A woman wakes up from a week-long coma, she finds herself in a sterile ICU hospital room, she has tubes coming out of her nose, mouth and arms. The woman struggles to move her arms and grabs on to the tube in her mouth and pulls it out becoming panicked at how deep it had reached. She then starts working on the other wires and tubes ripping them away from her body as alarms from the machines she as connected to start blaring. As she begins to move the pain in her chest and head cause the woman to pause and take respite.
A team of nurse rush into the room to find the woman that had been in a coma for a week struggling to sit up. “Ms., I need you to lay back down!” one of the nurses says as they gently hold her shoulder. The red-haired woman smacks the nurse’s hand away, “Where’s my family!” she demands, though for some reason she already knows.
“please ma’am, lay back down, a doctor will be here to explain everything a moment…” the nurse replies trying to calm the woman down.
The air in the room begins to seemly come alive and gust of wind builds as it circles the room causing anything that is not strapped down to begin to be carried with in the building current. One of the other nurses picks up a phone and speaks into it as calmly as she could, “Code: Ash! Code: Ash!”
The lead nurse speaks again, “Please calm down, your family…your family didn’t make it. I’m so sorry…” The nurse says holding her hands up to show she wasn’t going to hurt the woman. “Ms. Blake please calm down, you are going to hurt yourself or one of my nurses, please Ms. Blake we are only here to help.”
Victoria Blake closed her eyes and sat back down on the bed, the wind subsided, and the room was peaceful once more. The woman put her hands over her face and began to weep for her family, she thought of her husband the teacher who tried to make La Vida a better place through education. Her Young children, who would never get experience what this life had to offer them. The lead nurse, a Hispanic woman no more then 30 years old sat next to the grieving woman and placed an arm over her, she could not begin to understand the loss the woman felt but she could at least give Victoria a bit of comfort.
Suddenly several boots could be heard coming down the hall way as men in full riot gear stepped into the room with large automatic rifles pointed at Victoria. “Ma’am step away from the bed and put your hands behind your head. The nurse jumped up with her hands in a defensive position. “wait, what is all this, my patient just woke up from a coma, you all need to get the hell out!” she demands. The officer grabs the nurse’s wrist and throws her into another officer’s arms. Victoria startles at the sudden movement puts her hands up defensively. The officers react as if she was about to smite them with her meta powers and fires their weapons. Victoria instinctively slips into the elemental plane where she is untouched by the bullets the widow behind her is shattered. Victoria is overcome by an anger she had never know before and as she comes back into the material plane she winds jets into to hospital room and forces the anti-meta unit to the floor. She jumps out the now open window into the twilight sky as she discovers she is 30 floors up, however, the air gathers around her and her bare feet are gently set on the warm cement.
Victoria felt her whole body shake from exhaustion and she fell to the ground, she put her hands under her to pick her upper body off the ground. However, she did not have time to rest as three black vans rolled up on her and a squad of people clad in all in black and armed to the teeth. She did not give them time to get into a position as she slammed her fist into the cement and the ground around her rose up shielding her from their sights. As her assailants circled around her location she released her powers once again causing the earth around her shoot out and collide into the armed soldiers.
In the chaos she used the moment to make an escape as she used the wind to shoot up into the darkening sky. Though, she could not stay skyward for long. She landed a few blocks away and rested with in an ally. Yet again, she did not have much time as she heard more boots stomp toward her. Victoria gripped the corner of the building she had rested on as she broke off a large piece and threw it at the approaching men and as they entered the ally the chuck of building broke up and peppered them causing them to take cover and once again she takes flight. As she has a bird’s eye view of the city she sees more of those black vans closing in on her.
Victoria did not know why this was happening, she had doubt that these men were part of the LAPD was it some enemy she had made in the Justice League? Was that the reason why her family were killed? She felt the anger boil over and as she hovered over the city clouds began to form above and with flick of her wrist lightning struck the ground near one of those black vans causing it to collide with another car. Her red hair whipped around behind her and her hospital gown was thrashing around he, she raised her hand to the heavens readying another bolt to strike the now motionless van, however, a force struck her back causing her to fall a few feet.
It was only a short flight from La Vida to down town and she knew she had to go when she the news broke that a powerful meta was wreaking havoc in the city. She knew that La Vida had been in chaos ever since the gangs started killing each other with no rhyme or reason, the at least respected each other not to start something like this before.
“Athena, I don’t like it there are other people that can handle things like this. Please, just sit this one out…plus La Vida is already going crazy. We need you here.” Matt argued.
Athena put a hand on Matt’s shoulder and gave a reassuring smile, “I’ll be fine and Knight and Wild Heart can handle things here without me. Besides, this is the reason why we started this in the first place right? Putting good in the world and making people remember our names.”
Matt rolled her eyes but couldn’t help but smile, “you know this isn’t a game…but you gotta do what’ya gotta do.” He said putting his fist out for Athena to tap with her own fist.
Athena met Matt’s fist with her own, “I know it isn’t, but you know why.” Matt’s smile turned to a frown. “Yeah, I know…” he retorted.
As Athena got closer she could see the damage that the meta had caused, she just had to follow the path of destruction. The sky had been mostly been cloudless all day, but it seemed that the weather had changed, though she couldn’t remember the forecast calling a storm. However, she looks into the skys and saw something so awesome she had to take a moment to take in what her eyes were seeing. Was this some wrathful red-haired god taking out her vengeance out on the city below. No that’s silly she thought it had to be the meta she was looking for. As the woman rose her hand to strike again Athena shot her own hand out sending a force wave hitting the woman’s back.
“Hey, lady! This needs to end now, you’re making trouble for other metas that get bad rep cause people like you!” Athena says as she floated to be at equal levels with Victoria.
“Little girl, you don’t know what’s going on, just head back to the ground and stay out of my way…” Victoria says as she looks for the van again.
Athena felt a bit slighted that the woman just blew her off, but she pushed the feelings away and made a grasping gesture at the red-head. Victoria felt something grab her and hold her arms to her side and was officially annoyed with the girl.
“Okay, you want to be a hero, let me give you a lesson in taking a fight with someone above your weight class!” She called out. Victoria arched her back and called the wind to her, Athena was felt the winds pick up and was suddenly trapped in a whirl-wind, the girl’s hair started to smack into her face and made it harder for the girl to see and the air was being sucked from her lungs. Athena lost focus and let Victoria out of her grasp as she tried to take in air.
Victoria sight went blurry has the exhaustion crept in, but she wasn’t some newbie that couldn’t last in a fight. She took in a deep breath and waved her hands in a circle pattern, collecting water particles from the air until she had a ball of water between her hands. She aimed it at the girl and small orbs of ice rapidly fired at Athena meant to pepper her with hail. Athena tried to fly out of the hails path, but it seemed to follow her so instead she held out her hands and created a force barrier and she was able to breathe again.
“Okay, this is not going well…” Athena told herself as she was forced to take up a defensive position. She hadn’t noticed the channel 52 news helicopter until then and felt embarrassed. “Great Matt is watching and he’s going to be so angry that he was right.” She thought out loud.
Victoria watched as the teen blocked her attack and steadily increased the force of the hail testing her defensive power. “Sorry, but lesson is almost over, I would put everything thing into that shield of yours. It’s going to get a little rough.” She says as she reaches to the sky once more then with her arm down like if she were striking something and lightning followed and hit Athena’s barrier straight on. Thunder cracked as the flash of energy exploded in Athena’s face. She had successfully blocked the lightning but the mere force of if hitting her shield threw the girl back and start to spiral toward the ground. Athena couldn’t tell which way was up as she tumbled in the air still blinded by the lightning, though that was starting to fade as she began to lose consciousness.
The red-haired woman frowned at what she had done, she had let her anger get the best of her and she had taken it out on this young hero, she was not proud. She called the wind again to slow the girls fall as she sped after her easily catching the unconscious teen. Victoria land them both in the shadows of the nearest ally and sent Athena down. She checked Athena’s breathing then checked her eyes for damage. It seemed that she would be alright, having done that, she took the teen’s hoody and shoes.
“Sorry, Hun, I’m going to need these more than you,” Victoria tells the her as she slips on the girl’s converse over her bare feet. She was fortunate that they fit. Victoria could hear the helicopter coming for them, so she called the wind once more to carry her somewhere she couldn’t be followed.
The dangers the shadows hold.
In a poorly lit business office sits a woman starring up at the darken clouds, she sighs as she rests her face on her hands as she lazily in her chair. She already knows her men have failed to capture Elemental Girl or rather Victoria Blake. “Capture the girl, she is most likely going to be come a problem with our project in La Vida…do not fail me again…” the woman’s voice is silky and calm but has a hint of anger. “yes sir of course,” a man replies and quickly leaves the room. The woman sits alone in the shadows of the room and gives a dangerous smile, “it’s almost time to kick off phase two…”
La Vida: the streets > Wayward House.
The drones hovered over Wild-hearts unconscious form and projected a light that caused Ashlyn’s body to rise a foot of the ground. Matt was happy that his anti-gravity tech actually worked, he hadn’t had time to test the tech, but he knew it theory that it should work just as expected or blow up raining hot metal on Ashlyn…he would make sure to not tell her that bit.
Matt mostly ignored the strange man, he hadn’t seemed like he was going to try to stop him and didn’t know if that was a good thing or not. Matt simply looked at the guy and shrugged, “right, have a blessed day…” he said sarcastically and followed the drones out and down the apartments and into his car.
On the ride back, Matt made sure to drive as safely has possible so that he would not be noticed by the cops. The drones scanned Wild-Heart taking her pulse temperature and blood pressure. She seemed fine but there was some damage in her ears. and up until now he hadn’t noticed but they were being followed by a swarm of bats. “what the hell is that all about?” he asked Ashlyn and of course she didn’t answer.
As they got closer to the house he could see one of the streets were blocked off and a swarm of police cars at taken up the street along with emergency vehicles. “Oh shit, what’s going on now?” he asks Ashlyn and again she rudely does not reply.
Once they get to the house Matt brings Ash to the room they use for a med-bay, it was clean, and he had some tech that he was working on to enhance the normal regenerative factor everyone has. But for now, they only caused rashes. And it didn’t help that Ashlyn’s little beast were trying to investigate and whining as soon as they smelled their master and they seemed to have been worried. “Get out, no dogs in the med-bay!” he yells at them as he tries to fight them out of the room.
Suddenly Matt realized that he hadn’t deactivate Knight’s entry pass to the house, he opened the door allowing Artimas and Apollo into the room as he runs to James’ room. It had been emptied, he was here! He backed into the room looking for the murder, not sure if he was still in the house. He looks around the room and finds the note that he has left and reads it. Matt backs into the wall and takes a deep breath, “what the hell is happening?” he says trying to take in all the information.
Matt deactivates Knight’s entry pass and if he was in the house still he would be hit by the ward and be forced out. He makes his way back to the medical bay and sits with Ashlyn and her dogs, he did not have the energy to fight them again. As he sets back into his chair he remembers Athena and quickly takes his phone out and looks for a news feed.
Black vans began to close in on Athena’s location as she lays in an ally unconscious and defenseless, unknowing of the danger she is still in.