"Sensei, I have to give you something... Earlier... while you were out I went to the dojo and got into a fight. I-I've written it all out here in as much detail as I could."
Taken the letter Junan was about to smile, but he could see this meant something to Henshin so he put on a serious face, the face he would normally carry for a student, in fact when he thought about he had chanced a lot since he had begun training Henshin, normally he would start out with testing the student to the brink of death, but he had not done that. He would not smile, not share, or even give good advice he would just expect his student to find their knowledge on their own, as he did.
But he smiled he helped and he for once in his life since the twins he… cared… it was something he was not use to at all. But it was a good thing he guessed he might be able to shake the bad dream about last night.
As he started to read the letter he saw traits of his own youth, training accidents. He had used real weapons in a training, where the other boy had expected something else. Idiot, how could a ninja think to train with dull weapon, the idea of training was to strengthen you self, realizing this was about surviving,
"S-sensei... I'm sorry I didn't do well. It's just like my sister said. I shouldn't have weapons because I hurt people. I got too caught up in the fight and took things too seriously
"God ...forgive me... I have sinned."
Junan raised his hand and to stop Henshin from speaking he looked down at him and removed the scarf from the mouth so Junan could see all of his face, this was something there only happened when they where at home alone, or he was dead serious, and Henshin knew this.
”Henshin, you are still young and have much to learn, so I will explain this to you, and believe me I know that feeling you are feeling right now, well not the god part, but the rest. You remind me of me when I was a few years younger.”
Junan smiled and kneeled down next to Henshin and continued
”Listen Henshin, the life of a shinobi is a harsh one, that is the truth and it always will be, the day its not hard, we are not needed anymore. Training with dull weapons is like skipping survival training or thinking everything is going to be alright if you just ignore it, because in this world, problems wont just go away, not without a fight, and we are the people there take the fight to the problems. And for that we need to be prepared, you accepted a sparing match and in my eyes you won, and with a perfect score, you did what I had taught you, always be prepared, and always be armed, you used real weapons, because there is no reason not to, training with dull weapons don’t teach you anything, if you truly want to be able to dodge real attacks you need to know why, and the only way you are going to learn is to feel.
Feel the pain, knowing if you don’t dodge it could be over. Guys like him you fought wont survive for a long time in this world. And I want you to die of old age, not because you where not prepared.
As for your sister. She might had been right back in the days, because weapons are dangerous, but what I have seen you become she have no knowledge about, she don’t know the true potential inside you. I do. And I am sure if she was here right now she would be as proud of you as I am.
You are my student, you did nothing wrong.”
Junan put his hand on Henshins shoulder and smiled, and it was at this moment he got an idea.
”if you like, I can teach you a technique you can use if you want to escape, of surprise anyone.”
RIP Okinami - RIP Shadow