this world was pretty much fascinating. certain parts of it were very, very different from what he was used to. being a sword from early japan, he was used to wider open landscapes; trees and flowers and everything in between. that's why settling in zephyr was so natural for mikazuki. he hadn't yet ventured into terminus, which was a marvel of its own, mostly because he was still intimidated by technology. he often joked about being a grandpa, mostly because he was so much older than anyone else he met, but at the same time, some of that was pretty much true. he didn't quite know how to use a phone yet, though he had one. more so than the technology were the vividness of the people that he met here. while mikazuki didn't travel outside of zephyr too often, and when he did he mostly went to halcyon, he wanted to try. he wanted to explore the places around him and, as a legendary sword, he didn't really have to worry too much about getting into dangerous situations. granted, he wasn't ever looking for a fight, and he dared not head into pandora unless he was on any kind of official business as zephyr's representative. work here was very simple and, when he wasn't needed, he was allowed do whatever he wanted. but as such, he still had a fierce sense of duty to act as a perfect representative to make the person he had taken over for proud. formerly a guardian himself, he'd taken on ludwig as a sort of surrogate master--having only known how to be subservient to a degree--but learning that the man was a nation was fascinating.
while the idea itself wasn't hard for him to grasp, just the notion of nations being here and being alive—the same way as he was—it was amazing to him. as such, he'd been incredibly polite and respectful, as he usually was. he'd smiled and served tea, all dressed in his usual garb, which is what he wore when he was on the job. it felt strange to not be wearing his kimono and all the trimmings, but he couldn't wear that all the time. instead, he'd gone shopping and picked up things that were more modern; though there were certain aspects of his wardrobe he couldn't put aside. mainly, those were the tassels in his hair and his collar, plus he wore gloves when he wore these tailored suits out in public. someone had said it made him look like some type of agent and it had amused him, maybe that wasn't super far off from what he used to be, but he was really just trying to be more modern, like the other representative. regardless, the weather had turned nice again, or was starting to at least (it had been a little too humid in zephyr for his liking), so mikazuki had left home for a bit to wander through the valley. everything was blooming, which was the best time to go out and look around at all the new life that the gardeners meticulously care for. mikazuki was pretty much useless at menial labor like that, he'd spent too many years being pampered to really know how to tend to farmland or get his hands dirty in that way. he could clean the house pretty well, but that was about it. oh, and he cooked, sort of. maybe not well, but he did it.
as he passed through the garden, he made sure to acknowledge anyone that looked his way. it was sparse for this time of day, maybe because it was still really working hours—he hadn't really understood that when he first got here, seeing as how work was most days for him back home. he could have come here with kogitsunemaru, but he let the fox sleep for now, assured him that he'd be back quickly, that he just wanted to go do something. since being reunited, they never really wanted to leave each other's sides. as such, whenever anyone needed one, he usually got the other as well; kind of a packaged deal. but this was just going to be quick, he wanted to pass through the garden and then get into town to get something he needed for making more tea and then he'd be home. these gardens were beautiful, they sort of reminded him of something he'd find back home, perhaps a bit more meticulously cared for than the large lilac trees that pretty much grew as they pleased. he remembered those fondly, knew there were none here, no sakura either, but what was here was lovely. small ponds surrounded by flowers, little walkways, and he loved water lilies that danced on the surface of calm pools; found himself staring at those with his moon-like eyes for longer than he anticipated.