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A Traditional Ninja Romance - Chapter 10

Title: A Traditional Ninja Romance

Author: Sinnatious
 
Summary: TezRyo Ninja AU.  Ryoma's mission:  To infiltrate the Seigaku clan and seduce their leader.
 
Rating: M for violence and yaoi.

Author’s Note: Just about everyone should have seen this coming.
 
Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9

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A Traditional Ninja Romance
 
By Sinnatious
 
Chapter 10

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The next few days passed in something of a dream for Ryoma. The satisfaction of completing a mission successfully filled him with fresh energy, and he allowed himself to truly relax for the first time in the months he’d been at Seigaku. 
 
He still did paperwork with Tezuka in the afternoons. The only difference was that now they often did it knee-to-knee, and would exchange the odd caress afterwards. Tezuka wasn’t at all demonstrative outside the privacy of his rooms, and still terribly polite when it came to touching him, but when he got into the mood… Ryoma shivered at the memory. He didn’t know it could feel so good. He’d have to be careful that he didn’t become a pervert like his father.
 
Momoshiro was surprisingly quick to notice the change in his demeanour. “You’re in a good mood lately. Heh, are you in love?”
 
“Idiot,” Ryoma deadpanned, tugging up his mask to hide his face.
 
“Who is it?” he teased. “I was right, wasn’t I? It’s Ryuuzaki’s granddaughter! She’s always watching you train, you know.”
 
“Don’t be stupid,” he retorted.
 
“Eh? What’s wrong with her?”
 
"Her hair is too long,” he replied flatly.
 
“Oiiiii! Hurry up you two! The briefing is about to start!” Eiji called from the doorway, waving frantically.
 
There had been a significant drop in missions recently. The local politics settled with the cowing of Gyokurin and the death of Fudomine’s sponsor, so most of their work was what Inui referred to as ‘clan housekeeping’ – keeping tabs on what the other clans were up to, and taking preventative measures to avoid any trouble stirring up in their own territory. This mostly involved discouraging organized crime groups from sprouting up in the area, and keeping an eye on any potentially dangerous ronin passing through town. It was tediously boring and not even remotely challenging. 
 
Tezuka gave them the particulars of the mission in his usual brusque and professional manner. Inui had discovered a group of three kunoichi from a rival clan working in a nearby teahouse, and they were to take them out. Normally a smaller team would handle it, but given that the teahouse was buried amongst a network of troublesome alleyways, Tezuka was sending most of them to cover all of the possible avenues of escape.
 
Ryoma lingered after the briefing was finished – he didn’t have a lot of preparation to do for the mission. Tezuka shared a few words with Oishi and came over to him once the others had left. His hands slid around his waist, pulling Ryoma close.
 
“Hnnn, you’re being very forward today,” Ryoma remarked. “But we don’t have time before I have to leave.”
 
“Of course not.” Tezuka tilted his chin up with a finger, and brushed his lips across the black fabric above Ryoma’s mouth. “Wearing your mask again?”
 
“Just for the mission,” he promised. 
 
“Don’t be careless,” Tezuka implored. Ryoma heard the ‘come back safely’ hidden within the standard farewell.
 
“Che, we’ll be done before midnight,” he stated assuredly, and slouched off to join the others in their preparations. His fingers drifted to the top of his mask, tracing the edge of the fabric. It wasn’t even really a kiss – it was just through his facemask – but his entire body felt warm.
 
The mission went off without a hitch. On the way home, Ryoma idly noted the moon’s position in the sky. His father would be expecting a report. That was a new risk – previously he could sneak off in the evenings to make the report and no one would miss him, but he’d been warming Tezuka’s futon every second night lately. There was a very high probability of the captain noticing his absence. 
 
He’d just have to go really late in the night. Ryoma mentally groaned at the thought of the lost sleep, but it was a necessary sacrifice. 
 
Two days later he was staring at his father’s neck, calculating the speed and trajectory at which he’d have to throw a kunai in order to pierce it. It was habit by now.
 
“Report?” his father asked, sounding only half interested in his answer.
 
“The mission was successful,” he replied formally.
 
“Right so… wait, it was successful?” The old man sat up; suddenly keen. “You actually did it?!”
 
Ryoma was annoyed that he had to ask. “Of course.”
 
“You actually went all the way?!”
 
A blush started to colour his face, and irritation seized him. “Pervert! What more do you want to hear?!” He stared fiercely at the ground, embarrassed.
 
His father laughed loudly at that, as though it told him everything he needed to know. It probably did. “This is priceless! I can’t believe it! Hey, boy, we should celebrate!” He immediately started pouring some sake. 
 
“No thanks,” he replied blandly. Sneaking quietly back into the compound would be significantly more difficult while drunk. There was always a risk Tezuka might smell the sake on his breath later, too. Didn’t his father ever consider these things?
 
“Che, you’re no fun. Oh well, more for me.” Nanjiroh took a deep sip of the drink and sat back down with a thump. “Well, that is great news. So tell me, boy, what was she like?”
 
“What?”
 
“You know… noblewomen! They’re so different once you bed them! Was she as well-endowed as her grandmother used to be?” This part was asked with a leer. “She’s not much to look at now, but back in the day that old woman used to be a sight for sore eyes, you know. Did those genes get passed on?”
 
"Eh? You’re asking about Lady Sakuno?" Befuddled, Ryoma glanced up from his knees.

"What are you talking about - of course I’m asking about Lady Sakuno!" his father exclaimed.

Mystified, the young ninja asked, "What does she have to do with this?"

"The target, boy!  Have you forgotten the mission?"

Blankly, Ryoma repeated, "'Seduce the leader of the Seigaku clan.'"

"Right!"

"...Lady Sakuno isn't the leader of the Seigaku Clan."

"That's right, Sakuno is... what?"

"She couldn't throw a shuriken properly if her life depended on it.  She cuts her own fingers to ribbons just cooking."

A lengthy pause.  Then... "This is Ryuuzaki's granddaughter we're talking about, right?"

Crossing his arms, Ryoma retorted.  "You tell me."

"She really isn't the leader of Seigaku's clan?"

"Of course not."
 
“Right. Okay then. Wait…” It seemed as though a thought occurred to the old man. “Then who is?”
 
“Tezuka Kunimitsu.”
 
“Tezuka Kunimitsu?”
 
“Yes.”
 
“This Tezuka Kunimitsu wouldn’t happen to be some unknown voluptuous kunoichi with a rather masculine name?”
 
“No!” Ryoma protested, face heating again. 
 
“And you seduced him.”
 
“Yes.”
 
There was a long silence at that. Then… "My son!  My only son!" the old man wailed.  Ryoma wondered if maybe this would be a good time to pin the tricky bastard with a few shuriken.

"You ordered me to!"

"I didn't think that demon Ryuuzaki would go soft!"

For such a ninja genius, his father could certainly be an idiot when it came to some rather important details. Did this mean that all of that effort was for nothing? His father hadn’t even given him the right target? Didn’t he do any research at all before giving him the mission?
 
Nanjiroh spent a good twenty minutes wailing over the misfortune of his son, which Ryoma stoically endured. It was perhaps the first time the old man was upset on his behalf, but he suspected that was mostly because the pervert was disappointed that he wasn’t going to be bringing home any young pretty things for him to look at.
 
Still, it was getting late, and Ryoma needed to be getting back to the clan. “Are you done yet?” It was actually getting kind of boring listening to his father’s ranting.
 
“Unforgivable!” Apparently there was still more to come.
 
“It’s your fault, you know. I’m the one who should be complaining.” It hadn’t been entirely unpleasant though, so he didn’t see the point in getting worked up about it.
 
Gathering his composure, Nanjiroh snapped back to attention. “Right. You said that Lady Sakuno trained at the clan occasionally, right?”
 
Training might have been a bit of a stretch, but she occasionally joined the novices for drills. “Right.”
 
“Okay then. Change of plans. Your new mission is to seduce Ryuuzaki Sakuno.”
 
Ryoma’s mouth dropped open. “What?!”
 
“You heard.” The old man was giving him that cheesy grin again, looking rather satisfied with himself.
 
“And the previous mission?”
 
“Dropped. Focus all of your efforts on this one now.”
 
Unbelievable. “Are you expecting me to just sleep around all of the Seigaku clan like some sort of prostitute?!”
 
“Just complete this mission, then you’re done,” his father dismissed airily. 
 
“Why?!” he demanded. “Is there any point to any of this?!”
 
“You don’t need to know the reason.” Nanjiroh was starting to look annoyed. “It’s for your own good.”
 
The mission was for his own good, or not knowing? “This is all for your own stupid amusement, isn’t it? I bet Ryoga-”
 
Ryoma didn’t have the chance to finish the sentence before his father was standing, blade drawn and pointing at his throat. 
 
“You’ll complete the mission, no questions asked,” Nanjiroh said. His voice wasn’t particularly harsh, nor his expression tense, but it was somehow terrifying all the same.
 
Ryoma held his glare for a long moment, and then backed down. He wasn’t strong enough to challenge his father in that state yet. It felt as though a sort of invisible pressure was suddenly crushing him, making it difficult to breathe. “Understood,” he whispered.
 
“Right, off you go then. See you in a couple of weeks.”
 
He bowed mechanically, and left the house. All that effort for nothing?
 
Why Sakuno? She was useless. She was clumsy, unsure of herself, and freaked out at the sight of just a little blood. Even if she was Ryuuzaki’s granddaughter, there was absolutely no benefit to seducing her, unless his father suddenly decided to get into politics instead of fighting. It was absurd. 
 
Given that he was in such a state of shock, it was mildly amazing that Ryoma managed to slip past Seigaku’s routine patrols unnoticed. He couldn’t remember most of the journey home. He was still annoyed that his father hadn’t given him an answer, but it was his own fault for mentioning Ryoga. Ryoga was a taboo subject.
 
He quietly entered his room again, wincing at the small ‘clack’ the wooden shoji made as he closed it. It wasn’t long until sunrise. Tired though he was, Ryoma abandoned the thought of sleep.  He doubted he’d able to. The bitterness left a salty taste in his mouth; he’d worked damn hard to seduce Tezuka. He’d acted pithy and demure, let Eiji call him ‘Ochibi’ without complaint, fretted over his appearance like some noblewoman, worn highly embarrassing women’s garments, sacrificed his virginity… all for nothing. It was just going to be thrown away.
 
Ryoma took a breath, calming himself. It was okay. It didn’t matter.  The mission parameters had just changed, was all.

Except that it wasn't okay.  And Ryoma hadn't yet decided how he felt about the sudden shift in mission parameters.

It was clear where his father had made his mistake.  He'd assumed that Ryuuzaki's granddaughter would be leader of Seigaku's ninja clan.  Obviously the old man's intelligence was out of date - Lady Ryuuzaki, for all her cunning, had a terrible soft spot for her granddaughter.  Despite the girl's random abortive attempts at learning the basic ninja arts, Ryoma couldn't imagine her ever becoming a kunoichi, much less leader of a ninja clan.

Still, seducing her would be laughably easy compared to Tezuka.  She already seemed somewhat smitten with him, though despite her status was too shy to say anything about it.  With a few well-placed words, his work would likely be done. 

Except that he had already succeeded in his first mission.
 
This was going to be messy.
 
He really was going to kill that old man someday.
 


Comments

( 38 comments — Leave a comment )
argentum_luna
May. 21st, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
O.O Do I want to know what happens next? D:

Still, so much love!! ♥ Ryoma should just hurry up and realise he's in love with Tezuka, and they can elope and have improbable ninja babies.
sinnatious
May. 21st, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
NINJA BABIES! XD This might be my new favourite phrase. I shall be using for the rest of the week.
jade_peace
May. 21st, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Ryoma's in love with Tezuka ALREADY so he's just waiting for Tezuka's word about eloping and having ninja babies. xD
superultragddya
May. 22nd, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
-hightouch-
sleepingfingers
May. 21st, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oooh. If I were him, I'd likely want to kill Nanjiroh, too. Hee, poor Ryoma. ^^
tezukaryo
May. 21st, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
SCREAM...I want to wring Nanjiroh's neck...CHANGE TARGET *DIEDIEDIE YOU BAKA* ...Ryoma, don't do it. You need to realize that you love Tezuka. *begging*

Aaah...I don't want to know what happen next...NOOO, please don't break Tezuka's heart *tears*.......

Okay, have to calm down...need to belief in their love...*battle cry* go and beat nanjiroh to a bloody pulp *laughing manically*...

OMG, Sinn, you turn me into violent lunatic *LOL*...Please update soon...*run off to beat Nanjiroh so more*
sinnatious
May. 22nd, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
You mean you didn't see it coming?! XD

Being turned into a violent lunatic by Nanjiroh is a nice and thematic reaction in keeping with the whole ninja universe thing. :P Not to worry, next chapter will be out on Sunday, same as normal.
tezukaryo
May. 22nd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh...I knew it was coming, but it still drive me crazy...I feel very sorry for Ryoma to have such a father...I'm surprise that Ryoma didn't turn homocidal.

Yeah, I get to read another chapter on my anniversity. ^__^
m3owchan
May. 21st, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
o.o so Nanjirou really didn't know... and poor Ryoma, having to seduce Sakuno now >|
realdream1112
May. 21st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Guaaaaaa!!! But...but...but...but...what about Tezuka!?!! Oooooo I see trouble comming!
jade_peace
May. 21st, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I think I suspected as much all along.

♥ the way you write all of them. And this story. asdfghjkl;

*__*



sinnatious
May. 22nd, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
It was pretty obvious, yes. ;) Glad you're enjoying it, though.
superultragddya
May. 22nd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I've been so lazy. Will log out of this account...someday. D=

anyway! Oh god. xDD Um. god, not God. If you know what I mean. xDD

Tezuka's gonna find out, isn't he? -pokes shoulder-
sinnatious
May. 22nd, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, sure, just switch between them and MAKE ME MORE CONFUSED. ;)

I think it's totally okay to be swearing by God. That is, not god, but God. Well, that's okay too, but... @_@
firedraygon97
May. 22nd, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh dear, Tezuka's not going to like this at all. XD I'm looking forward to when this all blows up in Ryoma's (and Nanjiroh's) face. Haha, Nanjiroh's reaction is hilarious. "My son! My only son!"

...I wonder if Tezuka's kickass enough to go up against Nanjiroh? Or are their levels similar to those in the manga/anime?
sinnatious
May. 22nd, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
That was one thing in the manga/anime I always wanted to see. Tezuka/Nanjiroh match. I wanted to see how Nanjiroh would handle the dinosaurs! THEY DID NOT DELIVER ON THIS.

Would have even settled for a big finale Ryoma-beating-his-Dad match T___T
firedraygon97
May. 22nd, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
D:!

Well, maybe not beating his dad so much as getting a game off him or something...
argetangel
May. 22nd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
“This Tezuka Kunimitsu wouldn’t happen to be some unknown voluptuous kunoichi with a rather masculine name?”

This made me snort xD Nanjiroh is so vainly hopeful~

RYOMA CAN'T YOU SEE THAT YOU'RE IN LOOOOVE?

Heee, could ya add me? :D
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Done. :) Though I don't really f-lock much other than the odd doujin scan.
argetangel
May. 23rd, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
That's fine. Haha it's just easier to check for updates and all (:

And, oh! I haven't mentioned how I loooove your fics :D Well, I do.
iluxia
May. 22nd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Somehow.....

Somehow I knew it was just gonna end this way.

*suffering sigh*

Ryoma. Poor Ryoma. Take care not to hurt buchou's feeling, else it'll be....... well.

I don't even want to imagine it.

Sinn-saaaaaan~ ^____^ Atashi-tachi no deal wasurenaide ne~
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten! ;) I'm almost done - I'll totally post it tomorrow. (Though I can't guarantee it'll be any good. :P)
iluxia
May. 23rd, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Mine's far from done. I had a little disaster with my *cough* housemates. Someone switched my fried noodles with a.... *eyebrow twitch* questionable concoction, and it landed me with a burning head and a boiling stomach. *murders Sable* NOWHERE NEAR THE KITCHEN EVER AGAIN IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, WOMAN!

*cough*

I shall have the fic ready as soon as I can as well.

Edited at 2008-05-23 12:07 pm (UTC)
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN ACT OF SABOTAGE

Well, mine is going to be a great deal shorter. I think I get the better end of this deal. ;) I did not honestly expect super-fast turn around. Just... you know. WANTED TO GIVE SOME EXTRA MOTIVATION. SDFLAKSJFLKSJF.
iluxia
May. 23rd, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Wagahai has the scope of what transpired. Wagahai no faithful faithful slave convenient-friend-who's-in-culinary-school(-and-in-the-honors-at-that), Dani, makes ore-sama dinner for the night: fried noodles with dumplings, Beijing style. Along with him, Sable, the abomination who dared to poison ore-sama, is in the middle of her own culinary exploits (which are, btw, as weird -- if not weirder -- than Orihime's cooking and that tells you how potent it is). But then there's a call for him the moment the dinner is set on a plate to be delivered to ore-sama, and Dani has to go to living room. Thus, Dani leaves plate on left side of tray to be delivered to me upstairs and gets the call. Sable then runs to toilet to relieve herself, when a stupid stupid Ed comes in searching for another one of his missing trading cards. He lifts both plates---AND SWITCHES IT WITHOUT NOTICING. By this time, the seasoning's already mixed---looks exactly the same, no way of telling which is which.

And so Dani gives me Sable's.... concoction, while Sable eats Dani's all the while muttering, "....did I do something wrong? I DID put enough mustard, right? But how come..."


XDDD The better end, eih. *snicker* Maa. We'll see. (And just so you know, we twinnesses are easy to deal with when you've got the right bait. XDD)
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
....Mustn't... laugh....

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? I thought stuff like that only happened in movies. Made more compelling by the actual poisoning.

I shall be keeping this baiting thing in mind.
iluxia
May. 23rd, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
*grumble* Waraumonka!

Well, apparently, my life is a movie. Hah. Hurrah. .__________. *currently contemplating on placing guards in front of kitchen entrance to ban Sable*

The baiting thing works better when Tria sees it, because normally I don't fall for it except when it's a totally cannot-let-go bait, but Tria... ^____^;; has the talent to nag me into things.... *cough*
gwynhafra
May. 23rd, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Hmm...first I was going ROTFLOL at the part where apparently Nanjirou had made such a mistake that his poor son seduced a guy. Now I'm getting slightly teary eyed at the thought of Ryoma having to abandon his mission. Poor poor Ryoma-chan...and poor buchou-chan too.

Your story is really incredible. Didn't see that one coming. ^^
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
This chapter seems to have revealed some hidden cases of bipolarity, certainly. :P Hee, glad it was a surprise, I was worried that it was going to be far too obvious.
iluxia
May. 23rd, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry to barge in but YOUR ICON KILLZ.
gwynhafra
May. 23rd, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Not mine, actually. My cousie got it from somewhere. :p

Currently watching Higamyu and weeping over the change of chars. Where oh where is Shirota...*is blatantly going off topic* XD
iluxia
May. 23rd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yappa buchou wa Shirota da na... Higamyu no buchou mo naka naka dakedo... ._____. once the original is set in the fan's mind.... AND I WANT KANATA AGAIN! T_____T
sinnatious
May. 23rd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
I DON'T KNOW. I COULD GROW TO LOVE THE DAISUKE AND SHOUGO COMBINATION I THINK!
gwynhafra
May. 23rd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Kanata is Rokkamyu/Rikkaimyu's Tezuka right? I've only watched from Hyoteimyu Summer/Winter onwards, so I'm still pretty new when it comes to the tenimyu thing.

Daisuke? Shougo? Dare desu ka?
sinnatious
May. 24th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
They are the Tezuka and the Ryoma in the latest cast. *___* That should be Higamyu? (Unless I've mixed up the names again. It wouldn't be the first time.)

It is hard to accept the cast changes, though. :(
gwynhafra
May. 24th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
lol. I don't see much chemistry between the chars they act. I think Shirota did the best fanservices back in Hyoteimyu. XD

For some reason, throughout the whole Higamyu show, I was more focused on SanaYuki instead of TezuRyo. At this rate my second OTP is going to overtake my first. XD

The things they do in backstage were delightful though. ^^ . Meh...going to look for more AMVs for my TezuRyo fix. ^^
ichinonaru
May. 26th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHA NANJIROH, oh Nanjiroh, somehow you managed to incorporate Nanjiroh into alot of your fics as a character plot device in order to make Tezuka and Ryoma get closer to one another... I can't hate your Nanjiroh because he's so useful to have around.. afterall.. these stuff wouldn't happen if it weren't for him... aaaah! Although I am quite excited and curious as to how it turns out! HAHA! Wah on to the next chapter... gawd I hope we can see the update of the next chapter soon!
~~~ Hikari Manganji ~~~
tintin013
Aug. 10th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
what a twist!!!! poor ryoma!
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