Note: Yet another drabble request I'd gotten. And the single biggest reason I could not help writing it was that it was a great chance to put one over on Gorobei.


"It's All Fun and Games..."

"Very funny..." Gorobei glared at Nasami, who was looking over at the street performer with a wide-eyed look of completely unconvincing innocence on her face.

"Why are you blaming me?" she protested, pointing at Komachi and Okara. "They were the ones who dared me to do it!"

Gorobei then turned his eyes to the two girls, who eep'ed and ducked behind the samuraiko's legs.

"Ah, there you are," they both heard, and turned to see Kambei and Shichiroji approaching. The two samurai stopped in surprise at the sight of Gorobei, katana in hand, giving Nasami a dirty look, while Okara and Komachi were hiding behind Nasami.

"Are we... interrupting something?" Kambei asked, looking from one to the other.

Nasami just grinned and began casually whistling, while behind her, Komachi and Okara covered their mouths with their sleeves and giggled.

It was then that Kambei looked down at their feet and saw that all of them were standing in a large patch of mud... with several suspicious bright splotches on the ground.

But no sooner did Kambei open his mouth to ask what they were than a loud laugh came from the woods, and all hell broke loose. Nasami, Komachi and Okara burst out laughing, and made a mad dash for the woods just in time to avoid the barrage of water balloons that Kikuchiyo was throwing with mechanical precision and great enthusiasm at the other samurai.

"OH NO YOU DON'T!" Gorobei shouted, and with Kambei and Shichiroji right behind him, he charged after Nasami and the girls.