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>Date: June 12th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Residential Sector
>Time: 6:00 AM

"Wake up, Oreo…."

>A light gust of wind slowly ripples over Aiden's face - parting the waves of black hair obscuring his facial features. As he slowly opens his eyes, he then looks up at the source of the voice, stating:

"….Just five more minutes? Please?"

>Scoffing, Stella then flicks her finger casually - causing Aiden to slowly stand upright. As he's caught off guard by the motion, he then says:

"I thought telekinesis was off limits inside of the house?"

>Stella then moves onto the bed, now sitting across from him - cross legged. As she presses her fingers to his cheeks, she begins playfully pulling at them.

"Ack! That hurts!"

>Aiden says, somewhat embarrassed. As he protests lightly, Stella gives an amused hum with her voice.

"Only in your mind it does. Mister Indestructible."

>Sighing, Aiden then lightly and slowly pulls Stella's fingers away from his cheeks - instead choosing to hold her hands in his as he says:

"…..Alright. I'm up. Is there anything that you wanted to say specifically? It's awfully early."


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>As Aiden looks at Stella intently, he studies her face for a moment. Seeing her slowly look away from him, Aiden then states:

"….It's been a month, honey. You don't have to be so conflicted about this."

>Stella nods slowly as she turns back to Aiden, saying:

"I know. It's just….What I did…."

>Aiden then places his hands on Stella's shoulder, stating:

"Not what you did. What you were forced to almost do."

>Stella looks sorrowful, with a negative expression slowly starting to appear on her face.

"It wasn't your choice, and it's not your fault. We stopped him, and he's paying the price right now."

>Aiden then brings Stella in close for a hug, saying to her:

"Besides…..I never really thanked you."

>Somewhat teary eyed, Stella then asks:

"Thank me for what, Aiden? I should be the one thanking you-"

>Aiden then surprises Stella with a quick kiss on the lips, before pulling back slowly to say:

"For saving me, in a sense."

>Feeling her face warm up, Stella's cheeks begin to flush red as she mutters to herself:

"…You're a complete dork, Oreo. But…."

>Placing her hands together, Stella then concludes:

"I suppose that's what I love about you."

>Standing up, Stella then gestures to the door, stating:

"Come on. Early breakfast helps you think clearly. After that - right off to work."

>Aiden sighs and slinks back on his bed, saying:

"I have infinite paid time off as CEO. I should use it."

>Eyes narrowing, Stella remotely pulls Aiden off of his bed again with telekinesis. Slightly irritated, she says:

"And set a bad example for your own staff? Like hell you will!"

>Eyes widening, Aiden gives a nervous laugh as he thinks to himself:

{"Jesus. She's already as uncompromising as Phoebe. That was quick, honestly."}


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex
>Time: 12:00 PM

>As Aiden looks through the papers on his desk, he feels his eyes glaze over the usual tasks. Project evaluations, various correspondence emails with staff and general legal counsel - provided by their internal affairs lawyers.

>Blinking to himself a few times, Aiden then thinks:

{"For once, this hasn't been a disastrous day. Nothing out of the ordinary so far….."}

>While carefully thinking about his order of work operation, Aiden instinctively feels the presence of someone approaching the door. Without even speaking, he knows who it is.

"Come in."

>Without even knocking, the door is essentially flung open with a single finger. As the door slams open, a woman with a luxury coat, hat and sunglasses walks through. Her posture and confidence shows through her mannerisms as Aiden sighs to himself.

"What is it, Phoebe?"

>Still looking at the papers on his desk, Aiden picks up a pen and begins writing on one of the papers. His distinct signature almost instantly appears, as his fingers move across the paper with supernatural speed and precision.

"What do you think, bonehead? We're not done planning the joint venture!"

>Looking up at Phoebe with a quizzical expression on his face, Aiden then says:

"I'm not in charge of that. Legal's been handling the specifics of the deal with Hoyokazi-"

>Phoebe rolls her eyes.

"I don't give a shit about the Hoyokazis, Aiden. I'm talking about Ryūsei and Suisei's shuttle operation. They finished the preparations down in Cape Canaveral."

>Thinking for a moment, Aiden then gives a murmur of understanding before he says:

"Oh, right. What date?"

>Phoebe then responds, tossing a folder at him onto his desk from her purse.

"Friday, the sixteenth. He's asking for you specifically to be there."


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>Looking over the folder's contents, Aiden quickly skims the papers within a fraction of a second. Afterwards, he then places the folder down and continues writing at rapid speeds.

>After a few seconds, Phoebe then says:


>Aiden looks up at Phoebe, confused.

"….So, what?"

>Phoebe then elaborates.

"So are you going to do double time to figure out how they're trying to sabotage the space launch? Ryūsei wanted you to look out for that too - didn't he?"

>Aiden nods as he spins the manila folder with one finger, moving it in a 180 degree direction towards Phoebe. As the paper turns to face her, Aiden taps his finger at a specific portion of the map of the facility.

"Rear entries are covered by armed guards. If the launch completed the initial sweep for structural faults - then the sabotage is in the cargo being installed on launch day."

>Nodding as a wave of understanding comes over her, Phoebe then asks:

"So what do you think it is? Contraband? Some kind of virus from them again?"

>Aiden gives a slight shrug as he states:

"Eukaryon isn't exactly subtle. Ever since they tried to use a waterborne approach - they've gotten more reckless these past few months. That might be due to me."

>Suddenly, Aiden and Phoebe hear a noise from a nearby room - as the door to the Secretary's office then opens up.


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>Within seconds, Stella is walking into the CEO's office, carrying another stack of large papers. As she does so, she then says:

"Forgot to mention. You had a backlog of approvals that you needed to sign off on before you took your last break. Hopefully it's not too much-"

>Now noticing Phoebe standing in front of Aiden, Stella quickly places the stack of papers down on Aiden's desk - before she turns around and excitedly gives Phoebe a bear hug.

"Phoebe! It's so good to see you again!"

>Phoebe lightly hugs Stella back, smiling with a hearty expression on her face.

"Hah. Good to see you too Stel."

>Stella then looks at Phoebe and asks:

"Are you staying around this time? Or is this just a quick visit. I might need a bit more…tutoring in flight."

>Phoebe gives an amused sigh as she states:

"Sure. Why not. Later in the day though."

>Stella then gives an excited nod as she then turns to Aiden, saying:

"Don't overwork yourself. I'll be upset if you keep acting like you're some kind of burden holder."

>Without saying another word, Stella then leans in over the desk and gives Aiden a deep kiss on his lips - before turning around to leave. Waving at Phoebe, Stella then walks back towards her office beside Aiden's - closing the door behind her as she does so quietly.

>Silent for a moment, Phoebe then places her hand on her hip as she turns back to her brother - stating:

"You don't deserve her, honestly."

>Phoebe says jokingly and with a grin on her face.

>Annoyed, Aiden then says:

"Yeah, well you're right. I don't deserve her. But I'm glad that she's with me."

>Crossing her arms now, Phoebe then states:

"Alright then. Good to hear it."

>Then, a buzzer appears on Aiden's desk as Stella's voice comes from the phone.

"You've got another visitor. It's Mister Frasier."

>Aiden and Phoebe then look at each other, as Phoebe says:

"Oh, rich boy's here?"


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>After a few minutes, Virgil walks into the CEO's office, as Aiden then says:

"Virgil. Nice to see you again."

>Virgil nods at Aiden and smiles - showing off annoyingly perfect teeth. Turning his attention towards Phoebe, he then states:

"….By the heavens….Is that….."

>Raising an eyebrow, Phoebe looks on as Virgil places his hands on Phoebe's own - shaking it slowly. With an earnest look, he then says:

"My apologies Miss Grayson. I just didn't anticipate your sheer beauty…."

>Aiden groans internally as he then coughs into his gloved hand, stating:

"Any reason why you're here, V?"

>Virgil then looks to Aiden, stating:

"Why yes. Of course."

>Phoebe is somewhat taken aback, both by Virgil's manners and by his appearance.

{"Wow…He's not bad looking himself….At all….."}

>Turning towards Aiden, Phoebe then states:

"….That's all I had to say Aiden. I'll still be here for the rest of the day. But I'll be back at Paradise City within the week. Let me know if you need anything."

>Virgil turns back to Phoebe and says:

"Oh, I didn't mean to intrude. I just came to tell Aiden something quickly."

>Looking back at Aiden, Virgil then states - with a serious expression on his face:

"….It's about Laplace's technology. I believe he may have distributed it among your clandestine friends - Eukaryon."


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>Aiden's eyes widen as he then says:

"Wait, now you tell me this?!?!"

>Virgil shakes his head, stating:

"It was only after discussing the matter of his plans with him in more detail - after his 'considerable' turn of principles, if you remember."

>Nodding, Aiden then states:

"Well, can he destroy it?"

>Virgil shakes his head.

"No. The technology has been transformed by magic."

>Groaning, Aiden places a hand to the bridge of his nose as he says:

"I thought Laplace wasn't a magician or a sorcerer."

>Virgil nods as he explains.

"Your assertion would be correct. He is not. However, proximal exposure to the esoteric energies that you describe as "magic", in that dimension; they have radically transformed the functioning of the technology. It cannot be detected by our own instruments any longer."

>Aiden then looks up at Virgil, saying:

"In that case, I'll have to deal with it manually. Do you have any idea what the actual technology was?"

>Virgil then gives a bit of a resigned sigh, stating:

"Phase Gears."

>Aiden then places a hand to his forehead - giving a large face palm.

"Of course it was. Me and my big mouth."

>Phoebe looks on in interest - having sat down on a nearby couch with her legs crossed. Intrigued at the matter, she continues to listen in closely.


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>Virgil looks confused, inquiring:

"I don't believe I have the proper context to understand that statement Aiden. Forgive me."

>Aiden shakes his head:

"Just thinking earlier about how my day has been too quiet and too peaceful. I guess that had to change. Thanks to this that is."

>Nodding, Virgil then says:

"Well, I was able to dispose of the rest of the technology that Laplace scattered. However, those Magical Technology units-"

>Aiden interjects.

"Magitek. Easier that way to say."

>Thinking for a moment, Virgil nods and continues to speak:

"Yes, Magitek. As I was saying. I believe that Eukaryon were given the original shipment of Magitek containers - likely containing mutated versions of the Phase Gears that Laplace had held. I believe that the recovery of this technology is of the most paramount importance."

>Aiden finishes writing on papers at his desk, as he states:

"Winner of the 'most glaringly obvious statement' award. Here's your price, V."

>Aiden tosses the manila folder at Virgil - who catches it in surprise. Having glanced at it immediately, he then says:

"Oh. Your friends, the Yoshimuras. I believe they have come to you about potential security complications at Cape Canaveral?"

>Nodding, Aiden then states:

"You're welcome to drop by if you want to."

>Before Virgil can speak, Phoebe then says:

"Actually, he's going to be spending time with me. I want to know more about Archeon's premier investor."

>Phoebe says, still sitting across from Virgil on the couch as she shifts her positioning. Now looking directly at him after shifting her sitting position - she then says:

"Isn't that right, Mister Frasier?"

>Stunned into silence, Virgil then nervously laughs and says:

"W-Well yes, of course Miss Grayson! Ha ha…."

>Virgil then looks over at Aiden, a terrified expression on his face as he effectively speaks through said expression.

["Help Me."]

>Aiden shrugs as he says:

"No can do. Once my sister's got her eyes on you - you're basically locked in. Have fun V."

>Aiden then gets up and begins walking to the nearby door, stating:

"Besides. I've got a lunch break."

>Opening the door, Aiden then walks through - in order to go pick up Stella from her desk so that they can leave.


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>As Aiden and Stella are walking towards the lobby of the Archeon Complex, Aiden feels something on his left arm. Looking down, he then sees Stella's arms wrapped around his.



>Stella says, happily - as Aiden sighs to himself.

{"I should find somewhere nice for us to eat. Not sure if there's anything around that's…."}

>At that moment, Aiden then hears a commotion from the seating areas of the lobby.

"What's happening?"

>Aiden and Stella then look over - to see everyone focusing on the news reports on the TV.

{"Eyewitnesses have mentioned sightings of an armored Thrasher - seemingly on the loose. Despite his whereabouts currently being known to be at the MRD Spire. Authorities are looking into the manner."}

>As the news anchor woman finishes speaking, Aiden looks at Stella and says:

"….Not how I would've expected to spend our break but…"

>Stella then places a finger to his lips and smiles, saying:

"I love it. Any excuse to see how well we work together."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Financial District
>Time: 12:10 PM


>The loud, inhuman cadence of the monstrous figure ripples across the streets of the Financial District. As the powerful shockwave is powerful enough to flip entire cars and APCs across the block.

>MRD patrol figures scramble to get a handle on the situation - a group of them setting down defensive barriers in order to contain the situation.

"Move! Get those civilians to safety, lieutenant!"

"Yes sir! On me, troops!"

>The MRD lieutenant then leads his unit into the fray, moving to grab as many civilians out of harms way as possible. Suddenly, the Thrasher copy slams their hands into the ground - and begins lifting up massive chunks of concrete from the road. Launching it into the air, he watches as massive chunks of concrete begin to rapidly fall towards the innocent civilians down below…..

"I'd rather not."

>Suddenly, a bright pink radiance and light emanates from seemingly nowhere - appearing in-between the concrete rocks and the civilians below. As the rocks connect with the pink light - they're rapidly transmuted into butterflies.

>From seemingly nothing at all, the sleek figure of a woman with purple-pinkish hair slowly walks into view. Wearing a visor that conceals her eyes, unique arcane markings and a set of energy wings - the crowd looks on in awe at the sight.

"Andromeda?! Is that her?!"


"She looks…really good."

"We're saved!"

>Andromeda looks behind her, gently waving at the crowd of civilians as she says:

"Hey, it's going to be alright. Get to safety and leave the overgrown spike to me!"


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>The armored form of Thrasher looks on in confusion and anger - his bloodshot eyes barely able to contain his rage.


>Andromeda looks at the monstrous figure with an uninterested pose. Examining her gloved hand for a moment, she then says:

"I'm not very tasty, if that's what you're asking. I hear humans lead to indigestion problems."

>Reaching out with his largely oversized hands, Trasher then shouts:


>Moving at blinding speeds, Trasher then rushes towards Andromeda - pulling back his fist in order to strike….

>Only for him to be send spiraling backwards into the ground behind him with a single palm strike. The point of contact between Andromeda's palm and Thrasher's face causes several bone spikes to snap clean off with astonishing speed.


>Giving a confident and smug smile, Andromeda then places one hand on her hip as she says:

"Didn't your parents ever teach you manners? You don't get up in a lady's face - ever."

>Slowly getting back up to his feet, Thrasher screams again - the shockwave not affecting Andromeda as she walks forward.

"I suppose not."

>Thrasher then tries another lunge - only for him to suddenly get slammed into the ground, creating a massive crater in the road.

>Dust piles up in the air as people try to get a sense of what just happened. As the dust clears however, someone in the crowd then shouts:

"It's him! Mosaic!"

"Wait, what?! Seriously!"

"Duuuuuuude! Thrasher's gonna get his ass beat!"

>Sure enough, as the dust settles the figure of Mosaic in his black, silver and red outfit - stands with his foot firmly places on Thrasher's back.

>As he leans in on his leg, Mosaic looks down at Thrasher and says:

"….You're a clone. Not a genetic one though. Interesting…."


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>Mosaic looks behind himself at Andromeda and says:

"Head's up."

>Andromeda nods and smiles - stating:

"By all means. Impress me."

>Mosaic then sighs lightly, before then immediately flipping backwards - grabbing onto the ground with his hands, while grabbing onto Thrasher with his legs. With his immense strength, Mosaic then flings the monstrous Meta-Human up into the air.


>Andromeda then blasts off into the sky - surrounded by a bright hue of pink light. As she rushes towards Thrasher, she then delivers a series of consecutive pressure point strikes in the air. Moving to strike him with rush down attacks at a speed that creates a light show - the crowd down below looks on in awe, cheering Andromeda on.

"Told you she's a badass."

>At the same time, Mosaic rushes to meet his partner, generating his own bright red aura. As he begins to join his strikes with hers, they both continue ragdolling Thrasher in the air with magic charged strikes - slowly causing Thrasher to lose energy and sustain damage.

>Then Mosaic and Andromeda hover below Thrasher - each bringing their hands together as they charge up red and pink lights.


"Of course. Let's give them a show."

>Mosaic and Andromeda then unleash powerful blasts of magical energy - large enough to envelope the periphery vision of most people watching below. Thrasher's body is then completely engulfed in the magical energies - as his body reacts violently to the magical energies.


>After a few more small magical blasts, Thrasher is then knocked back down into the ground - unconscious. As the crowd waits for a moment to confirm his defeat - they then break out into mass cheers and applause. Doubly so once Mosaic and Andromeda hover down to the ground.


>Mosaic says sheepishly as he waves at the crowd. At the same time - Andromeda kisses Mosaic's helmet, causing the crowd to react as lively as one would expect.

>Embarrassed behind his mask, Mosaic then says:

"You didn't have to do that…."

>Andromeda then states:

"No, but I wanted to."

>Mosaic and Andromeda then wave at the crowd for a bit longer, before they both then launch up into the sky and fly away into the distance in an instant.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Incorporated - Residential Areas
>Time: 1:00 PM

>As Aiden and Stella sit in one of the living areas in the Archeon Complex, Aiden looks at Stella and says:

"Seriously. Was that really necessary? I feel like you just made every man in the city hate me now."

>Stella raises an eyebrow:

"Who cares? I'm far more interested in you….."

>Stella then leans in and gives Aiden another deep kiss before pulling back. She then says:

"So…have you come up with a suggestion? Where we should live after….you know…."

>Stella looks somewhat embarrassed as she feels her cheeks flushing red again.

"Here in the Complex, or there in the Manor….."

>Aiden thinks for a moment, before stating:

"Where would you prefer?"

>Almost instantly, Stella then says:

"Manor. Because….."

>Slowly moving towards Aiden, Stella then puts her hands around his waist from behind, as she then whispers into his ear:

["Sometimes I want my husband to myself….."]

>Aiden then feels himself turn red in the face as he then says:

"…..I knew that'd be your answer. Manor it is then."

>Stella then lightly kisses Aiden on his right cheek as she states:

"Good. I can't wait to get back home tonight."

>Now feeling entirely red in the face, Aiden then says:

"….Well, beforehand. I should still go and check up on everyone. See how they're doing before we leave."

>Stella sighs and then smiles, stating:

"Sure. Delay tactics. I'll wait you out…."

>Aiden, somewhat defeated by her perceptive abilities, concludes:

"Alright. Tomorrow I'll finalize the plans before we leave for Cape Canaveral. I think you'll like it."

>Stella laughs at Aiden and slowly fixes his hair, stating:

"I'd love nothing more than a trip with you."

>Aiden then states:

"Yeah, I know."


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>Date: June 13th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex
>Time: 10:00 AM

>Aiden watches as the last engineer from the Research & Development wing, leaves the hangar bay. With only him and Virgil remaining, he crosses his arms as he then turns to the scientist.

"Anything else you feel like telling me now, before I leave for the test launch?"

>Virgil puts his hand to his chin - clearly contemplating his response.

"I would be remiss to mention the fact that 'Placebo' was not dealt with. Apprehended I mean."

>Raising an eyebrow, Aiden looks at Virgil with a quizzical look on his face.

"The guy in the coat and hood? Not too sure what's so special about him."

>Virgil looks back at Aiden as he continues assuming a thinking position.

"Less about him, and more regarding the cargo that he was 'borrowing'. It was a Thulcandran Sequencer."

>Aiden then sighs out loud, stating:

"Your buddy gave him a genomic modification device. Something involving your physiology, right?"

>Virgil nods slowly, a sour mood now shown clearly in his eyes as he responds.

"It was a prototype genetic recombination device. It analyzes, stores and sequesters information about the user's genome. From there, it can perform sophisticated gene modification tasks."

>Aiden walks over to the large metallic crates, placing a hand on one of them as he states:

"That sounds a bit familiar."

>Virgil nods again, stating:

"Your new hire from a few months back. Jericho. His 'watch' is actually the Index - a device built with the same design goals in mind."


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>Still looking up at the materials packaged for shipping, Aiden thinks to himself, as Virgil interjects:

"Second thoughts about the deal? You can always terminate the contract - pay the breakup fee."

>Not turning to look at Virgil, Aiden then says with a matter-of-fact and deadpan tone of voice:

"This proposition is the one and only time that I'm working with the Hoyokazis."

>Skeptical, Virgil then presses more:

"Are you sure? You went to a lot of effort to partner with them specifically-"

>Aiden then instinctively spins around and shouts back:

"Because it's better to push them aside, than to fall for them! Maybe if my father did that, then I would've been better off growing up!"

>The room then falls silent, with an eerie calm to it - as Aiden's own voice obfuscates the noise behind him. As he turns around to see what happened - he says:

"I don't so much as want to hear the words 'Hoyokazi' ever again. Whatever their mess of a family is - that's on them."

>Looking back, Aiden then sees the damaged front metal plating of the container. Seeing that it is barely holding itself together, Aiden then sighs to himself as he states:

"…..Focus on what you can control, Aiden. That includes telekinesis."

>Virgil then lets out a weak smile as he says:

"I'm sorry for entertaining the idea. But I see that you've been making some progress with your therapy?"

>Now looking away from the nearly shattered metal plating before him, Aiden then states:

"I think so. Obviously, it's not perfect. I still have some personal demons to fight with. But I'm getting there."

>Aiden then looks down at his hand and slowly closes it, saying:

"There are just some things I'm better off ignoring. Them being a good example."

>Now turning his attention back up towards Virgil with renewed focus, Aiden states:

"You said earlier that you removed all the smuggled technology from the planet. Why is Placebo still a problem then?"


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>Virgil then realizes the error in his prior explanation.

"Oh, you misunderstand, Aiden. Placebo wasn't a danger because he had the sequencer device."

>Kneeling down to pick up a piece of the broken metallic plating, Virgil stands back up as he examines it carefully. While doing so, he speaks:

"He is the sequencer. Or rather, it's been integrated into his nervous system - and the rest of his physiology. Removing it would likely kill him."

>Blinking, Aiden then says:

"….So he's a walking Index then? Just a petri dish of gene combinations?"

>Thinking for a moment, Virgil then slightly tilts his head from side to side - signaling indecision in his response.

"Well, yes and no. Much like the Index, he can create and store genetic templates. However, those templates, or "forms" as you would call them - can only be activated through direct implementation. In other words…"

>Aiden immediately understands Virgil's statement, stating:

"He incubates the templates like a virus and infects people with them. Reverse polymerase enzymes do the rest and integrate the template into the host's genome."

>Virgil nods, impressed at Aiden's deductive reasoning.

"Quite right, yes. Placebo functions as a biological virus - capable of transforming Humans into Para-Humans. Since the Meta-Gene does not respond to Index recombination - it remains inactive. They don't become Meta-Humans, as you've ascertained at this point."

>With his mind now racing, Aiden then looks up at Virgil and states:

"He's a walking Index after all. If anyone knows about this…."

>Looking back up at Virgil, Aiden then asks:

"Your powers come from your recombination changes, correct?"

>Virgil then says:

"The abilities that aren't psionic, yes. At a glance, they could be seen as approximations of Meta-Human abilities. I can already see your concern."


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>Aiden then starts pacing back and forward, his mind racing rapidly as he does so.

"We need to find Placebo as soon as humanly possible. Eukaryon will know about the Para-Humans that were detained by the MRD - if they don't already."

>Virgil then leans his cheek on one of his fingers, a curious look on his face.

"Oh? You believe that Eukaryon would be interested in them? What for?"

>Aiden rolls his eyes.

"Why are you asking a question when you already know the answer? It's so that they can use them against Meta-Humans."

>Virgil still looks somewhat amused as he continues asking:

"But you depowered them, did you not?"

>Aiden, now slightly irritated, continues:

"I did. But that doesn't really matter if they still know who Placebo is. That's information that Eukaryon can use to find him."

>Cursing to himself lightly, he then says:

"I need to tell Marek. Maybe he can divert their attention to their bases while I find Placebo."

>Virgil now crosses his arms, interested in Aiden's response to his next question.

"….If it comes to it, the point where you would need to kill Placebo in order to keep the Index out of harmful hands - would you do it?"

>Instantly understanding what Virgil is really asking him, Aiden repeats the true question in his mind.

{"Do you still hate yourself for what you did to Faust? What you felt that you had to do?"}

>Closing his eyes and taking a deep breath - Aiden then opens his eyes as he responds:

"I'm not going to kill him. I'll use magic to remove the technology from his body. You didn't have access to the supernatural or the arcane. I do."

>Turning around to face the entrance of the hangar, Aiden then says:

"It's also my responsibility to be the better person - like I should've been from the start."

>Aiden then slowly walks out of the hangar, with Virgil staying behind. Looking at the ground, Virgil closes his eyes and smiles as he thinks:

{"Exactly the answer that I wanted to hear. Good job Aiden. You're moving yourself onto the right path once again…."}


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 12:00 PM

>A soft humming sound can be heard, as the energy cells of the MRD Spire are performing their functions - detaining Meta-Human and Para-Human criminals.

>A trio of Para-Humans are kept in their cells, despite their powers being removed. Lucifer, Lilith and Pandora. As all three of them continue to sit in their cells - one of them is suddenly interrupted in their meditation.


>Pandora opens her eyes behind her mask, as she feels air suddenly burst in front of her face. Recognizing it as the displacement of air pressure, she then realizes who it is.


>Before Pandora can finish her sentence, she's immobilized in place. Puzzled by the lack of response from the guards outside of her cell, Pandora then watches as the figure of Mosaic crosses his arms.

"I've already cast a perception spell on the entire block. I've also remotely hijacked the MRD's security systems - it wasn't the first time I did that either.

>Now allowing Pandora to speak, Mosaic watches for a moment as she coughs for air - gasping.

"Gyah! W-What do you want?"

>Mosaic keeps his arms crossed as he states:

"Your benefactor, Placebo. Where is he."

>Confused, Pandora then stammers:

"I-I don't know what you're talking about-"

>Suddenly, a mass of animated spectral bugs begin to appear on Pandora's armor - causing her to shriek in terror.


>The spectral bugs then disappear as quickly as they appeared - leaving Pandora in a cold sweat.

"He's….He's somewhere in Haven City. The last I heard from him, he said he was going to move his base of operations there - just in case we failed to capture Jason Khyber. Which we obviously did."

>Placing her hands up, Pandora pleads with Mosaic to show mercy.

"Please! Just leave me alone now! Don't hurt me!"

>Silent, Mosaic then saysL

"If I wanted to hurt you, you'd be asking for a quick death by now."

>In an instant, Mosaic then disappears - leaving Pandora stunned into silence. Now on high alert, she then struggles to resume her meditation - before instead breaking down crying as she assumes a cradling position.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Downtown
>Time: 12:10 PM

>On top of a skyscraper, Mosaic then looks over the city below in silence. After a few moments, he then hears a voice from behind him, stating:

"So who'd you scare straight this time?"

>Not even looking behind him, Mosaic senses the arrival of a certain vigilante in a high tech suit. The figure swings onto a nearby billboard beside the rooftop, and lands on it effortlessly with both hands and both feet.

>As Arachnid looks at Mosaic carefully and intently, he then watches as Mosaic states:

"Not now, Damian. I'm in the middle of an improvised plan."

>Scoffing, Arachnid then says:

"You don't improvise anything, Aiden. So what's this about?"

>Arachnid then flips gracefully off of the billboard and lands on the rooftop beside Mosaic - the latter continues staring down at the streets below.

"You should be focusing on your studies."

"It's lunch break and campus is a ten minute swing from here. You know that."

>Sighing, Mosaic then says:

"I'm after the guy who created the Para-Humans who attacked a month back."

"Oh, the Placebo guy you talked about? He's still at large then huh?"

>Mosaic nods as he then states:

"And I'd feel better if you didn't get yourself into the crosshairs of anyone associated with him."

>Arachnid crosses his arms and says:

"Oh here we go. This is where the deflection starts. 'It's too dangerous, Damian!'. 'I can't have you risking your life while I do the exact same thing, Damian!'. Come on, man. I can handle this."

>Mosaic finally looks up from the city below and turns to face his protegé. Placing his hands on Arachnid's shoulders, Mosaic then says:

"That's what I'm afraid of. You turning more and more into me. You know what that's cost me so far."

>Silent, Arachnid then says:

"Maybe the problem was that you were never willing to have me around when it mattered the most. You keep shutting people out, Aiden. The only person who was able to push through that was Miss Bray."

>Mosaic then removes his hands from Arachnid, saying:

"It's just….."

>Arachnid interjects - stating:

"Everyone deserves a second chance for screwing up. But that doesn't mean you have to treat everyone like the enemy either. I know what happened to you. Miss Phoebe told me already. So take it from me."

>Arachnid then removes his mask - revealing his face as he says:

"You don't want me to turn out like you? Then remember who you are - and remember the person who you used to be. The one that wasn't always angry all of the time!"


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>Silent for another moment, Mosaic then removes his helmet automatically - revealing the tired face of the man underneath.

"….Sheesh. You do look like hell."

>Aiden shakes his head.

"It's not literal. It's psychosomatic. Whenever I have a negative affect, it's exacerbated. Been like that since I was a kid."

>At that moment, Aiden's face clears up and seemingly becomes more healthy as he sighs.

"Though, it's as you said. I'm too good at holding a grudge."

>Damian raises an eyebrow again, stating in disbelief:

"You're still mad at her aren't you? The Hiyuki woman."

>Shaking his head, Aiden states:

"I'm mad at myself for trusting her with something that I withheld from you for over a year. My identity."

>Looking out over the horizon again, Aiden continues:

"I'm mad at myself for treating people like tools. Expendable resources."

>Now looking down at his gloved hand, Aiden watches as he instinctively curls it into a fist.

"But most important of all? I'm mad at myself for not being a better person from the start. If I was a better person, I could've avoided all of those mistakes. I could've not fallen into the exact same trap that my father did when he was my age. I could've-"

>Then a voice speaks out from behind them both.

"If you were a bad person, I wouldn't be here right now."

>Turning around, Aiden then sees Andromeda walking towards him. Her face still concealed with her visor - but with a set of tears slowly rolling down her cheek.

"I've told you this before."

>Andromeda then lightly slaps Aiden across the face, stunning him.

"…Stop hurting yourself every single day. You are better than that. You deserve better than that."

>Stella then points her finger out to the city skyline.

"They all deserve it too. They deserve the man who saved me from myself and my own misery. Not the one who almost destroyed himself!"

>Silence fills the air as Damian looks away.

"I'm sorry Miss Bray. I didn't mean to push him-"

>Andromeda walks over and gives Damian a pat on the head, saying:

"You didn't do anything wrong Damian. He's the one who needs to forgive himself."


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>As Damian puts his mask back on, he looks on at Andromeda - as she continues staring intently at Aiden.

"Aiden Ethan Grayson. You are quite possibly the single most stubborn man that I have ever met."

>Putting her hands on her hips, she continues grilling him.

"You are conceited, self-destructive, impulsive and needlessly belligerent."

>Pointing at his chest, she continues:

"You are also the single most angry person that I have ever met. So much rage inside of you. An unfathomable amount!"

>Dead silence fills the air for a few moments, before Andromeda moves forward to hug him - catching Aiden by surprise.

"….But you are also the single most empathic man that I have ever met. You trusted me without hesitation, and you helped me without reservation."

>Looking up at Aiden, Andromeda speaks:

"That same blind trust in the good of people - in their good natures? That's precious, Aiden. It's so very precious."

>Andromeda moves forward to give Aiden a deep kiss on the lips - pressing her hand against the back of his head as she does so.

>Arachnid is caught completely off guard and by surprise - and coughs into his hand while looking away.

{"Holy hell….She's direct!"}

>After a few more seconds, Andromeda presses herself back from Aiden and says:

"I don't want to lose that. I don't want to lose that side of you."

>Seeing Aiden look away for a moment, Stella then states:

"And you don't want to either. So stop pushing people away in anger - especially in anger over their own mistakes."

>Andromeda then places her hand on Aiden's cheek - rubbing it softly as she asks:

"How did that old track go again? The one you told me that you loved as a kid?"

>Aiden is silent for a moment, before saying:

"Making a deal with God. Swapping our places. Something along those lines."

>Andromeda smiles as she states:

"Running up roads and hills, right?"

>Another moment of silence as Aiden presses his forehead against Andromeda's. Both of their eyes are closed as he then says:

"….I don't want to reach out to her."

"You think you don't want to - because you're still angry at yourself for reaching out to her the first time. Life happens, Aiden. Things change."

>Now moving back apart, Aiden and Andromeda look at each other, as Andromeda says:

"But that desire to reach out is how you saved me in the first place. It is not a fault. It is your greatest power."

>Andromeda then lightly presses her fist to Aiden's chest while she looks up at him again.



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>Aiden doesn't speak for a moment, before he sighs and gives Andromeda a weak smile.

"You are the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I don't deserve you, Stella."

>Andromeda wags her finger before stating:

"The greatest thing that ever happened to you - hasn't happened yet. Give it a year or two."

>Placing her hands on her hips, Andromeda then says:

"Nobody deserves anyone. But I'd say you've definitely impressed me."

>With a gesture, Aiden places his helmet back on - and he becomes Mosaic once more.

"Alright then. I'll be there for people - no matter what."

>Andromeda gives a bright smile as she then states:

"Then let's start with the one person you tried to help first."

>Placing a hand on Mosaic's shoulder, Andromeda says:

"Go talk to him."

>Mosaic nods, and then states:

"First, there's something I need to correct."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 12:12 PM

>Pandora still remains, softly crying in fear and paranoia on the floor. As she continues to do so, she feels the heightened panic and fear of the previous situation rushing through her mind.


>Pandora can then hear a faint sound emanating from around her cell once more. As she does so, she slowly raises her head to see multicolored sparks appearing around her. The guards outside remain oblivious to the phenomenon occurring around her - as she feels her body suddenly engulfed with bright multicolored energies.


>As the energy storm subsides, Pandora places a hand to her chest. Suddenly, her vision improves - with a series of familiar light trails now becoming visible to her once again.

"Is this……mana?"

>Looking down at her hand in surprise and utter shock, she then presses said hand to her chest once more - feeling a surge of energy and power inside of her.

"Has…Has my magic returned?"

>Then, a voice calls out from the other side of the large cell.

"It was never gone - just suppressed."

>Mosaic appears standing inside of the cell, arms crossed once more. As Pandora feels herself begin to panic, Mosaic holds out a hand, stating:

"Pandora. I'm not here to hurt you. I'm here to apologize."

>Walking towards her, Mosaic feels Pandora's sheer fear and pain, as he closes the distance.

"I know you didn't want to work with the Para-Humans, and you had no choice."

>Standing before her, Mosaic then says:

"And I'm here to get you out. Send you somewhere that can help you get back on your feet."

>Mosaic holds out his hand for Pandora - and allows her to use her own magic on him. Hesitating, Pandora places her hands to her mask and begins peering into Mosaic's aura. Confirming his intentions, Pandora breathes a sigh of relief and says:


>Pandora then takes Mosaic's hand and watches as they both instantaneously disappear from the MRD cell.


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>Location: Throat of the World
>Time: 12:20 PM


>Sun and Sua continue sitting outside the exterior of the flying sanctuary - maintaining their current meditation regimen.

"Focus your thoughts, Sua. Empty your mind of externalities. Feel nothing but the air as it dances against the confines of your body. The breeze, the mist and the light of the Sun."

>Sun keeps his eyes closed alongside Sua as he continues speaking:

"Even my voice, make it secondary in your mind - compared to the moment. For in the moment, you are here and nowhere else. Nothing else is relevant. Only the moment, and your experience of it."

>Sua keeps her eyes closed as she begins laughing.

"You missed your calling as a poet, big bro."

>Sun groans as he then opens his eyes, stating:

"Best behavior. Someone's approaching."

>Raising an eyebrow as she opens her eyes, Sua then says:

"From where? I don't sense any energy signatures - oh right. Extra-dimensional stuff."

>Right on cue, Mosaic appears with Pandora beside him. As they both seemingly materialize out of nothingness, Sun says to Mosaic:

"To what do I owe the arrival of the world's greatest hero?"

>Groaning, Mosaic says:

"You can stop teasing me about that for starters. But second of all."

>Gesturing his hands towards Pandora, he exclaims:

"This is Pandora. She's a Sorceress from another dimension who was brought here against her will. Can you take care of her?"

>Raising an eyebrow, Sun states:

"The Throat of the World is not a hideaway for wayward magicians, Mosaic."

>Mosaic places his hands on his hips as he says:

"No. But it is a place for people who are lost - and need guidance. Is it not?"


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>As if to accentuate his point, Mosaic watches as Ifrit slowly walks out of the front entrance of the inner building.

"Hey Sun. We're almost out of wheat grains. I was gonna go get some-"

>Blinking, Ifrit then points at Mosaic and goes:

"Hooooooly shit! Dude! Is that Mosaic?!?!"

>Mosaic gives a light wave at Ifrit, who immediately starts losing his disinterest.

"DUDE! You're like the best superhero on the planet! I saw how you took down Thrasher and Titanomachia a year ago! That was fucking awesome!"

>Ifrit reflexively spurts out flame geysers due to his excitement as he continues speaking.

"Damn, wish they were all like you."

>Surprised, Mosaic asks:

"Thank you but…why do you say that about me?"

>Ifrit looks confused for a moment before he says:

"Seriously dude? It's obvious why!"

>Making a gesture with his hands, Ifrit then shouts:

"It's because you were one of the few who actually gave enough of a shit to stand up and fight! It's because you actually cared!"

>The words rush over Mosaic's body like an elixir - causing him to place a hand up to his helmet. Although they can't see it, Mosaic's tears well up reflexively as the words ring true in his mind.

{"It's because you actually cared!"}

>Sun, recognizing Mosaic's change in behavior, smiles as he then says:

"….Well then. For our esteemed 'superhero' - I suppose I could take one more wayward soul in."

>Turning to Pandora, Sun then slowly stands up and holds his hand out.

"Sun Wukong The Second. Yes, that Wukong."

>Startled, Pandora quickly shakes his hand and says:

"Pandora. I hope I won't be a burden."

>Shaking his head, Sun says:

"No one who chooses to get help - is ever a burden to those who can deliver it."

>Sua turns her attention to Mosaic and eyes him for a second, stating:

"Hmph. You look familiar…"

>Mosaic immediately feigns disinterest and says:

"Oh, really? It might just be coincidence."

>Sua squints at Mosaic skeptically for a second, before her expression lightens and she smiles with her eyes closed.

"Yeah, sure. Coincidence. I'll hold you to that."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex
>Time: 5:00 PM

>Virgil looks nervous as he continues talking with Phoebe in the executive boardroom. The entire place is empty except for two occupied chairs - his and Phoebe's. As he sits at the table, he thinks back to all of the topics that they discussed.

{"Economics, Finance, History, Philosophy and Metaethics. I didn't know she was this well-rounded in subject matter."}

>Catching him as he reminisces to himself, Phoebe then chides Virgil, stating:

"Dozing off already rich boy?"

>Slightly irritated, Virgil then remarks:

"What sort of epithet is that? You're also very wealthy!"

>The first time he's had an emotional outburst in a long time - a fact that causes Virgil an immediate sense of self-reflection.

{"Did I just….snap at someone?!"}

>Phoebe catches the surprised look in Virgil's eyes and then laughs with a sense of satisfaction in her voice.

"Good. Now I get to see the real you."

>Immediately regaining his composure, Virgil then crosses his arms and looks away with his best attempt at a dignified response.

"You witnessed no such circumstance. I'm simply bringing up a hypocritical state of affairs. A double standard, if you will."

>Phoebe goads him on a bit more as she says:

"You're getting mad at someone for calling you a stuck up know-it-all rich boy~."

>Phoebe's teasing continues to push past Virgil's defenses, as he slowly begins to unravel his calm and cool exterior.

"Ugh! Fine! Yes I'm mad!"

>Silence fills the empty boardroom, as Phoebe then bursts out in laughter even harder.

"Ahahahaha! God, you're so fun to unravel! I've never met someone as tightly wound as you since……"

>As her laughter stops, Phoebe then looks off in the distance - out at the city skyline through the windows of the board room.

"…..Since myself, really."

>Virgil then gives Phoebe a solemn and contemplative look as he then says:

"….Being a presenter for the sake of others isn't easy. I would know. It's very difficult to pretend to be strong."

>Silent for another moment, Virgil then says:

"….I would know. Given how much of myself I've kept from people. For my entire life."


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>Phoebe then continues sitting in silence as she then says:

"There's a friend of mine who can never seem to sit still. She always has to be on the move. Always has to be doing something - to help someone."

>Feeling her hands slowly crumple into fists, Phoebe then speaks more loudly:

"She's given so much to people - and all the world does is take, and take….and take! I wasn't there for her when she needed me the most. She doesn't have to tell me - because I can feel it."

>Virgil is silent for another moment, as Phoebe then looks up at him - saying:

"You act like a complete dork, but you know that pain too, don't you? The pain of not being able to save someone that you love."

>Virgil's eyes widen as his body freezes in place.


>Phoebe stares at Virgil directly across from the table as she continues speaking:

"I'm an anomaly like my brothers, I know. Aiden seems to be a lot more about strength or force. Jonah? He's more cerebral. Methodical. Systematic."

>Standing up, Phoebe then slowly walks over to Virgil - across the room. As she does so, her eyes begin to glow with a faint golden light - behind her sunglasses.

"But me? I feel everything. From everyone. I can't help it - and it's why I'm so drawn to people. I can sense their hopes and dreams. Their despair and shame. But most importantly of all."

>Phoebe then gets close to Virgil and looks him dead in the eye as she concludes:

"…..I can feel their desires. However big and small."

>Leaning in close to Virgil, she then whispers:

"And I can tell what yours is right now…..The same as mine…."

>Before Virgil can respond mentally, his body acts first - moving in to kiss Phoebe on the lips, as she does in return.

>As she does so, she feels a shift in the air around her - leaning back to see the same man as before, now wearing a red jacket and harboring snow white hair.

"Being honest with yourself broke your concentration, didn't it?"


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>Mechanicus quickly looks away, stating:

"I…I'm not…."

>Putting his hand up, he tries to gesture Phoebe back - as his other gloved hand covers his face, except for his eyes. Feeling a level of emotional distress that he hasn't experienced in eons, he then says to himself:

"I swore myself that I would never feel again - not after what I did."

>Feeling himself tearing up slightly, he then whispers:

"Oh Rafael. I'm so sorry that I abandoned you."

>Mechanicus then starts weeping slowly, as Phoebe comes over to put a hand on his jacket shoulder.

"I can feel your pain, and your guilt. But I also know enough to know that your pain is genuine, and it's not your own."

>As Phoebe looks up, her eyes continue to glow with a bright golden light.

"That same pain…It's here on Earth….Somewhere….."

>Mechanicus's eyes then widen as he whispers to himself:

"….No. That's…..That's impossible. She can't be……here……She can't….."


>Location: Haven City

>Time: 5:00 PM

>A large manor is situated at the edges of the waterfront city. The manor is remote, and protected from prying eyes with a perception field device.

>As a beautiful red-haired woman sits in her regal estate, she positions herself against her chair - with wealthy paraphernalia all around her. Eyes closed and cheek resting on her gloved palm - she stares into the abyss beyond her sight….


>Then, suddenly opening her eyes - she stares directly in front of herself, seemingly at a person standing before her.

"…..You. The anomalous being. I can feel you synchronizing with me…."

>After a few seconds, the woman then gives a soft laugh as she says:

"…..So he's here somewhere. Good. I can't wait to meet you again - Samael."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex
>Time: 5:00 PM

>Phoebe then immediately disengages her Empathic connection - causing her to shudder in disbelief.

"You…..You know Mellisa Wyndgarde?"

>Mechanicus shakes his head, stating:

"No, I've heard of her though obviously. Wealthy aristocrat with a mysterious…..family….history….."

>Silent, Mechanicus then remembers what Phoebe said about him just now.

{"But I also know enough to know that your pain is genuine, and it's not your own."}

>Eyes widening, Mechanicus then says:

"….Oh no….It's her."

>Phoebe gives a confused look, as she says with concern in her voice.


>Mechanicus then looks up at Phoebe, stating:

"The greatest mistake I ever lived to regret. It's my older sister - Rafael Thaumiel."


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>Mechanicus then places his gloved hand to his face once more - feeling his sense of reality begin to slowly break down.

"Nononononononononono. She can't be here. Even after everything that I did - I watched them toss her into a black hole."

>Silent, Phoebe watches as Mechanicus mentally unravels himself.

"Hyper condensed and folded inside of a thousand spatial-planar manifolds. Temporally locked within a frozen galaxy. There's no way she could've broken out of that…..She couldn't have…."

>Mechanicus then presses his hand to his chest - as more emotion begins to overwhelm him. He begins tearing up even more as he begins sobbing.

"I'm so sorry, Raf. I…I didn't mean to…."

>Concerned, Phoebe immediately sits next to Mechanicus and hugs him tightly.

"Hey. V, you're going to be OK. Look at me."

>Taking Mechanicus's weary face and slowly directing him towards her own, Phoebe removes her sunglasses and looks at him straight in the face now.

"Your guilt is understandable, and your pain is real. Nothing will ever fully fill the void in your heart after what you did."

>Silent for a moment, Phoebe then continues speaking.

"…..But I can see the good inside of you too. I can feel it. That yearning of yours to make things right. It's so…..pure. Unrestrained."

>Mechanicus clears his face up - but still looks away from Phoebe. Feeling more emotion coming over him, he then says:

"No. I can't. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have made this your problem…."

>Mechanicus gets up and moves to walk to the door of the board room. However, Phoebe grabs him by the hand and states:

"You made it my problem the moment you started to feel something for me."

>Feeling his heart skip a beat, Mechanicus bares his teeth and curses to himself for the first time in eons.

"…..I…I didn't…"

"You did. I can feel everything from people, remember? I know how you feel about me."

>Phoebe's hair then begins to cover her eyes as she then says faintly.

"I knew you were a good person - but I didn't know just how personal your pain was."


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>Mechanicus can feel his heart rate increasing rapidly - despite his best attempts to control his physiology. Simultaneously stunned and understanding of the reason why - he refuses to accept it in his mind.

{"No, I can't….I can't feel something for her! I've been fine on my own for so many years…..So many…."}

>What happens next surprises him even more, as Phoebe replies out loud.

"….No one's fine on their own, Sammy. Not forever."

>Far beyond a loss for words at this point, Mechanicus still attempts to reconcile the situation in his mind.

{"Did she…..But she doesn't have telepathy! Aiden made that very clear, and the only other type is Thulcandran. But that functions best through tactile…..tactile…."}

>Looking at Phoebe's hand on his cheek - the realization finally hits him.

{"Feeling…..She's another anomaly like Aiden. She feels……Empathy! It's Empathy! Thats her power!"}

>Working through the logic, he then comes to another conclusion.

{"Wait….If my telepathy functions best through tactile touch, and she's….touching my cheek….Then is she………"}

>Mechanicus looks at Phoebe - who gives him a warm smile.

"Like you? I think I am now."

>Exasperated and now seemingly out of mental energy, Mechanicus stumbles back to the closed door. His heart and his mind clearly in conflict still.

{"No. I can't let anyone get close to me again. I can't let them down. I can't fail them. Not like before. I can't want this….."}

>Phoebe then moves closer to Mechanicus, as her eyes glow gold once more. Without a second thought, she says:

"But I want you….."

>She then moves to kiss him deeply on the lips once again - this time for much longer.

>Mechanicus doesn't rebut her this time as she reaches for his jacket…..


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>Location: Archeon Complex - Residential Area
>Time: 6:00 PM

>As Phoebe finishes up in the executive wash rooms - she brushes her striking blonde hair, careful to ensure that it's neatly fitted.

>Then she turns to look back at Mechanicus - sitting upright in the bed. His entire face is still flushed with red, as he looks away from Phoebe.

"I'm guessing that was your first time in a while."

>Mechanicus remains silent, as Phoebe then thinks again.

"…..First time ever?"

>She then gives a soft laugh as she says:

"Hopefully it was an experience for you then."

>As she moves to sit down beside Mechanicus, she then says:

"….I meant what I said. You're going to be OK. I'll make sure of it."

>Still trying to hide his hair color, Mechanicus asks:

"Y-You're not repelled by the white hair? The eyes?"

>Phoebe laughs softly again as she moves to roll a strand of his hair in her finger.

"It looks cute on you. You're not the only one who hides their hair color in public, remember Sammy?"

>Samael sighs as he then says:

"….First name basis already then?"

"After sleeping with you, what do you think?"

>Silent for another moment, Samael then states:

"….There's a non zero percent chance that my older sister is going to ruin the entire world - just to make it hurt me even more."

>Phoebe then takes Samael's hand in hers and says:

"Then we'll stop her, or set her on a better path - together."

>A moment passes between them before Samael states:

"You've had your eye on me for months, haven't you?"

>Phoebe nods, an amused smirk on her face.

"Why do you think I made my move now?"

>Phoebe then leans in and gives Samael another kiss on the lips as she concludes:

"Besides. I'll need an expert to teach me how to handle my new body. I can already feel the effects of the changes…."

>Samael looks away as he says:

"Yes. Of course….."


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>Location: Archeon Complex - Rooftop
>Time: 6:30 PM

>Mosaic sits on the top of the Archeon Complex, hovering in a cross legged fashion. As he does so, he closes his eyes for a moment before opening them. Once opening them, he then says out loud:

"You knew all of this was going to happen, didn't you?"

>Hovering alongside Mosaic, is his Sorcerer Supreme counterpart from another world.

"Of course I did. How could I not know myself?"

>As Magister continues hovering in the air in a cross legged manner beside his alternate universe counterpart - he then says:

"You, who would follow in my every footstep from the moment we were both born. The single point of deviation being the decision of a magical crystal. Hmph. It's almost Shakespearean."

>Looking at Magister with more clarity, Mosaic removes his helmet as he asks:

"Then answer me this. What makes us the same? Despite that massive deviation in life paths?"

>Somewhat amused by the question, Magister then responds:

"Isn't it obvious? It's our guiding lights. Our anchors. The people who ground us and keep us striving to always do better."

>Silent for a moment, Magister then says:

"I believe your friend Mechanicus has just found his guiding light as well…."

>Confused for a moment, Mosaic then reaches out with his magic, mimicking Magister's motions. He then almost recoils in complete shock.


>Giving an amused laugh, Magister watches as his counterpart nearly falls down from his pure shock.

>After regaining his balance and his composure, Mosaic then asks Magister a question.

"I have one question for you then. Who's your anchor? Who's the one person who's kept you grounded and wanting to remain human after all this time?"

>Magister still looks amused as he looks out over the horizon, stating:

"You've already met her."

>Sighing, Mosaic then says:

"So Stella or Hiyuki then?"

>Shaking his head, Magister states:

"The former doesn't exist in my universe, as she's a unique byproduct of this universe - and I don't care to know if the latter does either."

>Confused, Mosaic then asks:

"Then, who is it? Who's your guiding light, Aiden?"


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>Magister makes a flicking motion with his hand - which then reveals the visage of a familiar woman to Mosaic. As his eyes widen, he then goes:

"Holy…….shit. What…..Is that….."

>Nodding, Magister then states:

"Circe Sirena Thompson. Otherwise known as Stephanie Thompson or 'Crepido'. The Sorceress Supreme of her world - and the first person I ever cared about in my world, who wasn't my immediate family."

>Placing a hand to his forehead, Mosaic then states:


>Looking amused, Magister then elaborates:

"Did you think that your fluster around Stephanie was coincidental? You're me - so naturally you'd fall for her, in the same way that I did. Or at least you would had your circumstances been different."

>Magister then looks at the visage of Crepido as he continues speaking:

"She was the reason I ended up changing to become a better person. The reason why I let go of my anger and frustration. She shares a lot of similarities with Stella, though with a few clear differences."

>Tapping his counterpart on his shoulder pauldron, Magister then looks at him - noting their shared two tone hair.

"The more things change, the more that they stay the same - constants across the universe. As far as I've come to understand it. We are more or less a universal constant. No matter what, we always become a hero. We always fight a part of ourselves, and we always fall for a person who has Stephanie's characteristics. I'm not sure why……"

>Magister dispels the image of Crepido and stretches out his gloved hand. Closing his eyes, he then feels himself reach out into the aether - trying to reach out beyond further…..and further…..

>At most, only a brief glimpse of himself comes back - though different. Almost…changed…..

"Whatever the reason, we are our choices, and we ultimately are who we choose to be. It just so happens that thanks to our guiding light in every universe…."

>Now hovering up high into the air in a neutral stance, Magister looks down at Mosaic as he states:

"We always choose to do good - thanks to that guiding light."

>Saluting with two gloved fingers to Mosaic below him, Magister then says:

"So do yourself a favor, Aiden. Keep Stella close - and make sure that you never let her go. Ever."

>Mosaic nods at Magister as he then says:

"I will. Always."

>Smiling behind his cloak and spectacles, Magister then replies:

"Good. I'll take my leave now. Happy travels, Aiden. You've earned it now."

>Magister then disappears in a blink without any trace of space-time distortion, leaving only Mosaic hovering in place.


>Landing down on the ground of the rooftop, Mosaic with his helmet still removed, now looks up at the evening sky.


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>After a few moments, Aiden has shifted into his civilian attire - as he leans over the railing that's overlooking the city down below. As he does so, he hears a familiar voice from the edge of his periphery of vision.

"Wow. I'm honored that he thinks of me in that way."

>Aiden looks over to his side - seeing Stella standing beside him, smiling.

"Well, he's me, so I'd hope he thinks highly of you."

>Laughing, Stella then walks closer towards Aiden and then takes her hand in his.

>Looking up at the sky, she then says:

"What Magister said about guiding lights. You were the same way for me, Aiden."

>Aiden looks embarrassed as his face flushes red temporarily. He briefly looks around, while stammering:

"W-Well. I was only doing my best. As I was raised to do."

>Stella nods slowly, as she states:

"Good. Because that's what I love about you. Big bad wolf aside - there's a heart of gold inside of you. Somebody just has to be determined enough to bring it out."

>Before Aiden can respond, Stella gives him a deep kiss on his mouth - pulling him towards her with her hand once more. This kiss is the longest one they've had, before they break apart.

"There is nothing in this world that will ever separate you from me, Oreo."

>Aiden looks at Stella with a sense of happiness and optimism usually absent in his eyes - but no longer absent now.

>His hair slowly reveals its natural two tone color once again - black and white.

"Same goes for me with you."

>Both of them look up at the sky above - holding each other's hands as they watch the sunset over the city in peace.

[The End]

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