Zelda had been sort of bored so she had begun tinkering a bit with the design of sorts for at least a prototype suit for Percy. It was a basic one since the main function was to get it so that at least the clothes appeared to change appearance for the time era it was in. And she was making it with a fabric she had found that was a bit more adaptable to different environments and more resistant and durable in general. Of course, it had served as a nice project to get her mind off of the rest of the team that they both had gotten stuck with. Eventually, she did find Percy after she had finished the project and basically had just sent him a message to come to meet up with her at her dorm room since she had something to give him. Of course she kind of had kept her little mini project hidden from her roommate, figuring it best to not potentially have to explain the full thing to her or something.
Percy had been watching reality television in his room when Zelda texted him, asking him to come on by. He visited Zelda's dorm room somewhat often, mostly because her roommate was his older sister, Diana. There was another dorm room besides his own that he tended to visit, although he had been keeping that
development somewhat private. He didn't need his personal affairs to be the talk of the entire school. Although he wouldn't have been surprised if the other person in the budding relationship had already told most of the junior class. He made his way on over to Zelda's dorm - it wasn't too far, just on another floor of Stark Hall, and he knocked three times. "Zelda? It's Percy."
She walked over and opened up the door, giving him a slight smile, "Hey there Percy..."
she said, before stepping aside to let him in the room. Once he entered, Percy would see what looked to be a mannequin of sorts with a costume on it. It looked identical to the outfit that he was wearing currently for the most part. "Remember how we spoke about what sort of costume or whatever we'd do for you? Well I kind of decided to try making it. The crest on the suit is what hides the thing meant to shift your outfit depending on what period you're in... But obviously not entirely sure that it works or anything for what it's meant to do without actually testing it out or something..."
Percy blinked, looking at the mannequin. He hadn't actually expected for Zelda to be able to make a costume that would fit his specific needs. He had watched a few video series on designing clothing for superpowers, and it wasn't an easy job, even for the simpler powers. Percy, somewhat haughtily, figured that his would never be called simple. "How'd you make it?"
Percy asked, incredibly curious. He reached out and gently touched the fabric, as if too hard a contact would cause it to unravel and fall to pieces. "Well I already had a lot of the sort of materials. I typically tend to keep on hand fabrics and materials that are fairly durable... Though I did go on a bit of a scavenger hunt to find something that would be better for just in general durability in the fight... Now for the tech part well... I did have to ask someone for help with that... But thankfully we both know someone whose good with tech and electronics, and Zari essentially squealed with excitement at the challenge that I gave to her and we figured out a way to make it so that it, well hopefully, works correctly... I have my own little costume I've sort of been working on for me, but yours was a bit more interesting to work on in general..."
she said, still not entirely sure about his reaction, "So do you like it?"
Zelda then asked, waiting to hear his response.
That made sense to him, Zelda involving Zari - Zari hopped between universes, she had access to the sort of text that could make clothing change to fit a time period. In fact, Percy wouldn't have been surprised if Zari's mother had even invented a device that would similarly help her daughter blend in. Clearly Zari wasn't using it though, as her style looked as alien and awkward as always.
It was also the most he had heard Zelda talk in a while. Or ever, really. She was always so shy and withdrawn. Percy nodded. "Yeah, I love it - thank you,"
he said, giving her a smile. "Can I try it on?"
He hoped that it fit. He didn't know how Zelda would've gotten his measurements, but maybe Diana had given them to her... Although he didn't know how Diana would have gotten them either. But he didn't worry about it. Not yet. It wasn't creepy yet. "Sure, figured that probably would need to happen,"
she said with a slight smile, before she gently pulled the the outfit off the mannequin and handed it to him. Zelda had only been able to get more of just a general sizing for the outfit, so she was wondering how it'd fit him. Having kept what exactly she was making from Diana, she had basically asked her what it was and only saying it was for something she was making for Percy. It would be easier if it was a little big on him or something, since either he could potentially grow into it, or she could just easily adjust it to fit him better. Fixing it if it was too small would be a bit more of a challenge for her, but not super impossible.
Percy grabbed the outfit from Zelda, and went into the closet. It was the only spot in the room where he could change without being seen. He wasn't keen on changing in front of Zelda, and the bathrooms were communal in Stark Hall, meaning he'd have to leave and come back. He got dressed pretty quickly, and when he came out, it was pretty clear that the outfit was slightly too big on him - he looked almost like a little kid playing dress-up in their parents clothes. "Well, I'm relieved to know you didn't have my exact measurements after all,"
Percy quipped, smirking at her. "I mean that would have been impossible to get without asking you, and that would have ruined the surprise, but I can pin it so I can just hem it to make it a little smaller for you. Fixing from too big is harder than going up in sizing anyway... Not sure how you'd want to test out whether or not it can shift appearances where you are though..." "It wouldn't have been impossible,"
Percy said, somewhat without thinking. Zelda could have snuck into his room while he was asleep and taken his measurements. That was what he had been mildly concerned that she may have done. Only mildly concerned though - it didn't seem like her. He hesitated for a moment though, as she suggested trying it out. His moms had always warned him to not try to time travel without an instructor, that using his powers to time travel rather than just spatially hop would be too dangerous. One was like sliding along the ice, the other was like descending blindly into the depths of the freezing water and reappearing as an acorn.
It was stupid and reckless and risky. He didn't even have perfect control over just a spatial jump.
But he cared that Zelda thought he was cool and impressive with his powers - he wanted everyone at the school to think that. "Sure, I can give it a try - did you want to come with?"
he offered. He wasn't going to try anything too big. Maybe a day or so. Then a month. Maybe a year. Nothing crazy. Nothing massive.
She was a bit surprised that he fully went with the trying his powers thing. Personally she would have been fine to just wait a little while for the season to change or something and they just wouldn't be sure until then "Uh sure, sounds like it might be interesting to see what happens."
Percy nodded. This was a stupid and reckless idea. But he was going to start small and work his way up to it. He took Zelda's hand and concentrated. It was different from when he jumped from location to location, but somehow exactly the same. His plan was to take them back five minutes. Nice and small. Then he'd go further. And further. The air shimmered around his hands a strange blue, and there was a POP
, as Percy and Zelda were flung back in time...
Exactly one hour. The dorm room was empty, thankfully, so they didn't need to worry about running into past!Zelda - or even past!Diana. Percy frowned. "I think I overshot it,"
he admitted. It probably was a bad idea to try going even further back. Probably. Maybe. "Well that was interesting to say the least... I do think the idea of you being able to time travel no matter how small is kind of cool... Especially when you consider how useful even a small jump back could be..."
she said, looking around the room a bit, "Hopefully we don't run into anyone since that might not end well though..." "I could try to get us back an hour forward, but it might be easiest to just hide somewhere,"
Percy admitted. "I think as long as you don't run into yourself, it should be fine."
His moms had warned him against running into versions of himself - they had said that it was likely nothing good could come from it. His mother, Dominika, had even gone on a long explanation of the quantum mechanics and physics involved in such an event that summed up to not great
. "Probably for the best, though... We need to hide somewhere else other then in here... Since I'm probably heading back this way soon. And running into myself for whatever reason would be weird to have happen... So let's find someplace else to wait it out..."