A Spirited Picnic Ch1 Ficbit – Party Prep

A/N: Looks like this fic is going to have at least 2 chapters. 😉 So here’s a bit while I prep for possible Hurricane Michael, sheesh, Murphy, enough already….

A bit more than a month after In the Cat’s Ear. Big brothers protect, yes – but little sisters have their own ways of looking after family.


Karin looked at the panoply of picnic items spread over the kitchen table with a sense of accomplishment. Ichigo should be home soon. Goat-Face was packed off to go complain to Dr. Ishida about kids wanting to avoid the ghosts for O-Bon. And Yuzu was in her element as supreme commander of the kitchen and chief planner of How to Meet Ichigo’s New Friends Without Scaring Them Out Of Their Lives.

Yuzu had actually written it down that way. Karin would snicker, but, well….

“Bento!” Yuzu declared, pencil poised over her list.

“Check,” Karin nodded.

“Cloth! Plates! Chopsticks!”

“Check, check, and check,” Karin declared, physically touching each object. With some of the prank-items Sandal-Hat had lying around, you could never be too sure.

“Soccer ball!”

Karin blinked. “…Soccer ball?”

“We’re going to have two boys there, you should bring it,” Yuzu said decisively. “Let ‘em roughhouse!”

Karin gave her sister a wry look. “Li’s not a teenager.”

“But he’s not that old, either.” Yuzu looked up from her list, serious. “You’ve seen him. He’s good at hiding it. Like Ichi-nii, on the anniversary. But sometimes Li just looks so sad.”

“And Kirsi’s shy,” Karin muttered. “The bad kind.”

“She keeps Li and Uncle Kuno between her and other people,” Yuzu agreed. “And she looks at pictures, but they always read things to her if someone writes it down. I don’t think she can see very well.”

“Not physical stuff, anyway,” Karin agreed, heading upstairs to round up a soccer ball.

Yuzu brightened. “You’re sure?”

“Pretty sure,” Karin called down, going through her gear for a ball that split the difference between worn out and school tournament shiny. There we go. “One of the local ghosts wandered into the market last time I got some milk. Mr. Kuno didn’t twitch, but Kirsi looked that way.” She scooped up the ball. “And Li… well. He kind of reminded me of me.”

De-nial,” Yuzu giggled as her twin thumped back downstairs.

“Worked most of the time,” Karin grumbled. “I think he just doesn’t want people freaking out when he stares at thin air. You know, like Ichigo used to before he just gave up on normal?”

36 thoughts on “A Spirited Picnic Ch1 Ficbit – Party Prep

  1. Karin looked at the panoply of picnic items spread over the kitchen table with a sense of accomplishment.

    As well as you two should.

    I imagine it was not easy getting all of your ducks lined up.

    Goat-Face was packed off to go complain to Dr. Ishida about kids wanting to avoid the ghosts for O-Bon.

    Considering they see ghosts all the time – even it is fuzzy – I can see how the kids would be uninterested in ghosts on O-Bon. Especially ones that might take it into their head that it being O-Bon means they are allowed to be especially bothersome to the living, especially the living who can actually see them.

    Goat-Face is probably also going to get yelled at / have a heart-to-heart with Dr. Ishida. I think we all know which of those makes both men VERY uncomfortable.

    “But he’s not that old, either.” Yuzu looked up from her list, serious. . .

    No, he’s only 22.

    Of course, in certain life experience, he is at least couple of decades older than that. (In those terms, Ichigo is OLDER than sixteen too. Another reason why Isshin trying to pull the Father card NOW is beyond annoying.)

    Hopefully they can get him to play a little. Not sure if Li has done much simply because it was fun since he was twelve. Maybe a few stolen moments here and there but not a lot.

    You know, like Ichigo used to before he just gave up on normal?”

    Can’t blame Ichigo for giving up on normal. Hard to be a completely normal Japanese human teenager when in many ways, he simply isn’t. Won’t surprise me that Ichigo has found kids his own age who HAVEN’T had to fight for their lives a little . . . hard to understand or connect with.

    Just saying that listening to the normal teenagers and their normal problems probably makes Ichigo feel either a million years old or an alien from another planet (because seriously, THAT is what you are worried about? WHY? It’s not that important . . .) or both. Just saying that there might be a good reason that aside from his nakama, Ichigo seems to connect with and get along better with ADULTS.

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    1. Huang is going to approve of these two. This level of planning should be encouraged! 😉

      *Nod* Ryuuken is going to have a Talk with Isshin. Ouch. (On both sides!)

      🙂 Don’t worry. If Karin can get a shinigami captain to play soccer….

      (It was interesting coming up with ways for as many of the group as possible to get involved.)

      *Nod* When someone has seriously tried to kill you, and you’ve tried – or succeeded – in killing them right back? It leaves a mark.

      There’s an interesting recent book out, “When Violence is the Answer”.

      Basically, “good guy or bad guy, this is how violence works, so you know what to do if you’re about to be on the other end of it.” There’s a rather sobering story in there of a 5-foot-nothing girl who’d come to Larkin for training because she’d already been abducted and raped once… and then afterward, someone else targeted her in a parking lot AGAIN. Lighted parking lot, broad daylight, she was doing everything right – but she was small, pretty, and thus targeted.

      She tore into the guy, and managed to raise enough ruckus to save herself. She won. That time. But she has to take into account that for the rest of her life, she will be a target. For factors she can’t change.

      If you think about it, having ghost-sight in the Bleach world is like that, because Hollows like prey with the maximum energy. Ouch.

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      1. When someone has seriously tried to kill you, and you’ve tried – or succeeded – in killing them right back? It leaves a mark.

        As it should.

        Killing someone else might be necessary. Might be justified. But it should never be easy.

        Not saying someone needs to wallow in guilt forever – especially for killing someone who was trying to kill them – but it ought to still bother one on some level, take at least a little effort to accept and keep moving forward.

        (Seen a couple of fics for characters who, for various reasons, don’t have human typical response to violence – I accepted that for those that it bothered them just how much it DIDN’T bother them as acceptable compromise because they still weren’t treating the idea of killing someone lightly. Or going too far in the other direction and treating self-defense like it was murder).

        If you think about it, having ghost-sight in the Bleach world is like that, because Hollows like prey with the maximum energy. Ouch.

        Very ouch.

        Ichigo has been lunch for most of his life. Kinda of miracle he made to fifteen with only one serious Hollow attack . . . a miracle or purposeful action on someone’s part.

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      2. Ermmmm… Yes and no. One of the things that people do not talk about, and that Elizabeth Moon talks about unsuccessfully in one of her space series, is that some normal people are not much bothered by killing other humans, and other normal people really like it. They are not violent or insane. It is just how they are wired. Modern life wires more people to be bothered, or allows them to survive and reproduce more. But if somebody or something needs to be killed, there is no moral necessity for the person who kills him to hate doing it, or for his life and sanity to be ruined by it.

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      3. Anyway, the wiring thing is straightforward. If your nerves are freaking out when you are in a potentially traumatic situation, you will tend to get trauma. If your nerves are calm for whatever reason, it is not going to cause all that trauma. And if your nerves hit the Whee! Adrenaline! switch, or similar switches, you will have fun, or at least not trauma.

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      4. -insert dramatic skidding and backtracking here-

        “(It was interesting coming up with ways for as many of the group as possible to get involved.)” They’re having a picnic near a riverbank in the OPEN. “as many of the group” raises my eyebrow because by this time that could contain a certain shopkeeper, a few more outrageous personalities that Ichigo calls friends, or both. All of whom were passing by and saw the interesting picture that is Ichigo allowing his sisters near people they’ve never met.

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  2. I’ve been working on and off on a Log Horizon fic, where a (so far minor) side plot is that the adventurers are getting worried that their reflexes and response to getting threatened is changing, to the point where even if they find a way back to Japan, they would not be able to “go home” again.

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    1. > side plot is that the adventurers are getting worried that their reflexes and response to getting threatened is changing, .>
      That’s not even counting the whole ‘not human anymore’ aspect for a good portion of them.

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      1. >Goblins don’t negotiate….>
        Along with just about every other critter in the LH-verse.

        Let’s face it, The MMO setting of Theldesia is the classic definition of a Death World where Everything is Trying to Kill You. The fact that the various Lander settlements (that aren’t guarded by the mytical forcefields) can and have survived now that everything is realized and NPCs don’t simply re-spawn is impressive in it’s own right.

        After all, now the monsters aren’t bound to specific locations any more so it’s entirely possible for a end-game mob to wander into what is otherwise a newbie area.

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  3. Team Hei is about to discover that ‘Contractor’ paranoia, Doll shyness, crusty-old-cop curmudgeonliness, and even feline wiseassery cannot stand before the unstoppable might of YUZUFOOD.
    “…she’s like the ultimate anti-Contractor weapon. We have to make certain the Syndicate NEVER finds out about her.”

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      1. He’s been upgraded to memetic status in the fandom due to poor translations and then really bad fanfic gaining cult status way back when, but with better translations he’s just at the “he makes good food without messing up” stage, not the “this is perfect” stage. It’s just that several of the other characters for various reasons really want his food. Still, he’s a solid backup, as are a couple others in that setting (Sakura Matou/Tohsaka, for example, is explicitly noted to be better than Shirou at “western style” food).

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      1. You just don’t know how to appreciate good Far Planes cuisine.

        Just had a bunny. Given the orphan ratio, and given the deaths of Ryuuken and Isshin in the final, what we see the Ichigo-gumi doing for a living in the epilogue is not what they would have done in the immediate aftermath. Orihime working in a Klingon restaurant.

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  4. “Worked most of the time,” Karin grumbled. “I think he just doesn’t want people freaking out when he stares at thin air. You know, like Ichigo used to before he just gave up on normal?”

    What is this “normal” you speak of? Is it tasty?

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      1. They heard about it from Orihime, who read about it in one of the recipes she swapped with a Nightgaunt. Apparently tastes really good with ketchup.

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  5. This is completely off topic but recent Isshin shenanigans have led me to wonder; In the Resolve of Breaking Waves universe, Zuko is Kaien Shiba reincarnated, Kaien Shiba, was the eldest nephew of Isshin Shiba, now Isshin Kurosaki, making Isshin Zuko’s spiritual uncle… and maybe, just maybe Zuko could benefit from a goofy but less schemy Uncle, not to suggest Isshin isn’t a schemy uncle but he’s not nearly as schemy as Iroh is capable of. Also, as has previously been brought up, Isshin is a better parent to other people’s kids.

    Anyway so yeah, was wondering about Isshin meeting his reincarnated nephew and butting heads with his uncle in his current life and Zuko is just ‘oh Agni there’s two of them’ .

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