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Post by Kabu » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:37 pm

It was a nice, if not overly warm, day and Harumi was for once away from the farm, currently on her way towards the nearby town, a basket full of crops hanging from each arm. As her father and brothers happened to be out hunting for food as well as furs and such to possibly sell, she had been given the duty of taking their goods to market. Of course, she had been more than happy to take on the task, though she was a bit worried that a lack of business experience could prove troublesome when dealing with full fledged merchants.

Regardless, she was going to work hard and do her damnedest to make sure that she came home with as much of a profit as possible. Plus she hadn't been to town by herself in a while and it would serve as a learning experience as well, so those worries didn't do much to dampen her enthusiasm. With that said however, what actually did slightly bother her was that she had heard that thieves and bandits had been frequenting the area and while she did have some knowledge of how to swing a weapon around to scare off an opponent, she didn't particularly know how to fight.

Well.. it seemed peaceful at the moment and the town wasn't far so, hopefully she wouldn't come across any threats, or if she did, she hoped that she would at least be able to shake them off her trail and do her job and get home safely.

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Re: Off to Market

Post by Diatenshi » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:57 pm

In a small grove of trees that was bisected by the road Toshi was snoozing away peacefully high up in a tree. He'd been traveling for quiet sometime and had little to eat over the pass few days. Tired and slightly weakened from hunger he'd been taking frequent naps to conserve his strength as rationed the little food he had. The sun was shining but there was a nice gentle breeze that had kept the temperature cool. It was the kind of weather that seemed perfect for napping. As such he had decided to take a moment to rest. Climbing towards the top of the trees to avoid being sighted by bandits as he slept, he'd pulled his bag up on a branch and hid it from below with leaves before tucking himself away on a somewhat comfortable limb.

While he was sleeping Toshi dreamed of food, a simple feast of raw vegetables and wild game that had been cooked over a n open flame. Even the simplest of meals made him his mouth water at the moment and drool leaked from his mouth. He wasn't much of a forager and had had a rather nasty experience eating toxic vegetation that still haunted him to this day. So in an effort to avoid a repeat of his previous misfortune, he would acquire a majority of his food either by hunting or trading pelts and the like with travellers for food. Sadly the game in the area seemed to know to stay away from the roads and with nothing to hunt he had no meat and no furs to trade for food. No the only thing that seemed to be common along this road seemed to be bandits that survived by attacking travelers and merchants.

Coincidentally, a small group of three armed men was currently hiding in the grove below, completely unaware of the young fighter above having moved in after he'd hidden himself away for his nap. They'd been waiting for about an hour in the bushes at the base of the trees waiting for an appropriate target. The leader silently signalled the other two men as an easy mark approached their position. It was a lone woman carrying a large bundle. Whether it was the woman herself or the potential goods she was carrying both were more than enough reason to attack. The leader thought it was a godsend. It'd been at least a month since he'd last been with a woman as they hadn't been making enough for him to afford the local brothels. A lone woman without any companions seemed an easy mark not to mention her bundle coulld be filled with some kind of good or merchandise that he could sell. He thought it was a good send.

Once the women passed his two comrades the leader jumped out on the road blocking her path forward as the others blocked her path from behind smirking with I'll intentions.

"Well well well what do we have here? A young lady all alone? This simply won't do at all. Who knows what sort of miscreant might try to impose on you. Let me and my friends keep you company well keep you safe."

The leader spoke mockingly anticipation gnawing at him as he teased the woman. His friends laughed behind her their obnoxious noise awaking the young fighter up in the trees. Seeing the situation he'd quietly get closer and observe the situation to see if the young woman needed help.
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Re: Off to Market

Post by Kabu » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:56 am

The village still seemed to be a bit of a ways off but luckily thus far the weather had been very nice and trip itself had been peaceful, though perhaps a bit too quiet,. She hadn't seen any other travelers, and even the few animals that should have been wandering by were nowhere to be seen. It was unnerving to say the least, though perhaps expected given the recent reports of bandits. Luckily she hadn't yet run across any trouble, though it seemed that that was soon to change as she was approached by a strange group of dangerous looking men, whom were very clearly menacing and even more clearly had very poor intentions, that much being clear with the way they spoke and even the way that they had approached her. "W..who are ya? Ah can do just fine by mahself." she stuttered out as a nervous accent seemed to accompany her clearly panicked tone, her eyes darting around as she looked for a chance, any chance to escape. Bandits or not, these men were giving off a very dangerous vibe and she didn't dare run without a clear means of escape, as she knew she couldn't really fight back in her current state, even if she did know how to actually fight.

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Post by Diatenshi » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:36 am

The leader of the bandits shook his head he wasn't about to take no for an answer.just as he reached forward to grab the girl a large crashing noise would startle him causing him to pull his arm back. Not too far from where he was originally hiding a large hiking pack had fallen, crashing through the trees above.

The bandit leader would pull out a short knife getting nervous when all of a sudden a scream would come out from behind him. He'd spin around only to see that one of his men had vanished. He wasn't quite sure what was going on but he was definitely starting to worry. He'd grab the girl and hold the knife to her throat planning to use her as a hostage. When he called out his friends name and got no response, he'd send the other guy into the brush to look for him.

A few moments later a loud thump could be heard. The second underling would come flying through the air only to smash into a tree. Regardless of whether or not the man was dead or not the bandit leader didn't care. He was in over his head. He'd shove the lady forward then take off running dropping his knife in the process. After he took off Toshi would walk into the clearing picking up the bandit leaders knife. He'd smile at the young girl as if to say watch this and then he'd throw the knife towards the bandit leader. The knife would lodge itself in the man's neck and he'd fall over never to get back up.

After taking care of the trash Toshi would grab his pack and pull out a pot. He'd start boiling some water and throw in some rations he'd been storing. "A pretty girl like you should be more careful on the road. You won't always find a nice guy to help you out. Take care now and try to stay away from bandits if you can." Smiling he'd continue to make his meal. It wasn't extravagant as he'd never been taught to cook but it was good enough to eat and live on.
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Post by Kabu » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:43 pm

Frankly, Harumi was terrified of her current situation. Even if she had known how to fight she had no doubt that she would be speechless and rooted to the spot in fear. It was to her momentary relief that a loud crashing sound echoed from above and seemed to distract the bandit chief. She wasn't sure what was going on but it was definitely an opportunity to escape and so she turned to begin dashing away, only to be grabbed, whimpering in fear as a knife was held against her throat. Some small part of her wanted to try and bite, or maybe kick him in the groin but the more frightened and sensible part of her knew that even attempting to struggle would only be sure to get her killed, though even through all this she still managed to keep ahold of her basket.

Luckily a potential rescuer seemed to be coming as a member of the bandit crew came flying out of the bushes, the bandit leader pushing her away from him and running for his life at that moment.

It was only a moment later that her would be rescuer emerged from the bushes and into the clearing, Harumi simply blinking as she watched him take down the bandit leader with his own knife and then proceed to start cooking as if nothing had ever happened. It was all very strange and while she wanted to get to town quickly, she knew that she at least had to express her gratitude.

"Ah, thank ya fer that. wouldn't have made it out of that by myself. Now, I need to get to town to make some deliveries so I must be going." she said with a bow, turning around as she prepared to leave, some part of her wanting to see if he would come with her for protection but no, she couldn't burden him further. Or could she? It was probably best not to but she couldn't help but wonder.

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Post by Diatenshi » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:52 am

The girl's semi awkward response and hesitation in leaving was cute and understandable. Toshi would've been rather stunned if she could act as casual about what just happened as he did. Thought the fact she hadn't pissed herself was also commendable. He paused and looked at her as he stirred his pot as he made up his mind.

"You seem like you're still nervous. If you wait for me to eat, I'm heading in the same direction. Besides it's been quite sometime since I last had someone to talk to."

With that said he'd return to his pot to ensure his food didn't burn. A somewhat bland and unpleasant smell would rise from the pot as the wild roots had a earthy smell that didn't necessarily mix well. Impatient, and not in the mood to wait for his food to cool he'd pour a bit of water into the pan, a small burst of steam rising up. Taking out his chop sticks he'd begin to quickly eat his eyes constantly scanning his surroundings.
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Post by Kabu » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:57 pm

Frankly some part of Harumi was still terrified that there may be more, or that she may have been outright tricked by someone pretending to sabe her life, but the more reasonable part of her knew that that was crazy to even think. If he wanted to kidnap her he would have done so already, having already had a very good chance to do so. And so she had decided that for now at least it was in her best interest to trust him, especially as she was too terrified to even really move out of this spot by herself.

"That would be nice. I don't really feel safe going by myself but I really need to get these crops to market for ma and pa." she responded to Toshi's offer with a smile, only for it to turn to a frown at the smell rising from the pot. It was not only unpleasant but very clearly unhealthy. Did he really eat this sort of junk every day? She would have to do something about that.. but as for what, she wasn't sure. There would be plenty of time to figure that out after she got to know him a bit better and could get an idea of his tastes. Of course she had a feeling that he would eat just any slop but that wasn't good enough. The man who saved her life, and possibly even more than just that, definitely deserved much better than whatever inedible slop he was currently forcing himself to eat.

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Post by Diatenshi » Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:01 pm

The small pot of food would rapidly vanish, Toshi eating all the food then rapidly cleaning the pot. He'd take a few moments to pack up before put his pack on his back, his open vest moving and exposing his torso, giving the girl a good view of his numerous scars and well toned muscles. He'd shrugs his shoulders a few tests to see the his pack before fixing his vest.

"So ready to go? We still got about a quarter of a day of travel ahead of us. Best not delay if we wanna get there before your goods spoil." With that said he would smile and turn to walk down the road. He'd walk a steady pace staying close to the girl to give her comfort.
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