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6 March, 3:02am Tokyo Time
Tokyo, Japan
Hideyoshi Estate


Naomi was rummaging around in the Kitchen. Her 5 little kitens within her driving her late-night feeding spree. Pickles and Ice Cream she thought was some sort of stereotype, but damn her tail she wanted it badly. As she chewed on a pickle she turns on the television. On a NHK news channel, she sees what would make her night much more interesting.

"Son of a..."

The scene was a familiar one. One of a city destroyed... someone lived there... worked there... children played and lovers kissed. Now... all that is there is pain and the end of life. Something she was keenly, keenly familiar with.

She adjusted her maternity gown and listened to the news intently. She had a very bad feeling about this, and things were just going to get more complicated.

Kamiko had left not only the family residence, but Japan entirely, her whereabouts were once again unknown, perhaps she would find herself someday.

She knew Naoko was in the house somewhere.

Ryu...

Ryu... Department Zero might call him!

"Ryu! If you're awake you'd better get in here! IF not get your tiger-striped butt awake!" She shouted. Turning up the volume in interest. She decides to switch channels from time to time between CNN, the BBC, and NHK. Trying to appraise the situation.

She massaged her chin. Knowing even she might get called in. This would be a good test of Department Zero's telepresence network system.

Naomi mewed, waiting to see Ryu enter the living room. She's since forgotten she took out a pint of ice cream and the pickles, which are sitting on the table in front of her. Her sensitive nose still smelling the odd combination of smells of strawberry and dill. Her face wrinkled a little, but now she felt she shouldn't be eating at a time like this. Didn't seem proper.

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Long appeared in the room in an instant, the hair on the back of his neck standing up, clad in a tanktop and shorts, what he normally slept in. His long claws were out, and he looked around.."What?" Clearly he was protective of his wife and their children, erring on the side of haste, and he noticed the smells in the room, her ice cream and pickles, and only then did he allow himself to look to the TV.

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"Damn..."

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Naomi leaned forward. Playing with the lapel of the sailor collar on her maternity dress. "I know. That was the first thought on my mind when I sall all that. I'd wager in the next hour or so that the DSA will be sending assets almost immediately to the disaster site."

"Damn my tail... an entire City..."

She shook her head as she stood back up. "By morning I wager the Nippontai initiative will be mobilized. Odd that it's entirely a human group. All volunteer, in case of a disaster. Thing is our new director has been having eyes on taking what has been developed by our country and having it ready to respond globally."

"To have a Nova spearheading the effort would be almost manditory."

She whispered under her breath. "Okay, Doctor Hisami Ishikawa... you're about to get tested for the first time..."

She looked over to Ryu, then behind him. "Something tells me Naoko might have a purpose in any effort as well.

Her right ear drooped, her usual sign of frustration. "I think we'd better start breakfast now. And before you say anything Ryu, I am staying in Japan. But I will still be in contact. Somehow. I think we should be prepared for the fact at least these next couple weeks... we're going to have to clear our calendars."

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".......Oh no...."

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Naoko is still in her PJs (a blue two piece set with white kittens on it), running over to Naomi and Ryu. This is just like what happened before! Only this time, she can Do Something to help!

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"Ms. Minami! I just got the news on the net."

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She looks at Naomi. Her eyes having a pleading look.

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"We've gotta do something. Please!"

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"We will, but we are not just going to 'gate over there and get in the way. Naomi, get on the phone with the Director, we need to have her advise the Prime Minister to authorize immediate aid, and Dispatch anyone they can with me, so we can join the DSA response. Remind her, to remind him that this does fall under the arrangements we've made with them, though I doubt we thought it would come into play so soon."

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"Right. I was thinking just that, my husband."

Naomi kissed Ryu, then turned to Naoko. "Naoko, start getting all the necessary clearances for us to access DSA mobile communications relays. I want to make sure our stuff will talk to their stuff. I'm leaving all other technical aspects to you."

She quirked her eye brow. "In fact once you guys are there, I want you, Naoko, to listen to every word a certain Agent in the DSA says. Her name is Karrie. She's the DSA's supergenius and inventor. She will probably be handling things in terms of the tech there on scene. She will need to know our transmission protocols to allow a proper interface with our wifi networks."

She pulls out her cell phone she had always kept with her, but it hadn't rung since she was placed on medical leave. It didn't take long for her to press the icon on the flat touch-screen of the smart phone.

"Doctor Ishikawa? Naomi here... yes... You are starting that process already? How many? Alright. Iw as notified by my Husband that you should get with the Prime Minister at once to set up a.... you already are? Standard Crisis Protocol #1? Right. Ryu also wanted all assets to report to... Ah, we will be meeting up at the JMSDF base at Yokosuka? Alright how are we...?"

Naomi looked outside and a large white SUV with the Department 0 Phoenix logo flanked by three JMSDF marked hummers arrived at the front gate of the estate and were let in by a groundskeeper.

"Right... Crisis Protocol #1... I will let him know." Naomi said, ending the call.

She sighed. "Alright... get decent, our rides will be leaving in 15 minutes. Doctor Ishikawa will be allowing me some time to get properly dressed. She also has a message for you Ryu. There are going to be 300 rescue and support trained personnel at your disposal of many different backgrounds. Most from Search and Rescue agencies country-wide or from the Self-Defense Force. Most got their experience after the East Japan disaster."

She heads over to a white bag she always kept in a cupboard under the sink. "Naoko, you got work to do. Ryu... I'm going to need a few moments of modesty." She said with a embarrased tone. "Head down to greet our ride after you get yourself straightened out. They are our guests until we leave, after all."

She unzips the bag, and starts rummaging. She kept it there for emergencies in case Department Zero called her up. She stored her more important issued equipment there.

"And don't worry Ryu... She also ordered me to stay at the Yokosuka JMSDF base when you and Naoko leave."

"She's having me coordinate with the US government and any others that deploy assets to the scene."

She smiled. "Of course, I listen to you as the head of our cell. Captain."

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Naoko Nods.

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"Just give me a moment to get changed. Infact I think I can send for the clearances while I do it"

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Naoko said heading to her room while using her Cyberkinesis to send for the relevant permissions to get access. She returns, dressed for the mission in her suit

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"Alright, Ms Minami. Any news on what the game plan is yet?"

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Ryu had gone back to his room, changing into the outfit that had become his defacto On-Duty uniform. He Returned to the Den and looked at Naomi. "Have you heard from the director, and do we have our orders?"

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"Well, once we aqrrive at the JMSDF base, we will be waiting for our team members to arrive... our baseline ones that is. They will need to acclimate to the time zone, so they will be staying awake for a bit, followed by sleeping before the call is made to deploy."

She slips on a white suit, putting her hands into the attached gloves.

"Our team is scattered throughout the country, and right now with the DSA covering their bases with their Nova resources, The Prime Minister dold Doctor Ishikawa to simply bring our assets up from simply being ready to being active. That means adapting to the time zone, getting our supplies shipped in from our Hokkaido and Okinawa branches of Department Zero, as well as getting me situated at the JMSDF base."

The suit she had takes to her form, even her now quite pregnant belly. Somehow Naomi still managed to look as lithe and mobile with her Nova physique and agility. It was the familiar Yoroi armor, but Naomi decided to go with the D0 white, with the department's logo on her shoulders. She starts buckling a vest up.

"Once I see the current disposition of our resources there, we can go further. Unfortunately since we are managing human resources scattered to the four winds, and we need you at tour best, time right now is something we have. We're the second wave in this crisis, I think, Ryu.

The work vest was a bit tight in the chest, but otherwise it's red fabric was obviously designed to be high visibility, and it's many pockets were loaded with various pieces of equipment. Of course her choices of equipment was more for any first responder helping her. Even if she was not going there, she wanted to make sure if she had an emergency, anyone helping her would not be left wanted.

"We should head down if we are in fact ready now."

She had a slight waddle to her gait, but she didn't seem in any undue distress. "I am sure we will be appraised upon arrival what role we will be playing."

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  • 2 weeks later...

Naoko comes down the stairs in her full uniform and gear.

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"Just give me a couple more secs and Done. We should have clearance. I'll get our stuff linked up in a few minutes"

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She said still sifting through packets

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"All set on my end here"

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Long nodded, and opened a gateway to the base, near the command post, and was escorted within by a pair of soldiers. He looked around, finding the General in charge, standing with the Director, the two going over a situation board. With Naomi and Naoko in tow, he strode up. "So what's the situation, and our response going to be?"

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The Director looked up, the Admiral of the central fleet stood next to her.

"Ryu? Ah, I forget your direct nature." Doctor Hitomi Ishikawa, the new director of Department Zero said, the youthful appearance the late 20-year old had was countered by her fatigue. "I had a full armed escort and guard to ensure Hideyoshi-Sensei's arrival. But... this is fine too. I will have one of my assistants handle radioing the escort back. There are a few other human operatives for this mission that I need to grab anyways in Tokyo on the way back here."

She gestures to the older Gentleman next to her in a JMSDF officer's uniform. "This is Admiral Juro Honda, He is the officer in charge at this base. He is overseeing the organization of the relief effort and cordinating the resources we will deploy with the Air, Ground, and Maritime defense forces."

She adjusted her blazer as she moved a couple icons on the touch screen situation board table. "I've purposely kept quiet on this as we are planning. Also I didn't want to tip anyone off that Naomi is going to be kept here to help coordinate with other foreign assets."

"That is the most distressing thing, you three... Other than the DSA who has gone all in on this, only we are the only other Nova organization even organizing a response."

Naomi adjusted the utility vest she was wearing. "So, Director... what is the response being considered?"

"As disasters don't have a time-table, they tend to happen at the worst time. Right now with the DSA securing a site for a base and prepping for any other foreign aid in Mexico, it is best that we not step on any tails."

Naomi smirked. "Indeed. So when are we deploying?"

"Well, once everyone has synchronized their sleep schedules to -6 GMT, we will deploy on Sunrise in Mexico City."

"It is important, Captain Hideyoshi..." She turned to Ryu. "That we arrive at that time. I've deduced that the DSA will have by that point exhausted the majority of their Nova assets, and their young assets will be kept out of the area until the area is safe for them."

She adjusted herself some more, taking a seat. "I know this is a painful realization, everyone, but we have a role to play in this story, this just isn't our chapter yet."

"Ryu, once our assets have arrived, and they are en-route, and we are at the time at which we will deploy, we will be using your talent for making warps to get our initial team to the site, as well as you and Naoko. Naomi will stay here, but she will still have a presence. Our technicians have designed a lighter-than-air UAV drone that can be used with a full sensory package and a WiFi antenna for use inextending the communications capabilities of the unified relief team."

"Naomi will be quite safely nestled in over here..." She gestured to what looked like the most comfortable recliner ever invented... for a gamer. There was a clear HUD screen that was extended at head height, as well as several touch-screens attached to the arm-rests. There even was an adaptation for her tail. What was more interesting was the wheels under the seat. "She won't need to keep on her feet. We were designing this for our elderly population, but this would be perfect for the disabled or in Miss Hideyoshi's case, when you're pregnant and need to help on a mission although you're thousands of miles away."

Naomi smiled, walking over to her new seat. "So how long do we have to wait?"

"12 hours, more or less."

Naomi winced. "Well..." She took her seat, the cushioning adjusted through gel reservoirs attached to the back of the seat. Naomi activates a few communications links and was already getting plugged into the slowly coming online communications arrays the DSA was erecting on scene. "At the very least we can prepare our arrival. This we cannot rush."

"Ryu, I want you to assess what we have so far in manpower and report to me on that matter. Naoko... I want you to work on getting our supplies and other logistics properly assessed. In other words, I need you to take inventory of gear, supplies, and equipment. This will only require checking barcodes and making sure all the crates are properly set up so they can be quickly sent through a warp."

She brings up a few windows on her HUD. "I will start arranging our arrival, as I will be speaking with Director Horst once he is able. Also I will be looking into having someone named a liason to handle things between the DSA and Department Zero."

Naomi smiled. "Not too difficult. After the incident in Germany I... made a few friends, and many more in the right places. You'd be surpised how catching a couple serial killers and solving a few kidnap cases can do to your reputation... particularly from the comfort of your own home."

Smiling she looked to Ryu. "Conserve your strength for now, dear... This part is the planning and arrangement."

Her stomach growled. "And... I think I need some food..."

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Ryu went through their resources, and filed his report quickly, and once they were ready he opened a gate so that they could start sending their relief crews. Every precaution would be taken, multiple english and spanish speakers on ten man teams, it was coordinated with the DSA, and thanks to Ryu, they were easily able to get there quickly, with emergency supplies.

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"On it, Ms. Minami" She said transmitting to the the cargo and beginning inventory. After a few minutes she finishes most of it. All while transmitting the data to Naomi. For what it looks like it's all good, save those that have yet to arrive.

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"Almost good on my end. We're still down two shelters and 3/10ths of the cargo that haven't gotten here"

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Naomi nodded, entering the data from her position in her chair. Just as she did so, she nibbled on whatever was brought to her over the next few hours before catching a nap. She advsed her compariots to do so as well.

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Once the time came, all of the operations team, some 200 members strong, multiple ground vehicles, and over twenty lighter than air drones were all loaded, as well as the final crates containing air-conditioners and rapid-depoyment emergency shelters were rolled into place. Not to mention the multiple tankers of fuel and water lining up in queue. Also the many trucs with different foodstuffs, geting top prority alongside the medical supply ambulances.

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Naomi adjusted her suit, now flanked by the director and the admiral.

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"Naomi, perhaps you should address the team before they embark?" The young Director asked. "This is... going to be a grueling mission the first few days."

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Naomi rose to her feet, her hands behind her back. All present could see she carried much weight on her mind. Physically, and spiritually to boot

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"Alright... this is what you all have been training for. In approximately 5 minutes DSA agents will be opening portals to this very spot with their warp-capable members. Also Ryu will be assisting with his own." She paced as she talked. "Two years ago, we sent out a call of distress. The world answered. Now, another country calls out. and we will respond with everything we can."

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"Much has been lost... what we are here to do is to bring comfort and aid to those that need it, and relief to the teams aleady there. To share the load and to assist wherever we can. Doctors need assistance in their triage, Shelter managers need more shelters and the resources to keep people hydrated and fed. Security in the ruins must be addressed and lines of communication fortified."

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"This is not an easy task. As we are aware, the DSA has many novas. But for what they bring, there is one thing that we can bring without needing Novas. People. By the time everyone is in Mexico City, we will have doubled the logistical and manpower capabilities of their operation, as well as established full shift rosters, to keep the rescuers and workers on scene rested."

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"We are the second wave, the beach head has been taken and now it is time for the great push beyond the battlelines of this disaster."

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She adjusted her vest and noticed an odd portal begin to form. It did not look like the signature that Connor used, or the signature that Vixen's copied protals take... it seemed more fractal in form.

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"Director... what is that?"

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"Oh, that must be young Miss Rathbone pitching in."

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Naomi smiled. "She seems to want to get right to work. Alright people, Positions! Ryu, prepare your warp!"

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"Nippontai! Shimei o kaishi shi!" Naomi shouted.

Translation: Nippontai! Start the Mission!

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The large mass of people in front of her shouted in unison their acknowledgement of her command. Ryu simply nodded. To those under him, she was thei commander. To him, she was simply doing her job. She was also a Captain, as he is. The portals from Mexico sang to life in unison with Ryu's.

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The next 15 minutes were a sudden rush of caefuly orchestrated and strategized logistical actions, in careful timing under Naomi's watch. In no time, the entire centralized resources of Nippontai was on the other side of the portals.

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Alright I'm giving you two a chance to post. Rebecca is on scene and she can brief either of you as she was also assigned to relay any information nevessary at the establishment of the base camp.
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Drones: post-2037-0-59140200-1369544390_thumb.jp

Tents: post-2037-0-24342500-1369544560_thumb.jp

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Naoko nods. THis was it. Go Time.

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"Yes Ma'am!"

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Once She's through the Warp in Mexico.

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"Are you Rebecca Rathbone? Ishikawa Naoko of D0. Pleasure to meet you. Though I wish it was under better circumstances."

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She said surveying the damages.

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"While I get our gear set up, mind giving us the details on what's what?"

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Rebecca adjusted her grey overalls and the red vest the other rescue workers were wearing and she was issued more for identification than for carrying supplies with her. Her job was a simple one, opening warps, and that job was just about done.

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"Ah, you must be Naoko." She said, smiling. The teenage girl spoke solid Japanese with a Tokyo accent. "I hope that my warps didn't cause too much disturbance to your equilibrium?"

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"Unfortunately, I need to speak to your captain once he is free."

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She adjusted her black hair. "How is Mrs. Hideyoshi?"

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There was something about her poise and air that suggested confidence. That and enjoying her work.

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Naoko shakes her head.

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"Nah I'm fine. Not all as weird as when I transmit."

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She smiles.

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"Ms. Minami (still gotta get used to calling her Mrs Hideyoshi) is doing great. She's be commanding back. Sorry that she couldn't come personally. Security issues."

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She shakes her head.

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"Sorry if I rambled, I'll see about getting Ryu over."

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"Please do so. Sea Eagle is my superior in this matter and I am sure that she wants me to follow protocol to the letter."

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She scratched her head. "Then again, she is a bit of a hard ass..."

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"I am sure that Director Horst will want to speak with Ryu once the base for the D0 contingent is set. Or at the very least after everyone is on this side of the Pacific. I'll actually escort the two of you to the DSA basecamp once I'm done with these last tesseract incantations."

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"And Message Sent."

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She said pulling out a double A battery out of her pocket and licking the Plus end of it like it's a lollipop.

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"So what's the tesseract incarnation thing you mentioned?"

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She said sounding legitimately curious

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Rebecca pulled out a foot-long metal rod, a baton really, from a holster on the red vest the rescue personnel wore, and spun it around in her hand as she concentrated. "One moment and you'll see..."

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Rebecca smiled, as it could be felt that the air moved, the very fabric of reality was being shaped. 45 seconds after she started focussing...

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"Guardians of time! Guardians of Space! Assist me! Let through our compatriots in this endeavor, and guide them safely here to the aid of the people of Mexico! I beseech you! Open your gates!" Rebecca forcefully said, pointing her baton at what seemed was empty air.

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Suddenly time and space whirl to life, forming a fractal-edged ring in front of Rebecca, some 20 meters from her, on the other side was the military base in Japan that was fielding the last of the rescue crews.

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Rebecca's focus was laser-sharp as the vehicles started making their way through her portal. 5 minutes later after everyone was through, she clapped her hands and it seemed time and space snapped back on command. She dropped to her knees, catching he breath.

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"And there... there is how it works, Miss.... I never quite caught your full name. Or your codename."

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The 13 year old witch of the DSA smiled. "I like code names. Code names are cool."

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"Oh sorry. Rude of me. Name's Naoko Ishikawa. Codename is Noraneko. Yeah...I felt I keep in theme with the rest of team."

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She whistles.

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"So you can manipulate space? Really sweet. I can transmit to and from places, but only as long as there's a connection. Just one of my nifty techie powers."

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Rebecca smiled. "Rebecca Rathbone... I like calling myself Domina Tempus but Kei hates it when I use latin. Can you speak english? Perhaps that can make things a little easier for the both of us."

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She smiled, Switching to her British londonian accent of English. "Besides, people sound quite smart with this accent. That and if someone can manipulate space and time like a witch, said person should have that sort of accent."

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She giggled, not being serious in the slightest. "Cat theme, huh? Not suprised as you have a calico-woman and a tiger man on your team."

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"It's odd, we have a Fox on our team... a literal one. Not someone that looks hot, mind you."

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"Sure" She switches over, she seems to have learned US style English

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"Oh believe me. I avoid making puns about Cats and tongues around Ryu and Miss Minami."

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she looks at Rebecca.

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"You look a bit young to be doing this kind of work, no offense. How old are you?"

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She brushed off the sleeve of her overalls. "Age? Age isn't really a thing in the overall scheme of time and space."

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She adjusted the goggles off of her eyes to her forehead. "That and I've been doing pretty good for a girl of 13 at this. Getting your people here and helping with the rescues." She sighed for a moment, sitting down on a director's chair nearby. "Some of the DSA's higher ups call me "Hyper Competent" for my age. Tell that to the kids that died because of a bad choice I made..."

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She slumped into her seat. She still took what happened in the city yesterday very hard. Even if it wasn't her fault she still felt responsible.

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"Not that I was told by anyone... to do so." She brought her feet up, cradling her head by her knees. "So... at least the DSA let me stay here and do something far less... dangerous than what I did against orders. I guess us teenagers get a little leeway on some things."

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"Enough about me... you... you're interesting. A digital Nova? So you can transmit yourself via Wi-Fi? We can actually use that here. I heard the Department Zero team was going to deploy Wi-Fi balloons around the area to provide wide-range coverage. Would be helpful for you to get around too, I wager."

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She smiled. "Maybe I might get called in to help with that project. Might be fun."

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"Well I've got electrical powers too. I think that was gimme because of how I erupted. So that might help to get power back up in downed areas"

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She clearly is trying to change the subject after than sensitive part of Rebecca's past.

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"But yeah. A lot of my powers involve manipulating computers and networks. It's pretty cool. And getting enough should help me cover the area if everything works fine"

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Rebecca smiled. "Tell ya what. If you guys need help in deployment of the WiFi network, I would be glad to start setting it up. Shouldn't be too hard."

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"And the thought of filling balloons instead of this stuff sounds fun. That and if anything gets out of place..."

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Rebecca hovers off the ground. "...I can catch anything that goes to errant."

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