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>Date: March 5th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Civil District
>Time: 8:00 AM

>Sanctuary City's City Government building is a large, pristine building with multiple levels. Situated behind a large structural blockade of fencing, the building stands as a monument to the city's effective governance and policies. Various MRD patrol units patrol the exterior fencing and gates of the Mayor's building; observation troopers are stationed on the rooftops of nearby buildings.

>Dozens of MRD Hovercraft also surround the building from higher elevations - along with modified APCs and heavy duty vehicles on the ground floor. Somewhat militaristic in presentation, the entire display serves as a secondary reminder of the MRD's militaristic strength and coordination - in addition to being a symbol of the city's fortification efforts.

>Inside of the large building, a series of elaborately designed hallways stretch for dozens of meters - each ornately decorated with gold embroidered paraphernalia and symbols. The symbols represent the various positions of the City's Government - including the Mayoral insignia on the largest door.

>The mayor's office has its door slightly opened, as the distinct voice of a woman can be heard from inside.

"…-dy said that I'll handle it, Mister Barnes. DataDrive's core operations weren't encumbered by the attacks. I have it on good authority that the MRD and local authorities have already swept the perimeter."

>A woman, seemingly in her late 20s is on the phone. Her relatively long auburn hair is surprisingly radiant, almost with a faint glow. As her eyes dart back and forth between a series of large folders on her desk, she carefully picks up and reads through said papers, while on the phone.

"Yes of course. I've already spoken to Lambda Pharmaceuticals as well. They're a point of interest for our potential targets here, and the MRD are already preparing sting operations to catch the perpetrators."

>After another moment, the blonde woman sighs as she then says:

"Yes of course. I understand. I'll speak to you again, after I've gotten more updates on the matter, Mister Barnes. Good day."

>Putting down the phone, the woman then rubs her eyelids in annoyance, muttering under her breath:

"….Ungrateful buffoons."

>After a few seconds, a voice them comes up over the speaker on her desk.

{"Mayor Jackson? Director McIntyre of the MRD has arrived for your meeting."}

>Feeling her body tense up slightly, Mayor Jackson then says:

"….Alright then. Send him in."

>Leaning back in her chair for a moment, the mayor then opens up a nearby bottle of pharmaceutical drugs and takes a pair of them. After having a drink of water in addition, she then regains her composure as she waits for the MRD Director to arrive.


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>After a few more seconds, the door to the mayor's office opens slowly. A man with neatly combed black hair slowly walks into the room. Eyes obscured by sunglasses, and wearing a well cut jacket and outfit, the man then moves to sit down at a nearby chair. Sitting across from the mayor, he then says:

"It's good to see you again, mayor."

>Looking the man directly in the eye, the mayor states:

"Cut the crap, Chase. What do you want?"

>Raising a hand slightly from its resting position, Chase then says:

"It's about the Breaker unit we captured a few weeks back. They've been mostly cooperative about our shared concern, but we're not making any progress."

>Looking between her work and Chase, the mayor then states:

"….Capgras. She's still not been found yet?!"

>Chase nods slowly as he takes out a file from his jacket. Flicking it with perfect precision and aim across her desk, he then says:

"We know she's still in the city. Nobody's come in or out since her break out, we're just not certain of where she could be. No paper trail - and she does a very good job of keeping herself in the dark, as you know."

>The file then lands on the mayor's desk, slowly revealing a set of pictures - depicting a woman with long white hair, a modified domino mask, and a thin black leather outfit with white fur accentuating it. The main file beside the picture has the captions:

["Name: Jennifer Haix"]
["Codename: 'Capgras']

>Raising an eyebrow, the mayor then picks up the full paper, and reads the caption out loud.

"…Meta-Human ability to absorb fragmentation copies of target DNA through physical contact. Can replicate appearance down to a genetic level, including powers and abilities. Harbors genetic muscle memory as well."

>Eyes opening wide, the mayor then turns back to Chase, stating:

"….Her official dossier only says physical shapeshifting. Not genetic replication."

>Chase cranes his head slightly as he responds:

"Her official dossier says that, yes."


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>Narrowing her eyes, the mayor looks intently at Chase, as he then states:

"….Which is why her escape is so problematic. Also rather confusing, wouldn't you agree?"

>Slowly nodding her head, the mayor responds:

"She was broken out by external parties I would assume. You seem to have the Spire well guarded, as far as I can tell."

>Chase himself gives a sheepish shrug, stating:

"I can't say for certain nowadays. Besides, we've been having trouble keeping prisoners contained as of late. Ever since the beginning of the year, strangely enough."

>Reflexively bitting her lip in annoyance, the mayor then relinquishes the behavior as she gathers up the papers into the folder once again.

"Well, I'll see what I can about talking to state representatives and Congress. Hopefully they can requisition a greater budget to the MRD, to make sure this doesn't happen again."

>She says, with a hint of annoyance in her voice.

>Chase then lowers his sunglasses partially, enough to show his eyes. His eyes have a supernatural golden glow, with a ruby red interlace - taking the mayor by surprise.

"Joanne, it's not a matter of money. It's a matter of conduct. Capgras shouldn't have been able to escape the biggest maximum security prison in the entire city, even with outside help."

>The MRD Director waits a moment for the realization to kick in. Feeling a chill cross down her spine, she then leans forward and whispers.

"….You think my own department has something to do with this? Why would the city government help a known mercenary and criminal escape MRD confinement? Containing Meta-Humans is the main policy my city government even ran on!"

>Leaning back, the mayor crosses her arms, clearly offended by the MRD Director's remarks.

"I'm not sure, Jo…."

>Chase says, taking off his sunglasses completely and beginning to clean them with the edges of his shirt, underneath his jacket. His golden-red eyes continue to glow with a brilliant radiance as he speaks.

"….But it's the only conclusion that makes any logical sense. Someone's compromised inside of your city government, and you need to flush them out - before this becomes both of our problem."

>Standing up, Chase then puts the sunglasses back on his face, covering up his glowing eyes as he then says:

"But I know you'll act in our mutual interest. You always do, Joanne."

>Chase then turns around and leaves the office, closing the door behind him as he does so.


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>As Chase walks back outside, towards his personal MRD Hovercraft, he's met with a platoon of MRD troops, standing at attention. Their power armor cleans in the light of the sun, as their energy rifles remain fastened to their backs. As they begin saluting, Chase waves them down with his hand, stating:

"Let me earn your respect first. As I've said before multiple times, I don't conform to standard conventions. Not like your predecessors."

>Nodding slowly in reluctance, the MRD troopers still remain at attention, but drop their salute motions. As they slowly lower their hands to their sides, Chase walks past them, hands in his jacket pockets. Once he reaches his personal MRD Hovercraft, he enters from the main door, opening it then closing it behind him.

>The MRD Hovercraft then takes off, as Chase adjusts his sunglasses. Looking down at the expensive watch on his wrist, he then says out loud:

"The answer's still no, Miranda."

>Across from him, a woman in her early 20s gives him a somewhat smug smile, crossing her legs. Wearing a form fitting suit, and a short jacket, she seems to have an air of confidence around her. Being a brunette with long and wavy hair, it's contrasted with streaks of white - giving her a two toned hairstyle. Much like Chase's eyes, the woman's white hair streaks appear to be unnaturally radiant.

"Aww….And here I thought you'd come to trust me as your partner…."

"We're not partners. I narrowly edged you out for this position, because I knew what you were capable of. There's no way in hell I'm giving it up to you now either."

>Giving a light scoff, Miranda's expression turns somewhat sour for the slightest moment - staring at Chase directly into his sunglasses. A moment passes before her expression then lightens up greatly, and her tone reverts to a more cheery, yet smug condition.

"As if it matters. You know how much power I'd give up to be you? The government's Meta-Human attack dog."

>Chase stares back directly at Miranda, saying:

"You're wasting taxpayer money here by getting a free ride accompanying the MRD Director, Grayson. I can see why the rest of your family doesn't talk to you."

>Having finally struck a nerve, Chase feels a slight bit of pain in his brain, almost searing - as his body quickly recovers. Recognizing the nature of the psionic attack, he then smiles slightly.

"Looks like even you've got a breaking point. Good. The answer's still no. I'm not resigning as long as you're my shoe-in replacement, Miranda."


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>Miranda scoffs again and crosses her arms, her disposition now shifting towards annoyance and general hostility once more.

"Alright then. We'll see how long you can keep up this cat and mouse game with me. But I get what I want at the end of the day Chase."

>She says, giving him a smug expression. The air around the interior of the hovercraft begins to shift, as immense amounts of psychic pressure build up inside of it.

>Chase shakes his head, resolute in his position.

"I know how much you want the position, Miranda. You're not getting it. I'm not letting you wrap the entire city around your finger."

>Somewhat confused for a moment, Miranda then blinks and laughs heartily for a few seconds. After she regains her composure, she then looks at Chase with a more genuine expression on her face.

"I don't want the city you idiot. There's something far more valuable to me that I want."

>Chase raises his eyebrow for once, even more confused.

"….What? What could possibly interest someone like you? You already have everything a person could reasonably want."

>Miranda then looks outside of the window, resting her palm to her cheek as she looks onward, a bored expression on her face.

"Really funny you say that. The target of my interest seems to be oblivious. A remarkable quality it has."

>The two of them then sit in silence for the rest of the trip back towards the MRD Spire.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 8:30 AM

>As the MRD Hovercraft touches down on the private landing pad of the Spire's highest level, MRD troopers open the door and help both Chase and Miranda out of the vehicle. They then quickly escort the two figures to the entrance of the executive suite - right into the MRD Director's office. As they both arrive at the MRD Director's office, Miranda looks at Chase - only a few inches taller than her, and says:

"You know, I thought you'd be more whimsical when I first met you. You seemed like a really easy dolt to manipulate. But…."

>Miranda shrugs, as she continues to speak:

"I guess you weren't all talk afterwards."

>Chase rolls his eyes as he says:

"I've got prisoner interrogations to oversee. You're welcome to leave now, Miss Grayson."

>Miranda demonstrates her smug expression once again, as she retorts:

"And miss a chance to see you slowly lose your composure? Please. I'm almost obligated to see this."

>As the two of them move downward towards the lower levels of the Spire - they're intercepted by a few MRD troops, as well as Valkyrie - the leader of the MRD's experimental spec ops unit. As Valkyrie sees them both approach, her expression immediately turns sour as she sees Miranda.

"….Miss Grayson. What a surprise. We were only expecting the MRD Director…."

>Miranda looks carefully at Valkyrie for a moment, before giving a joyful expression.

"Oh Diana….You don't have to be so professional around me!"

>Miranda walks forward and gives her a hug, causing Valkyrie to feel embarrassed and somewhat irritated. Hiding her clear annoyance, she then replies:

"….Well, thank you, Miss Grayson. It's good to have the city's premier psychologist here to observe the interrogations. We appreciate the partnership you've entered with the MRD for these assessments."

>Valkyrie looks at Chase, making a slight body movement which he intuitively reads as 'what the fuck is she doing here?' from experience.

>Chase then mouths without any audible sound:

"….She's here to try and talk me into giving up the position. I already told her no."

>Understanding and looking visibly annoyed, Valkyrie slowly pulls Miranda off of her, and says:

"….Well then. We all should be going to the interrogation rooms."


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>Location: The Spire - Interrogation Rooms

>Fracture sits at a table - surrounded by transparent and reinforced glass - and separate from another, larger metallic barricade with windows. As the former Breaker leader is sitting at the table, in handcuffs, he watches as a man in modified power armor walks back and forth on the other side of the table.

"Still not going to tell us who sprung your friend out then?"

>Dynamo, the leader of Sanctuary City's MRD forces, continues pacing back and forth in front of the table. After a few moments, he looks around, seeing Valkyrie, Chase and Miranda arrive - while accompanied by MRD troops. Noting their arrival, he nods slowly at them, before turning his attention back towards Fracture.

"….Fracture, you don't need to look out for her anymore. As far as we know, Capgras may have sold you out after busting free. You know how hired ops work. There's no loyalty to the crew, just the payday."

>Fracture looks around, somewhat annoyed as he says:

"I already told you. I have no fucking idea where she went, or who even got her out of here. You think I wouldn't want in on that?! Rather be out there doing jobs than being stuck in this fucking box."

>Sighing, Dynamo then stands back and crosses his armored arms in thought. He then says to Fracture:

"I know what it's like to be hung out to dry by my own crew. You still think you need to take one for the team. That they're gonna come back and bust you out too. But man, it's been weeks. She's not coming back."

>Now sensing Fracture's own hesitation in his body language, Dynamo sees the stiffening of his muscles and his inability to look Dynamo in the eye consistently.

"….Shit. You're right."

>Silent for another moment, Fracture then slams his hand on the table, saying:

"You know what? Fuck it. We ain't getting our share, then neither is she."

>Looking up at Dynamo, he then says:

"Chiral probably bust her out."

>Blinking for a moment, Dynamo does a double take as he says:

"….Chiral? The guy who hired you, right? Same guy who really ran the Helixers, according to a cellmate of yours here."

>Fracture nods slowly, as he feels himself stiffening up.


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>Feeling himself moving past a mental block of sorts, Fracture steels his nerves as he continues speaking:

"Dude's probably gonna kill us anyways for fucking up, so whatever."

>Looking directly at Dynamo, Fracture explains:

"Chiral's likely the one who did it. Dude's got powers like you've never seen before. I'm guessing he busted Jen out because he needed her to do something for him. Makes sense though, she's the strongest in our crew."

>Dynamo blinks for a moment again, looking confused.

"Capgras is a glorified shapeshifter. How much damage could she reasonably do?"

>Shaking his head rapidly, Dynamo says:

"She's gotta stick to only that for cover. But she can do way more than that, man."

>Now having his interest piqued, Dynamo rapidly walks to the table, and takes a seat across from Fracture, saying:

"Start talking, marksman. Now. Might help reduce your sentence with prosecutors if you're on your best behavior here too."


>After a few minutes, Dynamo shoves open the large metallic door to the interrogation room with a single flick of his hand - demonstrating his raw strength. As he begins marching directly towards Chase, Valkyrie looks at Dynamo and says:

"Ryan, what's going on-"

>Shoving past her, he stands directly in front of Chase and points a finger at him, saying:

"You knew the entire time didn't you? All of it?"

>Chase sighs as he nods his head slightly, saying:

"Not the time Ryan-"

"Bullshit. I want all the info. Now!"

>Valkyrie then shoves herself in between both Chase and Dynamo, putting a hand on both of their chests. She then states:

"Calm the fuck down, Ryan! Chase can't just divulge classified information!"

>Miranda leans against the wall, crossing her arms in amusement, as she watches.


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>Sighing again, Chase adjusts his sunglasses as he says to Dynamo:

"My office, five minutes. You want the full context? Do me a favor and let me get a drink first."

>Chase then puts his hands in his pockets and moves past Dynamo, as MRD troops surround him as protection while he leaves the interrogation rooms.

>Silent for a moment, he then looks at Miranda and says:

"The fuck are you doing here, Grayson?"

>Miranda shrugs her shoulders with her arms still crossed. Eyes closed, she says:

"I like visiting the zoo and seeing all of the animals run around like headless chickens. Can you blame me?"

>Opening her eyes, she gives Dynamo a malicious smile, as Dynamo moves for her.


>Valkyrie then stands in front of Dynamo, using both of her hands and every amount of strength she has to stop his advancement - by pushing against his chest. Barely stopping the casual movement of his walk, she looks up at him and says:

"She's a bitch, and tries to get into your head! Ignore her!"

>Miranda perks up, still amused.

"Oh? I don't need provocative words to get into your head, D. I do appreciate the honesty though."

>Wincing to herself, Valkyrie stands up and moves past Miranda - not looking at her in any way.

>Dynamo shakes his head and walks past Miranda, doing the same - as he moves to the upper floors of the Spire itself.

>Now alone to herself, Miranda shrugs again, more sheepishly this time as she exhales and lets out a sigh.

"Tough crowd."


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>Location: MRD Director's Office

>As Chase sits behind his desk, he fixes up the papers in front of him as Dynamo and Valkyrie both enter the room. As they do so, Chase watches as both of them take off their helmets - revealing their faces underneath. Looking at the both of them, Chase then says:

"So, what do you want to know, specifically?"

>Dynamo answers immediately:

"….Are you even a normal human, Chase? I've known you for years, but nothing seems to surprise you or faze you?"

>Her long, blonde hair nor longer obscured by her helmet, Valkyrie looks at Dynamo and says:


>Shaking his head, Ryan's own long hair periodically comes between his eyes, as he states:

"No, Diana! We need to know! "

>Pointing a finger at Chase, he continues:

"Every single time you've gone into the field with us, you've been as calm as a rock! Even when Tension's coming right towards us, you always seem to know that one of those vigilantes is going to intercept him! For God's sake, even I get nervous whenever I have to fight him! And I'm just as strong as he is!"

>Diana feels her gaze avert slowly, as she begins to speak herself:

"I will admit. I do find it somewhat strange how you're so….without fear, Chase. Nothing. No matter the situation. You're never unsure of yourself."

>Putting a hand to her arm, she then continues:

"I always just attributed that to your high marks at the MRD academy. You excelled at everything over Ryan and I. Field tactics. Situational control. Strategic deployment and coordination. Response techniques. Everything! You weren't even a Meta-Human like us, and yet you…."

>Feeling her own frustration boiling over, she then looks Chase back in the eye and says, with actual emotion and anger behind her voice:

"You just kept pushing us away!"

>Silence fills the room, as both Ryan and Chase look surprised at her for a moment. Realizing her words, Diana feels her face turn red as she curses to herself.

"….Fucking….good job Diana."

>Confused for a moment, Ryan smiles and then laughs slightly, as he says:

"Knew it."


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>Diana looks annoyed as she turns her attention towards Ryan, with hostile intent in her tone of voice.

"….What's so funny, Ryan?"

>Ryan then coughs as he looks away for a moment.

"Nothing. You're just honest about the situation. It's a good quality you have."

>Narrowing her eyes, Diana then sighs as she mutters, more loudly this time:

"Yeah well. We can talk about that later. You have a point though."

>Turning her attention back towards Chase, she then asks:

"What exactly are you Chase? Are you human or not?"

>Chase takes off his sunglasses and reveals his glowing golden and red eyes - shocking Ryan and Diana.



>Chase then says:

"I'm not exactly a Meta-Human. I'm something a bit more than that. But it's a long story. Still, that should answer your question for now."

>Looking back at his notes for a moment, he then looks back up at Ryan and Diana, saying:

"Speaking of which. Ryan, what you've learned from Fracture. It all fits now. I think I know where Capgras is, and what she's doing for Chiral….."

>Ryan and Diana then move forward, as they begin to listen to Chase's explanation at his desk, with all of the various diagrams and notes out for him to explain the situation more effectively through.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Mayor's Office
>Time: 10:00 AM

>Mayor Joanna Jackson sits at her desk, looking through the information she's acquired from her internal staff. Looking carefully over the data, she then picks up her phone and makes a call.

"Hello? Yes, Chase. It's Joanna. I've been thinking about your words from earlier today. I do agree that there's likely a mole coordinating with Capgras, who likely sprung her out. I have a suggestion though."

>After a few moments, she then says:

"Yes, I'm aware that it's dangerous. But it's likely our best chance of catching her. We're going to need to grab the woman she was assigned to hunt with the Breakers for. Yes, Sacrament."

>More silence as the mayor then responds:

"Of course. I'll see to it that the MRD are considered for a budgetary expansion and more….'autonomous operation' within the process"

>Nodding her head, the mayor then puts down the phone and says to herself:

"….Let's see if they can actually catch her, then."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Jericho's House
>Time: 12:00 PM

>Jericho, the new head of engineering at Archeon Incorporated, walking through the hallways in his home. Now using his free day for the month, he takes some time to talk to his family back home across the country - as someone speaks in the background.

"Hey J! Who are you talking to? Are they nice?"

>Putting a hand to his phone, Jericho looks up in annoyance and says:

"Will you shut up, Rachel? I'm talking to my family!"

>Rachel shrugs, as she says:

"Eh. Fair enough."


>A few minutes later, Jericho walks over to Rachel, who is sitting on the couch, watching TV, and says:

"Yeah, sorry about that. I just wanted to make sure they were OK."

>Rachel ignores Jericho, who then says:

"….I'm sorry, Rachel. I shouldn't have snapped at you like that."

>Rachel then turns to Jericho and says:

"About time you said it."

>Sighing, he then sits on the couch beside her, just as he sees a new story being reported on by the female anchor.


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["In more recent news, the Meta-Human Response Division has just put out a high priority alert for the vigilante known as 'Sacrament'."]

>B-Roll footage on the news depicts phone camera recording footage of Sacrament firing a modified MRD energy pistol at a Meta-Human Criminal - with Matrix fighting more waves of criminals in his Thermal Flame and Ice form.

["Authorities advise all citizens of the city to keep an eye out for Sacrament and her accomplice, Matrix. If anyone knows any information about either of these two vigilantes, you are strongly advised to call the Meta-Human Response Division public reporting number at…."]

>Turning off the TV, Jericho looks at Rachel and says:

"They're finally serious about trying to bring you in."

>Rachel sighs and slinks into her seat, going:

"I knew it was too good to be true. Bah. I'm not leaving."

>Jericho then thinks to himself for a moment, before saying:

"….What if you didn't have to? I mean, I know harboring you is technically a problem on my part, but why don't we take this right up to the head of command himself?"

>Blinking for a moment, Rachel then narrows her eyes as she says:

"You wanna go to Director McIntyre? Seriously?"

>Jericho looks somewhat surprised, as he then continues to speak:

"He's the one who let me off the hook, remember? He could've told the MRD where I was, right then and there - but he didn't. He had no reason to let me go either!"

>Thinking to herself for a moment, Rachel then gives a supportive head bob.

"Yeah I guess you're right. Can't hurt then, can it? Let's go see the dude himself."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 3:00 PM

>MRD troops patrol across the front gate of the Spire - the maximum security holding center and command hub of the MRD itself. As multiple MRD troopers continue patrolling the perimeter, hauling in dangerous Meta-Human criminals and performing more minute and secondary tasks both inside and outside of the facility - a loud noise grabs their attention.

"What the?!"

"Huh? Is that…."

"Get the Commander! Now!"

>A large, modified MRD Hovercraft lands at the front of the Spire, with two distinct figures slowly walking out of it. As Matrix and Sacrament slowly walk to the opening of the facility, they're met with dozens of MRD troopers, each aiming a laser sight at their bodies. With dozens of red lights surrounding them, Matrix says:

"Stay calm, Rachel. They're not going to shoot at us."

>Sacrament sneers at Matrix and then says:

"Oh confident are we now? Wise guy."

>Then, Dynamo and Valkyrie walk out of the main entrance, causing the MRD troops to ease up as Dynamo gestures for them to put down their weapons.

"Arms down. They're non hostile. We'll take them in for debriefing."


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>Location: The Spire - Interrogation Rooms
>Time: 3:30 PM

>Matrix and Sacrament sit on one side of a large, metallic table. On the opposite side, Chase and Dynamo are sitting - listening to their story.

"….Then he got the watch stuck to him after that. But he wasn't there to steal it. He swears."

>Matrix looks down at the Index on his left wrist, observing it for a moment before he says:

"I don't know if you'd even believe me but-"

"I have the footage from the CCTV cameras in that facility. I know you're telling the truth."

>All three of them look at Chase, as Dynamo scowls again.

"Conveniently left that part out until now, huh?"

>Chase ignores him and then continues speaking:

"We've been ordered by the Sanctuary City Government to put a notice out for your immediate arrest and transfer to another facility. Supposedly headed by another department. Now if you ask me, that's very suspicious."

>Sacrament thinks about it for a moment, before answering:

"Yeah it is. This is the most secure containment facility in the entire city. Sanctuary City itself is more advanced and funded with its MRD department than any other city in the country as well. So if someone really wanted to capture me that badly….Wouldn't they just hold me here?"

>Chase looks at Dynamo and says:

"Told you she was a smart kid."

>Dynamo scoffs again and crosses his arms - waiting for Chase to continue.

"Well then. To the larger point."

>Turning back to Matrix and Sacrament, he then says:

"I should more or less get the elephant out of the room first."

>Clearing his throat and putting his hand to his chin for a moment, Chase lowers it as he says:

"Mayor Jackson's been replaced by an imposter. You might remember who she is. Capgras."

>Chase then watches as a look of sheer shock and disbelief flows through all three of them. With all three of them having the exact same response.



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>Chase drinks from his water bottle rather nonchalantly, as the three figures around him continue to process the weight of the revelation.

"How long?! Has it been months? Years?!"

"Wait wait wait. What?! The sassy bitch who tried to capture me is the mayor right now?!?!"

"…How did you know this, Mister McIntyre? That doesn't seem like something that just makes itself obvious."

>Only responding to the last inquiry from Matrix, Chase lowers his water bottle back to the table and opens his eyes. Looking directly at Matrix with his supernaturally gold and ruby eyes, he says:

"It was the immediate hunch I had, given the full nature of Capgras's powers. She can perfectly replicate a human being's genetic profile - and even parts of their Meta-Gene, with a touch. But I've never seen that sort of Meta-Human ability before."

>To himself, he thinks:

{"Outside of Miranda. And now that conclusions keep forming…"}

>Out loud, he then says:

"We knew that Capgras was busted out nearly a month ago. Around the same time, the mayoral's office stopped giving me regular updates regarding the city's inquiries and investigations into derelict properties in the city. Specific buildings and land spots that were owned by various shell companies, registered in someone's name."

>He continues:

"The owner's name is William Whitemalkin. The entrepreneur responsible for forming Whitemalkin Industries - before he was forced out by his stepchildren and the company was renamed Grayson Industries as a result."

>Elaborating further, Chase says:

"I found it a bit odd that Joanna would stop giving me regular updates on those civil investigations by her staff - and then it hit me. Who would have an incentive to stop me from digging into information about the owner of the land where illegal experiments were being performed under?"

>Dynamo's body slowly leans back in his chair as he mutters to himself:

"….Of course. Chiral."


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>Sacrament freezes up immediately upon hearing the mane, a shiver going down her spine.

"…I knew it. I fucking knew it!"

>Slamming her fist against the table, it begins quivering as she tries to regain her composure.

"It's always that piece of shit! I can never be free of him! Ever!"

>Matrix puts his hand on Sacrament's shoulder, trying his best to comfort her as he says to Chase:

"So Chiral wanted investigations into his laboratories to stop? Just as you were starting to get on his trail?"

>Chase nods slowly.

"I've known about Chiral for a very long time, since I became MRD Director a few years ago. I've just never been able to get any direct evidence linking him to any ongoing crimes. That was before the masked vigilantes entered the picture."

>Understanding, Matrix slowly responds:


>Chase nods slowly.

"Indeed. Your masked friend has been doing a lot of the legwork. But he's the one who found the Helixers' core base of operations, and baited us there under the pretext of trying to capture him. That little stunt he pulled with Scalar and Hyperia seems to have been designed to get us publicly involved in the case they were making against him. Smart."

>Sighing for a moment, Chase then continues:

"Either way. Chiral seemingly knew that we were onto him, and likely had Capgras busted out of the Spire - just so that he could force her to replace the mayor, after kidnapping her. With Capgras serving as his plant, she'd be able to slowly and quietly stop all investigations into those owned properties - and deal with anyone still prying where they shouldn't be."


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>Looking at Chase, Sacrament then calms herself and maintains her composure, saying:

"Now what? This still means Chiral's trying to capture me again, if he went to all these lengths to do it….."

>Looking downtrodden, Sacrament grips her teeth, saying:

"I don't want anybody else to get hurt because of me!"

>Silence fills the room for a few seconds, before Chase then says:

"And nobody's going to die because of him anymore. We're dealing with him tonight. Once and for all."

>Everyone looks at Chase, stunned.

"What? How? We can't even find him."

>Dynamo says, in protest. Chase the nods his head in Sacrament's direction, causing Dynamo to get agitated.

"No! We are not using her as bait!"

"We already have by telegraphing to everyone that Sacrament is in this building at this very moment."

>Thinking for a moment, Dynamo curses to himself as he gets up.

"Then we're kicking the shit out of the bastard right here!"

>A hand gesture from Chase causes Dynamo to regain his composure, as Chase says:

"We still need to find the mayor. We can't legally open up a criminal inquiry into Chiral until we have enough evidence to prove his existence and build a case against him. Even then, it's still got to go through the courts before he's finally tried and put away for his crimes."

>Dynamo immediately answers, waving his hand in a dismissive gesture:

"You know who can do it. So why are you even asking?"

>Smiling lightly, Chase then says:

"I know. We'll just have to ask him."


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>Location: Spire - Rooftop
>Time: 5:00 PM

>Chase stands at the top of the Spire complex, with a contingent of MRD troops surrounding him - as three figures land on the ground. Arachnid and Arachne land first, effortlessly rolling into pouncing positions with one hand outstretched in front of them. The third and final figure, Mosaic, glides to the ground from his cloak, landing in front of them, and rising to his feet.

>As the MRD troopers instinctively raise their weapons, Chase tells them to stand down with a hand gesture - and they reluctantly do so.

"Thank you."

>Turning his attention back towards Mosaic and his proteges, he slowly walks forward - the wind whipping his hair and his jacket around rapidly.

"You're a difficult vigilante to find, I might add."

>Mosaic shrugs slightly, stating:

"I've been told some variation of that for a few years now. Good to know I'm still an enigma."

>For a moment, Chase says nothing, before he starts to speak:

"Well, I hope you can find people just as easily too…………"


>After about 10 minutes, Chase stops speaking as he finishes elaborating the situation to Mosaic and co.

"So what about it? Willing to help us?"

>Looking around at the MRD troops surrounding them, he then says:

"So what's their opinion on this?"

"They're not paid to have an opinion, and NDAs are very strict with MRD service.

>Mosaic then says:

"And if I find her?"

>Chase responds:

"You bring her back to the MRD Spire as soon as you possibly can. She's much safer here until Chiral's dealt with."

>Giving the offer some careful thought, Mosaic then says:

"If I do? We're a permanent exception to the MRD's business then. No negotiation there."


>Silence passes before Mosaic then says:

"Alright then. We'll find your mayor for you. But I want Chiral found and stopped just as badly as you do. So don't keep me out of the loop on this one."

>Mosaic then nods at his proteges behind him, as he then jumps up into the air with surprising strength, and flies off into the distance - with Arachnid and Arachne swinging behind him at rapid speeds.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - City Government Building
>Time: 5:30 PM

>As Mayor Jackson leaves the city building, she nods at the MRD platoon stationed outside of the building, and outside of her car.

"Thank you, officers. At ease."

>Nodding, they all say:

"Of course, ma'am."

>As the mayor then starts to open the handle to the car's side door - her hand is immediately webbed to the side by a strong adhesive material - silk.

>Grimacing, the mayor immediately shoots a dark look at a figure standing a few dozen feet away - on top of a MRD tank.

"Hey, remember when I said preferred body? I meant it. But I mean, you still don't look a day over thirty!"

>Eyes widening at the realization, the mayor curses to herself then shouts at her MRD detail:

"What are you doing?! Attack him, you idiots!"

>The MRD start blasting at Arachnid, who begins flipping around in the air. Bouncing from car to car with graceful jumps, he avoids the entirety of their blaster fire. All the while he says:

"What? No appreciation for honesty? Come on guys, how many of you wouldn't want to spend a night with the good mayor! She's looking good in her forties!"

>Agitated, the MRD agents start rushing after Arachnid as he leads them away from the mayor.

>Still struggling to pull the adhesive from her hand, the mayor mutters to herself, saying:

"….How the fuck did he figure it out?! Shit! I need to get out of here!"

>A loud thud then emanates from the roof of the car in front of her, as a pair of black costume footing appears before the mayor's vision. Looking upward, she sees the form of Arachne waving her hand at her.

"Hey Jen. Nice look. I guess you can pull off the 'wow, I'm really in my thirties!' look after all!"

>Scowling, the mayor then grabs Arachne's hand while she's taunting her - causing it to glow with a bright white light as she says:

"Yeah? Well two can play at that game!"


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>As the bright light glows from the mayor's hand - her appearance rapidly distorts and shifts around. Space-time seems to bend significantly, as Arachne finds herself being grabbed by a perfect duplicate of herself.

"Well look at that? I guess I'm in my twenties again!"

>The Arachne duplicate then uses her newfound super strength to effortlessly rip her hand from the silk adhesive - and punches the actual Arachne square in the face.


>Arachne is sent flying back by the strength of the punch, as the duplicate Arachne looks on in surprise.

"Oh wow. You are pretty strong! Ha ha!"

>Annoyed, the actual Arachne then quickly fires out a webbing strand from her fingertips, ensnaring the duplicate Arachne.

"Ugh! Bitch!"

>Arachne then leaps forward rushing straight to the car and pushing it into the duplicate Arachne on the floor.

"Tch! Two can play that game!"

>The duplicate Arachne then uses her newfound strength to shove the car laterally, pushing it upwards behind her with her bound hands - while the real Arachne pushes it down again in the same direction.



>The two Arachnes then continue pushing the car down the parking lot, as the duplicate Arachne breaks free of her binds and rips the car in half with her bare hands.

"You realize what Chiral will do now that his plan is compromised?! You idiot!"

>The duplicate Arachne punches Arachne in the face again, knocking her backwards. This time however, the real Arachne catches her fall with her hand and effortlessly handstands back into a neutral standing position again.

"Yeah. He's gonna show himself, and we're all going to be free of his bullshit!"


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>The duplicate Arachne shakes her head in frustration, shouting:

"No you fucking idiot! He's just going to kill us all! He wanted his revenge to be slow, gradual!"

>Rushing the real Arachne, the duplicate Arachne demonstrates her patented muscle memory and effortlessly matches the real Arachne's combat prowess - matching her blow for blow, and getting an elbow strike in, staggering the real Arachne backwards.

"Ack! Bullshit! If he could do that, he would've done so already!"

>With a quick spinning roundhouse kick, the real Arachne sends the duplicate Arachne spiraling backwards into a car - causing her to gasp in pain as the windows completely shatter.


>Panting slightly, the real Arachne stands up straight and points a finger at the duplicate Arachne, saying:

"…I"m living proof of your fear! He had his hooks in me too! He blackmailed me too! He threatened me too! With my own life!"

>The Arachne duplicate hesitates for a second, actually seeming unsure of herself and demonstrating that she may be unwilling to continue fighting, ever so slightly.


>Arachne continues speaking:

"But he doesn't have to be in control of your life anymore Jennifer! Fight back! Let go of the fear and join us! You don't need to be afraid anymore!"

>The Arachne duplicate shakes her head as she stands up, moving from the wreckage of the car she was knocked into. Although sharing her target's immense durability and strength, her mind is still shaken from the reality of her cover being blown.

"No. Nonononono. I can't… I can't!"

>Falling to the ground, the duplicate Arachne begins hyperventilating, and panicking.


>Seeing an all too familiar sight from a literal duplicate of herself on the floor, Arachne grits her teeth and marches forward. Grabbing her duplicate by the costume with a fist, she holds her up, saying:

"Get a hold of your fucking self Capgras! You're not his tool anymore! You're your own person now and you get to choose! Not him! Not anymore!"

>Arachne stares her duplicate right in the face, as Arachnid swings over - having witnessed a good chunk of the altercation.


>Arachnid says to himself, quietly, as he perches on a nearby lamp post.

>More MRD troops then quickly arrive on the scene - catching Arachne as she's holding her duplicate up in the air. Weapons aimed at them both, Arachne then says to her duplicate:

"Your choice, Capgras. Still going to be a useful tool? Or are you going to make your own choices now?"

>The lights of the MRD's weapons begin to intensify, as they aim their sights at the both of them.

>Looking between Arachne and the MRD troopers multiple times, the duplicate Arachne's mind begins to race. Flashes of her past begin to overwhelm her, before she finally shouts:

"Fine! God damnit! Fine!"

>As she pushes herself away from Arachne's grasp, her body reflexively begins to shift again. Distorting through the fabric of space-time, her appearance shifts rapidly until her original form as Capgras reappears - causing the MRD agents to lower their weapons in shock.

>Panting lightly, Capgras looks onward, shouting for them all to hear:

"I'll tell you where the mayor is! But I want protection from him!"

>Silent for a moment, Arachne then turns to the MRD troops and says:

"Well you heard the woman! Get your fucking asses to it! Let's go save the mayor!"


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Abandoned Warehouse
>Time: 6:00 PM

>After half an hour of searching, a separate group of MRD troopers and a cloaked figure come across a large storage room underground - situated underneath an existing building property in the derelict parts of the city.

>The area has a cold and unkept air to it, with lots of rats and mice scattering around the floors. Various trays of half eaten food are also seen - with a woman in ragged clothes and messy, unkept hair at the end of the room. As she sees the bright lights peering into her room from the outside - she watches in astonishment as a figure rips off the door with one hand.

"…….My God."

>Mosaic then walks into the room illuminating it with a small device in his hand. A bright red light pulsates into the area, as he's followed by various MRD troopers. After walking up to the woman, he then says:

"Mayor Jackson? Good to finally meet you."

>Holding out a hand, Mosaic watches as the woman starts crying in relief, her eyes closed the entire time.

"Oh thank God! Thank God you found me!"

>Picking up the woman, Mosaic looks around and realizes where he is - the damaged ruins of another old laboratory environment.


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>Mosaic then carries the woman outside, to the front of the destroyed building, and out of the bottom compartment in one of the damaged rooms. As he does so, he's escorted by a group of MRD agents - one of them saying:

"You can leave the lady with us. We'll take her to the MRD Spire."

>Mosaic looks at them for a moment, before looking at the woman in his arms, and says:

"Where would you like to go?"

>Thinking for a moment, the mayor then looks at the MRD officer and says:

"….I think he can protect me better than any of you can. No offense, troopers."

>Before they can respond, Mosaic then says:

"Honored at the response. I'll take you somewhere safe for now ma'am. I promise."

>Carefully taking her to the Manifold parked nearby, he places her gently into the second seat - on the right side of the car. Looking back at the troopers, he says:

"Your Director owes me a favor for this. Tell him I'll add it to the list. Once Chiral's dealt with, I'll send her back to City Hall."

>Mosaic then flips into the driver's seat of the car from above and closes the door - slamming his foot to the accelerator and starting to drive himself and the mayor away.


>Location: Sanctuary City - Off Road Areas

>Time: 7:00 PM

>After evading the MRD Hovercraft units with minimal effort in the Manifold, Mosaic gives an amused scoff, noting the reward for his years of practice doing just that.

"You alright?"

>Mosaic says, looking at the woman sitting beside him, still somewhat shaken by her experiences.

"….Yes. I think."

>Mosaic keeps driving the Manifold, with one hand on the steering wheel. Demonstrating remarkable proficiency, maneuvering the vehicle at high speeds, he seems to be more preoccupied with the mayor's condition.

"With all due respect, mayor. I was bluffing with the MRD troopers to a degree. I just didn't know you'd go along with it. Why did you choose me?"

>The mayor looks away and at the tainted glass window of the Manifold as it continues gliding across the off-road paths of Sanctuary City's outskirts.


>Mosaic then speaks up:

"You think the MRD is compromised, don't you? Meaning you were worried someone within would inform your kidnapper of where you were again, weren't you?"

>Looking at Mosaic in surprise and astonishment, he then holds up a hand slightly, stating:

"I like to think I'm a very good detective."

>Sighing again, the mayor says:

"You do seem like the prepared type. I've seen what you've done. The people you've helped. You also seem to always evade capture by the MRD, and I don't have any other options for people I can trust right now - as you've said."

>Mosaic then looks back at the mayor, giving a slight salute by tapping the side of his mask with two fingers.

"Then you can trust me, for whatever that's worth."

>The Manifold then continues driving on into the distance - reaching the depths and interiors of the large cave systems underneath Sanctuary City.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 7:30 PM

>Still sitting in the interrogation chambers, Sacrament sighs and leans down on the nearby bench - staring up at the ceiling. Muttering to herself, she says:

"Great job, Rachel. You've jumped right into a building where Chiral can easily capture you again. Good work, girl."

>As she's muttering to herself, she can see a figure appearing from the edge of her periphery - a shining armored helmet gleaming from the top of her vision and making itself visible before her.

"Hey. Sacrament, right? Can I talk to you for a moment?"

>Shouting in response, Sacrament jumps up out from her bench, and lands on her feet, stumbling for a bit.

"Gyah! What the hell, lady?!?! Gimme some space!"

>Holding up both of her hands, Valkyrie then says:

"H-Hey! Sorry! I just…I needed to ask a favor of you."

>Blinking, Sacrament then says:

"Wait. What are you doing here? You're that big shot MRD super soldier lady aren't you? Yeah, Valkyrie right?"

>Valkyrie is hesitant for a moment, before she then says:

"Yes. I'm Valkyrie. Head of the Aesir Unit here."

"Ohhhh right. Norse mythology. Neat."

>Sacrament then crosses her arms, as she says:

"So why do you need to talk to me again?"

>Silent for a moment, Valkyrie looks at the wall nearby, crossing her arms for a few seconds in complete silence before she finally speaks and responds to Sacrament's inquiry.

"….Going with Norse mythology, as you said. Let's just say, I'm Odin, and I'm ready to sacrifice my right eye to the mighty Yggdrasil. The all knowing World Tree….."

>Sacrament's eyes widen as she says:

"No…….You actually want me to give you powers?"

>Valkyrie turns her attention back to Sacrament and nods slowly.

"The strongest powers you can give."

>Mouth agape, Sacrament collects herself as she says:

"Lady, you do know what the cost of that is, right? Ask my friend over there."

>Sacrament nudges her attention to Matrix - who is fast asleep in his armor on another bench.

>Valkyrie looks at Matrix for a moment, then says:

"…I've read your dossier. Even the classified one. Took me a while to get clearance for that but…..I needed to know the extent of your power. No matter the cost, it's worth it."

>Sacrament is still confused, trying to wrap her brain around the situation.

"Yeah but if you know that, why the hell would you want to give that up for immense power? I'm talking about your literal free will here!"


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>Feeling her hands slowly curl into fists as she lowers them from her hand cross position, she then looks at Sacrament, straight in the eye through her visor, and says:

"…Because I need to be just like him."

>Valkyrie's voice trails off as she says the last part.

"…..Worthy of him….."

>Squinting her eyes behind her own goggles, Sacrament says:

"What? What are you talking about?"

>Valkyrie snaps back to attention and says:

"Can you do it or not?!"

>Surprised by her fierce and aggressive response, Sacrament nods quickly, and says:

"Yeah, but here's the thing. If I do this, then unless I undo it at a later point? You'll literally have no choice but to do what I say. You won't even second guess my commands either, because that's the logical conclusion of my power contracts."

>Looking down at her hands, Sacrament then says:

"This is why nobody's tried to get as much power out of me as they can. Because nobody's willing to give up control of their bodies for ultimate power. Makes sense though, who'd think ultimate power is worth that?"

>Valkyrie then grabs at Sacrament's hand - as glowing multicolored rainbow sparks begin to fly.

"Nnngh! Hey! I didn't say I was ready!"

"Just do it, Sacrament! Give me all of the power that you can!"

"Alright! Shit!"

>Wincing as the force of the energy discharges begins to increase significantly - Matrix is knocked awake as he's sent flying across the wall. The impact circuits of his suit help him withstand most of the damage, but he still lands down in a daze. Slowly waking up, he then goes:

"Wait what?! What's happening?! Sacrament!"

>Slowly standing up, he watches as Valkyrie holds onto Sacrament's hand with her own - the luminosity and force of the bright lights and energy coming from Sacrament increasing even further with each passing second.

"You accept the terms of the contract then, Diana?!"

>Sacrament says, her supernatural power giving her the context of her potential bargainer's life details.

"Yes! I do!"

>Valkyrie says, without hesitation.

"Alright then! Here you go!"

>Matrix then holds out a hand, saying:

"You don't have to do that Valkyrie! Stop!"

>But then, the contract completes, as the final surge of power bursts forth - completely imbuing itself into Valkyrie as her body and form grows in power.


>Valkyrie then begins to scream with a supernaturally distorted cadence.


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>Chase and Dynamo then rush into the room - right as the energy maelstrom begins to dissipate. As they both rush into the room to check on Valkyrie's body - now landed on the floor, Dynamo looks at Sacrament and says:

"Sacrament! What did you do?!?!"

>Defensively holding up her hands, she shouts:

"Hey! She's the one who said she wanted the contract! I can't force people to take it! You know that from my file!"

>Chase then slowly helps Valkyrie to her feet, while saying:

"….Diana? What did you do?"

>Catching her breath, Valkyrie slowly grabs a hold of Chase's hand and looks away from him. Still panting slightly, she pulls her hand away from him, as she starts walking out of the room, saying:

"….Got stronger."

>Walking past Chase and shoving past Dynamo with her fingers - Dynamo is surprised to find himself shoved backwards a few meters and knocked into one of the glass planes - by Valkyrie's fingertips. Stunned, he slowly turns towards Chase and says:

"Did you just see that…."

>Chase looks between Dynamo and Valkyrie and then says:

"….Yeah. I did."

>Moving after her, Chase catches up to Valkyrie as Dynamo stays behind to talk to both Sacrament and Matrix.


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>Catching up to Valkyrie, Chase puts a hand on her shoulder and says:

"Hey. D. You don't need to keep hiding your feelings like this. I can tell you've got something eating away at you - because nobody goes out of their way to do what you just did."

>Looking at her, he then states:

"Did you just make a pact with Sacrament to remove your autonomy?"

>Valkyrie nods slowly as she says:

"I don't care what the cost is. Because now?"

>Holding out her hand, Valkyrie begins generating a substantial amount of energy - various forms of it cycling around her fingers like a miniature storm. Both natural and supernatural forms of energy coil around her fingers, as she then says:

"I can feel it. So much….power……"

>As the energy begins to build in her hand with more intensity, she continues to speak:

"Oh….This must be how it feels for you…all the time Chase….."

>Chase then removes Valkyrie's helmet - seeing Diana's eyes glowing underneath. Her eyes seem to have a luminescence and radiance eerily similar to his own, only more multicolored than his eyes.

"Diana, you can't give up your autonomy for me. Even if Sacrament won't use that power - the very threat of it is enough for her to walk out of here without issue."

>Diana shakes her head as the energy dissipates from her hands - stating:

"I don't care. I got what I wanted, and I'll prove it to you, and her."

>Softly brushing Chase's hand away, compared to what she did with Dynamo a few moments ago, Valkyrie puts her helmet back on, as she walks outside.

>Sighing, Chase then looks back at Dynamo, who arrives. Nodding at him, he then says:

"I'll give her some space. Come on. We need to get prepared - since I have a feeling he'll finally show his face."

>Dynamo blinks behind his helmet.

"….You mean Chiral? Finally?"

>Chase nods once again.


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>Time: 8:00 PM

>Crossing his arms as he leans against a door at the interior of the Spire's lobby, Chase thinks to himself for a few moments, before saying:

"…..There. I can sense a massive amount of energy. The psychic signature is also unique. Right outside."

>Looking at Dynamo, Chase then looks at Matrix and says:

"Sorry, Matrix. You're safer off in here."

>Matrix starts to protest as he says:

"Hey, this is the guy who's been giving Sacrament trouble for years. I should try and help however I can!"

>Chase puts up his hand.

"I get it, but he's too dangerous. I can sense people's power, and his is astronomical."

>Matrix then looks down at the Index on his wrist and says:

"Well fine. But I'm still on point for support, alright?"

>Chase nods and then turns to Dynamo.

"How's Valkyrie?"

>Dynamo sighs.

"She's still feeling a bit moody, but she's ready for a fight."

"Good. Keep the MRD troops at a distance. Let's go."


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>The three MRD hierarchs then walk outside, with the entire base of MRD troops perched at a distance - aiming their weapons at the lone figure standing in the dark. The entirety of the base is illuminated with massive floodlights - shining a light on said figure.

"Well, it seems I've underestimated the MRD. As well as the 'vigilantes'."

>Looking upward, the figure appears to be a young man in his mid 20s, with a large coat, an elaborate top hat and bright white hair. His visible eye has an ethereal bright glow to it, and a wry smile appears across his face. The cadence of his voice is unnatural, with a reverberation and a distortion filter added on top of it.

"So you're Chiral. Funny, I imagined you'd be taller."

>Chase says, hands in his coat. Sizing up the man for a moment, he then says loudly enough for Dynamo and Valkyrie to hear:

"Keep your guard up. He has dozens of high level powers, and half of them are lethal."

"How do you know that-"

"I just do. Not enough time to explain, so leave it to me."

"But Chase, you may be a Meta-Human but-"

"I'm not a Meta-Human. As I said, it'll be more complicated for me to explain, but you'll see soon enough. Deal with his goons. I'll handle him."


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"What goons-"

>Suddenly, large plumes of fire appear around Chiral, with dozens of Vulcan clones stepping through them.


>As the Vulcan clones appear, rushing towards the MRD leaders, Chase makes a gesture with his hand. A space-time distortion appears around him, as he's then quickly adorned with a high tech combat armor. Before anyone can react, Chase then takes out the blaster appearing with the armor - and fires high energy bolts - knocking back a few of the Vulcan clones.

"Where'd that come from?"

>Dynamo says, grappling and punching a Vulcan clone into a crater on the floor - as the rest of the MRD agents begin opening fire on the remaining clones.

"Aesir Unit armory. This was the armor based on a certain eyepatch man, if I remember. Also, it's Mobius in the field, remember?"

>Ignoring the remaining Vulcan clones, Mobius then walks up slowly to Chiral - standing a few feet away from him.

>In the background, Valkyrie rushes a pair of Vulcan clones and punches them with enough energy to rupture them into nothingness - evaporating in a plume of flame.

"Impressive. As I said, I've been underestimating your abilities. Let's up the stakes then, shall we?"

>Chiral then disappears in a fold of space-time, reappearing on the top of a nearby platform.

"I should imagine, you can understand what comes next in this grand experiment of mine, Director?"

>Chiral snaps his fingers, generating more ruptures in space-time, summoning clones of Titanomachia.

"They're on a time table for their structural integrity, but they should be more than adequate enough for you."

>Chiral then gives a light scoff, as a pair of Titanomachia clones begin to grab at the floor, slowly raising it with an immense amount of strength.

"What the?!?!"


>The Titanomachia clones are at the point of lifting up the entirety of the MRD Spire's foundation, beginning to topple it.

"There are hundreds of people inside! The fucking maniac!!!!"

>The Spire, the standing monument to the MRD's operations, is now seconds away from toppling over - and destroying countless agents.


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>As the MRD Spire begins to slowly topple over, potentially dooming hundreds of people…..suddenly, the building stops falling. A massive burst of light appears, towering in the air, as a large, humanoid figure grabs both sides of the spire with its bare hands. Hundreds of feet tall, the large humanoid figure appears to be armored, and catches the building without much effort.

>In awe of the demonstration before them, the MRD figures look on in astonishment, with even Mobius appearing surprised.

"….Well then. I don't know what to say…"

>Chiral scowls in anger as he looks down at Mobius and the rest of his team.

"This is your doing I suppose? Well played then."


>A figure in a dark hood and mask hovers through the air on a futuristic looking hoverboard. A glowing trail of light flows behind the device, as the figure in the robe and mask looks on.

"Oh, you must be the blowhard behind this entire mess. Good job so far."

"Demiurge! I thought he was just a rumor!"

"Well shit!"

>Noticing the murmur of the MRD agents below, he then says through a distorted mask:

"Hey. Don't get too happy to see me."

>Chiral then makes a slight motion with his finger, swiping the air in front of him - causing Demiurge to be telekinetically shoved off of it - suddenly.


>Making a gesture with his own hands, Demiurge remotely directs his hoverboard to catch him in midair.

"Ugh. Bastard!"

>Making a motion with his hands, Demiurge then watches as a glowing orange sphere appears beneath Chiral's feet.


>A massive explosion appears before Chiral, rocking the platform he's standing on and seemingly burning him up in a pillar of smoke too.


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>The Titanomachia clones then begin rushing down the MRD agents - knocking down waves of them with their sheer fists and seriously injuring them. As they move through more and more platoons of MRD troopers, they're finally intercepted by Mobius and Valkyrie. Both of them grab onto a fist from a Titanomachia clone with their bare hands.

>Looking at each other, Mobius and Valkyrie are silent for a moment.

"…Huh, not bad. You're stronger than I thought."

"You're not so shabby yourself."

>Looking at each other for a moment, they then each turn their attention back towards a Titanomachia clone, and punch them in the gut - hard. Each of them demonstrating even more immense strength, they both shatter their respective Titanomachia clone into dust.

"He wasn't kidding. They're basically unstable. Might not have had enough time to properly clone them."


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>In the distance, Dynamo is handling three different Titanomachia clones - using the combination of his reinforced armor and energy based durability to withstand the strikes. As he does this, he redirects his energy, attempting to strike them. He's successful hitting 2 of the clones - shattering them into dust himself.

"Well, if they're unstable science experiments? Good enough for me!"

>As the third Titanomachia clone rapidly moves towards him - it's suddenly webbed up from behind and ensnared.

"Oh no you don't!"

>Arachne then grabs her web robe and spins the Titanomachia clone around - then up into the air. As she does so, she looks upward and watches as Arachnid swings into view, performing a spinning flip kick - with enough energy to knock the Titanomachia clone back into the ground - shattering the floor completely and generating a massive plume of dust and debris.

>Arachne and Arachnid then flip backwards, quickly and effortlessly - before performing multiple somersaults in the air as they land on their feet next to Mobius, Dynamo and Valkyrie.

"Sorry we're late. Traffic, am I right?"

>Everyone stares at Arachnid, who then coughs to himself, saying:

"It was worth the punchline…."

>Arachne flicks Arachnid's helmet, annoyed as she says:

"Idiot. Pay attention. We're here for Chiral, just like they are."


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>Chiral then reappears on the ground floor, barely scratched and singed by Demiurge's attack. Dusting himself off, he then notices Arachne arrive, sayingL

"Ahh, my dear. You've finally rolled out from whatever bench you were hiding under. I must admit, I expected more bravado, given your defiance of my orders."

>Arachne spits at Arachne from meters away - with precision accuracy, watching as Chiral flicks the ball away at blinding speeds.

"Fuck off. You're done, and we're taking you down once and for all."

"Yeah what she said."

>Arachnid says, sheepishly while pointing at at Arachne next to him.

>Demiurge then appears on his hoverboard, landing down beside them all, with a certain someone holding onto him from behind.

"Found this one falling out of the building. Caught her just in time too."

>Capgras steps off of Demiurge's board, visibly shaking, but still angry as she glares at Chiral from afar.

"….You. This is all your fault! All of it!"

>Pointing at Chiral, Capgras then screams:

"All of your fucking bullshit did this to me! To all of us!"


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>At that moment, two figures drop down from the sky above. Mosaic, followed by Omnius. As they both land on the ground, Mosaic rises up to his feet first. Looking behind him at everyone, he then says:

"Hey. You guys alright?"

>Everyone gives various responses.

"Sure. No problems here."

"You took your sweet ass time to arrive."

"Hey, you brought the brainiac mind power dude with you. Nice."

"Yeah boss, I'm good."

"Yep. More than fine here boss."

"Who are you again?"

>Noticing the last response is from Capgras, he then turns back around, saying:

"Enough with the disguise Chiral. I know who you are, as much as it pains me to say it. Just drop the act."

>Confused, Arachnid walks up to Mosaic and says:

"Boss, what are you talking about? He has a secret identity?"

>Mosaic then explains out loud.

"The MRD's been trying to figure out why Chiral's had access to labs that were registered under various shell companies. I'm sure Director Mobius can tell you this himself."

>Mobius nods slowly, holstering his blaster in his arms.

>At that moment, two more figures arrive at surprising speeds. Hyperia touches down beside Omnius, whereas Scalar appears in a bolt of lightning, beside Mosaic.

"Yeah, I can. And I think I can see where you're going with this."

>Chiral looks onward, amused as he crosses his arms, waiting for Mosaic to continue explaining.

"The shell companies were registered to a William Whitemalkin - and he's accounted for right now in jail. Meaning only one other person knew where all of the laboratories were."

>Chiral narrows his eyes, his facial expression growing into a wider sinister smile as Mosaic continues speaking.

"That's it, let them know."

>Feeling his hand ball up into a fist, showing a rare display of anger, Mosaic then states:

"That person is Doctor Elias Nathanial Grayson - the world's original expert on Meta-Humans and the Meta-Gene, and he's supposed to have been dead for 25 years. That's who's in front of us right now."

>The air changes slightly, as the weight of the revelation sinks in for them all. Hyperia feels her breath slow down, as she utters a barely audible.

"…Oh My God….No."

>Scalar feels his mind swirl as his eyes dart between Mosaic in his periphery, and Chiral's right before him. Also barely audible, he says:

"…..Uncle Eli?"


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>Watching as a few of the vigilantes have a kneejerk reaction to the news, Chiral's eyes narrow for a moment - before he pulls his head back and laughs hysterically. His laughter is so loud, it's almost deafening given the distortion of his voice. At that same time, his body begins rapidly shifting in various ways - distorting and growing into a more adult form. Now a foot taller, with medium length black hair, pale skin and red eyes - Chiral's facial structure also changes along with his outfit.

>Now adorned in a black and red outfit, Chiral's facial structure now resembles his public face as Elias Grayson. An amused smile still on his face, he then states:

"I'd congratulate you for figuring it out, if that didn't mean I'd be forced to pull out all the stops. Still, I appreciate the excuse to let loose now…."

>Chiral then generates a massive number of clones - of Titanomachia, Vulcan, Traction and various Helixers from before - dozens of them piling the streets behind him.

"And I'm going to use this structure as my first example of retribution. This entire structure is a farce, an edifice to suppression of my people - Meta-Humans."


>Mosaic then says, looking back at him as he says:

"We're leaving this up to you. Scalar, Hyperia and I are going to deal with Chiral."

>Confused for a moment, Mobius then says:

"I don't….Oh. Of course. I should've known."

>Scoffing lightly in amusement, Mobius then says:

"You know you always were my one blindspot in this city. Of course it would be you. In that case…."

>Mobius then coordinates all of the remaining MRD officers and vigilantes, directing them as they begin rushing towards the Meta-Human clones. Once they're all out of earshot, Mobius walks up to Mosaic, saying:

"Go for it. Grayson. It's a matter of family anyways."

>Patting him on the back, Mobius rushes forward - meeting the rest of his team ahead, as Chiral crosses his arms.

"Oh? And what's that supposed to mean?"

>Not even hesitating, Mosaic removes his mask - confident that most of the MRD's attention is preoccupied elsewhere with his powers.

"You've gone too far, Uncle Eli. This needs to stop, now!"

>Aiden says, anger and determination in his eyes.


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>Chiral reflexively steps backwards, a look of genuine shock and disbelief in his eyes. Almost reflexively, his eyes begin tearing up slightly as he whispers faintly:

"…..Aiden? I-Is that you?"

>Remembering past memories, before his death, Chiral can only look on helplessly as a prisoner in his own body.

"I remember your face…..So long……."

>Shaken to his core, Chiral takes another step back, looking at Hyperia and Scalar, as the logic starts to build in his mind.

"Then that means you two are….Oh no…."

>Hyperia removes her domino mask, revealing her face as Phoebe.

"….Uncle Eli, you need to stop. You're just hurting people with this! How could you do this?!?!"

>Phoebe shouts, genuine anger and frustration in her voice. She also begins tearing up somewhat as she does so.

"I looked up to you! How the fuck could you do this to us?!?!"

>Scalar is the last to remove his cowl, slowly pulling it back over his head. As his cowl hangs back from his neck, Jonah reveals his face and briefly shakes his hair for a moment. Also staring at Chiral with a look of anger and frustration on his face, he says:

"…Never in my wildest dreams did I even consider the possibility. Yet as Aiden explained it, the conclusion seemed so obvious in retrospect. To think I willingly blinded myself to the truth, so lackadaisical the revelation seems now."

>After a few moments, he then says:

"I feel nothing but shame, in response to this. Nothing."


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>Aiden then puts his mask back on, just as Phoebe and Jonah do the same. Now all 3 of them stand meters in front of Chiral.

>After a moment of pause, Mosaic then says:

"Take him down."

>Hyperia and Scalar then rush forward, blitzing Chiral faster than he can react.

"N-No! ACK! Aiden! Phoebe! Jonah! Listen to me! I'm not the one you should be fighting! GYAH!"

>Chiral feels his face draw blood as he's knocked to the ground. Skidding to his feet, he stumbles upward quickly, stating:

"You shouldn't be fighting me here! I'm not the one who did this! They are!"

>Chiral points up to the MRD Spire, and to the city's monuments behind it - as he's blitzed into the ground again by Hyperia and Scalar.

>Now drawing even more blood, he shouts:

"They're the ones who took me away from you! Your family!"

>Hyperia and Scalar then land beside Mosaic, as he speaks:

"You're not our family. Because our family doesn't torture and murder people to get what we want."

>Feeling a part of him die after hearing that statement, Chiral then screams in anger, losing his inhibitions as he says:

"Then I'll make you understand! What they took from me! What they did to me!!"

>Chiral then clones himself dozens of times, rapidly distorting the fabric of space-time as he does so.

"To hell with fair play! When you have an objective, you fight to win!"

>Chiral's clones begin bombarding the trio of vigilantes with various energy based attacks. From heat and flames, to borderline sub-zero temperature blasts and electrical bursts.

"All people care about is power! If you don't have it? You're dead in this world! That was what I was going to teach your cousins! And that's what Silas needed to teach you!"


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>Mosaic vaults into the air - using his powers to push back against the slowdown of time, with his own space-time manipulation. Projecting a counter field to negate the overall effect, he then grapples a clone of Chiral and slams it into the ground, vaporizing it and turning it into dust.

>At the same time, Hyperia's eyes glow a deep red light, as her heat vision tears apart more Chiral clones - ripping through them like paper. She also uses her arctic breath to flash freeze a set of Chiral clones - shattering them with a sonic scream afterwards.

>Each destruction of a clone leads to a feedback loop of pain that transmits across Chiral's mental network, and amplifies it as well.


>Scalar then rushes forward, blitzing through dozens of Chiral clones with the same supernatural lightning carried by Speedrunner. As he holds his hand outwards, he focuses his lightning generation into a spear construct - stabbing through multiple Chiral clones in a fraction of a second - and causing further pain to Chiral himself.


>Chiral then falls to the floor in pain, now panting heavily as the feedback mechanism immobilizes him temporarily. Afterwards, Mosaic then slowly walks towards Chiral, standing before him.

"…Aiden…..A-Aiden….please….Help me….."

>Chiral holds up his hand, trying to reason with his nephew. As he sees the hand, Mosaic then says:

"….I am. But I'm giving you actual help."

>Mosaic then puts his hand on Chiral's face, as his mask lenses begin glowing with astral energy.

"I'm forcing you to come to terms with what you've done."

>Mosaic then blasts Chiral with a surge of psychic energy - a pulse massive enough to be felt across the entire city by telepaths. As Chiral reels in pain and his body convulses involuntarily - he loses the memories of the immediate situation and encounter, watching as the very memories of Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah are wiped from his mind.

"You need to feel the damage you've done, and the pain you've caused. Omnius. I'm going to need help here."

>Mosaic then holds up his hand - relaying a surge of psychic energy towards Omnius for him to magnify tenfold. After a few moments, the energy surge returns to Mosaic from Omnius, as it strikes Chiral in the mind immediately.


>Bolts of psychic energy crackle around from Chiral's mind, as he's then knocked backwards - and knocked unconscious.

>After the final psychic strike, Mosaic watches as Chiral's form slowly changes and reverts. His clothing, skin tone and eye color change - reverting to his true state as Elias Grayson.

>Looking down over the form of his uncle, Mosaic takes a deep sigh as Hyperia and Scalar walk up to him.

"….Aiden, are you sure about this? You know how people are going to see this. Even if he was acting alone."

>Mosaic is silent for a moment after hearing Hyperia's question. Sighing again, he then says:

"….You do the right thing, no matter the cost. You don't compromise on your morals, under any circumstances. No more secrets, and no more lies."

>Mosaic walks forward and then grabs Elias's unconscious body by the neck of his collar.

"…The world deserves to know the truth. No matter how badly it hurts us in the end."

>Mosaic then drags Elias's body towards the MRD interior…..


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>Date: March 8th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex
>Time: 9:00 AM

>Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah look at the TV from inside of the CEO office. Each of them sitting in a different chair, or on a different couch, as they wait anxiously for the official report from the MRD.

"….You think they'll show him?"

"I don't see why not? It is his face. There's no way to hide that."

"Legitimately impossible to avoid that point of note."

>As the MRD press conference finally arrives, they're all shocked to see who's giving the report.

>Out loud, Phoebe says:

"Are you fucking kidding me?"


>Location: MRD Spire

>Time: 9:00 AM

>Miranda Grayson stands at the podium in front of the MRD Spire, clearly experienced with public speaking. Nodding at the cameras, she gives a warm smile before she begins speaking.

"….Ladies and Gentlement. People of Sanctuary City. Of the United States, and of the entire world….I make these statements with no semblance of hesitation or doubt. Nor with a lack of understanding, of the gravity of these accusations. But it is with a heavy heart, that I must state…."

>The entirety of the news cast watches on with intent, as well as viewers around the city, nation and world.

"….That the actions of my reprehensible stepfather, William Whitemalkin, have not been retained to the limitations of a jail cell."

>Audible gasps appear from the news cast, and civilians watching the presentation from afar. Disbelief flows over the crowd as murmurs begin to increase in size and volume.

>Miranda continues speaking.

"It is with a pained soul, yet with a clear mind, that I must condemn the actions of my stepfather - and all of his associates. Even now, the MRD are cooperating with us to learn more about the identity of the figure known as 'Chiral', and safeguard against future threats. I myself, as partner psychologist to the MRD organization, will offer my full services as a clinical therapist and psychologist - in order to attempt rehabilitative efforts for these men and women as well. For they are victims, of the very same cruelty of reality - that binds us all….."

>Miranda speaks for a few more minutes, before ending the conference and going inside of the MRD Spire.


>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Complex

>Time: 9:05 AM

"I'm going to kill her."

>Phoebe says, immediately turning around and barging toward the edge of the CEO office - reaching the door as Aiden and Jonah call out.

"Phoebe! Not a good idea! You'll blow our cover if you go there as Hyperia!"

"I agree with Aiden, this may not be our most optimal course of action."

>Turning back around, Phoebe glares at her twin brothers. Staring at them in disbelief, she then says:

"The hell is wrong with you two? Miranda just pissed all over our chance at getting justice! Because she's too much of a chickenshit to handle the result!"

"We know Phoebe, but-"

"But what, Aiden? Now we draw the line when it comes to our cousins?! You've seen what Marek and Jakob are doing! Attacking FoBs around the world! Fighting supervillains and whatever else? How do we know they're not going to become like Uncle Eli?! How?!"


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>Phoebe waves her twin brothers off and says:

"To hell with this. I'm going to give her a piece of my mind - now."

>Phoebe then dashes towards the window at super speed, and using her skill - vibrates through the window - casually flying off into the sky at hypersonic speeds.

>Looking at Aiden, Jonah waits for a response.


>Aiden nods, saying:

"Go follow her. I'll meet you both there."

>Jonah nods and rushes off, phasing through the window as well with his superhuman speed and esoteric abilities. Now running down the wall of the Archeon Complex skyscraper, Aiden looks on as Jonah tracks Phoebe as she flies toward the MRD Spire.

>Sighing, Aiden then says:

"The messes we put up with. Honestly."

>Aiden then makes a gesture with his hand as he disappears in a fold of space-time. Leaving his office locked beforehand with his telekinesis.


>Location: Sanctuary City - MRD Spire Rooftop

>Time: 9:06 AM

>Miranda leans against the entrance towards the lower floors of the MRD Spire. Checking her phone, she waits for a few more moments - before her own abilities let her detect the arrival of three distinct psychic signatures.

"Ahh. There you are…."

>Smiling, Miranda watches as she sees a rapidly approaching figure in the distance. As said figure lands on the ground, dust comes up as Phoebe walks directly towards Miranda.

"Ahh, cousin! It's been too long! How've you been?"

>Miranda opens her arms up, expecting a big hug.

>At the same time, Phoebe points towards Miranda, saying angrily in a clearly annoyed tone of voice;

"What. Have. You. Done. With. Him?!?!"

>Jonah then appears in a blinding flash - coming between Miranda and Phoebe, saying:

"Phoebe! Please! Not here! Too many eyes watching!"

>Miranda looks at Jonah for a moment and then says cheerily:

"Hey Jonah! It's been a while! How're you holding up?"

>Jonah sighs and says:

"I've been astutely aware of your machinations, Miranda. Don't think you can maneuver your way out of this predicament."

>A distortion in the fabric of space-time then appears behind Miranda, as Aiden appears.

"Ahh, there you are. Tall, dark and handsome-"

>Aiden holds a hand up.

"First off, eww. We're cousins, Miranda."

>Miranda rolls her eyes, saying:

"It's an expression of speech-"

>Aiden continues speaking, his hand up with a second finger.

"Second of all - you've really done it now, Miranda. But like Jonah said, not here."

>Aiden then warps all four of them back to his CEO's office in Archeon, before anyone can react, leaving the rooftop as it was before.


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>As they all reappear back in Aiden's office, Phoebe immediately says to Miranda:

"Where is he, Miranda? Enough of your bullshit mind games too. Aiden's here and he can block out your telepathy - so spill it!"

>Aiden sighs as Jonah looks down at the floor, awkwardly. Miranda herself blinks and stares blankly at Phoebe, before closing her eyes and sighing.

"God, you're such a bitch at times, you know that Phoebe? Fine whatever."

>Miranda crosses her arms as she nonchalantly says:

"He's in a black site prison owned by the government. Off the books, and off the record. Nobody goes in to see him outside of vetted staff, nobody goes out either without clearance."

>Taking a piece of candy from Aiden's desk, telekinetically, she casually eats it, before saying:

"For all intents and purposes, he no longer exists. I made sure of that."

>All three of the Grayson adults are stunned by Miranda's response, before Jonah then replies by saying:

"…..How could you possibly guarantee that? There had to have been inquiries into the situation. Investigations. Questions. From any of the branches of government-"

>Aiden immediately cuts off Jonah, looking at Miranda as he says:

"You used your telepathy on all of them to reprogram their minds, didn't you? At least, enough of them at higher levels to make everyone else not ask questions."

>Miranda finishes eating the piece of candy, then looks up nonchalantly at Aiden. Raising an eyebrow, she then says:

"So what if I did? Someone could say that I did you all a favor."

>Pointing a finger at Miranda again, Phoebe shouts, with clear anger in her voice:

"…Fuck you Miranda! Your high and mighty bullshit doesn't excuse gaslighting and subterfuge! That's not how we do things here! We're supposed to be better than that! Above it too!"

>Miranda now finally gets angry, swatting Phoebe's hand away.

"Spare me your superficial moralistic posturing, cousin. You spend your days and nights flying around in a glorified spandex bikini getup, and you have the audacity to lecture me about morals?"

>Miranda points at Aiden and Jonah as well, becoming just as angry and fueled by a sense of righteous indignation.

"None of you ever stop to think. What if everyone know that my father was a supervillain? Hmm? You think they wouldn't start investigating you too? Or your close friends?"

>Miranda looks at Phoebe, stating:

"You think Lisa would be safe from this shit?" Uncle Silas? Aunt Emily? Any of them?!"

>Phoebe angrily crushes a nearby bookcase with sheer force of air pressure from her hand movement.

"Don't you ever mention my parents name. Not after what you just did."

>Miranda stares at Phoebe, with pure venom and anger in her own eyes, as she says in an almost dead quiet whisper:

"….What do you think happens, when everyone knows who you are?"

>She then continues:

"You think your big girl morals would've helped you if you were in my situation? Getting gaslight by a piece of shit stepfather who regularly cheated on our stepmother? The same stepfather who double crossed our biological father out of fear?"

>Phoebe falls silent for a moment, letting Miranda continue.

"But what would you know? Your father was actually a great person. Turns out both of mine are complete pieces of shit. Messes. Terrible excuses for human beings. But what does that matter anyways? You're the hero, right?"

>Miranda then gets up in Phoebe's face, her long hair clashing with Phoebe's wig.

"You're the one who always does the right thing, no matter the cost, aren't you? Whereas Marek, Jakob and I are the villains. Since all we do is lie, cheat and manipulate people."

>Phoebe stares at Miranda for a moment, before sighing and blinking. Looking away, she then says:

"Where'd you get it?"

>Miranda looks confused for a moment.

"Get what?"

>Phoebe responds, annoyed:

"The telekinesis, you idiot. What else?"


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>Scoffing, Miranda then adjusts her wrist, saying:

"Are you serious? Who else? Your favorite scientist."

>Eyes widening, Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah all look at Miranda, who gives a sheepish grin.

"What? Don't act so surprised. Wasn't even my intention, but you know how my core power works. Well, the other one."

>Tapping her fingers together, she says:

"Remarkable how easy it is to forget, that you can perfectly replicate any Meta-Gene with a touch. Reminds me that we're family - given how we're all so absurdly powerful."

>Phoebe then states:

"….Andrea's a Meta-Human?"

>Miranda taps the top of her hair, emphasizing her white strands.

"Where do you think the makeover came from? It's the same two tone as her - manifestation of the full power of the Meta-Gene."

>Sitting down in a nearby chair, Miranda then yawns with her gloved hand. Pointing at a picture of Andrea among different people on Aiden's desk, she says:

"Our girl Andrea here's very special. Probably the single most powerful Meta-Human on the planet - since none of us are Meta-Humans."

>Aiden looks at Phoebe and Jonah for a moment, before looking back at Miranda.

"You knew that too then?"

>Hearing Aiden's question, Miranda gives them all a confused look.

"…What, do you think I'm stupid? Of course I know we're not Meta-Humans. Not sure why our family's like this, but I ain't complaining either."

>Putting her feet up, Miranda then yawns again before saying:

"Anyways. You'll thank me for this in the future. My dad's still around, but now he can't hurt anyone else. You get the mastermind behind the city's messes behind bars - and I get all the good PR and recognition for you doing all that work. Win-win!"

>Phoebe stares at Miranda for a moment, before sighing:

"You're really trying to help us, in your own fucked up way, I suppose. Fine, whatever."

>Phoebe then walks past Miranda, not even looking at her.

"But this is your problem, if this ever comes back to bite us in the ass, Miranda. You better make sure of that."

>Phoebe then leaves the room, with Jonah walking behind her.

"I don't get the sense that this situation has fully resolved itself. But we'll see."

>After Jonah has left alongside Phoebe, Miranda then turns her attention to Aiden, saying:

"Well cousin? You about to grill me too?"

>Aiden sighs as he goes to sit behind his desk, stating:

"It's as Phoebe said, Miranda. This is on you. The mayor's back at her job, and you're still running the show like you always do. Why do I get the feeling this entire situation was a setup? Even going down to the mayor herself?"

>Miranda gives Aiden a wry smile, before standing up and dusting herself off, including her jacket.

"What a funny scenario that would be, wouldn't it? Well, good thing it's just a hypothetical then!"

>Giving Aiden a wink, Miranda then turns around with her hands in her pockets.

"See you soon, Aiden. Oh…"

>Turning around one last time, she then says:

"And don't forget to write."

>Miranda winks again and then leaves the room, now leaving Aiden to his own devices.


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>Date: March 8th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City - Mayor's Office
>Time: 5:00 PM

>As the real Mayor Jackson looks at her desk and sees all of the work in front of her, she then mutters to herself:

"Christ. She really couldn't even pretend to make it seem like she did any work there, could she?"

>As she continues fixing up her desk, she looks up and sees Mosaic, leaning against the wall. As she's surprised by his appearance, he then says:

"Sorry about the sudden entrance. Just wanted to ask how you've been? Was the Prism a decent enough place to stay for three days?"

>Looking relieved, Mayor Jackson closes her eyes for a moment, before opening them again.

"Yeah. It was more than fine. I'm surprised you even built a place like that, if I may say myself. Multiple working waterfalls? Underwater?"

>Nodding, Mosaic then leans off the wall and walks toward her.

"Sorry you had to deal with those conditions for weeks. Chase knew something was up when you stopped reporting to his inquiries about the investigation into Chiral, so he figured you were being held captive once he realized that Capgras was broken out of containment."

>Nodding in an understanding manner, Mayor Jackson then says:

"Yes of course. I figured as much. He's always been a good MRD Director, far better than his predecessor."

>Mosaic nods, stating:

"Yeah….He seems like a decent guy honestly."

>Thinking to himself again, Mosaic then stands before her desk, and drops a small gadget on top of her desk. Eyes narrowing at the gadget, Mayor Jackon picks it up as she asks:

"What is this?"

>Mosaic nods at the gadget, stating:

"It's a signal device. Experimental prototype, but tested in the Prism's laboratory. It'll summon the Manifold wherever you are, provided I don't override the mechanism. If you're in trouble, no matter where you are - just press the button. The Manifold will automatically drive to your closest location, and give you access and authentication once it reads your biometrics."

>Mosaic points to her hand.

"It's just scanned your fingerprints and your vitals for that reason."

>Mayor Jackson just now notices the glowing red light pulsating across her hand and her body as part of a complex 3-D scanning process. Nodding, Mayor Jackson places the device into her jacket pocket.

"It'll take you to the Prism as well, if you need to get out of a tough situation."

"Won't you be needing your vehicle to get around?"

>Mosaic cranes his head to the side in amusement.

"How do you think I got here so fast?"

>Mentally facepalming, Mayor Jackson then quickly states:

"Right. Right of course. Sorry. Still I should ask…why are you helping me?"


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>Mosaic crosses his arms as he looks up at the ceiling for a moment, thinking:

"You know, funny you should ask that. When I first started this gig, I wasn't expecting to stay in the role for so long. Figured I'd just need to get into costume, punch out a couple of bad guys, then hang up the costume entirely."

>Looking off to the side, he then continues:

"But that's not what happened. The more I started fighting crime in the city, the more I realized that a lot of these issues are systemic. I can beat up as many Brigadiers grabbing drugs as possible - but that's not going to stop the market for them from existing. That's a systemic issue that I can't address with my actions."

>Pointing at Mayor Jackson, he then says:

"But you can. You've been the mayor of this city for a decade at this point - because people love you, and they have faith in you. They believe you. Trust you."

>Mosaic makes a waving motion with his hand in the perpendicular direction, look out the window while stating:

"You can see it all over the city. No matter where you go, there's always people asking 'why not just leave this to the mayor? I'm sure she's got a plan for this!'."

>Looking back at Mayor Jackson, he then says:

"That's what I need to do. Build up a structural network. An infrastructure of people that I can trust, to build up the city and improve it the right way - through laws, policies and actions. I can only do so much, to stop the more immediate and dangerous threats - but the long term stuff? The generational changes? The economic and structural factors? Only you can deal with that, mayor Jackson. So please."

>Holding out his hand to her, he then states:

"Help me save this city for everyone - truly and fully save it."

>Looking up at Mosaic, Mayor Jackson remembers meeting him for the first time a few days ago, reminiscing as he carried her to safety and nurtured her back to health. Closing her eyes and smiling, she then says:

"Alright then, young man. I'll put my trust in you as well. You found me at my lowest point, and saved me. Now I'll return the favor, and help you save this city as well. That's been my life's work all along anyways. So, let's do it together."

>Mayor Jackson then shakes Mosaic's hand, with a genuine smile on her face. Mosaic then nods and says:

"But to make sure you can trust me…."

>Mosaic then removes his cowl, allowing his full face to be seen by her. Shocked, Mayor Jackson sits backward, going:

"….Aiden Grayson? You're……Oh of course!"

>Facepalming physically this time, Mayor Jackson says:

"The highly advanced technology. The freedom of movement around the city. The knowledge of the city's structure from your father."

>Aiden then says in response:

"And I know my father gave you the serum. The experimental one. The life extender, same as the Desmonds."

>Sighing, Mayor Jackson says:

"You knew about that then too. Well yes, I was a close associate of your father's, until he was forced to go it alone - much like you did, I can see. Well, don't worry."

>She then says, winking:

"Your secret's safe with me. Your father must be proud of you."

>Aiden gives her a sheepish smile as he puts his cowl back on.

"He is, even if he was initially against it. The results convinced him of the contrary stance."


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>Silent for a moment, Mosaic then turns around and says:

"Well, better get going then. Look forward to working with you soon, Mayor Jackson."

>Mayor Jackson then says:

"Please Aiden. Call me Joanna. You've more than earned it."

>Thinking to himself for a moment, Mosaic then says:

"Alright then, Joanna. I look forward to working with you then."

>Saluting Joanna with two fingers from his mask, Mosaic then phases out of the window after flipping through it - then grapples up rapidly into the air, in about a second.

>Joanna stands up from her desk and walks around it to the edge of the window in her office. Looking outward, she can see Mosaic's faint outline, already hundreds of feet up in the air - and flying towards the next crime scene to resolve.

>Smiling to herself, she says:

{"He really is like his father. You give people so much hope Silas - and I'm so grateful that your son now does as well."}

>Joanna then walks back to her desk, and opens her desk, looking wistfully at a picture of a man, with a remarkably similar appearance to Aiden.

{"I wish I had the courage to tell you, but maybe life had something else in store…."}

[The End]

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