Headcanon for tomboy MC? Like, she’s up every morning for exercise, she finds the weapons they all use cool (when they’re not being used to kill that is), instead of helping clean around the castle she opts to help the soldiers with training, challenges Masamune to arm wrestling matches, etc.
She was up before dawn again. She knew she shouldn’t be up
at this hour but it was the only time she could get into the training hall
without too many people seeing her, she
wasn’t ashamed that she liked to work out and also to learn the weapons of this
time period. She had dealt with all those
issues before as a girl living in a place that she was supposed to be demure
and more feminine, she hated it. She felt
like she was living a lie. However, she
would workout before dawn every day and
practice what she saw the others doing with swords, daggers, or ax’ and be
content at least for awhile. She could always take off in the afternoon to go
to the forest to climb a few trees if she needed to burn some excess energy
off. She didn’t know it wasn’t a secret though and they, the war lords, knew of
her early morning activities and her joints to the forest.
“She is UP again! I am surprised. Even I don’t train as much
as she does.”, Masamune said to his cohort
“She is up every morning at this time. Though she started
completely unskilled, she has made
progress with the weapons left in the training hall.”, Mitsuhide replied
“Your handiwork I assume?”, Masamune raised his eyebrow at his friend.
“If she was going to train she needed the correct weapons to
do it with. Since she hasn’t asked for
help or a sparring partner, I thought to give her the weapons though used and duller than normal would be the best plan, for now.”,
He said his golden eyes watching the girl as she headed into the building
behind the castle proper.
“Have you been watching her?”, Masamune asked.
“Sometimes but not often enough.”, The man smiled.”The
castle is normally asleep at this time so watching for unusual behavior is my job.A lone female out here at night is enough
to catch anyone’s eye. Not that it is hard for our princess to catch the eye,
“That is true enough. I wonder what she is really up too.”,
“I think this has gone on long enough don’t you? We should
go and ask her.”, Mitsuhide replied as he already started to head to the
“No that isn’t what I meant!”, Masamune in a rare moment
didn’t want to really know what the princess was
trying to do. He liked just thinking she was a sweet young princess
instead of what they might find. He didn’t want to be the one to tell Nobunaga
his pet was a traitor or worse a spy.
“Well, are you
coming?”, Mitsuhide said over his shoulder. Extremely reluctantly Masamune
shifted his weight and started to follow the Kitsune of a man he was friends with. They both walked slowly as not to alert
her as she did have a sword in his grasp and even though both men were unarmed
they could most likely overpower the girl
with ease if necessary. When they were in sight
of her though they were not so sure. She was working rather hard on a
move the Masamune had been working on the day prior and they watched as she
tried it with ease. She was rather skilled they both thought in a crude way.
“She must have taught herself by watching us practice.”,
Masamune said as he almost whistled. He
caught himself in the process and realized she still didn’t know the two of
them were there. Her form was off, but
she would have been able to get the job done with a better weapon. The fact she was copying them and their daily
workouts was impressive on its own.
“She is better then I
thought.”, Mitsuhide said as he propped himself against the door in the
shadows and let his eyes rake her over. She must have felt the three eyes on
her as she turned and looked around. She spotted them both watching her, and in the quiet of the hall, she looked for some sort of
excuse. Mitsuhide thought this might be worth more than any gold to see her flustered
so much. He pushed away from the door.”Your form was off, Princess.”
“Ummm, I thought I was
alone.”, she said as she looked around like a nervous sparrow.
“He is right. The form was off which would lead to an easily counter-attack.”,
Masamune said also enjoying the sight.
“Okay then. I should be
headed back to the castle.”, she said trying to preserve what little she
had left on the facade she was trying to
hold on to.
“Your secret Princess really isn’t one any longer, my dear.”,
Mitsuhide said while moving closer to her.
“What secret?”, she asked.
“This one, my dear. Also,
your trips to the forest, are they too
met someone a lover perhaps?”, he replied slyly.
“What NO!”, she nearly screamed. He already knew she went into the forest to climb trees of all things but her reaction to them thinking she had a lover was fabulous.
“What now then princess could you be doing. No one here
would think less of you if you had taken
one.”, He said as her blush grew.
“Not a lover.”, she choked out. “I go for walks and to
“Climb?”, Masamune played dumb.
“Trees. Climb trees.”, she said. “It isn’t lady like I know, but neither am I. I’m so sick of living a lie
like a perfect little princess.”
“You are far from a perfect
princess.”, Mitsuhide said and then realized that he had truly insulted her
which he didn’t want to do. “You are just you.”
“Thanks, snake.”, she said to his raised eyebrows.
“I know of the perfect tree to climb, and I bet you I can reach the top faster.”Masamune
tried to steal her attention away.
“I doubt that.”, she replied.
“Then how about a race later.”, he said to which Mitsuhide
was nodding his head. “If you beat me I will train in you with a sword the correct way.”
“What happens if you beat me?”, she asked.
“You have to take me to dinner.”, he said off the top of his
“As well as myself.”, Mitsuhide also chimed in.
“Fine. It’s a bet.”, she said as she took her leave of the
two men to prepare for the day ahead.
Later that afternoon Masamune led her to the tree he knew
of, what she didn’t realize that their bet had spread through the upper levels of the castle-like
wildfire. She was ready, but when she saw
all the warlords, she wondered if they
all knew about the secret life she had tried
to have. She was glad it was out now, but
she didn’t like the looks they all had for her. Hideyoshi was now approaching
her and had the look of a mother hen whose chick messed up bad. She found it
amusing that he was now trying to give her instructions on how not to get stuck
as Mitsuhide calmly walked up and told him she could probably out climb any boy
or man here. Thus proving he knew the entire time this morning what she had
been doing out here. His snake-like smile
plastered on his face she told him in no uncertain
terms to just go and slither away. He
laughed and left her to her own devices, Nobunaga had already told her he had a
bet with Ieyasu that she would beat Masamune and not to let him down.
As the two were at the bottom of the tree waiting for the mark, they had agreed on where the top would be considered and now were just waiting for the
shout to begin. She had turned down a head start, and so when Nobunaga yelled to start,
she was already in the air grabbing ahold of the lowest branch and swinging
herself up. Masamune had missed his jump up. She was already finding her
handholds easy while he was close on her
tail. For most of the race, the two were
neck and neck, but somehow she jumped up
and reached the mark before he had a chance to place his hand. She had won. He
shook his head at her speed and strength because he had to use his own brute strength just to keep up with her. They
made their way down when she slipped a bit but didn’t fall. Just enough that each man had their hearts in their
throats as they saw the slip. No one was going to say anything though.
This new side to the princess seemed to bring a real smile to her face. As they
descended from the top of the tree, Masamune was outlining the training
schedule he had for her. She was inwardly beaming with all he was telling her.
Later after dinner and everyone was still in the great hall
she had challenged Masamune to an arm wrestling
contest which she outlined the rules. Everyone again thought she would be
easily overcome because of Masamune’s strength. Though she did lose on the
first try, he was surprised at her own that now only he knew she had. In time
he knew she would be able to beat him easy. To that, he smiled and nodded. He
would play along with her for now but challenge her often.