I’m literally so excited to share this with you! That’s right, it’s time for Aftershock Season Two!
To kick off season two, you guys are getting a second themed week this month. Yup, Aftershock Premiere Week! You can look at the schedule above. We’re going to have a lot of fun this week.
I’m hoping that I can get this season wrapped up before December. But I won’t make any promises yet. Anyway, you all came for the Aftershock episode right? So I’ll stop talking. =)
All I’m going to say…is that you might have a cliffhanger today. *smirks*
CATCH UP ON SEASON ONE
Over the next few months, I tried to act normal. It wasn’t easy, but my mother’s necklace helped me to conceal my newfound powers.
I still wasn’t sure how I felt about her.
When I thought my mother was just missing, it wasn’t so bad. I only had a few fragments of memory of her. She might’ve left, she might’ve died. I didn’t know. But now I knew. I knew how she’d abandoned me. I knew why she did it too. Even though she claimed she had to, that didn’t make me feel any better.
It was a cold world for superheroes. I knew that now. I wasn’t upset with my mother for leaving. I understood what she’d had to do.
I was upset that she’d left me alone.
She knew how dangerous it was to be a super in this world. I couldn’t fault her for hiding. But I was absolutely livid that she’d left me, an eight-year-old powered kid, alone to fend for myself. She should have taken me with her.
Luckily for me, I’d never taken off the necklace. I glanced down at it. How marvelous that such a simple piece of jewelry could stop my powers. My mind wandered to different scenarios.
How awful my life might have turned out if I had taken off that necklace, for even a few seconds!
My throat contracted, and I shook the thoughts from my brain. I didn’t want to think about my mother anymore. She was the past, and this was my future.
Pyro came up from behind me, breaking me out of my trance.
“We have a mission,” she grumbled.
I turned towards her. “Great,” I replied. “Maybe this time we can actually do some good.”
We hadn’t had a real mission since Pyro had joined the team. Mr. Man wanted her to receive training before he sent missions our way. I tried to teach her all I knew, but Andy and Tori were less than helpful. They still didn’t trust her.
The team met in the Briefing Room like we always did. From the outside, everything looked the same. Andy, Tori, and Baby were still the closest thing I’d ever had to a family.
That was why it nearly broke me to keep things from them. They trusted me, and in return, I’d broken that trust. You didn’t lie to family.
Tori and Andy brightened when I entered the Briefing Room. Even Baby made a happy beeping noise.
I couldn’t meet any of their eyes. I didn’t deserve to be a part of this team.
“Subject is a suspected hydrokinetic. Our mission is to obtain proof, and recruit or neutralize the individual,” Baby explained.
My breath hitched. Ever since I learned of my DNA, the idea of neutralizing supers made me even more uncomfortable than before. Powers were a part of us, just like the color of our eyes, or the pigment of our skin. They should never be forcibly removed, even if it was technically a choice.
Pyro glared at the team. “I still don’t understand why you neutralize,”
Despite my agreement with her comment, I said nothing. To my team, I was cautious of Pyro, but deep down I trusted her. Almost even more than Tori and Andy, and definitely more than anyone else at LoS.
Tori sighed. This was a frequent topic of debate with Pyro. “It’s the safest and most humane way for all parties involved!”
“There’s a science to prove that it’s painless,” Andy backed her up.
I stayed silent. Despite how short I’d known about my power, I couldn’t imagine losing it. It had become a core part of me. Even if it was physically painless to lose, there had to be mental repercussions.
“Anyway,” Pyro interrupted. “We should suit up.”
Tension in the room was thick as we prepared for our mission.
Tori touched the plane on the ground and we quickly exited. Andy and Tori signaled to me that we were going to split up, Pyro and I were to look in one direction for the super, and they would go in the other direction.
Stealthily, Pyro and I crept along the sides of buildings. We didn’t want to be seen and possibly scare off the potential super.
“What we’re going to do now is get a DNA sample and determine whether this individual is actually a super,” I quietly explained.
Pyro nodded. “And if he is?”
I sighed, checking that Andy and Tori weren’t within earshot. “We’re supposed to neutralize. But I made these fake serums a while ago,”
I held out a vial, identical to the ones used to sever powers from supers.
Pyro nodded. “Nice. We should dispose of all the real ones.”
“Way ahead of you,”
My mind drifted to my first mission with this team. I remembered John, the super that I hadn’t been able to help. He seemed so willing to separate himself from his powers. I wondered where he was today, and what had happened to him since that day.
Pyro nudged me as she caught sight of the suspect. I leaned over the side of the building.
“No, that couldn’t be him,” I said, in disbelief.
Drops of water swirled around us. Despite my hesitance, I knew it was from this super. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky.
All of a sudden, I felt faint. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t this.
“Do you want to go get his DNA, or do you want me to?” Pyro asked, her tone impatient.
I tried not to vomit as I shook my head.
“We don’t need DNA if we have visible proof.”
As I walked up to him, I couldn’t shake the feeling of how wrong LoS really was. I couldn’t imagine anyone stripping powers away from this super. It was cruel even to expect such a big decision from him. He was harmless.
This super was just a kid.
I hope you liked that! Now um, I’m going to go before everyone yells at me over that ending…see ya tomorrow!