After a short period of travel from the now rather damaged Ji City within the Land of Merchants to the beautiful and scenic Hidden Petal Village deep within the Land of Coins. For Kinshi this wasn't a place that was new to him at all seeing as he isn't only a Jonin of the Hidden Petal, but the Chief of Staff for the Land of Coins. Unfortunately, for Kinshi his return home wouldn't mean that he could relax at all. As he and Keji still had to hand in their scrolls to Kechi to complete the mission that they were assigned. Before that, though Kinshi needed to take a moment to check on young Keji and the infant child that they had rescued from the Land of Merchants.
Kinshi would turn to face Keji and the infant as he would appear to glance down at them even though his sight is very much blocked by his blindfold. Now that he appeared to be glancing down at the two youngster the disembodied voice that had become synonymous with Kinshi would begin to speak. "Alright Keji, we are home, so how is the child doing right now?" asked the disembodied voice as Kinshi wondered if the infant was safe and sound.
"He's really skinny," Keji said, even though that was obvious from looking. Akaya's skin was wrinkled and flaked with his malnourishment, and he wouldn't regain his soft tissues without help or a treatment period. "The energy supplement is helping restore his chakra, but he's not healing quickly."
He didn't really want to bring Akaya in to see his dad--Kinshi on his side or no, and technicalities aside, Keji had gone against the spirit of his dad's order. He didn't want to face him head-on with a fragile baby in his arms and explain himself. But he would have to take responsibility sometime, and if he wasn't with Akaya, someone else could be, and they might not have good intentions for him. Keji didn't want someone to 'correct' his error, even if he was wrong. He wanted Akaya to live. He'd have to get his dad to see that.
He shifted his weight, knowing what he held in his scrolls and hoping it would be enough. "I'll hold onto him until we can get a medic to see him."
Lower Meeting Room
The lower meeting room functions as a library and conference place for chunin and jonin at the Ujidera Castle. At this moment the room is highly guarded by jonin ninja and Kechi's personal guards. It is full of shinobi and council members from across the village - including Isogi clan members.
"Proximity to wealth deludes some into believing they possess it."
Seated in this position he had not been facing those in attendance - the side of his face was sufficient enough. Seated in the only chair present, the cotton-candy-headed man seemed to be quite relaxed and comfortable. In actuality, however, the events taking place throughout the world troubled him. If he could not secure all of the influence and wealth that he had stored up then wouldn't all be for not? It made him irritable and agitated. Both of Kechi's sandals rested near the window where his chair had been placed so he sat in comfort barefooted. Right leg crossed over the left the small-statured guru bounced his foot up and down while his left fist pressed up against his cheek. He had already considered vacating the village and country with his most valuable things but not even that would matter. Kechi had seen the world's current state - the Land of Sleep and the Land of the Moon were tell-tell signs of the impending crisis, were they not?
About a foot from Kechi was none other than the boy Kuragari holding his unconscious sister Kanora - the sight of these strangers were no surprise to those in attendance. Kechi had a knack for returning with mysterious people who were traumatized and behooved.
"I've come too far to lose everything now..."
Opulent rays scuttled into the room and bathed the man. His heavy gold chains and earring glistened vibrantly as his neon-toned hair sat on display, usurped only by his eyes. Thoughts about the Kazekage Kasumi rented his mind for a brief moment as he recalled the happenings at the Nemuri Temple. She had a check written out for him and he was waiting for the right time to cash it in.
Kechi had not noticed that the room had grown silent, mostly because everyone was waiting on word from him. Kinshi had been close to his side, almost hugging the arm of his chair while both Zeze and Keji (who apparently had a baby with him) were seated on the pillow mats around the table. After a moment of him gazing out at the frozen-over koi pond, Kechi suddenly broke the silence and spoke up. "Kinshi. How did your assignment go?" his voice was unusually monotone.
This should have prompted Kinshi to give a status report. While the blindfolded man spoke the guru would glance over to Keji and with a puzzled look shake his head in disapproval and look back out toward the frozen pond. Interrupting his attendant, he'd inquire on the infant. "Zeze... Care to explain why there is an infant.. here?" Some might've seen this as a slight to Keji - Kechi favored Zeze. He was more talented in nearly every category and to Kechi he was more valuable, despite the boy not being his child. To say that Kechi was an understanding father would simply be a lie - he was not. To him, Keji was an investment and as such he was greatly interested in the child's development as a transaction, not out of love. Who else would carry on his will? To the Isogi, children were a means to an end.
It had only been around thirty minutes since Kinshi and his young student Keji had returned from their mission to the Land of Merchants where they had spent a good deal of time collecting the remains of the cities residents. Now though, the blindfolded man named Kinshi would find himself standing within a room filled to the brim with shinobi and other important figures in the Land of Coins. Within the room, while many were standing and/or sitting Kinshi was clearly located right beside his mentor and benefactor Kechi, the President of the Land of Coins. While his benefactor sat upon the only chair within the room, Kinshi would utilise one of his greatest skills the powerful Land Sense to take in his surrounding ensuring that no one had any ill intentions to he or his employer. While Kinshi continued his watch the room those who knew of him would bear witness to the shocking and confusing feat that was the blindfolded, deaf man somehow knowing what was being said to him.
After the words rolled off the tongue of his employer the Kinshi merely smiled, as mere moments later what ould appear to be a disembodied voice coming from seemingly nowhere would begin to reply to Kechi's question. "The mission was a complete success. We managed to collect a total of 300 hundred items including two seemingly high-value items," spoke the disembodied voice trying to discreetly inform the man that they had success in their mission, though before the voice would manage to finish its last sentence it found itself cut off. This was due to the sudden outburst by Kechi about the presence of a child with his young son. This was something that originally had worried Kinshi as he was well versed in the way his employer would react to such a situation. Unfortunately, at this moment even if Kinshi wanted to focus on his employer and his student's interaction he instead took the opportunity to watch the new arrival that Kechi had brought with him.
The boy would let out a sigh as was addressed to give a report as usual, Ze could tell Kechi expected greatness from him. The favoritism not only gives the boy a big head but it inspires him to keep getting better at what he does. “Well we found him.” the young man stated as he turned his head away, even though he wasn’t the actual person to find the child he didn’t want to throw Keji under the bus. “The child was found stranded and I didn’t feel right leaving it” He stated seeming aggravated, he wondered what his sensei would say. Hoping he wouldn’t get angry and take over responsibility of the child. Zeze wanted no part in taking care of an infant.
Keji held the baby a little closer, trying not to jostle him enough to start crying again. He didn't glance over at his cousin, knowing that would just make them both look suspicious. He appreciated it when Zeze stepped in occasionally; situations that felt dicey when Keji was alone felt a little more handled when Ze was around. That being said, he also knew him personally, and that he wasn't going to go three extra miles for the kid, just the one (and in this family? One was a lot). Keji had to pull his own weight here too.
"His name is Akaya," Keji said clearly, bolstered by knowing Kinshi and Zeze were both basically encouraging him in their own ways. He'd explain the details to Zeze later. "We want to raise him here in Hanagakure. He's a strong little kid, he'll do great here."
Talking to his dad tended to feel like pitching a sale. He had to focus on the benefits, not on the problems, and not let himself waver. Akaya was tenacious to survive two days of abandonment, but he still needed medical care and someone to help raise him. There were dangers to trying to grow up here just like there were in Akaya's previous home, though hopefully not the same ones. If he wanted to secure a good place for Akaya, he had to speak with confidence.
The young assassin that had appeared with him along with his baby sister who was currently unconscious at the moment simply stood in his very spot and observing those who were around. Kuragari wasn't one to really spark a conversation with new people right off the back unless he had a reason to but since he was here, he might as well start to get acquainted with them anyway since this was probably going to be the people he was going to end up being with the rest of his life. Especially if everything went well for him and his sister. The young male knew why he wanted to with this Kechi person but it was only for more power and to protect his sister, though he wanted to know the exact reason that other guy decided to bring them along instead of killing his sister and the babysitter when he had the chance, on top of not engaging in a fight with him. Kuragari narrowed his eyes towards Kechi as he tried to figure things out on his own, however if the answers he wanted to know were bound to show themselves eventually then patience was something he had to endure until then.
"So, there's others here too? Did you kidnap them too or just me?"
Waiting patiently for an answer and keeping his own mysterious but calm demeanor about him before turning his gaze back towards the others who were in the room, his sister laying peacefully on his back as if he was giving her a piggy back ride. This was indeed something he wasn't used to but it was interesting nonetheless, whatever happens from this moment on was definitely going to be quite the experience for him, as well as his sister whenever she decided to wake up.