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March 31st, 2008

(no subject) @ 01:08 pm

prettydieyoung:
An unfamiliar youth walks through the door, still a bit dazed and confused. The girl (boy? It's impossible to tell.) approaches the counter, then takes a seat at one of the bar stools, glancing around for the man Stephanie described to him.

Drumming his fingers on the counter, he remains quiet for a few more moments before speaking up. "I was told to ask for someone named RJ?" He says.

Pay no mind to the bloody stain on the front of his shirt, or the large nodachi on his back that is longer than his body. The blood's his, and he's not in any hurry to use the sword.
 
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From:stephstarbright
Date:March 31st, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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"Dat de name, homme. RJ LeBeau, owner n' proprietor o' Zeeter's, how kin I help ya?" A tall, lanky young man with purple hair and black and red eyes walked in, grinning easily. In his arm a tiny baby girl gurgled and blinked, bearing the same eyes as her father.


((Mun gotta go now, but I'll be back to reply later))
From:prettydieyoung
Date:March 31st, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
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And he thought blond hair was strange. Willing himself not to stare, Ranmaru focussed on the bar in front of him.

"I was told to come here by a girl named Stephanie. She said I could find a place to stay if I asked here." He explained.

((No prob.))
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From:stephstarbright
Date:March 31st, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
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"Teffie, huh? Was she older or jus' about your age?" RJ smiled. "No' dat it matters. She sent you t' de right place. You need some food?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
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"About my age, maybe a little older." He nodded, then dug into a pouch at his waist. Pulling a few gold coins out, he placed them on the counter. "And I could use some food, thank you. How much will this cover?"
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From:stephstarbright
Date:March 31st, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
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"Ack, homme, put away de coin," RJ shook his head and put his baby on the counter, finding a menu underneath and offering it to him. "If Teffie send you it all on de house. You look like you need a break, anyway."

"Boo," the baby agreed with her father, looking somber as she tasted her new stuffed tiger and watched the stranger intently. RJ beamed at her.
From:prettydieyoung
Date:March 31st, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Hesitantly, Ranmaru took the coins back, then shifted his attention to the menu. After a few seconds of struggling with it, he shook his head and closed it.

"I'm sorry, but I don't recognize this language." He frowned, only used to reading Japanese. "Just, I'll take whatever is okay."
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
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"We got almos' anytin' you can t'ink of, but if you don't wanna t'ink, jus' name some o' de stuff you like to eat usually an' I'll see what I can cook up," RJ smiled gently.
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
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"Anything is fine." He sighed, feeling rather tired of the world in general. "If you have some steamed rice, that would be great."
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
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"Rice. Got it," RJ grinned, then looked over. "Hey, honey, get de customer a drink n' watch Fleur."

"Alright, I'm coming," a familiar voice to Ranmaru echoed from the kitchen, and as RJ disappeared a young woman who looked almost exactly like the girl who'd given the boy the PIN entered, the only major difference being that her hair was curly and black instead of long and red.

"Heyya," she smiled at the young man, grabbing the baby girl and then tossing a small towel over her shoulder. "Can I get you a drink, hun?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
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Blinking at Stephanie, he didn't ask the question that nagged in his mind. Instead, he nodded. "Do you have Sake?" He asked.

No, there are no such things as legal drinking age in his era.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
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"Course. You cant get drunk in here though, alright? You wanna waste yourself, you can take a couple bottles to your room. But down here's family dining space," she smiled at him, then went and got a small glass and a bottle, opening it and pouring him a drink.

"We can get you some new clothes, too, if you need them," she observed. "Are you injured?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
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"I have no intentions of getting drunk." He assured her, and lifted the drink to his lips. Letting out a contented sigh at something familiar, he relaxed a bit, then moved on to her second question.

"Hm?" He looked down at the now-dry blood on his shirt, and shook his head. "No, not any more." He said, taking another sip.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
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"Alright," she looked unconvinced. "Well, if you're suffering from anything, even a soreness, let me know. I'm a healer."

Refilling his glass when it got a bit low she smiled. "So... Japan? That's where you're from?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
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Deciding not to bother with the offer, he nods.

"Yes. Well, was from." He clarifies, nodding in thanks to the refill.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
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"Did you have to leave? That's bad. Dad said it was terrible when he left," she said conversationally. Then she grew more serious. "Well, we have plenty of apartments here. You can stay as long as you like."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
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"Well, not leave, per se. Rather, I died." He said almost nonchalantly. "And thank you again. Is there no way to repay your kindness?" He asked, tilting his head slightly, causing him to look even more girly.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
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Strangely she seemed used to the idea of people coming back from the dead. Instead of grimacing or staring she smiled. He was pretty. If she weren't married to such an insecure nut she'd flirt a bit, just to see what happened.

"Well. Just don't break anything. We don't have an anti-violence field in here," she said. "Look, all we want is to help people, and keep our customers and friends safe. There are people around here... they're real sad. Or scared. Or both. Just... treat them nice, and if you see someone small or timid getting bullied, maybe pull out that fancy sword of yours and scare off the attacker?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
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It wouldn't work even if she tried. He's too devoted to his lord. Plus the whole Shudo thing with Nobunaga has more or less made him gay.

Ranmaru shook his head. "I am... was, a faithful servant to the Oda. I would never draw my sword unless it was absolutely necessary." He told her, taking another sip of his drink.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
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"I believe you," she said, smiling at him again. "But... like I said. There are people here who can't defend themselves. You'd repay us everything and more to defend them if you happen upon them needing it. Nothing's really happened yet... but it is a Nexus, so, you know, all types come through here."

And then there was James. Her eyes darkened slightly. "And if you see a guy with green fur, don't be nice to him. He's a loser, and he treats his girlfriend horribly. Not that he's around right now, just... you know. In case he finds his way back."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
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"Very well. I shall protect this establishment and the people within for as long as I remain here." He agreed, sitting up a bit straighter with pride, now that he had a purpose again.

In other news, that rice was starting to sound good...
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
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She smiled and bowed slightly to him, then looked up as a merry voice started singing from inside. "That's RJ. He's done," she said, putting the bottle down for him. "He'll take you to your room when you're done eating. Have a good afternoon, Mr...?"
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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"Ah, I'm sorry!" He quickly apologized, bowing to her in return. "I should have introduced myself before. My name is Mori Ranmaru." He said, sitting back up.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
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"Nice to meet you, Mori," she smiled. "My name's Steph LeBeau, but everyone calls me Little Steph, on account that my sister and I share the same name and refuse to take on nicknames."

"O' really, Teffie?" RJ grinned as he entered from the kitchen holding a tray with a big bowl of steaming rice, and another bowl of soup. "Here y' go, homme."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
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It all seemed a bit strange to Ranmaru, but he didn't bother prying. Besides, that rice smelled heavenly.

"Actually, Mori is my surname. You may call me Ranmaru, if you like." He told her, before saying a quick prayer, then dug into the food.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
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She smiled. "Alright, Ranmaru," she said, then looked at her husband. "I'm going to take Fleur home," she said. "Can you take care of him?"

"'Course," RJ grinned and pulled her to him for a kiss. "I be home after closin'."

"And the poker tournament," she grinned back, then nodded at Ranmaru as she cradled her daughter close. "It was nice meeting you, hun, I'm sure I'll see you around."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Nodding in agreement, Ranmaru returned to the food, eating like he hadn't had a meal in days.

After a minute or so, he looked up at Rj, and couldn't help staring this time. That hair was just so strange, especially since Ran was only really used to black and brown.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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RJ has been cleaning glasses almost as soon as his wife left, and he turned, grinning at the young man.

"Like it? It all natural," he chuckled, flipping his short ponytail up. "Got it from my mama."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
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"It's... unusual." Is what he settles on and looks away quickly, embarrassed that he'd been staring and not wanting to offend his host. "There are so many things I am unfamiliar with here..."
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
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"Don' worry about it, homme, if it ain't de hair it de eyes," he said gently. "Look, we get allot o' strange customers here. Outside right now are three aliens dat look like hourses wit four eyes n' bladed tails. Dere are ape people, cat people, non-people... everyone here. You'll get used to it, though, I promise. N' me n' ma cherie are here t' help."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
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"It is going to take a lot of getting used to." He said quietly to himself. "I never expected being dead to be so... strange."
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
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"Ach," RJ frowned, then sighed. "Well... you ain't dead. I dunno what you are if you died, but de dead are cold n' stiff n' unfeelin', n' I don' get dat from you. If you wan', though, I'll ask my pa-in-law here. He's died a few times himself."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 1st, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Blink. Well, when you look at it like that... But if he wasn't dead, then he'd failed, because he'd survived his lord. Unless Nobunaga somehow made it here as well, but he doubted that.

Now he felt bad.

"No, it is fine. I will figure it out myself."
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 1st, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
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"Homme," RJ softened, reading the kid's emotions. "You probably did die, but for one reason or anudder you came back. Reborn, kind of. I seen ma chere's old man die twice in ma own life, n' when he comes back, it like a miracle. I dunno how you died, or how you came back, but you don' need t' feel guilty for nut'in. you did nut'in wrong."
From:prettydieyoung
Date:April 2nd, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
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"Yes, but... I was supposed to follow him to death. I wanted to follow him to death..." He muttered, barely loud enough to hear. "There must be a reason I've been brought back..." He said to himself, barely picking at the rice.

Even if he didn't know the reason, he still had a purpose. He'd promised to protect this restaurant and its patrons, so at least he wasn't going to be useless.
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From:stephstarbright
Date:April 2nd, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
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"Dere was. An' it'll reveal itself when it's ready," RJ said, still speaking softly, though projecting as much confidence as he could without forcing the kid to feel something he wasn't normally able to.

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