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Life Disrupted.....

Intro narrative:

The Place: A small island off of the island of Hokkaido in Japan

Welcome to the small world of Galileo_Turtle.... In a minute, you will know all about his existance, where he came from, and such, and also what has been troubling him for some time. Galileo is Dojin, or in simpler terms, a weapons master who has been trained in every fighting art with every possible weapon. Galileo learned his skills from Master Toshi, who you will learn of shortly since most of this is in flashback format and present tense. You will learn everything from his first memory to his dreams.... up until the point where his Life Disrupts...

Main Story:

Setting: Master Toshi's retreat on Yashinuro Island... 12 Miles Northeast of Hokkaido.

Life Disrupted....

I have finally arrived in New York.... this sense drawing me to something.... but what is it, and what is it drawing me towards? These are questions that will have to be answered in time.... Master Toshi always used to tell me that turtles are drawn to others from their hatching groups.... perhaps that is the answer... I remember Master Toshi's retreat... the image still clear in my mind... the first thing I saw when I awoke.... the first thing I would see every morning for most of my life..... In my dreams I still see vague images of my past... I can seem to make no sense of them, but the closer I get to the source of this sense that is drawing me ever closer, the clearer these images become... Last night was my big breakthrough.... in my dreams I saw a glass bowl.... I remember now, I was sleeping... then all of a sudden I was being lifted out of my bowl. I was taken to a room.... one with a white basin... the people, they put me in the white basin. The water was very cold... so cold that I couldn't move.... then... that sound.... I was flushed. I made my way down the pipes into the sewer...

I remember hearing something break... something made of glass. There is no mistaking that sound. Then I remember a turtle, just a bit smaller than me.... floating towards a pipe... the water was moving very fast... Then I jumped in and nudged the other towards a storm drain... the other was covered in some sort of glowing gel... it tingled to the touch. I managed to get the other turtle to safety, but was unable to escape the water before being pulled along too fast to escape... I was swept out to open sea... that is all that I remember until Master Toshi's retreat... I remember asking Master Toshi where I came from... he said that he did not really know. He told me the story of how he had found me floating in New York harbor trapped in some floating garbage. He had been visiting with his brother and his niece and was returning home when he found me. He initially took me to give to his daughter, my adopted sister Ti Sheng Wah. On the trip over seas, I had begun to change into a semi-human, semi-turtle figure. He cared for me while I was unconscious on the ship. He was almost ready to give up hope of my survival until I awoke... that was the day he made it back to his retreat. I had awaken later that morning to see a wonderous, intricate mountain retreat. That was to become my home for the next 17 years....

Ti Sheng Wah was the daughter of Master Toshi. She had originally been the daughter of his eldest brother up until his death. At that time, it was her father's dying wish that Master Toshi adopt her. Hence, she became the daughter of Master Toshi by law. Ti Sheng Wah may have been a student of Dojin, she being Doja (the first level of dojin training) at the time.... but she was not immune from western culture. She liked rock and roll music, movies, and she even learned English from Master Toshi and other various sources. But, her true love was science and art... particularly the Renaissance time period. She named me after her favorite scientist.... Galileo.

Once I was nursed back to health, Ti Sheng, or Ti as I like to call her... became my best friend. She thought it would be fun to teach me what she had learned of her Dojin training. Master Toshi watched me imitating Ti from the shadows.... amazed at what he saw. That same week, I began my training with Ti, under the instruction of Master Toshi. I practiced diligently, and soon surpassed Ti... she was thrilled, but Master Toshi was not entirely pleased.... During the time on the ship, Master Toshi had grown quite attached to me. He knew that once a pupil reaches the full level of Dojin, they must part company with the master. So, he halted my instruction so that I may "first master the skills that I have been taught...." before proceding.

I was taught to speak English and a few other languages during my break from learning the arts of Dojin. Master Toshi then taught me of other cultures... Ti taught me about art and science.... and rock and roll... I remember the lessons that Ti taught me, since she would take me up into the mountains to learn in silence and to admire nature. I was happy and content with my family, I had no real needs or wants... and, they loved me in return by accepting me as a blood member of their family.

One day, I returned from doing my chores when a strange man dressed in an ornate robe, like those worn by shamans, came up the path to Master Toshi's retreat... He had a mustache and a beard... the "Fu Manchu" style, as Ti called them... He had brought several ancient looking scrolls with him and some clothing. He had looked surprised to see me, as would any stranger... but he did not mention anything to me... he had been summoned by my master to come for a visit... I later found out that is name was Chung I, and that he was to school me in the internal arts of Shinobi and Dreamwalking. Chung I and my master seemed to get along well, like they were old friends.... and in fact they were.

Chung I was from China, and he was a Shinobi Shaman. He had asked my master many questions about me and they talked... this went on for days. Chung I had to leave, but he instructed me to read every one of the scrolls until he returned and to practice what they had taught. I did as I was told. After I had finished reading the scrolls, Master Toshi had awarded me with the honor of becoming Doja. He sent for Chung I again, and he came once again... this time I was to demonstrate what I had learned from the scrolls to Chung I before my acceptance as Doja was full... and before I could continue my training. Ti had already done this, and she watched as I had to complete the tests. I had passed...

Chung I taught me to dreamwalk in the month that he stayed at the retreat... I was amazed at how beautiful the dreamscape was. By the time I had learned this skill, Chung I had to leave, but he told me that I could always learn from him over the great expanse and distances by dreamwalking. He left more scrolls with my master and took the old ones with him. My master had stayed up to talk with Chung I the night before, which was when Chung I had told my master something that disturbed him deeply... I asked what was wrong, but my master would not tell me.

Ti was at mid-level Doja, on her way to becoming Doji (the second step before full Dojin), I had begun my training once again... By this time, I had learned much, but lacked grace... my master requested the assistance of my aunt Sung Ti. She schooled me in the art of Kata, Kung Fu, and Judo. I learned that strength, size, and reflexes meant almost nothing. She taught me balance, which aided in my studies immensely. I learned the art of Kata... set practices for martial arts training... this taught me control and patience. She taught me the ways of Kung Fu... a graceful form of defense fighting. I had learned judo from her. When these four items were combined, they made a graceful and efficient fighting technique... I learned that no matter how large your enemy is you can use your balance and your opponents' balance against themselves.

I was now a mid-level Doja, equal to Ti. We began training together once again. My aunt Sung Ti had one final gift for me before returning home, it was to be my first weapon. Upon completion of my training under her, she presented me with a set of specially made hand wires. She demonstrated how to use the hand wires, and what they were used for. I had thanked her for the beautiful gift and waved goodbye... for the very last time. On the way home, her plane had crashed and she was declared dead. We all mourned her with a special ceremony. I had set the handwires into my weapons case that Master Toshi had built for me out of mahogany and teak... I had mastered the hand wires before doing so however.

Later on, Chung I returned, without being summoned by Master Toshi. He had come strictly for a visit this time, but that did not stop him from teaching me what he could.... from him, I learned cape fighting and various other excercises for the internal Shinobi arts. I did not pick up on these as quickly, but I did master them before he left... After Chung I had returned home, Master Toshi called me forth... he was pleased with my skill, but he stopped my Dojin training yet again... but this time he started teaching me how to forge weapons. I enjoyed this a great deal, since it let me practice my skill at art. I took great pride in my work... and so did Master Toshi...

Ti had not yet learned this skill, but I taught her what I knew. Master Toshi saw this and scolded me, saying that Ti was not ready to learn forging yet. I was so upset I ran into the mountains for several days... I was very upset for the first three days... then I remembered Chung I and his dreamwalking lesson.... I used this skill and sought the wisdom of Chung I. He helped me to make sense of why Master Toshi was upset. I understood and returned to the retreat.

Master Toshi was not surprised to see me when I returned home, nor was he upset. I apologized for running away and for teaching Ti basic forging before she was ready. By this time, I had reached nine years of age... and it was time for my test to become Doji. No one came to the retreat this time, instead Master Toshi took me to Tibet to a panel of his peers. They exchanged customary greetings... as custom, his peers could not divulge any word of what I was to anyone, or of the test. Master Toshi left me with the monks (the panel), and returned to the retreat alone. I performed all of my tests and became full Doji, and I learned other skills while I was there.

The monks presented me with my next three weapons before I left.... but, in order to keep them, I had to master them within two weeks. Which, in itself is the final test to become an advanced Doji. I was presented with the Dual Lance, the mini clubs, and the bola. I mastered the bola within two days, and the clubs within five. The dual lance took me until the last day. I was given a battle harness, a cloak, a scroll, a pendant, and a set of black leather gauntlets as gifts of successful completion of my proving of rank.

I returned home to find that Ti had completed her proving of rank as Doji as well. I also found Chung I and my master talking and looking quite pleased. Chung I had brought me a present and a new weapon... My present was a black bandana with a yinyang placed in between my eyes.... the weapon I was given was a whip with a yinyang on the end of the handle.... I was trained to use the whip by Chung I himself. Ti got a red mask with a yinyang on the forehead... she received the Kai Mi and the boomerang. She was instructed by both Master Toshi and Chung I.

By now, Ti and I had not only become an incredible fighting force, but we also became virtually inseperable as friends. We continued our training together... Master Toshi was extremely pleased with our progress and taught both of us how to use almost every weapon in his arsenal at the retreat. Ti excelled past me and she had tried to take her test to become full Dojin three years early... Master Toshi had allowed her to do this due to her exceptional performance over the past year.

She left to take her test, but something went wrong during testing. She had made a vital flaw during her test and was wounded severely by an arrow... Master Toshi and I went to the monastery to retrieve her... we brought her back to the retreat to watch over her remaining few days... my master was extremely saddened... I was virtually destroyed inside, but my years of training did not let me show it.

Ti died on the sixth day, she asked to be buried in the earth near the top of one of the mountains on the island, near the small Koi pond that my master had dug for her when she was little. I had lost two of my loved ones... and I still did not know what I was exactly. All I knew was that I was Doji, and my master's adopted son.... but I was different.

Chung I was called to attend the burial... he arrived for it in a relatively short amount of time. Ti had left me her weapons and scrolls with her dying breath after saying her goodbyes. Chung I trained me in the art of using the Kai Mi and the boomerang. Master Toshi trained me in the art of archery using first a longbow, and then a crossbow.

Chung I had taught me the final skills to become a full Shinobi warrior, but I continued on to learn all that was required to become a full Shinobi shaman. Chung I presented me with his final gifts to me, a beautifully created bo, an intricate suit of battle armor made for a Shinobi warrior, three ancient scrolls of meditation, and a pair of black leather gaiters (shin and calf guards).

We mourned for Ti Shen Wah over the last few days... Chung I made his departure from the retreat and we said our goodbyes to him. Chung I was truly an excellent teacher and friend. That was the last time that I saw Chung I in person....

Master Toshi sent for Master Tien. Master Tien was a master in other fighting arts such as Kendo. I learned kendo from Master Tien, and he presented me with a scroll of achievement. He also presented me with my tri-blades. I mastered the tri-blades and placed them in my weapons chest. I had eight more weapons to learn before I could take my test to become full Dojin.... I learned six of those weapons, and was presented with each of them. I had yet to learn to wield the broadsword and the Sai....

Master Toshi called for Masters Lu Weng and Yasunori.... they taught me the skills necessary, and presented me with the weapons of the sai. Master Toshi taught me the broadsword. He had no weapon to give me this time... He had purchased a new metal and some other materials and told me that I had to forge my own broadsword...

I worked for one full year on it... the metal, which I found out later to be Titanium Carbonite, the strongest metal known, was extremely hard to forge... I folded the blade over one-thousand times and shaped the handle and blade to my size, weight, and design. The finished product was a magnificent broadsword of intricate design. I fashioned the end of the sword into a dragons claw...

I showed the end design to Chung I in dreamscape... he noticed that it was not complete... I told him that I had not found an endpiece to fit the design. He then sent me my final gift ever.... a spherical shaped crystal of exact size and superior clarity.. it was little smaller than a Kai Mi... My default weapon was complete. I trained for two more years in the art of defense and ninja skill. I became a master of ninja after these two years.

With learning ninja and samurai, I learned how to detect unseen enemies in a room or an area... I learned the art of camoflauge and stealth. I had completed my training. I was now 17 years of age... Master Toshi did not want me to take the final test, but I had completed training and was required to take it. There was nothing I could do... I took the final test at the monastery, careful not to make any mistakes... I passed, and became a full Dojin.

I stayed with my master for a while before I had to leave. During that time the dreams started.... they were merely odd dreams at first, but then they started becoming nightmares...

I saw Ti's spirit in my dreams... looking over the body of Chung I mourning as he lay dead.... my dream had shifted to nightmare..... Ti noticed me and warned me not to return to dreamscape.... she would not tell me why... but I obeyed.

I awoke in a cold sweat during the night and awoke my master. I described my dream to him and he seemed distressed... I was nearly destroyed by my nightmare. The sight of Ti over the body of Chung I was all I could take... that night I went to the mountains to lose myself in thought and nature... and Kata. I returned twelve days later to find that my master had received a scroll informing him of Chung I's death... My master was devastated... This, was the point where my life disrupted....

Later that night, my master told me what Chung I had told him... he told me of Chung I's adopted daughter Mei Pieh Chi, and where he had found her.... She was the turtle I saved from the open sea... the katalyst for the events that led me to my master. She was the one I pushed towards the storm drain!!! That was not all... Chung I had told Master Toshi of a ninja master by the name of Splinter who was a rat that became part human... he told me no more until days later.... that's when the sense got to me... it was a drawing sense.... trying to pull me towards something. But I could not tell what...

I told my master of the sense... and he told me of the attraction between turtles from the same hatching group... he seemed disturbed and saddened for the better part of the day... while I was away doing my chores, he had packed my weapons in my weapons chest and placed a scroll in a satchel and another scroll sealed with wax on the table.

I returned and my master called me into the main hall of the retreat. He told me of four turtles that were under the instruction of Splinter, the ninja master.... Master Toshi told me to seek them out because those five turtles might possibly be the cause of the drawing sense... he told me to seek out Splinter and the other turtles, and learn from them what I could.

Mei Pieh Chi had already left for New York City by Chung I's last words. Mei Pieh Chi had told my master this herself in the scroll informing him of Chung I's death. Master Toshi also could no longer let me stay with him for extended periods of time... only visits... that is the way of Dojin.

I was saddened... I had no one to turn to for advice... I had no friends now that Ti was dead... but, I did have her spirit to guide me... I visited her grave one last time before departing to Hokkaido in the disguise of my cloak. I booked passage on a steamship headed for California... from there, I trekked most of the distance to New York.

My master did not leave me totally out of his memory, he had arranged for my uncle from New York to pick me up once I reached the state of Colorado. I arrived in New York in about one month.... and now I am here... in the sewers... alone... about to meet my possible relative...

The sense is weaker now... I had felt it all along, throughout my entire life, but was not affected by it until after Ti and Chung I had died... the sense... is coming from three sources, but one is stronger than the rest... and that one must be my brother or sister.....

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