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  1. There was a part of him that hated this. Always subsuming his desires for the greater good. He didn't have to read her mind to know this was just reinforcing her decision, that This was his life, and no longer hers. As he rose to leave, she could see the sadness in his smile, and then the emotion drained away, much like the smile itself, his face a neutral mask as he shunt away his emotions. The crisis would demand cold rational thought, not his pain and sorrow. He left the diner and true to his word, Gatekeeper had a portal there straight to Tokyo. Walking through the portal which closed behind him, he immediately took stock of the situation. The Crowd was about to riot, that much was clear. With limited options, Abel moved to erect A barrier field around the entire plaza, keeping everyone there within and the riot from spreading further. Even as he did so he saw the telltale flashes of Jaunt's presence, but he wasn't concerned. He knew if Devin was the problem, she'd have said so, so he was likely here on his own. The crowd is contained, we need to find a way to calm them all down quickly. He sent into guildchat. Keep in mind this is all still being televised. He counted at least four film crews still recording, and sighed. Even as he spoke in guildchat, he put a contingency plan into action. He reached out to the only normal mind there who knew of his powers. Suddenly General Pryor heard his voice speaking directly into his mind. I'm sorry for the unsolicited intrusion General Pryor, But this was the easiest way to aprise you of things, and run my idea by you.. Vanguard has stopped the bombs, Jaunt is handling the small arms attackers. I have used my barriers to keep the crowd from rioting throughout the city. We need someone to calm them down, Do you think you can get the Emperor or someone to whom the crowd might listen to, to Speak again? I'll leave what's said to you and whoever speaks, but we need to hurry before they panic at being forced to remain here by my barrier.
  2. Those words were the ones Abel had feared somewhere in his mind that he'd hear. He could read her body language, hell everything she'd said up until now, it was leading here, and a not insignificant part railed against it. Of course it didn't have to go this way, but that would just make him everything Tease had said he was, and there was flash of shame that he'd even have such a thought. He was going to reply, and then Guildchat crackled to life in a way that was horribly inopportune. Lilly was calling for help, of All people. Abel had largely found her able to handle nearly anything alone, but feeling the full compliment of her copies become part of guildchat perfectly demonstrated how badly things had gone. As if to reinforce that, Gatekeeper's voice spoke up in Guildchat. "It's hitting the news as we speak everyone. I can gate you all there who's first?" On a private channel Abel requested more information and James provided it showing what he'd seen on TV already. "I have to go." He looked at Kia, and took her hands in his. "Not because of this Conversation, I won't run from that. I need you to wait a little while though, until I come back." In her mind Kia heard his voice, as he didn't want to alarm everyone there. There has been a Terrorist attack in Tokyo. Lilly is on-scene, but requesting help to keep the crowd from a full-on riot. She stopped the attack she thinks, but she's asking for us to help. I will come back, and we'll continue this, I promise Kia Even as he spoke he was showing her the images and memories James had shown him, and privately sighing. This was not how he'd wanted the day to go.
  3. Abel's eyes narrowed. "I'll admit I hadn't thought of it that way." He had been looking to see if he could not only unlock new keys, but "lock" them again with his power. He'd not really thought too much about it though, that power's one use seemed to have caused a fractured reality for them all. He wasn't all to gung-ho to risk that again. "it would have helped Kyle, back when his powers were killing him." He looked at her, and it was time for another hard question. "Have you decided what you're going to do from here? Of course, if you want my help, you've got it, but I do understand if you want to do something on your own." It was clear he was offering of himself, not the company. He smiled again, he was forcibly muting his own superhuman charm and attractiveness, like he always did with the Irregulars, "Of course the option to simply not do anything and rest and enjoy life is an option too. I'm happy and willing to help there too."
  4. Abel sighed. "You're not wrong. You can do anything you wish to do, no one will stop you, not among the Irregulars at any rate." He looked at her and smiled. "You chose this, and I understand that much, but just severing you connection to quantum like that, I really just don't understand how that worked, is it something everyone can do> Was it only something you could do? I have so many questions regarding it." There was a tone in her voice, something that hinted she was hiding something too, avoiding a subject she didn't want to discuss yet. "I just wish you would have actually told me you were feeling like this before you got to the point where you wanted this to happen and it did." There it was. "Maybe I could or couldn't have helped, but You and I, we're in this together, aren't we?"
  5. "Everything Kia. The potential that it could happen to any key, even if such a possibility is small. There's so much about it that we do not know yet, and I'm concerned by that." His words were all true. "I recognize that I'll never know everything, but I like to plan for as much as I can, and I want to keep everyone safe to the best of my abilities." "Does it bother you that it bothers me?" he asked quietly.
  6. The hyper-intelligent key thought for a moment. "I'm bothered by how it happened, yes. That you no longer wanted to be a Key, that you wanted a normal life, I'd never fault you for that. We did some awesome, terrifying things, and you of course, your powers were so very different from everyone else's. I can understand you no longer wanting to feel the way you were feeling. You're happy as you are now Kia, and that makes me happy. I am worried about "How" you came to no longer be a Key, because it just happened. We're still finding changes in Key Physiology after our trip to the Quantum realm, and that's something we truly need to understand." It was his honest answer, and he smiled. "When I thought I was the only one, there were times when I'd wished to not be a Key, but I got past that, and honestly, I love being a Key now. I think about how much good we've done, how much more we stand to do, just by being very intelligent, and that gives me hope."
  7. Abel nodded. "Sorry about that. There have definitely been some interesting goings-on in the last day or so, but nothing that won't keep really. Traceuse is in New York dealing with another New Key situation, and had asked for some information. I had Alexa get it for her, and after reporting to me, sent it on to her. Barring any big emergency, I can safely say now you've got my sole attention." It still baffled him how she'd just wished away her powers seemingly, and in no small part terrified him, if that was really all it took. He did understand the desire for normalcy, Hell after the things they'd all done, they all could understand just wanting to live a normal life. That wasn't for him though. He had too much he wanted to do going forward. He didn't for a second think that the Titans were the only threat out there, and the Irregulars needed to be ready. Part of that was certainly understanding what had happened with Kia. He gave her that award winning smile, and continued. "I spend so much time looking ahead or behind, I don't always see what's around me right now. I really want to change that." he knew the words were ironic considering his previous thoughts, but it was true.
  8. "Send the complete file to her, and contact me if any emergencies arise." He effectively signed off after that, Turning his attentions back to Kia. He forced himself to shut down some of his senses, and just be Abel, not Sage. He was out with his girlfriend and she deserved his full attention. More shopping followed, and finally once she had what she wanted and paid, It was time for Lunch. Abel smiled, and asked, "So where would you like to eat Lunch today, Kia?"
  9. Abel frowned. it wasn't so much that he didn't trust Jeane, but she was alone, and Sean seemed so utterly unconcerned. Alone the Irregulars were vulnerable. Pandora had already proven that once. Still, short of going there himself, which was akin to telling Jeane he didn't think she could handle it, his options were limited. So he fed the information Jeane sent him into Alexa's search parameters, and let the AI go to work, with notes to alert him, and Jeane when it was done. Having heard her question mentally, he sighed. There is tech that would allow them to make such a shot without being a key, though, an actual Key could. I know I could make such a shot, as could Sean. Done for now, he packed away everything and made his way topside, His Pam suit shifting to resemble a simple jeans and Tshirt like he used to wear so often. Though still relatively young, it was impossible to miss the looks he drew from some of the staff, heading out actually looking somewhat like a regular teenager. What seemed even more abnormal was that Abel still drove the same jeep he'd had before, unlike the custom monster Sean had. Some habits and preferences died hard. The drive to the Cedar Closet shop wasn't long, and sure enough, She'd already moved on. Parking in front of Jacobsen's Abel went inside, quickly finding his way to Kia, that warm friendly smile genuine. "Sure enough, you were right." Kia seemed smaller to him now, though she hadn't changed really. He'd grown used knowing there was so much more going on with her after that first hand look at her powers, and now, seeing her without them... The big thing he'd seen after she lost her powers, her very status as a Key, was that Kia was happy.
  10. Abel looked at Sean, and in one of the more growing rare moments, Abel opened his mind via guildchat, and set his memories of the entire incident to the forefront of his mind. Here, Sean, I'll show you my memories, maybe seeing them will help. Still, it looks like we have other things we need to attend to. She got to see the entire interaction between the two of them, how the different Abel looked, everything. Still it was a mystery to be unraveled later, now that they had a situation involving other Keys brewing. "Something for later, We should head up topside, in case we need to go back Jeane up."
  11. Abel nodded, forcing himself not to go down that path as he had so often before. Fearing his powers, what they could do, what they could make him do, had acted as a brake on his powers for a long time. Only after embracing what he could do, had he truly achieved mastery and control. "The little things can mean the most to us. The human touch of things, things we take for granted. It makes perfect sense Kia. Remember I did get a glimpse of the true nature of your powers, I've admired how you handled that as long as you have without losing yourself to them." He smiled again. "I won't lie and say your complete loss of powers, as well as any expressed quantum traits, doesn't concern me, that all concerns me greatly, for what it could mean for Keys on the whole. Still, You're happy, and if this is how you want to be, then i'm happy for you too."
  12. Abel's eyes narrowed, and he nodded. "I see." While most would have sounded cold with those words, Abel was still showing his concern. The fact she wanted this, well, it told him some things, and they weren't things he was all that fond of. Still, this was Kia, and he would do practically anything to help her. Since she wanted to wait to explain things to both of the resident members of the brain trust, he shrugged. "Well, i don't mind waiting, I get to spend some time with you." He smiled and it was genuine. "You look, well happy, about this Kia. I can say I don't sense anything that's out of the norm for a normal regular person, you're in great health." "I just can't feel any quantum energy or connection anymore, at all." Even when dormed, there'd been ways to detect a dormed Key, but with this, he couldn't feel any of that. She'd asked to no longer have powers, and now she didn't. Their Wills were connected directly to Quantum now, likely thanks to the trip to the quantum realm. But she severed the connection willfully. This was interesting, but also alarming, if that was all it took for a Key to no longer be a Key.
  13. Abel seemed quite tense. Still when she wrapped her arms around his neck, despite him having damped down his emotional responses, his arms moved almost as if out of reflex, hugging her back, and nodding. "Well unless she calls James or the Station, he won't be back tonight." He couldn't feel anything from her, not the psychic defenses, not the radiant quantum from an active node, hell no connection to quantum at all. She seemed totally normal, human. The part that seemed to be the biggest disconnect, at least for him, was that she wasn't worried,or concerned, she seemed well, happy. Which is pretty much the opposite of how he'd be, but then he knew well they didn't look at everything the same way. Abel allowed her to guide him to the couch, where he sat as she joined him picking up a platter of snacks from the coffee table and offering him some with a gesture, he just stared at the platter and processed how this could have happened. "How are you feeling Kia?" He'd known her long enough to have a general idea, and certainly his powers would just let him know, but he wanted to hear her voice, her own words. More of his emotions seemed to bleed through, showing that his concern trumped his own abilities this time. She could easily hear the concern in his voice. He was the only other person who'd seen the very nature of her powers, he knew how she'd felt before, and seeing her now, she seemed so relieved.
  14. ***Irregular Solutions HQ, sublevel 8 Research lab 2. *** Abel frowned as his doppelganger vanished, the message via guildchat having clearly been heard by him. He checked the chat itself to make sure there were no residual traces, and downloaded the security footage. Sean I need to talk to you could you come down to sublevel 8, Lab 2. I definitely want a second opinion on this. To emphasize his point, he sent the recording to him and waited patiently. it was uncommon for Abel to request Sean's physical presence, If only because there were things Sean could do in person Abel couldn't, and he wanted to know what was going on. With the other Abel having been part of guildchat enough to hear Jeane, this was beyond odd, and now he was utterly gone. if not for the video, there'd be no real proof of his presence at all. "Somewhere, Christopher Walken is probably smiling, or laughing."
  15. ***Irregular Solutions HQ, sublevel 8 Research lab 2. *** The Abels closed their mouths and maintained eye contact, with the younger looking one (Abel sans glasses) staring back at him, even as Abel's fully sensory suite of abilities activated. "So I'm not detecting any sort of temporal flux, or dimensional rip, nor psychic anomaly. Who exactly are you, and where did you come from, and why are you wearing my form? I recognize the rudiments of the Irregular Solutions logo, but that's not the same as mine." He had wanted to to go relax, a day or three at the beach sounded like a great idea to him. Jeane, I'll be along when I can, I have a slight situation I need to resolve first. Keep me posted on when and where. Even mentally, his voice was tinged with some concern, which wasn't all that common for him anymore. ***The Watchtower*** Abel's phone beeped, and his ringtone for Kia, "Eye to Eye" which was an obscure song from his childhood, began to play, and he snatched it up. The Watchtower was one of two places Abel felt he could safely sleep, and truth be told he was concerned that he was becoming too distant from everyone. He always said it was for the greater good but that was a flimsy excuse. He had control of his power now, it wasn't so necessary. The first text didn't truly alarm him, he was used to others closing their links to guild chat, they were just always there, and like doors, could be knocked upon to signal an emergency. Those thoughts were contradicted when he read Kia's second text, and quickly moved to to the door. He'd turned off the gravity in this part of the station since he was practically alone, and had been floating there, in front of the observation window, Sleeping while dreaming of home. "Dammit, not again." He quickly reached out via guildchat, only to find that Kia's portion of the network was simply gone, as if it had never been there. This spurred him to action as he moved to the door, his PAM suit coming to resemble its combat form, reflecting his agitation. He briefly considered calling James, but didn't. He figured Kia sent he and Sean that second message, and it was best to not call everyone until they actually knew something. He moved through the station to the command deck, and the Teleportation pads there. The only other inhabitants at the time were the two Alien ambassadors, who'd come up to send a signal home. "I need you to transport me back to my home, immediately. There's a situation I need to be there for." Abel was texting Kia back. On my way back, Will be at your place shortly Both nodded, understanding that for it to have been something to have him agitated, it had to be big. Keystrokes were made, and Abel seemed to visibly shut part of himself down. Emotion would lead to problems, he needed to be calm and analytical, and so he was. They gave him a thumbs up and soon Abel was transported to his room in his family home, from which he opened the window and shot out towards Kia's home, not really caring who saw him do so.
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