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29 September 2007 @ 10:05 am
[thread][A Study in Observation][open]  
While he was not quite "on duty" as a member of ANBU, Sai had been informed that a heavy ANBU presence would be preferred after what had happened the last time the Daimyo made an appearance. At the moment though, he was off shift, and left to his own devices. There was a new way to how the villagers moved, more energetic, almost enthusiastic, that hadn't quite been present since the first invasion. It seemed that people were finally beginning to "move on" in a sense? Sai wasn't sure.

Temari was now in the village, he knew, which meant Suna would be making at least some display at the festival. Miss Ino was already loosening up and 'having a good time', if that drunken shouting match she'd had with Shikamaru had been any indication. Sai frowned, he still wasn't sure how he felt about Ino anymore. It was confusing in the first place, and her behavior patterns did not make sense to him. Maybe Sakura could explain, since Naruto was now indisposed. There was another problem there however, as Sakura had not been acting normally since her return from Suna. If anything else, she seemed cagier, but at least with the help of Chouji her weight was slowly returning to normal. Which pleased Sai in a way that almost surprised him. It seemed that he had been worried about Sakura as soon as he noticed her weight dropping significantly, and the new improvements to her health were reassuring.

But now there was a festival to deal with, and Sai watched as people scurried to and fro with various articles that were intended for the celebration. It seemed like this would be an excellent chance to observe human behavior. Arms folded across his chest, he leaned against a gate, which afforded an excellent view of the entire square, while still protecting his back.
 
 
 
Sai: Prepare for smackdownkonoha_penis on October 5th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
"From what I hear of the others complaining, it does. It also appears that at some point I'm supposed to help entertain the daimyo with my art, but I have yet to hear how that will go." Sai studied the Kazekage, he was interesting, his expression was usually quite impassive, but there was a distinct crease between where his eyebrows should have been--how did he lose them, Sai wondered--that would surface occasionally. Otherwise he seemed as emotional as a brick. Hmm.

"Would you care to join me for a drink? I'm off duty tonight." He paused as he pushed away from the gate. "Well, for the moment at least."
Sabaku no Gaara: Sandmansunakazekage on October 5th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
"Indeed. That must be inconvenient," Gaara stiltedly added. He didn't really know what else to say to that. He didn't know Sai very well, but he was at times abrupt so Gaara was somewhat uneasy. He looked over at the lights, banners, and stands that had been set up for the festival. It was an amazing vision. It could make you think that you had stepped into some dream.

He turned back to Sai when he mentioned drinks. It was something he was more than willing to relate with, especially since he wasn't sure what to make of Sai. "I thank you for your invitation and welcome it, Sai-san."
Sai: Dissatisfiedkonoha_penis on October 5th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Sai gestured to a quiet table nestled beneath the shade of a tree, whose branches were strung with brightly colored lanterns. He set the jug of sake on the table and eased onto the bench, and set out a pair of sake dishes. He poured equal portions into each before leaning back. Raising his cup in a salute to the Kazekage, he drank quietly. He was still unaccustomed to the painful burning sensation that alcohol brought with it, but endured it.

"I was never quite sure why Tsunade-sama drank so much. I asked Sakura-san about it once, but even she wasn't sure of the answer." He studied the glaze on the earthern ware, the coloration was quite delicate, fading from a deep blue-brown to nearly white.
Sabaku no Gaara: groundsunakazekage on October 5th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Gaara followed Sai to a table close by and set his gourd down next to him as he took a seat. Across from Sai, he watched him pour sake into the dishes. It was certainly better than palmwine, thought Gaara. In some respects, he amended. This was probably one of those times it was better to be drinking sake rather than palmwine with an ally. He raised his dish to Sai in response and took a drink. It went down somewhat smoothly. Which was good or he would have choked as soon as he heard Sakura's name.

"Well," Gaara started, quickly thinking of a response. "It gives a jolt to the system. Almost as if to give the mind a break. When taken in large amounts, you really don't feel as worried about a number of things." He paused. "So how is Sakura-san? She didn't seem very healthy while in Suna."
Sai: Prepare for smackdownkonoha_penis on October 5th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
"She wasn't. Unfortunately Sakura-san's health has deteriorated drastically since the second invasion, and it had already been on a decline since the first one. But recently she has been recovering." Sai offered to refill Gaara's sake dish. "Last I saw she was finally beginning to regain some weight, and seems to be in better spirits than usual."
Sabaku no Gaara: glimpsesunakazekage on October 5th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
"Hmm...that's good to hear. Very good." Gaara accepted Sai's offer, taking another swallow after toasting with him. "I'm glad she's getting better. I only hope Konoha knows how important she is and makes sure she takes better care of herself. Such skilled medics are rare."
Sai: Dissatisfiedkonoha_penis on October 5th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
"She is rather elusive when she wishes to be." Sai ran his finger along the rim of his dish, then drank its contents slowly. "She seemed to get rather nervous when she heard you were coming."