“City Hall Subway Station, New York City, New York, October 26, 1904, 23:57 Hours”
“Ok, Lavinia really needs to work on her coordination” groaned Margot, as the team pulled themselves out of a massive pile. Marcus stared around at the dark expanse of the area they were standing in. Above he could see dark chandeliers, surrounded by glimmering white tile.”
“Where are we?” He asked as the rest of the team took stock of their surroundings. Rachel pulled out a small torch illuminating the walls of the empty chamber. The light found its way to the lettering on the wall, their brilliant green a striking contrast to the whites and blues that surrounded the rest of the area.
“City Hall” Rachel read, her voice echoing through the area. “Apparently wherever we have landed, it’s somewhere near or in a government building.”
“First, I will point out that it’s not wherever, Rachel, but whenever-”
“And we were the ones to request this destination!” The twins speed forward their conjoined statement capturing the attention of the group. Gloria extracted a small silver pocket watch, snapping open the clapt to reveal a projection of their location.
“New York City, 1904!” Gloria cheerfully declared as Albert stepped forward.
“The whole purpose of this expedition is to help with the advancement of transport! You see, in just a few short hours the New York subway system will be taking its inaugural run, and we are here to make sure that everything is the way it’s supposed to be!”
“There are some timelines,” Goria interjected. “That has come about because the subway never opens today due to faulty wiring in their little system, setting transport in this city back by decades!” Aron pointed to a resting train on the other side of the platform. From their standpoint, it seemed peaceful, like nothing bad could come of it. The crazed eyes of Albert and Gloria said differently.
“Our job is to make sure that that line never happens, and that this timeline can improve if at all possible!”
“Alright, let's get to work then.” Cygnus made his way to the edge of the platform, jumping down. He disappeared under the train, popping up a moment later. “Well, are you guys coming or not!” The team quickly followed suit, working under the twins' diligent supervision.
After about two hours, the team resurfaced, lying down on the cool tile floor. Marcus looked up to see the train, still dark and silent, rating in exactly the same place that they had found it. It really looked like nothing had been done to it at all.
“So that’s it? That's all we're doing?” Marcus huffed. He had been expecting a more eventful experience.
“Well Marcus,” Said Rachel, standing up. “Sometimes, trips can be a little… simpler, like this one. We thought that it would be better for this one to be your first trip out.”
“But what's so special about fixing a subway?”
“Marcus I hoped I had taught you better.” Margot sighed, standing alongside Rachel. “What we did here today may seem simple, but in reality, we have done something instrumental in history. Without our intervention, America may not have had transportation for ages. That could have affected a lot of different things other than how people get around.”
“I guess so,” Marcus pondered, a small signal on their patches alerting them that they were being called back to base. “So, there will be more glamorous things to do?” Marcus asked, hope glistening in his eyes. The group crowded together, Margot patting Marcus on the head as she responded to the signal on her own patch, declaring that they were ready to go home.
“There will be Marcus, but remember: The timeline is how it is for a reason. Whether the job is amazing or boring, we have to make sure that everything happens when it happens.”
Marcus nodded as a bright beam of light enveloped the group pulling them homeward. As they traveled back to their haven, Marcus couldn't help but think about all the amazing things he could experience as a full-fledged Weatherbell.