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         Chapter 9, part 2

    Once she had gone, he went to look out the window. The retribution troopers finally managed forced the door open with a shattering of ice crystals. Four of them-- clad in black and red body armor and re-purposed military gear-- hopped out and approached the front door. One of whom was carrying a portable battering ram.
    Before they could reach the door, Paragon held out a hand and trapped them in a force field.
    Just as he contained the first four, however, ten more figures emerged from the frozen vehicle in rapid succession. Two teams of three broke off from the group, each sprinting in a different direction to circle around the sides of the castle.
    Paragon wanted to capture them too, but he couldn't do so without releasing the first four. Before he even had time to think of a plan, the six were gone.
    But the last four still stood by the copter. One carried himself with confidence, and had the look of a leader. Two others looked like guards for the former. The last was clearly a hostage.
    "You can’t keep us all locked up in bubbles, Paragon!" shouted the apparent leader, in a voice of cruel confidence.
    "No," the hero agreed. "But it’s a start."
    With a sweeping gesture, the force field was launched backwards. It crashed into the copter, crumpling one side of it and breaking it free of the ice. The vehicle tumbled to the ground as the force field soared past like a cannon ball.
    The bubble finally vanished; the men within tumbling through the air and into the dark, ocean waters.

    The leader pulled the hostage close to him and put a hand gun to his head just as a force field appeared around the two of them. The two guards, armed with heavy assault weapons, kept their aim on Paragon, though the hero was more concerned with the hostage.
    "Seems to me we’ve caught you two at a bad time," the leader called out in mock concern. "Perhaps we should negotiate." He pushed the hostage to the ground and pressed the gun against the base of his skull. "Seeing how I’m not quite out of bargaining chips yet."
    Paragon slowly drew the force field closer to the castle, allowing the invader and his captive to approach. As the man came closer, he called out once more.
    "We don't like what you've been doing, Paragon. But we're not here for you. Or the little ones. We're just here for the witch."
    "Oh. I suppose you mean my wife?" Paragon shouted back with indigence.
    "That'd be the one," the head intruder said, making his way towards the castle.
    "Yeah? Well let me save you the trouble. There's a grave yard in the back; make yourselves comfortable. Because that's where you'll end up if you try something so stupid as to invade a witch's--"
    He stopped mid-sentence when he heard a metallic clatter behind him. Turning, he saw the formerly-floating sword doing nothing of the sort. It lay on the floor; as still as stone. He tried to move it by will, but it wouldn't respond.
    "Is something the matter?" the leader called back. Though his face was not clearly visible, Paragon could almost hear the sneering smile the man surely wore. The barrier that had surrounded him had vanished, as well. Paragon tried to raise another, but again, nothing happened. The armor he wore felt heavier, too.
    As they continued to approach, the hostage finally came close enough to identify as Father Gatti. The man was bound and bruised, resisting at every step he was forced to take. His captor was very nearly dragging him.
    "But if they have Gatti, then..." Paragon whispered to himself. "Sycorax!"
    He then turned to the crow "Eddie! She's walking into a trap! You've got to warn her. Go!"
    The bird nodded, and flew out the door.
    He tried to pick up the broadsword, but the weapon was designed to be either levitated, or lifted by one with supernatural strength. As such, it was far too heavy to be used effectively with natural strength alone.
    He found himself caught in a dire dilemma: Either go to help Sycorax, who would soon find herself powerless and under attack by armed murderers but leave the children vulnerable to a kidnapper, or stay and protect the babies and leave his wife at the mercy of Retribution.

    Paragon started pacing impatiently, frantically trying to come up with a solution to the problem; something that would allow him to protect both wife and children.
    She had the advantage of knowing the environment, but would soon find herself without her only weapon. The children were supposedly under no threat, but the words of a killer meant little to a frightened father.
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Remember that one time I mentioned Retribution before? (I may have referred to them as Sweepers by mistake.) I think it was episode 23. They must be big fan's of the idea of Chekhov's Gun.

This one's a bit short, and so is the next one, so I'll try to post it soon.

Questions? Comments? Whatever? Your feedback is always appreciated!

and as always, Don't Forget To Be Awesome!
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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang, why they gotta be so rude?

also, I sincerely hope that one of those children has anti-power-neutralizing powers. That would be a nice surprise for them.
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
haters gonna hate, I guess

That'd be a really circumstantial power. "I neutralize the powers of people who neutralize other powers." He'd only be useful to a team when there was someone or something that does exactly that.
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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
maybe it could be a dual power, and the other is magical sparkles or something. Not a suggestion xD just making a more educated guess.

Or is more than one superpower a nono in this universe?
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
We'll just have to wait and see what happens :3

Some heroes have more than one power. Paragon has super strength and force-field projection. Prism can shoot light beams and refract light in mid air. Guardian Girl doesn't see much action in the story, but I'm thinking she has strength and speed. But mono-powers are most common by far.
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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah.
I keep considering Paragon's two powers as one...like one category of just Paragon powers. It's kinda special for him xD I guess.
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Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Ha! I think that's the best I've heard it put.
Sycorax? Witch magic. White Noise? Sensory disruption. Catalyst? Shape shifting. Paragon? Paragon powers. Like, you know. Paragon powers. Yeah those.
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