Alliance walked into the meeting room of the New York National Heroes Network Debriefing Room. He looked over at his fellow agents and at down in his chair.
Array stood up and turned on his projector. “As you all know I and Hindsight have been following the Hunting Party for the last month,” He said, pointing at his masked colleague. “They’ve hit Norfolk an hour ago.”
Undertow clenched her fists. “Why didn’t we hear about this now?”
“I suspect that somebody is allied with their cause. It’s most likely Agent Jameson, but that isn’t important.” He said. “Six teenagers were kidnapped. We all know their usual MO. Expect these kids to be highly incontinent with their powers.” Array handed 6 folders, one to each person in the room who isn’t himself.
“Myself and Hindsight have already written down the best course of action. I expect you to follow this to the letter, as usual.”
Alliance, Undertow, Vortex, Queen, Water Strider and Agent Mulch opened the folders and read them.
Agent Mulch was the first to protest. “What the fuck do you mean, only capture the cloning ability user!?” he said.
Hindsight smirked a little under his mask. “I’ll assure you that if you go after anybody but the twins, you will die. This is the only option.”
Agent Mulch snorted. “If they are dangerous at all, then any loss to prevent another fucking Buffalo City event is perfectly fine.”
Undertow looked at the agent with bared teeth. She let up after Water Strider but his hand on her shoulder to calm her.
“I assure you,” said Array. “They are all perfectly harmless to normal people. I do note that they will cause damage only if somebody with powers tries to attack them, however.” He put his hands up in the air. “I’d like to catch them all, really. I hear a professor in Ethiopia came up with a cure to Druggie’s super serum.”
Undertow finally spoke. “I’m not going to fucking allow you to experiment on minors.”
Array smiled. “I have full permissions, and you are assuming I’m going to create some godzilla thingy. Besides, I need their permission to perform any experimental treatment, both from the doctor and the children.”
Undertow looked at Agent Mulch. “Come on. Don’t let him.”
Mulch sighed. “I have to agree with Undertow here. This stuff is an unproved science, and I don’t think the risks of what could happen outweigh the benefits.” Array opened his mouth to speak but was interrupted. ” …and before you go to cry about it, I’m not going to allow it this time because Hindsight says it’s okay. His duration for his ability to see the future is short a majority of the time, and the problems may be long term.”
Alliance stood up. “We should go.” Undertow, Water Strider, Vortex and Queen followed suit and left the meeting room.
While they walked down the halls, Vortex was the first to break the silence. “So when is the honeymoon, newlyweds?” he asked Undertow and Water Strider.
Water Strider gave him a look and smirked. “I’m not telling you. God knows what prank you’d try and pull.”
Vortex shot his hands up in fake surrender. “I’m not like that all the time, it was only once!”
“You teleported Undertow’s bra onto alliance.” Queen interjected. Undertow put her head down slightly.
“At least they fit him,” said Vortex. “God know what would happen if Alliance had bigger boobs than Undertow.”
Undertow put her hands over her mouth to stop laughing and hide her embarrassment. Queen decided to smack him over the back of the head instead.
“Thanks, Queen.” said Water Strider.
They reached the roof and huddled in a circle. Alliance, Undertow, Water Strider, Vortex and Queen held hands.
Vortex smiled, giddy at the upcoming fight. “Here we go!”
Thunder struck the roof of the New York building, and they disappeared.
The National Heroes Network stood in front of the Hunting Party. Sacrifice, Fractal, Glutton and Jawbreaker stood in a circle around 7 teenagers. One was glowing brightly. One had a mask over her face. Two were identical.
Sacrifice was holding several syringes in her hands. Alliance knew that colour. It was Druggie’s self destruction formula.
“Don’t let her inject anybody with that formula!” he ordered. “Attack the Hunting Party, we’ll deal with the kids later!”
He turned to face the hostages and the Hunting Party. “Nobody Move!”
Sacrifice yelled something. Nearly everyone charged into the fight. Fractal appeared right in front of Undertow’s face. She waved her hand and he was flung into a building with a crash as the window was broken. He suddenly appeared behind her and touched her back. She disappeared.
Vortex teleported himself and Queen in front of Sacrifice. She tried to stab at them with her syringes, and Queen dodged back. “Squeeze your hands.” Queen said. Sacrifice crushed the syringes in her hands, and leaped forwards to punch Queen.
“Kneel.” Sacrifice stumbled, missing her punch.
“Kneel.” Sacrifice stumbled again, almost flipping over.
“Kne-” Queen was struck in the face with a plank of wood before she could finish. Fractal then teleported behind Vortex holding the wooden weapon but suddenly shot up into the air and hovered there, floating at the height of a small building.
“Got him!” yelled Water Strider. Undertow raced back into the fray riding a small puddle at break-neck speed down the empty road. She crashed into one of the teenagers who hadn’t run away. There were two of them, looking the exact same. How did she not see him?
The two teenagers were yelling at the same time, to a third who was eerily still. “Derek, listen to me! The syringes are gone! We have to go back to the others!”
The still boy pressed on, refusing to listen to his comrade. Undertow felt a thud as he hit her. She tried to punch back, and went right through him. Water Strider charged into the fray, kicking and punching all three teenagers, somehow hitting the still boy.
“Stop, I’m trying to help!” Said both twins at the same time. Water Strider stopped attacking.
“On your hands and knees then!” he ordered. The twins acted at the same time.
A glow became brighter and brighter. “What the hell is that?” asked Vortex, shielding his eyes.
It began to fade, dimming slowly. “One of the kids.” said Alliance as he walked towards the group from his fight. He looked beaten up.
“Jawbreaker and Glutton got away, as predicted by Hindsight.” he said.
Alliance looked at Sacrifice as Fractal blinked in and out of existence, taking her with him. Undertow kicked some dirt into the air and screamed at the sky.
“That was a waste of time! Fuck!”
Alliance looked at her sternly. “We stopped a potential disaster, and according to Hindsight’s report, we have a source of useful information from the cloning boy.”
Undertow shot Alliance an angry look. He was always so calm and by the book, which aggravated her to no end. Even Vortex couldn’t get him riled up, and that guy has tried many times. Alliance stood firm in his opinion, and Undertow conceded defeat.
“Okay. I understand.” she didn’t.
Alliance picked up the twins by the arms. “Kid, your name. And don’t give me any callsign stuff, you are not wearing a mask.”
The twins took a second to think, then explained in unison. “I’m Richard, but everyone calls me Ricky.”
Alliance relaxed a little. “What do you know about the other hostages, Ricky?”
“I know them all. They’re my friends, sir.”
“Really? You know their names?” Alliance inquired skeptically.
” Micheal Scott, Maxine McKinnon, Ellen White, Ryan Anderson and Derek Smith. They’re good kids sir. It isn’t our fault this happened.”
“I know son,” said Alliance. “It was just bad luck, really.”
Queen and Water Strider walked up beside Alliance.
“You’ve been injected with a serum from Druggie,” explained Queen. “We’d like to run some tests, to get an idea of what will happen to you and your friends.”
Ricky nodded slowly. “Okay. I understand.”