DING…BOOM…DING…BOOM. As the many clocks around the train station finally ticked to 12:00 p.m., the incessant chatter of businessmen and families going on vacation is drowned out by the sudden booming of the bell that signified that noon had finally come. Before you lies the grand railway station known as the Central Zurday Station, adorned with magnificent artwork that covered the walls, and a polished finish to all the tile floors that spread as far as the eye could see. True to its name, this rail station was one of the busiest intersections of any country on the planet that had invested in a railway.
Prior to coming to this station, you and 100 other lucky people were unexpectedly given a letter via deliveryman that only read “Congratulations! It’s your lucky day! You have been randomly chosen to receive a stay at a private resort for an entire week, free of charge! Take it as recognition for being a good human being/animal/demon/tentacle monster/whatever you are. Enclosed are tickets to the luxury train known as The Soundbreaker! The train arrives from Central Zurday Station in one week at 12:30 p.m. sharp, so don’t be late!” And the letter ends there, no signature or anything. But the tickets were indeed real, so there wasn’t much reason to not accept them.
The specific platform that you needed to be was on floor B3, three floors below the front gates. Stepping out of the elevator, you notice that the tunnel is brightly lit with the similar tile floors covering this part of the station as well. As you look around the platform, you notice that was indeed around 100 people scattered about, waiting for the train to come into the station. Unlike similar platforms, this specific one had numerous benches scattered about, complete with vending machines placed along the walls.
“Why…is this place so big?!” Haruko yells out to nobody in particular. As most people who know the knife-wielding seamstress know, Haruko is almost cursed with the inability to navigate her way through simple streets or large buildings, even if she has written directions to go off of. With the grandness of this station, Haruko was left to sprint from floor to floor, trying to find B3, her carry-on bag floating behind in her mad dash to not miss her free vacation. Finally, she finds an information booth, and skids to a stop in front of it. Taking a deep breath to calm herself down, she looks at the man running the station, and smiles at him. “Hello. How do I get to platform B3?” Having been watching her frantically search through the station for the past 20 minutes, the guide chuckles a little bit, and points to a nearby set of elevators. “Right through those, and press B3.”
Sighing at how simple her directions truly were, she sprints toward the elevators, giving a wave back and shouting “Thank you!” as she approaches the elevators. Luckily, she didn’t have to wait for an elevator to arrive, and was soon transported to the platform where her fellow ‘contest’ winners were at. Just as she steps out of the elevators, Haruko notices that the clock now read 12:29, indicating that she wasn’t late for her vacation! Dragging her now exhausted body to a nearby bench, she sits down and watches for any indication of the Soundbreaker’s arrival. According to her watch, it should be arriving in 10…9…8…7…6…
Suddenly, a loud boom could be heard from the distance, with the distinct sound of brakes being applied. Curious heads could be seen peering out, until they saw the headlights of their ride to the vacation. 5…4…3…2… The train roars past the passengers, and slowly comes to a stop, with the back five cars being in reach of the vacationers. The attendant calls out to the 100 people over the loudspeaker. “All aboard the Soundbreaker! Make sure to have your tickets handy!” And with that, everyone began to file into the train cars. Upon seeing the inside, it appeared as if everything was modeled after a 5 star hotel, with various lounges and TVs dotting the insides of the cars.
Haruko, having finally gotten her breath back after her frantic search, enters the fancy train and gives her ticket to the attendant, where upon he punches it with his tool and gives it back to her. With its close proximity to her, the knife wielder had decided to enter car number 13. Across the entire car were numerous couches and TVs spaced around, with even a nice group table on the far wall. Delighted by the look of the car, Haruko wastes no time flopping onto a couch nearest to her, and reaching for the remote to hopefully find something good to watch. Before she could find the remote, however, Haruko notices that blanket lying on top of the couch had a noticeable rip in the side, which bothered her greatly. Deciding to show off a little, she reaches into her jacket pocket, and pulls out a needle and a length of thread. Then, in one quick motion, she tosses the blanket into the air, and hastily mends the rip, working her way from the bottom of the rip to the top. Once the blanket fell down, Haruko manages to catch it, admiring repair handiwork.