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Set-up

The great strange experiment of Teleios was coming to end. Even though, Riodan had no prior experience with magic or the multiverse, the defeat of Loki, like many conflicts, did give a sense of closure. Although Teleios was full of surprises, with the sense of closure after battling Loki, he found that when the Two announced that this great game was ending, for once he wasn't surprised. What <em>had</em> taken him aback was the offer of passage to Utopia, and the fact that if they went home they wouldn't remember their time in Teleios.

This infuriated him, he didn't understand why but it did. <em>It wasn't their right to take from his mind, his being like that!</em> It might seem strange that a young man who'd had the sense of self ground right out of him and seeing himself in shame, if at all, would be upset not to forget a time when he'd been captive and toyed with, but he couldn't help the feeling although he tried. Deep in his heart he, in a place he couldn't see or reach, the answer was there. With so much taken from him, and with who he was and what he wanted totally undermined, his experiences were important to him in a way that anchored him in the world. His memories were one of the few things he had that he could hold onto, and he <em>needed</em> them especially when someone had cared for him.

His memories of Nagihiko and Nadeshiko were precious to him, they had befriended him. Nagihiko had become angry on his behalf when he confessed he'd been a slave. Only the people who cared the most for him had had that reaction. They'd played together, that was really rare in his life just pure levity, and they'd worked toward something. It hadn't come to fruition, but it felt good it felt important. And they had both taken turns teaching him to read! Reading was for the important, those that could make changes and had futures, not the shadows of men with status. For the first time he'd felt like he could nurture, he'd felt like a big brother and had grown to love them even in the short time they'd had. When the Two said he could go home, he was relieved, but gutted he'd forget-- forget this amazing experience and forget two friends that had made their mark on him, like he'd never met. Death was common place in his experience, personally and in his world, but this was a loss on a level he didn't want to tolerate, for once he wanted to rail against the Two.

But he'd never had the chance. When he asked to go home, they seemed to sense his impending argument to keep his memories, and magically sent him packing before he could even get started.

Now...  

Riodan felt a texture against his cheek and the soft sweet scent of... grass... He opened his eyesand saw his hand laid out before him and he strained to focus on the fuzzy green-ness all around him and the light of the sun in the mild spring day. Once he got things into focus he pushed himself up to kneeling. He flexed his hands they seemed fine and his limbs. He wasn't shaking, and his head or belly didn't hurt, so maybe there was no immediate danger. He touched his chest and found he was still wearing his scale mail and his helmet had sprawled a few feet away. He got to his feet, wiping at the dampness on the knees of his trousers heading over to helmet both absently, when the monumental building finally registered to him. It was a truly massive splendid building stone or brick with a white facade and some many arched windows. The larger section of the building was a good four stories with a massive arched doorway. Above was a smaller portion of another two stories and the whole building was crowned with several steeples glinting in the sunshine. Riodan couldn't help himself and gaped, the largest building he he was in with any regularity was the fortress, but that was easily two times smaller. The architecture and general splendor reminded him of a cathedral, but he hadn't seen even a cathedral this size. He licked his lips and gave an awed.

"Wow!..." At the same time, though a sense of dread settled like a cloud over his heart and bit into his stomach. Teleios hadn't sent him home. Riodan started a little as a small, but friendly and bright voice piped up just off to his right.

At first there was a stream of words of Riodan couldn't understand, a language he'd never heard, or even heard anything like. There was a odd sense of his perception being like water sloshed around in a bowl and he bit his lip and tried to focus, breathing in deeply. Then the words started to make sense...

"Hello there, welcome to Seiyo Academy! A-are you alright? You look lost." Said the little boy, who Riodan guessed was around 8 years old, with big dark eyes and dark brown to black hair he wore something that was strange and yet gave Riodan a sense of careful thought. A white shirt and trousers and a sort of blue closure sash around his neck.

"Uhh,--- Y-yes I'm alright, but um- I do seem to be <em>quite</em> lost. Can you take me to someone who can help me find my way?" He asked feeling both a bit sheepish and shy. But his heart lifted as the boy seemed to have a plan right away.

"Mmm-hmm! I can take you to the Guardians. They can help you, they help everyone!" The boy said as absolute fact. Riodan smiled.

"Thank-you so much." 

"This way." The boy prompted starting off. They walked briskly across the expansive lawn and up a manicure pea-graveled walk way. It felt a little odd under his boots and he followed closely on the boy's heels. This place seemed safe, but it was was kempt and <em> ornate </em> in a way that was really alien to him. He gave yet another "Wow" as the boy lead him into a to a great glass house! It shone in the sunshine it was tall and was filled with lush plants. He blinked for a moment, then quickly realized the his guide was talking him.

"Pardon, I-- uh didn't hear that." He said softly.

"No problem, I said the Guardians are probably taking tea together at the moment, but they're very kind and dedicated I'm sure they'll help you right a way. Just go inside." Riodan turned to face the boy and gave him a soft smile.

"Thank-you again, I would have wandered around the grounds for ages if it were for you." The little boy's bid dark eyes lit up with the thanks.

"You're welcome, it's what the Guardians would do, and I hope to become one when I'm older." He explained with pride. Riodan nodded.

"I'm certain you'll be a fine Guardian, you're off to a good start already." He gave a the boy a little wink. The boy beamed and urged him on with a hand wave to the door. Riodan opened the arched glass door and stepped through. The scent of greenery and soil was strong, but nice and the warmth of the glass house was like a caress. He continued into the glass house.

"--- Hello?-- Um pardon for the interruption, I seem to be quite lost and was told that I should seek the Guardians for help?"
 


Date: 2017-01-15 04:18 am (UTC)
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The Guardians heard the voice and looked up. Nagihiko's eyes widened slightly. He knew that voice but.... no... no that was impossible, wasn't it? Before he could speak, however, Yaya piped up.

"Just come on in!" she called, bounding out of her seat with all the energy of a hyperactive toddler. "Amu bought cookies! And some of the students made us hot chocolate! That's super sweet of them!"

Amu sighed a bit and rested her face on one fist, to look at the direction the person would be coming from.

Nagihiko was just sitting there, staring in that direction, sure he was mishearing things... wasn't he? He was silent for the moment.

Tadase was keeping a subtle eye on Nagihiko, noticing the change, and wishing Kukai was there.

Rima sipped her cocoa, unimpressed with everything as she worked on her paperwork. She hated working, but it was that or react, and kusukusu was laughing enough for the Guardians to hear, even if their visitor could not.

Date: 2017-01-15 06:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Nagihiko had stood, seeing him, pushing back from the table, startled and stunned. Everyone else stared as Riodan closed the distance. When Riodan took his hand, he had been reaching to hug him, startled. So when Riodan hug him, he hugged him back. Hard. He missed his friend.

"I'm fine. I'm fine. How... how are you even here?" How.... And now he had to try to remember... what did Riodan know? About him? About Nadeshiko. How long had it been? Months. Some days Telios felt like a dream, but there was no question now that it was real. Very real.

But how in the world was Riodan here?

Date: 2017-01-15 07:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Nagihiko's mouth opened, he was about to explain, then he saw the looks of the others. Yaya all but had hearts in her eyes, Amu looked like she was trying not to seem too interested in the conversation, especially the mention of Nadeshiko, Rima looked ready to snap....

And then there were the Charas. Kiseki was sitting on Tadase's head seeming like he was above such conversations, when his ear was half the size of his head. Subtle the Charas were not. Ran, Su, and Miki were almost up against NAgihiko's face in their eagerness for an answer. Kusukusu, of course, thought this whole thing was hilarious, and Pepe was singing "Nagi and stranger sitting in a tree"

Nagihiko had never before been so glad that his friend couldn't see or hear the charas. The other Guardians were bad enough. And he couldn't easily pull Riodan aside, not now. And if he invited him over to see Nadeshiko, Amu would insist on coming along, and Tadase and Kukai, claiming they were there to help would come along, which would have everyone coming over, which would be a disaster.

"We didn't want to forget you either," Nagihiko assured him to buy time before he had to answer about Nadeshiko. Time to think.

Time he didn't have much of, to judge from the others... Amu was 'casually' leaning her chair so far back, he was afraid she would fall, and while that would buy him time, it would only be funny if she wasn't actually hurt, and there was no way to guarantee that....

"Nadeshiko is..." out of time. "She's traveling abroad right now, like I did when I was younger. "Learning dances from all around the world. Thanks to our time in Teleios, we have dances to teach no one here had ever heard of or seen, but it isn't fair to chose between us early, even with that."

"Teleios?" Tadase asked.

"Ah.... that's...a bit of a long story....." he said, sheepishly. He was in so much trouble....

Date: 2017-01-15 08:57 am (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko stressed)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Rima looked two seconds from screaming, then stood, seeming suddenly calm. She pushed her chair back as she got up and...

She was short. Almost ridiculously so. And the huge poof of hair didn't help. Sitting it wasn't so obvious, but standing... she looked like a toy. Her face was utterly blank of emotion, but she had made enough noise with her chair to guarantee she had everyone's attention. "If we aren't going to get any work done, perhaps we should leave."

Nagihiko breathed out a small sigh of relief. Rima hated when he got any attention, and would throw a small jealous fit. But for the first time ever, it was going to save him from having to explain. If the meeting was breaking up, he could hustle Riodan off.

Rima then added, a flash in her eyes meant only for NAgihiko to see, there then gone instantly, "We should all go and give Nagihiko's best friend the true welcome he deserves, after all. And hear their whole story."

.....Oh. That was her angle this time. Okay, he'd admit that it was well played, but he wasn't without tricks of his own. "I thought you have to go home right after meetings?"

"For something as important as your best friend, I'm sure I could make time, especially as we finished early," she said. The words sounded sweet and sincere. The look in her eyes when she glanced at Nagihiko through her hair said 'checkmate'.

And... they had been so busy squaring off, they had missed the stricken look on Amu's face. "This....this is your best friend?" she asked, trying to sound friendly and supportive and brave, and mostly looking like her knees were kicked out from under her....

Rima looked horrified for just a moment, then a glimpse of sly calculation before she smiled warmly. "PRobably NAdeshiko's best friend too, right?" she asked Riodan too sweetly.

Date: 2017-01-16 07:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
......................................................................

Okay, usually he could handle Rima's little games. But this time she had hurt two people who were very very dear to him. And to Nadeshiko. And he would find a way to get back at her for that. But.... first he had to fix this. Somehow. And he hadn't the first clue how. Which of them did he comfort? Who should he reassure?

He wished Nadeshiko were here. What would Nadeshiko say? She would know what to say. His hand went into his pocket and curled around one of the unhatched eggs hidden there. It was Rhythm's, but for a moment he heard Nadeshiko's voice, and Temari's. And he heeded them.

It was dangerous, being that like Nadeshiko as Nagihiko, but he would be careful, and there wasn't any other way.

Nadeshiko would have smiled here, a charming feminine smile. He shrugged instead, at Rima, as though she didn't matter.

The words were Nadeshiko's but they came from Nagihiko, in his own voice. He tried to use tone to keep them sounding more like him than her, but he was aware which of them had the stronger spine.

"Some people have hearts big enough to have more than one best friend," he said simply. Nadeshiko might have apologized to Rima for the fact that the younger girl didn't. Offered syrupy sympathy. He didn't quite have the guts to try and pull that off as Nagihiko.

But he did know how to redirect the conversation from here. There was a moment of dead silence. He broke it.

"Right, Yaya?"

Yaya didn't even realize she was taking a side or helping, as she nodded eagerly. "Of course! My best friends are Pepe and Amu and Tadase and Kukai and NAdeshiko and Rima And Nagihiko and Kairi and Kiseki and Ran and Miki and Su and Kusukusu, and... " it was clear she could go on for a while

Nagihiko grinned a bit. "But if you still want to come out to celebrate with us, Rima.... Riodan is nice enough that I'm sure he'd be happy to have you along."

Tadase had been looking worried, then he was proud, now he was mostly exasperated.

Date: 2017-01-16 08:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Nagihiko smiled warmly at him, then looked at his other friends, calming down a bit now that the mood was easier.

"If you guys can finish the paperwork without me, why don't I get Riodan settled in at my place for now. Amu," since Amu seemed tough but could be emotionally fragile, and because this would tick Rima off royally, "Why don't you come by for a bit after the meeting?" And then to really hammer a blow at Rima, "We can all do a welcome thing for him tomorrow after school, if we do our meeting in the morning instead."

"That sounds like an acceptable plan."

"Re...really?" Amu squeaked, then coughed a bit, and looked more aloof. "I mean... yeah. Okay. I have some time after school."

Yaya flung herself onto Amu's back. "She's exciiiiited! Can Yaya come too?"

"You don't have to babysit?"

Yaya dropped off of Amu's back to sit on the floor, pouting. "I never asked to be the big sister," she sulked.

"Well! Alright, see you later Amu, see you guys tomorrow have fun. Oh, and get home safe, Rima," he said with a smile that seemed warm and genuine.

Rima glared after him as he hustled Riodan towards the exit.

Date: 2017-01-16 09:21 am (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko a lovely day to be outside)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Yeaaaaaah. Given he never mentioned Teleios to them,,, this.... was not going to be the most fun explanation ever. He was glad to get his friend out of there.

"You can stay with me as long as you need to," he assured his friend. Not an offer Nadeshiko could make, but it was far safer to do it as Nagihiko, with Nadeshiko safely abroad. "And yes, that's Seiyo acadamy, well.. Elementary division. Middle school is on the other side of the trees."

He pointed, but the trees hid the other building. Of course, after two turns they also hid the royal garden.

"Nadeshiko and I..." he took a deep breath as they walked. "When we arrived here without you, we were devastated. Happy to be home... but... She tried to threaten the gods of Teleios with her Naginata to bring you here. We figured no one was listening." She shook his head a bit.

"Nadeshiko was supposed to be abroad now anyway, so that worked out, because she wasn't sure she could smile all the time for our friends, and she didn't want to worry them by seeming sad, since they usually only see her chipper." Or angry.

"But we'll give her a call later, and I'm sure she'll be relieved to hear you are here and safe. I don't know if she'll be able to come back immediately, but you're not going anywhere any time soon. This world is safer for you than any you've ever known. We'll protect you. And besides, once you see the internet, you'll never want to leave," he teased lightly.

Date: 2017-01-21 05:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Nagihiko chuckled a little bit, but he was already making plans. "You are my friend, and Nadeshiko's friend, whatever you need, if we can share it, we will. You don't need to earn it." He had to handle this carefully, but one way or another he would get it through Riodan's thick skull that his days of slavery were over.

And that would start with education, clearly. "I can tutor you on weekends, and while I am at school, I am certain my mother can help you with your studies. Once we get you caught up enough, you could probably enroll in high school. If not, then we'll get you through those lessons as well, so you can take the exams for university. If you want to learn still, we'll help you."

"I'm sure Nadeshiko would love to get that big hug. It'll be up to her, about coming home, but I think you're right about the import, and I think she will see it too. Especially since you're sticking around.

He laughed a bit. "the island is called Japan, but the internet has nothing to do with fishing. Once we finish your lessons in reading you'll be able to explore. It is like a whole world apart, yet a part of this one, but one accessed through words and images and sounds, while you remain physically, safely in this world. It is a tool for learning, and a way to have fun."

Date: 2017-02-11 07:52 pm (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko a lovely day to be outside)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Nagihiko smiled at his friend. "Friendship isn't about debts or keeping score. I know that if something came up where I needed your help, you'd help me. This time, I am in a position to help, so I am helping. No repayments or balance needed. Should we wind up on your world. I'm sure I'll need a lot of help I wouldn't have a clue how to repay," he pointed out.

He stopped when his friend stopped, and looked to him. "Of course there will be time to resume your lessons. I'm sorry you weren't able to find a teacher after we left. And... we are glad to have our mother and grandmother as well. We treasure them, and they treasure us. Not all of my friends realize how wonderful it is to have parents, though most of them have both still. Tadase gets it, since he lost his grandmother a few years ago. I... am not certain Rima counts as having her parents, honestly. They are still alive... but they don't seem to care about her as much as they should." Says the man whose mother made him dress as a girl for 13 years.

"I'll talk to mom about you staying, she'll be fine with it. You can let her know that Nadeshiko and I were telling the truth about where we had been."

"You will see the internet in time, worry not. All the cat videos you could ever want," he said ruefully. "And one thing I've learned... reality can always get weirder."

Date: 2017-02-28 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
Had Nadeshiko been called s treasure, there would have been delicate blushing and a demure aversion of the eyes. Nagihiko just gave a small smile and let the comment go.

Though the smile turned a bit grim when he spoke next. "The people of your world need quite a bit explained to them. If we ever go there, I'll be happy to do so." There was a darkness to his voice that didn't sound a thing like happiness. His hands curled into fists. He might feel powerless here, in his own world... but there were somethings powers weren't needed for, and standing up for what was right, defending people he cared about.... that was part of him to his core. Nadeshiko too, though her methods differed. she had the power he lacked.

"Yes," he said softly, "There are cats here too. The videos are not inherently part of them, however."

Date: 2017-03-12 09:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
And what good had god done for Riodan? For any of the other slaves?

"No one, here, there, or anywhere, will hurt you if I am with you. If they hurt you and I am not, come get me. Or Tadase, or Kukai. If you can't find any of us and you are still on this world, there is a girl named Utau. Blond hair, purple eyes, bad attitude. She and her brother are always showing up where they aren't wanted. You tell her you're a friend of the guardians, and that you got hurt because someone figured she and her brother had gone too soft to cause us trouble, and too weak to protect us. She'll know she's being played, but her pride won't let her take it anyway. She'll get you to safety."

"Very close," he said, taking a deep breath, trying, and failing, to calm himself down.

Date: 2017-04-10 07:49 am (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko GYAH! GUYS!)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He let the other put an arm around him, and when Riodan asked about Utau, he shrugged lightly. It was easier, sort of, to talk about her without getting too angry.

"Utau used to fight against my friends. Nadeshiko could tell you more, most of what I know is second hand. Which might be why it is easier for me to accept her than it is for Nadeshiko. She left the people who made her fight us, however, and now hangs around sometimes. She's a singer, and pretty good at it. A little older than we are. But I wasn't kidding about the attitude."

Date: 2017-04-16 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He chuckles a bit. "I'll tell you, but I'm going to ask you not to tell my family, or talk to anyone except the Guardians about it, alright?"

Date: 2017-04-16 10:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He nodded. "Thank you." He took a breath. "The Guardians officially are a political body who serve as a go-between between the students and the teachers. We make sure that student concerns are addressed, and that the staff is reasonable with them, and that they feel safe on campus. It is a lot of paperwork and meetings."

"But none of the regular students understand how the Guardians are chosen. All kids have an egg in their hearts, their unseen self, yet unseen. For some rare children, those eggs hatch, and we meet our who we want to be. Generally only other children with hatched eggs, or eggs about to hatch can see the eggs or the charas, though really little children can, and animals can. In addition to helping us find who we want to be, these charas give us powers and abilities to work towards that."

"But there is a group of evil people in this world, called Easter. They are looking for one specific heart's egg called the Embryo. And they are willing to crush the hearts and dreams of countless children in order to find it. The Guardians... we fight Easter. We work to protect not just our students, but all children."

And back to my paid being expired, lol

Date: 2017-06-06 08:28 pm (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko chara change haughty)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
"Yes, like a kind of magic," he agreed with a nod. "Needless to say, of course, this is a secret. Outside of the Guardians, Easter, and the people who have broken off from Easter, no adults or older kids know." He looked at him seriously. "It has to stay a secret. You can talk to me, to Nadeshiko, to the other Guardians, but unless you are 100% sure someone already knows, you can't talk to them about this. Not in this world."

He took a breath.

"There is some danger, yes," he finally admitted. "But not as much danger as there is in doing nothing." Which was going to make admitting to Riodan about his egg when he had to much much harder.

"I don't know yet about needing help. So far we've done our best to keep people not involved out of the way, to keep them safe. You don't have the same power we do... but you're also not like the adults of this world. There may be ways you can help." a deep breath. "But I will not lie. Without the power of a Chara helping to keep you safe, it will be more dangerous for you than it would be for a transformed Guardian."

Date: 2017-06-07 08:03 am (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko chara change haughty)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He grinned and clapped him on the back. "Thank you. I appreciate it my friend." All of it. "you should see Amu when she transforms, she's something else," he said, grinning inwardly at his own joke.

Date: 2017-06-07 08:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
"The eggs become a part of us, I guess. Most children never hatch their eggs, and never are ware of them. I think... and this is just my best guess... but i think those of us with eggs are the ones most conflicted as to who we want to be. I mean, some of us like Kukai and Nadeshiko have a strong vision about who they want to be, but at the same time..." He shook his head. "I'm just guessing, of course. But I wonder sometimes if Nadeshiko would be happier if she didn't have to be the perfect noblewoman all the time. I don't know if you ever saw her temper in Teleios, but here? Until she joined the Guardians, only I ever had. She hides that part of herself. I wonder if Kukai is the same way. Rima... well, it's easy to tell Rima is unsure. Tadase desperately wants to be a good leader, but feels himself insufficient to the task. It's like we all need help in some way to reach who we want to be, that other kids don't. Well, perhaps except Kukai. He's always thrown a wrench in my thinking about it, since he is always exactly who he seems to be, even when he transforms. But... Nadeshiko kind of told me about all of this before I even met the other Guardians, so they don't know how long I've been thinking about it."

Date: 2017-06-11 11:28 pm (UTC)
nadenagi: (Nagihiko chara change haughty)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He chuckled lightly. "She does. I think she always will."

Date: 2017-06-12 12:59 pm (UTC)
nadenagi: (ZZZZ Nagi ponytail)
From: [personal profile] nadenagi
"Tell Nadeshiko that sometime?" he requested softly. "Please? I don't know that she'll listen, but I think she needs to hear it."

Date: 2017-06-21 10:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
"I hope she does."

He gestured to the long stone wall and the house set behind it. "Welcome home, Riodan."

Date: 2017-06-26 08:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He gave a small smile, but looked a bit nervous about this. "Don't worry, I can speak with mother."

Date: 2017-07-02 06:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nadenagi
He opened the gate and led Riodan into the huge entry area. "Please, have a seat," he said, gesturing to the tatami mats. There were mirrors and windows everywhere, making it a bright open airy space. "I'll go speak to mother and grandmother, and get refreshments. I'm sorry they won't be as good as the ones Nadeshiko makes..."

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