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[Music continued]

The shadow walks into a park full of bustling activity, from old men renewing their eternal love to children finding love. The shadow approaches behind quite an interesting bench.....sitting on a bench is a girl who's face seems oddly downcast in contrast to the seemingly energtic atompshere of the park around her. The shadow stops....and stands a few feet behind this odd girl.

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 She heard the rustle behind her, but she did not turn. Eyes covered in shadowed thoughts, she whispers, "So.... you did follow me.  And here I thought you and the others would've given up by now."

Just as she hears Gin's footsteps coming near, she cries, "Stop where you are!......... please.  I've been such a pathetic client to you, and yet..."  she bites back her trembling lip as she musters enough courage to continue.

"Care to hear a story, Samurai-san? I had been too stingy with words the past days. Its the least I can do, after all that you've done for me."

She waits. And when she didn't hear him budge, she starts her tale. 

 

 


"There once was an infant born to this world, believed to be a beautiful promise. The parents named her after the moon, and for what its worth, it also bears the name of hope.

Barely months has passed, and the town in which the couple resides, suffers one misfortune to the next. House fires, unforeseen accidents, deaths..... Is it coincidence?  Neglect?  People start to wonder if the said infant was riddled with a curse, because every time she's around, things start to go wrong. Still, what parent would think wrongly of their own child. 

They protected her against the townspeople for such ridiculous claims.  That is, until she reached 10.  By then, her mother felt enough is enough, and left her family to seek a better life for herself.... and she never returned since.

 
 

 The 10-yr old girl felt it her fault. She knew that somehow, she brought nothing but pain to her parents and to everyone else. Wherever she goes, she sees nothing but hatred or fear in people's eyes. Not one person would want her as a friend. Even if she tried, she ends being humiliated, yelled at for being cursed.

 
 


 However, there is but one person that stayed by her and continues to give the proper love and support.... her father.

(Voice of her father echoes in memory): "My daughter, please don't be sad. The things that occur, happen for a reason.  You shouldn't shoulder the problem of the entire world onto you.  People grow by learning from their mistakes. Owning to the bad things that happens in their life is part of learning. That is why I never think my child unlucky.  If I believe this much.... then so should you."

 Those words gave her strength even through her teenage years. No matter how badly she's treated, no matter what unexplained occurences happen around her... from the mundane to the most unusual... be it slip or fall, or destruction of school property by coincidental  touch of her hand...  she'd always remember those words, and keep her standing tall.

But sadly, some things must come to an end. By the coming spring, the one basic stronghold that is her father, has passed away. 

 


When news spread about her father's death, many took advantage of this fact.  Without wasting time, the people rallied and kicked the girl out of their town. 

With a heavy heart, the girl left with what belongings she can carry and moved herself to the next town available, seeking employment. Anything to get by. But because of her unluckiness, she can't keep a job much longer than a few days. And if that's not enough, her notoriety for breaking things makes it impossible for her to stay in one town for very long either.

 


It....... it just came to a point where she's staring at nothing anymore but a dark abyss.  No job, no friends, no family... there is nothing to keep her life stable, all things pointless. The girl made attempts on killing herself, but every single time, it seems Fate would always step in by bringing human intervention......... though it can make one wonder if its indeed Fate, or just the God of Death refusing to accept her because of her curse.

Realizing that she's working herself to a moot effort, she gave up trying to die and trudged onwards... and finds herself in Bushuu.

 


It was there that a couple of muggers tried robbing her and would've succeeded, had it not been for a stranger that came by and rescued her. That man is Isao Kondou.



This man.... he is not like the others.  Looking in his eyes, there is no show of fear or belittlement. What you'd see is kindness, patience and contentment, as if he has been living a long and cheerful life. This became more evident when he helped her find a place to stay, volunteered to make the cottage liveable, gave advice as to where she can get a job..... and even when the girl showed her flair for clumsiness and mishaps, he was neither fazed nor annoyed by it.

Its because of such qualities, that her heart---..... my heart was won.

 He would constantly visit, sharing his food, his stories, his laughter.  He turns the atmosphere into something pleasant, no matter how bad my day went.  Its shameful to admit, but..... out of curiosity, I once followed him home without his knowing, just to see if his heart was owned by a special someone.

What I found was heartwarming.  Isao-san surrounded by friends.  It made me smile seeing such scene.... but, at the same time... I felt a sudden longing, the kind of camaraderie I wished I'd have growing up.

 


Still, even if I don't have many to be there for me, being with Isao-san was enough for me. He sees beyond my flaws, and takes what opportunity he can to make me believe in myself, as a human capable of making mistakes, instead of a product of bad omen. Weeks has passed and eventually, Isao-san and I became much closer than before.  And in one quiet evening,  I succumbed to confessing my feelings and to my joy, Isao-san admits the same way.

 Such idyllic times.. to meet and be with someone that loves you unconditionally. Such moments you'd wish would last forever.

 
 



 



[ MUSIC LINK..... Never meant to belong ]

 Not a couple of days after, Isao-san imparts news that he and his men will be leaving Bushuu the next day, in order to walk the necessary path of a samurai. He gave his solemn word that once his life becomes stable, that he'd come back and find me.  His oath to keep me safe will never diminish. I never understood what he meant, this path of the samurai, for I was young and naive. All I can do was panic and beg that he'd not leave me. Seeing the struggle in his eyes, I really thought he'd stay, but instead, he asks that I beg no more and that during his absence, I should seek those that would help me become a better person.

I stood there in shock.   Was Isao-san, after all, no different from all the others that have scorned me? To express his love on the one hand and on the next, push me away as if it was nothing? To seek those that would help me... in the years I've lived, very few has helped, and those few ends up leaving. 

Unable to deal with the circumstance, I fled away from his grasp and ran deep into the forest, hurt and confused. It was when my heart was ready to explode that I've finally stopped running..... and realized my folly.  Isao-san has done many things for me, even to willingly give his love. And despite his promise to come back for me and keep me safe, after all the kindness he's provided, Ive repaid him nothing but selfishness. 

Having regretted my actions, I start to head back to apologize........ and that's when something grabbed me from behind and knocked me unconscious. 

 


 By the time I came to, I find myself staring around the confines of a jail cell, arms and legs tightly bound and 2 amantos standing guard outside. Not soon after, I was led into this one room and was slapped a crime for destruction of public property. 

Upon hearing this, I've therefore assumed that I'll be sent to prison to serve my time..... instead, after passing judgement, I was sent to this ship, and stood right before a man, whose very presence chokes the life out of me. He has those knowing eyes, that domineering voice clawing right onto my soul. I don't know much about this man, other than being a public official and an embodiment of something evil... his name is Lord Izo."

 


 Mizuki takes a deep breath, and once again continues, "Yes, Samurai-san.  That man who met with my Isao-san is the one and the same. For a good amount of years, I was imprisoned under his men's supervision, tortured, and was used as a tool for his purposes." 

 She looks down, fingers curl into fists as she recalls the rest, "Your abilities is not a curse, but a gift..... those were his exact words. He and those amantos would often times drop me off from one place to the next and instruct me to fulfill their 'missions'.  I....... I don't understand it at first. They never explain exactly what I'm supposed to do. But on my first day, when a building's electrical system suddenly exploded and the building went on collapse, one of those amantos saved me before I get crushed, and remarked that I accomplished my mission well, even if I didn't do anything."

"It finally dawned on me.. I'm being used to destroy, to serve this one man. It doesn't make sense that I'm imprisoned and tortured for things I did in the past... only to pay back that punishment through more destruction. The only explanation I can think of, was they used my past as an excuse to get me apprehended and transported into Lord Izo's ship, so I can do these "missions" for him."

 

 




A tear.... followed by another, drops down her lap... and another..... "Why....... why me?  What have I EVER done to this world to deserve this... Isn't it enough that I've went through life being singled out like a disease?.. I try and do good things... I never stole from anyone, and I tried being a good daughter."

"Even when I've finally been given a chance, hearing a tale of a silver-haired samurai from a prisoner.. making it this far to find you.... only for what.... FOR WHAT??!!  I BROUGHT NOTHING BUT MISFORTUNE TO YOU AND THE OTHERS!! I BROUGHT DANGER TO THE MAN I LOVE!!  WHAT TRUE WORTH AM I??? MY NAME'S A JOKE!! I CAN'T EVEN BRING HOPE TO ANYONE, MUCH MORE TO MYSELF!!  EVEN DEATH WON'T TAKE ME!!! ....AND THROUGH ALL THIS... WHY???!!..... WHY WOULD YOU ALL GO THIS EXTRA MILE FOR ME???.... TO HAVE SUFFERED AND STILL SMILE LIKE IT WAS NOTHING!!... HOW CAN YOU EVEN FOLLOW ME HERE, KNOWING THAT YOUR LIFE WILL BE FORFEIT!!??.... I am nothing but a burden..... a... burden."

 Her body crumples... a hand on her face as she pours out her grief. 
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Upon hearing Mizuki's story, a variety of emotions well up inside Gintoki.....strangely enough perhaps one of the biggest emotions he is feeling is nostlagia........a nostlagia that brings upon the utmost remorse.

Gintoki knows the feeling of having everything beloved taken away from you.....burdens being taken away from you....people that he failed to protect......responsibilities whose wieght were both painful and blessful. He too had nothing at one point.....until a certain man


gave him his first meaningful burden...rather burdens





Gintoki knows the pain of being left behind, the pain of the one who failed to protect the ones who gave him these important things to shoulder





Gin too asked at one point asked "Why ? Why was he left behind ? " ............. he too once pondered what did he do wrong ? Was he too weak ? Did fate curse him ? ...He too didn't want to suffer anymore....he at one point closed his heart ...however...he knows.......he knows ....that these burdens are worth it that....that being protected


and protecting

........is the only way you can pay your respects to the friends that were taken away from you......to allow yourself to be a responsbility to someone.....to allow someone to be a responsiblity to you. Humans are weak .....they need each other....... however together they are strong......strong to protect and bear each other's sins. Destroying yourself won't do anyone good.....afterall blaming others...making them feel left behind...won't do anyone good. ......you just have to continue....bear each other's sadness and pain. If no one else ....IF no on else will bear Mizuki's sins....then he will help ..... .....after all he already gained a luck charm............he is already being protected by this new friend ....so now its his turn to protect her.

"Mizuki, .........you call yourself a burden thats not worth carrying ? You think that you should be left behind......to leave us behind ? You may carry sins.....but don't we all ? If you think that you carry misfortune....then why is it .......why is it that you stood strong....to continue on ? Why is it that you came all the way here ? If you truly carried misfortune......then why are we here to protect you...why are you here to protect us ? Mizuki, we bear your sins, and naturally you bear ours.....after all I told you didn't I , you're my lucky charm ...my friend ....... your that gorilla's lucky charm.... his friend ....and I swear...if anyone dares take away our friend ....then I will show them that they made the wrong gamble. Next time you think that the world is against you, we will be there...next time you think you got some bad luck, we will be there to win a jackpot for you. Next time I feel some bad luck , you will be there to win a jackpot for me.........We need you Mizuki.........after all how am I supposed to win at Pachinko without my...our .... lucky charm.... our beloved friend ? Mizuki *gin pats Mizuki on the head*.......your losses are my losses.....your winnings are my winnings......and , we will never leave you behind....we will never regret having this lucky friend of ours......and naturally you won't regret having this silver haired idiot of a friend either , won't you ?
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She listened amidst her tears... and upon hearing the one word, she stopped.

Mizuki slowly lifts her gaze up to him...... she believed herself a client, asking help from a samurai. His words..... to be needed.... to never be left behind.... to not have regrets..... her sins being theirs to bear, just as much as she herself would be willing to do the same...... that one word that has eluded her for so long.

She was too dumbfounded for words, that all she could do is shake her head in answer.... give the best of her smiles... and wrap her arms around him to show his words were well-heard and her heart felt light with relief...... to be someone's friend
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Slightly taken suprise by the hug, Gin widens his eyes, but then he smiles.....he lets the moment settle for now ...and let Mizuki release any pent up stress she has been having. Gin gently releases his hug from Mizuki .

*Gin smiles*

"Well we probably should go now or that Gorilla lady might really believe there is a love triangle going around here. We should probably head back to Yoshi-

Music Stops


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Gin stops......its that PrESSuRe.....DeATh .......DaNGER......something is appoaching.......... sweat starts to trickle down Gintoki's back.....they approach............those who brought upon misfortune ......


"Mizkuki, please stand back"

*Gin eyes start to bulge....he feels strange...almost intoxicated by this pressure that he is feeling ........Gin's places his hand on Lake Toya just in case....his hands start to tremble ....eyes starting to dilate.



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*Mizuki looks at gin*. "what's wrong"
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"Something.......dangerous....is approaching.....Mizuki.......its them.......

*Gin is attempting to suppress adrenaline..........its certain ....this pressure he is feeling ......its definitely them........the bastards who just made the wrong gamble my coming here......perhaps its confidence....perhaps Gin is feigning a smile to not worry Mizuki....or maybe he is just sick and tired of running away...but Gin puts off a smile.....a smile indicating that he is going to stand his ground"

"Looks like some perverts want to play "


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*Mizuki stood behind him*. She trys to be brave.
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(Music Starts)

*A voice from the shadows speaks out to the silver-haired samurai*

"Yo, boy-o.... seems you've made this too easy for us. You humans still haven't learned your lesson huh? You cannot run from us"

*The Vice-Commander of the Reiki Clan, Fuzen, steps out of the shadows and stands beneath the light of a lamppost*

"Now, how about you make this easy on all of us and hand that girl over"
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Looks like Gin attracted one of the big fishes around.....Gin would be lying if he said he wasn't a bit nervous....after all he did have quit a bit of trouble with just one of their lackeys....and this annoying punk is their vice commander. Not to mention he is still somewhat injured from the other day's fight. However ....now is not the time to have cold feet , after all Mizuki is in danger and Gin promised to win her a jackpot.

"Sorry big guy, didn't you hear ? Us Pachinko players really don't know when to stop the gambling...so I attend to keep my luck charm and my friend around. Maybe you should just relax a bit and spend your money on a hostess club instead "

Gin takes out Lake Toya with one hand and puts it over his shoulder......waiting to see if Fuzen will make any sudden movements.
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*A fierce look on the face of the Vice-Commander. Calm and collected, Fuzen replies with a confident smirk*

"You sure talk big boy-o....."

*Looks directly into Gin's eyes and starts to smile even wider with an arrogant look on his face. No doubts in mind, he gestures over to Gin to look at what's behind him*

"You were so focused on me, that you didn't even notice to what's going on right behind you"

*He chuckles*
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*He watches the silver-haired samurai slowly turn around. A look of disbelief on his face. Yami menacingly smiles at Gin while carrying the girl over his shoulder*

"So much for protecting her. You didn't even notice me knocking her out right behind you"

*Starts to laugh loudly in mocking gesture of the samurai*

"You sure did a number on me last time..."

*Uses thumb to point to his eye*

"It took me a whole two days for my eye to fully heal since our last encounter. But..."

*Begins to scowl and snarl*

"You left me with a scar you bastard...."
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Gin couldn't believe it....normally he should have noticed someone creeping up behind him....but the battle adrenaline that was created by these Amanto's strange abilities must have momentarily made him lose focus.......Gin pays no heed to the Amanto's whining.....he instead rushes foward with Lake Toya in his hand , buckles his knees, and kicks of the ground. Gin runs towards the Amanto's , and once he is a few feet from his face...he ........


throws sand towards the Amanto's eyes, that he discreetly picked up with his free hand during his run. As he throws the sand he says :

"Let her go you dam perverted suitor"

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*Sand stuck in his eyes, he is momentarily blinded as the samurai rushes him*

"Hoh? Playing dirty now?"

*Instead of worrying, Yami keeps his cool and just stands there as the samurai is now only inches away from him with that wooden sword being swung down on him*
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*As soon as the samurai turned his back on him, Fuzen rushed in. Just as he was about to swing down on a temporarily blinded Yami, Fuzen grabs the wooden sword on the backswing and stops the samurai in his tracks*

"Like I said..."

*Fuzen now standing behind Gin, with his right hand grasping Lake Toya, he says*

"You might have given us the slip last time, but now....we made sure there were no interruptions. You're all alone, and yoou cannot take us both on by yourself boy-o"
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