made my way to MHI headquarters, an impressive
building with some reconstruction work going on on
one side. Stationing myself outside the front door,
I had only a few minutes to wait before Arisa and
Kyoko emerged. In the text of the interview, SN
stands for Sarah-neko, A for Arisa and K for Kyoko.
Superman stands for Truth, Justice and the American
Excuse me! Excuse me, Mitamura-san, Koitabashi-san,
may I talk to you?
If it's the restaurant, we're going to make the
payment this month, okay? We're just waiting for
Actually, I wondered if I could interview you about
Android NK-1124. (Suddenly, the two of them grab
me, one arm each, and haul me back into the
building. I am slammed against a wall and frisked;
they find my tape recorder and a lollipop I was
saving for later.) That hurt, you know!
Quiet! (wags the lollipop in my face) How did you
find out? There haven't been any media releases
It was kind of hard not to notice the huge
explosions and columns of dust and smoke rising
above the city!
Yes, but that could have been anyone. It wasn't
MHI machines were often seen by numerous
eye-witnesses at the scenes of the
They could have been hi-jacked. And you didn't see
What is this, anyway? OLIB?
Office Ladies in Black. Like Men in
But our uniforms are pink.
I like the sound of it, though. Hey, we should get
some of those Predator sunglasses!
We can't afford them this month! You said we were
going to get the air conditioner fixed!
Man, is that thing still busted?
What do you know about it?
Can I have my lolly back first?
No, I'm going to eat it.
Meanie! Meanie meanie meanie! (I try to grab the
lollipop from her but she holds it out of my reach
Look, if you know so much already, we may as well
talk to you. What did you want to know?
Okay, first, where did Arisa get that neat Chinese
dress she was wearing in Phase OIII?
Mail order. Next question.
My friend Helen thinks you two might be more than
Your friend Helen's a deviant.
I know, I keep telling her that. Do you two like
No, neither of us likes quiche.
Mental note, scratch rat creature analogy. Things
seem to have quietened down a lot since your space
adventure. What are your plans for the
Our plans are Our Lady's plans, and we're not at
liberty to discuss Our Lady's plans.
Okay. If you give me back my lolly and my tape
recorder, I won't tell Your Lady about what you did
with the space shuttle.
(sulkily): All right. Now get outta here. People
have work to do.
Thank you! Bye-bye!
I walked away from MHI, I realised I was no longer
taking these interviews as seriously as I should.
True, these people were crazy, but that was no
excuse. I had one more name on my list, and I knew
she should be approached in a sober and cautious
frame of mind.
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