the humble beginning...
I was traveling with a pair of like-minded adventurers when the vehicle hit a larger pothole and I was knocked off. The two others, not able to control the vehicle, could do nothing but watch as I tumbled into the street. Soon I was left behind, watching as my transportation grew smaller and smaller into the distance.
Left to fend for myself against unknown odds, I moved as quick as I could to the side of the road. I knew my troubles had only just begun when I got the the wall. Looking to either side, it seemed to go on forever either way. I randomly chose to head left, I starting following that wall, knowing that it must eventually end.
After what seems like hours trudging through the mud, I had finally reached the end of the wall. Here, the wall slanted down until it was nearly level with the road. I crawled over this edge of the wall and began the long walk back to where I had originally started.
The trip back was as uneventful as the trip down, but at least now I had the vantage of height.
Returning to the exact place I had first started my journey (albeit now higher up), I had to stop and reassess the situation.
I was supposed to be up at the professor's house already. The others would most likely be there by now. Thankfully, only one of us needed to be there with the required information, but eventually we would all be needed again.
Locating my surroundings quickly, I figured that it would take me another three hours to arrive at the professor's place.
The professor's door was cracked open just enough that I could slide through. Naturally, the place was already darkened, but not enough that I couldn't see my way around. I made my way to the stairway that lead down into the larger laboratory that served as her main workshop. Here, of course, was my main problem.
The stairway wasn't lit after hours and the staggered stairs were never even. Slowly, taking it one uneven step at a time, I made my way down the thirty-four stairs to the lab.
Upon arriving, I was thankful to see my companions from the unfortunate ride had made it and were sleeping comfortably already.
The morning sun would be rising soon, and we would all get new assignments. I needed to get as much sleep as could get. I stretched and quickly closed my eyes and started sleeping.
With a start I awoke to the normal sounds of the laboratory. Vials of unknown liquid being moved from here to there, quiet shuffling of the professor's calloused feet and other details stirred me from my slumber.
Today's assignment was a simple observation against a potential foe of the professor. We didn't know what the other guy was working on, but we were tasked to found out and report back in. The three of us should be able to handle anything that got in our way.
With our assignment given, the professor turned back to her work and let us be.
Out on the street, we coordinated our approach and came to the conclusion that a simple walk-up would be best: Pretend that we were just walking by as it were and simply observe what we could.
We traveled together for some time, unobstructed by passerbys and standing folk; making absolutely no mention of us, or trying to hinder us in any way. It wasn't until much later when we ran in to the first obstacle. Outside the opposing professors' lab there was a simple playground and it was full of younger children, which didn't bode well for us at all...