It was risky for her to decide to attend, but Honiko had requested that Nozomi and Raijin both show up and gather information. Nozomi wasn't really fond of this espionage sort of stuff, she'd much rather fight her way through a problem, but she could see the benefit of her attending. Of course, the immediate problem presented itself that she could be recognized, but as far as she cared, it was a minimal issue.
The past couple of years had shown a growth in Nozomi that was simply astounding. There were few people she would be worried about fighting, and of those people, she knew she could probably escape if it came down to needing to. However, she was requested by Honiko to only fight in self defense, so she had left behind her weaponry and gear. She didn't really need any of it, and not having any would reduce her threat perception.
Having dressed up in a beautiful white gown that came down to her knees, exposing her legs from the knee caps down, Nozomi has deigned to put fake wings on the back of her outfit, which was otherwise very normal appearing. Her face was covered by a mask with what appeared to have an engraving of feathers on the edges, giving her an angelic look and hiding her identity. The gown showed off her modest chest, which has grown a little so she no longer appeared flat, but wasn't exactly large by any accounts. Her feet were clad in plain white flats, while white gloves with pointless decorative trim covered her arms up to her biceps. Her hair had been braided and then looped around on the top back of her head, so that it was made into a sort of decorative bun.
To anyone who paid her attention as she entered the ballroom, she didn't act like she had anything to hide, and actually carried herself much like someone who excelled in social gatherings. She looked around the room to see who she should stake out first, and her heart nearly stopped.
It should have been obvious to her that Yomi would be there, and to a degree she had expected it. However, she hadn't expected her to be quite so pretty. There was no regretfor having defected, but she did miss Yomi, and always wished she would have joined up. Remembering that Yomi was to be Honiko's kill, the blonde missingnin decided it would be better to avoid her in general.
The passing gaze only took a moment for Nozomi, and nobody should have noticed even the tiniest glimpse of a stare. She shifted from person to person, and recognized a couple of people, but less than she would have thought. That was good, it meant that she wouldn't have to fight her way out at least, hopefully. Her gaze would shift over until she saw Ryuko.
Again, her heart seemed to skip a beat, although this was much more of an uplifting feeling. Ryuko hadn't seemed to enjoy fighting her, and had tried to protect her. The fast boy from before though was close to her, and he was the one who had ignored the peace talks and attempted to strike her down as well. She doubted he would recognize her, so she made her way over to the group, notice g the lady in waiting.
A thought ran through her head that Ryuko may be involved with someone. On the off chance she wasn't though, maybe she could see if the attraction was still there. If so, then maybe Nozomi could gather information more easily through Ryuko. That would be for later of course, as right now she was focused on trying to make small talk, and listening to any other conversations while she did so.
Stepping in front of Ryuko, Nozomi made a polite curtsy, and spoke in a more posh and girlish voice than she usually did. Only Yomi knew what she had sounded like, for certain, as she had the most interactions with her, but she didn't want to risk Simon recognizing her at all. "And hello to you Madame, I don't believe we've been aquainted! I make it a habit to know all the ladies of stature, and you my dear are one of ever I've met any."
Having formed a single petal in her hand on the way over Nozomi reached for Ryuko's hand and brought it to her mouth, placing a kiss on the top of the girl's hand, while slipping the petal into Ryuko's grasp and locking eyes with her. While Nozomi's half mask covered most of her face, her eyes would be very visible and they were unique enough that with the petal as a reminder, perhaps she would recognize her.
"Mayhaps you'll join me for a drink in a moment, when you're no longer entertaining other company?" She asked, releasing Ryuko's hand and giving a small curtsy before sauntering away the refreshments. She let her gaze wander around the room when she got there, keeping tabs on everyone and no one at the same time.