Haruka's Diary
Chasing After Rainbows: May 2010

29 May 2010

Alternate Dimension: The Other Saeko

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[Author's note: In reference to the Saeko mentioned before Part 35, but takes place just a few years after Part 52, the latest part I had written at the time of writing.]

After we look through some paperwork behind the apartment we are buying at inside the unit in question, I signed the paper that has the names Haneda Keiichi and Haneda Saeko on it. Yes, I am married, with my maiden name being Hisakawa. We took the same train and the same carriage between Kamisugi and Inami (with Katsura in between) since middle school, but never really talked to each other. I have this feeling that he spotted me more often than me spotting me, as though he had predicted that I would take a particular train at a particular time just to look at me. He was so shy that I didn't notice him until my graduation from Mihara Academy as a student where he confessed to me. In fact, he was on the train that had killed Miyazawa Kotomi and spotted (a clone of) me crying a lot and the only one closest to her body, which might have gave him "confidence to approach and protect me from dangers and comfort my sadness". The reality is the opposite, which I already saw through him before he said that: he relies on me for a lot of things like being comforted after my in-laws got angry with him, but not the kind who would get into deep debt. People who know me as a popular student at school or people I have met after it was revealed that I am the mysterious founder of the well-known Powell Institute after years of knowing only through electronic means and with no picture of me associated with it, would be hard to seriously have a relationship with due to my "high" status.

Enough about my husband and the name Haneda Saeko I'm called now. The Powell Institute was formed after dad bought a massive piece of land that has a large abandoned mansion that was built long before the city of Kamisugi it now surrounds was even built. Dad registered the company under my name even though I was still in middle school. That's why I was mostly absent and could only manage through online, which largely explains how my employees didn't know that I am the youngest in the company as I was able to communicate with them professionally that they think that I am middle-aged. To make sure things are running smoothly, I have examined and laid down rules that would allow me to walk around the facility without revealing my true identity. I would ask a staff to bring me around, but in a way that the staff think that the person who asking to be brought around is a different person than the one who they would bring along. I can't do this frequently or ask the same person though, so my visit there is usually within the public area. Believe it or not, but during the first few years of its founding, employees would think that I am a lost child and mentions about what they do there from their point of view and mentions useful things that supervisors do that I disapprove of, or how much they liked the campus scenery or the facilities inside the new building.

With the dimension and time viewers that the Hatsuya Institute has invented around the time Mamiko disappeared, I was able to look into the world of the other me my clone originated from. What I discovered shocked me: although everything my parents did was identical right until I was born, which was also at the exact same hospital and time as mine, what followed after that seem to have very extreme differences to how I live just because I was born differently, which had an impact of my parents' attitude on how they raised me: in that other world, they seemed disappointed and mom spent too much time and money traveling with dad to doctors of many places, and also not being paid for it too. Due to this shortage of money, the me there worked for the Hatsuya Institute after winning a programming competition. Since the me myself (or rather my dad who used my name) was the one who founded the Powell Institute, it obviously doesn't exist. Since the former has some connections with its counterparts of other time and dimensions, they recognized me before they employ me "again" despite knowing that I founded a major rival company of them. In fact, I didn't know I was working for it until the me from the other dimension who invaded my body was transferred to a clone of me. It actions seemed to be a part of me, so I was unable to even think that it was doing odd things with my body, though I could remember what it did. When it returned, there was it's other half that had never left, but it was still in my cloned body with my stuff duplicated there, on top of it being unable to age or die.

Unlike the Mizuho Academy that Mamiko attended between April 2011 and March 2014, there's no weird restrictions or mind control (though limited to not trespass or break rules) or even transformations involved when compared to the Mihara Academy I attended. There's a large library at a corner so far from the main entrance, that it is closer to that of an another town than the city it belongs to. That library even looked like it's located at a corner of a traffic junction there, and there aren't any fencing or nearby buildings that are part of the Mihara Academy to tell that it's part of the academy except for a large park with a nice scenery. People easily mistaken for the park and that library to be not be part of the academy as it doesn't seem like it and there are other libraries, though smaller, at the more centralized areas of the campus. Although there aren't any specific areas assigned based on academic levels, those of the same type are usually grouped close together.

As time passed as I grew up, my life can seemingly be divided into chapters with little being carried over of my way of life of each (in a good way). This way, I could easily remember roughly where and when things happened or when I met people.

Looking at the photos of me from when I was born to as recent as me with my husband just minutes after we bought the house, I could barely recognize myself in the recent ones because of how beautiful I had become: my mental self image is stuck at what I looked like in middle school and I'm scared to even look at myself. It even seems to have an effect of my communicating with people by them being distracted by my appearance over what I'm talking about. Maybe that was one of the reasons over why I choose not to reveal myself and choose to hide behind the computer at first: I knew my appearance would have a large influence on how people perceive me as and communicate with me.

Before I revealed myself sometime after graduating from college (since there's no point), how do I know what's going on in my company without revealing myself, especially when I was in Middle and High school? I know that I shouldn't trust my employees' supervisors due to them possibly trying to impress me or covering something up due to my position being the highest in the company. As I was a teenage girl (and not some suspicious old man you see in movies) and analyzing the rules and loopholes, I could simply go around as any other visitor that frequent the place to many of the places on the campus that are open to the public like tours and the garden that surround the buildings. There are also gray areas where there are mostly working areas only, but are not off-limits to the public despite no visitors heading there.

Among my employees who got very friendly with me, but not knowing me as the founder, revealed things that their superiors are not telling me and doing things that I disapprove of. There is a system of people being laid off where a reason has to be stated and be reviewed for several days. The person's background, behavior, feedback by their colleagues, and possible misunderstanding is also considered. The staff would only be dismissed if there are strong reasons supporting it. I usually don't intervene in this unless it's someone I feel shouldn't be fired, but with the odds are against him. This system was the one that caused me to accidentally reveal my identity: an employee who knew me for seeing me too many times was talking about things that his superiors were covering up stuff from the big boss (me) when one of them overheard the conversation. He soon appeared in the system with "leaking company secrets" as the reason stated and many of the superiors supporting it. (Normal staff could voice out on this, but are usually ignored) I thoughtlessly typed "the girl who the man was leaking information to was me" as the reason not to fire him, as I was too happy and lost in thought about the guy, who is now my husband, proposing to me. This revelation message I typed was spread around rapidly and I could no longer walk around without anyone identifying me as the Powell institute founder, even when out on the streets. I now even have to face the mass media and a sea of people with questions I don't really want to answer. Another reason why I did not reveal myself when I was still studying.

To make things more complicated, I have to support my other selves from other dimensions who work for the Hatsuya Institute too, especially those who I refer to as Mamiko and Itsuki, and a mutual friend of theirs (Miyazawa Kotomi) who works there too.

Although it seems like a lot of things for most people, I could actually manage all of this and not be stressed somehow. Maybe it's my husband, maybe I thought myself to see beyond the current situation. I don't know.

16 May 2010

Alternate Dimension (Part 52)

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The greenery and the Victorian design makes me not think about how old the buildings are. The only ones that does say its age are the dormitory buildings, which is built fairly recently.

Upon arriving of the place Itsuki wanted to bring me to, I realized that there are even fewer people working here than the Inami branch. In fact, instead of a male majority at any given place, there are exclusively only females here, or at least appear to be.

Itsuki: "Saeko-chan, relax. I don't have the intention to torture you as usual as I lack the gene that makes me do so with my current form, so I don't have the mood to do so anyway. We brought you here as we noted that you are very likely to end up here after you graduated from Kamisugi High and that you might get very frightened if you were to suddenly gain knowledge about guys. Your damaged brain tells me that it doesn't know what guys are at all."

With that, he made me look into something that resembles a microscope for both eyes. In it is a hot air balloon in an open field with the lighting of sunset. It may seem easy, but try being forced to look at it with my eyes open (they moaned when I blinked) for a prolonged time and several rapid flashes at random that should had given me seizures. Except those weird things that I'm seeing that seem to come only from my eye and not what my pupil is capturing, my vision seem relatively unchanged. What was that for?

Itsuki: "Okay. You should be able to see guys now as faint figures, but your brain still doesn't know what they are even though you are able to see them now."

Me: "So how would I know if I'm looking at them, but with my brain not registering it?"

Itsuki: "Hmm, there's nothing here that could tell you for sure. Maybe when we get out of this place later. Anyways, as you can see, I am locked in this uniform with no access to my own body except the areas that aren't covered by it and I can't spread my legs wide apart, let alone cycle or run. It's a wonder how the swimming club here won in almost all of the competitions they took part in considering that they too can't change out of this while swimming except during the actual competition. The winning rate is oddly increasing in recent years too. Saeko, you go try if you can remove it for me or any of the staff here with all the energy you have. We've all tried, but failed. It's even troublesome for any of us to get back up should we somehow find ourselves lying on the ground due to how limited or legs are able to move."

The uniform looks like it's a prefect fit for whoever is wearing it and they all look as though they are new, but what is this about? I tried Itsuki's, but it doesn't even budge: I can't even open the blazer, lift up her skirt, or even pull off her shoe. The same goes with everyone else. What is this?

Itsuki: "Apparently, the reason that was given to us is that by ensuring that us girls would have a guaranteed happy marriage by behaving properly and be faithful to male partners, be able to think clearly and not make regrettable decisions, and locking out our most sensitive and important parts of our own body to "prevent loving oneself instead" or prevent being pregnant after a helpless rape. As for the guys who are girls while wearing the uniform or had stepped into the Mizuho campus, whichever is earlier, there is the additional reasoning of knowing what girls go through at first hand to "know their future life partner better" and the option to permanently become a girl just as though they were born one complete with how people see them. I wouldn't choose that last one because I have a girlfriend that is very likely to be my wife."

That last part seem awfully familiar with what I experienced when entering the other dimension unexpectedly. The way the uniform works also sounded similar to the old version of my body protection that looked a lot like a Mihara competition swimsuit, but with some flexibility. Also that bit Itsuki said after that seems even weirder for a woman to say that one has a girlfriend or a wife.

Itsuki: "Anyways, besides your eye treatment a while earlier, fixes that were done to you in the new version since after being admitted to the Hong Kong hospital some months back are mostly in your favour, including those you have complained about. Take a look at the manual on the desk there for a detail description of all of the features you have."

She referred me to a book that seems thicker and heavier than the phone directory. Wait, that's a user manual of myself? What am I? A household appliance?

Itsuki: "Unfortunately, it's not fully ready yet. The newest feature that we have implemented is selecting the appearance of your hair and some presets. Also, the fact that you know that my current form is not what you would know me as, but don't remember what that is, tells me that the impact is minimal."

The hair-changing part is enough to have a particular group of people not to see me with the appearance of another group of people, but could still recognize me if they paid close enough attention or talk to me. I've noticed that all of the staff wears a light pink pass with something embossed into the background and has the logo of the school and some unknown logo next to it. I noticed that the photo is of what they are inside Mizuho as the photo on Itsuki's pass is of what I'm seeing now and not the original form. Remembering the students I saw earlier, I can't tell the difference between a real girl and a guy who had been "magically" transformed. Itsuki pointed out that I had saw some of them earlier but form only a small minority of the total population. To show how difficult it is to remove the uniform even outside the campus, she decides to bring me to our parent's house.

The route Itsuki took this time is different and seem quicker that it make me think that the route we took earlier was a huge detour. Also, Itsuki didn't transform back when we left the campus like how she suddenly appeared upon entering.

Itsuki: "I'm not a temporary visitor, so this would not wear off until I am alone in my bedroom. Don't ask me why as I'm not one of those behind it."

Just as I was thinking that Itsuki would not make any diversions, seeing that she took the usual route home, she unexpectedly turned into the underground staff parking area of the Hatsuya headquarters. Itsuki's staff pass from Mizuho seem to work without any problems.

Me: "What are we doing here? Didn't you say that no one would recognize you at your current form and head home to change back?"

Itsuki: "Everyone is heading home about this time. If I head home, I would miss them and might encounter something unexpected that causes further delay. This is something that should not be delayed further. You know how slow our machines are to work on this project that was given to us by our future counterpart. Saeko? Could you come with me? I don't want people to stop me unnecessarily and I'm in an urgent rush before the leave the place."

Me: "Er, sure then."

We headed to the lift lobby that is quite far. Upon entering the empty elevator, Itsuki pressed the level where the director's office is. As we reached the first floor, I saw several of something faint and some female staff entering the elevator. Strange: although I can now see what I was previously unable to see as something faint, my brain isn't telling me what I'm seeing as though I still couldn't see. Why is my mind telling me that there are only women in this elevator when I could see something else?

As we got out of the elevator at the level she wanted to get off, Itsuki walked in the direction opposite to where the director's office is and climbed up some stairs to an area of an another floor that seems isolated from the rest of the level and, as far as I could see, assessable only by a set of stairs from other levels that everyone avoids. She told me she's in a hurry and appears impatient, but why isn't she running since we left the car? She's even walking like one would do for a leisure walk in a park.

Itsuki: "Saeko, if you haven't realized, I had been trying to run, but I can't walk faster than my current speed due to my leg's movements being restricted with this uniform. So, could you go ahead to the testing department to let them know of my urgent business while I'm forced to take a leisure walk there?"

Itsuki seemed rather annoyed, but I ran ahead anyway.

Aiko: "Saeko? What are you doing here?"

Aiko Hirano, the director's daughter. She seems to know me well even though this is actually the first time I've met her in this dimension. I don't know much about her, but it seems that she's doesn't follow her father and only got her current high job position only because she is the director's daughter and, except Kotomi, doesn't have anyone else in the family actively working for Hatsuya. Aiko herself didn't like to be promoted for that reason.It's not uncommon for a child to not like their own parents or carry on customs/traditions from earlier generations, even if they are not arguing amongst themselves at all. She might be a direct decedent of the people behind the war 70 years ago, but she doesn't have their memories or their way of thinking. Aiko even told me in class some years ago that she didn't even like what her ancestors did and is ashamed to be their decedent. She even told me that the war caused her great-grandmother on her dad's side to meet her foreign husband who had fled from his home country because of some revolution of his homeland that had a lot of people brainwashed or killed, which explained why Kotomi and her siblings had odd hair and eye colour. Besides that, she looks just like any typical Japanese.

Me: "Itsuki had asked you, through me, to wait before leaving due to some urgent business that is unknown to me. Itsuki is having problems getting here now or would had come here with me earlier."

Aiko: "Okay then. I'll wait for a while longer. I am the last one here, but not in a hurry to leave, though you would have missed me if you came a few minutes later.

Itsuki appeared shortly afterwards. Aiko wasn't sure who that was, but she does recognizes the pass.

Aiko: "Who are you? You look a lot like Saeko, but I sensed that you are not her counterpart from the other dimension and... Itsuki?! What on earth..."

She saw the name on the pass and somehow recognizes the logo that is relatively unknown to me.

Itsuki: "Never mind about how I look right now. I just came from Mizuho Girls' High academy, which I was recently assigned to work at, and forced to wear this normal looking magical thing that does strange things to my body and could only remove in certain situations. You know the odd things that happened to people who went there that aren't told outside. Anyway, I have something important to tell you, something that I can't tell your dad, Saeko, or anyone outside the testing department."

If I'm one of the parties that isn't allowed to listen to what Itsuki has to say, why did she bring me here?

Itsuki: "Sorry. I would bring you in if people can't read your mind as easily as turning on the television."

...

I didn't get to go in, but from what I could see inside, I could see outdoor displays that could replace LEDs as it could display more detail and more colourful, not a pain in the eye to look at, and could be seen clearly in both bright and dark places. There's also a clear cube that uses optical technology (same as CDs) to store data on it. I don't quite know how it works as it's not flat and circular with the added dimension. Only some of the old things in there are what is seen in everyday use.

After what seemed like forever, they finally came out. Why are they laughing together? Itsuki is now holding a plastic bag of a convenience store that has something inside too, which I

Aiko: "Sure. I won't tell dad about what you told me. See you later, I need to secure this place that could take a while."

I made sure I waas outside Aiko's hearing range before asking.

Me: "What was that about?"

Itsuki: "Well, it was about the complains you had and asking her to examine me in my current state, which I still have a lot of questions about. Anyways, let's head home before mom reaches home and sees me like this. She had decided to start working in a company office in the downtown area shortly you visited us in the summer."

Mom is working? With the exception of being in the other dimension,  mom usually stays at home for as long as I could remember.

Chapter 11
Part 51 | Part 53

08 May 2010

Buying a PS3

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Seeing that buying the upgrade disc of Windows 7 Home Premium didn't go through so well after I saw the price and it having the controversial copy protection on it, it just isn't worth my money on it.

So, since I've been wanting a PS3 since it's launch and me being deprived of happiness inside me for a long time (years, in fact), it seems a better choice.

I know it seems silly to compare an operating system upgrade disc with a gaming console (plays blu-Ray too), but both are something I have been wanting and costs a lot. Having used Ubuntu before, that first option doesn't seem likely.

I've observed some issues like the 1st March 2010 clock issue, the recent removal of the OtherOS feature, and other issues. But these doesn't matter to me. I've also been looking around for the prices too. I know of places that sell cheaper, but those are usually the last I would check. Also, I have to check if it's the original version or the newer slim version. Since I already have the bulky PS2, I'm also not corcerned about backward compatibility with older games.

Since not all stores have all titles (eg. the game that I want might not be in the store I might buy the console at), I have to weight some factors: price, avability, and how long the game has been out. Older games might be cheaper, but are not easy to find.

I gave up talking to my parents about this since they never make me happy during my growing up years and now that I've grown up and earning money. Even when I told them that I'm using my own money, they think that I would want to use theirs.

(For your info, they know little about technology and I, as their child, has no idea on teaching them. Mom is simply excited by just knowing how to use Office on the computer but I know far more than that.)


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03 May 2010

Alternate Dimension (Part 51)

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I found out that this Fatt Guk name that Takagi mentioned actually refers to the Hong Kong division of the Hatsuya institute as a result of reading the kanji wrongly when registering the official name there. I'm mysteriously still alive after being shot in the head somehow. The story that was told to everyone was that it was not fatal enough for me to die, but the actual truth is very fatal. The part of my brain that is damaged only made me forget... something. If I know what it was, that wouldn't be counted as forgotten. They did tell me what it was, but my brain can't process what is missing as though it never knew what it was. Although I still need bandages around my head and legs, I was discharged from hospital three months later and they sent me back to Kamisugi. They said that I would be able to resume back as before the incident within 4 years the most. However, the 3 months means that I've missed the school festival in September, and the winter vacation is not too far away: it's already the end of November.

So, with my disability of... whatever I'm unable to see or hear, as evident by bumping into something I can't see or hearing names of schoolmates I never knew I had in my unusually empty classroom. Oh, and this also applies to ads I see on the streets or on TV. My position as the computer club president forced me to address issues to include whatever these invisible beings are. Thankfully, there are people who took over me during my absence.

Takagi: "I am Takagi, who was a member of this club until I graduated last year. Most of the second and third year students would know me. With Takizawa Yuichi appointed as the vice-president...

Takizawa Yuichi. Where have I heard of that name before? One of the people I was able to see, but can't now? Also, in the club's history, I actually have an interpreter. Takagi, Sakurai Kazumi, and whoever else who visited me, explained my condition. Everyday, Kazumi would help to push me to where I live. The streets seemed unusually empty, and I see cars being driven by themselves.

The end of the week usually means that my other half would pick me up and bring me to somewhere using my car that is usually parked outside. I know that their name is Itsuki, but I don't remember what they look like as this is the first time meeting Itsuki after I left for Hong Kong in August.

Just as expected, I saw my car with the passenger door swinging back and forth. I really can't see my other half other than sensing its presence. Unsure if my other half is even there, I spoke to the swinging door.

Me: "I'm not sure if I'm talking to myself or something I can't see, but are you my other half, Itsuki Hisakawa?"

It really does feel like I'm talking to myself. At this point, the door stopped swinging momentarily and I received a message on my phone. It's a picture of me taken a few seconds ago from my car with "Yes, I knew you couldn't see or hear me." as the message. There really is someone there. It also said that I should hop in as my other half brought me to somewhere where I could see Itsuki. I wonder where, and how?

As I sat in the passenger seat, I became nervous. I touched the empty space on my right and I really could feel something solid, but it looks like there's absolutely nothing there to my eyes. I knew that something's not right with how I'm seeing things. Also, I also find it odd that there are a lot of vocal-less music or parts of songs. As for the news, I only hear the familiar tune, but with abrupt silence or female voices only at where I thought people are saying something. Next thing I noticed. was that Itsuki was following directions to Mizuho Girls' High (瑞穂女子高校). It's quite similar to Mihara Academy in terms of how nice the place is. The "High School" part of the name is somewhat misleading as there are research organizations, offices, large specialized shops, and degree courses that are set up in there. Still smaller when compared to Mihara in terms of size, and I find the lack of fencing around the perimeter and a pointless gate at the entrance quite odd. Maybe that gate is where the nameplate is put up and let people know that they are entering private property. But what are we doing here anyway?

Just as we went through the gates, a young woman in her early twenties suddenly appeared on my right, driving my car that appeared to not have anyone but me in the passenger seat. She looked like the older version of me with a lab coat over what seemed like and oddly coloured business attire for women. Hold on. I may not remember what my other self look like, but it's certainly not this attractive woman. Oddly enough, the kanji for Itsuki (伊月) is commonly used as a female given name. There are other kanji for "Itsuki" as a given name that is gender-neutral like 逸喜, but the 伊月 kanji? Recalling back about what mom said during the summer holidays, I think I could theorize of the reason, but it contradicts why my counterpart of the other dimension is called Saeko instead. I think my parents were to emotional to think properly or chose that as the kanji is easier to write.

Woman who I thought was Itsuki: "Saeko, can you see and hear me now? I'm not used to this feeling associated with my abrupt change of appearance each time I enter the Mizuho campus ever since I was transferred to my new workplace in there because of you, though it's partly my fault for sending you there alone for a task that I was supposed to do. And, yes, I am Itsuki. Your other self from before the 2005 incident."

This woman is Itsuki, but not in the supposedly original male form that my eyes can't see or hear. That doesn't explain why I could suddenly see you.

Me: "Er, yeah. This place is kind of strange isn't it, to be completely void of guys and male facilities."

Itsuki: "There are, but this magic upon entering transforms them into graceful girls and makes the male facilities pointless. Even I have to use the female toilet when in here, but nobody blinks an I am technically a girl in here. You might even have heard of the school or any of the companies based inside employing/enrolling guys for quite a while, but you don't see them at all. Also, this doesn't wear off even after stepping out until you are at a area where no human is watching you, including via cameras that might be concealed or other students of the same school. You will know more if you attend this school. But for now, let's just take this as heading to the lab to try to fix you. After all, you do want to be healed quicker than the 4-year period they gave you. "

I touched Itsuki at the same area as when I was unable to see. It feels different from when I couldn't see, but they are real and not some optical illusion. How on earth is that possible?

Itsuki: "Hey, I know you are curious about my transformation, but you don't need to do that for the second time just because of what I just said. I'm driving this car you know."

I did not answer. Itsuki suddenly appearing in a form that I could see still amazes me. Itsuki parked my car somewhere not far from the entrance and walked from there as there are only footpaths that lead further inside the campus. I've never been in here before, so I don't even know where anything is.

As I walk around, it feels like the world outside the school grounds does not exist. It fells like he's taking me a sight-seeing tour as we walk past the gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, dormitory (which is quite big), swimming pools, and club areas. Since it's still the last school day of the week, there are students roaming around with club activities or at the shops. Then again, I don't know if they stay at the dormitory here. Except for those in sports attire, I don't see anyone running around or riding a bicycle. They are also wearing the same maroon blazer over a white blouse, blue ribbon, with black skirt with red lines that Itsuki is wearing underneath the white coat. This blazer is replaced with a very dark blue vest and the colour schemes of the skirt switched for summer.

Itsuki: "Everyone except other middle and high school visitors has to wear that, including activities like swimming, judo, tea ceremony, and acting, but wearing clothes on top of it is allowed. The skirt that is part of the uniform, however, is designed to force your legs to be close together at all times and prevent you from being able to run or sit cross-legged, which is why there are limited sports clubs here, but unlocks during external competitions. You could only change at the bedroom of your house and are therefore irremovable at other locations, including the socks and shoes. They are tight, but strangely comfortable. As for the toilet, you can only lift up your skirt and remove your panties to use it. Like the same way to prevent trespassers, complaining about what they are forced to wear wouldn't even be on their minds. They would either claim to like it or change subjects if you talk about it here. I was able to talk about it freely to you as we are both employees of the company that is behind this phenomenon and inside where it takes place. If you talked to me about it outside this place, I would likely to say something along the lines of not knowing what you are talking about. I can speak about what I do here, but not about how I look. Photos and videos are allowed, but is subject to remote modification, depending on how it's used."

What? Doesn't the activities Itsuki mentioned require a change of clothes? It's strange to have to wear the uniform for those, but I did hear Mizuho ranking quite high in national competitions, including swimming, but doesn't that mean that you can't use your legs to swim properly, or is it a way to strengthen your legs that would be unlocked at completions? Also, the uniform is quite troublesome to change into or out of, especially when wet from swimming. Also, that last part explains why I don't hear people talk about it before.

Itsuki: "In case you are wondering, the clothing technology is similar to what you are wearing all these years, but with the lack of being able to be controlled or the invincibility you have. That's how you won't feel hot in summer or get wet at all after swimming. In fact, it repels sweat, stain, and odour so effectively out of your body and clothes, that you don't need to take a bath or wash the uniform during for the entire time of studying here. This makes up for the fact that you can't remove any part of your uniform anywhere."

It's like indirectly saying that they are overly protected from being raped or photographed from below by locking out their body from anything, including themselves. A dark secret behind this school.

Chapter 11

Last edited: 7 May 2010

[Author's note: I am trying to get away from the suggestive content that I may have written due to my state of mind at that time and hopefully corrected at some point in time, along with conflicting events of the story that may have occurred.]

02 May 2010

Disorientated Feelings (Part 28)

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So, just after I called Saeko regarding the programming convention in 2005, I had some time to myself in this ridiculously large office. It was not easy obtaining information from her as she seemed to change subjects due to the fact that we are too close to talk in a professional way. I mean, if I were to talk to my mother as the head of my branch and her as the client, I would have to talk to her professionally. But since that client is my parent, I am very tempted to talk informally and off-topic as compared to someone I've only known at work. Also, I don't know why I see my children as nothing more than living things that came out of me and wonder how my body is able to make them. I mean, I know about the human reproductive cycle and, I don't know: it's like I'm studying about what humans do and the cycle of life, but didn't think it that I'm a human too and did not think that it would apply to me until it happened.

Anyways, this visitor who had greeted rather informally and it turns out that he really is from overseas. He's name is Brandon Hopson friend of my uncle that drops by from time to time and like my uncle, creeps me out. I last met him during my college days in California. I found out that during the time between me heading overseas to study and the funeral of a cousin's (Nanami) immediate family, I was kept in the dark as to what was going on back in Japan. I didn't know anything about my husband's female clone entering this dimension back then, or the madness she had went through. The reason they gave was that they didn't want my college studies to be interrupted or be affected.

Brandon: "Wow, your country has changed a lot since I last came here with your uncle. I'm still amazed of how advanced in technology for a long time."

He's part of a division in North America that works on the programming and came here for time-traveling and instant teleportation. After all, who would want to arrive at the exact same spot after time traveling if that spot has an object, like support beams, in the way or has nothing solid to stand on below your feet as a result of digging/erosion or a building not built.

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帰国子女 英語能力は堪能。趣味はアニメや漫画やプログラムコードを編集。通常、あたしの小説を英語で書いてです。Grew up abroad &travelled to different countries. I write my own fictional novel on my blog.