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impossible year

(1x1 between myself and Maci-Care)

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ImageImageImageImageWelcome to Scarriden. It's a city where the police officers work with superheroes and attempt to control the villains. But in this city, the civilians aren't perfectly happy with that. They don't like the idea of these "goddamn mutants" running around and being able to do whatever the here they want. Sure, they'll cry out for them when they're in trouble, but when they're safe, their opinions change.

So when someone offers to get rid of them for once and for all, most people don't dare ask questions. As the heroes do, they decide to engage in civil negotiations with this man. Maybe some sort of arrangement can be come to. But someone in the "villainous" team gets inside information. It turns out that the other side doesn't intend on engaging in civil negotiation with the heroes- they intend on kidnapping them.

At first, the villains don't do anything, expecting the heroes to break themselves out of it. But then, that doesn't happen. Instead, they actually do get captured. A few escape. Some get recaptured.

Some, however, manage to escape and goes into hiding. They hear whispers of villains, villains that are smart enough to stay out of the public eye. Smart enough not to get caught. Possibly smart enough to help. They're elusive and difficult to find, but, desperate for help, the heroes manage to track them down. But will the villains actually help? And can they ever really work together?



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Character Portrait: Elena Ramsay Character Portrait: Luciana Morrison Character Portrait: Darius Jori Character Portrait: Ash Hatfield

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ELENA RAMSAY
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xxxyou want the heart all to be saved
xxxbut even good guys still get paid
xxxso watch my back and keep the blade
xxxi think it got you laid

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Elena decided against interjecting in the conversation for a few moments. She silently agreed with Luciana that they were more than likely just trying to divide them. She rolled her eyes and grimaced as Luciana said she didn't have the serum. It was true. Technically. But it also didn't sit right with Elena.

But she didn't have time to dwell on it, because things took a dive south quickly. It started with Darius suggesting Ash used his powers, and ended with Luciana pulling a knife. She could see Darius was shaping something with glass, and Ash had also drawn a knife. Instinctively, she stepped between them all, putting herself between Luciana and Ash.

"Enough. All of you. I swear to god, I've found a bunch of testosterone fueled alpha males easier to babysit than you lot," she snapped. "You're giving them what they want. The way you're all behaving, we don't need to worry about them because you lot will end up killing each other before they get a chance. You all need to grow up and act like freaking grown-ups. Or else I'm out of here. So we're going to sit the fuck down and have an actual grown up conversation, you all hear?" She ordered. "Or at least we're going to put away the freaking knives." She said with a pointed look at Ash and Luciana. Ash stared her down for a second, before sliding the knife back into his boot. "Thank you."

"Right. Everybody is going to lay things down on the floor. Luciana doesn't have the serum." She took the serum out of her pocket and held it out. "I do. She gave it to me as an act of trust, and I'm telling you all I have it as one. I have no interest in using this, and you all know that. Now. Ash. Darius. Tell us what you were talking about."


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ASH HATFIELD
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xxxeven while we sleep, we will find you
xxxacting on your best behaviour
xxxturn your back on mother nature
xxxeverybody wants to rule the world

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Ash was braced for a fight the minute they walked into that room, and he very nearly got one. He would have been lying if he said using his ability hadn’t crossed his mind even before Darius said it, and he was still considering it right up until Luciana pulled the knife. His own was in his hand before he even realised what he was doing.

And then Elena stepped in. Elena, who had no physical powers and who was shorter than all of them. And she was fearless. Ash stopped in his tracks, mostly because he was taken aback by her. She glared at him until he put the knife away, and so he did. He had to grit his teeth as she revealed that Luciana had given her the serum. But Elena didn’t seem all that interested in using it, at least. But then she asked him what he and Darius had been talking about, and he shot a glance at Darius.

“Her behavior was strange. First, she appeared to genuinely consider turning Elena in before Darius intervened, and then we thought her smashing the vials when we both knew the serum was what she was interested in was strange. We didn’t trust her. And while I can’t speak for Darius here…” he stared at Luciana for a second or two. “I still don’t. Listen. I’m not exactly an upstanding member of moral society. But when it comes to the lives of me and my allies, I understand that the truth is what keeps us all alive. You’re putting us all at risk by lying to all of us, over and over.”

He looked back at Elena. It felt strange, trusting two heroes over a fellow villain. But, frankly, if it had been any other villain, he might have been able to trust them more. But it was something about Luciana that just left him unsettled. She didn’t trust him, and she made it impossible to trust her.

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Character Portrait: Elena Ramsay Character Portrait: Luciana Morrison Character Portrait: Darius Jori Character Portrait: Ash Hatfield

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xxx All alone in the glass house
xxx Lie awake 'til the sun's out
xxx Pink sky when you come down
xxx Sometimes I wanna fuckin' scream or run away,
xxxI don't know

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Darius wasn’t sure who was going to act first, but he could feel the tension building up more, watching as Luciana flipped the knife in her hand. Not in a position to lunge and try to cut someone, but herself so she could use her powers. Elena stepped between Ash and Luciana to try to stop them, Darius went to step forward to try to pull her back but both the villains seemed to loosen up a bit. She had asked them to act like adults and put their knives away. He glanced between them and was surprised Ash put his weapon away first, he stared at Luciana. He realized she wasn’t going to back down so he set down the glass cup that had been shaped into a shard.

He took a step back and relaxed once Luciana set her knife down. He was surprised to see that Elena had the serum, that Luciana had actually gotten it from the man during their altercation. “See!” Darius said as he stepped forward to Ash but backed off when Luciana gave him a death stare. When Elena had asked about what him and Ash talked about, they exchanged a look before Ash started speaking.

After Ash had finished speaking, everything he had said he had agreed with, Darius stepped forward. “I warned you Elena, we’re just worried about how much we can trust someone who isn’t open with us. We all know what we want out of this, she’s the odd one out.” He said to her, feeling the female villain’s gaze on him. He took a step back as Luciana stood up and let out a deep breath. She then tried to explain her own actions, but still holding information back. He was going to ask again why she wanted the serum but she had already left to go to the bathroom.

Darius watched as Elena also left before turning back to Ash. “Well… I guess that could have gone better. At Least Elena has the serum and not her.” He commented as he walked towards the counter and poured some more coffee.





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LUCIANA MORRISON
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xxx Yeah someone pour it in
xxx Make it a dirt dance floor again
xxx Say your prayers and stomp it out
xxx When they bring that in
xxx Bleed it out digging deeper just to throw it away

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Seeing Ash have his own knife in his hand, Lucy flipped the knife in her hand ready to cut her skin to start using her powers if anyone made a move, whether that would be Ash or Darius with his glass powers. Though what she didn’t expect was Elena stepping between her and Ash again, telling them to calm down and have a conversation. She glanced between Darius and Ash not lowering her guard until the other two did, and then lowering the knife onto the counter. “Fine.” Lucy said walking and grabbing a chair and throwing her feet onto the table.

As Elena spoke she didn’t take her eyes off of Ash, giving a smirk when Elena had backed up her comment about not having it, but it slowly retreated as Elena revealed the serum and telling them she had given it to her, shooting a look at Darius explaining that he knew. Luciana took her feet off the table and leaned forward as Ash and Darius were told to reveal what they were talking about, this is what Lucy was interested in.

Lucy just rolled her eyes when Ash spoke about her appearing to be genuinely interested in the offer. That was the point, to show she was interested for them to lower their guard, to get closer and learn more. But she was a little surprised when Ash said he knew she wanted the serum. She turned her head with a quizzical look. She knew Elena wouldn’t have told him, so her gaze slowly went to Darius as he would be the only other one to tell Ash. Her eyes squinted, she knew heroes couldn’t keep their mouth shut, their feeling of good and having a conscious they had to live with made them weak.


As Ash and Darius finished defending their actions and about how she wasn’t trustworthy, Lucy stood up and let out a breath starting to speak in a gentle tone. “I wouldn't have given up Elena to those people, I trust her, I…” Luciana trailed off, staring softly at Elena. Because I felt a connection with her, for some reason I care about her, and I don’t know why. But I won’t let anything happen to her. She thought to herself thinking back to the other night and remembering the soft touch of her fingers across her scars, how she laughed, and how for once it felt like someone didn’t hate her for her powers, but seemed to care about her. Elena wanted to say what she thought, but knew she couldn’t, and wasn’t sure how the others would feel, especially Elena. She turned back to Ash. “I’m not sorry for not telling you about me wanting the serum, I had a good reason. Your powers aren’t exactly something I feel comfortable with, I’ve seen what they can do. I will let you know that I don’t plan to use it on any of you, Elena can back me up.” Luciana finished and walking to the door. “Just go finish with the man in the room, whatever other information we might need. But leave him alive. I’ll be freshening up in the bathroom.” She said before walking out and down the hall.

After entering the bathroom Lucy just stood in front of the sink and looked at herself in the mirror. “God. You could’ve taken them. Instead you’re just being pathetic. And now he knows about how you feel about his powers. And now Ele-” Luciana quickly cut herself from speaking to herself off when hearing the door and looked back and saw Elena. She cleared her throat before turning on the water and running her hands through it and splashing some water on her face. “Hey…”

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Character Portrait: Elena Ramsay Character Portrait: Luciana Morrison Character Portrait: Darius Jori Character Portrait: Ash Hatfield

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ELENA RAMSAY
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xxxyou want the heart all to be saved
xxxbut even good guys still get paid
xxxso watch my back and keep the blade
xxxi think it got you laid

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Elena didn’t like to admit it, but she could see where Ash and Darius were coming from. She knew Luciana didn’t mean any of them any harm. She was just looking out for number one, in exactly the same way Elena always did. But the difference was that Elena understood that looking after number one also meant trusting the people around you to help, and Luciana was holding them all at arm’s length. Darius was always going to distrust Luciana, but Elena was surprised at Ash’s attitude. It made her question what type of villain he was, what his motivations were.

Darius’ comment made Elena grimace, before Luciana attempted to explain herself and stormed out. She was clearly upset, and clearly trying to hide it. Elena shot a look at Darius, before following the villain out. Thankfully the bathroom wasn’t far, because otherwise Elena felt that she would have gotten lost in the twists and turns. But she followed Luciana in.

“Hey.” She stayed silent for a minute as Luciana splashed her face with water. “Two grown-up talks in one day. That’s a lot,” she remarked, leaning against the wall and smirking a little, trying to lighten the mood a little. “Listen. Everyone’s emotions are a bit high. The truth always comes out in these circumstances, and it never comes out in a nice way. You and Ash were friends. Or friendly, I don’t know the ins and outs. But you still are. You’re both just angry and frustrated, and that’s driving a wedge between you. Give it time,” she said. She didn’t know what it was about Luciana that made her give a damn for once. Maybe it was because Elena could already see how similar they were, and she’d never met anyone else like that. Someone who got what it was like.

“You two are going to have to have another grown up discussion though, hate to break it to you,” she said with a grimace as she straightened up. “Don’t worry about Shatter. He trusts me, and weirdly enough, already seems to trust Ash. If we both trust you, he’ll come around. He’s like a puppy. Will follow whatever his people do.”



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ASH HATFIELD
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xxxeven while we sleep, we will find you
xxxacting on your best behaviour
xxxturn your back on mother nature
xxxeverybody wants to rule the world

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Ash struggled not to react as Luciana revealed that she didn’t trust him because of his ability. Like she hadn’t specifically gotten him to use it on jobs when it suited her. Like her power didn’t creep him the fuck out. Luciana ran out, followed by Darius. Ash, suddenly exhausted, flopped on to one of the couches as Darius went to pour more coffee.

“Mm. Although... I don’t know if Luciana would use it on us. Not you, anyway. She can handle you. I think if she was going to turn it on any of us, she’d turn it on me. And I feel like it would only be if I tried to use my ability on her which...” He wouldn’t do. Not usually, anyway. Not unless she gave him reason. And therein lay the problem. They’d constantly be waiting for the other to turn and then they’d destroy each other.

“What’s it like, working with heroes? Because the vast, vast majority of villain relations seem to be like this. Vague distrust and just... waiting for the other to betray you. No honor among thieves and all that. And sometimes, all you want is someone who you know has your back and would never think about plunging a knife in to it. Instead, we all constantly have our backs pressed to the nearest wall.” He mused. There was something about Darius that highlighted all of the issues his working relationships used to have. Darius trusted Ash so easily. He had complete faith in Elena. Ash had never had that much trust in any one. Not even himself. But Darius put his life in their hands without even looking back. There was something... vaguely nice about that. Possibly foolish, but it was nice to see that not everyone wanted to kill everyone all of the time.

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Character Portrait: Elena Ramsay Character Portrait: Luciana Morrison Character Portrait: Darius Jori Character Portrait: Ash Hatfield

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outfit xxxxxxx hex; #4491D3
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xxx All alone in the glass house
xxx Lie awake 'til the sun's out
xxx Pink sky when you come down
xxx Sometimes I wanna fuckin' scream or run away,
xxxI don't know

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Darius blew to cool off his coffee and took a sip as Ash talked about Luciana using the serum. He gave a slight pout face when he said the Red Witch could handle him, but he did understand. His powers were easier to combat than Ash’s, much like in the tunnel earlier when she was able to block some of his glass shards. He felt bad that Ash thought he was the only one Luciana would use the serum on. Darius wasn’t sure if Luciana would use it on any of them, he didn’t know her well enough, he only knew of what the Red Witch had in the past in Scarriden and the small interactions they have had since they all started working together.

As Ash started asking about how it was working with heroes, Darius raised an eyebrow and set down his coffee, He listened as she described what it was like working with other villains. “Well, it definitely isn’t like this. We’ve had some disagreements with some heroes about what to do when we capture villains. There are still some, well ‘old fashioned’ heroes that don’t believe in just locking up villains…” Darius trailed off, not wanting to say what the other option that they wanted was. “But we do trust each other. We know we can rely on one another to back us up. It seems like villains almost always look for ways to betray each other, or a way to keep that from happening. No offense.”

Darius walked over to the couch and leaned against the arm of it next to Ash. “And I’m sorry you’re not able to trust people. I think you can tell I’m pretty open with who I trust, well except for you know how.” Referencing Luciana, he leaned closer to Ash staring at him. “But you must know, I won’t plunge a knife in your back Ash, I do trust you. I just feel like I can, But this who-” Darius was interrupted when the door opened and he saw Luciana, she seemed to him, and spoke directly to Ash, calling him by his villain alias before closing the door. “Well, I guess time for you to do your thing. I’ll stay in here.” He said with a smile and sat down on the couch flashing a smile at Ash.




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LUCIANA MORRISON
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outfit xxxxxxx hex; #571616
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xxx Yeah someone pour it in
xxx Make it a dirt dance floor again
xxx Say your prayers and stomp it out
xxx When they bring that in
xxx Bleed it out digging deeper just to throw it away

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As Elena started talking, Luciana could quickly tell she hadn’t heard much of what she had said. While she listened to Elena, Lucy turned back to the mirror and stared at herself, taking in everything she had said, thinking about how to reply, and thinking back to when she considered some villains more than just someone she could call for their specialties. “Ash and I use to be close, call each other in for missions. Sort of how it works. Though more recently he’s been slipping away from Ash and more into his alias of Editor. The things the Editor makes his enemies do, makes the Red Witch seem good…”


Luciana walked over to Elena as she finished talking, ending up face to face with her. [color=#571616][b]“Just, sucks not being able to trust anyone, been betrayed over and over. But you Elena,”
she paused for a second then looking up to Elena’s green eyes. Luciana’s eyes were a little red, and watery, though with how she just washed her face most would assume it was from just that. She gently reached and grabbed Elena’s hand. “We haven’t known each other for long, but I don’t have many people I would consider a friends, thank you.” Luciana said with a light smile coming across her face, a type of smile that wasn’t worn by the Red Witch. There was a long quiet moment between the two, many more thoughts going through Lucy’s mind, almost wanting to do more than just be holding her hand, maybe a hug. Maybe more. Though she didn’t know how Elena felt exactly so she quickly brought herself out of her thoughts and let go of her hands and stepped back. “I guess we should rejoin them. And I’ll talk to Ash later. Promise.” She said before bending over to bring her hair forward and stood back up rubbing her hands through it and rubbing her face.The smile gone when the hair was no longer in her face.

Luciana gave a nod to Minerva before walking out of the bathroom and down the hall. She tugged at the door to the interrogation room and felt it was still locked. Ash wasn’t in there and must of been in the break room. She poked her head in to see the two males. “Editor, mind talking to our guest, so we can get out of here? I’m going to stay in the hall while you do your thing.” She said before closing the door and leaning against the wall in the hallway.

When Ash came out, Lucy put out her arm to stop Ash. “Leave him alive for me, please? We can talk after, just you and me, but I want to relieve some steam.” She said before unlocking the door for him, looking back to Elena. She had asked that Lucy would talk to Ash, so Lucy would.

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Character Portrait: Elena Ramsay Character Portrait: Luciana Morrison Character Portrait: Darius Jori Character Portrait: Ash Hatfield

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ELENA RAMSAY
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outfit xxxxxxx hex; #0d5e00
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xxxyou want the heart all to be saved
xxxbut even good guys still get paid
xxxso watch my back and keep the blade
xxxi think it got you laid

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Elena raised an eyebrow as Luciana admitted that Ash had been slipping more and more into his alias. That was... concerning. But so far, Ash appeared to be behaving himself, and so they had to trust him. But Elena made a mental note to do a little more digging in to The Editor when she had the time. She was a little surprised when Luciana walked over to her so they were standing face to face, and even moreso when she took Elena’s hand. It wasn’t in a bad way, though. She could see how Luciana’s eyes were a little bit red, but somehow Elena knew that it wasn’t just due to getting water in her eyes. That troubled her, to think of Luciana crying seconds before Elena walked in, but she could t quite identify why.

She smiled a little as Luciana admitted that they were friends. She knew it was a strange relationship, she had never expected to become friends with a villain this fast. But despite Luciana’s flaws, she found herself considering her a friend. That smile on Luciana’s face was the first real smile that she saw, not a grin, not a smirk, just a smile. There was a thought that flitted across Elena’s mind, just for a second, where she found herself wanting to be ever closer to Luciana.

And then Luciana stepped back and Elena snapped out of it. She nodded as Luciana promised to talk to Ash. She trusted her, and trusted that she would. The small, genuine smile disappeared, and the Red Witch was back. They headed back out to the break room, where Ash was still sprawled across one of the couches, apparently not having gone in yet. Luciana asked Ash to go in, and Elena went in to sit down across from Darius as Ash left the room. She just sighed as the door closed behind the villains, retrieving her coffee and swinging her legs over the arm of the chair. She wondered at that moment between her and Luciana, wondering if it was real of just her tired mind inventing things. But she couldn’t go there. That would just make things messy, messier than she could bear to think.



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xxxeven while we sleep, we will find you
xxxacting on your best behaviour
xxxturn your back on mother nature
xxxeverybody wants to rule the world

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Darius didn’t need to say what the heroes supported doing to the villains. Ash knew. Ash had almost definitely encountered some of those heroes, and he’d almost been caught by one or two of them. You were lucky if it was a quick death. Some of them just wanted it to be as physical and as brutal as possible. A warning. But the idea of complete, unwavering trust, it was so alien to Ash. He couldn’t quite imagine it.

And of course Darius trusted Ash. Of course he did. For now. If there was one thing that Ash had learned about Darius, it was that he seemed to trust wholeheartedly. He wondered how long that would last, how long it would be until Darius saw what Ash was becoming, saw the Editor for who he was, and began to distrust Ash in the same way that he distrusted Luciana.

Luciana stepped in, asking him to go talk to their hostage. He sighed and nodded, getting to his feet. His original plan had to be that the two of them would go back in and make it look like they were still a team, but it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. This would be the quickest and most painless way of dealing with it.

He just nodded as Luciana asked him to leave the man alive. Usually, once Ash was done with a subject and had gleaned as much information out of them as possible, they’d get a swift death. Or sometimes, not so swift. But clearly Luciana had the latter in mind, and Ash wasn’t going to judge that. He stepped inside, staring at the man.

Things... got a little out of hand. The Editor took control for a while. Ash left him alive, but the man certainly wasn’t untouched. He’d just been hurt in the least essential places when he tried to fight back against Ash. He’d headbutted Ash in his already broken nose and Ash could feel the blood streaming down his face again and the beginnings of a black eye. But the man looked considerably worse. And he’d gotten all of the information he needed. Names, locations, dates, times, everything they needed to know. And Ash had learned a while ago that in this scenario, it was worth recording the conversation as he’d never be able to remember it all. Emailing the recording to himself and uploading it on to his cloud storage, he stepped out of the room. “All yours. Careful. He’s a feisty one.” He said to Luciana as he stepped outside. Instead of going back to the break room, he went to the bathroom to try and wash the blood off his face.

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