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Lost, Found is a KLK fic by Amoridere.

Years ago, a little girl by the name Ryuuko Kiryuin is kidnapped on a cold winter night and her family is left searching for her. Years later, she, along with another girl, Nui Harime, resurfaces but, unlike the latter, Ryuuko doesn't remember too much of who she was before. Meanwhile, Nui is taken in by the Kiryuins, who're still looking for their lost daughter.


Tropes for Lost, Found:

  • Adult Fear: Ryuuko is kidnapped as a toddler and, like many other children, was taken to the "orphanage", where they are put through experiments.
  • Afraid of Doctors: Chapter 8 mentions that Nui hated hospitals "with every fiber of her being". This is justified, considering the experimentation.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Ryuuko is reunited with her family but Nui (suddenly) dies in chapter 42.
  • Bullying the Disabled: According to Ryuuko's narration, the other kids at the orphanage liked to bully Nui because she was mostly blind in one eye.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Nui is mentioned to be of partial European descent
  • Children Are Innocent: Played with. Ryuuko and Nui, who have very little understanding as to why they were being experimented on and can only speculate, along with knowing the consequences. While they do have some understanding of how wrong their treatment was, they could do very little to affect it. In a later chapter, Nui, when telling of her (and Ryuuko's) experiences at the "orphanage", she describes a vivisection before asking what it was, however, she seems to have a clue as to what "euthanasia" was, as she mentioned, “I got to stay because they were low on kids.”
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  • Conveniently an Orphan: Nui, as her being an orphan gives the Kiryuuins more a reason to worry about her.
  • Foreshadowing: Nui's dream predictions.
  • Gratuitous French: Nui lapses into this, at least, mostly in the beginning.
  • Happily Adopted: If not exactly happy, then we could say Nui is content to be staying with the Kiryuuins.
  • Healing Factor: Due to being experimented on, Nui and Ryuuko has this, the former getting better quickly after breaking her wrist and getting a skull fracture. However, while the latter did take and shrug off hits from a mountain lion and a bear, Ryuuko's healing factor mostly saved her from external injuries, not internal ones and those internal injuries complicated her being sick.
  • Identity Amnesia: Ryuuko doesn't remember her name and her life before being kidnapped and this is also the case for Nui, however, Nui does have some recollections, while Ryuuko doesn't, at least, not initially.
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  • Ill Girl: Ryuuko gets sick in one chapter and her illness complicates the plot, as the Mankanshokus aren't sure what to do when she does.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Played with. Kids have died as the result of the experiments but there are many others including Nui and Ryuuko, who had survived.
  • I've Got an X, and I'm Not Afraid to Use It!: Barazo uses this sort of threat when he's talking to "Weird Dude" to make him go away. At the time, however, he didn't actually have a shotgun but he did get one later in the chapter.
  • Let Them Die Happy: In chapter 42 with Nui, who, interestingly, is aware that she's dying but the others try to humor her by telling her that they'd get to do things she wants to and that she'd have the things she wanted.
  • Little Miss Badass /Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Chapter 5 of Lost, Found, has Ryuuko being one considering that she took down a mountain lion with teeth despite being severely injured. Chapter 17 is a bit more egregious as she goes up against a bear and wins, to the astonishment of Mako and her family.
  • Never Learned to Read: As found out in chapter 9, Ryuuko is a downplayed case of this, as she can read and does, it's just that she can't write, probably because hasn't learned how to.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In chapters 9 and 10, laced with Fridge Horror, as some time ago, there was the first test subject and, according to Nui, as a result of whatever experiments there were, the girl, "Child 00-000-000-0001", was left as something "not human", saying "animal" could be the closest thing they could call her, which begs the question as to what the experimentation did to that girl and what it could have done to Ryuuko and Nui. What doesn't help that is that a good many of the children experimented on had died.
    • The experiments themselves. Outside of a few details, we don't know what they are or why they're being performed.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Some of the story, considering more than few chapters revolve around helping Ryuuko find her family.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The photograph that Ryuuko takes from the Kiryuuin's cabin comes in handy when Mako uses it to find Ryuuko's parents.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Well, the place isn't an orphanage but it's called as such and, being that its a laboratory compound to experiment on kids, it may as well be this trope.
  • Parental Abandonment: As noted, Nui's mother had died some time after she was kidnapped and her father is never mentioned, however, it was mentioned that Nui didn't have anyone she could be returned to
  • Parental Substitute: The Kiryuuins for Nui and the Mankanshokus for Ryuuko.
  • Sinister Shades: The "Sunglasses Men".
  • Snow Means Death: The story is rather bleak and takes place, for the most part, in winter.
  • The Unintelligible: Ryuuko mostly speaks in garbled syllables, a constructed language, and have very few clear words.
  • Wild Child: Ryuuko, albeit somewhat, regardless, she is described as one, considering that she was averse to being held (tolerating a hug when wrapped in a blanket), the fact that she doesn't talk and mostly grunted or squealed (earlier, she was mentioned as to be speaking, but Amo changed it when it created a plothole in a later chapter), and that she killed a mountain lion with her teeth.
  • When She Smiles: Ryuuko in chapter 7.
    Sukuyo:"I wondered if she knew how much of a ray of sunshine she looked when she smiled but I would stop wondering when she caught herself in a mirror, in which case, she smiled more."
  • Would Hurt a Child: The workers at the "orphanage" have no apparent qualms with child abuse, let alone experimenting on children.
  • Vague Age: How old are Nui, Satsuki, Ryuuko, and Mako? We don't really know but the story doesn't provide many clues, however, we could say that Satsuki is most likely eleven or twelve (she was eight when Ryuuko was kidnapped), and that Nui, Ryuuko, and Mako are most likely seven or eight, if not, nine.
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