Simon offers a nod. After she orders, the male briefly glances at the waiter, speaking personally. "Hamachi." Or in other words---yellow tail; befitting of him sort of. At least up until this point. It's then that his cat-like gaze shifts to her, and he removes his arm from its positioning, folding his hands together within his lap.
"Yeah. It's more of a story if anything, I guess. Don't tell anyone else--I'll... probably tell them at some point." This was his way to gauge seeing if it'd actually be nice to reveal some of these things. Simon lifts his hand up, running his hair through his bangs a little bit. "First of all, I gotta say thanks to you and your brother, Seigi. I don't know where I'd be if it wasn't for either of you, or your squad. Anyways..." The blonde decides to go ahead and stop hinting at it. Get straight to the point and all.
"It was about... ten years ago? Yeah. Exactly a decade. Me and my family moved here from the Land of Frost, or more specifically, Shimogakure no Sato. Things were getting tough there---lots of poverty and what not. They'd gotten clearance to go so... we ended up here. Closest place we could get to. My parents opened up a little shop and what not, started making a living. Even ended up changing our names and kinda how we looked so we could really solidify the feeling of starting new." The male hints at what he meant by how they looked by pointing at the black hair roots.
"The Kishima family became the Kageyama family. Though I still retained my birth name--Sakata. I'll get into how I started going by Simon later on." The male remarks, continuing for now. "Naturally, I joined the academy to become a shinobi. Kinda got inspired by Calypso and Seigi, and since I couldn't really mimic what they were really known for I just took a liking to the next best thing--the element they had in common: Lightning."
"Midway through I started getting good at chemistry and stuff--nothing really major. Started out with vinegar and baking soda, but as things went on I got better and better. Kids started likin' me for it because it wasn't that ordinary in the academy. Usually they just got good at the usual things. I'd always show it to the kids that played near our house too, since they didn't attend the academy and we had to live in the slums."
"They didn't really know my name, just called me 'Blondie' for the most part. I'd always show them little bits of what I learned at the academy, and it wasn't long before I was kinda a ringleader. Just a little group of friends in the slums. Usually ended up sleeping over their houses 'cause stuff started getting tougher for mom and dad, but they didn't explain how. And eventually, they both disappeared--gone without a trace. So I had to finish up the academy alone, and got caught up with the usual drug business."
"Luckily those kids grew up along with me, and they kinda protected me from the usual dangers of dealing while I kept selling. Usually wore yellow or dyed their hair blonde--like I did back when I came to the village, to show their allegiance with me. Funnily enough, I started going by Simon 'cause of the game, 'Simon says'. They'd started calling me Simon because they said it fit, since that game's all about someone telling you what to do, like a leader, and that's what I was to them."
Simon sighs, bringing his elbow up upon the edge of the table. He rests his hand upon his cheek. "By then I'd graduated and stuff, and started making a good living for my own. Each time I visited my original home there was nothing--the shop was completely gone too. I just figured that they went back to Shimogakure, but I don't really know why. Didn't have the time or the money to see for myself. So I stayed here and followed in your brother and Calypso's footsteps, and got as good as I could at Lightning. Sooner or later word got around to your brother, and he promoted me to a Chuunin. Don't why, guess I just seemed promising?"
"For a few years I just kept on building up until I could afford my own apartment, then I said bye to all those friends of mine when I finally got it. Started living like a shinobi at that point and occasionally visited them to show them a thing or two, but other than that I stopped being a dealer. It wasn't long before I met you guys on your way back from that mission at the gate, and then Seigi up and fell ill, and eventually died."
"The news threw me off a lot, so when you went and fell ill I got worried that you'd go, too. So when you were hospitalized I pitched in some money for your life support. Figured I owed Seigi one for the promotion, and that I aught to look over you since he's gone. After Calypso died shortly after I felt even more lost, and didn't really know what to do. After you woke up from being comatose and after I started bonding with your squadmates I got a little more hopeful. Decided that I'd stick around you guys, and kinda try and make sure you don't go..."
"In a way, after losing my parents, my friends in the slums guided me---kinda lead me astray. Then my inspirations helped get me back on the path I wanted to be on---a path to wealth and royalty. I wanted to be a King so I wouldn't have to worry about poverty, and so I'd have people that looked at me the way they did. But after I lost them, you guys sort of inadvertently kept me on the right path, too. So... thank you. Not from Simon Kageyama---but Sakata Kishima." He remarks that, feeling a pang of guilt. It prompts him to say some more things, just as a finisher.
"... Sorry about lying to you guys, too. This is just my way of coming clean and being honest about who I am. Not sure if I should tell the others, but it'd certainly clear things up. Just as I wanted. I don't blame you if you end up hating me for it." He remarks, declining against the seat.
'As for now? I just hope those lies aren't the reason I lose more people in my life.' The male muses.