Event Horizon, as far as I could tell, was the leader of the whole team for the Oklahoma City Group. We were driving to the bank being robbed by the North Side Rioters, and everyone apart from Pivot was being debriefed by Event Horizon.
“Normally, we’d have Maxwell and one of Pivot’s toys run in and wreck face,” she began. “However we got three newbies who can actually take out fighters easy.”
She wrote down a small sentence on her arm; Unperson is hiding Latency.
“Unperson, do your thing to Latency. Latency, tag as many people as you can. Ryan, you’ll be in the front. How far does your field go?” Her orders were quickfire. She knew what to do.
“Three meters I think.” I replied.
“Stay ten meters away from us, try and get in the midst of them. Also, choose a callsign for god’s sake. Pivot’s going easy this time because of that fight with Killstreak last week. I’ll be in the front with Maxwell. Stacker, stack Latency.”
“Hey, what’s that do?” asked Latency.
“It’s a luck thing,” said Stacker. “If you do well, it like carries over… bu-”
“If you fuck up it’ll get bad quickly,” shot Maxwell. “I’ve been stacked plenty of times. You’ll feel it on you.”
“Speaking of which,” interjected Pivot from the driver’s seat, “You guys know what your actives are right?”
“Actives?” Unperson asked.
“I see,” said Pivot coyly. “We’ll talk about this later.”
We got out the van with Maxwell, Event Horizon and myself standing in the front, everyone else at the back. We were facing the bank, a few blocks away. It was go time.
Maxwell and Event horizon ran ahead, meeting two of the robbers who had come out of the bank. They both wore hockey masks and paint smeared clothes. One of them, wearing a red painted mask and blue denim dungarees shot out a glowing something, knocking Maxwell back into the road. I walked up to the group from the side. He turned to me and shot another ball. It disappeared five meters away from me.
“The fuck?” he said.
“Plasmic, I’ll deal with this bitch,” said the other, hopping and jumping away from Event Horizon with finesse. He muttered something unintelligible as she chased him with relentless fury, closing the distance more and more each second. Deep down I felt as though there was no esc-
Suddenly, I was on fire. I panicked and put out the flames as hard as I can, tossing my shield and performing a stop drop and roll. Awareness based power nullification. How annoying.
I got up and saw the next fireball. It vanished right before my eyes. I picked up my riot shield and held it before me. Maxwell was charging who I think was called Plasmic and Event Horizon had gotten deathly close. As much as she was able to close the gap, he was way to tricky to catch. What the hell was his power?
I heard screaming from within the bank. It looped. Somebody stood out, a cape in a morph suit. He surrendered. Unperson suddenly tapped me on the shoulder from behind and I remembered it was Latency as I turned around in surprise. She gave a thumbs up and Latency ran to where Plasmic and Maxwell were, tagging them both. Maxwell was freezing the air around Plasmic. Plasmic was charging a shot. Plasmic was charging a shot. Plasmic was charging a shot.
The last remaining robber ducked from under one of Event Horizon’s grabs and ran for Latency. I charged after him.
“Latency, look out!” I yelled. He reached him and…
He did a backflip over Latency. I reached Latency too quickly to stop and everyone went back to normal. Shit, I thought to myself, turning to face Plasmic as he fired another shot that dissipated in my aura. Latency ran back into the building as Maxwell struck Plasmic in the back of the head, knocking him out and onto the ground.
The second robber struck my in the gut from nowhere. I felt all the wind in me leave and I nearly threw up. Then I saw more of the North Side Rioters.
A young girl stood in a finely laced dress, wearing a mask normally worn in a masquerade ball. Beside her, a taller man wearing a formless mask and a formal suit.
“Servant, throw Maxwell into that building over there.” the young girl spoke.
the young man dashed over to Maxwell with insane speed and grabbed Maxwell’s arm. Maxwell instinctively froze his formal suit and arm with his powers as the Servant threw Maxwell across the street. His frostbitten fingers and frozen sleeves still clung to Maxwell as he crashed through the window panes of a bakery.
“Servant, your lack of clothing and fingers are disgusting. How will you serve me with no hands?”
The servant boy kneeled in front of the girl. “Yes, my lady. Forgive me, my lady.”
“Grow your fingers and clothing back, now!” she fumed theatrically, like a small child throwing a tantrum. His fingers and bones popped and cracked disgustingly as his hands regrew, the frostbitten flesh disappearing slowly.
She pointed at me. “Blast that man in the riot gear with your eye lasers!”
He turned and his eyes began glowing. I charged him, closing the distance as he fired of a shot that did nothing. I eventually reached him and tackled him to the ground with a bask of my shield.
“Fight back! Fight back!”
The servant boy scrambled to get back up on his feet as I remembered about my stun baton. I unsheathed it, kicking the assailant in the stomach. He didn’t even scream as the shock pulsed through his back, knocking him out with spasms.
I turned around and Event Horizon had caught the villain she’d been chasing the whole fight. He was already in cuffs. She looked over to me and her face turned white.
“Ryan, Servant isn’t the one with the powers! You have to stop Tiny Tyrant!”
I pondered exactly what sort of name Tiny Tyrant was, when the flying car tire smacked me into the parked car next to me.