[x] Follow. You want to hear her lecture!
You follow. There’s no way that that was a famous lecture, and you still want to hear one.
“Ah… you’re coming along?”
Seems she noticed you. You nod, and she continues downward without saying anything. Down, down… you both land next to the paper thing. Komachi looks just like she did when you first got here; asleep under that thing, with it leaning against the tree.
You stand back and watch. It looks like Shikieiki has something in mind as she creeps closer, that rod that she has ready in her hand. She pauses for a moment, and writes something on the side with a thing that she pulls out of her jacket.
…and then, she brings it down on Komachi’s head after moving the umbrella out of the way. It sounds really hard.
“Quit slacking off.”
Shikieiki raises the stick again, and it looks like she’s going to swing it again… but stops when Komachi stands up. You don’t think you’ve ever seen anyone stand up that fast.
“Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had a judgment to make?”
“A week.” She says, her voice calm. It’s kind of weird, though. Scary. You would have stopped in the middle of what you were saying, too. “Seven days, and not a single soul has been brought across the river. Now, surely, someone has died in a week? I know for a fact that there was at least one.”
Komachi looks at you, but Shikieiki uses the rod to bring Komachi’s face back in line with her own.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you.”
She pauses for a second, and then continues. “Now, I suppose it’s possible that you have a legitimate excuse this time. Do you?”
“Who died?” She asks, “I didn’t---“
“Enough.” Really scary. You even check to make sure you aren’t doing anything wrong, just in case she was talking to you. “Obviously, you aren’t paying enough attention to your job. As a shinigami, it is your DUTY to keep track of recent deaths in all districts that you are responsible for. What kind of example does this set? If even the cycle of life and death can be broken by the laziness of one individual, what can the people who rely on that cycle have faith in? Even if no one has died, I would at least like for you to tell me so. Otherwise, I’m forced to assume that you’re slacking off. Not that this isn’t usually the case.”
“Furthermore, we’ve had this discussion so many times, I’m beginning to think that you’re deliberately ignoring me. It’s not that hard. Simply do the duty that you’re given.”
She gives Komachi another good whack to the side of the head.
“Kyan! H-hey, I get---“
“No, you don’t. However, I think this is enough for today. Now, go and do your job. And think about what you can do to better yourself. I don’t enjoy this, either.”
Komachi grabs her… sharp thing, and hoists it over her shoulder. She gives a really tiny grin. “Are we still going out to that place after work tonight?”
Shikieiki nods. “I have no control over that. It’s the end of the month, after all.”
“Great.” Komachi walks forward, past you. She whispers as she does. “See what I mean? Famous.”
Shikieiki watches her go, wiping the edge of the rod off. She turns to you.
“Now then,” She says, exhaling, “I’ll be returning to my office. Please, try not to follow her example. She means well, but… sometimes, she loses her way. Try not to lose yours.”
She turns to leave, but… stops. “… unless there was something else?”
[ ] There was (write-in)
[ ] Nope. It’s about time for a nap, though…
[ ] Nope. If she’s going back, though, that means you can go play with Komachi more.
[ ] Nope. Go exploring around the (write-in).