Date: October 19, 2012
Kirito and Amiko go on a date in Konoha, but the date is interrupted as Amiko receives her marching orders.
"A Date in the Tea House"
Ono Teahouse in Konoha
It was a cool summer evening, the sun was starting to set in the
distance and the birds were starting to chirp in the distance along the path
leading to the Konohagakure lake, if one took a small turn off the path they
would discover a the Ono Teahouse. The soft scent of cherry blossems and tea
leaveslingered in the area around the teahouse, while the soft glow from the
setting sun made it seem like everything was glowing. Earlier in the day,
Kirito had sent out a invatation for Uzumaki Amiko, to join him this evening he
had felt a little gulity about their last meeting, when he and Atsuro had kind
of left her out of their conversation. He had reserved a rather nice outside
table next to a small koi pond, lined with water lillys. The bottem of the koi
pond was designed to resemble a Ying Yang, with a black and white koi swiming
freely inside of it.
Kirito sat softly on the floor watching the koi swim, he had been
polite and not ordered yet, waiting for the Host to bring his guest towards he
had already paid for the evening and was hoping that the request had made it to
Amiko along with the attire of the night being more formal. Kirito was not
wearing his normal get up, instead he was wearing a white and soft blue Kimino
and a pair of getas on his feet. His silver hair cascaded down his face softly,
as his warm blue eyes moved towards the sugar cube pyramid on the center of the
table, Kirito sighed softly and poked it with his finger moving the cubes a bit
to the right, he was a little earily, but he was still nervous.
Uzumaki Amiko had spent the afternoon cleaning up after her recent
mission to the outskirts of the Land of Fire. She'd left the team of Konoha-nin
after discovering the secret base and gone out towards the border with the Land
of Grass, but in the end she'd been unable to find any trace of the various
ninjas who'd poisoned the town. Eventually she returned to Konohagakure, a
little discouraged, very dirty, but otherwise in good health. After getting the
dirt off her face and her hair washed a young messenger had arrived with a
dinner invitation for her. Of course she'd accepted and begun getting ready.
Amiko glides effortlessly into the room wearing a long, modern style,
green kimono. The neckline is low, but not scandalously, and the upper half of
the dress is quite form-hugging, while the lower half is a little more layered.
The skirt portion of the kimono has a part on each side, showing a little skin
as she walks. The kimono's sleeves are short, barely covering her shoulders,
and embroidered down the right hand side of the skirt are the kanji for faith,
hope, love, joy and life.
As Amiko comes in, guided by a young waitress, she gives a little bow
Kirito smiles softly as he saw Amiko being guided towards him, he
stands up his eyes move across her slowly and a soft blush form in his cheeks,
as he obviously tries to not stare at how lovely she looks. When she arrives he
nods and bows slowly, his blue eyes meeting her sea green ones.He offers his
her a seat waiting for her to be seated before sitting himself. "You look very
nice to night AMiko-san." he says slwoly with the soft smile on his face. "I
was hoping you would come, I would like to apoligize for not paying you as much
attention as I should have the other day when I was walking to Atsuro, I was
having a bad day." he says sloftly with a smile and a nod.
The waitress, looks at Kirito and smiles softly, "Are you still have a
Dragon Well green tea with the daily sweets to compliment it, before having our
speciality. the fifteen grain rice porridge served with tea smoked salmon?"
Amiko smiles softly and then looks away. As the waitress asks about
drinks, Uzumaki Amiko speaks up and asks, "Could I have a jasmine tea if that's
alright?" When the waitress nods, Amiko turns back to Kirito and replies, "Oh,
its quite alright. You need to pay attention to your friends, its important. I
was just teasing because, honestly, I like being the centre of attention." She
gives a little shrug and sits back in her chair, clears her throat, and then
asks, "So why did you ask me here this evening? There must be more to it than
just wanting to apoligize for something that I didn't even take offence to."
She raises an eyebrow questioningly at the boy sitting across from her.
Kirito nodded to the waitress, "Unless their is anything the Lady would
liek changed." he tells her softly and watches as the tea order is changed and
nods slowly, "I will take that as well, no need to have you bring two pots of
tea." he says softly. His attention returns to Amiko, he listens and nods
softly, "Well I suppose you are the center of attention tonight, you have
caught various eyes simply moving to the table." he says slowly, before his
soft blue eyes move towards the koi pond as she continues and asks if he has
another motive behind him inviting her to the teahouse. "What other motive
could I possibly have?" he asks softly, the warm smile on his face. The
waitress returns with a small red and black swirled kettle, with two matching
cups. The waitress pours the inital two cups of tea and lays as tray of
assorted luxury candies and cookies between the two, she boys softly before
leaving. "Perhaps I am simply that nice of a guy? You did say that depressive
and angry didn't suit me." he says slowly as he picks up his tea and takes a
Amiko nods slowly, "That's true, depressive and angry doesn't suit you
at all. Alright then, Mr. Nice Guy, I guess I won't read anything further into
this wonderful gesture." She delicately picks up the tea cup in front of her
and lifts it to her lips, sipping gently and letting out a slight, 'mmm.' "I
haven't had tea from here before, the flavours are wonderful. It reminds me of
tea leaves straight from my mother's herb garden back home," she comments,
closing her eyes and sniffing gracefully over the cup, "and it smells so
delicate. If the food is as good as the tea, I'll have to make a return trip to
Konoha just to visit this tea house again." She smiles and replaces the tea cup
back on the table and leans back peacefully, soaking in the atmosphere of the
little tea house by the lake.
Kirito smiles softly, "You may read this however you like." he says
with a nod, before picking up a small butter cookie and taking a small bite. He
listens to Amiko speak, "It sounds really interesting, the herb garden. I
wasn't aware that this place would bring back such lovely memories of home." he
says softly with a nod before taking a small bite, "So how much longer are you
going to be staying?" he asks softly tilting his head slightly to the right,
"In Konohagakure, that is." his tone is soft and pleasent, different than the
tone he was using when speaking to Atsuro the other day, it is a lot more
gentle and warm as he addresses Amiko. Even more so than his tone or the way he
acted on the mission, it is clear he is nervous but, on the mission he was a
wreak, here he seems more at ease so to speak. "The square choclates are dark
choclate with cherry filling." he says gesturing towards the tray. "Also the
food here, is some of the best in Konoha." he says with a soft smile.
Amiko pauses a moment before answering Kirito's question, and takes one
of the little square chocolates from tray. She takes an elegantly small bite
and hums to herself again in delight. "Well, I'm not entirely sure. At most
I'll have another five days here, but if I receive orders from home or catch
the trail I'm pursuing I could be leaving as soon as tomorrow morning," she
answers, "A ninja's tomorrow is never certain, so we must live in the now. My
mum always said that, but I never really understood it until I started
travelling." With another dainty bite Amiko finishes off the chocolate she had
in her hand, and then takes another sip of her tea. "And you're right, the food
here is quite amazing."
Kirito's face twisted slightly, it was obvious that he was trying to
maintain the smile as she said she could leave as soon as the upcoming morning.
"Well than I suppose it is a good thing I invited you here tonight." he says
slowly, the soft warm smile returning to his face as the waitress returns with
another tray, placing the rice porridge and tea smoke salmon if front of each
of them, the waitress bowing again and leaving. "Well I will be sad to see you
go when you do, I would be lying if I stated I had not enjoyed your company
thus far." he says as he takes a small sip of his tea, before picking up the
elegantly craved chop sticks and takes a small bite of the salmon in front of
him, nodding slowly in appreciation of it. "I will say that, Konoha will be
loosing a lovely flower when you leave, even if that flower was only visiting."
he says softly with a small nod, his blue eyes moving up to meet her green ones
Amiko chokes a little on her food as Kirito compliments her, and has to
quickly clear her throat. A moment later her cheeks turn pink in a deep blush
and she replies, "Well, thank you very much." She quickly brushes a stray
strand of strawberry blonde hair away from her eyes and continues, "But like I
said, I'll have to make another visit on my way back through. The food here is
too good to miss out on." Her face slowly returns to its normal colour as she
takes a few more mouthfuls of the rice porridge and salmon, and Amiko thanks
the gods for the excuse to break eye contact momentarily and escape the nervous
tension at the table.
Kirito takes another bite of his salmon and watches Amiko softly, his
smile widens a little bit as she blushes and hurries to change the topic back
to the food. "Well I will be glad to see you return and just as much sorry will
fill me to know you are leaving again." he says slowly with a nod, before he
picks up his cup of tea and takes a small sip, "I hope I am not offending you,
but you are very pretty" he takes another sip of his tea before continuing, "As
you said, a shinobi only has the moment to live for, who would I be not speak
the truth in such wonderful company?" he asks slowly, his tone slow and soft.
Once again Amiko lights up with a blush and hangs her head to hide her
embarrassment. "Oh wow, you really need to stop complimenting me, I'm turning
bright pink," she says, "You sound like you're about to propose or something.
There's no rush, even after I leave I won't be gone too long. And besides, I'll
be travelling the world for a long time yet. Its one of the few advantages of
being a shinobi operative not based in her home village." She looks down at the
mostly uneaten dish in front of her and bites her lip, deep in though.
Kirito chuckles softly, "If you want I will stop complimenting you." he
says softly with a nod, as he takes another sip from his tea, "Though you are
even cuter when you blush." he says softly tapping his nose with a small smirk.
"Okay now I will quiet complimenting you, if you want." he says reaching over
and picking up a small cookie and taking a bite. "It was a pleasent meal though
and I look forward to sharing another one with you." he says softly, as he
looks out at the now dark evening, "Would you like to go for a walk Amiko-san?"
he aks slowly almost out of no where. The waitress shows up and ask if
everything has been okay, Kirito nods with a small smile.
Amiko silently looks out the window, observing the near-twilight sky,
and nods once solemnly. "If that's what you'd like, a walk would be very nice.
Thank you Kirito-san," she says, and pushes out her chair so that she can stand
up. "I'm glad you showed me this tea house, it could easily become one of my
favourites. Excellent tea, good food, good service, beautiful location," she
says as she smoothes out her kimono and steps away from the table, then turns
to the waitress and thanks her profusely for the meal.
Kirito stands and nods slowly, "You said you like to be the center of
focus, so how about you pick. View tonight as your night." he says softly. His
right hand moves and runs through his silver hair slowly with a smile, looking
at Amiko as she thanks the waitress before he does the same, leaving a generous
tip on the table. Standing it is clear he is shorter and a little bit younger
than Amiko, but he does look rather nice in his kimono. He smiles at Amiko
softly, his soft blue eyes starting at her, as he offers her his hand.
Grinning, Amiko says, "Then a walk around the lake it is!" As they
start walking Amiko lets the Konoha-nin take her hand, but her attention stays
firmly focused on the nearly cloudless sky above, displaying hundreds stars in
beautiful constellations and a full moon that lights up the sky in the early
twilight hours. Coupled with the reflection off the lake it creates a very
Kirito nods and smiles softly, "Off to the lake we go then." he
replies. The cool air is carried of a soft wind, which causes Kirito's hair to
sway back and forth slightly. As Amiko takes his hand, he blushes slightly. His
eyes move to the sky and he stops and watches the stars quietly for a moment,
his hand in Amiko's. Their images reflecting in the soft ripples of the water,
before Kirito's gentle blue eyes move down to meet Amiko, "I mean it when I say
you love amazing, I noticed it the first time I saw you." he says in a warm
tone, the hand holding Amiko moves up taking Amiko's with it, before a soft
kiss is planted on the back of it, if allowed.
Once again Amiko blushes at the compliment, and is about to let Kirito
kiss the back of her hand when a quick, whistling noise distracts her. A ninja
quickly lands next to the couple and speaks up. "I'm sorry to intrude,
Operative Amiko you have an urgent message from the Land of Whirlpools. Your
target has been found, and you will need to leave as soon as possible. The full
message is awaiting you at your lodgings," he says. Having delivered the
message, he bows to the couple, and disappears in a puff of smoke. Amiko sighs
loudly and says, "Well, I'm very sorry but it looks like I need to go and
prepare for my trip. I'll be leaving first thing in the morning." She looks
into Kirito's eyes and smiles, "Thank you for a wonderful evening though."
Kirito lips are about to soft press against her hand when the noise
appears and his attention si drawn away. He stands there silently as she speaks
to the messenger, before turning and addressing her. "No thank you for coming,
it was my pleasure." he says softly. He takes a small step towards Amiko and
leans in, at first one would think he was going to kiss her, but instead his
finger comes up and taps her nose, "I don't do good byes Amiko-san. I look
forward to seeing you when you return, be sure to let me know before hand so I
can reserve us a table at the teahouse again." he says slowly as he turns and
starts to walk away, his geta sandals softly pressing against the ground,
creating that hollow sound getas make when someone walks. Kirito's kimono blows
softly in the wind along with his hair as he walks away, the twilight glow
cascading down across him.