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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Tokyo 3, Japan
This is for Keroko cause it's all his fault this crack came about
To Meet Again
Like many of the worlds in and out of the TSAB's sphere of influence, the capital city of Cranagan required a large work force to maintain itself day after day. People worked shifts at all times of day, though the majority of businesses ended in the early evening and closed for weekends. With the majority of the business located in the heart of the city it required that its employees commute back and forth day after day from their homes or apartments. There were many choices to make the daily journey like walking or driving. Of all the choices the public rail system was the most popular choice amongst the population. And like other worlds, the workers of Cranagan could not escape the horrors of rush hour.
"Ah, excuse me...'scuse me...pardon me..."
Monday was the same as the Mondays before it for one Nanoha Takamachi. Her work for the day for the TSAB as a combat instructor was over. Another group of trainees had been taught new, if not painful, lesson to prepare them for integrating into the TSAB in a few weeks. The paper work was finished, reports filed, and lessons prepared for the next day. Rather than heading back to the room provided for her on-base, she was battling her way through the rush hour crowds in one of Cranagan's many underground stations.
For her, Monday was not only another day of training new mages but it was also grocery shopping day in the city for food for the week. There were a few shops near the base, but they offered a limited supply of fresh produce and some of the products she preferred to use. So she was forced into the city for her shopping needs and since Monday was when the sales started she opted to fight her way through the crowds. The pay wasn't bad, but it did help to save a little.
"Train 11 now arriving on Track 4. Train 11 now arriving on Track 4."
Her cursing was lost in the noisy crowd as she doubled her efforts through the sea of people. The train slowed down and parted its door, allowing people enter and leave from the attached passenger cars. By some luck Nanoha managed to leap through the doors of one of the cars before the automated doors slid shut. For the amount of effort she had to put in to get in, the car itself wasn't that crowded. Most of the seats were taken as usual. She thought about sitting down but decided against it as there was a chance she might fall asleep and miss her stop after her battle in the station. So instead she slipped her amazingly intact bag of groceries around her arm and reached up with her other hand to grasp one of the hanging rings from the ceiling for the remainder of the ride.
The train swayed slightly over the electromagnetic rails through the underground tunnels. Inside the car it was fairly quiet. She could hear the bass from someone's headphones that were turned up too much and someone at the other end was on the phone. In other words it was going to be another boring ride back. Her blue eyes continued to wander around the car. It was filled with mostly men and women in business suits as usual, which meant that she stood out a bit being in her brown TSAB uniform. A few children and elderly were also scattered about. Then her eyes fell upon something peculiar and right in front of her, too. There sat a man, probably no older than 30, silently reading a book. It wasn't his purple hair or the book he was reading that caught her attention. Rather it was the white lab coat in a sea of dark clothes that made him stand out.
Even though she wasn't too much better in her uniform, she couldn't help but wonder what this person was doing this far into the city. As far as she knew there were no research facilities in the area. Perhaps he had come out to shop like she did? Though she didn't notice any bags near him so that mustn't be the case. The dimly lit car suddenly was flooded with light, causing Nanoha to bring her arm up to protect her eyes. She had forgotten about the above-ground section of the route. Usually she faced the other direction to avoid staring into the setting sun. As her vision refocused, she found that the man had looked up from his book and was now staring at her as she was staring at him. A rosy glow came on her cheeks in the moment of embarrassment.
For whatever reason neither averted their gaze on one another, causing the heat in Nanoha's cheeks to rise. Whether it was fortunate or not, he was the first to break the awkward silence. "Did you, um, want to sit?"
It was a simple question, yet she found herself at a lost for a reply. "Uh..."
"Is your stop coming up?"
She shook her head, "It's...not for a while."
He glanced to the right at the sleeping man and then to his left at the empty space besides him. "You may as well take a seat. It must be tiring standing with that heavy bag."
As much as she wanted to deny it, the weight of the bag was making it uncomfortable to stand. Especially with how much farther her stop was. She looked at the open seat reluctantly before giving in to her aching feet and sitting down besides the stranger.
"Much better, isn't it?"
Silence fell back upon the pair. To distract herself, Nanoha turned her attention to the passing scenery outside the window.
"You work for the TSAB?"
Her head turned back around to the man, who had closed the book he was reading. "I am."
"Don't see many from the Bureau out this far."
"Oh, I come out her to shop."
He nodded, "There are a lot more in the shops out here than around the bases, huh?"
"Uh, huh." She paused. "Um, if you don't mind me asking...?"
"Why I'm out here?" He gestured to the closed book in his hands. "There's a book store I frequent and they just got in a few shipment."
"Ah, I see."
That random remark caught Nanoha by slight surprise. "Excuse me?"
He smiled. "My name, Jail Scaglietti." Nanoha blinked once. Then again before a giggle escaped her lips. "What's so funny?"
"Y-your name. It-it sounds like spaghetti."
Jail rolled his eyes and sighed. "Not the first time I've heard that."
"S-sorry," she replied, wiping her eyes. "I'm Nanoha. Nanoha Takamachi."
"A pleasure to meet you, Ms. Takamachi."
"Likewise, Mr. Spaghetti." Another giggle escaped her lips.
He sighed again and shook his head.
"Sorry. I couldn't help myself." Nanoha let the last of her giggles pass before continuing. "Are you a scientist or sorts?"
"A researcher. I work at the Cradle Research Facility."
"Cradle...you mean Cradle Medical? That large bio-medical company?"
"The one and only."
"Wow." If she remembered, the TSAB worked with the company on joint research projects.
"Now approaching Hillsbrad Station. Now approaching Hillsbrad Station."
Nanoha looked up. "Oh, that's my stop."
"I guess this is where we part then."
She rose from her seat. "I guess so. It was nice talking with you."
"Likewise." He handed her her bag.
The train slowed to a stop at the station and its door slid open.
"I guess goodbye, Mr. Scaglietti."
"Perhaps we shall meet again, Ms. Takamachi."
Stepping off onto the station platform she paused and glanced back behind her as the train sped off towards its next stop. It was a very random encounter though she couldn't help but think he was kind of cute as she made her way through the station. The walk back to base was short, as the station was constructed close to base. Once back inside, she quickly put away the perishable items from the bag into the small refrigerator. While pulling out the last of the groceries, a slip of paper fluttered to the floor. A closer inspection showed it to be a business card. Flipping the card over, the name 'J. Scaglietti' was printed across the middle with contact information below it. With card in hand, Nanoha sat down on a nearby chair and stared at it. A small smile came to her lips.
"Perhaps we shall meet again, huh?"
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