GAAAH! I can't apologize enough for how long this took to be updated. For a while, I couldn't write anything at all...and then once I had the urge to do it all, what happens...My computer gets a virus...and I think to myself, some one must really hate me...either that or I'm cursed to blow electronics up...or both. Either way, I'm extremely sorry for this delay and now that I can turn on my computer and not get the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death" as my mom put it, I'll be updating more. This is also the reason this chapter is so short. I'm so sorry! Please don't hate me!
"Will you two shut up already?" Liz yelled.
Takeshi looked to Liz. "It's not my fault! He started the whole thing!" he pointed an accusing finger at River.
"You're the one that ran into me!"
"STOP IT!" Liz slammed her foot against the floor. "It doesn't matter, just shut up," she sighed heavily. Luca meowed in agreement.
"Besides, we're supposed to be showing Takeshi around," Amy said. Liz grabbed him by the wrist again and continued down the hall. Amy stood for a moment and stared at River, then followed Liz down the hall.
"Jeez! What's up with that guy anyway?" Takeshi sneered over his shoulder as they continued on.
"Eh, don't worry about him. He's always like that," Liz didn't even look at Takeshi as she talked.
A silence took all three of them and insistently followed them. Takeshi was still angry from his little run in with River, even though he didn't even remember him. Liz was angry because of the fight; which led Amy to be quiet. It was all just a horrible chain reaction and it was proving to put a halt on actually getting anything done.
"So…." Takeshi coughed. The silence was killing him. "Did I really race in one of those…um…mech things?" he asked, unable to think of anything else.
"Not only that, but you were our show off captain," Liz snorted.
"You think the simulator might help?" Amy chirped. Takeshi looked back and forth between them for a moment. Not very decisive, are they? He thought.
"Don't want to over load him, do you?" another voice abruptly joined in. Only this voice was deep and belonged to a man.
"Ah!" Amy whirled around. "Andre!"
"Hey," Liz threw up her hand. "I agree with Amy. A simulator might really help." Andre stared and then sighed.
"Excuse us just a moment, Takeshi," Andre motioned for Liz and Amy to come closer. He made sure that he spoke in his lowest tone. "I know Satomi is in a rush to get our starter back, but trying to force all this on him might not be a good idea. Remembering everything, especially that race, all at once could run the risk of hurting him even more."
"…We know…it's just…." Liz struggled for words.
"Hard to be patient, I know. How do you think I feel when I coach you guys?" he laughed. Liz and Amy huffed at him. "That's what I thought. Now, just show him around, try little things," he smiled.
"All right," they groaned in unison.
"Um…" Takeshi waved his hand in the air.
"Oh, right. Time to finish your tour!" Liz was suddenly cheerful, though most of it was forced. The same went for Amy. They wandered off down the halls.
"You know as well as I do that we need him to remember, and remember now," Satomi stepped up beside him.
"Where'd you come from?" he asked.
"I was walking up the hall and I heard what you said," her tone was harsh.
"Don't sound so angry. Do you want your starter to remember only to have a nervous break down?"
"I want him to remember so he can race."
"You want too much from him right now," Andre's voice rose with an edge of anger behind it. "He'll remember soon enough, and I suggest, if you don't want to make River your permanent starter, you let Takeshi remember when the time comes."
Damn! That was too short even for my liking, but it's late, and I have OGT (Testing weeking is soo fun!) Somebody shoot me. Please forgive me for being a slow writer and compy messer-upper. heh.