Of Sand and Stone. [P] Aug 12, 2015 8:55:10 GMT -8
Post by King on Aug 12, 2015 8:55:10 GMT -8
It had been a mutual agreement to continue further from the god's birthplace in pursuit of the conversation the young woman requested. In spite of the creature's disappearance, its presence could still be felt in great magnitudes. The atmosphere was heavy with its influence, and like the crushing depths of the sea, its weight was far too much to remain comfortable-- even for a Kage. And with so much to consider, the boisterous rustling of a few dewy leaves did nothing to assist the situation.
They'd walked in relative silence for quite some time, until well beyond the view and earshot of the other ninjas that had witnessed the event. Now among a field of tall, flowing rice plants, Kouketsu stopped. The clouds had still yet to fully disperse, and through their overcast sheets, a pale, haunting moonlight shone through.
"You wanted to speak with me, Lady Tsuchikage?" Kouketsu's demeanor was, as it had been, lackluster. Had he always known? "Back there you spoke of your village's relations with the Hidden Leaf as if you held intimate knowledge concerning the matter. Far more than a mere genin, chuunin, and even most jounin would know. Which means you're either the Tsuchikage, or a shinobi directly beneath him or her - perhaps an assist. But it wouldn't make sense for a Kage to send one of their most treasured assets, most likely a friend, on an unknown scouting mission."
Kouketsu faced her, locking their gazes. "And judging from your attitude in regards to those... children, it would seem that you aren't used to dealing with the immaturity of the lower castes. Which leads me to believe you're as reckless and determined a leader as I am, not content to merely bow to tradition and become a figurehead of the village's council. That's why you're here, isn't it? To show them -- and perhaps yourself -- that you aren't just some matriarch doll, bred to deliver orders and pull strings from the shadows?"
Indeed, he was not like the others she'd met mere moments ago. Vigilant, calculating, with a hint of coldness beneath it all. Kouketsu had claimed the mantle of Kazekage for a reason. "So, how may I be of service to you?"