It just sounds better in Japanese--almost is if they were cute. Really, no one wants to read the word zit on a nice blog like this, so we'll just stick with the Japanese translation.
Neil had actually fought the war with acne a couple of years before the accident and had come out a victor, but now the nikibis are back with a vengeance. Could be just from the physiological stress of the trauma to his body, could be due to medication used to treat him. But anyway, they're back and they think they are here to stay. They're not!
We've been working on this for several months now. Plan "A" didn't work, so now we're on to Plan "B" with "C" and "D" in the wings, in case they're needed. You may think this is minor, and in looking at the BIG picture, I guess you'd be right. But, for a young man whose social world was always so very important to him, and who now has virtually none, this is certainly something that needs attention.