"Bubble?" What kind of name was that? Was it an insult, or some back handed compliment? What crazy absurd thing did her son have to do to earn a name like that? Did he take anything seriously? Or perhaps, it was one of high honor, having ended a battle with simply a bubble? Her mind flicked between all of the options, not sure to be proud or ashamed of her son, but even if she wanted to read the girl's face for a hint, she just couldn't face the Mizukage. Not like this. Not here. Not now.
But she listened, the conversation growing more and more odd. The sword, was it a gift to purchase her son? No, she was his teacher, right? He said he had a sensei. But if he was exceeding his rank, then he had grown since he had left. No, he didn't leave, she forced him out. She told him to leave. She wanted him to leave. It was the only way he could grow.
She smiled, nodding her head at the idea of her son exceeding the Mizukage's ability to teach was something to note. But was it? He could have been a student in a sea of many, or a single, hand picked student. What was the difference? Was he just a student or just her student?
She shook the thought. She could have easily been old enough to be the Kage's mother, that alone was something for her to process. She was a fossil, trying to speak to new life about a world she no longer knew. "That's good then." was all she could say.
Swords had nicknames too, even the worthless ones.
"I hope he has not given you much trouble then." she spoke, small words that disgusted her, but needed for her to break her silence. For once, she embraced the small conversation, even if it tore her soul.
"Miss Hana." She spoke, her face slightly turned, but her eyes unmoved. Both her hands rested on the blade, as if it was something that brought comfort, and it did. "Forgive me for asking, but are all of the swords in Kirigakure's possession?" She turned to face the Mizukage.
She needed to know.
Coordination: B+ || Intelligence: C || Perception: B
Note: For Rei, this is a flashback.