✿ Suzumi Nagase ❞
18 ✧ She/Her ✧ AFAB ✧ April 3 ✧ Aries ✧ Bisexual
❝ Even when the gods held sway in the ancient days, I have never heard that water gleamed with autumn red as it does in Tatta's stream. ❞
— Ariwara no Narihira
— Ariwara no Narihira
Proxy of Suijin, representative of spring and the element of water, and resident of Matsudo, Chiba prefecture.
Suzumi resembles her element of water in personality. She tends to go with the flow of things, and does her best to adapt to change in her life. Positive traits for the most part, except Suzumi's taken them to the extreme and warped them into something not so positive. She's perpetually cheery and agreeable, almost to the point of being a doormat. Quick to avoid confrontation at all costs, Suzumi often downplays her own feelings to avoid inconveniencing others.
On the surface, Suzumi effortlessly comes across as the average Genki Girl, which suits her needs just fine. She wants people to see her like that, as someone who's enthusiastic about everything in life. Consequently, she's adopted a cheerful, sunny attitude to meet people's expectations of her; she just isn't sure if that's the real Suzumi though. After all, she hasn't been true to herself in a long time, choosing instead to hide behind bright smiles and laughter.
Even though she's well-liked among her peers, Suzumi is more closed off than she'd like to admit. She's bubbly around others, but that's because she'd rather let them think that there's nothing on her mind, nothing bothering her at all. The more she doesn't want someone to know about how she really feels, the more she'll keep smiling as if nothing's wrong. The more she doesn't want to let go of something, the less she'll bring it up. She's passive to a fault, and knows it too.
She'll settle for average if means less trouble for her.
A part-time florist at her aunt Mariko's flower shop.
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The daughter of a Japanese father and an American mother, Suzumi has felt like an outsider all her life. Suzumi's conception wasn't planned, and resulted in Kenjirou's hasty proposal to his girlfriend at the time. The eventual marriage, however, crumbled soon after Suzumi's birth—Katelyn didn't want to spend the rest of her life in Japan, and whatever love she had for her husband and child wasn't actually enough to make her stay. She went back to her homeland after the divorce and cut off all ties, leaving Kenjirou as a single father of a toddler Suzumi.
While he did his best to provide stability for Suzumi, Kenjirou had a job that was just too demanding. He eventually transferred physical custody of Suzumi to Mariko, his sister. Suzumi was thirteen at the time, and secretly happy to settle down somewhere. Since Suzumi had to transfer schools so often during her childhood, there wasn't much opportunity for her to settle down and call any one place home. She didn't make any lasting friendships, which shook her confidence to the core.
Nowadays, Suzumi still finds herself struggling with fitting in. As a person of mixed ethnic heritage, she sticks out like a sore thumb in Japan, and her appearance makes her an easy target for unwanted attention. Suzumi does her best to shrug off the jeers by swimming away her troubles—the water has always been a place of belonging.
Suijin is something like a surrogate mother for Suzumi, strangely enough.
Suzumi's very close with her father, Nagase Kenjirou. A second rank captain in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Kenjirou is a calm, even-tempered man who wants the best for his daughter. He's currently on patrol and Suzumi isn't sure when he'll be back, though she hopes that he'll make it home in time for the holidays.
Katelyn Daniels is Kenjirou's American ex-wife and Suzumi's mother. Neither of them have heard from her ever since the divorce and well, Suzumi doesn't really care either way. Good riddance because if she can't even be bothered to write a letter, then Suzumi's not going to put in the effort either. She barely remembers what Karina looks like, save for photos.
Suzumi lives under the Shirakawa roof with Takashi, Mariko, Miyuki, and Kiyoshi. Takashi is a down-to-earth man who manages accounts for a construction company. Good with his hands and good at striking up relationships with people due to his easygoing nature. He strikes a nice balance with his peppy, upbeat wife. Mariko is Suzumi's self-proclaimed "cool aunt" who owns a pretty well-to-do flower shop located along the way to Hondo-ji temple. The shop's just a stone's throw away from their humble home. Miyuki and Kiyoshi are Takashi and Mariko's fraternal twins. Suzumi gets along well with them both, but finds it easier to confide things in the bookish, reserved Kiyoshi.
Akano Sayuri is Suzumi's crush during the main events of canon, and girlfriend post-canon. You can read their full story here.
Suzumi's canon is set in the mystical world of Yuugen, which features an ensemble cast of nine people from different parts of Japan.
In battle, Suzumi wields a jumonji yari that can control the movement of water. It's shaped somewhat like a trident.
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