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Tess-1 #19

Evil Lullaby

Part 1

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Los Vegas at night, a building with a penthouse is shown.


PANEL 2

At the bottom of the building, the main entrance, are four figures in trench coats, two look like a big woman and man, who go to the main entrance.


PANEL 3

The doorman opens the door for the four and looks dazed and under someone's control.


PANEL 4

The clerk behind the check in desk has the same look in the face as the doorman as the four figures walk by without a hassle.


PANEL 5

The four figures are no inside a elevator. Classical elevator music is being played.


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

A hand is shown knocking at the door.


LADY'S VOICE (not shown and from behind the door)

COME IN.


PANEL 2

Although shadow mostly covers the woman looking outside the window, and a man sitting on a chair, it's obvious that she's wearing an expensive dress, has short red hair, and is wearing glasses, while having a glass of champaign.


LULLABY (rich)

I'M PLEASED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO GET MY MESSAGE AND COME HERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.


LULLABY (rich)

GOOD HELP IS SO HARD TO FIND THESE DAYS.


JOYSTICK (not shown)

WELL, WITH THE PRICE YOU WERE WILLING TO MAKE FOR THE SERVICE.


PANEL 3

The trench coats are off and the figures are revealed to be Joystick, Man-Killer, Powderkeg, and Joust.


JOYSTICK (cheerful and eager)

HOW CAN “MEAN MERCS” BE ANY SLOWER?


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

A close view of Joystick and Man-Killer. The two are revealed to wearing ear pieces that look technological.


MAN-KILLER (tough and unimpressed, but chilling)

ARE WE SERIOUSLY GOING TO BE CALLED THAT?


JOYSTICK (a little annoyed)

AND EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE NAME MEAN MERCS?


MAN-KILLER (tough and unimpressed, but chilling)

IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING A TEENAGER WOULD COME UP WITH.


LULLABY (not shown)

AHEM!


PANEL 2

Lullaby is revealed.


LULLABY (rich and getting a bit impatient)

IF I MAY BE ALLOWED TO REMIND YOU, BUT YOUR HERE TO DO A JOB, WHICH MEANS IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU'RE CALLED, OR EVEN IF YOU DRESSED AS ANIMAL MASCOTS FOR ALL I CARE, AS LONG AS YOU GET THE JOB DONE.


JOUST (not shown and low tone)

ANIMAL MASCOTS?


PANEL 3

Lullaby is in the background taking a sip of her campaign. Joystick's head is partly shown as she points to the ear piece on her ear.


LULLABY (rich and calming down)

NICE EAR PIECES BY THE WAY.


JOYSTICK (partly shown)

WE HEARD ABOUT YOUR LOVELY SINGING VOICE AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BEST TO BE CAUTIOUS.


PANEL 4

The man on the chair is revealed and is under Lullaby's spell and is drooling.


JOYSTICK (not shown)

ESPECIALLY SINCE NONE OF US WANT TO END UP LIKE YOUR LATEST HUSBAND HERE.


LULLABY (not shown)

WHATEVER.


PANEL 5

Lullaby has a remote and points it at a flat screen TV. Mean Mercs are watching.


LULLABY (rich)

I FIND THAT PEOPLE WHO AREN'T UNDER MY CONTROL ARE MORE CAPABLE OF FOCUSING ON THE TASK AT HAND AND I HAVE MORE THEN ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR IT WITHOUT HURTING THE BANK ACCOUNT.


LULLABY (rich)

WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IS TO PROCURE SOMEONE.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

The flat screen TV shows a video of Sage, Atelidae, and Tess-1 walking at the airport that visited in Best Damn Days which shows that someone had been following them.


MAN-KILLER (not shown)

IF IT'S THE ROBOT, THEN IT'S GOING TO COST YOU EXTRA.


LULLABY (not shown)

IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT YOU WOULD THINK THAT, BUT NO, I LEARNED LONG AGO THAT IT'S BETTER, AND MORE PROFITABLE, TO DO THINGS WHERE YOU'RE NOT THE CENTER OF ATTENTION WHICH SOMETHING AS NOTICEABLE AS THAT WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DO.


POWDERKEG (not shown)

THE WEIRD-LOOKING MONKEY?


JOUST (not shown)

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD SHE WANT SOMETHING LIKE THAT?


POWDERKEG (not shown)

BECAUSE SHE'S RICH.


JOUST (not shown)

OH, OK, NOW THAT'S STARTING TO MAKE SENSE.


PANEL 2

The angry Lullaby is pointing at Sage on the flat screen TV while still holding her glass of campaign.


LULLABY (angry)

IT'S THE WOMAN, YOU TWITS!


LULLABY (angry)

GOD! WHAT USE WOULD I HAVE FOR A MONKEY?!


PANEL 3

Lullaby calms down a bit and takes a sip of her drink. The video is still shown on the flat screen TV.


LULLABY (rich and trying to calm down)

HER NAME IS TESSA, LAST NAME UNKNOWN, BUT ACCORDING TO MY SOURCES, WHO CAN'T LIE TO ME WHILE UNDER MY INFLUENCE, SHE'S NOT ONLY PART OF THE REASON THAT ONE SEBASTIAN SHAW BECAME SO STICKING RICH, BUT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE BIGGEST REASON.


MAN-KILLER (not shown)

SEBASTIAN SHAW? I THOUGHT HE WAS A SELF-MADE MAN.


LULLABY (rich and trying to calm down)

PLEASE, THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SELF-MADE MAN WHEN ONE NEEDS WORKERS TO WORK IN THE FACTORIES TO MAKE THE PRODUCTS AND PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE NUMBERS LIKE THIS WOMAN HERE.


POWDERKEG (not shown)

OH' I SEE.... YOU WANT THIS WOMAN TO MAKE YOU STINKING RICH.... UM.... ER.


PANEL 4

Lullaby is looking at Mean Mercs.


LULLABY (rich and a bit pleased)

EXACTLY! FOR YOU SEE, SHAW, ONE OF THE TOP MANUFACTURES OF SENTINELS WHO HUNT DOWN MUTANTS, HAD A SECRET, AND THAT SECRET WAS THAT THE ONE ASSISTING HIM WAS A MUTANT HERSELF, AND ONE WHO'S MUTANT GIFT WAS THAT OF HAVING A MIND THAT WAS ALIKE A COMPUTER.


LULLABY (rich and a bit pleased)

AND I WANT THAT COMPUTER UNDER MY CONTROL.


PANEL 5

Elsewhere in Santa Monica and a couple of days later, Sage just left a fast food place and heading towards the RV. She has a bag with her, as well as a paper tray to hold two soda cups.


LULLABY (not shown and word box)

SO GET OUT THERE AND FETCH!


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

The side door of the RV opens for Sage.


PANEL 2

The inside of the RV is revealed, and of course smaller then expected because of the room needed for Tess-1. Atelidae is sitting on the couch waiting for the food.


ATELIDAE (a little impatient)

ANY WORD FROM THAT EDWARD GUY YET?


SAGE (business-like)

I TRIED CALLING HIM AGAIN WITH MY CELL WHILE WAITING IN LINE.


ATELIDAE (a littler impatient)

I'M BETTING THE GUY IS HIDING UNDER HIS DESK EVERY TIME THE PHONE RINGS.


PANEL 3

Sage puts the food and drinks on the table.


SAGE (business-like)

YOU'RE PROBABLY RIGHT. I MEAN WITH ALL THE INVASIONS, SUPER-VILLAIN TAKE-OVERS, AND ATTACKS FROM THE GODS, AS WELL AS THAT CIVIL WAR THING, ONE LIKE HIM AND HIS RESOURCES WOULD BE CAUTIOUS THESE DAYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO HIS LOCATION.


ATELIDAE (a little impatient)

DO WE REALLY NEED THIS GUY?


PANEL 4

Sage sits down and gets out the food.


SAGE (business-like)

ACCORDING TO YOUR GRANDFATHER'S RECORDS, THIS EDWARD IS SOME KIND OF AGENT FOR SUPERHUMANS, SADLY IT'S MOSTLY SUPER-VILLAINS, BUT HE OWES YOUR GRANDFATHER BIG TIME AND WE NEED TO FORM AN ARMY IF WE'RE GOING AGAINST FORWARD STRIKE AND IT BE FOOLISH TO SOLELY RELY ON TESSY ALONE.


SAGE (business-like)

I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT THAT HE HAD SOME DIFFICULTIES DURING THE TIME THE SUPERHUMAN REGISTRATION ACT WAS LAW, BUT HAS GOTTEN BACK INTO BUSINESS AFTERWARDS AND PERHAPS STILL HAS SOME HIS CLIENTS.


ATELIDAE (a little impatient)

I HATE TO ASK THIS, BUT CAN'T YOU ASK YOUR X-MEN BUDS?


PANEL 5

Atelidae is eating her burger, while Sage just took a sip from her soda.


SAGE (business-like and slightly sad)

YES, WELL, DESPITE ADVERTISEMENT ON PROTECTING THE WORLD, THEIR FIRST FOCUS WILL ALWAYS BE MUTANTKIND, AND MY RESIGNING FROM THEIR GROUP HAS SEEM TO HAVE BROUGHT UPON BAD FEELINGS BETWEEN US.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

An hour later, the Sage's RV is on the move. There are average size buildings in a row.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

LET'S JUST ENJOY OUR MEAL AND THEN CONTINUE OUR HUNT FOR THE MAN WHO HIDES BEHIND HIS DESK.


PANEL 2

A van is shown in a way as if it was waiting for the RV.


PANEL 3

The front window of the RV is shown and behind it is Sage and Atelidae. Sage looks suspicious to the van she seems to notice.


PANEL 4

The front window of the van is shown and behind it is Joystick, who's driving, Joust who's sitting next to her, and Man_killer and Powderkeg in back.


JOYSTICK (crazed and competitive)

LET'S DO IT!


JOUST (mildly startled)

HUH?


PANEL 5

The van starts moving in a way where Joystick pushes the pedal to the metal!


JOUST (not shown, from van, and loud)

WAAAAAAGH!!!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

The RV is shown going one direction.


ATELIDAE (not shown and from RV)

WHAT THE HELL IS THE DEAL WITH THAT GUY?!


PANEL 2

The speeding van is going the other direction.


JOUST (not shown and from van)

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!


JOYSTICK (not shown, excited, and from van)

I'M PLAYING “CHICKEN” AND I'M GOING FOR THE GOLD!


PANEL 3

Sage's hand is shown flipping a switch.


PANEL 4

A ramming shield appears in front of the RV.


PANEL 5

Joystick is surprised by Joust who takes a hold of the steering wheel to force it to turn!


JOUST (shocked, determined, and direct)

OH' LIKE HELL YOU ARE!


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

Dramatically the van turns away from the RV with the ramming shield!


PANEL 2

The van has stopped and Joust is the main focus.


JOUST (relieved and annoyed)

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU....


PANEL 3

Joust notices that Joystick is gone and her door is opened.


JOUST (low tone)

WOMAN?


PANEL 4

Joust turns around to look at Man-killer and Powderkeg.


JOUST (serious)

OK, SERIOUS QUESTION HERE. I NOTICED AN EMPTY SODA CAN AT THE PLACE WE WERE STAYING AT AND I WAS WONDERING.... IS IT ONE OF YOU THAT OWNED THAT CAN?


PANEL 5

Powderkeg and Man-killer is shown.


POWDERKEG (a little confused)

IT'S NOT MINE.


MAN-KILLER (annoyed)

DAMMIT.!TAKE OVER THE WHEEL, JOUST, AND CATCH UP TO THAT RV!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

Sage's RV is shown still moving while the ramming shield folds back.


MAN-KILLER (not shown and word box)

I TOLD THAT IDIOT THAT SHE NEEDED TO STAY AWAY FROM THINGS THAT HAVE CAFFEINE OR SUGAR IN IT BECAUSE OF THAT METABOLISM OF HERS!


PANEL 2

Joystick suddenly pops up upside down at the front window of the RV and shocks Sage and Atelidae!


JOYSTICK (crazed and competitive)

BOO!


PANEL 3

Joystick's right gauntlet is shown generating a energy baton!


PANEL 4

The crazed and competitive Joystick starts ramming the energy baton through the windshield repeatedly!


JOYSTICK (crazed and competitive)

GOING TO GETCHA! GOING TO GETCHA!! GOING TO GETCHA!!!


ATELIDAE (panicking, creep out, and from RV)

GET HER OFF! GET HER OFF!! GET HER OFF!!!


SAGE (serious, desperate, and from RV)

I'M TRYING TO!


PANEL 5

At the back of the moving RV, the compartment that Tess-1 is in starts to open and in the darkness is Tess-1's eyes. A mad woman's laughter is heard, as well as pounding on the windshield!


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

The upside down and shocked Joystick is being pulled back!


JOYSTICK (shocked)

WHAT?!


ATELIDAE (angry)

YEAH! DO REALLY TERRIBLE THINGS TO HER!


PANEL 2

Tess-1 is on top of the RV and riding it like it was a skateboard! It has a hold of Joystick with one of it's hands! Joystick uses her energy batons to try to make the robot to let go! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spots!


PANEL 3

As if the reader was inside the Mean Mercs' van, The RV, as well and Tess-1 and Joystick are shown through the windshield!


JOUST (in mild disbelief)

THAT IDIOT'S COMPETITIVE SIDE ALWAYS DID MAKE THINGS HARDER THEN THEY NEEDED TO BE.


PANEL 4

As id the reader was inside the RV and behind Sage and Atelidae. The windshield is full of breaks and makes it hard to see!


SAGE (business-like, serious and desperate)

I HAVE NO CHOSE BUT TO STOP BEFORE WE HIT SOMETHING!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but shown through the damaged windshield is Tess-1 falling on it's face on the pavement while still holding Joystick because of the immediate stop!


SAGE (business-like, a little guilty and low tone)

OOPS.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

The Mean Mercs van has stopped and the other three get out in action style! Joust has two hands guns out!


MAN-KILLER (determined)

POWDERKEG! TAKE CARE OF THE ROBOT!


POWDERKEG (determined)

YOU GOT IT!


PANEL 2

Joystick is freed of Tess-1 and is on the pavement dazed. Tess-1 is a few feet behind her and is getting up.


JOYSTICK (dazed)

OW.


PANEL 3

Powderkeg is shown running towards the direction where Tess-1 is and is yelling like someone ready to fight!


PANEL 4

Joystick seems serious nervous and scared because of what she sees and knows what's about to happen as she looks towards the direction where Powderkeg is!


PANEL 5

The desperate Joystick gets out of the way with superhuman agility as the yelling Powderkeg leaps and is about to body-slam Tess-1!


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Powderkeg body-slams onto Tess-1 and an explosions happens! Some static ionic energy is shown!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 2

The impact of the explosion pushes Tess-1 back and has it bounce around on the pavement!


PANEL 3

Up close, a part of Joystick is shown has she shakes her fist! In the background is the yelling again Powderkeg who's running towards the direction where Tess-1 would be!


JOYSTICK (angry and shouting)

YOU STUPID APE! DIDN'T YOU SEE ME THERE?!


JOYSTICK (angry and shouting)

HEY! DON'T YOU IGNORE ME!


PANEL 4

Man-Killer uses her super-strength to lift the RV from behind!


PANEL 5

From both sides of the front of the lifted RV, Sage and Atelidae get out! Atelidae shows monkey-like agility!


SAGE (business-like and determined)

WE HAVE TO GET OUT “NOW”!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

In the background, Sage is making a run for it! Upfront, Man-Killer is about to put down the RV and looks at Joust who has two hand guns!


MAN-KILLER (serious)

GET AFTER HER, AND REMEMBER, CAPTURE, NOT KILL.


JOUST (determined)

YEAH, YEAH.


PANEL 2

Atelidae has been running the opposite direction of Sage.


PANEL 3

Atelidae stops when she realizes that no one is chasing her!


ATELIDAE (a little confused, suspicious, and thought balloon)

WAIT.... A.... MINUTE!


PANEL 4

Atelidae is looking back!


ATELIDAE (a little confused, suspicious, and thought balloon)

NONE OF THOSE GUYS ARE COMING AFTER ME.


PANEL 5

In the background, Sage is continuing to run! Upfront, Joust is close behind her in the chase!


ATELIDAE (not shown and word box)

ARE THEY ONLY AFTER SAGE?


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Sage is surprised by a gunshot that nearly misses her!


PANEL 2

Sage heads for cover and brings out a gun that was underneath her coat!


PANEL 3

Sage comes out and fires back! Joust moves out of the way!


PANEL 4

Sage heads back to cover, while in the background, Joust takes another shot!


SAGE (business-like and thought balloon)

JUDGING BY THIS WOMAN'S MOVEMENTS, SHE IS EXTREMELY TALENTED IN FIRE ARMS, WHICH OF COURSE MEANS THAT SHE'S MISSING ME ON PURPOSE, AND THAT MEANS THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE FOCUSED ON CAPTURING US.


SAGE (business-like and thought balloon)

ALSO, SHE SEEMS AT LEAST WELL INFORMED ABOUT ME AND MY SKILLS SINCE SHE HASN'T GONE DIRECTLY TO THE CAPTURING PART AND IS TRYING TO WEAR ME OUT OR POSITIONING ME TO A POSITION WHERE SHE HAS THE ADVANTAGE.


PANEL 5

Joust, under cover, is taking out a special rifle.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

DESPITE THAT LITTLE HICCUP FROM THAT BROWN HEADED WOMAN, THESE PEOPLE DON'T PLAN TO UNDERESTIMATE US.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

Where Tess-1 is, Tess-1 is lying on the pavement and Powderkeg is on top of it and is about to land a punch to the robot!


POWDERKEG (determined)

GET READY FOR A SERIOUS BANG!


PANEL 2

Powderkeg hits Tess-1 with his fist and a big explosion happens! Some static ionic energy is shown! The pavement under Tess-1 starts to break under the impact!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 3

Another view of Powderkeg hitting the robot again and another explosion happens! Some static ionic energy is shown! The pavement under Tess-1 becomes even more damaged!


POWDERKEG (excited, determined, and loud)

BANG!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 4

Another view of Powderkeg hitting the robot again and another explosion happens! Some static ionic energy is shown! The pavement under Tess-1 becomes even more damaged!


POWDERKEG (excited, determined, and loud)

BANG!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PANEL 5

Another view of Powderkeg hitting the robot again and another explosion happens! Some static ionic energy is shown! The pavement under Tess-1 becomes even more damaged!


POWDERKEG (excited, determined, and loud)

BANG!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ERROR.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

Powderkeg was about to do another until Tess-1's fist gets in the way and hits the guy so hard that he goes flying! A hot rod engine sound is made.


POWDERKEG (knocked senseless)

BA....!


TESS-1 (fist only shown and machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 2

In the background, Powderkeg falls to the ground, while upfront, the hiding behind cover Joust, who's focused on her work to notice Powderkeg, has her special rifle ready, as well as what looks like a high tech ball of some kind with a pull pin.


PANEL 3

Jount comes out from her cover and is holding the high tech ball by the pin with her mouth because her hands are busy holding the special rifle and hand gun! She's firing the hand gun!


PANEL 4

Joust takes a risk and runs towards where Sage is and continues to fire at the surprised Sage!


PANEL 5

The surprised and determined Sage makes a run for it!


SAGE (business-like, in disbelief, and thought balloon)

IS SHE INSANE?!


PANEL 6

A close view at Sage's eyes that are filled with shock!


SAGE (business-like, shocked, and thought balloon)

UNLESS....!


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Joust throws her hand gun up in the air to free that hand!


PANEL 2

The pin of the high tech ball is still in Joust's mouth as she use her teeth to keep a firm grip so to pull it with her free hand!


PANEL 3

Joust throws the pulled high tech pull at Sage's direction!


PANEL 4

The high tech ball explodes with a flash of light that blinds Sage!


PANEL 5

A net that seems to been shot through a gun wraps around Sage!


PANEL 6

Joust, who just used the special rifle that shot the net, use her free hand to catch the hand gun that she threw up in the air with no effort.


JOUST (professional)

GOTCHA.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, Atelidae just met with Joystick as she tried to get to Sage! Joystick tries to attack Atelidae with a energy baton which hits the pavement since Atelidae dodges it with monkey-like agility!


JOYSTICK (crazed and competitive)

OH' NO! NO! NO! NO! WE CAN'T BE HAVING YOU GET IN THE WAY OF DOING OUR JOB AND GETTING OUR BREAD!


PANEL 2

The crazed and competitive Joystick goes after the spooked and monkey-agile Atelidae with superhuman agility!


PANEL 3

Atelidae does an incredible leap that brings her on top of a building! Joystick from below seems impressed!


JOYSTICK (crazed, competitive, and impressed)

WOW! AREN'T YOU THE HIPPITY-HOPPITY KIND!


PANEL 4

With superhuman agility, Joystick starts going up the building!


JOYSTICK (crazed and competitive)

BUT I BET I CAN STILL GET YOU!


PANEL 5

Upwards, Atelidae is shown looking down from top of the building.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and thought balloon)

GREAT. I DECIDED TO DO A GOOD DEED TODAY BY TRYING TO HELP SAGE AND WHAT I GET FOR IT IS THIS CAFFEINE OVERDRIVE NUT-CASE.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and thought balloon)

LIFE IS SO UNFAIR AND IS PROBABLY LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY OVER OUR MISERY.


PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Back to where Sage is, Sage is still tied up by the net and Joust has put a cellphone on her ear where Lullaby is singing through. Man-Killer is there.


PANEL 2

Same as panel 1, but Joust has remove the cellphone from Sage's ear and she and Man-Killer are a bit surprised that Lullaby's singing didn't effect her. The tied up Sage turns her head to look at Joust.


SAGE (business-like)

I WILL ADMIT THAT THE WOMAN HAS A NICE SINGING VOICE, BUT I REALLY DON'T SEE THE PURPOSE BEHIND THIS, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE TROUBLE YOU WENT THROUGH TO GET ME.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but Joust is now using the cellphone to talk to Lullaby. Man-Killer and Sage is looking at her.


JOUST (talking to cellphone and concern)

LULLABY? JOUST. QUESTION. DOES YOUR POWER WORK THROUGH CELLPHONES?


JOUST (talking to cellphone and concern)

IT DOES? THEN IT MUST BE THE WOMAN.


JOUST (talking to cellphone and concern)

I'M SAYING THAT IT DIDN'T WORK ON HER.


JOUST (talking to cellphone and concern)

I DON'T KNOW! MAYBE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT COMPUTER BRAIN YOU SAID SHE HAS!


PANEL 4

Joust closes her cellphone. Man-Killer and the tied up Sage are shown behind her.


JOUST (annoyed and direct)

FINE!


JOUST (annoyed and low tone)

SPOILED JERK.


JOUST (annoyed)

MAN-KILLER. TIME FOR YOU TO DO YOUR OWN LULLABY.


PANEL 5

Man-Killer bonks Sage in the head in a tough girl kind of way! Sage's eyes are crossed as she begins to lose conscious!


MAN-KILLER (tough and chilling)

NIGHTY NIGHT.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

Ten minutes later, the Mean Mercs van is moving.


PANEL 2

Joust is driving and notices something on her left mirror that amuses her. Man-Killer and the somewhat dazed Powderkeg are in back with the unconscious and tied up Sage.


JOUST (amused)

HEH! HEY, GUYS. LOOK BEHIND US.


PANEL 3

Joystick is making a serious desperate run from Tess-1 who's in the background at a somewhat distance and firing at her! Laughter is heard, as well as a hot rod engine sound.


MAN-SLAUGHTER (not shown and word box)

BET SHE'S NOT FEELING SO COMPETITIVE RIGHT NOW.


JOYSTICK (scared, desperate, and loud)

STOP THE VAN! STOP THE DAMN VAN, YOU IDIOTS!


PANEL 4

Joystick is running after the van and laughter is heard from inside!


JOYSTICK (desperate, angry, and loud)

I CAN HEAR YOU LAUGHING!


JOYSTICK (desperate, angry, and loud)

I SWEAR THAT IF I CATCH UP WITH YOU, I'M GOING TO KILL YOU! “KILL YOU ALL!”


PANEL 5

Joystick is still running after the van in the background at a distance, while upfront, Atelidae is crouching down in a sitting position next to Tess-1 who is partly shown and watching.


JOYSTICK (loud)

STOP!


PAGE 21


PANEL 1

Another look at the sitting Atelidae and Tess-1.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

YOU DO REALIZE THEY JUST TOOK SAGE, RIGHT?


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PANEL 2

Atelidae looks up at Tess-1.


ATELIDAE (chilling)

BUT I GUESS IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE PROGRAMMED TO PROTECT ME WHICH MEANS THAT SAGE MEANS NOTHING TO YOU.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

EH.


PANEL 3

A close look at Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (chilling and a little depressed)

WE PROBABLY SHOULD GO RESCUE HER SO WE DON'T LATER ON FEEL LIKE BASTARDS.


TESS-1 (not shown and machine voice)

EH.


PANEL 4

Atelidae is looking at Sage's RV.


PANEL 5

A close look at Atelidae who has a devilish smile.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is in running mode and holding up the RV as it goes on the highway! Atelidae is in the driver seat! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ATELIDAE (amused and acting like Speed Racer)

I MUST WIN THE RACE WITH THE CAR MY FATHER DESIGNED THAT HE FORBID ME TO ENTER BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BROTHER SO LONG AGO WHERE HE WAS LOST IN AN ACCIDENT WHILE A MYSTERIOUS RACER WHO SEEMS TO RESEMBLE HIM APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE EVER TIME I AM IN TROUBLE AND I NEED TO REMIND MYSELF TO CHECK THE TRUCK IN CASE THAT LITTLE PUNK AND HIS STUPID MONKEY DECIDED TO SNEAK IN! HUH?


PANEL 2

From the view of the scanners of a satellite, the RV is shown with readings.


FORWARD STRIKE WORKER (not shown and word box)

WE FOUND THEM, SIR.


FORWARD STRIKE BOSS (not shown and word box)

ARE YOU POSITIVE ON THE ID?


FORWARD STRIKE WORKER (not shown and word box)

AFFIRMATIVE, SIR. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY THE ROBOT, AS WELL AS THE RV THAT'S BEEN SPOTTED IN CERTAIN LOCATIONS, WHICH FOR SOME REASON THE ROBOT IS CARRYING.


FORWARD STRIKE BOSS (not shown and word box)

MISTER GRAVETON ALREADY ISSUED ORDERS TO FOLLOW ONCE THE TARGETS ARE LOCATED.


FORWARD STRIKE BOSS (not shown and word box)

PREPARE TO SEND OUT THE FIRST BATCH OF THE NEW SUPER-SOLDIERS.


TO BE CONTINUED