That one guy
TWILIGHTInformation about the newly-formed group of heroes was finally shared, and… ’Wait, a chemical plant’s on FIRE?? When did that happen…?’ That was not what Samantha expected to do. But then again, going straight into fighting monsters would be a bit ahead… Sighing to herself, Twilight tried to keep a smile on her face, taking in the information given by the group’s mentor/guide/teacher/whatever.
Fast-forward a few minutes, Twilight now stood in a completely chaotic neighborhood, fire and fumes everywhere. “What… even happened here?”, she idly asked no one, her mind blanking out. This… wasn’t a game. There was actual danger. People were in danger for real. And somehow, a bunch of kids were supposed to be the heroes. Weren’t some people paid to put their lives in danger like that?
Moki’s previous words came to her mind. ’That’s right, ain’t we supposed to have some BS regen and durability…? Urgh, maybe we’re the right choice for something like this after all. Just… calm down.’
Taking a second to breathe, Twilight glanced about, noticing people from the other team rushing to the neighborhood while her own team took on the factory. “Well, time to be a hero, I guess.”, she commented, forcing a smile as she ran to follow Gleam, Prism, Nexus, Earthquake and Candace. Her mind was racing. It was obviously a rescue mission, and she knew she had lightning capabilities but… how would that even help? Visions of her blasting away debris to help people escape came to mind but was her electricity even powerful enough? Moki mentioned they should be at ‘full capacity’, but the doubt still lingered.
Gleam, however, had immediately sprung into action, throwing a chakram at windows to break them and let the fire and heat flow out. Wait, chakram…? Oh, right!
“I’m sorry for being blunt, but how can you help?”, Twilight glanced at the monkey familiar, who was closely following her. If anyone had answers, it’d be him.
“It would be my pleasure to answer, Twilight.”, the primate familiar replied. “In all honesty, our capabilities work much better in combat against monsters. From what I personally understand, destruction and damage would appear to be your forte. However, I am certain an ingenious use of this destruction would be possible once we learn more about this building’s interior. But on that note, please extend your hand.”
Furrowing her brow, the hero didn’t linger too much on that request and did as instructed, her eyes lighting in surprise when the monkey started shining in a silvery light, enveloping her hand. When it faded away, it revealed an ornate, crystalline staff, held tightly between Twilight’s fingers. “Whoa… pretty cool.”, she commented, admiring the weapon.
“The skylights?”, she repeated Gleam’s words, looking up and nodding in understanding. “Ah, I see! That could be-” She didn’t have the time to finish as the loud noise of the wall crumbling and falling made itself known. Twilight instinctively brought her free hand to her face to protect herself from the smoke and fumes. “What… now?”
At least that took care of the entrance part but the first wounded person was already in sight. Twilight could sense her stomach twist but she knew she’d need to bear it for now. The security guard had a visible, bloody wound and was trapped by some of the rubble. Clenching her teeth, Twilight stepped forward, about to offer to blast the debris away to free him. ’Wait, what the fuck am I thinking!? This isn’t a game, that’ll kill him!’ Slapping her own cheeks at this would-be blunder, she instead tried to observe the interior of the factory.
Wait, did Nexus mention stab wounds? “Are you saying that it’s not even a monster, but a person?”, she let out. What would anyone have to gain from doing all of this?
Before the hero could start overthinking about this, a soft tune, coming from Candace’s instrument, made itself heard, snapping Twilight back to reality. Her heart rate slowed down to a regular rhythm. “... Whew, that’s better… Not sure I completely understand everything, but thanks!”
Now thinking a bit more clearly, Twilight was able to notice Earthquake rushing in. “Earthquake, wait! The smoke-!” Twilight’s eyes lit up in realization. They were much tougher than regular humans. If anything, braving the fire and smoke to rescue people who couldn’t was exactly what they needed to do! “I’ll go with Earthquake in case he needs support!”, she then announced to the rest of the team. Taking a deep breath of fresh-ish air, Twilight rushed inside the factory, trying to keep up with Earthquake. 'Holy shit, what’s up with him!? It’s like he went full-on Terminator mode…!’
While the big man was rushing forward, Twilight was brought to attention by his coughs. They had to do something about the smoke. Raising her eyes to look upward, she squinted to prevent the fumes from entering her eyes but Twilight was able to notice the glass surface of a few windows not far from the front of the factory. That would do. “Alright, let’s see what you can do…”, she mumbled, raising her staff in the air, which began to crackle with electricity. Taking a few short moments to aim, Twilight pursed her lips and let go of her power.
With that thought, the surroundings briefly lit up as an arc of lightning went from her staff to one of the windows above, the force of impact shattering the glass, giving the smoke and heat another way out.
Twilight repeated the motion on another window up above, destroying it with a bolt of lightning. Then again, and again. Hopefully that’d give everyone more room to breathe. “There you *cough* go! Earthquake, get the guy outta here!”
While on the lookout for more windows to destroy, Twilight kept an eye open for anyone looking suspicious. The first person they saw had stab wounds and the factory seemed completely closed off before the wall had crumbled. That meant that the culprit was probably still inside. They had to look for them!
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