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Kitty Pryde-Barton ([personal profile] throughaphase) wrote2014-07-25 10:23 am

Clan Yashida Compound, and elsewhere- Tokyo- Friday morning

If Kitty was nervous about this whole situation, it was because it'd be insane not to be. Here she was, breaking into the Clan Yashida Compound, which was full of ninjas, in the hopes that she'd be able to get a sword from a much better warrior than her so that she didn't have to give up her entire life to save the dragons. You try feeling calm when faced with that.

The ninjas actually weren't a huge problem, though. All she had to do was drop down from a tree, phase through the nearest block wall, and phase up into the building, wandering around until she found herself faced with Ginrei.

She took the sword from its display, looking it over. "Cool."




Kenuichio

"Hello, Katherine," said a voice from behind her. "I trust there is a very good reason for your intrusion."



Kitty

"You could say that, Kenuichio," she said, bowing to him.

One of the real benefits of Kitty's severely weird life was getting to be on a first name basis with anyone who went by "the Silver Samurai."



Kenuichio

Kenuichio bowed as well. "Then join me for tea and tell me why I shouldn't kill you where you stand for defiling my family's sacred ancestral sword," he said conversationally.



Kitty

One of the servants set things up so that Kitty and Kenuichio could have their tea, seated on the floor of a small, paper-walled room. There, Kitty told him the very basics, keeping it short because she knew without a doubt that the Path would have people watching and listening.

"So that's where I am," Kitty said, sipping her tea.



Kenuichio

"You wish that I should allow you to borrow Ginrei," Kenuichio said slowly. "But you cannot tell me why, and you do not know for how long? And you consider this an explanation? Whatever gave you the foolish notion I would simply give you the Silver Spirit, a sword that has not left my family's possession for generations?"



Kitty

"Please, Kenuichio," she said, maybe sounding a little desperate. "It's a matter of life and death."



Kenuichio

"Everything is a matter of life and death with you X-Men," he said, shaking his head. "That phrase means nothing to me. Everything I care about is already dead. Consider yourself lucky that I will allow you to leave here alive."



Kitty

It probably wouldn't help to point out that she wasn't currently an X-Man.

"Allow me the chance to fight you for Ginrei," Kitty said.



Kenuichio

Kenuichio paused just before sipping his tea. "Pardon me?"



Kitty

"Logan once told me of the time he challenged you to one-on-one combat. You both sought the same objective, so you settled the matter by drawing swords," Kitty reminded him. "Give me the same opportunity here, Kenuichio."



Kenuichio

"Yes, I remember that day... Logan fought nobly," Kenuichio said thoughtfully, thinking back on that. "Well played, girl. Very well. I accept your challenge. This should prove interesting."

It should probably worry her that he smiled at that.

"Excuse me now so I can put on something more appropriate for battle."



Kitty

"Thank you for allowing me the honor of facing you, samurai," Kitty said gratefully. "You will not regret it."



Silver Samurai

Keniuchio was gone just long enough to don his silver armor, and then he and Kitty met outside with their swords, bowed to each other, and assumed a fighting stance.

He struck first, swinging at her legs, but she leaped over his blade. She pivoted and swung at him, and came close, but had to worry about dodging his own thrust. She parried and turned to give them a fair amount of distance between them to regroup, staying moving.

"Very good, Katherine," he said, genuinely impressed. "You may even be better than Logan."



Kitty

Kitty sincerely doubted that, but she didn't mind the compliment. She'd have to pass that on to Logan and Kurt for all that training help.

"I got some moves," she said even while they circled each other.



Silver Samurai

He came at her suddenly, and though she was ready with a block, he didn't ease up on his attack this time, swinging at her again and again.

While he hadn't exactly wanted her boot in his face, he used her being slightly off balance to catch her at a bad position, so that when he drove his sword against hers, hers broke. Then he swung again, catching her partly with his fist around the pommel of his sword.



Kitty

Kitty went flying, hitting a thin wooden pillar and cracking right through it. Okay, that hurt. She rolled over and saw him over her, driving his sword down, and she put up her fist to phase through him-

He staggered, then stumbled back, clutching at his heart and making a terrible noise before falling face-first on the ground.

When he didn't move, Kitty got up and went over to him, rolling him over. "Samurai? Kenuichio?"

There was no response from him, and for a moment she just sat there, staring at him. Then, because she had a job to do, she stood, picking up Ginrei from where it had fallen next to him. "Thank you for your sacrifice, Kenuichio. I... I'm sorry that it had to come to this."

And then she turned to go. She got the sword, and now it was time to use it.


*****




Clint

Clint wasn't really fond of being lied to, but he was willing to let it slide if it meant getting a job done or, in this case, protecting someone he cared about. But meeting the Path of Destiny and watching Kitty be threatened again was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back, and Clint was so ready to be done with these people and get Kitty out of Japan. Unfortunately, he couldn't help Kitty without some additional backup, and he wasn't about to get that without some answers first. He headed back to Tokyo Tower, and glared at the poor person at the main desk. "I need to see Ryoko Oshiba," he said in sharp Japanese. "Now." He didn't like having to be threatening, but these people had certainly earned it.



Ryoko

"She's in a meeting," the receptionist said slowly, obviously knowing this was going to be something bad. "If you wanted to make an appointment-"

Luckily- for the receptionist, probably- Ryoko was just coming out of her meeting with her superiors, file in hand and a frown on her face. "That's all right," she told the receptionist, and looked to Clint. "Are you alone?"

Considering the JDSS had lost track of his and Kitty's movements, she didn't know whether that was good or bad.



Clint

"For the moment. Kitty has some other business to attend to." And no, he was not pleased about not being with her, for the record. "Can we talk?"



Ryoko

"Of course," Ryoko said, interested. He might actually help her here. "Come back to my office."

She led the way, glad that at least this time no one would be popping up through her desk when they showed up there.

Hopefully.



Clint

Clint put on a friendly smile for the receptionist and followed Ryoko, but he got more serious once they were in her office. "So, I don't know about you, but I think it's time you tell me more about what's really going on here," he said.



Ryoko

"I've told you everything I can," Ryoko insisted, closing the door. She was totally lying, of course. "What other business did Kitty have to attend?"



Clint

"She's visiting an old friend," Clint said. Hey, it wasn't entirely a lie. "We figured a little break might be nice for her after fully meeting the Path of Destiny."



Ryoko

"How did that go?" she said after a short pause. Her superiors were worried that Kitty had joined the Path of Destiny's side, so she was really hoping for a better answer than that.



Clint

"They're currently caught between thinking she'd be the best leader ever and not enjoying how much she hates them all," Clint said. "Oh, and we found the other dragon. She's all right, but we can't get her back just yet. But I have a feeling you already knew some of that."



Ryoko

"I'm sure I have no idea what you mean by that," Ryoko said, almost automatically. "We haven't known where either of you were for some time."

Because Clint and Kitty had given them the slip by walking through walls, sigh.



Clint

"Oh, did disappearing under the subway throw you guys off?" Clint asked. "I'd apologize, but I'm not really sorry. Maybe I would be if I knew more about what you guys wanted from Kitty."



Ryoko

"We don't want anything from her," Ryoko said. That was probably the most honest thing she'd said in days. "We want the Path of Destiny. Unfortunately, she's the most efficient way to get to them."



Clint

"So you are using Kitty as bait," Clint said, glaring at Ryoko. "What do you want with the Path of Destiny? They're certainly not who I'd consider to be good allies."



Ryoko

"They aren't. But they have Kurokaze."

Considering Ryoko was pretty sure she was going to lose her job anyway if she couldn't pull this off, she might as well tell him the truth. Maybe it would still work in her favor.



Clint

"You know, if you'd said that up front, we could have avoided a lot of this mess," Clint said. "You're right, the Path have that sword, I've seen it. If you want the sword, it's all yours, assuming Kitty's plan works... and if you'll work with me instead this stalkery stuff."



Ryoko

Ryoko blinked. She hadn't thought they would come to her with a plan first. Obviously she'd underestimated them. "I'm listening."


[Taken from Shadow and Flame, preplayed with [livejournal.com profile] so_hawkward, NFB/I, OOC just fine!]