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Super 089 - The Strike Team

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  1. > Roy, Jayden, and the Kitten chill. it's another two-ish hours before something breaks the silence.
  2.  
  3. >knock knock
  4. >you hear two gentle knocks, and then muttering behind the door
  5. ??? 1: You are too gentle. Zey vill never respond to zat.
  6.  
  7. ??? 2: Please Hydra... it’s a sensitive and delicate situation. Any harder and we will risk escalating the situation.
  8.  
  9. ??? 1: If zat’s vat you zink. I don’t zink H- ....... -Fallout is going to wait zat long.
  10.  
  11. ??? 3: If I weren’t contractually obligated to, I wouldn’t.
  12.  
  13. ??? 4: C’mon guys, listen to the team leader. He’s got experience whit this kind of stuff.
  14.  
  15. ??? 2: ............
  16.  
  17. >You can feel ??? 2’s blush through the door.
  18.  
  19. >all voices but ??? 4 have various thick accents. You can at least identify one as sounding German (you think?), and Roy knows for certain from previous experiences that ??? 1’s accent is Russian.
  20.  
  21. Roy: . . .
  22.  
  23. > Look to Jayden and hold a hand out as if to say "wait there", before heading over to the door. You're still a little wary and suspicious, so you stand to the side of the door and call back out at a reasonable volume.
  24.  
  25. Roy: So, ah...is this the part where I say "who's there"?
  26.  
  27. Jayden > Obey
  28.  
  29. ??? 1 > Perception 3
  30.  
  31. >catching on, but nope.
  32.  
  33. ??? 2: Ah, yes...... the number you called from is [Roy/Jayden’s number], and the number you connected to was [Wither’s Personal Line]... You requested a “spa service.”
  34.  
  35. ??? 2: An....... ”extraction”......?
  36.  
  37. >This older sounding German man is being very cautious.
  38.  
  39. > Btw it's now like-6:30am
  40. > The rain has stopped, but it's still very cloudy
  41.  
  42. Roy: . . .
  43.  
  44. > Spa service what the fuck
  45.  
  46. > They do have your number but also Wither's personal number so
  47.  
  48. Roy: ...well, if by spa service you mean someone's severely burned and needs hydration and treatment, then yeah. Come on in.
  49.  
  50. > Carefully open up the door. Peep your now silver-and-red dyed head out the door and check who it is.
  51.  
  52. >You are met with a wall of a braid mullet pointing a shotgun at your snozz and two clones made of an unidentified metal moving to take the door from you.
  53. >that’s
  54. >There are so many things that make that Yuliya
  55. >BUT SHE’S HUGE
  56. >SHE’S ALMOST AS TALL AS WITHER
  57. >AND SHE’S BUFF AF
  58.  
  59. > Wait
  60.  
  61. > How close are those clones because for old time's sake can we make a check to hop up and balance on one of the clones' heads
  62.  
  63. >you’re like 5 inches away from them make that check
  64.  
  65. Roy:
  66. Athletics > 6
  67. Clone > Athletics lolno
  68.  
  69. > Friendly reminder that Roy's clothing is currently a towel around his waist
  70.  
  71. > . . .
  72. > i forgot about that
  73.  
  74. >You jump up on that monster-looking clone and balance perfectly. Instantly you are hit with a rush of nostalgia and emotion. This is truly little Yuliya.
  75.  
  76. >The other part-bear clone and big Yuliya are looking up at you now, perplexed. Yuliya pulls off the big bulletproof googles and the cloth on her face to get a better look.
  77. Yuliya: ...
  78. Yuliya: ...Roy.
  79. >It’s as deadpan as ever, but at the same time... knowing Yuliya you know that that is in part a question.
  80.  
  81. Roy:
  82. > First of all holy shit you opened the door and there was a shotgun and metal people.
  83.  
  84. > You kind of auto piloted and jumped, and the clone seemed stable enough so you hopped on that and...
  85.  
  86. > ...suddenly you realize that there is some immense deja vu going on here.
  87.  
  88. > She looks very, very different. Holy shit she looks different. She's...older? Like, a lot older? Buff? Old?
  89.  
  90. > But it's her, no doubt about it.
  91.  
  92. Roy: ...holy shit. Yuliya...? What...how...but you're...you're old?
  93.  
  94. > He laughs just a little, he sounds...relieved.
  95.  
  96. Roy: Actually fuck that, it's just good to see you. Holy shit...y'know we've gotta stop meeting like this, shotgun out, standing on your clone, Nick passed out in the background...
  97.  
  98. Yuliya: ...........AH
  99.  
  100. >she relaxes too. Seems like she realized something. She kinda leans back on her heels and throws the shotgun over her shoulder.
  101.  
  102. Yuliya: If you say so. It is good to see you as vell; especially alive. I’ve been told I look older, but I don’t look in ze mirror much so I’m not sure what exactly zat refers to.
  103.  
  104. >along with Yuliya there are 3 other people: An older looking man, presumably a girl with asymmetrical pink hair, and a guy with black hair and fantastic hair styling technique. You can’t see their faces; they have the same bulletproof goggles and cloth that Yuliya has. Everyone has white text printed on their pants in large letters:
  105.  
  106. Yuliya > HYDRA
  107. Older Man > GEISTERAUGE
  108. Pinky > FALLOUT
  109. Fab Hair > KELVIN
  110.  
  111. Roy: Yeah, well...
  112.  
  113. > Glance over at the other three people for a moment.
  114.  
  115. > ...do they have their names on their pants? Is that a mandatory part of the uniform?
  116.  
  117. > Look back to Yuliya and hop down from her clone. Readjust your towel and make sure that thing's firmly stuck there.
  118.  
  119. Roy: ...it's nice to see you too. We'll have to catch up sometime, but...well, you should all come in. There's people who need attention, and we've probably got some shit to talk about.
  120.  
  121. > Turn back around for a moment, call out.
  122.  
  123. Roy: Jun, and everyone else I guess, we've got good people coming in, so don't worry or anything.
  124.  
  125. > You don't hear this but for records sake
  126. Jayden: [mumbling] So you name the croco-dog and not me aight then.
  127.  
  128. Yuliya > Enter
  129.  
  130. All else > hesitate
  131.  
  132. Yuliya > .......?
  133.  
  134. Yuliya: ...Oh right.
  135.  
  136. >Yuliya’s clones go in with you as well and they begin a through search of the room.
  137.  
  138. Yuliya: clear, clear, clear...... kitten. All clear.
  139.  
  140. >everybody proceeds inside and shut the door. The older man moves to cover any windows with what appear to be two-way curtains, which work the same as the mirrors of the same name. You can see out, but people on the street can’t see in.
  141. >Fab hair seems interested in the kitten.
  142.  
  143. Kelvin: Awwww.... hey little guy. What’s your name? Did these nice guys save you?
  144.  
  145. Kitten > Meow
  146.  
  147. >Once Geisterauge finishes with those curtains, he turns around and removes his goggles and mask. Suddenly you realize- you thought that was a smudge on his goggles, but it was his iris. His off-colored iris was literally showing through that blacked-out bulletproof glass.
  148. Geisterauge: You’re all clear to remove your gear... please, Hydra, let’s wait until I’ve secured the room next time....
  149.  
  150. Yuliya: Sorry. I needed to to see better, I vas struggling to remember on my own.
  151.  
  152. Geisterauge: I know.
  153. >The other two remove their gear.
  154. https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/534260730111852544/559222162687262721/image0.png?width=357&height=473
  155.  
  156. https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/534260730111852544/559222280895594524/image0.jpg?width=249&height=472
  157.  
  158. Roy:
  159. > You had a few ideas of what to say, like addressing that the kitten doesn't have a name yet because you're horrible with names, or Geistman's weird eyes, but with that last bit of talking that's all out the window.
  160.  
  161. Roy: ...what? What do you mean, struggling to remember? I mean, it hasn't been that long, has it...?
  162.  
  163. Yuliya:
  164. Fallout: Y- Hydra, didn’t Noir give you that thing from LifeLine?
  165.  
  166. Yuliya: -oh, right.
  167.  
  168. >Yuliya produces a modest stack of paper for you.
  169.  
  170. Yuliya: Here. Tze flying prostitute said tzis should help clear zings up. I have... some kind of memory condition.
  171.  
  172. >this doesn’t seem to phase her much.
  173. Fallout> snuuuuuuuurk
  174. Kelvin: ........Why do you call her that...?
  175.  
  176. Yuliya: .............It feels right?
  177.  
  178. >while the others are talking, Geisterauge begins to examine Nick
  179.  
  180. Roy:
  181. > Accept the papers with some concern.
  182.  
  183. Roy: Oh...shit, well, alright. I'll take a look at them...
  184.  
  185. > Wait is that someone checking Nick out.
  186.  
  187. > Immediately go head over there and get involved in that shit.
  188.  
  189. Roy: ...so, how's he look? I've got water and stuff if he needs anything, but that's kind of it.
  190.  
  191. Geisterauge: -Oh, hello. I’ve just gotten started so I’m not sure... Hydra please bring the supplies.
  192. >Yuliya unloads about 3 kits reminiscent of Wither’s off of her back. As she does, you notice there’s an actual frikking railgun on her back.
  193. >looks like she has approximently 3 rounds for it.
  194. >At the same time, though... it’s got all kinds of mechanical locks securing it, deactivating it. It has a LCD screen that is currently red and reads in white letters:
  195. >SITUATION: NORMAL.
  196. >ENIGMA CONNECTION: ONLINE.
  197. >SYSTEM STATUS: LOCKED
  198. >You get the sense that this thing is literally not going to come off of her back.
  199.  
  200. Roy:
  201. > Note, the railgun.
  202.  
  203. Roy: Wow, okay you got some upgrades...
  204.  
  205. > Look around the rest of the room while you wait for Geist to get to work.
  206.  
  207. Roy: ...so, what. Do you guys need me to tell you, like, what happened? Or shit like that? Do we need to do introductions or something?
  208.  
  209. Yuliya: Eh?
  210.  
  211. Fallout: Think he’s talking about big Bertha, Y- H y d r a. And according to my 5 minutes of briefing, all of the above.
  212.  
  213. Kelvin: Yeah... I think we’d all be more comfortable if we started with introductions though? If you’re cool with that.
  214.  
  215. Yuliya: Oh, I suppose. Not much of an upgrade if tzere’s only a 5% chance of me using it...
  216.  
  217. > Also forgot to mention, Jun's far more interested in that radiator than these strangers currently. Roy heard a low growl, but that was about it.
  218.  
  219. >The strangers seem relatively unphased by Jun, as if they had been expecting something like this. Yuliya especially. Yuliya just seems to not be phased by anything strange, as usual.
  220.  
  221. Roy: Oh. Alright, sure. Introductions.
  222.  
  223. > Take a breath. Point at the people you introduce as you mention them. Including yourself.
  224.  
  225. Roy: So, I'm Roy. Don't really have a codename or alias or anything yet. That's Jayden, he could probably use some better medical attention for that bullet wound he has when anyone has the time. Pretty sure he doesn't have an alias either. That's Jun. He also doesn't really have an alias. This is Nick over here. And that kitten doesn't have a name yet because I'm horrible with names and we just picked it up off the street a day ago or so when it got abandoned by some cats.
  226.  
  227. Roy: Also I'm pretty sure Del is still floating by a dresser.
  228.  
  229. Del: Processing...acknowledged. Correct.
  230.  
  231. > The sword slowly floats out from by the dresser and heads over by Roy.
  232.  
  233. Fallout: Oh holy shit it’s Lilarcor.
  234.  
  235. Kelvin: Rad
  236.  
  237. >They both seem pretty enthused with the floating talking sword. Yuliya looks perturbed, but not scared.
  238. Kelvin: ....Well, we gotta go by our registered names until we get to a safe area, for protocol reasons. But uh.... I’m Kelvin, I’m the ice guy.
  239.  
  240. Kelvin: I’m also
  241.  
  242. Kelvin: the nice guy.
  243.  
  244. >Fallout rolls her eyes and gags.
  245.  
  246. Fallout: I hate you.
  247.  
  248. Kelvin: No you don’t, Arachnos exists.
  249.  
  250. Fallout: God. Damn it. You’re right.
  251.  
  252. Roy: ...what, you can't hate more than one person?
  253.  
  254. Fallout: No, it’s just that whenever I think of him nothing else seems so bad. And when I think of Guía, Arachnos doesn’t seem so bad.
  255.  
  256. Kelvin: Oh fuck, smoked him.
  257.  
  258. Fallout: There’s always one worse.
  259.  
  260. Fallout: ...Well, they call me Fallout. Pretty original. My powers are only nuclear, after all.
  261. Fallout: ...Don’t worry, the implants are off right now.
  262.  
  263. Roy: You just said a lot of things I find simultaneously cool and concerning, but I'll take your word for it that everything's good.
  264.  
  265. Fallout: >ironic sarcastic finger guns while looking completely disinterested in the gesture< I excel at that. And I take from the context clues that you already know Hydra.
  266.  
  267. Roy:
  268. > Shoot some half-assed finger guns back.
  269.  
  270. Roy: Yeah, it's a long and complicated story but we've got a history. Guess I should get used to calling her Hydra, then.
  271.  
  272. Geist: That would be best.
  273.  
  274. Fallout: Psssht does it even matter at this point? You might as well call her like you know her.
  275.  
  276. Geist: Perhaps, but the one thing Hydra has is that she’s not easily recognizable given her altering appearance...
  277.  
  278. Fallout: Dude Sephiroy over here got it in like one try.
  279.  
  280. Geist: ...I get the sense that’s not due to natural causes.
  281.  
  282. Roy:
  283.  
  284. > You're half appalled and half impressed at that one from Fallout.
  285.  
  286. Roy: The clone pincer attack strat paired with the shotgun is a familiar thing to me, but it's kind of a friendly thing at this point. Also I'm gonna go One Winged Angel over here if Sephiroy actually sticks.
  287.  
  288. > You laugh just a little bit, and look at Geist. Waiting.
  289.  
  290. Fallout: Man I can think of somebody else who’s used to friendly acts of violence.
  291.  
  292. Kelvin: ...You?
  293.  
  294. Fallout: .........shit both of us I guess.
  295.  
  296. Geist: My name is Lieutenant Geisterauge. I’m a psychologist, but I have field certification in nursing.
  297.  
  298. Fallout: Awwwwwww dad that’s adorable.
  299.  
  300. Geist: Please do not.
  301. Fallout: There’s also Viper. She’s outside having a merry old time in her illusion patch guarding the place. If anything comes close, we’re gonna know.
  302.  
  303. Roy:
  304. > Psychologist
  305.  
  306. > Nick is not gonna like this
  307.  
  308. Roy: Oh. That's cool. Right.
  309.  
  310. Roy: ...so, is that all for introductions then?
  311.  
  312. Kelvin: Yep!
  313.  
  314. Fallout: I guess.
  315.  
  316. Yuliya: I cannot tzink of anyone else.
  317. >roll perception
  318.  
  319. Roy: Alright then. So...is this the part where I tell you all about the fuckin' prison island executing and chipping supers? Or does that come later?
  320.  
  321. Geist: ........by the looks of this man here, we have time. I’m going to have to sample under his skin to determine the severity of his burns.
  322.  
  323. >he’s prepping something that looks electronic and an array of thin scalpels that look tailored to lifting skin without doing excessive damage. He’s mostly focusing on the electronic reader though.
  324.  
  325. Roy: Uh...alright. That's not gonna hurt him, is it? Going under the skin sounds kinda painful.
  326.  
  327. Geist: I’m only going to physically need to do that if the readings come back severe. This machine can read epidermal trauma based on cellular damage.
  328.  
  329. Roy: . . .
  330.  
  331. Roy: If this follows our general track record you're probably going to want to have those ready.
  332.  
  333. > There's a little black comedy for you, though there's some definite concern in the comment.
  334.  
  335. Geist: ...Don’t worry. This is a treatable condition even in severe forms.
  336.  
  337. >Geist is going to begin working on Nick
  338.  
  339. Fallout: ......So, you wanna go ahead?
  340.  
  341. Roy: ...
  342.  
  343. > Well, that makes you feel a little better, hearing that from Geist. You space out just a little until Fallout gets your attention.
  344.  
  345. Roy: Oh, right. Sorry. Yeah, it's a little hard to think of a place to start, but I'll try and work with the essentials.
  346.  
  347. Roy: We all got down here probably, like, less than a week ago. Maybe a week ago. The timescale's a little fuzzy but it was recent...
  348.  
  349. > Remember.
  350.  
  351. Roy: ...er, Long Beach, I mean. We got to Long Beach. Turns out, people really don't take kindly to supers down here. We found out they've got this kind of secret police thing going on, badgeless police officers hunting down people with powers. Turns out it's been an issue for the people with abilities around here.
  352.  
  353. > Turn away from Nick, and begin gathering up the papers you took from the place, along with the vials.
  354.  
  355. Roy: That was about all we knew about it, until Nick got abducted. I ran off to find him, and long story short, I got drugged and dragged all the way up here to Eureka from Long Beach and thrown into some kind of prison cell on an island. Probably ranks up there as one of the worst places I've woken up in.
  356.  
  357. Roy: I still don't really know why, but...someone let me and another prisoner out, said something like it was our last chance, or the only chance we'd get. There was a lot of other shit going down too, some ice ghost monster thing was attacking the place. Turns out it wasn't just a prison, but like, a training facility too. We, uh..."talked" to one of the guys who worked there, he said they captured supers, and they chipped the worthwhile ones to make them work for them. We ran into a couple of them, they weren't exactly friendly. The ones who apparently weren't seen as worthwhile got executed. We found an electric chair while we were wandering around.
  358.  
  359. Fallout: ...Wow and I thought where I was was bad.
  360.  
  361. Kelvin: Didn’t you... live on a militarized border...?
  362.  
  363. Fallout: Yes. It like that saying, “the grass is always greener”? Only it works in reverse because the grass is always deader on the other side of the fence.
  364.  
  365. >Kelvin seems to be taking notes by the by. He’s using a weird tablet that is strapped to the same place on his belt that Wither’s tablet was strapped to hers.
  366. >come to think of it
  367. >that looks a lot like her tablet...
  368.  
  369. Roy:
  370. > Wow a militarized border doesn't exactly sound good. You frankly feel like that would have to be worse than this but then again you don't know much about living on militarized borders.
  371.  
  372. Roy: Well, I sto-borrowed some papers from their archives. I couldn't make a lot of sense from them, Jayden made some better sense of them, but maybe you guys might be able to figure out more from them. It's a lot of science stuff. One of those papers seems kind of old, though. I dunno how long this has been going on.
  373.  
  374. Roy: I've also got some vials of shit they were working on, dunno what any of it is really. The only things I know for sure they had is they had some sort of sedative that apparently kept people unconscious but also provided nutrients for them, and they had a serum that wakes people up from it, but I'm not sure if any of these vials are either of those.
  375.  
  376. Roy: All that aside, we've got another problem - one of us is still the-. . .
  377.  
  378. > Wait a second that tablet looks familiar what the fuck
  379.  
  380. Roy: ...is that Wi-Life Alert's tablet?
  381.  
  382. Yuliya: I knew tzere vas a reason I loved you.
  383.  
  384. >Fallout pulls on some gloves to handle the things you brought.
  385.  
  386. Fallout: Yeah, man, that took some balls... your fingerprints are probably all over this shit so I’ll have to take them so we can filter them out. ‘Scool, though.
  387.  
  388. Kelvin: ........gotcha, I gotcha so far. Man, that’s messed. So they captured supers and trained them... Did they have any “hallmark coercion tactics”, whatever that means...?
  389.  
  390. Fallout: Not a clue.
  391.  
  392. Geist: Methods of forcing people to obey them, essentially.
  393.  
  394. Kelvin: Ah.
  395.  
  396. Fallout: Gotcha.
  397.  
  398. >Kelvin blinks.
  399.  
  400. Kelvin: Uuuuuuh no, this is my tablet...? They’re standard issue.
  401. >Looking around, you see that every member of the strike team indeed has a tablet.
  402.  
  403. Roy: Oh.
  404.  
  405. > Dumbass.
  406.  
  407. Roy: Right. I guess that kind of makes sense. Man, you guys get equipment and shit...
  408.  
  409. > Maybe you should've gone to Glasgow.
  410.  
  411. Roy: Methods of forcing them, though...the chip, I think. Havel said it went in the brain and kept them from "misusing" their powers. Dunno much more than that, but I think the chip's the factor that forces them to obey.
  412.  
  413. Roy: Before I got distracted, though, I was gonna say. We all got out, except one of us. She's probably still there. Her name's Abi, she's...well, she's technically an AI, but she's super advanced. She's basically a full-fledged person, and she stayed behind to take care of some things, but she's not responding anymore.
  414.  
  415. Fallout: Oh, so she’s like Enigma. That’s cool.
  416.  
  417. Yuliya: >standing< Let’s go get her.
  418.  
  419. Geist: Waitwaitwait...
  420. Kelvin: Brain chip..... no-no punishment functions... got it.
  421.  
  422. Roy: Enigma?
  423.  
  424. Fallout: Enigma’s the AI in charge of security and regulation on campus. Doesn’t really talk much, but you can message them and they’ll respond.
  425.  
  426. Roy: Oh...huh. That's pretty cool...there's another AI these guys have we're trying to help too. His name is Embed, they made some sort of robot body that they trapped him in and they use him for stuff like hunting down supers or other things. I think. Apparently they can trap other AIs, but I guess not Abi. Apparently they were going to use Nick to try and make the chips and the AI trapping thing stronger, but I don't think they got the chance...hopefully.
  427.  
  428. Kelvin: ...Hoooo boy.
  429.  
  430. Fallout: ...So wait, we can’t send Hydra, right? She has the gun, that thing’s connected to Enigma.
  431.  
  432. Geist: Enigma can’t be reached remotely though normal means... it’s connection to secondary ports like the gun are one-way, meaning the gun doesn’t send anything to Enigma.
  433.  
  434. Fallout: Oh.
  435.  
  436. Geist: Granted, I’m not a tech engineer. I only know what I’ve been told. I think you, Hydra, and Viper will be the best scouting party for this, but we can’t make any hasty moves. An entire facility is beyond three people.
  437.  
  438. Fallout: Right.
  439. >That sounded sarcastic.
  440.  
  441. Roy: I think you're forgetting someone for the scouting party.
  442.  
  443. Fallout: Eh?
  444.  
  445. Roy:
  446. > Point at yourself.
  447.  
  448. Roy: How about someone who was just there? Someone that was running around that place for a pretty good amount of time? Someone that knows the general layout and what to expect?
  449.  
  450. Kelvin: ....uuuuh....
  451.  
  452. Fallout: Oh god no not one of these
  453.  
  454. Geist: Inadvisable.
  455.  
  456. Yuliya: Vhy do you vant to die?
  457.  
  458. Roy:
  459. > Look over at Yuliya.
  460.  
  461. Roy: I'm appalled that you think I could die that easily.
  462.  
  463. > Look back to the others.
  464.  
  465. Roy: Look, I'm fine, and I know my way around there. Why go in blind when you've got someone right here that can help?
  466.  
  467. > By the way that towel around his waist probably has a nice red splotch from that bloody side of his.
  468.  
  469. >Yea i was about to say
  470.  
  471. >Fallout immediately points at that /SHOT
  472. Yuliya: I never said it vould be easy. From vhat I heard it vould be slow and painful.
  473.  
  474. Roy: I don't do anything slowly, but I won't argue painfully. Look...
  475.  
  476. > Look down at your side for a second.
  477.  
  478. Roy: This is, like...nothing. It'll be fine, I'm pretty sure it's stopped bleeding anyways. I think. I can take care of myself too, it's not like anyone's gonna have to look out for me. And what happens if you run into Abi and she doesn't trust you enough to go with you?
  479.  
  480. Fallout: That mentality is how good people get blown up. Speaking from experience.
  481.  
  482. Kelvin: .........We pull out our identification cards? And licenses?
  483.  
  484. >they all produce valid licenses
  485.  
  486. Yuliya: ...I don’t know, I’m convinced.
  487.  
  488. Kelvin: Hydra pls
  489.  
  490. Roy: And what if that isn't enough? Who knows if she even knows what those are supposed to look like? If you can't fully guarantee that you're with us, you can't fully guarantee she'll come back with you, and I doubt you'll be able to force her to if she decides not to.
  491.  
  492. Fallout: ...Did you say she’s an AI? Like. Access to computers AI? Direct connection to the biggest collection of knowledge in existence AI?
  493.  
  494. Roy: Yeah, and I'm sure she'll just casually take 5 to look up and verify that information while she's back there with all that other shit being around. If she even has an internet connection currently.
  495.  
  496. > Sarcasm.
  497.  
  498. Fallout: ...Why are you so insistent about going back to a place that is looking for you and will capture you if given the chance?? What would you do if you did go back and the bad odds panned out??
  499.  
  500. Kelvin: I mean... I think I get where you’re coming from. But we’re outfitted for this. This is our job, coming here and keeping you and your friends out of further danger. You’d actually be doing better by letting us handle this, and you don’t have to risk everything that’s important to you to do it.
  501.  
  502. Roy: ...if any one of you guys had to leave someone from your team behind to make sure everyone else got out fine, would you be completely alright putting them in some other group's hands? No matter how capable, or official?
  503.  
  504. Roy: She told me to take everyone and go without her, and I did. I got them back here, and now there's people who know a whole lot better than I do how to take care of them.
  505.  
  506. > Gesture to Geist.
  507.  
  508. Roy: But now she needs help, and I can't just sit back and hope everything goes alright. You're not the only ones who are outfitted for this. I survived in Australia while that place was fucked up, and I escaped this place drugged, locked up, and without having any of my shit to start with. You let me go back there prepared this time and I'll be just fine.
  509.  
  510. Fallout: ...whatever. Suit yourself then.
  511.  
  512. >Kelvin gives her a frustrated look.
  513.  
  514. Kelvin: ...I mean... We’re not trying to offend you here... a lot of us here are coming from the same place, with people needing help and not a lot of resources to do it. Things might be different if we could guarantee your life, but we can’t. We can’t even guarantee ours. Would you want to bring you in our position...?
  515.  
  516. Roy: No. I wouldn't. But I'd probably note that leaving someone this stubborn behind, they might not give it up, and I might have to do something about that so they don't run off and try to do something on their own. So. What are you gonna do?
  517.  
  518. > This doesn't exactly seem like a rhetorical question, it seems more genuine actually.
  519.  
  520. >You’ve made Kelvin visibly sad. You’ve made Fallout visibly disappointed. Yuliya shrugs.
  521.  
  522. Yuliya: I vill take you.
  523.  
  524. Geist: Hydra, protocol...
  525.  
  526. Yuliya: Vat is protocol.
  527.  
  528. Roy: ...
  529.  
  530. > Well, that's not the answer you were looking for, but it's not the answer you weren't looking for either. You look disappointed as well.
  531.  
  532. Roy: I appreciate it, but no. I'm not going. Last time I left him alone like this, he woke up, freaked out and did some rash shit. Can't leave that guy alone for a minute.
  533.  
  534. > Gesture to Nick, half-joking, before looking back to Kelvin and Fallout.
  535.  
  536. Roy: You know I'm not asking you to, like, physically hold me down or restrain me to keep me from going, right? We have a lot of people after us. I mean, a lot. Madmen, scientists, maybe a mob, these guys, a psychic. I might even go as far to say we're being hunted. When you guys go in there, if you even find Abi, you're not gonna find a victim of some crisis just looking to throw herself into the arms of her rescuer. You're probably gonna find someone who's very cautious about who they trust. Licenses can be faked, maybe that's unlikely, but still. If that's your one trick to get her to come with you and it doesn't work, then...
  537.  
  538. Roy: ...look, I know I'm being an ass. I'll cooperate with you, but I need to know you've got a back-up just in case she doesn't just trust the license. And whether that's me going too, or you guys start asking the right questions and you ask me if there's anything you can say to her, or any information you can tell her that has to have come from me...I just need you to convince me that you're gonna be able to help her.
  539.  
  540. Roy: ...like, really, I need you to because I don't need a repeat of the hospital with Nick if I'm not here.
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