Track of the Apocalypse Ch3 Ficbit – Types

“But there are viruses in blood,” Ikoma objected, one hand almost going to his arm, where the scar of an old wound… wasn’t, anymore. “Other infections, too.”

“Chance doctors have to take,” Suzuki shrugged. “Lose too much blood, go into shock? No chance at all.”

No, there wasn’t. Ikoma’d seen enough accidents in the railyards to know that for sure. “It can’t be that simple.”

“Isn’t,” Suzuki agreed. “Blood has types. Mix them – very bad for the patient.” He tilted his head, as if looking into distant memory. “Back when I first came to Hi-no-Moto, girl tried to ask me what mine was to tell my future.”

Ikoma gave him a sidelong glance. “…Seriously?”

“Wouldn’t lie about girls.”

No, Suzuki probably wouldn’t. Huh. Ikoma frowned, storing the empty tube away. “I read something about that in my anatomy books. And – oh. That’s what they must have been talking about. I always wondered.”


“Some of the writings on Kabane,” Ikoma filled in. “There was one account where someone was trying to see if blood type affected how fast the infection spread.”

Suzuki whistled. “What’d they find?”

“Who knows?” Ikoma grimaced; fill in one blank space in what they knew, and the Kabane hit them with a dozen more. “It was a secondhand account from someone who got away when the idiot turned.”

“Damn.” Suzuki shook his head. Dusted his hands off, and got up, pointing toward a small water-cask he’d hauled up out of the hatch. “Was going to clean off the locomotive.” Peered up at the clouds. “Just gears, other tight spots. Might rain soon.”

“That sounds good.” Well. Not good, exactly. But dealing with bits and spatter was part of a steamsmith’s job. Much easier than going inside to watch people’s nerves get wound tight during inspection.

And if they ever had to jump onto the Koutetsujou’s roof again, he’d rather it was a clean landing.

25 thoughts on “Track of the Apocalypse Ch3 Ficbit – Types

  1. So they know about blood types. That’s interesting. Daniel and Sam will have field day filling them on other things too. If conversation goes that way.
    Also, I think you’re baiting us… Waiting for screaming to start as someone sees Teal’c.

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  2. “Bits and spatter” ewww. Evocative visual popped up there. There’s a danger of the typical steamsmiths job I hadn’t considered. I need to watch the source material, I wonder what the risk of infection is there.

    I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the chapter! It’s funny when I trip over assumed knowledge. Of course blood has types, doesn’t everyone know that? Or at least every adult? Except no, no they don’t.

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    1. Before modern safety regs, it used to be a major problem in the real world too (instead of the rare exception it is now). One of my teachers said his first day as a machinist was spent cleaning the previous guy’s guts out of a lathe, because the guy had been careless and left the chuck key in… Nowdays, we’ve got safety interlocks and shields and regs to minimize the chances of stuff like that.

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      1. I did an apprenticeship as a milling/lathe technician, I recall that on our first day(s) someone didn’t check to make sure the adjustable chucks were locked on a lathe, and we watched as one got lobbed in our direction, past another apprentice on the lathe next to the first…

        Forgetting to remove the chuck key was unfortunately something we kept occasionally forgetting. Nothing bad happened at least, but one guy managed to fling one up into the air, where it lodged itself in an air duct…

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      2. I’m not a machinist or a safety guy.

        I’ve given the “if you aren’t touching the chuck key, the chuck key isn’t in the machine” lecture. Even if you are working on a system with interlocks, you can’t be certain you will always in the future, or the folks you teach. Habits you carry with you forever.

        When I was fairly young, an older experienced man I knew maimed himself a little due to neglecting a safety precaution for a machine he had used for many decades, without always using that safety precaution.

        I’ve tried to learn from that, and attempt to be religious about routine safety precautions.

        Which reminds me of how much further I need to go.

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    2. An acquaintance of mine from work is a volunteer fireman. He’s occasionally had the macabre duty of dealing with the results of suicides or accidents involving people and trains…

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  3. I’m getting the feeling that the occasional referal to rain/ chance of poor weather by various characters is foreshadowing a fraught situation where a storm forces the Hayajiro to batten the hatches, even shelter on a siding, while internal tensions spike between the Capitol refugees, Koketsujo, and SG-1…

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      1. / I’m looking forward to people’s reactions when they see what actually happens with all that rain./
        The Kabane form bivouac s/Fused Colonies that can swim/float on water?

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      2. I did notice that the author made note of how certain ant species in the Amazon survive flooding by basically forming a floating nest out of ants clingiing to one another…

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  4. As my dad told me fairly young..guns made for the purpose of definitely killing people throw out less kinetic energy than a lot of industrial accidents. Therefore it is vital not to have any.

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    1. The first time I ever got into a car to learn how to drive it, my dad told me I was sitting on a weapon. One that weighed two tons, had at least ten gallons of gasoline stored in it and could go over 70 MpH. And that since I was sitting on something that had that much kinetic force with something so flammable on it I had to be careful with it or I had a good chance of killing someone with it by accident.

      That idea has stuck with me over the years…

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  5. I have to admit, I work in an environment that is not as risky as a factory, but plenty of potential accidents waiting to happen. Thought thankfully the worst I’ve seen are concussions and a heart attack from caffeine overdose.

    No, I take that back, as a baking student I know someone who got an insane amount of fractures from a mixing machine and pretty much had to have his entire hand and arm rebuilt. You’d think it was the burns that would be the most hazardous…

    (Also, pro tip, if you get hot caramel or sugar syrup on you, lick it off or use a warm damp cloth, don’t put it under cold water right away. That was pretty nasty)

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  6. Hmm, the fact that they are aware that there are different types of blood and that mixing them isnt the best thing to do I’d they their understanding of biology is greater than I had given them credit for. That said… do I even want to know how they tested how fast the infection spread in comparison between the various blood types?

    Though I seem to recall that Uryuu said something to the effect that all hunters just catch the fast variant. So I don’t think its blood types. Given that this is a pretty freaky disease to begin with and we now add Stargate stuff into this as well… it might be that this virus works faster on host bodies that are more fit for combat… maybe I don’t know. Though I can’t even begin to guess how it would notice whether or not the body was suitable.

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