Mitsu hadn’t been back in Iwagakure for very long before she was swamped with requests for her time; paperwork she needed to catch up on, people to meet with, fires to put out. . . the list went on and on. The hardworking person that she was, she didn’t mind. She still had the nagging anxiety before every meeting, the fear of failure and disappointing everyone. But she smiled through it all, kept out of trouble as best she knew how and carried on. The Universe had a plan, it had to, otherwise the world simply didn’t make sense. The idea that everything was random and that the situations she found herself in had no higher purpose filled her with more fear and panic than literally anything else she had experienced so far.
She had taken to coming to the Tsuchikage Complex early, that way she had the place to herself for an hour or so and didn’t have to get through the awkward moments when you were supposed to smile and ask things like ‘How are your kids?’ and ‘Lovely weather we’re having isn’t it?’. Back in Sunagakure, and even when she first arrived in Iwagakure, she would have adored the opportunity to interact with so many different people. But now. . .
As she thought of her failed attempt at leading the village her hand flew to her side as a sharp stabbing pain reminded her of why she was keeping to herself. Her wound had healed, but not properly. The raised scar still ached daily to keep the memory fresh in her mind, almost as though her own body wanted her to alter her attitude and actions just to stay alive.
She was sitting in a small garden just outside of the complex, basking in the sun and the smell of partially decayed flora. The winter had been harsh and long and sitting outside in nature, even if it was a tiny man made garden was soothing to her soul. She had taken to wearing dresses, her body slowly adapting to the cooler climate of the mountains. By anyone else’s standards the Land of Earth was quite warm, but compared to the desert it was frozen. Wearing red and gold leather and fur all the time did draw a lot of attention though, so she had opted for more typical Earth attire. White, gold and brown dresses allowed her to move freely as she danced while being just ordinary enough to not draw the eye. Or so she hoped. Really there were only four people she was hoping to avoid in Iwagakure, and only one of those was it even likely she would run into.
While sitting outside she had her pink eyes closed, her face tilted up towards the sun as she heard someone clearing their throat next to her. She would turn and see an assistant and without a word Mitsu would jump up and rush indoors. She had asked for this assistant to let her know when she had to attend her next meeting, and from the look on the assistants face, they’d been trying to get her attention for a while. And now she was late. She didn’t like the idea that a person could be ‘late’. It went against her beliefs that the Grand Design allowed for everything and planned everything, even if she couldn’t see it. Clocks were the worst.
She ran down the hall and barreled through the door to her office, or rather the office she’d been using, slightly out of breath and looking not at all like a person partially in charge of a village. Seeing Katsumi sitting there she would nod and smile warmly, her panic momentarily forgotten with the increase to her adrenaline from her mad dash to make it on time. “Hello, uh, welcome! Katsumi right? I remember you from the mountains, I’m sorry it’s been so long I’ve been, uh. . . busy. Travelling actually, for village. . . things.” She made her way around the desk, taking a second to lean on the surface of it and catch her breath before continuing. “I’m so sorry I was late. I was outside and the sun and the flowers. . . um, not that any of that matters to you. I’m sorry, please forgive me.” Internally she was kicking herself for firstly being late and then secondly looking like an idiot while she tried to excuse and apologize for her lateness. Finally she would plunk herself down on her stone chair and fold her hands together in front of her. “What can I do for you today Katsumi?”