IC: Hyuga Nikorasu Hotel Room As soon as Nikorasu heard Cho speak, he knew he had upset her... well, it was more when he saw her reaction to him speaking. Plus that she practically stormed by him without even saying a word... or acknowledging his existence, for that matter. This was just great. Nikorasu turned his head and allowed his gaze to follow Cho into the room, his hands in his pockets now. She announced she was going to bed, and then did so. Tsume looked upset, and he fled through the window. This was just wonderful. It seemed that Nikorasu had managed to piss off both team members in less than a minute. What in the world was wrong with them? Nikorasu didn't get it. Cho.... well, ever since the failed mission, Cho seemed to have gotten far moodier, and it seemed nothing that anyone did was ever quite right for her. She always seemed to be thinking about some greater conspiracy going on. And maybe she was right. Nikorasu had to admit that the circumstances surrounding their failure were rather subject to scrutiny, but Cho took it way further than she should. And Tsume, well, Nikorasu didn't want to get started on him. Sure, he loved the guy like a brother, but he had just been moping around about how he had messed up, letting guilt tear him to shreds. And when he wasn't thinking about how much he thought he'd screwed up, he always seemed to be off doing training far more intense than he generally did. Nikorasu just did not get these people sometimes. And now, when a fellow member of their own village asked a straightforward question, it seemed that Nikorasu was to be punished for giving a straightforward answer. Whether they were set up or not, was it not their failed mission that seemed to be the catalyst to this situation? It's a fact. What was so wrong with sharing that? Nikorasu just sighed as he left his pent-up frustration escape. He didn't get them at all. Next time, he supposed he'd just better keep his mouth quiet or lie. Sometime during this internal tirade, Nikorasu heard Yuudai speak. "Just so you know... I didn't come to blame anyone, I was just looking for some information." and then a bit later, "Do you believe that your mission was a set up?" Nikorasu took a long time to answer. Partly, he was still going through the mental rant that was expressed earlier, but when that was over he carefully considered his next words. His gaze was still facing the window that Tsume had left through a moment ago. At length, he brought his eyes around to face the other boy's. They'd changed color. Interesting. The crimson eyes were a stark contrast to Nikorasu's pure white ones. For the first time, the young Hyuga wondered what it must be like to stare into his intense gaze. But such thoughts would be saved for later. When he spoke, his voice was its trademark quiet and controlled tone. "We did nothing wrong. The situation surrounding our failed mission is somewhat suspicious. I cannot be sure, but I feel it is highly possible we were set up." He paused for a long moment, letting his gaze shift down to the floor between his feet as he considered what had happened these past few months. "However, don't dwell on such things. It's in the past, and little can be done of it now." He looked back up at the other boy. "Our focus now should be on the Exams... However, it seems I have upset my teammates greatly, and I trust you won't begrudge me not wishing to speak more tonight." He gave the boy a brief nod. "Get some sleep." He then moved back into the room and quietly shut the door. The room was empty. The window was still open, and the chill night air had crept through, lending a certain chilly atmosphere to the boy's gloomy mood. He ran a hand up his head and untied his hair, letting it fall down over his face. He was idly amused as grains of sand fell down to the floor as he did so. He let his hand rest on his forehead as he stood there, his eyes covered. Things were a mess. Another sigh later and Nikorasu found himself collapsing down on chair and propping his feet up on a table.