The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

At the heart of the great Snow Village sits Hyouden Castle, a great fortress chosen to be the Yukikage's fortress. Archeologists discovered its ruins almost by accident while the construction of the new ninja village was already underway. Reconstruction was approved by the Emperor for use by the Yukikage, and now the refurnished building stands as a testament to the marvels of old and new engineering combined in its architecture.Kage: Kuroudo Hyuuga - Kiyoshi

The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Seijitsu Kodani » Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:25 am

Neighing as they pulled the carriages, horses pulling the carriages of nobles and officials of all areas quickly pulled up tot he front door of Hyouden Palace itself. The grand, iron gates had been opened. All who rode in by carriage made their way around the long, circular shaped pathway to the palace. A large round pond containing the fragrant blossoms of lilies and night blooming flowers glittered with the warm, fuzzy lights of fireflies dancing about the petals.

Ladies and Lords were escorted through the grand foyer, their shoes and boots clattering busily as they crossed the glossy marble sea of elegant, buttery gold. Whispers and comments made the walk a lot less quiet, pointing to vases and remarking on artworks Burgundy red carpets lined the stairways and the halls. their escorts leading them into the center of the event itself, the grand ballroom of Yuki's palace itself.

Officials in full regalia, sashes, suits, kimono, anything and any form of formal dress one could think of from dignitaries from across the globe painted the scene with countless different silhouettes and forms. Gorgeously beautiful women in extravagant couture creations of countless clans, graceful ladies in understated elegance of ballgowns.

Opened wide into a large egg shape, the high vaulted ceilings and the wide wall of glass to the opposite the entrance allowed a grand view of the country of Yuki and the imperial province. The floors were carved with circles of fine, ivory colored marble encircled with gold filigree. The ceiling above held a glittering creation of glass flowers that shimmered off of the light of the grand chandelier of extraordinary size.

On the opposite side of said glass was a great garden, filled with vine-entwined gazebos, pillars and ponds.

Wearing a simple, but elegant white one sleeved gown with draped layers with with shimmering chains and minimalist drop earrings, Seijitsu waited behind her closed doors, her entrance along with Atric's would be coming up soon. On her left ear was a simple gold peony, which she used as her own symbol of a crown. Two chains draped across the back of her head, keeping the pin securely in place.

"I thank you all for your work." Seijitsu smiled, bowing slightly at the waist to her maids. "You may all be excused for the rest of the night. Please enjoy the festivities." Bowing, the ladies took their leave of the queen.

Turning around, Seijitsu sighed nervously. Atric would be coming soon.

She ran a finger across the simple floral chain with floating diamonds across her neck.

Her heart beat a little nervously, thinking of the possibilities of what could happen at this event, but something in her hoped she could relax tonight. After all that had happened, it was all but deserved for Yuki to have this night, for living, for growing.

She felt her shoulders tensing at the thought. Her mouth parted for a slight sigh, changing her thoughts to something that she hoped would happen.
Part of her wanted to see if Kurado would be attending tonight. She missed his company, and wouldn't mind just speaking with him tonight.

Becoming aware of her posture, she adjusted to a straightened but relaxed poise and readied herself.

Once Atric arrived, they would make their entrance.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:24 am


She had been in the snow empire for over a week, coming to the country early to both enjoy the scenery, and for more delicate business. Long ago, Hitomi had been told that the clan she was a part of, the reason why her family was in the water country, was located in the snow country. She was given a name, the clan name, and not much else to go by. While she hadn't ever had a need to find them, living her life as an outlaw in the water country, her new life in the hidden sky prompted her to try and make some sort of connection, to meet the family that only existed in stories.

The journey was a short one, Her first encounter and her first question about her clan inadvertently directed to a member. He soon took her to the main clan grounds where she met many of the members both young and old. While the majority were not shinobi, but instead artisans, the few that were almost instantly bonded with her. For days she stayed with them, learning more about her self, and more about her culture. As a gift, she had received a set of bone earrings and a bracelet made from the same. She was also taught how to create a crystal of ice that would last as long as she wore it, her ice sustaining itself off of minimal amounts of chakra. She wore this on a thin silver chain, its cold surface resting gently on her bosom.

She was dressed in the finest Kimono she had ever seen, the silk drawn painstakingly from the now extinct giant spiders that made there homes on Kirigakure Island. It both flattered her figure and drew attention to her beauty, the light and dark blue fabric blended together to create a meeting of sky and ocean that reminded her of her old home mixed with her new, and the white detail only served as a reminder of the courtesy of Yukigakure, or rather, courtesy of the family she had never known. The Kimono was something that her parents had bought her years ago, at a time where life was more peaceful, where life didn't involve running from the law every time she thought she had found home. It was from a time when she was happy, when she had a family, and when she had a real place that she could call home. As a child it was so large, something her parents said she would have to grow into, something that she had always looked forward to but never had the opportunity. Now, that feeling was finally back, and after a painstaking journey into the dead land that she had once called home, Hitomi had returned to Sora with many of her belongings that she had hidden, keeping them both safe and giving herself a reminder of what she could eventually have.

As she strolled into the palace, she could finally admire the part of the empire she had wanted to see most. It was the part that was most unlike herself, most unlike what she thought she could be, and yet she knew that anything was possible so long as she kept up hope. Still, even this was surreal to her, the grand ceilings and marble floors straining her neck as she took in every inch. She was being accompanied by a village native from her clan, another shinobi by the name of Ansa. He wore a fancy three piece suit, all black with a black shirt and tie, though the tie had subtle veins of blue that seemed as far apart, yet as unexplicably connected as night and day. Smiling heavily, Ansa walked with Hitomi, introducing her to many of his shinobi friends, and other people from Yuki, making sure to add that she was foreign, but forgetting to add that they were related. Was he trying to show her off as a trophy date, it was possible. She didn't really mind though.

He was nice.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:19 am

A dark blue kimono with silver dragons dancing amidst clouds. Silver hair and warm, gentle, fierce brown eyes.

Raika Hofushi moved with a natural grace as she trailed at the back of the crowd, keeping away from the uncomfortably close quarters both for her own satisfaction and for the comfort of her companions.

A gentle hand ruffled Koji's hair as she murmured, "Are you ready?"

The boy's assent and a nod from Apollo, and she was walking again and entering the ballroom, one hand remaining lightly on Koji's shoulder to reassure the boy. It was funny, in a way; the last time she had attended a Yuki Ball she had brought Ando along, the boy's shyness requiring her constant attention. This time, she had brought Koji, a more independant boy who seemed nervous all the same.

Hopefully this time... the Ball would be peaceful.




A dark sapphire dress, strapless and revealing a hint of the dip between the breasts, showing the smooth curves of waist and hips before flowing down into a looser skirt. A black ring with a sapphire and golden light shining softly from within rested upon her right hand. Long, silky sapphire hair flowed freely, a red rose nestled in her hair above her right ear. Fierce, warm sapphire eyes.

A wide smile graced Omoi's lips, delighted at another chance for a more peaceful Ball with her beloved, her arm linked with his as they moved through the crowd; Raika had sent them on ahead, which had left them in a denser part of the crowd, though there was still plenty of room to move about. A glance to her partner, and sapphire met gold, softening her smile.

"Let's hope things stay peaceful for once, ne?" barely a whisper escaping from her lips; she knew he could hear her just fine.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by carcinoGeneticist » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:23 am

"Are you ready?"

The boy nodded slowly, grateful for the reassuring hand resting on his shoulder. Smartly dressed in a loose, formal outfit of black cloth with a golden trim, the better to match his eyepatch, he very much wanted to look the part of the country's young prince. He hadn't been to Yuki in what felt like forever, and had spent so little time in the country when he was younger that he seriously doubted that most people even remembered that there was an heir. A cape hung from his shoulders, as white as to match both the freshly fallen snow, and the hair that he shared with his mother. His exposed eye glimmered a deep emerald in the light, and the polished silver emblem of the Kodani family served to clasp the cape to his outfit.

"Home," he whispered softly, as if the word were almost taboo. The last time he had stepped foot in Yukigakure, the situation had been dire, he had been near death. To come back on good terms... it was strange. He hoped that his mother would be happy to see him, especially since the Lady Raika had insisted that they not send word in advance, a security detail Shinkirou had all too willingly supported.

His uncle-of-sorts hung back a ways from the Silver Dragoness and her young charge, a silent guardian dressed in an unremarkable black suit, as at the previous party.

Otoha laughed softly at his beloved's concern about the party remaining peaceful. The last ball they had attended had been... chaotic, to say the least but through quick thinking they had both done their bests to keep the guests safe from harm. He was fairly confident that they could do so a second time, if need be. "We'll be fine," he stated with a grin, brown eyes leaving her own for a moment to scan through the crowd, seeking out a familiar face.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Fang » Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:46 pm

Behind the elaborate decorations, fine lighting and all the great food in the Grand Ballroom, the rest of the castle was a blaze with workers running to and fro. There was, food to be made, rooms to be tended for the guests who wished to use them, drinks to be prepared, guests to be served, and much, much more. The kitchens were especially busy, not only making food for the buffet and room service, but also preparing food for any civilians who wished to bring food to their families rather stay for the festivities because they had work the next day, or some other important matters to do. This event was to be a gift to the people as well as to those who were privileged. It was a huge burden on the Kodani coffers, but Atric guessed that one could not put a price on the happiness of the people of their country.

Atric was barking orders and confirming that everything was going on schedule. He took a moment and spoke into his Radio . "Security Confirmation, Commander Delevar."

"All men are in position and accounted for"

"And the STF?"

Primed and ready, sir."

Atric turned off his mike and sighed, The security would do its job, but his was more worried about their guests. Some of the most powerful and volatile ninjas in the world were in the castle today. Sure they had the rest of the world to play with, but they always tended to love to ruin house parties for some reason or another; explosions, spouts of random rage, killing royal heirs. How rude! He guessed having an open bar was just not enough to keep the guests happy.

He still had to get ready himself. His meeting up time with his mother was coming up and god knew she would worry if he was late. He turned to double-check everything one last time when he noticed a hand on his shoulder. He turned to see it was their head of staff Fujimori-san. "Go Prince, I'll take it from here." He was about to argue when he noticed what time it was. He gave her a hug before running on his way.

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30 minutes later he was dressed in his White Regal-looking Suit with a golden trim. He tied his hair into a tiny ponytail going down to just the base of his neck and long, thin bangs falling gently onto his face. He wore a golden jeweled ceremonial sword at his side, a regalia of the Kodani family. His clothes had been prepared for any possible incidents that could happen tonight and he kept a white radio piece over his ear just in case.

He walked with as much grace he had been taught to Seijitsu's side. You look as stunning as ever, mother. He said as he put on his most endearing smile. "Everything is ready" He gave her his hand to hold onto. "Ready?"

Though for some reason, Atric couldn't help but wonder where Kuroudo had wandered off to.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Tolkien » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:57 pm

A carriage arrived carrying what seemed to be, by anyone looking from the outside, very important people.The carriage was among the other many carriages that surrounded the area. The lovely Pumpkin shaped design of the carriage and slender, sleek fluorescent design that gave the illusion of a Carriage made of silk, reminded someone of something off a fairy tale. As the horses stopped and arrived to the luxurious castle where the festivities would be held, a group of Yuki officials came to open the carriage taking part in the escort of Former Earth Country Council member Gainon Imani, and his mysterious secretary named Sheena. Sheena stepped first admiring the beauty which she beheld of the castle. She held a special flower upon her right ear and a diamond jeweled necklace that molded to her neck as if it was a part of her. Her sparkling black velvet dress spilled onto the marble floor seemingly alive as it moved in unison with her seductive physical body. This mysterious woman of masterful disguise had many forms...all attractive in their own way..

"This.......this...is magnificent. In my world...we had our own fancy things, but I have never seen anything like this. So beautiful"

Sheena spoke in awe continuing down the spectacle that awaited her. Gainon stepped out finally, wearing a very sharp and sophisticated blazer suit. His blazer suit completely black and his shirt inside of a purple color with a silky texture. His cufflinks shined brightly of white gold radiating with the sheer presence of someone who had much money and the appearance of someone of power. His clothes were sharp and eye catching, yet defined and smooth.. Trendy, yet traditional at the same time. The man was of great stature; Secret owner of the global corporation GIC, an accomplished electrical and mechanical engineer with many patents in his name, a business man, former Kage, and of great importance in Iwa. It was a surprise Gainon did not attend these balls in the past, however business always came up for the former Imani chieftan. In this case his arrival here was also of some brief business as well. He had been longing to explore the depths of yuki and to observe it's progress.

"Yuki has come along way. It has always been of a royal atmosphere, but even now, it's magnificence in it's design here is rivaled by very few. I had been but only an up and coming of age young man since I had made my visit in Yukikagure. The warm welcoming presence here makes one forget of the icy cold winters that surround it."

Entering inside brought about even more wonders and spectacles to behold. Gainon and Sheena each had a reserved section for them Already with a large bottle champagne at the center of their table. Even their section was stylized majestically fit for someone of importance. The table kept to the same pattern and theme as the room that housed it. Gainon and Sheena then took their seats with Gainon grabbing out his blazer pocket a small computerized like gadget that he quickly started typing onto. Gainon always was a highly organized man, keeping tabs with his schedules and events as talked to Sheena as he continued typing furiously. It made one wonder what he was typing.

"Are the gifts and pleasantries for our host in order Sheena?"

Sheena smiled still amazed by the work put into this ball. Her eyes wandered as she spoke.

"Yes my lord and master..I have arranged for the Yuki officials to bring them up later after their entrance."

Gainon gave no emotion physically, however his telepathic mind gave a clear reaction as he communicated telepathically to Sheena...

Do not call me that in that way or fashion in public Zuggetmoy..You are my human summon in private, but among the public you are my trusted secretary...remember that...

Zuggetmoy, the true name of Sheena seemed to be step back into reality as if being lost in trance as Gainon reminded her with firmness yet calmness..

Yes...Gainon sir..My apologies..

She communicated back to him via mind as well. Gainon continued typing into his small computer like compartment.

I believe Yuki would be the perfect place to find another missing gem as well..with all the marvelous mysteries that lie here..

Gainon spoke to himself in amusement..
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Seijitsu Kodani » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:44 am

Atric's presence at her side allowed for a bit of comfort. Her eyes softened at the thought that he was working sonhard tonight to assure all the proper preperations had been made. Putting her hand onto his own, she held onto it loosely.

"You seem to have everything organized quite well tonight, Atric." Turning her eyes toward the door, a pair of servants at either side preparing to open it in accordance with the introduction from one of the lords leading the white house of the chamber of nobles, Lord Hirai.

"Hopefully you can enjoy yourself, no sense in being too tense about tonight, son." Seijitsu began to soften her tone. The introduction was coming to their cue.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Queen of Snow Seijitsu Kodani and her son Prince of Snow, Atric."

The two servants opened the doors and allowed the royal pair to step out towards tr canopied section, covered with sheer white tulle and glistening crystal strands following the appearance of snow gently shimmering above the party.

Stepping forward to address the crowd, her tiny frame becoming more apparent standing next to her much taller son despite her heels.

"I welcome you all to this event and most importantly welcome you to our lands. We most definitely hope your stay is enjoyable and the royal house of Yuki and the Kodani clan welcome you personally from the bottom of our hearts."

She smiled, pausing for a moment.

"I always try to do things with purpose, and with this event there is no exception. The lands and people of Yuki have gone through quite a few events involving countless damages and deaths... " her eyes looked around the crowd as she spoke "things which happen for their own reasons. The people of Yuki, as wonderful as they are have been ableto come out of these events ever stronger, and their determination allows me to hold my head up and proudly lead them on and as their Queen I made this ball as a celebration of the people and their beauty."

She smiled that gracious smile, where her eyes wrinkled just a bit at the corner, and her eyes glittered with a warmth that could not be created from anything but true sincerity with her little teeth shining in the light.

"To keep it short and simple: thank you, people of Yuki for being an inspiration, and please everyone, enjoy the festivities. Enjoy your night, everyone." Seijitsu bowed out, before stepping out into the crowd as the bustle of the party began. Quickly turning to Atric, she raised her eyebrows and nodded, her way of saying "Enjoy your night as well."

Quickly disappearing into the crowd, Seijitsu began to mingle, curtseying to all the lords as they bowed and all the ladies as they did the same. Her eyes scanned the crowd for a second. Knowing so many who were here, but her eyes looked for those whom she knew more.

Speaking amongst the crowd, she caught sight of lovely pair, the girl in a light blue and then dark blue kimono, on the arm of a charming gentleman. Walking over to the pair, she smiled, greeting herself

"If I may ask, I haven't seen a lovely lady of your appearance before... May I ask your name?" She asked, quickly picking up a glass of water off of a tray from a passing waiter.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:35 am

Hitomi and Ansa had found quite a few people that he knew, all sorts of shinobi and a few nobles that he had met here and there. They all seemed to be admiring her beauty, and she simply smiled, trying to not seem as embarrassed. Having lived life as an outlaw, she had never had such genuine compliments from anyone, let alone people of such refined status. Still, it was nothing to her compared to the compliment she was about to receive.

"If I may ask, I haven't seen a lovely lady of your appearance before... May I ask your name?"

Hitomi knew the voice, if only briefly. She had just heard it deliver an amazing welcome speech to these hundreds of people in attendance. She almost thought it was a joke for such an important figure to 'descend' down to the masses and speak to her. As she turned around she was able to appreciate the compliment even more, as it came from such a beautiful woman. Her white hair looked like snow to her, as did her whole body and outfit, very fitting of a queen. Hitomi was so taken aback she almost forgot to answer her question.

"My name is Hitomi Sagara of Soragakure. I'm here visiting my clan."

She didn't want to say too much, she didn't want to seem too excited, or show how truly unrefined she was, she wanted to play it smooth, but the blushing of her cheeks sought to tear all of that down.




Ian had managed to get to the ball just in time to hear the tail end of the opening speech. He was dressed in a rather usual two piece suit with a purple shirt and a black tie. His dreadlocks were tied back with a black hair tie, and he wore a pair of shiny shoes that gave him a real polished look. There were many people he didn't know, many of whom he would never meet or had reason too, but there were a particular group of people that drew his interest. Thinking back to a trip he had taken to the province of wood, and a girl he had met, he had remembered her saying something about Kumogakure. He didn't expect to see anyone he recognized, but he just wanted to meet some people from there, since the girl had said that he looked like he was from there as opposed to being a dark skinned native of Yukigakure. He wasn't sure who was from where though so he simply decided to strike up random conversation with everyone he saw. He had definitely gotten more friendly than before he lost his memory, and he was nicer as well.

He approached a group of rather foreign looking people, one in a sapphire dress, the other attached to her at the arm. If destiny always had its way, it would be coincidence that they would meet again, but sometimes things were just not that easy. Quickly shifting to the side, Ian, a former ninja of Kumogakure, Bolt recruit, and survivor of Kumogakure's war that had killed even their last Raikage, walked past the only people in the world who might have recognized him.

"Chira!"

He flashed his smile at a black haired girl behind the pair, moving past them with ease, no spark of memory of them in the least bit.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Raika » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:28 pm

The ballroom was beautiful, elegant, and everything she had come to expect at a Yuki Ball.

Raika smiled slightly at the thought.

Soon enough, Seijitsu had appeared and made her speech, Raika giving Koji's shoulder a gentle squeeze as his mother spoke....

Raika's eyes picked out Seijitsu as she mingled with the crowd, watching as she spoke with one of the guests even as Raika began guiding Koji towards the Queen without a second thought; the only thing that could stop the sennin from joining Seijitsu was young Koji himself.


His soft laugh was music to Omoi's ears as her beloved reassured her that they would be fine, her smile widening ever so slightly.

"I don't think I'll be too worried unless Dokutoru-san decides to make an appearance...."

A gentle laugh spilled from her lips as her head tilted to the side, despite the formal occassion, to lean against Otoha's shoulder, her smile ever bright with him around.

"Now if only the dance music would go ahead and start." She flashed a grin at her beloved, looking forward to a chance to dance with him again that would hopefully not be cut short this time around....
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Seijitsu Kodani » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:05 am

"Hitomi, such a gorgeous name." Seijitsu smiled, sipping from her glass lightly. "I'm ever curious about Sora, and it is quite the lovely experience to meet someone from there. In fact, I do hope to be able to visit someday, just to enjoy the scenery." Her eyes looked over to her escort, "Your handsome friend here is quite lucky to have such a sweet partner to attend with."

Her eyes caught sight of a dash of sapphire with flashes of silver with a familiar form coming up from behind the man she was conversing with. Once she saw the lady's face, she recognized it easily as her friend, Raika Hofushi of Kumo, and she was coming quickly. Nearby, though, something else caught her eye, the young man next to her. His white hair, regal stance, even his gait. Seijitsu felt her heart drop into her chest as she saw her son walking next to her friend, with his guardian and a person she had entrusted with his safety, Shinkirou

Turning to Hitomi and her escort, she curtsied and smiled, "Alas, I apologize but I shall take my leave. Please enjoy the festivities and eat and drink as freely as you like. Hopefully you will stay for the fireworks display later tonight. It is going to be on the balcony later on." Her eyes gesturing over to the wall of glass allowing a view of the city and the city nights. "Again, pleasure to meet you both."

Picking up her skirt, she moved swiftly up to the trio. Quickly, she hugged Koji. Her arms holding him tightly in her embrace. The feeling of seeing him safe and sound after all these months allowed her a moment of relief. Stepping away, she examined the trio, her eyes reflected worry.

"I am happy to see you all here." Her voice was spoken gently. "Let's go somewhere more private."

Quickly escorting the group, she made her way through the crowd towards a sectioned off area behind the royal table, covered by a canopy of fabric, a place set apart for special guests of the Kodani family. Passing by Atric, Seijitsu tapped his shoulder, gesturing for him to follow the group into the private section.

Upon their entrance into the area, Seijitsu had the door closed, as soon as the door closed, her eyes went straight to Koji. "I wish I knew you were coming... I would have made more preparations...I could have had you and Atric properly introduced and you introduced into the public. What brought you here?" Her eyes looked around the group, it was a good surprise, but Seijitsu only felt herself worry more and more for her son's safety.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Tolkien » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:03 am

Tolkien exited from the prestigious carriage along with Akemi in a certain relaxed feeling that he hadn't felt in such a long time. It had been so long that he was actual able to try to relax and enjoy himself. Feeling out of place with this feeling as he stepped into the tranquil realm of the prestigious ceremony and party he looked around in a place foreign to him out of touch. It had been years since being in Yuki. Years since that mission that helped to bring Tolkien and Akemi's friendship closer and strengthened the bonds that they had still to this day. As if finally recognizing his environment he allowed himself a slight smile.

"I think you were barely a pre-teen last time we went on a mission here together."

Tolkien teasingly said this to Akemi as they walked into the ballroom. He was glad that this was not a mission, but rather a recreational event that each of them long needed. Each of them had went through a lot...together as well as each of them in their own individual lives. Tolkien's issues were haunting everyday. Learning of how his father was killed and set up, the disappearance of his mother and how somehow Gainon, one of his former chiefs of his clan was the one who masterminded this. His undercover with Icarus only lead to more questions concerning the whole matter. Thanks to Akemi, she convinced him to try to allow sometime to ease his mind from all the frustrations and just for now, have fun. Although they were coming as representation of the Hyuuga clan and to further cement their support of Yuki, this was more of a fun event more than anything and an excuse for a break. As they went into the ball room, Tolkien was amazed at the overall work put into the event. He definitely appreciated the people's taste. The atmosphere was beautiful and radiant of life. The atmosphere and all it encompassed made Tolkien have to forget all his troubles. Tolkien, had his byuukagan unactivated and his eyes normal, a trait that helped him missions to conceal the fact that he was half Hyuuga. He wondered if there would be anybody here that he might recognized. Most likely not, but who knew?






Tolkien wasn't the only person who came to the ball to forget their troubles. A small boy stood in a corner lost in the thick of the crowd. Fully blended into the wave of people, but not engaged into the wave of people. He was like a transparent figure...a ghost...looking from the outside yet inside the event. The boy known as Niko came a long way from his previous destination. His journey was not an easy one. Having barely escaped Iwa thanks to his mentor and friend Pantaro, he was able to live and continue to learn the meaning of his existence. His eyes closed for the brief minute he thought of noble Pantaro and hoped that he somehow survived his encounter with the demon witchdoctor Rafiki. The witchdoctor being the man who claimed was Niko's father or rather a " neglected human extension of him" that needed to be destroyed. He didn't know what lie ahead of him now in this strange new land of Yuki. He thought of each of the people who meant something to him. His mother, he never knew as she died as soon as he was born...his caretaker, who was like a mother to him before she was killed by Rafiki, Amamizu, another woman who he considered to be his mother strangely on one night abandoning him never to be seen from again. He never quite seemed to understand why Amamizu left him suddenly in the care of Iwa until he met Pantaro. Pantaro became like the father he never had. He was the moral guidance that was sorely lacked from the previous people in his life. It was him where he learned truly of not only right and wrong but of the consequences of his actions. It was him where he then actually felt a pang of guilt from taking another life. Perhaps Amamizu in her own way, was saving Niko from a life of death and corruption which came associated with her and those around her. For that much, Niko thanked her. His eyes were partially opened to perhaps seeking a better way of life other than the killing intent that he constantly felt within him. It was as if a demon possesed his soul and controlled his emotions. Although Niko was very young he was also very much mature for his age. In only his 10 years of existence he had seen so much. The amount that few under 50 would see in their lifetime. He glanced still like as a mannequin dressed for show in a supermarket looking at the people who interacted within the ball room. Even he himself did not know why he even came to this ball. Something seemed to lead him here, but for what purpose? It wasn't that the boy wanted to talk or meet anybody, but somehow he felt that since he was a part of Yuki, he felt some obligation to at least attend and see the people here. To see the Queen and her son. Looking at them as they finally arrived and gave their small delicate speech made him feel so distant from them. As if he was outside of glass dome looking at them. Inaccessible and out of reach. The joy the Queen's son had of her mother and the compassion he felt, made Niko skip a slight beat. He continued staring at the Queen. It was a longing that he wanted in his life. It seemed anybody who was there for him always left his life or were killed. This realization brought a pain in his heart that burned in each recollection..

His mother he never knew...

killed...

his caretaker Ansu...

killed...

Amamizu...

abandoned him...never to be seen...

and Pantaro...

gone...possibly killed as well...

These events triggered a repetitive theme in his life that echoed through his subconscious and paved the way for his eventual seclusion....
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Fang » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:31 pm

Atric had stood with his hands behind his back as his adopted mother gave her speech about the people of Yuki. He admired the grace and poise she held as she addressed her house guests, a technique that he had yet to learn. Anyone could rally men to defend and support their country, their homes; but Seijitsu Kodani wasn't just anyone, she was a leader, a beacon of hope for all who seek a better world. She stood strong despite all the tragedy that she faced in her life, all the long nights and tears unwiped; the side of his mother only he knew of, the side of his mother that was more beautiful then anything else he knew.

As soon as Seijitsu had finished her speech, she gave Atric a look that seemed to tell him to loosen up and enjoy the evening with everyone else. A small, silent laugh opened his mouth into a smile followed by a short nod. Regardless, he began mingling with the various guests of the party, weaving in between the various high class guests. The importance of their support was immeasurable; it made running the country significantly easier.

He was just about to talk with a newcomer, a Mister Gainon, when he felt a finger tap him on the shoulder, he turned to see it was his mother followed by a boy younger then himself. It only took a few seconds before he recognized it as Sei's son, his step-brother.

Seijitsu led them back before quickly doting on her son. Concentrated on his breathing, the situation seemed to have a heavy atmosphere. It wasn't the being the son of Seijitsu that bothered him as much as being the son of Zihark. Atric and him hadn't gotten along the last time they had met due to the whole Osae dying thing. Regardless, Atric believed that a person should be gauged by the merit of his own actions, not his parents.

"Sagaku Koji." It wasn't a question but rather a statement standing alone out of context. He followed it with another statement. "I trust your stay at Kumogakure was enjoyable, I do believe this is our first meeting. I am Atric Kodani." He said with level eyes and a solid demeanor. He raised his hand as if to shake Koji's hand, a symbol of equality.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by carcinoGeneticist » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:18 pm

Koji willingly stepped into his mother's embrace, returning the hug, as if the action might bring some return to normalcy. No such return came, but the action itself was more reflective of the boy he had been, rather than the young man he had so swiftly been forced to become; perhaps there was still time to gain back some of what he had lost. That was, after all, why he had insisted on visiting. While the small group made their way to a more private location, Shinkirou quietly excused himself, slipping away. Cloaked beneath a chakra shroud, he passed through the party, slipping effortlessly by despite the dancers almost intent on stepping upon the invisible guardian. Slowing only in passing to lay his hand upon the shoulder of a golden-eyed male he had met in Kumogakure, the Jounin made his way outside.

"I wish I knew you were coming... I would have made more preparations...I could have had you and Atric properly introduced and you introduced into the public. What brought you here?"

"Well, uh..." He looked towards his feet for a moment, the unintentional awkwardness of the situation a bit worse than he'd anticipated. Who was Atric that they'd have to be introduced, anyway? And there was Raika to deal with... "I was hoping that I might be allowed to stay," he stated softly, glad that as focused on his mother as he was, he wouldn't have to see the look on Raika's face. "Kumogakure is nice and all, but I'm sick of hiding. I should be here." He trailed off towards the end, all too aware that he might have forgotten to mention it to his benefactor in Kumo. Shinkirou had agreed on the spot, shockingly enough, but hadn't been willing to break the news.

"Sagaku Koji."

When Atric suddenly spoke up, Koji glanced in his direction, his sole visible emerald eye narrowing slightly as he took in the boy's appearance.

"I trust your stay at Kumogakure was enjoyable, I do believe this is our first meeting. I am Atric Kodani."

He relaxed a bit at the introduction, reaching out to shake the other male's hand. He didn't really look like a Kodani, lavish dress aside, but maybe they didn't all look quite so... unique as his immediate family. Atric was probably a cousin, then? Odd that he'd be in Seijitsu's immediate company.


"Back in a moment."

Otoha had been just about to call out, having spotted a familiar face- what the hell was Ian doing here of all places? -when he felt a pressure upon his shoulder, from an unseen hand, and an unexpected yet familiar chakra signature. Immediately excusing himself, he pointed Omoi in Ian's direction, she hadn't seemed to notice him for whatever reason. Slipping through the crowd with a bit less stealth than the invisible man who had called for a meeting, he made his way outside.

"You called?

He growled under his breath with annoyance, noting the shifting distortions in the air as Apollo appeared, shedding a thermal cloak for a muffling technique that would keep their conversation private. He really didn't care for the blue-haired swordsman he had met in Kumogakure, for all too many reasons.

"Have you told her yet? Perhaps I should."

Otoha's eyes shifted, the deep pools of gold darkening notably. Apollo's general demeanor, the complete lack of emotion- it really pissed him off, to say nothing of the few secrets they were forced to share.

"How about you? I'm sure the Lady Kodani would love to hear what you have to say about that little incident last year." He grinned, deadly sharp draconic teeth visible for a moment, before they reverted to their original human state. "You keep my secret, Sagaku, and I'll keep yours. Otherwise, well... there's a lot of people here. Someone's bound to get caught in the crossfire."

"Murderer."

"Coward."

The exchange completed, such as it was, Otoha brushed aside the barrier, settling his eyes and heading back inside.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:01 pm

After meeting the very leader of the Hidden snow, Hitomi felt like her night had already reached its peak. What more could happen that would top that other than the maintained feeling of being rich, if only for one night. Delicately, she followed Ansa, moving from group to group, passing by quite a few people that seemed to be of high rank. Still, no one was familiar to her other than a few of her other clan mates, and even then they were like faces in a dream, something she could vaguely remember but not explicitly recall. Finding herself alone in a room full of people, she finally excused herself from her date's side in order to have a seat.

"Champagne?"

Looking up, a rather well dressed man was addressing her, his left hand carrying a tray filled with flutes of a bubbling light gold liquid. She had never heard of champagne, but if it was what fancy people drank then she was all for trying it. Smiling, she accepted a glass and took a sip. Her face didn't show her inexperience, but her tongue was quite unappeased, the dry bitter taste conflicting with her palate. Her true desires lay with the commoners sake, something that she had developed a taste for while in Kiri. It represented her home so well, with all of its rough and tough exterior, complimented by a sense of togetherness only struggle could bring. It was what she wanted, but she was sure that not a soul in the building had ever even heard of it, let alone let it grace their refined lips.

Still, she sat and sipped her glass, occasionally looking over to Ansa, who had become enthralled in some sort of conversation with his clan members. All she could decipher were a few gestures that she had seen some rather old men use in their descriptions of women. Looking at the crowd Hitomi noticed quite a few beautiful people, both female and male. She wondered if looks and money were somehow connected, but then she put the thought out of her head. It was stupid to try and make that kind of connection, she just needed to sit and enjoy for a while.




Ian had found a small group of genin that he knew, most around his age, and they seemed to be having the time of their lives. Everyone was dressed to a tee, the females looking drop dead gorgeous to him. Some he was familiar with but had never even considered them in that light, and now he couldn't take his eyes off of them. He was hoping for the dancing to get started, if just to get some alone time with one of them, but he felt a strong thump in his chest every time the thought crossed. He was nervous, admittedly, but it was something else, something more. There was something he was feeling that he couldn't shake.

Deciding to try and dull his fears with food and drink, he hunted down a waiter, grabbing soem sort of stuffed seafood and a glass of punch. He was tempted to try and score a glass of champagne or wine, but he didn't want to pus his luck. SLowly stuffing his face, his fears faded and he began to scout, trying to position himself in prime position.
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Re: The Sparkling City. [Yuki Ball III]

PostPosted by Raika » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:39 pm

Raika simply raised an eyebrow at Koji's request of his mother; it would be a pity that she wouldn't be able to train the boy more if he left, but it was his decision... and she had little doubt Sei would be happy to have her son home, despite the Empress's worries for her son's safety....

Atric's presence, though, was a curious matter; Raika had never met the boy, and she hadn't been hearing much from Seijitsu lately....

Noting Seijitsu's expression, the sennin stepped forward to place a hand on the fellow kunoichi's shoulder and whisper in her ear, "Relax. If anybody tries to attack him, I'll put them through hell." And then Raika straightened with a grin aimed to ease the tension of their little group....




Sapphire eyes focused on her beloved as he departed, a single spark of displeasure in her scent as he vanished outside; that tension of his concerned her, and it bugged her that he was intent on leaving her in the dark....

Thought there weren't supposed to be anymore secrets....

Omoi sighed and widened her focus to her surroundings, only now catching an oddly familiar scent and noticing why Otoha had pointed her in the direction her had.

Silent steps brought her behind the former Kumo nin as he ate, his eyes on the females in his company.

The human-formed dragoness's shoulders squared, her arms crossed, her gaze sharpened, and she took on the relaxed tension of a Captain about to address a bunch of recruits, despite suppressing an inner laugh.

"Recruit Hachimon, fix your posture! Ease off on the junk food, or I'll make you do 100 laps around Yuki!" her voice was low and quiet, but it still had the same effect as barking orders in their impact.

And as Ian-san stiffened, the girls he was with stifled a few giggles.

Omoi grinned fiercely as he looked back at her before an even breath brought the approaching scent of her beloved to the forefront of her attention, the young Captain turning in Otoha's direction and relaxing her posture with a soft smile as he came into view.
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