Nozomi relinquished her control over the jutsu she had been casting, and as she dropped the last bit of water over the edge of the dragon, Honiko summoned a golden tomahawk into her hand, tossing it to Nozomi, who caught the weapon, a blank expression on her face. She wasn't necessarily confused, instead opting to wait for the explanation she knew would be coming shortly. Perhaps she wanted Nozomi to kill someone with it. Nozomi's gaze shifted to Raijin, ready for the order should it come. Of course, it never did, Honiko had seemed pleased with Raijin's showings, and had even healed him a little earlier, so Nozomi hadn't expected to receive any such order in actuality.
What Honiko said next truly did catch Nozomi off guard though. Not just because she was named the leader of the Society, but also because Honiko was going to be leaving, for an indeterminate amount of time as well. Nozomi couldn't help but feel her heart sink. She wanted to go with Honiko on her journey, be by her side and help her find the artifact she wanted. But she couldn't, and she wouldn't see Honiko for.... a long time.
Nozomi nodded in silence for a second, mulling over her thoughts. "I understand. While I'd love to help you, to stay by your side, I know you don't need me with you as much as you need me here. You've been training me for this since we met. I won't let you down." she said, the words droning out with little emotion in them, as if automatically trained. Clutching the weapon in her hand, the urge to strike with the blade, to let the weapon sink it's blade into her own neck surged through her, a feeling she'd never experienced before.
The feeling dulled, but didn't leave. Life without Honiko? Impossible. But.... Honiko wasn't leaving forever. She'd be back. Nozomi would be here, and the Society would flourish all the same. Her resolve came back once again, and she shoved her suicidal thoughts deep within. "I have a request, then. My skills are at their peak, and I can't physically push myself any further without using Isobu, and I don't like damaging my seal using his abilities. I would like to sign the Snake Summoning contract. The dragons don't really like me all that much," she motioned to Balerion as a case in point, "and I think I could make good use of the summons. I don't know what that technique was that Merryweather gave you, but it's probably not my style. I feel like I could learn a lot from the Snakes though. They fight well enough, and I'm always looking for more.... inspiration. And I know there's more I can learn that you haven't taught me yet, or can't teach me, that, given time.... I might be able to earn."
A simple request from Nozomi. It would help her grow more powerful as a shinobi, not that she needed to. But beyond that, it would help her feel closer to Honiko. Sharing in a contract with her Master. Taking command of their organization. Following in Honiko's footsteps. It was only natural that Nozomi would want to do that.