✞ Been so busy! And now I must sleep, but I will come here tomorrow or the next day to work on replies!
Despite it being a deadly situation, this would probably be the closest thing Julius could ever get to explore an inside of a pyramid. The Grimoire had led him here to the pyramid and indeed this had been certainly a feat for Julius to see. At first he was awed by the sight of the colossus sized wonder from the outside. When he began to climb it, it felt like he was actually in Egypt if it weren’t for the monsters that came after him.
Certainly Julius fought back against these monsters and continued to take his leisure as he explored the inside of the pyramid. Then, he sensed someone nearby. Someone familiar, but Julius needed to see who this person is for himself.
“Hello?” Julius’s voice echoed as he approached the turning corner cautiously. His whip was at hand and ready to strike just in case if it were a monster.
This place, again…? Soma could surely remember being here once, with a company, but this time he was roaming the golden ruins alone. He was fine with the results and explored the area, fighting off the annoying monsters and finding useful items, until something odd happened. Soma sensed someone from around the corner and approached quietly and cautiously. But once he heard a familiar voice, the youth hastened his steps and abruptly stopped in front of an old Belmont warrior.
❝Julius! Am I glad to see you!❞
It was obviously in his voice that he was relieved to find Julius here, unharmed and strong— just as he should be. After this confirmation, Soma shoved his hands into his pocket and glanced around the place.
❝So you’re here too…❞
Leone didn’t feel threatened by the youth. She, instead of attacking, approached him with an unclear conscience.
“I’m incredibly sorry, sir,” she apologized. Suddenly, she felt an odd sensation in the whip. How could this have been right? Had Sara picked up the essence of a vampire nearby? This couldn’t be right. Only a normal human man was standing in front of Leone.
“What brings you here to this dark forest?” Leone asked, curious of this man’s true nature.
Her eyes…there was something familiar about them, yet he was sure this was the first time he met this woman before. But perhaps he had seen her, as he once passed by Julius with someone, an apprentice. Perhaps…
❝That’s all right… Uhmm, I was looking for something,❞ he said softly as his gaze kept wandering back to the Vampire Killer. He knew it— he knew it was reacting to him. This was the cause of his distress, and he didn’t want to deal with a misunderstanding in the next moment.
Leone heard footsteps from behind her, wondering who in the world could have been following her in the dead of night in a forest infested by vampires. She spun around, eyes darting, wondering who was hiding within the darkness of the forest.
“Who’s there?” she called out, holding the Vampire Killer by her side, prepared to attack if necessary.
Soma immediately halted upon being noticed, and raised his hands up in defence. As he suspected, he found another person who was also out of the ordinary— but there was a tiny issue along with this discovery. The youth had a hint due to the power he felt, but once he laid eyes on the Vampire Killer, he realised he was dealing with a Belmont or an apprentice of one. But which one was she? Whoever she was, Soma took note not to get on her bad side.
❝E-easy there! I didn’t mean to sneak up on you like that,❞ he said sheepishly, trying to reassure her that he wasn’t an enemy. But there was something he was a bit anxious about. There was a possibility that she could sense a darkness from within the white-haired youth.
“So like Jonathan…?” Charlotte asked absentmindedly, not really to Soma, but more talking to herself. She’d never met any other person who could use more than one kind of weapon very well, so this came as a surprise.
“Alright, if you’re that good, then would you care to demonstrate?” She asked, interested to see just what this guy could do.
❝Demonstrate…? Right here…?❞ It was a bit sudden, and he didn’t like to use his skills and weapons when he didn’t need them. Besides, if he decided to use one of his super human strength here, suspicion would soon arise. It was better to play it safe, especially in his experience. Soma sheepishly scratched his cheek, thinking of a way to pass this issue without any performance.
❝Sorry, I can’t… Well, I mean— not here…❞
“Not at all.” Soma replied without hesitation. He then sighed and let a hand run through his silver hair. It didn’t make sense in the slightest… If he put the puzzle together properly, it’d mean the man in front of him, was really Soma himself. But from the future maybe? It’d at least explain why they were identical and why the other had defeated Chaos too. But that seemed so unbelievable…
But so did the stories of Dracula only a few weeks ago. Soma sighed again, he really just wanted to have a normal life now that said chaos was gone. But at least his future self didn’t seem evil, or overtaken by the dark power… At least a small relieve.
“But let’s say. You’re really me, and I am you. How’s that possible?” Soma asked to himself. He was worried that this meeting, could cause a paradox, or maybe worse.
Of course he didn’t make any sense. He should have known better, but Soma couldn’t help but try, even though he now knew where it led. Gulping a bit, he tried to think of a logical way to explain the possibilities of this time travelling occurrence, if it was true overall, but he really couldn’t. This was something he has never experienced before, despite being faced with unusual events.
The question only brought back the uneasiness, putting him on the spotlight. How should go by it? Or he could disregard everything and take his leave? Perhaps…
❝T-that’s what I’m trying to figure out…❞ he answered hesitantly.