"So your family basically adapted by spreading their areas of expertise, to be more successful." The Kageyama remarks, sliding his digits through his hair to push it back. The male starts to divide each piece up one by one, glancing at her out of his peripheral. He quietly listens to her as she explains what her purpose in becoming a kunoichi. Sometimes he certainly pondered what the motivation behind people's pursuits in the field of being a shinobi was. Especially since it was never the same answer, or one that he'd expect.
At first glance, it just seemed like her reason would be for the fame and the money that kunoichi and shinobi alike achieve--that is, if they succeed. Such isn't the case though. He raises a brow as she goes into mentioning how she was fascinated more or less with the achievements, rather than the rewards for them. "I see..." He simply remarks, acknowledgingly, but doesn't say anymore yet, still desiring to eat some of his okonomiyaki while he listens to her speak.
As she pretty much sums up the goals she has while being a kunoichi, Simon can't help but pause, swallowing the bite he took out of the okonomiyaki. He stops leaning forward, offering a casual smile. "Ah... I never expected such an outlook from you, to be honest. Those are healthy ambitions to go pursue. I see what you mean, too. And well.. as for Shimiko being born a Chinoike... it may've been good? I'unno." He pauses, contemplating it for a moment. Yeah, he could see her side of the coin from an onlooker, but there was something else to consider---the insider's point of view. Shimiko's view. Or Seigi's view.
"It probably wasn't normal. It usually isn't.. at least for those families. They're typically trained from the get-go to learn how to kill, subdue, be successful on the shinobi field. Sure the experience is nice and all, but depending on the extremities or lengths that they go to, it usually ends up messing with their childhoods. Especially if one kid is praised over the other. The kid that lacks as much praise tends to end up being in the shadows." Simon remarks, half-suspecting half-assuming. To be honest, he never experienced it himself. He can't help but notice that by the time he was finished with his sentence, he was staring down at the platform.
Had he been thinking out loud? He glances up, offering a nervous grin.
"Sorry. I get like that sometimes--hopefully I didn't kinda shoot down your idea of it. That aside though, as for my reason.. to be honest, it isn't as good as yours. I started off just being curious about it. Saw other people like Calypso and Seigi runnin' around all popular and stuff, with all the success in their careers, and just kind of thought to myself... 'Maybe I can be like that'." Simon admits, chuckling a bit.
"I kinda still am like that. I'm out to make it big. I like the fame and the recognition. But as time's gone on I've kinda just.. I don't know, become more interested in seeing it happen to others, too? I started thinking that I wanted to see everyone else succeed. And help them succeed with any way I could manage. I wasn't that ambitious from the beginning, though."
"All I really had at the beginning was smarts, some scientific knowledge and absolute laziness. I'm... pretty good at chemistry, making medicines, enhancements, poisons, so on, and I have been since a young age. But back then my only talent was really just procrastinating. Just didn't have the motivation to go out and become what I wanted to become from the beginning. But it kinda changed later on. I started getting good at Ninjutsu. Got extremely talented on Raiton, just like Calyspo and Seigi. And here I am."