Author: regie27 PM
A RahXephon: Pluraritas Concentio fic. The world is succesfully tuned and finds itself at peace with the Mu, but one Shitow Haruka faces a discovery that no one would have expected. How this will affect her life?Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,023 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 07-08-06 - Published: 06-30-06 - id: 3017494
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A RahXephon: Pluraritas Concentio fanfiction by regie27
Story advisor and beta reader: Carrie Asagiri
Standard disclaimers apply
Author's notes at the end of the chapter
The unmistakable scent of sanitizing detergent and alcohol filled Haruka's nostrils. The short-haired woman wrought her hands nervously at her lap. Anyone who was acquainted with the Intelligence Officer would have agreed that was an unusual gesture for her. The tensed jaw, the nervous eye movement and the aloof countenance spoke outwardly of the thoughts that had invaded her mind during the past two weeks.
It all started when she noticed that she had been "late." This event immediately rang alarms in her mind because her body had always been as regular as a Swiss clock and the last time something like this had occurred, it had been at the middle of the qualifying tests to earn her pilot's wings. Even her with her cold blood and serene demeanor amidst the stress that was the Academy, she had also begun to yield to the pressure and her body had made it quite evident with this occurrence. It had been widely known among the female personnel that stress could seriously screw up their periods and it wasn't unusual to see cadets buying pregnancy tests at the base commissary in order to dispel their fears while they wondered on the times they had acted recklessly after a rendezvous. Most of the times it had yielded negative results to their relief but Haruka had seen more than one classmate pack their bags with an expulsion letter inside their pockets. And there were the rare but highly entertaining instances a high ranking officer, married of course, would end up sweating his rank and ribbons at an inquiry board for fraternizing with a young subordinate.
Back then, Haruka would have flashed a knowing smile and forgotten about the incident attributing it as the outcome of stress. However, this time around she wasn't so confident and she wasn't going to rely on an over the counter test to dispel her doubts. Coincidentally, her physicals were almost due and so this afternoon, TERRA Special Duty Captain Shitow Haruka sat at the rather cold and sterile environment of the installation's medical quarters, dutifully and very nervously waiting for the results of her checkup. Luckily for her, the doctor on duty was a good friend from her days back at Officer's School. Major Carrie Stewart was an anomaly on the mostly Japanese staff at TERRA, being a Briton through and through and even after years serving in Japan she still spoke the language with a slight accent that made her stand out and become practically unforgettable. However, she had made a name for herself but not for being the cute gaijin doctor with the funny accent but because she was a prodigy in the medical field and this had enabled her to move up the ranks in record time. Even the respected head of the scientist division, Dr. Kisaragi Itsuki had spoke of the Lancashire native in the most respectful of manners. Haruka hadn't seen Carrie since Operation Overlord had been launched but she knew she could still trust in her friend's discretion.
Haruka instinctively stood when the bespectacled doctor made her entrance holding a white dossier in her right hand while lifting her glasses up her nose with the left.
"Captain, I'm glad you didn't forget the appointment this time. You weren't this punctual at your last physical as I recall."
"Gomen. I'm not too fond of hospitals and hospital environments doctor."
"You should have thought of that before becoming a pilot. You know you need to be assessed periodically to maintain your flight status, but I know that thought never crossed your mind with that impulsive streak of yours taking over and all" the doctor replied with a knowing smile.
"You still know me pretty well after all these years, don't you."
"And I'm glad for that also because it seems I've been appointed the bearer of interesting news. Your own judgment will decide whether they're good or bad." The doctor stood staring at the short-haired captain with an intriguing spark of mischief in her eyes. Haruka sighed loudly, the suspense making a wreck out of her already altered nerves.
"Spill it out already Carrie, you're killing me here!" Haruka almost screamed out.
The doctor sat down and opened the dossier. "Oh, I hope I don't do such a thing because then I'll be accused of double murder." Dr. Stewart couldn't hide the grin that began curving on her lips.
Haruka stared at the fair-haired woman with brown eyes wide open, the true meaning of the jest just barely sinking in.
"Kami-sama, does that mean that…" Haruka muttered.
"The blood tests are unmistakable. Haruka, you're pregnant."
The TERRA officer stared at her friend with jaw slackened. "Pre-pregnant you said? Are you sure?"
"I ran the test myself. You can imagine I was pretty shocked too. I mean, I'm okay with whatever you do in with your private life. You're a grown-up to do whatever you please with whoever you choose but I must admit that it did strike me as odd in you. You were always so methodical and careful back at the Academy even with your scatterbrain lapses it was as if you had planned your life down to the smallest detail."
Haruka couldn't manage to articulate any words, her mind still unraveling with the news and what they revealed. Her glance shifted from the dossier to the doctor. "Since when?"
"I would need to do an ultrasound for that but judging by your constitution I would venture to guess about a month but something tells me you suspected something already."
The TERRA captain blinked. "But how…? Oh, it's no use. I can't fool you. I sensed something like this might be happening but it was too ludicrous to believe. I mean, he and I were together just that one time…"
Carrie's features sobered. "Shitow Haruka, do you mean to tell me this is the consequence of a one-night stand? I had inferred you were in a committed relationship with the father since you had told me you had reencountered a very special someone. I knew you and Elvy hung up together a lot lately and because of my work I couldn't join you like we used to back at the Academy. I know I've always said that we were an odd group, being I and Elvy the complete opposites and you the balance between us and I worried that some of Elvy's party animal antics would have rubbed onto you but I'm sure even she wouldn't have been this careless. I judged you to be more careful in your actions, no matter how harebrained or impulsive they might have been. Do you realize what this means to you, to your career?"
"It would have been much easier for me if it had been just an anonymous one-night stand" Haruka replied almost in a whisper, avoiding the hard glance the doctor was bestowing upon her at this very moment.
Now it was Carrie's turn to be dumbfounded as she remained motionless and in silence for an instant. Suddenly, the palms of her hands connected firmly against her desk as she rose up, pushing her chair forcefully.
"Haruka, what's going on here? I've never seen you like this!" the doctor inquired sternly with a mixture of worry and irritation in her voice.
Haruka suddenly flashed an enigmatic smile as her fingers instinctively slipped over her abdomen as her auburn eyes shimmered brightly:
"Carrie, do you believe in fairytales?"
To be continued…
And so it begins my exploration on the huge gap that we are left with at the end of the movie. Yes, we know that Haruka lived a long life and even had a granddaughter but what happens between the aftermath of the tuning and the end of the film is left for us to interpret. My purpose is to attempt to fill part of that void through my own interpretation. Due to the very succinct format of the film, I will be borrowing certain elements from the anime version but this will be first and foremost a RahXephon movie fanfiction and I will abide to the events and concepts developed there. I wanted to emphasize this because for those who might have not be familiar with the movie, certain elements such as the absence of Ixtli and the change in roles of Quon just to mention a few, might strike you as a flagrant error of the author, but I assure you that this is not the case. Also, I do not claim ownership of any of the characters and concepts owned by Studio BONES and Yutaka Izubuchi but original characters like Dr. Carrie Stewart are of my own creation.
Special thanks to my very patient and understanding collaborator Carrie Asagiri for her helpful insights and for pointing me towards the better path for this story. Without her help, this story probably would have never seen the light of day and I hope it will turn out as good as we wish it to be.