|Art by Lazenritter |
Hey all! Day two-hundred of my travels around the world and back again!
[As she moves it is obvious she's walking through a very busy corridor of high-tech, curved design. Along one side is a sleek bulkhead and the other shows the view of a city lingering below. Only snippets of it can be seen behind the girl's face.]
[The city below is a small one by modern standards, with not much in the way of a skyline, but there are some beaches at the edge of the camera's view. Aeryn is trying to scan the skyline slowly and dramatically, but falling prey to her youthful exuberance and impatience so that it's a bit fast and blurry.]
[The camera focuses in on a woman with bright red hair and tattoos visible all over the place. She is speaking to a young man about the age of sixteen years or so wearing the sort of high school uniforms common to Japanese school. It has a dark grey coloring with purple highlights.]
[She zooms in on the woman's face to show a set of red facial marks that seem to be a bit unusual compared to the rest of her tattoos.]
[The image briefly shows Aeryn's smiling face before whipping around an audience and an arena with a number of large crocodiles to show a man with a close-cropped beard and a bright Hawaiian shirt looking just that little bit bored]
[The camera whips back around to her broadly smiling face with someone in a clear staff uniform behind her looking about the audience.]
[She whips around the camera and shows the arena below, taking a few seconds to get the angle stable, if a little bit off kilter. There's some sort of performance going on, but before she gets a good view of it, she whips the camera back around to her face.]
See that? It's a crocodile farm! They're huge! I mean huge. Look that one over there compared to the guy next to it. Apparently the ones in the wild get even bigger. Some of them even hunt and kill sharks. Awesome isn't it!?
[The staff member behind sweeps his view past her and almost seems like he fails to notice her and then does a double take to focus on her position as she continues to talk.]
[The camera keeps whipping between the man in the Hawaiian shirt and her face.]
[A hand clasps onto her shoulder and the camera starts pointing down at the floor.]
[The camera whips up to catch an off-kilter view]
[Given the stability and focus of the camera at the moment, Aeryn might actually have really forgotten it's on.]
[The camera is sweeping over the city with the sun setting in the distance. It's a little bit windy but a mostly clear night. The Sol Suna hangs over the city along with two other, smaller air-ships docked near the airports.]
[The sky toward the south is starting to rapidly develop into storm clouds as bright flashes of light occur at a distance before Aeryn whips the camera to point north briefly.]
[The camera turns back around south and zooms in, most of the action is going on past the curve of the horizon, but there is definitely something going on over there. A flash of light briefly pastes the shadow of a massive humanoid form against the clouds above.]
[The camera is lowered toward the ground below showing people watching the horizon in confusion on the sidewalk below before Aeryn lifts the camera back up and directs her smartphone at it and then turning it on her own face.]
That's...Vollstahl. Okay, I wonder if there's some sort of fireworks thing going on over there.
[There is a loud, obnoxious beeping noise and the camera drops back down to stare at asphalt.]
[The camera refocuses on the Sol Suna and then pans a couple of times between Aeryn's location and the ship.]
[The camera is shaking and catching moments of a lot of people staring at Aeryn as she passes by.]
[Aeryn stops running for a moment and looks into the camera, breathing heavily.]
[She starts to run again when a very athletic, dark-skinned man wearing security uniform and a rather dashing military style beret goes breezing past her.]
[She tries to keep up but seems to be more focused on having the camera unsteadily focused on Mr. Holt's disappearing form. As he moves on out of her line of sight, she comes to another stop and leans down on her knees, her camera is pointed at one of her hands on the opposing knee.]
[The Japanese looking high school kid from earlier is pacing back and forth angrily shouting into his phone.]
[The camera image starts producing an increasing amount of static. Aeryn is getting difficult to understand.]
[Aeryn looks a bit relieved and then returns to her brilliant smile, though it is a bit strained now as she talks. Behind her there is a brief burst of smoke that appears out of nowhere followed by a man suddenly panicking.]
"Ahhh! The ship's on fire the ship's on fire!"
[Aeryn is hit from behind by a middle-aged man sprinting through the crowd of people on the upper deck and goes spinning into the railing, almost falling into the pool. The camera scatters out of her hand and catches sight of her pushing off the wall and turning to shout at the running man.]
[Aeryn starts looking around and then starts looking around for the camera. It catches sight of the red-headed woman with the tattoos walking out from where there was smoke a moment before.]
[Aeryn turns the camera toward the red-headed tattooed woman from before and follows along behind somehow without being noticed.]
[Aeryn turns the camera back to her face.]
[The camera shows the red-headed woman again.]
[Aeryn is whispering as she turns the camera back to her face.]
[A nimbus of vibrant and wild red-energy is erupting around Aislin as she whips her hand out ahead of her with a look of intense strain and shock on her face.]
Okay! Okay! It's been a few minutes, the ship darkened a lot of the windows, but well, the sky seems to be gone. I know the internet is gone. The ship's intranet is still there, but the internet is gone.
[Aeryn turns the camera back to herself. It is quickly obvious that she has started to absent-mindedly start to walk away from the bridge.]
[There's movement at the edge of the camera and Aeryn looks down another corridor of camera before looking back into the camera with an impish look of curiosity on her face.]
[The camera is again facing Aeryn who looks out of breath again as she stands next to a sort of open door and occasionally peeks around the corner at a crowd of people.]
[The camera carefully zooms past the image of the ship's doctor arguing with a bunch of well-dressed people on a girl with black-furred fox ears and two black fox-tails, both tipped in rid. Her face has odd, red facial marks and she's dressed in the same sort of boy's Japanese high school uniform the boy had been wearing, though these are oversized.]
[The fox-girl starts to stir and reach up to her head before Aeryn whips the camera back around to her and places her finger to her lips. Then she looks back over toward the clinic off-camera.]
[The camera is facing Aeryn again before looking at the image of the bridge with Aislin sitting on the floor in a circle of glowing red energy as one of the ship medics uses a tattoo gun on her back and the woman speaks to the ship's captain.]
[Aeryn sweeps the camera to look out the bridge at the grey sort of non-sky outside the ship. Then it jerks away from bridge to another corridor.]
[The camera is moving through the halls again, periodically pointed at Aeryn's face and then trying to avoid people out in the corridor. Engineers and such.]
[Aeryn is indeed sweating a bit and has loosened the collar of her blouse a little bit.]
[She directs the camera to the engineering bay and shows the fox-girl, Malcolm Reynolds and Mr. Holt.]
[As Aeryn is talking, the fox-girl shrinks slightly and the fur on her ears and tails turn white. Her head turns a bit more narrow and angular though still seeming well within human shape. Aeryn whips the camera around to show her face.]
[She points the camera at herself and then back toward the action where the now white-furred fox-girl is trying to evade the cop and the security chief.]
[Trying to dive into the vents, the fox-girl is stopped by Mr. Holt just barely grabbing hold of one of her tails, resulting in her freaking out.]
[A massive hole seems to rip out of the wall within. The image of the ripping and the sky beyond seems very realistic, but there's none of the wind that you would expect from such a hole. It was also opening up in the wrong direction and should have opened up on the innards of the ship.]
There's a hole in the middle of the ship!
We're all going to die!
Oh the Humanity!? What are we going to---wait.
[Aeryn's face shows she's starting to realize the hole isn't weird, but the camera shows that the fox-girl is running her way.]
[Aeryn is knocked over and scrambles for the camera turning to face it.]
And the hole....is sort of going away...did she make an illusion? Is she a REAL kitsune?