what would you do if given another chance?
"Fear not the end, for it is not the end //
In her arms are all souls saved and rejoice! //
To cast out the stain of SIN //
As upon thee as to the world //
Salvation, redemption //
Praise be upon the merciful one //
origin of all that is good //
and mother to us all //
Hymn of the Blessed Church of Deliverance
Haamiah descended upon the lake, though caused no ripples as her bare feet touched the surface. Delicately, she took the offering and smiled. "It is a pleasure to meet you at last, chosen one. Though I am merely the herald. All thanks must be given to the Mother Mercy.""Thank you very much for pulling me out when you did. Jiro, Teruko. Pleasure to make your acquaintance. I shall make the most of your generosity and live a perfectly normal, average, slow life." Teruko's static expression glimmered with a small spark.
With a subtle movement, Haamiah made the business card disappear, safely tucking it away elsewhere. Hands now free, she clasped them neatly in front of her and listened to the grievances of the mortals. She could feel the three eyes of Salvatore burning into her back, judging and smug. Of course, it was to be expected that some of the chosen ones may be upset with their situation. It was nothing she couldn't handle."Salvation? Reinforcements were minutes away and had the means of resurrecting me. I don't know about the others..." Sarah pauses just long enough to wave a hand at the others stirring to life. "...but what you did to me was not salvation, it was fucking kidnapping you gigantic assholes!" As she spoke the last few words, her hands clenched and her voice increased in volume as a clear indication of her rage. "Didn't even have the goddamn courtesy to ask before dragging me here either, you just did what you wanted without consideration for my situation or what I wanted."
It was Mahanaim who answered Sina. "O lost little sparrow, O lark! How far she has flown from home, spirited away in a dark storm! Take heart, for her wings have found peace and respite!""You call us Chosen Ones but why? As far as I know, I have no qualifications to be called such a title." Alright.. that was good. At least she hoped. She couldn't hide the shaking voice nor eyes that started to tear up again but this was off to a good start. "I don't see any of my classmates here. Did that summoning work?"
Salvatore shifted an eye to the android. Based on the scroll's knowledge, he knew their name to be Aetius-1. He would respond to them, not to help Haamiah, but because he doubted she could give a substantial answer."Inquiry, by what means have we been brought here? Is this a temporal incursion or extra-dimensional transportation? If it is the former I will require proof of the date via quantum decay data before I participate in any activity that may disrupt the stability of my origin time period."
The Mother Mercy tilted her head slightly, considering Tyberius' words. Wisps of her golden hair fell from under her hood, laying on a shoulder."Mercy, as of now I've not much to ask... but your angels claim that you are origin of all that is good and thus I come bearing a singular question born from curiosity: If the situation presented itself where telling the truth was more harmful than telling a lie would you lie?" Kras asked, aware of his surroundings yet unflinching.
Mahanaim broke out into tears before Mother Mercy could say anything else. Haamiah winced. Salvatore seemed as impartial as ever.“Let me get this straight,” she slowly starts, her voice quieter than before but no less angry. “You are aware of my history, and thus had to know that I would have been alive and at home before the end of the day. And yet not only did you drag me here, it wasn’t even for some mission to slay evil, something I could have understood and dealt with. No, instead you claim it's just to give us a second chance at life, which I did not need.” Her voice started to rise in volume again. “Do you have any idea how unbelievably cruel what you did was to my family and I? Either you are not a deity for good like your minons claim, or you have ulterior motives for this that you are not explaining."
"You say you merely wish that we live freely yet this process appears rather elaborate for such a simple mandate, surely there is a more significant reason to assemble such a group and grant us further favours." Bringing up the map once more they gestured to various noted locations. "The presence of disparate nation states and distribution of settlements would appear to indicate one with a lower level of technological development than my world of origin and going by appearances that of many of the others present." They gestured to the mismatched clothing of the various Chosen. "If this is an act of charity it's recipients appear haphazardly chosen, if there is some method to our selection I would hear it."