Ryuko's speedy reaction didn't catch Shimiko off guard. She was waiting for it. She had honed her own speed and reflexes during the relentless (and ever continuing) training that came with being a member of ANBU Black Ops. Shimiko was confident in her own abilities but she was more than aware that Ryuko was no slouch. Ryuko had always been the physically strongest of the Thundercats back when they were genin and though she felt she could give the priestess a run for her money nowadays she wasn't sure she wanted to be on the receiving end of the girl's taijutsu. Shimiko giggled at Ryuko's reaction and looked around the store. It was a nice shop and with Ryuko's sublime crafting skill she was sure it would be one of the greatest armour stores in the world. Shimiko smiled and bowed as Ryuko thanked her for the gifts, she even liked the name that she had proposed. "Thank you, thank you, you're too kind Ryu-chan!
" she said as she mentally brushed off her shoulder with pride. Ordinarily she would not name any of her weapons after a false God and she was certain her Lady Superior would chide her for her impiety but Ryuko was a special case. She wanted Ryuko to be happy with her weapon and so she suggested a name she knew the girl would like. It was a small sin and Shimiko would ask for forgiveness later but for now the glee on her Nakama's face was well worth it.
Ryuko for her part had assented to the design which prompted another round of "Thank you's" peppered with a brief but tight hug. Shimiko blushed when Ryuko congratulated her on her promotion and said that her brother would be proud. "Thanks Ryu-chan, that really means a lot...I still miss him but I think he'd be happy with how things are turning out for me
". She had learned to move past her brother's death. She had taken on more responsibility from all fronts and she had a support network that she could rely on. She had mourned his passing and was moving on from the grief and misery that had plagued her in the months following his death. It was good that her new role kept her busy though as some small part of her would still never be quite the same after losing him. The subject of discussion took a more light-hearted tone as Ryuko asked how things were going with Sakata. Shimiko blushed and gave a devious smile coupled with a "Heheh...its going well
" as she contemplated spilling all the pornographic details of their relationship. She loved Sakata, enjoyed his company, and considered him to be a close partner but they were so wildly different in terms of their philosophies on religion. It had put a mild strain on their relationship but that strain was mended by frequent and extremely passionate lovemaking. She didn't feel uncomfortable talking to Ryuko about that sort of thing per se but she figured they could go into depth about that another time, perhaps over wine. She was also sensitive to the fact that Ryuko wanted a partner of her own and that bragging about her amazing sex life would only make her friend feel bad. The subject of marriage was a bit embarrassing but it was an out she was happy to take.
"I don't think either of us are ready for marriage yet...I'm not sure I'd accept if he did propose
" she said light-heartedly. It was a bit of a lie. If he had proposed she would say yes but that would cause a series problems. She'd insist on them marrying in the Jashinist Church and the processes around that would probably drive them apart. Before he popped the question they'd need to resolve that issue. That and what would happen with the twins. No...marriage is definitely not in the cards yet...
"There's just so much going on Ryuko. We have our careers, I have the twins and my weapon's store, he is thinking of taking on more students and starting a clinic. Its hard enough to make dinner plans let alone plan a wedding
" Shimiko watched as Ryuko immediately started on her armor. "And of course there's well....you know....
" she said pointing to her tie. Shimiko's day-to-day wear wasn't especially flashy. She wore a tight white dress shirt with rolled up sleeves (and less buttons to show ample cleavage), a black skirt, and a red tie. However, the red tie was embroidered with a distinct black symbol: the circle and inverted triangle of the Jashinist Faith
. Religion was a sore subject among friends especially when the religion in question was as controversial and radical as Jashinism. "He doesn't really approve
" she said shrugging.
It was the honest truth and it had been bothering her. She felt it was easy to talk about with Ryuko though and it was nice to finally get it off her chest.