Alter-Ego

/ By ImnIslandGirl [+Watch]

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Dear Diary,
It used to be so simple. There were only a handful of super humans charged with protecting our planet from the evil forces that plagued us. The battle for Earth’s protection was black and white. The heroes were heroes and the villains were villains. Now… there’s far too much gray. Ten year ago, Earth’s greatest heroes went to war against an alien force that tried to destroy us. They were able to stop the invasion, but at a great cost. The only way to defeat the invading creatures was to detonate a huge explosion within their ship. The force of the blast killed every living creature on that ship… including our heroes. One last sacrifice to save us all. Except, there was a consequence of the blast that our heroes hadn’t predicted. The radiation from the explosions made its way to Earth, corrupting the genetic makeup of hundreds of humans all over the world, giving us supernatural abilities.
At first, the world rejoiced at the emergence of these new “heroes” to replace our fallen guardians. Unfortunately, not everyone who gained these super powers used them for good. It’s difficult not to be selfish when you’re strong enough to simply take what you want. The temptation… for most of us, it’s too hard to resist. As more and more of these super humans began using their abilities for selfish means, the world fell into turmoil. Those who were at first seen as heroes, were now despised as monsters. None of us could be trusted, so all of us were punished. Countries around the world created organizations to hunt, capture, and contain people with abilities, forcing the rest of us into hiding. Now, those of us who want to be heroes have an even greater challenge. We must protect a world that wants us dead.
Some of us still stalk the nights as heroes, while others have turned to a darker path. I must fight to protect my city from these new villains, and fight to protect myself from The Organization. If I’m lucky, I’ll find others with similar goals to join by my side. The world is in desperate need of heroes… even if they don’t know it yet.
~ White Tigress

Recap

The heroes of the past are dead. Now, hundreds of people all over the world have been exposed to a genetic-altering radiation that has given them special powers. Some are heroes, some are villains, most are somewhere in between. The heroes of this story will not only be fighting against other super-powered humans, but also trying to avoid being captured by The Organization –a government run team assigned to contain super human abilities by whatever means necessary.
to allow for maximum interaction in this roleplay, I would suggest everyone being on the same side. This doesn’t mean you have to be a good-as-gold hero type. It would make things far more interesting if we had some characters with questionable motives . Eventually, most characters will form a cooperative group and fight together .

Rules

  • Be Literate - This is a literate roleplay, so I will be expecting longer posts. A couple paragraphs MINIMUM! In order to keep the story active, each posts should be roughly 300-500 words .
  • Be Respectful – please respect other players within this role play. I will not tolerate racist or sexist remarks. This roleplay is supposed to be fun, let’s try to keep it that way. Also, please follow ES rules, they are there for a reason.
  • Be Reliable – everyone gets busy, but it takes two seconds to send me a PM to let me know if you aren’t going to be around for a few days. That way I can work your absence into the story so as not to hinder anyone else. I’ll do my best to keep you updated on what you’ve missed. If you want to quit the RP, all I ask is that you TELL ME first so that no one is waiting on your posts.
  • Be Realistic – No overpowered characters PLEASE! Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, so keep this in mind when you’re creating your characters. Also, I’m really not a fan of “love at first sight.” I don’t mind romance, but I don’t want it to take over the entire rp, so please keep it low key.
  • Be Creative – a roleplay is no fun if it’s just me driving the plotline. This is a collaboration between all of us. Feel free to use the chat box or PMs to brainstorm plot ideas and twists, and don’t be afraid to take initiative with your posts.
  • Fighting – this is an action-oriented role play, so there will be fighting. For the purposes of this roleplay, the attacker CAN be forceful with their actions HOWEVER it is the victim that gets to decide how much damage is caused .
  • Questions? Comments? Concerns? Just send me a PM!

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White Tigress



Username: ImnIslandGirl
Name: Janessa Pierce
AKA: White Tigress
Age: 22
Abilities: As a feral, Janessa has heightened senses and sharp instincts like a tiger. She has cat-like agility and can communicate with animals.
Skills: Janessa is a skilled fighter, experienced in several martial arts including sword work. She is clever and resourceful, able to apply her skills to both head on confrontations, as well as stealth missions.
Weaknesses: Janessa's heightened senses can make her vulnerable to overpowering odours, noises, and bright lights. Although she has plenty of skill when fighting, Janessa is not physically very strong, which can get her into trouble if she is ever overpowered by her opponent.
Personality: Janessa is kind-hearted, with a strong sense of morals. Although she does have quite a temper, she's usually able to channel her emotions into something productive . Janessa herself is friendly and sociable. She is light-hearted, but unafraid to stand up for herself or others. As White Tigress, her carefree attitude is usually replaced with a more somber persona.
Origin Story: When she was young, Janessa stubbornly freed a young white tiger cub from a travelling circus that was notorious for abusing its animal performers. She was caring for the young cub when she was exposed to the radiation from the blast, causing her to absorb some of the cub's natural abilities, making her a feral.
Four years ago, Janessa and her little sister Keelyn were attacked and held hostage by a gang of criminals. The gang had planned to kill both girls after their ransom demands were met, but Janessa used her abilities to fight them off. Tragically, Keelyn didn't survive. Adamant that she would not let anyone else suffer like she and her family did, Janessa created the heroine White Tigress and did her best to cleanse the streets of these horrific crimes.
Bio: Janessa lives with her parents, the wealthy animal rights activists Teven and Mirya Pierce, on their estate at the Pierce Wildlife Refuge. She attends the local university, planning to graduate in the spring. Meanwhile, Janessa spends her time training in her martial arts, alongside her companion: a white tigress named Kyrah. So far no one, including her parents, know about her identity as the White Tigress.

Canine

Username: Awesomness
Name: Wolf Gardner
AKA: Canine
Age: 23
Abilities: A slow regenerative healing ability, a heightened sense of hearing and smell, and extra-human strength.
Skills: Wolf is great with people, and can work undercover amazingly. He is also a chemist, and is great when working with numbers and physics.
Weaknesses: Wolf's strength is hard to control, and he breaks things easily. He's also very scatter-brained, and easy to distract.
Personality: He is loyal to his friends, and trusts others easily. He's friendly but a bit shy, as opposed to his alter-ego, who is almost a polar opposite of Wolf. Wolf himself is kind but a little condescending to others, especially those who can't keep up with his scientific talk.
Origin Story: When he was young, Wolf always pretended he was his namesake, and attacked other kids, who excluded him from all activities. As a loner, he turned to science, and stuck with it for the rest of his life. He joined the police academy and became a forensic detective, but quit when the radiation changed him. On one tough assignment, he'd been shot, and developed a small case of PTSD. He'd always wondered if there could've been more that he could have done outside of police jurisdiction. So, he donned the wolfsmask, to help those who can't help themselves.
Bio: Wolf spends his days teaching as a substitute for Biology, and spends his nights at a bar, drinking himself into a haze.

Shadow



Username: Kastanstyrax
Name: Nico Atwood
AKA: Shadow
Age: 19
Abilities: Nico has the ability to control and manipulate darkness and shadows, being able to use them to hide himself, travel through it and even turn them tangible and use darkness itself as a weapon. On occasion Nico has been able to manipulate fear in others, but this rarely happens and only when he himself is extremely worked up. Nico himself does not know the true extent of his abilities as he doesn’t really understand them and in truth they frighten him.

Skills: Nico’s only real skills are those of stealth and deception. Nico has had much practice sneaking about and hiding, and the way he makes others uncomfortable often allows him to talk his way around people and trick them into believing him.

Weaknesses: Bright light can weaken his initial power and make it much harder to control effectively leaving him defenceless, although because bright light casts the darkest shadows if he does somehow manage to control his power it is often to devastating effect. Arguable Nico’s greatest weakness is himself as he is often reluctant to use his abilities as they frighten him and he doesn’t really understand how they work.

Personality: Nico is a shy boy who feels that he should try and do the right thing although more often than not this doesn’t always happen. He would prefer to be alone not only because he is uneasy around others and that others often find him unsettling but he also fears that he may hurt others. He is a guarded boy who is difficult to read and his motivations are never really clear, however, if you are able to get past this and get to know him he can be fiercely loyal to those he cares about. Fighting would never be Nico’s first choice of actions. Shadow is bolder and more confident and instills a certain amount of fear into others because of his reputation.

Origin Story: Nico was an only child and was lonely as a child. He found it hard to make friends and as a result learnt only to rely on himself. When he was 16 his parents died in a car crash leaving him an orphan. This did nothing to help his loneliness. After this Nico started to hang around the streets more as he truly didn’t care about what happened to him. He was sitting in a dark alley alone when he was exposed to the radiation from the blast. He fell into the shadows in the alley and reappeared on the other side of the city. While this frightened him it also made the young boy exhilarated and excited. Since Nico really didn’t have any other marketable skills he decided to try and use his new found powers to make something of himself. He ws able to master shadow travelling as a result able to at least use his abilities to survive on the rough streets.

Bio: Nico lives alone in an abandoned apartment building, often doing odd jobs for anyone who can pay, the nature of the work that Shadow does has led to him becoming somewhat of an urban legend. Nico spends his spare time trying to master his powers but has had little headway with this.


Spark


Username: Tigereyes
Name: Ashni Kyne
AKA: Spark
Age: 18
Abilities: Electrokinetics
Skills: Ashni has skills in using a bo staff. In order to capitalize on her ability, she wields a metal staff that conducts electricity. Ash is also fast on her feet and quick witted. Although she seems rash and impulsive, she is actually quite calculating, and has proved to be a skilled strategist and a tactful thief. Ashni is also an excellent liar, which helps to hide her true intentions from those around her.
Weaknesses: Electrokinetic abilities are vulnerable to water and metal . These weaknesses have developed into a severe fear of water. Her abilities are also strongly tied to her emotions, so if she is upset or angry, she may lose control.
Personality: Ash is playful and spirited, often coming across as a bit childish. She seems impulsive and careless, although she’s far wiser than she lets on. Ashni’s spirited nature hides a darker side. Ashni is selfish and spiteful. She is not a villain, but she’s definitely not a hero either. The biggest mystery about Ashni is trying to determine who’s side she’s really on.
Origin Story: The night before the radiation wave, Ashni had been out on the streets in the middle of a fierce storm. Lightning struck her metal bo staff, conducting through her soaked clothing and shocking the young girl. She was rushed to the hospital by kind bystanders, although the doctors had little hope of her surviving. When the radiation struck, her body welcomed the electricity and adapted to it, giving her the ability to control electric currents and survive her wounds form the night before.
Now armed with superhuman abilities, Ashni uses her powers to survive on the streets. Her motives depend largely on her mood. Sometimes she’s the hero fighting crime, other times she’s the criminal.
Bio: Ashni was orphaned at a young age, and after running away from a foster home when she was 8, she’s been living on the streets ever since, developing her skills as a thief and a liar, but she was still vulnerable. Eventually she learned how to use a bo staff to defend herself, fending off anyone who tried to do her harm.
Ashni spends her time on the streets, having no home to go to. She has had several confrontations with other superhuman, villains and heroes alike, but can usually play her ambiguous moralities in such a way as to avoid getting on anyone’s bad side.

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[#1473b7 "Even though you gave them the answer if anything happened to you in my experience the one thing that you can always rely on is the unending stupidity of humans. The Director is smart, now that you've played your hand and have essentially forced him to keep you in the public eye he'll start working on contingencies to cover himself so your accusations don't stick. I hate to say it but you might just have forced his hand into renegotiating your deal and you know how I feel about that."] Jason simply could not understand why Janessa would continually keep putting herself in the crosshairs for him. Yes he was her alpha but there had to be more to it than that. If she traded places with Jason and became the Director's willing pawn then she would likely have to face off against her pack and the rest of her friends anyway, Hyperion did not know the ins and outs of what being in a pack meant but even he was sure that fighting your pack was a nonstarter.

[#1473b7 "Yeah I'm sure go back to where you are needed, If he's mad about anything it won't be that you didn't come back to say goodbye. I'm sure the others need you more than he does right now. You too Pierce."] As Janessa told her alpha to stay safe, Jason returned the sentiment and hugged the feral in a surprisingly tender moment. It appeared that despite Jason's wishes and against his better judgement he could not fight the strength of the pack bond and he cared for Janessa far more than what was safe. He didn't want to see her hurt and if she kept on going down the path that she was like she was planning she would end up dead or worse.

What happened next was difficult to describe, Jason had said his farewell and Janessa had left but he could still feel that she was close thanks to their pack bond and thanks to that he knew that it was wrong. He sensed the danger a fraction of a second before the first of the three gunshots sounded, Jason sprinted in the direction that he knew Janessa to be but not before a bullet hit her in the ribs and Jason felt the pain and fear from his injured pack member wash over him for an instant before it was replaced with blinding rage. Jason barrelled ahead towards the gunman, his feral abilities enhanced by the adrenaline coursing through his system as his packmate lay injured he lashed out with a super strong fist and struck the assailant in the chest, caving it in instantly and killing the man. Jason cradled the bleeding Janessa in his arms, mind racing for a way to make sure that she survived this. He had no way to get the bullet out and without that all was lost. Jason had no way of knowing if help was coming or even if it was if it would get there in time to stop her bleeding out. None of Jason's abilities would help in this situation, His options were narrowing with every drop of crimson blood that fell from the Feral and as much as Jason feared the idea that come into his head the alternative of losing a member of his pack was infinitely worse.

[#1473b7 "Hold on Pierce, I'll get you help."] Jason didn't care about whether Janessa's cover was blown or not, or whether she would have difficult questions to answer about the manner of her escape from the assailant...all that mattered was keeping her alive. Jason steeled himself and brought forth the shadows into an unsteady gateway in an attempt to Shadow Travel to the Organisation and to get the medical help necessary. It was a weak imitation of Nico's mastery of that ability. Jason still had not gotten over his deep fear of being trapped in that darkness for so long and even considering this course of action was a testament to how worried he was about Janessa.

[#1473b7 "Here goes nothing..."] Hyperion stepped through into the dark portal and sped towards the Organisation, hoping that he would make it out of the agonising, endless abyss and that he could save his pack.

[hr]

[i If she’s endorsing the Director, she must have a reason.”] Nico knew exactly what that reason was, this must be what the Director wanted from her but he couldn't say anything as the others did not know about that particular arrangement.

[b "Raven shut up! We'll find Dylan and believe me he will answer for what he did to Delta but for now there is no point in backhanded comments like that. I understand you're angry, believe me I do but set it to one side for now."] Nico actually sympathised far more with Raven than Cody right now, he understood her anger, when Kate had died he had slide into an angry stupor, Cody might be right about her having her reasons but voicing that opinion might not have been the smartest of ideas. Their little argument was silenced in an instant with the arrival of a sinister message on the screen and the far more concerning sight of a man raising a gun at Janessa.

[b "Sarah Find her now!"] As Nico didn't know exactly where Janessa was he couldn't just travel to her location and while it wouldn't take long for the Tanner sister to tell him where he needed to go it appeared that even that short time frame was enough for the unthinkable to happen. A bullet hit janessa's body and she crumpled to the floor, Nico's heart sank and fear flooded his body, he needed to be with her, to reassure her that everything was going to be ok, to help her, to save her. Keelyn was still worn out from her working on Delta so he wasn't actually sure that she would be able to help her older sister even if she wanted to but all that mattered to Nico was being by Janessa's side to help her through this injury. What he saw on the screen next, momentarily snapped him out of his panicked frenzy as Jason smashed the attacker and he flew back several feet from the force of Hyperion's blow. Jason crouched down by the bleeding body of the woman he loved and as soon as Sarah shouted a location he was already darting into the shadows and towards Janessa. As Nico emerged from the portal he was assaulted by camera flashes and television cameras as reporters tried to get pictures and video of what just happened, he could vaguely hear police sirens in the background as they sped towards the location but disturbingly what he could not see was either Jason nor Janessa. All Nico could think about was Janessa and hoping that she would be alright, if Dylan really had had anything to do with this attack then he had just made a very dangerous enemy. It was one thing to set yourself up against Nico, it was an altogether worse thing for Nico to set himself against you.
  Jason Jackson / Kastanstyrax / 13h 50m 19s
As soon as she stepped behind stage, Janessa could breathe a little easier. She hated appearing in public, even when she was a little girl at her parents’ side, and to have to face those cameras to endorse the man she despised most was sickening. It was a comfort to have Jason there with her. The security that came with close proximity to her Pack was a comfort she had been deprived of thanks to Jason’s deal with the Director. Whatever time they had shared together in the past, it was always pre-empting a battle, or sneaking behind enemy lines. This was a pleasant change.

[b “I played it off as well as I could given the ambush of questions, but I’m well aware the director won’t be happy. They’ll expect to see me appear in public more often now and if I disappear again, they’ll start to wonder if what I said really was a joke.”] Janessa cautioned. The Director only had one favour left, and it wouldn’t be enough to keep her in the public’s eye for long. Janessa had set the need for another bargain to be made, she just had to wait now until the Director to realize her value and call her in to negotiate. That meant her time was running out to put the rest of her plan into action and the first step: a very difficult conversation with Nico.

[b “Are you sure it’s alright that I leave? The Director won’t be mad about you sending me home? I guess I’ll have to explain myself; the others will have seen me on the news. Tech’s going to be furious.”] Janessa said, shaking her head at the unpleasantness that awaited her back at the safe house. She didn’t like the idea of Jason heading straight back to the Director, especially when she wasn’t sure how the man would react to her press conference. If he was angry enough to punish her, she would rather take the consequences herself that subject Jason to that. But she doubted her Alpha would give her the option. He didn’t seem to like putting her in danger any more than she did putting him at risk.

[b “Stay safe Jason. I’m sure I’ll see you soon.”] She told him in farewell before taking her leave. Unfortunately, seeing Janessa Pierce enter the area and White Tigress leave it, didn’t bode well for her secret identity, so Janessa was forced to keep her heiress persona until she was back in safer territory. She had just stepped outside, still aware of the reporters and cameras lingering in scene, when a familiar man stepped out to block her way.

[+green “The boss has an arrangement with Bennett. He wasn’t too pleased to see the Director getting an endorsement from the bitch who took Bennett off the board. You know Mr. Boyd, he takes things like this personally. But he never imagined you’d be stupid enough to make a public appearance!”] The man chuckled, pulling out a gun and firing two shots into the sky. The sound drew the attention of every news camera and reporter on the scene, splashing the image of Janessa held at gunpoint for the whole city to see! It was a brilliant yet frustrating strategy. With the world watching, Janessa couldn’t risk revealing herself as the White Tigress, so despite her sharp reflexes and inhuman agility, she didn’t dare move a muscle when the gun was aimed at her! Janessa Pierce wouldn’t know how to dodge a bullet, so Tigress couldn’t risk more than a slight movement to lessen the impact. As the trigger was pulled, she twisted to the side, feeling the piercing pain in her lower ribs, instead of her chest.

The pain was overwhelming, but the wound wasn’t fatal. Revealing herself as Tigress would have had far more deadly consequences, so her act was still worth it, despite the bullet in her side. Playing the helpless victim, however, was likely to get her killed! Janessa clutched her wound, feeling the warm blood beneath her fingers and allowing the pain to read across her face instead of burying it like she normally did. She knew Jason would have felt that bullet through their Pack bond, and there was a chance that Maybe Nico or Starform had seen her on the news and could travel here in time, but that time was running short. The man raised his gun once again and Janessa knew that if her friends didn’t step in soon, she’d have to save herself and sacrifice the only protection she had in her secret identity!

[hr ]

Hearing Nico’s call, the Feral and the Tanners raced into the living room. Keelyn was still working on Delta in the other room, and eventually had to force Raven away from her Pack member’s side so she wouldn’t be in the way. Although she didn’t want to leave Delta, the urgency in Nico’s voice made the Feral follow the Tanners to see what else could possible go wrong!

[#005500 “Janessa’s family wasn’t just rich, they were powerful. They did a lot of good for this city and because of that, the people trusted them. They listened to them. If a man like the Director is good enough that a Pierce is willing to vouch for him, half the city will vote for him on Janessa’s word alone. What the hell is she doing?”] Raven explained, the stress of the recent situation taking all the typical bitterness from her voice. Still, she couldn’t help but glare as she listened to her former pack mate boasting about the man who had ordered the torture, capture, and death and death of countless Supers.

[#223399 “Take it easy guys, this is Janessa we’re talking about. If she’s endorsing the Director, she must have a reason.”] Cody interjected, watching the hurt and confusion dance across the faces of those watching the newscast. But his words only seemed to incite another flicker or fury in Raven.

[#005500 “Like your murderous little brother [i must have had a reason] for trying to kill Delta?! All this time you guys have been throwing accusations and mistrust at me, Delta, and Laura, bust so far it’s your own people that are stabbing you in the back!”] Raven hissed. Before Phaze could defend himself or his friends, the tv started rapidly switching channels on its own, finally settling on a different newscast of the same event, this one with a reporter just outside the venue talking about the immense support gained by Janessa's speech. The reporter stated that with an endorsement from Janessa Pierce, this election was a sure win for the Director.

The reporter's optimistic review was in stark comparison tot he words that suddenly flashed across the tv screen - a clear message from their wayward Technopath:
[i "Stop her or I will!"]

Whether the intent behind Tech's words was meant to be threatening or simply a call to action, it certainly didn't seem like a coincidence with what happened next!

As the reporter continued to speak and Tech's words faded from the screen, Janessa was seen in the background, leaving the conference when a man stepped out in front of her. Two loud shots were heard before the camera turned to focus on the stunned looking heiress and the smug gunman. A third shot was heard and Janessa stumbled back, her hands clutching at the growing red stain that spread across the fabric of her dress. Whether Tech had meant this to or not, it certainly looked like someone had arranged to "stop her", moments after his threat! And mere hours after he had inexplicable stabbed one of their team and disappeared, there was certainly reason to doubt the boy's innocence!
  ImnIslandGirl / 7d 5h 42m 22s
[#ce0d27 "Very well you can have Jason with you if it will make you more comfortable, I'm sure he will be more than capable. I will be watching with great interest, I'm sure that you'll do me proud."] The Director couldn't care less if Janessa wanted Hyperion with her while she did this press conference, the Director could easily see through her excuse of needing protection. She wanter her alpha close and he was more than happy to provide that after all Jason's oaths of allegiance bound him to the Director regardless of his pack bond with the feral. He was more interested to see how she reacted to the script that he had written her, she was a headstrong woman and he expected her to try and change as much as she could while still remaining inside of his instructions. That was part of the game, let's see how she reacted. Meanwhile Jason and Janessa were discussing the director's favour in his chambers.

[#1473b7 "I know what he could do but not what he will do and that makes all the difference in the world. I could guess but unfortunately the Director is smart enough that even I, who spends more time with him than most, can only really hazard a vague notion of what he's planning. It's infuriating."] Jason was glad that Janessa wasn't going to take any unnecessary risks, God knows that the feral was far less concerned with her own safety than she had any right to be...Jason blamed Nico for that, it was a bad habit that the Dark elemental shared.

[#1473b7 "Good, if you're afraid then you might actually be learning something. I still can't believe that you actually went to him in the first place. If I break my ties to Director, as unlikely as that is, I had intended to get as far away from this place as possible, flee the city, the country if I could and I suggest that you do the same. I suppose I could always try and convince him to join me if anything happened to you. You should get ready, we don't have much time left."] The pair made their way to the press conference, Janessa in her elegant formalwear and Jason in a simple black suit, the kind any personal security guard would wear, the pair would not raise any suspicion. Jason glared at the reporter angrily who asked about her two year absence from public life, her answer was good, as good as could be expected in the circumstances but her followup answer cut a little close to the bone and he both admired and cursed her spirit by flirting so closely with the line that the Director had imposed on her. It was admirable, foolish but admirable. As she finished speaking and announced that she would be making no further statement and the two retreated backstage.

[#1473b7 "That was clever, play it off as a joke when in fact the truth will be staring them in the face. You've held up your end of the bargain, I see no reason for you to have to return to the Director. You've done as asked so I won't keep you any longer. Go back to Nico, to your friends and be careful. For better or worse your plan is working, the Director is growing attached to you, your skills and what you could do for him. He only has one more favour to ask of you and he doesn't want to give it up easily. Watch your back and be careful, especially around him."]

[hr]

The Dark Elemental was still in shock at the events that appeared to have transpired, he simply could not believe that Dylan could be capable of such violence. He knew the boy hadn't liked Raven or Delta and didn't trust the Organisation but to stab Delta and leave him for dead seemed so out of character for the technopath. Keelyn was working on the feral's wound while Raven paced furiously, doing anything to occupy herself, to stop from going wild with panic at her packmate's dire condition. Nico had asked Sarah to find out exactly where her little brother was but to his dismay Sarah couldn't find Dylan reliably, he was obviously using his abilities to mask his presence. That didn't bode well, in Nico's mind that made the kid look guilty even though he wanted to believe the kid was innocent. Nico was itching to be out in the city, to find Dylan, to make sure that whatever Janessa was doing for the Director. He was nervous and that was a feeling he hated above almost all others. If only Sarah could find where Dylan was then Nico could be there in an instant and find out exactly what had happened, although that might be even more worrying...what if Dylan really had stabbed Delta. Nico was almost as tense as Raven and in an effort to take his mind off things he went to another room and switched on the tv, hoping for something, anything to distract him.

[b "Oh my God, Raven, Sarah, Cody get down here!"] Nico had been idly flicking through the channels, there was a football game on one, a talk show on another, some sort of crime drama on a third but it was what was on the next that he couldn't quite believe. She was dressed much differently than she was when she had left hours ago and she seemed like a totally different person but the eyes were a giveaway. Nico could never mistake those eyes...and Jason standing in the background was all the signs that anyone needed that the glamorous figure was in fact Janessa Pierce. She seemed to be giving some sort of speech, a political endorsement, it was certainly odd. Was this what the Director wanted, some sort of PR stunt, it seemed odd that all he wanted was a press conference. Nico was sure there was more to it than it seemed but without all the relevant information he could not guess as to what that was. Nico was, however, relieved that this task the Director had given was bloodless at least she was safe. Nico idly rubbed the Shadow-stone ring on his finger, the one that Janessa had given him on their date, it was the only other time that he had seen Janessa dressed up as she was at the press conference now.

[b "What's his plan? Why make her do this?"] Nico muttered under his breath, he wanted to ask the others their thoughts but Janessa hadn't told them about her deal with the Director and he certainly wasn't going to bring that to light, it wasn't his secret to tell. He wondered what the others thought of the sight on the television screen in front of them, the presence of Jason would be an obvious indicator that the Organisation was involved in some way. While Dylan was still in the wind this was what was occupying his thoughts.

[b "What is going on here?"]
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 13d 16h 3m 29s
Janessa did nothing to hide that cold glare of contempt towards the man that was giving her orders. His arrogance alone put her on edge and were there not so much at risk she could have dived across that table and silenced him for good! Unfortunately, any violence against the Director would be stopped by Hyperion and Janessa didn’t want to out Jason in the position of harming his own pack. The Director’s demands were nearly as dangerous as the last favour she did for him, yet in Janessa’s mind they were far more concerning. A request like this made Janessa regret that she didn’t make the distinction when she made the deal: that White Tigress was in his debt, not Janessa Pierce. It was too late to fix that little oversight now and Janessa really didn’t have a choice by to obey his orders.

Janessa took the sheet that was offered to her and skimmed through the words on the page. He was wanting her endorsement for Mayor? A man like the Director wouldn’t put so much effort into a goal so small. No doubt he had far more to strive for once he entered the political field. It was sickening to think that her words and the reputation of her murdered parents would be the tool used to put this manipulative man into power, but as much as she wanted to spit in his face and tear the page to shreds, Janessa’s binding contract forced her to accept. The only small defiance she could possible get away with was asking for a condition to be met.

[b “I’m the heir to one of the richest families in this city, there’s a reason I’ve been underground for two years and not just living the double life I used to live. I will be a very persuasive influence for a lot of powerful people, but I’ll be an incredibly tempting target for others. Seeing as how I can’t out myself as White Tigress across the local media, I’m going to need some security. You want a press conference? Not a problem, but I want Jason as my bodyguard, close to my side until this favour is over.”] Janessa had her reasons for wanting Jason close. First, with her recent misadventure at the Organization and her toxic run-in with the Catalyst, Janessa was still feeling a little insecure about controlling her Feral side and it would help to know her Alpha was close by, keeping her in check. Secondly, she wanted to show the Director she had no interest in blindly following his orders. She’d still exercise her own judgement and push back if necessary to keep herself and her friends safe. Finally – and perhaps most importantly – Janessa wanted to keep Jason close for his own safety. The Director was very firm on the matter of her keeping to the script and warned her there may be consequences. The Feral would hate to think one of those consequences might be Jason getting hurt on her behalf. If she could keep an eye on him, maybe there’s be some way to keep him out of harm?

The main downside of the deal Jason made with the Director, was that he was forced to act on anything he saw or heard from Janessa that could be a potential threat to the Director. She had to be incredibly careful about what she shared with her Alpha. Because of this, Janessa fell unnaturally quiet as Jason escorted her to his quarters. She arrived to find that a small selection from her wardrobe back home had been stolen and delivered to the Organization, no doubt all in preparation for this task. Janessa selected one of her dresses and heels – something that would emphasis her family’s wealth and high esteem, while still making her look professional and trustworthy. She had learned over the years, politics was all just a game of manipulation. As long as you knew how to play, the public would latch on to every word.

Shedding her White Tigress garb for something so formal seemed strange after so many years, but Janessa felt herself slip back into that role quite easily. Once she was dressed, her make-up applied, and her hair pinned elegantly, it was obvious why no one had ever made the connection between White Tigress and Janessa Pierce before. She looked like an entirely different person from an entirely different world. The only thing that remained the same between the two personas was the troubled crease of her brow and the downturn of her lips.

[b “This favour isn’t as harmless as you think Jason. Kidnapping, extortion, that’s one thing, but this? He wants my recommendation to put him in office! Do you have any idea what he could do in a position like that?”] Janessa replied, turning her eyes to Jason before a look of resignation fell upon her features.

[b “Of course you do… The Director probably told you all of his plans. You don’t have to worry Jason, I’m not going to sabotage him. I know what’s at stake here and I won’t risk your safety or others’ over a little speech. At least now I know what he’s planning.”] Janessa admitted, wishing she could talk this through with Jason openly. She couldn’t tell him anything without jeopardizing her plans or his safety, just like she couldn’t tell Nico the whole truth without him wanting to stop her for her own protection. She so desperately wanted to agree to Nico joining her in this so she wouldn’t have to face this burden alone, but she couldn’t risk what the Director would have done to him if Shadow appeared in his office. So for now, Janessa was on her own.

[b “Jason, the deeper I get into this, the more I’m afraid of what he Director is capable of. Can you do me a favour? To put my mind at ease? I know it’s unlikely, but if it ever does happen – if you ever do break your ties to the Director, please go back to Nico and the others. You and Nico were like brothers once… I know a lot has happened between you, but I need to believe the people I care about will be there to protect each other, whether I’m with you or not.”] Janessa asked him. Janessa knew the bond between Nico and Jason was severely damaged and that the only reason the two had cooperated much recently was because they were both loyal to her. If she was going to see this through to the end, she needed to know that Nico and Jason would be able to fight together if she wasn’t there to bind them.

By the time Janessa was dressed and ready, having read through the script the Director provided, the hours before the Press Conference melted away. Before she knew it, she was standing in front of a podium, addressing dozens of reporters and camera men with a smile on her face and a practiced composure that made her seem all too comfortable in the spotlight. She did was she was told, she stayed on script, but her appearance after two years and the murder of her parents sparked far too many questions. Janessa knew that giving no comment to where she’d been these past few years would arise suspicion and the Director would be equally as displeased with that. So she dared to go off script for a few short answers, hoping the Director would be appeased.

[i “Miss Pierce! Miss Pierce, it’s been two years since you’ve made a public appearance. Where have you been all this time?”]
[b “My parents were killed and I feared for my own life. No one can blame me for wanting to disappear for a while. But that alone should tell you how strongly I feel about this election. I want to see my city safe again. I want to see a Mayor that will protect our city, so no one else has to go through the tragedy that I went through. And I believe this man can make that happen.”] Janessa answered, deviating from the script but doing as she was told: build the Director up in the public’s eyes and make him seem like the right man for the job. She just wished there was a way to turn some of this public attention to her advantage – and her golden opportunity came with the next question asked.

[i “Forgive me Miss Pierce, I understand it’s been a difficult few years. But you disappeared the same night your parents were murdered. You haven’t been seen in two years and now you’re suddenly holding a Press Conference in support of a man who, previously, you nor your family have had anything to do with. There may be some conspiracy theorists out there that may think this is all just too coincidental? That maybe someone put you up to this?”]

Janessa needed to be careful. She knew this would be risky and the Director would no doubt find a way to punish her for it, but this one question could give her an edge. All this time, Janessa had been looking for a way to make herself valuable, indispensable, worth trading Hyperion for, and this was her chance to make that happen. It was worth the risk.

[b “What would they think? That this man has been keeping me hostage for the past two years? Or that he’s threatening me in some way? The people love their drama! Well, I guess if I suddenly disappear off the map, you’ll all know what happened!”] Janessa laughed, playing off the comment as if it was some absurd theory or a twisted joke. She could tell by the laughter or the reporters that they all took it that way. To most, the comment would simply debunk any conspiracies out there and add validity to Janessa’s endorsement, but there was one very important consequence: that nagging little plotline was now buried in the public’s minds. If anything were to happen to Janessa – if she disappeared or turned up dead – the people would remember her words and not help but to think they might be true! If Janessa disappeared from the public’s eye, the accusations would fly towards the Director and he’d never be elected. Which meant if he wanted his seat at the Mayor’s desk, he needed to keep Janessa in the public eye and in full support of his campaign. The Feral has just made herself much more valuable.
  ImnIslandGirl / 22d 4h 45m 33s
Nico wanted to trust Laura, he really did but she was so tied down to Michael that there would always be a question over her loyalties. Cody trusted her implicitly and while that was good enough for Nico to give her the benefit of the doubt the dark elemental was not so sure that Laura was truly on their side. he would watch her closely but for Cody's sake he wanted her to be trustworthy, what made it all the more complicated was that Nico actually liked Laura. She was smart, determined, loyal and powerful it was an intimidating combination but she was so nice it was infuriating. Nico wanted to dislike her but she made it so difficult...if she really did betray them it would be all the more painful for everyone, especially Cody.

[b "You've got to be kidding. It's all a bit convenient isn't it? We break into the Organisation rescue Dylan and Andrew and now is when he chooses to call in another one one of your debts...It just doesn't sound right. I know you have to go but it doesn't mean that I have to like it...can't I come with you just this once?"] Nico knew that Janessa would never allow him to be so reckless, to put himself in the same danger that she was. He both loved and hated that about her, she was wonderful and infuriating all at the same time. He relished in the kiss, in the embrace of Janessa as she told him to be safe and he echoed the sentiment back to her. Nico watched as she left hoping that she returned in a far better state than the last time that she went off on a task for the director. Nico would have to preoccupy himself with anything else to keep him from worrying about the Feral.

[hr]

[#ce0d27 "Oh Ms Pierce you wound me with your words. Yes I do, I have the nerve to do what I wish when I wish and there is a reason for that...although technically I tortured no one, that would be Ms Bennett. Semantics aside I have a very simple task for you and completely risk free. You see I'm going to need Janessa Pierce for this and not White Tigress. You're going to call a press conference and say exactly what I've written down on this sheet of paper for you. Do not go off script, that would be very poor for you. The press conference is in 2 hours, I suggest you find clothes more appropriate to the situation."] This was next step in the Director's plan, Janessa had given him the Mayor's wife and with that all the ammunition he needed to remove the politician and eventually replace him. The Director had control of the Organisation but if he could add political office to his resume he could go for what he really wanted, the highest office in the country. Being Mayor would just be a stepping stone but if he could get into real political office with his ability to grant bargains there was no telling what he could achieve. If he could meet with foreign officials and diplomats the Director's influence would not be so limited to this city or even this country. He wanted more.

[#ce0d27 "The Pierce name still holds weight among some societies in this city that respect that and the first public appearance of Janessa Pierce since her parents death over two years ago is bound to drum up even more interest. As long as you make me look and sound like the perfect man for political office this should be a harmless task for you. Well worth one of my precious favours, wouldn't you say. Hyperion, why don't you help prepare Ms Pierce here."] Jason gave a nod and escorted Janessa along a few corridors to his own personal quarters, the room was near empty apart from a bed, a chair, and a reasonable sized desk. On it were a few books and a chessboard that looked like it was in the middle of a game, who Jason could possibly be playing was a mystery, it didn't look like Hyperion exactly had many friends in the Organisation.

[#1473b7 "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy to see you but I wish it was under different circumstances. Although I think we can all be thankful that this time your little deal doesn't involve kidnapping a woman or escaping from an exploding bomb. Just say a few nice things about he's the best man for the job, how he's trustworthy and whatnot. You don't have to actually mean it and no one gets hurt. This is an easy win for you. Just don't sabotage him, or embarrass him, that will end badly for you, me and everyone else. I know you hate him but don't be stupid and risk everything for a petty chance to score some points. Do this and you're almost out of his grasp."]

[hr]

[i “I smell blood… Delta!”] Nico couldn't believe Raven's outburst and rushed to follow the feral as she sprinted out of the safehouse and towards the body lying on the ground, blood seeping from the body. Delta was in a bad way, Cody and Nico leaped to obey Keelyn and help move Delta back inside, Nico would ideally have shadow travelled the injured Feral but it didn't look like the feral was strong enough to survive the short journey. Everyone worked quickly on the jobs that Keelyn had assigned them, doing all they could to help the injured Delta but it was his words that stopped Nico in his tracks.

[b "Dylan? It can't have been..."] Dylan might be angry but he wasn't violent, he was a good kid. Delta must be delirious with pain and blood loss. Dylan can't have had anything to do with this, Nico wouldn't believe it maybe one of the Organisation's illusionists...he was grasping at straws for something, anything that meant that Dylan hadn't just left someone for dead, especially someone who had helped them. Nico spoke, barely a whisper under his breath.

[b "What the hell is going on?"]
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 25d 20h 42m 21s
Janessa put a reassuring hand on Nico’s shoulder. She knew he’d be worried about the kid, but with tensions so high, she wasn’t sure what any of them could say to comfort Dylan at this point. He was hurt and scared – no surprise after what he had been through – and until he realized he was safe with the group, there wouldn’t be anything that could ease this tension between the group.

[b “Fortunately, we have a little time to think things through. Even with the best healers in the Organization, it’ll take time for Bennett to recover from what I did to her. If what Laura says is true, we won’t have to worry about Michael hunting us down, so Dylan should be safe until Bennett’s back on her feet.”] Janessa agreed.

As the group dispersed, leaving Nico and Janessa in the hallway, the Feral felt a familiar, yet unnerving tug at the back of her mind. It started as a nagging thought, but grew the more she tried to ignore it. Soon it because consuming, driving her to leave the safehouse and obey some unvoiced order. She had only experienced this once before, but she knew if she tried to resist, this urgency would only build. She wouldn’t be able to disobey.

[b “Nico, the director is calling… I think he wants to cash in another favour. I’m sorry, but I have to go. Don’t worry about me, I’ll be alright. And Jason will likely be there to back me up. With any luck, I might be able to catch a glimpse of what the Director is planning. Can you keep an eye on things here? Keep everybody safe?”] Janessa asked, with the regret of leaving in such an unsettled time clearly visible in her eyes. As had become somewhat of a tradition between the two when one of them had to leave, Janessa rested her hand on Nico’s cheek and kissed him, whispering [b “Be safe.”] before she was forced to break the contact. The pull in her mind was stronger now, almost impossible to ignore, and Tigress found herself being pulled away from Nico and out the door to the safehouse.

With her speed and natural agility, it didn’t take her long to reach the Organization and infiltrate the building on her way to the Director’s office. When she arrived, she wore a cold expression, not pleased about being summoned like a dog, especially with everything that was going on back at the safe house. Janessa stepped into the office and gave a nod to her Alpha before returning her eyes to the Director.

[b “Jason, it’s good to see you. Director… I can’t really say the same about you. You really have the nerve to call in a favour after your Organization captured and tortured two of my friends?”] Janessa hissed, lacking any of the respectful tone Jason typically used when speaking with the Director. Janessa wasn’t bound as tightly as her Alpha, and the thought of showing respect to the man who was keeping Jason on a leash was revolting.

[hr ]


Dylan stormed out with Nico’s words of trust still lingering on his mind. He wanted to believe the Elemental’s claim, but what evidence has he seen to support that? Nico didn’t listen to his warning about Janessa and Hyperion. He admitted that Emma’s death, Keelyn’s coma, and so many of their fights with the Organization were Dylan’s fault. He wouldn’t even believe Dylan about the danger the Organization now presented or the threat of having Sanctuary members in their group!

Dylan was acutely aware of the footprints behind him. He knew the Feral didn’t mean him any harm, but Delta hadn’t exactly earned Dylan’s trust lately. Sticking up for him back at the safehouse was hardly enough to make up for his allegiance to Michael.

[#880088 “Don’t stray too far Kid. I know you think leaving is safer for your friends, and I admire you for that. But they’re worried about you Tech. At least stay for a few days, help put their minds at ease.”] Delta spoke evenly, watching the boy for any hint as to what was going through his young mind. Dylan stopped rather abruptly and slid his hands into the pocket of his jacket. He turned on his heels and took several determined steps to close the distance between him and the Feral.

[#ff6622 “Why are you so concerned all of a sudden, Delta? You certainly didn’t care this much when you called Michael and told him how to ambushed Andrew and I.”] Dustin spat bitterly, his words so sharp they struck the Feral as if he’d been slapped! Delta was too shocked to defend his actions, all he could think so say was, [#880088 “How did you…?”]

[#ff6622 “Simultaneous access to every device in this city while under the Catalyst’s influence. The very first thing I did was track cell records to see how Michael could have possibly found us. I know it was you. I know you betrayed us and I know you’d do it again just as soon as Michael gives the order!”] Dylan spat. Delta was too stunned by the accusation to notice the subtle shift in the boy’s posture. He didn’t see the Technopath’s hand emerge from his jacket or the glint of metal in his grasp. He did, however, feel the sharp, piercing pain in his stomach and the warmth of blood seeping around the blade now imbedded in his flesh.

[#ff6622 “Let’s see how you like it… being left for dead.”] Dylan hissed, leaving the blade deep in Delta’s stomach as he turned and bolted from the scene. He gripped his cell phone in his hand, allowing his mind to wander through the device and into the safety of cyberspace. Dylan knew now that Sarah couldn’t track him easily if he was using his powers to jump around the city. He knew Nico wouldn’t be able to drag him home if he couldn’t be found. And he knew that Raven wouldn’t leave the side of her dying Pack mate, so she wouldn’t be able to track him down. Dustin left the blade in purposely, having aimed for a non-lethal target. Delta would survive so long as he got immediate care, and a lot of attention. As long as the group was busy trying to save the Feral, they wouldn’t be looking for Tech. So the young teen did what he had planned to do from the beginning, he ran.

[hr ]

[#005500 “I smell blood… Delta!”] Raven reacted the instant the distant scent of Feral blood wafted towards the safehouse. Delta was her only surviving Packmate, aside from the traitor Janessa, and Raven was desperate not to lose another. Her panic drew the attention of Cody, Sarah, and Keelyn who followed her outside and into the streets.

Raven’s sharp eyes narrowed on the bleeding figure lying on the ground. Tech was gone, but Delta remained with a knife in his stomach and blood slowly pooling around the wound. He was in tremendous pain, hardly able to speak by the time Raven slid to her knees beside him.

[#005500 “Delta! Take it easy, you’ll be ok! Who did this? Who attacked you? Where’s the kid?”] Raven demanded, placing her hands around the wound to still the bleeding until they were able to take the blade out.

[#880088 “It was… the kid…”] Delta hissed through the pain.

[#aa0000 “Nico! Cody! Help me lift him inside, and try not to move the blade or it might do more damage. We need to get him someplace safe before we can take it out. Sarah, get Jackson upstairs! I don’t want him anywhere near this! Raven, Laura clear me some space to work!”] Keelyn shouted out. She was still not at full strength from having to heal everyone after their rescue attempt, so taking on the full damage of a stab like this would be dangerous. But if she didn’t save Delta, they’d lose an ally and their youngest member would become a murderer!
  ImnIslandGirl / 29d 16h 17m 46s
[b "Watch your tone Dylan."] Nico's voice was as cold as ice as he stared down the young technopath and they both knew that if he wanted to Nico could keep Dylan here as long as he wanted to and there would be nothing that Dylan could do it. The dark elemental had any number of ways that he could keep Dylan Tanner in the safehouse although he might forever burn his bridges with the young boy if he resorted to that. Thankfully Cody, who had always been the more reasonable of the brothers tried to calm the boy down with limited success. Dylan's mind was still all over the place thanks to what Bennett had subjected them to while he was a prisoner of the Organisation, he was still adamant that everyone was safer away from him and in some ways he might be right but Nico was never going to admit that to the boy. [i “Michael’s ‘for the greater good’ attitude is going to get one of you killed."]

[b "Rather me that you kid, at least I'd deserve it. Listen, I'll always trust you Dylan and that's not going to change. I can count the number of people I trust on one hand and I trust you, I will never trust Michael and I don't trust Michael either."] Unfortunately it didn't look like Nico's words had any effect as the boy stormed out the door and Nico was ready to storm after him when Delta gave him a look and slipped out after the boy. It was probably a good thing as well, Nico would probably only make matters worse if he went after the technopath at this point. Nico was sure that Sarah Tanner would be monitoring her brother and if it looked like he was in any kind of trouble at all then everyone would be ready to act if necessary.

[b "You're right, that will be the most problematic part of the plan. I might have a few ideas but nothing concrete and nothing that can't wait. That's something that we're just going to need to figure out."]

[hr]

The Organisation was in chaos, researchers were running around, guards were on high alert and the infirmary staff were working overtime trying to save Bennett's life, everyone was tense and it seemed like the whole world was collapsing in on itself. The place was a maelstrom of action and worry...except in one room. The Director's office. In that particular room two men were sitting calmly having mild conversation, as if nothing were amiss and everything was going according to plan which in a way it was. Hyperion had told the Director that there would be an attempt to free Lucas Lee and as far as the Director knew that was the case. Obviously everyone knew that Shadow and Tigress would come after Dylan and Andrew so that wasn't a huge shock and Lucas was in such a state that any attempt to move or rescue him would have killed him so as far as the Director was concerned Jason's information was spot on. The Director knew that Lucas was going to die and that realistically the Dylan and Andrew would escape, it wasn't a huge problem, they had squeezed the Seer for all the prophecy that the body and mind could take, Lucas Lee was little more than a useless husk now.

[#1473b7 "What are you going to do about Bennett? She's going to be out of action for a while, how will that impact your other plan?"] Jason chose his words carefully, he needed to be respectful if not deferential. Jason knew part of the Director's plan and he knew it had something to do with Janessa, that was what he needed her allegiance for, well that was what he needed her favours for, the Director would never have her allegiance, that belonged to Jason.

[#ce0d27 "I'l let Michael keep his position as Bennett's temporary replacement. He is doing an adequate job of leading the Catalyst project, plus it's amusing me to see him still think that his cover is intact."] Jason had to fight to keep a straight face, the Empath did not know that the Director knew that the researcher Oliver Taylor was really the leader of the Sanctuary and hell bent on bringing the Director down. The man knew that one of the most dangerous supers in the world was closing in on him and he didn't seem to care in the slightest, the Director must have ice in his veins.

[#ce0d27 "As for my other plan, you are well aware that Bennett has no bearing on that. You want to know what I have in place for Ms Pierce. You will find out soon enough Mr Jackson. In fact just to satiate your curiosity I think it's time that I call in my second favour from Ms Pierce. Then you can find out first hand."]
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 33d 21h 26m 29s
[#ff6622 “Nothing to worry about? If you were talking about a rational, sane-minded person, I might have believed you, but this is Tara Bennett! She’s a psychopath! Driven by vengeance and hate! And she will slaughter all of you and drag me back there whether it’s logical or not! I don’t understand you Nico… you told me that all the bad that happened to this family was my fault and you wanted me to get out of your sight. Now, I try to leave to protect this family and you won’t let me! So screw you, Nico, you can’t keep me here.”] Dylan growled. The situation wasn’t diffusing any; in fact the tensions were rising. As Laura tried to defend her leader, pulling from Andrew and Nico to reinforce her argument, Dylan just seemed to grow even more agitated – something the three ferals in the room picked up on instantly. It was instinct and their former pack mentality that lead the three ferals to act on silent orders, shifting with subtle, cautious steps until they were each blocking one of the exits – Janessa by the stairs, Raven near the living room, and Delta covering the door, herding the boy in case he tried to bolt. Dylan was oblivious to their movements, too overwhelmed by his own hurt, betrayal, and desperation to notice.

[#112200 “Come on Kid, you heard Andrew and Nico. I was skeptical about Michael at first too, but Laura knows what she’s talking about. Michael only did what he did because he had to. You’re safe now, we got you out and we’re not going to let Bennett or Pascal, or anyone else take you back there. You’re safe with us, little brother.”] Cody stated in an attempt to calm his youngest sibling. Cody hadn’t seen Dylan acting like this since he was back with their parents – the feelings of pain, fear, betrayal, and abandonment clouded his judgement and let the boy in an inconsolable state. But instead of fearing the fists of a mean drunk or the barren bedrooms of another runaway sibling, this time Dylan was faced with real torture and the dark foreboding of his loved ones being killed.

[#ff6622 “So Hyperion, Starform, Michael… you’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, but you won’t trust me? I’ve been here since the very beginning! I’ve fought at your side for years! Why won’t you believe me for once?!”] Dylan shook his head, baking up a few steps and dropping his furious gaze to the floor. His brother chose the Sanctuary over his own family, Janessa was back with her old pack, Nico wouldn’t take him seriously, and Dylan was still suffering from those cruel whispers and doubts Bennett planted in his vulnerable mind. In a sense, Bennett has done exactly what she had set out to do. A combination of the physical, mental, and psychological torture had left the Technopath broken. She had convinced the boy that he was nothing more than a danger to the team, a liability, a burden… that staying with them only put them in danger. Tech wasn’t a fighter and his abilities – albeit powerful – were limited to gathering information and resources… a skill that could only be put to use if his team trusted him. Unfortunately, recent conflicts had only served to convince Dylan that wasn’t the case.

[#ff6622 “Michael’s ‘for the greater good’ attitude is going to get one of you killed. He will sacrifice any one of us in a heartbeat if he think’s it’ll get him closer to his goal. And Hyperion’s deal with the Director is stronger than any bond he has with us. He’ll even kill Tigress if the Director orders him too. These are the people you’re putting your faith in? You’re taking their word over mine? I thought Bennett was lying to me this whole time, but she was right!”] Dylan cursed, retreating towards the door where Delta stood guard. The boy harshly shoved past the Feral and stormed outside. Delta, who purposely let the boy passed , knowing how much Tech needed the fresh air and a chance to calm down, followed the boy outside. Delta gave the other a subtle nod to show he’d keep an eye on the boy as he followed the angry teen out into the open air.

As Dylan left the Tanner’s felt ashamed. It didn’t sit well with Cody that his brother thought he was choosing Laura over his own family, but the Density Shifter wanted desperately to believe that the Light Elemental was on their side. Sarah swallowed whatever troubled emotions she was feeling and retreated back to her room, never one for a public display. Janessa forced herself to put Dylan to the back of her mind. As long as the boy was safe and close by, they could sort out the harsh feelings later. She’d rather Dylan be angry with her than off on his own, in danger from the Organization. So for the time being, she’d simply focus on the current threat: the Catalyst.

[b “Finding a human that’s willing to risk their life for a group of Supers won’t be easy. And we certainly can’t send them in alone to face the Catalyst – not with those Super-charged Supers in there. If Michael has to keep up appearances, he’ll have no choice but to order his followers to defend the Catalyst. I guess our first step is to find a volunteer. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any human friends left that would be willing to help. Nico? Laura? Do you know anybody?”]
  Raven / ImnIslandGirl / 39d 8h 22m 17s
[b "Exactly, it left you catatonic, don't you see a problem with that? it's true, you might be useful to her if you could gain control of every electronic device in the city but not if you can't move or think. If you ask me it seems pretty stupid having all that power and not being able to use it. They don't have a telepath, so they can't afford to leave you overwhelmed like you were last time and as long as that is still the case then you have nothing to worry about."] Maybe nothing to worry about was a bit of a stretch but the situation really wasn't as dire as it was made out to be, the Organisation didn't have the telepath that they needed in order to keep Dylan under the influence of the Catalyst full time. What the Organisation did to Lucas was a special case, Dylan might be extraordinary and having control of every electronic device in the city would be disastrous for the Organisation's enemies was that really as useful as knowing the future itself? if an EMP knocked out the phones, cameras and computers Dylan would be useless but Lucas' abilities would always have a purpose, knowing what was going to happen before it did was a game changer and Nico tried not to think about what the Organisation might already know. What they could do with that kind of power was sobering.

[#19701e "Oh come off it Dylan of course they were following orders and it's a bloody good job they were. Yes they made you see a horrible thing but do you think being taken in by one of Bennett's strike teams would have been any more pleasant, if anything you'd have been in far worse shape. Michael did absolutely everything he could to get you out of there alive!"] Tech's blind hatred of Michael was blinding him to all that the leader of the Organisation had done to save Andrew, so maybe Laura should enlighten the boy.

[#19701e "When you were captured did Michael ever hurt you, or mistreat you in any way?'] Andrew thought for a moment before answering.

[#17686e "No, he didn't he was civil if not kind but reassuring."] Laura nodded before continuing.

[#19701e "Did Michael relish being your captor as Bennett did to Dylan, did he intend to keep you as the Organisation's prisoner for long?"] Again Andrew thought about his answer, determined to be as accurate as possible.

[#17686e "No, he said that he would do his best for others not to hurt me and that he would actually help me escape but I'm not actually sure what he did."]

Starform looked pleased at Andrew's answer despite the telepath's admittance that Michael hadn't actually done anything to help them escape. There was a few moments of quiet before Starform looked over at Nico to provide Andrew with the answer that he required.

[b "He gave us exactly what we needed to rescue the two of you and we absolutely would not have been able to do it without him. He gave us Laura, Raven and Delta and the three of them were invaluable in getting you out of there. He did everything we needed of him."] Laura was practically beaming at the dark elemental as he gave his answer because Nico had just confirmed that Michael had kept his word even if it seemed that he did nothing. That meant that even if the Charmer might appear to be working against the group he might not be, he could be doing one thing while appearing to do something completely different.

[#19701e "Thank you Nico and that's not all he's done. When we ended up fighting Bennett Michael brought in the enhanced supers that the Organisation was working on and what did they do? Absolutely nothing! We know that the Catalyst can do extraordinary things, he had an enhanced Feral and a density shifter who could have done an extraordinary amount of damage but we all escaped with barely a scratch from them. Seems a bit convenient doesn't it?"] Laura wasn't stupid she knew that she was probably fighting a losing battle trying to convince the others of what she knew to be true; Michael really wasn't as bad as they thought. Laura could see the divisions in the group as plain as day, it didn't take a genius to work out that left to their own devices sooner or later they would fall apart, and while for the moment they might be able to paper over the cracks Laura knew that it simply couldn't stay that way.

[b "Janessa is right, the Catalyst is an unprecedented threat, one we are completely unprepared for but as far as I can tell the `catalyst has one pretty glaring weakness that is probably the key to getting around the issue of our own abilities being used against us. We send in someone without any abilities. If the person isn't a super then the Catalyst can't amplify their abilities and incapacitate them. That's how we stop him."]
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 45d 23h 57m 47s
Dylan wasn’t sure what to believe at this point. The trauma that he went through, the lies that Bennett fed him, the fight he and Nico had before he was captured, all of it was muddled in Dylan’s overburdened mind. Still buzzing with the incomprehensible surge of information from the Catalyst, the young Technopath was having trouble thinking clearly through anything at this point. He put his hand to his temple, trying desperately to ease the pounding headache and keep his focus on what the group was telling him.

[#ff6622 “She knew I was strong before, but now? She saw what I could do with the Catalyst! I was only exposed for a few minutes and I had enough power to hack every device in the city! The whole city Nico! Every computer, phone, tablet, tv, camera, atm, even the damn stoplights! I could see everything all at once, so much information surging through my mind that it left me practically catatonic!”] Dylan explained frantically, his eyes darting back and forth as if the endless data was still swimming behind his gaze.

[#ff6622 “I couldn’t process it, but a Telepath could… they could reach into my thoughts and pull out whatever information the Organization needed. That’s why I told you to save Andrew! If Bennett knew she had a way to access all that information… I’d be strapped to the same table as Lucas.”] Dylan’s voice faded under the weight of his own words. Only Nico and the Ferals would understand, being the only ones who saw the agony of their precognitive friend. Bennett was merciless and power hungry. There was no doubt that she would follow Pascal’s lead and put her own prisoners through the same torture that Pascal had forced upon the Seer.

[#112200 “Bennett’s not coming after you any time soon Dylan. Janessa made sure of that. From what we saw back at the Lab, Michael was posing as Bennett’s right hand; he’ll be in charge of the high-powered Supers until Bennett’s recovered. Maybe Michael will keep them off our backs. Laura says we can trust him.”] Cody offered, casting a trusting glance towards Starform. Although he still didn’t believe Michael was fully on their side, he knew better than to doubt the Elemental. Laura had come through for them when they needed her most and she deserved some trust in return. Sadly, that trust wasn’t shared among all the Tanner siblings.

[#ff6622 “Michael was the one that sent those Supers after Andrew and I in the first place! And they weren’t just following orders, they were cruel! That Illusionist made us see Janessa dead on the ground! Her visions were so real I could feel the blood on my hands! I don’t care how much blind faith you have in Michael. We may have the sae enemies, but we are NOT on the same side!”] Dylan hissed, his anger fed by the pain and misery he suffered thanks to Michael and his followers.

The question of trust among this group of misfits was not a new concept. There were so many different allegiances among them that it was a surprise this group could even function alongside each other. There was the three Sanctuary Supers, all loyal to Michael, yet willing to fight alongside people from their pasts. While they had every intention of helping the crew, it was hard to tell which side they were truly on. If it came to a choice between Michael and their friends, who would Delta, Raven, and Laura choose?

Next there was the Tanners, bonded to each other by blood and a family history of abandonment. Every one of them had run away at one point or another – sometimes to protect those they left behind and sometimes just to protect themselves. It was a constant question about how long Cody, Sarah, and Dylan would choose to stick around.

The Pierce sisters had their own loyalty issues. Keelyn had yet to prove herself to the group, as she had worked for almost every one of their enemies at some point in the past, whether by force or by choice. And Janessa was constantly torn between her friends and her pack, with the obvious concern of her Alpha taking orders from the Director himself! Andrew was new, with no direct ties to the others, and Nico had always been independent. The bonds that this eclectic group shared were fragile at best and with the dangers set out before them, it was hard to know who would be still standing together at the end of this.

[b “The Catalyst is too dangerous to leave in the hands of the Organization. Not only is he strengthening their forces, but he can use our own powers against us. Not to mention, how damaging it would be if he started affecting Michael’s abilities, or Jason’s, or even the Director himself! We all need time to rest and regroup, but o think we should also starting thinking about out next move. How are we going to protect ourselves from our own abilities?”]
  Raven / ImnIslandGirl / 64d 16h 34s
Nico could see that the young technopath was still terrified by his ordeal at the hands of Bennett and the Organisation, maybe he would never be the same. Whatever the boy had been through had deeply scarred him. [i You can’t fight them, you’re not strong enough!”] Those words rang in Nico's ears and for whatever reason it got through to the dark elemental and he knew what he was dealing with. He knew that feeling of not being strong enough, of having no hope and being powerless to stop whatever you were up against and while he had let himself believe that for far too long he was not going to allow Dylan to feel that way when he didn't have to.

[b "Bennett has known what you are capable of for a long time now and she's always wanted you for herself. That's nothing new. You're probably right Dylan, we probably aren't strong enough to win but if that's the case then we'll lose together."] Nico was a pragmatic thinker most of the time and would usually try and do the sensible option in any given situation but family was more important than anything else. Nico had resigned himself to a life that was most likely going to be cut short by death or being captured by the Organisation but if possible he would stop that reality for Dylan. The group was stronger together and whether that was enough to survive in the end was questionable but in the end it didn't really matter, as long as they were together was all that was important.

Delta spoke up in defence of the youngest Tanner sibling and did what he did best and calmed the room a bit Nico shot him a grateful glance and gave a nod of thanks. Sometimes he wondered how Delta and Raven could ever get along, one was hotheaded and completely ruled by her emotions while the other one was calm and collected. It was incredible and maybe the feral had talked Dylan into waiting for a small time and not to go off running right now, if not well Nico had another idea, one that he himself used to calm himself down. With the revelation that it was a super called the Catalyst that had caused Janessa and Dylan to lose control was a major cause for concern, after all if this figure was there when they went after the organisation again then they risked being a danger to themselves and their friends. If Janessa went feral again, if Cody got stuck in a wall or disappeared completely, what if Nico was stuck in the shadows and couldn't escape and what the hell would happen if Jason came into contact with the Catalyst...that was a disturbing thought.

[b "At least now we know what we're dealing with, and that people are not just randomly losing control of their powers and that there is a reason for all of this. In any case we're all safe for the moment and I'd like to keep it that way."]

[hr]

Michael was relishing his new promotion to Bennett's position while she recovered from her savaging at the hands of White Tigress. Everything was going well for the undercover super while he rose through the ranks of the research team at the Organisation at a phenomenal rate. With the Catalyst Project a resounding success and Bennett not able to closely monitor his choices for the next stage of the project Michael had chosen another two supers that were completely loyal to him and the Sanctuary and would be useful to his eventual plans of overthrowing the Director. He had been pushing for a meeting with the Director almost as soon as he had assumed his new post and taken responsibility for Bennett's duties. This was an opportunity that could not be allowed to pass without being seized. This was the greatest gift that the leader of the Sanctuary had been given. Michael knew that Jason had access to the Director but that was not an option for him to exploit, the Empath was too close to Janessa Pierce now and her feelings for the Charmer were far from friendly, maybe once he could have exploited their past together but that ship had sailed, there needed to be a different way to gain his meeting. Maybe his new role would gain him that meeting sooner rather than later. All it would take was one meeting for Michael to weave some charms onto the Director and get an opportunity to turn the man into his puppet. He was so close to his endgame and having the entirety of the Organisation at his fingertips. Shadow and the other members of that ragtag group might pose a problem but once he had the power, and more importantly the information that he had searched so long for, there would be nothing that could stand against him.
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 66d 19h 50m 48s
Dylan backed away from the group, looking almost like a cornered animal. His eyes darted between the others and his exit as if calculating his chances of making a run for it. Knowing it was pointless- he’d never lose them unless they let him go - the Technopath’s only chance was trying to bring them to reason. His head was still pounding from the effects of the Catalyst and the residual data that burdened his mind made it hard to stay focused. The poisonous combination of Bennett’s manipulation and the Catalyst’s abilities left the once calm and collected young teen in a state of pure panic!

[#ff6622 “You don’t understand! Bennett saw what I could do! She wants that power for herself! As soon as she’s back on her feet, she’ll send them after me! You can’t fight them, you’re not strong enough!”] Dylan argued back, realizing by the mixed expressions that only Cody, Janessa, and Laura would understand what he was talking about. They were the only ones, aside from Andrew, who had faced the super-charged Supers back at the Organization, and only they would know that these Supers were on a whole other level! Unfortunately, those who understood the dangers were far too loyal to Dylan to cast him out, and those who didn’t couldn’t fathom the danger they were in, which meant that despite his warnings, none of his friends were safe!

[#ff6622 “It’s not an oversight Nico, I know the risks of going out there on my own. I know they’ll find me and drag me back to that Hell, and I know… I know what they’re going to do to me once I’m there. But at least it’ll just be me! I’m the only one that has to get hurt, and if I’m there, then I won’t be here screwing things up for the rest of you!”] Dylan could see the objections on the lips of his siblings, but was a little surprised when his main voice of support came from someone he hardly knew.

[#008800 “The Kid’s willing to put his life on the line to protect his pack. That’s admirable and loyal, and takes more courage than a kid his age should even need. And for any of you hypocrites that think it’s a stupid play, it’s exactly what any of us would do if we were in his shoes.”] Delta stated, casting a hard glance across the crowd, almost daring anyone to correct him. He’d heard stories about each of the risks they took for their friends and family, with Janessa and Nico both having run from the group at one point or another to protect the people they cared about. Delta didn’t particularly want the kid to run off – he still felt a little guilty about his own part to play in Dylan and Andrew’s capture – but he knew that pressuring the Technopath was only going to push him out that door faster. Judging by what Dylan was saying, the kid’s confidence was shot and it was going to take a different approach to make him feel like it was alright to stick around.

[#008800 “Leave, stay, it’s your decision, Tech. But we’ve got time, at least a few hours until the Organization can track us down. Why don’t you tell us what you know? Shadow’s got a point, they’ll come for us whether you’re here or not, so you might as well tell us what we’re up against.”] Delta asked, seeing the subtle changes in the kid’s expression that told him he’d won. Tech was only leaving to keep his friends and family safe, so if he thought that staying long enough to share his knowledge would help them, he’d do it.

The Technopath shifted uncomfortably under the watchful eyes of the gathered crowd, trying to sort through the overwhelming mass of data swimming through his mind until he found the information that would help them. Dropping his eyes to the floor, Tech did his best not to shudder at the memories as he began to speak.

[#ff6622 “Bennet’s got a Super locked up in her lab. She calls him the Catalyst. I’ve never seen anything like him... he can amplify the abilities of any Super around him. That’s what he did to me.”] Tech explained, unable to keep from wincing as he recalled his first experience with the Catalyst. Still rather traumatized from his exposure to the mysterious Super, Tech couldn’t bring himself to share what he went through with the whole group. He wasn’t ready to tell them how terrified and vulnerable he’d felt. Instead, he shook away the memory and tried to focus on the facts.

[#ff6622 “The Catalyst makes Supers’ abilities stronger, making them into perfect, unmatchable weapons for the Organization. But if they ever step out of line, the Catalyst can overload their abilities and actually turn it back on them. Imagine Nico getting swallowed by darkness, or Cody fading into nothing… the Catalyst can do that with a single thought!”] Dylan admitted. Had his eyes not still been firmly glued to the floor, he would have seen the glimpses of understanding spreading throughout the group. This explained the fight back at the Organization: the speedster that was so much faster than Emma was and the Illusionist who could make visions so real you could feel them. It explained what must have happened to Janessa. If she had been affected by the Catalyst, she would have felt that surge of power before inevitably losing control of her humanity. It also explained how Dylan was able to reach every piece of tech in the city and get his warning out to the group. Even without admitting it aloud, the group would know that the ability overload Tech mentioned must have been from personal experience.
  ImnIslandGirl / 76d 3h 51m 42s
[b "Enough Raven!"] Nico barked the command and while he knew that the feral didn't need to comply as he was not her alpha it would be wise of her to heed his words. Nico couldn't, wouldn't, do anything to harm Janessa on the scale as monumental as killing Jason would cause. Nico had accepted that a few small hurts to her were unavoidable and probably necessary in the long run, especially with Jason's involvement, even the simplest of matters involving the Empath would complicate matters. Nico watched as almost faster than he could have followed Janessa slammed Raven into a wall, her eyes burning brightly with resolve. Nico felt a flood of appreciation towards Janessa as she defended him but he had no need of her help, if it came down to it Nico could destroy her by exposing her to the Shadow realm if he so wished. The dark elemental respected Janessa's devotion to her alpha and he wasn't so sure that Jason was as big a hinderance as Raven believed. Jason was dangerous, there was no doubt of that and he was constrained by his relationship with the Director but was he corrupted? Nico doubted it.

Thankfully Cody seemed to have a cooler head than either of the two arguing ferals and tried to deescalate the situation or at least move the topic of discussion away from Jason and onto Michael. The density shifter was right Michael was in a prime position to seize control of more of the Organisation. He would naturally assume Bennett's position and likely with his abilities and new influence he could probably advance himself to within a stones throw of the Director himself. If Michael could gain that kind of access and charm the Director...that was almost too unbelievable to think about. How much damage could Michael do with the Organisation behind him. Nico was snapped out of his dark musings by Janessa, prompted by the baby Jackson, and found the still injured Dylan trying to make his way down the stairs and away from them all, it was refreshing to know that some things never changed, Dylan still thought that he knew better than everyone else when it came to looking out for everyone else.

[b "Come on Dylan, you're smarter than that. They'll come after us whether you stay with us or not so you might as well just stay."] if everyone was being honest it didn't matter one bit what any of them did, maybe Laura was the only one that had any bearing on the situation. She had Michael's ear and his confidence, the rest of them were a band of outcasts and misfits that were all just trying to survive. Michael was making a play for one of the most powerful entities in the world; The Organisation.

[b "Besides you're making one very crucial oversight, it's not safer for everyone if you go, it's more dangerous for you."] Nico might still be angry with the boy and if he was honest he still believed everything that he had said to the boy and he wasn't sorry about it. What the boy said might well be true, the rest of them probably would be safer without the youngest Tanner sibling but whatever the reality of whether they would be safer without him, Dylan was one of them. He was one of them and there was nothing that could be done to change that. Nico's biggest fault had always been his loyalty to his friends and while Dylan might put them in danger he was still one of the group and Nico would defend him every time that he needed to, he would fight against everyone and anything that threatened his friends and nothing would ever change that.
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 79d 15h 53m 18s
Nico’s tone was final and his words were firm, which would have been enough to dissuade anyone in the room to drop their argument at that moment… anyone aside from Raven. The arrogance of the young Feral took Nico’s words as a challenge, daring her to press the issue far enough to see his resolution break. She knew his reluctance to kill Jason was born out of care for Janessa, and he was right to worry about her. Violently tearing the pack away from their Alpha like that would be torture for Janessa. It would rip her soul the same way it had the day their old pack fell. What’s worse, if Hyperion died by Shadow’s hand, then the betrayal alone would crush Janessa’s spirit. But even broken and shattered, Janessa would find a way to pick up the pieces. It may take years, but she would pull herself together again, just like she had before. She would survive… which was better than the alternative. If the Director took charge of Hyperion, and he in turn gave his orders down the line to his Pack, who knows what Janessa might be forced to do. She might recover from losing Jason, but would she recover if she was forced to kill her friends? Her sister? Nico? Raven wasn’t willing to put their lives and Janessa’s sanity on the line for one two-faced Super. If they couldn’t break the Director’s hold on Hyperion, then he had to die.

[#005500 “If there is a cancer, growing in your body, you cut it out! No matter how painful, no matter how scarring, you obliterate the threat before it spreads!”] Raven hissed back, though her metaphor shed some light on what she was suggesting. In instinct, she sensed the other Feral’s attack before it happened, but she still allowed Janessa to shove her against the wall. Whether it be the after effects of the Catalyst or the intensity of the Pack bond, Janessa’s eyes shone with an animalistic fury, taking extreme effort to maintain her control.

[b “Don’t you dare raise your voice to Nico and don’t you EVER threaten my Alpha!”] Janessa growled, infuriated by the smug look that flashed through dark-haired Feral’s eyes. Raven glanced over Janessa’s shoulder and met Nico’s eyes, seeing Janessa’s extreme instinct to protect Jason as confirmation to her own stance. Tigress would do anything for her Alpha which was incredibly dangerous if her Alpha was as corrupt as they’d been led to believe.

[#005500 “If only you felt this loyal to your first pack.”] Raven taunted back, getting in a sharp dig while she could. The two were rather forcefully separated by Delta and Cody, both men recognizing that this was not the time nor place for their petty grudges.

[#112288 “Nico’s got a point. We’re all under a lot of pressure right now, we need to relax. Let’s try to calm down and see where the pieces fall. Hyperion’s not a threat to us, at least not right now.”] Cody pointed out. Jason was powerful and incredibly dangerous, but while he sided with them, those qualities would work in their favour. As much as Cody distrusted the man, even he couldn’t deny that Hyperion had helped them out of numerous tight spots in the last several months. If he did one day turn on them, he’d be an impossible force to face, but they would just have to cross that bridge when they came to it.

[#112288 “Thanks to Janessa, I think Bennett will be out of commission for a while. Michael is deep undercover in the Organization and Laura says we can trust him. With Pascal still struggling for power, this fiasco will shake him. Bennett and Pascal aside, this may be Michael’s chance to do some real damage from the inside.”] A youthful cry interrupted the discussion and several eyes turned towards the youngest member of their team. Even so young, Jackson’s abilities were strong enough to pick up the shifting emotions in the room. He had covered his eyes seconds before Janessa had advanced on Raven, and relaxed into the soothing tone of Cody’s explanation, but now the child seemed agitated. He whined and pointed towards the hallway, not having the words to tell the surrounding adults about the wave of fear and desperation hat he felt there. With Andrew resting and the rest of the group all huddled together in conversation, there was only one person these strained emotions could be coming from.

[b “Tech?”] Janessa cast a concerned glance towards Nico and Cody before stepping towards the hallway. Dylan had already made his way down the stairs and staggered though the hallway, passed the living room which held his family and friends, and was only a few shaky strides from the front door by the time he was caught. Had he not been slowed by the pain of aching muscles and cracked ribs , he could have been out that door and disappeared by now.

[#112299 “Dylan wait! You can’t leave, Kid, you’re still hurt! Come on, Little Brother…”] Cody tried to coax the youngest Tanner back from the door, being as gentle as he could, but the Density Shifter was caught completely off guard by the fear and anxiety in the young teens eyes when he turned to face the group. While Dylan’s eyes were clear and lucid – no longer dazed and confused like his first few hours here at the safe house – he still looked almost as fearful of his friends and family as he was of Bennett back at the lab!

[#ff6622 “No, it’s not safe! They’ll come after me… they’re too strong! They’ll kill you if I stay! Just like Emma… just like Kate… I can’t let it happen again! I can’t let anyone else die because of me!”] Dylan pleaded, wanting to run and risk being out there on his own rather than risk his friends, just as the Pierce sisters predicted. Dylan wasn’t a fool. He knew if he ran he wouldn’t get far. His sister could find him no matter where he tried to hide, and Nico could simple Shadow Travel him right back here to the safe house if he wanted. But if they saw how desperate he was, maybe they’d let him go? They had to know how dangerous he was to be around. Maybe they were too soft to admit it, but they had to know! They were good people… too good to simply abandon him for their own protection, but if he was desperate to leave anyway, why would they stand in his way? Dylan’s eyes combed the group until the fell on the one person he thought would understand.

[#ff6622 “Tell them Nico! Tell them it’s too dangerous for me to stay! It’s safer for everyone if I’m not here! You know it’s true!”] Dylan pleaded, even going so far as to reference the fight they had just before he and Andrew were captured. But his words held none of the bitterness and sting that was present during their earlier exchange. This time, Dylan was speaking as if he truly believed what he said. Just as Keelyn feared, something had broken the boy’s spirit and all he wanted now was a way out.
  ImnIslandGirl / 91d 8h 17m 15s
[b "The truth is that right now all we can do is speculate about what the Organisation has up it's sleeve. It could be some piece of technology or some kind or serum, hell it could even be some sort of unique super or any other number of things that we can't even think about. To be honest there isn't much point speculating when we have so little information, we could end up convinced that it's one thing only to be blindsided when it turns out to be something else."] There were however some of the Pierce sister's points that were true and could not be ignored. Dylan was most definitely a flight risk at the moment, the kid would run at the first chance he got if he thought that it would save his friends. The kid was far too noble for his own good. The hardest thing about Dylan blaming himself was that in a way he was right... it was his fault that Andre and him were captured, and he did bear part of the blame for Emma's death. He was however completely blameless for Kate's death as there were only four people who could take any blame for that; Boyd, Bennett, Pascal and Nico himself.

Janessa sounded out the idea of maybe contacting Jason to find out what was going on with this secret weapon that could force any super to lose control of their abilities when Raven objected in no uncertain terms and Nico had to admit that she made some convincing arguments. If Jason knew, and the dark elemental found it difficult to imagine that Jason had been kept in the dark about anything, then why hadn't he let them know what was waiting for them all. he had had any number of opportunities to tell Janessa or he could have told Nico, Raven and Delta when he helped them rescue Andrew. It was certainly odd.

[i “Raven, he did help us get to Lucas and Andrew. If Tigress and Shadow trust him…”] Delta's voice spoke up and Nico had to fight to keep his face straight. Janessa trusted Jason wholeheartedly but that was part of the pack bond, she was required to but Nico wasn't so sure if he really did trust the Empath. The two didn't try and kill each other on sight now which was more progress than it probably should have been but beyond that Nico still wasn't sure what to think. Yes Jason had helped them when they had needed them in the past but he had also snapped Nico's neck without hesitation and that took a lot to get over. The man had wanted to kill his own sister and Nico had never, could never forgive him for that not to mention that even if they ignored his past and everything that he had done...He was still an agent of the Director.

[i “I was wrong before. There’s only one way to truly protect her from her Alpha. You know what we have to do.”] Nico could not believe what he was hearing from Raven, in the short time they had known each other he had learned that Raven was one for action and the bolder the better but she had been adamant that killing an alpha was out of the question, the risk to the pack was simply too great. To hear her advocate for such action now was jarring and quite frankly frightening. First of all Nico wasn't sure that he could kill Jason, his one time best friend was more powerful than he was, there was no getting around that and even if he managed to beat the Empath in a fight...could he really kill the man? He had been ready to do it once when he had wanted to take Kate's abilities for himself but after everything when it had come down to it he simply could not do it. He trapped him in a hellish prison and that hadn't kept him locked away like it should, somehow he had gotten out and was driven tot he Organisation. What was more was that he wasn't sure if he could bring that pain on Janessa, she trusted Jason with her life and the bond between them was strong. Nico didn't really understand the pack bond but he knew that if Jason died then Janessa would be in unimaginable pain and grief would consume her. It was not an attractive option to take.

[b "Raven that's not a viable option and you know it. I will hear no more of that suggestion. Let's all just take a moment and relax. We wait for Dylan to regain his senses and then we proceed from their. We can't just stumble around blindly, that's what the Organisation wants. As bad as the Organisation are they are at least smart, we won't be able to use this plan to break in again, they will tighten up their security so if anyone gets captured we will need to think of something new. Why don't we all just take a moment to breathe."] As much as he had rebuked Raven's option of killing Jason and as much as he hated it he did need to consider that course of action very carefully. One day it might just be the only option left.
  Nico Atwood / Kastanstyrax / 94d 21h 17m 37s
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