- Name: Outing Squatters
Participants: Moon Village, Sun Village, Missing Ninja
Type: Solo Mission
Reward: 20 EXP
Location: Within a village or its region
Details: Squatters have taken refuge in local abandoned buildings both in the villages and outside in the outskirts. Your mission is to evict these squatters, removing them from their locations and getting them out of the area. Most of them are druggies or criminals hiding from the law, and can be arrested if need be.
Requirements: Your post must be at least 600 words.
It was the sort of mission that might look strange on a younger genin, but suited Kannagi well. She wore her usual black shorts and fitted neck high top. Her flowing skirt was tied up in the front, giving it a high-low style for maximum movement. The blue haired shinobi wore her protector around her waist, instead of her forehead. She preferred comfort and ease to the tight costume control of the shinobi. Today she was supposed to find squatters along the Strip and focused on the rumors of a group of thieves living in an abandoned shed tucked in-between taverns an casinos. Kannagi had spent a half hour seeking out these supposed squatters and came up empty handed. Abandoned buildings either hid evidence of squatters very well or the squatters were nomads like her own family, moving from place to place for survival. The thought tightened something in her chest given that regardless of their story she was bound to kick them out. She considered this as she stepped into the shed, the basis for the rumors in town.
At first sight, it was a small dusty room with not much to offer. There were barrels all over the room, cobwebbed and tightened with corks and iron bars. Kannagi walked around the room, one hand over her mouth so she wouldn't breathe in the dust and give away her position with an unruly sneeze. There were wrappers for some old food behind a barrel, and behind another, in a hole of a broken and overturned barrel, there was a small stash of fruit and preserved meat. She reached in with her hand and found a canteen inside. Kannagi gave it a gentle shake and didn't hear a sound; the canteen was empty then. She placed the canteen back where she had found it and tapped her chin thinking, so someone is inhabiting this place..
Kannagi took a seat then behind the barrels and waited. It was possible that whomever lived here was going to return, probably if she counted the fresh store of a meal. The shinobi waited quietly by herself for almost an hour and heard a set of footsteps. They were light and slow, moving slowly like sneaking children across the wooden floor. One set of footsteps had stopped, the other continued toward her direction. Kannagi could hear the sound of a bag being dropped down upon the floor. By the weight, she could tell it was fairly heavy; she had probably found her thieves. Kannagi stood up to her full height, tall for a woman and cleared her throat. "My name is Kannagi of the Sun Village. I am a shinobi and you are trespassing here." Kannagi hadn't counted on the soft footsteps actually belonging to children however and her eyes looked down with surprise at a little girl, maybe five years old with soot stained cheeks. Kannagi blinked at her and she blinked back, too scared to move or run away. The steps from across the room hastened towards them and a teenage boy came into view, wielding a knife and a feral expression as he darted in front of the girl. "Stay away from us!"
The shinobi didn't move. Children were meant to be cared for and in turn, taught the norms of a community so that they could be a part of it. These two were just kids. Still, she needed to get rid of them. "You're trespassing," She said again, "Where are your parents?" The girl looked up at the boy and whispered, "Mum?" The boy used his free hand to pat her on the head dismissively, "Not now, Rya." He squinted at Kannagi through his shaggy brown hair and growled, "Just leave us alone. We don't need any adults. I provide." The knife he wielded stayed pointed at her and something in Kannagi's intuition was moved. She understood that look. They had no parents anymore, wherever they had gone, and this girl was his ward, his little sister likely. Kannagi rubbed her forehead considering. "I can't allow you to stay here," She said firmly, lifting a hand and quickly disarming the boy. With the knife in her hand she pointed it at the door. "I can help you if you wish, but you cannot remain here." With surprising speed, the teenager lunged himself at her, reaching for his knife. Kannagi sidestepped him, grasping his arm and pressing it into his back. She trapped him against the barrel and spoke softly to the boy. "You know I don't have a choice here, it is the law. Don't do this in front of her."
"How do you think you could help us?" The teenager snarled, jerking his arm and trying to free himself. "I can get you a job and a room to sleep in. A real bed for you and your sister." Kannagi pushed hard once on his arm in warning and he winced, then she released him. "You must relinquish this place." He rubbed his shoulder and returned to his sister. He glowered at the blue eyed shinobi and then sighed, tiredly. "Come on, Rya. We have to go." "Again?" He nodded and took her by the hand. He led her toward the door and Kannagi followed behind like a silent shadow. The teenager reclaimed his bag off the floor, running back to the barrels for the food stash and then returning. "What kind of a job?" Kannagi rested her left hand on his shoulder and handed him back his knife. "At the Inn. I know some people. They are usually looking for loyal and hard working people to help with dishes, bed making, and running errands for clients. Think you can do that? It comes with wages, a bed, and a hot meal." The boy stared up at her with surprise. "You're not kidding are you?"
Kannagi shook her head with a kind smile, "Never."