Part 4

David opened his eyes.

He looked around, trying to figure out where he was. The ceiling of the infirmary at the Justice Knight Headquarters greeted him and he found himself in a bed.

The Captain greeted him, “You're awake?”

The Captain was an older man, probably in his forties, with his hair already gray. He had a serious face. He wore a dress shirt, dress pants, suspenders, and a tie as his outfit, with his badge proudly on his chest. The Captain had a real name, but everyone affectionately called him the Captain; even the other captains did.

David sat up and rubbed his eyes, “Yes, sir.”

A younger man, most likely in his mid-twenties, David was currently wearing a hospital gown.

“No need for formalities here, David. How are you feeling?”

David traced his fingers along where Iron Wolf had slashed him across the chest. Finding no trace of the slash, he said, “I... seem to be alright, I think.”

"The exosuit managed to protect you well enough so that you don't have any serious injuries. Just some bruises and scratches."

“I'll have to thank Courtney for that.”

The two of them went over the events of the night. About David's first time out as Justice Knight. About Iron Wolf and his Iron Soldiers. About how David, as Justice Knight, had lost to Iron Wolf.

“You're lucky you're not dead,” said the Captain.

"I don't think he would have killed me anyways. The security guards were bounded, instead of dead, when I got to the scene."

“A general of the Iron Legion with mercy?” The Captain scoffed at the idea. “That's new.”

“What did they take anyways?” David asked.

“Another cache of Alberloy.”

The two paused for a second at the thought.

“Damn,” David swore. “They've been doing this for months now. Stealing caches of the alloy, I mean. That can only mean one thing.”

The Captain nodded, “They're building up their army.”

Moving onto a related subject, David asked, “Any leads on where Dr. Alber could be?”

“A few. The most probable is that the Iron Legion kidnapped him. After his discovery of Alberloy, he went on to use his new alloy to help with the research of a new generation of prosthetic limbs. In fact, before his disappearance, his research had pretty much evolved into cybernetics.”

“Right..., and from what we know, the Iron Soldiers are most likely cyborgs, meaning that Dr. Alber is helping them, whether he wants to or not.”

“And if we could find him, he could help us pinpoint any weaknesses the Iron Legion might have,” the Captain concluded.

“The Network is still monitoring all the feeds from the city?”

“Of course.”

David got out of the bed, “I should get going.”

The Captain stood up. “You sure you're alright? The doctor gave you the all-clear, but I understand if you want to rest a while longer.”

“No, there's work to be done.”

The Captain nodded, “Alright, I'll be in my office if you need me.”

David nodded back, and the Captain departed.

David started putting on his outfit. Dress pants, dress shirt with the top button unbuttoned, a tie to hid the unbuttoned button, and a sports jacket. Finally, he clipped the same badge that the Captain had on to his chest as well. On the badge were the words 'Justice Knight Unit'.

The End

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