Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

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Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:53 pm

Raika sighed softly in contentment as the hot springs eased the tension in her muscles. Beyond a simple waist-high wooden fence, the sunset painted the sky in brilliant colors, the town below still bustling as it shifted to night life.

This suite was the best the hot spring resort had: spacious rooms, a personal hot spring on a hill that overlooked the rest town.... It had been well worth the money to serve as a vacation spot for two.

And still she heard rumors of the unrest back home in Raikou, of samurai suddenly stepping up as the country's new main protectors in Kumo's weakened state, of their orders for all shinobi to either retire or go into exile.... They would have to be careful when they returned. Though, together with Ryuuchi, she doubted any would be able to stand up to the pair if they didn't want to do something.

Brown eyes turned away from the sunset to look for her beloved with that thought, a soft smile gracing her lips.
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:09 pm

He stood at the centre of the large room simply looking toward one of the walls. A certain feeling overcame him a few seconds before, one that wasn't easy to explain or demonstrate, he felt like he had to tear that wall down, not because it was a threat but because it contained a threat yet the wooden wall was completely bare. He was finally healed back to nearly 100% but even if he wasn't destroying the wall...no, the whole room would be as easy as swinging his arm. But he resisted the urge and simply approached the wall, raising his hand up to meet the centre of the shadow his body cast on the wooden surface.

But what he did not expect happened, he felt something wet and cold when he touched the wall and immediately moved his fingers back. When his eyes moved down to his hand he saw that his fingers were black where he had touched the wall. He took a step to the side, making his shadow move out of the way but there was nothing on the spot of wall he had touched. His curiosity overriding his sense of danger, he moved his whole hand to the shadows in front of him and again he felt the cold and wet surface. He looked to the side again to the same spot as before as his hand remained on the wall, yet he saw nothing out of the ordinary. It was quite perplexing and confusing at the same time.

But as his eyes shifted back to the shadows he saw a pair of blood shot eyes staring back at him. The caught him by surprise and he immediately acted on instinct by jumping back, however his hand remained glued to the wall, preventing him from moving, not only that but his feet were stuck to the ground as well. He grabbed his arm with his free hand in a desperate attempt to release himself only to find that his hand stayed stuck to the arm, not only that but he could feel the same cold and wet feeling on his palm.

A mouth formed on the wall right under the eyes and it simply smiled, showing perfectly healthy human teeth. The shadow then began to move independently, the eyes and mouth moving away from the wall and growing closer and closer to his face. Ryuuchi was already gathering flames in his gut to release them point-blank at whatever that thing was but no chakra gathered, he couldn't feel any energy from his body as if he had been running for days without stopping. His legs shacked from fatigue and his body nearly dropped to the floor, but only then did he notice that his bare arms didn't look young and muscular any longer, but rather wrinkled thin and feeble.

The shadow's mouth smiled at him and opened, revealing a new set of large fangs, it released a high-pitched scream that nearly tore his ear-drums and then lunged forward, biting into his chest. The pain was unlike any he had felt before, it quickly overwhelmed his senses and he released a pained scream of his own and then noticed the shadow entering his body through a whole in his chest.

And he was suddenly back at the centre of the room, his eyes fully focused on the same wall as before...he hadn't moved a step. Ryuuchi quickly moved his arms up to check their condition yet they were perfectly fine and healthy, his energy was also normal, he even released a small flame though his mouth to check and of course, the hole in his chest was nowhere to be found. In fact the only problem he found was that his body was covered in cold sweat. He then realized that it was all in his head, another one of the many illusions that had been assailing his mind for days.

Ryuuchi reached down for his long coat that was just left laying on the floor and took something out of the pocket, a small semi-transparent bottle with what seemed to be white pills inside. He took two pills out by shaking the bottle to his hand but after a second or two of staring at them he shook it again and released another pill, taking all three in one gulp. The pills were something he acquired in secret, they were not particularly sanctioned by any legal medical community and had quite the kick to a normal person (putting a few in a comma after taking a couple) but they did help him with whatever was attacking his mind, even if just a little. But he knew they were simply a very temporary solution to a big he would need to handle eventually...but he owed Raika a peaceful and lunacy free vacation so they would have to do. He knew she would kill him if she found out, so he made sure to hide them in his jacket again.

Ryuuchi finally entered the hot-springs with nothing but a towel over his shoulder, displaying his body in all its glorious glory! Etiquette and proper hygiene were things that only fools used, he care not enough to clean his body before entering the bath, he simply picked up one of the buckets filled with already cold water and splashed it over his body, to somewhat hide the sweat that coved it a few moments before.
He said nothing to her, he simply smiled, winked and jumped in the bath, immediately acting like an animal in heat by quite roughly embracing her, groping her delightful behind and taking her delicious lips. Side-effect of the pills, sudden rush of desire or an act to take even his mind away from the visions...any answer could be right at that moment.

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:43 am

Gentle hands found their way to him, one running though his crimson hair while the other trailed along his stomach, her chest pressing against his as she smiled into the kiss. She breathed in his scent mixed with the sulfurous steam.

Raika chuckled softly when they pulled back for air, playful brown eyes meeting fiery red, her back to the sunset. The hand that had been in his hair slid down to stroke his cheek as she nuzzled into his shoulder for a moment before drawing back for a moment, lifting up her right arm for his inspection, the silver, black, and blue of the oriental dragon tattoo wrapping in a sleeve around her arm vibrant against her skin.

"What'cha think? Got it today out in the town."

And yet her smile was wide as brown eyes studied crimson, knowing that it was just a matter of time before he got impatient.... Every now and then it was fun to mess with her beloved a little, after all.
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:07 pm

The tattoo wasn't what was on his mind at that time, he didn't even notice it when he entered the baths and probably wouldn't have said anything even if he did. What truly was bothering him was the fact that she pushed away like that, in the back of his mind he knew she was simply teasing and being a bit playful, it was even obvious yet for some reason he didn't take it well and he didn't even know why.

"Yea, sure..."

He brushed the topic aside, it didn't matter that she got a tattoo or what he thought about it, he knew it should matter yet he simply didn't care. His large hand reached for the tattooed arm and grabbed it tightly over the very dragon she was showing him, perhaps a little too tight but he didn't notice. Ryuuchi didn't move from the spot but instead pulled her to him, water splashing around them as he turned her around so her back met his chest. The moment her back touched him the hand that gripped her arm released her but the arm quickly wrapped around her waist, strong enough to lock them in that position and strong enough to not allow her any freedom.
Still as forceful as he had been till then, his other hand moved up to her breast, grabbing a handful of it while his mouth moved down to the side of her head, kissing bellow her ear, moving down with the second kiss and even further down with the third and fourth, ending up sucking on the wet skin of her elbow. Finally his hand moved down from her breast to the spot between her legs, he wasn't really thinking much of anything, he was mostly acting on instinct.

He had always been gentle with her, it was incredibly uncharacteristic of him yet whenever they had sex or even so much as a little foreplay, he was always careful...maybe too careful at times he thought once in a while. However in the more recent weeks he had gradually started becoming a bit more aggressive in his approaches, never a big leap each time but a partner would surely notice immediately but never like this, the way he started acting was actually a sudden leap in aggressiveness. Whether she liked it rough or not didn't really matter to him at that particular moment, it was like he was acting more like himself to be honest, like the woman before him wasn't Raika but someone else, some other woman he didn't feel the need to be gentle like before.

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:26 pm

She was a shinobi. Skilled a close combat. Roughness was something she was used to... in combat.

Not in intimacy.

The tightness of his grip on her arm. The force of his hands, his arm locking her in place. Even as she shivered, the sudden, forced control bothered her, like he was trying to suddenly dominate her and restrict her freedom.

Like she was being trapped.

"Oi, oi.... Easy there, love."

Her voice was gentle, soothing, and her hands moved, pushing against his grip just enough that she could turn to face him yet again, hiding away the trapped sensation as brown eyes looked up into brown, smiling softly before leaning in for a kiss, pausing mere inches before their lips met, their gazes meeting.

"Besides... it's no fun when you're the only one who can do anything."

Their lips met, gentle hands running through his hair as she pressed close again, seeking to banish whatever thoughts might be bothering him as well as seeking to banish her own.
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:37 pm

Her words and actions seemed to bring him back to reality and reason as he finally snapped out of it and noticed what he was doing to Raika, more importantly of what he was thinking of doing to her. Sufficed to say that the thoughts in his head weren't the most gentle, not by a long shot, they were more primal and brutal than anything he had shown her, thoughts that closely resembled how he had treated some of the women back during his darker days.

But perhaps it wasn't her but rather the drugs finally taking effect. Thinking about it, they would need a some time to take full effect which could also explain why he suddenly began to calm down. This in turn actually scared him a little, because if either Raika and/or the drugs served to calm him down then his natural state was what brought about that aggressive behavior. He was fine with showing such behavior to the rest of the world, he didn't give a rat's ass about what others thought of him but not Raika, she was the last person he wanted to show the darker side he had before, not after she finally had accepted his new and changed self.

"Sorry, guess getting in the bath with such a hot naked woman got my inner beast raging...and perhaps a not so inner beast as well."

He used a joke to mask his worries, like he had done many times.
Gently he pushed her away and moved a step back before sitting down in the water. Hot springs...he finally realized how ironic the name was to him considering the water was barely lukewarm to his body, but in a way it was also quite pleasant .

"Please tell me your plan isn't just soaking in the water half the night and sex the other half...because if we're gonna sweat after, we can ditch the bath and get to it right away."

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:29 pm

Brown eyes lingered on her beloved for a moment before she lightly moved through the steaming waters to kneel behind him, arms gently pulling his torso back and resting crossed on his chest as she gave her own to pillow his head, softly kissing his forehead.

"I don't have a plan. I'm just enjoying these moments and going with the flow.... We never know when they may end, after all," she murmured softly, stroking his hair as her soft gaze lingered on his face. "...when we get back, I'm not sure how much time we'll have to ourselves. There's a lot to be done in order to settle everyone in and make sure we won't run out of supplies. The DRT isn't fully prepared to be a permanent residence... even if it was meant to shelter many times more than it does now."

A flicker of sadness, and she leaned her head forward so that their lips met, brown eyes closing... and when she rose again, she smiled softly down at him, stroking his cheek.

"Ryuuchi.... Thank you for saving me before I broke, love."
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:44 pm

"You're still on that? After all that happened I should be thanking you."

He really didn't like it when she thanked him and despite the time they had been together already she was still doing it. It was most due to everything that had happened between them before they started their relationship, hell...even a few years before he had killed her without mercy, yet a few years after that she healed and nursed him back to health without question and even accepted him into her life. Raika was the only one that deserved any kind of thanks between those two.

But there was also another reason why he didn't like her thanking him like that, he was not yet stable, at least not since he started having the visions and psychological attacks and who knows where that would lead him. The drugs he had been taking weren't going to work forever and the way things were going whenever he wasn't taking them the results then don't look very promising. He worries that at some point he'll have to leave her for both their good and that she won't take it that well. He never liked getting too close to people, and he was starting to remember why.

But he shook those thoughts away and turned to face her with a mischievous smile.

"Miss, your corniness has infected the moment...I fear only a heavy dose sex may be the only cure."

Perhaps in the back of his mind he figured that if he turned to jokes and sex things would get more physical yet distant between them, not that he wanted to grew apart from her but it would ultimately be easier on both later down the road.

He smiled at her with a quite devilish grin and his arms moved around her body. There was no dinner for them that night.


He woke with a sudden gasp next to Raika, several hours had passed since they were in the bath together enjoying eachother's bodies and had already retired to their large room. The reason for the sudden awakening was nothing more than a nightmare, though it was far worst than any normal human would consider a simply nightmare, the images in his head as he slept were more vicious and horrible than ever. Luckily it didn't seem to him like Raika had woken up from his reaction.

Slowly he got out from under the sheets and took a deep breath, if he was starting to have dreams like those then perhaps the effects of the drugs were starting to wear off. Not odd if it weren't for the fact that they should have been in effect for at least another four hours or so. He moved to his coat and ruffled through it looking for something, as he did the pendant he always carried with him where his most loyal servant Musashi had been imprisoned fell off one of the pockets without him noticing, Musashi in turn tried to communicate with him telepathically but something seemed to be shutting him out.

Finally he found the pills and dropped a couple into his hand, he didn't like taking them, especially so many in a row but he wasn't going to let his mind get in the way of Raika's much needed vacation, it was something he would have to deal with another time later down the line.

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:42 pm

Sleeping beside him always made her lower her guard; even as part of her worried, another recognized his warmth as safety.

And so it was not until the sounds of pills being shaken from a bottle and the fading warmth was enough to make her body notice that eyes opened, head raising to seek him out, brown eyes flickering blue for a moment to read his energy signature....

Nightmare.

Medication.

Thoughts flickered back to a stinging slap, a killer intent both directed at her and not....

In a moment she was behind him, her arms wrapping gently around his stomach, her cheek resting against his warm back.

...he would never have mentioned it during their vacation. Maybe not even after they had gotten back to the airship.

...and medication only worked for so long until the body grew immune to it.

"...how long and how bad?" she murmured softly, gently hugging him close.

She refused to let him always suffer alone like this.
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:47 am

"You're making that face again, I can't see it but I know you're making that face...stop it."

He didn't like it when she made that worried expression of hers, it was quite painful to have anyone worry about him, especially her. Ryuuchi didn't turn around, he didn't want to look at Raika's face...or perhaps he didn't want her to look at his face. Either way he didn't turn around, he just took a deep breath and put the pills in his mouth before she could say anything else.

"It's nothing really, you should worry about it. These things just help me sleep better at night, besides...everyone has nightmares."

A bit of a lie considering a single pill of those drugs he just took would be enough to put a horse out of commission for a few days, but also the truth as they were pretty much the only thing letting him have an actual relaxed night's sleep.

He put the pill bottle back into his coat and moved his hands to her arms, gently making her release him before he stood up and moved to the sliding door that lead to the private baths. He slowly opened the doors and let the moonlight shine into the room...not once did he look at Raika.

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:38 pm

She sat quietly on the bed for a long moment in the silence, brown eyes studying his silhouette in the moonlight... before she sighed softly.

"That day you finally woke up... you told me not to hide while you're around. As long as I hold you dear, Ryuuchi, I'll always worry, whether you're in good health or not. Because everyone has nightmares. Because everyone has fears and hurts. It's part of who I am to worry if those I love are alright."

She paused for a moment, before continuing on fiercely, "And I'll be damned if I let you or any of them fight alone."

She rose then, crossing the distance, slipping her hand into his in a gentle, firm grip, brown eyes seeking out crimson.

"I'm too stubborn to break at your touch, love.... If something's wrong, tell me, and we'll try to work it out together. Alright?"
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Her breaking? He was past that already, he knew she was strong, though she seemed to be leaning on him more than he had ever expected he also knew that should he move out of the way that she would still be able to support herself. Keeping her in mind was no longer a necessity but choice. What worried him was something else entirely.

"I'm not exactly afraid of you breaking, more like..."

He spoke while looking outside, away from her but as he did something caught his eyes. In the distance, floating in front of the moon he saw a black blob with a giant blue eye in the center but after his eyes blinked the blob was gone.
Immediately Ryuuchi looked down at Raika only to see her but her face was covered in an oozing black substance while two blue eyes opened where her mouth and forehead should be. After blinking once again, her face was back to normal.

"Aaaahhh...I get it..."

He said pushing away from Raika and walking further into the room while a sudden laugh left his lips. His hand glided over a wall and he could fill it, just as his fingers barely touched the surface of the wall, that it was cold and sticky and when he looked at it he found the wall to be black and a blue eye following his own. Another laugh left him.

"I'm still dreaming then..."

His words didn't match reality as he most certainly wasn't dreaming, however the hallucination were making it so hard tell reality and dreams apart, he finally reached the point that once he figured out which was which, he'd have to stick to that belief or else he'd be swallowed by both.

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:44 pm

Brown eyes widened slightly in surprise, filling further with worry.

"Ryuuchi...?"

She crossed the distance between them again, catching his arm, gently pulling him so that he was facing her.

"Love, what do you think is happening right now?"

If he was hallucinating again... she didn't know what could happen.

He was falling again, and if she couldn't catch him before he fell too far... she'd lose him. And that was something that scared her.
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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:56 pm

The moment she grabbed his arm he quickly pulled it out of her grip and slowly looked down at her, his eyes glaring down at Raika like she was something other than his lover, something he viewed as an annoyance. He looked away from her, checking the wall but it was back to normal however when he looked back at Raika he saw something, the black ooze sliding down her neck and going under her clothes out of his sight.

"Watch it..."

He warned her and moved away from Raika once again, another clear sign that he didn't want her getting too close.

"This can only be a dream so...you must be the anchor...or trying to be at least. You were doing a good job though...is this where the torture part begins?"

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Re: Setting Sun (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:11 pm

"Tor--?!" Brown eyes widened in shock as she froze.

He's hallucinating, he's just hallucinating-- but that didn't make his words cut any less deep.

She rubbed her eyes and sighed, allowing her beloved to keep his distance as she sat down on the edge of the bed, still facing him.

"Ryuuchi... who do you think I am?"

How calmly he'd asked if this was were the torture began... his nightmares over the years must have been horrible.

...she wanted to see his smile, not his armor. Or his expression when she teased him.

Right now... he obviously didn't think that the woman before him was Raika.

How could she pull him out of the maze of his own mind?
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