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Private Cyborgs & Ramen

Discussion in 'River Street' started by Wolfgang Bogdanow, May 24, 2018.

  1. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    May 20th, Year 7
    @Genji Shimada

    There were a number of places that Wolfgang went to for food. Considering the fact that he couldn't cook to save his life, Wolfgang had gotten to know a number of the take out joints that were on the way home from work or other places in the town. Of course the streets moved around every once in awhile and the shop he was looking for could have been on the moon for as far as Wolfgang could guess. Or at least, he was hungry so he was desperate. Which meant that Wolfgang picked a shop at random, deciding on some random door instead of wasting time trying to find that other place.

    He stepped in and realized that he had stumbled onto a ramen shop he hadn't seen before. Either the place was new or it had been moved over from a route that was out of the way for Wolfgang's normal route. The smell was warm and friendly, and it smelled good, so that meant it was even better. Ramen hadn't been what Wolfgang was looking for but that's what he wanted the moment the smell hit him. It was warm and filling, typically a good price to boot.

    So he took a seat and settled in, ready to chow down on a bowl of ramen as soon as he could. Jaesa was out that night so it wasn't like he had any reason to rush home. He had wrapped up his shift at work, ran a few errands, and well... dinner out at some place other than a pub or a bar was probably good for him. Wolfgang flipped through the menu to get a feel for what to order.
     
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  2. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    With Hanzo being in the hospital, Genji had to take charge of the whole ramen shop by himself. He wasn't much of a leader himself, being more someone who worked under his own rules, so this was proving itself to be quite a challenge. One that he was more willing to accept.

    He had been bouncing around the place, always checking to make sure everything was going smoothly and people weren't slacking off. He was still being less overbearing than Hanzo usually was, but the staff had noticed the change in behavior, though most of them understood his situation.

    Still, it was all very exhausting to be doing nonstop and it finally culminated in one of the waitresses approaching him once she had an opportunity to speak with him in private in a staff room.

    "Shimada-san?" She asked, her voice was timid, but still conveying a lot of worry.

    Genji turned around to face her. "Did something happen?" He asked, his voice remaining calm as it had ever been, but showing some signs of exhaustion.

    "No, everything is alright, but don't you think you should take a break? You've been going up and down nonstop today."

    "I appreciate the concern, but I am fine. Just keep on doing your job." His voice was gentle, but it still carried some authority as it had to for the owner of the estabilishment.

    "Have you eaten today?"

    That question gave the cyborg some pause. It was then that he realized that his constant running around left him without a break to get some food within his system. As if on cue, he started hearing his stomach grumbling and he looked down at his belly, placing a hand on it, then looking back up at the waitress and seeing a knowing smile on her face.

    "Take a moment for yourself. It wouldn't do anyone any good if you were to end up in a hospital yourself, right?" She requested again, her voice full of warmth and concern that was almost motherly, for someone that was significantly younger than him.

    Genji at first just stared at her, his expression unreadable because of his helmet, but eventually he resigned to his biological needs and gave her a nod before stepping out of the room. His level of stress being high enough that he even forgot to thank her for being so concerned about his health.

    Now that he was back in the restaurant proper, Genji was in full view as he scanned around the room looking for a vacant table, as well as taking one last look to see if everything was flowing without any issues.
     
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  3. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    Typically things were pretty straight forward in a Ramen shop. They came in two kinds. Traditional, meaning they only had a few menu items and they worked hard to perfect them, or non-traditional where they had many more items and some of them were on the fusion side of things. You could typically tell the difference just by the look of the place and Woflgang knew that you could go to one or the other sort just based on your mood. He was too hungry to care which side of the fence this place was on until he saw the menu, then it was an easy choice.

    He was oblivious to anything that was going on in the back. Instead the thief simply put in his order when someone came around and sat back to wait. Just like anyone else who was waiting on food, he watched the door that led to the kitchen a little carefully. It was a habit of many hungry sorts and Wolfgang had less manners than a good number of them. At least he wouldn't ask where the food was every five minutes. That had to count for something, right?

    Which meant that Wolfgang was watching the door when someone interesting look exited the door. Someone who was... well, Wolfgang didn't know how to explain it but his eyes widened the moment he set his gaze on the other man. He assumed man. Pandora had taught him that some assumptions were always going to be wrong though. It was better safe than sorry though.

    Of course it wasn't polite to stare but really, Wolfgang couldn't help himself. Almost like a kid who was seeing santa for the first time. Because that guy looked like some sort of crazy scifi cyborg or something and wasn't that fucking cool. Wolfgang thought it was cool as hell.
     
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  4. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    Over the course of his life as a cyborg, Genji had developed a bit of a sixth season that allowed him to know when people were staring at him. Often, it was more than one person and that often led to him feeling like an outcast in most places. Pandora wasn’t too different in that aspect, but in a bizarre way, the fact most people in this world could be considered outcasts made it easier to bear.

    It was still no less awkward when Genji noticed a young adult staring at him from one of the tables though. It wasn’t just a curious stare either, it was the kind of stare that was pretty much begging for his attention like the man wanted to talk to him, but couldn’t bring himself to speak out.

    So Genji decided to make his life a little easier and approached him himself, after all, might as well check if that person had something important to say, like a complaint about the ramen shop or anything of that kind.

    "Is something wrong?" Genji asked, sounding genuinely curious, but hoping that this was only another case of someone being curious about his status as a cyborg.
     
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  5. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    Wolfgang didn't exactly want to talk to the man who had just walked through the kitchen door of the restaurant. But it was difficult for him to not stare with how the man looked. At least the helmet that he was wearing. Which was... well, it looked like something really fucking cool out of a scifi movie of some sort. Which meant it was cool. Which meant he was trying to figure out what part of that helmet was the coolest.

    But as soon as the man sort of looked in Wolfgang's direction the thief realized he had been staring a little bit too hard. More so when the man walked over to ask him if everything was alright. Shit. "Yeah, everything is fine. Your helmet is pretty badass though." Wolfgang smiled up at him, lifting a hand to motion towards his own head to show what he was talking about.

    Did he want to pry about it? Of course. Was that what he was going to do? Probably not. It was not only rude but Wolfgang wouldn't have been comfortable in the other man's shoes in that case. So instead of centering on that, Wolfgang sort of half stood and held his hand out for a handshake and a greeting. "Wolfgang." At least his name was weird. That was typically an icebreaker all on its own.
     
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  6. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    Fortunately, this was only another customer that was interested in Genji's appearance rather than someone having some kind of problem. The cyborg almost breathed a sigh of relief but managed to keep it to himself, at least until he wasn't within hearing distance.

    It was funny how so many people were fascinated by his cyborg body, some of them, like this man, openly expressing how cool they thought he looked, while Genji himself used to despise what he had become. In hindsight, he now was exactly the kind of thing he used to think was cool in his youth too, but the trauma and grudge he held from the incident that led to him becoming a cyborg had blinded him to the good things about it that other people could see.

    "I hear that often. Doesn't really fit well with the uniform though." He spoke casually as he rolled up one of his sleeves, showing more of the armor underneath it before pulling it back.

    The man was polite and offered him a handshake and gave out his name, the latter being what truly caught Genji's attention. He had heard many interesting names in his time, both back home and in Pandora, but this one was definitely among the most peculiar ones.

    "Wolfgang? Is that really your name?" One could almost see the raised eyebrow through the helmet as Genji voiced his curiosity, his tone more along the lines of surprised than of derision.
     
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    Doesn't really fit well with the uniform though. That was an understatement. It was about as different as styles could get but that was alright. Wolfgang knew all about sticking out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons. As a kid he had gotten the shit beaten out of him because he was half Russian. Not that it was entirely noticeable but when you were raised by the mob... all things became twisted. That was the life he had been raised in and very few people understood what that was like.

    There was a slight smirk as the man asked the question almost everyone did. "Yeah, my mom liked Mozart." Classical music had been her thing. Wolfgang had also gotten him into some shit as a kid but that one was a little easier to deal with because there had been other kids with weird ass names to go along with his. Easier to blend in with that crowd, at least on the occasion where Wolfgang needed to recover from the last fight he had been in.

    Of course, not everyone knew who Mozart was. Wolfgang knew he was safe because of the tone though. Anyone who was asking that question was from a world like his own. Earth seemed to have a number of variants and in a way that was kind of comforting. It meant that a lot of people could relate to things from his home world and a lot of things around Pandora Town reflected that.

    "You from an Earth too?" Or maybe he had heard about Mozart here. "We didn't have anything like that back home." Another small gesture up to the mask that Genji was wearing. Different Earths but still the same. Wolfgang wanted to ask more questions about where he came from and what kind of tech they used but considering the man was obviously on his break, that might have been rude.
     
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  8. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    Mozart was classical music and that was about all Genji knew about it. He wasn't one to care much about old songs, that was more Hanzo's kind of thing. Still, at least that offered a good explanation for such a unique name. People had been named after worse thing and if nothing else Wolfgang was something that sounded really cool.

    The two of them both came from Earth, but most likely different Earths, or maybe just different time periods. Cyborgs weren't a very common thing even in his time so, if he was from around the early 2000s, then there was no chance of anything like him existing back then.

    "2076. Humanity never really stops progressing." He chuckled, thinking back on how everything in his world was just so... advanced, even compared to a lot of the things he had seen in Pandora, although the magic compensated for it very well. "Do you mind if I take a seat?"

    The establishment was pretty full, which was good for business, but bad when it came down to getting a seat of his own. Genji didn't want to go eat somewhere else because he wanted to at least be aware of what's going on in the ambient even if he was going to take a break to actually eat something. This man he was talking to seemed to be a cool guy and he wasn't about to refuse some good company to make time pass a little faster.
     
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  9. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    2076. Well that seemed... far enough in the future but not that far. It was very possible that Wolfgang would live to see that time frame. Maybe. It was sixty years in the future. With his lifestyle it was very possible that Wolfgang would be dead long before that point. He had never thought about getting old before and this was an odd little thought. Would he even be able to enjoy whatever it was that this guy was wearing? Was it common? There were a thousand different questions though Pandora made most of them just hypothetical. After all, they could still come from different worlds while still being from "Earth".

    "Not at all." Wolfgang motioned, letting the other man know that he was perfectly fine with Genji joining him where he was seated. Friendly conversation could make a meal better. Doubly when Wolfgang was also kind of killing time with nothing to do but going home and watching some tv. Talking to a cyborg was way better than watching tv.

    Genji had said something interesting though. Humanity never stops progressing. Wolfgang knew that it was a true statement. Humans had sort of made some giant leaps in technology even in his time, though he wasn't exactly sure what was what. Wolfgang could tell you many things but how scientists did their thing? Hardly. He knew how to break into plenty of different building types, how to disarm a number of security systems, where to hit someone so it really hurt, and how to shoot a lot of different guns, but he didn't know what made the internet actually work. Small details.

    Still there was a bit of a flashed grin as Wolfgang sat back down. "Science was never my strong suit." A bit of an understatement really. School had never been his strong suit either. "So what do you do here?" That seemed like the easiest question to ask, considering where they were. Time to ease into casual conversation. Probably a good thing the thief was a little more practiced in small talk. He had gotten better at it since coming to Pandora.
     
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  10. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    Nodding in appreciation, Genji sat down and listened as Wolfgang mentioned that science wasn't his strong suit, being able to sympathize with him on the matter. Despite it being his own body, Genji didn't know the inner workings of his armor very well, enough to be able to do some maintenance on it on his own if he needed to, but not much more than that. That kind of thing was just too complex for him to get a proper grip on.

    "I am the co-owner of this shop, with my brother being the owner. He is currently at the hospital though, so I am the one handling things for now." He explained calmly, then coming to the realization that he hadn't actually introduced himself yet, having been distracted by Wolfgang's more unique name. "My name is Genji Shimada, by the way."

    Looking to the side, Genji caught the attention of the waitress that had been talking to him earlier and beckoned her. She eagerly came forward and took his order to go deliver to the kitchen staff while Genji took some time for himself to relax.

    "I do a little of everything here. Cook, take orders from customers, make sure everything is working as intended... I even do a little cleaning if I have the time for it. Whatever I feel is more needed at the time."
    He explained in more detail, looking back at Wolfgang
     
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  11. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    The cyborg ran the ramen shop with his brother. Was his brother a cyborg too? Cyborg brothers seemed pretty cool to Wolfgang. Like some sort of tv show or video game that was just a little cheesy while still being incredibly cool. But Wolfgang didn't mention this. Instead the blond just sort of tucked it away in the back of his mind for a rainy day when he felt like having a laugh to himself.

    Instead the other man introduced himself and sat down next to him. Continuing the conversation that they had started, onto what he did here. Taking orders, cooking, cleaning... all the normal makings of someone who owned a restaurant. "Looks like a nice place. I've never been here before but it smells good too." Which was a sign that the food was good. Wolfgang was always down for good food. Additional reasons to hang out on top of the cool scifi cook.

    But it wasn't a stress free thing either. He knew a couple of corner stops that had mom and pop places. But his brother was in the hospital and that was always a sobering thought. Wolfgang just knew it was a personal subject and he didn't pry into those sorts of things. No matter if they had been brought up freely or not. Wolfgang was just going to hope that his brother was alright.

    "This a new place?" Instead the thief moved onto other comfortable conversation. Non-emotional and non-prying. General, interested conversation and nothing prying. He took a sip of water and tried to relax, reminding himself that the food would be there soon enough.
     
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  12. Genji Shimada

    Genji Shimada Overwatch
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    "You have my brother to thank for the aesthetics." Credit where credit was due, Hanzo had a much better eye for this kind of stuff than Genji did.

    The very traditional Japanese appearance of the shop was a definite factor in luring people in, outside of word of the mouth and the food itself, it was something that left people unfamiliar with the culture curious to take enter and suck it all in, as well as take the opportunity to try out some of the food.

    "We opened early in the last month. Still fairly new, but it has been succesful so far, more than I was expecting it to."

    There were already some faces Genji recognized as regular customers, such as Tim, though the boy had a more special reason to be a frequent sight in the shop. The idea that the Shimada brothers were running a successful ramen shop together would've been laughable just months ago and yet, here they were.

    "I suppose Pandora simply does not have many places dedicated to selling Japanese food." Genji shrugged.
     
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