After the Fall
December 3, 2061
Tuesday, 3:20 pm
"How the hell is it snowing in the desert.."
This little grumble shot out of Sinis' mouth. He was wearing a thick, black trench coat. His dark blue scarf surrounded his neck, and was tucked neatly inside his coat. He clenches his leather gloved fists continuously to keep his hands warm. Little traces of snowflakes tumble lightly onto his coat, and litters the ground with its pale, innocent color. Sinis was standing on a building rooftop, staring down at the streets below. Cars seemed bundled together as they were packed tightly in their daily morning traffic. Especially with the sudden snow, there was bound to be even more accidents. It was most likely that reason that Sinis could see more pedestrians dotting the city sidewalks than usual. All bearing winter clothing and holding onto their early Christmas shopping, people seemed to rush about. Always a busy day in Oasis.
"You sure you have nothing to do with this weather?"
Sinis turns around, finding himself gazing at a taller figure than him.
"Hey Lucas." Sinis sighs, a mist of his breath appears in front of his mouth as he breaths. His nose was red, along with part of his cheeks, which were stinging with the cold.
Lucas was dressed in his usual Panarmor, unsurprisingly. Sinis always wondered what it felt like in the suit. Did it have its own heating and cooling system? Jealous.
"Well, do you?" Lucas asks, stepping next to him and observing the city below.
"Not at all. Your guess is as good as mine about this.." Sinis holds his hand out, looking at his palm as another snowflake fell softly onto his hand.
Instead, Lucas annoyingly brushes off the snow that fell onto him.
"Don't like the snow?" Sinis chuckles, watching.
"Not used to it." Lucas grumbles. "I will though. Think this is something of Damian's work?"
"No..don't think he can make an entire city snow. Plus, reports show that it's snowing outside the city too." Sinis responds, dropping his hand.
"Well now that I think about it...This place used to be an area in California that snowed back before the Apocalypse." Lucas says, looking around.
"Would make sense. What's Zia's new baby? I forget." Sinis asks randomly.
"Emma. Before you ask, Obi and I have twins named Aileen and Eileen." Lucas replies.
"Right.." Sinis mumbles.
"Speaking of the twins.." Lucas sighs. "I have to go take care of them. I have an entire schedule to follow under Obi...God I wish timekeeping never existed.."
Sinis turns around and stares at Lucas when he says this. "Excuse me?"
"Timekeeping. Don't like it sometimes." Lucas says, looking up from his Vambrace.
"Do you know how important time is? Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late, a dog does not check its watch, and deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures: A fear of time running out."
Sinis was right in front of Lucas now, a tad bit of anger in his expression. But that quickly disappeared as Sinis brushes past him. Lucas looks down at Sinis, his eyes following him.
"Where'd you get that from?" Lucas asks as Sinis walks to the door that lead down into the building.
"A book. 'The Timekeeper', I think." Sinis replies, not turning back.
"A bit ironic for you, isn't it? You being a Keeper and whatnot." Lucas says, preparing his grapple on his Vambrace.
Sinis pauses. "I inspired the author to write that." Sinis mumbles, opening the door. He walks through, shutting the door after him silently.
Lucas grumbles something about the snow once more after a round of silence. He aims his Vambrace at another building rooftop, and fires the grapple, continuing his daily schedule of time.