Warning: This work has been rated 16+ for language and violence.
“What do you want from us?” Fox demanded.
“I need you to go pay a visit to a certain place,” Ryan explained calmly. “You’ll find it’s well-guarded, but I’m sure you’ll manage. Your main task will be to eliminate all humans within that place, except those held as prisoners.”
“You want us to destroy a lab. Why use ten words where one will do?” Fox said, almost with annoyance.
“Moving on, will you be able to do that?” Ryan seemed to not even acknowledge Fox’s comment, which caused her some suspicion.
“Why do you need us to do it?” Dragon asked, he seemed more calm and collected than his partner.
“It’s necessary for me to get an insight on human activity in regards to the Enhanced.”
Clearly not what he’s after. Fox thought.
“Actually, yes it is what I’m after, Miss Fox,” Ryan said. Fox was taken aback.
“Wait, you can read my thoughts?!” Fox exclaimed. “Get out of my head!”
“It’s my special ability. Every Enhanced has one and I thought you'd know that.”
“And they’re all passive? Non-offensive?”
“You seem much more intelligent than you look, Miss Fox. In fact, I’ll tell you your abilities by diving into your mind and finding that information within you. But only after you finish the mission.”
“And how will you be certain we finished it?” Fox asked.
“I have hacked the CCTV system, therefore I’ll be able to see everything inside and outside the lab,” Ryan didn’t show any emotion when answering Fox’s question. “Any other questions?”
“Where’s the lab?” Dragon asked.
“Cold Fell. You’ll just have to go dead ahead from the doors. It's impossible to miss. Anything else?”
“No, that’s it.”
Then get going you two.”
“What about me?” Jane asked. “Can I co-”
“No,” Ryan cut in. “It’s Dragon’s and Fox’s job. They can handle it by themselves.”
Something’s up with this dude. Dragon thought. He didn't have a problem with sending her after us.
“I said no,” Ryan was extremely harsh towards Jane, which was enough to get Fox to have her input in this argument.
“Give her a break,” she said, sass beaming from her like light from the sun. “She’s mature and old enough to make decisions for herself.”
“Fox, I hope you know how to survive in the wilderness if this is how you’re going to carry on,” Ryan seemed to be getting quite angry. “Now move your lazy asses and get to that lab already!”
Dragon and Fox decided to argue no further and left them. As soon as they closed the bunker door behind them, Fox began to analyse that conversation.
Clearly he doesn’t care about the scientists. Fox thought. He would’ve mentioned them since they are our targets.
“He didn’t show us any plans of the lab,” Dragon stated. “Do we go back and ask him?”
“No,” Fox replied. “He’s trying to see whether he can trust us. It’s a trial.”
“Then shouldn’t we go ask him?”
“I’m sure he would’ve told us if we were required to know it. He’s not as dumb as he looks.”
“If he is, he’s probably unable to breath and talk at the same time.”
“Come on, let’s get this over with,” she said. When Fox was about to run off, Dragon quickly placed his hand on her shoulder to grab her attention.
“Are you sure you want to do this?” he asked. “We don’t have to go if you don’t want to.”
“But do you want to go?” Fox asked.
“I’ll only want to protect you. I don’t want to see you in pain after we come back because of flashbacks.”
“I’ll be fine, Dragon. Let’s get going.”
“Jack?” Vixen said. He and Jack were still in Jack’s room, talking.
“Yeah?” Jack replied.
“How would you describe Fox?”
Jack was intrigued by this question.
“I’d say she’s quite caring yet sassy. Why do you ask?”
“We talked yesterday after we met. Well, we didn’t really talk...”
Vixen curled up on his bed, rocking back and forth. He had the image of Fox’s face still fresh in his mind as he muttered to himself:“It’s her… I’ve finally found her…”Suddenly, there was a knock. Vixen was scared. What if someone heard him?
“C-come in!” he said, his voice was quite soft and made him seem very timid. As the door opened, his eyes widened dramatically. In the threshold, stood Fox.
“What were you muttering?” she asked. Vixen tried to say it. He wanted to say it. But his voice couldn’t say it.
“I…” he began. “I…”
Fox closed the door, hoping it would solve the problem. She smiled warmly.
“No one can hear us now. Tell me, what’s wrong?” she asked again. Vixen kept on trying to force himself to say it.
Soon, he couldn’t hold it in. He burst out crying.
“I’m sorry…” he sobbed. “I want to say it… But I can’t…”“Look,” Fox said. “I understand you’ve probably been through a lot but spit it out already! Were you abused and I just look like your abuser?”Vixen shook his head, still crying.
“Then what is it?!” Fox seemed to be getting annoyed. No matter how much he begged the Heavens to give him a voice, he couldn’t say it.
“You know what?” Fox said. “When you’re ready to tell me, come find me.”
She left shortly after that, but Vixen didn’t stop crying.
“I’m so sorry… So sorry…”
“So what were you crying about?” Jack asked.
“I wanted to tell her something she clearly didn’t remember,” Vixen replied. “I wanted to say…” he swallowed deeply. “That I’m her brother.”
Jack’s eyes nearly popped out of their sockets - metaphorically, of course.
“You what?!” Jack exclaimed. “How come you remember that you’re her brother, but she doesn’t remember you?!”
“Do I look like an encyclopaedia about the Enhanced?”
Jack was still in a state of shock.
“But honestly… That’s crazy! I never knew Fox had a brother! If you want, I’ll tell her for you.”
“No,” Vixen said shortly. “I appreciate the help, but no. I’m the one who is hiding this from her, so I’ll be the one to tell her.”
“You know what? Why wait! Let’s tell her now!”
“Erm… How about maybe no?”
“C’mon! The longer you’ll wait with it, the worse the situation will become. Besides, I’m sure Fox will be overjoyed to know it!” Jack nudged him with a wide smile. A small grin played on Vixen’s lips.
Dragon and Fox arrived in a hilly area, hiding as far away from the prison-like structure as hu- I mean, Enhancedly possible. Fox scanned the walls to get familiar with the defenses.
“They’ve got a few searchlights,” Fox stated. “Definitely more than fifty army men on the walls and a few snipers.”“And on top of that, possibly an army of Enhanced inside it too,” Dragon said.
“Let’s not get that pessimistic. Besides, we were told not to attack the prisoners.”
“Since when do you actually obey Ryan's orders? You were being a little brat to him just a minute ago.”
“Hey, watch your mouth or you’ll break some bones,” Fox growled. “Anyways, I won’t follow them fully.”
“Why’s that?” Dragon raised his eyebrow.
“Because I plan on interrogating a few of the scientists, as well as reading through as many information files I can get my hands on. It’s logical to suggest he wouldn’t want us to do that if he’s hiding something.”
“Or doesn’t want us wasting time. Even then, what exactly are you trying to find out?” Dragon looked intrigued.
“More about the Enhanced and what the scientists plan on doing next. It’s not like I’ll just let Ryan know all the facts.”
“You realise that Ryan has control over the CCTV system?”
Fox raised her eyebrow with disappointment painted over her face.
“Did you really fall for that bluff? It’s clear he hasn’t because he didn’t even offer to show us any footage.”
“So, can I get attacking already?” he smiled. Fox rolled her eyes playfully.
“Fine then. I’ll wait until I see an opportunity to get in undetected.”
In an instant, Dragon spread his wings and was gone and screams could be heard clearly from the walls as they were smouldered by fire. Fox paid no attention to the howls of pain; instead, she searched for a chance to run in.
Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.
“Come in!” Jack called. The door inched open to reveal Jane.
“Can I join you?” she asked.
“Sure,” Vixen said clemently. Jane entered and closed the door carefully behind her. She sat down on the bed next to Jack.
“Just out of interest, what’s it like to be Enhanced?”
There was a moment of silence.
“Well,” Jack said. “I guess it’s mainly to do with what abilities you have.”
“Are you essentially trying to ask whether being Enhanced is worth it?”
There was another moment of silence before Jane replied:
“Yeah, I guess.”
“Well,” Jack began. “To be perfectly honest, I’d say it is. Once I noticed a tick on Fox’s shoulder after she had a close encounter with some stray dogs. A human wouldn’t be able to do that with a naked eye, would they?”
“No,” Vixen replied, “But a human would be able to fit into society without any problems which we face.”
“Give me an example of one of those problems then,” Jack raised his eyebrow. “Excluding being supernatural and different.”
“Humans would attempt to manipulate us to their own benefit. Just like the scientists who created us.”
Jane listened actively, not just out of common courtesy, but also out of pure interest.
“Jack,” she said. “Do you have some kind of passive, special ability?”Jack looked very confused.
“No…” he replied, “Not that I know of anyway… Why are you asking?”
“Ryan said he can read people’s thoughts apparently.”
“I mean,” Vixen said. “I can teleport. Myself and others around me.”
Jane’s eyes widened.
“Wait, does that mean you can, like, send me to Paris or somewhere else?”
“Well… I can only guarantee you’ll land in that area… I can’t send people to specific locations, but a more general area. I tested it once on a scientist by sending him to Cardiff. He landed in the Bristol Channel, just on the coast of Cardiff.”
Then, an idea jumped into Jane’s head.
“Now that I think of it… Vixen, can you teleport me to Cold Fell?”
“Cold Fell?” Vixen was confused. “Where’s that?”
“North Pennines. Is that enough info?”
“I mean… I can try, but I can’t guarantee you’ll get the-”
“What’s this about?” Jack asked, gazing suspiciously at Jane. She sighed heavily.
“Ok then. I want to help Fox and Dragon on a job at a lab.”
Jack looked at Vixen.
“Teleport me there.”
“But-” Jane began.
“No!” Jack spoke loudly, but wasn’t necessarily shouting. “It’s dangerous. Plus, what are you going to get out of it? Other than a guaranteed argument with Ryan when you return. He clearly sent them because he trusted them to get the job done and that it's their job.”
Jane raised her eyebrow.
“Then why are you going?”
Jack smiled and sighed.
“I’ll say it as simply as I can: I need to. Vixen, do it.”
Author's Note: I definitely need to write more Ice Queen now. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this chapter! I am more than happy to accept suggestions, if you have any, as to where the plot should go. Not that I don't have a plan, I'm just curious what you guys think. Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this chapter!