Portal – Chapter 59

Michael looked around Hinkle. The old basketball stadium turned training facility had JTF Agents everywhere, some in armor, others in suits and street clothes. Whatever was going on, it was big.

The JTF agents at the gate checked fingerprints and performed a retina scan before he was allowed to enter the Butler campus. The guards were very serious and uptight about something but they were too busy to harass him. As he made his way back to the dormitory, a patrol armed with M4 and SCAR rifles stopped him. They not-so-subtly informed him he was supposed to be at Hinkle with the other recruits.

Inside Hinkle, all eyes were on him now. The agents were watching him as he joined the others. Michael could feel the cold stares surrounding him but they were nothing compared to the looks of astonishment from the recruits, some of them with their mouth open. None looked more shocked than Justice. What the hell was he looking at?

“And there is number nine,” Lieutenant Caldwell said breaking the silence. “Now I know why Prescott and Edwards named you Princess, fashionably late.” The Bravo CO laughed with several others around the room. The other recruits continued to only stare. Michael noticed Alaina and Kim’s reddened cheeks with streaks of tears rolling down.

“Sorry, sir,” Michael said, “I lost my phone last night. I didn’t know about the recall until I got back..”

“Agents,” Lieutenant Caldwell announced, “this is Michael Larson, callsign Princess. He’s the one that put a hellfire into the APC at Crawfordsville. Unless the victim was teleported into a woodchipper, I think you can relax.”

The mundane agents laughed but Michael noticed all the recruits were still focused on him. Did he have a booger hanging from his nose or something?

“And Justice,” Caldwell continued.

Justice stared unmoving as Michael nodded his head in Caldwell’s direction

“Justice, turn around. Now!” shouted the Bravo company CO, “Before you really piss me off.” Several agents shook their heads in displeasure.

Scott slowly rotated his body, forcing himself to look away from Larson. An angry sneer replaced the look of disbelief on his face. It was simply not possible that Larson survived.

“Justice, “ Caldwell spat, “ I don’t know why you are in front but you are not the leader of this training class. A leader would have volunteered to go with Agent Thorton to find one of his missing men. Get to the back of the line. Lady J, get up in front. This class is part of Bravo company and you are the team leader until I say otherwise.”

Alaina could not feel her shaking legs as she walked to the front of the group, taking Scott’s place as team leader. Her heart was pounding in her chest.

Jason! Alaina called mentally.

No need to shout.

Tell Michael that his place is next to me. He’s my second.

Done.

And Jason?

Yes?

We have to find out what happened to him afterwards…

Are you sure you want to know?

Yes. I think Michael is in serious danger.

I think we all are.

Michael made his way through the crowd to stand behind Alaina. Jason only smiled as he made a space for Michael, pushing everyone else backwards. He tried to get a read on Michael’s thoughts of last night but found nothing. Michael was confused about what happened before he woke up in a park near his old college an hour ago. He also had no idea where he got the clothes he was wearing. There was no trace of Vengeance.

As Scott moved into his place at the back of the recruit line, he thought of his hands wrapped around the necks of Alaina and Larson. A smile appeared at the corner of his mouth as he imagined the sound of the bones snapping. That is why she asked Larson to dance. She wanted to embarrass him. Dweeb must have provided a telekinetic shield to protect Larson in the club. They all conspired against him. That bitch!

7 Comments on Portal – Chapter 59

  • Tempest says:
    February 28, 2014 at 2:39 am

    I wonder how much of Justice’s problems are normal and how much are Enhanced related.

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  • Hydrargentium says:
    February 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    It seems to me that Scott is an entitled dick all on his own, but that being Enhanced exacerbates the problem.

    Hg

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  • DevilHeart77 says:
    February 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I’m inclined to agree… It takes effort to be THAT much of a giant douchebag and no amount of superhuman ability will change that…only magnify it, as HG said. Kinda thrown for a loop where the author is going with this whole ‘ where the hell have I been’ thing… And god do I want Michael to teach that asshole a lesson (hint, hint, if you’re reading this Mr. Author) 😛

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    • Jeff says:
      March 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yes, I’m reading it.

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    • Tom says:
      March 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      The ‘where the hell have I been’ is just from vengeance (aka. the ghost of Atomic Power, his father, I presume? Not sure why that is, but I assume that’s what’s going on. Really curious how radiation powers allowed him to body hop though) taking over completely.

      I agree on the ass kicking. Honestly I hope he destroys the whole JTF. These are some shitty, shitty people. The whole rape thing (which, in this world, probably goes on all the time. The JTF guys ARE trained to spot powers, and as the story has shown so far a large percentage of them are assholes, and that’s just a perfect setup for rapists) just highlights it, but they seem to be turds from the top down. I really hope it doesn’t turn into a situation where the ‘good guys’ are trying to ‘fix’ the JTF when what it so obviously needs is to be burnt to the ground, and possibly the government with it.

      But yeah, Justice getting ganked would be pretty nice as well. If only the author hadn’t nerfed Michael’s power… the gravitational shearing at the edge of a two-dimensional wormhole should be such that it’d cut through anything in its path – right down to individual quarks. With his power to move the portals he SHOULD be equipped with two indestructible weapons that could cut through anything except maybe gravitational shields, but instead for no really apparent reason they just disappear if anything hits the edges.

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  • Jake says:
    March 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Just thinking maybe his power is to blame. In the real world a person taking steroids can end up having rage issue along with other mental problems, Justice’s power makes him far better then a normal human in terms of strength and speed, maybe his brains a bit different from the others. Every one has fear and anger maybe his power turns it up to eleven.

    Plus he did say that from a young age his parents were training him by mind raping him and hitting him with the power to knock down buildings, I have no idea how that upbringing effects some ones life.

    And the whole black out thing, Im thinking two minds one body something along those lines. 🙂

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    • Tom says:
      March 4, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Well yeah, it’s partially his genetics and it’s partially his upbringing (especially his mom, apparently, who seems like just as much of a sociopath as him under her mask of kindness and charity) but the same could be said of any asshole or murderer you look at. In the end it’s still his fault, because he chooses to go with those impulses instead of fighting them like every decent person on the planet does.

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