Chapter Twenty-One | Transformation

<Here you go,> the waitress said as she placed the food on the table.

Largo eagerly looked at his plate – he had ordered a classic cheeseburger and fries to go along with his beer. "Finally!" he shouted, "l33t normal food!" before practically diving into his food.

Ping chuckled before asking, "Largo, pancakes this morning do not count as normal?"

Largo was halfway through a mouthful of burger, but he still answered in a slightly muffled voice, "No, pancakes are not l33t."

"I see," Ping said, frowning slightly before looking down at her order – just a standard ramen meal. She broke apart her pair of chopsticks and began to eat.
Piro sighed and started to eat his spaghetti meal quietly, feeling hungry enough to try and ignore the conversation. Starting to eat, his mind drifted back to the apartment building and the situation at hand. Feeling slightly dizzy all of a sudden, Piro closed his eyes and tried to focus.

"Piro," Ping said softly.
"I'm going to go finish up something. I'll be back in a few minutes."
"Oh," Piro said, his thoughts not completely caught up to his mouth, "okay."
Ping got up and grabbed her purse as she walked to the back of the restaurant. Piro watched her enter into the bathroom.

"She can't possibly be THAT real…ugh…my head hurts," Piro said, taking another forkful of spaghetti and shoving it into his mouth to try and keep his mouth from reaching around and eating his brain.


Ping sighed as she put her purse on the sink. She reached around the back of her head and undid her hair, letting the long gray locks fall down all the way to the small of her back, removing her earblades from sight. Ping removed the PSP yet again from her purse and examined the UMD she had removed earlier.

Princess Maker Portable

She put the game in the PSP and started it up as she reached into her hair and pulled out the USB connector yet again.


Piro was still slowly picking at his food when Largo tore him, yet again, from his troubled thoughts.

"Hey, Dom!" Largo shouted, "What's up?"

Piro looked up, muttering "huh?" as he scanned the restaurant. Indeed, Dom was walking past him and Largo. His waitress escort noticed as Dom stopped. She turned around and asked him, <Oh, is this who you were meeting?>

Dom shook his head, <No, but it doesn't look as though he's here yet. We'll sit here, if it's okay with them.>

Piro smiled at his old college friend. <Of course it is,> he said. "Long time no see, Dom."

Dom smiled as he sat down across from Largo and Piro. He looked at the waitress and took the menu she was offering. "Yeah; haven't seen you guys since E3," he said, moving Ping's nearly-empty plate to the side. "So, what brings you guys to Japan?" he asked.

"Oh, we're visiting a friend. And you?"
"The usual…work."
"So are you still with Sega?"
"Yeah; they downsized their American operation, so they transferred me to Japan."

A waitress walked up and addressed Dom. <Sir, did you want anything to drink?>
Dom looked up and frowned slightly, but nonetheless answered, <Yes please; can I just have water? Oh, I'm ready to order, too. Can I get a chicken sandwich and fries?>

<Certainly; that'll be up soon,> she said as she turned away. <Oh! I'm so sorry, ma'am,> she said to the blond she had incidentally knocked to the floor as she turned around. <Sorry,> she repeated, bowing and blushing as the woman stood up.

<That's fine; don't worry about it,> she said, waiving off the offense. She turned around as the waitress walked away. "Piro, you look surprised. Is everything alright?"

"Uh…uh…" Piro stuttered, "Do I know you?"

The girl giggled, her blue eyes twinkling. She moved the blond hair just enough for Piro and Piro alone to see the earblade.

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