Ryuko frowned heavily as Nariko blew smoke in her direction, narrowly sidestepping the gray plum at the last second thanks to her above average reflexes. If it had been just about anyone else but the Raikage she would have attempted to pummel them for the insult, but since it was Nariko she stayed quite.
Right now she was working on learned to manifest her first element, but one of these days she was going to learn a jutsu that would allow her to extinguish a lit cigar from a distance. Once she aquire it she would use it for the sole purpose of putting Nariko’s smokes out every chance she got simply out of spite.
Pretending as if nothing had happened for now she listened to the what the Raikage had to say while walking over the a small kitchenette that had been installed in one corner of the room and began brewing a pot of coffee. “If I recall correctly the Hokage is Kazuya Uchiha.”
she said naming him from memory. Her collection of Ninjabo figure included all of the kage so far with one notable exception as far as she was aware. Nariko’s figure hadn’t been released yet, having only become Raikage fairly recently. “Since we know his name I would start casual but warm. Like this.”
Taking a piece of paper and a pen off the desk Ryuko began to write, her letters elegant and cursive as once might expect from the daughter of a noble household such as herself.
- Letter to the Hokage:
Greetings Sir Kazuya, I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing of a matter that is of great import to both our countries. As you may already be aware I am planning on hosting an international chunnin exam and it would be remiss of me not to extend an invitation to a village as great as yours. It is my fervent hope that this competition will forge bonds of camaraderie and friendship between our people, and that we may continue to enjoy this era of peace and prosperity together.
Speaking on prosperity, I would like to discuss with you at your earliest convince the possibility of opening up trade between our lands. The circular flow of goods and services would be a great boon for us both.
I eagerly await your positive reply, warmest regards.
Ryuko finished her draft of the letter leaving a spot for Nariko to sign at the bottom before handing it to over for her liege to see. The handwriting wouldn’t match but that was fine since it wasn’t unusual for dignitaries such as a kage to have a secretary compose a letter for them, often they would dictated what to write so in a way it was the same as writing it themselves.
Her father had always said then when negotiating a bit of light flattery never hurt and she’d kept that firmly in mind while writing, being carefully not to lay on the praise too heavily less they come off as weak or subservient. If their was to be talk, it would be between two equals.
As Simon began to speak Ryuko recognized his voice. “It can’t be.” She thought but sure enough it was him after all. She was stunned at just how complete his makeover had been. She’d seen the resemblance but it was hard to believe he was in fact the same person until he’d directly confirmed it himself. “You’ve certainly changed Si.. Sakata. I must say, your new look suits you.”
complimented Ryuko dryly. She’d started to say his old name but caught herself at the last second. This was going to take some getting used to. “Would you like a beverage as well?”
she offered. The coffee was still brewing but once it was done their would be more then enough to share.
She smiled as Shimiko joined them, trying not to be too flustered at her very public display of affection. There was a time when such a thing would have made her blush fiercely but she wasn’t such a child as to continue to do so after she’d had a direct hand in bringing the both of them together.
In her heart she field a mild sting of jealousy. If felt so unfair that her friend had someone to share the warmth of love with while Ryuko herself was so terribly cold and lonely. She quickly took that feeling and shoved it deep down, squishing it before it could register on her face, choosing instead to focus on the feelings of pride that she’d been chosen for such an important mission. Needless to say she’d been expecting some boring chore like picking weeds or painting a fence.
On discovering the opposite almost all the negative feelings she’d have towards Simon earlier had vanished with his recognition of her and her talents. He’d must have seen her way with words during their last mission and chosen her because as he’d said she was the best for the job. “Diplomacy tis practically my middle name, leave it to me.”
she said firmly with her right hand planted on her chest and her left hand at her hip, a pose that she hoped with inspire confidence. “As for the weather, I’m in the process of outfitting all the Thundercats with heavy cloakes.”
she said as pointed the cape currently sitting on her shoulders using it as an example. “If you’d like tis be a simple mater to sow an extra one for you Sakata. Speaking of which….”
she said as she reached into a bag on her belt and pulled out a large strip of yellow cloth. It was a yellow banana almost just like the one Si… Sakata had given Shimiko months ago at the gates. Carefully inspection would reveal that it was of a much sturdier make. “Here, Shi-chan commissioned this for you….”
she said as she held the object out for him to take looking away feeling slightly bashful of what he might think of it.