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    @Observer 39 It's a bit late, but Happy birthday !

    Btw, this interlude was very cute and lovely, very appreciated ! Good chapter again ! :)


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    Finally managed to catch up again. Looking forward for more. Yay Zuikaku!

    Also great interlude, very heart-warming.


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    It's been quite a while since I've come back to this, huh...Let us continue this story again~

    Part Twenty-five: In Both Body and Mind

    The collected girls move further into the workshop, quickly filling the large space. As the door slowly closes, Murakumo begins to remove her equipment, as does the rest of her team. The new arrivals stand to one side, their own expressions mixed.

    Yuubari looks back over her notes. "How'd the equipment fare today? Anything unusual?"

    "Torpedoes keep launching slightly to the right. Minor stutter in the left propulsion. Other than that, no problems." The veteran destroyer sighs. "I know we have been regaining our stockpile, but..."

    "I know, Ace. We'll get to work on potential upgrades soon...Minato's been holding back on production as you know."

    The young man shrugs. "I wanted some more solidarity in fleet numbers before starting on upgrades. I wasn't expecting to get all this so soon though."

    The light cruiser chuckles. "Seems someone higher up has high hopes for you. Considering your heroics during your trip to Fleet Command."

    "Yes." Shoukaku steps away from her companions, putting her bow down on the long table before starting to unlatch the plank on her arm. "Both you and Admiral Emerald were talked about at length among those that were there at the time."

    "That's no real surprise. Holding off that much with such a light force and all. " Yuubari nods and continues writing. "Standard air wing, right?"

    A nod. "Yes. Same with my sister." Said sister steps forward, a look of confidence on her face as she puts her free hand, balled into a fist, over her heart.

    "Even with just that, we'll show you how strong we are! Right, Shoukaku-nee?"

    "Of course."


    The rest of the inspection continues, Yuubari confirming specs with the new girls to make sure the records are updated, and in no time at all the rather large group leaves the workshop to head towards the mess hall (with the grey-haired cruiser staying to "assess the equipment"). No one speaks a word as they walk, only the sounds of their footsteps marking their passing across the courtyard. Only after entering the mess hall does a voice perk up, but not from among the crowd entering.

    "Welcom...Eh!?" Haguro is shocked to see so many new faces come through the door. "I heard we were getting a new girl, but..."

    Minato taps the case on his waist. "You and me both, Haguro. The usual today?"

    "Yes, but do we have enough..." She turns and goes further in back, her voice trailing off with "Yura-chan? We've got..."

    "Now then, make yourselves comfortable as you can and ask what you will of me." He remains standing, his back to the counter where Haguro was and arms folded, while most of the other girls take seats. Shiranui raises her hand quickly, her expression earnest. "Yes, Shiranui?"

    "Can you destroy an Abyssal with no assistance from a shipgirl?"

    While Yamashiro looks puzzled at the question, Fusou gives a nod. "Your destroyer did mention you had power similar to our own..."

    Minato chuckles. "Straight to the point, huh...Yes, I've sunk a few myself."

    Isokaze pipes up, one eyebrow raised. "And how did you do so, Commander? I don't think you can wield our armaments..."

    "Skills and techniques I've attained before I came here. Most would call it magic, sorcery."

    Shoukaku's eyes narrow. "So the sudden changes in wind direction, lightning strikes without a cloud in the sky..."

    The young man taps his right temple. "All by my hand and mind. Though the battle was truly won through the others' efforts."

    "But you still stood beside them. Not just in spirit as most do, but in body." Graf stands up. "And you survived without a scratch."

    "And I have her mainly to thank for that." Minato looks past the collected group of girls and motions to the far door...where a raven-haired destroyer is now standing. She tilts her head before slowly walking into the room, her expression neutral as she scans the faces both new and old.

    She stops right by the young man's side before doing a graceful turn towards the others. Putting one hand on her shoulder, he continues. "This is my secretary ship, Hayashimo. She was my partner that day, and has been ever since."

    Hayashimo bows slightly, her face unchanging. "I look forward to working with all of you."

    There's a slight twitch from Shiranui as Isokaze gives a nod. "Likewise."

    At that moment, Haguro and Yura emerge from the back of the room, both carrying trays laden with sandwiches. The long-haired light cruiser smiles. "Sorry for the wait, everyone...Though I'm sure the Admiral is keeping you entertained?"

    Fusou chuckles. "More or less. Do you need any help yourself...?"

    "Not at all. The offer is appreciated though." She sets down her trays, the heavy cruiser mirroring the action further down the counter. "Now, as for drinks...Is tea alright for all of you?"

    The foreign carrier clears her throat. "I'd prefer coffee, please."

    Yura puts one hand under her chin and glances at Haguro. "We haven't stocked on that since our first Admiral was here. She was rather particular about having it every morning."

    "Not to worry, light cruiser. I brought my own...if you will permit me to use the facilities?"

    "Admiral-san?"

    Minato shrugs. "I see no trouble in that. Haya, care to show her the way?"

    The destroyer nods without a word, glances towards Graf, then moves silently towards where Yura and Haguro came from. As she follows, the carrier can't help but notice the simple band of gold on the other's right hand...



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    @Observer 39 Wooo, continuity nod. And also Graf Coffee lives on. Glad to see things are able to move once again here. Always enjoy these little establishing chapters.

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    @Emerald Acid Coffee is an established part of her character, no matter where she goes. And yeah, it feels good to finally take the time to get back on writing...

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    I do have a Discord name, and will send it along to you shortly via PM here.



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    thank you for share :)



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    Time keeps passing, and I keep writing. Slowly but surely...

    Part Twenty-six: The Observer and His Shadow

    The two arrive at the backroom kitchen, the only signs of its recent use being some cutting boards with scraps of meat and lettuce across one counter. Hayashimo turns towards a frowning Graf, her own expression holding a small smile.

    "Something...the matter, carrier?"

    A sigh and shake of the head. "Nothing of real concern. Just many questions that hopefully have answers."

    "Ask them when you feel the time is right. We are family now...as Minato says." The destroyer looks down at her ringed hand for a brief moment before she begins rummaging through the cabinets.

    "'Family'? I know he was speaking rather casually before, but...Are we not soldiers first? And he our Commander?"

    "Here we are." Hayashimo dusts off an old coffee machine, setting it on the counter. "We were made for combat, that is true. But he thinks differently."

    Graf tips her hat down as she pulls out a small bag from a pouch on her waist. "Truly. How everyone else acts towards him here is more cordial than strictly professional." She closes her eyes. "A marked difference from my interactions in High Command."

    "It was odd to some of us as well." A shake of the head. "But we soon welcomed such a change. Perhaps that was what we needed: someone who is like us, yet not."

    As the carrier begins to work the machine, she smiles. "Mmm, your fellow destroyer said he has powers of his own, rivaling our weapons against the Abyssals. At least one report from the defense of Command also conjectured as such...He's certainly no ordinary human."

    "He's not from...here." She blinks once and tilts her head while looking up. "Minato is a visitor from another world."

    Graf raises an eyebrow. "Is he now? While I did peg him to be foreign like myself, that is..."

    "Hard to believe, perhaps? All we have is his word and the powers he wields. And even with that, he's more human than any other Admiral I've served." She stands straight, putting a hand over her heart. "I would gladly give my life for him, and I feel he would do the same for me."

    A small scoff with a smile as the coffee begins to percolate. "Well then, tell me more of this man you are so bonded to. And perhaps a bit of yourself as well..."



    Meanwhile, the conversation in the mess hall eating area continues on after Hayashimo's and Graf's departure.

    "...She's been through some hard times, huh." Yamashiro gives a sideways glance to Minato while holding her teacup. "Though I suppose that goes for most of you here."

    Murakumo folds her arms. "I'm sure you've heard of the previous Admiral of this base and his actions leading up to his...discharge. In fact," She looks to Shiranui. "Were you not one of the destroyers who escorted him away that day?"

    "Yes. I was still unassigned to a base proper at the time." A sharp smirk appears on the destroyer's face. "The situation around here has certainly improved since then."

    Kuroshio gives a cheeky grin. "Sure has. After the Chief got com'ferable, things've been pretty lively. 'Specially with Haya-han~"

    Takanami nods. "Nee-san has become more open with all of us now. She was mostly reclusive before...Only speaking when spoken to, and only what was neccessary, maybe."

    Minato sighs, scratching his head. "You make me out to be some miracle worker...Though it is not all just me. From putting this base back into operation in such a short timeframe to fostering healthy relationships both on and off duty..."

    The veteran destroyer closes one eye, her head raised haughtily with a smirk, as she walks towards the young man. "Was all started by you. You showed us kindness when all we were given before was contempt. Direction when we were lost." She stops a few feet in front in him, putting her hands on her hips. "A reason to fight again."

    Isokaze stands up, one hand still on the table next to her. "Commander."

    "Hmm?"

    "From what little I have seen and heard, to call what you have done is nothing short of a miracle." She points at him with a dramatic flair. "Yet you as a person are a mystery to most. No known family, no prior achievements...Just rumors and hearsay. So I ask of you." The point turns into a open palm upward. "Who truly is 'The Observer', the man standing before me? What is his story before being called to serve?"

    "Well, it is a bit of a long one." Minato sits up on one of the counter stools and puts his elbows on his knees, fingers steepled downward. "But one I don't mind telling for those who'll listen. It begins with an encounter at my workshop, far from here..."



    The Admiral and his normally quiet secretary recount the past to their respective audiences. The former telling of his background and Yura's visit sparking his interest up to his assignment to Buin and his first few weeks. The latter recalling when she heard there would be a new Admiral assigned to the base, their first interactions and seeing of his powers, to the bond she shares with Minato symbolized by the simple ring on her hand. While Graf is mostly content to not interrupt Hayashimo, the other newcomers (especially Shiranui and Yamashiro) constantly pepper the Admiral with questions, rumors and their own remarks.

    Hayashimo sips on some tea she prepared earlier, her eyes closed. "...And that is the situation up to now." She then opens one, her expression once again neutral. "I hope it sates your curiosity, Graf?"

    The foreign carrier taps her chin as she stands. "Quite. Truly a curious place I've been assigned to..." She smiles. "With the personnel to match."

    Din don, din don...Din don, din don. A low tone resonates throughout the room, making the destroyer also stand. Setting down her cup, she turns to the door. "It's that time already, huh..."

    "For?"

    "Evening practice." She makes a motion to follow as she glides out of the room. "Come. Minato will be there as well."

    Graf takes one last look at the pair of pots (one coffee, the other tea) before following after Hayashimo.



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    Yeeey, it continues~

    Extra development to get the newcomers more acclimated to their new setting, and it seems like next episode will involve a bit of a demonstration. Looking forward to more as always.


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