[Giggles even harder as the girl struggles to push the frog off of the doorstep. She groans when the frog does leave] Ohh, I worked hard to catch him.
[Her face goes red as Nori spots her and she stands silent and pretends] I am nothing but a tree, just a tree, leaf me alone. [Sticks some leaves to her face and in her hair to convince Nori and then eyeing the frog sadly figures out that she wants to catch him again. She didn’t want him to leave]
[When Nori isn’t looking she jumps across the river and scoops up the frog hissing at the woman and then in her haste to leave trips on the mud nearly landing in the river but instead manages to regain her balance and fall flatly on the mud, dirtying her dress] Ouuuuch.
[When she hears the girl hiss at her she turns her head and brings her attention back to the little girl who was now scurrying away from Nori’s home. Eyes widen in response, never hearing a little girl literally hiss at her.]
[When she trips, and Nori hears her cry in pain, she immediately forgets about the gross creature Cheryl held in her hands and quickly made her way to her.] Are you alright? [Worry can be heard in her voice and seen on her face. Places her hand on Cheryl’s back, supporting her as best she can.] You aren’t hurt are you?
[Cheryl had jumped across the river and hid behind Mako and Reina’s orchard staring through the bushes at Nori who was completely freaked out by the frog. She smiled evily and spoke aloud not really thinking about if anyone could hear her or not]
”That’s what you get for messing with my brother!”
[Hears the voice from somewhere outside of her house, panic still written all over her face and eyes.]
[Continues to hide behind her door for a few moments, but eventually shows herself again — though this time it is only her arm. She is holding a broom, with which she tries to sweep away the frog as best as she can from her porch and toward the river.]
[After a few weak attempts, she pushes the frog off her porch and onto the grass, allowing her to stick out more of her body from the doorway, including her head.]
[Looks over toward the river, and past it, seeing the little girl standing up from behind the bushes with a grin, pointing and laughing at Nori’s misfortune.]
Did you put this here?
shotashota-nightfever said: Oh, Nori-san! -Takes her hands into his own, entire demeanor lighting up.- I’ve missed you so! Even while in Japan, I sought after your homemade treats. -Lets out a familiar laugh.- How have you been?
[Cheeks redden with excitement to see her close friend again. Hey eyes light up when he takes her hands, and her lips curve into a warm smile.] Is that so? Oh, then please, come inside for something right now..!
[Tilts her head at his laugh, letting out a small giggle herself in response.] I’ve been just fine. The same as usual. And you? How was your trip? Did anything exciting happen?
[Lifts her head from her sewing when she hears the knock on her door. Blinks curiously, then rises to her feet.]
[Moves across the house to slide open the door, hearing the familiar voice from the other side and already smiling wide to see the long lost doctor in training.] Hiro-chan…! [Opens the door completely, eyes lit up with happiness.] You’re back!
[Hears the knock on the door from way inside of the house. Blinks, curious as to who could be knocking on her door in the middle of the afternoon. Rises from her seat, setting down the sewing that she was working on, and crossed her room to the door.]
[Slides the door open and looks out onto her property, not seeing anyone. Stands in her doorway for a few moments, then sees something strange out of the corner of her eye.]
[Glances down and sees the frog, with a piece of paper stuck to it. Doesn’t notice the piece of paper, nor the single chicken feather that happened to be resting closely beside the frog.] …!!!
[Reaches for the door frame, grasping it in fear and pulls back from her door.] Wh-wh-what are you doing here?! [Frantically reaches for the door, sliding the shoji screen shut and running into the back of the house.] Grandpa..!!! Grandpa can you come to the front of the house — please!!
"Oh, no worries Nori. I am certainly ready to eat." He chuckled softly and offered her his arm like a gentleman. She slipped her arm into his and they walked towards the tea house. "You know you look really good in that kimono, Nori. It is very befitting of a woman such as yourself."
They walked together in a comfortable silence, just enjoying each other’s company as they made the short trek to the tea house. An older woman greeted them, giving Nori a little look after she glanced over at Soseki. It looked curious but at the same time approving in a way. Soseki couldn’t help but feel a little odd.
When they walked through the draped doorway and the scents of her native cuisine filled her nostrils, she smiled. She raised her gaze to Yun, who stood behind the counter with her old, kindly smile, giving her a bow of her head. The two exchanged a few words. Nori laughed and giggled, introducing Soseki to the tea house cook.
After introductions had finished, Yun stepped out from behind the counter and led the two of them toward the back of the restaurant. There, she left them, and Nori stood by one of the tables looking toward the large doorway that led to an outdoor seating area, which was placed above the river that flowed through the town.
"Perhaps we should order some tea first," she said, turning head head to look over her shoulder, the charms chiming as the dangled from her hair. "Is green tea alright? Or.. maybe oolong?"
[lifts his own gaze up to follow her line of sight, arms crossing again as he relaxes his shoulders back behind him]
"Ah… No. I am satisfied for now." [steps over to the window carefully and peers out] "The sun is going down… If you would like to leave now, we may."
[Watches him as he makes his way across the room, and to the window. Blinks, curiously. Watches the sun’s glow on his skin, making him seen immensely more elegant than he already is. Catches her breath in her throat.]
I… [Pauses, swallowing back the lump in her throat.] Yes. We should leave.