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O'raion Island => O'raion Forest => Topic started by: Aska on October 31, 2012, 06:07:03 pm

Title: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on October 31, 2012, 06:07:03 pm
The woman meandered the woods, gathering herbs. Some were still more than available, even with the change in seasons coming near. The cloak swept the ground behind her. It wasn't so cold that the winds irritated her cheeks and ears, so her face is uncovered in cameo relief. Her long dark hair was swept back from her face in ornate combs.

She carried a covered basket, and moved at a slower pace. There's something serene and timeless about the woman as she works. Even her greyed lilac eyes were quiet and calm.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on October 31, 2012, 06:29:01 pm
A little fox sized red dragon trotted through the forest.  Normally the little one would have been chasing after some forest creature, attempting to play with a bunny or a fox.  Today however she was quieter than normal, almost appearing lost in thought.  However inside her mind there was nothing.  She didn't want to think, thinking led to emotions, emotions led to.....

The little dragon sighed as she contined her wandering.  She noticed the woman, settling those red eyes of hers, currently duller than normal, on her.  She sat slowed her pace and tilted her head lightly at the woman.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on October 31, 2012, 06:53:12 pm
Those lavender eyes moved over the dragon, fey and knowing. She shook her head, gaze sympathetic. "The scent of heartbreak lingers over you, little dragonkind. Come speak with me, and unburden yourself. We will have tea." Aska said, her voice light. Her English is very clear, but there's the vaguest of accents in them.

"These trees. they have seen sorrow. And these eyes have, as well. Come with me, little one. We will have you feeling a little better soon. Forget the man that garners tears. He is unworthy. My time has taught me." She held out her hand, to lead the small dragon through the trees. It was one of the only ways to find her home.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on October 31, 2012, 07:05:57 pm
The little dragon looked confused for a moment, as the woman spoke.  Was she really that easy to read?  Shaking her head lightly at herself, she found herself at ease at the woman's gaze.  The sympathy was real, but she couldn't feel any judging in it. 

The comment about the man being unworthy put a instant of pause in her movements towards the woman.  However in a few seconds Homura shifted, standing next to the woman in her human form, feeling safe.  She took the woman's hand nodding softly, "Okay."
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Yume on October 31, 2012, 07:10:06 pm
"Homura-chan!!!" A girl voice is heard as the brunette suddenly glomped Homura out of nowhere. "I finally able to find you! I miss you!!!" She said, hugging homura.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on October 31, 2012, 07:45:50 pm
Aska had just wrapped an arm around Homura, beginning to lead her away. The appearance of the other girl made Aska recoil in her elegant fashion. It was one thing to choose to touch. Quite another to have it foisted upon her. Her shapely brow arched as she watched the happenings. It's fairly obvious that Aska is not leading on until something is done with the newcomer.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on October 31, 2012, 08:00:54 pm
Homura was quite shocked when she was practically tackled from behind.  Her face however likely read less shocked, due the shutdown of her emotions.  She looked at Yume with a smile, although it was a carefully crafted mask.  Without knowing her incredibly well you wouldn't see through it.

"Oh hi Yume.  It's been a while."  She said quietly.  She tilted her head lightly as she spoke.  "You were looking for me?  I didn't know you were back.  We should catch up sometime."  She took a half step backwards, wringing her hands together softly.   
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Yume on October 31, 2012, 08:08:15 pm
Yume smiles and pull her up. "Yeah i just got back 2 or maybe 5 days ago, crazy times while i was gone, i will tell you another times. So what wrong? Love problems, sweetie?" She ask, noticing her emotions is less and suggesting that it relate to love. After a min of thinking, she finally look at Aska.

"OOPS! Sorry, I'm Yume Kasai, a friend of Homura. And you are?" She ask after dusting her off.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on October 31, 2012, 08:17:12 pm
Aska watched the interactions, and couldn't understand how the people of this island could be so very blind. "My name is none of your concern, and your presumptuous nature is a painful thing to witness. I will forgive your misstep, because you are very young. In love, let the aggrieved speak with you. Do not pressure them. You are making her uncomfortable. Listen and see. Find her later."

Her cool lavender eyes remained on Yume's for a moment, before her arm closed around Homura, and both disappear from view. All that is left behind is the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. And Aska's voice whispering a warning. "Be careful in my woods. They are not always hospitable."  
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on October 31, 2012, 08:37:16 pm
Homura had tensed up at Yume's questions.  She wasn't sure how she was going to respond.  As Aska wrapped her arm around her she let out a sigh of relief and gave her a grateful glance.  "Thank you."  she said softly.  Feeling pressured into speaking would have made her spiral further into her own mind, retreating as far as she could.  The woman however had a calming air about her, Homura felt safe with her.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Yume on October 31, 2012, 10:41:40 pm
Yume was having a mixture of shock, anger, and surprise. "OI! That woman is RUDE... tsk, FINE no one wanted to see me again? FINE i will disappear." She stomped out, angry that no one is happy to see her or wanted to talk to her more after Elliot's encounter, she was really upset and now even more. She open her magic circle and jumped in, teleporting her to her garden where it smooth her mind.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 01, 2012, 06:19:05 pm
She smiled slightly at the girl, an almost motherly or big sisterly look. "It is no trouble, little one. Long have I been a rescuer from situations unwanted socially. Some people are simply not properly empathetic. It is shameful." They moved in a ball of dove grey light, or this is how it appeared on the inside.

"I will take you back to my home. You can sit before the fire, and warm yourself. The snow and ice are not a proper temperature for you. Do you like tea, little dragon?" The woman asked softly, eyes ahead of them, as if she guided the sphere of light.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 01, 2012, 06:45:27 pm
Homura looked around at the light as the moved, almost captivated by it.  She smiled warmly at the woman, feeling fairly comfortable with her.  The mention of warmth and sitting by a fire, made her realize how cold it had been.  The prospect of warming herself, was more than a welcome one.  This woman seemed to instincitively know this.  A quick nod in response to her question, "I do like tea."  she said happily.  A quick thought crossed her mind.  "I realize I haven't told you my name.  I'm Homura."  she said warmly, she certainly didn't want to be rude to the woman who was being so kind.  Not that she minded being called little dragon.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 01, 2012, 07:07:49 pm
Another smile, one that reached her eyes and warmed them in expression, though not in color. "Homura is a befitting name for a dragon born of flame. I am Aska. We will get you warm very soon. My home is not far now." From the corner of her eye, she watched the dragon be absolutely entranced by the swirling light, and smiled slightly again.

"Tell me, Homura. Do you play music? Do you dance, little one?" The priestess asked quietly, curiously.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 01, 2012, 07:27:12 pm
Homura smiled brightly, "It's very nice to meet you Aska."  A warm expression crept into Homura's eyes as the woman commented on her name, and let the prospect of warmth be coming soon.  Even though she was fully paying attention to Aska her ruby eyes would wander every so often to the swirling lights again. 

She tiled her head lightly at the questions asked.  "Do I play music?  I haven't been able to learn much in the way of instruments.  I do enjoying singing very much though.  I've always found it soothing.  I like to dance, but it's often when no one is watching."  She grinned sheepishly. 
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 01, 2012, 11:35:18 pm
Aska laughed softly, the chuckle a whispery, very feminine yet subtle thing. "I know many that dance when no one is looking. I was trained to dance for the eye, though. Would you like to learn how to play the shamisan, little one? Perhaps how to dance with fans? I sing, as well. I rarely get the chance to do this so often, now." She said quietly as they grew near to their destination.

She slowly took them down, and settled upon the Earth. The light cleared away, revealing a good sized cottage in the middle of the woods. Already, the smell of woodsmoke was on the air, and smoke plumed from the chimney. It was a charming thing. The outside is very well kempt, and shows signs that there are many things that will feed a large variety of the forest creature populace.

Aska leads the girl into her home, and the first thing to assail the senses is the smell of the herbs that hung about the cottage. Many were drying, but all of them gave a distinct scent. To a nose more accustomed to the city, it is confusing, cacaphonous. But to a nose that enjoyed the natural, it was heavenly. The cottage both looks and smells earthy.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 02, 2012, 12:26:19 am
Homura giggled lightly still thinking about dancing when no one was looking.  She watched Aska with bright eyes.  She nodded excitedly, "I have always wanted to learn to play an instrument but have had no one to teach me.  Learning to play the shamisan sounds wonderful."   She smiled warmly. 

"You've been trained in dance?" she asked her eyes gleaming slightly.  "I would love to learn how to dance with fans.  I'm sure it would be far more graceful than when I dance in my dorm."  She smiled happily as they landed at their destination.

She looked around at the cottage, taking in the sights and the smells.  The smells entered her nose tickling at the natural side of her.  A Dragon's natural habitat being the wild the Cottage gave Homura a sense of ease.  Smiling at the herbs as they walked inside she turned back to look at Aska with a soft smile.  "Your home is quite lovely."
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 02, 2012, 09:03:11 pm
Hands palm to palm, fingertips together, the priestess gave a bow. "I am humbled that you approve, little dragon. Find your way to the hearth's flame. Warm yourself. There is a blanket that you may speread out, or if you would prefer, the chairs are open to you." Aska gestured, already moving to the warming water.

Her hands gathered and picked at the herbs, creating a concoction, fragrant and sweet. Each went into the teaball for that specific purpose. Lemon balm and small hints of lavender flower. Mint for flavor and raspberry flower for sweetness. Another odd herb found it's way in, though the tastes and scents of the rest obscure it's existence.

The tea ball made it's way into the small tea pot that sat in a very elegant and old fashioned tea service. Sugar cubes had been arranged, and heavy cream sat beside it to be dolloped. The spoons were old and silvered, well cared for. The tea set is bone china. Scones are available, as is jam beside it.

The small statured woman wheeled the service over to the girl, her lavender eyes watching the younger female. "Would you like to learn what I know then, little one? To learn the arts of the geisha, and find grace of form and tongue?" She asked the girl, softly.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 02, 2012, 09:48:17 pm
The younger girl happily made her way over to the hearth.  She picked up the blanket running her fingers over it softly, before she laid it out close to the fire.  Having always been drawn to being as close to the flame as she could, she curled up near the warmth watching the priestess.  She watched the woman fairly captivated as she gathered the herbs, and made the tea. 

As the service was presented to Homura she gave a bit of a bow in appreciation.  She carefully added a sugar cube and dash of cream liking things a bit on the sweet side, and took a scone and jam happily.  Letting the fragrance of the tea fill her senses smiling lightly as she looked up at Aska as she posed the question.  "Learn the arts of the Geisha?"  She tilted her head momentarily, but quickly nodded.  "I would love to learn what you have to teach, if you wouldn't mind teaching me.  I'm sure I could certainly benefit from learning the arts, and developing a bit more grace."  She would admit she sometimes lacked in that area, being a bit on the excitable side.  She sipped the tea quietly, smiling softly enjoying the rich taste.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 06, 2012, 09:42:13 pm
Aska took a seat in a chair that faced the hearth, crossing her ankles in a dainty fashion. Her lavender eyes settled on Homura patiently. "It has been long since I last had a little sister. I have not heard a voice call me 'Onee-san' in many years. What do you know of geisha, little one?" Asked the priestess, as she prepared her own tea, only using a dollop of the cream.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 06, 2012, 10:04:50 pm
Homura curled her feet under her as she sat and sipped at the tea.  Smiling softly at Aska as she said little sister.  Somehow she could already see calling the woman Onee-san.  Her head sifted slightly to the side at the question.  "I will admit that I am fairly new to the human world, but I do know a little of the geisha.  They are traditional japanese entertainers who perform music and dance correct.  It takes a lot of training right?"  She sipped her tea trying to see if she could remember anything else from the little she read.  She watched Aska intently more than willing to learn anything the woman had to teach.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Aska on November 08, 2012, 01:21:44 am
The woman's dainty hands cradled the delicate china cup as she thought of where to start. "Geisha are more than just entertainers. They are judged as moving works of artistry and grace. Even when not entertaining, you should always be feminine, well presented, flawless. Your every step becomes part of a dance. Your every word, a song you sing. Your gestures meant to entrance and delight." Her words were patient, softly spoken.

"My kimono, I have dozens, are only a part of the wardrobe I would teach you to adopt. You must remember. A true geisha does not barter in flesh. We are better than monkeys. Cover your feet. I will give you the proper footwear while you are inside the house. I will begin training you to wear the correct shoes.

This training will change the way you move, the way that you bow, sit, walk, talk, eat, drink or turn. You'll learn more of the arts, drawing, painting, singing, dancing. Fans for their beauty or their deadly use. It will be painful. It will be a long process. But it is worth it for the skills, in the end."
The ever youthful priestess looked at the younger girl, and tilted her head, as if waiting for more curiosity.
Title: Re: The Path of the Ancient [open]
Post by: Homura on November 08, 2012, 01:55:53 am
Homura listened to Aska's words utterly capitvated.  The way the woman described the geisha was beautiful.  She held the cup in her hands as fascinated by what she was being told.  She nodded holding back a bit of her excitement.  "I would love to learn more grace, to study the ways of the geisha.  I have always been a bit of a spazz.  It would be nice to be able to carry myself with poise."  She rubbed her head lightly.

She invisioned wearing a kimono and smiled, to be able to wear soemthing so beautiful.  Thinking about the last words she had a quiet excited determination.  She wanted to look up to the woman like a sister  "I have never been afraid to put in time and effort for training.  I would gladly go through the pain and time if it is worth it, and I have no doubt that it is if you say so."  She looked up her eyes sparkling.  "If you are willing to teach me, I will gladly become your student."