Staring at his dumbfounded expression in the restroom mirror, Okarin touches his reflection, not really believing the situation he's in.
"That's right, I'm you in your world line."
Snapping out of his dazed state, Okabe takes a deep breath and continues talking with himself, putting his weight against one of the stalls to support his shaking knees.
"How is this possible? How am I talking to you right now?" He asks, putting both hands on his phone, worried that it might drop due the state he's in.
"Unfortunately I don't have time to answer all of your questions. Right now, I need you to do as I say. Can you do that?"
Okarin paused, considering whether or not to answer. This is probably impacting the world lines in a major way, should I really trust myself? What if I don't come back? Forget about coming back, I'm talking to myself, isn't that already damage enough? Taking another deep breath, he gives his reply.
"Okay, I trust you. What do I need to do?"
"Okay unfortunately, you're going to have to bear being in that world line for at least 2 days, during that time I need you to-"
"Huh?! T-two days?! I-impossible, I can't stay here for two days! How is that even possible?!" Nearly shouting into the receiver, Okabe took multiple deep breaths to calm himself down. I'm trying to help me, this isn't he's fault.
"Sorry, that was a little too much for me to take in, continue."
"It's alright, I understand. Anyway, I need you to gather the lab members before I come back, I'll handle the rest."
"Handle the rest? What are you doing in my world line?"
"When you come back, you need to do exactly what Suzuha says."
"Suzuha's back?! Wait, how did yo-"
"Enough! Just gather them, you have 2 days, probably less, if you haven't managed to do that by the time we switch back, the situation will get more complicated."
"Why am I being kept in the dark?!"
Steins;Gate World Line, Beta Field
Okarin kept silent, lowering the phone-like device to his side, he takes a look around the lab, the faces of the lab members staring back at him but he was only looking at one, and that was Amane. Giving a nod, Amane encourages Okarin to continue. Bringing the phone back to his ear, he gives a sigh.
"That's for me to know, and for you to find out."
As if sensing the end of the conversation, the other Okarin shouted loud enough for his voice to be heard by throughout the lab.
"Wait! let me speak to Makise, please."
At this, Okarin lowers the device once again, and turns to look at Makise. Walking towards her, he puts the phone back up to his ear.
"Unfortunately, she can't hear you... No one can hear you."
"What do you mean they can't hear me? Answer m-..."
The line was cut, signaling the end of their conversation.
Silently handing the device to Amane, Okarin sat down on the couch, his head was killing him. "Well done, you lasted longer than I thought." Said Amane, handing the device to Makise. "Although, it isn't over yet. You'll need to call him again soon."
Looking at the device that has been past to her, Makise gives a faint smile. "He asked to talk to me, didn't he?"
Nodding his head, Okarin looks at Makise, smirking. "He really does care about you doesn't he?"
"Of course! Chris-chan is everything to Okarin." Said Mayuri, who was sitting down beside Okarin.
"Well, I wouldn't say everything, he still has the lab, his future gadgets, his ego..." Listing off examples with his fingers, Daru remembers the question he's been meaning to ask. "Wait never mind that, who is this girl you brought here?"
"That's not important, what's important is that she's here to help." Said Makise, Putting the device down beside the phone microwave. "We have no time to waste, we need to start now."
"We're doing it now? My head still hurts though..." Rubbing his forehead, Okarin stands back up and walks to the fridge, seeking out something cold for his throbbing forehead.
"Hey Okabe! If your head hurts, your always welcome to put your head on my lap!" Teased Feyris. Although he was tempted to take her up on her offer, Okarin did the best he could to resist. Telling her we're lovers will be too awkward. I can't do that. "Feyris! You're supposed to be training your special skill, the league of shadows will be coming at any moment."
"Meow, you're right!" Standing up, Feyris got into a stance. "My hand of Excalibur must be pushed to its limits!"
"Guys, I exist... Please talk to me." Sitting in a corner of the lab, Moeka raises her hand. Trying to get somebody's attention.
"Okay, okay, that's enough noise. The next world line transfer will happen soon." Holding the folder in her hand, Amane flips through the pages. "If this is accurate, Okabe should have come back 5 minutes ago. But since this Okabe still here, it means it worked."
"About that, what exactly did worked? All I did was talked to my other self." Taking out a cold drink of , Okarin puts it up on his forehead and looks at Feyris, waiting for an answer.
"Since you used the device, you might have realized that it has more than one use, other than transferring you to a specific world line, it also enables you to talk to the other Okabe, at a cost of severe mental exhaustion."
"But how does it work?" Okarin asked, sitting back down on the couch,
"It's function requires the use of the phone microwave, which is why we attached it to that first. But the only person capable of using it is you, Okabe, you probably know why. Think of it as a world line radio. Just like knowing the frequency to a station, You need to know the divergence number to a world line. Thanks to Makise's notes we know every single one of divergence number Okabe has stumble upon. All we needed to do is attached the device to the microwave, afterwards we send a text containing the number of the world line we want to connect with. It's just like sending a D-mail, except the device will detect the incoming text, and somehow, I don't know how you managed to do it Makise. But somehow, it will be able to connect to the other world line. Although, you need the Reading Steiner in order to actually talk. Which is why we couldn't hear the other Okabe's voice, you're talking to him in your mind. Not through the device."
Finishing her explanation, Amane takes a deep breath and rubs the back of her head. "Seriously, the things I remember and do for you guys, I better get rewarded when I get back."
Tossing the bottle to Amane, Okarin gives a smile. "Here's your reward for now, I'm sure there'll be more in the future. But for now, what's the plan?"
Author's note: I'm truly, truly sorry for this, but unfortunately, I'm going to have to put this story on hold. I don't know when I'll be able to post another chapter, but rest assured, I am not going to stop here, there will be more. The reason for this being that I have 2 other fan fictions I'm writing as of now and I'm entering my final year of high school. So I'll be pretty busy, I can't pinpoint an exact date when I can release a next chapter, but I'll guess somewhere in the middle of January. I recommend following so that you'll know when the next chapter will be release. As always, thanks for reading my story and I'm really truly am sorry for this.