Dayton laughed, “Yeah, but he’s good at fighting, better than anyone else we’ve trained with. I do feel like he’d kill just about anybody if he felt like it—including us, but, he hasn’t. That’s a point in his favor.”
Thinking back to his father’s death, Sean forced a chuckle, “Yeah, you remember that we’re officially signing the contract tomorrow, right? Make sure that Jody remembers. He’s got to be there or he’ll have to sign later. They’re in and out in a day and if we’re not all there, it’s going to look bad. Maybe they’ll cancel everything. I don’t know.”
Not laughing, Dayton spoke in a calm, deep voice, “I get it. This is a big deal to you. It’s a big deal to all of us. Me too, believe me. We’ll be getting professional football player salaries. I know Jody’s interested in that.”
Out of the corner of his eye, Sean saw Camille lean toward Sydney, grinning, “There you go. It’s Dayton.”
Sydney shook her head, “That’s good except that it means they’re both going show up. We should leave.”
Dayton must have caught some of that because he said, “And say hi to Sydney, okay?”
Giving her a scowl, Sean said, “I’ll tell her, but remind Jody it’s happening.”
“You know,” Dayton didn’t lose any of his calmness as he talked, “you’ve got Jody’s number too.”
“Yeah,” Sean said, “but he listens to you. When I tell him to do something, it’s like he decides to be a dick about half the time.”
“Mmmn-hmmn,” Dayton gave a short laugh. “I don’t tell him to do something. I try to give him a nudge in the right direction—remind him how much money the contract’s worth. Maybe I’d call him, offer him a ride over and happen to mention the time when I’m asking when to pick him up—that kind of thing.”
Camille and Sydney had walked around the couch as Dayton’s voice came over the phone’s speaker. Now they stood to the left of the tv. Camille pointed at the screen, asking Sydney, “Aren’t the hamsters cute?”
Sean took a breath, “That never works for me. Just let him know it’s happening and when. I’ll call him later. Maybe I can end the call with ‘see you tomorrow at 2 pm?’ That seems like enough.”
“It might work,” Dayton said. “I think it’s when you nag that he gets pissed off.”
“I don’t nag,” Sean said. “I do tell him more than once when it seems like he’s not listening.”
“I don’t think it’s a question of what you’re trying to do. It’s more what he hears. I think if you mention it once, everything will be okay,” Dayton paused, finishing with, “I’m glad you’re back. It’s been a long summer.”
They said their goodbyes and hung up. Sean put his phone in his pocket, seeing that Sydney and Camille had started walking down the hall, turning and disappearing into a room—probably Sydney’s, Sean guessed.
On the television, SuperTV showed footage of what it described as, “a team-up between Vincent Hamster and members of the Motor City Heroes—Blue Mask and V4, the mysterious new member of the team.”
The grainy video looked down toward Blue Mask, Vincent, and V4 fighting vampires in what appeared to be the stairway of an old hotel. A flying woman in black armor crossed through the frame. Sean recognized her as Bloodmaiden—which meant that Nick had called her in to help.
He didn’t know where her internship was, but he knew it wasn’t Detroit.
A few years ago, he knew he would have found a way to get angry over it, but his therapist had helped him see that he was angry over other things, most of them surrounding his dad. There may have been some jealousy too—not just over losing Haley, but also how easy Nick had it.
As a descendent of the Heroes’ League, he’d been trained from birth and had their good name to call on when he needed it.
Sean had to live with knowing the Cabal wanted them, a father he couldn’t please, and then knowing that his mistake with Ray cost his father his life. He’d been angry after that and while he knew Nick had nothing to do with it, trying to outdo Nick had kept him going.
By the time Sydney had nearly died in an alien attack and Nick arranged for Preserver to save her life, Sean had come to accept that their lives were on different tracks. Neither of them deserved it. All either of them could do was do the best they could with what they got.
He turned off the tv. He didn’t need to think about what other people were doing. He needed to think about tomorrow. He hadn’t inherited a base. If he was going to achieve anything in life, he needed more money.
Future-men Capital had a good track record of guiding teams to greatness. From what he’d been able to find online, they didn’t have a record of screwing people over. He’d have to be careful, but from what he’d seen of them, he could trust them.
10 thoughts on “The Power: Part 6”
Alright, I’m going to bed now. I feel like I’ve set the stage. Let’s see where this goes.
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OK, I was just a few chapters early about Sean ending up watching Nick on the news, lol.
“when it doesn’t seem like he’s not listening.”
I’d expect Future-Men capital to have some interesting clauses in their contracts about any tech, magic, or valuable artifacts the super team comes across. Getting a % share in a tech-genius’s inventions or right of first refusal with a discount on found or captured things could be worth a lot.
I’d like to see them griping over this or hero’s league lawyers warning them.
Hopefully Sean’s attitude toward toward Nick and LoN to ask for their lawyer’s assistance, or the backers could end up pulling a Lou Pearlman on them so they get a salary and stuff but all gains are owned by them and not the FoJ.
You know, I still cringe at that group name. I can just hear Jody yelling out “You’ve been Fisted by Justice!”
Really enjoying the pacing of revelations around Sean’s “redemption arc”. It doesn’t feel forced, but still makes it clear that Sean is actively trying to become a better person, despite his past. I especially like that he’s not doing it for altruistic reasons, but because he’s recognizing that being a better person, and reacting better to situations, is better for HIMSELF, and makes his own life better. Making your own life less sucky is the BEST motivation for self-improvement.
I also foresee a bit of tragedy in this arc, specifically involving Jody. Jody is clearly his own doom, and I feel bad for him, because he clearly has his own issues.
I realize Jody seems to have had some issues right along, but I wonder if his irritation at having stuff repeated is a by product of his powers. He is superfast from an ability not strength. So his perception could also pickup everything due to his power.
Yay, another typo nobody reported yet. 4th paragraph from the end, last sentence:
“…. trying to out do Nick had kept him going.”
Should probably be ‘to outdo Nick’.
It should. Thanks.