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04 December 2011 @ 01:26 am
The Dragon Scroll - Chapter 1  

|| prologue ||

Warnings: Teen (18)/YA (21) getting close to first base, some slapping and a very small amount of blood.

It was the evening of the Dragon Festival. The whole village came to the town square to celebrate their victory over Aoimizu, over 300 years ago.

Local shopkeepers set up stalls and traveling salesmen came to sell their goods. They mostly sold earthenware and fabrics, luxury items for the townspeople.

One of the highlights of the festival was a martial arts demonstration. The local samurai in training would show their skills to the people. Back in the day, Takemizu had an impressive military force, but decades of peace had made that quite unnecessary. These days the school only had a handful of students.

"So, what do you want to do first? We could check out the ramen shop, they've got this new recipe I've been dying to try."

" I don't know," said Rei, "I really wanted to check out those dolls. Chiyo's birthday is coming up soon."

"Oh, check it out! Hayate is back. Hey, Hayate!" Etsuko shouted, waving wildly.

It was one of those times Rei would have liked to be a ninja. Sudden disappearance would have been bliss. She hoped for a brief moment he wouldn't notice them. But he did, Etsuko had a way of being noticed, and grin spreading across his face. Rei felt her face burn as Etsuko dragged her by her arm.

She didn't like to think back to the day he left, almost four years ago. Hayate had wanted to become a samurai for as Rei could remember. The local school could only train aspiring samurai to a certain level. They were then sent to a sword master, who lived far away, to complete their training.

Rei had broken down completely when Hayate left. Etsuko had been kind enough to direct Daisuke's attention away, while Rei sobbed uncontrollably unto Hayate's shoulder.

He was one of her oldest friends and she had hoped he might become something more than that, one day. But her feelings were confusing and she never got the chance to tell him how she felt.

"Wow, look at you, all grown up" said Etsuko, "I haven't seen you in ages! How long have you been back then?"

"We arrived this morning. We'll be staying for about a week and then we're moving out again."

"We?" Estuko asked, "Who else is back?"

"It's just me and Daisuke," Hayate said.

During their conversation, Rei tried desperately to think of something witty or interesting to say, but her mind was drawing a blank. Cursing silently, she just stood there and smiled, hoping she didn't look too much like an idiot.

"Well, we've got to get going," she heard Etsuko say, "Talk to you later!"

Grateful to leave the scene, Rei turned to walk away when she heard Hayate's voice.


She turned back to face him.

"It's great to see you again," Hayate said, "How have you been?"

"Oh me? I've been fine," she said.

"We'll be doing a demonstration later on. Maybe I'll see you there?"

"Oh yeah, sure. Wouldn't miss it."

Blabbering idiot, she thought walking back to Etsuke. Wouldn't miss it... way to seem desperate.

"Hayate seemed pleased to see you again," Etsuko said, nudging her.

"Oh, shut up."

The demonstration was held in front of the local dojo. The master introduced his students one by one.

"Let the demonstration begin!"
Hayate and Daisuke took their bow and assumed position.

"Pretty cool, huh?"

Etsuko always loved the demonstration. Rei didn't really care for it. She usually just went to accompany Etsuko. She remembered Hayate's last performance, four years back.

Overly enthusiastic, determined to show off all he had learned before he left, Hayate had almost sliced off on Daisuke's nose. Daisuke had retaliated, slashing Hayate's cheek. It was the only time in the history of Takemizu the demonstration had been cut short.

"And now, please welcome Hikari and Osamu."

"Oh look, Hikari's up! Etsuko said.

"You should cheer him on" Rei said with a smile.

Etsuko elbowed her way through the crowd. Cheering loudly for her little brother, she made it to the front of the crowd in seconds.

Rei just stood there, watching the two boys preform. They clearly still had a lot to learn.

"I don't think I was that bad when I was their age..." a voice said behind her.

She smiled. "Yes you were, Hayate. Your teacher said you had trouble "finding your center", remember?"

"Nah, I don't remember him ever saying that," Hayate said, grinning. "Hey, you wanna get out of here?"

"To do what exactly?"

"Well, want to see something cool?"

Rei raised an eyebrow.
"Like what?" she asked suspiciously

"It's a secret," Hayate said winking.

She followed him to the back room of the main dojo.

"This better not be some weird real-life three legged frog."
She heard him laugh as he opened a door.

"I can't believe you remember that."

"How could I forget?"

He led her to a brightly lit room.
"Well this is it. The elders call it The Dragon Scroll."

"A scroll? What's so cool about this?" Rei asked, folding her arms.

"It's very special, even the elders are not allowed to read it. They say it was brought her many years ago by a young woman. Nobody knows who she was. The elders believe the scroll brings good fortune and it's the reason we've been living in peace for so long."

"And you believe that?"

"I don't really know what to believe," Hayate said softly. "When you see what the war has done to the villages around us, you can't help but think some sort of luck was involved. Maybe it was the scroll, maybe not."

He just sat there, smiling to himself. Getting in had been too easy. Now all he had to do was wait. He watched the display on the stage. The pride of the village, he sneered. The scroll was as good as their's.

He stood up. It was time.

"So you brought me here to look at some scroll?"

"Yes," Hayate said, "and to talk to you. I've missed you, Rei..."

She had wanted to hear those words, but found it hard to believe him. Hayate had always liked to joke with her.
"Yeah right," she said, trying to keep her face straight and her voice steady.

Hayate smiled at her. There was something about his smile that made her unsteady on her feet. She felt her heart pounding against her chest. She took a deep breath.
"Well, thank you for showing me this," she said, with a slight quiver in her voice, "but, being a secret scroll and all, I reckon you'll be in a world of trouble if they find us here. So maybe we should go?"

In one fluent movement he was behind her, his arms closing around her waist. Rei felt the blood rushing to her cheeks.

"How did you do that?" she gasped.

"What? You think ninjas are the only ones with smooth tricks?"

Hayate slowly pulled her closer. Part of her wanted to run, part of her wanted wanted to giggle. But instead she closed her eyes, feeling Hayate's breath on her skin.

With a loud bang, the door opened. Hayate let Rei go instantly. Feeling confused, Rei saw Daisuke standing in the door, his face covered in... Was that blood?

"There you are!" he shouted at Hayate, "You need to come. Now!"

"Why? What's wrong?"

"We're under attack!"

Author's notes:
+ Bigger pictures ftw!
+ I like putting ninja on high places for my teasers, obviously XD
+ Rei is and aged down version of Juliette by lovelyxwow. Her name actually reflects this, Rei means lovely in Japanese :)
+ On that note, Etsuko means joy, Daisuke means warrior and Hayate means smooth or hurricane (which makes me giggle everytime I type it, smooth hurricane XD) I tried to have their names reflect bits of their characters.
+ And while we're on the subject aoi means blue and mizu means water, so Aoimizu would be something like Bluewater. (Bluewater village, winkwink)
+ This chapter was a lot of setting up and dialogue, but the next one will hopefully be more action packed
+ Cut-text is from Enter the Ninja by Die Antwoord
+ As always, thanks for reading!

nyms_symsnyms_syms on December 4th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
I am just mesmerized by how great your pictures look.
The story is wonderful and oh-so thrilling! I'm so into it! I wish it hadn't ended so quickly! D:
Definitely looking forward to the next update. (;
Keoni: sims lion2keoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I was pretty nervous about this, because I haven't written anything in so long. So I'm really happy to hear that you like it!
bacc_krowbacc_krow on December 4th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Oooh, exciting. C: I can see how much effort you put into this, the pictures are really lovely. I look forward to more! :D
Keoni: sims ninja2keoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it :D
It's definitely very different from doing a BACC, because usually I just let my sims do all the work ;)
bees_universebees_universe on December 4th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
My god! I love this plot! I have always had a special place in my heart for Japanese themed stories :) and I can already foreshadow some potential love, pain and sacrifice in the future!
Great update!
Keoni: sims lionkeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Same here, I always loved Japanese themed stories.
Simbico's Legacy Journalmy_simagination on December 4th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
This was really great! It's easy to tell that you worked hard on this and you did an awesome job at creating a setting that really drew me into the story. I really enjoyed the characters too. :)

I'm looking forward to part 2! I want to see what happens next.♥ :3
Keoni: sims scenerykeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, it makes me happy to hear that :D
I'm glad you enjoyed the characters, that was the bit I was most nervous about :)
olivethegreat: abrianna carnahanolivethegreat on December 4th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
This is wonderful so far! I love how much attention you pay to the little details. I am glad that you were able to get this uploaded. I look forward to the next update. :)
Keoni: sims ninjakeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I honestly didn't think I would be able to update this weekend, but all of a sudden it just worked :D
jenga218: Jodiejenga218 on December 4th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Keoni, this looks lovely! I love all the names and the authenticity of your sets. :D Your pictures are gorgeous and I love how you've started to give each one of your characters distinctive personalities. :D Keep up the fabulous work. ;)
Keoni: sims bumblebeekeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Thanks Jane! I'm so glad you liked it :D
Would you believe naming them was one of the hardest parts? XD I spend hours on Behind the Name, lol
(no subject) - jenga218 on December 4th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Lissiedawntreadings on December 4th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I love this so much! I really liked the flow of this and the writing wasn't at all awkward like most sims stories slip into. Hayate is super qt and Rei is so pretty!
I especially like her expression in this picture.
I don't even remember the story of the scroll and I'm not going to look it up~ I'd rather wait for your story's canon tbh.
Am I right in taking this as present day Takemizu?
Keoni: sims lion2keoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, it makes me so happy to hear that! :D
Rei is so pretty and it's very easy to get good expressions one her.
The story takes place in old Takemizu, it's actually a legend that's told by the hermit on the secret lot. I've always loved that bit of the game.
(no subject) - dawntreadings on December 4th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Keoni: sims scenerykeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm hoping to do another update before Christmas, but the holiday season is always so busy! -.- But I'll do my best ;)
Dede: sims 2 // titaniainferiarecoming on December 4th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
You're pictures are stunning. Seriously, they're so crisp and lovely, I could stare at them all day. It was really interesting to read the little tidbits behind the names; you've obviously put a lot of thought into this. The demonstration scenes were cool, and Hikari and Osamu awkwardness made me giggle. Looking forward to reading the next chapter, it looks like something big is about to go down!
Keoni: sims yumikeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D I'm so glad you like it.
I always love it when authors share those little tidbits, so it makes me happy to hear you enjoyed that.
holleyb76: Tristanholleyb76 on December 4th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
Keoni! I am so happy you were able to update despite LJ troubles. I have been looking forward to it for awhile, following your teasers at Tumblr :D
What is not to like about this story? Beautiful scenery, Cute eye candy, the mystery, a sprinkling of romance, NINJAS!!!
So good...Too short! I can't wait until the next chapter.
Keoni: sims ninja2keoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3 Me too, I was about to throw my laptop out the window.
Ninjas FTW XD
Rachelsimsforaranya on December 4th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
I'm blown away by the detail you've gone to. So fantastic! And fading out the background? Genius.
Keoni: sims scenerykeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You should see my face right now, biggest smile ever :D I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Katekatee412 on December 4th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
A wonderful chapter, your writing is excellent and your pictures are just splendid!
Keoni: sims lionkeoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
skellington7dskellington7d on December 4th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Your Sims are so pretty, and the whole style of world you've created is gorgeous. Does Rei have elf ears?

Such a great first chapter! But nooooo not a cliffhanger!
skellington7dskellington7d on December 4th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Also, OMG your pictures have depth of field!
(no subject) - keoni_chan on December 4th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
delicatesoul88eileen0001 on December 4th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
It's rather safe to say that this has become my newest obsession. Love, love, love the story!
It's well written, highly interactive and highly addictive. I can't wait for more!
Keoni: sims scenerykeoni_chan on December 5th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked the writing, it's the part I was most worried about :)
no_iamsigfriedno_iamsigfried on December 5th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)

Seriously, it's been ages since I've seen a real cool story based on Asia with actual substance--and it's really refreshing to see such an exotic theme! I really love the characters, and the suspenseful narrative is just perfect! It's an insta-bookmarking moment right there, can't wait to see what happens next!
Keoni: sims scenerykeoni_chan on December 7th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it :)
I always enjoy stories with an exotic setting and I was quite anxious about getting the right feeling, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Thank you!