[A video post appears to the community. If you click it, it loads for a split second, and then expands to fill the screen of whatever device you're browsing with. The sound of waves is quiet in the background, and there's sand and palm trees in the background. Distantly, the sound of children playing can be heard for a moment before Gabe steps into panel. Her hair has been sunbleached to a lighter shade of red, and she's wearing something suited to the island environment. She smiles for a moment, looking at the camera, and then starts talking.]
Hey, everyone. I hope I didn't worry you all too much. I've got a lot to go over with you, so bear with me for a few minutes, alright?
Okay. Here we go.[The scene changes, showing the interior of a classroom in an English speaking country. The teenagers aren't wearing uniforms, and one girl with bright blue hair is standing up reading from a thick text book. There is no sound from the picture, but Gabe's voice narrates over it.]
When I was sixteen, I was a pretty normal student. I was in class, on an average day, reading from a text-- which might by why I noticed the ground first. My desk was gone, and instead was smooth gray concrete. [The scenery shifts around the girl, showing her remaining standing as the scene resolves itself into the City like almost no one here has seen it. Pristine and empty. Gabe laughs a little.]
It was the City, the first time I got here. I wasn't alone, of course-- [briefly, pictures of people you may not recognize flash across the screen, before the feed reviews back onto Gabe]
--and the lot of us got to know each other probably better than we would have liked.
It was the first time I ever fell in love. It was the first time I managed to hack into a computer system and wind up with supernatural powers-- which was a little weird for me, let me tell you.
I was in the City for almost a year when things happened a little oddly. [here, Gabe pauses, as if to consider how to phrase things.]
All of us were sent home. We didn't remember the City, so we went about our daily lives-- but for most of us, we noticed something was... off.[cue the video showing Gabe, a little younger than she is now, walking through a University and seeing a poster and stopping, looking like she was deeply confused over something.]
After we were home for five years, we abruptly arrived back-- in time to see that there was already one of us there. [The younger Gabe suddenly runs into the blue-haired girl from before, and they stare at each other in plain bafflement as Gabe looks around a City that is distinctly different from how it was before.]
Eventually, some of them went home, and the City continued as was normal for some of us-- until disaster struck. The Void attacked us.[Here plays the footage that might have you looking away for a moment. Syaoran rapidly ushers people into portals aimed at god only knows where-- anywhere that wasn't the City, as buildings dissolve into blackness before his eyes. Gabe shouts orders that don't make it across the video as Neuro does his best to hold his own against a creature formed of blackness, not sentient and a part of a greater whole. A husky dog snarls at the dark and then falls in with a yelp; her owner tugs hard at Gabe to save his dog and she can only hold him safely away. A girl with a shock of pink hair looks at the City and charges straight into the blackness and lights it up, driving it back long enough for the tide to turn.]
...then all of you came. You endured some strange things to help out the City, help out the world-- all of our worlds.
And you did.[Gabe smiles, broadly.]
The war is over. We won.[Another video montage flashes up here-- a group of battered and scratched individuals on a planet that none of you may recognize. People from the City and people you've never met before. A celebration is in full swing at the end of a war, the end of a long fight. It snaps back to Gabe again.]
What does this mean for you? Well... it means you can go home. We restored everything we could. For some of us-- [she hesitates briefly, looking downcast, before brightening again]
--we have no home to go to. For most of you, you have a home. If you don't want to return there, then we'll relocate you somewhere you'd prefer. If you'd like to stay here, that's also an option.
Time flows strangely, however, particularly across all of these worlds, so I warn you that while we've won this war, the reason the City was originally created-- that is, to catch those who have corrupted data-- has not been fixed, and probably never will be. You'll probably end up here again; the chances are pretty high, since you've been here once. Whether you'll be here in ten minutes or ten years, I can't say.
I won't be returning. I found a place where I'll be staying, after all of this, and--[before Gabe can go further, a small girl with a shock of poofy silver hair and bright blue eyes charges over and scales Gabe, informing Aunt Gabe that it's time for ice cream dad made some and it's really good and come onnnn mom won't let us eat until you come over too Aunt Gabe Aunt Gabe come on Aunt Gaaaaabe. Gabe laughs, lifting the child up.]
--but I'm not the only "me" that exists, so I'm sure I'll see you around. [she salutes the camera and then walks around behind it, ignoring the pleas of Aunt Gabe Aunt Gabe come onnn, and a moment later, the feed goes dead.]