A new day full of uncertainty and anticipation… a lengthy evening full of relaxation and tranquility… and a nightly dinner arrangement devoid of any significant socialization. A day that looked so promising proved to be much more of a bummer than Sheela initially realized. After hugging and bidding Sasha goodnight, Sheela found herself fully awake, unable to fall asleep. With only but the luminescent glow of her phone as her only company, she kept her restless mind occupied and her hasty fingers at the ready. Amongst the darkened silence she took to typing a speculative text message in hopes of finding her brother awake as well. Part of her still worried about the future and what it would hold for every one of them. Anything was possible, right? There she remained, lying in wait for any kind of answer.
For Nicholas, peaceful dreams were beckoning. At least, that is what he had hoped to accomplish. His phone thought otherwise, impeding any further advances into a welcoming dreamland. I knew I should have turned the darn thing off. What did his little sister want from him now? Did she even realize what time of night it was? Ok, maybe it wasn’t that late, but still, that wasn’t the point. The message better contain some importance, at the very minimum. Quickly finding and opening the text, he silenced his own amusing thoughts. What was he going to do with her, being so irrational? Nicholas responded with a simple text, taking his time to say goodnight, and to tell her not to worry so much.
As Nicholas remained half asleep, his ears picked up the familiar sounds of a ringtone, most likely from that of Nathan’s phone. An unexpected knock upon Devon’s door followed shortly as a sense of intrigue heightened around the unconfirmed. Remaining quiet, his highly curious mind took great interest as to the origin of this unidentified message and what was truly going on. Of course, Nicholas would not intrude and would patiently wait until the arrival of morning to figure out what was really happening. There had to be some logical explanation for Nathan’s sudden departure in the middle of the night. First Rey, and now Nathan; there was no doubt important business was taking place, unaware to him and possibly the girls.
Not wishing to wrack his own weary brain, his heavy eyes closed as his mind drifted towards its beckoning dreamscape. With the silence of tranquility holding prominence and every worry tossed aside for another day, the moon kept watch from beyond; its muted glow intermittently peaking through the wavering clouds. Dawn’s arrival brought only more of the same, from the day before; overcast with little chance of sunshine to brighten up the uncertain horizon to come. Answers were sure to appear in time, though would any of them really make sense in the end? One realization was for certain; Nathan was truly gone, occupied with an urgent, albeit rather vague agenda - so Devon mentioned.
At the ready, Sheela waited in standby until Devon and her brother made their appearance. What she didn’t expect accompanying their arrival was a surprising text from Nelwa. They were actually going to visit her place of residence. How cool was that? Realizing she was getting high hopes again, Sheela brought herself down to reality; focusing on developing serious matters. She couldn’t believe Nathan would leave them. Everything would be alright, wouldn’t it, and Nathan would remain safe in Nelwa’s care? She sure hoped so. Recreational activities placed on hold, she followed along with the remaining members of the group to finally meet with Nelwa in person.
Arriving at the outskirts of Aomori, Nelwa’s residence revealed itself within Sheela’s sights. Though the overall appearance proved technologically lacking she took more to the natural appeal, admiring the scenery. On Eric’s command to venture along inside, she let her eyes wander. Once inside Nelwa’s chamber, they were greeted by Nelwa herself; a great honor indeed. Her words brought relief to hear Nathan and Rey were safe and were both working on reinstating their Gvn positions. Already? Could all of this really work out in their favor? Sheela was also pleased to discover that Vypr would be getting the much needed assistance required to get her life back together.
Amongst all of these feelings of optimism, Nicholas pondered over the idea of acquiring six new recruits. He sure hoped they were prepared for what they were getting themselves into. Then again, if Nelwa was involved in these particular selections, they must have all been highly qualified candidates. He would lend his trust to Nelwa for the time being. Besides, going against Nelwa was like going against their leader... There was a moment of silence, thoughts ceasing at the sudden realization. Did she really speak the truth? A future Sasha, originating from their own timeline of events? How was that even possible? Fully functioning time travel? Even Nicholas was impressed.
Sheela was left to stare in amazement at Sasha’s reaction to her future self, stumbling upon one revelation after another. Good fortune must have certainly taken an attraction to her through time. Where would that leave Sheela of all people, along with her brother? Would they both be just as successful? Anything less than what Sasha was able to accomplish would be nothing more than a letdown. Interest piqued upon Sasha’s inquiring words, surrounding Sheela and her brother’s future. She took a deep breath, bracing herself for the cold hard truth. So, we both are doing fine, that’s good to hear.
That was only the first part of the situation. What Sheela didn’t know was these devastating rumors that foretold of her attempts at damaging the Breaker image. It didn’t appear to her that the Breakers were the enemies to the well being of the people, but the new age of protectors to the world. Was what they were doing really wrong? Or was the Gvn concealing a malicious agenda behind the people’s backs even in the future that she desperately needed to reveal to the public? Whatever the agenda or the reasoning, there was something very wrong and Nelwa seemed to be only hinting at a much more significant issue. Sheela didn’t wish to be the bad guy in anything. How was she even capable of such a cruel change of heart?
While that specific reality was unfathomable, she moved onward with the others, her mood lightening up at the sight of Nathan making a welcomed appearance. Everything appeared to be moving along nicely. But how long will it be before I find myself in this bad girl role? If there were rumors floating around about her teaming up against the Breakers, would those Breakers already here in the past feel the same and refuse to trust her, or would they try to sway her from this seemingly unforgivable role. Why did she have to find out about this troublesome fact anyway? She didn’t desire any of these complications.
What was Sheela supposed to do to prevent a betrayal of friendship if one were to inevitably occur, unlikely as it once appeared? She knew all too well of Sasha’s persistence, eyeing her, speculating over the worrisome possibilities. Unwilling to believe that she could hold an antagonistic agenda; she spoke aloud, in response to Sasha, her words delicate in their approach. “I know. I can’t really make sense of it myself. I am so confused at the idea.” She let her eyes wander still, feeling awkward. “You think our friendship ended naturally or do you think something really terrible happened to separate us?” A lengthy pause followed as she briefly glanced towards her brother for support.
She already had a hunch before she looked upon Nicholas that this was more or less all about Sasha and Sheela. He would protect her no doubt, though to understand and figure out the answer to this potential problem would involve a deeper involvement between the two alone; the time would be right for him to speak soon enough. “I don’t ever want to end our friendship, but if what she said, about the rumors, is true… what would it take to change the course of the future?” Being in this position was so darn uncomfortable. “At least tell me the truth if I ever overstep my bounds, will you Sasha, please.” She kept her head down, impulsively twiddling her thumbs out of an escalating nervousness. All Sasha had to do was provide her fair warning.