Chapter 4 Learning curve and a helping hand
Seeing her friend come out of his office, Sanura called out loudly to
get his attention.
He turned around
to her. “Hi Nura, what's up?
up to him holding a tablet in her hands. “I've found something that
may be related to that guy, Mindcontrol.”
What have you found?” asked a curious Trance.
“An out of the way private mental hospital for experimental treatments
in Nevada had a serious incident. Delivery people found all the patients
gone. One orderly was dead, another had been reduced to a drooling vegetable.
A regular part-time visiting doctor was found ripe to be admitted as
a patient himself.”
with a whistle. “How was the orderly killed?”
her tablet, “Apparently he was torn apart limb by limb.”
Trance reacted with a grimace.
Sanura said. “Several experimental machines and drugs were found,
most of them illegal. The most interesting machine they found was a
very powerful PSI inhibitor.”
interest, “Possibly for our wayward telepath?”
so,” responded Sanura.
“Do you have
a name for this person?” asked Trance.
with a mysterious smile, “All records were destroyed. However a partial
patient list was found in a backup file.”
exploded from anticipation, “and?”
“Take it easy, Trance. I said a partial list. Authorities managed
to track down about a quarter of the missing patients in the mental
ward of Grover C Dils Medical Center in Caliente, Nevada. They were
unresponsive, probably in the same state as they were in earlier in
the private hospital. A few other patients were found doing menial jobs
and living a new life and being quite happy. Some others had picked
up their normal life again, apparently completely cured of their mental
again, “You think Mindcontrol cured them?”
at him, “You tell me, you're the expert. Do you think a telepath and
telekinetic can cure mental patients? Without any medical training
or experience in that field?”
hard before answering, “It's not impossible, though highly unlikely.
None the less, stranger things have happened, and we've seen our share
of that already.”
“Yes we have. Now let me continue. All of those former patients said
that a nice young man with white hair cured them, more or less. They
didn't know his name though. A few patients couldn't be found and of
course we don't know how many patients are really missing from the hospital.”
dejected, “So, we still don't have an ID on Mindcontrol, if this really
is him we are talking about.”
mysteriously, “Yes and no. True, we don't know if this is the work
of Mindcontrol. Though the way you sensed his paranoia, it would fit.
The inhibitor, that was found at the facility also supports the assumption.”
in agreement, while Sanura continued, “One patient was not found initially,
but he popped up in a casino in Las Vegas. He got noticed because he
won big in the casino.”
million, though only a small part of the money came directly from the
casino. He won a lot of money in poker games.”
again, “Are you suspecting he used his powers? All casino's have inhibitors
and employ telepaths to check if their guests are using powers.”
“True, but the inhibitor at the hospital was a lot stronger, I guess
he got used to resisting that much dampening and was still able to use
his powers inside the casino. But again you're the expert, you tell
me: Is that possible?”
for a moment, “It may be possible. It would explain the short bursts
of psionic power that I sensed earlier. So, we do have a name and a
location on him?”
“His name is Daniel Montro, a young man originally from Russell, Kansas. The details of his
incarceration into the hospital are sketchy at best. What I can gather
is that his father had him committed to the mental ward in Nevada after
he went through MORFS and was diagnosed as being almost a vegetable,
unable to speak or take care of himself.
Later it was found that he exhibited telekinetic powers and they ordered
the Inhibitor to be used on him.”
is he now?” Trance asked impatiently.
him a wry smile, “Unfortunately, we don't have a current location
on him. After the last win he bought himself a car and went out on the
road. He may be travelling towards Kansas, but that's just speculation.”
that you have the roads to Kansas monitored just in case,” Trance
nodded, while Trance said thoughtfully, “I can try to locate him by
teleview or even telepathically. Though I am a bit apprehensive about
doing that. He's very good at hiding from my TP scans, and if I do manage
to locate him, I may be in for another battle.”
Sanura sighed, she would have to rely on old fashioned detective work. She too worried about the upcoming encounter with Mindcontrol. If he was powerful enough to hide from Trance and even beat him at his own special field, she might need all the members of her elemental team to subdue him, if that was even possible. She shook those thoughts from her mind though. Her team where the finest elementals, and even with half the members their power was big enough to combat any villain. She vowed to be there anyhow, since she was one of the most powerful elementals. Then her thoughts went back to the upcoming encounter, a battle with her team against such a powerful foe could mean a lot of collateral damage. She didn't look forward to that. She wished she could just sit down with the young man and have a quiet talk with him. But the paranoia he's exhibited toward Trance made that seem unlikely..
Taking my time,
I drove at a leisurely pace through the countryside. Every time I took
a break, I practiced my powers. For instance, I had learned that I could
teleport to nearly any place I wanted to go. I could sort of see a preview
of the place to teleport to. The downside was that the teleportation
took a lot out of me. This also limited my teleport range to two hundred
meters at best. If I was already fatigued, the range went down fast
and I would be exhausted.
at gas stations and diners, I played with people's perception. I would
make them think they saw what they wanted and or expected to see. Not
only was this intended to hide in plain sight, it was also fun to see
how people reacted to the person I appeared to be. 'Should I be playing
with people's minds like this? It is practical and the experience may
prove to be useful later. Then again, it's not ethical. Ever since I
killed Herb, I have been plagued by my conscience. I don't like where
this is going. I may end up questioning myself every time I get attacked.
That might prove to be fatal.'
me with valuable experience in how to make people perceive what I wanted
them to. Of course I couldn't influence recording devices, but I could
and did turn cameras off or make them look in a different direction.
I was enjoying
a good meal in a diner on the edge of a small town when I heard a commotion.
'Is this about me? Did someone see me or recognize me? I thought
I hid myself well enough.' Subtly I scanned the minds of the people
around and quickly ascertained the situation. One boy, a big fan of
Star Wars, was being harassed about it by four boys his age. The complicating
factor was the fact that those four boys were all MORFS survivors. One
was a cat hybrid with claws and a lot of agility named Fariz. The second
boy, a bit older with the name Edgar, was a Fire elemental. A third
boy, called Lambert or Lam, had enhanced strength that he used as he
pleased and the last boy, Yves, was resilient, due to his enhanced skin
and healing factor.
I could relate
a little to the Star Wars fan, a few years ago the movie industry
had made a remake of the movies and started a new series. Now, with
the MORFS hybrids, they could mimic some of the species that looked
more like animals a lot better. Of course everything being shot in 3D
and Holographic images gave a new impulse to the whole Star Wars Universe
as well. The merchandising had jumped in with renewed vigor, they even
had some realistic holographic light sabers on the market, complete
with the sounds.
As I listened
in to the conversation, I also read the mind of the boy being attacked.
His name was Benjamin and he was a bit out of this world, living mostly
in the fantasy world of Star Wars. But he meant well and was determined
to be a hero of some kind. He stood up to the four boys as they had
been making trouble and had thrown garbage all around on the street.
The cat hybrid
sneered, “Hey, Benji? Why don't you use the Force on us?, You're supposed
to be a Jedi, right?”
Ben had enough
reality sense that he didn't reply. He just retreated into the back
of the diner. The boys didn't let him go though. Edgar, the fire elemental
said, “Yeah, show us what you can do. I reckon you're nothing but
a yellow blowhard.”
I easily read
the minds from the boys bothering the kid. They were gearing up to inflict
some serious damage. They felt strong in their group and wanted to have
some fun at the boy's expense. I smiled, I wouldn't mind having some
fun myself and give the boy some help at the same time.
telepathically to Ben, *Hello Ben, Don't be alarmed, I'm going to
help you show these assholes not to mess with you.*
Ben made a
weird move with his head hearing my telepathic voice in his head. “Uh,
what do you mean?” He said.
Ben was talking to him, “See, he is stupid as well as a coward, ”
he said to his friends. Then he said to Ben, “Here, try to block this.”
With that Edgar prepared to throw some fire towards Ben.
I told Ben,
*Lift up your arm like a Jedi blocking something.*
ask any questions and raised his arm as if he was going to block the
fire with his bare hand. I sensed the fire bolt coming and telekinetically
deflected it upwards, where it dispersed without doing any harm.
surprised at the unexpected way the fire bolt behaved. Even Ben hadn't
expected that. But he quickly recovered, “I didn't want to use the
force, but now you made me do it.”
Fariz the cat
hybrid growled, and with a speed I hadn't even expected launched himself
towards Ben, who instinctively put up his arm. I caught Fariz in the
air about a meter away from Ben. Halting him suspended in the air, I
spun him around for a moment before throwing him across the room and
through the window out into the street. There he was out for the count
for a few minutes, while Lam watched the whole event take place.
Then he shook
his head and decided to use his strength to show that boy what he thought
of it. He picked up a table, about to throw it to Ben.
I ripped the
table apart into its component parts and pummeled Lam with the parts
he wasn't holding. They gashed his head and gave him several bruises.
He became so distraught he didn't even try to make another move against
had just been watching since seeing his first fire bolt deflected, raged,
“What the hell?” He was about to shoot a fountain of fire at Ben,
when Ben got into the swing of things. His thoughts were clear
to me on what he wanted to do and while he waved his arm, I threw Edgar
into Yves with my TK power. The fire bolt he was already throwing hit
Yves instead of his intended target. Yves yelped in surprise and pain,
though his tough skin kept the damage to a minimum.
to get back to his senses, while Edgar was getting ready to get up without
even looking at his injured friend. I said mentally to Ben, *Make
a movement with your hands like lifting something and then wave them
into a circle for a while. Then move like you're throwing something.*
Ben got my
meaning and as he moved his hands, I lifted the three boys into the
air and started to spin them around. Ever faster they spun round and
round, till Ben made his next move. I pushed the boys out of the building
through the already broken window. They landed in a disorganized heap
on the fourth boy, Fariz, who was just coming around from his earlier
crash into the pavement. It knocked him out again.
The boys outside
were flabbergasted for a moment till Ben stepped up to the broken window,
“Now, I said I don't like using my power. But for you I made an exception.
Want to come back here for some more ass whooping?”
The boys looked
at Ben in astonishment, and scrambled up to get away in a hurry. They
were in such a hurry that the cat hybrid was left behind, as he was
unconscious again. He woke up a moment later, saw his friends running
away and decided to join them.
after them, “Guess you had enough, now stay out of my way.”
Then he turned around and with a gloating smile on his face said, “Yes!
Finally I'm a Jedi.”
several hundred dollar notes on my table, I didn't want the owner of
the diner to be left with the costs of the damage. Then I mentally said,
*Don't get cocky, kid. If I hadn't done everything, you'd be lying in
the gutter feeling pain and humiliation.*
Ben said, “Who
are you? Show yourself to me.”
I stood up
and walked towards him, *Here I am, now quit living in the imaginary
world and work on making something of your life.*
contained anger, Ben said, “No, I am a Jedi and I will not falter.”
I sighed, this
boy was incorrigible. Then reading his mind, I got an idea. I let him
think that my image changed to someone with a hooded cloak, holding
a handle that proved to be a red lightsaber. *Fine, little Jedi wannabe.
You'd do well to remember that this planet is ruled by the Sith. Now
get out of my way.* With that I shoved him telekinetically to the
side and walked out towards my car. I made it look to Ben like it was
a real spaceship and drove off, leaving a perplexed young boy behind.
happily on a deserted road, I let my guard down a little. I felt relaxed,
but kept my mental shield up high. I was blocking out everything and
everyone, since I wasn't expecting anyone near me for miles. I should
have been more cautious though.
animal I thought was a coyote, ran across the road ahead of me, coming
from some bushes. I couldn't have seen it earlier as some rocky outcroppings
hid its path from view. As I got near the bushes, someone on some sort
of hoverbike shot from the bushes, right in front of my car. Instinctively
I yanked the steering wheel to avoid hitting the hoverbike. My right
tire hit something and I found myself flying inside the car that was
doing a good impression of a gymnast.
For a moment
I thought, 'This is it, I'm going to die here.' Then my self-preservation
instinct kicked in and I frantically looked for a way to avoid damage
to myself. I could have smacked myself in the head, so to speak, as
I already found the solution. I created a telekinetic bubble around
myself, absorbing almost any intrusion into it, while cushioning the
rapid deceleration for my body.
With a sickening
crunch my car came to a complete stop against a big boulder. Still safely
cocooned inside my bubble, I found myself trapped in the wreckage. It
took quite some force to wrench open the door, but eventually I got
out and looked at the remains of what was once a fine car. I felt quite
upset about the cause of the accident and expanded my telepathic field
to see if I could pick up the person responsible.
To my surprise
he was quite near. Apparently he had caught the animal he was chasing.
That's when I got another shock, it wasn't an animal he had been chasing
on his hoverbike. It was a human coyote hybrid. 'Why does he chase
hybrids like that? Is that hybrid a bad person? Or is he a purist?'
My temper rose and I walked out towards them. I tried to read the mind
of the man doing the chasing, but somehow he was shielded against telepathic
probes. I could still affect some of the brain functions like vision,
but I couldn't read his mind. Well, maybe with enough force I could
break through, but that could easily fry his mind, reducing him to a
complete vegetable, like I had done to Steve.
As I walked
up to the man, who was binding the captured hybrid in a sort of electrified
net, I let him see me as a helpless young woman. He noticed my approach
and looked up, his gaze was lustful for a moment till a scowl crept
over his face. “What?” he asked.
but you caused my car to crash. Can I have your insurance details please?”
I said sounding innocently.
replied, “Sorry honey, but I don't have the time. You just have to
fend for yourself.”
I was enraged,
with force I ripped the image from his head that he was most fearful
off and made it look like I looked like that person. “Then you'll
make the time. I want an apology at the very least and compensation
is in order.”
He fell back
on his butt and gasped, “Madam M? How can you be here? I caught it
just like you wanted.”
Then he thought
for a moment, “You're not Madam M. You're a MORFS. I'll get you for
that.” He quickly pulled out a wicked looking gun and shot something
I had no problem
holding the object in place before me and it seemed to be a dart of
some kind. “Interesting, so you shoot people, just because they went
through MORFS?” I now appeared to him as my normal self and turned
the dart around. Slowly I let it glide through the air towards the man
and he tried to crawl backwards as fast as he could.
in this dart that it frightens you so much?”
He didn't answer
so I tried to read it from his mind. Again I was blocked, but now I
found the source of the block. His helmet had a sort of build in telepathic
protection barrier. Telekinetically I ripped the helmet from his head
and after that had no problem reading his mind.
Enraged I growled
at him, “You shoot MORFS with poisonous darts? What kind of sick organization
is SHAME?” He just gave me hateful look. I spat at him, “Yes, I
know you want to kill me. Sorry, but I don't intend to cooperate with
He opened his
mouth to shout something insulting at me, but I lifted him in the air
and threw him all the way to the highway where he made hard landing
on the asphalt
I turned my
attention to the coyote hybrid. Mentally I said, *Please hold still
while I get you out of the net.*
With a awful
accent he said, “Wrank you, miswrer.”
Quickly I was
able to get the net of him, “So, tell me. Why is SHAME hunting you
down? What did you do?”
“I gowr MORFS,”
said the hybrid.
own hearing I asked, “You only got MORFS? They persecuted you only
only me wrhough. WRhey have cells full of owrher hybriwrs. WRhey wron'wr
consiwrer hybriwrs human, buwr juswr animals.”
A cold rage
swelled up inside me. The SHAME facility appeared just as the asylum
that I had been imprisoned in. I quickly accessed the mind of the hybrid,
I learned his name was Marvin and I got the location of the facility
he had been held captive. “Thanks, want to come with me and see how
I will punish those SHAME assholes?”
his head, “Nope, gonna gewr away from here as faswr as I can.” With
that he took off in a fast trot.
As I watched
him go, I thought on how to get to the facility. It was too far to walk,
however seeing the parked hoverbike brought a smile to my face. I didn't
know how to operate it yet, but I connected to the mind of the previous
rider. He was still conscious, though had broken several bones. I noticed
that he tried to grab a transceiver, but failed as his arm was broken
in three places. He couldn't reach it with his other arm.
I ripped the transceiver out of its holder and crushed it before his
eyes. *I can't have you alerting your pals. Now, let me get what I want
and I'll leave you be.* With that I ripped the knowledge on how to operate
the hoverbike out of his head.
He looked at
me, “You can't leave me alone like this. It's not decent towards another
I snarled at
him, “And what you're doing is humane or decent? They didn't ask to
get MORFS. They are just as human as you. Maybe even more. From my point
of view, you're the animal, not them.”
With a quick
burst of psionic energy I left him unconscious on the side of the road
just close enough to be noticed. Maybe he got lucky and drivers would
see him. In which case he might get rescued.
Quickly I arrived
at some buildings surrounded by a large fence. At the gate my approach
was noticed but didn't arouse any suspicion maybe since I wore the helmet
of the previous rider. Though my clothes didn't look anything like his,
I managed to make the guard see it like I was that guy.
He nodded at
me, “Had a good hunt, Achmed?”
I just nodded
and went past him without talking to him. The guard didn't even blink,
apparently it was assumed behavior by Achmed. I parked the bike near
some others and quietly entered the building nearest the parking. As
soon as I got through the door, the full force of a Dampener hit me.
They were really scared about Telepaths and Telekinetics it seemed.
The dampener was very powerful, though not as powerful as the one in
the asylum. I could still use my powers, but the range I could use it
in was limited from a few inches to a yard.
I could feel
the direction of the inhibitor, so I made my way there. As I neared
the room where the machine was located, I saw the door open to the outside.
Quickly I kicked the door shut, hitting the person behind it, hard.
Just as quickly I yanked the door open again and found a man on the
floor grasping his bloody head. He was carrying a dart gun just like
the one I had confiscated from Achmed.
In my rage
I shot him with Achmed's gun and jumped into the room. Another man had
been sitting at a console, he was trying to get up quickly, but got
caught in the chair and fell down on his face. Still he was grabbing
a gun of his own. I had the drop on him though and quickly shot him
as well. Both men quickly died from the poison.
I didn't even
take a second look at them, I didn't have the time. I wanted the pressure
of the inhibitor away, so I went to the only big machine in the room.
Soon I found the electric cable and yanked it out of the socket. The
inhibitor however didn't die. I did diminish in strength though and
an alarm started wailing. 'Damn, the thing has a backup power unit.'
In a hurry
I reached inside with my telekinetic power and quickly located the main
circuit board. The biggest chip should be the controller, so I yanked
it out of its socket and the inhibitor died immediately. The alarm continued
however. I crushed the chip and got ready for whoever would respond
to the alarm.
I didn't have
to wait long, a big man burst into the room with his gun drawn. Telekinetically
I yanked him further into the room and slammed him into the wall. The
impact left him unconscious with maybe some trauma and broken bones.
The next one was more careful, he entered with caution, he wanted to
sneak up on me. Too bad you can't sneak up on a telepath. I yanked him
inside like the first and he ended up on top of the first one.
It was good
that I had my shields up, several telepathic calls were 'talking' through
each other, now that the inhibitor was down. It was getting a bother
though, so when the chatter increased, I pathed, *Quiet all of you.
I'll get you free soon.*
the noise down quickly, some asked being curious, *Who are you?*
I hate it when people, MORFS or otherwise are imprisoned or persecuted
just for being what they are. Now let me dispatch with the guards and
other personnel, than I can get you all free.*
A few voices
told me, *Thank you, please hurry.* For the most part it got
quiet, telepathically speaking. The alarms where still blaring away.
Quickly I went through the building knocking people out against a wall
or something. Once a fast shooter managed to shoot a dart at me. I stopped
the dart midair and returned it to sender. He died quickly from the
poison that he had meant for me.
As I walked
past some doors to a laboratory, the doors suddenly opened. An older
woman, that looked very familiar, stepped out. “What the hell is going
on, and who are you?”
Calmly I said,
“I'm the one raiding this place and setting all the MORFS free, who
On a condescending
tone she answered, “I'm the facility manager here. You should know
that I notified the authorities of a break in and you'll be prosecuted
to the full extent of the law. What we're doing here is perfectly legal.
We operate inside the law of Kansas.”
care that this kind of behavior is legal or not. I also don't care if
the police come here, they can join your guards in oblivion. Now who
are you really.”
“I'm Mrs. Montro. You won't get away with this, you know.”
I paled a little,
and she noticed. “I got you with that didn't I?”
I focused on
reading her mind and found out that my suspicion was right, she was
my mom! I snarled at her, “Mother!”
Now she paled
and said with a coarse voice, “Danny? But how…”
I snapped at
her, “Yes, it's me, finally I can get an answer why you left me.”
My mom paled
even more, “I…He…I just couldn't take the abuse of your father
anymore. Especially with my baby girl coming.”
“I have a
sister?” I asked incredulously, then I continued, “What is her name?
No wait, you left me to take all the abuse from dad. Why didn't you
take me with you?”
he would have hunted me, you and Megan down. He wanted you with him.
But how did you get here? Why are you not at home? Why are you attacking
us? What are MORFS to you?”
“Dad had me locked up in an asylum after I morfed. I didn't change
physically that much, but I'm a telepath and telekinetic. They abused
me and treated me worse than an animal. Now I fight against anyone who
does the same. What gives you the right to treat these persons as animals?
They are people.”
her eyes, “They are not human, they should be kept in controlled spaces.
They are filthy animals.”
I lifted her in the air, “That is where I differ in opinion. I want
them released and now.”
At that moment
a guard appeared behind her and aimed his gun at me. I yanked him towards
me, he flew past me into the wall. With a sickening thud he hit the
wall and crumpled into a heap.
Mom said incredulously,
“I think you killed him.”
“He wouldn't be the first I have killed. I don't like it, but they
leave me no choice. Do you know that they all carry dart guns with a
dangerous animals that we're dealing with, many of them have a faster
healing power. We need to protect ourselves.”
that as a YES.”
I slammed her
into the wall and after she yelped from the pain of impact, she uttered.
“You don't understand, we have to do something before this plague
spreads too far.”
news for you, Mother. It already is everywhere in the world. Now, tell
me where I can find my sister Megan. I hope you haven't corrupted her
with this bullshit.”
“Not likely, she such a do-gooder, she went with missionaries
to Myanmar. She thinks she can save some poor bastards from their fate.”
to hear that she has more common sense than you. I never want to see
you again, Mother. If you value your life then you stay out of my way
and get out of this wretched business.” With that I flung her through
the corridor and in my anger didn't even bother to watch her hit the
I walked on
towards the cages and disabled a few straggling guards along the way.
Soon I arrived at a room with a lot of cages and was appalled at the
way these MORFS hybrids were treated. As quickly as I could I
released them from their cages and some dropped to the floor in front
of me, thanking me profusely. I told them not to do that, but still
One even went
as far as offering herself as my slave for the rest of her life. I examined
her thoughts, she was very submissive and loved nothing more than to
be told what to do. Maybe it was in her dog hybrid genes. I nudged her
to seek shelter with a dominant alpha male dog hybrid. I promised myself
to look into her situation later, just in case she got taken advantage
off. I made a connection to her brain that I could connect to from wherever
and whenever I wanted.
Soon all the
MORFS hybrids in this part of the building were set free and well underway
to some well deserved freedom. Meanwhile I went to the second part of
the building. As soon as I opened the door, I got assaulted by a wolf
hybrid. Before he could do anything to me, I held him suspended in the
air, gnarling and snarling, before me. Another person, this time a gila-monster
hybrid, came walking awkwardly at me. He didn't say anything, but I
heard his mental voice, *Who are you that you can hold my furry friend
in the air?*
I just set your fellow hybrids in the other building free. I guess disabling
the inhibitor gave you access to your powers again?*
hybrid looked at me for a while with unblinking eyes. *So, you are
Mindcontrol and we have you to thank for our rescue? The inhibitor made
it impossible for a friend of mine to use his telekinesis. When that
dampening field fell away, he opened all our cages.*
I bowed to
him, *You're welcome*
you take such a risk to free us? You look normal enough, except the
white hair.* The hybrid sent to me.
This time I
talked openly, “When I morfed, they put me into an asylum and treated
me just as bad as these sick people did to you. So I'm helping you people
get back a life of your own.” With that I released the wolf hybrid.
He landed on
all fours and growled at me for a moment. A quick telepathic message
from the Gila-monster hybrid later he stood up on his hind legs and
said, “Gil here said that you were responsible getting us out of this
situation. Thanks, sorry for attacking you, I thought you were another
asshole coming to imprison us again.”
glad to be of help.” I said to the wolf. To Gil I asked, “So, all
the hybrids captive here are already free?”
sure, Harry was still busy opening cages, maybe we should go take a
Gil and the wolf towards another cellblock. A guinea pig hybrid was
trying to open a cage and failing. He looked up at us, “Sorry Gil,
but this door is stuck. I can't budge it, my powers aren't strong enough.”
I said, “May
at me and then at Gil. Gil nodded to him and probably told him telepathically
to let me try. Slowly I walked up to the cage and saw that the door
had been spot welded in some places. It didn't look deliberate, more
like accidental. I beamed to the mouse hybrid inside, *Hi, I'm also
a telepath, did you accidentally weld the cage door shut?*
The mouse hybrid
looked at me before nodding yes. I knew enough, with one portion of
my telekinetic power I held the cage to the wall, while with another,
I ripped with all my might on the door. With a terrible screech the
door came loose and slammed through the wall behind me, missing Harry
by a hair.
it with your power. You almost killed me.” Harry burst out.
don't know my own strength, I guess.”
The mouse hybrid
scampered out of the cage and flung herself towards me. She clung to
me with her arms and kissed me. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Then she released me and went over to Harry. Thank you too, for trying.”
at me, *I think we need to get going. I'm picking up stray thoughts
of people coming this way in cars. I think they are police.*
Quickly I scanned
around the buildings outside and found that Gil was right. Two police
cars were speeding towards us. Quickly I scanned their surface thoughts
and everything indicated that they were going to help the SHAME facility
in containing or eliminating the escaped hybrids and rescuers.
now and stay away from the road and the front. I'll hold the police
in check, so you can all escape.” Most hybrids quickly went to the
door to comply with my order, some were not so fast in understanding
and just stood there looking at me. “I mean now. Go, or get captured
That got them
moving and I went outside with them. As I waited, I yanked a part of
the fence away, that was blocking the escape for the rescued hybrids.
I didn't have to wait long for the police to arrive. As they started
to hit the brakes, I lifted both cars in the air and threw them back
from where they came. As the cars went flying, one door opened and an
officer fell out. He dropped for about 20 feet before landing on the
hard asphalt. I think he broke an arm and a leg and maybe some ribs.
The cars in
the mean time sailed through the air for a few hundred yards, before
crashing to the ground outside the fence. The crash left them in a heap
of scrap metal and one officer died in squashed car. His death scream
echoed inside my mind, but I didn't have time for that. I checked that
the police was trapped and couldn't possibly get out in time to prevent
the hybrids from escaping. I did a quick scan around me and noticed
that the hybrids were quite well underway to get out of the state. I
hoped that they would make it to freedom.
As I lifted
myself telekinetically into the air, I heard inside my head, *Thanks
for everything, though I think you're a bit too callous towards human
lives. They were people as well, you know.*
I bit my lip
as I sent back, *Yes, I know Gil. I am just appalled at how they
can treat hybrid people. My anger got the better of me. I'll try to
be better. Take care and try to keep your buddies safe.*
up from the report she was studying, as a sound heralded the arrival
of a new RSS feed update. This one was on the police channel feed. It
reported alarms and loss of contact at a SHAME facility in Kansas. Sanura
hated the SHAME organization, but this could be some MORFS survivors
with powers running rampant. Adding to this, was the fact that the site
was on the route of Mindcontrol, so she thought it might be worth to
have it checked out.
She knew that
Trance was busy and she didn't want to tax him with a possible mental
assault of a rogue telepath. She knew that only a few of the team could
safely go to this facility, and she wasn't one of them. It had to be
Blitz, Flutter, Shine, Catalyst and maybe Echo, though with his pink
hair, it might be difficult to pose as a federal agent. The others all
were too much hybrid to go to Kansas without ending up in a fight with
On second thoughts
Catalyst was too young to appear as a federal agent and though Molten
was the best tactical man she had, he had his arms encased in those
stony armor. No, best would be to limit it to the most normal looking
persons with the best diplomatic man in charge, being Blitz.
out of the portal followed by Flutter and Shine, all three dressed in
a business suit, like they were FBI or something similar, which wasn't
too far from the truth anyway. The portal they came from was hidden
out of sight of the facility they needed to go to, so they walked the
distance to the buildings.
the fence of the SHAME facility, they saw two crumbled squad cars and
a lot of other police, fire trucks and some ambulances. A police officer
told them to stop and identify themselves. Blitz flashed a genuine badge,
“We're federal agents. We are just here to ask some questions about
who did this.”
showed them to a high ranking officer. He eyed the three newcomers suspiciously,
“I'm lieutenant Spikings. What do you feds want?”
seem to be fazed, “Can you tell me who did this and what exactly happened?
We're looking for a specific individual and are wondering if this was
Lt. Spikings showed them to a command tent. “The perp viciously ambushed
one of us. He was chasing a detainee. We found him badly injured on
a road not too far from here. A passing motorist almost ran over him.
He died of his injuries not much later. The perp used his credentials
and hoverbike to gain entrance to the facility and proceeded to destroy
property and facilitate the release of several imprisoned animals. During
that, he incapacitated nearly everyone on the grounds and killed several
of them. Then he destroyed police property and killed one of my officers.”
“And how was this person able to accomplish all this?”
was a fuckin Telekinetic and Telepath. I don't know how he could operate
inside the building, as we have an inhibitor / dampener working 24/7.
Anyway he broke the machine and released all the detainees.”
on a neutral tone, “Would you mind if we have a look around and talk
to some people?”
eyed them suspiciously, “Yes, I mind. What are you federal types after.
You don't have jurisdiction here you know.”
“That depends on where you got the hybrids from. If you got them from
another state, we do have jurisdiction. Can you provide us a list of
detainees, that we can have a look out for?”
gave them a malicious look, “No, the lists were all destroyed. Sorry,
can't help you with that.”
be back with a warrant for that,” said a calm looking but internally
seething Blitz. “Now, for your own good, don't go looking for the
person responsible, we'll take care of him.”
said Spikings, “You'll catch him and give him a pat on the back. No
way, as soon as we determine where he disappeared to, we'll catch him
and try him for murder, aggravated assault, destruction of property
and breaking and entering. He'll never get free again, that hybrid lover.”
Blitz was afraid
that his face would betray his inner feelings despite his best effort
to keep a poker face. He said, “We're done here then, expect some
more agents to come and have a look at the records. Good bye.”
to equally emotional but appearing poker faced Flutter and Shine. Reluctantly
they followed Blitz on the walk back to the portal waiting to transport
them back to the Nexus.
As they neared
the place where the portal was hidden out of sight, a high whine of
Synergy thrusters heralded the arrival of two hoverbikes. The three
ECLIPSE members turned to face them. One hoverbike rider said coldly,
“Halt or we'll shoot. You're hereby detained for interfering with
an ongoing investigation.”
a barely noticeable nod to Shine, while saying, “We're Federal agents,
you can't arrest us.”
The man was
about to reply, when Shine flashed both men with intense light. Instinctively
they tried to shield their eyes with their hands. That was too little
too late, though it did take their hands away from their weapons. Blitz
fired a dual lightning bolt into the hoverbikes, exploding the engines.
Flutter in the meantime conjured up a tornado that sucked up the men
and deposited them back into the fenced in compound. Being the gentle
woman she was, she even made sure that they were unharmed and made a
three ECLIPSE members went to the portal and got back to the Nexus.
Blitz said while going through, “It's ironic that they hate hybrids,
but use the thrusters invented by Synergy.”
As I levitated
myself over the land, in effect flying, I saw a bus nearing a stop about
half an hour away. I made sure I was there in time and waited for the
bus to arrive. I bought a ticket to the next town, which happened to
be Kismet. 'How appropriate,' I thought and settled into my seat.
the town Kismet, I looked around for a while before buying a secondhand
car and went out on the road again. Several times I bought provisions
on the way and made stops at diners. I did have a thought of flying
or in my case levitating the whole way to Russell. I decided against
that, since it would drain my energy and make me tired. I didn't know
what to expect when I saw my father again or what it would take to punish
him for putting me into that asylum.
On the road
I got pulled over once by a hick deputy, He claimed that I had driven
too fast. He probably had a speed trap set up somewhere on 183 near
Schoenchen. He wasn't too bright, though he wanted to appear smart.
He said to me, “Show me your license please!”
I thought of
something I remembered from the boy Benjamin. I focused my power on
the deputy and then said to him, “You don't need to see my identification.”
He eyes glazed
over a little as he repeated, “I don't need to see your identification.”
speeding at all.”
“You weren't speeding at all.”
Smiling I said,
“I can go about my business.”
after me, “You can go about your business.”
Softly I muttered,
He said loudly,
“Move along, move along,” and waved me onward with his arms.
As I drove
off, I laughed out loud at the movie quote I just pulled.
After a long
drive, I was finally there. As I stood before the apartment building
where I lived before hauled away as trash, I felt anticipation and resentment.
I was tempted to feel around with my telepathic power to see if Dad
was there and what he was doing. But I decided not to do it. It might
ruin the surprise.
the super was nowhere in sight, so I walked straight through, up to
the door of the apartment. There I didn't bother to knock, I just jimmied
the lock with my Telekinetic powers and opened the door silently. I
was about to yell, “Here's Danny!” when I saw a total different
apartment than I was used to. I looked around the room noticing it appeared
someone else lived here now. A sound caught my attention and I
saw the little girl standing in a doorway to what used to be my room,
she looked at me with her mouth wide open. As I took another step into
the house, she started crying and ran back into what used to be my room.
her to the room and saw that it was now a little girl's room. Halting
in the doorway I mentally said to the girl, *It's okay, I'm not going
to hurt you.*
crying and looked at me for a while. Then she said with a tiny voice,
I knelt down,
“Really. I'm Danny, who are you?”
Awe you my daddy?”
I was surprised
by her question, I had kept my shield tight and my mental influence
short. Now I expanded them both and had a look inside the mind of this
little girl. She grew up with her Mom. She missed her father, apparently
he was missing. A thought crept in my mind, if ever a pedophile became
a telepath, he could do a lot of damage with his power. Fortunately
for Megan I wasn't one.
your daddy, I came here looking for mine and a sister that has the same
name as you.”
and looked down, “Oh, did youw daddy wun away as well?”
I smiled at
her, “Not really, my Mom went away.” Then I picked up thoughts of
concern for a little girl and an open door. I turned around just as
the mother of Megan, Trisha came running through the doorway. She was
about to yell at me, who I was and what I was doing here, but I cut
her off. “Stop it Trisha. I came here looking for someone else. I
didn't hurt Megan and I'm not going to hurt you. I'm sorry for intruding
into your home.”
looking at me with looks that could kill, but switched to a happy look
as Megan got out of her room and ran into her arms. “Megan, I was
so worried. Did the man here do something to you?”
“Danny was nice, his mommy went away and now he is looking for his
at me, “Who are you looking for, Danny is it?”
I smiled at
her, “My name is Danny Montro, I am looking for the previous owner.
I had the wrong impression that he still lived here.”
A sad look
crept over Trisha's face. “I'm sorry, was he your father? You can
find him about two blocks further down the street.”
my memory of the city, I realized what she meant. “He is at the Cemetery?”
died from a heart attack, or so I heard. My condolences to you.”
I was enraged,
'How could he do this to me. Even dead he still manages to make me
seething mad.' Coldly I said to Trisha, “He was an abusive fuck
up, then he put me into an asylum. I wanted to get some revenge and
even that has been taken away from me.”
I let loose
a Psi cry of anguish, anger and rage to vent my frustration about missing
my chance on revenge. I didn't even begin to realize how big a mistake
that was, till both Trisha and Megan winced from the pain that my Psi
cry made in their heads. I realized my mistake at that point, 'Damn
it, this will attract attention to me. I'd better get out of here.'
I shoved Trisha with Megan in her arms rudely aside and briskly walked
out of the apartment towards the stairs.
said Sanura to the assembled ECLIPSE team members, “I hope you're
all ready for a strenuous exercise. Molten made a test, as usual, to
evaluate our personal and group performance.”
Most of the
team gave looks of either approval or resentment to Molten, who wasn't
fazed by any of them. Trance, who was added to the test for evaluation,
smiled at the stray surface thoughts from the group. It was a pity that
the whole group wasn't there though. Catalyst was studying hard for
an exam while Instant was on a mission with her parents. Both Recoil
and Nuke were away for personal business and Torrent was busy with critical
work. Sanura had told Trance that they were lucky Blitz wasn't working
at the moment.
As Trance opened
his mind to have a look inside the minds of the team members, he suddenly
winced and fell down to his knees as a searing hot Psi cry ripped through
his shields. Blitz ran over to Trance, “Trance, what is wrong?”
turned around and saw Trance on his knees, looking up to her with pain
written all over his face. “Scrap the training, we need to go to Kansas.
I just received a powerful Psi cry from a very angry Mindcontrol. I'm
afraid he's going to kill again.”
a surprised but determined look on her face, said on a commando tone,
“Get ready for a fight. We're going up against a very powerful Telepath
and Telekinetic. His name is Daniel Montro, aka Mindcontrol.”
the coordinates for the portal to Sanura, who opened the portal right
away. She went through first, encased in her black shield aura. The
rest of the team followed suit, with Trance bringing up the rear.
Just as I stepped
out into the street, a black portal opened in front of me in the middle
of the street. Out came a female hybrid encased in a black something.
She was followed by a whole group of people dressed in a black uniform
with helmets on. Some clearly were hybrids, while others looked like
mundane people in their uniforms. As the last person stepped trough,
I felt a telepathic presence near me. I recognized it immediately, this
was that guy Trance. 'I knew it. They aren't here to talk, but to
incarcerate me. Well, I won't give up without a fight.'
Quickly I scanned
the group for who they were and what they could do. Some were harder
to read than others, but I got a quite good impression. Apparently they
were all elementals. From one of them, I found out that he was the owner
of the restaurant chain Everybody's Place. I had visited one of those
in Vegas, and the food had been excellent.
The first woman
in black said to me a bit muffled, “Stay where you are, Mindcontrol.
We need to talk.”
“Sorry, but I disagree. Strongly!”
to me, “You don't understand…”
I didn't wait
to hear the rest, I was convinced that he was going to say, “You don't
understand, you don't have a choice.” So I focused on his mind and
send my most powerful message, *I said NO.*
Trance grasp his head with both hands and then his knees buckled. He
fell down into a fetal position. He thought, 'That guy is more dangerous
than we thought.' He formed a small fireball, meant more to scare
than do harm and fired it at Mindcontrol.
Inferno firing a ball of fire and thought, 'Isn't he jumping the
gun? He hasn't threatened us yet.' But then she saw the ball of
fire change its trajectory and burst apart against a parked car. 'Maybe
he is more dangerous than I thought. If I use my power to suck the air
out of his lungs, he might strike back uncontrolled. Maybe I should
think of something else, something more subtle.' Flutter manipulated
the air molecules so that she could rise into the sky and kept contemplating
if she should suck out the air of Mindcontrols lungs.
was giving her attention to Trance, she thought about attacking Mindcontrol,
but other than battling Trance, he wasn't attacking anyone. Her power
was too high to just outright attack him. Trance was getting back up
slowly, so he wasn't hurt it seemed.
Echo saw Trance
go down and then a ball of fire from Inferno was redirected. He wanted
to prove that he could be just as useful in a fight and launched a sonic
attack at Mindcontrol.
I was suddenly
bombarded with sound and it was making me queasy. I focused on the source
and learned that he could be quite effective and even lethal with that.
He was also a bit unsure of himself as he looked girlish. I could tip
his mind over to feeling more girlish, making him second guess himself
always. It would take too much time though, so I just flung him away
for a couple of feet. He would be out of commission for a few minutes.
Then I caught
another thought and I saw a weird scorpion looking something jump towards
me. My scan of her mind revealed that she was a bio-elemental and was
going to incapacitate me by making me sick. I was enraged, 'How dare
she do that to me. I'll show her.' I lifted her and threw her through
several buildings under renovation. The first few buildings didn't even
slow her speed down, much. As she went through the concrete and brick
walls of the fourth and larger building, the destruction was enough
to topple the structure. A sturdy firewall held her motion and several
floors and walls fell on top of her. 'That should hold her up for
a while.' It was also quite a distance from me. I hoped I was out
of her range.
With that threat
out of the way, I could focus on the rest of ECLIPSE. 'What other
threats were waiting for me?' I immediately found a thought from
someone calling herself Flutter. 'What a ridiculous name,' I
thought. But the thought from her wasn't ridiculous. It was outright
frightening. She was thinking of using her elemental power to suck the
air out of my lungs. Time was of the essence here. Since she was flying,
I couldn't just throw her somewhere. She'd find a way to counter it
and make good on her threat. I got an idea, I reached into her mind
and found the mental inner switch that made it possible to access her
power. Subtly I reached out with my powers and managed to throw that
switch to off position, or something like that. The result was immediate,
Flutter fell out of the sky, having no longer control over the air molecules.
herself suddenly not able to feel the air and fell down to the earth
as her power seemed to have vanished. 'What happened? Why don't I
have my powers anymore?' She had been as high as 20 feet when it
happened and as she landed quite hard on the concrete, she cried out
from pain. She clutched her ankle as a searing pain indicated that it
was most likely broken.
outraged, her teammates were getting hammered. She started to increase
the temperature around Mindcontrol. She planned to cook him a little.
At the same time Blitz came to the same conclusion after making sure
that Trance and Echo were both okay. He powered up and shot a lightning
bolt to his target Mindcontrol.
had anticipated both attacks as he had seen their intentions in their
mind. He messed a little with the way Blitz saw the scene. He thought
he targeted Mindcontrol, but it was Sizzle instead. As the lightning
bolt hit her, she cried out and fell down nearly unconscious. His vision
restored to as it should be, Blitz was appalled to see that instead
of Mindcontrol, he had shot his own teammate.
He was distracted
by what he had inadvertently done and didn't notice the piece of debris
that flew towards him driven by the telekinesis from Mindcontrol. Blitz
took a hit on his helmet and was groggy for several minutes.
I had managed
to misdirect the view from the restaurant owner Blitz and made him shoot
down the heat elemental. Then I took him out with a piece of concrete.
However, now the Ice guy Glacier and the fire guy Inferno were firing
at my position. I made it look to them that I didn't notice and just
stood there, while in reality I had moved away quite a bit. I made sure
that the fireball hit the ice blast head on. The contradicting temperatures
made quite an explosive cloud of water vapor and mist. It would obscure
my leaving quite well, making it very hard for the ECLIPSE team to see
that I wasn't there anymore. I made them believe though that I was still
there in the middle of the vapor cloud. It was taxing my power though,
I couldn't do it for long. Even worse, Trance was coming out of his
stupor that my mental yelling had put him in. He would most certainly
not be fooled with it.
I saw five
other members fire wildly into the mist at my last known position. One
of them had a particular nasty blast of dark energy. I could sense her
aversion to use her power at another human being. But she felt it was
necessary. 'Good thing I got out of there when I did.'
I lifted those
five members and several others in the air, giving me a headache for
using my power on so many persons at the same time right after a big
strain from using my power. I spun them around for a bit and then threw
them around the area.
As I did that,
a sudden impact on my TK shield behind me drew my attention. There were
three people standing there. 'Why didn't my telepathic power alert
me to them?'
one that caught my eye was the chalk white girl in the black leather
duster holding her hand out at me. On either side of her were equally
bizarre persons. On her left was a bright green snake girl, and on her
left was, I almost couldn't believe my eyes, a classic werewolf.
The white woman
said with a crisp voice, “Surrender now, or things get ugly!”
As I kept quiet,
with a look of contempt on my face, she shrugged off her coat and jumped
at me. I tried to read her mind out of raw instinct to see what she
was up to and hit a wall of static instead. Before I could react with
a telekinetic push, she was on me or rather the telekinetic wall I had
around me. I could see the shockwave when her fist hit my shield and
it took everything I had to stop her from coming straight through to
back while I was recovering from that first hit and just in time I recovered
to block her second blow. I had to push to do it, and it sent a spear
of pain through my head. Then I started noticing the cold. It was nearly
freezing. It was getting so cold that my hands were shaking. I looked
at the terrifying grin on the white girls face and looked past her.
The snake woman was holding a hand out towards me, and her green hair
(or was it tails?) was waving around in the air. There was a massive
electrical charge that she was holding in her other hand. Then I realized,
where had the werewolf gone to?
Quickly I looked
around and then I saw him. He was on the side of a building. He was moving
around to the side to attack my flank. 'Damn.' I barely got my
attention back around to the white girl in time to block her next punch.
This time I didn't bother to hold myself in place, and let the blow
slide me back a few feet. 'Damn, this is putting me back closer to
the regrouping uniformed elementals.'
up all my strength and sent a wave of telekinetic force down the street
towards the white girl and her friends. The werewolf and the snake girl
were caught and thrown backwards. The white girl, however, merely braced
herself, and only slid a dozen feet or so, about as far as I did when
she hit me. I shuddered as I saw her smile get wider.
take on these newcomers or the elementals in the shape I was in now.
I certainly couldn't take on both, the elementals were getting ready
for round two. I had to get out of here fast. I did a quick telepathic
scan of the surroundings. Several people had gathered around a corner
to watch the fight and I sprinted towards them. As I ran through the
crowd, messing with their vision a little, I threw several high denomination
bills of my money in the air and made sure the crowd noticed it.
a frenzy to get as much money as they could get, effectively blocking
the way for my pursuers. I knew that it wasn't enough though. That wolf
could still follow my scent trail. Looking around me I saw a Maglev
train about to leave a station and it was not too far away. As it left
the station, I concentrated and teleported aboard.
the maglev train, I sagged down and noticed some drops of blood dripping
out of my nose. The fight and teleport had taken too much out of me.
I felt so tired and cold, I could sleep for a week. I wasn't out of
the woods yet though. If I let my barriers down for a moment, that Trance
guy would attack me. Even worse he could direct the other elementals
or those new backup forces towards my position. So I shut down most
of my active defenses and pulled my mental shield tightly around me
at a low enough power that Trance wouldn't notice it. It was high enough
to feel any intrusion and would keep the chatter of the nearby people
well enough to get back into the fight. 'Dam n, that Mindcontrol
has a lot of power. He shouldn't shout like that. Maybe he did it on
purpose though.' As he looked around him, he didn't see any sign
of Mindcontrol. A quick telepathic check didn't reveal him nearby as
well. He approached Void and asked, “What happened, where is Mindcontrol?”
her helmet off, “He was tossing us around, I'm sure we could have
taken him, if we had the time to regroup, but he managed to keep us
all busy and misguided long enough.”
mad Poison ran towards them, “Where is he? I want another shot.”
her down, “Easy Poison, he's gone for the moment. We'll get him next
time. Would you mind having a look at Flutter? She's down and hurt.
around still very upset, but started to go towards Flutter who was sitting
on the ground clasping an ankle. At that time a white and black shape
dropped down in front of Sanura and she halted her movement to see what
that was. Maybe it was a new threat.
to a halt before Sanura. “Hi kids, we thought you could use some help,
seeing that you were losing to that guy.”
her eyes, “Your intervention is appreciated, though not asked for.
We could have handled him. It was just a matter of time.”
“Yeah, I could see that. If we hadn't come along you'd have been hammered
into the conversation, “Once I recovered, I could have distracted
him enough that we could have handled him by ourselves. He's not that
powerful, he just got lucky with a successful strategy and ambush tactics.”
“Fine then, we'll leave you to clean up the mess.” She spoke into
her communication gear, “Okay guys, lets knock it off, the kids say
they can handle it.”
In a flurry
of wings and dust she took off and left the ECLIPSE team alone among
the ruins of buildings from the fight. Void put her helmet back on and
said, “Team, gather around me, we're going home.”
team members gathered to Void and she opened a portal back to the Nexus.
There they started to take their gear off. Sanura said to them, “Please,
stay here for a moment. I'm disappointed at our performance today. This
wasn't our first fight. I think we got complacent and over confident.
I know that we didn't go in to have a battle and that Mindcontrol had
a good strategy and a lot of luck on his side. Still, we should have
up first, which was unusual. “You're correct Sanura. With the help
of Trance, I'll give you a full analysis of what went wrong.”
Blitz was next
to speak, “He was good at using our weaknesses against us. But I think
we took the wrong approach. I don't think he's that bad.”
“What do you mean, he has killed people you know.”
calmly at Trance, “Yes, you are right. However he could have seriously
harmed or even killed some of us. Yet he didn't. He could have used
innocent bystanders to hide behind or use as hostages, and again he
didn't. I am just saying maybe we should try talking to him, before
attacking in full force.
have a point Gabe,” said Sanura. “I'll keep it under advisement.
Yes Dana, what is it?” as she noticed an agitated Flutter trying to
to have lost my powers during the fight. I don't know how that happened
or why. I've been trying to do anything the last few minutes, but nothing
works. Trance, can you see in my mind what is wrong with me?”
on Dana, “I think Mindcontrol did something to your brain. You can't
access your power, but I think the power is still there. I'm not sure
how or what he did though. I'm sorry.”
“I hope we can make him repair what he did. Or that you can find out
then. I would hate to be a liability to the team.”
“I hope so
too,” Sanura said softly.
As I got up
to leave the maglev train, I staggered and surely would have fallen
down. An older man caught me in time and held me up though. I raised
my head towards him and he said, “Danny? Is that you?”
Now I was surprised,
I had kept myself closed off to outside voices, since I needed to be
very careful not to give Trance a direction to hunt me. Looking up at
the man I recognized him. It was Mr. Hanes, one of my old teachers.
“Hi Mr. Hanes.”
He helped me
up and said, “Danny, what happened to you? I heard you got suspended
for a few days and then you didn't show up anymore.”
“I got MORFS,
and my father had me taken to an asylum.” I said dryly.
Mr. Hanes was
surprised, “Why on earth would he do that? You don't look so different,
I can only see the white hair as a change on you.”
I was about
to answer him, but because I was still very tired I stumbled and this
time fell down on the ground. Mr. Hanes helped me up again, “Come
to my house first and rest. There you can tell the rest of it.”
we arrived at his small apartment, he got some refreshments while I
sat down on his sofa. When he came back with a coke he said to me, “Though
it has been a few years, I still consider you a student of mine. As
you know I'm also the school counselor. If you want to talk, it will
I looked at
Mr. Hanes, I wasn't up to using my powers yet, so I tried to guess how
much I could say. “How confidential, Mr. Hanes? I have done things
that I'm not proud of.”
not a priest or a doctor, so I can't hide behind official rules if there
is a police investigation. But I try to keep things between us as much
as possible. Why? What is on your mind, son?”
I still hesitated,
'Can I tell him everything? He might report me to the police. I'm
nowhere near strong enough to fight those elementals or others like
it right now. Even if I were, I got lucky fighting that team.' I
decided to take a chance, “I've killed people, Mr. Hanes.”
Mr. Hanes inhaled
deeply, “I see, why did you do it? Did you want to kill them for pleasure
or fascination? Were you forced to do it?”
for a moment, “The first one was in pure rage because of what he had
done to me and other people with me in the asylum. The others were killed
while defending myself and others and I was callous to their fate.”
Mr. Hanes took
a sip from his drink, then he said with a gravelly voice, “Please
tell me everything Danny. I won't pass judgment till I have heard it
I started talking
about me getting MORFS, being locked up and how they had treated me.
When I told him what I did to the orderlies he squinted his eyes, but
kept quiet. When I arrived at the time I freed the MORFS hybrids, he
looked even more troubled. He even interrupted me at that point. “Danny,
I need to ask you something. A goddaughter of mine came down with MORFS.
She has been missing for a few months, we fear she might be kidnapped.
The police say they are looking for her, but we doubt that they are
looking hard enough. Her name is Fae Brenner. She morfed last year into
a dog hybrid. I am hoping you have seen her.”
Mr. Hanes got
up and retrieved a 3D hologram from the other room. “This is a hologram
I had to look
only shortly to recognize her. She was the dog hybrid that offered herself
as a slave to me. With some trepidation I looked up at Mr. Hanes. “She
was incarcerated with those hybrids in that SHAME facility. I did set
her free, and she offered herself to me as a slave for the rest of her
life. She wants to be submissive and dominated. If I had known she was
your goddaughter I would have taken her with me here.”
Mr. Hanes waved
it away, “You couldn't have known. So, she is alive? I hope she gets
back safely or maybe even find a better place to live. This state is
really fucked up with those anti hybrid laws.”
I smiled, “I
can do better than that. When I freed her, I made a mental connection
to her. I can contact her telepathically and ask her about her whereabouts
and what she plans to do. But it has to wait till later. I haven't recovered
Mr. Hanes sat
down again, “Yes, how did you get in such a bad shape? What happened?”
got very upset when I discovered that my father had died. Which led
to being discovered by a team of Elementals. They are out to catch me.
With a bit of luck I was beating them, when some new arrivals were hammering
me into exhaustion. I barely got away from there. That's when I met
you in the train.”
Mr. Hanes sighed
once and then again, Finally he said, “I've got myself a dilemma now.
Should I report you to the police for at least manslaughter? Or should
I let you go. On one hand you have killed people that didn't need to
die. On the other hand, you freed my goddaughter and several others.”
“I'm sorry for putting you into that spot.”
Mr. Hanes smiled,
“Don't be, it comes with the territory of being a counselor. What
will you do should I report you?”
I responded, “I won't be locked up again. I'll do anything to prevent
didn't say I was going to report you,” soothed Mr. Hanes.
just don't want to be locked up ever again. The only way they can keep
me locked up is using a powerful dampener, which would hurt and torture
have a quick solution to your problem, Danny. However you are in a lot
of trouble. You can stay here with me for now. But for your safety I'm
asking you to leave tomorrow. I hope you can understand that.”
Hanes. I appreciate the stay for the night.”
said Mr. Hanes. “Now, how about something to eat.”
some, thanks,” was my answer.
A quick meal
later we talked a little more on the past and how things were now. I
could tell he was anxious to hear how his goddaughter fared, but he
would have to wait. I still didn't feel up to use much of my power.
I only kept my telepathic shield up, to block thoughts of others.
After the night,
that I spend in meditation since I had to keep my telepathic shield
up, I felt refreshed enough to start using my telepathic power to contact
Fae. Slowly I expanded my telepathic range of influence. I was ready
to retract my range as soon as I would encounter someone like Trance.
When I didn't find anyone near my location, I felt secure enough to
try and contact Fae.
connection was coming from one direction and I expanded my telepathic
range as tightly as I could in that direction. Soon I felt the mind
of Fae through the mental connection lock and subtly asked her softly,
*Hi Fae, don't be alarmed. It's me Mindcontrol, you know the white
haired guy that freed you from the SHAME prison.*
I could feel
her bewilderment at being spoken to in her mind. She asked out loud,
“Where are you? What do you want?”
I'm quite far away. I'm with Patrick Hanes, your godfather. He used
to be my teacher. He asked me to contact you to ask how you are doing.
Just think your answers for me.*
dissipated and she thought, *How is uncle Pat? Can you ask him to
come get me or send me some money? I'm hungry and don't have money for
a place to stay as well.*
I went a little
deeper into her thoughts and to my dismay found that she contemplated
hooking for some money. She was sure that there were enough degenerates
that would pay good money to fuck a real bitch.
anything rash, Fae! I'll ask your uncle to send you some money. Please
wait with what you're thinking of doing.*
She got a bit
upset at me, *What right do you have reading my mind like that?*
I tried to
soothe her, *I couldn't help it. Those thoughts are very strong inside
you. I barely touched your mind at all.*
In her mind
she backed down a bit, *Oh, okay then. Can you please hurry with
uncle Pat? I'm so hungry.*
be gone for a little while.*
As I retreated
back into my own mind, I noticed Mr. Hanes walking up to me. I had been
focusing so hard in the direction of Fae that I hadn't noticed his thoughts.
“Hi Mr. Hanes, I just talked to Fae. She's alright, but wants you
to sent her some money for food and shelter. She's really desperate.”
Mr. Hanes asked
a bit hoarse, “How desperate?”
“As in thinking
of turning tricks for money, desperate.”
I could see
Mr. Hanes pale a little. “Where do I send it to?”
I gave him
the information he needed and made contact with Fae again. *Your
uncle just transferred some money to the Global Union near you. I'll
stay in touch till you get it.*
About an hour
later she had her money and thanked me and her uncle. I told her that
it was no problem for me. Mr. Hanes wanted to thank me as well, but
I said, “No need to thank me, you already put me up for the night,
despite what I have done.”
something I wanted to talk to you about Danny. Do you feel guilty for
what you have done?”
I didn't reply
instantly, I thought deeply about what I had done and how I felt about
it. “I regret that I killed those people. Looking back I know I shouldn't
have done it, but I felt so enraged when I did. Does this make me a
Mr. Hanes sat
down in front of me, “Danny, a sociopath is someone who doesn't feel
remorse. The fact that you do makes me believe that you are not. Maybe
you were borderline when you killed those people. But the fact that
you feel bad about it, makes me think that you are on the way back from
“I will try
to better myself. Now I know what they mean with 'With great power comes
great responsibility' I don't want ever to be locked up again. Do you
think I could get away without going to jail?”
Mr. Hanes answered
softly, “I don't know. I would like to say yes, but I don't want to
give you false hope. You do have to atone for what you have done, but
I can understand your situation. I don't know what I would have done
if I had been locked up in an asylum and abused. I will support you
with whatever happens. If you do get locked up in a prison, I will make
sure that you get help and visits. I can also ask a friend of mine who
is a lawyer, he may have some more answers for you.”
I smiled a
little as I got up, “Thanks Mr. Hanes.”
are your plans if you don't mind telling me,” asked Mr. Hanes.
look up my sister that I didn't know I had. My mother told me where
I can find her, so I'll go…”
Mr. Hanes interrupted,
“Don't tell me where you're going. What I don't know, I can't divulge
to police or telepaths.”
am going to find my sister and from there I'll see. Live day by day
I guess. Maybe go back to school.” I said while packing my meager
belongings and heading towards the door.
to you Danny, and keep in touch if you can.”
I smiled again,
I touched his forehead and made a mental connection like I did with
his goddaughter. Then I thought to him, *I will, I made a connection
to you as I did to Fae. I'll keep in touch from time to time.*
is weird,” said Mr. Hanes. “It brings me to another point. Please
ask people before doing that. They might see it as an intrusion into
their privacy. I know you mean well, but it can backfire to you.”
for the warning Mr. Hanes. I'll keep it in mind.”
a ticket from Kansas City airport to LAX, I kept an eye out for procedures
on the airport on registering names and scanning people. I knew if I
would use my credit card, the elemental team ECLIPSE would find me instantly.
Fortunately I still had enough money on me to pay for tickets. I noticed
that people going on international flights were scanned and the scan
was put through a facial recognition program. If it matched with a wanted
person or didn't match with the passport biometric data, the person
would be detained and questioned. If I would go on an International
flight to Asia, I would definitely be detained and imprisoned. Besides
I didn't even have a passport.
I went to LAX,
because there were more International flights from there. The trip to
Los Angeles would be no more exciting as a bus ride, since all the commuter
planes were now using Synergy Thrusters for vertical lift and propulsion.
As I went to board the 'bus' to LA, I noticed something interesting.
The pilots for an International flight were not as rigorously checked
as the passengers. Maybe that could be my way to fly overseas.
LAX after an uneventful flight, I observed the pilots schedule and the
arriving pilots. There were flights going to Thailand, Laos and India,
all countries next door to Myanmar. Thailand would be the best since
I had found out that Megan was with a group to help the Karen people.
Luck was with
me as I spotted a pilot that was scheduled for Thailand and he was still
sleepy. Subtly I read his thoughts, John was thinking that he shouldn't
have drunk that much on the party the night before. Now he was still
hung over and wanted desperately to go back to bed. I nudged his mind
towards going back home. I suggested that he had already reported in
sick and was ready to go home. Then I raided his mind on all he knew
about flying aircraft, procedures and such more. Just as he was ready
to go home I made a suggestion to him to go to the toilet and made him
forget his carryon luggage.
contained a clean uniform, which I hastily put on before going to the
crew room. Things went fairly easy there, as only a few people paid
attention to me. I had no problems letting them imagine that they saw
the pilot I pretended to be.
went without any problems and I performed the tasks assigned to me as
if I had flown like a pro. After a smooth landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bangkok, I slipped away and changed my clothes in a toilet. Just as
I walked out towards the exit, several policemen ran past me and some
where grabbing a hold of pilots that were walking around. John Astana
had probably woken up and an alert had been issued for the capture of
someone posing as him. I guess they were wondering how I had gotten
past the security checks.
Outside I bought
a pad with GPS and a digital map of the country and quickly found where
I had to go. A taxi brought me to the office of 'Network for good'.
There I would try to get information on where I might find my sister.
A nice woman
was there to help me, but when I asked about the whereabouts of Miss
Megan Montro, she said that she couldn't give information on their people.
“Can I please
talk to your supervisor, then?” I asked politely, feeling a little
annoyed that she was stonewalling me.
Sir, one moment please.”
A heavy set
man soon approached me, “Hello, I'm Art Douglas, how may I help you?
Let's go to my office.”
down in his office I asked, “I would like information on where I can
find my sister. I just learned a short while ago of her existence and
want to meet her. Her name is Megan Montro.”
at me with trepidation, “I hope you can understand that we can't give
out information about our relief workers. There has been too much abuse
of that information in the past. I can understand your request, if I
had a sister I had never seen, than I would very much like to meet her.
Do you have a passport, so I can check your identity?”
I smiled wryly,
“Sorry, I don't have a passport on me. Nor do I have any other papers
saying who I am. You wouldn't trust me on my word?”
coldly back at me, “Sorry, I can't.”
and I concentrated to read his mind on what he knew about my sister.
It was easy to read his thoughts and what I got was alarming. I exclaimed
loudly, “What? You can't even tell me anything because she's missing?
You lost contact with everyone in Kemapyu? What are you going to do
With wide open
eyes, visibly shocked, Art looked at me as I shouted these facts at
him. “What… how? How do you know this?”
I snarled at
him, “I'm a telepath, now tell me! What are you going to do to get
those people back out safely?”
Art swallowed, “There is
nothing we can do, there are no ransom demands, or any contact with
the kidnappers. We don't hire Rambo to go in guns blazing and get our
people out. We don't even know where they are.”
Coldly I said, “Fine then.
I'll get them out myself. Don't try anything to hinder me, or you'll
Several taxi's later I stood
on the edge of a small town called Mae la Noi. I bought some provisions
and started walking towards my destination, the village Kemapyu. My
sister and her co-workers had reported in from there last. I would try
to pick up from there where they had been taken.
Soon I was all alone in the
jungle and it was getting so densely full with plants that I had trouble
seeing and going ahead. I levitated myself up and hovered just above
the treetops across the vast jungle.
Relying on the GPS information
I soon found the village Kemapyu. As I was getting near, it was hard
to miss with all the smoke coming from some still burning buildings.
I went to ground out of sight and walked into to ruins of the village.
There was devastation everywhere I looked. Several people lay dead or
dying in the streets. One woman looked at me, she was holding her neck
with a hand, but still blood was flowing out. I went to her and quickly
noticed that she had quite a bad gash in her neck. It was a wonder that
she hadn't bled out.
She looked up at me as I knelt
next to her. She tried to speak, but it made the blood flow out faster.
I hushed her and probed her neck with my telekinetic power. Soon I managed
to locate the damaged artery and clamped it with my telekinetic power.
The blood could flow through it to the brain, but it couldn't escape
from the artery anymore, not as long as I held the telekinetic tube
I helped the woman up and made
it clear to here that she shouldn't talk or move too rapidly. With signs
I asked here where we could find help. She pointed in a direction and
I took her with me in that direction. It didn't take us long to see
a black man treating a man sitting on the ground. 'He must be one
of the doctors from the Network for Good.'
I approached him slowly with
the woman. When we got closer he looked up, “Hello, I didn't know
someone else from outside this country was here. Are you a Doctor?”
I squinted at him, “I was
going to ask that same question to you. I just arrived here. That is
not important right now, this woman needs help, an artery in her neck
is nicked. Without my help she'll bleed to death. I'm not a doctor,
so can you help her?”
The man stood upright, “I'm
not a doctor, just a medic and medical student. I'm Jim by the way.”
“Danny,” I answered.
Jim took the hand of the woman
away from the neck to inspect the damage. “How is this possible? She
should be gushing from a wound like that.” Then he turned to me, “You
said that without your help she would bleed to death? What did you do?”
I smiled, “I'm a telekinetic,
I'm keeping the artery from leaking blood to the outside, but allowing
blood to flow through to the brain.”
“Neat,” said Jim, “but
how am I going sew it up?”
“How about I connect to you
telepathically, that way you can steer the telekinetic field through
me. I can retract it where you need to put the needle and thread in.”
Jim looked in wonder at me,
“You can do that? How strong are you?”
I answered dryly, “Strong
enough, now hurry please. Though I can hold it in place for a long time,
I might slip up a little with a lot of consequences.”
Several tens of minutes later
the woman was patched up and resting from her ordeal. Jim asked me,
“Can you help me with some of the other patients?”
Reluctantly I agreed, I had
wanted to go on to search for my sister, but helping Jim might mean
contact with people that saw something. So I held patients, assisted
Jim with handing him tools and stuff. Mostly with my hands, but sometimes
we needed a lot of things at the same time. My Telekinesis came in quite
handy at those times.
Only a few times I didn't have
to help out so much and I could reach into the minds of the people we
were helping. What I saw was a lot off the same. Soldiers in uniform
pillaging and plundering the village, hurting and killing people along
After several hours working
the stream of patients stopped and we could take a breather. I asked
Jim, “Can you tell me what happened here?”
Jim took a sip from his drink,
“Well, I was out into the fields when it happened. Maybe that's why
I am here and not hurt. When I got back I found it mostly like you see
it now. Destruction and dead or dying people everywhere. All my colleagues
are gone, the men may have been killed, the women they might have been
taken alive. From what I heard from the locals, it was a section of
the regular army. They are somewhat independent here, and take what
they want from the villages. Protests are nipped in the bud, the protesters
are ignored or never heard from.”
I had to ask, “Then why come
here? If it is that dangerous to be here, why come out here and do missionary
Jim laughed curtly and rough,
“ Have you seen the situation here? These people need all the help
they can get. I know it's dangerous, but I can make a difference. Back
home I can get run over by a car or get mugged for a few dollars just
as quickly as the soldiers raid the villages here.”
“True,” I said with a sigh.
Jim continued, “Enough about
me, what are you looking for here?”
“I'm looking for my sister.
I just found out that I had one and now she's missing.” I answered
Jim looked at me with question
marks in his eyes, “She was here? What is her name?”
“Megan Montro. I know she
was here, but the office in Bangkok lost all contact from here. That's
why I came here myself to look for her.”
Jim gave me a sad look, “I'm
sorry, but I'm afraid your sister was taken along with everyone else,
or at least I hope they were taken alive.”
“So you know her? What is
she like? I've only heard of her existence a short while ago.” I asked
“She was … is so young
and innocent, a cute next door neighbor girl really. She looks a bit
like you actually, but a lot better to look at, no offense.”
“None taken, “ I replied
Jim continued, “She is really
good with people. She has a knack of making them feel at ease, like
any good nurse would have I guess. Though she is only a student nurse,
she knew a lot about it and was an valued asset to our team.” He paused,
“I really hope you can have her found. I'd hate to have her found
I asked Jim, “What do you
mean have her found? I'm going after her myself.”
Jim looked at me with a surprised
look, “You can't do that! You'd be killed. Those people don't mess
around, they are very dangerous and have all the power to do as they
With a cold undertone in my
voice I said, “I told you before, I'm strong enough, I can handle
myself quite well. No need to worry about me. You just worry about keeping
the people alive here.”
Jim looked at me with trepidation,
he wanted to say something but decided against it and kept quiet. I
asked him instead, “Which way did they go?”
Jim pointed upstream, “Up
the river in a boat. What are you going to do to them?”
“I don't know yet, depends
on what they will do to me. If they start shooting I'll disarm them
With that I nodded to him and
walked away at a brisk pace towards the river. Arriving there, I just
kept on walking, while elevating myself above the water. To the lonely
fisherman preparing his nets, it looked like I was like Jezus walking
I few miles later I stopped
for the night, and spend it up in a tree in Meditation. Early in the
morning I continued my trek after eating some of my provisions. I travelled
a few miles, skimming just above the water, when suddenly something
hit my Telekinetic Shield. As I realized that it might be a bullet,
I heard the sound of a gunshot. I was glad that I took the precaution
of having my shield up, but outraged that they would start shooting
just like that. No warning of any kind was given. I rose higher into
the air as more bullets streamed towards me from the thick jungle alongside
Soon I could see the men responsible
for the continuous hail of bullets aimed at me. I had little trouble
reading their minds, but couldn't understand their language. Their intent
was quite clear though. They had orders to kill anything coming up the
I yanked all the weapons towards
me with ease and in some cases the men were holding so strongly on them
that I pulled them along as well. I dropped everything in the middle
of the river and let them sort it out, while I went on towards my target.
En route I got shot at twice
more and repeated the same action. Then as I was getting close to my
target, I could see some people being held prisoner, I was shot at again,
this time even more furiously then before. Before I could repeat my
action of yanking all the weapons away, a big explosion impacted on
I got a bit of a headache from
it and looked in surprise in the direction it came from. Some guy with
ornaments on his shoulders was operating a very big nasty looking gun.
As I looked at it, another grenade spewed out towards me. I changed
the trajectory towards a location where heavy gunfire came from. After
the ensuing explosion, it became very quiet from there. I didn't pay
much attention to it though. The officer, probably the one in charge,
was about to fire another grenade at me. This time I held the fired
projectile stuck in the barrel. It blew up spectacular injuring the
officer behind it terribly. Despite his severe injuries he continued
to shout orders and even drew his sidearm to try to shoot at me.
I was furious, 'Why doesn't
he get it that it is futile to try and shoot me?' I reached out
with my Telekinetic power and crushed his handgun into a piece of useless
metal. He still kept shouting orders to his subordinates, but this time
it sounded different, I looked to the soldiers he shouted at and noticed
that they were running towards the prisoners. The closest ones put a
gun to the head of the person they were holding. Two girls, a fair skinned
one that looked familiar, 'My sister?', and a darker skinned
one were taken and had a gun put to their heads as well. The girls were
struggling very weakly and looked bruised and hurt.
I was enraged, they already
had taken my sister hostage and now they were threatening to kill her
in front of me? I roared, “Stay away from her, you fucking animals!”
Most were nailed to the ground
in fear of me, but one soldier twitched his finger. With a sharp crack
his gun discharged and a sickening splashing sound accompanied the splattering
brains as the slug exploded the brains of an older man out of his head.
I was so enraged that I thought,
'Those bastards, I'll show them. I'll kill them all with their own
guns. I'll even let them pull the trigger themselves with me controlling
As I was about to act on my
thoughts, the words of Gil the Gila monster hybrid and Mr. Hanes popped
up in my head. I thought, 'If I kill them all with their guns, I'm
proving to be no better than all of them. I'll only become a sociopath
like most people think I am. I really don't want to go down that path.
I'm better than that.'
I needed a different course
of action, so I lifted all the weapons the soldiers had, guns, knives
and sticks up high in the air and threw it all in the river. The soldiers
were looking bewildered at me. Before they could react and take their
anger out on the helpless victims, I lifted them into the air and dumped
them into the river as well. I made sure that it wasn't near any of
the weapons though.
dispatching the remaining soldiers, I knelt down between my sister and
her friend. They were both laying on the ground after I got rid of their
captors. I turned to my sister first. She looked up at me and said softly,
“Thank you, whoever you are.”
your brother Daniel,” I said gently to her.
“Finally I get to meet you, big brother.”
I smiled back
at her, worrying about her health, she looked and felt so fragile. “I'm
happy to see you too little sister. Do you mind me seeing in your mind?
I'm a telepath.”
I quickly made
a mental connection and went into her thoughts. I found a gentle and
caring girl, worrying more about her friend Nya, next to us, then herself.
I quickly glanced at her friend. She had her eyes closed, but seemed
to be breathing normally. I turned my attention back to Megan and saw
all her hopes and worries. She had wanted to help so many people. Then
she coughed violently.
What is wrong?*
In her mind
she formed the reply, not being able to say it out loud. *I don't
feel so well, I'm sorry big brother.*
I held her
tightly, *No, Megan! Don't die, don't give up. I can save you. Please
stay with me.*
again, *I love you Dan. I want you to take care of Nya. Please don't…*
she died and being connected to her mind I died with her. As her thoughts
dwindled into a void, they were etched for ever into my memory and soul.
Inadvertently I sent out a powerful PSI-cry of pain and sorrow.
Sanura stepped into Trances
office, "Trance, I'm receiving satellite footage on a skirmish
in Myanmar between soldiers and a single person. It looks like the soldiers
are losing. I hate to ask this from you, but can you teleview to see
if it is 'you know who'?"
Trance grimaced, "Getting more cautious after the defeat of the partial team?"
Sanura sighed, thinking back to the battle in Kansas against Mindcontrol. Suddenly Trance winced and exclaimed, "Oow."
"Trance? What is wrong?"
Trance didn't react directly which only made her worry more. Then he spoke up with a raspy voice that sent shivers across her back, "I just got a powerful PSI-cry of pain and grief. It came from Mindcontrol. I can confirm that it is him there in Myanmar. Please gather the team as soon as possible."
Sanura felt more shivers traverse her back as she said, "The team is waiting already, let's go to them now."
Together they stepped through a portal formed by Sanura towards the assembled team members of ECLIPSE. Sanura said, "Everyone listen up. We have a location on Mindcontrol, we'll go there immediately. I want us to be loaded for bear, but hold your fire till I or Trance give the word."
There was a little murmur before it quieted down and all, even the now powerless Flutter answered, "Ready to go."
I cried softly
holding my sister Megan's body. I had just found her, only to lose her
again so soon. Some men approached me and one said, “Thank you mister
for saving us. Did you know Megan?”
I turned to
him, “She was my sister. Who are you?”
The man who
spoke earlier said, “I'm Doctor Matt Cassidy, are you sure Megan is
I looked up
at him with tears in my eyes, “I was telepathically connected to her,
when she died. I felt her death like it was my own.”
next to us, “I'm sorry for your loss. She was a good girl and a great
I laid Megan's
body down. “Thanks, can you check out Nya? Megan asked me to look
after her. She's unconscious, and I don't dare go into her head with
my telepathy yet.”
As Matt started
to examine Nya, I saw something in the corner of my eye. I turned towards
it and saw that a portal had opened. Even worse the ECLIPSE team jumped
out of the portal, looking very menacing. Their number was even more
this time and I felt scared and enraged at the same time. I didn't think
I would be able to hold them off again. I got lucky last time and probably
wouldn't have the same luck twice. Just in case they were going to attack
I raised my telekinetic shield to a maximum that I could muster.
I stood up
facing them as I felt the presence of Trance. He was the last to come
out of the portal. I yelled at the assembled elemental team, “NO!
I will not be locked up again. I'll die first and I'll take everyone
here with me. I'll detonate a psychic bomb the moment you try to attack
The first person
encased in a black something asked to the white haired man with white
eyes, that I recognized as Trance, behind her, “Trance? Can he?”
“Yes he can, and you're not fast enough to escape it. Even if you
were able to get us all out of here in time, I would still be very hurt
or even fatally injured by that.”
the one I could identify as the restaurant owner Blitz, took off his
helmet. He said to me, “Daniel, we haven't come here to fight. Can
we have a conversation about you, us and everything else?”
a little, then the first person dropped her black casing and turned
out to be a hybrid with a tail, probably a cat's tail. She too took
her helmet off and revealed herself as a very good looking cat hybrid.
Sounding a bit annoyed she said, “Blitz is right, please let's diffuse
the situation and talk this out.”
“Please Daniel, I'm sure you don't want to kill us all and especially
not that young woman the doctor is examining.”
they were right. I didn't want to kill anyone. However I was adamant
about not going to jail or something similar to be locked up. I couldn't
ignore my sisters dying request though. I had to take care of Nya. Well,
for as long as she would let me at least. Telepathically I asked Trance,
*What are you guys up to? As one telepath to another, I'm really
strongly against getting locked up. But I don't want to hurt people
anymore. I'm not sure what I should do.*
back to me, *Danny, we really mean you no harm. We want to help you.
Please talk to us.*
I sighed, “Okay,
I lowered my
shield mostly, but kept it around me as a thin layer just as a precaution.
As the leader, the cat hybrid, walked up to me, a woman sprinted past
her. Taking off her helmet she said exitedly, “I want to talk to him
first.” Then she addressed me, “What did you do to me? Why can't
I access my power anymore?”
mind, I realized that this was Flutter, or Dana McKenna. I had switched
off her link to her power. I smiled sheepishly, “Sorry, I thought
you were too dangerous. Here let me remedy it.” With that I reached
into her mind and switched her inner switch to her power back on after
having a little trouble finding it.
I could sense
that Flutter was ecstatic about feeling the air molecules around her
again and she lifted off into the air flying around and showing off
her control of her elemental power.
of the team came up to me saying, “I'm sure Flutter is very grateful
that you restored her power.”
I nodded, “It
was wrong of me to cut her off in the first place. It was just that
her thoughts of sucking the air out of my lungs were so scary that I
did what I did. Sorry!”
Look Daniel, maybe we started on the wrong foot. I'm Dr. Sanura Miller.
I think we need to have a long talk about what happened and why.”
I looked at
her suspiciously, “What do you propose?
mind coming with us to our facility?” She saw my reaction and hurriedly
added, “I assure you, no strings attached and you are free to leave
whenever you like. We can take care of the injured people much better
I looked at
the doctor and Nya, he nodded his agreement to the offering. I looked
at Nya, she seemed to be breathing, but still wasn't conscious. She
might have some hidden trauma that would only show up in a well equipped
facility. Maybe they even had a MBE there. 'I should take her up
on her offer. It would be the best for the kidnap victims and Nya. Though
I'm still wary of what they'll do to me.' Hesitantly I asked, “You'd
give me your word on that?”
replied, “Yes, I give you my word that we will not try to attack or
coerce you in any way in our facility.”
“I gave you my word as well, Daniel.”
And then Blitz
said, “And I give you my word. I will stand by you if someone would
I looked at
him, “Why would you do that?”
at me, “I have seen my share of persecutions because of powers and
hybrids. Nobody should be tried and convicted before explaining their
situation and grievances.”
I nodded to
that and said, “Okay, I will go with you to your facility. Do you
have the necessary equipment to examine Nya? I promised my dying sister
to look after her.”
looked more closely at Megan's body and said, “That is your sister?
I'm sorry for your loss.”
towards me and telepathically said, *So that is why you send out
that PSI cry. My condolences to you Daniel.*
I simply said.
said, “Let's hurry, I want to be gone before more people show up.
We're not supposed to be here. The dictatorial leadership still doesn't
allow any people from the rest of the world here. Though we can handle
anything they could throw at us, I'd like to make minimal waves of our
a portal, she briefly spoke into her mic and a stretcher appeared from
the portal. Nya was placed on it, while I picked up the body of Megan.
I wanted to make sure she got a decent burial. Blitz approached me,
“Need some help?”
I shook my
head, “No need, I'm lifting her mostly telekinetically. Just lead
As soon as
I stepped through the portal I found myself in a corridor that felt
a bit claustrophobic to me. Though the ceiling was quite high,
about 16 feet I guessed, there were no windows of any kind, and all
the walls looked like concrete or something. I stretched out with my
telekinetic power to see what lay behind the walls and apart from two
levels below and another small level above me, it was all sheer rock.
with Nya and Matt was herded through a door, probably the medical facility.
I followed them and inside the room waited for Sanura Miller to talk
to me. As soon as I saw her I asked, “Where are we? We're somewhere
inside a mountain, aren't we?”
Daniel. We're somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.” Said Sanura.
is the constant murmur of telepathic chatter I am shielding out? I can't
quite understand what they are saying though.” I asked her.
instead, “That would be the dragons that live not too far from here.”
Well, I would like to see them some time. But first I want to make sure
Nya is okay.”
Cassidy walked up to us, “Together with the BE here, we ascertained
that Nya's problem is not physical. It's mental, she went into a sort
of coma or unresponsive state. In short she retreated back into her
mind. I can't imagine how to get her out of there.”
I said, “But I do! I have had some experience with it in the mental
institution that I was locked up in.”
and Sanura look at me. I added, “But I'm not licensed to do anything.
I have been breaking laws doing it.”
“Shall we go have a talk first? We'll put your sister's body in a
storage and I'm sure Nya can sleep for a while.”
I agreed and
was escorted to an office down another hall. There we sat down in comfortable
chairs and Sanura started, “I know about the mental hospital where
you were incarcerated. We also know about Las Vegas, the SHAME facility
and Russell, where we first met in different circumstances.”
I winced, remembering
the fight with them. “I'm sorry about that, I was so sure that you
were there to capture me and put me back into a jail cell.”
“Well, you weren't totally wrong about that. But it's water under
the bridge. Just tell us what happened to you and how you faced the
I started telling
them my whole life story, going into detail about the things that were
done to me and others at the mental hospital and in the SHAME facility.
After I was done talking, hours had passed and we were eating some delicious
snacks brought in by Blitz. It was evident that he was the driving force
behind the Everybody's Place chain.
me, “So what are your plans now. Suppose that we are dropping all
charges and you go free, what are you going to do?”
I answered, “I haven't thought that much about it yet. After I heard
about my sister, all I wanted was to find her. I did have some thoughts
about going back to school and learn to be a psychiatrist or something like that.
I did like helping the people in the mental hospital getting better
and be a happy person again instead of being treated as vegetables or
morons. But I also have a responsibility to Nya. My sister asked me
with her dying breath to take care of her. So I will do that for as
long as she will let me.”
Sanura said, “You did do
a world of good with those patients. Though you could also be sued for
malpractice since you don't have any medical or psychiatric training.
You also can be brought up on charges for seriously harming people and
even manslaughter. Not to mention some other crimes like cheating at
a casino. Why did you want to accumulate so much money there. I would
have thought a few thousand would have been enough?”
I grimaced, “Part of being
at the casino was to have a good night's rest. Ever since I have gotten
my telepathic power, I have been plagued by hearing others voices. If
I don't actively have a shield up, they will torture me with their loud
screaming and yelling. I don't think you have any idea how loud thoughts
of people are when you're a strong telepath. Trance would know I think.
My telepathic 'ear' is on 24/7 and when I sleep, my shield goes down
and there is nothing to protect me. That is why I don't sleep but meditate
normally. But when I'm somewhere with a dampener, I can finally sleep
normally. Which brings me to getting a large sum of money. I need to
buy myself a dampener, so I can have some sleep sometimes.”
Trance interrupted, “I might
be able to help you with that. There is a technique to create a sort
of passive shield to block most thoughts out. I'll be happy to teach
you.” There will still be some strong thoughts that may penetrate
the shield, but those would be minor and few.”
“Hold on just a moment. Daniel,
you still have to deal with the situation at hand. So you want to go
back to school and become a psychiatrist. No doubt a high priced one.”
Sanura said with a frown on her face.
“I don't have the need for
making a lot of money. It's just a means to a goal for me. I think I'll
charge people by their wealth. And I'll do a quite some work for free
for the lesser fortunate people. I don't think I can decide something
like that on my own, so I would like a person or committee to screen
cases for me to do for free. That way, it'll be controlled and I won't
get swamped with people trying to get me to work for free for them.
Do you think that might be do-able?”
Sanura smiled, “So, you've
thought it out already. That would be do-able, but it still hinges on
you getting out of your situation and realizing your other plans.”
I sighed, “Yes, I know. But
though it would pain me to leave Nya without the care I could give her.
I will fight for my life before I'm incarcerated again.”
“Relax,” said Sanura. “I've
talked it over with an organization that I'm liaised with. We agree
to let you go on a probation period. We'll keep tabs on you, and I would
like you to have regular talks with an authorized psychiatrist or a
highly recommend Telepath. Someone like Trance for instance.”
I exhaled relieved, “I have
no problem with that. I would like that even. I still have a lot to
learn. I do have a concern however. Should I leave Nya here in your
care or can I take her with me?”
Trance answered instead, “Let
us just see how she will be doing soon. I want to teach you some techniques
first and then together we can try to get Nya out of her coma. If she
gets out of it okay, we can ask what she wants.”
I nodded, that didn't sound
Sometime later I was sitting
next to Nya. I carefully and slowly made a connection to her mind, with
Trance trailing me and monitoring what I was doing. As I progressed
slowly into her mind I encountered a sheer wall of some kind. She meant
to keep everything and everyone out. Since this was the psionic realm,
our only limit was our minds. So I conjured up a light saber and sliced
a hole in the wall with it. I could feel Trance frown at what I did,
but he didn't interrupt.
Together we proceeded onward
looking for Nya's inner self. As soon as I got to the other side of
the wall, I got attacked by monsters of all kinds. They started clawing
and biting at me. With some difficulty I managed to ward them off and
keep them at bay. As I floated onwards, I saw something to the side.
It was a little girl crying. I went over to her and asked, “Hi there,
can you help me?”
She looked up at me and changed
into a gigantic she-hulk-like woman. “Who are you, what are you doing
here? I'll break you in bits and kick it out.”
I could have changed myself
into a likewise gigantic man, but I stayed as I was. I just put my hands
up to her and said, “Take it easy, please. I just want to talk to
Nya. I'm here because my sister Megan asked me to look after her.”
The woman decreased in height
till she was the same height as me. “I'm Nya, I don't remember much
after we got captured and those men were about to …” Her voice trailed
off and she looked like she was about to start crying again.
“Nya, I'm a telepath, as
is Trance next to me. We're in your mind at the moment. You retreated
into a coma like state. With this intrusion I was hoping to get you
out of it. Will you let me help you?”
She hesitated, “I don't know.
What if this is all a dream and I wake up with those horrible men again.
I don't want to go back there again.”
Soothingly I said to her, “Nya,
you don't ever have to go back to there. We're back in the USA. You're
quite safe here. Just allow me to guide you back to the land of the
She turned to Trance, “Is
this true? Or are you just figments of my imagination?”
Trance answered, “If we were
figments of imagination we wouldn't be telling the truth, so you have
to decide if you would make something like us up, or that we are really
here. The only way to be certain, is to follow us out and see for yourself.
It is up to you Nya. We could try to drag you out, but that would be
wrong and could do you more harm. Like Daniel said, we don't mean you
harm. We want to help you.”
“Okay then,” said Nya.
Quite fast we got back to where
we entered and as I pulled out of her mind, I saw her eyes open. I smiled
at her, “Hello, Nya. Finally we meet in person. I'm Daniel Montro.”
She was a bit apprehensive
after waking up and seeing a strange place and strange people. But she
hid her uneasiness quite well. With a wavering but melodic voice she
asked, “So this is all real? We are no longer in Myanmar?”
I just nodded. She continued,
“Where is Megan, she promised that everything would be okay.”
My face darkened, “I'm sorry,
but I was too late, I managed to free her, but then she died in my arms.
She was my sister I just recently discovered and I got only a few minutes
to spend with her. Her dying request was, for me to help you and take
care of you. However long you want me to, that is.”
Nya looked like she was about
to start crying, “She's dead? Oh no. How about the others?”
Trance answered for me, “We
got almost everyone out relatively unharmed. I'm sorry for your friend.”
Nya shed a few tears, “I
am so sorry for Megan. She really should be alive instead of me. She
was such a good friend and nurse. I'll miss her so much.”
Then she looked
at me. “Oh, I'm so sorry. You should feel even worse. I mean finding
your sister and then losing her again. I can't imagine what you must
be going through.”
“I'll grief privately. I'm just concerned for you. What do you want
to do? Do you have someplace to go or somewhere you want to be, to rest
and get back on your feet?”
She gave me
a sad smile, “I don't have much of a family and I'm not looking forward
to go to them. I'd like to stay here or with you somewhere. I can feel
something from your sister in you. Do you think you could put up with
me for a while?”
be your friend. Just be open and frank to me. I promise not to go into
your mind without your permission.”
up with surprise, “You can do that? I mean you're a telepath, but
can they get into minds without permissions?”
very powerful ones, the evil ones would do that, but I don't want to
intrude on people just like that. I want to help people, just as I helped
you get out of your coma. I still need a lot of training for that though.
Think you could put up with a struggling student?”
She just laughed
before putting her arms around me. “I trust you Daniel.”
Later we departed
the Nexus facility for the funeral of my sister. Nya was dressed in
a black dress that she had gotten from Sanura and held a goodbye speech.
I said a few words as well before she was transported into the incinerator.
I said my goodbye's to ECLIPSE and promised Trance to contact him soon.
Then we were transported by portal to Sun City. I had no trouble acquiring
a suitable apartment in a loft and settled in with Nya. I enrolled into
College, while Nya took up some drawing classes. She wanted to paint
the images out of her head. Some bad memories were still plaguing her.
end … for now.
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