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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:26 pm

Sayuri had never shopped for herself before. She had never needed to. Anything she needed or wanted had been bought for her by her parents, or the housemaid. But surely it couldn't be that hard.

At the entrance of the store, Sayuri encountered a problem. She could not push a trolley and her wheelchair at the same time, nor could she hold the basket as she went round. Seriously. Why couldn't my parents have just forked out for a motorized wheelchair? That would make life SO much easier. I mean, it's not like we're too poor to afford one or anything.

Sayuri saw two options. One, she would have to balance the basket on her lap, and place the grocieries in it as she went round. Two, she would have to ask someone else to carry the basket or push the trolley. Sayuri's pride immediately caused her to discount the latter option and so she settled on the former, taking a basket and placing it in her lap, before heading off.

Noodles, noodles...where are the noodles...ah, here they are. Sayuri stopped in front in front of a shelf stacked with various types of noodles. The basket, however, did not stop, falling from her lap onto the floor, out of Sayuri's reach. Even if she could get out of her wheelchair, pick it back up and replace it on her lap, the same thing would happen everytime she came to a stop, due to inertia and the low-friction material of her dress. Even a turn could spell disaster.

There was no other option. Sayuri took in a deep, shuddering breath, gritting her teeth and swallowing her pride. Then, spying someone at the other end of the aisle, she called out to them in a low, defeated voice. "Excuse me."
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:29 pm

Did someone call me...
"Yes?" Yuuji without his crutches Turns around to see who it is.
"Motozaki? Hi" He gives a small wave
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:00 pm

He knows me? Sayuri racked her brains to try and think of where she might know this boy from. [I[Oh, that's right...I met him a few days ago, in the tea room. Well, at keast I'm not asking a complete stranger for help.[/i] "Oh, uhh...Takahashi-san, isn't it?". I, uhh...I need someone to carry my basket for me." She nods sadly at the basket lying on the floor in front of her.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:17 am

He looks down then picks up the basket "Sure, I'll help."
Why does she look sad...? I'll ask later.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:45 am

"Thank you."

Sayuri picks up some noodles from the shelf and puts them into the basket, then consults her list. "Uhh...fish. Where's the fish aisle?" The half-mumbled question is directed at herself rather than Yuuji in particular. She looks around to try and find a sign highlighting it.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:59 pm

"What are you looking for Motozaki?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:06 pm

Well, while he's here, I guess there's no shame in asking...he'll have to follow me around anyway, so I can put the stuff in the basket.

"Do you know where the fish aisle is?"
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:11 pm

"Next aisle over. Follow me..."
They both reach to where the fish is a few different products are on display. I wonder which one she is going to chose...
"Here they are Motozaki."
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:05 pm

"Ah, yes. Thank you." Sayuri picks up a couple of packs of salmon fillets and adds them to the basket.

"Next up, uhh..." Sayuri again consults her list. "Rice."
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:07 pm

"End of the aisle on your left. Can't miss it"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:14 pm

"So it is. Thanks."

Sayuri wheels herself towards the rice section, Yuuji following behind with their baskets.

"I'm sorry if I'm inconveniencing you. You're having to follow me around instead of doing my own shopping."
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:21 pm

Yuuji shakes his head "Its fine Motozaki no need to worry about it."
Being helpful is one of my better traits... then again it has screwed me over here and there.
"If I may ask what do you plan on making?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:25 pm

"Oh, these are supplies for the next few days, not just one meal. I have a few dishes planned with these."

She picks up a large packet of rice and places that in the basket as well. "Next, salad...I think..."
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

"Salad...salad. Well you got me there I'll go ask the guy up front." He dashed to the front both, baskets still in hand. A Few moments of an exchange of words and finger pointing Yuuji comes back.
"They are at the back end of the store." I think that's what the guy said...or was it the fifth aisle?
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:38 pm

"Okay." Sayuri wheels herself towards the back of the store and begins searching for the right aisle.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:45 pm

Yuuji follow a couple feet behind her frantically searching. Come on where is it.
Not noticing where he is going accidentally bumps into Motozaki dropping both baskets
"Ow...Sorry..."
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:05 pm

Sayuri sighs. "No harm done, I guess."
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:10 pm

Yuuji picks up the baskets Well...it can't get worse then this right?
"You find what you were looking for?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:12 pm

"Sadly, no. Perhaps he was wrong, and they're not here. I'll keep looking though." Sayuri continues to scour the shelves.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:16 pm

"I'll be back let me check a different aisle..." He walks down the final aisle in the store then dashes back to the end and waves to Motozaki
"They are over here!" Let me hope that its something she needs i could be wrong again...
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:20 pm

Sayuri quickly wheels herself over to where Yuuji is indicating. I bet my parents never have this much trouble when they're shopping. But then...they're not in a wheelchair and having to rely on others.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:23 pm

"Is this it Motozaki?" Yuuji points at the shelf. Please be it Please be it Please be it...
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:32 pm

"Yes, this will do. Thank you."

The shelf contains a small variety of ready-made salads. Sayuri would have been happy to get the ingredients and make the salad herself, but at least now she wouldn't have to. She put a couple of ready-made salads into the basket.

A few items later and Sayuri had reached the last item on her list. The basket was now nearly full. "Okay, last thing...teabags. I think we already passed that aisle a while back." Sayuri starts to head towards where she believes the teabags to be.
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Post by Yuuji Takahashi on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:40 pm

Yuuji follows, both reach where the teabags but they are on the top shelf. I hope she does not plan on reaching them by herself...
"Umm...you want me to get them?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:29 pm

"I think I can manage."

With an effort Sayuri lifts herself up out of her wheelchair and onto her feet. She is a good four inches taller than Yuuji, though the effect is diminished by the trembling of her poorly-developed legs as they struggle to support her weight, and the determined grimace on her face as she fights the pain shooting from her thighs to her ankles. She picks the box of teabags up from the top shelf, then sits back down in the wheelchair, with as much difficulty as it took to get up. She tries to relax her facial expression, but as she places the box in the basket the pain is still visible on her face.

That's the first time I've stood up like that in public since I got here. Should I perhaps...not have done that? No...I had to. I'm done with feeling powerless for the day.
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