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Bastien Delacourt

"Fuck off before I bite your throat off."

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a character in “Atlas: The Aegis Program”, as played by therealmcdreamy

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"None of us really changes over time; we only become more fully what we are." -Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned
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xxxxx|| Legal Name || Bastien Delacourt
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xxxxx|| Alias || Drake
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xxxxx|| Pronouns || He/Him
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xxxxx|| Age || 24
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xxxxx|| Nicknames || Bash, Dracula, Drakeyxx
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xxxxx|| Birth-place || Upper City, Atlasxx
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xxxxx|| Height || 5'10
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xxxxx|| Build || Muscular, wrestler type build
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xxxxx|| Description || Bash essentially looks like someone copy and pasted the stereotypical bully from an 80's movie. He sports the metalhead hair, attitude, and style of clothing. He looks like a charmer but not as alluring as Dracula. He's more so the bad boy your mother warns you to stay away from. He seems charming on the surface, but with an animal hiding underneath ready to pounce. Though to be quite honest, he doesn't come across all too intimidating based on first appearance. He isn't tall or overly buff, but none the less his animal side gives him just the edge to make people think twice before crossing him.

Bash is certainly one to have his fair share of scarring. Most of his body is covered in random scars and battle wounds left over from brawls. As far as tattoos and piercings are concerned, Bash proudly sports on earring on his left ear. Now there are some oddities about him given his pseudo vampirism. For the most part after the experiment, not much changed appearance wise except that he has pointy ears and his eyes will turn to almost albino look if he hasn't fed for awhile. He's added features that both aid in making him look like a vampire but also add a practical function for getting blood from his victims. His nails and canines have been replaced with sharpened titanium to make ripping into people to consume blood easier. He's also gotten his teeth altered to have two teeth at a 90 degree angle like a wolverine (also done in titanium) to make ripping through flesh even easier.
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xxxxx|| Likes || Metal, Country, Muscle Cars, Pickup Trucks, The 80s, Cheap Beer, Cigarettes, Blood, Underground Fights, Singing, Biology, Chemistry, Mullets, Wolverines
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xxxxx|| Dislikes || Pop, Alcohol that isn't cheap beer, Import Cars, His Family, Himself
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xxxxx|| Quirks || Runs his tongue over his teeth, Winks at himself in mirrors, Wears a rosary because it's funny
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xxxxx|| Fears || Never being human again, Fully becoming a monster
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xxxxxBash is a complex and layered individual. Most anyone really knows of him is surface level. The mask he wears now that he's chosen to accept the hand he's been dealt. Now he does have a tendency to come off rather intimidating and brash. It's not that he's one to go looking for a fight or anything. He's actually a fairly calm individual and it's rare to see him get mad. But that's not to say he isn't crude and willing to say exactly what's on his mind even if it's not appropriate. He simply doesn't care what people think. He knows the world doesn't view him as a hero. He's just a monster the heroes send loose at night for clean up duty. So the world wanted a monster... and he gave it to them. Out on the streets he's ripping through criminals and laughing maniacally as he gets drenched in their blood. He's the crazy blood thirsty animal they wanted him to be. Too be honest the longer he's at this, the more he's starting to relish in the blood lust and it absolutely terrifies him.

Buried deep below the surface is still Bash's human side that he hasn't allowed anyone to see since the accident. The part of him that values human life. The part of him that's fiercely loyal to a fault. The part of him that wishes he didn't have to drink blood anymore. The part of him that wishes he could be human again and walk away from all of this. But sadly that's been buried after he forced himself to accept his role as a scientifically engineered vampire. He's still loyal to his team but he won't let them in. He doesn't want anyone to know the pain he holds inside so he acts out to keep people at a distance. It's easier to self destruct a possible relationship than risk getting hurt or worse... Hurting them. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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xxxxx|| Pseudo Vampire Physiology || Bash has many of the basic abilities of a vampire. Supernatural strength, speed, agility, endurance, senses, and healing. The more blood he consumes, the stronger he gets and vice versa unless he enters a frenzy state from going too long without blood. Because of his healing factor, he doesn't need to rely on food and rarely needs sleep unless he lost a lot of blood from a fight. He's not a supernatural vampire. He doesn't turn into a bat or fly and he doesn't do magic. He also can go out into the sun... Sort of... He needs to wear special sunscreen and sunglasses and he's basically blind during the day but he can still go outside during daytime and crosses don't do shit. Same with wooden stakes. Those are just annoying. His strongest state is when he overindulges on blood or gets overly emotional he'll enter a berserk state that makes him seem more like an actual vampire. His skin will turn pale white and his eyes will glow red and for some reason his features seem almost animalistic. He's only got one thought on his mind in this state... Kill everything in sight.
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xxxxx|| Blood Lust || A side effect of the experiment is Bash having an insanely potent blood lust. He needs to consume blood in place of food to keep up his strength and keep himself alive. A benefit of this blood lust is anyone he takes a sip of blood from he can track from anywhere. There's also the added healing factor and that it slows down his aging. Other than that it's more of a curse than a gift. He never stops craving blood and if he doesn't keep his blood lust in check then that could mean dire consequences for those he cares about.
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xxxxx|| Strengths || Bio-engineering, biology, chemistry... Specialties of his before the accident. He still has the knowledge but he sees no point in it since there's no cure for him. He's a well off fighter. He took the time to train his hand to hand combat skills and he's also an exceptional hunter/tracker for the team. It's a bit of a shock to find out he's musically inclined but it's not something Bash shows off. He can sing and play piano.
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xxxxx|| Weaknesses || His constant blood lust and the possibility of entering a frenzy. Most things won't really kill him. Gun shot wounds just take longer to heal. The only way to kill him is decapitation, removing his heart, or using some type of strong UV weapon to stop his healing factor. His biggest weakness would be the fact that the harder people push to get him to let down his walls, the harder he fights back and self destructs.
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It's not a tragic hero backstory without a tragic backstory. Sure Bash was lucky enough to be born in Upper City to a very well known family for the medical research facility they own but his life was anything but luxurious. To bash's knowledge, he is the byproduct of his father's one night stand in a string of many adulteries. Since he didn't use protection and she used to be employed by him (also the fact that she died giving birth to him), his father was stuck with him and made sure to make it known his entire life. His father looked for any reason to 'toughen up' his son with a beating or just because he simply felt like it that day. His step mother was never this way. In fact there were times she threw herself between them. She was also always the one to patch him up after his father was done with him. She was his safety net and the one who encouraged him to excel in school so he could graduate early and get out.

By the time Bash was in college he learned he had a rare blood disease that was going to kill him young. So he did what any sane scientist would do, he made a deal with his father to create a super soldier serum in the family research facility. He even based his experiments off of wolverines finding their resilience useful to finding his cure for himself and others suffering like him. Once it was completed he once again did what any sane scientist would do... He tested it on himself and it worked... Sort of. His blood disease was gone but instead the serum mutated the disease and turned him into a scientifically engineered vampire. He sought refuge at home but instead his father reacted to him like his son finally became the disgusting monster he always saw him as. He tried to shoot him but his mother got in between and was shot and killed instantly. That's when Bash finally snapped. He went completely berserk and ripped his father to shreds. Following the accident, Bash fled to the streets completely consumed by blood lust until the heroes found him and brought him to the Aegis Program. Maybe they saw him as useful or maybe this was their plan all along. All Bash knows is from that point on he changed his named and joined the organization. He may not like the work but at least he he can survive.

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So begins...

Bastien Delacourt's Story

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Character Portrait: Mikey Santo Character Portrait: Bella Clayton Character Portrait: Bastien Delacourt Character Portrait: Morgana Ishida Character Portrait: Kit Cassidy Character Portrait: Emeris Mikaelson
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• Skaði • Mikey Santo • #197b5b • X
Hale Enterprises

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• 08/30/2140 • 8:45pm •
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The sensation that filled the air was enough to set anyone on edge, at least for those that knew what tonight truly was. But, from an outsider's perspective, it was the annual dinner-party thrown at Atlas' very own Hale Enterprises company building. The guest-list itself was an accomplishment, seeing as how nearly every business owner, CEO, actor, model, and public influencer had been invited. If you were someone of note, chances of you being invited were high. Stereotypical, orchestral music played throughout the main dining hall that the event was being held.

Forty-Six, large circular tables were aligned, as eight chairs were seated with each that outlined the center of the room that held what could be considered a dancing floor, with an orchestra band stationed at the stage that ran alongside the large staircase that led to the room. Anyone who made their way upstairs, would be able to look down the old stone railing, looking down would see what would be notable as an indoor courtyard, of sorts. And down below, all of the tables and guests could be seen with little to no issue. It was a perfect placement for watchmen. And of course, this wouldn't be one of Xavier Hale's own parties, if personal guardsmen weren't spotted along the room. All in pristine, black suit and ties, accompanied with a hearing ear piece in their right or left ear.

The night was a buzz with energy, as guests had made their way inside already. Whether sitting at one of the many tables, speaking with other pristine guests, or sitting at a table. Waiters had made their way out of the ground-floor's kitchen, all with trays carrying an assortment of champayne, wine, and of course the finest samples of snacks that would be present all throughout the night. To the common eye, or well, Upper-City celebraties, were concerned, it was one of the finer parties anyone could and would attend. Whether to hear the latest gossip, and trade secrets, to being the first ones to hear whatever news Xavier Hale himself would reveal before the general public got word.

But tonight, it was anything but casual affairs. The Upper-Class party was simply a facade to help cover what was truly going on this night. Aegis had been alerted that a few of the pristine guests that would be invited tonight, could very possibly have some tie-ins with members of who they called The Order, and Aegis wanted whatever answers they could get from them. Assuming they'd be successful of course. At least tonight they couldn't accept failure...

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Unsurprisingly, one of the many faces that would be present alongside Xavier Hale, would be one of his interns, Mikey Santo. She had become a notable face amongst the company and many other notable faces amongst Atlas. People's opinions on her had always been mixed, but people knew well enough to never speak ill of her when in the presence of those who belonged to Hale Enterprises, especially considering the blatant favoritism Xavier had shown towards her. She was someone many considered his right hand; wherever he was, she was right next to him. And this night was no different. Mikey had arrived to the party hours ahead of time. Helping reinforce security measures, keeping tabs of who was security, etc. As well as her focal duties of the night, which entailed making sure some of the bigger industry members ended up making deals with Hale Enterprises.

At least that was her role for the night on the outside. While in reality, Mikey was head of security, in plane sight. She would report to Xavier immediately if anything was out of the ordinary. And act on her role as a hero secondarily. As much as she wanted to play Hero tonight, she had her normal responsibilities to attend to tonight. Which is exactly why a team of Aegis members were also in attendance this evening. As more faces made their presence known, Mikey was able to spot a few in the crowd from where she was up on the balcony to the right that alongside the large staircase in the main room.

Bella was down below, keeping her eyes scoped out on the main floor. Leo and Paladin were somewhere else keeping watch. It didn't exactly take long for Mikey to spot the two Titans in the crowd. Looking over a few more, she could make out the all too distinguishable red hair of a tall and slim woman, with a male who stood by her side. He had darker but short hair, and rather clean shaven. They were both dressed up to the nines, brandishing some of the higher tech and jewelry Atlas had to offer. Their was no mistaking who these two individuals were. Iliana and Conroy Mikaelson. Two of the bigger names of notable faces in Atlas. As well as the very parents of Emeris Mikaelson, who was the bar-owner of Envy, as well as former hookup of Mikey. Those were two people she didn't want to see this evening, but not shocking that they'd be there tonight, all things considered. One face she was surprised she didn't see in the crowd, was Emeris themself. But she assumed they had better things to do than attend a party like this, even though they were invited, for all too obvious reasons. Even their own siblings, Sarah and Saoirse were around as well. Chatting with some A-List actors. Mikey gave a small sigh, and one last proper scan over the room, and Mikey had turned on her heels and began to make her way out of the main room, excusing herself before the main event of the night would would begin.

She raised her right hand to her ear, activating the cloaked ear piece by her ear, "Everything's looking good on the ground floor. How's out-side lookin'?" she questioned. A few short moments later another voice spoke up in the comms that were connected to all of those who belonged to Aegis, "All clear out here, boss. Will keep you up to date if-" the familiar voice of Shiloh crackled through the mic. Mikey raised her eyebrow, "Say that again? Your comm acted up-" silence fell over the comms for a moment. "I said I'd update you if we saw anything?" Shiloh repeated herself.

Mikey nodded to herself, "Alright, and make sure you check in with Sparky later. Your comms' fucked again." the blond retorted before making her way up a staircase off to the side. There was an exit door to the left, quickly punching in the six digit code, Mikey made her way through the door. It closing with an air-lock whoosh behind her as she stepped out into the cold air. Mikey's eyes trailed alongside the metal railing that kept anyone from falling off the edge, before turning to look ahead of her as she made her way alongside the outer perimeter. It was part of the route she needed to scout every few hours, just on the off chance anything happened. Xavier was being a paranoid bastard, she thought to herself. That was until she stopped walking for a moment, listened and then continued on ahead. Mikey can't believe she had been so careless, just in time as she turned on her heel and moved to the right, completely side stepping out of the way as someone's fist had been aimed right for her head.

Turning on her heel once more, Mikey saw a figure standing opposite her. They were wearing attire made entirely of black, that itself wasn't the odd part. What stood out, was the mask they wore. Half of it was black, the other was a dark orange. Mikey had only ever seen this figure once before, and it sent a shiver down her spine. The two locked eyes for just a moment, before they charged at her, and she was able to just barely step aside and out of the way. Pushing herself up against the cold stone of the wall. Her skin practically sticking to it, due to how far up they were, it was next to freezing. Her breath came out in deep puffs of white as she looked at the masked individual. Mikey cocked her head to the side, and the figure did the same.

With barely a moment's notice, the figure lurched forward once more, knocking Mikey nearly over the railing, but she was able to catch herself. "Could really use some help up here-" she was cut off mid sentence as the figure grabbed her forcefully by the side of her head, managing to take the comm by her ear and crushed it in their hand with all too much ease. "You fucker-" the figure took a few steps backwards, the railing stopping them for a moment. Mikey raised her eyebrow once more, only to see the figure look behind them once then back at Mikey, before raising their hand and retrieving two small daggers from their back. Just as another figure, dressed exactly the same way joined them by their side. Unsheathing their own weapons as well.

Mikey let out a defeated sigh, "So much for Plan A." she muttered to herself. Not only was Mikey now on her own, but outnumbered and without a way of communicating with the rest of her team. She just hoped they got the message in time...


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• Isimir • Emeris Mikaelson • #8e9091 • X
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Meanwhile across Upper-Atlas, the energy that filled the air was entirely in stark contrast. The air was silent and filled with tension as figures were spread out in various locations, hidden amongst the shadows that cascaded over the museum like a blanket. Aegis had been alerted of a supposed plan that would take place tonight. The goal? A group of individuals would be attempting to steal countless variables and artifacts. For what purpose? The heads of Aegis weren't exactly sure yet, but whatever it was, they weren't going to risk it. Alerting the police would have done nothing but cause even more tension and possibly alert the would be thieves if they so much as got wind of the police involvement.

But tonight, it just so happened that a famous artist was showing off some of their most recent and famous artwork at the local gallery that the museum had allowed new and upcoming artists to show off their work, as well as hold an auction afterwards for the art-pieces. It was a perfect occasion for a potentially robbery, but even more so, it allowed undercover Aegis members to sneak in. Whether posing as faux security, or even event attendees. It was all too perfect. Amongst the people attending the auction, there were notable faces in the crowd, from actors, public infuencers, and even some politicians that were interested in the art-show.

Throughout the rooftop of the Museum, there were three figures that were all in line of each other's sight. Two of them were stationed across the rooftop, making eyecontact with the one figure who was hidden off by themself in a perched position. They would have been entirely undetectable, if it hadn't been for the slight glint of the moonlight that bounced off of the jet-black metal of the sniper rifle in their hands, balanced perfectly behind a small border. The figure had been looking through the scope of the gun, the sight aimed through the glass pain window that filtered moonlight through into the ceiling. As the figure moved their head back from the rifle, they lifted up their right hand in a hand gun gesture, and silently motioned as if they made a shot. The lights of the LED mask lit up with a content expression as they did so.

"Isimir, quit fuckin' around and fuckin' focus." a deep and gruff voice crackled through the comms. The figure gave an over dramatic shrug across the way before speaking up, "Well someone is grumpy today, now huh? And for your information, I am focusing, Reaper. So well in fact, I know exactly what they're doin' down there!" the masked hero retorted back in return. The semi-robotic voice coming through the comms. Reaper simply shook his head as he brought a hand up to face palm the skull painted mask, which was partially obstructed by the hood of his cloak. "Then what are they doing down there, if you're so damn cocky?" he questioned back.

Silence filled both the air and the comms for a moment, before static crackled to life throughout the comms before a voice spoke up, "Well, if you must know, my dear friend! They're currently laughing with an obnoxious, clearly fake laugh as they drink some stupid champayne with their rich friends. What else do rich people do anyways? Except counting coins and being selfish assholes?" Isimir retorted sarcastically. A rough sounding scoff was returned for a moment, "Got me there, kid." Reaper responded before continuing:

"Well, if you see anything out of the ordinary, you know what to do-"
"What do you mean by that? Why are you sounding like you're leaving-"
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"You know how ansty I get whenever you leave me alone, especially when you leave me alone with him!" gesturing at Drake. Who clearly didn't look pleased with that comment.
"Well if you'd just shut the fuck up, you'd know why." Reaper grunted with an annoyed tone.
"Well don't need to sound so upset. But please go on. I like to hear your thoughts-"
An annoyed and tired sigh could be heard in response over the comms before it went entirely silent for a full minute before crackling back to life.
"I'm going to go in and personally scope things out."
Silence filled the air before a small chuckle could be heard, "Oh I bet you are-" was all that was said before it was clear that Reaper shut his comm off.

Isimir just looked across the way at Drake who was still in the shadows and gave another dramatic shrug in his direction. Looking back through the scope of the rifle they had in their hands, "Oh sweet jesus fuckin' christ, fuck me uuppp-" Isimir mumbled into their comm that was built into the headset that was inside their mask. "Drakey...I think you're gonna wanna take a look at this..." Isimir started back on the comms again, peering through the scope once more, "Mommy...Sorry...Mommy...Sorry, I mean Mommy, sorry-" they continued mumbling, as their eyes locked on to one figure in specific. It was a tall, slender and curvy woman with an entirely black dress. It hung snuggly to her body as she walked with a sense of purpose, effortlessly making her way through the doors and into the main room where the art exhibit was taking place. Isimir tracked the female with the use of the scope on the rifle, watching as the woman marched her way over to another woman before coming to a stop. Isimir couldn't tell what they were saying from this distance, but they were smart enough to have put the pieces together. "Oh fuck me..."

"What now???" Reaper's voice broke through the comms once more. "Uh...Daddy-I mean Reaper...You've got company-" An annoyed groan escaped Reaper, "Be more specific." he demanded. Entirely ignoring what he was called seconds prior. "I mean two very sexy and badass women to your left, less than a hundred feet away from you. Way too sexy to be simple party goers..." Isimir answered. Even with the distortion affect on their mic, the sign of clear worry could be detected in the tone they used. "...Do you mean-" "Femme Fetale? Yes! That is exactly what I mean, Reaper. Plus...I'd notice those asses anywhere from chasing them all over the god damn city...We got trouble, my good bitches."

A heavy sigh came from Reaper's end of the comms once more. Realizing just how serious his young side kick was being, in their weird, Isimir way, of course. "Everyone got that? We're not alone here. And if Isimir is correct...We got more problems than we initially thought. Keep your eyes out for them. The first sign of anything at play? We light them up. Minimal citizen casualties, as always. Fan out and keep your eyes peeled. Shit goes down, we go dark."


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Character Portrait: Mikey Santo Character Portrait: Bastien Delacourt Character Portrait: Ada Forrest Character Portrait: Emeris Mikaelson Character Portrait: Cameron Jensen Character Portrait: Kieran Gallagher
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Ada slipped her phone back into her bag and rocked back and forth on her heels. Fancy dinners had never really been her thing, but this was Aegis. She couldn’t really say no, especially not when her parents were on the invite list as well. Ada took a glass of champagne from a passing waiter and took a sip. As much as she wanted to enjoy the night, she had to be alert. The Order had already come too close and now they were closing in even more. She released a sigh.

“Relax.” Ada nearly jumped out of her skin when she heard Kye behind her.

“Jesus Christ Kye, can you not?”

The smile faded from Kye’s face for a moment. “What’s up with you?”

Her tongue felt heavy. Telling him would be the easiest thing in the world, but she couldn’t. Not with Xander making his views on supers so well known. She couldn’t dump that on Kye. “Just nervous I guess.”

She pretended to not see the glance down to her leg before Kye put his arm around her shoulder and swiped a canape with the other hand. “You’ll be fine.” He took a bite. “These things always play out the same. People schmooze and make golf plans or whatever, a few people have too much champagne and then split off to whichever White Castle has the smallest drive-thru queue because there wasn’t enough food.”

“White Castle? Really?”

“What’s wrong with White Castle?”

Ada shook her head. “Nothing. You’ve just absolutely destroyed the image I had of you in my head. You know, the one where you have taste?” Her jaw tensed when she heard the electric buzz in her ear. She wasn’t exactly a tech expert, but she knew that it wasn’t good. The voices coming through were garbled like they were filtered through water. She looked around the room. Through the pockets of people, she saw Leo weaving through to the exit. Ok, ok, that’s gonna be fine. “I’ll just be a minute,” she said to Kye and excused herself from the room. She might have perked up a few of the flower arrangements on her way, no one can prove anything.

Ada locked the bathroom door behind her and slid her earpiece out. The casing wasn’t cracked, she couldn’t see any loose wire hanging out. It looked the same as it always did. Maybe a storm was rolling in, the electricity in the air interfering with the signal. She rolled the earpiece between her hands and slid it back in place. She quickly checked beneath the door. No one else was here. Good. “Guys, what’s going on?” She still kept her voice low. You could never be too careful. “My comms are acting up.”







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Outfit Variant Hex:#1a7572


At any given moment, Cameron could be in a hundred different places. Well, maybe not a hundred. He’d tried that once and the memory rush at the end had left him with a migraine lasting for nearly two weeks. The point is, pinning him down can be difficult. At this moment in time, Cameron is collecting a delivery for the Word Exchange. He’s also tuning a receiver to tap into police broadcasts. He’s also trying to not be distracted by the suit Charon is wearing. But we digress.

Isimir’s voice crackled through on the comms from their highpoint somewhere above. "Drakey...I think you're gonna wanna take a look at this..." There was static for a moment before Isimir’s voice came back. "Mommy…Sorry...Mommy...Sorry, I mean Mommy, sorry-"

Cameron bit the inside of his cheek to suppress a laugh. “Think Drakey’s spoken for Isimir, you trying to get him in trouble?” He leaned back against the wall, looking down to the lower floor. There was a stone bench a few paces away. He could sit down, but knowing his luck it would be a modern art installation and alarms would start blaring as soon as he looked at it. His survival plan at this point was ‘Don’t Get Chewed By Reaper’ and it was working pretty well. Setting off an alarm during a stakeout would end that perfect streak.

It wasn’t often that Cam felt like the new kid that he very much was on the team, but when they started talking about being on eleven and fours, he got lost. Why couldn’t they just say ‘heading towards X exhibit’? Would that be so hard? He rolled his neck and slipped away from himself. Variant pulled his mask into place and headed back over himself. “Copy, Variant One in position. There was a second and then Cameron heard himself over the comms. “Variant Two, I’m heading to the security hub."

Variant cracked his fingers one by one as he slipped away to the back of the art gallery. The forced laughter from the party faded. The neon street signs lit the world outside. He normally wasn’t one for the Upper City. It was too loud, too bright, and it got dialed all the way up when you were seeing it from six different points of view. Stay on task Cam… Variant slowed as he approached the security door. He prodded the door with his toe and it swung open and back again. Clearly whoever was in there had been sloppy. Variant opened the door and slid inside, making sure to close it behind him properly.

Finally, the security guard noticed him. “Who the hell are you?”

Variant rocked onto his toes and swung his arms awkwardly. “You probably don’t believe that I got lost looking for the bathroom, do you?”

“No.”

“No...didn’t think you would. I don’t suppose you could just step aside and let me use the cameras? Would be a lot easier for both of us.”

Very carefully, the guard began to reach under his desk. Panic button? A gun? Either way, Variant didn’t want to know for certain. A second Variant lunged forward and pulled the guard’s hand back, spinning him around and into his clone’s fist. They hauled the guard up and slammed him headfirst into the wall, just for good measure. Variant high-fived himself and then there was only one. A shiver went down his spine as he remembered the fight from another point of view. He ducked down and searched the space the guard had reached for. There was an assortment of candy wrappers and a taser thrown in haphazardly, and a panic button attached to the underside. Variant pocketed the taser and took the guard's seat.

He looked over the screens, tracking the people inside, and followed the path to the two women they were targeting. “Oh…shit...” He tapped his comm. “Variant Two, security hub is secured. I have a taser, a panic button, and visual on the targets and would also like to note that Charon’s hair is looking especially good today.”