The Mutant Apocalypse of Shady Side, Part 6
Posted on Thu Dec 28th, 2017 @ 11:41am by Senior Headmaster Absynthe "Syn" Drake & Freshman Dominic Dunny & Senior Aiden Edwin & Unawakened Melissa Wilson & Category IV Dyami Bentley (Tribal: Bent Leaf) & Category V: Supervillain Frederick Hollywood & Academy Physician Seamus Edwin M.D.
Location: Shady Side, Maryland
Timeline: The Year of the Apocalypse - 22 January 2012
“Not too fast!” Seamus called out as they followed Talon. Last thing they needed would be the family falling and hurting themselves, and getting caught. Behind them, the sounds of screaming and yelling could still be heard in the still Sunday morning air. “Aiden! Shut the noise off!” he ordered. “Everyone, you’re going to not hear anything for a few minutes!”
“Not hear?” Talassa’s shrill voice protested. “Why I not hear? You make us deaf?”
Talon’s attention was on his mission, getting the small group of frightened family members to the waiting jet. But the shaman was adept at focusing on many things at once, and he was very sensitive to the life forces of others. This, for the first time, was a severe detriment to him and his companions. He actually felt Syn’s life force falter when Seth’s mind lashed out against hers. Even worse, when the Lord of the Sands took control and Syn was hidden within her inner fortress, he lost any feeling of her at all.
The long-haired shaman stopped dead in his tracks. His heart raced, and he fought his urge to race back to her, to rescue her from whatever had befallen her. He reached out desperately with his mind to sense those around him. He began listing them off in his mind: Tamar, Esper, Aiden, Lorde. Lorde is here? What has he got to do with all this? Then finally he felt Syn, small and distant, hidden within herself, fighting with every ounce of energy she could muster against the being called Seth.
Just then Talon felt something strange in the air, and he could see an escapee ahead. An old man stood shaking his fist at a strange-looking blue spiky man yelling, “You fucking mutants are all going to rot in the fires of HELL!”
Very nonchalantly the ex-prisoner placed his hand on the shoulder of the cranky person and, in an instant, the old man was reduced to nothing but a pile of dust. Even at this range the warrior could hear a strange crackling sound carrying on the wind.
Yelling from from the top of a nearby rooftop, Garbage Man yelled down, in a thick New York accent, to the Indian hero. “What duh Hell is wrong with you, guy? If you got any sense, you might not wanna go toe to toe with that psycho. He is literally a ticking time bomb.”
“This way.” Seamus pulled on Talassa and Melissa’s shoulders. “We need to go around.”
Melissa’s eyes were wide as he led her. Talassa whimpered softly and took Anthony’s hand.
Aiden stepped past his father and up to the Indian with them. “Loop back? Or do we need to keep this man out for the count?” His voice was buzzing with the power he was getting from the nearby sounds of chaos.
Talon looked at Aiden’s father. “I do not know what rules you have for your son’s behavior when he is on a mission, but that blue man just killed an elderly man, who was no threat to him, in cold blood.” The Indian smiled and continued, “If it were me, I would not hold back.”
“Oroborous, knock him out. Kill if you have no other option.”
Aiden smiled, then he bent down and picked up a small rock that was in the road. “Everyone, ears,” Aiden warned them before he chucked the rock at the man who had just killed a man with only a simple touch.
The rock flew and hit the mutant in the shoulders while Aiden began walking towards him. “Hey shithead! Wanna see how tough you really are?” Aiden’s voice still buzzed with his power. He knew his bones were filling with power. He was preparing himself for the fight. He stopped and put his left foot back for balance.
“I meant a bit away from us," Seamus muttered as he moved Melissa and her family back towards the house. He glanced at the man on the roof and got his attention, signaling him to plug his ears.
Melissa covered her ears quickly, as did Anthony, urging Talassa with quiet words to do the same. Kyle was the last to protect his hearing, staring in wide-eyed shock at what Aiden was doing.
The newly awakened meta turned to Ushebti, her dark eyes large and fearful. Melissa moved close to him, as though wordlessly seeking comfort. She couldn’t hide her terror. Her family was just as scared as she was. Aside from the people around them -- warriors and mages, all of them -- Ushebti was the only one who seemed calm. Outwardly, at least. As she looked at him, she noticed Ushebti’s movement stop, almost becoming statuelike. Even the young-looking man’s hair stopped moving in the breeze.
One advantage Aiden had over more people on the planet was his larger lungs. He was also quite good at filling them in a hurry. He sucked in a large quantity of air and held it for just a second. He didn’t close his eyes as he said a prayer to all the pagan gods he worshiped. He was hoping his throat problems were gone long enough for this to work. Munir was busy strengthening the nano to its maximum. He was sure things could go wrong and Aiden would take a beating from any possible explosion.
As he let his breath out, he started to scream. His throat popped once more, and then ripples of power danced up from his ribs, through his vocal chords, and past his metal teeth. Within his throat, the scream was paired with his sonic based power.
Science had determined that when it erupted, the volcano Krakatoa reached a level of over one hundred and seventy decibels. Reports from that era reported that eardrums had ruptured nearly forty miles away. The average human is unable to stand hearing the sound of a jet engine, with unprotected ears for more than a few moments.
What the winged teen was doing could have hurt Melissa’s family. Instead, he had his own tricks up his sleeve. His wings spread out as he passed Talon. This would both absorb the sounds so the noise behind him would be loud, but not devastating. It also helped him focus the path of destruction.
On his HUD, Munir opened a new readout. This was a reading of the decibel level. He glanced as the numbers quickly climbed, reaching the one hundred in a matter of one second. He poured on the force, the screaming intensifying. Windows on the nearby houses and cars all cracked, then shattered.
Car alarms began sounding around him. All of this was helping to keep his fuel of sonic energy. His wings were recycling some of his own sonic blast. And with a breathing trick he was still perfecting, he could keep it up for some time, though that was before New Years Day.
Cobalt grabbed his ears, looking about the area. The spikey man was flung off his feet and straight into the wall behind him. Upon impact, the building and part of the block around it exploded, leaving a crater six feet deep at the center point. The nuclear man mumbled something likely drowned out by the sound.
The shockwave hit Aiden and was absorbed into his bones, leaving the family behind him untouched. Shrapnel pelted his armor, which just bounced off of him, feeding even more power into his bones.
Behind him, Talassa screeched! Kyle shouted in pain and Melissa fell to her knees, pressing her hands hard against her ears. So loud!
Ushebti kept perfectly still, not reacting to the sound at all. Not even his eyes moved as the sound washed over him.
Aiden let the sonic scream stop. He looked to the destruction he had partly caused. He hadn't been expecting that. And now his bones were buzzing with so much power his vision was starting to get shaky.
Indian Shaman/US Marshal
AKA - "Talon"
Townsend Tower Physician
AKA - "Doc"
Senior, Townsend Academy
AKA - Ouroboros
Newly Awakened Mutant
NPC - Dominic Dunny
NPC - Frederick Hollywood
NPC - Frederick Hollywood