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  1. SirakRomar

    SirakRomar Jedi Master star 4

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    Laura Changte
    House of the Talbott's, D.C.

    Laura nodded at Chaz report and looked around. "Get into the chopper the moment it lands!" She yelled over to Anna and Kawin. Then she looked at Chaz. Nodding she gave the two dead bodies a last look.

    "Explain the police the situation and take the car back. I got this one. Make sure your old colleagues work fast. I need to know what is going on here!" She yelled her words over the chopper sounds and then turned to enter the chopper last.

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  2. Mitth_Fisto

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    IC: Kawin Muthurangu
    Talbot's House, Get to the Chopper!

    Letting the actual 'specialist' Laura handle things at the moment left him somewhat as a sidecar in the situation. Taking the offered arm of the young woman he was here to help, and letting her act somewhat as his impromptu crutch as he hobble stepped it to the chopper.

    If not for the dead bodies no one would of realized that this was a frenzied retreat, not at the pace he was able to muster even with Miss Talbots arm helping him along. Although at the pace she wanted to go he felt slightly dragged in the helping hand department. He had wanted to say something to calm her down, help her relax, but with the furious noise that that beast of a helicopter was putting out he could hardly hear his own thoughts.

    Once there he smiled and nodded as the young woman tossed her bag aboard, jumped up ahead of him and then reached back to help him. Nodding he simply passed her his cane as he did a well practiced maneuver. Letting her pull on the cane to feel helpful he got one good hand on the floor of the chopper and did one hand stand, spin and sit. Letting go of the cane he scooted himself back until he had a good spot to get grip on a seat, reaching out he retook his cane and planted it on the opposite side to aid in hefting him up and leverage a push into the seat. Where he then was able to sort out his legs.

    Reaching up he grabbed a headset and motioned for the girl to do the same as Laura came aboard. "Much better." he simply smiled and sighed for a contented moment before trying to get his seat restraints on. "It's a four clip buckle, see how I do? One, two, three, and click four. Cinch straps. There we go, now your turn."

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  3. LordTroepfchen

    LordTroepfchen Jedi Master star 4

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    Matt Andrews
    Office in the The White House, Washington D.C. and beyond ...

    Matt did not show any satisfaction when Gates was asked out, but he felt quite a bit satisfied. The President wasn't the strongest man, but he had just shown he also was not a complete fool.

    He sat down on the couch he had sat on so often and sighed. He waited for Professor Cale and the President to do the same and then began to talk.

    "Sebastian Stein is an idealist. Which means he will do whatever he considers right. Actually he is a man with high moral standards and political education. He is also one of the worlds most famous street artists. But we wouldn't be sitting here if that was all. I became aware of him, when he appeared in this office. I never saw him, neither did any Secret Service guard, camera or staff. He stopped time, walked in here and talked to the President. He can do that. Stop time. He seems also to have the ability to teleport and he was killed at least once and appeared in Alaska half an hour later. He is intelligent, highly intelligent actually and has the ability to plan and execute complex schemes. He is probably ... no ... he is the most dangerous person alive. And he has also killed before. Only when considering it necessary, but he has executed the Gifted codenamed Gamma. Also because of his abilities conventional security is absolutely ineffective against him. I mean ..." Matt sighed. "When he considered Kurt Roland a threat he told him to back off or he would ... I quote him here as good as I can ... blow up all nuclear reactors on the eastern seaboard in alphabetic order. He could do that in a second. Freeze us and do whatever he wants without us ever having the ability to react to it." Matt folded his hands. "He got one weakness though. Other Gifted are immune to his powers. Also he is a man of flesh and blood and can be killed by normal means." He shrugged. "Yet, he returns from the dead eventually."

    Matt leaned forward. "I will be absolute honest with you. A bomb is actually not his style. He could do whatever he wanted to do to this building in Berlin without us being able to stop him. If there is the slightest, tiniest chance though he has turned against us, I'd say it is necessary that TARC get's involved with your personal security. You need Gifted bodyguards or you won't have a chance. That is what we have created TARC for, right? To have the ability to react to threats of the Gifted." He leaned back. "I do not care about my political career that much and hell, I don't want your job for sure. But I have spend my last years to prepare us for this scenario. If it is LEGO or another Gifted, Secret Service might not be up to the job this time."

    He had said enough. He had thanked the President for his trust by telling him the absolute truth. Now it was up to the most powerful man in the world how to deal with the situation, he was probably only number two on the list.

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  4. SirakRomar

    SirakRomar Jedi Master star 4

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    Laura Changte
    Leaving House of the Talbott's

    Laura nodded at Chaz report which was hard to get over the sound of the helicopter and looked around. "Get into the chopper!" She yelled over to Anna and Kawin. They probably did not her, but climbed in anyway. Then she looked at Chaz. Nodding she gave the two dead bodies a last look.

    "Explain the police the situation and take the car back. I got this one. Make sure your old colleagues work fast. I need to know what is going on here!" She yelled her words over the chopper sounds and then turned to enter the chopper last. "I got this one." She said, but not loud enough to be heard over the sound of the rotors whirling. Ducking she signaled Chaz to proceed and climbed the chopper last. She padded the pilots shoulder to signal they were good to go and fastened her belt. Finally she took her headphones on and put them to mute. She left talking to Kawin now.

    The adrenaline slowly went out of her system and she began to feel the bitter and hollow feel of having taken a life.

    They had a car. They had watched. Why? If they were after Anna, why watch? Were they probably not there to kill her, but to recruit her? Had they tried to abduct her when they realized they had rivals?

    Laura felt almost ashamed what she was about to do to Anna. The Gifted were not soldiers. No. But to the overloads of TARC they were assets. Tools. She knew a bit how close Matt Andrews had been involved in the Antville affair. He had seen their worst side. Why had he put all his political weight into having his own group of Gifted? It was an easy enough to answer question. He prepared for a war. And ordinary soldiers would not do. Anna was a nice girl with a nice life. Laura hoped she would never realize they took it away from her, knowing she would never have it back.

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  5. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Streets, Washington, D.C.

    Fortunately, parked cars lined G Street on both sides of the curb and there was even a large dumpster to accommodate a nearby construction site – all would provide suitable protection from the inevitable blast. However, time had run out.

    Before Maria could shield her body completely, the car exploded in a brilliant fireball, the shockwave rushing forward and throwing her off her feet. As the pavement came rushing up to meet her, she would notice that she was not the lone victim. Innocent bystanders have also been caught up in the blast, their cries for help muffled by the ringing in her ears. Others were motionless, their bodies lying prone in the now empty street.

    But then out of the haze and smoke, a lone figure in a tattered suit approached – it was her assailant. Miraculously, he had survived and he sauntered forward with a feverish look in his eyes. Slowly, he raised his arm and took aim with his gun to finish the job.

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    Underground facility, Black Rock Desert, Nevada


    The corridor beyond the opening was dark with dull yellow lights lining the baseboards to lead the way. The air was also stale, which only contributed to the claustrophobic feeling of the narrow walkway. The floor was also angled downward at a steep angle, but the corridor soon opened up into a much larger space with industrial tunnels. Piping and fluorescent lights decorated the stone ceilings, but other than that, there wasn’t much to see. The place appeared to be carved right into the mountain with the rock face exposed.

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    As they strode through this open space, Malcolm finally turned and addressed her comment. “We have some business to take care of first, but you’ll have time to clean yourself up,” he confirmed with a small nod. “It’s not the Ritz, but we have all the amenities. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even have hot water in the showers...that tends to be hit or miss. But in the middle of the desert, sometimes that’s a Godsend.”

    He gave a short laugh and led the way down a second access corridor. The overhead lighting was much softer here, but just like the main corridor they had just passed through, the place seemed deserted. That was surprising considering the doors that lined both sides of this corridor, most likely the personal quarters for the denizens that worked here. This section was clearly a barracks of some kind.

    Malcolm didn’t mention any of this – he didn’t explain anything at all beyond the fact that Black Rock was a former U.S. military base – and continued at a brisk pace through the passageway until he came to a room near the end. He casually pushed the door inward and invited her inside with that same simple hand gesture.

    “This is it,” he said bluntly. “Get yourself situated, stow your gear, wash up...whatever you need. Just be sure you’re ready to go in 10 minutes.” He paused for a moment and grinned. “The guys in the Ward don't like to be kept waiting.”

    With another nod, he stepped back and pressed himself against the wall. “I’ll wait out here.”

    * * *

    When Jane reemerged a short time later, Malcolm was still standing off to the side with his arms crossed casually over his chest. His eyes followed her closely, silently appraising her in the dim utility lighting. Satisfied with what he saw, he pushed away from the wall and stepped forward to meet her. “And now, my dear, are ready to witness the evolution of mankind?”

    Without waiting for her to respond, he waved her forward. “Your talents were the dawn of something truly special, Jane...the future begins right here.”

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    Skid Row, Los Angeles, California


    Just as quickly as it had come on, Deklan’s vision began to clear and he could move his limbs again – slowly, the world was beginning to come back to him. As he recovered, he would be able to make out the form of the assailant still hovering nearby, his arms now falling limply to his sides and his face flushed. Dark circles were now evident under his eyes and they were bloodshot. Spittle clung to the corner of his mouth, but the most disturbing thing of all was the blood oozing from his nose. It came in a steady stream, almost as if someone had punched him in the face.

    The man stared at Deklan for a long moment, worry and fear replacing his fury. His lips parted to say something, but he never found the strength to utter the words; he fell backward, his head connecting with the pavement with a dull thump. Lifeless eyes now stared upward into the bright, morning sun. The assailant was dead.

    Deklan’s vision had nearly returned to normal by this point, and he could see Bill hurrying back up the stretch of sidewalk to meet his friend. The man’s eyes first went to the body, his jaw muscles bunching with concern, before he turned back to Deklan to see if he was alright. But as he approached, he stopped in his tracks and retracted his hand as if someone had shocked him. The older man gaped and his eyes grew wide. “Jesus, Casey!” He ran his hand tirelessly over his stubbled jaw. “Wh--what the hell happened?!”

    There was no denying the fear on Bill’s face; he was seemingly more afraid of Deklan than the body lying at his feet.

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    Leaving the Talbott House, then TARC Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia


    Chaz nodded then hurried off to carry out his duties, his hair flopping wildly in the wind as he returned to the scene where the cops were beginning to arrive.

    With everyone else aboard the chopper, it soon took off and angled toward the northwest to return to their base of operations. It was only about a 40 minute drive by car, so they made good time with the chopper. TARC headquarters itself was safely nestled along a wide stretch of wooded-area just outside of Fairfax, Virginia; one service road led in and out of the facility. As they skimmed over the treetops, the large building loomed above the natural terrain with its one-way reflective glass windows and utilitarian design.

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    A wide clearing beyond the main building contained a single helipad. They circled this area once before coming in for a landing.

    As the doors parted once more, a single figure rushed out to meet them, his thick mop of hair whipping almost comically in the abating wind coming off the rotors. He flipped it back casually with his hand and immediately went to greet Laura as she departed. The man was dressed simply in a dark suit with the tie loosened at the neck. He had a fine line of stubble lining his jaw and the aforementioned hair, which remained tousled and longer than was usually acceptable for someone in the public sector. If someone did not know his position prior to meeting him, he could easily be mistaken for a bum. This was Paul Weizak, TARC Director.

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    Paul Weizak

    “Laura!” he called with his brow creased with concern, reaching out to place his hand on her shoulder. It was always on a first name basis with him; he very rarely addressed his people by their titles or their surnames. His reasoning wasn’t entirely clear, but there were a few theories – some said he was lazy and liked to buck the system, others said it was a way to create a more relaxing work environment with a such a stressful job. Whichever the case, the man knew how to do his job...and do it well.

    “I got your message,” he continued in a harried tone, “you alright? You got the...package?” His eyes strayed for a moment to Kawin and Anna, his gaze lingering on the young woman before he offered a small smile.

    “It’s...Anna, right?” he asked, his face screwing up slightly as he tried to recall her name. He shook it off and slowly extended his hand. “Welcome to TARC, Anna. I’m Paul...I guess you could say I’m in charge. I know this must all be strange to you, but I promise it’ll get easier.” He nodded to Kawin. “I see you already found a friend in Kawin. Stick with him, listen to what he says...he’s a good guy. He won’t steer you wrong.”

    He clapped his hands together before turning away. “Now, if you’ll follow me…”

    His voice then dropped, turning conspiratorial as he began to lead Laura back toward the facility. “Laura, this wasn’t an isolated incident. We’ve had two other reports, including myself on my way back from the White House. Someone’s targeting TARC.”

    * * *

    As Paul moved ahead to speak with Laura, a second man appeared from within the facility and patiently waited for Kawin and Anna to approach. Despite Kawin’s struggles, the man did not rush forward to help him; he understood how important it was for him to take care of his own. Kawin would recognize the man as Dr. Julian Dunning, the personal physician and surgeon who had been responsible for many of Kawin’s recent breakthroughs, including his ability to walk.

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    Dr. Julian Dunning

    Dunning smiled as Kawin finally reached his position. “You’re doing a remarkable job, Kawin. It’s so good to see you up and about.” He placed a gentle hand on his arm. “How are you feeling? Is the pain manageable? I’ve heard you had a little excitement...”

    He trailed off and nodded to Anna with a crooked grin. As usual, he wasn’t being too subtle with his approach and he was liable to embarrass the poor girl. Julian Dunning was never the best when it came to social engagements; he came across as clumsy and nervous.

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    Oval Office, The White House, Washington, D.C.


    The President remained silent for a long moment, taking this all in with his brow furrowed with concern. He fingered the LEGO print out a few times before pushing it to the corner of his desk and unleashing a quiet scoff. “Funny how all these details managed to slip through the cracks when I sat in your position, Matt…” It wasn’t an accusation, merely an observation. “I understand the need for secrecy, but…Christ.”

    He took a moment to knead his forehead before turning his gaze to Cale. “And I assume since you are sitting here, that you had a hand in all of this as well, is that correct, professor?”

    Cale quirked a brow and straightened a bit, clearly surprised at being called out directly. “That’s right, Mr. President.” The professor licked his lips and angled his head toward Matt, almost as if he was gauging how much he should reveal. “I accompanied the Vice President and President Roland to Antville and witnessed the events firsthand. While my interactions with Mr. Stein were limited, I can confirm the Vice President’s story about the extent of his power.”

    The President nodded and steepled his fingers against his chin. “Then we have one hell of a problem, don’t we?”

    The professor suppressed a grin. “It certainly seems that way, Mr. President, yes. The Vice President claims that a bomb is not Sebastian Stein’s style, but you never can tell these days. Power tends to go to people’s heads…”

    Harris raised his brow curiously, seeming to sense some kind of veiled meaning under that comment, but decided not to pursue it. Instead he shifted in his chair and turned to face Matt once more. “I guess this ultimately brings us back to your suggestion about…enhancing my security detail. I’ve actually been thinking a lot about that myself, especially with the Republican Convention coming up this week. It seems as if we are both seeking the same solution.”

    He spread his hands in acceptance. “I’d like to try it out, at least on a trial basis. I already spoke to Paul this morning, and he made some recommendations.” Angling his head, the President gave a small shrug. “Are you familiar with a Kevin….Muth--Muthrango?” He shook his head with a small laugh. “Sorry, some of these kids’ names are beyond my comprehension.”

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  6. galactic-vagabond422

    galactic-vagabond422 Jedi Master star 4

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    Jul 11, 2009
    IC: Jane
    Underground facility, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

    As she entered she did not remove hat or cover as her Uncle would have called it. It was generally the practice that military personnel removed any head covering when they entered a building. Despite her outward appearance Jane was no soldier, sailor or marine. She did remove her sunglasses once she was out the sun blasted desert, letting her eyes adjust to the darkened interior. Hooking the glasses around the back of her neck she followed Malcolm deeper and deeper into the darkness lit only by the weak lights along the bottom of the wall. The stale air weighed heavier and heavier on her as the path slanted downward. Her boots thudding against the bare stone floor tapped out a steady rhythm. The sound echoed all around her making the walls feel uncomfortably close.

    Soon it opened up into a wider room lit with harsh fluorescent lights causing her to close her eyes tight waiting for them to adjust again to a change in the light. When they finally did she took in the scene before her. Bare stone walls carved out of the mountain, exposed pipes running this way and that, fluorescent lights hanging from the roof of the man made cavern. It looked like a military installation all right. Just what a person needs to get around and see...and that is about it.

    "We have some business to take care of first, but you’ll have time to clean yourself up," Malcolm said turning to her after remaining silent. "It’s not the Ritz, but we have all the amenities." That was the second time he'd told her that. Was he trying to assure her or just bragging? He should know from the confrontation in the desert that she wasn't some delicate flower. "If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even have hot water in the showers...that tends to be hit or miss. But in the middle of the desert, sometimes that’s a Godsend."

    "Hot water at all is a luxury," she said following along behind Malcolm. They entered another hallway this one with dimmer lighting, a little less harsh on the eyes. It was a quiet as a tomb, and as empty as one. There were doors either side but, no sounds came from them. It was clear from the layout that this was some sort of barracks, even if her guide didn't say anything about it.

    The pair came to a door close to the end of the hall. With a casual push the door opened.

    "This is it," Malcolm started. "Get yourself situated, stow your gear, wash up...whatever you need. Just be sure you’re ready to go in 10 minutes." He quieted a moment and grinned that off putting grin. "The guys in the Ward don't like to be kept waiting."

    "I'll be quick." she said entering the space as he backed off slumping against the near wall.

    "I’ll wait out here."

    She rolled her eyes a little once she was out of sight. Yes she felt so comforted by his presence right outside her door. He wasn't as shall we say forward as Davis but, something about him was just not right. Though who was she to judge, she killed people and destabilized countries for a living.

    Inside the space was spartan, a simple bed in the corner, a footlocker at the foot of the bed, a metal cabinet for hanging clothes, and a door connecting to a small simple bathroom. She closed the door with a boot and dropped her duffle bag on the floor. The space was efficient just enough to move around in but, not so much that you felt comfortable. Unzipping the bag she pulled out her M4, and the stolen weapon from Davis. She cleared and safed the weapon before storing it under her bed. The M4 she stored in the 'wardrobe' that might have once held a soldiers Class Bs or Class As for the times when a dress uniform was required underneath a mountain.

    She had no fancy clothes to wear, never really came up in her line of work. She was a mercenary, not a spy, had no reason to go to glittering galas, or embassy openings. Her meetings took place in dark alleys, abandoned warehouses, or decommissioned military facilities. What once held a freshly pressed uniform, now only contained her weapon and bullets.

    Her clothes she stuffed into the footlocker wondering if these amenities included a clothes washer. Not that she was above wearing her clothes twice or more. She was use to making do with what she had, though she couldn't deny some simple comforts every now and again.

    Taking up a change of clothes she moved to the cramped bathroom, again with necessities and nothing else, mirror, sink, toilet, and shower. As she took off her shirt she caught sight of her back. The field of scars gained over years of fighting someone else's fights. Her eye was drawn to one that ran down the center of her back, right between the shoulder blades. It could have been worse but, the slightly jagged nature of the mark showed some back alley doctoring. Well in this case it was more like front seat of her uncles mustang doctoring.

    She could still recall that night three years ago, when she learned she had powers, when she faced down a murder that could teleport from place to place, the night she left a man that had done nothing wrong paralyzed on the floor of a low rent hotel.

    She shook her head putting the past where it belonged, behind her. In the shower the water was at best lukewarm, looked like this was a miss on the hot water. It was cooling and slightly refreshing it.However she didn't linger quickly cleaning up, washing all the sand, dust, sweat, and Davis off her. She poked at another scar on her right shoulder, a parting gift from Simmons as she put him down. Anger still burned in her, and shame, she wasn't fast enough, she could have saved him.

    The water turned ice cold snapping her out of her reminiscing. Taking it as a sign she jumped out and quickly got dressed, in the exact same thing she'd wore when she came in. Tan shirt, military desert camo pants and a baseball cap. She took her holstered glock off the sink and attached it to her belt. While she was here she wasn't going to let this weapon out of her reach.

    She walked out hair still noticeably damp, her room smelling slightly of soap. She didn't use scented products, too much of a risk that they could give away her position.

    "And now, my dear, are ready to witness the evolution of mankind?" She opened her mouth to respond, to tell him that she wasn't here for his New World Order but, he cut her off. "Your talents were the dawn of something truly special, Jane...the future begins right here."

    She lowered her brow nodding her head. She didn't buy into his creating the future, she was just here for a paycheck and maybe a little destabilizing of the most powerful democracy in the world. Though it seemed that it was capable of doing that itself. However she held back. Shutting him down now would be a little foolish.

    "Well, we'll see if it is a bright, profitable future." She said walking alongside him, making her goals clear but, not completely denying his vision of the path ahead. He had to know that hiring her. She was only in this for the money or the chance at profit.

    If he didn't he was more idealistic that she gave him credit for.

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  7. SirakRomar

    SirakRomar Jedi Master star 4

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    Laura Changte
    TARC

    Laura was the first to jump out of the helicopter and ducked to avoid the rotors as she made her way to Paul. She waited for him to make his greetings and then followed him away from platform. There had been more attacks. She inhaled sharply when he revealed this. So Anna wasn't the target, she was. "Do we have any idea who is behind it? The two who were after us were pros. Nothing fancy, but trained well. Chaz is working on identifying them and I want Maria on it." Following Paul she sighed. "Anna is a pretty innocent girl. Not sure if she is the right material for the rough stuff. Her powers haven't manifested yet." Laura had lowered her voice so neither Kawin nor Anna could hear her.

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  8. TheSithGirly

    TheSithGirly Jedi Master star 3

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    Apr 26, 2007
    Maria Liang
    Battlefront D.C.

    Maria knew explosions and what they did to you from countless videos. It was a whole different thing to experience it. She never felt the shockwave, but only the impact on the pavement and how her body ached as a wave of pain went through it. She managed to hold on to her gun and was proud of that, her hearing vanished in a single long beeeeeeeep that robbed her of any audio perception.

    She turned and saw the attacker. Like a demon he stepped out of the smoke and fire. Unharmed, unshocked, ready to finish his job. It was now about speed. She knew this. Rolling towards cover she held her arms straight and fired two double tabs into his direction. Maybe she hit him, maybe she missed and forced him to take cover. Anyway, she would buy herself hopefully another two or three seconds ... that was a lot in these kind of situations.

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  9. Kaleesh-Cyborg

    Kaleesh-Cyborg Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Jan 4, 2017
    Deklan Casey
    Skid Row - Los Angeles, California

    Journal entry by Deklan Casey

    I don’t know how long I was trapped, paralyzed somewhere in a past I longed to forget. That’s the thing though; I’ve heard it once said that nothing embeds something in the memory so deeply as the desire to forget it. I can’t remember for the life of me what eloquent genius came up with that one; all I know is I have never heard a statement so painfully true.

    The air was hot; still. I could taste blood in my mouth and I was pretty sure I had bitten my tongue when I went down. My hearing felt off and everything was fuzzy and surreal as I came back to my senses. I could hear Static barking and I knew she was close; probably barking at the guy I had jumped. Her bark sounded like it was underwater. Muffled. I could see the guy standing over me and I remember thinking, “Don’t you dare hurt my dog.” He looked like one of those possessed sickos you see in a thriller. It takes a lot to unsettle me, but he definitely creeped me the hell out.

    He looked funny; like really spooked. And I’m thinking, “You’re spooked? You rabid nut job! You scared a whole block of homeless people and now you’re the one looking like you’ve seen a ghost?” I couldn’t say it though. For some reason, my mind was not connecting with the rest of me to cause me to convert my thoughts into words. I watched the guy suddenly drop like a sack of manure on the pavement. I knew without touching him that he was dead. War will sharpen that eye for detail whether you want it to or not.

    I heard Bill approach and he looked scared as hell. Can’t say I blame him after being chased by a flipping lunatic for no reason at all. But then I realized he was no longer afraid of the guy who was now lying dead within arm’s reach beside me. He was afraid of me. I heard myself ask him what was wrong, but it sounded like someone else had said it. I felt myself reach up and touch my face, but my hands were numb, so it felt like someone else’s hands were touching me. I found myself thinking the same question Bill had asked: What the hell happened?


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  10. RachelTyrell

    RachelTyrell Jedi Master star 2

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    Feb 15, 2009
    Anna Talbott
    TARC central

    Anna was too nervous and distracted to enjoy the ride. Actually it was a relief when they finally touched down at the almost too classical Government building. She had no idea where she was, but the presence of the building alone gave her a feel of security.

    She took her bag and jumped out of the helicopter after Laura. A pretty handsome man was there, greeting her. He referred to her as the package and she wondered if she should feel offended.

    “It’s...Anna, right?” he asked, his face screwing up slightly as he tried to recall her name. He shook it off and slowly extended his hand. Anna shook it with a friendly smile. “Welcome to TARC, Anna. I’m Paul...I guess you could say I’m in charge. I know this must all be strange to you, but I promise it’ll get easier.” Strange? Strange was a too soft word for this. Paul nodded to Kawin. “I see you already found a friend in Kawin. Stick with him, listen to what he says...he’s a good guy. He won’t steer you wrong.”

    "Thank you." Anna only replied. She was to afraid to say something stupid.

    She was to respectful she knew that. Then another man joined them and talked to Kawin. Kawin was obviously important. Anna again was too busy to looking around. She barely recognized the man's smile and answered it with her own smile. Short and polite. Guys. They were probably the same everywhere. One thing she was pretty sure would never change was guys liking her for all the wrong reasons. Silently she followed the others and did not intervene with any of their talking. She felt like an outsider, also she realized she was probably entering her new home.

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  11. Mitth_Fisto

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    IC: Kawin Muthurangu
    Leaving the Chopper, Arriving at TARC central

    The flight had been a rather silent affair as he watched the young woman deal with the situation. Perhaps it was the new generational thing, but as a kid there had been no end to the wonderment of flying and getting to actually do so now in a chopper was the best thing to make him forget about his pain and situation. For the Talbot girl it looked like it was closer to the most likely way to induce sickness. Well, that or seeing a couple dead bodies and having her life upended were too much for her.

    Personally he wished he had flown instead of taking that miserable bus, it would of been so much more enjoyable. He felt he would of still enjoyed it all things considered.

    Getting out he hobble stepped it as the boss came up and did his routine. Paul was a. . .well he was a bittersweet memory and relationship. Nodding to the man he voiced his thanks for the warm words of praise, "Thank you sir." It was kind of an odd echo between his words and the girls, funny how some things had the same answer and same timing to give it in. He almost wanted to say Jinx, but this was not the place, nor the time. . .not yet again anyway. The man had been one of the second on the scene as he had been abandoned on the floor of the hotel, arriving just as he was being loaded into the back of an ambulance. If ever there was a time to talk with HR about timing that would be it. Still it had been good and if not for Paul he wouldn't be standing here today.

    . . .Speaking of which, what was Dr. Dunning doing here? The gentlemen had kept his tongue and place, seeming to stand like a waiting for visage for Kawain to catch up to them before talking to him and in turn the young woman. He really should use those extra crutches more often. "Yes, not too bad." he simply winced slightly at the question of pain. It was never a question of if he was in pain, only ever was it manageable. If he hadn't killed the man that had done this to him he was not sure what he would do to cope. Probably not the healthy answer, but there it was. "Some excitement but nothing too bad. Only died once today and that was on purpose." he stated with a wink as he leaned heavily on his cane. Had to be careful or they would order more walking death visits, aka physical therapy than he already was doing. Those people were sadists, he was pretty sure it was in their job description.

    Looking over at the young girl he noted that she was gawking a little and he had to be sorry for her, his talk about his health with the doctor was like diving off the deep end of a crazy train. "Miss Talbot here is new, and hasn't sparked her first power use yet. Once she gets a little settled might you have some time Doctor?" Might as well reel it in and let the poor girl have some idea what was coming.

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  12. LordTroepfchen

    LordTroepfchen Jedi Master star 4

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    Matt Andrews
    Office in the The White House, Washington D.C. and beyond ...

    Matt smiled as the President misspelled the name. "Kawin. Yes, of course. He was TARC's first recruit. He resets time when killed. Something very useful probably. Also he knows LEGO. They actually met. He is not very mobile, but also one of the few Gifted who ever was involved with another Gifted. Indeed he would be a good choice." Matt nodded. "Especially if we face an unknown Gifted. As much as Prof. Cale tries to convince you Sebastian is the problem ..." Matt gave Cale a sidelook hinting he had recognized the pattern by now. "... we should work under the premise we face someone new. Which presents the problem we do not know his or hers abilities. Kawin is our recruiter, he has more experience in identifying Gifted than anybody else." Matt nodded.

    "Also absolute secrecy is essential. Our advantage is a whole system to provide false information and leads, while any Gifted is limited in his access to information." Ayshe. He had to think of her. The only thing they could do was pray no Gifted would ever gain her power.

    "I arrange accordingly to have him transferred to your security detail for the trip." This had certainly not gone the way expected. Maybe everybody including Matt and Gates underestimated the President.

    "I also believe we should try to regain some initiative. I want to send Maria Liang to Europe to look into the assault there. She is experienced in the hunt of Gifted. Actually she killed LEGO in New York. Also he reappeared later in Alaska." He sighed. "If the Europeans try to keep us out, we should make this a black ops." He sighed. "It is much easier to act against the Gifted in the offense and not the defense."

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  13. QueenSabe7

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    IC: Mira Morton-Kai
    Black Star nightclub, Las Vegas

    Mira had begun to shake, little tremors raking her hand as she lifted it back to her mouth for another extended drag of her cigarette. This wasn’t born solely of fear, but a combination of that and her body desperately craving something to mask it. Regardless, she continued to glare at the man, having watched him snatch the can cleanly from the air before taking a single sip of the energy drink and discarding the rest.

    ***hole, she fumed to herself, the fingers of her other hand still resting upon the hilt of her gun. She glanced down once to where the weapon was hiding out of sight, knowing she was being completely obvious, but so what? This creeper needed to be aware that she was prepared to defend herself. Of course, what he didn’t need to know was that she had only ever shot the damn thing twice and wasn’t entirely sure how to load it…

    "Have a fantastic day," came his parting words as he finally made for the door, his increasingly infuriating brashness causing Mira to stamp out her cigarette with enough force that the cheap ashtray she was using tipped on one edge and spilled its contents upon the freshly cleaned bar top. The severely addled teen was wound so tight in that moment that she opened her mouth to scream - one of those ridiculous tantrum screams that spoiled little brats used when they didn’t get their way. She had lost her cool at last, but the man spun back around and cut her off.

    "Tell your Boss in there the Man from Black Rock was here and we need to talk." Her mouth clamped shut and she remained silent, an instinctual reaction to anyone who made it known they were ‘associates’ of Damian’s. So, she had been wrong about the stranger’s purpose here and outwardly cringed at what would happen if her husband knew of her behavior. He would… disapprove.

    Swallowing, her throat suddenly dry, the man shot her a grin before continuing. "See you tonight, little Lady." Then he simply turned and left.

    “**** **** ****!” Mira swore wildly as she threw her bag over her shoulder the instant he disappeared and made a beeline for the door. Just as it swung shut, she latched and locked it securely, almost as if she were worried he would come traipsing back through to demand another random beverage. Once she was sure no more intrusions would take place, she took a breath and leaned against the cold steel, only then noticing her skin had become clammy and warm. She felt queasy, but the coolness was a brief relief.

    “Turn off. The damn. Sign,” she absently told Rhonda while she pressed her cheek to the cool surface, her coworker throwing up her hands and offering a barely coherent ‘goodnight’ before leaving through the kitchen. Slowly, reluctantly, turning to face the club, Mira’s green eyes swept over the space and she was somewhat satisfied, mostly uncaring, with what she saw. In truth, she just wanted to leave before Damian concluded whatever the hell he had been working on the past several hours. And then the man, claiming to be coming back tonight? The Man from Black Rock – what did that mean, and should she even want to know? The fleeting urge to take Ava Jean and run hit her suddenly, then disappeared just as fast.

    Ava.

    Stepping out of her obnoxious heels, she scooped them up and rushed across the dancefloor, making her way down the back hallway. She slinked quickly by the cracked door where her husband was, nondescript voices reaching her ears as she passed, though she wouldn’t dare linger to try and figure out just what was going on. Reaching the end of the corridor, the waitress faced a black door with a keypad, her fingers quickly entering the 6-digit code that unlocked it with a loud click. Climbing the stairs beyond a tad too quickly, Mira nearly stumbled once she reached the 3rd floor, only one set of double doors at the landing which she unlocked with haste.

    Throwing her belongings down as soon as she was inside her home, she eagerly called for her child. “Ava Jay! Where are you, monkey?” It was quiet, and Ava was most likely still asleep but Mira didn’t care. Her longing for the little girl was intense this morning, the encounter downstairs only now just beginning to truly unsettle her.

    She heard movement and began to progress down the main hall but stopped when Gloria popped into view. She was a sweet woman, one she wholly trusted with her daughter and they had become very close in a short time. It was how she was able to easily tell there was something about her expression that seemed… off. Mira’s stomach dropped.

    “What’s wrong?”

    “Ava Jean...she sick.”

    “Sick? How?” She didn’t wait for an answer, brushing by her housekeeper and moving to Ava’s tiny bedroom a few steps away. The room was dark save for a little, rotating nightlight in the corner that projected traveling images of stars onto the ceiling and walls.

    The little girl was propped up on her pillow, strands of her long black hair matted to her forehead and neck, her skin a little damp with sweat. Mira was kneeling at her bedside a second later.

    “Mommy,” the child said, her voice so small, as her mother tenderly brushed the locks from her face. She felt warm to the touch.

    “Yes, baby. I’m here.” Whether a little cut or a cold, it always pained her to see her child hurt. It made her feel helpless.

    “I don’t feel so good.”

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  14. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Apr 13, 2001
    TARC Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia

    Paul waited until they were in the relative safety of the building’s interior hallway and then nodded to the Doctor to give him a sign to get Kawin and Anna to the Ops, while he spoke with Laura alone. He waited until they were gone before addressing Laura’s concerns. “For the moment, we’re in the dark,” he uttered grimly, seemingly reluctant to admit that to her. “I’ll agree with your assessment, though – they’re not fools. This sounds like a coordinated attack to me. And in my case, all I have to say is thank God for D.C. traffic...never thought I’d say that.” He sighed. “We have yet to hear back from Mandrake, Cornell and ... Maria Liang though. We might prepare for the case not everybody was as lucky as the two of us.”


    * * *

    Dunning brought Anna and Kawin to the elevator as if there was no other place to go. “Oh, a virgin,” he said as Kawin mentioned she had yet to show her power. Then he realized the context in which this comment could be understood and blushed. “I mean ... oh my God, I meant time manipulation, not any kind of comment on your sexual experience. I would never ...” He stopped then he laughed. “I dug my own grave there, did I?” Laughing to Kawin, he nodded.

    They arrived at “Ops”, the center of TARC's operations. A room full of computers, giant screens, desks, and people staring at pictures. At the far end were the meeting rooms, some of which were full-fledged interrogation centers. On the south side was a large kitchen area with a surprisingly leisure corner with couches and a fridge. It looked more like a startup office rather than a Government facility.

    “Welcome to TARC,” the doctor smiled. He looked at Kawin and coughed. “Actually now would be good. There is something we need to discuss.” Turning to Anna he looked around and then waved a young man standing nearby to them. “Steven? Paul will be with Anna in a moment, but would you be so nice to show her around a bit?”

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    Steven

    Smiling at Anna, he clapped Kawin's shoulder to hint at him to follow him. “We will be back in a sec.” He smiled at her.

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    Streets, Washington, D.C.

    Maria’s shots were accurate. They would have easily hit their mark if not for the strange anomaly that suddenly halted them in mid-air. The copper bullets spun aimlessly in the space between them, almost as if they were floating. The assailant seemed amused at this, his cruel smile clearly visible even through the smoke and haze wafting through the air from the explosion.

    With unnatural calm, he sidestepped around the bullets and continued his approach. When he was clear, the bullets accelerated back up to their normal speed and impacted harmlessly into the building across the street.

    He then took advantage of the distraction and lifted his own gun, firing continuously on Maria’s position.

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    Oval Office, The White House, Washington, D.C.

    As Matt explained Kawin’s situation, the President listened intently, seemingly intrigued by the whole process. He nodded where appropriate and even cast a surreptitious glance at Professor Cale when Matt called him out.

    For his part, Cale remained relatively unmoved by the notion. He only bit his lower lip and inclined his head marginally, his gaze remaining steady. He started to open his mouth to retort, but thought better of it and simply crossed his legs and settled back in his chair.

    When Matt finished, the President folded his hands and sat forward. “Good. Very good,” he replied in an even tone, “K...Kawin sounds like the right man for the job. Depending on the outcome, I may implement this full time. At the very least, it’ll give TARC more experience. Hopefully it won’t amount to anything beyond that, but…”

    He trailed off, his brow furrowing a bit with concern before focusing back in on what Matt had said regarding Maria. “The other part may be more difficult,” he began with a heavy sigh. “I’ll be blunt...I don’t like it. I told you the official stance they’re going with – a terrorist attack conducted by one of the Islamic radical groups. Instead of betraying their trust and causing an international incident, I suggest we speak with them first...get a feel for the situation over there before proceeding. I doubt they’ll offer their cooperation, especially if what you say is true, but we would’ve done our best.”

    Rising from his chair, he turned toward the window and glanced out onto the South Lawn. He was silent for a long moment before he finally continued. “But considering TARC is under your jurisdiction, I trust your judgment on this.”

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    Underground facility, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

    Malcolm silently led her deeper and deeper into the maze that was this underground facility. The deeper they got, the more it looked like a scientific installation than a military one. People in white gowns passed them, meeting rooms with endless schematics of chemical components could be viewed through windows. Finally they arrived at a security gate. Malcolm opened it by putting his hand on a reader and two thick iron door opened up. He went in and waited for her to follow. It was a gateway. Only when the iron doors closed did those in front of them open. Finally they entered a large room, which was filled with computers and people who looked like cliché scientists.

    “Welcome to the birthplace of the future.” Malcolm smirked and folded his arms.

    An elder gentleman in a suit, wearing his white gown only loosely approached them. “Visitors must be registered, Malcolm,” the doctor said and looked over his glasses.

    Malcolm nodded. "She is one of the naturals and approved by above.”

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    Doctor Stinson

    “A natural? Welcome then, Ma'am. I am Doctor Stinson. Please don't stand in the way.” Turning around he looked at his colleagues. “Begin procedure,” he said and a young man nodded. “We inject 25,5. Resonance looks good.” Stinson looked at the team and people began to signal that everything went to plan.

    “No rejection, plasma reaction is low,” a woman shouted.

    “Going up to 50.”

    “Brain activity within parameters.”

    “Pulse is steady.”

    Malcolm took a remote control lying around and turned it on. “These guys like their numbers, I prefer the emotional part most.” He smiled and on the screen above a picture of a man on a stretcher appeared. He was biting on a gag and screamed as a robotic arm put an injection into his arm.

    “Isotope level at zero point five. No rejection.”

    “Resonance level at 130 percent.”

    Stinson smiled. "We got a winner here. Complete cycle and activate the stimulus.”

    The man on the screen spasmed and then went calm.

    “Zero point seven. Cycle complete.”

    “No rejection.”

    “Brain waves okay!”

    The man on the screen spit out the gag and smiled. His hands and legs were tied to the stretched as Jane could now see.

    Doctor Stinson smiled and leaned to a microphone nearby. “Mr. Smith, the cycle is completed. Show us what you are made of.” The doctor smiled and looked at Malcolm. Malcolm did not move a muscle. He had seen this before. He just watched the screen.

    The picture flickered for a second and then the man stood in the middle of the room and looked at the camera. He had switched position without moving a bone.

    “That one will be useful.” Malcolm smiled. “Tell him to take it easy, I don't want the side-effects to kill him.” Malcolm then turned to Jane. “You understand what we are doing here?” He asks her and smiled. “A minute ago this was an ordinary soldier.”

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    Apartment above the Black Star Nightclub, Las Vegas, Nevada

    The girl tried to offer a weak smile at the sound of her mother’s voice, but the action only dissolved into a fit of coughing; it was a deep, rattling cough that seemed to go all the way down into her chest. It might have easily been mistaken for the common cold, or a nasty flu virus, but it was certainly an odd time of year for that to be making the rounds.

    Almost on cue, Gloria appeared in the doorway with a newspaper tucked under one arm. Her dark eyes swept the room warily before she dared to step further inside. It was almost as if she was afraid to enter.

    “I’m sorry, miss,” she murmured in a sullen tone. “I would’ve told you sooner, but it was only little sniffle when I put her to bed. That normal for small child, yes? I thought...she sleep it off. But then…” She shook her head and closed her eyes briefly before slowly unfurling the newspaper she held in her grip. “I see this in morning paper...and I become very scared.”

    She handed the paper over, and on the right hand column of the front page was the following headline: BLACK DOCTOR SPREADS IN EUROPE.

    “But nothing about it coming to United States, no? We are safe. No cases here.” A hint of a smile crossed Gloria’s features, but it was easy to see that she was trying to convince herself. “Maybe we call Mr. Damian? Or doctor?”

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    Skid Row, Los Angeles, California

    Bill’s gaze remained focused on Deklan’s position for several tense seconds, almost as if he was frozen in place. Finally, he ran both hands over his face and nodded vigorously as he turned and began to rummage through some of the trash and random junk littered along the sidewalk. Again, he seemed unconcerned with the dead man lying there.

    “I...dammit, I need you to see for yourself…” he grumbled in response to Deklan’s question, his voice barely above a scratchy whisper. After a moment, he stood up with a chrome hubcap in his hand. It looked like something that had come off of a ‘50s era Chevy, and while it was tarnished with some rust spots, it would serve his purpose. He turned it over once to inspect it before tossing it lightly to Deklan. “Take a look at yourself, Casey...my God.”

    The reflection looking back at Deklan was unmistakably his own in the distorted surface, but there were some notable differences. Dark circles now hung under his eyes and they were lined well beyond their years. In fact, there were several more wrinkles and lines that had not been there before…far too many. His facial hair had gone almost completely white and the hair on his head was streaked through with silver.

    He had seemingly aged in a matter of seconds! But unlike the kids on the street corner, he had survived the ordeal...but how? And why?

    Bill pressed his lips together and finally acknowledged the body at his feet. “You were lucky,” he said quietly to his friend.

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  15. galactic-vagabond422

    galactic-vagabond422 Jedi Master star 4

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    Jul 11, 2009
    IC: Jane
    Underground facility, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

    Before turning to follow Malcolm, Jane moved quickly back into her room grabbing her knife off the sink where she'd set her pistol. She slipped knife onto her belt letting it sit horizontal across the small of her back, good for a quick draw. If she needed it, she would need it quickly. She followed along as the space shifted around, the austere military surroundings slowly became austere scientific surroundings. This new information did cause her brow to rise. This was more than just a simple paramilitary, they don't often put funds towards R&D. However the way Malcolm spoke this was already far more than what she expected.

    People in white lab coats, sitting in meetings looking over complicated schematics that Jane could not make heads or tails of. Clearly this was something far above her knowledge, then again, you don't hire a mercenary to double check your math. She was content to just let the scientists pass her by, running around with charts and papers that look more Greek than English. Then they came to a large iron gate, once again Malcolm put his hand on a scanner. A large door opened with heavy thud. They both enter and the door closed behind them. In that moment it was just her and Malcolm. It was only a moment but, she felt a weight on her. The doors on the other side opened.

    "Welcome to the birthplace of the future." Her escort remarked crossing his arms. The room on the other side was filled with screens and people. Soon they were intercepted by an older man with a white beard matching his white coat.

    "Visitors must be registered, Malcolm," The man said glaring over his glasses.

    "She is one of the naturals and approved by above."

    She kept the surprise off her face but, it was...the way Davis had treated Malcolm she had thought he was the leader of this outfit. Though looking around this operation seemed a bit much for one person to oversee. The question arises, what was Malcolm's place in all this. He was high level given that he had access to seemingly all parts of the facility at least the Military and Scientific sides but, not high enough to not be questioned by others. The size and scope of this operation grew by the moment.

    "A natural? Welcome then, Ma'am. I am Doctor Stinson." No offer of a handshake was given, not that Jane would have accepted it. "Please don't stand in the way." She nodded her head and kept close to Malcolm, it seemed he knew what he was doing. With that Doctor Stinson turned on his heel and began to call out orders, and to get numbers back. It was a flurry of numbers and scientific words that Jane had only the vaguest of understandings of from her high school science classes.

    Then Malcolm turned on a television appearing on it was a man strapped to a stretcher with a robotic arm injecting him with something. It was clear it was unpleasant, his white knuckles, his clenched jaw biting down on a gag in his mouth.

    Was this science or torture? She asked herself that was until the session was over.

    "Mr. Smith, the cycle is completed. Show us what you are made of." the Doctor addressed the Patient.

    Malcolm didn't flinch, Jane crossed her arms watching the screen. It flickered for a moment then 'Mr. Smith' was standing in the middle of the room, free from his bonds. She pressed her back against the wall feeling the subtle pressure of her knife against her.

    It was PTSD she was feeling it was just a bitter taste from the last 'teleporter' she'd faced. The scar down the middle of her back seemed to itch with psychosomatic irritation.

    "That one will be useful." Malcolm spoke a smile on his face. "Tell him to take it easy, I don't want the side-effects to kill him." He turned to her, gaze falling upon her shoulders like boulder. "You understand what we are doing here?" He smiled again. "A minute ago this was an ordinary soldier."

    "Now he's a super soldier." She replied cooly, "What's the failure rate on this 'Cycle' I heard the eggheads talking about?" She doubted it was very low. The stress Mr. Smith was under could clearly kill someone not fit.

    "And how many do you already have?" she looked up to Malcolm her face not showing much emotion, "If I'm going to be working with...Gifted...again, I'd like to know how many I'll have to deal with." She cocked her head to the side, "I've had bad experiences."

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  16. Iteration

    Iteration Jedi Youngling

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    Steven Alden
    TARC HQ, OPS

    The morning. It was the morning he had somehow known would come. It was the morning he had seen. It was morning he had waited for. It was this morning. The morning he would meet Anna Talbott.

    Steven had closed his eyes and waited in Ops, enjoying every breath as he felt the emptiness and calmness of the moment. As expected (or should he say foreseen?) the Doc addressed him and introduced him to the Anna. Anna Talbott.

    His eyes snapped open before he turned and he gave the young woman a smile, probably not fully successful at hiding the sadness that he had carried with him to work today.

    "Hello Anna. I am Steve. I am also one of the special ones. They call us Gifted. Also the whole thing if it is a gift might be disputable. Anyway, shall we start with the heart of this organisation? The coffee kitchen?" He offered her his hand now. "You had quite a morning, with the assassins and all that, did you? You might need a good coffee." He smiled at her in sympathy.

    He felt like an actor reciting his lines. Steven Alden as Steve Alden, TARC Agent. He checked his clock. It weren't even thirty minutes left. Surprising how well he played his part.

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  17. SirakRomar

    SirakRomar Jedi Master star 4

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    Mar 30, 2007
    Laura Changte
    TARC Building

    Laura's head snapped up as he mentioned Maria Liang. Maria, too? "We should send out teams and inform the NSA and FBI to screen for suspicious activity." She said and shook her head. "Going up against a Government organisation? Who is so stupid? Or insane? What are the chances we don't know who they are by the end of the week? What are the chances they are not dead by the end of the months, actually?"

    This made little sense. Whoever did this, they were confident. But the killers had not been so impressive. "Is someone probably trying to distract us?" She asked Paul and kept on walking next to him. "I mean those guys at Anna's house were ordinary hitmen. Those who lost you in traffic? Without knowing the details, it sounds like a really sloppy job to me."

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  18. LordTroepfchen

    LordTroepfchen Jedi Master star 4

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    Apr 9, 2007
    Matt Andrews
    Oval Office

    Matt stepped next to the President. "Going after super-powered individuals on foreign soil is an international incident, Sir. But obviously we will ask nicely and if they deny ... we will have this as a CIA Operation. Counter-terrorism is a different thing. A black ops would more be a minor hick up. We do them all the time. So I will ask Roberts to host this operation." He nodded. "If that is everything, I go to work and you probably have a very confused and angry chief-of-staff out there."

    Matt folded his hands behind his back and waited for the President to allow him to leave. He had never been that formal with Kurt. He missed him these days.

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  19. TheSithGirly

    TheSithGirly Jedi Master star 3

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    Apr 26, 2007
    Maria Liang
    Battlefront D.C.

    A Gifted!

    Maria knew immediately she had lost the battle. Bullets came her way. There was nothing she could do against the man. Jumping behind the next car to at least making killing her harder she catched breath.

    In hand-to-hand he might be unable to use his power, but she was a petite Chinese woman with rudimentary self-defense training and he was a bulked-up professional killer. Shooting did not work and neither did explosions. Running was never good, but probably her best chance. Maria just did not feel it was what Adrian would have done. What had he always said, after hurling her through the Dojo? Not the better fighter, but the one more dedicated, would win.

    How many bullets can you stop? All of them? Really? Because she needed only one to go through.

    "Oh dammit." She hissed and began firing as she left the cover. She fired all that was left in her mag, hoping for this one bullets to come through. She knew she would probably die but at least she would go out fighting. Her second shot she shifted the gun to the stomach then to the head, the knee, trying as many angles as possible to make it harder for him to stop them ...

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  20. RachelTyrell

    RachelTyrell Jedi Master star 2

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    Feb 15, 2009
    Anna Talbott
    TARC central

    Anna tensed as Steven approached her and she gave Kawin a "see you later" smile. Then she turned her attention fully to the next TARC agent she had been introduced to. There seemed to be a few. A whole building full of them.

    "Hello Anna. I am Steve. I am also one of the special ones. They call us Gifted. Also the whole thing if it is a gift might be disputable. Anyway, shall we start with the heart of this organisation? The coffee kitchen?" He offered her his hand now. She took it and shook it.

    "I could use a coffee. Really." She replied and instantly liked the young man. He had the right attitude for her. Not at all like a Government agent. Actually he was kinda cute and in a way very sad. She had a weakness for dark and thoughtful guys, also she usually ended up with the bad boys.

    "You had quite a morning, with the assassins and all that, did you?" He smiled at her and she looked at him. How could he know about this?

    "How do you know? I mean, we just arrived . This happened half an hour ago." She already kinda knew the answer. He was a special one. Looked like suicide-repeat functions were not the only thing they could do.

    What would she be able to do? Anna could not deny having secretly tried to "activate" her power. But so far she had not got any reaction.

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  21. Mitth_Fisto

    Mitth_Fisto Forum Feud Winner star 6 VIP - Game Winner

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    Sep 29, 2005
    IC: Kawin Muthurangu
    Arriving at TARC central

    The good doctor showed his sense of tact rather quickly, and in a way that had Kawin turning redder than his nations maple leaf. "Let's leave it a shallow one." he commented back to encourage the good doctors sense to stop talking along these lines.

    Luckily it seemed the notion was accepted by all parties as the elevator ride was wonderfully silent. It wasn't until they were leaving that another notion was set forward by the Dr. “Welcome to TARC,” the doctor smiled. He looked at Kawin and coughed. “Actually now would be good. There is something we need to discuss.” Turning to Anna he looked around and then waved a young man standing nearby to them. “Steven? Paul will be with Anna in a moment, but would you be so nice to show her around a bit?”

    "Of course, lead the way." he took the hint that the doctor wanted to talk about this in private, and with how some gifts worked, simply talking somewhere someone might of could of been to overhear meant they would or might possibly despite not being there. Time, it still gave him a headache despite trying to study it since all of this started. Whenever he thought he understood he would be corrected and back to square one. Hopefully whatever they needed to talk about would be simpler than time.

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  22. Kaleesh-Cyborg

    Kaleesh-Cyborg Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Deklan Casey
    Skid Row - Los Angeles, California


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    Deklan stares at his reflection in the surface of the hubcap. He cannot speak. All he can do is touch his own face as though there might be some way to deny that this is real. Shortly thereafter, his hand holding the hubcap begins to shake and he drops it altogether, clutching his hand to his chest as he tries to still the trembling. He looks to Bill, eyes wide with fear and confusion.


    “What is this?” he asks in barely a whisper, “Some sort of curse?” He grabs for the hubcap again and inspects the circles under his eyes, then looks at the body of the dead man nearby. The same dark circles frame his glazed and lifeless eyes. He looks to Bill again. “You better keep your distance, Bill. I don’t know how this happened, but if it’s something that can be contracted through human contact, I need to stay away from everybody.”

    He staggers to his feet and picks up his rucksack, zipping its zippers and tying its lacing before shouldering it roughly on his back. “Keep Static safe. I need to get out of here and find out what this is. If it’s contagious, I don’t want anybody here to get it. It’ll wipe us all out and you know it as well as I do.”

    He pauses; looks back at his friend and the small dog standing by staring at him with the same puzzled expression. “Stay,” he commands Static with a gesture of his hand. The dog whines and lies down beside Bill’s feet, head resting on the ground between her paws. “Take care of her, Bill. I promise I’ll come back once I get to the bottom of this.”

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  23. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Registered:
    Apr 13, 2001
    TARC Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia

    Paul looked at Laura and gave her idea a thought. "Distract us from what?" he asked her. "That is indeed the question, is it?" He got a little closer to Laura and sighed before pressing the next words out. "The true question though is, how? They found four high-ranking members of us? You know how few people know where we are. How did they possibly know?" He did not have to explain what the question meant probably. He looked at her and then clenched his teeth. "Who do we trust? Really trust around here?"


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    The Doctor waited until they were in his office and sat back in his chair. "You remember the procedure I told you about? The endoskeleton they work on at MIT? I got good new and bad news. The good one is the effect it has on cases like this sounds astounding. A recovery of up to 80% of your mobility. But TARC command has decided the procedure is too dangerous for you. The risk of a slow death that would send us into a constant loop is just ... too big." He shrugged. "I am sorry. It looks like we did all we could for you. Except treatment of the symptoms, we got no bullets left in our gun." He folded his hands. "But there is something else. I have recently been asked to give you clearance for field work. This one came from high up in the food chain. Just wanted to let you know."

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    Streets, Washington, D.C.

    The bullets stopped mid air, just as those before had done. The attacker smiled again and aimed. A single shot was sent out of his gun, that would pierce her skull and hit her brain. He had her and he knew it. The look of satisfaction on his face would be the last thing Maria would see.

    But this bullet stopped, too.

    No, actually there was a silence suddenly. No more screams or sirens. Nothing. The whole world had stopped. People were frozen, even the fire ... and as The Attacked looked at her in terror he understood what had happened. He pulled his trigger again. And again. Nothing happened.

    Then two of Maria's bullets suddenly became alive. They hit him in his face and chest, just where they had been aimed to. A moment of silence was there and then followed by a gasp, before the Attacker collapsed dead to the ground.

    The world seemed even louder as time resumed.

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    Oval Office, The White House, Washington, D.C.

    The President’s lips twitched marginally when Matt explained the mission, a small tell that his close advisors have come to associate with Harris being nervous or uncertain of something. After spending three years serving as his Vice President, Matt would also have no trouble picking up on the slight tic. Even then, the President failed to voice any further concerns he had with the mission and only gave a short nod in acceptance.

    A palpable silence followed, and it seemed as if Matt would be left alone to carry out his duties, but before he could leave, the President turned at the last moment and met his gaze. “Actually, Matt...I did have something else,” he began evenly, that quirk appearing around his lip again and pulling up one corner of his mouth. “I’ve been doing some thinking, particularly about the campaign and our future together. I’m sure you’ve heard a wide range of rumors regarding the subject over the last couple of weeks, and I apologize if it caused any unnecessary grief. Some of them have been wildly unfounded.” He hesitated, reaching up to grab at the back of his neck. “The fact is, Matt, you’re a great asset. I trust you, and I can’t see this administration moving forward without you. We’ve both been there from the beginning.”

    He smiled faintly and folded his hands behind his back. “That’s why I want you to be at my side when we head out to Vegas. Let’s punch a Harris-Andrews ticket for 2020.”

    And just like that, President Harris made his decision to carry on with Matt as his running mate.

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    Underground facility, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

    Malcolm looked at Jane and then over to Dr. Stinson who was obviously working on the subject and discussing the readings of the many sensors pointed at him.

    "Actually we buy a drink, before we kiss." He then replied. "I let you see this so you know who we are. What we are capable of. Before I reveal any more about the program, Jane, you need to prove your loyalty." He smiled. "I got the perfect job for you there."

    He nodded for her to leave the lab again. "Oh and the side-effects. This is still being perfected. So far, their abilities have been somewhat more limited than those of the naturals like you. Overuse often has negative effects."

    As they left the lab, Malcolm led the way back to her quarters. When they passed another security door, he suddenly stopped. "You wanna meet them? Your brothers?"

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    Skid Row, Los Angeles, California

    Despite Deklan’s fears about affecting others in the community, a small crowd was beginning to gather. The body in particular was drawing quite a few whispers. Had Deklan killed him? Had he been infected with the virus that seemed so rampant in Europe? Those were only two examples of the kind of questions they would be able to overhear.

    At the center of this group, Static whined at Bill’s feet, prompting the older man to reach down and pat her head gently. But the action seemed automatic; his eyes remained focused on Deklan as he gathered his things. It appeared as if he was going to comply with the other man’s wishes, but something in his face said otherwise.

    “Casey?” he said quietly, his voice tinged with sadness. “Uh, sorry…Deklan.” He flashed a bittersweet smile as he corrected himself by using his first name instead, a rarity for an old-timer like Bill. “I think that maybe you should reconsider. This man,” he pointed to the dead man and took a precautionary step back, “whatever he is…he did this to you! Call it a hunch, but I don’t think you’re the real d-danger...” He was growing more and more agitated, seemingly frightened over the idea of Deklan being contagious. Tears began to shine in his dark eyes. “Maybe we should start with finding out who this monster is!”

    Deklan could see that Bill was fighting the urge to not run away, but he was too good a friend to do that before he had helped him in any way he could.

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  24. SirakRomar

    SirakRomar Jedi Master star 4

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    Mar 30, 2007
    Laura Changte
    TARC

    Laura looked at Paul and realized he was right. "We have a traitor among us." She whispered to him and inhaled sharply. It was obvious. They could not have found half of TARC's leading circle without an inside source. But who ...?

    "Who? We handpicked our people?" She realized that wasn't true. They had the Gifted. Basically untrained strangers who were taken in whenever they showed powers. Actually TARC was easy to infiltrate on that level. "One of our guests?"

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  25. DarkLordoftheFins

    DarkLordoftheFins Jedi Master star 4

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    Apr 2, 2007
    Simon
    The Streets of Vegas

    Simon watched the convoy enter the city. He counted thirty vehicles before stopping to count. CDC. Military. Soldiers. It felt almost too familiar.

    "It is the Black Doctor. I tell ya." A man in a suit said and stepped next to him. He was probably in his late twenties. "Read it in the internet, they try to cover up how bad it is. Three towns in Nevada have been closed down. Hermetically sealed. Anything on the news? Zero." He smirked. "Man, this Government. They keep secrets!"

    Simon looked at him and smiled. "Really? No kidding?" He laughed out and as the final car passed them, a Humvee with a machine gun on top and a driver in full ABC gear, he turned to leave.

    "We need to do something, man!" The young man shouted.

    Simon smiled as he left for his cheap motel near the strip. All they could do now was run or die and running would only spread the virus. A little late the American people realized they had a problem.



    He sat on his bed and skipped through the news on his laptop. There were reports of EU discussing state of emergency in seventeen cities because of the virus outbreak, but not a word about the US. Indeed the Gov was hiding the problem. That would not work for long. Forums were already full of it. L.A., SF, NYC even ... everywhere people had neighbors and friends who had become infected and wondered why they heard nothing in the news.

    Before closing his eyes he send a message to Black Rock. FOUND YOR MESS. CLEANING IT UP.

    The man he send it to would understand he was not pleased. That was the point.

    Closing his eyes he leaned back fully clothed and sleep came immediately to him. As always it was an uneasy sleep and as always he dreamt of the dying.

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