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Private Another Chance Meeting

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Samus Aran, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. Samus Aran

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    June 8th, Year 7- Ryu Tenchi, Morning
    @Genji Shimada

    The sun had risen again by the time Samus left her guard shift, which was just around the time the stores, shops, and restaurants opened up to start the business day. She was completely fine with the late night shift Irene had given her, actually preferring it to daytime, but it did pretty much force her to at least try to sleep in the morning. After getting food, anyway. She usually frequented Blackhaven establishments or ate at home, but she was attempting to break her habit of going to bars. River Street wasn't as crowded right now, so maybe she could get away with eating here before everyone was outside.

    Samus was never the type to be picky about food, and she didn't have a favorite kind either, so she chose a place to walk into based on size. A smaller, newer shop grabbed her attention, and she pushed the door open to step inside Ryu Tenchi. She didn't wear her armor unless she was working, so instead of her near iconic suit, she had on fairly plain clothing. The only thing that stood out was the bright orange jacket that she kept unzipped, and the odd, metallic sphere hanging on the chain around her neck.
     
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    Genji was getting the hang of the whole business thing. Of course, it was also pretty close to the time when Hanzo would finally be discharged from the hospital, much to the delight of the hospital staff. Still, it wasn't a bad experience and it had made Genji understand how it felt to be in Hanzo's position, even if running a ramen shop was something completely different than being the leader of a criminal clan.

    Genji was dealing with the clientele for the time being and that was when his eyes landed on a blonde woman wearing an orange jacket. He was pretty sure he had never met her, but for some reason he had gotten that feeling that he had seen her somewhere else before somehow. It was odd and it was bugging him that he couldn't recall anything regarding it that would help and for a few seconds he just stared at her before he remembered that she probably came there to eat.

    "Oh, welcome. What would you like?" Genji asked somewhat absent-mindedly, which wasn't good behavior for the owner of the establishment but he really couldn't help it this time.
     
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    She instinctually took in the shop's layout first, making note of the positions of furniture, windows, and doors. As paranoid as it might sound if she tried to explain it to someone that wasn't in the military for a while, she liked to know where all the potential exits, blind spots, and cover was in a building. It gave her a better sense of control in case things did somehow go wrong. To anyone else, it just looked like she was taking in the noodle shop's decor, which she was also doing on some level. Samus had no idea if this was accurate to Japanese tradition, but it looked very nice in its simplicity.

    Her eyes fell on someone with a uniform on as he spoke to her, and she couldn't help but stare as well. What appeared to be a robotic ninja was working here. Was this part of the theme the ramen shop was going for? It was certainly unique. But...that voice was familiar. She was sure she'd remember meeting anyone that looked like he did though. Maybe it was just an elaborate costume. There was probably a regular person underneath all those metal plates, but it was a pretty tight suit...

    "...I'm not sure," she said, finding an empty table in a quiet corner to sit down. "This is my first time here." As tired as she was, Samus still had this feeling that she was missing an important detail. "Anything you'd recommend?" she asked, still watching his movements. He didn't carry himself like a guy that did nothing but work in a restaurant for a living. Just who was he?
     
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    Hearing the woman speak, Genji was very distracted by her voice, not because it sounded nice or anything, but because it sounded very familiar to the cyborg's ears. He couldn't for the life of him remember who this woman was though, but he was certain that he had talked to her before. He was so distracted by this, that he didn't properly register what she was saying.

    "Uh... excuse me, but what is your name? I feel like we have met before..." He awkwardly asked, not even being able to recall what she had just asked him in his daze.
     
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    "...Have we?" she asked, staring back at the ninja. No, she was sure she hadn't seen anyone that matched his description before, but maybe the person inside the suit had run into her at some point. Probably in the Blackhaven district... or on a mission. She'd gotten into struggles with other mercenaries or bounty hunters before. Samus tensed up, though she didn't reach for her gun or activate her suit yet. She'd only do anything if he came at her first.

    "My name's Samus. Is there going to be a problem here?" Despite just wanting to eat and go to sleep as fast as possible, she was very much willing to defend herself.
     
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    When she mentioned her name, everything started making sense to Genji. Her name was pretty unique, but now she was able to attach her voice to something more familiar, even if it still sounded a bit different. She was that one mercenary he met while trying to rescue some kids in a hostage situation. Thinking about it, she only saw him while he was human and he had only seen her in her armor, now, the exact opposite was happening.

    "Samus huh? Yo, this is Genji. Remember me?" He casually greeted her with his more typical ninja greeting, noticing that she had gotten a little more defensive. "So this is how you look like outside of your armor..."

    He had to admit, she was pretty good on the eyes. Almost a shame that she had to walk around covered in armor from head to toe, but it was understandable. Judging from the damage she caused to that building that one day, that armor and the weapons installed in it were definitely something to be feared and that kind of intimidating presence was good for a mercenary to have.
     
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    “Wait… you work here?” Samus asked, finally remembering him. The self proclaimed ninja that had gone in alone to save those two children from a gang. The one that threw his sword to stop a gunman. What was up with this new costume though? The rather... form fitting costume that she was making a point to not check out now that she recognized him as Genji.

    “Not the day job I was picturing you having,” she continued, relaxing again. That could have been embarrassing if she had actually drawn her pistol. It was always interesting to see people's reactions to the person underneath her armor. “Yes, it's hard to eat with a cannon for a hand and a sealed helmet on, so I try to leave it at home when I'm not at work.” The sarcasm was hard to miss, but Samus wasn't on the edge of being hostile anymore.
     
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    "You and me both. This was my brother's idea." Genji chuckled.

    He had gotten more than his fair share of odd looks from customers entering the place and more often than not that had led to him meeting new people through sheer curiosity alone. Children in particular were pretty fond of him and often would sneak away from their parents to come ask him questions. Cute, but sometimes inconvenient and it had let to more than a few awkward talks with parents,

    "I suppose a cyborg working at a restaurant does help attract some curious customers from time to time." He shrugged.
     
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    The more Genji spoke, the more things she learned about him. He had a brother here, apparently. He had actual family around and yet he still risked his own life taking on possibly deadly jobs? Interesting. The fact that he was a cyborg was more surprising though. Samus was sire he didn't have any mechanical parts last time they had met. Just what caused that to happen? How much of that "suit" he was wearing was actually his body?

    "...I don't see you for a few months, and you show up again covered in metal. How rough of a fight did you lose? Or was this just a voluntary upgrade?" she asked. She was genuinely curious now. He was moving well for someone who might have been heavily injured not long ago. Did he have accelerated healing as well?
     
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    It was a fair assumption to make that Genji had gotten himself involved in a bad situation that left him badly injured. It wasn't even wrong per se, except for the timeframe.

    "A little of both, but I have been a cyborg for over a decade now. When we first met, I had been granted my original body back, but the effect ran out back in Spring." It still felt a little crazy to actually say it was the effect of magic, in spite of the time Genji had spent in Pandora, but it should've been obvious enough that had caused the change must have been magical in nature. "This is how I am, usually. Not as handsome, but more skilled" He joked, although there was a definite cockiness in his words.
     
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    "...I forget how strange this world is sometimes." Being granted a human form by what Samus could only assume was a supernatural force was difficult to grasp, but she'd seen his uninjured self before and couldn't doubt his story. "Ten years is a long time to come to terms with something like that." A long time to adjust to such extensive mechanical prosthetics.

    "...I've seen uglier around here, and they were born that way," she continued with a slight smile. "And who said you were handsome before you got your armor and paint job?"
     
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    If that was her reaction without Genji going into more detail about he was granted his body back, one could only imagine if she did hear the full story, though Genji wasn't the one who could really explain it. Either way, it wasn't like she was wrong. This kind of thing was utterly unbelievable in most other circumstances and even Hanzo thought what he was doing was anything other than desperate.

    "It took me a long time to accept who I am now, but that is all in the past now." He then tilted his head slightly, his tone becoming only mildly offended. "I will say the many ladies that came after me in my youth are probably a good indicator." He then chuckled and shook his head. "Not that it was anything to be proud of, that is a life I have left behind as well."

    Genji was aware that there were other factors that aided in his reputation at youth. Mainly, his clan's influence and fortune, which would no doubt be very tempting for anyone to pursue when they saw an opportunity for it. Not that any of the ladies who tried their luck with him had much success. His young self was just too afraid of commitment and now... well, look where he was now.

    "Anyway, what was it that you wanted to eat again?" He asked, ready to take an order now that there wasn't anything else distracting him.
     
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    "A ninja that used to be a heartbreaker? Now I really have heard of everything," Samus said. Though she did wonder why he worded it like that was something to be ashamed of. She thought people liked being popular.

    "...Like I said before, I don't think I know what I want. Actually, I don't think I recognize anything on the menu except ramen. I'm not sure what the different type are either." How many variations of noodles in broth could there be?
     
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    So she wasn't someone who was very used to Japanese food. That was fine, the establishment was prepared for stuff like that due to how many people came from worlds where Japan probably didn't even exist, to begin with. It was time to give her a simple run-down as far as ramen went.

    "A lot of the difference between the types of ramen comes down to the broth and the toppings. As far as the broth is concerned, we have shoyu, which is fairly salty but still easy on the palate; shio, which is very salty; miso, which is sweeter; and curry which is spicier. The different toppings are listed in the menu. Overall, if this is your first time trying, shoyu is probably the most balanced one for you to try out." He explained, trying to keep it short and quick. "That is unless you're feeling a little more adventurous," He joked.

    Doing this kind of waiter service was something that always struck Genji as kind of absurd because, well, he would never have imagined himself doing something like this before. Yet, here he was. He had to wonder what his younger selves would think of him working at something like this. He was sure if he had been taken from any point of time in the past, he would have been bewildered.
     
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    Okay, so ramen was mostly defined by the liquid soup and the ingredients alongside the noodles. That was simple enough to grasp. The different types of toppings were familiar, but the broth... Samus didn't particuarly care for salt. It was rather bland to her. Sweet things were better, but her attention was brought to her last option when Genji practically challenged her to pick it.

    Okay, he didn't challenge her to do anything, but that's what she thought whenever anyone underestimated her. She turned to lock eyes with him, all sense of tiredness or joking gone in a second.

    "...Then I'll take the curry broth. With pork on top." Spice was not going to scare her away from proving her endurance to him.
     
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    Did she take his comment as a challenge? Genji was just joking a little, but if that was the case... well, that was on her not, not him. If nothing else, he was interested in seeing what her reaction to the spiciness would be. She might even surprise him.

    "Sure. Do you want anything to drink with it? We have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks here, nothing too heavy though." It was all listed in the drinks section of the menu, so he felt like elaborating on that would be unnecessary.
     
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    Right, a drink. She'd been hyper-focused on the food and momentarily forgotten about that part. On instinct, she looked at the beer and wine section first, interested in the unfamiliar sounding drinks. Wait, no, she was trying to cut back on that. Alcohol right before bed wasn't an amazing idea. Samus looked almost disappointed, and she sighed as she put the menu down. Applying self-restraint was hard sometimes, especially when she was used to doing as she pleased around here.

    "Hm, I'll...try the green tea then." That was a little more healthy, maybe. She didn't know much about tea, but it reminded her of what she drank back on Zebes. "Though I am curious about the saké."
     
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    Genji nodded at her choice of drink. Green tea was a pretty typical choice for those who were unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, alongside sake for the more alcoholic sorts, but it looked like Samus wasn't in the mood for some right now.

    "Well, you can always try it out if you drop by some other day."
    Genji shrugged. "I will go get your order on its way, it will not take long."

    He then headed towards the kitchen to get the cooks working on preparing her food. He had to admit to being fairly curious about what she would make of it, as well as whether she'd be able to endure the spicy ramen, so he even pulled some strings to make them get it over with faster. Being the boss had its perks, one of them being having free reign to do stuff like this, as long as nobody else noticed it.

    Once it was already, Genji brought it over to Samus and set it all on her table in an organized fashion, something he had been doing enough of already that the whole process was pretty mechanic by this point.

    "I made sure they wouldn't slack off on the spiciness."
    He half-joked.
     
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    The ramen looked roughly as she expected it to look, though there was a surprising amount of vegetables and meat alongside the noodles and reddish broth. It was less a basic soup and more of a stew when it came to its contents. The smell coming off of it was tinged with the sting of what she guessed was the curry.

    "We'll see how spicy it really is then..." Samus said, grinning slightly. Challenge or not, she really was hungry. The chopsticks the bowl came with were fairly simple to figure out how to use, and though her hand positioning wasn't really correct, it was good enough to grasp the noodles and start to eat.

    The heat came about a second after she took a bite, but it seared for a moment before her mouth seemed to lose any feeling instead of burn. It spread across her whole mouth before it faded and she could taste the rest of the ramen again. She'd paused as the odd sensation passed, and then hummed thoughtfully.

    "Interesting. I admit that "spicy" flavors are a little different for me than with other people," she said, after her mouth was no longer full. Her taste buds were off after her DNA was spliced, slowly becoming more in tune with a Chozo's as she got older. Most things were still tolerable though. "This is like... when they apply anesthetic at the hospital and a part of you goes numb until it wears off. I like it." She took a sip of the tea, washing the lingering numbness away before continuing to eat.
     
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    There were a number of reactions Genji was anticipating when she tried out the dish. Maybe her mouth would start burning and make her grab the nearest drink to quell it, or maybe she would take it like a champ and just continue eating like nothing was wrong, maybe she would wince but otherwise not show any significant reactions.

    But what did happen was something else entirely. Samus described the feeling of the spiciness as more like if someone had applied an anesthetic in her mouth, like something a dentist would do during the more painful operations. Not only that, but she liked having her mouth feel numb like that.

    For a moment, Genji could only stare in bewilderment. "... You have a very interesting sense of taste." He said, sounding in equal parts curious and just plain confused.
     
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