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Post by Ichiko Asari on Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:12 pm

"Well, my story's not really the happiest either." says Ichiko, waving a hand vaguely at her eyepatch and nub of a left arm. "Please, go ahead...if you feel like it, that is."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:27 pm

"Okay then…

"You remember hearing about the big train wreck outside Shizuoka in late '18? Almost four years ago now," he said rather grimly as the memories came flooding back.

"First time a bullet train had any sort of accident like that. Apparently, some hyper-religious anti-science nutjob decided to sabotage the Maglev tracks. Got life in prison for all the people he killed. Paranoid ignorant bastard.

"Anyway, I was on that train that day. Ended up hurt really bad. Spent quite a while in the hospital. Damn lucky to even have survived.

"Had it been a few years earlier, I don't think that kind of cybernetics would've been available. I probably would've ended up paralyzed from the waist down. To be honest, I don't know if I could have lived like that.

"But thanks to Tachibana's work, they had those cybernetics. It's not a CyberHeart – company's called Archer Biotech, I think, based out of the US – but it was pretty much based on things he'd developed.

"So yeah, I can thank Tachibana for saving my legs, probably my life."
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:44 pm

"Yeah...I think I remember hearing about that," Ichiko says, nodding solemnly. "So that's how it happened...look at it this way, you were lucky in that you survived, right? Maybe not in one piece, but you survived. That's how I like to look at it."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:51 pm

"Yeah. I think the same.

"So… what about you?"
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:31 pm

Ichiko is somewhat less reluctant to discuss her own story, though as she begins, it occurs to her that she probably hasn't told anyone precisely what happened since her arrival at Yamaku.

"Well, when I was nine there was a big gas explosion in the apartment block where me and my family lived. Four people died. My parents were fine, but I got caught in the blast. My arm got blown off, and shrapnel took out my left eye. With the money we got from the insurance payout, I was able to get a replacement arm through CyberHeart, but they couldn't replace my eye." Ichiko looks down at the bionic arm in her lap. "I'm supposed to wear a casing for this, to make it look more...human, I guess, but I think it looks cooler like this. And besides, I don't really see the point in pretending it's a real arm when it's not."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:00 pm

"Jeez.

"Some lot we are here, huh?" he said dryly. "Although, more and more, I think that's probably a good thing. When everyone's got something like that, no one's singled out for it.

"So I don't think I'd worry about the arm too much around here. It is pretty cool," he said with a grin.
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:14 am

"Oh, I don't worry about it," says Ichiko cheerfully. "Like I said, it's a cool arm. And I would have been surprised if there'd been any trouble from the other students here, they've all got problems same as I do. Same as we do."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:30 pm

"Yeah, I think coming here turned out to be a good decision.

"Just saying, it's not the case everywhere. Most people don't take too kindly when you're…"

diseased? scarred? crippled? broken?

"… different, like we are."
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Ichiko nods. "That's true. Sometimes I get some funny looks when I'm out walking, but I just think, y'know, people would look at me even weirder if I didn't have the arm or the eyepatch. And there's just as many people who look at my arm like, "Wow, that's so cool!" like the kids at school did. So I don't mind."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:26 pm

"Maybe. I guess I didn't use to hang out with as nice a crowd," he said somewhat sourly.

"I suppose it's true what they say: the deepest scars are the ones you can't see."
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:53 pm

Ichiko nods. "Yeah...I guess they are..." Once again she seems a little more downbeat than before.
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:01 pm

That's quite enough for today.

"Eh. I apologize for the, well… grimness," he said with a halfhearted laugh.

"So, Ichiko, you have any idea what you want to do after you get out of here?"
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:10 am

"Uhh...I dunno, really!" Ichiko chuckles nervously, rubbing the back of her head. "Maybe I could be an engineer or something, but that might be a little difficult with only one real arm and one eye." She shrugs. "Well, I have two more years to think about it, so I don't need to worry about it just yet, right?"
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:56 am

"Engineering's mostly in the mind anyway. I don't think you should let that stop you," he said with a smile. "But yeah, you have a while to consider it.

"So, are you really into science?"
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:38 pm

"Yeah, science, technology, that kinda stuff. After spending so much time around Takeshi, getting my arm worked on and such, it's kinda hard not to build up an interest in that kinda stuff."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:49 am

"So… you mean you know him personally?" Toshi asked, an edge of excitement in his tone. "How's that, exactly?"
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:41 pm

"While my prosthetic was being fitted, and I was getting used to having it, I spent a lot of time at CyberHeart, so I saw him and his daughter quite frequently. Then of course, I saw them again whenever I went in to have it adjusted as I grew. We became...pretty good friends, I guess."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:39 am

"Huh. Did he personally oversee all the fittings like that? That's some dedication.

"Do you still keep in touch with them?"
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:25 am

Ichiko shakes her head sadly, looking down at her feet. "No...no, I don't, no."
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:26 am

"Oh. I'm sorry."

It wasn't difficult to connect the dots at this point.

"… did something else happen recently?" he asked quietly.
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:01 pm

Ichiko hesitates for a moment. Should I tell him? Should I...tell anyone? Maybe it would help...

"...I don't really want to talk about it."

I know I don't want to...but should I?
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:49 am

Toshi sat there silent for a few seconds.

"… that's okay."

He placed his hand in hers.

"I understand, I think… what that can be like."
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:40 pm

Ichiko looks at him, a little surprised. "Really?"
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Post by Toshiaki Endō on Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:45 am

"… I'd say so."
Even if I'm not sure exactly what "that" is yet.

"I know what it's like to have something that hurts too much to think about, let alone talk about.
So, yeah. That's okay."

He smiled a little.
"And if and when you're ready, and you need someone to talk to about it, that's okay too."

He pulled his hand back and sat there for a moment in silent thought.
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Post by Ichiko Asari on Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:23 pm

Ichiko nods quietly. "Okay. Thank you, Toshiaki."
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