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"Aw, I'm slightly disappointed," says Glass. "It would have been fun to catch that guy ourselves."
"Ehh, probably not that much fun if he —" Elise stopped suddenly. "Wait, a chicken suit? ... Why? What purpose could that possibly serve?"
Well my guess is since he's in a sport mascot costume, I'm assuming he didn't have time or didn't bother to get out of costume. That's also assuming he actually works for said team and didn't mug someone for the costume.
He looks back at his recipe.
Anyways it may take a few minutes to finish making breakfast, at least for my recipe, so find something to pass the time if you wish. Like a poker game or something.
"Alright, I'll see if I can find anything," Luke says as he leaves the kitchen.
Author's Note: Doing a time skip of about 30+ minutes to when the food is ready (this was talked about on Discord), so if you had anything you wanted to do during that time you can show it via flashbacks or something.
After a while the detective looks up from his work in the kitchen.
The Devil's Wake-Up Call is done! Just needs a minute or so to cool off as I just took it out of the oven.
Just then the television goes to a new commercial that very showy and flashy, like a performance. It shows a short figure wearing a dark gray, black and silver stage magician's outfit, with stars decorating all over the outfit. Behind him are red curtains you'd expect at a stage. He then takes a bow and speaks to the viewer.
Hello there ladies and gentlemen, I am the great and mighty Zodiac, host of the ever-popular game show Know Thy Enemy. If you haven't seen the show I highly recommend it, it pits known enemies against each other such as arch-enemies and heroes and villains. Just spin the wheel and see if you can dare your enemy, ask a truth from them, a quiz for both parties or even if you're lucky a fair fight! Course no killing or body controlling is allowed, that's unsportsmanlike and bad for ratings.
The screen shifts to show a clipping from said show, showing some famous heroes on one side of the stage and famous villains on the other. The villains get into an argument that escalates into a Big Ball of Violence. Zodiac cackles.
AHAHAHAHAHA! I can just smell the ratings going up!
He collects himself as the screen shifts to normal.
Now then, I don't side with either good nor evil, just business. I have plenty of jobs available if you're looking for work, which I can assure you isn't the result of anything the contestants or the stages did. Hopefully you're tough in case you have to help rein in a contestant!
The screen shifts to show contact info such as a location, phone number, website, etc.
Now if you have any questions or complaints about us, visit our headquarters in the tropical paradise of Galinka Bay so that you'll be— err I mean your problems will be easier to deal with. And with that my viewers, I bid you farewell and hope you're having a great time!
The commercial ends.
Edited by TheGamechanger on Jan 12th 2020 at 11:29:47 AM
Luke was waiting around in the kitchen. "Huh... nice slip-up, Mr. Zodiac. What on earth is he up to? You ever heard of him, detective?"
The detective nods at Luke.
Yes, I've heard of him. He has a history of legal issues with his shows over the years such as safety violations, but it's suspected the possible connections he has via his sponsors keep helping him out. Him having diplomatic immunity isn't helping. He'll apparently do anything just to make things more entertaining for his viewers, even if it's at the expense of the contestants.
"Damn... there's got to be something we can do about it. If normal authorities aren't getting anything done, then we should step in, right?"
The detective sadly shakes his head.
For this kind of thing I think it's safer to observe for now. Not much is known about his sponsors or what connections he has, so for all I know he probably is friends with someone that can easily mop the floor with all of us. So until anything solid we can use develops may be best to leave him be for now.
Elise frowns at that exchange. I don't suppose you could...? Nope. I used all my energy on empowerings. ... I could swear I mentioned that earlier?
"I guess you're right," Glass says to Det. GC. "Still, I'm kind of itching to do some superhero-ing. Who knows, maybe we'll find a supervillain to fight soon."
"Hopefully before they get too far into their nefarious plan," Elise says, glancing idly out the cabin window.
The detective notes that enough time has passed for his Devil's Wake-Up Call to cool off and places it on the table in front of everyone.
Well, time to dig into this new recipe!
The Devil's Wake-Up Call looks and smells like a pot pie, but on the scale of a typical pie. The top crust has a layer of garlic and other spices on top. In addition to the various spicy bonanza the meal is made up of, it has eggs, cheese, chicken, potatoes, and broccoli in it as well.
Edited by TheGamechanger on Jan 17th 2020 at 1:06:43 PM
"So, uh, are you feeling a little better now, detective? I saw what happened earlier, and... well, it must've hurt a bit."
Elise takes a small slice of the ominously-titled pastry and sets it on a paper plate. She had already mostly eaten her fill on pancakes and bacon, but she still wants to try the thing.
I thought you said never to trust mystery peppers. Eh.
She grabs a fork and carefully takes a small bite.
A moment passes, during which seemingly nothing happens.
Then Elise starts to flush bright red, and it almost looks as though there's steam coming out of her ears. She blinks a few times. "... Whew. Am I breathing fire? I feel like I'm breathing fire." Does that actually happen? Maybe, now that magic is involved.
Yeah, I'm feeling fine. Been through far worse pain before, so I can take it.
He then tries the meal he just cooked. He sweats a tad, but that's it.
Well it's indeed spicy, a bit hotter than I would've liked but good.
A secret agent in a typical spy outfit wakes up tied to a chair with his hands bound enough that he can't even move his fingers. He immediately tries moving the chair but it's bolted to the floor.
He's in a large sleekly-designed black room of some sort, with the only view to the outside being a window showing he's below water level somewhere. Surrounding him are several exits from the room, all being guarded by two armed guards in black tactical armor.
After a while a man in a black tuxedo with a blue undershirt and white tie emerges from one of the entryways. He's a rather handsome man with light skin, striking blue eyes and thick black hair. In his right hand he's holding a wineglass with some sort of blue alcoholic drink.
The agent growled at the man.
You rat, no need to introduce yourself as I know who you are. As you can see I'm at your mercy, so mind telling me what's the deal with that weather machine before you have your way with me!?
The man chuckled.
Very well then, I'll humor you. Whoever controls the weather, controls the world. A simple matter of providing profitable weather to my allies and moving the remaining weather to everyone else. I don't expect you to understand, but it's just business.
The agent shifts uncomfortably in his chair, looking at the man in anger.
When you destroyed the control panel for my weather control device, did you really think that would stop it? No, all you did was cause it's target destination to be completely random instead of a set location.
The man takes out a remote, activating a big-screen television that appears from a hidden panel in the wall in full view of the agent.
This is just the first version of the device, it's nowhere near powerful enough to effect the world at large. That's why I merely had it set to fire at a location devoid of people to test how it performs. Let's see just where it will strike now that you've broken it, shall we?
The screen then shows a close-up of a satellite view showing a large plane in normal weather suddenly become coated in a layer of thick ice, causing the plane to plummet rapidly out of the sky. The agent cries out in horror.
That plane and all those people on it, you're partly to blame for that. Their blood is now on your hands just as much as it is on mine.
The well-dressed man looks at his watch.
Well I'm afraid our chat has come to a close. Guards, finish him.
The agent flashes one last look of fury at the man as the guards point their guns at the agent, the man smirking as he stays behind to watch the unfolding scene. The sound of gunfire soon fills the air.
Elise quickly finishes her small slice of doom. "This is good, though. Wouldn't eat it every day, but sometimes you gotta have something almost too spicy to handle." She tosses out her paper plate and plastic fork. "So, what's on the agenda for today?"
Luke sighs. "I dunno, really. I'm getting bored just standing around." He averts his eyes from the group and starts muttering. "Damnit... I need my memory drive back..."
The rain outside is beginning to clear up, giving the heroes a good view from the windows of an ice-covered plane flying dangerously close to the ground roaring past the cabin a good mile or so away from them. A few moments later it crashes into the ground and slides for several yards with a Sickening "Crunch!" that's easily loud enough for those at the cabin to hear.
Looking at the smoking debris of the plane in horror, the detective quickly takes out his cell phone and starts dialing. After a few calls he turns to the group, solemn.
Good news, bad news time. Good news is that I contacted the authorities of this and help should be on their way. Bad news is that we're on our own for the moment as the remote location makes it difficult for search and rescue crews and the majority of heroes have their hands full with their own priorities.
Elise didn't hear any of that, because she blinked out of the cabin the moment she realized the plane was actually crashing. You can't blink all the way there, you'll burn through all your mana! I know that, I'm just getting a vantage point so I can warp properly. She blinked through the woods, looking for the tallest tree or cliff or something that would let her see just where the wreck was.
Edited by wingedcatgirl on Feb 5th 2020 at 3:35:03 AM
"What was that?" Luke asks the detective. "Should we go check it out?"
The detective turned to Luke.
A large ice-covered plane just crash-landed outside. Don't know if there's survivors or not at this point, but just in case we have to check this out pronto. Will take a bit of a hike to reach so hope you're good with walking though steep and hilly terrain these parts are known for. At least when we reach the nearest part of the crash site it will be smooth walking as it carved a path for us. Couldn't tell what kind of plane it was either due to the ice, so who knows what we'll find.
"Alright. Anything we need to do to prepare, or are we just going as we are?"
We can go as is, assuming we didn't leave anything in our rooms that could be useful. Don't know how thick the woods will be as we go in the direction of the plane, so I think I'll take us as far as I can go in the all-terrain vehicle I took us here to be begin with and we'll go on foot when we can drive no further.
To anyone who can see the plane with their tech or powers, they'll see it's roughly a mile and a half from the cabin, having downed several trees and hills from its crash landing. Now that it's at rest, one can at least tell from its ice-covered shape that it seems to be some sort of cargo plane.
After finding a vantage point and estimating the distance, Elise finally managed to warp to the crash site. "That is... really icy. I feel like that's abnormal for planes." She started looking around the plane, trying to find a clear view of its interior so she could blink inside.
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