17 March 43
Two men stand on a dias
It is not a very big dias, this small platform, but even if it was as big as a tennis field, it would be dwarfed by what herbiesan, and his Son, Uto face
Before them, facing the same way, a row of impeccable Officers, Yamamoto to the left, nagumo next, many others.
In front of them, Mushia’s new Captain.
And facing them, the thousand or more faces, a sea of faces, of her crew.
And above them all, her massive tower, those great, great guns.
The Captain is reading the Imperial script, the call to serve, to serve with honour
Pride washes about him.
How could it not.?.
The wind blowing across Tokyo bay whips the Captains words away, but the men will listen, or try to.
Japan feels very powerful this day, in this place.
‘So my Son, have you had enough of war, of time away?
Uto does not answer, swaying in the breeze
“Have you had enough time in the muck?. It is time you returned home, by my side, helped me rule”
More silence, the Captain drones on
“I didn’t seize an Empire, for you to piss it away with your Sailor friends, my Son. You are above all that”
And now, quietly, so only his father can hear, Uto replies
“My sailor friends?. You speak with ill disdain father. Look ahead of you, what do you see?
Pawns in your grab for glory, mere chess pieces in your great game?. I tell you what I see Father. A thousand souls, and tens of thousands more, who work night and day, and fight, and die, not for Father, but for each other, for their Country, their family, but not for you Father.
Not ever for you.”
“Ahh, the patriotism runs deep ney?. . let me tell you this, just once. I don’t give a pigs arse for any of them. Not one. I do give a pigs arse though to power, to life, and to our name. And this war will cement it forever. Forever, do you hear, forever”
The Captain finishes
A band plays
The Rising sun flutters, and Mushia joins the fleet, at last.
And the men begin to leave the platform, and Father, Son, face each other.
‘I am going back to Zuiho . To my friends. To where honour lives. To where I can serve Japan.
But never you”