They had finished their steaks and ordered some coffee. The steaks had been excellent.
“Again, should we go back to your place and have some sex?” Angel asked. “Or should I just go ahead and save the World first? Help me out. I don’t know what to do. I really don’t.”
“I don’t know either,” Satoshi said. “You’re complicated.”
“Everybody is,” Angel said. “It’s just usually you have no way to look into their heads.”
“We need to decide one way or another,” Satoshi said.
“Of course, there is also the question if you would like to have a shot at 24th Century sex. You said you don’t do it with a girl you don’t know. What about that?” Angel asked.
“I think I know you quite well already, thank you,” Satoshi said. “Probably better than I have known anybody in my life. These Glasses have extraordinary power.”
“So you would be ready to do it with me? You understand the great honor this means for you?” Angel asked, confident she would hear the answer she wanted to hear.
“Yes. And yes,” Satoshi said, smiling.
“Okay. I’m pleased to hear that. I really am. Kiss me now,” Angel said, leaning forward over the table.
Satoshi obliged. It was a very short and superficial kiss. But it was the first one where he had contributed to the effort, as opposed to just failing to get out of the way fast enough.
“So, what keeps me from gulping down this coffee very fast and then running, not walking, with you back to your apartment? Tell me. You have been into my head,” Angel said.
“I have seen a couple of your fears. What about your fear of dying? Wouldn’t that keep you from enjoying the experience?” Satoshi asked.
“No. On the contrary. I know I need to get it while I can,” Angel answered. “With only one week left, there is no time to lose for me.”
“And that last evil shadow? I couldn’t even get a handle on that. Would that be a problem?”
“It sure is a problem. Believe me. It sure is. But I can forget about it for a short while. Actually, that would be an extra benefit of the exercise,” Angel said.
“And you really are sure that you can save the World with time to spare? I mean, you only have one week. It looks completely impossible to me anyway. What kind of super power are you counting on to pull that off?” Satoshi asked.
“Well, I have these Glasses. We call them the Glaring Glasses. They have some power. You have experienced some of that power already. But that’s all I have. I just know I can do it,” Angel said.
“I’m not so sure about that. I would hate to have you fail in your mission because you wasted some time on me. Of course, I like the idea of you showing me some 24th Century sex. I really do. But I would really hate it if that couple of hours makes you fail in your mission and dooms the World. It would be very selfish of me,” Satoshi said.
“That’s exactly the main point,” Angel said. “I would like very much to fail in my mission, since I love my father and all the other people in the 24th Century. They will all be dead if I succeed. But I promised them to do my best. And I hate the idea of breaking that promise,” Angel said.
“So you’re stuck,” Satoshi said. “Whatever you do, some side of you will disapprove.”
“Yes,” Angel said.
“But that’s good,” Satoshi said.
“Why is that good? I really don’t know what to do,” Angel said.
“That’s easy. If there is no clear path for you, it doesn’t matter either way. So you can just do what I want,” Satoshi said.
“What would that be?”
“That’s obvious. I want you to gulp down that coffee really fast and then run back with me to my apartment. There is only one thing holding me back,” Satoshi said.
“I just don’t understand how you can be so confident. What makes you think you can solve global warming in only one week in the first place? And how the hell will you ever have even a long shot if you don’t apply yourself full force to the problem for the whole remaining time? That’s what I don’t understand,” Satoshi said.
“That’s because you’ve never been a Princess,” Angel said.
“That’s true. I’ve never been a Princess. I must admit it,” Satoshi said. “What’s that got to do with it?”
“You don’t know my power of leadership like I do. Of course you don’t understand. But let’s just look at it from your point of view. You think I’m completely crazy to think I could do anything about global warming in a week. You may be right. But if I can’t do anything in only one week, having a couple of hours of nice fun with you won’t change the result,” Angel said.
“You’ve got a point there,” Satoshi said. “It’s hopeless anyway. So we can do anything we want.”
“See?” Angel said. “You’re wrong, of course. But even if you were right, it doesn’t change the answer to the question at hand.”
Satoshi gulped his coffee down, grimacing slightly because it was still rather hot. Angel did the same. They left the steak house in a hurry, running down the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator.
Link to Part 11: “24th Century Sex”.