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The Nine ([personal profile] thenine) wrote2016-11-03 01:29 am



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Sakata Gintoki | Gintama | Reserved

[personal profile] yorozuya 2016-12-10 07:25 am (UTC)(link)


Name: Jas

Age: 26

Contact: [ profile] regdichab

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and some more

[personal profile] yorozuya 2016-12-10 07:25 am (UTC)(link)


Name: Sakata Gintoki

Age: 30s

Memory Option: Partial AU - Deteriorating

Established Status: 1 ½ years – Gintoki is established in Westerley by being a heavy drinker, gambler, and a NEET who specifically works Odd Jobs for anyone who comes to him with an offer. His office and home are located above a local bar and he regularly skips out on the rent.

Canon: Gintama

Canon Point: Post Shogun Assassination, Pre Rakuyou Arc. Abducted while travelling through space.

Citizenship: Westerley

Job: Odd Jobs

Abilities: Sakata Gintoki is a mere human, capable of dying just as well as the next main character of a popular Shounen series. Really, he can die. He's just as tenacious as a cockroach, so it might be a bit of an endeavor covered over a multiple-episode arc.

Gintoki possesses notable skill in swordsmanship, though his style if often described as 'wild' by other samurai who witness his techniques. He seems to possess more strength than the average human - though when he chooses to use this strength is during super 'important' instances - such as kicking a hole into a car because he was frustrated that he couldn't find an electric fan during a heat wave.

Gintoki is able to ingest obscene amount of sugars without suffering from an upset stomach, though his digestive system has weakened in his old age. His laziness is also a notable ability that should be included in any resume.
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and it continues

[personal profile] yorozuya 2016-12-10 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
~Spoiler warnings abound beyond this point. Who would've thought that was possible with this show?~

The sort of man Sakata Gintoki is relies heavily on the context in which he is experienced. In fact, referring to Gintoki as an 'experience' himself would not miss the mark. When faced with a situation where his assistance or support is needed by another party, Gintoki proves to be a righteous and valuable ally who is ready to jump into the fray without hesitation. He is a man who will answer the call of another person when he or she is faced with insurmountable odds with little interest of being compensated. Though once the calamity of the week has passed, the airs of 'Sakata Gintoki, the hero' wither away to reveal his truth identity – Sakata Gintoki, the obstinate NEET who somehow continually reaffirms his position as poor choice in role models.

Gintoki lacks the proper motivation and focus required to branch out into work beyond offering himself to complete 'odd jobs' – and even then Gintoki may attempt to pawn off on one of the other members of the Yorozuya if he deems the job far too contrived to be worth the payout. He is a man who would rather waste away on his couch, snoozing with a WEEKLY JUMP open on his chest than commit himself to strenuous labor. He continually dodges his adult responsibilities such as making payments on his rent or paying his employees, and often participates in a variety of 'get rich quick' schemes in an attempt to make easy money, so that he can avoid doing actual work for a living.

Irresponsible and blunt – Gintoki makes no attempt to hide who he is behind formalities or facades and instead presents himself in his truest form, much to the chagrin of those who associate with him.

--Sorry, but I'm better at being a free agent.--

As the proprietor of Yorozuya Gin-chan, Sakata Gintoki is often referred to as Yorozuya himself as a nickname coined by other characters within the series. The term literally translates to “House of 10,000 Businesses,” which in colloquial terms simply means “Odd Jobs.” The business is a small outfit that was founded by Gintoki a few years after his stint in the Anti-Foreigner War. The aim of the business is to run errands or other chores as a free agent - for a price. Granted, the business doesn't bring much in the way of money. The member of the Yorozuya – Kagura and Shinpachi – often reference the absence of a regular wage from Gintoki, though these reminders are often outright ignored by Ginoki who will continue to flip through his issue of the WEEKLY JUMP or continue his conversation as if nothing happened.

One reason for their lack of funds comes from a tendency of Gintoki avoiding jobs that include (perceived) intense manual labor, repetitive action, or anything else that could fit the category of 'unappealing' at that particular moment. In Episode 9, Gintoki even attempts to cheat during Rock, Paper, Scissors against the other Yorozuya members so that he could avoid having to tile a roof for an old man. (Incidentally, his win backfires and he is forced to tile the roof as a result of winning – rather than being able to stay back as he had planned.) If it's not laziness that costs Yorozuya cash, then it's the sheer magnificence at which the Yorozuya are able to botch a job. Blunders arise among the Odd Jobs group due to their tendency to goof-off or bicker while at work. Gintoki and Kagura especially are susceptible to being carried away in the heat of the moment, which can ultimately lead to a crucial part of the job being undeniably screwed up (case in point: the retrieval of Prince Hata's beloved pet alien- octopus, Pesu, resulted in the pet nearly dying before it grew several stories tall and began to go on a violent rampage.)

Despite his tendency to be lazy and abrasive, Sakata Gintoki will not turn down someone who is in dire need of help. If he grows invested in the circumstances surrounding a job, he will devote himself to seeing it through to the end. Often, he gets swept up in the story of a client and begins to see what is precious to his client. Once he identifies things that are precious to another person, Gintoki becomes compelled to protect it. He reasons, “If I find something falling before me, I want to pick it up,” and will put his life on the life to ensure that he does what he can to protect what is within his grasp. Upon getting involved in these jobs, Gintoki often refuses payment for his services as he is focused on something that is far more important: the call to protect someone or something.

The freedom allowed by Yorozuya's outfit provides Gintoki with the ability to pick and choose just what he gets involved with and allows him to pave his own way. The versatility behind the business allows for him to comfortably drift in and out of people's lives and gives him the security of being an outsider in most situations. He has the ability to choose his level of involvement – an important feature for an independent man such a Gintoki. While the Yorozuya proves not to be the most financially lucrative business, it is the key to exactly the sort of simple life that Sakata Gintoki seeks out in his present day.

--From now on, you will swing that sword not to cut down your enemies, not to cut away your weaknesses and protect yourself. But to protect your very soul.--

Sakata Gintoki did not always prescribe to a simple life. Orphaned at a young age, Gintoki spent a notable period of his life scavenging battlefield to swipe food from the dead. He quickly adapted, becoming a bit of an opportunist in order to survive. The young boy was alone and looked out for solely himself for a long period of time. During this chapter of Gintoki's life, he was approached by Yoshida Shouyou – who had heard rumors of a 'corpse eating demon' only to find the small child. He refers to Gintoki as a 'rather cute demon' and pats him on the head. Gintoki responds by immediately going on the defensive, reeling back in fear before pulling a blade he had swiped off of a corpse. Shouyou immediately recognizes the child's defiance and incredible will to survive, though he also notices the fear and distrust that cloud the child from reaching his full potential. Shouyou calmly tells the boy that a sword weilded only in self defense should be cast aside, before throwing his own sword to the boy. He tells Gintoki that he will teach him how to weild a sword properly if he accompanies him, and Gintoki quickly accepts the man's offer. Shortly after being taken in by Yoshida Shouyou, Gintoki becomes the man's pupil and begins attending classes at his dojo. It is show several times that even as a child, Gintoki retains his lazy, apathetic personality as during Shouyou's lectures he can often be seen snoozing in the back of the classroom – drooling and snoring through the teachings while the other students are intently listening. Despite this seemingly flippant disregard for his school work, its shown several times that Yoshida Shouyou's words had a profound impact on Gintoki and were crucial to making him who he is in the present. Several times in the series, Gintoki echos the words of his mentor – saying that he will protect what is in front of him in order to protect his soul. This way of life is what Sakata Gintoki has adopted as his own personal bushido – which means that despite his laziness in class, he has deeply taken the teachings of his teacher to heart.

Unfortunately during the Kansei Purge – A period where the countrys government began to work with the invading Amanto to quell the fires of rebellion that had broken out between loyalists to the old Japan and the Amanta – Yoshida Shouyou was targeted due to the possibility that he could 'create dissenters.' He was arrested by the Tendoshu and taken away before Gintoki's eyes. As they parted, Shouyou entrusted everything in Gintoki's care – asking him to protect the lives of his fellow students until he returned. Gintoki followed through on his teacher's wish and took responsibility to take care of his fellow pupils, though he also joined in the Anti-Foreigner War along with Katsura Kotarou and Takasugi Shinsuke (two of Yoshida Shouyou's pupils and Gintoki's friends) in a desperate attempt to save their beloved teacher. During the war, Gintoki quickly made a name for himself due to his merciless swordplay and his white appearance and was coined as the “Shiroyasha” - A white demon that struck fear into the hearts of both his comrades and his enemies. This ruthless way of fighting comes about from the desperate need to protect what was in front of him, and is a stark contrast from the Gintoki of present day due to the viciousness the Shiroyasha displayed on the battlefield. Though in the face of this dire time, Gintoki still displays that he has not completely departed from his bushido. When he and Katsura are faced with insurmountable odds and Katsura suggests they commit seppuku so that they may die honorably – Gintoki responds, “If you have time to fantasize about your beautiful death, then why not use that to live beautifully until the end?” In essence, he believes their souls to be too valuable to simply cast away for honor on the battlefield. Near the end of the Anti-Foreigner War, Gintoki and his friends are captured by the enemy. In this time, Gintoki is given an ultimatum; he must either kill his teacher or allow for his friends to be killed. In the end, Gintoki decapitates Yoshida Shouyou in order to keep his promise to his mentor. Though the two share a final smile with one another, it is an action that haunts Gintoki to this very day. Shortly after, Sakata Gintoki abandons his friends and vanishes from the war without a trace.

Sometime after the war, Sakata Gintoki runs into Terada Ayano – known more commonly by her professional name Otose – while she is bringing food to her deceased husband's grave. He takes the food she had originally meant to give to her husband (though he has the decency to ask if he can scavenge food from the dead this time), before he vows to her husband that he will protect Otose for the remainder of her life. Following these events – he begins to rent the space above Otose's Snack House and establishes the Yorozuya.

Such is the tragic backstory that befits a shounen protagonist – now, to get back to the subject at hand: Sakata Gintoki, the shameful excuse of an adult.

--What am I doing, reading JUMP at my age? Well, a man remains a boy until his death...--

Several times throughout the series, numerous other characters note the astounding level of laziness that circulates through Gintoki's being. In episode 74, Gintoki is unaffected by an epidemic that caused the people of Edo to transform into useless old men, because he already is a worthless, sluggish oldster. Sakata Gintoki often complains when faced with menial labor and attempts to weasel himself out of doing jobs that seem unappealing to him. He lacks motivation and spends the majority of his time lounging around his office and reading the Weekly JUMP or dozing on and off throughout the day. The only commitment he regularly makes seems to be to move to switch his television on so he can gawk at the weather lady that he fawns over. During episodes 202-203 – when the show comes back on the air after taking a year break – the characters are affected by an outbreak of warts that feed on the ambitions of people so that they may grow and take their image. Gintoki is once again left out of the loop, given that he was not targeted due to his lack of ambition. This albino man is content leading a simple life and scraping by while performing odd jobs for others. He is consistently behind on making his rent and often dodges the issue when confronted by Otose. Instead he attempts to mooch off of the people around him, as he would rather fall into easy money and goods in lieu of working for them.

Beyond being an infamous mooch, Gintoki is quick to flush the money he does come across down the toilet. When yen passes his hands, he is quick to spend it on frivolous things such as sugar, the Weekly JUMP (The weekly JUMP you hear? Not the Akamaru JUMP. That's a mistake a mother would make!), or getting smashed instead of putting it towards something useful like, who knows, paying the rent or his employees for starters. If he still has some dough left over after buying his own luxuries – then he is quick to shove it into a pachinko machine or into the hands of casino employee and immediately lose it all. The amount of times that Gintoki has been stripped down to his boxers because he got a little too into throwing his money away is far too many to just excuse. This useless samurai absolutely attempts to strike it rich at any opportunity. In fact, money becomes so important that in more humorous situations – Gintoki is willing to dive into just about any job if the price is right (and it doesnt go against his own morale code, but that's to be hit on more later.) When Gintoki meets Hasegawa for the first time, he is disinterested in the idea of tracking down Prince Hata's pet for the government, as the job seemed like it was more hassle than it was worth, but Hasegawa mentions that they planned to compensate them handsomely. Needless to say, Gintoki was instantly won over by the prospects of receiving a suitcase full of money and took the job – quickly (and shamelessly) changing his tune from literal seconds before.
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but wait there's more...

[personal profile] yorozuya 2016-12-10 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
--Here's the power balance in this house: me first, sweets second. Remember that!--

While Gintoki's sweet-tooth has been glossed over a few times, his devotion to sugar deserves its own section. While the samurai possesses a prickly, flippant personality – his love for sweets could be considered a 'softer' charm point within his character. Gintoki is often seen eating a variety of different sweets throughout the series and claims that he cannot make it through a day without some. Most commonly he is drinking from a carton of strawberry milk or enjoying a strawberry or chocolate parfait, though it seems as if he will shovel anything sweet into his mouth if given the chance. His former friends have even cited that his addiction for sweets has caused him 'soften' after the Anti-Foreigner War and took away his will to fight. Gintoki is rarely seen without something sugary within his reach and complains that doctors and dentists both attempt to chide him on his sugary diet (to which he usually decides that, “So what, then I'll live the remainder of my apparent short life happy.” Beyond simply ingesting sugar, he often references sweets in his long, drawn out arguments in order to prove a point. An infamous example would be the “truth about strawberry milk” spiel – in which Gintoki attempted to make a motivational speech meant to say something along the lines of “sometimes things are unavoidable and you'll have to do them even if they're a pain, and instead ended up using strawberry milk as the obscure focal point to deliver his message:

Listen up! Let's say you drink too much strawberry milk, and have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. But it's cold outside your bed. You don't want to get up, but the urge to urinate is just too strong! You make up your mind to go! You run to the bathroom, stand in front of the toilet, and let loose! You think that all your life has led to this moment! But then you realize! It isn't the bathroom! You're still in bed! That feeling of lukewarm wetness spreads like wildfire! But you don't stop! You can't stop! That's what I'm talking about! That's the truth of strawberry milk!

--The best way to live a full life is to be a child, no matter what your age.--

As seen above, Gintoki does not mince words when he's attempting to make a point. He does not hesitate to talk or make jokes involving poop, pee, or puke – and doesn't hold himself back from slipping innuendos within his speech or talking about his own genitals. His manner of speaking is often considered inappropriate and even gross by other people who speak to him for the first time, and he rarely attempts to 'clean it up' no matter the situation. Sakata Gintoki speaks how he does, simply because he can get away with it and ends up sounding a teenage boy in the process. Beyond using the vocabulary of a teenager, Gintoki also has the temperament of a boy rather than a man. He is argumentative and quick to jump into petty squabbles. Gintoki will go back and forth or offer little quips just to rile another party up for fun. Not above getting into shouting matches or results to physical violence if he gets annoyed, conversations with Sakata Gintoki often reveal that this is a boy who is masquerading as a child. When his immaturity is brought up by other characters, Gintoki is quick to defend it – saying that a man who lives as a boy lives a fulfilling, happy life. Gintoki just so happens to live as a stubborn, arrogant boy who would throw someone under the bus in an instant if it meant avoiding an inconvenient or annoying situation. His tendency for immaturity often puts him at odds with the other people that surround him – leading him to get involved in several arguments and create a poor reputation amongst the people who know him as a 'worthless man.'

--What kind of soul does this man have? It's really hard to tell, but I can definitely tell it's shining. I think I'll stand by his side and keep watching it.--

Despite his frequent displays of immaturity and inappropriate behaviors, Sakata Gintoki is a man with man connections. Frequently it is mentioned throughout the series that people are drawn to the former samurai even in the face of his less-than-stellar personality traits. Often, people are drawn to him simply because they see beyond the initial layers of a good-for-nothing man-child to see the magnetic (silver, you could say) soul that lies within.

By involving himself with his Yorozuya, Gintoki puts into motion his own idea of changing the world – though he works in small increments. He reaches out and involves himself in countless situations so that he can protect what his clients hold dear. His drive manifests not in the attempt to do right by others, but to do right for them so that can help to improve their quality of life. Often, he will begin to empathize with another so strongly that he would put his life on the line to protect what he deems needs protecting and shows no desire in accepting a reward for doing so. Instead, he takes this as his duty – a lesson from his teacher that he transformed into his own bushido to carry out. Gintoki lives his life and completes jobs all while taking care not to break from his code. Otose mentions in episode 192 that she believes Gintoki devotes himself to protecting what other people care about as a form of atonement for something from his past. The idea that Gintoki attempts to save what people hold dear so they would not have to experience the same sort of loss he did, and also as a way of 'making up' for failing to protect what he held close is not far off.

Beyond his need to protect those around him, Sakata Gintoki also has a soft-spot for the idea of a family structure. While he has not had experience with a conventional family structure – as he has mentioned several times that he never had a real mother or father – he has experienced the bond of family that goes beyond sharing blood. Yoshida Shouyou was not only his teacher, but also took him in when he was young and instilled several important values within him. Even though he was an ornery child, Shouyou still saw the potential in Sakata Gintoki and trusted the boy's potential. The tenderness and respect Yoshida Shouyou showed Sakata Gintoki was crucial to making the boy into the respectable man he is today. Losing Yoshida Shouyou caused a great deal of strain on Gintoki and he lives his life attempting to 'make-up” for what he had done. Later, after he meets Otose and vows to protect her – he also begins to view her as a maternal figure. Gintoki grows attached to those who are around him (Shinpachi and Kagura are notably examples of his 'family') and would do anything to insure that they have the best. He will go so far as to remove himself from situations (such as when Kagura's father was attempting to take Kagura home and Gintoki attempted to force her to leave) if he feels that the alternative is a better opportunity for the person's interests. He will often empathize with those who are stuck in familial struggles and attempt to fix the situation. Once he even mentions that, “I wish I had one, a family like yours. Ironic, ain't it? How the people who don't have things usually understand them better than the ones who do,” showing that he consciously knows his own desire for a family and its perceived importance.

--What's the use of fighting a futile fights? Do you really intend to lose more of your friends for something like that? I'll pass on that, as long as I'm alive I'll live by my own rules. I'll live how I see beautiful and protect those I hold dear.--

Sakata Gintoki is also known for being positive in dire situations. Even when forced to face impossible odds, Gintoki does not speak as if he will die. Instead, he continues to fight so that he may continue to live. He's mentioned several times that his life is worth more than dying an 'honorable' death, and that he would much rather continue to live even if it meant living in an 'ugly' way rather than given up and dying beautifully. His places a deep importance on the meaning of life and how people should aim to live it fully until the end instead of throwing it away in the moment. After the death of Yoshida Shouyou, he did not embody these traits – his anger and sadness leading him to be distant and constantly focused on the terrible things that had happened. Though as he met Otose and grew more accustomed to the Kabuki District – he also began to learn from them that fatalism would not make anyone happy. After taking that new lesson to heart – Gintoki began to live everyday in the way that he would want to and looked forward instead of dwelling on the past.

--You don't have the right to call yourself her master! You don't have the strength to shoulder a student and their pain!--

Though Sakata Gintoki is typically considered a positive force – he has revealed a darker side to himself a handful of times throughout the series. While the former samurai avoids talking about his past – as his past is mostly revealed through inner flashbacks or through the stories that his friends tell, he still carries a great deal of baggage from the time period. The feelings of rage he harbors begin to flare when he is faced with either someone attacking part of his family (as seen when Jirocho attacks Otose and Gintoki flies off the handle, becoming vicious and losing the ability to control his rage) or when he is faced with someone who sullies the name of being a true 'teacher' (as seen with Jiraia after he emotionally tortures his student Tsukiyo). During these instances in the series, Gintoki loses the normal control he has over himself – instead flying off the handle and becoming embroiled in a deadly rage that calls back to his time as the infamous Shiroyasha. He reveals in these times that he still harbors a darker side within himself that can be unleashed under the right circumstances – though these instances have been rare throughout the series thus far.

Sakata Gintoki is an interesting character because most of his character-development has already happened by the time the series has begun. He is a man who has lived an eventful life and has been shaped by his past. Thus, he typically stands as a catalyst to help the people around him evolve and 'develop' as the series progresses. Sakata Gintoki does not like simply doing things for other people – and instead tries to set the people he cares about on the right path so they can properly blaze their own trail.
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and there. don't kill me, k?

[personal profile] yorozuya 2016-12-10 07:30 am (UTC)(link)
AU History:
As an orphan of Westerly, little is known about Gintoki’s lineage. He has no recollection of his family, and instead recalls years of scraping by on the streets. His formative years were spent learning how to survive on his own. As a child, he would not only pilfer food and/or money from the occasional corpse he came across, but also took up pickpocketing crowds during public executions. He soon honed in on taking any advantage he could get. His rampant stealing was eventually noticed by others around him. Rumors began to label him as a ‘white demon’ due to his peculiar albinism. This rise in notoriety made it harder for him to steal, as those with a keen eye would begin to chase him off before he could properly get money or food. Gintoki began to avoid people once again for fear of being punished. It was during this reclusive time that he was approached by a man who would become his teacher. The man offered to teach Gintoki a better means of survival, and the child was drawn to the other’s welcoming nature. From then on, Gintoki became a wandering vagabond alongside this man.

While wandering the J, Gintoki met a noble boy who would later become his best friend bullying target. Sometime after the boy joined them in their wanderings – they found themselves settling on the planet Edo. Gintoki’s teacher soon-after founded Shouka Sonjuku, a free school he offered to the children of the surrounding village. After a few years, the Company developed an economic interest in 'Edo' and came to broker an economic agreement with its government. Many of the citizens abhorred this change and rose up in rebellion. In the commotion, Gintoki's teacher was captured by the Company's forces. Unknown to Gintoki, their teacher had been a fugitive from the Company and the details of their teacher’s past still remains unknown to him.

Joining the rebellion in an attempt to reclaim his teacher, Gintoki spent several years at war. His skill in fighting and his innate sense of survival made him a fearsome foe on the battlefield. Due to his prowess in battle, the label of ‘white demon’ was once again given to the man but this time in Edo’s native tongue: The Shiroyasha. His abilities became legendary and tales of his ferocity have spanned not only Edo but have also trickled into other corners of the J. For Gintoki, the war concluded upon witnessing the execution of his teacher. The poignant failure left the young man hollow, and his presence on the front lines vanished thereafter. He separated himself from his allies and began to wander the J once more. While warrants for the arrest of the “Shiroyasha” exist, Gintoki tends to fly under the radar by keeping his head down.

During his travels, he incidentally gets tied up in the events at Sugar Point. While he attempts to avoid any actual fighting – he quickly grows sympathetic to its people and lingers to offer the little help he can, especially in the aftermath. After Sugar Point, Gintoki continues to inhabit Westerley and picks up Odd Jobs as his source of income. He will assist anyone who brings him a job and cares little about what laws they may or may not break.

Following the end of the war and Sugar Point, Gintoki drifted with little intentions of getting wrapped up in political conflict once more. He simply cares about helping those around him and making connections through his life – in the same fashion his teacher had lived.

Bokken - While it has the appearance of a traditional wooden sword from Edo, this sword has been modified with a special coating to withstand high impact and possesses a higher melting point.
Wallet – A leather wallet that possesses exactly 300 yen from Edo.

Stubby fingers reach outward and stretch towards the folds of fabric. Callused tips brush against synthetic fiber and send shocks through his nerves. Red eyes are fixed on his target, every neuron in his body buzzing with anticipation as he searches for his prey.

Fabric gives way to leather, and Gintoki knows clenched a meal. His stomach strains, as not even the ghost of scraps remain in his system. His mouth waters and his eyes widen, transfixed as he gently works away the other’s wallet.

All the while his mind races: Food, food, food!

The wallet leaves the threshold of the strangers pocket, and Gintoki darts through a crowd of faceless people who tower over him. Their voices begin as a dull murmur before building to a roar.

Grab him! Grab that kid!

The commands thunder in his head and force him to grit his teeth. He turns down a side alley, lowering his head as he clings to the wallet for dear life.

But the voices never stop pursuing him. They simply grow louder, pounding into the child’s skull. Gintoki turns another alleyway, hoping to avoid the pursuit. As he breaks through the opening into one of the city’s centers – everything goes silent. All audible stimuli fade away, which forces the boy to whip his head around in an attempt to understand what has happened.

Has he gone deaf? Did something happen to him?

The familiar sights of towering, stained buildings fill his line of sight though no people inhabit the typically populated area. His heart begins to race as his feet begin to sting. He looks downward, only to find the flesh of his feet slowly beginning to burn and erode.

Stinging gives way to an intense burning that begins to overtake his entire body. His frightened gaze lifts towards the sky – though he only catches a momentary glimpse of darkened sky before the Black Rain swiftly takes his sight.

Gintoki’s body convulses as he startles awake. Bleary eyes dart in order to take in his surroundings, though the stench that hits his nostrils tells him more about what has happened than his gaze could. The scent of stomach acid and alcohol surrounds him and forces him to sit up quickly. He puts a hand to his face, only to find that he had been passed out in a pile of his own vomit.

He blinks owlishly, the memories of his own nightmare fade as the cloud of alcohol pervades in his mind. He pushes the palms of his hands into the ground, before he shifts to push himself back up. The drunk stumbles, grasping onto one of the walls in the alley for support before he carefully begins to make his first steps of consciousness.

The man needed to wash up and find another bar – what with the Black Rain coming by morning. It was time to get his fix.

He scrubs a palm over his soiled face, throwing any remnants of vomit to the ground. Gintoki grinds the mess under his boot before he begins to wander once again, his stomach ready for the next onslaught the night would bring.

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Edited 2016-12-10 07:32 (UTC)