The Great Escape Ch4 bit – Nurse

Heading for the least-shaken cop he could see to start sorting out the damage, Steve had to pause and blink. The young, dark-haired man in glasses with his own black bag and an almost rifle-long case slung on his shoulder was startling enough. The strawberry blonde kneeling down with him, hands alight with blue-gold energy… um.

He might have been frozen for seventy years. He might still be mourning Peggy, and the date they’d never have. But he was still a guy, and he wasn’t dead.

Hello, Nurse!


“Call 911,” Bruce directed the hysterical boyfriend. Partner, Ashikabi, whatever; he knew hysterics when he saw them and that was not going to help. “Stop the bleeding, we can let the trauma surgeons handle the rest-”

“Are you a doctor?” The blonde blinked at him, the flow of blood slowing as light from her hands bathed the wound.

“Medic,” Bruce admitted. And maybe he’d better not get into how much of that was self-training, and how much of the rest was medical practice gained in too many back alleys and bare shacks with dirt floors. “My name’s Bruce. Whatever you’re doing, keep at it. What’s your name?”

“Number 94, Chisuru!” Her smile was shy, warming as she glanced at the young man taking their patient’s pulse. “But Sakichi’s been teaching me. He’s going to be a real doctor.”

“Sakichi Ishida.” Black eyes seemed even darker with concentration, as Sakichi rattled off vitals at a quick, steady pace. His English was accented, but far from the worst Bruce had ever deciphered. “I’m an intern…. This is bad.”

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38 thoughts on “The Great Escape Ch4 bit – Nurse

  1. >This is bad.”>
    All depends on your point of view. Considering that you just had a hostile encounter with Karasuba, I’d say things turned out quite well. I mean the majority of you are still alive after all.

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  2. “I’m an intern….

    Nothing like having any form of medical training for telling just how long someone’s odds might be.

    . . . .This is bad.”

    It could have worse. Much worse.

    I know. That is scant comfort.

    . . . . I just had a ugly thought: Karasuba going around attacking people, not primarily to interrogate them about the whereabouts of Minato but just to hurt them, hurt them badly until she either randomly stumbles across her prey or more likely he comes out to stop her from attacking anyone else looking for him. Because Minato isn’t hard-hearted enough to leave other, especially innocent, people to die to protect himself from Karasuba.

    . . . . Also I think Minato should probably do everything in his power to avoid being taken alive as a captive back to MBI. I have the nasty suspicion that the results would be even uglier than the death trap that was strapped to his arm. (And pulling off another escape from MBI’s cage would be even more difficult than it already was).

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    1. As an interesting point of reference for the above..until now, Sheild’s working assumption appears to have been that the Seikrei were fully willing participants in MBI’s plans; Probably largely by example of those who /are/ combined with lack of intelligence ‘on the ground’ as it were – it appears sheild doesn’t have anyone in MBI’s organization. (Possibly because Karasuba can just smell fear)

      The Avengers however know this is not the case. Worse, they’ve made contact and know who isn’t down for that plan. There is a /world/ of difference between keeping people who believe they have no allies in the whole world under your thumb and keeping people who know they can get help, whom the outside also knows about.

      But MBI doesn’t act like they realize that their reality has changed yet.

      Of course, organizations with that character historically are very bad about realizing this until it is repeatedly demonstrated to them.

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      1. > But MBI doesn’t act like they realize that their reality has changed yet.

        I kinda seriously doubt Minaka is even capable of such a realization, anymore.

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  3. I do wonder if someone will suggest going for the weakpoint of the discipline squad: their ashikabi. After all, one person killed, and you remove the dangerous ones. And they might not even consider a sniper.

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    1. Problem with that is that HYDRA is probably watching this whole thing VERY closely and anything they do a certain infectious hydrozoa will certainly take note of and they certainly aren’t hesitant to go after innocent civilians if it lands them at least one completely and utterly unresisting Sekirei.

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  4. Aw. It’s cute how Steve’s wolf whistle is just a more or less innocent, “Hello, nurse!” *hands Steve a cookie*

    …Tony is going to do his darnedest to break Steve’s brain with Playboy, isn’t he.

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    1. >Aw. It’s cute how Steve’s wolf whistle is just a more or less innocent, “Hello, nurse!” *hands Steve a cookie*>
      Well considering that Chisuru’s powers are centered around healing (Kagari mentioned it earlier), it’s entirely possible that her Minaka-approved outfit is based on a pin-up nurse.

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    2. A. Steve was an art student, and he’s been in a war, and he’s been overseas. Chances are that he’s seen plenty of nekkid people. Even airplanes had nekkid people drawn on them, and painting them was a very popular way for artists who happened to be in the service to make friends and/or money.

      If Tony is smart, he wouldn’t even start trying that stuff. And honestly, I’m pretty sure he knows the facts of military life.

      B. You do realize that “stag magazines” and “stag reels” aren’t new. They had penny nickelodeon porn, and they had naughty etchings before they had naughty photos (and bleah, Victorians had plenty of “French postcards” in circulation). There are naughty cave drawings and statues and scrimshaw, for goodness’ sake.

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      1. Yes, I do. But the idea of Captain America looking at porn, in any time period, //breaks my brain//.

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      2. >Yes, I do. But the idea of Captain America looking at porn, in any time period, //breaks my brain//.>
        Does the thought of him drinking do the same?

        Because in the First Avenger movie after Barnes is presumed dead, Peggy finds him trying to get drunk. I say trying because the serum makes his body remove the toxins fast enough that he barely even gets tipsy.

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      3. No, drunk does not. Drunk is several categories removed from porn in my (quite possibly nuts) brain.

        Though thank goodness he can’t get drunk, from a logistics perspective. Someone with Cap’s power, blind starking drunk, could cause some serious collateral damage.

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      4. Well, the clean cut Rogers probably owes something to the Sixties retcon, and that it was a way of showing the tykes of the day that he was of their parents and grandparents generation.

        Choose your favorite of the following, and pretend I’ve spouted off about it for far too long:
        1. In reality he was an infantryman, and we all know (list of examples collected from Duffelblog or ancient history)
        2. (Pretending that relations between Americans and Japanese in the Pacific were true for all relations between Americans and other peoples, and that this is the ideal to which we should all adhere)
        3. Extrapolating from what comic book artists (not any sort of intelligence or LEO) wrote in WWII as propaganda, to the fuss the peace Movement would have kicked up had Bush actually done it, and jumping to Abu Gharib. (While studiously ignoring, whosit, Karpinski?)
        4. The girlfriend in the comics who was on drugs.
        5. He was a propaganda hero, as made up as Hollywood, (insert a bunch of trying to smear by association)

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      5. Cappy probably was too classy on the one hand and too shy on the other to use porn, or to be very interested in it. But sheesh, he would know about it.

        WWII was a more in-your-face realistic time. It had more conventions about what people talked about and didn’t.

        It wasn’t a more innocent time.

        Also to the point, Steve Rogers grew up in a poor area of New York, not on Ma and Pa Kent’s farm. He wasn’t particularly sheltered. He could be a good boy who avoided things, or pretended not to notice what he couldn’t help. But he wouldn’t be unaware.

        Before he went overseas, he probably knew the major and minor curse words in more languages than most of us have ever heard of languages. He just didn’t use those words, because he knew his mom would have washed his mouth out with soap. (And probably did, at some point. Many kids in the US have become familiar with the taste of a bar of Ivory, when they confused knowledge with the suitability of use.)

        There were probably streetwalkers somewhere within blocks of his apartment building, if not living in his building. He just wouldn’t have been patronizing them. There were probably dirty old men and dirty old women in the neighborhood that all the kids knew to avoid. And there would have been a bookstore or a rental library or a newsstand that kept dirty books on hand behind the legal stuff, and had “spicy stories” pulps or “bawdy” paperbacks right out in front.

        He would have known about alcoholics and drug addicts. These things are not new. There may have been more or less aggressive enforcement of laws and customs in his days, but they were around in the big city, and it would be hard for a kid not to know about them.

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      6. Basically, what I’m saying is that Cappy and Daredevil probably understand each other very well… or at least argue from a position of mutual understanding.

        You should also remember that most of the classic Marvel Bullpen writers were New Yorkers from New York’s Garment District. They were city kids, too. They were raised on the straight and narrow, and a lot of their parents were tailors or seamstresses. (Which is why it was taken for granted that Peter Parker and the others could design, sew, and repair their own costumes, whereas Ma Kent took care of Clark’s stuff.) But they weren’t ignorant of crime and vice.

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      7. Yup, I think that would be a good team-up too.

        We actually don’t hear a lot about “poor but honest” in today’s American society, even though historically that was one of the driving forces. You could be dirt poor, but you could still work hard, take nothing that didn’t belong to you, stay clean and sober, be protective of women and children, help your neighbors, serve your country, etc. Often it was tied to an utter refusal to take charity of any kind, from neighbors or church or government (which tends to be a stealth attitude these days). Often it was tied to keeping an excruciatingly clean home, no matter what your family did for a living. (Another thing we don’t see, and I speak for myself; although the “adulting” thing seems to be trying to get back to it.)

        But there was a lot of it in both cities and rural areas, and even on the frontier. It was part of how people made their way in the world, but it was also a stubborn insistence that they were not going to live in a way they didn’t want to live, even if they were poor and desperate. They were not lesser beings; they had free will and they could choose to live like good people. Virtue is not easy, but it’s a thing of value that doesn’t require money to buy.

        It was also one reason why, in the US at least, religion has historically been something of interest and individuality to people, and it’s why they can up and join religious groups that they have no familiarity with. People wanted to have a new relationship with God, but they also wanted to learn to live with virtuous habits. Preachers of all kinds were insanely popular in most times and places on the American frontier. Partly this was because people were starved for any kind of entertainment, but partly it was because they often wanted to stop living nasty lives and become better people.

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      8. Poor but honest is a worthy thing, and ought to be portrayed more often.

        …Huh. On a side note, one of the problems I had with the show White Collar was Peter’s constant sniping at Neal and complaints about the con artist using his skills to live a comfortable and wealthy life. What the show writers apparently failed to take into account was that between Peter’s salary and his wife working in high-cost art gallery sales, the FBI agent’s life was portrayed as waaaaay more glamorous and rich than anyone I’ve ever met IRL, and on top of that he had Neal to rope into doing all the morally dubious stuff for him, which left me with the reaction of “Um. What on earth do you have to complain about, and what possible moral high ground do you have to judge?”

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      9. Glamor. Back when I was a kid, I studied what I needed to do to avoid being preyed upon. I learned that people would use your desires to manipulate you. The best counter is cultivating the ability to cut off desires, and to know how the desires are influencing behavior. Glamor is not the most important thing to me.

        It seems to be very important to the people of Hollywood. Perhaps anyone less driven by it would learn how things work there, and run away fast very far.

        Poor but honest implicitly assumes that there are things not yours by right. This perhaps is a poor match for glamor intoxication. If this is so, we would expect Hollywood to naturally do a worse job of portraying such.

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      10. Yeah, one of the things I deleted unfinished talked about similar things. It was a Rogers-as-reflection-of-the-American-spirit thing.

        Sure, he’s stoic, isolate, and a killer. He’s also extremely ambitious. But it is that sort of ambition, which hasn’t a speck of envy in it.

        Sure, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and can’t control anywhere near everything related to my life. But I can control my speech and behavior, and cultivate the manners of the man I want to be.

        As a nation, we try to make our agreements explicit, so that we can enforce them, renegotiate them, and so forth.

        Rogers attitude shown in his famous stubbornness against the world quote is also related, and relevant. The mores of those you spend time among do not determine your mores, only you.

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      1. Yes!

        …and now I’ve got a mental image as Dot being the Black Widow. I dunno whether to cuddle her or run for my life.

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    1. Likely yes. “Ishida” is a fairly common surname in Japan, all told. Plus, Tony already gave us confirmation that that series is, indeed, fiction in their particular neck of the S/T Continuum.

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    2. Seems a fairly common surname for a doctor in Japanese fiction.

      Dr. Ishida in Nanoha A’s, I may have seen another in a fourth property.

      Searching on Jisho, it is apparently one syllable away from a word for ‘medical team’.

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