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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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