“Dad, please. You’re being ridiculous.”
“Ridiculous? Ridiculous is you traveling halfway across the world to live in the dirt with savages for a year.”
Asami sighed, pausing from her packing to face her father. “They aren’t *savages*. They’re just different. This is such a huge opportunity, Dad. Not just for me, but for the world.
The Kikakdo have never allowed outside contact. They’re the last known group that hasn’t been impacted by globalization. We could learn so much from them.”
“Are you just ignoring that they’ve killed every person to ever land on their shores?”
She faltered at this, but only for a moment. “We don’t know that.”
“Of course not, because nobody ever comes back.” Hiroshi stepped close to his daughter, holding her hand gently between his own. “You’re all I have left, Asami. I couldn’t bear it if I lost you.
Asami threw her arms around her father’s middle, burrowing her head into his shoulder when he squeezed her, just like she did when she was a child. “Daddy, I promise I’ll be ok.
I’ll be back before you know it.”
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