Change 123: Dream Sequence: Ch. 2

Chapter 3: Level 2: Espionage


I opened my eyes, and found myself at a fancy banquet, men in fancy suits, and women in beautiful dresses milling around a grand and well-lit ballroom, with elegant music being played by a string quartet.

"Kousekegawa, where are we?" I turned around and I saw Motoko in a beautiful white dress. She looked absolutely stunning in it, so much so, I couldn't say anything for a few seconds.

"I-I-I think we're in Fujiko's dream right?" I said.

"Yes, though it seems like it will still take some time for the machine to complete its scanning." I jumped as I heard Kannami's voice. "And I can't seem to find, or contact Fujiko either. Try to find her, and keep a low profile."

"Alright." I said, looking down, and noticing that I was dressed in black suit myself. "Kannami said we should look for Fujiko." I told Motoko.

"O-ok. "Motoko said.

"Are you okay? You seem awfully nervous." I asked her.

"Well… it's just that this will be the first time I've met her." Motoko said. "This is a person who's known me and protected me her entire life, and I've never met her before… I feel like I have butterflies in my stomach."

"I can understand." I said, starting to walk through the ballroom. "You have nothing to worry about though."

"Tell me again Kousekegawa, what's she like?" Motoko asked, following me.

"Very formal." Was the first thing I said. "Elegant, but kinda stiff. She can be cold at times, but she's very caring."

"I see." Motoko said.

I looked around the ballroom once more trying to see if I could find Fujiko through the crowds, but I didn't see her. "Maybe she's outside?" I said. We walked out of the ballroom, and once in the adjacent room, I spied her staring off into the balcony. She was wearing a long slimming blue dress, staring off into the horizon.

"There she is!" I said to Motoko.

She stared at her counterpart silently. "Do you want to talk to her first?" I asked.

Motoko shook her head. "You talk to her first ." She told me.

I nodded, and walked onto the balcony to join Fujiko. I noticed her stiffen as I came close to her. Out on the balcony I could see that the sun had almost completely set, and was practically nighttime, the horizon being little more than a few lines of black and blue, with yellow lights glowing in the distance.

"Um, hello there Fujiko." I said.

Fujiko turned to look at me, and immediately relaxed. She was stunning. No other word for it, with the way the makeup had been done on her face, the way her hair had been done, her slim blue dress, which I could now see had a simple floral pattern, and a slit up the leg, combined with the surprised, but gentle, happy expression of her face made her a vision of beauty.

"Kousekegawa…" She muttered.

"Hey there." I said awkwardly, not sure what to say.

"What are you doing here?" She asked.

"I came looking for you." I told her.

"So you have." Fujiko said with a small smile.

"Kousekegawa, it occurs to me that Fujiko might not realize she is dreaming either. Could you please refrain from doing so until my scans are complete? I noticed a change earlier when you told Motoko, and I would prefer to get as unbiased results as possible." Kannami whispered in my ear.

Not knowing what to say, I nodded.

"Hey, um, Fujiko…" She turned to look at me. I wanted, no needed to introduce Motoko to her other parts, but was unsure if doing so would cause Fujiko to realize she was sleeping. I decided to go for broke. "Um, Motoko's here, she wants to see you here."

"She's here as well?" She said, with a similar look of surprise as when she saw me.

"Yeah, one sec." I quickly went over to Motoko.

"Fujiko's right there ready to meet you." I told her. "But Kannami wants us to keep from having her realize this is a dream."

"Really? Why?" She asked.

"He said something odd happened when you found out." I told her.

"You need only keep up the charade until my scans are complete." Kannami said.

"He says it shouldn't be for that long anyway."

"Alright."

"Are you sure you still want to meet her?" I asked.

Motoko nodded with determination in her eye. "I doubt I'll ever have a chance like this again. Even if it's a dream, I feel I have to do this."

"Okay, let's go." Together, we stiffly returned to the balcony where Fujiko waited for us.

"Hello there Motoko." She said.

"H-hi." Motoko said shyly, not taking her eyes off her doppelganger.

"I'm surprised to see you and Kousekegawa here." Fujiko said.

"W-well we came looking for you, we uh, wanted to see you." Motoko said.

"While we are all together, why don't we enjoy the night, while we still can." Fujiko said with a smile. Before we knew it, she led us back into the ballroom. Motoko must have been having the most surreal time, even if this was a dream. How many times do you get to meet your own split personality?

Fujiko talked with us, we laughed had fun, we milled around the ballroom. After a while, I got a little tired, and hung out at the buffet as Fujiko talked to Motoko. I could see that Motoko was having a wonderful time. I was happy for her, both of them. I could see both of them, smiling a rare smile for them, a genuine smile I only ever saw if they were truly happy.

After a while longer Fujiko came over to me. "Hey there." I said.

"I must say, it was a rather pleasant surprise to see you two here." She said. "You two were the last people I expected to see here."

"So what are you doing here?" I asked her, actually kind of curious.

"Well… if you dance with me, then I'll tell you." Fujiko said, with a slight mischevious gleam in her eye.

"O-ok." I said, putting down a drink that I didn't remember picking up.

Not knowing how to dance, I let Fujiko do most of the work. She picked up my hands, pushed her body against mine, and we slowly danced to the song played by the band. I don't know how long we danced for, it was another one of those, 'time just flies' moments. When the song the band played ended, we parted, and joined Motoko who was now standing by herself.

"You two were really good out there." Motoko said.

"Thank you." I said.

"Excuse me for a moment." Fujiko said, walking off to talk to someone by the buffet.

"So Motoko how do you feel?" I asked.

"I'm not sure. It feels wonderful talking to Fujiko. It's like she and I have always known each other, she's really easy to talk to. But at the same time it's really odd. Knowing that she's another person that shares my body, and I can't ask any of the questions I want to, because Kannami wants to run an experiment."

"Well that shouldn't last for much longer." I said.

"I am coming closer to completion."

"Yeah." Motoko said.

"Hello again." Fujiko said, getting in between us.

"Hello." We both said.

"Motoko, do you mind if I borrow Kousekegawa for a while longer?"

"No of course not."

"Thank you." With that she latched onto my arm, and took me through the hall. "Have you been enjoying yourself Kousekegawa?"

"Yeah, actually." I said. "This is place I rather nice… the food, the music."

"Almost like a dream." She said.

"Y-y-y-yeah." I said, wondering if Fujiko figured out that it really was a dream, she's certainly smart enough to.

She didn't say anything for a while longer as she walked me into a quiet hallway. "Where are we going?" I asked.

"It's a surprise." She said, without looking me in the eye.

After a little while longer, she opened a door that opened to a small room, furbished with some elegant chairs and table. "What are we doing here?" I asked. That's when I heard a click, and saw Fujiko locking the door.

I quickly got paranoid, thinking that Fujiko might be going the way of the Motoko.

"Um, uh, Fujiko, I really don't think that this is the best place to-" I was cut off as she gave me a mind melting kiss, that blew out every other thought in my head. I fell back into a chair, as she begun to clamber onto me. Then she clamped a pair of handfuffs on my hands, and stopped kissing me.

"What just happened?" I asked stupidly.

"I'm sorry my love." Fujiko said, gently caressing my cheek. "That you came so far for me, it makes me so happy… but it is too dangerous for you here. I'm only doing this for your safety." She leaned in to kiss me again. "I promise you my love, we will be together again after this." With that she backed, off, and cocked back the slide to her handgun.

"Where have you been hiding that thing?" I asked. I know I probably should have just told her this was a dream, by my mind was still a little fuzzy after that kiss.

Fujiko simply smirked, as she turned away, and left me locked in the empty room.

"Well… that wasn't what I was expecting to happen."

"Kannami, please tell me there's something you can do?" I asked.

"Eh."

"Eh? Is that all you can say? I handcuffed to a chair while Fujiko's going to do who know's what!" I yelled, probably to nothing.

"This is Fujiko's dream. For all intents and purposes she is god here."

"Then what good are you?"

"I'm sorry Kousekegawa, but it's not like I can 'hack' into her dream. The subconscious is a very sensitive thing, for me to tamper directly with it-"

"Quit with the science, and get me out of this thing!" I yelled, thrashing against my bonds.

I heard a rattling at the door, and Motoko burst in with a confused expression. "Kousekegawa, who were you talking to?"

"Motoko, quick get me out of these hand cuffs!" I said, relieved to see my beautiful girlfriend come to the rescue.

"What happened?" She asked, quickly coming to my aid.

"Well, Fujiko led me here, locked me up, pulled out a gun, and left."

"She what?" She turned to look at me.

"Why are you here?" I asked her.

"W-well, after a while, I got a little suspicious about the two of you being alone." She said, going back to the handcuffs.

A chuckled a little at the fact that I wasn't the only one worried about Fujiko's desires. After a few more seconds the handcuffs binding me was released, and I stood up glad to be released.

"Hey um… how did you get those off?" I wondered.

Motoko stopped for a second to think. "How did I get those off?" She wondered.

"Dream logic." Kannami answered.

"Come on, let's go." I said, grabbing Motoko's hand.

"Where are we going?" She asked.

"First to tell Fujiko that we're dreaming, and then to pummel Kannami." I told her, leading her back through the hallways.

"Other way, down the stairs." Kannami told us.

"Other way." I said, doubling back down the hallway. We followed Kannami's directions to Fujiko into the less elegant part of the part of the building. We headed down the staircase seeing a few bullet holes in the wall. We went into the kitchen where there was clear signs of a ruckus, and kept going.

"Fujiko seems to have gotten into a lot of trouble." Motoko noticed.

From there, we went on through more hallways where we could here fighting. "Okay, sounds like she's just through the other side of the door."

"Kousekegawa, I'm kinda scared." Motoko said.

"Don't worry, it's just a dream."

I opened the door, and saw a battle being fought out in a parking complex, with Fujiko taking cover behind a car while several men in black suits shot at her. "Fujiko!" Motoko cried out.

Fujiko turned to see us just as one of the cars blew up. I took Motoko's hand again, and we got into cover with Fujiko.

"My love, Motoko, what are you doing here?" Fujiko asked.

"Looking for you!" Motoko said. "What are you doing, it's dangerous here!"

"I could say the same for you two!" She said, taking a few shots at the men fighting us. "Here take these." She tossed us both a gun, I stumbled with mine, and Motoko held her's as though she was very afraid of it. "I should have known you would be too determined my love." Fujiko said, smiling warmly. "Motoko, do not fear, I will protect you."

"It's a dream!" I yelled.

"A what?" Fujiko said, stopping her fighting to turn to me.

"A dream! Kannami put us in a machine, and your dreaming, so if you could stop all the shooting?"

Fujiko looked confused, and pondered a few moments while the men continued to keep shooting at us. Then her face showed that 'oh' moment of recognition, and the shooting stopped. I peeped over the car to see the men having vanished. I turned to see Fujiko's face red with embarrassment.

"I can't believe that just happened." Fujiko muttered.

"It's alright, people rarely realize their dreaming." Motoko said. Fujiko's head turned to look at Motoko.

"Motoko. I-it's great to finally meet you." Fujiko said. "I am… not sure what to say."

"It's okay." Motoko said. "It's great to finally meet you too. You're an amazing person."

"You really think so?" She asked.

Motoko nodded. "This may not be entirely real, but I can tell you are a caring an elegant person… you're someone I wish I could be."

Fujiko chuckled. "That's ironic. I've spent my life wishing to be more like you."

"Really? How so, why?"

"You were the one that was able to live a normal life. That is all we, I have ever wanted."

Motoko not knowing what to do, simply embraced her other side. I just relaxed, and enjoyed the heartwarming moment before me.

"You two are both amazing people." I told them. The two turned to look at me.

"I apologize for kissing your boyfriend earlier, Motoko." Fujiko said.

"Eh, you two kissed?" Motoko asked.

"Right as she was cuffing me to the chair." I said.

"Oh, well, it's just a dream." Motoko said. "And beside, he's your boyfriend too."

The two both smiled a rare smile.

"And with that, we're ready to proceed on to Mikiri's dream." Kannami said.

"Um, Kannami said we can head into Mikiri's dream." I told them.

"I suppose we should try to go through this therapy as fast as possible." Fujiko said.

"I wonder what Mikiri's dream will be like." Motoko wondered.

"Most likely lest face-paced as mine." Fujiko said. "Your largest concern should be for Hibiki."

"Uh-huh."

"The door to the next dream should be the one you two just came out of." Kannami said. I turned to see the door we had entered stay shut.

"Okay, Kannami says it's just behind that door." I told them. "Hold hands."

Motoko took a hold of my right hand while Fujiko grabbed onto my left. Together we stepped through the door, and into the next dream.