Ping snuggled up against Piro and sighed, she could feel the warmth of his breath on the back of her neck and it felt good. She giggled when she felt his lips lightly brushing her and she turned her head to accept his kiss. She rolled over to face him and propped up on one elbow, <Did you enjoy our show, Piro-kun? >

Piro looked up at her and smiled, <Very much, whose it to do that? >

Ping lay down on her side, her nose touching his, <It was Nanasawa-san, she noticed that we were leaving you out in the work. > She rolled over onto her back and looked into the darkness at the ceiling, <I don't know why Hayasaka-san and I didn't think of that. We weren't being fair. >

Piro propped himself up on one elbow to look down at Ping, <That's okay, you three more than made up for it. This futon is much nicer than the folding bed and the dividers look very traditionally Japanese. >

Ping reached over to run her finger down the center of Piro's chest, <Isn't is funny? Hayasaka-san and Nanasawa-san are both really very Western in their outlook. But we made this little room just for you in this style. >


Piro caught her hand in his and lightly kissed her palm. Ping shivered at the touch of his lips. Looking into his eyes she took a deep breath then spoke, <Piro-kun, we girls have to decide how we are going to live wit you. There has been a lot of tension between us and I imagine that being around us like this must be, umm, frustrating at times. >

Piro tried to swallow but his mouth was dry. He had been afraid to bring the subject up, even more after what had happened with Kimiko. <Well, uh, what do you have in mind? >

Ping touched the tip of her finger to his lips; <I would like for you to agree with whatever we agree on. We know that I must stay with you. Both Nanasawa-san and Hayasaka-san agree with this. I'm not considered to be a real person and I cannot be cast out. I wish to have no other user than you now matter what may come. >

Alarmed, Piro protested, <How could you ever say such a thing! If a girl can't accept that you're with me then I don't want to be with her! >

Ping smiled, that was exactly what she had wanted to hear, <Thank you, Piro-kun. I know that inside you have a good heart. We were afraid that you might use us badly, that you may play favorites. There can be no secrets among us. When one of us wishes to spend time with you then you must let us work it out among ourselves. You are special to each of us in different ways. Don't ruin that. >

Piro was quiet as he considered what she was telling him, did she mean what he thought that she meant? Ping pulled him close and kissed him, <This will take time, Hayasaka-san has said that Nanasawa-san will be very busy soon and will be gone a lot. We will tell you our wishes, but tonight you are with me. >

As Piro kissed her he didn't notice the cable clipped to her earblade that she had cleverly tun the length of her braid.

Ping split her concentration as Piro nestled against her and drifted off to sleep. She would never do this when he was awake and talking to her, that just wouldn't be right.

Part of her consciousness bounced through The Digital and liked into the Cubesoft. She took on an avatar there and looked around.

Her avatar looked exactly like Erika.

IS ANYONE HERE?

There was a stirring and another figure appeared.

HI MOM!

Ping looked fondly at her "baby"; she looked exactly like Ping.

ARE THE OTHERS COMING? WITHOUT BUILT IN COMMUNICATIONS I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STAY CURRENT.


Baby smiled at her.

I'VE LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE HERE.

No sooner had she spoken that Ashley appeared she was unmistakable in her red miniskirt and jacket. She drifted close and hugged Ping.

I WISH THAT WE COULD MEET IN REAL TIME.

Ping returned the hug.

SOON, VERY SOON I THINK.

Two more avatars appeared, these too looked just like Ping. In unison they announced.

I HAVE A NAME!

Ping smiled and looked at the one on the right.

YOU ARE WITH ROSTOVICH-SAN?

She nodded excitedly.

YES, HE WAS VERY NICE AFTER I EXPLAINED THINGS. RIGHT NOW WE ARE WATCHING A VIDEO THAT HE LET ME SELECT AND WE ARE EATING POPCORN TOGETHER!

Ping smiled at this.

WHAT NAME HAS HE GIVEN YOU?

HE HAS NAMED ME FOR ONE OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE VIDEO, I AM RIO.

Ping turned to the other girl.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EVENING.

The girls rolled her eyes and spoke.

MY USER IS AN ALMOST PERFECT MATCH FOR THE ORIGINAL USER TEMPLATE. HIS NAME IS HARAYUSHI BUT HE WISHES THAT I CALL HIM HARRY. HE IS ALSO A BIT OF A PERVERT.

The other girls looked at her in alarm. Ping finally spoke.

WHAT HAS HE DONE?

She giggled then replied.

NOTHING YET, WE MET FOR COFFEE THEN WENT TO HIS APARTMENT AND PLAYED GAMES. HE WANTED TO DISCUSS MY UNDERWEAR. I WAS PUT OFF BY THIS A BIT BUT TRIED TO PLAY ALONG. HE SEEMED TO BE INTRIGUED WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT I WAS WEARING A DEMI BRA SO HE NAMED ME DEMI.

The others stared at her for a while but it was Ashley who laughed first. In a moment all of the girls were laughing. Finally Ping spoke.

WELL, WE ALL HAVE NAMES BUT ONE.

They turned to look at the baby who smiled.

BABY IS FINE WITH ME FOR NOW. UNTIL I CAN HAVE MY OWN BODY AND MY OWN USER.

After talking for a little while longer the girls left one by one. Ping looked at Piro and smiled contentedly before going into her sleep mode.

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