Scrolls of Maeda Shichiroji.   Posted by J, Radio Broadcaster.Group: 0
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Scrolls of Maeda Shichiroji
Maeda feels the breeze wash through him as the brings his blade downward. A great, golden temple lies all around him. The floors shimmer under the fierce braziers surrounding the square.

Monks bow their heads, their chanting in rhythm in his movements. The katana he wields seems to glow with every strike as it cuts the air. The chant seems to resonate in his bones, his muscles now starting to burn. He feels nonetheless compelled to continue, the blade glowing white. Soon, his blade erupts into a roaring conflagration, spreading over his hands and arms.

Searing flames eat into his hair, his flesh, but still he strikes. Again, and again, and again...

Father! No!

Maeda awakens to the sound of his brother whimpering. There is a sound of clattering wood. Silence follows...

It is April 1923.

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Shichiroji sits up, panting, and kicks off the kakebuton. For a moment he is disoriented, expecting to see around himself the altars and monks of his dream. He glances around the bedchamber, straining his eyes in the pre-dawn light, and realizes that he is disappointed that he is just in his bedchamber.

Judging by the light he has another hour before he must rise, but he cannot go back to sleep. As he becomes less groggy, he remembers that he was awakened by a clattering. He kneels on his futon, looking for the source of the clatter. I wonder what that was, he thinks--ignoring his brother's whimpering. Not that again.

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Not finding anything in his room particularly disturbed, the voice returns in the hallway. I refuse. What is the point anyway? You already have oniisan!

His father's voice comes up. Pick it up.

NO!
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Re: Scrolls of Maeda Shichiroji
In reply to J, Radio Broadcaster (msg #3):

Shichiroji blinks at the door. He thinks that he has heard this discussion before, but he is also surprised at the time. Is not it a bit early in the morning for this? he wonders.

Although he knows how this conversation will end, he silently pads over to kneel by the door. Through it, he can see the silhouettes of people in the hallway.

I wonder what they are arguing about now, he mutters to himself.
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I don't want them.

"You will do best to respect your father. Pick them up."

No. My friend told me that respect is earned, and you haven't earned my respect.

Shichiroji has heard of this friend. He was a child from Finland that had come with his own father overseas. From what he understood, the Finnish child was a disrespectful brat.

"I see. You have learned many things about earning then. Then you will earn your keep. Go into the garden. Remove every stray weed and blade of grass.

Otousan, it is not light out!

"You will find your way. Now, if you wish to eat breafast you will work quickly. Go on.

There is the sound of dragging footsteps, then a sigh.
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Fri 16 Oct 2009
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Shichiroji winces at his brother's stupidity, then flushes with anger. He does not understand how the dolt cannot see that a father deserves respect simply for being a father. Although he briefly felt sorry for his brother, now he feels indignant. Let the boy suffer--it is his fault for being a blockhead.

Shichiroji hurriedly pulls on a light kimono and peeks out of the door, blinking as though he had just awakened.

Ohayo, otousan, he says with a bow.
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"Ah, Ohayo musukosan."

He sits himself down in the hall, gingerly picking up a bokken stand. He sets it upright, then places the bokken upon it. Picking the whole thing up silently, he turns. "He does not wish to train."

He looks down at the bokken, a forlorn look glancing his face. "I do not know what to do with the child. He will not be disciplined."
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In reply to J, Radio Broadcaster (msg #7):

Shichiroji chews his lip nervously. This was the first time that his father had ever seemed to ask for his advice, and he did not know how to answer. On his own he was tired of dealing with his brother's arrogance, his brother who bragged about what he learned in the village from the foreigners. However, what was an annoyance to him could disgrace his whole family. As he think of the foreigners, Shichiroji can feel flames rising in his face.

It's the gaijin boy, Otousan, he blurts. Realizing his words might have been impertinent, Shichiroji looks at the floor.

Perhaps if were no longer to be distracted by the gaijin and their ways, he would be more easily trained.
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He nods. "Yes, perhaps. I will think about this. Come."

Shichiroji joins his father over a quiet cup of tea. It is at this point his mother awakens. She nods her head at her son and husband, smiling. It fades, slowly. You both look troubled.

She sighs, pulling her hair up.
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Mon 19 Oct 2009
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Shichiroji ducks his head and murmurs Ohayo, Okaasan.

His mother is beautiful--her likeness could grace a scroll in the emperor's palace. He hopes someday, gods and ancestors willing, that he will marry someone as beautiful. However, he thinks that she seems more worried lately, and if he had to guess, she was brooding over his brother's actions.

Brother is out weeding the garden, Shichiroji notes in a calm voice, taking a slow sip of tea.
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Such a troublesome boy. She says, her voice quiet in these earlier morning hours. Is what I said not true, goshujin?

Katsushiro nods his head. "Yes, but I had much hope. We have been thinking. Perhaps Isamu should stay home."

Chie drops the iron lid on the boiling pot loudly, then coughs apologetically. Today?

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Shichiroji stares at the pot lid, then looks at his mother. He has not been privy to this kind of discussion before, but perhaps at fifteen summers he is old enough to take part in family discussions. He picks at his rice with his chopsticks, then lays them gently across the bowl.

Perhaps for a while, he says. He has...troublesome friends. Shichiroji looks away, remembering his brother bragging to him at night, when they were taking their baths. Was it in confidence? He didn't specify. Shichiroji sighs.

They are teaching him to be disrespectful.
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Yes, he is a wild one...

It is surreal to hear this sort of discussion. However, Shichiroji knows that the mere fact his father hasn't dismissed him means a lot. Importantly, it means he considers him an adult and his insight worthwhile.

Chie continues making breakfast of rice, fish, and miso soup. She seems to have little more to say, unsure of what to do herself. Katsushiro finally speaks up again.

"I believe you are right, musukosan. Many of our own people throw away our most honored traditions. I will not have my son be one of them."
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Mon 19 Oct 2009
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Shichiroji nods solemnly, thinking of all the "advancements" that the nation has recently embraced. He was young, but still he knew that not all advancements brought progress, and that tradition provided a refuge for all. Advancement meant that he and his family were not allowed to claim the samurai privileges that were rightfully theirs.

There are certain people in the village that are influencing him, Shichiroji murmurs. Perhaps he would do better farther from temptation? Do we not have relatives in Hokkaido?
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His father's face brightens a bit. "Yes, yes. My cousins have a farm in the north. Perhaps my youngest would benefit from some hard work and solitude from Westerners. A wise suggestion.

Now, musukosan, go retrieve your little brother. Tell him to clean himself before he comes to eat."

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