Yeah I like your second idea better, it will be much easier and probably make more sense.
I like the second idea as well. I referred to it as a sub-option because it pretty much is idea number 1, but events have already unfolded.
Do you want to make the first real-time post for our exchange, Reader?
Basically, the points we need to figure out here are:-An explanation as to why Ms. Chang was at Fort Hamilton:
Normally, I would much rather this be discussed in-character. However, being as we are doing a time lapse, it seems safe to assume that the question would be raised almost immediately for Reaux, since she is a Chinese soldier. You could even be sneaky and lie, but I just need to know what explanation she would have given to my character to fill in that missing period of time. She could even fib and say she's and American Soldier. Everything is fair game, I just need to know what he would know up to this point.
BM2 Reaux's motivation for traveling to Sector NY on the opposite side of the Hudson would be offered to her as such: He's a member of the Coast Guard, his cutter sank, and he has not been able to establish contact with anyone else from his branch of service.
I imagine there is a number of other mundane things that they would come to know about one another, but anything else of significance should be learned in-game.-How they met:
Since this would have happened earlier on, we can say she saw his 25' ft. RB-S rapid response boat heading to Stanton Island from the East. Maybe they were able to establish radio contact and he decided to head to Fort Hamilton instead of the sector station? Her side of the Hudson is
closer to down town New York.-What they spent the last month and a half doing:
An easy answer to this is patrolling water ways and coast lines in search of survivors, but to no success. Once it became too cold to traverse the Hudson on their small boat, they decided to push North towards down town New York on foot. Maybe they thought that the winter might be enough to finish off any survivors who had been worse off then they were. It might seem more logical for their own preservation to stay at Fort Hamilton, but they take the risk because of the potential pay off.
I think if we figure out these three points we will have a convincing introduction to Reaux and Chang's co-addition to the story.
I also think you should write an exhibition or some recap of what happened to her the night of everyone's disappearance.
Let me know what you think, friend. And I'm more than happy to discuss, explain or change anything that you think might not work.