Sophia Harris & Giosue Zino
Location: Ville au Camp Destrehan, Louisiana, USA (1943) -> Tokyo, Japan (1953) -> Ville au Camp (1943) Destrehan, Louisiana, USA
Skills (Sophia): N/A
Skills (The Watch): Time Portals, and Knowledge (General Human History)
This morning, Gio was standing by the tree as usual, and for a change he was actually wearing his usual set of clothes and didn't have any immediately visible gear or props to hand out. It was just him standing underneath that tree, patiently waiting for his new student to show up. But today was a bit different, he was humming a little tune
to himself, tapping his foot in time. Everyone else so far had done a passable job of being punctual, he could only hope that Sophia would do the same.
Sophia got up rather easily as she stood up from her bed, seeing the letter from Gio, telling her to meet him at the Oak Tree at the center of the grounds. She got dressed for the day, and started to head out of her room and the main house. There she spotted Gio in front of the Oak Tree there and quickly made her way over towards him. "Good morning, how are you doing this morning?"
Sophia asked Gio and gave him a friendly smile. "I'm doing quite fine. Thank you very much for asking, Ms. Harris."
Gio returned Sophia's smile in kind. Effortlessly, he produced the Watch and opened up a time portal on the tree behind him. "For this test, you'll mostly be needing your body, grit and wits, so there's no need for an extended introduction. Furthermore, we're going to a time merely a decade in the future, so you don't even need to make a change of clothes. Lady's first."
The Emendator stepped aside and gestured for Sophia to make her entrance through the portal. "That's good to hear."
Sophia said, as she looked at the time portal that was set up behind him, and then her attention turned towards Gio once more. They wouldn't be going that far which was a good thing then it would save time for her having to change into something else, she smiled towards him and nodded. "Thank you."
She said, before stepping forward through the portal once more and turned around to look at Gio once he stepped through.
And stepped out in what was clearly an urbanized area. Solid concrete was beneath her feet, buildings towered far above her head in every visible direction, piercing the cloudy red skies. On the ground level, people were panicking all around Sophia, running past her to some unknown destination. The streets were packed with cars, stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, unable to leave their position. There was much honking, and some people decided it was better to try their luck on foot, abandoning their vehicles. "Welcome to Tokyo,"
Gio's voice chimed from behind her, the calm cutting through the chaos that surrounded them. He weaved through the crowd to step in front of Sophia. "Your task today is to deliver a particular item to a particular place and drop it off."
From his vest he produced a green, translucent disc for Sophia to take. On the side she couldn't see, when she grabbed the item, there would be a folded up map of the area, translated in English. "Take this disc to Chinzan-so and place it under the fifth bench to your right from the entrance then make your way back, then you'll be done."
Sophia looked at her surroundings for a bit, she had always wanted to go to Tokyo though not in this time but still it was always somewhere she would have liked to go to. She noticed that there were a lot of people panicking and cars were gridlocked, when Gio stepped in front of her, she stopped and looked at the green translucent disk for a moment and inspected it. And then accepted the map that was given to her. "Why are the people panicking right now?"
Sophia asked, the task itself seemed fairly simple, get the disk to its destination then return. "Also is there any sort of time limit on this as well?"
Sophia asked wanting to make sure she did it right. "No time limit, although if you end up taking too long I might have to assume you're dead,"
Gio replied to Sophia "So let's put a maximum limit of 6 hours. Any longer than that and I'll return to Camp. It begins when you decide to leave this spot. Try to avoid getting hopelessly lost. You do have a map."
If Sophia took another look at the map, she'd see circled in marker both her starting location and the destination, but it was kind of hard to make out in the current lighting.
Sophia looked towards Gio for a moment raising an eyebrow slightly at his comment, but didn't say anything she didn't want to make him angry or anything. "Six hours than got it, i'll meet you back here before then."
Sophia said as she took another look at the map once more squinting slightly, before turning around and started to make her way towards the marked location on the map. She also remained alert as she tried to avoid the panicking people that were running about.
Sophia was able to weave through the crowd pretty easily, and looking at the map, she could see that there were about 3 viable routes to the garden. She could go ahead and follow the main roads, which were the simplest to follow, but had the most number of people around. Then there was down through the subway tunnels. They probably weren't running at the moment given the chaos, and they cut through the buildings in a way the roads couldn't, but she'd need to go a bit out of her way to get there. Finally, she could weave through the alleyways and side streets. They were the least direct route and the one for her to most likely get lost in, but they potentially had the fewest things to get in the way.
She occasionally looked down at the map, noting the three routes that were there that she could go to she noted the subway tunnels, but she doubt that they would have enough light down there for her to see, and it was a bit off the trail. Then the various alleyways that could take her there, however they would be considerably longer and she didn't want to end up becoming lost. So she then just simply opted to go for the most easiest going down the main streets, she would rather deal with the chaos of the people than getting lost.
Sophia managed to work her way through the crowd, but there were lots of people, and she had to spend almost more time moving out of the way than going forward. The garden was maybe half an hour away unobstructed if she looked purely at distances on the map, but it could end up taking double the time if things kept up like that.
Sophia rubbed her eyes for a moment as she continued to weave in between the group of people she took out the weird disk again and eyed it once more wondering what was on it exactly or what it was used for. She simply continued to move as quickly as she could occasionally bumping into people and apologized to those she bumped into she wondered what exactly was the lesson for the task she didn't really get it.
While she was making her way down the street, she could see some movement just ahead through the crowd, but not actually apart of that. It was only when she started to hear even louder yelling that things came into focus: someone in their car decided to stop waiting in line and pulled up onto the sidewalk and gun it. Sophia was able to just get out of the way, but she lost hold of the disk, which slid off into the road and out of direct sight.
Sophia instantly started to regret taking the disk out again to look at it, when the driver decided to drive over the sidewalk, more concern for her own safety than the disk itself she rolled out of the way. When she dusted herself off she realized that she had dropped it, looking around she quickly started to look around. "God damnit."
Sophia muttered to herself as she desperately started to look around now she needed to find it which would be a lot harder now.
With a couple sweeps of her eyes, Sophia was able to cut through the chaos around her and locate the disk. It was laying right underneath (within arm's reach even) the car right next to her, which unlike the guy who'd just rushed past her, remained perfectly still. With a look inside she could see it was actually abandoned, the door left ajar, and the keys still in the ignition.
Seeing the disk there under the car Sophia took a deep breath and knelt down and quickly grabbed it with her good hand before getting back up to her feet dusting herself off slightly. Seeing the door wide open and the cars still left in the ignition, looking over her shoulder slightly. She was tempted to take the car, but Sophia had a feeling that it wouldn't be blending in if she took the same route driving along the sidewalk to her destination. And she didn't want to hurt anyone at all either or even worse possibly killing someone and quickly turned around and made her way back to the sidewalk as she opened her map up once more, and continued going forward towards the destination.
With disc in hand, Sophia was able to begin making progress once more, although it was slow going. After crossing the street, she had to stop from a sudden shudder through the ground, but that was it for the moment. She still had to shove her way through a river of people down her current route, but if she checked the map she's see that she was roughly halfway there.
Sophia quickly tucked the disk safely away so that it wouldn't end up falling out of her hands again, she was grateful that it didn't end up falling down a sewer drain. She stopped for a few seconds when she felt the ground shake suddenly, but stopped as quickly as it happened, deciding that it was better to move a little bit quicker occasionally pushing her way through some people as she tried to get to her destination faster.
Sophia was able to push through the crowd more quickly than before and still maintain a grip on the disc. It seemed that the number of people were starting to thin out, creating less resistance. In the span of about 10 minutes she got to where her destination was in sight indicated by a large break in the building line. To her left were a line of cherry blossoms and out from the garden a tower poked out looking quite anachronistic from the rest of the city with its multiple layers of curved, tiled roofs and wooden walls.
Seeing her primary objective now finally in sight she noticed the crowd had finally thinned out and quickly entered the area, looking around her right, until she was finally there at the fifth bench. Sophia looked around for a few seconds, it seemed that no one was interested in her just yet. Not wasting anymore time then she needed to now Sophia quickly stashed the disk under the bench, and then turned around making her way back the same exact route that she had just came.
Leaving the park, there were no more people to get in her way. At least as far as she could see. The Paradox was free to move about as she please. But there were other things that drew her attention. Sophia felt the shudder again. A few moments passed. And then again. Stronger. Closer. And then a sound. It was not heard as much as it was felt. She could feel it all through her legs, chest and neck. Another shudder. Even closer. It was coming her way.
She stopped when she started to feel the shaking around her, she turned around trying to find out where it was coming from, but it felt like it was going for her. The people were all gone it seemed and it started to worry her quiet a bit and decided that she needed to get back to Gio right away. Now as she started to run now going as fast as her feet would take her looking back at the map once more to make sure she was going in the right direction.
Pushing as hard as her feet would propel her, Sophia was able to dash through the city streets back the way she came. The shuddering in the distance continued to grow closer, and she could begin to hear distinct noises of destruction from behind her. If she turned around, she would be able to see clouds of debris maybe one thousand yards behind her, and through the fog the silhouette of something gargantuan. An entity that dwarfed many of the skyscrapers that surrounded her. Hauling ass as she was and unimpeded, Sophia had managed to make it about halfway back.
Sophia wasn't even sure what she was even seeing as the ground continued to shake rather violently seeing and hearing the destruction coming just behind her. Seeing the cloud and debris everywhere now, she could see something huge hidden behind all of the smoke, but Sophia didn't want to stop and see whatever the hell it was as she ran forward. Feeling her sides hurt slightly from all of the running seeing that she was just about halfway from where she had started. And instead just focused on going forward rather than looking back to whatever the thing was.
Fueled by adrenaline, Sophia was able to push herself beyond her normal limits and sprint the rest of the way to the starting point, the whole time, the shuddering and noises grew stronger, as if whatever the source of the problem was chasing after her specifically. But like a beacon of saftey Gio stood tall in the middle of the sidewalk, tapping his foot to a rhythm only he was privy to. "Ah, good to see you've returned, Sophia. Well before the 6 hour time limit, if I might add."
Sophia leaned forward slightly as she took a few seconds to take a breath as she looked up at Gio and then back towards the way that she had came from. "Theres something big coming this way we should head back, the disk or whatever it is now where it should be."
Sophia said as she finally started to relax a bit now.
When Sophia looked back, she could see more: smooth, slimy flesh, long grasping arms, flailing tentacles each thicker than a train, and a single beady eye looking right her way. "That would be what you'd call a kaiju. Real pest in this timeline."
Gio opened up a portal and beckoned Sophia to step through. "Wouldn't want to stick around, she's going to level the entire city. No point in staying to see it all. Unless you've some hidden misanthropic streak." "Yeah not to keen on being food for Godzilla junior or anything like that.."
Sophia said, seeing the thing looking directly at her, just as Gio opened up the portal once more back to their home. She couldn't help but shudder slightly if she ever did end up getting killed by one of those things. "Thanks for holding the door by the way."
She said before quickly going through the portal itself.
Gio followed behind Sophia back into the morning light of Ville Au Camp. He looked as if he was about to say something, but then stopped himself and paused for a moment, looking over the woman. "You know, you look quite dreadful. I wouldn't be surprised if you suddenly started feeling quite worse given a bit of time to calm down. Why don't you return to your room, wash-up and relax. You did well enough for the day, a bit of rest would do you good. Unless of course you want to keep going?"
When they got back she turned around to look at the tree then turned to face Gio once more, she certainly did need a little bit of time to rest. "You are probably right, I am going to take a few hours to relax. I think i'm good enough for the day though, i'll see you later, thank you for the training by the way."
Sophia said, before turning around she certainly did have enough for the day running as fast and hard as she could and started to head back towards her room.