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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:28 pm

Sayuri is lying on her bed, wearing her favourite dress, savouring the freedom from her wheelchair even if only for a short while. She is staring up at the blank ceiling, a vague smile on her lips, her wheelchair sat ominously by the side of the bed as it always did whenever she was lying in it. At first, getting herself out of her wheelchair and into bed at night, and then back into the wheelchair again in the morning, had been difficult for Sayuri and she had fallen over on multiple occasions. By now, she'd gotten the hang of it, though it was still a little trickier getting back in the wheelchair than out of it.

It was a couple of days since the summer festival and the holidays had officially begun. Sayuri had opted to stay at Yamaku as a test of her independence, not as a disabled person but as a future housewife. She would, after all, have to look after a whole family one day and not just herself. She was starting to regret this decision somewhat; she had already been challenged to a wheelchair race down the corridors, which she had politely declined, and there wasn't much for her to do besides the daily chores. Thus she was now simply lying down and staring at the ceiling.

Knock knock. Sayuri's attention is grabbed by a knock on her door. "Hmm?" She pushes herself up on her elbows, looking towards the door. "Who is it?"
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:16 pm

"I-it's Taketa!"

I had waited a bit for Sayuri during the festival to hang out with her but she didn't show up. I've been curious about that since.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:40 pm

Taketa? Oh, that's right...I said at the festival that we should catch up sometime. I guess he picked today. Well... Sayuri glances back up at the ceiling. It's not like I was really doing anything.

"Okay! Hold on a second!" Sayuri shuffles across the bed a little, then carefully lifts herself up and eases herself into her wheelchair. I did hope I'd have a longer break from this thing, but whatever. She wheels herself over to the door and opens it. "Hello, Taketa-san. How can I help you?" Of course Sayuri knows how she can help; she is merely being polite.
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:40 am

"Motozaki-san. I was hoping I would have the plesure of addressing you and I was wonding if you might want to head down to the park with me?"

What the hell am I even doing here? I probably look like a pervert going in the girl's dorm to speak with someone about...well, lets be honest here-taking them on a date.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:34 am

Sayuri nods politely. "Certainly. Lead the way." I don't think I've been to the local park before. It'll be good to get some fresh air.
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:52 pm

"Already ready? Alright then."

I move back so Sayuri can get out and then move with her down the hall to the door.

"So how has the break been treating you?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:37 pm

"So far I haven't done very much. I'm not sure what exactly to do. I've been keeping myself busy with chores and such, mostly."
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:21 pm

"Same with me. I don't have much in my room to occupy me and most of my friends have gone back home to visit their families so I've just been hanging around the area every day."

I crack my neck a tiny bit.

"Sleeping in a bit too. I really like that aspect of this vacation."

I open the door outside for Sayuri.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:29 pm

Sayuri nods appreciatively as Ryuu opens to door for her "Yes, I agree. It's good to be able to get a little more sleep, especially on certain nights when my legs-" Sayuri hesitates, still reluctant to talk about her legs with anyone. "...when they hurt." she finishes quietly, avoiding Ryuu's eye.
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:59 pm

They hurt? So...she isn't the usual person that just can't move their legs and are bound to a wheelchair, it's something different...

"They hurt? How does that come about happening?"

Something about the way she just spoke tells me I shouldn't ask what's wrong directly. She might be one of the many here who don't like to talk about their physical problems.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:14 am

Is it that hard to believe that I can feel pain in my legs? Just because I'm in this thing doesn't mean they're totally useless. I know they're not. If they were I'd cut them off and get prosthetics.

"It just does." Sayuri is, as ever, irritated by the general topic of her disability, especially having been trying to escape that topic before Ryuu arrived, and so she neglects to give a straight answer, or really any answer at all.
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Re: [Private] Something to Do

Post by Ryuu Taketa on Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:06 am

'It just does."

REALLY-I-I had not the SLIGHTEST clue about that!

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"A-alright."

Guess she's one of those people that are bothered by the subject of their life's limitations.

One uncomfortable silence later...

"Weather's nice today, huh?"

Pathetic.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:09 pm

Way to kill a conversation, Sayuri. "I guess so," she says, shrugging.
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:12 pm

We pass the decrorative gate of Yamaku's school grounds and pass onto the public roadway.

*Sigh*

Conversations work both ways, Motozaki-san...

I look over the town.

That's a nice view. Wonder what it would look like from the roof of the school...
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:10 pm

As they walk - well, as Ryuu walks and Sayuri wheels herself along - Sayuri ponders how to continue the conversation. So, how have you been recently...no, we already covered that, we talked about what we'd been up to over the holidays. I can't ask about his...condition, that would be extremely impolite. I really need to learn how to hold better conversations... Looking down the hill at the town below, Sayuri finds her conversation topic.

"This is a beautiful view, isn't it?"
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:34 am

That'a girl.

"I was actually just thinking of that."

"It's not often you get to go to a secluded ecosystem as close as only a bus ride away from city. And that view."

I chuckle a little. More like a 'hm' than an actual laugh.

"Almost as if this whole place was written into a book or visual novel."

[Ryuu, you clarivoyant you. :3]
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:22 pm

"I dunno about visual novel, but yeah. I reckon it would look even more impressive at sunset as well."

As they proceed down the hill towards town Sayuri has to repeatedly press her hands against the wheels of her chair to stop herself from going too fast or building up too much momentum down the slope. The first few times she does this her expression is static, but after this, each time she uses the makeshift braking method her face twitches slightly as the wheels rub against her palms. It looks pretty, but it's a pain in the ass to navigate in this damn chair. Why couldn't my parents get me a motorized one? It's not like they can't afford it!
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:39 am

"I've been out here at sunset before. It's not as impressive as stuff you'll see on the internet, but it's worth a picture or two."

I walk on. Glancing at Sayuri when I notice the noise of her hand stopping the wheel.

Ugh, I'd hate that.

I look at her face.

She seems to be holding up just fine anyway.

Though, I should probably ask her if Motozaki-san needs a little help...

I go to ask but hesitate just before I can.

No, she wouldn't like that at all, would she?

I-..I best leave her alone with it.

I continue to walk and look at the view. Not even noticing the girl's face starting to turn.

It goes that way for another couple minutes. By now we are about 3/4 of the way down the road.

How is Motozaki-san doing?

I look over just in time to see her eyes scruntch a tiny bit when she breaks.

...Well shoot..

"Need a..little help there? I can imagine that not really feeling to good."

I can't remember what having normal strength arms really feel like so I really imagine them being a bit more painful on her arms than what it actually is like.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:43 am

Sayuri could remember a time when she would have point-blank refused any help. I can do it myself, she would have insisted. But it wasn't worth wrestling with her stupid chair and tearing her hands to shreds if she didn't need to, and so...

"Yes, please. My hands are really starting to hurt."
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:10 am

My entire arms are really starting to hurt just looking at you doing that for so long...

I hold onto one of the handles in the back as we walk on and slow Sayuri down to my speed.

That was surprisingly easy...I wonder what she is really thinking behind that face.

With that. We just keep to silence for a while.

This time, not an uncomfortable silence, but a tranqual silence of deepened thought.

Something life altering happened to this girl...a disability can change a lot and that's this girl's story, isn't it?

That chair feels like shackles doesn't it, Motozaki?

At least I've had my disability for as long as I can remember...

I touch the back of my neck. Feeling the dreadful scar.
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:29 pm

As Ryuu wheels her along Sayuri gently massages her sore hands. When she first got her wheelchair, her arms would also have been aching by now from wheeling the chair so far, but after more than two years the muscles in her arms have built up and she feels fine. The skin on her hands, however, has not built up resistance, and her palms are red and sore from the friction of having to constantly slow the wheels down as she descended. Note to self: next time you go up to the city, buy some gloves.

After a little while they reach the bottom of the hill and the road levels out. Sayuri breaks the silence. "Okay, I should be fine from here." She bows slightly in her chair. "Thank you, Taketa-san."
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:38 am

I let go of the chair.

"No problem."

The walk down the street is uneventful. A couple Yamaku 2nd year students pass by us. A woman accross the street walks a dog that tries to say hello to us but instead just starts barking.

The line of trees is a comforting sight since my legs are getting quite tired after such a long walk, by my standards.

By the time we reach the park's entrance path, I'm out of breath.

"Give me a second to sit down."

I walk over to a nearby park bench and sit down.

I'm not usually embarraced by something like this happening in front of someone but this time it feels...different...
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:44 am

"Okay." Surmising Ryuu is simply tired from the walk, Sayuri gives no further thought to the matter, instead focusing on the park in front of them. "This park looks lovely." says Sayuri. "I wonder why I never came here before."
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Post by Ryuu Taketa on Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:31 am

My attention is instantly turned back to Sayuri.

"You have not been here yet? It's only a short walk to the town and the park isn't very-"

...

"Wait, how long have you been here for?"
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Post by Sayuri Motozaki on Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:05 pm

"Uhh...over six months now, I think. As for why I never came here before, I didn't hear about it for a while, and then I guess I just never got round to it." Not to mention how I struggle with the steep slope going into town...but I don't really want to talk about that. "I should come here more often."
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