2 Hours after Duskfall Gifting Day. 24th Procella 331 AD.
"Hachiro," said a stern voice over the celldev, "Did you remember to get something for your mother and sisters?"
There was a brief pause before there was response, "I had time to only get you, mother, Missy, and Kei a gift. The research at the campus has really ramped up as of late. I-I can try to get them something for Founding Day, but I--" An exasperated sigh silenced him before he could say any more.
"I can salvage this by buying the other two presents, last minute. I believe there are a few shops open on Gifting Day. Let there be a miracle in the Spirit's name." Said the stern voice on the other end. "You have a good Gifting Day son, and make sure Kei receives my gift. It should arrive at your campus sometime tonight."
"Yes father," Hachiro spoke rather timidly.
"And one more thing," there's a pause from the father before he said, "I love you. It doesn't get said enough to you, Hachiro, but it needs to be said now."
"I love you to dad.." Was all he could must before the line was severed right then and there.
Hachiro Yamazaki, the only son to a wealthy merchant family, is trapped in a growing sarcaphagus of academic excellence and competition. On a day where he dreaded having to communicate with his eldest sister. A day where he knew that he was going to catch flak for even breathing the same air as her.
However, he mustered up what courage and energy he had, taking stock of his most important books and documents, and left his almost inhumanely clean office. He started down the hallway, windows displaying the campus proper below; seeing as he was four stories up. He can just make out Kei's office on the fifth floor, and spotted her in her office speaking with someone he couldn't see.
So, without taking any other chances, he skirted his way up a flight of stairs to the fifth floor where he then slid through a series of glass doors leading into the other building across the top-floor bridge. While there, he spotted who Kei was talking to.
The man himself appeared to be of a stature greater than any Iznatsu man he'd seen, and carried with him an aura of dark energy. Hachiro, as a practicing mage, was able to pick up on that dark energy and his brow furrowed with some manner of disgust. However that expression melted away as soon as the man stepped out of Kei's office and past him.
Hachiro and the mysterious man locked eyes for but a moment. In that fleeting moment a lot of information was suddenly conveyed to Hachiro. This overload of information caused the scientist to stammer and stumble as if concussed.
What cleared him of his several second stooper was the angered shout of his eldest sister. "HACHI!!"
His back straightened, and his legs tightened. Instinctively, he stepped into the office and firmly planted himself in a chair just before Kei's desk.
"What do you want Hachi..?" Kei says staring daggers at him. "Make it quick. Less time towards my research, means less time for you to stay on campus."
Hachi, stammering once again, finally found that small spark of courage to hand Kei his gift to her. "Father and I bought gifts for you. It's Gifting Day. Here's mine. Father's won't be in till tonight. You can expect to be in your mail box d-d-downstairs."
Kei looks him up and down, before taking the gifts and shooing him off. "Then if that's all, leave me to my work."
Hachiro wanted to say something else, but he also wanted to avoid angering her. So he took his two cents and left promptly. He made his way back to his office with a bit of a brisk jog. He also realized, in that moment, that he really didn't like talking to her.
But before he entered his office, another concussive bout of dizziness hits him like a wave. This causes him to collapse to the floor, holding his head in pain. He couldn't muster the strength to yell for help as it came on so suddenly and without warning. But just he thought he'd surely die, it stops. His vision clears, and he's able to stand to his feet again. This time, he's absolutely bewildered by what he just experienced.
He shook off a sort of malaise from his eyes, and stepped into his office proper. He sat at his desk, pulling up documents from his latest projects on his computer.
He knew he had a lot of work ahead of him, so he wasn't going to slack off now. Thus, he dove headfirst into his collegiate work; getting lost in the sea of letters and numbers.
2 Hours after Sunrirse. The Saturnalia. 25th Procella 331 AD.
After several hours of grueling, backbreaking, deskwork and the occasional unhealthy meal and nightmarish nap, Hachiro realized that half a day's worth of time had passed. However, he felt that something was off about that.
His eyes strayed over to his four-story window out at the city to see... no lights. There weren't any lights, anywhere. His eyes slowly expanded at the realization that he couldn't see the Todoyama skyline. He even checked the time and found that it was just after sunrise. Why wasn't the sun coming up? But, before he could really ponder the strangeness further he felt an imposing, nauseating, force encircle his dark office.
He felt that force get heavier and heavier until he turned on his office lights. That force evaporated, relieving pressure off of him. Although, it didn't help his sanity when he saw the edges of his window were filled with a voided, inky, darkness that crawled along his windowsil like centipedes crawling over a corpse.
There was also a stench.. A stench so horrid that it almost caused Hachiro to hurl. But he kept the contents of his stomach in check, and stepped out of the office to get away from the stench to no avail. The stench permeated everything. He could even see little musk clouds forming on the floor as the air became heavy with it.
What was even stranger was that he didn't see anybody. At this hour of the morning, there are students, teachers, and the occasional scientists going to and fro. So, to not see a soul had Hachiro's hair stand up on end.
He eyed the hallway a little longer hoping to hear or see anyone come around the two corners on either end, but no one came after he waited about five minutes. This terrified him, and thus forced him to slink back into his office shutting the door behind him. He looked to his office phone and wondered who to call.
He couldn't call his sister, she wouldn't pick up. Most of his colleagues are asleep.. Except for one!
He hurries to the phone and dialed the extension, waiting for the other line to pick up. And sure enough, the person on the other end answered the phone after the third ring.
"Hello?" Said an old, tired voice.
"Professor Nabuo! It's me, H-Hachiro Yamazaki!!" Hachiro eyes the dark world outside his window sworing that he saw something move out there.
"What can I do for you Hachiro?" Professor Nabuo seemingly unbothered by current events.
"P-Professor, there's something going on! It's dark outside.. I-I-I should be seeing the sun right now! I-I-It's sunrise!"
There's a pause on his end before he said, "I see what you mean, Hachiro.. I don't see the skyline... Wait... Something is moving around my office! W-What was that??"
The line is severed with a crash and shriek on his end.
Hachiro looked at the phone as the line was cut, and sets the phone back its holder. He plopped back down in his chair, as he pondered what he was going to do next..