Rin smiled non-commitally as the blonde took up residence on the treadmill next to her. She had seen the girl several times during the rehab sessions while recovering from her surgery. The older woman had almost gotten used to the girl’s unusual appearance. She wasn’t sure what had happened to her, but whatever it was, it must have been serious. The cyberskull had not been fully covered and was very disconcerting, but didn’t have nearly the impact as when Rin had first seen her come to the exercise room. That sight had almost made Rin reconsider her outlook on her own cyber-prosthetics.
The teen was a bit reserved, but that was understandable. High end medical facilities tended to have clientele who valued their privacy more than making new friends. Still, she seemed friendly enough, in a distant sort of way. She’d said her name was Jane, in that searching manner that suggested she was giving a pseudonym rather than her real identity.
The surgical rehab was going well and the surgeon had told her that she’d likely be discharged the next day or so. The augmentations were working well and her balance was returning. There was still pain at the surgical site but it was a minor inconvenience now.,
“Looks like that is getting easier every day”, commented the blonde in her strange, reverberant voice. Rin had guessed that her surgical reconstruction must have affected her vocal cords. Still, many women would die for such a deep, resonant, yet still clearly feminine sound.
Rin nodded, concentrating on the treadmill readout. Looking Jane in the eyes was a disconcerting experience. She’d never met a teenager with such an intense gaze.
The older woman ventured a more personal question. "How about you? Going home soon?"
If Jane was put off by the question, it didn’t show on her face. "I do not know. The psychiatrist who visits me appears to be fascinated by the effects of my…accident. I suspect that he is the cause of the delay."
Rin glanced up. "You mean Dr. Cassoway?" When Jane nodded in agreement, she continued, “Came by to see me before my surgery. Something about a ‘routine assessment’ before they undertook the augmentation. He seems okay. Whatever it was he wanted to know, I guess I gave him the right answers.”
The blonde nodded absently and seemed disinclined to talk further. Rin wasn’t sure what she was like before her accident, but the older woman could see why psychiatry would be involved. It was difficult to talk to her. Like something wasn’t there.
When Rin finished her activity program, the physiotherapist nodded. "This is our last session, Miss Takahashi. There’s little else we can do. You just time to heal. It’s been a pleasure working with you."
Rin nodded to the professional and then to the blonde girl. "I guess I’m leaving soon. Nice to meet you, Jane."
Jane looked at her with that disconcerting stare. "Hope you find what you are looking for."
Rin stood next to the treadmill for a long moment. Long enough that the blonde took notice and give her a questioning look.
“You know”, said the japanese woman. “I have a special team that I work with. You might be able to find a place in it. The work is… Well, it’s not easy. But it pays well, and after what you’ve been through, I thought you might have something to…prove. Call me if you’re interested.”
Rin sent her ‘business’ commcode to the girl’s ’link.
Jane nodded to the older woman.
“Thank you. I will think about this.”