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Old 08-06-2017, 02:02 PM   #21
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Josuke managed to get outpaced by his clones, who didn’t appear to have to worry about their backs breaking on account of not really having vertebra in the first place. They both cleared the gap shortly after Shin, their loads not suffering a single drop of moisture top their gently sleeping heads.

The water rose one inch too many and Josuke found himself unable to maintain his crouched position any longer. His butt hit the water first. Shinobi generally didn’t train to focus chakra around their rears. So he sank in a quick little flurry of bubbles.

It also didn’t help that he couldn’t swim, but once again these were trifling details.

Five minutes after everyone else pulled through Josuke came heaving out of the gloomy water. His breathing unit finally caught a break as he clambered onto dry (well, dryish) land. Freezing cold runoff water soaked every part of him, but otherwise he looked quite well.

His mask turned to stare at the patients as he'd forgotten what the two shinobi were doing in the first place. His clones stared back with their usual level of stupidity.

“Oh...oh...kay.”
He gave a thumbs up while panting out breathy syllables. “L-l...ets kee...ep going.”
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:20 PM   #22
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The doors to the Maeda medical compound slammed open, startling the poor receptionist as Maeda Shin rushed in carrying his end of a soaking wet stretcher. Josuke as well as his two mud clones followed in as they rushed into the facility ignoring the startled protests of doctors and patients alike.

They had done it.

They had reached the facility. Everyone was going to live!

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The old man of course, had not survived. It hadn’t been their fault, the doctor assured the two medics. Even if they the water had not cut them off as it had, the old man still would not have survived the end of the night.

“You know as well as I did his immune system simply wasn’t going to hold under the strain. Maybe if we had found it sooner? Who can say.” Shin felt his hand clench and unclench at the doctor’s words. They felt flippant, like it didn’t matter, and he felt himself wanting to punch the man in the jaw. He withheld of course, he was a bastion of control. Without a word to either the doctor or Josuke, Shin walked away. On the way out of the medical facility he passed the two rooms, the window showing the sleeping bodies of Tsukeno Mai and Haruto Harada, at least they would be fine.

At least Shin hadn’t had to lie to them.

He found himself outside, the eternal night of Sector Two an oddly comforting sight as he sat on a walk way looking down at the factory sector. He shouldn’t have walked off like that. Shin knew how the world worked. You couldn’t save everyone, that was just a universal truth. It didn’t stop the guilt. Shin sighed as his helmeted head hit the handrail. From out of his medical bag came a scroll, and from out of that scroll came a glass bottle.

He drank alone.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:12 PM   #23
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Alls well that ends well! Josuke couldn’t move himself fast enough to get in and out of the Maeda compound. His skin crawled the entire time. Though he actively burned chakra to keep himself protected from disease his mind ceaselessly conjured up morbid images of worms crawling in his body.

Ugh. Ugh!

As soon as the papers got stamped the boy flew out the door, into the Sector Two twilight. He’d keep burning chakra to maintain resistance for the rest of the day, just in case. Also he needed a shower. Also a chemical bath. Also more drugs.

Josuke got as far as the exit tunnel to Sector Two before his communication unit buzzed to life with an unfamiliar voice. “Oy, Medic Oichi, your guy died, you need to come back for the autopsy.”

A muffled [fuck] came out from behind his mask.

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Shin and himself listened to the doctor give the report on the old man’s death, and Josuke simply stared blankly the entire time. Yeah, too bad the guy died. A lot of wasted time and effort. That’s life! Or, rather, death. Josuke, not being a Maeda, felt not a tinge of guilt. The worms killed that man whose name he never bothered to learn. Not his fault!

The other two patients, small child and...large child? Whatever, they would probably live. Out of Josuke hands now. The Maeda held him up longer than they did Shin as they grilled him about the sedation of the other two patients but after some signing of malpractice wavers everyone agree to let him go. Finally! The boy flew out of the doors a second time, fleeing for his life.

The sight of Shin’s obnoxious horn poking out over the guard rail of a bridge across a dry canal brought his escape to a halt. Hm. Weird.

Not his problem!

"Shin."
Josuke stayed a safe distance away, such that his mumblings might not even rise above the mechanical din of Sector Two. "You shouldn't drink in public." Not that Josuke even knew how the Maeda could drink with that helmet on. Probably though some horrifying proboscis. Here came the nausea again!
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:28 AM   #24
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“Hmm,” the Maeda hummed in agreement, but said nothing else. Good old Josuke, looking out for Shin’s public image. The other medic was correct, it was a bit unsightly for him to be drinking in public. Normally he would have waited until he got to his homestead before indulging, but for some reason at that moment in time Shin did not want to be in the privacy of his home. He wanted to be out in the open among other people. It was a shame that the pollution filled Sector Two was the best he was going to get. Still, you gotta look on the bright side of things, the handrail made for a great bottle opener. The bottle made a small thudding sound as it hit the front of his helmet.

Ah, that was right. His helmet was still on wasn’t it? Of course it was. He reached a hand up to touch it, how often did he wear this thing out in public? How often did he forgo it? He was tired of the weight of it, the weight of all of it. He set the bottle down and brought both hands to his head, took a breath, and pulled. The front of the helmet came off clean, not a single broke filament. He placed the two halves of the helmet on the floor next to where he sat. He took a second scroll out and unsealed the contents, it was another drink.

“Want one?”

He held the bottle out to his friend.
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:46 AM   #25
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Alcohol sounded nice. Not this dumb five percent water Shin handed out like candy, though. Josuke imaged a bath of pure ninety-five to ninety-nine percent pure ethanol. Oh, even better, isopropyl alcohol! Imagine how clean he could get his skin with a quick dip in such a thing!

Anyway, he took the offered beverage and held it with two fingers, arm outstretched, much as he had the old man’s diseased lung fluid prior that day. Both were liquids which came from a Maeda, were they not? He discretely sterilized it with chakra when Shin’s mask turned away.

He would need to remove his mask to drink it, an unthinkably scandalous act. Sector 2 was one of the most polluted parts of the village. Not to mention how he just hand-delivered three super contagious patients right into the hive of disease and pestilence itself. No, Josuke would not drink.

In an effort to be thankful for the gross bottle of poison which Shin handed him, Josuke tried to be supportive but couldn't find the words. So he didn't. Josuke thought the mission was pretty awful and wanted it to be over.He was still moist from that encounter in the tunnel after all.

Apart from that he stood in silence. His mask overlooked the bridge and out into the grim, poorly lit ‘skyline’ of Sector 2. Boy he wanted to go home. He didn’t want to ever set foot within 500 meters of the Maeda compound ever again. Shin disgusted him on a cellular level.

Still, he raised his unopened bottle in a suggestive manner, as though trying to make a toast. Maybe he was just trying to read the label, though.

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