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>Date: March 24th, 2017
>Time: 1:00 PM
>Location: Sanctuary City - Hydroponics Sector

"Come on boss….where are you?"

>Arachnid says as he continues hanging on a thin silk strand - above a large metallic pipe overlooking a refinery.

[The Hydroponics Sector of Sanctuary City was a green project originally commissioned to improve water retention and reuse throughout the city. As one of the most populated cities in the world, it was an easy candidate to test the efficacy of a large scale project.]

>Staring through his lenses, Arachnid magnifies the internal zoom - scanning and assessing the situation.

"….Oh no."

>Hostages. Around 10 of them. Refinery workers bound and gagged, and being held at gunpoint by Brigadiers.

[The most reckless and inhumane of Sanctuary City's lowly gangs, the Brigadiers have made a name for themselves in recent weeks. They're more organized than before, almost to a fault. More coordinated, and less fragmented. That can't be a coincidence.]

>Arachnid then takes a moment to notice the moat of water between the gate entry to the refinery, and the MRD Hovercraft surrounding it. He then activates his microphone and begins listening in on the MRD activity.


"What do these fuckers want this time?"

>The MRD platoon leader says as he walks towards the blockade with an irritated fashion.

"Sir! They're making some demands right now. Five million dollars in cash, non-traced. Early 2000s dated, before the code imprint was refined."

>Nodding, the MRD platoon leader continues speaking:

"Well, that's not too much of a surprise. Wouldn't want us tracking them once they bail. What else is there?"

>The MRD agent continues speaking, her tone becoming more nervous as she continues:

"….Sir, they want Niles's release. They want Thrasher out of jail."

>Narrowing his eyes behind his helmet, the MRD platoon leader also has a change in tone - though one of outright malice.

"….They want us to release their God damned leader? That piece of shit?! After everything he's done?!"

>The MRD agent steps back for a moment.

"S-Sir! I'm just relaying their demand-"

"I heard you perfectly clear! You tell those fuckers the only thing they're getting is a cell in solitary confinement! It's the least they deserve…."

>Back on his silk strand, Arachnid shakes his head in dismay.

"Nonononononono they're gonna blow it! I've gotta do something, now!"

>He then gracefully flips from his silk strand line, moving through the air as he begins swinging towards the refinery.


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>As he moves through the air, Arachnid ultimately lands on a side of a building directly across from the refinery. Still out of sight of both the MRD and the Brigadiers - he begins crawling up the building….

"I got your message."

>Once he reaches the rooftop, Arachnid is started to see Mosaic, standing in front of him. Breathing in a sigh of relief, Arachnid then says:

"Sheesh! You almost gave me a heart attack there, boss! Next time would it kill you to not go all ninja on me or something?"

>Mosaic doesn't respond to his statement and instead sighs. Crossing his arms underneath his cloak, he then waits for Arachnid to climb up, before stating:


>Nodding, Arachnid then holds out his hand with a small nanite chip appearing from the palm. As Mosaic picks it up and inserts it into the nanomesh of his mask - he immediately begins copying the audio and visual data captured by Arachnid's sensors.

"Huh, guess you were right about using the same suit architecture as this….gear thing. It's a gear, right?"

"The Phi Gear. That was the translated name from the encoded message that came with it."


>As Mosaic begins listening in to the MRD's conversation recorded by Arachnid, he then sighs again, stating."


"That's what I said."

"We'll flank them from behind. If they've got 10 hostages according to your X-Ray Visor, we should be able to split up and release 5 of them each. But we'll need a diversion to catch their attention."

"Do you have anything in mind?"

>Mosaic looks at Arachnid for a moment - before he then instantly creates a duplicate of himself, using the same space-time manipulation ability as before.

"I don't get it."

"You'll see."

>One of the Mosaic clones says - as he then leaps into the air - and out of view of them both.


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>10 minutes later

>The MRD agents continue maintaining their blockade of the street as they continue waiting for the Brigadiers to respond. As they continue waiting, one of the MRD agents sees something approaching in the distance.

"What the…is that-"


>A car then appears from the intersecting road, spiraling out of control. The car is a black muscle car with red accents, and has lost control due to a blown out set of tires. As the car struggles to come to a halt, it begins spinning - rapidly flipping with more and more damage as it comes to a halt - right in front of the MRD agents.

"Help! Ack! Somebody help me please!"

>Aiden Grayson can be seen struggling to get out of the car, his face bloodied somewhat with scars appearing across his skin. As he tries to pry open the window to let himself through, the familiarity of his cries immediately grabs attention.

"Holy shit, is that Aiden Grayson?"

"The Archeon CEO? The hell's he doing out here this far out?!"

"Never mind you fucking idiots, go help him!"


>As a contingent of MRD troops quickly rush over and begin assisting Aiden with the wreckage, the MRD platoon leader diverts his attention towards the crash. Surprised by the identity of the man as well, he quickly reprioritizes his focus towards the injured civilian.

[Mosaic generally doesn't like playing deceiver in situations like this, but he also knows the value of time, and the cost that can come from losing it too.]

>More MRD troops begin turning their attention towards assisting Aiden and getting him out of the wreckage of the burning car. As gasoline begins to leak from it rapidly, MRD troopers begin requisitioning help for the now rising fires.

"Shit! Get him out of there NOW!"

>With a final push of force, the MRD agents use their powered armor to rip the remains of the car out of the way - and help pull Aiden out of the wreckage. As they do so, they begin quickly carrying him away - right as the car begins to rapidly burn, flames rising from the ashes.

"Ack! Car….Car's…not a problem….."

>Aiden then coughs as he hears a voice.

"Are you alright, son?"

>The MRD platoon leader says, as the MRD agents bring Aiden to him.

"Yeah…Yeah I'm OK. Thank you."

"What in the world happened? Are you alright?!"

"Brigadiers - shot at car tire. On the way….Tried to…kidnap me…."


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>Eyes widening, the MRD platoon leader then shouts to his troops:

"Incoming, men! Protect the civilian at all costs! Brigadiers are imminent!"

>Almost on cue, patchworked junkyard scrap cars immediately near the bend of the perpendicular street. Now within view, and roughly half a mile away, the Brigadiers that were chasing Aiden now appear - laughing hysterically as they wave their guns around - firing incessantly.

"What's the matter rich boy? You runnin' off scared now?!"

"Ooooh lookie here! More tin cans to crush!"

"Fill 'em with lead!"

>The MRD then take defensive positions - completely redirecting their focus towards the Brigadiers as Aiden is quickly hurried into a high security APC vehicle.


>Location: The Refinery

>Time: 1:10 PM

>The interior of the refinery consists of multiple levels, with the hostages in the plant being held in a vault usually meant for highly sensitive chemicals and materials.

[10 minutes ago, the Brigadiers were holding them at gunpoint, while relaying messages to their rank and file members. Now? The commotion outside's dragged their full attention to the entrance of the building, attempting to catch the MRD from behind while their attention's been preoccupied by the arrival of their reinforcements.]

"Alright, get ready to attack from the front. Bastards won't know what hit 'em!"

>The Brigadiers' field leader looks smug behind his hood, prepping his weapons as he motions to 2 Brigadiers in the room.

"Oh, and check on the twats in the back. Make sure they ain't dead yet. We still need 'em alive for now."

>The 2 Brigadiers mentioned both nod and start running to the back of the refinery.


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>As the 2 Brigadiers reach the vault - they're surprised to see nobody there.

"What in the fu-"

>Before either of them can react, they're suddenly punched in the face by a blindingly fast figure, who then takes advantage of their disorientationo in order to flip them onto their backs - webbing them to the floor.

"Ack! Oh it's you! You son of a bi- HMMPH!"

>As the Brigadiers' mouths are webbed shut, Arachnid then stands over them, saying:

"Yeah, your parole officer. You're doing a pretty bad job so far, wouldn't you agree?"

>Arachnid then makes a gesture, stating:

"Alright, you guys can come out now! They're down for the count! I promise!"

>The refinery workers in their suits then slowly move out from behind the edges of the vault door - walking towards Arachnid as he says:

"I'll get you all out of here through the roof - and swing you over somewhere save until the MRD can get reinforcements."

>Holding out his hand, Arachnid gets one of the scientists to walk over to him as he grabs a hold of them by the waist - and fires a silk strand to the ceiling from his palm - zipping them away.


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>As the Brigadiers are about to engage the MRD in combat - a blur of speed appears right in front of them - and lands on the front window of the lead car.

"I'm growing real sick and tired of your bullshit. All of you."

>Before the Brigadiers can react, Mosaic punches a hole straight through their car's radiator - causing hot oil to spray everywhere as flames begin to ignite. As the Brigadiers begin to panic and freak out - Mosaic looks on in dead silence.




>The Brigadiers begin shooting at Mosaic with their handguns and rifles from the side of the car, but then watch in horror as the bullets harmlessly fly off of his suit. He then slowly turns his head to face the Brigadiers as he says:

"Big mistake."

>Slamming his foot down - he then causes the entire car to come to a brief and sudden halt, causing the Brigadiers to get launched high into the air - nearly a hundred feet.

>The majority of the half dozen or so Brigadiers in the car are now on the verge of tears - the panic in their eyes apparent as they brace for impact.

["After getting their DNA spliced with that of their leader, Thrasher, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Brigadiers are just as tough as him. Physically, they're closer than most - but mentally? That's a different story, as you can see.]

>The Brigadiers all land on the ground each of them damaged, but still alive thanks to their superhuman durability. At the same time, the remaining cars immediately begin turning around - desperate to run away from their newfound grim reaper.


>Mosaic doesn't even move a muscle, but then exerts telekinetic force with his mind - enough to keep the half dozen or so cars in place. Despite the spinning of the tires and the burnout they begin to cause - the Brigadiers can't escape Mosaic's psionic force.

"Dude we are so fucked! I told you we should've joined the Outsiders!"

"Fuck man, get out! GET OUT!"

"Don't blast us. Please don't blast us!"

>Mosaic then brings all 6 of the cars to him - waiting just long enough for each Brigadier to jump out of the cars - before crushing the cars into tin cans the size of desk baskets.

>Dropping them to the floor, he then looks at the faces of the Brigadiers in front of him - recognizing the emotion he's seen throughout his short time as a vigilante.


>As Mosaic begins walking towards them, he can begin to feel their terror and panic. His mind begins filtering out their pleas and cries of mercy - as well as the tears they begin spilling on the pavement.

"That's enough Mosaic! Stop!"

>Mosaic then turns around - seeing both Arachnid and the MRD standing behind him. The rest of the Brigadiers have been webbed up to the ground - their dual flank attack foiled.

"What in the hell is wrong with you? YOU WERE GOING TO KILL THEM!"

>The MRD platoon leader says, berating him - genuine disgust in his voice.

"The fuck kind of 'hero' are you if you're gonna just wipe 'em across the pavement like dried paint?!"


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>Mosaic just stares at the MRD platoon leader for a moment, the air deathly silent between them.

"Why do you even care? Didn't you just say earlier that solitary confinement is 'the least they deserve'?"

>The MRD platoon leader's eyes widen behind his mask as he mutters:

"How the hell did you…."

>Turning towards the remaining Brigadiers, Mosaic then starts walking towards them. As they begin scampering to their feet, desperate to leave - Mosaic uses his telekinesis to violently shake one of them towards him - grabbing him with a chokehold on his neck.

"Where. Is. Chiral."

>The Brigadier yelps in panic, more tears streaming down his face as his eyes demonstrate a complete lack of rational thought - replaced by pure, hindbrain-induced terror and panic.


>Mosaic shouts, his voice distorted supernaturally - and moreso than normal.


>Silent for a moment, Mosaic then says:

"If you're lying? The other one gets broken."

"T-The other wha- ARRGHHHH!"

>The Brigadier then falls to the ground, with his left arm entirely sprained due to psionic force. As he falls on the ground, still crying in pain, he then curls up into a ball as MRD agents rush towards him. As they do so, they cast Mosaic glances of sheer disgust and anger behind their masks.

>Turning around to leave, Mosaic is then stopped by Arachnid - who stands in his way.

"….The hell is wrong with you boss?! You don't go around torturing people!"

"I do when they're becoming irritants-"

"What in the fuck is this then?"

>Arachnid shouts - now clearly irate himself at Mosaic's actions.

"….Necessary work-"

" ''Necessary'? Are you fucking joking? This is abuse! Clear as day!"

>Silent for a moment, Mosaic then says:

"Get out of my way silk head."


>More silence passes as Mosaic then walks up close to Arachnid.


"Then why don't you make me - since that's all your good for right now."

>Staring at Arachnid intensely for a moment, he then turns back to the MRD platoon leader - saying:

"The man behind all of the disappearances and kidnappings of Meta-Humans and Humans alike, is standing in the middle of Sanctuary City Museum. Chance are your forces already got a tip and locked down the perimeter - and chances are, he's asking for me."

>Scoffing, the MRD platoon leader says:

"I got the reports while you were 'brutalizing' a bunch of punks just now. Doesn't matter. We're taking you in for processing - as you've gone too far this time."

>Thinking for a moment, Mosaic then states:

"Alright then. Fine. But you're not getting anything out of me."

>Shaking his head, the MRD platoon leader says:

"It's the principle that matters. I don't know what the fuck happened to you in the past few days, Grim Reaper, but you need to figure your shit out - before you become an actual danger to this city."

>The MRD platoon leader then nods at the MRD agents to handcuff Mosaic and escort him to the same APC as Aiden.

"We'll take you both back - Aiden for debriefing, and Mosaic for interrogation. If someone decides to post bail for you, then you'll be released. We'll handle your little madman here."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Intercity Highway
>Time: 1:30 PM

>As Mosaic and Aiden are transported away by MRD, both of them sit in silence. Aiden's scar tissue has started to normalize around his face and hands, as well as his arms. He sits in complete silence as he sits across from Mosaic. The masked vigilante also sits in silence, as they're both surrounded by MRD agents.

"You're a crazy motherfucker Grayson, I'll give you that. But you've got balls on you for trying to lead the Brigadiers away. That's commendable."

"Moreso than this tryhard."

>Looking at Mosaic, one of the MRD agents scoffs at him, as another one perks up.

"Come on man, he stopped Thrasher from destroying the city. Cut him some slack."

"No. This asshole's had this coming to him for a long time now. Always acts like he's so much fucking better than us."

>The MRD agent leans in close to Mosaic from across the interior of the APC, stating:

"You're just another criminal in a mask. A punk. Wannabe hero - who doesn't have what it takes to own up to his mistakes."

>Mosaic stares at the man for a moment, before he then replies in his modulated voice:

"You're really gonna say that to someone who could snap you like a twig right now? Unless you think you're tougher than a reinforced car."

>Jolted into nervousness and instinctual panic, the MRD agent leans back in their seat - muttering under their breath.

"…..Fucking asshole."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 2:00 PM

>As Mosaic and Aiden arrive at the Spire, they both get escorted to different parts of the building. As they're both escorted in - news of the situation has been recorded by live television broadcasts - both Aiden's heroic diversion of the Brigadiers, and Mosaic's harsh brutalization of the Brigadiers.

>All of the personnel in the MRD Spire are silent, aghast at the site of both men. Most of them look at Aiden with a degree of reverence and inspiration, while they look at Mosaic with a sense of anger and disgust in their eyes - supplanted by an even deeper and stronger sense of fear.

>Valkyrie in particular shoots Mosaic a venomous look - a feeling of anger and rage stirring inside of her, as he's brought in front of her, with MRD agents beside him.

"…Take the asshole to confinement. As for Mister Grayson?"

>Valkyrie turns towards Aiden with a warm expression on her face.

"See to his injuries, and call his family. Though I'm sure they should be on their way. Doctor Weber is out of town on a business trip unfortunately, she could've tended to your injuries much quicker with her expertise. Still, you'll be in the best hands here in this facility."

>Aiden nods as he is then escorted to the medical infirmary of the Spire.

>Meanwhile, Mosaic is directed to the confinement cells for interrogation.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Museum
>Time: 2:00 PM

>The entirety of the Sanctuary City Museum has been cordoned off from civilians. The 5,000 square foot structure, now sits blocked off on all sides. As an even larger MRD presence than that found at the refinery has formed - entire battalions of heavily armored MRD troops take their places.

>Dynamo, the lead MRD Commander of the entire city, is going through a battle plan with his battalion leaders - as he hears a thud on the top of the nearby parked Hovercraft.

"….You know I should detain you just by association with him."

"….I know. But I'm here to help. I know enough about the guy to know he's dangerous. Way too dangerous to be around."

>Dynamo then looks up at the crouched form of Arachnid, sitting on the Hovercraft.

"Then let's get to work. Tell us what you know about this guy. What did you vigilantes say his name was? Chiral?"


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>Inside of the Museum, a lone figure slowly walks across the large hallways. Looking at the displays of various research articles and scientific papers - as well as pictures and historical writings; Chiral narrows his eyes. Scanning the entire timeline of displayed images, he sees a chronicle of the past.

[Chiral is looking at a timeline of the Meta-Human population's growth since the 1960s - when Meta-Humans started to appear around the world. He takes in a note of the various efforts for Meta-Human rights advocacy that occurred over the decades. The rise of dangerous Meta-Human groups like Providence's own - along with the formation of their own legally codified bill of rights in the United States.]

>Chiral's eyes then move towards the largest statue in the main lobby - a large statue of a man in his late 20s - early 30s, with long wavy hair, a hat and a characteristic smile. Below the statue, a large plaque reads:

[In Loving Memory of Elias Nathaniel Grayson - the Father of Meta-Genomics.]
[Always fighting for a better world - for everyone in it.]

>Chiral then scoffs, before beginning to laugh slowly. His laughter then increase in volume and intensity, reaching the level of hysteria as his voice echoes across the halls………


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire - Infirmary
>Time: 2:00 PM

>As Aiden is being treated by medical physicians, he's given a physical evaluation, asked a bunch of questions about his physical condition - and then subjected to various non-invasive tests with extensive medical equipment.

>Afterwards, he's then instructed by an MRD official to wait in the lobby for his family members to arrive.


>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire - Containment Areas

>Time: 2:00 PM

>A loud thud can be heard as Valkyrie slams her hand down on the table across from Mosaic. Still in energy handcuffs, Valkyrie continues berating the vigilante:

"-nd to think that we ever trusted you! How many times are you going to continue being a problem for the law, Mosaic?! You keep overstepping your bounds, leaving paperwork and legal liabilties for us - and doing nothing substantial in return! This has gone on far enough."

>Valkyrie then walks over to Mosaic, and moves to pull off his mask.

"It's about time we figured out what moron was behind this mask now- ACK!"

>Valkyrie's hand recoils in pain as a surge of electricity moves up her arm. A massive surge of electricity at a voltage high enough to kill a normal person.

"Jesus Christ! You really are something else, hero."

>Mosaic is still silent, as Chase arrives. Looking at him, Valkyrie says:

"He's not talking. We should just process him and get it over with."

>Chase looks at Valkyrie for a moment, before making a hand gesture to dismiss her.

>Begrudgingly, she takes one last look at Mosaic and then does so. As she walks past Chase, she whispers into his ear:

"Babe, don't fall for his tricks. He's nothing but trouble."

>Valkyrie then leaves, as Chase adjusts his glasses and moves to sit down at the table across from Mosaic - the first question on his mind being:

"….It's because he's back, isn't it?"

>Once everyone has left earshot, Chase then states:

"…..You also can't bear the fact that it's him. Of all people, it had to be him."

>More silence in the room, as Chase then looks around - making sure that all of the cameras are looped as he planned. Looking back at Mosaic, he then says:

"Good job, Aiden. You flushed Elias out."

>Mosaic is silent for another moment, before finally sighing.

"Well, the plan worked, so this better have been worth it."


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>Chase then takes out a few manilla folders, as well as a few papers and places them on the desk. The papers have a set of coordinates and pictures on them - timestamped.

"These are the labs we found, based on your anonymous tip to the MRD. Full of unauthorized materials, just as we expected."

>Mosaic adjusts his shoulder slightly, slowly putting it back into place after feeling sore.

"Chiral's been using them to test out new mutagenic compounds. He's been trying to create a weapon he can use to cripple the city's infrastructure. First I figured it would've been a waterborne virus - but that's easily quarantined. So it has to be something aerosolized. Airborne in nature."

"Wait a minute."

>Chase looks at the coordinates again, more closely. He then looks up at Mosaic and says:

"….Remember the materials that were confiscated from Chiral's first lab? The one your friend Scalar notified the Haven MRD branch about?"

"Yeah. They seemed like nothing at the time, just a bunch of pneumatic air filtration devices. Wait…."

>Chase makes a casual pointing gesture with his finger at Mosaic.

"Exactly. He's been using William Whitemalkin's patented designs. Likely posing as a new benefactor for his company to work with while shapeshifting - and-"

"And gained access to the infrastructure of the largest industrial manufacturing company on the planet - Grayson Industries."

"Run by your cousin Marek now, after William's incarceration."

"And Marek has no idea….shit. Did you tell him?"

"That his father's alive? No. But I'm hoping against all good reasoning that Miranda did. If so, he would've stopped the production immediately."

"Well, then I still need to stop him. He's probably rigged the museum with enough aerosolized mutagen to mutate the entire city. Discharge method doesn't matter - as the weather will transmit it effectively. Museum's in the center of the city after all."

>Nodding, Chase then says:

"I'll sweep the processing under the rug. Not my finest moment, but you'll be a high priority target from now on. I'm sorry Aiden. But it was the only way to get him out here - it's you he's after anyways."

>Mosaic nods, saying:

"I know."

>Chase then smirks and states:

"Make it look convincing then."


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>5 minutes later

>Alarms blare at the MRD Spire, as personnel rush around - trying to ascertain the cause of the blast at the exterior of the building.

>Valkyrie runs into the interrogation chambers - only to find Chase dazed and on the floor - his clothes scorched with burn marks. He's roughened up a bit, but otherwise fine.


>Valkyrie quickly runs towards Chase and kneels next to him, her heart skipping a beat.

"I'm fine, Di. Don't worry."

>Adjusting his glasses, Chase watches as Valkyrie's expression turns from one of concern and fear - to one of pure rage.

"….Mosaic…..That God damned bastard needs to go."

>Raising an eyebrow, Chase says:

"He could've killed me if he really wanted to-"

"I don't care. Enough is enough. Him, and all of his little vigilante friends need to go. Just give me the order Chase. I can't do it without your say so."

>Silent for a moment, Chase then states:

"Callsign Valkyrie, I hereby authorize you to arrest or detain Mosaic and all other vigilantes in Sanctuary City - with extreme prejudice."

>Valkyrie nods, with a slight grin on her face as she helps Chase up to his feet.

"I'm not going to fail you this time, I promise you that."

>Outside of the interrogation rooms, multiple MRD Hovercraft are sprung as Mosaic can be seen flying with his extended cape in the distance.


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>Location: Sanctuary City Museum
>Time: 2:10 PM

>Dynamo and Arachnid are in the middle of a large scale attack against various Meta-Humans. The Brigadiers being the main force - as they've converged around the Museum in order to protect Chiral from the outside. Dozens of them join various other low level criminals - hired for the purposes of his plan. As they continue fighting the ensemble armies, Dynamo then shouts to Arachnid:

"We're not making any headway! He keeps sending more of them our way!"

>Charging energy into his fists, Dynamo slams the ground beneath him, as he launches a wave of Meta-Humans into the air - disabling them as they land on the ground. Arachnid then swings by, webbing them all up as they hit the ground, while also making sure to double back around the front of the block - surveying the area further.

"There's way too many of them to keep track of! I don't know what we're gonna do…."

>A rupturing appears in that moment, as a figure slowly walks out from behind the Brigadiers - with bright hair and a bone protrusion covering part of his face, a manifestation of his core powers. Most of the MRD agents then recoil in terror as they recognize him:

"Thrasher! Chiral busted him out?!?!"

>Shaking his head, Dynamo then says:

"….He's still in lockup. This is a fucking clone!"

>The Thrasher clone smirks and cracks his knuckles - before slamming his fists together - knocking everyone opposing the villains to the side. MRD agents are sent flying backwards - slamming into cars, lamp posts and other hazards as they're knocked out or significantly injured.

"What? You thought he'd let you jokers walk in? Besides, you're not who he cares about anyways. This is a family matter."

>Dynamo is stunned as he maintains his ground against the force - stating:

"What the hell are you talking about? What family?"

>The Thrasher clone gives a sly smile as he says:

"Need to know basis pal. Beat the answer out of me and maybe you'll find out!"

>More clones then appear through the fabric of space-time around Thrasher, including Titanomachia and Traction, among more.

>Recollecting himself, Arachnid looks up at the Meta-Humans before him and says:

"….I've got the walking spiral. You guys deal with the rest."

>Arachnid then rushes Traction with blinding speeds, knocking him off guard and kicking him into the air - as he moves to engage the Meta-Human in combat.


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>A blur of force suddenly descends from the skies above the Sanctuary City Museum - rushing forward with the force of a F-22 jet, it blasts towards the ground below, generating a massive shockwave of force - even larger than Thrasher's display of force.

"This city is really starting to wear down my patience for nonsense."

>A woman in a black and red outfit, with blonde hair and a flowing red cape then stands, in the middle of the crater. Hyperia cranes her head to the side - making out the forms of Thrasher, Titanomachia and more Meta-Humans.

"Aren't you all supposed to be in jail or dead? Huh. Small world I guess."

>Titanomachia's latent memories activate - as she then immediately rushes towards Hyperia.

>Dynamo then turns his attention towards Thrasher, who lunges at him - only to be intercepted by Valkyrie. The aerial crusader then slams her foot into Thrasher's jaw - knocking him to the ground and sending him spiraling.

"Serves you right, prick."

>Valkyrie then watches as Titanomachia rushes Hyperia - only for Hyperia to grab her hands and completely disarm her punches. The force of the shockwave is enough to make even Valkyrie stagger a bit - whereas Hyperia doesn't flinch.

"You've died before already Maddie, don't waste your life a second time."

>Irritated, Titanomachia shouts:

"Shut the fuck up! What would you know about my life?!?!"

>Hyperia then disconnects and begins moving back and forward, weaving in and out of Titanomachia's attacks and deflecting them with her hands.

>Valkyrie is astonished at Hyperia's display of complete mastery of the fight.


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>Thrasher however, stands back up, already mutating into his second form.

"Valkyrie! Focus!"

>As she turns around - she barely avoids a large protrusion of bone slices sent her way.


>Before she can react - Thrasher lunges at Valkyrie with surprising speed, punching her and knocking the breath out of her body. As Dynamo moves to help her, Thrasher ejects a large bone marrow blade from his hulkishly sized hand - stabbing Dynamo in the leg with it. As Dynamo shouts in pain, he falls on one knee, grimacing.

>Laughing, Thrasher then turns back towards Valkyrie, moving to stab her as well - only for another figure to rush into the scene and punch Thrasher right in the face.


>Mosaic then turns around to Valkyrie, as he stands before her - stating:

"Ask your boss if you want the details….."

>Silent for a moment as Thrasher staggers backwards, Mosaic then looks behind himself to Valkyrie and says:

"….The goal wasn't to harm any of you. But I think we were too convincing."

>Realization creeps into Valkyrie's mind as she grits her teeth. Her anger bubbles to the surface once more, but not towards Mosaic.

"…..Chase. You left me in the dark, again?! Fuck! Why?!"

>Angry, Valkyrie then moves to rush towards Thrasher, only for Mosaic to hold his hand out, stopping her.

"You friend needs help, please."

>Valkyrie catches herself and nods, stating:

"….Fair enough, vigilante. I'm still authorized to take you in though - don't forget that."

>Mosaic nods.

"Wouldn't have it any other way. I love our games of cat and mouse."

>Rolling her eyes, Valkyrie then rushes back towards Dynamo, kneeling down to help him up to his feet.

"Come on Ryan, let's get you out of here."

>As she flies Dynamo out of the field, she looks down below - witnessing Mosaic and Hyperia begin to slowly turn the tide of the battle in the MRD's favor.

"….Huh. I keep forgetting they did actually make a difference."

>At the same time, newscasters at the outskirts of the battle are recording the scene with cameras from helicopters - including Mosaic's newfound heroics, as he protects MRD agents from danger and death, along with Hyperia's aid.


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>Arachnid, overhearing the exchange, quickly swings through the area - still engaged in combat with Traction and avoiding his blaster fire.

"So it's true?! You were basically just acting like an asshole?!"

>Mosaic waves at Arachnid, firing a sonic vibro disc, at just the right frequency to disrupt Traction's powers and knock him to the ground by his feet.

"In a manner of speaking, yeah. I had to make it look convincing, and draw enough attention away for Chiral to take his post here."

>Landing on the ground beside Mosaic, Arachnid then says:

"And the Brigadiers?"

>Mosaic adjusts his wrist as he looks at Arachnid slowly.

"Shaken up, but alive obviously. Hopefully I set them straight….but I do think I pushed it a little too far."

>Looking at the ground, he then sighs again.

"Sometimes I'm too good at playing the bad guy. He might've been right."

>Mosaic flashes back to the last exchange he had with Elias, or Chiral in the Wedge holding facility.

{"You remind me of my son, Marek."}

>Narrowing the lenses of his mask slowly, Mosaic then looks back up at Arachnid and states:

"Help Hyperia, Valkyrie and the rest of the vigilantes clean up this mess. Scalar's going to be on his way soon to assist you as well."

>Turning around to leave, Mosaic hears Arachnid call out to him again:

"You're going to stop him? For real this time?"

>Mosaic nods slowly.

"This time, I'm pretty sure I have a convincing approach."


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>Location: Sanctuary City Museum - Interior Lobby
>Time: 2:30 PM

>The chaos outside of the lobby now leaves Chiral in anticipation for his target's arrival. Sitting in a chair of the main lobby, he looks around - taking in all of the sights. Then he looks at the large statue behind him with reverence, smiling.

"You remembered the entire time."

>Chiral looks down from the statue of Elias Grayson in the lobby - and instead turns his attention towards the man standing before him. As Chiral slowly stands up from his seat and dusts himself off casually, he then states:

"Of course I did. A hive mind is affected by psionic abilities - but not entirely destroyed by it. Besides, how could I ever bring myself to hurt you…"

>Silence casts a long, eerie standoff in the room, as Mosaic stares at Chiral from across the gap.

"Aiden, I'm so proud of you - my nephew. You've grown into a very capable man in my absence - no doubt in part due to my baby brother. I'm sure he was a good father to you."

>Lenses narrowing on his mask, Mosaic then says:

"You have a lot of fucking nerve even saying my name. You don't get to call me that. Ever."

>Chiral's face distorts into a mask of frustration and anger, as he then begins speaking in a more hostile tone of voice, dripping with malice.

"It amuses me to no end that my own nephew would be turned against me like a weapon - as so many more people were. All turned against me, and for what? Self-preservation on behalf of institutions? Powers that be?"

>Mosaic remains in place as he slowly curls and uncurls his gloved hands. Chiral notices the gesture, but thinks nothing of it as he continues speaking.

"You know I wanted to hold you in my arms, the day you were born. My brother's greatest experiments - all three of you."

>Mosaic's lenses widen in surprise.


>Chiral's face is a mixture of confusion and surprise for a moment, before he slowly begins laughing.

"He didn't tell you did he? Silas didn't tell you? Ha….hahahahaha….AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!"


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>Mosaic feels his stomach lurch somewhat, a queasy and uneasy sensation coming over him. As he steps back somewhat in confusion, a nagging and unpleasant feeling begins to stir inside of him.

"….Nonono. No…No. God damnit!"

>Breaking his composure for the first time in years, Mosaic then feels himself grit his teeth as he says:

"I should've known. The lack of any hospital records that he showed us. Mom keeping a distance for years….God damnit."

>The amused expression on Chiral's face says it all as he feigns concern over Mosaic's well being.

"Aiden….I never would've imagined that you'd be in this situation. But I am glad that I was able to relay the truth to you-"

>Faster than the average person can blink, Mosaic throws out a vibro disc - that Chiral catches in his hands - right before it reaches his face.

"….Very unhealthy, this method of emotional sublimation. I'm not the problem here, Aiden. My younger brother is - your father. He should've been more honest with you about the truth - the truth of your birth, and the truth of my death."

>Chiral rubs his beard slightly as he continues speaking:

"After all."

>He then runs his hands through his hair, stating:

"He is the one who killed me."

>Mosaic's expression darkens, as he replies:

"….No he's not. That, I know for a fact."

>Chiral then raises an eyebrow, a wry smile on his face as he states:

"Oh? And why is that?"

>Another voice, modulated like Mosaic's then appears in the room.

"Because I know the guy who did. He's the one who raised me, in your absence."


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>Walking out from behind a nearby pillar, a figure in black and blue futuristic armor appears. The figure, with a futuristic large handgun aimed squarely at Chiral, slowly moves to stand beside Mosaic. An inch taller than him, slightly, Mosaic immediately recognizes the figure.


>Chimera turns his attention to face the vigilante, saying:

"….Aiden you can drop the pretense. You already know it's me. And as for you…"

>Chimera says, turning his attention back towards Chiral, he then says:

"I never would've imagined that I'd ever see you again. Nor did I ever imagine that you would turn into this."

>Chiral's face empties of all color, as the realization sets in for him. Struggling to find the words, he then quietly utters the word:

"…..Marek? Is that you, son?"

>Chimera immediately fires a high energy plasma beam at Chiral - supercharged and displaced by his blaster's advanced spatial engineering. The blast immediately connects with Chiral and blasts a hole in him in half as he screams in pain.


>Chimera fires another blast - nearly bisecting him entirely - as he states:

"You really think you could just crawl back into our lives, and make amends for what you've done?"

>Struggling to reform himself, Chiral falls to the ground, gasping for breath.

"But William! The little maggot! He took everything from me! My research! My ideals! He even took my family from me! You, Miranda and Jakob-"

"You don't, get to say their names!"

>Chimera blasts Chiral again - causing biomass to jettison everywhere in the Museum - including onto his statue behind him. As he struggles to find the biological material to maintain his body, he then says:


>Chimera then cuts him off:


>Silence fills the air, as Chimera finally speaks again:

"Now you need to pay, for everything you've done, in your bullshit desire for revenge!"

>Chiral then starts laughing slowly - as his eyes glow with an ethereal energy to them.

"But what of you, Marek? That anger that I feel, growing inside of you. That's not directed towards anyone in particular?"

>Chimera feels the grip of his blaster tighten slowly.

"What was his name again? Your mind is very easy to read. Oh right, Jack. Well, then if he's as terrible as your mind makes him out to be, then it would be a shame if he were to harm anyone else, such as your dear Jenny-"

>Chimera then fires a concentrated blast of particle beams - completely rupturing Chiral's brain and melting his head.


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>Silent, Chimera then watches as Mosaic stares at him.

"….He had to die. That piece of shit isn't my father, and he's not your uncle either."

>Chimera then looks down, as Mosaic crosses his arms.

"….His clones-"

"He left himself open when he entered my mind. I made sure to lure bait for all of his copies. Then when the moment was right….."

>Mosaic nods.

"Hivemind, right. I figured as much. First time he opened his mind up entirely - and it was because you were-"

"His son."

>More silence passes between the two armored figures as Mosaic then asks a final question.

"….Miranda told you, didn't she?"

>Chimera nods slowly as he dissipates the blaster into a sub-dimension with his gear.

"Guess she couldn't live with the guilt anymore. Figured she'd be honest with me eventually. Look, Aiden."

>Chimera turns towards Mosaic, stating:

"I know you don't agree with how I do things - but he had to die. You tried locking him away the first time, and look at the result. He faked losing his memory, and came right back. Sooner or later, you're gonna have to decide how much of a vigilante you want to be."

>Mosaic shakes his head, stating:

"No, Marek. I can't cross that line, and you know it. I would've found another way, eventually."

"Right, of course you would."

>Mosaic then takes a note of Chimera's advanced armor:

"Huh, scanning it doesn't give me much to go on. Wait a minute. Is that a Phase Gear? I thought there were only 3-"

"More advanced. Whatever this stuff was, I got the latest model - you've got the old prototype."

"Well then, I guess that makes us even - what with me having the better powers than you and all."

"Wise ass."

>Chimera scoffs once more before looking over at the dead corpse of Chiral, sighing once more.

"….At least this is over. For now at least. You still need to find the rest of his labs and destroy everything that's left - before somebody else gets ideas."

"I know. I'll get on it next week. Oh and Marek?"

>Chimera, already turning to walk away, turns his head back to hear his cousin:

"….Thanks. You're right - I can't cross your line, but I won't lie that sometimes, the hard way counts for something."

"Noted. See you around Aiden. Don't get into trouble, I'm going to. Dad was right about one thing - Faust needs to pay for what he's done."

>Chimera then disappears in a shimmering distortion field - leaving Mosaic alone with the dead corpse of his uncle to bury.


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>Location: Sanctuary City Museum - Exterior

>As the MRD begin rounding up the defeated forms of the Brigadiers and other criminals - Valkyrie checks up on Dynamo, as he's being attended to by MRD combat medics.

"Guys I'm fine, seriously. I've had much worse than any of this."

>Valkyrie then walks up to Dynamo, crossing her arms in embarrassment as Dynamo says:

"Oh come on Di. It's fine. See? Not even a hint of pain either!"

>Dynamo then tries to stand up, only to yelp in pain as he falls back down in his seat.

"OK, maybe just a little pain there."

>Valkyrie laughs weakly as she turns around to see Hyperia talk to Titanomachia, as she's taken away in chains.

"Madison, it's not too late. There are public defenders that can get you a reduced sentence - possibly even amnesty if the MRD considers your situation extraordinary. You're a victim of Chiral, not an instigator. You deserve a second chance."

>Titanomachia mutters under her breath:

"Who the fuck would take me in? I'm a no good has-been of a lawyer myself. Ever since he kidnapped me and turned me into….this."

>Hyperia then puts a hand on Titanomachia's shoulder, stating:

"Go ask for a representative from the Eros Corporation."

>Titanomachia raises an eyebrow:

"…Phoebe Grayson's company? Why the fuck would a multi-billionaire heiress care about me?"

>Hyperia shrugs.

"Maybe she's in the market for skilled defense attorney for fashion trademarks. Who knows? Just give her a call."

>Hyperia then pats Titanomachia on the back, as she walks off. Valkyrie looks at her as she leaves, stating:

"…..How's she so calm throughout all of this….."

>Valkyrie continues looking on in wonder at Hyperia's demeanor as she then blasts off into the air - flying at superhuman speeds beyond even her ability to comprehend readily.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - The Spire
>Time: 5:00 PM

>As Chase continues reading his mission reports in a manilla folder, he notices a knock on the door.

"Come in. Door's open."

>Miranda walks into Chase's office, staring directly at him.

"Well, Doctor Grayson, what is it? Is there a psych evaluation that I'm missing?"

>Looking up from his reports, Chase is surprised to see Miranda tearing up significantly. Her eyes are watering and red, as she completely breaks down into sobbing and tears.

"Miranda, I-."

>Not thinking, Chase quickly stands up and goes to hug her. After doing so, he then says:

"You did the right thing. Telling Marek. He needed to know."

>Miranda, trying to control her emotions, lets out a weak gasp, before finally composing herself enough to say:

"…..But….I just got him back. I know what he's done….But I didn't want to lose him again….."

>She says, breaking down into tears once more. Chase continues holding her, trying his best to console her.

"You're doing everything that you can to keep the world running. It's not easy, and nothing I can say would change your mind about that either. All I can say is, I'm right here when you need me. For anything."

>Looking up at Chase as her eyes dry up after becoming watery, she takes a moment to stare at him intently. Looking directly into his eyes, she says:

"…..I took you for granted so much. Even after everything I said, you're still showing me kindness? Really?"

>Chase looks somewhat embarrassed as he says:

"Well, I remember what it's like being seen as a dork, getting shoved around a lot. So I know the feeling of being treated like garbage. But you don't have to go through that."

>Miranda continues staring intently at Chase, a dreamy expression appearing on her face. Chase is somewhat confused, as he says:

"But no really, it's fine Miranda. Whenever you need anything, you can tell me about it-"

>Miranda then grabs Chase's jacket and pulls him in close for a deep kiss on the mouth. Refusing to pull him away, she keeps him locking lips with her for a few more seconds - taking in the experience. Then she finally relinquishes her grasp on him as Chase looks startled and confused.

"Wha- I- Did you- Did I- How- Why-"

>Stopping himself, he then says:

"…..That's what you meant."

[Chase's mind reflects back to his conversation with Miranda after meeting Capgras, who was pretending to be the mayor of the city at the time with her powers.]

>Miranda gives Chase a warm smile, stating:

"….'There's something far more valuable to me that I want'."

>Holding her hand out to caress Chase's cheek, she then says:

"Yes, dummy. It's you."

>Thinking for a moment, Chase then notices as Miranda reads his thoughts, despite his strong mental defenses.

"What about her? She's just clinging onto you as a coping mechanism. She doesn't love you, Chase. Not like I do. You know that."

>Reluctant to say anything, Chase finally relents and says:

"Even so, she needs the emotional support."

>Slightly annoyed, Miranda grabs onto Chase's hand and states:

"And she can have it as your closest friend - but nothing more than that. I'll make sure of it."

>Sighing and shaking his head, Chase then says:

"You were doing such a good job of becoming a good person too."

>Miranda then gives him a very amused smile, saying:

"I'm a work in progress. I mean it. I'll try to change, but there are some things about my that probably will remain the same, including my territorial nature."


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>Location: Archeon Complex - Skyline
>Time: 5:00 PM

>Mosaic and Arachnid sit on top of the edge of the Archeon incorporated building. As they do so, Arachnid says to Mosaic:

"So yeah, I have a feeling that Amber's not gonna be too happy about you skipping out for the rest of the day. Granted, your allibi is pretty insane honestly."

>Mosaic nods, then states:

"Damian, I'm sorry for keeping that from you. I know I said I had to make it look absolutely convincing, but I still should've told you. If anything else, you're supposed to be my protégé in this line of work. I should act like it and be a far better mentor to you now."

>Arachnid shrugs lightly as he says:

"I'll be honest, I was really scared for a moment. Thought you went off the deep end for whatever reason. I don't know what anybody would do if that was the case."

>Hearing that statement then forces Mosaic to reflect on his actions. Thinking carefully, he then says:

"…..Honestly, Damian? It's hard. At times I do really feel like ripping through the cardboard - since that's what this world feels like. Paper at best. So fragile, so easy to just…..destroy."

>Arachnid leans forward, looking intently at Mosaic through his helmet.

"…..But at the same time? It's not worth it. I know what it costs to have that much power and to use it in that way. I know what you lose in return. I never want to get myself to that place, and neither should you. So from now on? No more secrets from me going forward."

>Mosaic raises his gloved hand, swearing the statement on his own sense of honor to Arachnid without doubt.

"Got it. Same for me there, Aiden. Thanks."

>Arachnid makes the same gesture raising his hand in response, as the two of them agree to never keep secrets from each other ever again.

"Well in that case, I'll be going. Oh, also, Damian?"

>As Mosaic stands up and looks down at Arachnid beside him, he says:

"I know how you feel about her. You should go for it, tell her how you feel."

>Arachnid then quickly looks embarrassed and nervous as he puts a hand to his helmet.

"But what if she doesn't like me back or anything like that? I know we're technically partners and all but….what if she's….not into me?"

>Mosaic places a hand on his waist as he states:

"Then she'll at least know how you feel about her - and women love honesty in a man. No matter what, you can say that you went for it - and that's more than what a lot of guys can say."

>Mosaic then jumps off of the roof of the Archeon Complex's main building - into the streets below, as his nanomesh cape expands and allows him to begin riding the waves of force in the air above. He then glides off into the sunset, activating his jet boots as he does so.

>Arachnid then proceeds to swing away on his silk strands in a separate direction, carefully weaving his way through the concrete jungle of Sanctuary City's Business Sector - back towards his dormitory at Sanctuary City University in the city.


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Grayson Residence
>Time: 8:00 PM

>In the Residential Sector of Sanctuary City, various houses belonging to wealthy elites are situated throughout the large expanse of land. One of the largest buildings is the Grayson Residence - a large multi-story manor designed and created by Silas Grayson. As Silas lives in Europe currently - this house is now occupied by three of his children: Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah, whenever they choose to use it.

>As Aiden enters the front door using his key, he then locks the door behind him as he notices an aroma in the distance. Carefully tuning his senses to recognize the scent, he then states:


>In the distance, a woman's voice can be heard:

"It's not Penne if that's what you're wondering, mister vigilante."

>Sighing, Aiden then responds by saying:

"You know what Phoebe? Forget I asked. Where's Jonah?"

>Phoebe responds from the kitchen.

"Right here with me. He's doing a good job of cutting onions - like you should be doing right now."

>Groaning, Aiden then goes to the kitchen to find Jonah and Phoebe there with aprons on.

"Aiden! It's good to see you again!"

"Jonah I left for about a day."

"Yes well, time is valuable and inexorably connected to the choices we make! Like your choice to leave for approximately 5 hours after work started-"

>Phoebe interjects.

"Oh that reminds me. How'd it go with Katsumi's spawn today?"

>Phoebe and Jonah both look on in interest.


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>Aiden hesitates for a moment before he then says:

"….She turned me down completely. Basically said that while I'm probably a good person, she doesn't really know me, and doesn't think she's the best fit either - at least not now."

>Phoebe makes a wincing motion as she closes her eyes.

"Oof….Sorry to hear that champ. Though credit to her for realizing that her family's a damn mess. You'll find someone else."

>Phoebe goes back to cooking as Jonah says:

"Well Aiden, you may have avoided a potentially problematic situation. Are you sure you don't want to reconsider your interest in her?"

>Aiden looks aghast at his two siblings, stating:

"What's the matter with you guys? She's different! She's not like her mother!"

>Phoebe continues preparing the pasta in the large cooking bowl, while carefully blowing steam out of her way.

"Yes, and I'm the Queen of the World. Just as likely really."

>Annoyed, Aiden then turns to Phoebe and says:

"Phoebe, I know you don't like her. But I'm serious. I didn't sense any malicious intentions from her. She's really trying her hardest to keep herself together, like…."

>Phoebe then interjects again:

"Like you? I get it. She's the one. Just remember though Aiden. If she doesn't decide you're the one for her - your life's going to have to go on. Unless you want to end up like Andrea."

>Complete silence fills the air, even Phoebe being unable to speak after what she just said to him.


>Aiden says first, as Jonah then replies with the statement:

"That is incredibly crude and inconsiderate, Phoebe, even for you."

>Muttering to herself, Phoebe then says:

"I get it. But what happened with Henry wasn't her fault. Nobody could've predicted that he'd just….go like that."


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>All 3 of them are silent for a moment, as Aiden then says:

"Yeah well, you're right Phoebe. Life does go on. We've saved the city - for good this time, and we've stopped the bad guys. Still got some cleanup to do, but we've made the world a better place - at least I think we did. But we're gonna need to have a talk with dad about the truth - the whole truth now. Book it for next week when he flies in to visit from Europe, Phoebe."

>Phoebe nods.

"Got it."

>Aiden then says to Jonah:

"As for the robot sightings around the country and the rest of the criminals in the city? Jonah, compile a list of records from the MRD's database that we can use to cross reference against material production projects created by Grayson Industries. I have a feeling a lot of bad stuff was happening before Marek took control of the company - including who may be behind our robot problem here."

>Jonah nods and states:

"Yes, of course Aiden. I'll compile a data focused report by tomorrow afternoon for us to work on as well."

>Aiden then turns to both Phoebe and Jonah, then says:

"Well, you know what they say. 'The past is like another reality'. No use trying to go back either."

>Aiden, Phoebe and Jonah then go on to cook food in the kitchen, as they tease and talk to each other as well. All the while, a picture framed in the distance stands prominently. The picture, a photograph of the 3 of them a decade prior - shows them all happily embracing each other and hugging as teenagers in the past - far removed from the world they experience now.

[The End]

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