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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/21/2008 6:30:01 AM   
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Okay, now even I am beginning to beleive in the snake! BTW, Cuttlefish, you did not mention any interference in the raid by USN CVE's - what happened?


I didn't elaborate on why the Taffys didn't participate in the battle because I honestly don't know what happened. Wolffpack not only had CVEs south of Iwo, he also had at least a couple of CVs down there. Were they out of position? Did bad weather prevent them from launching? I guess it's fitting that we don't know, since our protagonists don't know either.

I seem to have misplaced the screenie from Nov. 9, but almost all categories of ammo are at 0 or in the red. There are 24 depth charges left aboard, and maybe half the 5" ammo is left. That's about it. The air attack was worth another point of experience, by the way, boosting crew day/night experience to 86/69.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/21/2008 7:29:30 AM   
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CF, did the game choose Hibiki as part of the escort TF, or did you decide to roll the die on that one?

I'm sure it's the snake, myself.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/21/2008 8:42:45 AM   
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CF, did the game choose Hibiki as part of the escort TF, or did you decide to roll the die on that one?

I'm sure it's the snake, myself.



Good question Brad! If the game had chosen it would have left CF with a difficult decision on whether or not to intervene...


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/21/2008 6:40:43 PM   
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And for a second time, Hibiki emerges as the only undamaged ship of a group. I wonder if she'll come to be seen as a curse to the rest of the IJN?


Hibiki is the new Shigure!


Was reading up on Shigure. While I consider her the luckiest ship of the war, there are some who view her as unlucky. Those that take that view note how many times her cohorts were slaughtered while she survived unscathed. Interesting that her final demise was to a US submarine in the South China Sea

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 3:24:08 PM   
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I would have to say that the reputation of Hibiki amoung the transport captains is probably fairly good (never lost a ship on Hibiki's watch!).  Among other combat vessels however, I might not want to be in the same TF with her!

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 5:45:29 PM   
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WOW , just read the whole thing....SUPER MEGA JOB, this is by far the best AAR ever!  Great take on it, very well written Cuttlefish.

GO Hibiki..GO!

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 10:53:57 PM   
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CF, did the game choose Hibiki as part of the escort TF, or did you decide to roll the die on that one?

I'm sure it's the snake, myself.


The game made the decision and I let it stand. To be honest, though, I expected them to get out of enemy air range. But what the listed TF move said and what actually happened were, as is often the case, two different things...

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 10:56:29 PM   
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November 10, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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As the general public celebrates yet another great Japanese naval victory Hibiki ties up to a naval pier in Yokohama and begins the task of cleaning up from the last battle and preparing for the next one. Most of the men Hibiki plucked from the water walk off the ship under their own power but stretcher bearers take a number of them away. They also remove the bodies of two who, despite Nakagawa’s best efforts, did not survive the trip back.

Fuel and ammunition are replenished. Guns and machines stressed by the battle are worked on and the deck force falls to cleaning and carrying out minor repairs. The men work hard and there is not a lot of conversation. There will be, later, but not yet. Right now the men are still pondering having once more survived when so many did not.

Ise, the ship of the hour, is present in Tokyo Bay, having not only sunk an enemy battleship and heavy cruiser but having also survived an air attack on the voyage home. Of Hyuga there is no sign. Other ships from the various task forces limp into the bay in ones and twos throughout the morning but by noon all the ships that are going to return have made it in.

The men hear the broadcasts about the great victory at Iwo Jima but only shake their heads when they hear that the enemy has been routed. They know the enemy has received a setback, certainly, but they have slowly come to understand that routing a foe with as much power as the Allies possess is simply a fantasy. The best they can do is make the ship ready for battle again and hope to keep somehow stemming the enemy tide.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 10:57:42 PM   
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November 11, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 1
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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“Look at all this!” Oizuma exclaims. “What am I supposed to do with it all?” The area around Benzaiten’s nice new crate is piled with offerings from the crew, everything from neatly bundled balls of rice to coins and other small valuables.

“There is a fund for the relief of sailor’s families,” says Shiro from his hammock. “They have an office not too far from here. We could pack it up and take it there.”

“That’s a good idea,” says Oizuma. “Times are hard and even this much would help. I am sure Benzaiten would approve. Wouldn’t you?” he asks the snake.

Benzaiten, coiled neatly inside, simply regards him with her lidless eyes and says nothing. Oizuma takes this to mean “yes” and goes to find a box in which to carry everything.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 11:00:09 PM   
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November 12, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 0
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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Riku is on the pier checking off crates of ammunition against a manifest when Shiro comes down to bring him a bowl of rice. Riku thanks him and takes a moment to eat. As he does so the two friends talk a little about nothing in particular. Before long they are interrupted by the sound of angry yelling.

The two men look around to see that three school girls, perhaps eleven or twelve years old, have ventured down the dock. The one in front is clutching a bunch of flowers. They are currently being harangued by an angry sentry, who is pointing back up the dock.

Riku sets down the bowl and hops off his crate. He and Shiro stroll over. The girls look terrified and near tears.

“Hey, what’s all this?” Riku asks.

“This dock is off limits to civilians!” snaps the sentry.

“Well, that’s true,” says Riku. He turns to the girls. “It is dangerous on these docks, you know,” he says gently. “What brings you down here?”

“Please, sir,” says the one with the flowers, who seems to be the leader of the little expedition, “are you from that ship there?” She points to Hibiki.

“We both are, yes,” says Riku. Shiro nods.

“These are for you,” says the girl, proffering the flowers. “For the brave sailors who helped keep us safe.” She holds them out and Riku takes them. They are slightly battered but still pretty.

“Thank you,” Riku tells her gravely. The three girls bow and then back up, eyeing the sentry, before turning and scampering away back up the pier.

Riku stands looking down at the flowers in his hands, looking a little dumbfounded.

“Let me take those,” says Shiro. He gathers them up. Though a few of the crew look at him a little oddly as he carries the makeshift bouquet back aboard he carries them proudly. Once aboard he finds a bowl for them and they decorate a table in the forward crew’s mess that night at dinner. At first they draw some mocking comments but once the story gets around everyone agrees that they are a very nice touch.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/22/2008 11:59:29 PM   
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As usual an excellent read.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/23/2008 11:22:41 AM   
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This AAR is so good.... it really really really has to become a comic book... At least this is the way I picture it in my mind, I see the strips, the frames, the lines..

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/23/2008 11:52:19 AM   
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Benzaiten, coiled neatly inside, simply regards him with her lidless eyes and says nothing. Oizuma takes this to mean “yes” and goes to find a box in which to carry everything.


Flick your tongue once for yes, twice for no, Benzaiten.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/23/2008 5:08:49 PM   
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Sorry to interrupt again, but Wonderful, Fantastic, and Masterful story telling, Cuttlefish!

Terrific plan and many congratulations on your excellent execution!

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/23/2008 5:36:13 PM   
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CF,

Ref the flowers: I don't know you did it, but you managed to hit the exact right spot on what it feels like to get a random thanks from a school kid.

I got an "any soldier" letter from a kid a few years back. It mostly just said thaink you and be safe. I felt a little silly at first, but wrote back and said thank you in return, and that she, and other kids like her was one of the reasons I was there in the first place. To this day, it is one of the highlights of my military service.

Sorry for the highjack,
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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/23/2008 9:05:52 PM   
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Hey t-Rav...Thanks again

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/24/2008 2:16:43 AM   
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well done

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/24/2008 6:01:14 AM   
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November 12, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 0


Now that's fast work! Hibiki's men have evidently learned how to deal with the "unfixable" last damage point.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/24/2008 10:09:51 PM   
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CF,

Ref the flowers: I don't know you did it, but you managed to hit the exact right spot on what it feels like to get a random thanks from a school kid.

I got an "any soldier" letter from a kid a few years back. It mostly just said thaink you and be safe. I felt a little silly at first, but wrote back and said thank you in return, and that she, and other kids like her was one of the reasons I was there in the first place. To this day, it is one of the highlights of my military service.

Sorry for the highjack,
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No need to apologize! Thanks for sharing that, it made my day.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/24/2008 10:12:34 PM   
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November 13, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 0
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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“You are going,” says Captain Ishii, and his tone makes it obvious that this is a command. Lieutenant Miharu nonetheless makes one last effort.

“But sir,” he says, “we might be ordered back out at any time.”

Ishii raises one arm and makes a sweeping gesture out over the harbor. “Right now the ships ready for action consist of Tone and maybe half a dozen destroyers,” he says. “The enemy will have doubled the guard on their transports. We aren’t going anywhere for a while. The Imperial Japanese Navy can spare you for one week.”

“Yes sir,” says the lieutenant, “but…” Ishii cuts him off by gesturing peremptorily towards Izu.

“Ensign Izu!” he says. Izu trots promptly over and salutes.

“Sir!” he says.

“Izu, please find Chief Shun and ask him to report to me at once,” says Ishii.

“Yes sir!” says Izu. Lieutenant Miharu raises his hands in a gesture of surrender.

“Very well, sir,” he says, “I will go pack immediately.”

“Belay that, Izu,” Ishii tells the ensign. To Miharu he says “Enjoy your trip, Exec. Your wife and new little girl will be glad to see you.” The lieutenant salutes and leaves. Ensign Izu watches him go and then addresses the captain.

“Sir,” he says, “I should inform you that if anyone orders me to depart on leave I will obey quickly and promptly.”

“I’ll keep that in mind, Ensign,” growls Ishii. His effort not to smile almost succeeds. “Return to your duties.”

“Yes sir!” Izu snaps a salute and goes back to his station.


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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/24/2008 11:01:42 PM   
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Maybe if the bridge wasnt so small Ishii would have found some neglected corner to examine to keep his smile hidden.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/25/2008 1:56:24 AM   
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These guys have been together long enough that even the Captain is okay to joke around with. Speaks well of the crew.

I'm still continuing my read through, btw. So far I spotted a Portal reference, a Fred Noonan reference, an Indiana Jones reference, a Dinosaur Comics reference.. someone should write a Reader's Guide.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/26/2008 11:27:22 PM   
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November 14, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 0
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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With the ship’s stores once again full Riku has little trouble wheedling a day pass out of the tolerant Paymaster Kataoka. His next step is to lure Taiki ashore. This he accomplishes with only a little arm-twisting, and before long the two men are sitting cross-legged on mats on either side of a low table in a good restaurant.

As tea is poured and the first courses arrive the two friends talk about the recent battle, news from their wives, and other matters. Later, when they are full of good food and enjoying a cup of warm sake, the conversation wanes to a companionable silence. Riku sets down his cup and looks at Taiki.

“All right,” he says, “let’s have it.”

Taiki looks up at him, a little confused. “Have it?” he says. “Have what?”

“Whatever has been bothering you these last few weeks,” Riku says. “I don’t think anyone else has noticed, but you can’t fool Shiro. He mentioned it to me and I have been watching you. Something has been bothering you, bothering you a lot I think.”

Taiki grimaces. “I need to find less perceptive friends,” he says. “Look, Riku-san, I appreciate the concern, but it is not something I wish to discuss. Thank you, but I am fine.”

Riku just shrugs, as if in acquiescence, and takes a sip of his sake. Taiki does the same, though he takes an uncharacteristically large gulp. Riku signals the hostess, who glides over in her kimono and refills the cups. After she withdraws Riku simply sits quietly and waits, watching Taiki. Taiki takes another drink.

“That damned island,” the young petty officer says after a moment. “I wish we had never gone there.”

“It seemed like a nice place,” Riku says in a carefully casual tone. “Rather pretty, if it weren’t for the war and all.”

Taiki sets down his cup with such a thump that a little sake slops over the side. His face, however, is like a mask. “You don’t know,” he says. “You can’t. That island is cursed.”

“You would be surprised,” Riku says, “by what I have seen and what I might believe.” Taiki sighs.

“Look,” he says, “I will tell you, but it must remain between us.” And without waiting for confirmation he tells the tale of General Tachibana and his grisly feasts. By the time he is done Riku has emptied his cup again.

“I thought it must be something pretty bad,” Riku says quietly. “But I didn’t know it was like that.”

“Why would someone do something like that?” Taiki asks him. “How could someone do something like that?”

“I think,” says Riku slowly, “that this war squeezes people. Under the pressure everything else melts away until only one’s essential self remains. I imagine that Tachibana was always cruel and mad, deep down; with the war his masks are now gone and the monster within him is visible.

“It isn’t all bad,” Riku continues. “Look at you, for example. Before the war you were a plasterer, a man with great gifts you never used. Now you are a petty officer, one worthy of respect. You could be an officer. But whatever you do, you will not be the simple, quiet man you would have been. Under the pressure your quality has emerged.”

“The same could be said about you,” Taiki tells him. “You have changed even more than I have.”

Riku bows his head slightly in acknowledgement. “It’s the same with us as a people,” Riku says. “The war has brought out the best in us; our ability to endure, our loyalty, our courage, our spirit of sacrifice. But it has also brought out the worst. Cruelty, harshness, barbarism. The good and bad, both now as starkly visible as the bones of a starving man.”

Taiki ponders this for a few moments. Finally he nods to himself. Then he looks up at Riku.

“An officer?” he says with a slight smile.

“There is no doubt in my mind,” says Riku. “With Captain Ishii and Lieutenant Miharu’s help you could take the qualifying exams. You would pass them easily. You would be an outstanding officer, the kind that men follow willingly.”

“Perhaps,” says Taiki. “I never thought about it before.”

“Think about it,” says Riku. “And think about what you learned on Chichi Jima. I have seen a few things too. If we survive the war it is our job to see that such things do not happen again.”

“We do not want our children to see what we have seen,” Taiki agrees. He raises his cup. “To a better future,” he says. Riku raises his cup and both men drink.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 1:02:23 AM   
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“We do not want our children to see what we have seen,” Taiki agrees. He raises his cup. “To a better future,” he says. Riku raises his cup and both men drink.


Perhaps the prayer of any veteran.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 7:51:56 AM   
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Wonder if someone could fill me in on "tale of General Tachibana and his grisly feasts. By the time he is done Riku has emptied his cup again".  Can't seem to locate it in the back story.  Thanks

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 12:49:49 PM   
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General Tachibana practicied canabalisim on Chichi Jima.  He was sentanced to death after the war.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 4:10:46 PM   
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"Flyboys" narrates it quite well.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 8:23:32 PM   
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General Tachibana practicied canabalisim on Chichi Jima.  He was sentanced to death after the war.


And this was not just part of CFs story, he took this straight from actual history.

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/27/2008 9:57:10 PM   
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“Think about it,” says Riku. “And think about what you learned on Chichi Jima. I have seen a few things too. If we survive the war it is our job to see that such things do not happen again.”

“We do not want our children to see what we have seen,” Taiki agrees. He raises his cup. “To a better future,” he says. Riku raises his cup and both men drink.


Mind you, in order to survive the war, it may very well be necessary to, unthinkable as it used to be, surrender.

Any chance of an after-battle summary of the action around Iwo Jima? It looks like at least two BB's were sunk on the way back. (Perhaps Ishii could get a glimpse of a classified report at his next briefing? Or of course there's always another excerpt from Morris Elliot Samuelson . . .)

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RE: Small Ship, Big War - 12/29/2008 7:51:52 PM   
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November 15, 1944

Location: Tokyo
Course: None
Attached to: Disbanded in port
Mission: None
System Damage: 0
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 475

Orders: None

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There are ships where the captain is a remote figure, seldom seen by most of the crew and communicating mostly through the executive officer. Captain Ishii has never been such a commander; while he is spotted in many parts of the ship only occasionally his personality, his energy and drive, are nonetheless as much a part of Hibiki as the steel of her hull. The men know he is there and their unshakeable faith in him is a large part of their spirit and confidence.

Thus it is quickly noted that he has been less visible than usual since Hibiki returned to Tokyo. This is not yet a matter of much concern; most believe that he is busy in his cabin with important matters. Only a few of his senior officers note that he looks drawn and tired. This is understandable; the strain of the long war is beginning to tell on everybody and of all the crew they have some idea of how much greater the strain is on Ishii. They carry on while subtly encouraging him to rest.

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Ishii sits at the small desk in his cabin, finishing a letter to his wife. He has to concentrate on his brush strokes, as he is so tired his hands lack their usual steadiness. If only he could sleep, he thinks. But for the last couple of weeks he has awakened frequently in the night, awakened bathed in cold sweat and with pain twisting in his guts. Of course he cannot say anything to anyone. If it confirmed that he really is ill he might be relieved of command, and that is something he cannot risk. Perhaps it will pass. He hopes so.

He finishes the letter and sets it aside to dry, then stands. As soon as he does so he is hit by a wave of dizziness. On its heels comes a stabbing pain right behind his breastbone. Ishii’s eyes widen and he grips the edge of his desk, setting his teeth against the pain. Slowly it eases. Ishii straightens carefully, his breath coming in hoarse gasps.

This is not good, he thinks. This is not good at all.


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