Date: August 16, 2014
Hakumei has made its move to takeover Fuuma Alley. A criminal organization in the criminal city now decides what step to take next.
"Fortune and Infamy - Final Words"
Everything about the power change has gone almost too smoothly. The success can be summed up in one word: money. The takeover of the casinos, with Hakumei in the background, hasn't gone unsuspected. But when those people began finding themselves on a generous payrolls (or mysteriously) missing, inconvenient rumors were quelled.
With the takeover, a few events took place. A casino called The Oasis was absorbed by "Daichi's" casinos. A huge discount among the casinos took place all week. Charitable work was used in abundance. It was the first steps to winning over the common citizens, and it was working. The name Hakumei spread around, a few unhappily, but most were content to let the higher ups play their games of power—and take an advantage of the generous happy hours at bars that'd go on through the month. People loved big discounts, and most everyone had them, regardless of any loss of profit that week.
Yet fear was present too. Twilight had made sure of that. Reina has invited her friends to a restaurant. A fancy, extremely delicious restaurant which is now theirs. She doesn't indulge in these twos of things too much, but hey. Free food. And excellent at that'
Approaching the restaurant, Nanashi is once again in a rather androgynous form, perhaps glad to finally be rid of playing Daichi for a bit. This time she's taken on the guise of Kozue, a familiar one. Once in the private room, the being would look around for Reina, letting out a yawn and shrugging before going to find a seat and wait for the others to arrive. It's been a long road to get to where they are, one of Hakumei's longest missions to date, if not the longest, but it's well worth it to obtain the goal of this one.
FOOD AND BOOZE!!! 8D Bea's in paradise! And not that one that 'Daichi' assigned to his whiny little brother to run, Reina wouldn't be dumb enough to put the group up in a place that's even nominally controlled by a potential enemy, right? :P Well anyway, Bea arrives in the private room with a huge grin of anticipation. "Greetings comrade! Is much good fortune had by us, yes? Reina-san is credit to team!" ^.^
Stepping into the meeting area, Hiken lets out a sigh of happiness at the sight of food and the idea of free booze. He settles into a spot and pouts as he looks at Nanashi, "Aww, going with a more chestless look, huh?" He sighs, his soft voice lilting with sadness and melancholy before looking over at Bea, "All is not lost though!" He states with a grin and looks at Bea, "I'm Hiken!" He declares and then looks her over idly before nodding, "Nice to meet another new member!"
The table is decked out in high class food. Reina takes a bite, and pauses. So this is why it costs five times as much as normal food. She piles her plate from different dishes. After another is here she says, "Nanashi, Bea, Hiken. Welcome. I'm afraid Takuya isn't around. Well done! We successfully replaced Daichi with our doppleganger." She points chopsticks at Nanashi. "Daichi has had three assassins try to kill him. Two up close. He's now too scared to go out in public, and we're his permanent partners, standing out in the open. Daichi will never been seen again."
"This is the first step," she says. "We took over a huge chunk of the money in Fuuma Alley. We're taking over the muscle. Winning the public. Soon the industrial power of the shinobi countries will be ours. And you're all atop this."The table is decked out in high class food. Reina takes a bite, and pauses. So this is why it costs five times as much as normal food. She piles her plate from different dishes. After another is here she says, "Nanashi, Bea, Hiken. Welcome. I'm afraid Takuya isn't around. Well done! We successfully replaced Daichi with our doppleganger." She points chopsticks at Nanashi. "Daichi has had three assassins try to kill him. Two up close. He's now too scared to go out in public, and we're his permanent partners, standing out in the open. Daichi will never been seen again."
"This is the first step," she says. "We took over a huge chunk of the money in Fuuma Alley. We're taking over the muscle. Winning the public. Soon the industrial power of the shinobi countries will be ours. And you're all atop this. Any comments?" She goes back to eating, but pays close attention.
Nanashi blinks at Bea as she enters, trying to figure out exactly what she means. "Uh… Yeah, definitely," it says with a chuckle before looking to Hiken and smirking at him. "I can change that at any time, though I normally only do requests for people I really like," it comments in a joking tone. When Reina speaks, the being looks over and simply listens and nods while piling its plate up. "Eh, you know me, just along for the fun of it. I'm game for whatever we need to do," it says before it starts to eat and drink.
Bea looks over to the guy introducing himself to her. Her fists snap down in front of her in the 'Osu!' position. "Confrontation Bear-Fist user, Ritoru Bea!" she responds ceremoniously. Then she relaxes and smirks at Hiken. "Hiken-san is pale little man, perhaps should spend more time outside. But good food might help too, yes?" Speaking of which, FOOD! Bea goes and grabs a plate, then starts piling delicacies onto it, taking a bite of each item as she picks them up. When Reina asks for opinions on how things are going, Bea simply waves a drumstick in salute. "GOOD TIMES! Omn, omn, nom." n.n
"Oh!" He declares, Hiken clutches at his chest, "Pierce my heart with your words, Nanashi." He then turns his gaze upon Bea and sighs, "Two in a row." He slumps and sighs, "I guess I shall have to console myself in food and wine and wenches then." He nods his head and then sighs as he pulls some food on to his plate, "How terrible." He nods his head and then looks across to Reina and smiles at her, "We certainly have a lot to be pleased about, that much is sure."
When Nanashi replies, Reina gives her a long, searching look. "I'm glad you agree with my decision, Daichi-kun," she says. Her mouth twitches in what might be a fleeting smile. Bea's enthusiastic greeting /does/ make Reina smile. It seems she rather likes Bea's boisterous nature. Though for that reason she's careful which tasks to send her on. She'd kind of expected the mercenary's frank approval, especially now the intrigue or 'sneaking around' as Bea put it, was changing.
When Hiken seals the deal with unanimous approval, Reina just nods. "You'll all get payment today," she says. "And I'd like you to take time to make an important decision. We have six casinos and I want each of you to oversee one. You should choose whether you want to hire an assistant to help you. I have a list, of people who might be reliable. We also have yakuza and the other underground muscle on our side, or mostly. All of you should keep an eye on it, especially you Nanashi. Mingle with them from time to time and make sure they're firmly adhering to our payroll."
Then she grins. "By the way, I heard of a bunch of whistle blowers. The Silence." She looks at Hiken. "I want you to speak with them. Try to find out who they are, and perhaps make a deal with them. We could use that information. Also, choose one member of Hakumei you wish to accompany you with, either for muscle, diplomacy, or both."
"Oh, don't be such a baby," Nanashi says with a snicker at Hiken. It then squints its eyes at him. A moment later a detached hand would fly up onto the man from under his seat and flick him on the nose. "Who you callin' a wench?" it asks with a smirk before going back to eating while listening to Reina. It nods simply at that request, saying, "Easy enough." Then the next part about the Silence. Nanashi's eyes narrow as it ponders that. "So try to make an alliance with the world threat against the shinobi villages, huh? This should be entertaining."
Bea listens while Reina goes on about the casinos. Half-detached and stuffing her face, but listening, nominally. The subject doesn't particularly interest Bea, unfortunately. e.e "We must run casino? Is almost as bad as coat and stabbings stuff. How will I know if employees is cheating customers?" :P Yeah, Bea doesn't fully grasp the concept of casinos to start with. X) "I will need very smart assistant who will not do coat and stabbings stuff against me. If they can tell me who is doing stuff wrong, then I can be big scary boss and smash them just fine."
A frown and then Hiken rubs his nose before pointing idly at Nanashi, "Obviously not you…wenches are far more loose with their morales and their clothes." He chuckles before nodding his head to Reina, "That should work quite well, my experiments will be able to be done in some room I can proclaim, I can test out various things, learn of new things and of course…I'll want the casino with the dancing girls." He nods before popping a grape in his mouth and glancing at Bea. He then tries not to laugh so he doesn't choke on his food before saying, "Umm, Bea will need a very Casino savvy assistant."
Reina looks between her group. They're getting along so well. Or at least tolerating one another. She eats sparingly as she listens, although Bea gets a measuring look. Yup, she's going to need an assistant. Reina has a few in mind. "No alliance," Reina says to Hiken. "Certainly not. Just information. If you want to have an alliance, make dead sure it's an intelligent one. We took over by subterfuge mostly, and they went to the Chuunin Exams in force. If they're short lived, we don't want to fall with them." She smiles darkly. "But it wouldn't hurt. We have a pooled budget and weapons resources. If you wish to bargain those, do so. But no permanent assets, such as our casino or a portion of power. Or just try to get something for nothing."
To Bea Reina says, "Go around everywhere and see if we can find prospective members. I want one more. Also, talk with Aimi and try to befriend her. And Nanashi uh…do whatever you want. Heh."
"Got it," Nanash says to the instruction about dealing with the Silence. That instructions given to it versus what's given to the others bring a smirk from the being, a mischievous wink given before it starts to dig into the food again. "Sounds perfect to me." It then looks back at Hiken, snickering a bit as it recalls something. "So any other business we need to attend to, or do we get a few days off?"
Bea snorts at what Reina says about dealing with the Silence. "Is too complicated for me. If I am seeing these Stillness people, I am just trying not to start fight with them." -.- Bea takes a big swig of whatever booze came to her hand and wipes her mouth. "Finding new person is not so hard. Not sure I will do best job convincing to join, but should be pretty easy. 'Hey you, strong fellow, want job doing occasional smashings for big money?'" X)
"Well, at least she's consistent." Hiken says to no one in particular and about who isn't clear. He just sips his drink before nodding to Reina, "I'll see if I can't find anything otu from them. Based on what I have heard though, they probably like your sort." She nods her head, "They seem to love chaos and such, don't know." He then looks over at Nanashi, with a raised brow before idly standing up and stretching, "Who wants to do something after this though, eh?"
Reina drums her fingers on the table, as she looks at Nanashi. "Sorry if I misspoke. But Hiken will be on the deals with The Silence." Her eyes gleam and she smirks. "Also, he has final say in who accompanies him in direct negotiations. You can always try to convince him to take you along. Hehehe." To Bea she says, "You may find you'll be a very good recruiter. You don't have to pretend." Then she starts in on her food, gobbling it up. "Officially we're not a criminal group. So if anyone demands if you're Hakumei by all means you can say as much. Yum. This is great."
Nanashi glares at Reina at the correction, shaking its head then looking over at Hiken, who is apparently the boss on dealing with the Silence. So, if Nanashi wants to know, now it has to go through him. After a brief moment of thought, it would take on the Kagura form they saw the last time, grinning over at him. "Well, you need any help hunting for those Silence people? I'm pretty good at taking on disguises and sensing things… I also have a method of really fast travel I don't think even Reina's gotten to see yet."
Bea shrugs and continues chowing down. "I will do my best to be good recruiter, then," she mumbles through her food. "Is anything we are particularly looking for? If is up to me, I would just start friendly fight in some bar and see who is last standing." :P
A blink at Reina and Hiken smiles a little even as Nanashi shifts and blinks a few times. He then grins wider and then ponders, "I guess…maybe I could find a way to work you into my plans." He chuckles a little before he idly taps at his chin before looking over at Bea, "You ought to do that…at the least you'll work off some of that energy." Another drink of alcohol and then Hiken leans across to look toward Nanashi, "And what kind of travel is that?"
Nanashi smirks a bit at Hiken, eating more of the food as he talks to Bea. "You'll just have to wait and find out, won't you?" it asks with a glint of mischief in its eyes as it quickly downs a drink. That done, it'd push its plate back and start that familiar rhythm of tapping its fingers on the table. 1 2 3 4… 1 2 3 4… 1 2 3 4… 1 2 3 4…
Reina looks back blandly at Nanashi, and gives a shrug as if to say 'it can't be helped.' She does wince when Nanashi looks at the outing in terms of extermination. "Violence isn't necessary," she murmurs. She does nod though at Nanashi's covert abilities. To Bea Reina shrugs. "Do as you will. We don't need weaklings after all." It seems she's giving Bea free rein, for better or worst. After awhile she just sits back and listens to the group. Or rather she attacks the food. "As for taking a few days break, yes."
A stretch up and Hiken grins before standing up slowly and languidly, "I'm gonna go get dressed more for fun." He nods and smiles, "Dressing like this as the head of a casino won't cut it." He chuckles before pondering, "Though I have just the thing for my new casino. YOu have fun now." He wiggles his fingers in a wave and slips away, "Bye."