This picture was taken right after I started
teaching Yui how to use a real sword, instead of her toothpi... ahem, sabre.
We had a wonderful time training, although
she never seemed to master the technique.
But she looks so pretty with her hair like that. Not that she does not look pretty with her hair the way she wears it now. Or any other way for that matter.
Of course, I cannot look at this picture without thinking of the time when Yui and I first met. It was when I first came to Shevat. I needed to present myself before Queen Zephyr, and, as per Emperor Cain's instructions, I made no secret of my origins. Obviously, the Shevites did not take kindly to my presence. As Yui was Queen Zephyr's personal handmaiden, it was she who I had to get past to speak to the Queen. It seemed impolitic to embarrass Shevat in front of its Queen, so I allowed Yui to disarm me. However, I am uncertain how well I would have fared against her had I decided to fight, as I already found her presence remarkably distracting.
I haven't picked up a sword of any kind for
years (but I would if I needed to!). Although
I was pretty good with a sabre if I do say
so myself, I never managed to handle a katana
very well. No matter how many times Hyuga
tried to show me how to hold and wield one
properly, I somehow never mastered it...
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