Kibito could see that stubborn ingenuity flare in brown eyes, as Ikoma slid a subtle glance Kurusu’s way.
‘We need to find a way out of this, right damn now. You know crazy bushi. Find me an opening, I’ll back you.’ Kibito let his grin spread a little wider. Oh, this is going to be fun.
Kurusu stood, bushi-formal. “I am opposed to this.”
Oho, he was going to try logic. Kibito relaxed, knowing they’d won half the battle. After all, logic relied on reasons – and reasons could be countered by better reasons. Though he was curious to know what Kurusu thought were good reasons to oppose an adoption. Ikoma was brave, strong, determined-
“We need the flexibility of one who is not bushi.”
…That was different.
“We are trained to fight and die for our people,” Kurusu went on. “That is honorable, and right. But one trained to die in place may not look for alternatives.” The samurai’s gaze swept them all. “Jet bullets will change the world. We must change with it.”
“Surviving by sacrificing our own isn’t living,” Ikoma said fiercely. “I invented jet bullets so we could all fight! Sukari and the others are already nervous learning to shoot. Don’t frighten them more.”
Damn. Those were good reasons, Kibito had to admit. The kind that could only be argued by example, not logic.
Time for a temporary retreat. “Eh, you have a point.” Kibito fingered his beard, and glanced at their lady. “Think Ikoma could adopt us?”
“It hasn’t been done before, but….” From the sparkle in violet eyes, Ayame agreed on the need for a strategic withdrawal. They’d planted the bait. Now to sit back, and wait. “We should give you more time to consider this.”
“Consider-?” Kurusu cut himself off, and gave Ikoma a look of pure exasperation. “Hooking two Hayajiro together could not have gone smoothly. Did they suffer concussions while we were gone?”
“We don’t know how rough the last part of the trip was,” Ikoma said thoughtfully. “None of them have trouble keeping their balance. We should start with a candle lantern to check pupils. Then reflex tests.”
“I can think of reflexes to test,” Kurusu growled.