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20 December 2005 @ 08:59 am
Jan 1, 1858 - Morning - Bath-house of Shieikan Dojo  
After grabbing a clean kimono and fundoshi, I head for the bath-house. Gen-san it seems has already been here this morning sometime and made sure that the tub has plenty of hot water. I strip out of my dirty garments, scrub myself clean, then slip into the cedar tub for a nice, long soak.

I must still be tired from my trip. Leaning back and closing my eyes, I soon begin to drift off to sleep...
沖田総司: wolf pupokita_sojirou on December 22nd, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
What on this good earth is taking him so long? I said make it quick...

"Toshi-nii?" I continuously rap on the door of the bath house. I wouldn't want to intrude on any...'business' he's got in there. Demo, how could he have smuggled a woman in...

I rap more frantically. "Hijikata Toshizou! What's taking you so long?"

Of course I don't get an answer. Hmm..Maybe I should heat up the tup and boil him...see if that doesn't get his attention. Nobody ignores Soujirou! Guess he leaves me with no choice then...

"Sleeping?" I'm somewhat less than amused. I could smother him with a towel right now.

Well, nobody's looking so...Why not?
Hijikata Toshizo: Shieikan Toshitoshi_hijikata on December 22nd, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
Why can I suddenly not breathe?! I feel something over my face, keeping me from getting any air. Desperately I try to shove off whatever or whoever is smothering me. But even as I push the offending object away and attempt to jump up out of the tub, I lose my footing and fall backwards.

As I go down I hit my head of the edge of the tub and everything starts to go black as I slid back down beneath the warm water...

(Toshi is now unconscious and drowning in the tub. :D)
沖田総司: kidokita_sojirou on December 22nd, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
He puts up a fight, but hell like it's good enough. Puddles start to form all around and--what the...ON me. Mou but I just got dressed!

"Just for that, there will be no mercy for you!" I double my efforts until...

Until he slips and, amidst all the gurgling and splashing, I hear a loud and very sickening thunk; the wood beneath my knees reverberating with the force. And everything goes quiet: not a drop of water misplaced, not a fidget. Hell, not even the usual scowl on a face I know all too well that's now underwater and very still.



"Toshi-nii?!" I try to shake him, but he's heavier than I thought he was and with all that pulling, I find myself slipping in the tub as well.

"Somebody! Help!"
nagakura_shin on December 22nd, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
I scratch my scalp and rotate my neck as I walk to the baths. “Fuck me to tears, I’m tired!” It’s been a long day and I couldn’t be in a fouler mood as the bruises on my torso and the dark cloud in my eyes would attest to. I just had started off the day bad —shit- I started off the week bad. Now I was just looking for just a long bath, a drink, and a good lay. Something before I cut someone open and found myself on the execution stand. I usually didn’t get like this but when things had goten bad and there’s not a whole lot I could do about it.

Dumb fucking geishas. Not a damn one of them were capable of anything resembling empathy. I mean, you sit there, downing your sorrows in sake and they’re over there they try to show their wrist and seduce you with a coy smile. Which is stupid and laughable considering you have to buy them before having them but that’s what you get for trying to lighten up things with class. Next time I won’t even bother and head straight to the brothel.

Here I go again, no wonder Keiko wants nothing to do with me, I sound diseased and no one has ever made bitter sound attractive — Oh Kami-sama, will this day just end?!

Just as I reach the baths and start to disrobe, I hear Souji crying out for help. “Shit!” I race over there and start pulling him out but in his state of panic – not that I can blame him – he’s got an iron grip on Hijikata. There's no way I can pull the two of them out. “Souji! Drop him for a minute, I can’t pull you out at the same time!!”
沖田総司: kidokita_sojirou on December 22nd, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
Shinpachi-san! Thank god!

I don't have enough time to express just how relieved I am. Maybe later when we get Toshi-nii out alive.

Souji! Drop him for a minute, I can’t pull you out at the same time!!

"Not like the tub is so deep, you know. I can handle myself. Just help me pull haul him out!" There's something so refreshing about buzzing with active panic, isn't there? And it's just perfect with sub-zero tempretures outside...

Wisps of wet hair cling to my neck, my face...everywhere. So maybe Mitsu-nee did have a point about cutting it. "Oh boy, he weighs like an ox..."

This day isn't starting out right, that's for sure...
nagakura_shin on December 22nd, 2005 10:07 am (UTC)
Not like the tub is so deep, you know. I can handle myself. Just help me pull haul him out!"

Wow, I know I’m just angry at the world when I want to kill Souji…who’s only about the nicest guy in the world. We pull him out of the water and Souji’s right: he does weigh like an ox.

“How the hell did this happen, Souji?” I asked.
沖田総司: wided-eyed (b&w)okita_sojirou on December 23rd, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
"Er..." Should I tell him that I almost killed him with a towel?


"He...fell?" He's so not going to buy that.

I wade around the tub to Toshi-nii's head, trying to keep it above water while I let Shinpachi-san do the rest well somebody's gotta do it!. The water's starting to get cold; the steam thinning, and if we don't get him out of here, we'll all freeze to death.

But eventually, -somehow- , we manage. I start to feel the chill seep into my skin and terribly uncomfortable in these soggy clothes. "Maybe we should slap him so he'd wake up already...Or maybe we should leave him here? Oh he's so going to be mad at me..."

I snatch a nice, dry, and less-lethal towel from a nearby rack and throw it over him. He'd be doubly mad at me if he realizes I let him freeze naked.
Hijikata Toshizo: So Boredtoshi_hijikata on December 23rd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
-COUGH- -Sputter- -COUGH, COUGH-

I'm trying to groan because my head is hurting so, but I seem to be sputtering water. What the hell happened?

After another few coughs, I seem to have the water out of my lungs. But my head feels no better. "Itai..."

I try to open my eyes and find even the weak light of the bathhouse blinding. Closing them against the sudden stab of pain, I reopen one of them cautiously and see Souji next to me. But he seems to have multiplied and all five of him are doing some strange and obnoxious dance. Or at least it seems to be a dance. They're all moving at any rate.

"Souji, please would you and your four body-doubles please stop dancing about like that. It's making my head hurt worse and I think you're annoying the raccoon..."

Well, maybe it's a raccoon. Something or someone else is here with us, but I can't focus enough to see them clearly.
沖田総司: kid 2okita_sojirou on December 23rd, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Souji, please would you and your four body-doubles please stop dancing about like that.

"You know very well that I have no control over what my body-doubles' actions." Here I am, dripping wet and shivering, and I still manage to sound so impertinent. That's really good for your health, Soujirou...

It's making my head hurt worse and I think you're annoying the raccoon...

I think Hijikata-san has lost his marbles...I laugh as the image of a raccoon with Shinpachi-san's hair flits across my mind. "At least he's still got his sense of humor..."
nagakura_shin on December 26th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
I feel a rushing anger rise to the top of my head and then I laugh...I just laugh. There's just nothing else I could do, nothing else that seemed to be appropriate. "I should have left the both of you in the pool. As it is, all my Raccoon buddies are pointing and laughing their furry posteriors off."
沖田総司: kid 2okita_sojirou on December 26th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
I almost roll on the floor laughing. "Getting a kick out of this, are they Shinpachi-kun?" Well, he does fit the part...Mwahaha! "And no, no leaving me and Hijikata-san in the pool!" What will my sister say if she sees us goofing around?

Speaking of my sister and interrupted schedules...

"Toshi-SENPAI," hate it, don't hate it. Get over it. "get up! We still need to go to the temple! I can't just haul you over there looking like that, can I?"
Hijikata Toshizotoshi_hijikata on December 26th, 2005 09:33 am (UTC)

I grimace. Not only is all the noise making my head ache worse, but I absolutely hate when Souji addresses me that way. And why the hell am I so cold?!

"get up! We still need to go to the temple! I can't just haul you over there looking like that, can I?"

What? With a groan, I force myself to sit up. That's when I realize that I'm sitting on the floor in the nude. No wonder I'm freezing!

Unsteadily I climb to me feet. "Where's my clothes?" Ow, my head...
nagakura_shin on December 27th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
"For someone so witty, you're sure slow on your feet, Toshi-san." I say as I spot a pile of clothing over by the door where I had begun disrobing before I was called upon by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to save their sorry wet naked asses. Wait a tick, naked----ahh....huh??? Ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!! "Oh hell, I just got a bad thought in my head...please tell me you two weren't messing around in a semi-public bath!!"
Hijikata Toshizo: Come Back Heretoshi_hijikata on December 27th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
"For someone so witty, you're sure slow on your feet, Toshi-san."

My head is finally starting to clear up a bit when Shinpachi makes a snippy remark about the situation. I rub the sore spot on the back of my skull.

"Hmph. Let's try banging your head against the side of the tub and then we'll see how quick you are," I mutter. Damn that hurt.

I finally see where I left my clothing and go to reach for them...

"Oh hell, I just got a bad thought in my head...please tell me you two weren't messing around in a semi-public bath!!"

Despite the pain, I can feel the blood vessels popping out on my forehead. "What did you say, Shinpachi?"

沖田総司: wided-eyed (b&w)okita_sojirou on December 27th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
Hmph. Let's try banging your head against the side of the tub and then we'll see how quick you are.

Well, that's not such a bad idea...

Oh hell, I just got a bad thought in my head...please tell me you two weren't messing around in a semi-public bath!!

He didn't just say that...I feel myself bristling blushing a bit. I'll let Toshi-nii handle him on that one, though. And here I thought the fireworks were over.

"Maa na, futari domo...let's not get violent with each other..." I'm not sure if that's effective, though...
Hijikata Toshizotoshi_hijikata on December 28th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
"Maa na, futari domo...let's not get violent with each other..."

"Hmph!" And with that I get dressed, then tie my hair up with one of the favored red strings. "Maybe that raccoon I saw earlier will drown him..." I mutter as I head for the door.

"Come on, Souji. You must be freezing by now."
nagakura_shin on December 28th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh fuck you, Toshizo. "Ungrateful piece of peddlar trash......" I muttered very much under my breath, knowing I would pay with my life if he ever heard that. Maybe not today, but someday. Hijikata's got a long memory and a streak for revenge that was absolutely chilling. Like a demon with iron in his blood............
沖田総司: short hairokita_sojirou on December 28th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Maybe that raccoon I saw earlier will drown him...

"It's not so much the raccoon that tried to drown you, you know." But of course he knows it. And I will pay for it later on. Just like how Shinpachi-san will pay dearly for throwing those words at him. (Oooh, that, I will have to see for myself!)

Come on, Souji. You must be freezing by now.

"Aren't you even going to thank us him, Toshi-senpai?" I quickly glance at a steaming Shinpachi-san. Although this whole incident was my fault...
Hijikata Toshizotoshi_hijikata on December 28th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
"It's not so much the raccoon that tried to drown you, you know."

I grunt. Of course I already know that...

"Aren't you even going to thank us him, Toshi-senpai?"

Grrr.... "Thank you," I say in a strained voice that might as well be a growl.

It's not so much that I'm ungrateful for someone coming to my aide. It's more that I can't stand having to rely on anyone else to begin with. A samurai wouldn't have to rely on someone else that way... My very weakness in needing someone's help just pisses me off to no end.

Of course, it might have been slightly less annoying if the rescue hadn't come packaged with Shinpachi's endless innuendo... What the hell does that guy think I am anyway? Some sort of pervert?
nagakura_shin on December 28th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
"Wow, really had to force that one out, didn't ya?" Denial's such an ugly thing, Toshi-san, especially when it's over someone as nice as Okita. I mean, don't get me wrong, the kid's completely clueless, but he's a nice kid and he seems to be wanting to jump him at the first chance. Poor kid, hormones are a bitch at that age.

But come on, Souji, you could have done better than that complete ahou Hijikata....
沖田総司: kidokita_sojirou on December 28th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
If I didn't know any better--and if I didn't care about my health in the slightest--I would have had to teach Hijikata-san a lesson or two in Good Manners and Etiquette.

...And Shinpachi-san, too. Kami-sama only know what's running through that lewd mind of his. He must really think so little of me, ne? And much of a pervert of Toshi-nii. Well, I'll let my shinai do the complaining later...just in case.

"T-thank you for you h-help, Shinpachi-san-n," Darn, this is what's so annoying when you're cold. You start to stutter.
Hijikata Toshizotoshi_hijikata on December 28th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
"Wow, really had to force that one out, didn't ya?"

"T-thank you for you h-help, Shinpachi-san-n,"

I can ignore Shinpachi's grumbling, but not the fact that Souji's freezing to death in those wet clothes. Quickly I jerk my kimono back off and wrap it around him. Knowing Souji, he'll stand here another ten minutes talking even though he's freezing to death...

"I'll meet you back inside the dojo," I tell him, then make a mad dash toward my room. Damn it's cold out when you're wearing nothing but you're fundoshi...

(Exits thread)
沖田総司: kidokita_sojirou on January 4th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
He's out the door and streaking through the courtyard even before I can say thank you. But heavy as his clothes are around me, they're very warm...

"I guess I better do what he says. He'd be furious otherwise." I offer Shinpachi-san a small smile. "I'm sorry to have troubled you like this. I'll have some hot tea prepared for you when you get back in." It's the least I can do, really.

I better get out of here before the guilt-tripping begins. And I don't mean coming from Shinpachi-san. I make my way out the door without another word, but warm enough for me to take my time and watch the snow bend the ever-patient bamboo.

(exits thread)
nagakura_shin on January 14th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, who the hell signed me up for cupid????

You know, there are days where Hijikata can just go screw himself and die.....ungrateful bastard. I come in and save the day and what are my thanks? A gritted out groan that sounded like someone had his boys down under in a vise-grip. What the hell is his problem anyhow? I mean, I know I give him a good ribbing each daily....but come on! He SO has it coming.

But that's Hijikata for you, and nothing will change his demeanor....no, it's Okita that struck me as more odd. I mean, the sniffing of Hijikata's clothes with the contented sigh is typical Okita fare but the really guilty look on his face was something else entirely. He's looked horny, in love, I'm-too-cute-for-my-underpants, and scared to pieces...like the time someone tries to cut his hair or when Peddler boy was about to go six feet under.

And he was right to look scared, he *should* have looked scared, it was scary and if I wasn't on a thousand CC rush of adrenaline and murderous rage at the time, I would have been shitfaced scared (although there are some days where I wouldn't mind it if Hijikata really did take a dirt nap); but guilty? Why on earth should he feel guilty? I mean it's not like it's his fault-----

Oooookkkkkkaaaayyyyyyyyy, talk about weird. So Okita made this happen, but why? That boy is too head over heels in love with his Hi-ji-ka-ta-san to try to kill him although that would really make me laugh, no shit, it would. I mean, I think Hijikata should try a trip across the Kamo river, I mean it really might do his poor cruel ass a bit of good; of course this could just be me being really mean.

But I digress, so why did Okita send the big bad monster into the pool for a prolonged underwater relaxation experience? It had to be an accident but usually Okita’s smarter that. Hey, I know what you’re thinking!! I never said Okita was stupid…clueless Frigging right but not stupid. I mean the only time Okita acts stupid is when he’s being horny right next to Hijikata--- okay, second revelation of the day. So he was actually fooling around with Hijikata in the pool…well good for him I guess. But he’s a’ dreaming in the wind if he thinks Hijikata was fooling back.

What a repressed little boy, he'll be a sixty year old writing his memoirs on teddy bears from America and his unrequited love with "Hiji-poo" before the peddler gets off his ass to do anything about what is going on between them. I mean really, Souji is never going to get anywhere with this flirtatious act. Perhaps he might if Hijikata was smarter and more decent of a person...maybe, but give me a break: this is Hijikata we’re talking about here.

Sometimes I really gotta think about why I even give a shit, I mean, it's not really like I thought of signing up to be the cheerleader in the corner with the pom-poms for these two, but it just irks me somehow…these two. Okay, Hijikata irks me more than Okita ever did but that’s only because Hijikata is oblivious to what’s before his eyes and that’s never sat well with me. Well I guess I should amend that: you want to be oblivious, fine, that’s your business; you want to be oblivious and an asshole, fine that’s your problem and you’re starting to piss me off but I’ll deal; you want to oblivious about someone like Okita, an asshole to me, and pretend like you have a place to be either of the first two and I’m gonna take some big time issue with you. But as much as Hijikata pisses me off, I think Okita would be good for him and maybe make him get his act together. Fat chance of that happening those are long as those two are in charge of things...
nagakura_shin on January 29th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: Okay, who the hell signed me up for cupid????
(Exits thread)