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Post by Amy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:48 pm

Walking without a purpose was something that had taken a few months to get used to. When her travels had started Tsubaki made sure that she was always on a path or a road or following something in a distinct direction, anxious to not leave any stone unturned. Terrified that if she strayed she would never find her way back. The longer she wandered though the more she realized that she didn’t have anywhere to find her way back to. What was the worst thing that could happen? She would get turned around and be back in a town or a village that she had already been in? That could be seen as a waste of time except that she didn’t know what she was looking for so what did it even matter.

She was following a stream now, toes kicking the dirt as she walked, an unshakeable exhaustion settled over her being. The desire to lift her face to the sun, to let the sounds of nature calm her anxieties weighed heavy on her heart, her eyes never lifting from the ground. The reality was setting in that it wasn’t a question of if she would give up and settle down somewhere but that it was a matter of when. She couldn’t keep pretending like there was no time limit to searching for the shadow of a fleeting feeling that there was something out there that she was missing. Maybe even someone that was missing her.

For now, Tsubaki let that be something she figured out another day. For the time being she wanted to bathe and wash her clothes and maybe get a good nights sleep so she was betting on the stream ending in some sort of body of water. She had passed other, better, more accessible places but those all held the promise of other travelers stopping by and that didn’t lend itself to the “good nights sleep” part of her plan. Or any of the rest of it really. She had always been relatively distrustful of others but it had only gotten worse now. She avoided human interaction as much as possible save for when she was working. It was always easier if she providing care.

Right about the time the stream started widening and Tsubaki’s hope started growing, an odd sound started to reach her ears. Her first thought was the sound that a rabbit made when it was on the verge of being killed but this sound warbled and changed too much to be a rabbit. A larger animal was possible but...Tsubaki somehow knew that that wasn’t right either. A feeling of dread crept around the edges of her heart, urging her to turn back but the curiosity had set in and she continued to move forward, sinking lower to the ground as the brush started to clear around the pond. Hiding behind a tree, Tsubaki peeked out and about fell over in an uncomfortable mixture of confusion and shock.

Of all the things that could have been making that noise a grown ass man was not one of them. Almost anything else would have been less surprising. Shaking her head quickly to herself, Tsubaki turned and began walking quickly away from the pond. Not today, today was not the day to deal with…that. Why was he making that noise and...writhing...WHY was he doing any of that? He was probably just some sort of...pervert or, something. That, or he was dying. Foot poised in the air, Tsubaki stopped as that thought came to mind. Taking a deep breath, foot still hanging in the air, Tsubaki started a great battle with herself.

IF she left, and walked away now, she could just pretend that he wasn’t dying and that he was just a pervert and she saved herself from a very uncomfortable interaction and possible harm. Of course if he was a pervert that also meant that she was leaving him there for some other poor soul to stumble upon and possibly a poor soul who was less capable of defending themselves. And if he was in fact lying there sick, hurt, or dying, she was a terrible person for leaving him. Groaning loudly to herself, Tsubaki spun on her planted foot and stormed off back towards the pond, unsnapping her weapons pouch. If he was a pervert there would be no mercy today.

Her plan worked really well until she was about fifteen feet from the pond and found herself spinning away again. Really, if one stranger died would it really be that big of a deal she thought to herself before spinning around again when her own answer to herself was that yes, it would be bad if she let a stranger die. But...how bad? That would take some contemplating, she decided as she continued to walk back and forth.
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Post by Toshi » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:55 am

"OooooOOooohhhhhhhh..."

















"Hnnnnngh... Pffffbbrrrrpppptttttt..."
















"GARF. UGHUUUU. Keepittogetherkeepittogether..."















"Oooooohhhh the pain. Lord I'm a-comin' on home! Your baby boy's ready!"













"Hey fishy fishy fishy shishy shishypooopoo- FLRRRBTTTRRTTLLLGGGRHLLL-" The man was interrupted as he collapsed into the pond. Slowly he began drifting away from the shore, laying face down and gurgling as his aimless shape was carried off by the water.
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Post by Amy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:44 pm

After working up enough heart, Tsubaki finally headed for the pond, determined to make sure this man wouldn’t die alone and suffering. She wanted to walk forcefully there, with a purpose, so that she would look authoritative and confident when he saw her for the first time. But instead she found herself walking deliberately behind any large batch of foliage or trees that she could find. Afterall, she didn’t want him to see her too soon or she might not be able to go through with it. When she finally reached the clearing she peeked out at the area he had been in before only to find the spot empty. And that was also when she realized it had gotten...quiet.

Stepping out from the tree now, it didn’t take long for Tsubaki to notice the body floating in the water. The first thought that came to mind was that her problem had taken care of itself but she quickly shook those away. Walking, slightly more hurried now, to the edge of the pond, Tsubaki called out softly.

"Uh...are you okay?" When there was no movement Tsubaki took in a sharp breath. What if he was already dead? She really didn’t want to drag a dead body out of the water. But if he wasn’t dead she also didn’t want to just...be there while he died. That wasn’t a good look not that anyone would know. Looking around, trying to figure out what to do, Tsubaki noticed a relatively long stick lying on the ground, crudely carved but it should be effective for this.

She waded out until she could poke the man’s abdomen with the stick. If he was dead well, he would probably just...float away. But maybe he he was alive he would...do something.

This was not how she expected her bath to start.
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Post by Toshi » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:09 pm

Still laying face down and floating inconstantly on the water's surface , a congregation of bubbles gurgling up on either side of his submerged face, the man seemed ignorant of the woman's cautious approach. Even as the passerby called out to the vagabond he remained stalwart in his commitment to apathetically drifting across the pond like an errant log. It wasn't until the woman snatched up a carved stick from the bank, waded into the water and poked the floating man that he twitched, obviously annoyed at someone interrupting his very important endeavor.

With a surprising abruptness the man flipped over, spraying pond water from his mouth with no small amount of exasperation. The black haired man was still floating on his back as he stared up at the woman, clumsily grasping at an outraged expression.

"Hey! Leggo my fishering stick!" he said, pointing an accusatory finger at the pitifully carved pole in her hand. He waggled a finger and shook his head while adding, "Noooo touchy. Very rude."

The man's pale skin was flush across the nose and cheeks in a less than healthy hue. At first glance the discoloration could have been confused with the flushed face of a drunkard, or someone on the awkward side of a flattering complement. However, any medic worth half her weight in salt would be able to deduce that the man was suffering from an acute case of poisoning. The unfocused stare, the dark bags under the man's eyes, the sickly pale skin. The symptoms were out in force and weren't bothering with subtlety as they wracked the black haired man's body.

Losing strength by the minute, the vagabond's hand flopped limply back into the water with a sad splash. "Mmmmmmmm..." the man moaned, his eyes flitting open and closed as he struggled to stay awake. "I've got the tumbly grumblies, lady."
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Post by Amy » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:23 am

Tsubaki let out a shriek before falling backwards on the water, barely having time to spread out a layer of chakra between her and the water. She pulled herself two body length back before pulling her feet up underneath her. Her hands spread out in front of her while she stayed crouched down, the stick now lying by her side. A glare settled on her face as he tried to lecture his, his expression passing between constipated and mildly annoyed. She heard what he was saying, listened to his every word really closely in reality in case there were any warning signs. He was flushed but also pallid. His chest was heaving, and he certainly wasn’t in his right mind. Afterall, he thought that the stick she picked up was a fishing pole.

Clearly he was delusional.

But he also clearly needed help. And now that she was there there was no way she could leave. As his hand slipped back into the water she lessened her chakra and let her legs slip back into the water until she was standing upright. She had decided that he was harmless. Even if he had bad intentions he was clearly too messed up to do anything about it. She wasn’t crazy confident usually but in this case she was sure she could get away if necessary. He looked like he was going to pass out at any second.

She grabbed his hand and pulled him towards the shore.

"Don’t worry, I’ll take care of your tumbly grumblies. I’ll also fix your fishing rod."

It was really a really pathetic fishing pole.

After she dragged him back to the shore she would start off by making a fire. If he was sick he would need to keep warm, no matter how he felt. His body temperature was definitely high so he might be uncomfortable but she didn’t really care. Even if he felt hot, he needed it. She was committed now.

"Ey, mister, what did you eat before you got sick?"

She knew a few different natural remedies but not for every region and if she didn’t know what he ate then she definitely couldn’t help him.
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Post by Toshi » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:51 pm

"Wheeeeeee..." the man said weakly as the woman dragged him back to the shore, a lazy grin plastered on his anemic face. He giggled through the woman's question about what he'd eaten, clearly amused by the free ride across the water's surface. Laying motionless on the pond's pebbly beach, staring up at the darkening sky, the vagabond's expression suddenly grew serious as he put a tremendous amount of thought into what she'd asked.

The man raised a finger in realization before hopping to his feet, swaying and simply stating, "Muh-shrooms."

With that the stranger bolted off, his arms flopping unceremoniously in the wind. He came to a skidding halt near the treeline and bent down to pick something off of the forest's floor. In mere moments the man returned to the woman's side, holding a few bright blue speckled mushrooms. He raised them to her face proudly, as if revealing some wondrous treasure.

"Fishes being difficult," the man explained, one eyelid drooping. "Tried to eat but they said, 'Nah, man. Not gonna be ate.' I said okay then, fair enough, fishies."

Then the vagabond jostled the mushrooms in his open palm. "Find these guys, fun-guys. Waaaay easier to catch. Put them in my tum-tum."

Losing focus for a moment, the stranger grabbed one of the mushrooms in his other hand and slowly raised it to his mouth with a satisfied look.
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Post by Amy » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:52 pm

"No! No, no, dammit! " She had turned around for one second to figure out what supplies they had combined and he was running off. He was practically dying and he somehow had the energy to hop up and run!? She hadn’t even decided if she was going to follow him or not by the time he was back in front looking very much worse for the wear. And she understood why when he held up the mushrooms for her to see. Of course, he had chosen one of the most toxic mushrooms that grew on the whole fucking continent.

"STOP!" Tsubaki shouted but her hand was already wrapped around his wrist before the word had even escaped her mouth. Shinobi reflexes were useful in situations like these. She scooped all of the mushrooms out of the man’s hands and stuffed them in her pockets. They were going to be necessary for the antidote. Staring as directly at the man as she could manage as he sort of swayed back and forth she jabbed at the ground.

"Sit. Down. And just…Stay. I have to go get some other ingredients and if you keep moving around you will die. So just stay here. "

Tsubaki didn’t trust him at all. None. Less than none. Shaking her head, Tsubaki moved her hands in a set of seals, figuring it wouldn’t take much to keep him in place or at least distract him. Within moments a clone of Tsubaki splashed up next to her and she pointed at the man one last time though she didn’t say anything. But her expression clearly warned him not to leave. At the very least if her clone disappeared she would know to hurry back.

It was a fairly short list of ingredients that she needed, luckily, but they weren’t all going to be found in that direct area. If anyone got close enough to hear Tsubaki mumbling to herself they would likely be confused as she went on and on about how could someone not know that bright things in nature were usually toxic and inedible. What kind of person thought that you could take a stick, a thick stick and just put it in the water and hope that a fish bit it! It was mind boggling and Tsubaki couldn’t get over it.

By the time she was walking back into the clearing she had a new attitude. A good attitude. She had talked out a lot of her frustrations and was ready to get this stranger back on two solid legs.
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Post by Toshi » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:25 pm

Looking rather sheepish, the black haired man could only watch as the woman confiscated his mushrooms, slipped them into her own pockets, and promptly instructed him to sit down and wait for her to come back. The man watched, slack jawed and unfocused, as she rounded off a string of hand seals before shaping the nearby pond's water into an identical replica of herself. If the stranger was impressed by this feat of chakra control he didn't show it.

Whether it be that his capacity for articulating excitement and wonder was somewhat hampered for the moment or if he'd seen the trick before is up for anyone's speculation.

"I'll be good," the man said, resigning himself to being babysat by a made up water person. With an old man groan the vagabond plopped himself onto the pebbly beach and sat like a pouting child. "I didn't want those mushrooms anyway, they're dumb."

And so the man sat in silence as he watched the responsible woman disappear into the woods on a hunt for ingredients that would "fix him." Typical. He was out in the middle of nowhere and he still managed to find some lady who criticized every little thing he did. Yeah, sure, so eating some mysterious fungi off the ground might kill him. So what? He was a big boy, he could eat stuff off the ground if he wanted.

All of these thoughts and more ran through the black haired man's head as he waited for the woman to return. Eventually his gaze fell onto the Suiton clone, which was glaring back at him with more discontent that he thought possible for water.

"Water you looking at?" the man asked, maniacally cackling at his own joke.
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Post by Amy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:55 pm

Tsubaki didn’t hear what the man was saying to her clone but she figured it wasn’t very important seeing as he started laughing after. Probably just telling dumb jokes like men enjoy doing. Before squatting on her heels next to the man she stopped by the pond she had stopped to fill her bowl with water. After pouring a little bit into a concave stone that she had picked up in the woods she set the bowl next to the man along with an apple like fruit.

"You need to eat and drink before you take the medicine. If you don’t you’ll just vomit it back up."

It wasn’t very many ingredients to neutralize the poison the man had ingested when he ate the mushroom. A few herbs and roots and a specific type of bitter berry and of course, another bit of the mushrooms themselves. She had always found it odd that you usually needed the thing that made you sick to make yourself better. The ingredients that she needed went into the concave rock along with the bit of water and with a fist sized stone Tsubaki began grinding it all down. She didn’t smash it instead keeping the two stones together only lifting up enough to catch more bits and pieces underneath. Slowly, a paste started forming.

The silence may not have actually been awkward but it felt that way to Tsubaki as she criticized herself silently. Telling herself that she should sit and look more comfortable but if she sat it would be that much harder to get away if necessary. It was silly, of course, to think that those milliseconds would matter but in her head they absolutely would and she couldn’t bring herself to compromise. Instead, she decided that the least she could do was offer her name.

"I’m Tsubaki, by the way. Don’t worry, I have done this before."

Even as she spoke, her eyes stayed dutifully fixed on her task at hand. Finding comfort in the repetitiveness of the action.
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Post by Toshi » Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:55 am

Not long after he told a dumb joke that men enjoy doing, the vagabond's mushroom-addled stare turned to the woman emerging from the treeline. The man watched her quietly, if not intentively, as she scooped a makeshift bowl full of crisp, clear pond water before crouching down next to him. Obediently, he took the bowl in his hands and drank. Several long, content gulps later and the stone bowl was empty.

While the woman methodically added a few ingredients in her mortar, mechanically grinding them down into a surprisingly tasty looking paste, the dark haired man grabbed the fruit she'd foraged. With an absent minded stare the vagabond began eating, quietly enamored with the fruit's subtly sweet flesh and smooth skin. It would be several long minutes before the almost tranquil silence hanging around the pair was broken.

The man blinked a few times as she spoke, surprised by her reassuring tone. "Tousha. Charmed." the man said simply, swallowing down a mouthful of food.

After a moment of consideration he added, "It's my first time. Breakfast doesn't usually try to kill me."
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Post by Amy » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:14 pm

Despite all attempts to remain stoic Tsubaki couldn’t help the corner of her mouth creeping up in a smirk. It would take more appendages than she had to count the number of poisoned patients she had treated but none had had quite the humor that this man had. Or the resistance. He should most certainly have been incapacitated by the toxin long ago. She was curious but couldn’t find a good way to ask him why he wasn’t dead yet.

"Well, Tousha, " Tsubaki said as she continued to grind down the paste adding bits and pieces as she went. "There’s a first time for everything."

Finally, she sat back on her heels and though her head picked up her eyes stayed noticeably downward trailing. Giving the illusion that she was looking at him without actually risking meeting his eyes. She used the rock to drag the paste to the center, passing it towards the man.

"Eat it slowly. If you start to feel worse, stop eating it and I’ll get you some more water."

Rubbing the the back of her hand against her forehead, Tsubaki debated telling him the effects of the antidote. It seemed a hit or miss how he would react. It’s not like he would feel worse than he did now, just...different. The shakes and cold sweats and probably a bad fever. It would likely only last the night though and she would be there to care for him the whole time. Eventually, she landed on the decision that telling him before he took the medicine would be pointless. He would figure it out soon enough after ingesting it.

Dragging her hand down so she could prop her chin up in it, Tsubaki watched him carefully to make sure he didn’t have another episode and try to avoid eating the medicine. Even if he seemed more fine than he should have he would eventually run out of time.
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Post by Toshi » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:47 pm

"Thank," the dark haired man said simply, the challenge of articulation far to great too overcome. So instead of using the words he knew to convey normal appreciation the vagabond took the stone bowl carefully into his hands and nodded decisively, as if dedicating himself to completing an intricate task to the best of his ability. He made a motion to scoop all of the paste into his hand and force it into his face all at once but Tsubaki's warning caught him mid-stuffing.

The man made an 'oooooo' kind of sound, childlike and curious. He carefully pulled away a small portion of the healing forest goop and popped it into his mouth. Tousha chewed with an air of contemplation once, twice, and then his face screwed up into a mask of disappointment and betrayal.

"Ugggghhhnnn," the man groaned, still chewing at the concoction but not at all thrilled about it. "Uckkkllllkfnnnr-NRRRGHHHHHHH."

Several painstaking chews later the man swallowed the first of the antidote with a mighty effort. He groaned in a characteristically inarticulate manner and flapped his free hand around, shuddering from head to toe.

"Maybe... No thank," he mumbled, poking at the rest of the paste in the bowl with his finger, as if to test it. For science reasons.
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