Choosing to stay quiet under Emi's nervous words of encouragement, Ikuyo stepped in unison with the girl when it was their turn to order. "I'm partial to strawberry myself so I think that's just what I'll have. One strawberry Kakigori, please." There was the sound of ice being shaved, the server in front of them shuffling around their stall, and the general sound of the busy plaza. Ikuyo leaned her shakujo against her shoulder and paused to make sure it wasn't going to fall as she moved. Once she was happily certain that it wasn't going to fall, her free hand moved to a pouch around her neck. She opened the top of it and placed her first two fingers in, their movements extremely precise. After just a few moments she produced the exact amount of money needed to cover their treats and placed it gently on the counter. Having received their treats, Ikuyo had a feeling that Emi would be restless on what to do next. She smiled to herself over the girl's anxious nature. "Do you really think that?" She asked suddenly after her first bite of the Kakigori.
"Why don't we sit and enjoy this?" Without letting Emi answer the question, the monk made her way to a nearby bench that had just opened up. Taking a seat it was apparent that posture meant a lot to the woman. "Our reasons, that is. I don't, not at all. Yours, mine, there is no better or worse. We do what we must, that's what I think. I had to have freedom." She paused and turned her head downward. "I don't believe my parents are jerks, just afraid. Being afraid is normal, it's human. I'm afraid all the time." She stopped to take another bite of her Kakigori, face lighting up. "It's good. How is yours?" She waited for Emi's response before returning to her previous train of thought. "I think what makes us shinobi, the force that draws us to it, that makes it a must is being able to face our fears and move forward. It is because we are afraid and know that others are afraid as well. Being a shinobi is being strong enough to take your fear, and the fears of everyone in the village, and bearing it without complaint." She looked up warmly, a smile playing at the edges of her lips as she gently closed her eyes.
"I think what you're doing is great, too."