Front Row Seats To History
Dark grey clouds formed a murky and dim overlay on the sky; not one patch of blue can be seen from the ground below. The sun's rays barely permeated this thick, gloomy stratum casting it's shadow over the earth, which was dank after a week of non-stop rain. The tall silhouettes of the hills and mountains can be seen in the distance, rising out of the earth looking like the shadows of demons emanating from the nadir of Hades. Flocks of vultures and crows flew around in circles like whirlpools; some silent, some the vociferators of harrowing screeches and shrieks. These winged scavengers kept their eyes on the large field below them, where violence and death bubbled furiously like soup being prepared on a fire. They waited patiently for the activity to cease, indicating that their meal is ready, so that they can swoop in and feast like starving children finally getting a warm meal after being denied such for so long.
On the battlefield, a plethora of bodies were locked in combat, with an even greater amount scattered across the grassy plains, locked in rigor mortis. Soldiers riding on horse back ploughed their way through groups of enemy soldiers, trampling on them or impaling them with spears. Even those soldiers perched on their faithful steeds weren't safe seeing that foot soldiers were able to knock them off of their horses in order to deal a killing blow. Intense fights on the ground, some one on one, some one vs many were underway. These fights were not well choreographed nor graceful.....
They were primal.
Soldiers were striking opponents with rocks, some were rolling around in the mud trying to strangle the other using something resembling a chokehold, some were biting the arms and faces of other soldiers that confronted them. One soldier was surrounded by a group of enemy footsoldiers. They all closed in on him slowly, and proceeded with caution because their target was swinging his sword wildly like a cornered animal. One soldier managed to grab him from behind, disarm him and bring him to the ground. The other soldiers then all buried their swords and spears into the soldier, with blood spraying out of every orifice due to the sheer force of their combined attacks.
The inherent violent and demonic side of humanity was in full display today, October 21, 1600. It was as if the morbid and gloomy atmosphere brought about by the fighting had corrupted the entire landscape, and even the heavens. The once plush and green fields of Sekigahara have become rotten due to all of the bloodshed and the pure malice and hatred produced by the opposing forces, in a conflict that would determine the future ruling faction of Japan.
It was a spectacle of the macabre kind.
From a somewhat decent vantage point, on the outskirts of the battlefield, there were two spectators to this historic event. Two individuals who were not of this era, but still managed to appear at this point in human history due to the technological advances of the future.They both observed the famous Battle Of Sekigahara from behind some bushes. They made sure to remain a safe distance away from all of the fighting, in order to avoid being sucked into black hole that is this war. Even though they are both in awe of the fact that they have the opportunity to bear witness, only one of them ended up regretting it.
One of the spectators, a somewhat tall, black man, crouched behind some bushes and peeped through the shrubbery, in order to get a good view of the battle. He was dressed in a black t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers, which were a little dirty because of the trek through the mud trying to find a safe spot to watch the battle along with his friend. He tried his best to stomach the blood and gore that he laid his eyes upon. But every time a soldier got a limb hacked off or dead bodies get stomped on by horses carrying soldiers to another part of the battle field to fight, he felt sick at the pit of his stomach. It had gotten to the point where he found himself closer and closer to throwing up...so when he saw a soldier get beheaded, with the head flying off of his body and landing a few feet away from where he was hiding, facing him with eyes rolled back and blood pouring out of the nose and mouth profusely, he realised that he had reached his limit.
He backed up a little bit, ended up on all fours and started vomiting.
His companion, a girl much younger than he is, was so captivated by the battle that she didn't even notice the man throwing up his lunch...which could lead to both of them being discovered, and most likely killed. . She too was crouched behind some bushes, not too far away from her friend. Her long sleeved black dress was also covered with mud, and small grasshoppers and mosquitoes were in her brown hair. She was enjoying the absolute mayhem and violence that was taking place right in front of her...so much that she even placed bets on random duels between enemy soldiers, determining the odds of one soldier surviving against another. She had her eyes on one particular soldier who was faring well in battle. So far he had completely dominated whoever opposed him, so he became a of a favourite of hers. However, much to her dismay, that soldier was eventually overwhelmed by a group of soldiers from the opposing army. A team of 6 soldiers had ganged up on him and chopped him to pieces.
"Awww mannn...he was doing so well...too bad, he was such a great warrior" "...how are you enjoying this JoE? As epic as we thought ja?" Koko then started shaking the random insects out of her hair, while awaiting a reply from JoE. After noticing a delay in JoE responding, she looked over at JoE and saw him hunched over wiping his mouth. She realised that he had been puking for a while now.
"Why did I agree to this...." JoE sat, parted his dreads from his face, tilted his head back and started breathing hard. " I.... didn't think....it would be....this brutal...dammit Koko...I should'nt have agreed to this..."
Koko's face bore a confused look, in reaction to JoE's statement "Huh? What did you expect JoE? " She tried to keep her voice at a whisper, to avoid attracting the attention of the warriors on the battlefield. "It's a war!!" Koko crawled over to where JoE was, and sat down next to him. "You didn't think it was going to PG 13 did you? I mean look!"
Koko put her pale hands on both sides of JoE's head and playfully turned his head towards the battlefield, ensuring that JoE came face to face with the brutality that is war. "Isn't it beautiful? All of the violence, all of the blood, the dead bodies dispersed across the field...just look! LOOK!"
JoE slowly turned his head to face Koko, while her hands were still holding his head. When he finally made eye contact with her, he was a little disturbed by the sheer joy and exuberance painted on her face. JoE wondered if he was looking at the same battle that she was. To him this entire scenario felt like two people looking at a painting depicting something grotesque and vile, with both of them coming to two completely contrasting conclusions. One individual was just too put off by why he saw to even begin appreciating the artistic value in such a form of expression. The other individual was so enchanted by something that can be so ghastly, that he would spend every second relishing every bit of this twisted, masterpiece.
"Ahhh....uh...I...uh...I see...nice to see that you're..uh...having fun?" JoE slowly removed Koko's hands from his head. He chuckled nervously "I think that I've had my uh...fill...I'm gonna go back into the forest and see if I can clear ,my head a bit..."
Koko's facial expression quickly changed into one that expressed anxiety and dread "Are you crazy? A war is going on, some random soldier might see you and kill you on the spot! Stay here until we can use the watch to jump time again."
Koko pulled up the long sleeve of her dress and glanced at the watch on her left wrist. It had a small screen that displayed the current date and time left before the next window to travel to a different time period. There were buttons on both sides of the watch that were used to specify the point in time the user wishes to travel to.
"We have about a half hour..." Koko hid the watch back under the sleeve. "And more importantly, you're gonna miss the best part...Otani's forced are about to be outnumbers and even more fighting is yet to come...you sure you wanna pass that up?"
JoE, was already making his way back into the forest "I'm sorry Koko, but I really feel a bit woozy, you can enjoy your live pay-per-view if you want, I'll be back in about 15 minutes....and don't worry, I'll be quiet as a mouse."
"No, wait..come back here, JoE! JoE!!" Koko tried her best to keep her voice at a whisper, so that she wouldn't give away both her and JoE's position to the soldiers on the battlefield. JoE lazily waved goodbye with his back turned, and quickly disappeared into the forest.
"Argggh whatever....I hope he doesn't do anything stupid..."
JoE does something stupid
"I'M OUT FOR PRESIDENTS TO REPRESENT ME!"
"I'M OUT FOR PRESIDENTS TO REPRESENT ME!"
"I'M OUT FOR DEAD PRESIDENTS TO REPRESENT ME"
"WHO'S WORLD IS THIS?"
"UGHH! THE WORLD IS JOE'S! THE WORLD IS JOE'S!"
JoE, playfully danced along the path he was walking, randomly rapping the lyrics to his favourite songs out loud. JoE didn't really see the harm in it. As far as he can tell, everyone's attention would be focused on the huge battle taking place on the battlefield behind him, there shouldn't be any soldiers roaming around this area. Besides, he was trying to get his mind off of the mortifying chaos he exposed himself to earlier, and singing seemed to be a big help in that regard. JoE also starting thinking about where he wanted to go next, seeing that it was his turn to use the watch.
"Ahhh man, I think I'll travel back to ancient Egypt....I wonder how well versed the women were behind closed doors back in those times. Oh my they must've been something else. Ahhh what I wouldn't give to sample Nefertiri for one night.... Ohhhhhh lawwwwd"
Unbeknownst to the now titillated JoE, there were 3 pairs of eyes scattered about in the bushes on either side of the muddy trail he was walking on. Individuals that have gathered here after hearing someone shouting really loudly in the distance. They expected the source of the noise to be some random traveller that they shall rob and then kill. However, they were not only disappointed to discover that the man has no noticeable valuable possessions, the concealed bodies of soldiers that have evaded the great battle of Sekigahara, held minds that were both confused by, and curious about, this strange looking individual.
"Long hair that looks like black strands of rope?"
"Such dark skin color and weird garments...."
"What are those things on his feet? Sandals that cover his entire foot.."
These were the thoughts running through the minds of the individuals closely watching JoE as he kicked rocks and wandered aimlessly amongst the flora and fauna. After vigilantly monitoring JoE for about 5 minutes, the soldiers decided that this person was not a threat, and that they should ambush him. After giving each other the signal, all 3 soldiers emerged from the bushes and blocked JoE's path, stopping him in his tracks.
"Ohhh shiiit!" JoE quickly backed up a few steps, to create some kind of distance between him and his new foes. JoE then observed the 3 samurai. The all wore the traditional armor that is used for battle, and they all had 3 swords, all sheathed. The soldiers gave JoE ice cold stares and stern facial expressions, exuding a great amount of murderous intent. JoE slowly raised his hands, as if he was trying to sheid himself from the killing intent of the soldiers that stood before him.
"Uh...hello? I don't think I have anything you want...." JoE slowly walked backwards...
The 3 soldiers looked at each other, puzzled. "What kind of language is he speaking?" they asked each other, in their own native language.Their confusion was short lived however, they weren't interested in trying to understand this foreigner. The soldiers slowly began to draw their swords, and slwoly approached JoE.
"Wait a minute, I'm in ancient Japan! I should try reasoning with them in Japanese of course!" JoE then reached into his pocket. This caused the 3 soldiers to stand still and put up their guard, for they expected JoE to draw a sword of his own.
Much to their confusion however, this strange individual pulled out a small black object and started pressing on it with his thumbs. The soldiers looked at the object with much curiosity.
"Alright, alright...how...to say...hello...in Japanese...." JoE tried to find the language translator app on his phone, but he was so nervous that he was pressing the wrong buttons and performing the wrong functions. JoE eventually managed to open up the translator app and fed it the phrase "Hello, my name is JoE!" the app quickly gave JoE the Japanese translation for that phrase.
With a proud smirk, JoE looked up at the 3 soldiers, stood tall and with a smirk on his face said:
"Anata wa bakadesu"
The 3 soldiers looked at each other again, and after a short pause all 3 of them let out a loud war cry and ran frantically towards JoE.
"Uh oh...I must've gotten the translation wrong...." JoE himself turned around and ran as fast as he can. He dropped the phone on the ground, which one of the soldiers crushed when he stepped on it in pursuit of JoE. JoE zig-zagged through the forest, and it wasn't too long before JoE's frustration and desperation with his current state of affairs made him shout:
"Argghhhh dammit! He got killed!!" Koko then turned away from the battlefield and sat down and folded her arms in dissappointment. "Aw man he was doing pretty well too...he even fought 4 guys and killed them all! I thought he would've survived..."
Koko then checked the watch again... there were 10 minutes left until she and JoE would have to jump time again using the watch.
"Where the hell is JoE? He said 15 minutes....he's been gone for 20...I don't want to have to leave him here..."
At that moment Koko heard someone's voice coming out from in the forest, along the same path JoE went. The voice got a little louder and Koko was able to recognise it as JoE voice.
"Oh my God JoE what did you do!" Koko then got up and ran into the forest, following JoE's voice.
Koko ran and ran until she saw some bushes nearby rustling. She stopped and looked at the bush, and then cautiously approached it. JoE suddenly leapt out of the bush, startling Koko. JoE quickly knelt down and tried to catch his breath. He was randomly waving his hands and pointing behind him. Koko couldn't really understand what was going on. She went over to him and tried to talk to him.
"Goddammit JoE! You scared me! I heard you shouting so I ran over here...why are you running anyway? Are you trying to get us caugh---
Suddenly, 3 more bodies leapt out of the same bush that JoE just came from. They were the samurais that were chasing JoE earlier. All of them had their swords drawn, and they were slowly approaching JoE and Koko. JoE ran over to Koko's side and took a glance at the watch. "Dammit! 8 more minutes? How are we gonna deal with these guys in the meantime?"
The 3 samurais then spread out and surrounded JoE and Koko. One of them had taking a liking to Koko, looking at her with a lecherous grin. It was easy to see just what he had intended to do with her once they have made their move on the duo. The 3 samurai then started to walk around the duo like lions circling a herd of zebras
"Uh oh...I know that look Koko...I think they want to kill me, but to keep you alive...but only until he's had enough of you..." JoE couldn not allow his friend to suffer such a fate without him at least defending her. JoE looked around and saw a sturdy tree branch on the ground. He quickly dipped down and picked it up.
"Alright Koko, you just run and I will--"
"You don't need to do anything JoE..."
Koko just stared right back at the 3 samurai, and slowly she reached into the cleavage of her dress. The samurai didn't seem to be threatened by this move, at best they assumed that Koko was ready to submit herself to them...
The slowly but surely, a Koko's hand emerged from her cleavage, but it was holding something...it was all black, and it had a long cylindrical item attached to it's end. It was a gun, with a silencer...
The soldiers looked at this strange object with interesting. Is this supposed to be some kind of weapon? Or maybe it is some object that symbolises submission? Is it a gift?
Koko quickly pointed the gun at one of the samurai and shot him right between the eyes. A cloud of pink mist consisting of blood and brain matter appeared at the back of his head. The samurai immediately collapsed and his body was slumped on the ground. He was killed instantly of course.
The other two samurai stared at each other in shock, then looked at their fallen comrade on the floor. One of them became filled with rage and ran towards Koko waving his katana.
Koko quickly aimed her gun at his chest and fired two shots, stopping him in his tracks. He immediately fell to his knees, with blood frothing out of his mouth. Koko then fired another shot at his head, causing his body lean back and fold backwards on his knees. his mouth and eyes were gaping open, as if he was in shock after seeing the image of death itself.
The last samurai, after witnessing what to him he can only explain as sorcery, immediately dropped his katana and turned to run away. Koko again aimed her gun at his back while he was running away. She closed on of her eyes so that she can keep her aim steady. She then fired one shot right to the back of his head. The bullet went straight through the back of his head and exited his forehead. The impact of the shot along with the momentum the soldier had while running caused him to flip over forwards and land on his back, dead.
JoE just stood there in amazement....he had no idea that Koko had a weapon on her...he didn't even think she was capable of shooting anyone...yet here he was...standing before 2 dead samura with another dead samurai s short distance away.
"you...you had a gun?"
Koko just put the gun back into the cleavage of her dress and walked past JoE. "Let's go...we have to hurry" Koko then made her way up the muddy trail, running though the bushes
"Yo...you had a gun! You had a gun!" JoE then clumsily followed her lead.
On one condition....
After they both felt that they have ran far enough, they both stopped to catch their breath. Koko looked at the watch and saw that there was one minute left until the time jump. Although there was a bit of trouble during their visit to ancient Japan, Koko did really enjoy getting to see the battle of Sekigahara for herself. She knew it was JoE's turn but....she really wanted to visit another point in time where she can get her fill of blood and gore an everything morbid. Knowing JoE, she figured that she would have to put up with him 60s female celebrity, or some other form amore.
"Alright Koko, gimme the watch, it's my turn" JoE put out his hand for Koko to give him the watch.
"Ahhh...JoE, say...why don't you let me choose the next destination? Pleeeeassse?" Koko awkwardly tried to make her face into something resembling a begging puppy's face. JoE found this both disturbing, and funny. But he was not about to let Koko choose where they go next....he feared that it might be some other time period where his life will be at risk.
"What? Nope! No way! Nooooooooooooo!" JoE then wiggled his fingers, signaling Koko to give him the watch.
"Aww come on, this wasn't so bad, and I have a gun! So like..I can protect us and stuff. Aww come on pleeeeeaasssse just one more time. I'll do anything!"
At that moment, JoE paused and thought a little. Then a crafty look came across his face, eybrow cocked and all.
"Anything?" JoE slyly replied.
Koko for a second regretted saying that, because now she wasn't sure what JoE was thinking about...but she could see those gears turning in his head, and the end result isn't going to be favorable for her.
"Uh..by anything I mean...ah..."
JoE laughed "Hahahha don't worry, I think I have something reasonable in mind....I'll ask you a couple question...and you have to answer them honestly. And if I like the answers I get, I'll let you decide where we go next. How does that sound?"
Koko thought for a second. Surely JoE's request isn't as bas as she thought it would've been. She was hesitant to grant JoE the permission to possibly ask her something personal, but at that moment she was so clouded by her desire to get what she wanted that she didn't think it was that big an issue.
"Alright.....but hurry up, we have less than a minute!"
"hehehehehhe alrighty then...." JoE though for a little while. he came up with 5 questions....
Edited by ArSoNiSt JoE, 29 April 2014 - 01:56 AM.