Izanagi observed his target from a distance. He definitely wasn't an assassin, but this target was odd to him. He didn't expect a former noble, and someone who seemed like a decent person to be a supporter of the White Fang. So of course, he took things into his own hands and decided to take her out himself. People who deceived others were disgusting in his opinion, making him loathe himself slightly. After five to ten minutes of watching the woman yell at a few birds, he sighed softly. He'd have to hurry before the actual assassin assigned to the mission came for her. He thought back to the times when he was in Edinburgh, hearing whispers about a few friends the girl had. He could remember one clearly, so he went with that. Izanagi couldn't even remember the boy's name that he shape shifted into. Sheltering himself behind a tree, his hair shifted into a soft gray, and the cut became very choppy. The rest of his appearance changed too. His normally dark eyes changed into a mix of lilac and gold, and his choice of attire changed drastically. The small knife he had remained hidden on him, and when Izanagi finished shape shifting, he made a point of being loud when he stepped out of the brush. Having little to no idea how the boy behaved around the woman, he remained silent, keeping a soft smile on his face.
Arata Izanagi beamed back almost immediately. "Well, there's nothing going on, but I just figured I'd stop by!" He said, trying to ignore the awkward feeling he had. It was odd pretending to be someone else- but at the same time, he enjoyed it somewhat. "How are you?" Izanagi asked Erieth, taking a closer step. He had no idea what her friend acted like, nor would he risk pretending he did. With the horrible haircut he had, Izanagi took a wild guess and assumed that he was a bit awkward, or nervous around others. Otherwise, wouldn't he speak up about it? His logic was flawed, that was for sure.
Izanagi refrained from groaning, and took a large step away from the assassin, and his "friend". Of course he assumed that the woman would be powerless against him. She didn't seem like the type to fight back, but the rumors about her said otherwise. Izanagi didn't trust them though. "Erieth! No!" He shouted, his tone very half-assed. He stood at a distance, not looking at all shocked. He wasn't too mad, although he made a mental note to work on timing. Izanagi wasn't really in the mood to talk to the assassin. He recognized him of course, but he rarely associated with the other male. So, Izanagi made the decision to remain the way he was.
Izanagi couldn't help the roll of his eyes. "You shouldn't trust people who approach you from the woods, dear." He said, realizing that the jig was up. He wasn't going to ruin a friendship between her and the boy he was pretending to be. With a sigh, and a slight glare, he shapeshifted back to his normal appearance. Did he enjoy pretending to be Arata? Yes and no. In his normal appearance, he was much taller, and a few years older. He disliked looking so childish. Izanagi put a hand on his hip, after assessing that the girl had no items left to throw. "I was sent here to kill you. Although, it seems like someone decided to join us." He said bluntly, eyeing Raven. He was definitely surprised, but it didn't show on his graceful features. What showed was a soft, almost innocent looking smile.
Despite being naturally paranoid and uncomfortable around other people, he seemed pretty close to Raven. Even with the tense atmosphere surrounding the two. It was almost if they had a rivalry going on, despite having two completely different expertise. He put a hand on his hip, shooting a glare towards his peer.With a scoff, he spoke. "It might as well be my mission. I would've completed it too. Unlike you who tried to pull her into a well." Izanagi said, completely ignoring the woman. Despite the very serious situation, the two were arguing back and forth. Only when the other girl's face darkened did he realize she had said something beforehand. "Why?" Izanagi repeated, as if he were an echo. Despite his earlier bravado, he looked a little uncomfortable. He wasn't under a disguise or alias, nor was he with someone whose company he enjoyed.
Izanagi shot him a glare, despite Raven being right. Removing his hand from his hip, he spoke. "I'll do the talking, Raven." He said, glare softening when he made eye contact with the latter. His glare returned, only when he faced the former noble. "Anyways, a trustworthy source has filled us in on some information. Do you, or do you not support the White Fang?" He asked. This sounded like an interrogation, but an odd one at that. He didn't ask if she was with the rebellion of not. If he did, she could easily figure out where they came from, and choose the preferred answer. Eventually, Izanagi crossed his arms as he awaited an answer. He assumed she'd say she was with the White Fang. Either to keep herself safe, or to be truthful about it.
Izanagi ignored the eye roll, and maintained the calm expression he had. "We're not here for your life story, Miss. Especially one that is so bland." He said coldly. Was it harsh? Very much so. At least he wasn't as harsh as Raven was. "If anything, your death won't be too painful. We're not monsters." Izanagi said, no longer glaring. He ran a hand through his hair, making a mental note to get the roots dyed again. Sighing, he looked at the woman. "Unless you put up a fight, of course." Izanagi added quickly. The rebellion definitely wasn't the greatest place. While they were working together to take down the White Fang, each and every member had their own motives. Izanagi didn't know what his were, yet. He stayed in the rebellion to bring justice to those who were affected by the White Fang, and as immature as it sounds, he might have stayed for a few really attractive co-workers.
Izanagi couldn't help but snicker at his comrade. Of course the other boy would sass him in his fallen state. He wasn't really up for stabbing a girl, but he knew what needed to be done. Ignoring Raven for the second time, he shifted into Arata. A worried expression crossed his face, and he took a few steps closer."E-Erieth..? Why would I stab you?" Izanagi asked, mentally groaning, at the fake stutter. He wasn't quite sure if it'd work on the enraged girl, but he figured he'd try. Izanagi opened his arms as if to hug her, his face shifting into a soft smile, and his body blocking her view of Raven. "You seem angry, what's wrong?" Izanagi asked, stepping closer. Before hugging her, he whipped out the blade he had with him and readied to attack.
Izanagi spared a glance in Raven's direction slightly smiling a bit. He was about to respond before the girl snapped out of it. Is this woman insane? He thought, taking a small step back. He definitely wasn't afraid, but he definitely didn't want to get hit by her. "What's with you?" Izanagi asked, furrowing his eyebrows at her. The sun beat down on the three of them, the heat being an annoyance to Izanagi. It was so hot in fact, that his cheeks were flushed a little. And no, it totally wasn't because he assumed that Raven was making an attempt to support him.
Izanagi narrowed his eyes slightly, and crossed his arms. This girl's behavior was odd. To the point where it made him uncomfortable. "Did you forget why we came here? I explained the situation a few minutes ago." Izanagi said, fanning at his face a bit, almost dramatically. "It's hot out." Izanagi muttered under his breath in response to the girl's question. He didn't need to answer her question, but he could feel Raven's curious gaze on him. "It isn't a blush. Anyways, you're not in a situation to be playing around, Miss." Izanagi stated.
The first thing Izanagi noticed between him and Raven was the suddenly awkward atmosphere. He pursed his lips slightly, a small frown gracing his expression. Did he do something wrong? Sighing softly, he stayed where he was. "What should we do with her..?" Izanagi asked softly, so only Raven would hear. He was sure the other girl could hear though. He uncrossed his arms and looked around the yard, frown deepening. "It. Wasn't. A. Blush." Izanagi grumbled. A part of him wished he didn't sneak onto this mission.
Izanagi had no idea how to respond to the girl. He knew business was business, but something felt off. He let Raven question her a bit, before taking a step forward, eyebrows furrowed in frustration. He decided to take a different approach to the situation.Unsure if anything would set her off, he chose his words carefully. "This is all probably strange to you, but please bear with us." He glanced at Raven- "This is..Very odd to us as well. I simply have a quick question. Would is your stance on the White Fang?" Nobles, or in her case- formal nobles, are often very close to at least one member of the White Fang. Obviously this wasn't a requirement or anything, but it still made him raise an eyebrow. Especially when he didn't notice anyone else around. "Excuse me, but may you excuse my associate and I for a moment?" Izanagi asked, taking a few steps away. He hoped Raven would follow, so he could discuss something with him.
Izanagi crossed his arms, pursing his lips in thought. "I know. Something isn't right though. I believe what she say though. Did you see how erratic her behavior was earlier?" He asked, lowering his voice to just above a whisper. Settling his gaze onto his colleague, he sighed."No need to freak out, we'll handle this. Maybe..If she can prove herself, we can try and work something out. I have a gut feeling that this whole scenario was a set up." Izanagi added, shifting his gaze to the ground. He definitely sounded paranoid, but that was simply his nature. Izanagi wasn't sure if Raven would agree, but he hoped he would.
Izanagi shot him an almost surprised look. One that said, Really? And you think I know what's going on?. He exhaled softly, running yet another hand through his hair. His dark grey eyes landed on the woman. "Raven," Izanagi began, gesturing towards the other male. "And I are from the rebellion. A job was sent out to the members of the rebellion, and it was to assassinate you." He continued. Before explaining further, he pursed his lips as if he didn't want to admit the next part. "Raven initially took the job I suppose, but I was curious and went here on my own to carry it out. Which is why two of us are here. Anyways, things didn't go as planned, it seems." Izanagi finally finished, but he did leave an important piece out. Why the rebellion wanted Erieth assassinated. He hoped Raven would fill her in on that. The girl was rather unpredictable, and he didn't want to be on the receiving end of any violence.
Izanagi's eyes widened, face flushing multiple shades of crimson. "She deserves to know!" He said, stumbling over his words and quickly forcing Raven to let go of him. Once out of the other boy's grasp, he turned away, practically dying inside. He was obviously very flustered. Why would he think that was a good idea? Izanagi thought, glancing at Raven before looking away after making awkward eye contact.After coughing a few times, Izanagi turned to the girl. "You were thinking about joining..?" He began, raising an eyebrow. Despite his whole outburst from before, he looked as if he had regained his composure. "A tip came in saying that you, a former noble supported the White Fang. Although, something seems to be awry." Izanagi grumbled, slightly annoyed with the outcome of the day.
Izanagi was a mess at that point. With the flustering situation with Raven earlier, and the girl asking if they were dating, he was dying. He practically short circuited, even debating on throwing himself into the well that was next to them. He was panicking, that's for sure. He had no idea what to say to the girl. Izanagi rarely caught feelings for people. He had always appreciated his life of solitude, but he had to admit he had a small crush on Raven. Small was definitely an understatement as it seemed. "We're definitely not dating!!" Izanagi said quickly, deciding to finally speak up.
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