Apex was lying in heap on the floor. A few hours ago that would have made me happy, but after the confessional this morning... I was beginning to think I may have taken things too far. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a "Let's high five and be cool again" kinda thing, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hurt him. Lorrie squealed and used her telekinesis to lift Apex up and bring him up stairs, for one of those "Comforting" sessions no doubt. Tiamone looked concerned but not upset. Lii didn't know Apex that well, so she didn't look like she cared either.
I was conflicted. The solution would be to hit someone. To hit someone I needed trouble. Time to find some. I went to door of our area and it slid open giving me free roam of the hallway. Time to try some of the less combative force powers. I concentrated and projected an aura about myself. Anybody who wasn't looking me wouldn't recognize me as a threat and wouldn't give me a second glance. I strolled down the hallway, acting like I was supposed to be there. I passed an open office and didn't pay it any attention initially but turned back when I heard a conversation.
"-two have died this month."
"The survival rate is increasing then... congratulations doctor. What were the names so we can send the letters?"
"Whisper Blue and Horace Fraye. I also thought you should know, we have discovered a flaw in the serum receptors."
"Receptors? Are those new?"
"Yes. In order to... persuade the combatants not to try and flee or resist we have began to introduce receptors into the serums. These allow us to shut down the individual's control over their body for a small amount of time. It also allows us to... eliminate those who become a problem."
"Ah. I see. And what is the flaw?"
"I'm not at liberty to say exactly what. However it is not so much a flaw as it is a... vulnerability. Certain individuals may be able to remove or deactivate them." The newer models are being programmed to resist elimination or removal."
"Very good. You are dismissed."
I began my inconspicuous I stopped and looked at him "I'm a janitor. I was called down this way to clean up an accident." I waved my hand and focused all my will into it. It didn't work. His eyes widened as my cover slipped and he saw me for what I was.
"No! You're one of the contestants! You were spying on us weren't you! WHAT DO YOU KNOW?" He pulled a gun on me and began to pull the trigger when a blur flew past me and began to zip around the man. His gun fell from his hand as bruises and cuts began to appear on his face. The blur began to take shape and lift the man into the air. He was launched into the ceiling, caught again, and thrown into the wall.
Needless to say he was down for the count. The blur was finally distinguishable and I recognized it as... Lii! She smiled at me and said "HeygoodthingIwasaroundthatcorneroryouwouldhavebeento-" "Whoa whoa slow down!" I said holding up my hands. "What did you say again?" Lii closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Then she started speaking again. "Sorry. My power is an energy burst... my whole body speeds up and gets stronger... my arms, legs, tongue... everything." I raised my eyebrows at that and her eyes narrowed. "Not like that you pervert!" She said punching me on the arm. We looked at each other for a moment, then both started laughing.
We walked back towards Area 50 chatting it up and getting to know each other. We were laughing about something else as we entered our home. Lorrie, who was sitting on the couch, looked up as we came in and something flickered across her face. I would almost have said it was jealousy, but dismissed the thought. It was pretty obvious she just wanted Apex. Lii and I walked upstairs and stopped outside my room.
"You know you still haven't said thank you." Lii said, her eyes dancing. I smirked "What? You don't think I could have handled him myself?" She said smiled but said nothing. We both stood there, fidgeting, not knowing what to do next... should I like... hug her or something? I wondered. I gathered my courage and was about to make a move, when I heard,
"Hey umm Visp? Can I talk to you?" I looked towards the voice. It was Lorrie. I was surprised she had said anything to me, but I wasn't ready to come to terms with her yet. Apex sounded sincere and may have been telling the truth when he said he hadn't had a relationship with Lorrie... yet. But if Lorrie didn't really want anything like that...why did she let Apex go so far?
I thought about kissing Lii right there just to spite Lorrie, but decided against it and just turned, walked into my room and shut the door.
To my credit I did close it nicely.