I sent Rachel to RS behind the math building.
Mom tells me to go home, so we go back to the house.
Icarus shows Cyrillo has 8 missed calls. 4 messages from Rachel. 3 calls from RS. Last call from uncle.
Ooh. This should be an interesting conversation with Rachel.
While waiting for mom to return and give me a lecture, I work on refining my transparent circuitry.
I text Peter. “We’ve been having an interesting time of it. How about you?”
“Is this the need backup interesting?”
“This is the ‘I hope Mom doesn’t ground me forever’ interesting.”
“Girls gone wild? J”
“I wish. We have an interesting story for you.”
“Did you resurrect the turkey? Frankenturkey.”
“Cyrillo got accused of downloading child-porn and it went downhill from there.”
“Not it. Hector can give him THE TALK.”
“And then X-Factor got involved.”
“With porn? I know those costumes go with that kind of motif…”
“Ha. Ha. I’ll give you the details later. Just keep an eye out for fake FBI guys.”
“Any requests if I find one?”
“Honestly, I have no idea. Apparently our solution did not work out so well.”
Cyrillo and Peter are going down to Richard-Saunders to see Rachel. Be back by Monday.
Allison hacked into SHIELD and contacted one of the directors. She did ask nicely.
My punishment is to figure out how to explain to my sister that hacking is wrong.
There is no longer a record of Cyrillo’s child-porn habits at the FBI.
At the FBI: Peter discovers that there are 4 agents’ reports of the child-porn incident. One of the agent’s notes their team leader was not a real agent, and has no idea how they missed it.
Celestia offers to go down to RS with Cyrillo. It would lend authenticity to his story.
Meanwhile, Andy shows up and expresses how cool he thinks it was that I got her to hack SHIELD and talk to one of the directors.
I have to explain that hacking is both wrong and illegal. Must be done within a week.
Poor Rachel. Apparently she was cold and freaked out by getting tossed through the gate to a strange place. Fortunately, Professor Reynolds finds her and brings her inside the building. He calls Cyrillo to let him know of Rachel’s location and that they can prove he didn’t do the child-porn thing.
Cyrillo’s uncle is going to go into deeper hiding since they’re trying to get to Cyrillo through him.
Mom sends Cyrillo and Peter to RS to get Rachel. And then we get to the uncomfortable conversation.
Cyrillo spills the beans about being part of X-Factor. She’s a bit stunned after he demonstrates his powers. Then it’s time for the BACKGROUND STORY!!!!! She wants to know why he is with someone like her when she cannot do stuff like him. She needs some time to deal with this, but it doesn’t seem like a huge deal. She’s impressed that he took the risk to tell her about his abilities. SMOOCH! (her first kiss) He takes her home and stays the night. Her parents are due back Monday.
Allson comes running in all excited about helping and contacting Director Fury.
Apparently, she also hacked Xavier’s to see my grades. She wants a name.
I try and explain how hacking is bad, but it doesn’t go so well. It boils down to hacking being illegal and is an intrusion, but sometimes necessary. But she should not do it at other times.
Then she tells me that she gets bored and needs something else to do. Time for a project!
I need to create a computer with an adaptive AI algorithm that will help her entertain herself with white-hat hacking stuff.
Challenger computer to test and develop her computer skills. Portable computer development lab.
Mom contacts Cyrillo to arrange a time to get him home.
Kimyee comes home too. Hector is involved with a special project for Dr. McCoy.
We update the others on what happened.
Cyrillo, Porn King of New York (purple zute suite with white tiger print collar)
Kimyee went snowshoeing with her family.
Meanwhile, I let Forge know about my sister hacking the system. At first, he is a bit skeptical, but then I mention her hacking SHIELD. He would prefer no one know that an 8 yo hacked his system.
A week later, I go home. Give her the computer development lab.
She likes the name, but wants to add something. Princess Override.
Mom and I have a philosophical debate about hacking. Dad is apparently proud of my less-than-paladin-like tendencies.
Minerva is under orders to monitor the dev system to make sure it doesn’t go too far.
Put the hardware for Cyrillo’s nanite jamming device into watch.
Onward to the holidays…
Rachel wants to meet Cyrillo’s parents. He goes to meet her parents instead.
We go on a trip to Vienna and stay at the Hotel Imperial. <http: />
Kimyee goes to spend the holiday with her family in Montana. Her father discovers something about his genetics. He has the X gene, but no powers. Hence, there is no way to do the registration act since there is no way to identify those who have active powers. He’s published it in a number of journals. Her mother does not have it.
The x-gene fluctuates. It seems to be in a slightly altered quantum state. Which is why some people have amazing powers and others have none. Dr. McCoy, Reed Richards, and Alaryssa Morgan all need copies of his paper. He’s been working on it for a few months against his boss’ wishes. (so when he gets fired, Phoenix can hire him)
Dr. Malik Ahmed Al-Maseri – published a paper on the x-gene. Send a copy to Mom and set up a trawler to see what kind of responses there are.
- Lots of disagreement from other scientists
- He points out that most people identified with the x-gene were already in possession of powers.
Minerva loses track of data packet that was a response to the paper. Unknown source. I activate my hyper-intelligence to find it. I can find it, but cannot identify where it came from or see the contents. I copy it and quarantine the file. Good, because it tries to crawl out of the box.
I ask Allison to help me find out what’s in the file. She pins down the malicious code. Defense mechanism for packet. It’s supposed to erase anything off the computer who tries to acquire it. Continue trying to get in.
@Kimyee’s house… 4 ppl teleport in to her father’s office. She tells her father to get under the desk and then she throws on the super-clothes. After they get belligerent, she presses the Summon X-Factor button and we go. The bad guys cast Summon Lackeys. Dressed in SWAT outfits. Coloured guys are in identical outfits.
Equinox appears and closed with #3, taking a swing. Miss. I take a shot at Mr. Red miss as well. Helix appears and punches at one. Apparently they have some sort of defensive field. Equinox swings again. BLAM! #3 takes 30 pts and goes flying back. I try and turn off Mr. Red’s devices and fail miserably. Ah well. Next time. Yosono creates an ice wall.
And now the bad guys go. Equinox gets hit with a power nullifier. Cyrillo got smacked.
Mr. Black shows up. He looks like a mage. DAMMIT! He blasts fire at Yosono’s wall. Apparently, HE knows what Mr. Al-Maseri can do. Whatever.
Top of the round. Helix tries to cast an illusion of pretty colours in front of the mage guy. I throw 60 pts of electricity at #1. He goes unconscious. Mr. White fires at me in retaliation. I dodge, and he aims at Yosono for his surprise bonus attack. #2 is going to attack the ice wall. Ouch! That looked painful. #3 attacks Equinox. He tries to block, but misses and gets knocked across the room. #4 hits Helix for 40. Mr. Blue tries to shoot Yosono. She dodges and reinforces her wall. Mr. Black bangs his staff down and concentrates. Nothing happens.
Equinox knows his name is Alazriel. He’s a demon and is being controlled by someone. He’s very powerful and carries around a staff. Unfortunately, right now he’s someone’s bitch and has specific orders.
Synergy tried to create a reflective shield wall to protect Mr. Al-Maseri, but it didn’t work.
Next round. Helix is going to create himself a quarterstaff. He smacks at #4 with the staff. No slam, but he takes damage. Equinox picks himself up off the floor. He texts us about the demon. And then he clocks Mr. White for 30. I zark Mr. Red for 40 pts. He’s looking rather bad right now. #2 tries to grab Yosono. She dodges and gets a counterattack for 15 pts. #3 hangs out with the demon for a while. #4 over-extends when he takes a swing at Helix and winds up on the floor. Oops. Mr. Blue shoots at Helix and me. He misses us both. Yosono flings an iceball at #2 for 60. Mr. Black tries to use the staff again and fails. Synergi tried to shield and failed again.
Next round. Helix swings at #4 for 25 and gets slammed to unconsciousness. Hold his other action. Equinox attacks Mr. White for 30. And again. 30 pt and a slam. I shoot Mr. Blue for 80. And then another 30. He goes down. Woot! Mr. White gets up and shoots at me. Helix shoots a TK bolt at the dart and knocks it out of the way. Into Synergy. Ooh. That’s not good. Then Mr. White shoots at Equinox, but misses. #3 says “I sacrifice myself.” CRAP! Equinox starts spouting Latin while Yosono freezes the dude. Helix gets into the demon’s face to stop whatever is going to happen. I send out an SOS on the Guardian network letting Xariel know there’s a real demon here.
And then Xariel arrives.
She pushes him and he goes away. Equinox takes out Mr. White and we mop up the rest.
Xariel is pissed. She can see that the demon was bound. She banished him, but the one who bound him can summon him again with another ritual.
We strip one of the guys and take their equipment and then send the rest to Stronghold.
And then we meet Yosono’s parents. Her father wants to know WTH is going on, and decides to keep her secret identity. (Woo!)
We leave and promise to return Kimyee. Synergy is still partially disabled. I try to examine the gun. The others are isolated. One down! Important safety tip: removing the ammo causes the gun to disappear. Mind meld with gun. I tell it I am okay. I pick up the gun. Nothing happens. Eject ammo. Nothing happens. Pull out bullet. It discharges. Crap.
Examine bullet using non-conductive tongs. Dispersal overlay. Designed to disperse energy on contact. Dad has a bullet-puller I can use. I call and talk to him. He shows up. I explain the situation and we go downstairs. He decides to go to his man-cave and do a firing test.
He picks it up and uses Uperion to look at it. It has fins and stabilizers. Nanotechnology.
I open up the bullet in a vacuum. Nothing happens. We need to take a bullet to Phoenix and use the isolation lab. We’ll take care of it when we get back from vacation.
Powers are back by the next morning.
Try and figure out how to end the effect and if possible, defend against it. Apparently, we cannot find a way to prevent the field from activating, but we may be able to find a way to restore powers.
Peter goes to the Sanctum to go visit with Dr. Reynolds and see if he can get help. He will train those who want to take the chance. Meanwhile, Peter is going to do some serious reading.
Peter wants me to send him a picture of a zoomed nanite. Checking to see if they used technomagic for it.
I send the info to Peter, Cyrillo, and Elli in order to find out how we can restore powers after the nanite activates.