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>It had been a few weeks since Charlotte had put out the message that Meum was missing in action
>She knew there was a wake being planned and she'd probably attend if only out of respect and obligation but Charlotte over all wasn't sure what she should be feeling.
>She wasn't particularly close to Meum but they had their interactions in the bar, and of course there was a heated argument on whether or not she should be included in a rescue mission
>Meum was an idol turned bartender, sure she had that Hayashi family ingenuity and smarts that attracted the group to wanting to get Shigeru on the crew...and ending up with Jo, a person Charlotte could hardly ever see eye to eye with, but was valuable but...she was in Charlotte's eyes a civilian
>Charlotte was angry, not at Meum, not at her family, she was angry that this happened
>At her desk, Charlotte was alone, contemplating all of this.
>This shouldn't have happened. It wasn't even against the empire!
>This wasn't right, she couldn't believe she'd let Meum go
>But...if you choose to go on any mission, you're becoming a solider.
>That's the way Charlotte saw it, at least.
>She had to move on, and keep planning, and sitting here drinking and being angry wouldn't help.
>It was time to plan the next strike against the Empire
>Jo wasn't taking things nearly as well as Charlotte
>At first there was denial, trying to insist that Meum had to have survived somehow, they were Geniuses after all! Meum must've included a backwards shunt to somewhere else or something! She had to have!
>This only lasted a few days, Meum would have, should have, contacted them again now
>Momo tried comforting her, the rabbit girl doing everything she could to keep Jo stable but there was only so much that could be done considering how important Jo's sister was to her.
>Her older sister had always been there, helping her, trying to guide her and show her right from wrong in the world, and when she saw Jo wanted to go a different path from what her Mother had been setting for her, she encouraged and helped her.
>Meum was the prime factor in making sure Jo knew it was okay to be herself
>and now...she was gone. Meum was gone, along with Claire, Sora, her teachers...
>The people who kept her sane, the ones who kept her stable in her...less than sane...moments.
>She couldn't afford to sulk though, there were others still, and while Momo worried, Jo locked the doors to her lab only a few days after and the fox hadn't been seen outside since
>She was working, she was designing, she was refining every piece of research and development she had
>Someone was going to have to tell Shigeru about Meum, he was his daughter as much as he was Jo's sister, but good luck getting Jo out to talk right now, she was too engrossed, too busy working
>There were still other people out there to keep safe, other people she loved, other people she had to protect, other people she WOULD protect
>Helping and protecting people is what she was here for, not just her loved ones like Momo, Daisuke, Shigeru and her other sister, Naomi...or her friends, Joel, Jesse, Saya...
>But everyone, everyone mattered to her and she didn't want to see another person taken, she couldn't.
>And so she worked, she built, grim determination and desire through the days and nights
>When she worked she laughed the tiniest bit, the laughs getting louder and more deranged in the nights as she built and she thought
>The thought consuming her mind
>She'd be the one to protect people, she could! She'd be the light people needed! Be the knight that pushed away the darkness!
>SHE WASN'T GOING TO LOSE SOMEONE AGAIN
>and she worked and she worked, tools and construction and carbon printed parts
>And that CLAY the clay she snuck away from the angel ship salvage, she used it the best she could, programmed it, laughing as her designs she'd had for years were becoming reality
Hahahahahaha! Yes! This! NEVER AGAIN!
>This was her tool for saving people, this was the key!
>This belt she worked on, two slots up front for the full bottles she developed, a crank to expand the transgel inside, the gears inside to accelerate the process
>The link into the Morphin Grid salvaged from the morpher her Father sent her
>THIS would be how she'd BUILD a better future!