Night Before "Hikaru, you have an early day tomorrow. You must rest and prepare to select your escorts for your journey to Mt. Fuji, this is no game," The Emperor stated, holding his arms out with hopes of encouraging Hikaru to climb down from the tree. "No! I don't want to go to Mt. Fuji," she wailed, both feet planted firmly on a thick tree branch with ease. She stood with her hands on her hips, nose held up in the air as she looked down at her father. "This is not a part of the agreement, Hikaru! You know what must be done! Come down here, this instant!" The emperor demanded, surrounded by several maids that were also anticipating Hikaru's descent. "I won't repeat myself, young lady! Get down!" Hikaru climbed down the tree with her doll of the emperor held in her free hand. She kept the doll close and walked past the emperor without another word. Warriors Assembly ~ Day One Chieko's day had started before the sun was even up. She swept the porch steps to the village shrine, healed some minor ailments and sold enough salves to catch a ride to the Emperor's without having to dip into her savings. By sunrise, Chieko was seated on the back of a carriage and on her way to Kyoto for the warriors assembly. She could only hope that out of everyone in attendance that she would be selected for this mission. She couldn't name anyone better with a bow, and her ability to heal even the most grave of injuries must have overqualified her. Well, that's what Chieko liked to think, but she had to admit that she was sheltered, and there were probably plenty of women with the same abilities, but with more world experience. How would they choose anyway? With the palace coming up, Chieko guessed she would find out how they selected the warriors soon enough. "Thank you," she said as the carriage rolled to a bumpy stop in front of the palace gates. She paid for the ride and hopped down. Two noble guardsmen approached Chieko, though Chieko was a little intimidated by their appearance. "Hi, I'm Matsunaga Chieko," she greeted, and then took the flier for the Emperor's mission out of a hidden pocket in her herb pouch. They took that, and Chieko's bow and quiver full of arrows before escorting her inside. Chieko looked around as they entered the palace, her expression one of awe. Sugoii. Outsiders were rarely given the opportunity to see inside of the emperor's palace, so Chieko made sure to take everything in. She wished she could have taken a few detours just to see the rest of it, but the guards took her straight to the Warriors Assembly, where there were already quite a bit of women in attendance. There, she saw the Emperor and a young girl, who Chieko didn't seem familiar at all. She did see several of his sons, though. It was hard not to recognize them. Chieko followed the others and stood in the horizontal line. She guessed that was what they were going to do until the emperor was ready to address them.