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RE: Waiting Game - 5/9/2007 9:53:36 PM   
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Just don't get too distracted with Hibiki-san; we wouldn't want it to interfere with your writing!

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 2:24:49 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Vetamur

(just a side note since the Hibiki is everyones favorite destroyer..in my newest game, the one I am doing the AAR on, the Hibiki hit Dutch Submarine KXI twice on Dec. 9th. as a side-side note, I hired a new part time secretary this week and her name is Hibiki..which is an extremely uncommon name here)


I did not realize it was ever used as a proper name. What an interesting coincidence!

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 2:26:47 AM   
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August 9, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 412

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Lieutenant Miharu is holding English class aboard the Hibiki. With the relative inactivity aboard ship he has revived the classes and acquired several new students. They are currently seated around him on the fantail of the destroyer, in the shadow of one of the Y-rack depth charge throwers.

“Repeat once again: ‘Is this the train to Chicago?’” he says. The eight men listening to him repeat the English phrase in chorus, with varying degrees of success. Miharu listens carefully.

“Seaman Watase, repeat it once more, please.” Second Class Seaman Tamotsu Watase dutifully repeats the English phrase.

“How many of you believe he said that correctly?” asks the lieutenant. All answer in the affirmative except for Riku, who looks doubtful. Miharu knows that Riku is his most advanced pupil, so he asks him for his opinion.

“I think he said ‘tlain’ instead of ‘train’,” says Riku. He enunciates the two words very slowly and carefully. Miharu nods.

“That is correct,” he says. “To we Japanese, the ‘L’ and ‘R’ phonemes are the same sound. In English they are different. This is a source of great amusement to Americans when they listen to us speaking English. We substitute the sounds for each other because our tongues and brains are trained to the fact that they are the same thing. But not so to Americans. The problem this creates for Japanese is not that we cannot be understood. In my experience, the problem is that it makes the Americans see us as foolish.” There are murmurs of indignation at this.

“So it makes a nation of loud, uncultured barbarians see us as foolish?” asks Ensign Handa. “That is stupid!”

“I stress this,” says Miharu, “because it is difficult enough to be taken seriously by an American as it is. Our cultures are very different. Even after a year in their country and many years studying their language I don’t think I truly understand them. Their general perception of us is even more inaccurate.”

“Perhaps they will come to understand us better once we are dictating peace terms in Washington!” declares Watase. Miharu smiles a little.

“No doubt in much the same way that the Germans came to understand and appreciate the French after the French dictated peace terms at Versailles,” says the lieutenant. “It is my own opinion that if we understood one another better we would not be fighting now. Who knows, perhaps in some future time of peace Americans will come to understand and appreciate our culture.”

“Perhaps,” says Riku thoughtfully, “there might even come a time when Japanese goods will be valued and eagerly sought in America.” This statement provokes general laughter. Riku looks hurt.

“You may as well say that there will come a time when our baseball players will be as welcome there as Ted Williams and Hank Greenberg,” laughs Ensign Handa. There is more laughter.

“Certainly!” whoops another. “No doubt they will be offered huge sums of money to leave Japan and play in the World Series!” Lieutenant Miharu smiles.

“Now you are just being foolish,” he says. “Let us get back to work. As I was explaining, in English interrogatives are usually spoken with an upward inflection at the end of the sentence…”

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 2:28:08 AM   
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August 10, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 382

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Lieutenant Umeda of the Tokeitai lies wracked with fever in a ward of a military hospital in Rangoon. His face is beaded with sweat and his skin is mottled and unhealthy looking. He has lost 30 pounds since leaving Japan.

His transport was torpedoed and sunk en route from the Nicobar Islands. He was rescued by another ship, but upon reaching Rangoon contracted malaria. He has spent the last week in the hospital.

On the bed to his right a soldier who lost a foot in the fighting north of Myitkyina tosses and moans. Umeda turns his head and looks at the window to his left. It is open halfway, but very little breeze comes in to disturb the stifling air and large flies buzz and crawl lazily across the glass.

Umeda clenches his fists weakly. Captain Ishii of the Hibiki put him here. Ishii and his executive officer and that ape of a CPO, he thinks. I will survive this, his thoughts continue, and I will return to Japan and someday I will have my revenge. He holds fiercely to these thoughts as he falls into restless sleep.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 2:28:43 AM   
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August 11, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 351

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 2:29:57 AM   
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August 12, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 320

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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A heavy rain squall passes over the task force. After the clouds pass the decks of the Hibiki literally steam in the hot sun. Even the ocean seems turgid and warm, not like the clean cold waters of Japan.

Hibiki seems to hang at the center of a vast quiet that has fallen over the South Pacific. Nowhere can the questing submarines or search planes of Japan locate any sign of enemy movement. It feels to the men aboard the destroyer almost as though they and the enemy were trapped and held motionless by the warm, heavy tropical air.

Whether there is fighting occuring elsewhere they have no idea. Sometimes it seems as though the war has ended and no one remembered to tell them. The destroyer continues its endless defensive patrols around the assembled aircraft carriers, waiting for something to happen.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 3:25:04 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cuttlefish

August 12, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 320

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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A heavy rain squall passes over the task force. After the clouds pass the decks of the Hibiki literally steam in the hot sun. Even the ocean seems turgid and warm, not like the clean cold waters of Japan.

Hibiki seems to hang at the center of a vast quiet that has fallen over the South Pacific. Nowhere can the questing submarines or search planes of Japan locate any sign of enemy movement. It feels to the men aboard the destroyer almost as though they and the enemy were trapped and held motionless by the warm, heavy tropical air.

Whether there is fighting occuring elsewhere they have no idea. Sometimes it seems as though the war has ended and no one remembered to tell them. The destroyer continues its endless defensive patrols around the assembled aircraft carriers, waiting for something to happen.



One could entitle this segment: "The dog days of war". You paint a hellish scene, Cuttlefish.

It does not go unnotice that this is Post 666.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/10/2007 6:06:23 PM   
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We seem to have many gifted writers in this forum.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 3:04:42 AM   
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August 13, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 289

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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There is a small flurry of excitement in the task force when CV Hiyo and her three escorts are detected to the north, but the carrier was expected around this time and is quickly identified. The four ships are quickly integrated into the main carrier group, and things resume their usual routine.

There is another stir of interest when Hiyo announces via signal lamp that she carries sacks of mail for each ship. The converted carrier is suddenly at the center of a converging ring of ship’s boats. Everyone is eager for some contact from home and a bit of a race develops to see who can get to the carrier first.

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Taiki bids farewell to the friends he has made aboard the Hiyo. Traveling on the carrier has been an interesting experience for Taiki. The former ocean liner has luxuries of crew space aboard that the men of the Hibiki can only dream of. But Taiki is still eager to be back aboard the destroyer. Not only does it seem more like home to him, but the Hiyo is a slow and clumsy ship compared to the Hibiki.

The Hibiki’s boat is alongside. Taiki lowers two sacks down to the waiting crewmen and then climbs down the ladder to the boat. He drops nimbly into the pitching craft then straightens and salutes a slightly startled Ensign Handa.

“Reporting for duty, sir,” he says.

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CV Hiyo:







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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 3:07:51 AM   
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Yay! The wandering minstrel returns.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 3:07:53 AM   
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August 14, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 258

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Lieutenant Miharu listens to Taiki’s tale and shakes his head in amazement.

“Remarkable,” he says. “You managed to find us in the middle of a top secret operation thousands of miles away. I hope our enemies are not nearly so persistent! At any rate, welcome back aboard, Takahashi.”

“Thank you sir,” says Taiki. “I am glad to be back. I admit, though, that I was surprised to be reassigned to the Hibiki. Not displeased, sir, by any means, but I did not expect it.” Miharu smiles.

“The Captain made that request when he recommended you for promotion,” he says. “That means he has confidence in you. You will have to live up to that.”

“Yes sir, I will,” says Taiki.

“Good. You understand, I hope, that there is a reason that seamen are usually assigned to another ship once they are promoted. You will have to be in charge of men that were once your friends. That might still be your friends. Or your enemies, for that matter.” The executive officer looks steadily at Taiki. “You must not allow this to influence your judgements or your discipline.” Taiki nods.

“Yes sir, I have thought about that. I will try, sir.”

“Very well,” says the lieutenant. “You will once again be gun captain assigned to the forward AA mount. We are in the middle of a long, dull stretch of patrol duty. I suggest holding daily drills to keep your crew sharp. Do you have any questions?”

“No sir,” says Taiki.

“In that case, good luck. Carry on, Takahashi.”


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 3:13:48 AM   
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This thread is addictive!

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 4:47:45 AM   
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ORIGINAL: cantona

Now, thats getting a lift in style!!


Obviously you didn't spend four years traveling "in style".


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/11/2007 11:34:53 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: AU Tiger


quote:

ORIGINAL: cantona

Now, thats getting a lift in style!!


Obviously you didn't spend four years traveling "in style".



Nope only warships ive been on are the HMS Alacrity and some US Auxiliary in the 80's that called into Gibraltar and we went to see them as Sea Scouts


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/12/2007 12:23:01 AM   
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So the reunion has finally happened and now it'll be back into the war.  Of course there could be a letter in one of the mail sacks from a certain female in Japan to a crew member that can rekindle a simmering conflict between shipmates.    

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/12/2007 3:20:16 AM   
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August 15, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 227

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Excerpt from “Naval Battles of the Pacific War, Volume II: Pacific Empire” by Morris Elliot Samuelson; Harper, Row, and Fujimori, New York, 1965


In contrast to the events in the Far East, the Pacific theater settled into a period of quiet following the Japanese repulse at Wake Island and the Australian capture of Gili Gili. Both sides circled each other like two wary fighters unwilling to drop their guards long enough to throw a punch.

American morale had received a much needed boost following these victories. It had been proven that the Japanese could be stopped, and the public mood in the days that followed was noticeably brighter. As the weeks went on, however, and something like a stalemate began to set in the pressure increased to follow this victory with further signs that the tide had turned and the war could in fact be won.

Against this backdrop Admiral William D. Leahy, the recently appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, called a meeting in Washington on August 15 to discuss Allied strategy in the Pacific. Present were General Marshall, Admiral King, General Arnold, and Field Marshall Sir John Dill, among others.

These men were aware of the need to maintain pressure on Japan. Without such pressure and the attrition of Japanese forces they feared that Japan might be able to fortify her defensive perimeter to an extent that would make future operations very difficult. There were, however, deeply divided opinions on how to proceed.

Of the three Allied penetrations of the Japanese defensive perimeter – Wake Island, Nanomea, and Gili Gili – only New Guinea seemed to provide the opportunity the Allies were seeking to engage the Japanese and wear down their forces. Wake Island was too remote and under too much Japanese pressure. In the weeks following the failed Japanese invasion two convoys had attempted to reach the island. Both had suffered heavy losses. Nanomea was also isolated and was being largely ignored by the Japanese.

Gili Gili had the advantage of being close to major Allied bases in Australia and of being even closer to major Japanese bases at Port Moresby, Lae, and Rabaul. The Allied situation there, however, had deteriorated rapidly since the initial occupation. The Japanese had complete control of the air and sea around eastern New Guinea, making offensive operations out of the base impossible.

As the discussion of the strategic situation continued it was apparent that the major stumbling block Admiral Leahy and the others faced was the Japanese carrier force. Every plan that was proposed ran the risk of disastrous losses should it intervene. With the British aircraft carriers either sunk or out of action there were only four US fleet carriers currently available. Against this force the Japanese were known to be operating eight fleet carriers and three light carriers in the Pacific. Eventually this imbalance would be redressed by US carriers currently under construction, but for the moment Japan retained a decisive edge.

It was reluctantly decided that the risks of a major naval defeat were too great. Though it might harm public morale and give the Japanese more time to prepare their defenses, they agreed to recommend that further offensive operations in the Pacific be postponed until 1943. Admiral Leahy directed that a document be drawn up outlining the situation and the group’s recommendations. He himself would brief President Roosevelt.

Unfortunately a copy of this document fell into the hands of Gyorgy Emale, the notorious Axis spy whose information did so much damage to the Allied cause until his capture and execution in 1943. It was soon in Berlin and the Germans thoughtfully forwarded a copy to the Japanese, who received it some two weeks later.

This intelligence revealed to the Japanese that they were waiting for an attack that would not occur in the near future. After some debate it was decided that this presented an opportunity to interfere with the Allied build up in the Pacific. Word was thus sent to the forces lurking in the South Pacific that defensive operations were cancelled. The Japanese carriers were released to become hunters once again.


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/12/2007 3:21:38 AM   
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August 16, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 3
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 474

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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In his cabin, Captain Ishii opens a small package that was delivered to him along with the mail from the Hiyo. It contains a postcard of the volcano Sakurajima, a simple but pleasant child’s drawing of seagulls over water, a tin of candies, and a letter. The letter is from a ten year old schoolgirl in Kagoshima. Such packages have been sent since the start of the war to Japanese servicemen away from Japan, though Ishii has never received one before.

Ishii smiles as he reads the letter. It is unselfconciously cheerful and patriotic. The girl’s name is Chiyo, and she talks about her friends and her classes in school. She also wishes him well and hopes that he is able to strike blows for Japan against the enemy.

He finishes reading it and then opens the tin. The candies have melted a little and stuck together, but he frees one and pops it in his mouth. Then he takes a pen and paper and begins to write a thank you letter in return. It may be some time before he can send it, but he is touched by the gesture and does not want to forget to reply.


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/12/2007 3:26:25 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cuttlefish

August 15, 1942

...etc


Unless you know something you opponent knows, CF, the revered Mr. Sameulson will have lots of egg on his face if the USN shows up off Guam next week.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/12/2007 9:17:24 AM   
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Good, I was growing inpatient!

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/14/2007 4:31:11 AM   
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Very nice updates Cuttlefish! As always, I make sure to keep reading. Anyway, it was a nice scene about the little girl sending a small package to Captain Ishii although is she a member of his family or a friend of the family? It seems a little odd how a random girl could send a package to a destroyer captain whom isn't as famous as say Admiral Yamamoto or Koga.

Anyway, update soon! Looking forward to what happens next!

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/14/2007 4:53:43 AM   
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If I remember the Japanese had a letter-writing program similar to the Dear Abbey one in America where letters were written by students to random servicemen. Cynically, it's a program to keep morale up. I prefer to call it kindness.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/15/2007 4:04:14 AM   
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August 17, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 4
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 442

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/15/2007 4:04:49 AM   
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August 18, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 4
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 411

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/15/2007 4:06:57 AM   
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August 19, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 380

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Chief Engineer Sakati is in the starboard engine room. The stocky engineering officer is listening to the rumble of the starboard engine as the Hibiki idles along at 18 knots. To Sakati the sound the engines make is as full of nuances and clues as a symphony is to a student of classical music. Right now Sakati is hearing a faint vibration in the engine noise that was not there the day before.

It is nothing serious, he knows. By the sound of it one of the shafts is just slightly out of alignment. These things happen after enough miles at sea, and it is the sort of thing that is easily fixed when the ship is in port. Not that it seems as though the ship is likely to see port any time soon, the engineer grumbles to himself.

Sakati does not care a great deal about grand strategy. He cares about his engines. If the Hibiki is to steam in circles for weeks on end there is no doubt a good reason for it, but such activity is very hard on a ship’s machinery. Ah well, he thinks, there is nothing to do but keep the equipment in as good a shape as possible so that full power it is there when called upon. A destroyer lives or dies on its speed, after all, not its armor.

The engineer also wishes that if they had to linger somewhere it was someplace cooler. It is brutally hot in the boiler and engine rooms. Sakati has issued orders that his men spend no more than an hour below decks before going above for some fresh air. The men have limits just like the engines, and he wants to make sure they are also ready for action whenever it should occur.


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/15/2007 4:08:39 AM   
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August 20, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 348

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Taiki has settled into his new duties fairly well so far. He has had happy reunions with his old friends, with things being only slightly awkward as everyone adjusts to his new status. At the moment, however, it those new duties that are concerning him. There are things he felt free to ignore previously that he feels he must now act upon.

After wrestling with his conscience for a bit he seeks out Riku and succeeds in catching him alone. Riku sees him coming and after only a second’s hesitation braces to attention.

“Petty Officer Takahashi, sir, how may I help you?” he says. Taiki clears his throat and pauses for a moment. He has not looked forward to this.

“Seaman Ariga,” he says, “I need some answers from you.” Without further comment he draws out a copy he has made of the letter he saw from Riku to one Milo Minderbinder in Auckland. As it is in English Taiki has no idea what it says, but he does not think it can be anything good.

Riku looks curious as he opens and reads the letter. Taiki watches him carefully, and sees his friend wince as he sees what is written. Riku slowly lowers the letter.

“I do not know what it says,” says Taiki, “but I wish you would tell me. I wanted to talk to you about it privately before I take this to Lieutenant Miharu.” Riku remains silent, looking down. His face is unreadable. “You…you aren’t spying, are you?” asks Taiki.

At this Riku looks up in surprise and then suddenly starts to laugh. Taiki hisses in annoyance.

“Seaman Ariga!” he snaps. “Give me your report!” Taiki stops laughing with an effort and pulls himself to attention again. He begins to speak, slowly at first but with increasing speed, as if it is a relief to be finally talking about it. He tells Taiki the entire story, leaving out nothing.


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/15/2007 7:04:50 PM   
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Good stuff!!!


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RE: Waiting Game - 5/16/2007 12:54:44 AM   
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August 21, 1942

Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 317

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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Mail, while welcomed by all aboard the Hibiki, was not the only or even the most important thing Hiyo brought to the task force. The carrier also carried large stocks of water and food. Hibiki’s nearly dry water tanks are replenished. Because it is not known when the destroyer will next see port, however, Captain Ishii extends the ban on using water for anything other than essential purposes. Non-essential purposes include bathing, among other things. The below deck areas of the destroyer acquire a distinct aroma in the equatorial heat, an aroma that fortunately most of the crew becomes accustomed to.

Food is another matter. Hibiki is better off than some of the other destroyers in the task force, largely thanks to Riku’s connections. Acting as the ship’s purchasing agent he was able to acquire more and better food than the standard fare, and as a result his status among the crew has risen as the cruise is extended. Nonetheless the relatively fresh fare doled out by the Hiyo is quite welcome.

The islands of Espirtu Santo and New Caledonia, with their lush plantations and farms, are only a day’s travel away. Yet the luxuries they possess might as well be in China for all the good they are currently doing the crew of the Hibiki. Sometimes when the wind is right the men aboard the destroyer almost think they can smell the tropical orchards there. But then the wind shifts, and once again the only smell is stack gas.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/16/2007 12:56:46 AM   
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Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 286

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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From the diary of Petty Officer Third Class Taiki Takahashi:

I really have no idea what to do now. Riku is a smuggler! I have enough information to have a dozen men arrested, many of them officers. The scoundrel told me everything and then just left it up to me to decide what to do about it. He seems strangely calm about it all. I don’t know if that is because he is resigned to his fate, because he trusts me, or what the reason is.

It is obviously my duty to report this. Trafficking with the enemy is a serious offense. Making a profit in a war where thousands are fighting and dying seems very wrong. Perhaps there are those who would say this is an ancient tradition, but I somehow do not think I could explain that to my father if I had to stand before him and justify my actions were I to do nothing.

And yet if I say even one word Riku is finished. Arrested and imprisoned, perhaps tortured if he will not give up the names of all his contacts. All of his dreams dust. Even if Shun were to fall off the face of the earth it is unthinkable that a woman like Nanami would ever have anything to do with a convicted criminal.

This is going to require some thought.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/16/2007 12:57:26 AM   
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Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 254

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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RE: Waiting Game - 5/16/2007 12:58:00 AM   
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Location: 100 miles west of Reef Island
Course: Holding position
Attached to: TF 79
Mission: Air combat
System Damage: 6
Float Damage: 0
Fires: 0
Fuel: 222

Orders: Hold position and wait.

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