I made a promise to myself to post more often than once a month and yet here I am, a month after my previous post once again! I think Rashid is glad to see me on the computer much less than I used to be, but it really is the only way to stay in touch with everyone whom I do not see on a daily basis. I see Hilde has started writing! It's good to hear from yet another person I haven't seen in quite some time, so welcome aboard!
Quite a bit has happened in the down time from my last entry. As far as business goes, I actually can't talk about it because there is to be a press conference in the next few days (but if you've read my last entry then I have a feeling you might have an idea of what will be announced).
In personal news, which I can talk about, I've started taking lessons with reknowned fencing instructor Omar Mahadeo. Apparently Omar knew my father in college! I didn't know that before I sought him out, but that's quite a coincidence! I've only had a handful of lessons in the past month due to both of our hectic schedules, but I am picking it up again faster than I anticipated, which is exciting.
I also discovered recently that my first violin teacher, Marissa Firneno, passed away. I sent the family my condolences, but unfortunately missed the wake and funeral. I would have loved to play for her one last time. She was the one who recognized my talent and insisted I be taught when my father wanted to end my lessons. She had a son named Cole who was about my age; he was quite the troublemaker! I hadn't heard from their family in quite some time and actually did not know if any of them survived the war, but apparently the whole family made it out in tact. Marissa died of a heart attack about a month ago, and I wonder if the empathetic attacks I experienced around that time were connected to her, but I suppose I'll never really know. Regardless, when I phoned the family (aside from just sending them flowers), Cole was the one who answered! Once we were done remembering his mother, we talked for about another hour, just catching up on what we'd been up to. He was quite interested in my stint as a Gundam pilot, of course, and I think he was a little bit envious. His mother would not allow him to take any part in the war and I don't think Cole really wanted to, or else he would have found a way as I did. Now he and I are scheduled to have dinner next week! He seemed most surprised at me now being the CEO of WEI, recalling to me many a time when I fought with my father about this very future he had lined up for me. But he seemed to understand when I explained to him
my guilt and did not press the matter further. I'm quite excited for our dinner! It can't come fast enough!
Mariko has been spending a lot of time with me outside of work. At first she was dragging me shopping with her and picking out items for my wardrobe, insisting that pink on men was such a fad of the past that I needed an update terribly quickly. She still gets irked when I wear my pink shirts to work, but I can't help it! She has managed to rennovate my wardrobe quite a bit, though, and Rashid just finds the whole thing to be terribly amusing. Lately we've needed to cut down on the time we spend outside the office due to the business-related news I can't talk about right now. There were a couple of times we went out to enjoy a movie or something, and of course the paparazzi twisted it into my dating one of my underlings, which I assure you all is not true at all. Mariko is very sweet and we do have fun together, but I would much rather have her as an assistant than as a girlfriend. I believe her sentiments are the same.
During this month where I haven't updated, I also paid a visit to Grandfather on my own. I thought it would be better for either Iria or myself to get there, and it ended up that I had the most free time first, so I took it upon myself. I think at first he might not have recognized me, and then he almost had a heart attack when he finally realized who I was! It really had been far too long since I saw him, and his hearing is already much worse, but I didn't mind repeating myself or talking in a much louder voice than I normally do. He was so ecstatic to see me, it was really quite wonderful.
at least I have one more family member I can keep in touch with now I don't want to post too much about what my visit was like with him because it really was quite personal and private, but it was enjoyable and emotional and he and I had a wonderful time. I didn't do any sightseeing despite his insistence because I wanted to spend the entire time with him, since I only had five days with him. I thought he would be lonely, since he lives on his own, and while he was glad to see me, I can tell he isn't exactly lonely when he is by himself. He misses us all, but I believe he finds companionship without us there in the nature around him. I think someday I would like to live like that, finding solace and peace in the company of nature. I've got quite a bit of time before that happens, though!
Dorothy, I'd still like for you and Danny to come visit me at some point (although preferably when you are rash-free!). I can't imagine how much he's grown since the last time I saw him! As for everyone else, I hope you're doing well! Keep in touch!