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26 October 2012 @ 10:44 pm
The Dragon Scroll - chapter 9  

|| prologue || chapter 1 || chapter 2 || chapter 3 || chapter 4 || chapter 5 || chapter 6 || chapter 7 || chapter 8 ||

Setsuko had stopped talking a while ago, while Rei was left processing what she'd just heard. She was unsure how Setsuko's history might help her, though she had been so sure it would when she'd asked Setsuko to tell it. But now, all she really knew was how the scroll got to Takemizu. Nothing else.

"So," Rei asked, hesitantly, "the scroll stayed in the village ever since?"

Well, until you took it last night, yes.

"And Katsuoro, did you ever find out what happened to him?

No, I didn't. But it's not important anyway. He left me all alone, just like your friends left you. Ironic, isn't it?

"Now just hold on. My friends did not leave me all alone. I'm the one who left!" Rei fought to keep her voice under control.

Setsuko shrugged.
So what? You're alone. Same difference.

"No, no it's not. I chose to leave, I volunteered," Rei said, her voice rising. "Hayate didn't want me to do it. And if Etsuko knew, I know she wouldn't want me to either."

And why is that, you think? It couldn't possibly be because you're just a little girl and you're really not up to this.

"That's not fair!"

No, it's not. Life isn't fair. But okay, have it your way. You're not alone in a big forest in the middle of the night on some sort of quest you can't hope to complete. Whatever.
I have to go, I've wasted more than enough time on you.

"Weren't you were supposed to help me?"

Oh, that's right, isn't it? Well, since you're at a shrine, I suggest you pray.


Exactly. There's nothing else you can do, little girl.

Setsuko turned and walked away, slowly fading as she went. And as she disappeared Rei couldn't help but feel a little alone, despite what she had just told Setsuko.

Hayate ran his fingers slowly over the forest soil, looking for traces. Hayate had to keep his distance, he had to make sure he wasn't walking straight into an ambush. But still, that guy knew were Rei was, so if Hayate followed him, he'd lead him straight to her.

Fortunately the guy proved easy to track. He had to be close, the traces were still fresh.

And then he spotted him, just round the corner. Hayate held back, shrinking into the shadow of a big tree. The guy moved slowly, but determinedly. Hayate edged a little closer. A part of Hayate wanted to strike him down then and there. Slowly his hand moved to his sword. But how would that help him find Rei? Reluctantly, he lowered his hand.

If your looking for the girl, there's a quicker way to get to her you know.

Hayate jumped back and nearly yelled out, but caught himself just in time.

"What the...?"

The ghost smiled.
Hayate, my boy, it's been a while.

"Grandfather Katsuoro? But how? What are you doing here?"

Just my spectral duty, nothing out of the order.

"Your spectral... what?"

It doesn't really concern you. What does concern me is your cousin back there. And what he might do to the girl when he finds her.

"Cousin? Wait... you mean that guy?"

That's right. My dear brothers grandson to be exact
"I never knew you had a brother?"

That's a long story. I'll tell you sometime, but not now. We have more pressing matters.

"Rei. You know where she is?"

So her name is Rei, huh? She's a cutie. I can see why you'd like her.

"Do we have to get into this now?"

It's rude to roll your eyes at your grandfather, you know... But no, I suppose not. Business before pleasure right?


Katsuoro chuckled
Very well, kid. Try over there. If you follow the path it should lead you straight to her.

"Thanks grandpa."

Hayate, be careful. If he's anything like my brother, he's more dangerous than you'd think.

"Don't worry grandpa, I'll be just fine."

I hope so, kid. I hope so...

Rei looked at the shrine, a little confused. She would like to put her trust in a higher power - mainly so she could blame someone else if everything went wrong- but it felt like such a last resort effort. No higher power could swoop down from the skies and save her and she was pretty sure no one would pop out of the bushes to show her the way to Aiomizu Village.

Perhaps her best bet was to go back and try and find the old man. If he still was there.

There was a loud crack in the bushes, the sound of a twig spanning under someone's weight. Rei spun around looking at the trees, but she could see only shadows.

"Who's there?" she called out, trying to sound less afraid than she felt.

She waited, but there was no reply.

Probably an animal she thought, there's no one here. She turned away from the shrine and started down the path again. Maybe, if she could find the main path again, she would find a way out of the forest.

Suddenly, there was a voice right behind her.

"Hello my dear, I believe you have something that belongs to me."

- Lots of talking heads this chapter, but as you can guess sh*t will go down the next chapter :D
- Yup, Katsuoro, Setsuko's lover, is Hayate's grandfather. The how and why will be covered later though.
- Rei is by lovelyxwow
- As always, thank you so much for reading! And special thanks if you're still reading this, even after I sort of abandoned it for month. It really means a lot to me<3
NekoSayurixsayuriuchiha on October 26th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
I hope Hayate gets there soon :o
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
He's not that far away, so hopefully he will get to Rei in time :)
Leonievoleste on October 26th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Rei, I missed you! <3 You really know how to make someone excited for the next chapter. :D
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
It's weird, but I missed her too, I realized that when I started playing her again. Thank you, I blame soap opera's for my love of cliffhangers ;)
Sophie: Firefly - Secretssophie10 on October 26th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think Hayate's spectral grandfather may be my new favourite character! Cliffhanger! I really hope Hayate gets to Rei in time.

Lovely to see an update for this and I hope you're feeling better.
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
I had a lot of fun writing Hayate's grandfather, like all simghosts he likes to have a little fun with the living.
Well, Hayate is not that far away, he might just make it.

Thank you! Fortunately, I am felling a lot better :)
DXFdutchxfan on October 27th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Rei is such a pretty sim. And Hayate is so in denial about her to his grandpa. Lovely update, as always. I very much enjoy this story and your pics.
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
I think Rei might be my favorite sim ever, I just love her face. Hayate has a hard team talking about his feelings and unfortunately his grandpa knows this.

Thank you!
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Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D Hopefully you won't have to wait too long for the next update.
Katekatee412 on October 27th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
So lovely to see an update, even if I am now left on the edge of my seat!
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad you've enjoyed it :D
(no subject) - miss_amaretto on October 27th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm so glad you liked it, that really means a lot to me!

You'd be amazed what you can pull off with poseboxes and game animations, there's really almost nothing you can't make them do. It's just a matter of pausing at the right time :)

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Keonikeoni_chan on October 27th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, let's hope so :D

Some people just aren't nice. Like Setsuko who wasn't very nice when she was alive and being dead did not improve her personality.

Unfortunately Hayate is know to overestimate himself ;)
It's basically just continuing the family line. Hayate's grandfather wanted to protect the scroll from his brother and now both their grandsons are fighting over it.
(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! The suspense! I can't wait! By the way I just realized that the village she is trying to get to is called Aoimizu Village and Aoimizu mean Bluewater. Japanese Bluewater Village, you are so clever!
Keonikeoni_chan on October 28th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
:D I'm really glad you enjoyed it!
Nah, I'm not clever, just very unoriginal with names ;) I needed a name for the other village and Bluewater kept popping in my head. So I decided to translate it, to make it fit.
blackdaisiessimtopi on October 28th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh no Rei!!! Hayate better get to her in time!

I was seriously surprised to find out that the old man ghost was Katsuoro.. and that he's Hayate's grandfather. I was almost certain that he had died somehow, and that's why he couldn't reach Setsuko. That's so sad. :(

Though I am all curious about Grandpa Katsuoro's "long story" now!

I really loved the last few pics of Rei at the shrine. All the lighting and suspense! :D

Keonikeoni_chan on October 28th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I figured one dramatic death in a story was more than enough :P (for now at least)
But in all seriousness, Setsuko knows. Katsuoro being a grandfather (or even a father for that matter) is part of why she's so bitter.

You will get the "long story" at some part, I still need to find the right place to fit it in (if that makes any sense XD)

Thank you!
bees_universebees_universe on October 28th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
Awe man, I was hopping it would be Hayate to rescue her finally! He was so close! I wonder if this is Is cousin that has found her though!
man this is really heating up!
And I just love Hayate's Grandpa and how Hayate kinda invertedly admitted he like Rei!
Can't wait for more!
Keonikeoni_chan on November 2nd, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Hayate is pretty close by though, I'm sure he'll get to Rei soon.
I really love writing Hayate's grandpa, he's such a fun guy.

Hopefully I'll have the next one out soon :)
skellington7dskellington7d on November 1st, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ooh, some interesting relationship revelations in this chapter.

Uh oh, Rei! D: At least Hayate seems to be pretty close by.

It's great to see this story back in action! I hope you're feeling better.
Keonikeoni_chan on November 2nd, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
I hoped they would be interesting :) there are a few more, like the woman who told Setsuko it would be okay, that was Rei's grandmother. But it's not really important to the story, so I left that out :) Hayate, Katsuoro and "that guy" being related is of some importance, but I'll cover that later :)

I'm really glad you liked and I am feeling a lot better, thank you! :)
Ningcollidingwithme on December 29th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
Okay, I have lousy stalking skills. Ignore my previous outburst, haha!

Omg! So the "crazy old goat" was Setsuko's man, and she didn't recognise him? I thought maybe Katsuoro died trying to protect her, but it seems he lived to quite an old age. :X

How could that evil man find Rei before Hayate? D: Did Katsuoro point Hayate in the wrong direction

(I saw your post about your illness. Hope you're back in full health already! :))