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A major crisis has been averted. Or has it?

Submitted: April 18, 2015

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Submitted: April 18, 2015



"Oh no. This isn't happening. Tell me this isn't happening!" Jeff said, in horror.

Which essentially means that yes, it was happening. Specifically, an explosion he detonated to stop Rowland and his gang from smuggling the Aether had also released a swarm of Dark Angels into the open, and they were fast spreading all over the town.

"Well, change of plans people. We need to fight." said Coburn, and drew his blade.

"Right behind you." Jeff said, and powered up his Lightning Charge.

Five Angels fell before they even knew they were being pursued. The rest kept going along on their way, while a rearguard turned around to deal with their attackers.

"Here goes nothing!"

Coburn's blade was engaging in a vicious dance against the hulking Brutes that had surrounded him. Jeff kept firing his Lightning Charge blasts at any and all who approached him. This was a battle they hadn't planned on, so they couldn't plan on how to end it either. All they could do was throw whatever punches they had, once at a time.

Fortunately, the Council rang its alarm bells before the Angels were even halfway through to it. People who'd been milling about and relaxing transformed into vicious warriors in seconds. But a group of three still stood by, watching from the sidelines.

"I don't think Rowland kept up his end of the bargain." said a young woman, her voice detached and nonchalant, her eyes anything but.

"Yes. An unfortunate but unsurprising development. If he had succeeded, moving forward would have been far too easy. And I appreciate a good challenge, so his failure wasn't a total loss." said a slightly older one, who looked exceedingly pleased with herself.

"Well, Rowland's fate is out of our hands, but what do we do about the invasion? I doubt having a bunch of mindless beasts slaughter everyone was part of our playbook." said the third one, the only male amongst the conspirators.

"You're right." said the smiling lady. "We should probably do our bit to aid these poor citizens in their time of need. All the better to throw off any suspicion from us."

"Alright." said the younger woman, her expression morphing into one of thrill and excitement. She was a woman who relished whatever opportunity she got to fight and kill, and this battle was one of the best she'd gotten.

"Hey, wait for me!" the male replied, his expression eager but not quite as savage as that of his colleague.

The leader of the three fell behind, walking forward at a considerably slower pace. She didn't need to get close to the Angels to slaughter them; she was proficient enough in her magic to have taken out adversaries from a mile away.

"They're flanking us!" said Coburn, who was meanwhile still in the thick of battle. 

Suddenly, a barrage of automated fire brought down the Marauders. He knew who had done that.

"Thanks a million, Kurt! I owe you one!"

"Don't mention it!" Kurt replied, and went about setting another automated turret to cripple the enemy.

Another cocky Council member was heading toward the battle with his own troupe of underlings.

"You know, there's one fact about me a lot of people don't know." said the man named Conan. "I'm not just a stickler for good fashion sense. I'm also a major utilitarian."

Conan took off the sunglasses he'd been wearing, and flung them at the Angels. The shades quickly morphed into guided missiles, taking out three Dark Sorcerers as the missiles locked onto their faces.

His blazer then morphed into an electric net, paralyzing a group of five Brutes that were heading for him. Coburn slashed them with his blade to seal their fate.

"Just like old times, eh?" Conan said.

"You could say that." Coburn replied, "Now that we've got these bastards on the backfoot, let's give them a show they won't ever forget!"

"Oh yeah!" Conan replied, detonating his blazer-turned-net for a major shockwave blast.

And soon enough, the invasion was squashed, with the entire Dark Angel army having being killed. Their bodies dissolved and entered the Void. As there were no casualties among the Council warriors, everybody went home with a smile on their faces.

With the exception of the mysterious conspirators who had failed in their attempt to smuggle Aether.

"Well, we stopped the Dark Angel invasion easily enough." said Mindy, the youngest member, who once again had a sour expression on her face. "But that doesn't change the fact that our mission was a failure."

"That's being a little shortsighted, Mindy." said Alice, the mastermind, who was comfortably lounging in her dormitory bed, her tone and demeanor completely innocent and cheerful. "Our plans are right on track. Very soon, we'll be able to establish our dominance. Against the Council, the Angels, and beyond."

"And how do you propose to do that now that we've lost the trust of the Faunus Insurgents?" Mindy said. "Our alliance hinged on Rowland fulfilling his promise!"

"When one door closes, another opens." Alice said. "Make no mistake, Mindy, this is a victory. We are nothing if not resilient."

"That doesn't answer my question." Mindy said. "Who are the insurgents going to listen to now?"

It was then that someone walked into the room. Mindy looked up, and her expression turned to one of shock and awe. Alice didn't seem to be bothered in the least by Darren's arrival.

"The answer is simple." said Darren, a Faunus who'd been a key figure in transforming the insurgency into a terrorist organization. "They'll listen to me."

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