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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.
Kugutsushi no Kankurou: cleanshort_strings on October 13th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
What an anticlimactic end. Kankurou had half been hoping that she'd tell him to follow her and they'd have one night together, just one, where their positions meant fuck all and they didn't have the weight of their obligations to contend with. It was a stupid hope, though, because it would never be that easy for them---not when Ino was wavering on her feet with exhaustion because her village worked her too damn hard.

"Fuck that," he said flatly, resting a hand on her shoulder to balance her. "You're gonna keel over, stupid. Go...fuck th' festival an' take th' night off 'fore you land yourself in th' hospital. If you're not gonna be happy, be healthy. Jesus."

It was probably one of the most selflessly worried things he'd ever said, so he muttered it in an undertone, looking away.