Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ayris don't know me very well, do he?

Next was Ayris. As Vincent correctly asked he is a clone of the Cavelier Australia's greatest Super-Human. A man of courage and honour, and these days too old to be saving the neighbourhood, let alone the world. So a few years ago scientists including yours truly were set to the task of cloning a replacement Cavelier. It was the Prime-Ministers idea, that and cloning Don Bradman. Cloning the 'Don' was easy but the Cavelier was tricky. In the process my then superior Dr. Nova Wicker went crazy. She dubded herself Dr. Nova-cane and escaped with the one of the clones. This clone was Ayris. He of course was captured but Dr. Wicker is still on the loose.

Ayris is kept in an area of Spearhead called the Cage. Its a nice place its got luxurious rooms, 24 hour kitchen, gym, and conjugal visits. If I was locked up anywhere the Cage is the place I'd want to be. Of course thats not the only thing that keeps Ayris in control.

I entered through the 20 inch thick adamantium doors and into the Cage's rather beautiful foyer. The whole theory is that if it looks like a hotel they'll treat it like one. It works, sometimes. Ayris was in the foyer wating for me. The staff (guards) were around but they kept a low profile.

"Captain Koma."Smiled Ayris. "Why did you take that moniker? Its like your the poor cousin to Captain Cold."
I ignored that. He had to make himself superior to me, even if he was right.
"Ok you know who I am. You do know I'm required to be present on all missions." I smiled, he didn't.
Ayris wasn't happy.
"So your in charge, congratulations." a dirty snear crept across his face.
"Yes I'm in charge here in the complex." I began Ayris wasn't going to like the rest. "But in the field I'm no more than a member of the team."
"You expect me to accept that compromise. Having you a member of the team I'm going to be constatly looking over my shoulder." he was leaning forward his voice getting louder."And if I make a decision you don't approve of will you... No how can you stop me out there. Really do you even have the balls to tell me I'm wrong."
"Oh I do. But you are right it is a compromise, if I had it my way you wouldn't even be on the team." I left that hang in the air and before Ayris had a chance to reply I plulled out a small remote. Ayris knew what it was. It controlled the Brain implant Universal Locator Beacon. Or BULB for short. Apart from being able to pinpoint where ever Ayris was, it also had a small explosive charge.
He laughed.
"You wont have that in the field. Prescott has it."
He was right but I had an ace up my sleeve.
"Do you know you were captured and brought here before I left?" I asked as if changing the subject.
"No I didn't its nice to know you were one of those nameless lab-rats." again putting me down.
"Yes I was in charge of the lab back then. I invented the BULB. In fact I hand made the one in your very head. Put it there too." I was smiling now, gloating. "Now its not going to take me much to make something to blow your pretty face off now isn't it."
I could feel his hate burning against me. He was beyond words he lunged at me. Before he even got to me a million or so volts exploded through him. The cages security system turned off the current. Ayris slumped to the floor. Burnt, alive, and panting.
"Your a natural leader Ayris why would I not let you lead out in the field. But if you step out of line expect worse than what you just got." I left Ayris on the floor and walked away.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Introducing Vortex and Kiyama

Well with the lab in Annabells control and only the Adminstrators motives for re-opening Slipstream to be answered, I had to go and see the Spearhead team. There were four of them two months ago. On their last Mission they lost Black Titan. He was able to change his size and density. These abilities made him almost completley invulnerable. I say almost beacause even when you can become bulletproof, your still toast when fall into a lava flow. So part of my job was to find a new fourth for the team. Mind you I still had to introduce myself to the remining three. I decided to get the easy one over first.

His name is Vincent Saggers codename Vortex, wind manipulator. He's an adrenaline junky. He loves taking risks cutting corners. The only reason he sticks to the plan at Spearhead is that every mission is pretty much suicide.
"Hey I've met you before." He says as I enter the interview room. "Dr. Peters." I'm amazed he remembered me. I was his trainer when he was first tested for Pegasus.
"Yes and I'm the new Assistant Administrator." I introduced myself. "This our introduction. I have a few questions of you and if you have any questions for me then I'll answer them as well I'm allowed to."
"So Doc! What do you wanna know?" He was as forward and cocky just as the psych report told me.
"Vincent its Koma or Dr. Peters." I corrected. "Do you miss Black Titan?" I kept my face blank waiting for the answer.
"That arsehole. The only reason he died cause he thought he was immortal." He looked at me with disgust. "You think I'd miss him. He got what he deserved."
"You think the same about the rest of the team?" Still blank, still calm.
"Well Kiyama's a fox but she'd kill me if said anything bad about her. I've seen her kill this guy and man she got off on it." He shook his head. "She's cold Dr Peters. But as cold killing bitches go she one hell of a ride." He was smirking. It said 'Yeah I got some with her, and it was great.'
"And Ayris?" I asked keeping him on track.
"He thinks he's Jesus or somthing. I was told he was a clone of the Cavalier. It that true?" he wanted an answer.
"Yes its true." I answered. "I can't tell you the whole story of course. Are you scared of him?"
"If that bulb thing wasn't in his head he'd try take over the country again. So yeah he scares me. But don't tell him that." He was being honest with me. I had one last question.
"You have been told that I'll be a part of the team on most missions?"
"Now thats a joke isn't it." he smiled. I was blank and calm. "Oh really. Ok thats cool."

The female member of the team KiYama was in the gym. As Vincent said she's an assasin. Her powers. She doesn't miss, ever!. She too knew who I was but thats because we were introduced at the party last night.
"Well what do you want." she was in front of the weights. Vincent was right absolute fox.

"This the AA introduction thing. I gotta do it. I just did Vincent then its Ayris next." I made out like this was the boring stuff, merely procedure, nothing important.

"Bullshit." She saw right through me. "This the bit where you confirm all the psycho-babble you read in our files."

"True." I admitted "Also its the bit where you ask me questions."

She turned and gave me a hard stare.
"Ok can I put a name in for our new fourth."
"Sure you can." I already had a fourth picked out and he was well on his way to Spearhead. But it wouldn't hurt if I knew who she was thinking of. "Can you give me a name."

"Layla Rocococo." she smiled as she said it. And my sensors picked up a slight inrease in her temperature. As you all know I can manipulate computers and electrical devices so it was quite easy for me to get the details on Ms. Rocococo, codename....
"Colossal girl." I replied. "Yeah she's a straight fit for Black Titan, but I have someone already."
"Who?" she demanded.
"Warren Schneider, Crater." I answerd.
"Another male." she spat. "You really want to keep the boys club going don't you." She stood up and got right in my face."The Administrator promised me that there'd be less testosterone."

"I never made that promise." I didn't blink I looked her eye to eye. "And I'm not here to arrange sleepover parties. I'm here to make this the best team it can be. Sure, I'm open to discussion, but this Kiyama is bullshit." With that I turned my back on her and walked out.
I could feel her angry stare burn the back of my head as I left the gym.