the mother catches her breath as beads of sweat roll down her face. she has just given birth. ‘is it a boy or a girl?’ she quickly asks the doctor. the doctor stares at the newborn child as a single tear rolls down his cheek. ‘it’s…. a protagonist.’ he smiles softly as he holds up the child, a single ahoge boldly protruding from the top of its head. the child slowly opens its eyes, smiling at the world. ‘sore wa chigaugoogoo’ the child coos.