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Skylar Parks

A college student studying to be an archaeologist gets his hands on a strange device that can transport himself through time. What will he do with it?

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a character in “The Multiverse”, originally authored by RydeDawg, as played by RolePlayGateway

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I was just another college student who was just trying to get by and get my degree in history. I didn't know what really I wanted in life and so each day was like the last, and not much change to really influence it. I'd get ready for the day, maybe eat a meal, and then I'd go to my classes. Each day like the last, a repeated cycle over and over with only what friends I had and a few favorite classes to look forward too.

That was until I got to know my archaeology professor a little better. John Templar was his name, a really great teacher, and had this sort of air about him that made you trust him. He would pull me to the side after each class and just talk to me. He was very opinionated and religious, which I have no problem with, but he would go on about I have a great purpose in my life. I had a great purpose for my life? Yeah, right well I knew a few teachers, a land lord, and debt collectors that would say other wise.

One day Professor Templar tells me he has something to show me in his office. I went along because he usually had cool relics he would bring along to class from his past archaeological digs. I thought this was just another small relic like all the others. I couldn't be more wrong. When I got to his office John opens his desk drawer and pulls out this small round object that's shaped liked a big coin, and it's all covered up in old looking rags. As he unveils it I see that it's much more than what I thought. It looked like some strange alien device with familiar Celtic early British symbols, and looked very advanced. It's face was made of glass and had shifting crimson sands that moved as the device did.

"What is that?" I asked. I was astonished the very device was like something I've never seen in my life and had a strange unearthly beauty about it.

"It's called the Druid Hourglass, and it's a very powerful artifact, one that will help you find your true purpose." John said smiling at me and lifting the device up to me as he sat at his desk. "Take it, son. You'll find a good use for it." His voice sounded so sure, it sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

"The red sand in the face...what is that?"

"The blood and bones of those sacrificed to make it. It's called the Druid Hourglass, and just think about a time and place. It can take you there."

I looked at John confused, was this the same educated and credited professor I've been talking too the past few weeks? He looked serious and it made me think that everything the man had been teaching us wasn't supported by any kind of authority anymore. Hell, the textbook he wrote that he made us read could just have been filled with lies. I was about to put the artifact on his desk and leave, but he stopped me.

"Take it. Use it." Was all he said. I rolled my eyes and decided to play along with him. Perhaps he was just playing a game. So I thought about something simple. Wing City twenty years in the future. Surely that wouldn't be to hard for a Time Travel device. It wasn't. By God, John was right! In a moment a bright light flashed in my eyes and I couldn't see. It felt like my body was moving, like I was being stretched and wrung out like a rag. When I opened my eyes I was in the middle of downtown wing city and after finding a news paper I could see that I was thrown twenty years into the future.

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Skylar Parks's Story

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This was so strange and yet everything was still so familiar around the city. Though Skylar had to admit twenty years wasn't that too long a time for a city to completely change. Sure there were a few new roads, shops and clubs that were closed, and the technology made a huge leap of course. But for the most part everything had remained the same in Wing City. Skylar though still was amazed by the artifact he held in his hand, with a tight grip so not to lose it. His professor, who he thought crazy, was right the device has able to jump people through time and space. Incredible, the thought about what had just happened to him was so incredible he had to explore everything about this Wing City. Even if had not changed to much there were all sort of differences.

As he toured the city on his own he finally came across Gambit's Bar. This was still here and he remembered when his friends and him would dare each other to go inside and see if they could survive. It was only a week ago in Skylar's mind, but he had to suppose that it was actually a week and twenty years ago. Strange thought.

He slowly walked into the bar looking around and taking careful steps as he observed each patron. Making sure nothing outlandish would befall him. He of course tucked the artifact away in his jacket pocket for safe keeping and to make sure no one else saw it. When he finally made it to the bar counter he ordered himself a drink.

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Skylar Parks looked at Zekil with a raised brow and was a little concerned. He had known meta-humans and different creatures of all kinds of origins twenty years ago, but this looked like a demon and he wasn't sure to trust it. The Wing City of twenty years ago didn't really have too many demons yet. He calmed himself down in his own head and nodded.

"You have any Terra light." he asked. A beer that had been discontinued for the past ten years now. Though Skylar didn't know that yet. Then he felt a young woman bush up against him. He turned to look at her and saw her smile that given with her apology from her soft voice. Oh, Wow. He thought to himself. She was beautiful and Skylar couldn't help but watch as she looked away.

Watching as she took her seat at her table and looking away as quickly as he could so make sure she didn't catch him looking. He didn't want to make her think that he was some kind of creep. Skylar quickly checked his breath and took a few deep breaths. Wait, what was he thinking? He saw all the movies about the dangers of time travel. But most of those rules applied to people from the future going into the past. Skylar was from the past and went into the future, so than the rules were null and void he thought. That was logical, right?

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Skylar was to busy going over and debating time travel protocol in his head to notice what Amariah was doing. Protocol that he got from watching science fiction movies mind you. Though he took notice when something hit him in the back with a enough force to feel something. That is when her warning registered in his head, and isn't that how it always works out.

He turned around and looked down to see the tip of a pen laying on the ground, and noticed the same young woman walking around picking up the pieces. He bent down and picked the tip off the ground and walked toward Amariah.

"Excuse me, but I believe this might belong to you." Skylar said to her as he opened up his hand to reveal the tip of her pen laying on his palm. "And you also might find that pens work better when put together." he chuckled at his own lame attempt at being a smart-ass.

"Um, I'll help you look for the rest." he said as he began looking around the bar for the other parts as well.

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He bent down looking under a table and slowly standing back up as he thought about where the rest of the pen would be. When Amariah came up from behind to formally introduce herself he quickly turned to look at her. His smile reaching from ear to ear as she gave him her name. He tried his best to look her in the eyes, but found himself looking in a different direction every time he tried going back to her face. A nervous habit of his when talking to pretty girls like herself.

"Oh, nice name, my names Skylar." He said once more trying to look her in the eyes, but catching himself looking off in a different direction. "So, um, where do you suppose the other piece of your pen went?" he asked as he tried playing off his nervous habit like he was still looking around the bar for her things.

He was trailing off in a direction but did so slowly enough to make her get the idea to follow him. "Don't worry about it...just think of me as an extra pair of eyes, and besides it's not like looking for your pen is going to take any time out of my day. Believe me...I have plenty of time." He said with a sigh and a raised brow. His hand reaching up and touching the device in his jacket pocket.

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Skylar stopped when she touched his elbow and gave him a a slight hand gesture. What he was doing for her was no big deal he thought and was even delighted to do it. Though she quickly answered his questions before he even got a chance to think of any for stopping him.

The pieces of the pen she lost were coming from where they landed and flew right into her hands. Skylar looked surprised and gave a slight grin. "Well that did make things easier, I suppose." he said. He sighed and chuckled some as he stood there a bit awkwardly. "So, your a meta-human? I know a few people who are meta-humans myself. Go to classes with a few. And I would guess that your power is...telepathy?" he asked.

Skylar looked interested in the girl more than before now that he learned that she wasn't exactly normal. Though all things normal went flying out the window for Skylar when his professor gave him the time travel device.

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Forgetting that he meant to say Telekinesis and not Telepathy.

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Skylar nodded his head when she answered her questions about her powers. And gave a large smile in her direction when she offered him a seat at her table. The entire time though he couldn't help but think about how she put the pieces of the pen together without really having to touch it. And amused at her own pride as the pen went twirling in her hand. Skylar may have known a few humans with powers, but he never really got to see them use those powers much.

"I can imagine." he said in response to her comment about her own electrical abilities. "And I'd love too! I mean yeah that would cool!" he said when she asked him to sit with her. When he took his seat he made himself a little comfortable and gave her a smile when she took her seat. He wanted to ask her questions about her powers how people treat her. He could remember the laws that prevented some meta-humans from being who they were.

"So, I guess the current government..." He stopped himself as he thought about what he was going to say. That might seem a little rude or offensive if he asked the way he was going too. "What I mean is that...what do you think about laws regarding special individuals like youself?" he asked. Not even realizing that today the government wasn't only different from twenty years ago, but that she might not even get what he was saying unless she had history classes herself.

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Skylar was growing a little enamored with the girl sitting at the table. Her mannerisms were getting to him. The way she was sitting and resting her head on her knee. And how she always looked at him the way she was. He wasn't really use to it since girl's really didn't do that to him. Even when he dated other girls he never really felt what he did now and they didn't look as interested as she did.

The smile that seemed plastered on his face for so long as he looked at the girl faded quickly though when she asked her question. Someone would have thought that he was put on the spot, like he was being investigated by the police. He gave a nervous chuckle and looked off in different directions like he did before he sat down.

"Well, I am from Wing City but I guess you can say that I've been gone for a while." He said with a sigh and raised brow towards the end of his statement.

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Skylar sighed a silent breath of relief when Amariah took what he said. Though he wasn't entirely sure as to why he was freaking out like he was about his own little secret. She was just spilling her guts to him and here he was not being entirely honest with the girl he was crushing hard for. Maybe because his power could easily be taken away since it was just a small device that easily fit in his jacket pocket. This girl though she was interested in him and seemed really great. Perhaps he could spill his own beans as well.

"You must really love your parents if your taking a sort of pilgrimage to be everywhere they have been." he said smiling at her. Chuckling at her excitement. He leaned in close to her when she did and her body language asked for him to do it as well. "And here we are meeting for the first time." He said smiling. Then went wide eyed. "I mean...that's really cool!"

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When Amariah took her hands and grasped his own he turned a shade of red himself. Though he seemed to not even notice because he just looked at her hands grasp his. When he looked up he found it much easier to look into her eyes and he was glad that he did. He smiled wide and took in a deep breath as he looked right at her. The Professor that gave him that time device was probably his favorite person in the world right now, well second favorite to be a matter of fact.

What she said about her parents though seemed familiar though to him. Like he heard about a couple like them that ran around. Even remembering some guy who just came out of no where and beat the shit out of some guys who attempted to mug Skylar for everything he had. The guy took them all and didn't even look like he broke a sweat when it was all said in done.

He just listened to her and tilted his head as he looked at her face. He couldn't believe he was this lucky at the moment. She had to know his secret now. There just wasn't any other course of action that he knew would be better than to just tell her everything.

He gave a soft laugh when she giggled at her father's fighting abilities and the small family joke after it. With his hand free he reached into his jacket pocket. "Amariah, If I show you something will you promise to keep it to yourself?"

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Skylar took a deep breath and began pulling out the artifact he had been hiding in his jacket pocket. "Well, when I said that I was from here but it's been a while I wasn't exactly telling the whole truth. It's been twenty years since for the world, but only a few hours for me so far." he said. Oh lord he sounded insane with all this talk, and he didn't want to sound like some kind of nut-case.

He pulled the alien looking Celtic disk from his jacket pocket and placed it face up on the table. The glass keeping in the shifting red sands, which was the only thing gave it it's hourglass name. "You see my archaeology professor gave me this disk. And I traveled twenty years into the future with it!" he said in a whisper.

That sounded just as insane as I knew it would, he thought. Skylar sighed and closed his eyes with his hands covering his face. He shook his head and rubbed his hands down. "Wow, I sound crazy."

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Skylar watched as she brought the artifact closer to her, but refrained from picking it up herself. He didn't blame her it wasn't exactly the most reassuring thought that something that looked so fragile was going to zip you away. Though he smiled when Amariah told him that she believed him and for obvious reasons.

When the disk was scooted back to him he himself hesitated to pick the device back up. "Well my professor said it was easy enough to use. Just hold it and think and it takes you away. That's how I got here, but who knows where I would have ended up if I didn't think of something simple."

"A second me? I...geez I don't know I guess there might be...I really didn't stop to think about that. And I don't think I really want to find out either."

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Skylar was shocked by the sudden burst of excitement when she looked at her watch. Though he understood that she had to go and he gave her a nod and smile when she grabbed his hand. He gave her a wave goodbye when she gave one to him and watched as she left.

"Well, I'm...wait you think that i'm a nice guy?" he said softly with a wide smile on his face. This was great and Skylar couldn't believe that he met such a great girl. Even if was twenty years in the future.

Skylar sighed and then stood up himself with a smile on his face. He pumped his fist like he was some kind of football player who just scored a touchdown. He picked the Celtic disk up off the table and gave it a kiss. "This is perhaps the best thing to happen to me!"

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In the ally just outside the bar Skylar Parks would appear from almost out of thin air after a bright flash of light. Skylar when he was finally able to open his eyes as they recovered he looked down at the device in his hand and quickly put it away in his jacket pocket. He looked around to make sure no one saw his arrive then left the ally to get into Gambit's Bar.

As he walked in he looked around with a smirk on his face and hoping to find the young woman he found the other day. He didn't see her at the moment, but he had confidence that she would show up. So he made himself at home and took his seat at the table from yesterday. Drumming on the wood with his fingers as he waited.

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Skylar was surprised by Amariah's suddenly burst into the bar like her life was in danger. She was quickly found Skylar and ran to the table he was sitting and he was taken back. Leaning backwards in his chair as if to regain some kind of space that was lost by her urgency.

"Well, yeah I went home...and yeah I talked to my professor about how his artifact worked and what I did. But I never really talked about you to him since I was afraid he would take the device away from me for some time rules he didn't bother telling me." He said.

Skylar sat up straight in his seat now and leaned in closer to Amariah with his brow raised. "Amariah, is everything alright? You seem flustered."

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Skylar laughed and shook his head while he watched her move around like she did. "Don't worry about it I understand how schedules can conflict, believe me." Skylar said as he rocked in the chair he was sitting in at the table.

Skylar looked at her and then looked away and waited for her to continue. "Well, if you don't mind me asking. What was it that made things crazy like you said?" he asked.

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"Wow, looks like you got yourself a stalker." Skylar said with a look of concern, but did also a little playfully so as to not make it to serious. He didn't want to scare her of course. "I guess he couldn't keep his eyes off you." he said with a chuckle.

"Well if he shows up and tries anything than I guess i'll just have to get rid of him for ya." he said with a smirk. Flexing playfully in front of her like he was some muscle head. Though Skylar was a bit more on the skinny side than anything else and the only thing going for him was his time device.

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"Of course, I told you my little secret didn't I?" he said with a wide grin. He looked her in the eyes and he felt his heart beat a bit faster, but he resisted overcoming to his nervous habit of looking in a different direction. Of course his eyes did look off once and a while, but he was doing much better than he did the other day.

"So what's this little secret of yours?" he asked looking at her with his eyes widened with curiosity.

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Skylar's head went up with his smile which looked like it was lifting him up. He nodded his head eagerly and chocked a little on his words when he agreed that he'd love to go with her to see the ruins she was talking about. "I-I'd love to see the rubble...I mean those ruins. Not that their just ruins of course...Yes! yes I would like to see that landmark with you." he said with a awkward smile and a look that told anyone that he was beating himself up in his own head.

Skylar pushed his hair back with both hands with his fingers combing through the locks. Than gave the young woman a smile. He stood up and placed his heads in his pockets and nodded his head. "So, Um, I guess you should lead the way?" he asked.

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Motorcycles? Oh what did Skylar get himself into with agreeing with going with this girl? He had never really rode a motorcycle in his life and she was offering to drive him on one. He just didn't feel all that safe with only two wheels touching the pavement, but he couldn't say no to Amariah. Reluctantly he nodded his head and smiled at her.

"Motorcycles, well hell I love riding motorcycles. If I didn't have my own car I would ride one everyday." he said. He lied sure but he couldn't just tell her that he was some kind of pansy who was scared of two wheeled vehicles. "lead the way!"

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During the entire ride towards their destination Skylar made it a point to hold on tight to Amariah. His first time riding on a motorcycle and he wasn't all too thrilled by the idea. His mother always said the things were death traps. Guess he spent to much time with his mother as a child because that quote was lodged deep in his head. The easy ride though was a big help.

When she turned to look and smile at him all he could think about was how cowardly he must have seemed to her. Though he couldn't help but give her a sincere smile back as he looked at her own. So he stepped off the bike and gave God a silent prayer of thankfulness in his head for having survived the trip.

"Flashlights, huh? A young man and woman going into a Dark Woods with nothing more than some Flashlights. Sounds like the beginning of one of those cheesy slasher films. You know the ones with the hockey masks." Skylar said chuckling slightly at his own joke.

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Skylar took a flash light in his hands and watched as Amariah blinded herself with her own. He didn't laugh long, but it did have a loud opening before he stopped himself. He smiled and shook his head. "If you can see them at all that is." he said.

"I'm not worried. Who said anything about being worried?" he said. "The only thing I might be worried about is seeing those eyes of yours get hurt." Skylar smirked but thought how lame he must have just sounded just then.

He shook his head and followed.

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Skylar was surprisingly cool in the environment he was in and he could only credit it to the numerous caves and dark tombs he traveled while on college archaeology digs. His flashlight stayed the course and it was almost as if he was getting a lot more comfortable with both his surroundings and his company.

Looking down at Amariah beside him as they trekked the dark woods, and he gave a smile as he went back to looking straight ahead. That was until the young woman began speaking and his eyes traveled down to look at her and would glance back up every few seconds to make sure he was watching where he was going.

"Wow, i'm really sorry to hear that," he said. "I can't even imagine what that would be like." Skylar looked down at his own feet as said that. He couldn't think of anything to say about something like that expect to give her his own apologies. He could hear her voice and from it the emotional impact the story alone had on her.

"Your mother is a lucky woman, you know?" He said, as his began matching foot steps with Amariah in his own playful way. "To have a daughter like you who cares so much about her. A lot of people our ages...we don't really give any of our parents the respect they deserve at times." Speaking from experience was all he could think when he made his comment.

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"Wish it was as easy for me when it came to things like that." he said, looking down the the dark trail they were taking and hoping to see the ruins soon. He was getting excited himself to see the place after how much Amariah talks about her parents.

"You know what's funny though? The way you talk about your parents it sorta reminds me of my teacher. After I went back to my time the first day we met my professor began to tell me who he was. An immortal from the ancient roman era. I wouldn't have believed it myself if it wasn't for the time device he gave me. Though in a strange sense he always kind of a father figure to me so I'm glad he told me."

Skylar sighed and shook his head with a small smile coming over his face. Though it quickly faded and his eyes traveled around and never looked at the same spot for very long. "Never really knew my father. Lived with my mother, but my dad walked out on us when I was real young."

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Skylar didn't talk much after telling her about his own father. He didn't want to just talk about something like that, but it just seemed to spill out on his own. He took a deep breath and that would be the extent of his response to her apology.

Though when Amariah fell to her knees he looked down wide eyed and somewhat startled. He reached down to pick her up from the ground and dust her off some. And he heard her voice breath the words that marked the end of their trek.

Skylar looked up and pointed down the trail to see more rubble further along. "Whoa, yeah I guess we are." He said.