with the world.
  111. [13:02] <Cherem> Those who are familiar with the man know he has a room reserved for him, a benefit of knowing the owner. It's not actually numbered, and slightly behind the bar, marked only by a simple musical note, the full stop, end of the song.
  112. [13:02] <Cherem> Outside of that room, there's way too many suited up men for it to be vacant.
  113. [13:04] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian stopped looking where he was going, his attention now taken by the men in blacks near the office, to the point where he even bumps into Jamie rather rudely. "Oh, excuse me mi-" A short tilt of his head reveals Jamie to him, in a clubbing outfit. "...Really now? Alright, dance with me so it's not suspicious." Ian then joins her, but he certainly doesn't
  114. [13:05] <Ian_Goodwill> seem too pleased by this outcome.
  115. [13:05] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie takes his hands and shoos off her indignant partner. "Well hello stranger. Fancy meeting you here."
  116. [13:08] <Tsuboki_Junko> Looks like Junko's spending another night out in her track suit, nudging Shizuka as the enter the building proper. "See anything yet?"
  117. [13:09] <Ian_Goodwill> "And what's a... lovely lady like you... doing like in a place like this?" His suit, while looking natural, is obviously reinforced, as if he was expecting something to go wrong. His tone somehow seems a bit unsincere and awkward.
  118. [13:09] <Cherem> There's the club, that's for sure, a thriving dance scene, and guards in the back. Of course.
  119. [13:11] <The_Espada_> Dragoon is gonna keep on playback from one of the sides of the room
  120. [13:11] <Jamie_Knapp> "What, I can't go out for fun now and then? You look like you're here for more than just fun though," she tugs gently at the lapels of his suit.
  121. [13:14] <Ian_Goodwill> "You're dancing with guys, Jamie. You have a girlfriend, and you don't seem to be the type to enjoy open relationships." His hands awkwardly try to not touch Jamie as he dances with her, an amused by mystified look on his face.
  122. [13:16] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko groans, hanging her head. Right. Doing this for her mother. Dead parents weren't good to have. Stuffing her fists into her pockets she approached the suits guarding the back room.
  123. [13:19] <Cherem> As she approches, the first guard gives her a stern look, "Oi, this room's reserved, miss. Invitation only."
  124. [13:19] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie smiles seductively, not even skipping a beat. "What do you think you know and how do you think you know it?" But she drops her voice until its a whisper that only Ian could hear, even from that distance. "But let's not tell Sachi I said that, huh? I don't think its a coincidence we're here either." She taps his shoulder, and subtly points towards the guards and who was with them.
  125. [13:22] <Ian_Goodwill> He leans in closer into his dance partner, a smirk as he becomes a tad more aggressive, holding her waist to him if only to make the scene all the more believable, certainly. "I need him alive for now." He whispers into her ear.
  126. [13:22] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko stops, hands going up briefly. "I understand, but could you tell Heiwa the Kaneshima need to have a word with him?"
  127. [13:25] <Cherem> The guard stiffens a little, "Er. I will, speak with him, Miss." And with that, the door opens, and you can hear the sound of... a shamisen?
  128. [13:25] <Jamie_Knapp> "I do too." She whispers back, her arms wrapped around his shoulders. "But does Junko?"
  129. [13:27] <Cherem> And then the guard comes back out, "Your name?"
  130. [13:27] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Tsuboki."
  131. [13:28] <Cherem> The guard blanches a little, and disappears into the room. And then, he's back out. "My apologizes. Heiwa-dono will see you." And the door remains open.
  132. [13:29] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko gives a quick bow of appreciation before heading inside.
  133. [13:31] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then lets go of Jamie, suspicious as he believes he manages to hear a familiar voice, and the guards making way to someone into the office. "Right, be my drunk guest while I have my meeting, maybe?" He drags her by the hand towards the back.
  134. [13:31] <Jamie_Knapp> She stumbles along after him, giggling and asking where they were going.
  135. [13:32] <Cherem> Inside, the mood is... markedly different. No flashing lights, just a few dim lights. The walls seem to be padded, as the door closes and the sound all but dies out. Inside, there's a man with a shamisen, idly picking at the strings and sitting at the only table, with one drinking companion.
  136. [13:33] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then steps in front of the guard, still holding onto Jamie. "Is Heiwa here? I was meant to meet him on behalf of the Goodwill family. The beautiful lady here distracted my eyes for a moment, though."
  137. [13:33] <Cherem> The player looks up, his hair a light brown with streeks of grey, his face worn and messily shaven. Dressed in a suit, he looks out of place with the shamisen in his lap, and the mechanical, prosthetic fingers plucking the strings dance lazily.
  138. [13:33] <Jamie_Knapp> She winks at the guard as she holds onto Ian's arm as if trying not to fall over.
  139. [13:34] <Cherem> "Ah. You are Tsuboki-san's daughter. Daughters."
  140. [13:34] <Cherem> The guard gives Ian a look, "Goodwill... Ah, yes. Heiwa-san is seeing somebody at the moment, is this urgent?"
  141. [13:35] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Can you play rock on that shamisen? I've heard it's possible." Junko bows respectfully. "Junko and Shizuka, here on behalf of Tsuboki Takatora."
  142. [13:36] <Ian_Goodwill> "If by urgent you mean that you'll probably be out of a job if you don't let me in, then yes." He seems getting a bit impatient. "Can you believe this guy? Who does he think he is?" Ian laughs to Jamie, ridiculing the situation.
  143. [13:36] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie giggles and slurs "yeah, silly head."
  144. [13:38] <Cherem> "Possibly." Heiwa sets aside the shamisen, standing and bowing back. "It is a pleasure to meet you, Junko-san, Shizuka-san. I welcome you to my room. And-" The door opens again.
  145. [13:38] <Cherem> The guard, several moments before, goes pale again, and goes to peek his head in, "Ah, sir. There's another, a Goodwill...?"
  146. [13:39] <Cherem> Heiwa blinks, looking at Junko and Shizuka, "Ah. I lift my head and all sorts of things start happening. If it's urgent, let him in."
  147. [13:39] <Cherem> And the guard turns back, "Alright, you're in... Sir. Ma'am, I request you keep your bearings around Heiwa-dono."
  148. [13:40] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie nods and pretends to try to stand up straighter.
  149. [13:40] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko is using all of her might not to face palm. Why where they everywhere? "Ah, we don't plan to take up much of your time, Heiwa-san."
  150. [13:40] <Ian_Goodwill> "She'll behave, right?" He swings his arm around her shoulders as she steps into the room. "Oh, I see you already had visitors, Heiwa-san."
  151. [13:42] <Jamie_Knapp> "I'll be good." She says giving Ian a toothy grin. She barely glances in Junko's direction.
  152. [13:44] <Cherem> Heiwa nods a little, "I see. Well, it was a quiet night as many others. I welcome you. Yama-san, the door." And he sits back down, beckoning to the other chairs, shamisen in his lap. "Two members of competing crime syndicates, and a freelance agent from the United States," Heiwa comments, plucking at a string.
  153. [13:45] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko takes a seat, eyeballing Ian and Jamie with some clear annoyance.
  154. [13:46] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie straightens as the door is closed. "Funny how often things like this happen in my line of business."
  155. [13:46] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then seats down, letting go of Jamie, not even aknowledging the presence of Junko so far. "I believe we're all here for the same reason, though: you went silent in an awkward moment. It's Christmas soon, and if the elves don't work, some kids will be missing gifts under their trees."
  156. [13:47] <Cherem> "A tea stalk stood in my tea today, I think," Heiwa muses, looking up and smiling a little, "Ah yes, my weapons. Well, the thing is... I'm not comfortable with the orders."
  157. [13:48] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian raises an eyebrow, suspicious. "Who's to say it was your job being comfortable with them?"
  158. [13:48] <Jamie_Knapp> "The thing to do in that situation, Heiwa." Jamie starts, sitting down. "Would not be to disappear, regardless."
  159. [13:48] <Tsuboki_Junko> "Can't say as I blame him."
  160. [13:48] <Cherem> "You must forgive me," Heiwa sips his tea, "When my orders for, say, handguns, assault rifles, trifling weapons, start suddenly being replaced by weapons grade, military-grade explosives... Things take a different tone."
  161. [13:50] <Jamie_Knapp> "Yes, the explosives. That part grabbed my interest as well. Do you susspect a war is brewing?"
  162. [13:51] <Ian_Goodwill> "I've never asked for any explosives." Ian frowns and nudges Junko slightly. "Do the Tsubokis have anything to do with this?"
  163. [13:51] <Cherem> " 'War' may be putting it lightly. I am sorry to air out the laundry here, but, when my ships start taking on additional guards that I don't hire, and the weapons take a decidely 'hard-military' turn, I have reason to worry."
  164. [13:52] <Tsuboki_Junko> "The Kaneshima Family? Maybe. My mother and Shizuka's...there are hit teams watching them while we do this...job."
  165. [13:52] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie pauses, thinking. "Hmm."
  166. [13:53] <Ian_Goodwill> "Troublesome." He crosses his arms, glad that he asked some extra muscle to keep an eye on his apartment from a safe distance while he wasn't present."Where do these shipments go, Heiwa? Who did you tell?"
  167. [13:54] <Cherem> Heiwa plucks at a few strings, "I am fine to continue business as usual, but this kind of thing..." He frowns, "They are delivered to... You know full well I cannot tell you, Goodwill. That would muddy the waters for the Kaneshima."
  168. [13:55] <Cherem> The sound from outside is completely dead, deafened enough by the walls, but somehow it's as quiet as the darkest, deepest abyss between every word.
  169. [13:55] <Tsuboki_Junko> "I only have to see to it you reaffirm your loyalties to the Kaneshima, or at the very least convince them you aren't going to the feds."
  170. [13:56] <Ian_Goodwill> "If you are going to become a liability, Heiwa, then you know what risks happening, Kanashima or not." He insistantly taps his finger into his table.
  171. [13:57] <Cherem> "Federal?" Heiwa looks blatantly offended.
  172. [13:58] <Tsuboki_Junko> "That's the concern of my father's superiors."
  173. [13:59] <Cherem> "Tch." Heiwa scowls, "Fair enough. I have no plans on going federal with my information, or putting my business underground. However, I am concerned about the shipments, and-" There it is, a sharp, yet muted crack. Followed by several more.
  174. [13:59] <Cherem> His finger lingers, plucking a string idly, "... Were you followed?"
  175. [14:00] <Tsuboki_Junko> Junko grumbles. "Someone must have been."
  176. [14:01] <Cherem> Heiwa stands, adjusting his suit, "I suppose tradition is not worth violating my own safety. Whoever this is..."
  177. [14:01] <Ian_Goodwill> "We'll be just a moment." Ian reaches into his coat as takes out some kind of blade, surprisingly. "No fuss, no mess."
  178. [14:01] <Jamie_Knapp> "My guy will be on them soon enough."
  179. [14:03] <Cherem> Outside, Dragoon gets a front row seat to what's happening. One moment, everything is fine, the next, several men come walking through the door, bearing bats, chains, and dressed in leathers and bright flashy clothing.
  180. [14:04] <Cherem> The leader is carrying a long steel pole with one end wrapped in duct tape, the other hand resting on a pistol on his hip. When people notice him, they almost immediatelly draw back: the music stops, and the man nxt to him, a hulking brute of a fellow, roars, "Everybody, you get the fuck out right now!"
  181. [14:04] <Cherem> People stop, people stare, until the leader draws his gun and fires one shot, two into the ceiling, and then people drop down, covering their heads, their faces, each other.
  182. [14:05] <The_Espada_> Dragoon materializes a gun and fires back.
  183. [14:05] <Cherem> The worst kind of hoodlums, it seems, and it looks like Heiwa's men are noticing, hands going to their own guns.
  184. [14:12] <Cherem> The first group of gangsters see them going for it, and let out a hail of rapid gunfire: Heiwa had four men with him, now he has one, two including his silent drinking companion.
  185. [14:12] <Cherem> The other group notice Dragoon not dropping to the floor and rush him.
  186. [14:13] <Cherem> Heiwa's guard stumbles back, only avoiding being shot by falling into the room with Heiwa and the others, "Shit, sir, they've got guns, and they took us all out!"
  187. [14:14] <Cherem> Heiwa doesn't seem to panic, his mechanical hand clenching into a fist.
  188. [14:26] <Cherem> The men running at Dragoon take a few bullets, three of them collapsing to the floor, but the last is bringing back the bat like he's actually going to try.
  189. [14:27] <Ian_Goodwill> Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, the man in a suit appears in the middle of the room. "I think your presence here is not appreciated."
  190. [14:29] <Cherem> The leader blinks, 'Who the hell-" He reaches for his gun.
  191. [14:30] * Tsuboki_Junko (~IceChat77@Rizon-72499018.lightspeed.bcvloh.sbcglobal.net) Quit ( Quit: The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese )
  192. [14:31] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian quickly identifies the later, and makes a rush for him. "Let's do this!" Blade in hand, he rushes at him fullspeed as he throws a savage swing.
  193. [14:36] <Ian_Goodwill> You know that scene in movies where two samurais clash into each others, with the two of them standing idle until one collapses? The gang leader barely has the time to register what has happened, his body sliced in half, the top half falling backwards while his legs drop onto the floor. "Uh, so much for no mess."
  194. [14:38] <Ian_Goodwill> Then come all the lackeys that surrounded him, sliced across the torso, or in half front the head to the groin. Gorey.
  195. [14:40] <Cherem> The people in the club will definetly need therapy after that. The last group looks terrified, but they're still holding their guns.
  196. [14:40] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian gives them a defiant look, raising his arms at them expectingly. "A piece of me, lads?"
  197. [14:45] <Cherem> Indeed they try, switching from Heiwa's guard to firing at Ian, peppering the back wall with bullets, some shots coming way too close for comfort
  198. [14:47] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian pulls out a summerfsault, nearly losing his footing as he is standing in a massive pool of blood. He's drenched from head to toe, a horrific sight really. Landing up straight, he aims his blade at them. "Run."
  199. [14:50] <Jamie_Knapp> Jamie doesn't give them the chance to run, spraying bullets at the last group. "Take the last one for questioning."
  200. [14:52] <Cherem> As the last one is about to swing at Dragoon, Heiwa's guard leans out and- Pap! The man goes down, clutching his leg in pain.
  201. [14:53] <Ian_Goodwill> Ian then sheathes his sword without a glance, realizing just how bathed in blood he is. "Ew. Ew ew ew."
  202. [14:53] <Cherem> And then people start pouring out, screaming, shouting, giving the combatants a wide bearth.
  203. [14:53] <Ian_Goodwill> He then releases a warding - this one not to knock people down, but to get the people to gently and calmly leave.
  204. [14:54] <Cherem> And... the warding does do some effect, certainly sedating a wide amount of people into calming down.
  205. [14:54] <Cherem> Heiwa finally steps out, examining the mess, "What sort of madness happened on my doorstep..."
  206. [14:55] <Kirishima_Shizuka> "Ian-chan... kawaii!"
  207. [14:57] <Cherem> The man is holding his leg, cursing in pain, until the warding hits him. And then... He lays back, "Ah... that... stings."
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