Stage 189: On Children, Love, Affairs, and Other (Dangerous/Fun) Things.Reiha, who isn't entirely stupid, may be a little dense about certain things. Specifically about her Empress and Chisato. Now, you're fairly certain nothing has actually happened yet, but you can't be positive; your ability to detect innocence really fails hardcore around Yakuza and nogitsune-children. Go figure.The three largest problems with this are:One: the fact that should Reiha decide to take Chisato out of the picture, Chisato is pretty much done for. You're also quite certain Reiha would be next. Peta, for all her cuteness and childish behavior, rules a clan of Nogitsune-born, who are among the least tractable and most rebellious youkai born. Not quite as bad as cats, but far more likely to kill and much better at hiding their true faces and desires. This results in a double loss, and a great deal of suffering to spread around.Two: Reiha has chosen to reveal this to you, after not only sharing sake, but also having shared sake with Chisato. Needless to say, they're effectively sisters, and you're their aunt. That means you are responsible for punish one should the other cause harm. If Reiha simply tries to warn Chisato off, that will end badly also, because Chisato is capable of being sneaky, underhanded, and waging a shadow war against Reiha that would eventually end in disaster for one or both. Cue issue number one. You doubt Peta-chan would have as much of an issue with Reiha's death, which isn't very likely but is possible if Chisato was underhanded enough....but you'd have to redress that instead, and there's not much wiggle room there.Three: Chisato and Peta are genuinely happy together. Even if Chisato never makes a move (not likely, even discounting the fact that nogitsune-children are often just as twisted and perverse and stubborn as their forebears, and you doubt Peta minds), she dotes on Peta, and you can see love growing there even if the others can't. Or, in this case, don't want to. Peta, for all that she looks like a child, isn't one. She's at least a hundred, easily more. She might look like a child, but to assume she has only a child's desires and needs would be foolish; no one accidentally rules over a pack of nogitsune-children as large as hers, and she wouldn't do it unless she had both reason and wherewithal. That she accepts Chisato's affections isn't an act. She doesn't need to 'act' like anything.
>>2489860Reiha, her tail twitching nervously even curled along her calf and thigh and tucked low as it is, fingers the buttons on her straining jacket, looking at the floor through her glasses. They're not an affectation; she is badly farsighted. That doesn't mean she's any less powerful or dangerous. You also doubt that she would allow you to use Water eyes on her unannounced or unasked. Youkai-born are tricky to use that ability on, unless they're deliberately using abilities they have to maintain concentration on, such as Ryuu Shinju's disguise. Still, her thoughts are so clearly written on her face even a Stone dragonette would get it (Akari-chan doesn't count).You take a deep, calming breath. You're not trained for diplomacy; what you have comes naturally, but this is touchy no matter how you slice it. You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS.... Aren't you being presumptuous about your Empress' desires, Reiha-san? You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours. Are you jealous, Reiha? Because if you are, we need to talk to them now, before this gets worse. How old is your Empress? Because I recall that her physical age wouldn't be a detriment to marriage....gender of her consort aside, of course.
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressAskFM: https://ask.fm/XSQuestmistress - For any and all quest or story related questions.Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2452247/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Kissing! http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/574453/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for tag: Ryukuza on SuptgMegaupload of the RTF document of Ryukusa Quest (links to archive included): https://mega.nz/#!d2xySaAJ!jUydCgDx6Q68PH6u4L_qFR03IhSGrAxak_m0PBorN5oBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGx>Ryukusa's TreasuresHer name: Ryuu Yorihokura Rie, the God's Eye Nekomata that protects your Family.Matagama-no-Shitoki, a necklace kami in its own right that protects Ryukusa from inimical magic.Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume – Ryukusa's mukade possessed wakizashi; a kami. “Daughter of my Centipede of Rain.” Currently held by Yuuhi.Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki - Invincible Weapon of the Present Age, a secret kami-blade given to Ryukusa by Wakaba that appears to be made of some alloy of titanium.Seido-no-Shinpi-Tekina-Ken – a mysterious bronze sword given to Ryukusa by the mermaids of Japan; actually found to be the legendary blade Ame-no-Ohabari. Currently held by Inau.Go-Yurei-no-Rensa, the Five-Ghost-Chain, used to summon or send messages to your (actual) older sister Ryuu Nabiki.Her Penthouse in the Secret Apartments of Tsathoggua in Shikoku prefecture, Tokyo.Shikoku Naya, her fashion teacher and seamstress.Hisaka Subaru, her weaver and dressmaking teacher.Ryukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – Black Jade Centipede (Mukade)Er Yin – Black Jade Scorpion (Sasori)Kiki – Black Jade Toad (Hikigaeru)Kiku – Black Jade Lizard (Tokage)Yui – Black Jade Snake (Hebi)Inau – Black Coral Ear Cuff (Amatsukami)Yuuhi – Onyx Fox-mask Bracelet (Yako)
Ryuu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8"; 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Matagama Kiku is 4' 1” for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Ryuu Akari is 5' 3" and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch, cosplayer.Ryuu Yui is 6' 3” and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control. Dyke, switch.Ryuu Kiki is 5' 6" and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Er Yin Long is the tall at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant.Ryuu Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches. Straight.Hinata-hakase is 6' 3". Sexuality is terrifying.Hidesato is 5' 5". Straight.Kushinada is 5' 8". Straighter.Taisho Ryoga is 5' 9". Who knows.Hyun Chisato is 5' 4” and is fully grown. Lolicon with plausible deniability.Rie, just Rie, is 8” tall or 5' 5” and is fully cat. Her sexuality is cat.Hagyu Genso is 12' 5” standing upright. He is by and large gay.Mizumi Shoko is 7' 2” is fully grown. Bisexual top.Yuuhi is 4'11” and is fully grown. Yuuhi a cute.Tokei Isusangi, Inau-kun is 5' 3” and is much less confused.Reiha is 5' 5 1/2” and is milfy.Peta is 3' 2” Peta is \>.</ aka Her Most Imperial Highness Patanjali Piri Yokuhime Kuronogitsune PaDetective-san aka Mugon Chujo is fully grown at 5'11” and straight.Kenji Soomi is 5' 4” and gothic lolita.Musumi Kanako is 5' 6.5” and is pretty straight.Hebiki Naoto is 5' 9” and belligerently omnivorous, sexually. You hope only sexually.Kodachi Umetsume is 5' 4” and fully grown. Practicing asexual.Melinda Blitzenberg is scattered to the winds and blessed in death.Toshida Ginka is 5” 3” and fully grown. Turtles have a reputation.Ryuu Wakaba is a head shorter and also deceased.Margaret Steinhausen is gratefully dead.Ryuu Sakumo is dead and spread far and wide.Ryuu Nabiki is 5' 3” and fully transformed. Embarrassingly straight.Ryuu Shinju is 4' 11” and fully grown. She is coy, maybe a dodomeki-child.Ryuu Himeyuri is 5' 5” and is supposedly straight.Ryuu Fuuta is 5' 6” and slightly less soft.Kaga Kei is 5' 4” and fully grown. Might be experimental.Kyubi-san is 6' 3” and fully grown. Hard to say.Hisaka Subaru is 5' tall and 9' tall, and peculiar as all get out.Shikoku Naya is 5' 4" (not including heels) and is fully grown. Entirely flexible.Shinkai Yamada is 5' 7” and is straight.Shinkai Mikurabe is 5' 2” (without heels) and is probably less straight than you thought."Shinkai" Hiei is a possible curse in the Theater."Shinkai" Serious Onii-san is 5' 6" and is asexual."Shinkai" Yoshihano is 6' 1" and may be a little gay.Tachibana is 5” 7” and mostly asexual.Natto is a wisp of black smoke in the wind.Hebiki Rishi is 4' 10” and has a number of inches to grow. Questionable sexuality.Hideyama Kenako is 6' 1” and is fully grown. Sexuality is probably cat.Mo Ku Jen is 4' 6” and apparently straight and a demon.
>>2489863> You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS....> Aren't you being presumptuous about your Empress' desires, Reiha-san?> You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.
>>2489863> You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS....> You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.Dragon time is best time
>>2489881To expand a little, I don't want to be too presumptuous about her presumptions. Let's try and find out the exact cause (or causes) for her worry and then deal with it.
>>2489863Ryukusa time!>[x] How old is your Empress? Because I recall that her physical age wouldn't be a detriment to marriage....gender of her consort aside, of course.>[x] You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.Oh dear, let's hope we can handle this well.
>>2489863> You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.> You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS....This seems like it requires a good deal of diplomacy and tact, and unfortunately I'm pretty sure Ryukusa used all hers up when talking to Enma.
>>2489863> You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.> You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS....
>>2489863> You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.>Do you expect your empress to abstain her entire life, simply because she looks like a child?
>>2489863> You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato to. ANYWAYS....> Are you jealous, Reiha? Because if you are, we need to talk to them now, before this gets worse.
>>2489904Nonsense, Ryukusa can do tactful! Probably.
>>2489909That last bit is a fair point. I wonder if it would be helpful if we bring up Kiku since she also looks like a child and yet is pretty decisively treated as an adult.
>>2489909>>2489922How long has Reiha been Peta's retainer, anyway? Does she even know what kinda stuff Peta has been up to before?
>>2489924I mean in fairness, we don't really know what Peta has been up to before either, we just have hunches.
>>2489929Clearly we should simply ask her
I want to SELL Yui's FLUIDS to FACELESS OLD MEN!
>>2489941I don't think she would approve, anon!
[XXX] You're not her mother, Reiha, you're her retainer; her lovers are her choices, not ours.[XX] You are aware she is a grown woman? Peta, not Chisato. Well, Chisato too. ANYWAYS....[x] How old is your Empress? Because I recall that her physical age wouldn't be a detriment to marriage....gender of her consort aside, of course.[x] Aren't you being presumptuous about your Empress' desires, Reiha-san?[x] Are you jealous, Reiha? Because if you are, we need to talk to them now, before this gets worse.[+] What exactly is going on in your head, Reiha-san?You study Reiha in your newly added training room, the mirrors polished perfect, the lights bright, the training mats thick and semi-soft under your feet. You'll have to set up a small shrine here, something to remind those who practice here that they are watched over as well as to be venerated. There are an awful lot of weapons too, and while many are practice weapons, a good number are not. Those that are not are well designed, though not oni make or made by masters. Good steel at least. Nothing to compare with Buki-sama or Yuuhi's Fallen Star, though.“That's....an unusual thing to feel, Reiha-san. Especially for a retainer of your statue.” You look back at her. “I am not saying you're wrong, mind you, but you're not her mother, and I doubt she'd approve of you feeling that you are. She strikes me as singularly old fashioned that way.” Reiha blushes and lowers her hands to her sides, fiddling with the hem of her short, strained skirt. Not that it looks bad on her, but the impression that she's supposed to be looked at as eye-candy is strong enough to slap someone in the face. It probably works wonders on men. “It would be a little like Shoko-san approving or disapproving of my choices in lovers. She has the right to point her feelings out, but not the right to approve or disapprove of my choices in them.”She gives a succinct nod. You turn back towards her and lean against the wall, arms crossed. “That's part of why you brought it to me? Because as a third party I can have an interest, especially since Chisato-chan is under my auspices more than not?” She looks up and nods more slowly. “They're both adults, Reiha-san, regardless of how they look. Chisato is human, so she actually looks her age, but Peta-chan isn't. She's what, one hundred? Two hundred?” She bites her lip and her ears droop. “A lot older then. But still an adult. Yuuhi is old, but she's not entirely competent; I would actually worry about her getting married.. Peta-chan strikes me as very competent. Back then they used to marry that young, in ritual at least, but I don't have any doubts those marriages were consummated.”
>>2489953Blushing, Reiha nods, her glasses slipping down on her nose slightly. She's tensing and relaxing, working various muscle groups, and looking at you very seriously despite her blush. Looking at you in a very worrying manner. A dangerous manner. You turn away from the wall and lean back against it, your hands tucked over the base of your tail, suggesting you're unworried and nonthreatening. Reiha's not that stupid, you're sure – she's seen you kill abominations mercilessly and swiftly, armed with nothing at all. The distance between you is meaningless.“Aren't you being presumptuous about the desires she chooses to indulge in?” Reiha's seriousness turns to confusion. “She has many duties, I imagine. I suspect she often came to you to be held or coddled a bit. Are you perhaps a little jealous of Chisato's place in her life?”“No! That's....I am not jealous.” You tilt your head, looking at her with a shade of doubt. She frowns mightily at you, and if you were someone else, it might have been a deterrent of sorts. “My Empress relies on me in many ways, but such a thing is not....proper.” You let her see your doubt, and her cheeks color deeply. “It's not right for someone to distract her from her duties, especially someone who doesn't know her stature and nature.”“I don't know, but I suspect that Peta-chan is an old creature, and daughter of a very powerful, dangerous spirit. She is a nogitsune-child, and I have known a few of them. They're not very proper sorts of people, even with only half their parent's blood. Humans aren't exactly righteous and pure in their desires either, so that's not exactly helping....do you expect her o abstain as long as she lives? She took that form for a number of reasons I imagine. I doubt she feels those desires and needs any less.” Reiha flushes angrily her gaze suddenly quite hard. You blink slowly. “It's not like my accursed Kiku-chan is without those needs. If anything, it's worse for her.”“But she's-!” Reiha stops herself and you tilt your head slightly, looking at her blandly. She's what? Perverse? Wicked? A dragonette? ….go one, please. You may as well say it. She's a priestess, and she still acts on those needs and desires. Reiha, you know they've already been in bed with one another? Chisato isn't a saint by any measure! They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.
>>2489958>[x] She's a priestess, and she still acts on those needs and desires.Only Ryukusa and Er Yin gets to bully Kiku! Well I guess Kiki has a right too since she's her sister...damn, this list got a bit long.
>>2489958>[x] ….go one, please. You may as well say it.>[x] They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.>...How long have *you* gone without?
>>2489958> ….go one, please. You may as well say it.> They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.
>>2489958> She's a priestess, and she still acts on those needs and desires.> Reiha, you know they've already been in bed with one another? Chisato isn't a saint by any measure!> They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.
>>2489958>>2489963Haha, I like this one and will supportJust hope we won't offend
>>2489958> Reiha, you know they've already been in bed with one another? Chisato isn't a saint by any measure!> They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.
Should we really imply they've fucked already? It doesn't seem very careful considering we've not won over Reiha quite yet.
>>2489958> ….go one, please. You may as well say it.> They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.>>2489975That seems 100% likely to cause offense, and I kind of doubt it's that simple, or at least that's not all of it.
>>2489981Yeah I'm not sure about it either, but "thinking you need to stop something from happening" is differen than "thinking about retaliating from something that happened already", though it's hard to tell whether that would just make her outwardly calm down and stealthily pursue revenge against Chisato later.Really wish I understood what exactly her problem is.
>>2489986Hmm yeah I guess it will at least a little but hopefully not so much she gets mad rather than embarrassed
>>2489992True, but it's still risky. We can pull that after we try to understand her mindset a bit better after all, should it still look like a decent idea.
>>2489958>"You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?"
>>2490056Finally, that damn site let me post.
[XXX] They love each other, you know. I understand it might shock you, but they do.[XX] ….go on, please. You may as well say it.[X] She's a priestess, and she still acts on those needs and desires.[X] Reiha, you know they've already been in bed with one another? Chisato isn't a saint by any measure![+] How long have you abstained?She fidgets a little and you speak softly, calmly, but not coolly or implying a threat. It's not a subtle difference for you, she's not a Water dragonette or oni-child. “Go on, Reiha-san. I'm not your enemy.” That seems to bother her more than a threat might. Maybe because it suggests she should tell you, rather than hiding behind suggestive words or innuendo.Her tail twitches violently along her leg, clearly wanting to lash, but she's working at keeping it under control now, as opposed to being afraid or worried. “She's a dragonette, and a free person, not like the Empress!”You keep from laughing at her misunderstanding. “Reiha-san, she's my priestess. She's bound by duties and needs that you can't even imagine. She's not just my personal priestess....she's is the priestess that serves me.” Reiha looks at you uncertainly and you touch the faint scar at your throat. “She is the priestess who serves the God of the Rains of Destruction. That's who I am, or will be, when the time comes. She's not just a priestess, she's the one who serves, prays, and dances for me.” Reiha stares at you.“And yet she still has a lover. She still indulges in sex with her older – much older – lover. She might not be as old as Peta-chan, but her body is only a little older than Peta-chan's is. There's almost no difference at all in the relationship, save that Chisato isn't in charge. You and I both know who is.” Reiha looks down, her tail sagging. “So when I say that they have been in bed with one another, and not to sleep, you know who insisted on that.” Reiha looks down still, now frowning hard, her tail lashing faster. “Chisato isn't a saint, not even close. I've known about her desires since I was a small dragonette. They still don't bother me. If I'd realized it, back then, if I had thought it wouldn't result in her death, I might have even accepted her. Peta-chan accepts her. Is it so hard for you to accept Peta'-chan's decision?”
>>2490064>>2490064“My Empress does not always know what is best for her....she is indulgent and callous, even cruel at times. Chisato does not understand what it means to be the Empress' concubine.” Her accusations are voice in a harsh manner, but her tail is low, barely twitching. Not because she's keeping it under control either.“Chisato understands what it means to be at the mercy of another. She has been most of her life now. Just because she treats Peta-chan like a child doesn't mean she believes Peta-chan is a child, or needs childish things.” Reiha lowers her head further. You figure it's time to set her up the bomb.“They love one another.”Her entire body jerks and her eyes come up, Yellow burning hot orange and her hands cracking a stretching, the gloves straining at the seems as she makes claws of her hands. You neither flinch nor present a defense against her reaction, looking into eyes calmly and steadily. That alone makes her flinch.“They love one another, and it will grow into a true, honest love. I think you know that, knew that. You could see the red string between them. That's why you're so upset.”“She's going to die,” Reiha says in a dark, menacing voice. Sympathize. Chisato is only human, after all. Antagonize. Reiha needs an outlet for her pain. Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato. Brutalize. Reiha has to be honest with you and herself. Proselytize. As handmaiden and stalking horse she has to be better than this.[+] "You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?"
>>2490068>[x] Sympathize. Chisato is only human, after all.>[x] Brutalize. Reiha has to be honest with you and herself.Poor fox
>>2490068>] Proselytize. As handmaiden and stalking horse she has to be better than this.>[+] "You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?"
>>2490068> Antagonize. Reiha needs an outlet for her pain.> Brutalize. Reiha has to be honest with you and herself.> Sympathize. Chisato is only human, after all.Really unsure about what is the best way to go about this. I am recalling our fight with Yuuhi, hopefully giving her an outlet will help her come to terms with this.
>>2490068> Proselytize. As handmaiden and stalking horse she has to be better than this.
>>2490068> Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato.>[+] "You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?"Shit, this is tough
>>2490068> Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato.
>>2490068> Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato.>[+] "You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?"
So she disapproves of Peta shacking up with a mortal? Geez
>>2490068>"Die? Is that a threat, or constating the fact she is mortal?"> Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato.> Brutalize. Reiha has to be honest with you and herself.>Be gentle and sympathetic with the poor fox, once the abscess is pierced and the pus drained. Metaphorically, of course.>[+] "You've been at Peta-chan's side for years, and know a lot about the decisions she's taken. How do you think *she* views the situation?">You're in the training room... maybe working through her frustrations and problems while sparring would help her?
Also, XS, while I know you don't like 5e much and that this would be more appropriate for The Raiders threads, WotC released the stats of Vlaakith the Lich-Queen.http://media.wizards.com/2018/dnd/dragon/19/DRA19_LichQueen2.pdfNeedless to say, she is incredibly powerful.
>>2490154Interesting, and impressively dangerous for 5e.
QM, if Chisato's body is covered in tattoos as much as the pic you've posted indicates, where would she be tattooed next? Full on the rest of the breasts?
[X] Antagonize. Reiha needs an outlet for her pain.[X] Proselytize. As handmaiden and stalking horse she has to be better than this.[XX] Brutalize. Reiha has to be honest with you and herself.[XX] Sympathize. Chisato is only human, after all.[XXX] Harmonize. She will stay with Peta and Chisato.[+] You've been with Peta-chan for a long time....how do you think she sees this?[+] All things die eventually – even kami have died. Are you going to kill her, or are you lamenting her mortality?“So?” Your simple word hits her like a slap int eh face, and her shock gives you a few seconds more. “You are failing your Empress as a servant. Perhaps it's time she had another.”That does the trick.She's on you in an instant, her clawed hands reaching for your face. A cross block nets you an instant of grace, but you have to lower your body to meet her knee in your gut rather than against your pubic mound. Once was more than enough. She drives the air from you, but you allow her to do so. She swings on you, trying for your eyes again and you meet her arm with you; she turns away and you meet her other arm – hey, she got this from that scene in that movie! You turn both palms out, switching styles, and give her a two handed push against her lower ribcage, which makes her breasts bounce beautifully as she staggers back, her poor jacket just about giving in to the incredible stresses.She swings her leg up and her knee towards you, keeping her foot far back and using her hip as the leverage point rather than her thigh; Muay Thai. You lunge, fingers pointed down and other hand drawing past your face, grabbing her knee under the joint and drawing her leg past your head. Your knuckles impact her hardened belly muscles, and she chuffs softly, but her balance compromised.Deliberately you take your hand from her knee and chop into her side, under her ribs. It doesn't do much more than make her exhale sharply, but it leaves you open for her elbows to be driven into both your shoulders. Your already long stance collapses and you sit down, your shoulders aching. You decide you've had enough of that and sweep both hands in and up and then out to coil your arms around hers. She tries to pull back but too late; your snake stile has her trapped and you pull her into you.Bend over, face to face, your bosoms pressed to hers, you look into her eyes, the glittering malevolence in hers born of anger and remembered pain. “Why do you bother lying?” she jerks back but you hold her fast.“I would never lie to an ally!” she exhorts loudly.
>>2490253“Not to me,” you tell her and the stricken expression on her face is more than enough. When you straighten your arms her are forced straight as well, pushing her back forcefully. Reiha staggers back and lifts both her hands and one knee as you fold your legs beneath you and stand without using your hands. The youkai-born woman stares at you, disbelieving. “Are you going to kill her, Reiha?” She grits her teeth, sharp fangs glinting in the bright light. You slowly walk towards her one hand sliding along the other arm in a diagonal form, your hands cupped at the end of the movement before you shift them clockwise and repeat the movement, until they're at opposite positions. “Or are you lamenting the fact she's mortal?”Stepping forward she leaps off her lifted foot, surprisingly high for woman of her voluptuous build, her other knee extended and her arms up and elbows presented out. You step and turn to the lft, your upper arm catching her knee and turning her, forcing her town and to the side. Her left hand rockets out but your left hand is already up and over , then rising, the movement making your arms parallel, right arm along your lower chest, left arm over your head. You grip her wrist and her knee, keeping her folded. Her right arm comes towards your head, claws aiming at your temple, but you simple extend both arms out to your sides, spinning her around and collapsing her to her hands and knees facing away from you.She looks rather cute with her tail fluffed out and held high in alarm, her ears folded back along her head.You gently place a foot on her bottom and push, sending her sprawling.It is with soft words you speak,and the tears start immediately. “She's only human, Reiha. She'll die, because humans die. So why would you take a fleeting moment of happiness from the person whom you serve, heart in your hands and head bowed before her blade?” She pulls her hands into her chest and doesn't lift her head. Her tail collapses, swaying back and forth as it falls over her derrière and thighs. “How long has it been since you've taken a lover of your own?” Her breath hitches and she cries silently. “You have been with Peta-chan for what may be forever. How does your Empress see this? You know. You, of all people, must know.”She cries softly, silently, and you slowly go to your knees, and crawl over to her. Sure it could be a trick....but you don't think so. It would be embarrassing if you were wrong, but you don't think you are. She said she wouldn't lie to you, and you believe her. So you settle next to her, legs stretched out, supporting yourself on one hand, and gently stroking her soft, tangled hair.
>>2490256“Stay with them. Let them love together, live together, as long as they can. It will make them both happy, grant them both a measure of peace in a world that will be a broken Hell for a long time. Be there for Peta-chan when Hyun Chisato passes away, goes to her rest and remains at peace. She will always need you, Reiha – if she didn't, you wouldn't be here now, serving her, crying for her, knowing how her heart will break. Be a friend to Chisato when she feels alone in a world she didn't grow up in, trying to save people she doesn't know because it's the right thing to do. Be strong for them, so they can be weak for one another.”It takes her a few minutes, but soon she is merely sniffling, and you give her a handkerchief. She sits up, looking thoroughly ashamed of herself and broken hearted.Chisato opens the door. “Is everything all right, Aoi? Peta was wondering where Reiha-sama was.” You smile faintly and Reiha quickly composes herself. Of course – I tripped her by accident. Everything is fine, Chi-chan. We'll be right there. Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make. Silently wave her off; she'll realize somethings going on quickly enough. It will be okay in time, Chi-chan; we're coming.
>>2490248Completion of the legs - upper then lower, until they're entirely sleeved as well.
>>2490262> Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make.I feel like we're asking a lot from her, but she isn't our servant.
>>2490262> Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make.
>>2490262> Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make.It's sad for Reiha, but she'll grow from this.I must say I'm disappointed the voluptuous badass MILFy Muay Thai fighter/secretary fox is not among the person Ryukusa can get involved romantically.Or maybe she can....?In any case, I'm all for telling her she can come visit us as a friend any time she wishes, especially if things get too hard.Reiha is a friend who need someone to be her friend.>>2490267Interesting.
>>2490262>[x] Silently wave her off; she'll realize somethings going on quickly enough.Awwww
>>2490262> Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make.It's not easy being a retainer
>>2490302But at least there is Ryukusa for cuddles.
>>2490291Well this badass fox secretary IS a very important underling to a very important ally, so it's not very strange that she's not available. Besides, anons would struggle to leave out anyone not already in a relationship from Ryukusa's harem if every great woman in this quest could be seduced.She definitely could use someone to be a good friend (or more?) at this point though. She and Peta may have a great relationship but she clearly can't really go to her with this particular issue, nor will getting closer to either Peta or Reiha really help her get over it I don't think.
>>2490326Sorry, meant closer to Peta or Chisato but was spacing out, haha.
[X] Let Reiha answer. This is her choice to make.You simply look over at Chisato and she plinks at your unassuming smile. Reiha takes a deep breath. “Everything is fine, Chisato-san. Please tell Peta-dono that I will be right there.” Chisato makes an agreeable noise, and nods to you as your smile brightens, and then closes the door carefully behind her as he leaves.“If you need someone to talk to, I will be there for you. I drank sake with you. That's not meaningless.” Placing your hand lightly on her shoulder, she actually leans into it, her tail perking up just a little. Her ears are up anyways; that's a good sign.“You were pulling your punches, Ryukusa-san,” she accuses very mildly.“And you weren't?” you retort with a grin. She starts to open her mouth but you interrupt her by standing up and offering her your hand. “Come on, tea's probably waiting for us, and I have to talk to a few other people.”Wisely she doesn't press the issue, your interruption allowing her to save face in case she wasn't, and allowing her to keep her true strength hidden if she was. You doubt she was, honestly, but she's not a Water dragonette. She does take your hand and let you help her up though, and you lean over to kiss her cheek. She blushes and lays a hand over that cheek. “I mean it, Reiha-san. Any time.” the nogitsune-born nods slowly and follows you out the door, looking bemused.As you head back towards the lively sounding living room, she takes a detour to fix her makeup and compose herself properly; you step out and it's quite chaotic in the much larger living room. All your warriors are up, lunch is in full swing, there's lots of conversation, Kiki-hime is in the kitchen, delivering ultimatums to Akari, Yui, and Shoko while cooking, Chisato is hand feeding Peta, Er Yin and Kiku are curled up near the fireplace, there's soft samisen music playing in the background, and things are really going very nicely.You breeze through largely unnoticed, making yourself as unobtrusive as you can, which for you is pretty unobtrusive. One thing you do is caress Rishi-chan's ankle lightly in passing, and she quickly excuses herself from the conversation she's involved in, and follows you into the hallway. Stay silent until you reach the training room. Take her to the barracks, let her take you to her bunk so she feels more comfortable. The shrine might be a good place for this conversation.... Balcony might be nice this time of day. The bedroom is good; you need to be comfy.
>>2490369>[x] Balcony might be nice this time of day.I really want to pick bedroom just for the potential humor in that, but I don't want to make her uncomfortable or anything.
>>2490369Can you give us a quick refresher on what we want to talk to Rishi about? I know it pertains to both Fuuta and Shibuya, but I'm having a hard time remembering the specifics.
>>2490369> The shrine might be a good place for this conversation....
>>2490377Her sister was on the verge of killing her in Shibuya, and Ryukusa isn't into that. She's also developing a strong attachment to Fuuta-chan, which may or may not be a good thing given her Fire nature and her Wani blood.
>>2490369> The bedroom is good; you need to be comfy.
>>2490369> The bedroom is good; you need to be comfy.>>2490391Who can blame her for liking soft-but-not-softest?
>>2490369> Balcony might be nice this time of day.
[X] The bedroom is good; you need to be comfy.You lead Hebiki Rishi to the master bedroom, and though she hesitates as you open the door, she does precede you in. The armored Fire dragonette blinks as she takes in the massive bed that uses most of the floorspace, and then darts over to look in the bathroom – not merely to look at the bathroom, you suspect. Your suspicion is rewarded when she so checks out the walk in closet and the bedding closet.Slipping off your tabi slippers, you walk down the steps into the bed, wading across it to reach your usual sleeping place. Here you lay out tea, while she walks around the bed and pauses on the floor above where you sit. She leans over, watching you with bright, curious eyes as you prepare tea, heating the water to near boiling with a casual thought and startling her. Unsurprisingly she doesn't ask how you did it, only watches.“Please sit, Hebiki Rishi,” you ask her formally, and she quickly salutes before taking her own slippers offand stepping from floor to seat to bedding. She settles for sitting cross legged near you, and places her hands in her lap and watches you attentively. You let the tea steep and study her for a moment, frankly.She's a slim dragonette, but her arms are well armored, as is the upper half of her tail. The lower half is not, and extends into a whip-like length. Her wings aren't visible now, but you recall their outer edges are fairly well armored too, capable of being used as weapons. You've little doubt her tail could as well – as fast as she can move she could probably whip-crack the tip and do some serious damage. Her horns are thick spines that nearly conceal her ears, curling up under her jawline to frame the lower half and the sides of her face. Rishi blinks owlishly at you, eyes a shade off magenta and slit pupilled like your own.“You feel something strong for Fuuta-chan, Rishi-chan?” you ask mildly as you pour tea for her. She watches your hands intently.
>>2490560“Yeah, I think so. I like her. She's....she's special.” Nodding agreeably, you set her tea on the seat next to her and she lashes her tail slowly, more the end than the upper section. “I guess it's a kind of crush, but it's not a spell or anything. Those things work really badly on me.”“Because you're a Fire dragonette?” you ask curiously.“No, because I usually fell pretty weird when something makes me fixate on something and I start fighting it. I guess, I mean maybe because I'm a Fire dragonette, but the spells just break, I don't like, get rid of them. They can't handle the strain. They kinda pop, not like the way a Fire dragonette is supposed to break a spell.” Taking her teacup, she looks into it. “Are you gonna separate me from her?” the delicate warrior asks politely. Do you think I need to? Well, considering what I know of Fire dragonette, will it do any good? Setting that thought aside, about your sister....and your clan. Do you think she likes you? Wani blood. You're aware?
>>2490564> Do you think I need to?> Wani blood. You're aware?
>>2490564>[x] Well, considering what I know of Fire dragonette, will it do any good?>[x] Wani blood. You're aware?Ryukusa, standing in the way of love? Unthinkable!
>>2490564>[x] Do you think I need to?>[x] Wani blood. You're aware?
>>2490564> Do you think I need to?> Wani blood. You're aware?This is more immediate. We can discuss her sister afterwards.
>>2490564> Well, considering what I know of Fire dragonette, will it do any good?> Do you think she likes you?
>>2490564>...well, she's here to learn, and it's an occasion to learn for you too:"IF I ordered this, what would you do? Accept it? Defy my orders? Beg me to reconsider? Dedicate yourself to your work so that, one day, I may recant that order as a reward?" *shake your head* I have no desire to separate you two. However, I believe that people must be aware of some things when deciding on a relationship.>Wani blood
>>2490590I honestly can't recall what we've discussed with her already regarding her family/clan at this point. I feel bad forgetting so many things but the cast is pretty bloated at this point and some show up a couple times a year.
>>2490632Pretty much nothing.
>>2490640Guess we definitely shouldn't miss out on that talk then even if we do it second.
>>2490605I second this general approach.
[X] Do you think she likes you?[XX] Do you think I need to?[XXX] Wani blood. You're aware?[+] The nature of command structure and learning situations....You sip your tea and she follows suit, slurping politely, though her eyes remain on you. You smile to yourself and shift so your leaning against the seating, and relax. She relaxes minutely, but not so anyone would notice. The tension is natural; she's a Fire dragonette, one of the few creatures whose thought processes might be faster than Water dragonettes. It would be strange if she were relaxed.“Well, let me ask if you think she likes you, then.”The question doesn't really surprise her and she looks at the ceiling thoughtfully. “Well, she does, but she hasn't really said so. I guess she was surprised by me protecting her, but she's not really a fighter, she's a historian, but her history doesn't cover the past but the future, and she's scared and worried a lot of the time, but she's getting better. I mean, she could really use some love, but I'm not sure I'm good at loving girls that way, because I don't know if I'm good at loving boys that way. I kinda skipped concubine training because I run pretty hot, temperature wise I mean, and that kinda turns most people off, except like, other fire and water and stone creatures.” She sips her tea slowly. “Mostly I think she finds me confusing and curious. I would like to have her like me, but she's kind of....hurting.”Well, you manage not to laugh.“Do you think I need to tell you to separate from her?” you pour her some more tea and she bows her head before sipping some.“Well, you might, but I think I'd be able to stay away for a couple of weeks. I mean, it's not like I'd want to disobey as much as I'd worry, and I'd check up on her, and the next thing you know we'd be playing chess or folding origami cranes or practicing calligraphy in the middle of the night. I mean, that's if she's okay with it which I think she mostly would be.” The girl run a hand through her thin hair. “I don't think you need to, but you can, of course, because, well, you're my sukeban and I'd kind of be obligated to follow orders. My training isn't really that complete, but it's pretty close, mostly I just need practice, like practical experience type practice not rotes.” Your staring at her seizes her attention finally. “What?!”
>>2490701“You're the first person to call me sukeban.” Rishi just looks confused. “Ah, never mind. Sorry.” You sigh and set your tea aside. “It's mostly a learning process. She's needing to learn new things, and her training is compromised. You're is simply incomplete. But if you're serious about being her protector, there's something else we need to discuss.” Her crestfallen expression tells you that she already knows. “Yes.”“Well....” She sighs and sets her tea aside, and then moves into a seiza position. She places both her hands on her thighs and bows deeply, almost to the point of kowtowing. “I'm terribly sorry, sukeban. I don't wish to trouble you, but I do have very good control over my wani blood. I will do my best to stay away from everyone, as long as I may still learn from Master Kiku. I can't promise, but I really will try, and I definitely don't want to hurt anyone so please forgive this insignificant bastard and do not punish me for a failure I haven't made yet.”“You're kind of jumping to conclusions there, Rishi-chan.” She looks up startled. “Akari and I have trained in this matter together you know. It's not exactly something that is insurmountable.”“But I thought-”“No, you didn't,” you interrupt. “you spoke and decided.” The dragonette opens her mouth and then closes it, thinking hard. “you're right of course, sukeban. Please forgive this stupid lizard; I forget sometimes, and then I talk, and that just makes everything a problem.” She takes a deep breath. “What will you have me do, sukeban?”Huh. That's....kind of surprising.“Well, let's start with learning....”>To Be Continued....
Thank you for reading and playing; we'll start of with the general approach outlined >>2490605 and then continue with her sister/family....Bearing in mind that Akari's original name was Hebiki Akari, so she has a fellow clan member to help too.
>>2490713Thanks for writing!It was nice seeing more of characters that don't get a lot of time in the spotlight. Even if poor Reiha was mostly suffering.
>>2490713Thanks for running XS
>>2490703By the kami, this girl is adorable.What was surprising though, the level of self awareness she had?
Thanks for runningRishi's pretty fun
>>2490728The self awareness combined with the tolerant and expectant attitude - most Fire dragonettes are a lot more like Kiku.
>>2490747What is the significance of wani blood, again?
>>2490761It sends the person who has it into berserk rages and horrific spree killing. Akari has it - the times Ryukusa has grabbed ehr and drawn blood was to keep her from killing the people she was angry with. The Hebiki clan is apparently rife with it, except it's trained into killign machines. Akari's older sister was suffering from wani blood when she nearly killed poor Rishi.Wani are a primitive form of dragon: ugly, brutal, not very bright, and incredibly dangerous. The old man under the bridge seems to have befriended one though. In the real world, they're crocodiles.
>>2490774There is no way they could have gotten that much wani blood in the family without some very unpleasant actions huh?
>>2490774 Thank you for running, XS. May I ask if Reiha likes Peta in a romantic way?
>>2490930There are more ways than the obvious, (un?)fortunately.>>2491366Not so much romantic, but it is a dedication and love that is worthy of being called love, and not obsession or simply dutiful.