I talked with Dr. Uryan the other day. He told me the story behind the Shinku.
There was a man, who was born and raised just to answer the question of whether or not there was a god. Ever since he was a baby, he was kept locked up in a tower, and wasn't given anything to read except scripture and other religious texts, and had no one to talk to except priests. When he was grown up, they finally took him out of the tower and asked him the question. And he said:
"Yes, there is. For I am God!"
He even had a name for himself, one that was so long that they had to make a room just so they could write it out on the walls. And a lot of people believed he was God, because he knew so much. They say he knew everything. And when his body died, they took his living brain and preserved it: the Holy Brain of Rusty Nail, the Shinku. It was used to monitor the city, and Dr. Uryan used it to perform his Holy Body grafting technique that the city got so famous for.
But the Shinku got tired of being trapped in a container for so long, so Dr. Uryan offered his assistant, Shin Lu, to it. The Shinku was going to take over Shin Lu's body and use her so it could experience the outside world. And it would have, if Jing hadn't shown up and stopped it and Dr. Uryan.
It wasn't... it wasn't all good, either. Because Jing stopped the Shinku, it got angry, and all the Holy Grafting operations that Dr. Uryan had performed on people started going bad. A lot of people died. But Jing released the Shinku, and got Dr. Uryan to use the Holy Grafting one more time to put the Shinku in the body of the city's Guardian Bird, that had died a while ago. Now the Shinku lives free in the body of a giant bird, and Dr. Uryan almost never uses the Holy Grafting.
The... the Doctor thinks the Shinku won't talk to me because it wants me to appreciate the fact that I can still get around. That I'm still free. I think he's right.
He said nowadays the Shinku only intervenes for really serious things, and even then not all the time. I still think what happened to Al is serious, though, so I'm going to stay a little longer and see if it will talk to me about that, at least. It's a long shot, but I don't have anything better to do right now anyway.
And Haruhi, Ed, Eva, Demyx, thank you. I don't know what came over me. I'm going to keep going! Eva's right, there's still lots of things that I can do. I'm not going to let this keep me down any more. Gramps and the others wouldn't like it, and Silver would probably call me pathetic if he knew. If House and Komui can't help me, I'll just have to learn to like my chair.
Ari, are you doing okay? Eyguebelle hasn't been bullying you or anything, has he?