Long Way Home
Dr. Kenji Yoshida ran a hand through his thinning hair as he muted the sound on the small television in his office and set the remote down on his desk.
He didn't need to hear the report again because he had already heard it three times and he knew what it said.
More importantly he knew what it didn't say.
Dr. Yoshida was one of the most respected psychologists in Japan and had once held the position of Chief of Psychology at the Hayashida Institute before taking a teaching position at Tokyo University.
had been arrested, the Prime Minister himself had requested that Yoshida
examine Nakamura's victims and see to their treatment.
The Prime Minister had reluctantly confirmed for Yoshida
that the whispered rumours about Nakamura
hadn't really known Nakamura very well, but during what little contact he
did have with him he
found him to be a supremely arrogant man who seemed to think of himself to be above everyone else.
always acted as if he
held some great knowledge that placed him in a different class than the rest of humanity.
It had turned out that he
indeed was in a different class.
Not many people wanted to destroy all life on earth in a divine attempt to end mankind's suffering.
had been largely responsible for crafting SEELE's intricate manipulations of the government and the UN.
The police investigation had found that the now deceased doctor had been subjecting his
patients from NERV
to hallucinogenic drug therapy, designed to make their existing conditions worse.
They suffered from hallucinations and nightmares that progressively worsened their conditions, and at least one patient had died of a heart attack when his
body could no longer handle the anxiety or the cocktail of drugs Nakamura was feeding him.
had taken over there were still four patients at the institute who had been under Nakamura's care, if it could be called that.
slipped on his
reading glasses and picked up the fourth patient's file again.
It had been a rough five years for her
had spent almost three years in a coma before she
finally awakened and was admitted to Hayashida shortly afterward.
It was thought that she
had been admitted under false pretences by Nakamura
himself who had seen her
in the hospital when he
was there on other business.
The cocktail of drugs that he
had been giving her
had been enough to leave her
in poor physical shape all on their own, regardless of her
previous condition, and she
was currently in the medical wing of the institute undergoing treatment to detoxify her
glanced at the photos he
had inserted in her
file to document the condition she
was in when he
took over her
was pale and thin, her
features drawn, and her
eyes were ringed with dark circles due to a lack of sleep and had a sad and haunted look about them.
was physically weak and probably had been ever since she
found himself taking this case personally because he
was already familiar with the patient.
had first met her
twenty years earlier when she
was only fourteen years old.
could not and would not take any of it as truth until he
could verify it for himself.
wouldn't base his
treatment program solely on what a vindictive ass like Nakamura had documented.
There was simply no way to trust the information until it could be verified.
He wanted to have her medical files as well, but someone in the hospital's administration had a case of the jitters and was reluctant to give them up since she was a former member of NERV.
A knock on his
office door brought him out of his
"Come in," he
said as he
closed the file and slid it aside.
"I thought you could use a little break Kenji
," Nozaki said.
gestured for him to have a seat in front of the desk.
"I've been getting nowhere with the hospital administration for a week."
"I haven't seen her
yet today," Yoshida
"Then I will go to the government and demand some answers," Yoshida
said with conviction.
"The Prime Minister asked me to look into what has happened here and he
should be prepared to supply the information I need to do so and help Nakamura's victims."
"You really are taking this case personally, aren't you?"
"It may not be very professional of me, but yes, I am," Yoshida
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felt like he
was fighting a losing battle and it disturbed him a great deal.
then went to the Prime Minister's office to seek answers and was given a lecture on how sensitive the subject of NERV
was and that he
should forget about any further inquiries.
Three nights later, Dr. Kenji Yoshida
found himself in an upscale, downtown bar waiting for Professor Inaba.
"I was beginning to think I wasn't going to hear from you," Yoshida
"I have a patient that's on the verge of falling off the deep end and they're worried about the spectre of a dead organization," Yoshida
muttered bitterly, unable to hide the growing disappointment and helplessness he
"Thank you," Yoshida
said with a sigh of relief.
alive, I wonder why he
hasn't come to see her
in the last five years," Yoshida
"Your information does clear up a few of the questions I had," Yoshida
I think they wish to help your cause Yoshida
"Then for the sake of my patient I will take that chance.
beer and went to the table Inaba had indicated.
"Have a seat Doctor Yoshida," the man told him when he walked up to their table.
was a rather distinguished looking gentleman with grey hair and a seemingly kind, yet cautious demeanour.
was a tall blonde woman whose cool and appraising stare made him feel as if he
were being dissected on the spot.
To the man's left was a shorter, brown haired woman who's face wore a look of concern.
"You have me at a disadvantage," Yoshida
began as he
"If you have already spoken to Professor Inaba, then you know why," Yoshida
regarded them for a moment.
used that to blackmail the government into allowing him his
"I have experienced that first hand in my efforts thus far," Yoshida
drew a deep breath and let it out slowly before beginning the story.
indeed told them everything.
knew had happened for sure, what he
had been told, what he
could confirm and what he
told them what drugs Misato had been given and how they had affected her
told them everything he
could about her
treatment program since he
had taken over her
"Physically, yes," Yoshida
"Mentally, not without Shinji.
breathed a great sigh of relief.
is one of the best psychiatrists in the country and you're here now, which by her
own admission is what Misato needs and wants."
looked at her
eyes pleading for reassurance.
was supposedly making his rounds of the patients on the second floor, as well as the third where patients who required medical as well as psychological care, like Misato, were cared for.
They exited Dr. Yoshida's
office and followed the long hallway back to the reception area and they knew immediately that something was wrong.
People from the security staff had joined the receptionist at her desk and were preparing to search the fourth floor and had people stationed at the elevators and the door to the stairwell.
"What's going on?
Ritsuko asked the receptionist who had earlier shown them to Dr. Yoshida's
Fortunately they didn't have to wait long as Dr. Yoshida
stepped out of the elevator only a couple of minutes later.
had a very distressed look on