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Tess-1

Best Damn Days

By

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Manhattan NY, it's nighttime and raining a bit as Sage's RV stops at a medical clinic and Cecilla Reyes is waiting at the door.


PANEL 2

Sage comes out and greets Cecilla. Atelidae comes out and has her hood on. Atelidae stretches because it was a two day drive.


SAGE (business-like)

THANK YOU FOR MEETING US AT SUCH A LATE NIGHT.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

NO PROBLEM SINCE THIS IS A PIECE OF CAKE COMPARED TO WHAT THE X-MEN KEEP PUTTING ME THROUGH WITH ALL THE TELEPORTATIONING FROM HERE TO THERE LIKE I'M SOME YO-YO.


PANEL 3

The hooded Atelidae is shown and her mouth is the only thing visible.


CECILLA REYES (not shown)

SO IS THIS THE GIRL YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT.


SAGE (not shown)

YES, THIS IS ATELIDAE, AND ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ALREADY TREATED BY A DOCTOR MOON WHO SAID SHE WAS OK, SHE INSISTED I HAVE HER CHECKED OUT BY SOMEONE FROM A HOSPITAL OR CLINIC, AND SINCE WE ARE TRYING TO STAY IN THE SHADOWS....


CECILLA REYES (not shown)

YOU NEEDED SOMEONE YOU COULD TRUST AND WAS A TRAINED DOCTOR.


PANEL 4

The three go inside Ceciulla's clinic.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

WELL, WE BETTER GET INTO THE SHADOWS OF MY CLINIC BEFORE SOMEONE NOTICES YOU AND WE'LL HAVE THE GIRL X-RAYED TO SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING TO BE CONCERNED OF.


PANEL 5

Cecilla, Sage, and Atelidae are now inside the clinic.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

HAD A CALL FROM EMMA A MONTH AGO.


SAGE (business-like)

SOMETHING ABOUT ME?


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

SHE WAS HAVING A TANTRUM ABOUT YOU LEAVING THE X-MEN AS IF SHE WAS WARNING ME, AND NO DOUBT OTHERS, ABOUT STAYING AWAY FROM YOU, WHILE FORGETTING THAT I'M ALSO NOT AN X-MAN, SINCE THE SITUATION THAT FORCE ME TO BECOME ONE WAS LONG OVER, AND THAT SHE AND CYCLOPS AREN'T RULERS OF ALL MUTANTKIND.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

An hour later, x-rays of Atelidae are shown.


CECILLA REYES (not shown)

WELL, I'M NO EXPERT IN DEVIANT BIOLOGY, BUT BASICALLY IT SEEMS THAT SHE'S FINE.


SAGE (not shown)

YOU SEEM WELL-EQUIP FOR A FREE CLINIC.


CECILLA REYES (not shown)

GIFTS FROM THE X-MEN SINCE THEY USUALLY NEED MEDICAL HELP FOR THEIR PEOPLE AFTER A BIG MAJOR FIGHT OR ARTIFICIAL PLAGUE AND PROBABLY SEE THIS AS BUYING MY LOYALTY.


SAGE (not shown)

AND YOU TAKE IT.


CECILLA REYES (not shown)

ONLY BECAUSE FREE CLINICS ARE EXPENSIVE AND IT'S NOT EXACTLY LIKE I'M DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL SINCE IT'S A DONATION.


PANEL 2

Cecilla uses a pen light on one of Atelidae's black pearl-like eyes.


CECILLA REYES (focused)

HM, NO VISIBLE PUPILS.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

SO YOU WERE ONCE AN X-MAN?


CECILLA REYES (focused)

NOT BY CHOICE, YOU SEE I WAS ONCE A DOCTOR WORKING AT A HOSPITAL AS A SPECIALIST IN TRAUMA SURGERY UNTIL A ZERO TOLERANCE SENTINEL GUY TRIED TO KILL ME IN THAT SAME HOSPITAL FULL OF PEOPLE, AND THEY WERE ADVERTISED AS SAVING HUMANITY FROM THE MUTANT MENACE.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

SOUNDS LIKE THEY DIDN'T CARE MUCH ABOUT THE HUMANITY THAT WAS IN THAT PLACE.


CECILLA REYES (focused)

THEY WERE ALL ABOUT HATRED AND NOTHING ELSE.


PANEL 3

Another view of Cecilla as she uses a stick to push down Atelidae's tongue which she opens for her to examine the inside.


CECILLA REYES (focused)

SO EVEN AFTER THAT INCIDENT, IT WAS NOW KNOWN THAT I WAS A MUTANT WHICH BROUGHT SOME DISCOMFORT TO SOME OF THE STAFF, AND AFTER THAT MUTANT INCIDENT WITH THE GUY WHO CAN CONTROL FIRE, I WAS FIRED AND HAD NO WHERE TO GO.


CECILLA REYES (focused)

LATER ON I WAS CAPTURED BY BAD PEOPLE WHO WERE REALLY NO DIFFERENT THEN ZERO TOLERANCE, WHICH I DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT, AND WAS THOUGHT TO BE DEAD, WHICH MADE ME DECIDE THAT ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH TO A SUPER-HERO LIFE THAT I DIDN'T WANT IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND I DON'T CARE WHAT OTHER'S THINK, INCLUDING A GUY DRESSED AS A DEVIL, THERE ARE PLENTY OF SUPER-HEROES, BUT NOT ENOUGH MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO MAKE SURE THE SAVED STAY SAVED SINCE THIS ISN'T A COMIC BOOK WE LIVE IN.


PANEL 4

Cecilla has finished examining Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (amused)

DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY DRESS LIKE PEOPLE THAT CAME FROM A COMIC BOOK CONVENTION.


CECILLA REYES (amused)

OY! TELL ME ABOUT IT. I WORE THE BASIC X-MEN UNIFORM WHEN I WAS THERE BECAUSE IT WAS THE CLOSEST TO LOOKING NORMAL, THOUGH BEAST GOT ME TO WEAR ONE OF WASP'S COSTUMES WHICH I STILL HAVEN'T FORGIVEN HIM FOR.


PANEL 5

Another view of of Atelidae, Cecilla, and Sage.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

WELL, SHE SEEMS TO BE FINE, BUT I SUGGEST SHE TAKE IT EASY FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS.


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Outside the clinic, the hooded Atelidae goes inside the RV. Sage and Cecilla are discussing something.


SAGE (business-like)

I'M AFRAID I MUST ASK YOU ONE OTHER THING.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

TELL NO ONE YOU WERE HERE?


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

DON'T WORRY, BECAUSE I WANT THE SUPER-POWERED BATTLE CRAZINESS TO STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM MY CLINIC AS POSSIBLE AND THE LAST THING I WANT IS TO ATTRACT IT.


SAGE (business-like)

AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR LOOKING HER OVER.


CECILLA REYES (modestly serious)

IT WAS MY PLEASURE.


PANEL 2

The back of Sage's head is shown while she looks a t Cecilla.


CECILLA REYES (very serious)

YOU WATCH OVER HER, BECAUSE FROM WHAT YOU TOLD ME INSIDE THE CLINIC, THE SAME KIND OF HATRED THAT HAS BEEN HAUNTING ME IS OBVIOUSLY COMING AFTER HER, AND IT HAS NO REASONING, NO COMPASSION, OR EVEN AN INCH OF SANITY AND CAN BE QUITE DESTRUCTIVE WITHOUT A CARE ON WHO GETS HURT.


SAGE (business-like)

THAT, DOCTOR REYES, IS SOMETHING WE HAVE IN COMMON AND I HAVE NEVER STOPPED LOOKING BEHIND MY BACK BECAUSE OF IT.


PANEL 3

Cecilla watches the RV drive away.


PANEL 4

Cecilla starts to walk away and on the wall behind her is a Wicked Evil concert poster.


CECILLA REYES (amused and low tone)

HEH! HEH! COMIC BOOK CONVENTION.


PANEL 5

The front windshield of the RV is shown as rain hits it and the wipers are being used, and behind the windshield is Atelidae and Sage. Atelidae still has her hood on.


SAGE (business-like)

I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU WHICH I THINK YOU'LL REALLY ENJOY.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

YEAH, AND WHAT WOULD THAT BE?


SAGE (business-like)

IT SEEMS THAT THE ONE NAMED BRAINSTORM HAD KNOWLEDGE OF CERTAIN LOCATIONS OF FORWARD STRIKE BASES THAT NOT EVEN HIS SUPERIORS KNEW HE HAD.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING I SHOULDN'T BE DOING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR.


SAGE (business-like)

OH' YOU'LL JUST BE WATCHING AT A SAFE DISTANCE.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

AND YOU?


SAGE (business-like)

I'LL BE NEXT TO YOU DOING THE SAME THING. ONLY TESSY WILL BE DOING THE PHYSICAL STUFF.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

AND THAT WOULD BE?


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

The next morning, a corporate building is shown that make and sells toilet paper.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

WHAT HE DOES BEST.


PANEL 2

Inside the main entrance way is a security guard sitting at his post reading a newspaper.


PANEL 3

The security cameras near the security guard are showing parts of Tess-1 walking towards the building. The security guard does not notice this because his focus is on the newspaper.


PANEL 4

The security guard is surprised by the crashing noise.


PANEL 5

The nervous security guard looks up as Tess-1's shadow covers him.


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

The sitting and nervous security guard who's still holding his newspaper looks up at the 20 foot Tess-1 who's standing at the other side of the security desk with it's white dots of it's eyes looking down at the security guard.


SECURITY GUARD (nervous and trying to keep it cool)

I HAVE THIS GUT FEELING THAT NOT EVEN HAVING AN APPOINTMENT IS GOING TO STOP YOU.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Tess-1 ignores the shocked security guard and pass by him to crash through a wall! A hot rod engine sound is made!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


SECURITY GUARD (shocked)

THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL!


PANEL 2

Tess-1 crashes through everything, walls, office stuff, and so on, to get to it's destination! Workers there are running for their lives! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ONE OF THE WORKERS (panicking)

OH' MY GOD! KILLER ROBOT!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

SEARCH.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 punches through a wall that leads to a large room of Forward Strike equipment and people! The people there are shock by the sudden appearance of the robot! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ONE OF THE FORWARD STRIKE PEOPLE (shocked)

WHAT THE HELL!?


PANEL 4

Weapons come out of Tess-1! A hot rod engine sound is made.


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 5

Outside of the building is shown and explosions from within happen! A lot of people are running out of the building and panicking!


ATELIDAE (not shown, word box, and direct)

KING OF METAL!!!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

Atelidae, with advance binoculars and a smile with fangs, and Sage are shown, as well as the RV in the background.


ATELIDAE (amused)

MAN, IT'S A GOOD THING THEY MAKE TOILET PAPER, BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO NEED IT TO CLEAN UP THAT MESS THEY PROBABLY MADE INSIDE THEIR PANTS!


SAGE (business-like and amused)

AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, SINCE THERE ARE OTHER PLACES TO STRIKE.


PANEL 2

The back of Atelidae is shown as she continues to watch through the advanced binoculars, while parts of Sage are shown.


ATELIDAE (amused)

SO WHY EXACTLY ARE WE DOING THIS? SINCE YOU DON'T SEEM THE TYPE WHEN IT COMES TO FOOLING AROUND.


SAGE (business-like)

I'LL ADMIT THAT I AM ENJOYING THIS, BUT THE REAL PURPOSE BEHIND THIS IS THE FACT THAT THE X-MEN HAVE OBVIOUSLY SHARED THE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE GIVEN TO THEM WITH OTHERS LIKE NO DOUBT THE AVENGERS AND FANTASTIC FOUR WHO THEMSELVES PROBABLY SHARED WITH OTHERS ABOUT FORWARD STRIKE WHICH PUTS THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE.


SAGE (business-like)

THIS IS A MEANS TO FORCE THEM OUT IN THE OPEN TO MAKE THAT DISADVANTAGE EVEN GREATER.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is fighting the armed Forward Strike soldiers and is firing back with it's weapons! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

AND I TAKE IT THAT YOU'RE WILLING TO HAVE THE SUPER-HEROES TAKE CARE OF THEM, RIGHT?


SAGE (not shown and word box)

ALTHOUGH A GOOD NUMBER OF SUPER-HEROES, INCLUDING THE X-MEN, HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO MAKE THESE KIND OF THINGS PERSONAL, IT'S USUALLY BEST NOT TO SINCE THEY CAN LEAD YOU INTO SERIOUS TROUBLE, AND IT PAYS TO HAVE OTHERS GET INVOLVED TO INCREASE THE CHANCES OF SUCCESS.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 gets hit with a powerful sonic blast which makes it hit a wall real hard, but doesn't go through it!


SAGE (not shown and word box)

THE POINT TO ALL THIS IS TO STOP FORWARD STRIKE, NOT TRY TO WIN BRAGGING RIGHTS.


PANEL 5

Two amused Forward Strike soldiers are shown with a big sonic cannon!


FORWARD STRIKE SOLDIER #1 (excited)

YEAH! HOW DID YOU LIKE THAT?!


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Back to Sage and Atelidae.


SAGE (business-like)

THOUGH WE NEED TO BE QUICK ABOUT THIS AS POSSIBLE, SINCE PEOPLE WILL NOTICE THIS KIND OF THING IN NO TIME AND THE AUTHORITIES WILL WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.


PANEL 2

Back to the fight. The two Forward Strike soldiers who were mocking Tess-1 are now running for their lives! The big sonic cannon has been thrown and crashes into something in the background! Other soldiers are firing in the direction where Tess-1 would be! A hot rod engine sound is heard.


FORWARD STRIKE SOLDIER #1 (panicking)

APPARENTLY HE DIDN'T LIKE THAT AT ALL!


FORWARD STRIKE SOLDIER #2 (panicking)

YOU THINK?!!


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is shown firing it's weapons and causing mass destruction! A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 4

The base and it's equipment are exploding!


PANEL 5

A close look at Tess-1's head as it looks around for more things to destroy. In the background, a soldier is having trouble with his gun.


FORWARD STRIKE SOLDIER #3 (angry and desperate)

STUPID GUN! YOU JUST HAD TO RUN OUT OF JUICE DURING MY TIME OF NEED!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

An hour later, emergency services have arrived at the scene and the building is badly damaged. As well as a news crew. Commander Rogers' people are there.


PANEL 2

Commander Rogers' men find something that proves that this was a Forward Strike base. The one in charge talks into her communicator.


WOMAN IN CHARGE (professional)

SIR? IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE INFORMATION THAT THE BRAIN KID GAVE WAS ACCURATE WHEN IT CAME TO THIS PLACE BEING USED BY FORWARD STRIKE.


PANEL 3

Elsewhere, Commander Rogers is in his office talking to the woman.


COMMANDER ROGERS (in charge)

I THINK WE CAN GUESS WHO WAS BEHIND THE ATTACK SINCE ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON WOULD ALSO HAVE THE SAME INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE.


PANEL 4

Another view of Commander Rogers.


COMMANDER ROGERS (in charge)

CONTINUE YOUR SEARCH AND REPORT BACK IF YOU FIND ANYTHING OF INTEREST WHICH WILL HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION.


PANEL 5

Commander Rogers sits back on his chair and raises his head a bit as if pondering with some thoughts.


COMMANDER ROGERS (pondering)

SIGN.... I HAVE AN IDEA ON WHAT YOU'RE UP TO, SAGE.... AND IT PROBABLY MAKES SENSE ONLY TO YOU WITH YOUR CYBERPATHIC MIND .... BUT SURELY YOU KNOW THAT IT'S SOMETHING WITH HIGH RISK INVOLVED SINCE THEY'RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU GET AWAY WITH PUTTING THEM INTO EVEN HOTTER WATER THEN WHAT THEY'RE IN NOW.


COMMANDER ROGERS (pondering)

THEY'RE GOING TO COME AFTER YOU, AND THEY'LL BE DRIVEN WHEN DOING IT LIKE DESPERATE PEOPLE, AND HIT YOU WITH EVERYTHING THEY GOT JUST TO STOP YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE OF HOW DANGEROUS YOU'RE BECOMING AS THEIR ENEMY.


COMMANDER ROGERS (pondering)

YOU'VE STARTED SHAKING THE BEES NEST....


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

Sage's RV is shown driving to a privately owned airport. An old carrier plane is shown at the airport.


COMMANDER ROGERS (not shown and word box)

AND SOON THEY'LL COME TO STING YOU.


PANEL 2

A guy next to the carrier plane seems to have been waiting for them as the RV is being park in a place where won't get in the way.


PANEL 3

Sage, Arelidae, and Tess-1 are walking towards the carrier plane. The pilot seems wowed by Tess-1.


SAGE (business-like)

THIS CARRIER PLANE WILL ALLOW US TO REACH OUR DESTINATIONS MUCH QUICKER AND CARRY TESSY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.


ATELIDAE (amused)

SAY, CAN WE DROP TESSY ON ONE OF THOSE PLACES LIKE A BOMB?


SAGE (business-like)

WE'LL SEE.


PANEL 4

Sage shakes hands with the pilot.


HARRY (pleased)

TESSA. IT'S BEEN SO LONG.


SAGE (business-like and pleased)

THAT IT HAS, HARRY, AND I SEE THAT YOU'RE STILL FLYING THE OLD GIRL.


HARRY (pleased)

SHE IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.


SAGE (business-like and pleased)

THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR SINCE WE NEED HER TO HELP MOVE OUR BIG FRIEND HERE AROUND.


SAGE (business-like and pleased)

YOU DO REALIZE THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING ISN'T EXACTLY CONSIDERED LEGAL, RIGHT?


HARRY (pleased)

HEY, IF YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT, THEN IT ISN'T REALLY A CRIME, I ALWAYS SAY.


SAGE (business-like and pleased)

THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR AS WELL.


PANEL 5

Harry looks down at Atelidae.


HARRY (cheerful)

AND YOU MUST BE ATELIDAE THAT I WAS TOLD ABOUT.


ATELIDAE (excited)

SAGE SAYS THAT WE MIGHT END UP DROPPING TESSY ON ONE OF THE TARGETED PLACES LIKE A BOMB!


HARRY (excited)

WHAT! REALLY?!


SAGE (business-like and low tone)

SETTLE DOWN, YOU TWO.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

DAY 1: Tess-1 trashes a company named Woodworks which makes furniture. A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

DAY 2: Tess-1 trashes a company named Megacomputers which make home computers. A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 3

DAY 3: Tess-1 trashes a company named Automa Car Corp. which of course makes cars. Both workers and Forward Strike soldiers are shown and ionic static energy is shown on the hit spots from the shooting. A hot rod engine sound is made.


WORKER ON THE RUN (nervous)

WOW! WONDER WHO BUILT THAT!


PANEL 4

DAY 4: The company is named Adult Excitement, but instead of showing it, here's Sage keeping the advanced binoculars away from the disappointed Atelidae who tries to reach for them. Sounds of destruction are heard.


SAGE (business-like, disapproving, and firm)

ANY PLACE BUT THIS!


ATELIDAE (disappointed)

AW!


PANEL 5

The carrier plane is flying up in the sky.


SAGE (not shown and from plane)

OUR NEXT STOP IS A COMPANY CALLED BABY NEEDS.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from plane)

THIS ONE WILL MAKE THE DIAPERS FLY.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

A day later, the messed up Baby Needs building is shown on a newscast and diapers are everywhere and some are burning.


NEWS LADY (professional)

WHILE THIS IS THE LATEST OF ATTACKS ON CORPORATE BUILDINGS, IT'S UNKNOWN ON WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS LINKED TO OTHER ATTACKS LIKE MECH NANOTECH, BUT IT DOES APPEAR THAT THERE IS MORE THEN MEETS THE EYE IN ALL THIS BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS FOUND IN THE WRECKAGE.


PANEL 2

A fancy TV shows the newscast as some government agents and their heavy machinery remove some Forward Strike damaged weaponry.


NEWS LADY (not shown and audio)

WITHIN WHAT REMAINS OF A PLACE THAT CREATED THINGS FOR NEWBORNS, WAS THINGS THAT SEEMED WOULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR WAR AND CAUSE MUCH DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.


PANEL 3

It is revealed that the one watching the fancy TV is Thomas Graveton who seems very upset.


NEW LADY (not shown and from TV)

WE HAVE WORD THAT SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES THAT WERE ATTACKED HAD SIMILAR ITEMS THAT SEEM TO INDICATE THE EXISTENCE OF A MILITIA WHICH BRINGS QUESTIONS ON WHETHER THIS WAS A TERRORIST ACT OR THE REVEALING OF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.


PANEL 4

A part of Thomas Graveton, while Mary Sandmon is with him and standing.


THOMAS GRAVETON (furious, but trying to hold it in)

MISS SANDMON?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

YES, MISTER GRAVETON.


THOMAS GRAVETON (furious, but trying to hold it in)

PLEASE INFORM DOCTOR MYER THAT HE BETTER HAVE SOME RESULTS WHEN I GET THERE.


PANEL 5

A close look at Thomas Graveton face.


THOMAS GRAVETON (furious, but trying to hold it in)

BECAUSE IT MAY PERHAPS BE THE ONLY THING THAT WILL PREVENT ME FROM PUTTING A BULLET THROUGH HIS HEAD THANKS TO THE MOOD I'M IN RIGHT NOW.


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

The next day, the carrier plane is once more up in the air.


HARRY (not shown and word box)

TIME TO DROP SOME HARSH REALITY ON THESE EVIL DOERS.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

NO KIDDING! I HATE STEREOTYPE TEENS!


HARRY (not shown and word box)

WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THIS?


PANEL 2

Inside the carrier plane, the back of Tess-1 is shown and in front of it is the cargo door opening from the back. A hot rod engine sound is made as if Tess-1 was getting ready.


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

YOU EVER HEARD OF TEEN STARDOM? THE PLACE THAT HELPS DELUSIONAL AND PRETTY TEENS TO ACHIEVE THEIR 15 MINUTES OF FAME?


HARRY (not shown and word box)

UGH! YOU MEAN THAT THIS CRAZY ORGANIZATION IS BEHIND THAT?! ESPECIALLY THAT STUPID TV SHOW OF THEIRS THAT THEY PRACTICALLY SHOVE IN OUR FACES!


PANEL 3

Tess-1's foot is shown stepping out and ready to fall.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 has now started to free-fall and the distant bottom is shown below!


PANEL 5

The Teen Stardom building is shown.


HARRY (not shown, direct, and word box)

UNFORGIVABLE!


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is shown free-falling!


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

THEY HAVE TO PAY! PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST TV VIEWERS!


PANEL 2

Another view of Tess-1 free-falling as it moves about!


HARRY (not shown and word box)

YES! SMITE THEM! SMITE THEM ALL UNTIL THEY CAN BE SMITED NO MORE!


PANEL 3

Another view of Tess-1 free-falling as it moves about!


SAGE (not shown, low tone, and word box)

SETTLE DOWN, YOU TWO.


PANEL 4

The top of the Teen Stardom building is shown.


TEEN GIRL (not shown and from building)

I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP. TEE-HEE!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Tess-1 crashes through the ceiling!


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Mass destruction happens inside the building as pretty and stereotype teenagers, as well as workers and some Forward Strike soldiers, run for their lives as they leave the building panicking and screaming! A hot rod engine sound is heard.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Brainstorm is in what seems to be a interrogation room as he sits next to the table.


PANEL 2

Agent Jacks' hand is shown opening the door.


PANEL 3

Agent Jack's turns her chair around where the back part is in front of her. She looks displeased about this.


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3.


AGENT JACKS (displeased, but professional)

LET'S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT.... YOU DON'T DESERVE THIS.


PANEL 5

A close look at Brainstorm as he seems a bit ashamed.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

YOU DON'T DESERVE THIS BECAUSE AFTER WHAT YOU DONE WITH YOUR BUDS, YOU SHOULD BE ROTTING IN A PRISON JUST LIKE THEM.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

THOUGH LUCKY FOR YOU, THE COMMANDER AND THE SITUATION SAYS YOU ARE NEEDED OUTSIDE OF A CAGE, BUT DON'T THINK THIS MAKES YOU A FREE MAN, YOU'RE STILL ON A LEASH AND IT WILL BE A VERY TIGHT ONE.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

The bit ashamed Brainstorm and serious Agent Jacks are facing each other.


AGENT JACKS (displeased, but professional)

RIGHT NOW, THOSE PEOPLE WITH THE ROBOT HAVE BEEN TAKING DOWN SOME CORPORATE BUILDINGS JUST LIKE YOU WERE DOING, BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT ADVANCED WEAPONRY, SOLDIERS, AND A LOT OF THINGS WHICH “PROVES” THAT THEY WERE UP TO NO GOOD HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THOSE PLACES, WHICH YOU DID TELLS US WE WOULD FIND.


PANEL 2

Another view of the two.


AGENT JACKS (displeased, but professional)

THE COMMANDER WANTS US OUT THERE, AHEAD OF SCHEDULE YOU COULD SAY BEFORE THE MAIN EVENT, TO MAKE SURE THINGS DON'T GET SO OUT OF CONTROL THAT THE BIG LEAGUE WON'T BE ABLE TO CONTAIN IT, AND EVEN TRY TO SLOW DOWN THE ONES WITH THE ROBOT IF NECESSARY, AND IF POSSIBLE, AND WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCED INTELLECT, YOU'LL BE GOING WITH US.


PANEL 3

A close look at Brainstorm.


BRAINSTORM (a bit ashamed)

I PROMISE, MA'AM, I'LL TRY MY BEST.


AGENT JACKS (displeased, but professional)

NO, YOU'LL “DO” YOUR BEST, BECAUSE THIS IS LIKE THE CLOSEST YOU'LL BE WHEN IT COMES TO REDEMPTION.


PANEL 4

Agent Jacks gets up from her seat and is about to leave Brainstorm.


AGENT JACKS (displeased, but professional)

WELCOME TO HIGHER FORCE, BRAINSTORM.


PANEL 5

The bit ashamed Brainstorm is shown.


AGENT JACKS (not shown)

BUT YOU'LL BE MORE OF A TOOL TO BE USED THEN A MEMBER AND WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AFTER THIS IS DONE IS UP TO THE HIGHER UPS.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Thomas Graveton and Mary Sandmon are back at the kree storage bunker they adopted as one of their bases that has alien tech.


THOMAS GRAVETON (moody and in charge)

HAVE YOU INFORMED THE GOOD DOCTOR?


MARY SANDMON (professional)

YES, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WISE TO LEAVE OUT THE BULLET IN THE HEAD PART, SINCE THIS IS A DELICATE EXPERIMENT.


THOMAS GRAVETON (moody and in charge)

YES, THAT WAS NO DOUBT A GOOD IDEA.


PANEL 2

Doctor Myer is there to meet the two and take them to the place of the experiment.


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

AH, MISTER GRAVETON! MISS SANDMON! WELCOME BACK!


THOMAS GRAVETON (moody and in charge)

IS EVERYTHING READY, DOCTOR?


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

THAT WE DO, IN FACT, THE 6 SUBJECT HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THE SERUM AND ARE READY TO BE EXPOSED TO THE GAS WE DEVELOPED.


PANEL 3

Doctor Myer leads the way as the other two follow.


DOCTOR MYER (cheerful)

WHAT WE DID TO COMPENSATE THE GENETIC GEARING PROBLEM IS USE PARTS OF THE MGH FORMULA, BUT MINUS THE DNA INGREDIENT, BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IS WHERE THE DNA OF THE HOST IS WHAT IS ALTERED, INSTEAD OF ADDING TO IT, WHERE IT OPENS THE DOOR OF ALLOWING THE MUTAGENIC EFFECTS OF THE GAS TO HAPPEN, AND OF COURSE BE PERMANENT.


PANEL 4

They enter a lab which has what seems to be a gas chamber with a window.


DOCTOR MYER (not shown)

THEY'RE ALREADY INSIDE THE CHAMBER READY TO BE EXPOSED TO THE GAS.


PANEL 5

Doctor Myer, Thomas, and Mary look inside through the window of the chamber and Thomas and Mary seem uncomfortable on what they see. There's coughing sounds from inside the chamber.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Inside the chamber are 4 men and 2 women who look really sick.


MARY SANDMON (not shown)

NOT TO QUESTION YOU, DOCTOR, BUT THOSE PEOPLE DON'T LOOK SO WELL.


DOCTOR MYER (not shown)

A SIDE EFFECT OF THE SERUM, BUT NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT, BECAUSE THEY'LL SOON BECOME BETTER THEN THEY EVER WERE BEFORE.


PANEL 2

The gas begins to be released inside the chamber.


PANEL 3

The subjects are now being exposed to the gas.


PANEL 4

Doctor Myer, Thomas, and Mary are watching through the glass window of the gas filled chamber. Doctor Myer is smiling with teeth showing.


PANEL 5

The subjects inside begin to mutate.


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PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Atelidae, Sage, and Tess-1 walk away from Harry and his carrier plane and Harry is waving good-bye.


ATELIDAE (happy)

THAT....WAS....”AWESOME!”


SAGE (business-like)

I'M GLAD THAT YOU ENJOYED IT, BUT NOW WE MUST WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.


PANEL 2

Atelidae looks at Sage. Tess -1 is looking down at Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (curious and a little confused)

LIKE WHAT?


SAGE (business-like)

LIKE PANICKING.... REMEMBER WHAT I SAID WHEN IT CAME TO THE REASON ON WHY WE SET TESSY FREE TO SMASH AND DESTROY EVERYTHING IN SIGHT.


ATELIDAE (curious and a little confused)

SOMETHING ABOUT MAKING THEIR SITUATION GO FROM KINDA GOOD TO SERIOUSLY BAD BY MAKING THEM LESS OF A SECRET ORGANIZATION?


PANEL 3

From Tess-1's eyes, Atelidae is seen downward.


SAGE (not shown and audio)

EXACTLY.


SAGE (not shown and audio)

NOW THAT THE WORLD HAS SEEN SOME EVIDENCE OF THEIR EXISTENCE, THEY, AS WELL AS PEOPLE WITH INFLUENCE WORKING WITH THEM, WILL HAVE A HARDER TIME OPERATING AND IT WILL SOON MAKE THEM DESPERATE ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING FOOLISH.


PANEL 4

The old film-like video from the 40's from “Downtime” is shown again.


HUMAN FIGURE (audio)

GOLLY! (snirck) YOU'RE LIKE (sneek) AWARE THAT I'M HERE! (snirck)


PANEL 5

Same as panel 3.


ATELIDAE (audio)

BUT AREN'T YOU RELYING ON A GAMBLE?


SAGE (not shown and audio)

BUT OF COURSE, BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE THIS.


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PANEL 1

The backs of Tess-1, Atelidae, and Sage are shown as they walk towards Sage's RV.


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PANEL 1

Nothing but blackness with the words “Best Damn Days”.


PANEL 2

Elsewhere, Sledge and Vanisher manage to find a really cheap motel room. Sledge is watching his mini TV, while Vanisher is trying to sleep in this dump.


SLEDGE (amused)

HEH! HEH! FORWARD STRIKE IS GETTING SCREWED.


VANISHER (sleepy, grumpy, and low tone)

SHUT UP OR I'LL SMASH THAT THING.


THE END