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The meeting had already started. She was late as she looked at her watch for the thousandth time in the past five minutes. If only, she thought for a second as she pulled into the spot in the massive parking lot. If only she had left a half an hour earlier, if only she had got a map of the base, if only she hadn't decided to take on this job, if only.

She walked as fast as she could weighted down by her computer bag and her arms full of books related to the project. She made it to the building as she pulled out the identification badges the guard held the massive door open for her as smiled and thanked him. She knew she had made an enormous mistake as she looked at the hallways leading around the building. She had no idea where to go. Shaking her head, she continued throughout the bottom floor and found the lecture hall. She opened the door to a room full of people who all turned and looked at her as she did.

"This is a private discussion.", The man on stage said to her as he looked her up and down.

"One where you are missing one of the main speakers?", she responded, and she saw the commotion on stage.

"Yes, that is true.", he replied.

"Well, I'm here now.", she said as she smiled and the darkened room seemed that much brighter.

"You're Dr. K. Johnson?", he asked hesitantly.

"Kit.", she replied. "Kit Johnson."

"We were not informed of certain things then.", He said as she made her way to the stage. The man on stage turned and glared at another panel member.

"That happens a lot.", She said with a smile and settled into a chair. The panel member who was glared at leaned over and looked at her.

"You're late.", he said.

"I know.", she replied.

"Problems?", he asked.

"All morning.", she said.

"With the experiment?", he asked.

"And everything else.", She replied and then straightened knowing the speaker was getting frustrated by the talking going on. He began his slide show which lasted way too long, and everyone in the audience was getting restless. When it was time for her boss and the other panel member to speak, he called for a fifteen-minute break so everyone could stretch their legs. As he did this everyone got up and started walking around. The small talk on the floor of the hall filled the air, and she smiled to herself. He boss then asked her about the morning and why she was late more in-depth.




On the floor of the hall the groups who had been assigned to the lecture which had been toe tingling boring so far all looked up to the stage.

"That's her!", Sasuke said as he seemed more animated then any of his teammates had ever seen him before.

"I know.", Mitsunari replied. "I do hope they open up at the end for questions."

"Wait you both know who she is?", Masamune asked confused.

"Of course!", They both replied at once.

"Well, who is she then?", Nobunaga asked.

"Only one of the most brilliant scientific minds of our time!", Mitsunari stated.

"She is probably the most well-round scientist there is.", Sasuke said afterward.

"She is well rounded.", Shingen said which got him dirty looks from the two.

"She is an expert in so many different fields it is impossible to say them all. She can talk about biology then go into the probabilities of astrophysics. It is amazing!", Sasuke said.

"Then she can go into the chemical properties of just about anything to life as a possibility on different planets and which ones could sustain life. She is extremely well read.", Mitsunari said as well.

"Well if those two know who she is, she must be noteworthy somehow.", Hideyoshi said calmly.

"She doesn't look like much, and she was late.", Ieyasu stated.

"I agree.", Yukimura said.

"Looks like she might be in trouble for being late. That is a heated discussion.", Kenshin stated.

"You are oddly silent, Mitsuhide.", Nobunaga said as he looked at the man next to him.

"I have nothing to say.", Mitsuhide replied. "I don't know who she is nor do I really care."

"You only say you don't care when you do.", Masamune said quietly in back of him.

"Don't start.", Mitsuhide said as the presentation started back up and a man went up to the podium to speak on how new techniques could save time and energy with testing in the field. Everyone was thoroughly bored by the time he got done talking about an hour later. When she was introduced, she got up, and when she was next to the podium, everyone could really see how small she really was. She took the mic of the holder and just held it.

"Much better.", she said laughing as most of the men in the room did as well. "Well, I am Dr. Kit Johnson. I was asked to speak on the new techniques that were just described but as soon if not all of you are probably bored with everything already, I will wing a new subject at you."

The two men also on the panel looked at her with surprise. One looked like he was ready to explode and the other started to laugh. She looked back at both of them and smiled. "So, We have these new procedures for all of you to start doing but do you really want to know why we have them?", She asked. "Basically, we are trying to cut the time that all of you are in the thick of it. It is your safety we up here want to ensure. I know things that have been done for years will be hard to break the easiness of it but think about it before you condemn it. I know we are just a group of doctors and scientist up here and you think we have no real knowledge in the field. Well, that is sort of true. All of us at least the three up here have all been deployed before, with active units. I just got back from a stint overseas myself, and that is partly the reason I was late today. We know how vital a few minutes are, a few seconds are, to the safety and well-being of all of you, the ones who sometimes don't have those minutes or even seconds."

Kat Thomas

Edited: 22.05.2020

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