Re: RPG- Superhumans 2: Anarchy
Desdemona raised a brow, it seemed that Jack was determined to prove his prowess. Ã¢Â€ÂœVery well,Ã¢Â€Â she replied.
Jack grinned and flexed his arms. Ã¢Â€ÂœLetÃ¢Â€Â™s dance,Ã¢Â€Â he said as he prepared to fight.
Desdemona raised a brow, it seemed that Jack was determined to prove his prowess. Ã¢Â€ÂœVery well,Ã¢Â€Â she replied.
Jack grinned and flexed his arms. Ã¢Â€ÂœLetÃ¢Â€Â™s dance,Ã¢Â€Â he said as he prepared to fight.
Shift looked over as he took a turn. "The most important thing is to not just sprint in there. That could get you killed. Just watch what your doing and you'll be fine." Chink continued looking out the window and sighed. "Hey, just because Jack is involved with her doesn't mean you should get all depressed. I mean, Jack has some serious problems." Chink continued to stare out the window, apparently not feeling like talking. Shift was silent for the continuation of the drive.
As he pulled up near the bank he placed a hand on Chink's shoulder. She looked over, "You should smile." he said quietly. She smiled sadly and stepped out of the car. Shift followed slowly, pulling his gun from it's holster and stepping into the bank.
Inside there were people lying on the ground, a man stood above them, wearing gloves that were glowing red. He turned as Chink and Shift stepped in and yelled something, lifting one of the gloves. The glove darked and an energy blast shot from his glove, directly at Chink. Shift stuck his arm out, grabbing her shoulder and shifted, the energy bolt went right through her. When he pulled his hand away she looked down, apparently surprised. Shift pulled his pistol out and shot at the criminal, who dived behind cover
Chink was gob-smacked, ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s powers were very impressive. She planned to stay close, she didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want to be shot. Shift returned fire and managed to store a hit to the robberÃ¢Â€Â™s shoulder. He went down with a grunt, but he wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t alone.
Chink decided it was her turn help. Her scales had already come up to protect her so she drew back her arm and let fly with a hail of loose scales that hit the second robber. He grunted as he took several hits. Then Chink flew into the air grabbing Shift as she went, she dropped him gently beside the first robber as she moved to the second and thumped his head into the table which knocked him unconscious.
At that moment the sound of Police sirens filled the small bank. Shift waved them in and they quickly arrested the robbers.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo how was that?Ã¢Â€Â Shift said still feeling the adrenalin of the moment.
Chink had to admit it was pretty good, Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t feel like a complete failure.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou did well,Ã¢Â€Â Shift said as he gave her a pat on the back.
Haze moved back to ChromiumÃ¢Â€Â™s side. Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t think itÃ¢Â€Â™s wise that we all pursue Alastor and his friends.Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium nodded, Ã¢Â€ÂœI agree.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m going to go back to base and see if I can dig up anything on our new friends,Ã¢Â€Â Haze told.
Seth, or Lightshow, as he prefered to be called, was nervous. Here he was in some strange car, with some wierd, scaly looking guy, headed after some unknown monster. Recruitment, he felt, wasn't the problem; although he wasn't entirely sure what he was recruiting for. If it came down to a fight, he knew he'd have only his street brawling to keep him safe. Not that he was a combat specialist, he won some and he lost some, growing up on the streets of Mission City. He didn't know if he'd be able to hold his own against proffessional supers.
The blaring of Rammstein's "Du Hast," helped to calm his nerves and focus him. He reached over cautiously to turn up the volume, but the scaly guy didn't seem to mind, so he did. He nodded his head to the music, eyes closed, for a bit. As he opened them, he noticed how fast they were moving through the city, and watched the scaly guy concentrate on his driving.
As Chink and Shift made their way out of the bank one of the Police officers moved towards them. Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ve got a problem over in the East District, apparently some new super is causing trouble. WeÃ¢Â€Â™re told the villain has the ability to turn invisible and is doing some rather disturbing things to the local pedestrians.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœLike what?Ã¢Â€Â Shift asked.
Ã¢Â€ÂœLike dropping peopleÃ¢Â€Â™s pants when theyÃ¢Â€Â™re trying to cross the road or grabbing their shopping bags and emptying their contents on the road. TheyÃ¢Â€Â™re just a general menace.Ã¢Â€Â The officer said as he watched his colleges remove the bank robbers.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI guess thatÃ¢Â€Â™s our next stop,Ã¢Â€Â Chink said miserably. She really wanted to talk to Jack.
"Alright, two in one day." Shift said, he usually didn't get to go and do this. They got into the car, and Shift drove off. He turned on the radio. It wasn't a long drive but Chink wasn't as talkative as she usually was. He found a station he thought she might like and turned the volume up a little. He looked over and tried to see what her reaction was. He couldn't see her face, she was staring out the window, watching the city speed by. The song that was playing ended and Enter Sandman by Metallica started.
About a quarter of the through the song Shift saw a man's pants inexplicably drop, as he very quickly bent to lift them up, he fell flat on his face. Shift stopped the car and popped the door open. "Looks like we found him." Shift left his gun and sword in the car. He walked over to assist the man, and felt something snag his foot. He tripped, as he hit the ground he cloaked himself. He heard someone talk "What the he-" Shift kicked out and hit something, the super blinked into view for a second. Chink came up behind him and punched him in the back of his head. Hard. The super went down, and Shift called for someone to come down and pick him up. He looked over at Chink, who hadn't even bothered to bring up her scales, and grinned. "So, where to now?"
Chink let out a sigh, she wanted to go back and talk to Jack but she was pretty certain that Shift was going to steer her away from that situation for as long as possible. Ã¢Â€ÂœLetÃ¢Â€Â™s stop for coffee,Ã¢Â€Â she said with little enthusiasm.
Ã¢Â€ÂœTo Starbucks,Ã¢Â€Â Shift said with a grin as he revved the car a bit harder to emphasise his point.
It didnÃ¢Â€Â™t take them long to get to the nearest Starbucks and they quickly got in line. Ã¢Â€ÂœSo what will it be?Ã¢Â€Â Shift asked as he pulled out his wallet and started counting his change.
Ã¢Â€ÂœA latte,Ã¢Â€Â Chink said quietly as she noticed a couple in the corner holding hands and smiling at each other as they talked. She wondered if Jack was doing that right now with that other woman. She felt her teeth grind together at the thought.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou want some cake or a biscuit as well?Ã¢Â€Â Shift said as he noticed her mood shift from miserable to angry.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, IÃ¢Â€Â™m fine.Ã¢Â€Â Chink said between clenched teeth.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe choc chip cookies are great,Ã¢Â€Â Shift said as he realised what she was looking at.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t want a damn cookie,Ã¢Â€Â Chink said as her eyes moved from the couple to focus on Shift.
Shift raised his hands in surrender only to have his change fall out of his wallet and scattered across the floor. Both Shift and Chink immediately moved in to pick up the change and banged their heads together. Ã¢Â€ÂœOuch,Ã¢Â€Â Chink grumbled as she rubbed her head then moved sideways to help retrieve the change.
An elderly couple also assisted and handed Shift what they found.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMaybe we should get a meal,Ã¢Â€Â Shift suggested starting to feel a little embarrassed by their situation.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhatever,Ã¢Â€Â Chink growled as she stormed out of Starbucks.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI know this great place that does the best Chinese,Ã¢Â€Â Shift said as they walked back to the car.
Ã¢Â€ÂœFine,Ã¢Â€Â Chink said as she threw herself into the seat and slammed the door closed.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHey be gentle, the car hasnÃ¢Â€Â™t done anything to you,Ã¢Â€Â Shift pointed out.
Chink let out a sigh, Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sorry. I justÃ¢Â€Â¦Ã¢Â€Â
Shift waited for her to finish but she just sat staring out the windscreen. Shift decided to try putting the words in her mouth, Ã¢Â€ÂœYouÃ¢Â€Â™re just disappointed that JackÃ¢Â€Â™s interested in someone else.Ã¢Â€Â
Chink nodded, Ã¢Â€ÂœI thought I had a chance.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift smiled comfortingly as he placed a hand on ChinkÃ¢Â€Â™s shoulder, Ã¢Â€ÂœJackÃ¢Â€Â™s been in love with a mystery woman for some time. IÃ¢Â€Â™ve heard her name mentioned before. Dessie I think he calls her. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s been smitten for a long time.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœThen where has she been? She mustnÃ¢Â€Â™t love him if sheÃ¢Â€Â™s been away for so long!Ã¢Â€Â Chink said as she felt her ire rise.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe canÃ¢Â€Â™t always have what we want, Chink.Ã¢Â€Â Shift said softly.
Chink chewed her lip, Ã¢Â€ÂœChinese will do.Ã¢Â€Â
The thug immediately charged at Jack. Jack casually sidestepped and smacked the man on the back with the flat of his sword.
"Bad form chap. Stand up and keep your guard up this time when advancing. Try to come at me like this."
The man got to his feet and Jack came at him with his sword causing the man to try and dodge but Jack knew it was coming and came at him with a punch to the gut causing him him to double over.
"Make sure the foes don't expect what comes next. Now you try."
"I'm gunna gut you."
"Actually I'd prefer if you don't. I like to keep my organs in their original container. Gutting isn't cool. I gutted some fish when I was younger. Smelly stuff. That could have been due to the fact that I was supposed to do it 3 weeks prior and I left it out in the sun. Now try to get me."
The man feinted a punch a brought his chain out whipping it at Jack's legs. It wrapped around his leg but Jack used his momentum to rip the chains out of the man's grasp and he delivered a kick to the man's jaw as he came around knocking him out cold.
"Good try but it looks like you lose. The follow through was a bit sloppy and it looks like it cost you. Oh and I charge by the punch for the lessons. The knuckles don't heal themselves you know. Wait... They do! Well I'd still like the money anyway."
"Jack he's out cold. He can't hear a thing."
"Oh. Bummer. Who did that?"
Shift pulled up in front of restaurant. They went in, luckily there wasn't much of a wait, it was still rather early, and the restaurant was busiest later. They were seated quickly, handed small menus, and left to decide what they wanted. Shift looked up, trying to make conversation "You like duck?" he asked. Chink continued to read through the menu. "Uh, yeah, sure, I guess." she said. Shift looked up for a moment, Chink was looking down at her menu the light above their table casting a warm glow over her features. She continued to read, brushing a lock of hair away from her face. Shift had a bit of a thing for Chink for a while, but she had always been so obsessed with Jack. He looked back down at his menu, trying to decide what he wanted.
Chink skimmed through the menu, she didnÃ¢Â€Â™t feel particularly hungry but she didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want to dampen ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s enthusiasm more than she already had. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™ll have the Peking Steak with Sweet and Sour Sauce. You want to share a serve of Fried Rice?Ã¢Â€Â
Shift seemed to perk up at her change in mood. Ã¢Â€ÂœYeah okay we can do that. I was thinking of getting a duck dish, we could just share all round?Ã¢Â€Â
Chink shrugged as she closed her menu, Ã¢Â€ÂœI guess so.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift smiled and gave their order to the waitress when she came over. Shift opened his mouth to speak but Chink beat him to it.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI didnÃ¢Â€Â™t know you could turn invisible,Ã¢Â€Â she said as she fiddled with the tip of her fork, although her eyes were on Shift.
Ã¢Â€ÂœOne of my many tricks,Ã¢Â€Â Shift said in response.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo what else can you do?Ã¢Â€Â Chink asked.
M'Lure walked away from the garage and towards her labratory. She needed to get back to work. It always managed to clear her focus, directing her in the way she was going to head. There were some new tools she needed to finish up for part of her plan. This was her joy now that she could work as she wished, never having to answer to no one. She checked some data, noticing that the Supers that had all flocked downtown were going back to "normal" activities. M'Lure always had a hard time tracking some of them, but it was enough to tell her what she needed. The minor conflict was over. "Good, let them wear each other out. All the better for me." she thought.
M'Lure took off her leather duster, to switch it for her lab coat, the only time she was ever seen with out the textured garment. As she changed she took notice of a long, messy scar on her right arm. She paused before putting on the sleeve, touching the scar carefully, as if the wound was still fresh.
Chromium had broke free of her control. It happened so fast that she didn't have time to try and take it back. What was that noise that had broken her concentration? She glanced in the direction the sound had come from and there by made an importaint mistake. Chromium had transformed his hand into a sharp blade and launched himself at her. She barely had time to dodge the full force of the attack, with the blade striking and cutting into her right arm. It was a bad wound, one that was intended to kill her, but hadn't quite succeded.
It seemed so close to her now, like it was yesterday, as M'Lure pulled out the preciese metal peices to be used in her construction. "I finally get to finish this." she thought
She was eager to start work on a whole new project. The fact that she was choosen for the government funded labratory was special. The fact that she had beaten out far more well known and accoplished scientists spoke volumes on her potential talent, and skills within the field. Rumors were that she had even beat out Nobel prize winners. But she tried to ignore them. If she did her work, and did it well, she would prove to everyone that she was indeed worth all the hype.
If Desdemona had been capable of laughter she would have chuckled at Jack. But since emotions were all but a fleeting memory Desdemona simply answered, Ã¢Â€ÂœYou did that, Jack.Ã¢Â€Â
Jack scratched his head, Ã¢Â€ÂœOh yeah I did.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou are most peculiar at times, Jack.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona commented as she tilted her head slightly to study him.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI like it when you say my name,Ã¢Â€Â Jack said with a smile as he slipped his sword back into its sheath.
Ã¢Â€ÂœJack,Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona said to please him.
Jack smiled and closed his eyes, he quickly opened them again. Ã¢Â€ÂœI canÃ¢Â€Â™t believe youÃ¢Â€Â™re here,Ã¢Â€Â Jack said as he reached out to touch her. His hands encircled her upper arms and he drew her close. Ã¢Â€ÂœI feel like IÃ¢Â€Â™m dreaming.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t remember how to dream,Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona said quietly.
Ã¢Â€ÂœBut what about between soul collecting? What do you do?Ã¢Â€Â Jack asked still holding her close.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI return to the underworld and rest. I would not call it sleep though,Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona informed him.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m just glad your back, dreams can only take you so far.Ã¢Â€Â Jack said with a knowing smile.
Desdemona did not understand his meaning. Ã¢Â€ÂœAs I recall you could do anything in your dreams.Ã¢Â€Â
JackÃ¢Â€Â™s thumbs stroked the skin on her arms gently, Ã¢Â€ÂœSome things are much better in reality.Ã¢Â€Â
Desdemona nodded, Ã¢Â€ÂœThat can be true, although some things can be worse.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœNot when it comes to you Dessie,Ã¢Â€Â Jack said as he leant forward, moving his face closer to hers.
Desdemona was unsure of what he was doing until his lips brushed against hers. Sadly her emotions were so minimal that she only felt a small tingle at his touch. She sighed and Jack seemed to take it as a positive response as he deepened the kiss. Desdemona raised her hand to cup JackÃ¢Â€Â™s face, she gently pushed him away.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo?Ã¢Â€Â he asked looking confused.
Desdemona looked at him awkwardly, Ã¢Â€ÂœMy feelings are less then when I last saw you.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou mean you donÃ¢Â€Â™t like me anymore?Ã¢Â€Â Jack said looking as though sheÃ¢Â€Â™d just ripped out his heart.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, I mean that my humanity is further from my grasp so I feel less.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona tried to explain.
Jack still looked hurt, Ã¢Â€ÂœSo why are you here?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI had a soul to retrieve. That is now done but I felt something. I think Void is going to resurface from where ever he went.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona informed Jack.
Jack started to jump up and down clapping his hands, Ã¢Â€ÂœThis is great! This means you get to be human again!Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœPossibly,Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona said cooling his enthusiasm.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhat do you mean possibly? I thought he completed your quota,Ã¢Â€Â Jack said in confusion.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI made a new deal, remember? I donÃ¢Â€Â™t know if the old one still stands.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona said telling Jack of her dilemma
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo what are you going to do?Ã¢Â€Â Jack asked.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI still intend to collect VoidÃ¢Â€Â™s soul, itÃ¢Â€Â™s my duty.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona answered.
Jack stared at her for a moment and changed the subject. Ã¢Â€ÂœSo whereÃ¢Â€Â™d you get that outfit?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI morphed it on. I was trying to blend in with this time period.Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona told then blinked, Ã¢Â€ÂœIs it inappropriate?Ã¢Â€Â
Jack looked her up and down for the longest time, Ã¢Â€ÂœIf you were at my place IÃ¢Â€Â™d say no, but in public itÃ¢Â€Â™s a little revealing.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhat do you suggest I wear?Ã¢Â€Â Desdemona asked.
Shift looked back at Chink, smiling slightly. He was about to answer when the waitress came by, setting two plates on the table. "Your food will be ready shortly." she said. She then turned and walked away, going to take the order of a group that had just been seated.
"I didn't know you could shoot your scales." He said, turning back to Chink.
"I can fly too."
"You can? Thats awesome. Whats it like?"
"Its, well, fun I guess. I never really think about it."
"Wish I could fly." Shift said, still looking at Chink.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI suggest we all return,Ã¢Â€Â Chromium stated to those who were left at the cafÃƒÂ©.
Ã¢Â€ÂœFine, letÃ¢Â€Â™s get out of this dump.Ã¢Â€Â Vandal growled, as her headache was only making her mood worse.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWould you like some ice for your head?Ã¢Â€Â Frost asked as he opened his hand ready to oblige.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo I just want to go home and lie down,Ã¢Â€Â Vandal hissed as she stormed away from the others.
Haze linked arms with Chromium, Ã¢Â€ÂœYou look stressed,Ã¢Â€Â Haze said quietly.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSometimes I worry that IÃ¢Â€Â™m too powerful,Ã¢Â€Â Chromium replied just as quietly.
HazeÃ¢Â€Â™s brow furrowed, Ã¢Â€ÂœIf you donÃ¢Â€Â™t want to merge anymore I understand.Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium shook his head, Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, I do that for your added protection. Besides there are things you can do that I cannot.Ã¢Â€Â
Haze smiled, Ã¢Â€ÂœWe are good together but as I said we donÃ¢Â€Â™t have to merge. I can protect myself with my telekinesis.Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium raised her hand to his lips, Ã¢Â€ÂœI know that, but it reassures me to know that I can protect you. YouÃ¢Â€Â™ve said yourself that you can only protect yourself when you see things coming at you.Ã¢Â€Â
Haze shrugged, Ã¢Â€ÂœThatÃ¢Â€Â™s true but IÃ¢Â€Â™m so much more aware of whatÃ¢Â€Â™s around me these days. Vandal and I have been teaching each other methods we use with our mind control. I even helped her to move a pencil the other day. SheÃ¢Â€Â™s starting to extend her telepathy to telekinesis and IÃ¢Â€Â™m starting to learn how to strengthen my weak telepathy.Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium smiled, Ã¢Â€ÂœThatÃ¢Â€Â™s great.Ã¢Â€Â
Haze noticed that the smile didnÃ¢Â€Â™t reach his eyes. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou really are concerned arenÃ¢Â€Â™t you?Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium nodded, Ã¢Â€ÂœIn that attack we didnÃ¢Â€Â™t even build up a sweat.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœBut you donÃ¢Â€Â™t let the power go to your head, Chromium. ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s important.Ã¢Â€Â Haze pointed out.
Chromium wrapped an arm around her waist and pulled her close. He placed a kiss on her cheek then moved up to her ear, Ã¢Â€ÂœI knew there was a reason why I love you.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœFor my good looks and witty humour?Ã¢Â€Â Haze said cheekily.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWell thereÃ¢Â€Â™s that, thereÃ¢Â€Â™s also your wisdom.Ã¢Â€Â Chromium said as he wrapped his other arm around her. He launched into the sky to give them a little privacy from the others.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe donÃ¢Â€Â™t fly like this often enough,Ã¢Â€Â Haze said as she wrapped her arms around Chromium.
Ã¢Â€ÂœLife is too hectic these days,Ã¢Â€Â Chromium replied with a weary note to his voice.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMaybe we should take a holiday together. Just you and me, we could go to Austria. IÃ¢Â€Â™d love to see the castles and try the chocolate.Ã¢Â€Â Haze informed him.
Chromium chuckled, Ã¢Â€ÂœYouÃ¢Â€Â™d sell your soul for a good block of chocolate, wouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t you?Ã¢Â€Â
Haze laughed in response, Ã¢Â€ÂœNah, but I might dance naked for it.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœNow that IÃ¢Â€Â™d like to see,Ã¢Â€Â Chromium said with a twitch of his metal eyebrows.
Haze grinned, she was glad to see a genuine smile on his face, Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m serious about the holiday. I think we deserve it.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœLet me think on it some more,Ã¢Â€Â Chromium said as they landed back at their headquarters.
Haze held him a moment longer, Ã¢Â€ÂœWork isnÃ¢Â€Â™t everything, Tanis. We may be Supers but it doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t mean we always have to save the day. Sometimes we need to be selfish and take some time for ourselves.Ã¢Â€Â
Chromium nodded then rubbed his nose against HazeÃ¢Â€Â™s. She moved forward to kiss him and they stayed in the moment for a while longer. The sound of an internal siren made them part. Ã¢Â€ÂœCanÃ¢Â€Â™t we ignore it, just this once?Ã¢Â€Â Haze said.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™re here, itÃ¢Â€Â™s our duty.Ã¢Â€Â Chromium said as he started forward. He stopped to take HazeÃ¢Â€Â™s hand, Ã¢Â€ÂœCome with me.Ã¢Â€Â
She smiled, Ã¢Â€ÂœOkay.Ã¢Â€Â
Vandal was ready to scream, Ã¢Â€ÂœShut that damn alarm up before I rip someoneÃ¢Â€Â™s head open!Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœCharming as ever I see,Ã¢Â€Â Burnout commented as he moved to the nearest console. We got a fire at a Gas Station.
Frost was up in a second, Ã¢Â€ÂœOh pick me, I want to go.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœFine just go already and turn off that alarm,Ã¢Â€Â Vandal growled as she put a pillow over her head.
Chink picked up a mini spring roll and dipped it in the sauce bowl. Ã¢Â€ÂœIf you want I could take you flying.Ã¢Â€Â
She took a bite then looked up at Shift, Ã¢Â€ÂœThat would be awesome.Ã¢Â€Â
Chink smiled, Ã¢Â€ÂœI see you neatly avoided telling me what you can do.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift cut a into some of the duck on his plate. He was glad that Chink didn't seem so depressed now, she actually seemed t be enjoying herself. "I can really just cloak and walk through stuff. Oh, I can make other people do that too, but you already know that."
"Thanks for that, earlier, in the bank."
"No problem," he said "I didn't want you to get hurt." he added quietly
Chink didn't hear him. "What?"
"Uh, nothing." he said quickly.
Chink studied Shift for a moment, he suddenly seemed very intent on his food, his eyes stayed on his plate. Chink shrugged and took a mouthful of her fried rice. Her pager went off and ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s quickly matched the sequence of bleeps.
Chink looked at hers, Ã¢Â€ÂœFire at a Gas Station. IsnÃ¢Â€Â™t that the Fire BrigadeÃ¢Â€Â™s responsibility?Ã¢Â€Â
Shift dropped his fork and looked at his own pager. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt might be too dangerous for them.Ã¢Â€Â
Chink rolled her eyes, Ã¢Â€ÂœI should have stayed in the Control Centre.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift put his pager back in its holder, Ã¢Â€ÂœWe should go.Ã¢Â€Â
Chink sat firm, Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m finishing my meal. I can walk back if I need too.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift looked surprised, Ã¢Â€ÂœEnough action for you today?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI thought the aim was to keep me away from Jack,Ã¢Â€Â Chink said cuttingly.
Shift sighed, Ã¢Â€ÂœI thought we were passed this.Ã¢Â€Â
Chink didnÃ¢Â€Â™t say anything for a moment then picked up her fork, Ã¢Â€ÂœJust go play hero. I might be here when you get back.Ã¢Â€Â
Shift watched Chink, trying to figure out if she actually wanted him to leave. She looked like it didn't matter to her if he left or not. "I need to go." He said, calling a waiter over. He paid the check, and got up. "Sorry." he said, then he was gone.
Shift's car sped through the streets, heading to the fire. He wondered why the hell the fire department couldn't deal with it. He regretted leaving Chink there, and he felt like he should have stayed with her, they always could have went after they were finished eating. He hoped she wasn't angry with him.
Jack thought. "I liked how you looked before." Obligingly she changed back to the form Jack knew.
"Does it please you?"
"Very much so. Now we need-"
At that moment someone came whizzing up to them. Burnout.
"Jack. I need to talk to you."
10 Minutes Ago...
"I think I'll go stir up some trouble. I'll be back." Jericho nodded to Mr. Anasazi and pushed the red button, teleporting his down to his Charger parked in the alleyway. He got in and started it up, it sounded good, but began to stall as it got to the 3000 RPM range. "Oh frick, better not do that." Jericho frowned, and put it in gear. He had to get to a fill station quick, and luckily there was one less than a block away. He pulled in and got out, it seemed there were no cameras...Jericho smiled as an idea popped into his head. "Panama..."
After filling it up, he unnoticingly placed his cigar next to the pump nozzle. Interestingly enough, this new syntheticly created zero-emission fuel was more dense than gasoline, and also gave automobiles a better MPG rating. BUT, it is also converted to vapor rather quickly in regular air...
Jericho got into into the Dodge and drove off like a regular customer. "Oh this will be good."
Chink stabbed violently into her food with her fork. She was tightly strung with a mix of emotions as she looked up at ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s empty seat she realised she owed him an apology. SheÃ¢Â€Â™d taken her anger and frustration out on him and he hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t deserved it. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m a mess,Ã¢Â€Â she muttered quietly to herself.
When she finished her meal she got ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s boxed up and started the long walk home. After a few blocks she stopped and wondered what she was doing. She had the ability to fly, so why wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t she using it? Chink leapt into the air and let the wind sail through her hair. Its coolness calmed her heated temper, Ã¢Â€ÂœI should have done this earlier.Ã¢Â€Â
But the truth had been that no one had trusted her to be on her own, theyÃ¢Â€Â™d all expected her to go rushing back to Jack at the first opportunity. The truth was that they were probably right. Chink sighed, sometimes she was her own worst enemy. She had known that Jack had been into someone else. SheÃ¢Â€Â™s just figured that the mystery lady had not felt the same for him.
As Chink flew over the streets she noticed a woman carrying a basket full of single red roses in canisters. Chink lowered herself to the ground and walked to the woman, Ã¢Â€ÂœCan I buy a rose?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœSure,Ã¢Â€Â the lady said as she allowed Chink to pick which one she wanted. Chink selected a red rose, she noticed it had a heart chocolate in the bottom but it didnÃ¢Â€Â™t really matter. This was an apology gift for Shift, she was certain heÃ¢Â€Â™d understand it was an impulse buy.
She took the rose in her left hand while she carried the remainder of his meal in the right. When she got back to the Andromeda headquarter she found it relatively quiet. Vandal was asleep in the main lounge area, crashed out on a sofa with a pillow over her head.
Chink made her way to Shifts quarters. She knocked on the door and was not surprised at the lack of answer. She moved her hand to the handle and was surprised that it opened. The room was remarkably empty and Chink wondered if he only used it on odd occasions. Most of the other supers had somewhere else to call home but liked to sleep at Andromeda when things were hectic.
Chink laid the rose on his bed then moved away. She took a marker and wrote ShiftÃ¢Â€Â™s name on the plastic container so no one else ate it. As she placed the meal in the fridge she looked at the marker in her hand. She decided she should write a note to go with the rose. He might not know it was from her.
Chink replaced the marker and retrieved a pen. She scratched around for a notepad but could only find some purple sheets of paper that Vandal always insisted on having.
Vandal stirred slightly as Chink walked passed and she decided to go back to Shifts room to write the note. She sat on the edge of the bed trying to think what to write.
3 minutes ago..
Burnout quickly bored of staring at computer modules, and that mystery and allure of the warehouse tugged at his mind. Unable to contain himself any more, he turned and sprinted off, covering the distance between the headquarters and the warehouse in a minute or so.
When he arrived, he picked up the globes of light and darkness, and stared into their depths. In the sphere of light, he saw a titan of darkness attacking. In the globe of darkness, he saw a titan of light engaging in combat. It was as if he were simultaneously staring trough the eyes of both titans. As he thought this, he felt a magnetic-like pull, as the globes began to gravitate towards each other. He was unable to resist them, and they merged into one single globe, that altered between light and shadow swirling across its surface. And the visions within the former globes vanished amid the swirls. Weird... This whole situation was weird. And he had no idea what to....wait. Jack was around when this warehouse had fallen, hadn't he? That final battle of the heroes and villains? Maybe he would know...He raced off through the streets in search of Jack.
He finally found Jack talking with a woman beside an unconscious thug.
"Does it please you?" The woman appeared to be talking to Jack.
"Very much so. Now we need-"
Burnout approached at a high speed.
"Jack I need to talk to you."
"Um. Okay. I think you are talking to me, yes."
"Look, sorry to interrupt, but I found something...odd. Here, take a look."
Burnout showed Jack and the strange woman the globe he had found in the ruins of the warehouse.
Jack's eyes widened. "Holy mother of chimichangas! I have...no idea what this is."
The woman beside him looked intently at the globe.
"This is very interesting. It has the sense of Voidhunter. And Darklight. But as if it is but a small reflection."
Burnout's eyes widened in surprise. He had known Darklight had vanished a while back, but he had no idea where he had gone, or what had happened. And this litle shiny ball was a clue? Very nice.
Flame stopped the car. There was a huge pillar of smoke coming from the city. He opened the door and got out of the car. He stood there for a moment, before ducking his head back into the car. "You know where to go. I will meet you there." Lightshow moved to the drivers seat and began to drive off as Flame lifted into the air.
Shift forgot about Chink momentarily as the gas station came into view. A huge fire was roaring, and a pitch black pillar of smoke rose from it. He something happen, the smoke stopped rising from the fire and seemed to hit a wall. The radiant heat from it stopped as well. He looked over and saw Haze, he assumed she was holding the fire in a telekinetic bubble or something . The fire slowly began to die.
At the sight of Void Desdemona felt a jolt go through her body, her emotions were starting to wake up once more. Her hand reached for JackÃ¢Â€Â™s, Ã¢Â€ÂœThis is like a prelude to their return.Ã¢Â€Â
Jack was surprised at her grip on his hand. Desdemona closed her eyes and laid her head back. Jack watched as she turned translucent. He immediately grabbed harder at her hand which was fading along with the rest of her, Ã¢Â€ÂœDonÃ¢Â€Â™t go!Ã¢Â€Â Jack said with more desperation than he realised.
Desdemona opened her eyes and looked back at Jack. Ã¢Â€ÂœI was searching for Void. I wanted to know if he was on this plane yet.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœStay with me,Ã¢Â€Â Jack repeated but this time it was a command.
Desdemona raised a brow, Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s unlike you to be so serious.Ã¢Â€Â
Haze and Chromium had been the first on the scene. Chromium had stretched himself out into a thin sheet. He had then laid himself over sections of fire to smother them. Haze had adopted a similar strategy but used bubbles of telekinesis. It wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t something she did very often so it took a lot of concentration.
Shift rolled up next, followed by Frost who looked annoyed that he wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t getting to play with his icing skills. Haze reduced the size of her bubble so Frost could put out the fire.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhereÃ¢Â€Â™s the Fire Brigade?Ã¢Â€Â Shift asked to no one in particular.
Ã¢Â€ÂœComing,Ã¢Â€Â Haze replied as she continued to reduce her bubble so Frost could do his work.
Jack was surprised at the words that exited his mouth. BUt he thought about it. It had been five long years. And now she was leaving. So close. But now she was literally escaping his grasp.
"Promise me you wil return. I need you to stay sane."
Burnout nearly collapsed from laughter.
"That would imply youare sane in the first pace."
Jack shot him a murderous look.
Burnout shrugged. "Right. The one time you choose to be serious I happen to be around. Why do these things always happen to me?"
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