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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stand Alone 4

Sapphire took a few steps away from the Knowledge, clenching her fists again and again, relieving the stress that was building inside of her. "One thing leads to all of that destruction..."

The Chronicler nodded. "It is simply Cause and Effect."

"That's a bullshit excuse, that's what that is," she retorted.

"But nonetheless true. In his arrogance Reader breached the Cascade and that act brought your Universe to the brink of war with this one. His actions after the breach and the effects of the  breach directly led to the Event." His hand ran over his face, wiping away the sweat that was accumulating there.

Sapphire sighed. "Knowledge is power, you said. I now know more of why things played out how they did, but I still have questions. I need more answers." She turned back to him. "Alright hit me again..."


"Please state your full name for the Council." The speaker said into the microphone.

He cleared his throat and leaned forward. "Thomas Edwin Smith the First. Also known as Warmonger."

"You are aware of why this council has convened?" The speaker followed.

"Yes. You are worried about the growing number of super-humans appearing across the Earth."

"That is correct."

"What I don't know is why you have brought me here."

"Because unlike so many of the others, you we were able to find and subpoena. You are our link to this world."

"Your link? I don't have contact with any of these other people, we haven't 'teamed-up' or anything." Smith held his hands up in air quotes.

"We are tasking you to find and recruit them. As many as you are able."

"Why? Are you making some kind of team?"

"That is correct. We are currently calling it the Weapons of Mass Destruction. The WMD for short."

"Because you are afraid that these people, who have been helping others, might be a danger to the status quo?"

"Off the record, yes. Yes we are. What if, let's say, the individual known in the press as SuperDude were to attack a major city. We simply do not have the resources to defend against him. His power levels are off the charts. Luckily he has been a force for good and what is right, and actually has not broken any laws. He has even shown up for court appearances in cases that he made a citizens arrest."

"Well, shit."

"We cannot allow talk like that in this hearing."

Smith palmed his face, then shook his head. "Alright where to you want me to begin?"

TBC in Team-Building 104: Part 1

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