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Tess-1 #9

Grand Daddy

Part 2

by

Brian Uhe


PAGE 1


PANEL 1

Sledge, Atelidae, and Sage are facing the annoyed Astarte. Astarte's cellphone rings. Sounds of pounding and a hot rod engine sound are heard.


ASTARTE (annoyed and frustrated)

YOU PEOPLE JUST KEEP YOUR TRAPS SHUT OR ELSE!


SLEDGE AND ATELIDAE (amused and acting impressed)

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


PANEL 2

Astarte answers her cellphone. The sounds of pounding and a hot rod engine sound makes it hard for her to listen.


ASTARTE (angry)

WHAT?!


ASTARTE (angry)

MISTER INDIGO? HE'S BUSY RIGHT NOW.


PANEL 3

Another view of Astarte talking to her cellphone. Sounds of pounding and a hot rod engine sound are heard.


ASTARTE (annoyed)

YES, I'M SURE IT'S IMPORTANT, SINCE MISTER INDIGO LEAVES INSTRUCTIONS TO NOT BE BOTHER UNLESS IT IS IMPORTANT WHEN HE'S DOING SOMETHING THAT'S ALSO IMPORTANT, BUT RIGHT NOW HE CAN'T ANSWER THE CELL.


ASTARTE (annoyed)

NO, I WILL NOT REPEAT WHAT I JUST SAID BECAUSE I'M FRUSTRATED ENOUGH.


PANEL 4

Another view of Astarte with cellphone who notices the amused Atelidae move her leg out as if she's about to move. Sounds of pounding and a hot rod engine sound are heard.


ASTARTE (annoyed and frustrated)

DON'T EVEN THINK OF IT, YOU LITTLE BRAT!


ASTARTE (annoyed and frustrated)

NO, I WAS NOT TALKING TO YOU!


PANEL 5

A closer look at Astarte with cellphone. Sounds of pounding and a hot rod engine sound are heard.


ASTARTE (angry)

YOU'RE ASKING WHY HE CAN'T ANSWER THE CELL?!


PAGE 2


PANEL 1

Tess-1 is lifting a big and junked RV and looks like it's about to pound Indigo with it! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ASTARTE (not shown, loud, and direct)

IT'S BECAUSE A BIG ROBOT IS TRYING TO BASH HIM LIKE SOME RELENTLESS BARBARIAN!


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 2

A close view of Sledge.


SLEDGE (amused)

HEH! HEH! “BADASS!”


ASTARTE (not shown and loud)

SHUT UP, YOU!


ASTARTE (not shown)

NO, I'M NOT TALKING TO YOU!


PAGE 3


PANEL 1

Indigo manages to roll away from Tess-1's RV “weapon” that gets pounded on the ground! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, concern, and thought balloon)

IT WOULD APPEAR THAT I BIT OFF MORE THEN I CAN CHEW.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 is the main focus as it still holds the RV which it looks like it's about to swing in a big way! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown and word box)

THIS THINGS IS NOT ONLY EXTREMELY POWERFUL, BUT IT'S QUICKER AND MORE AGILE THEN IT SEEMLY OBVIOUS HEIGHT AND WEIGHT WOULD NORMALLY PREVENT.


PANEL 3

The RV is thrown and forces Indigo, who's not shown, to a pile of junk!


PANEL 4

The determined Indigo punches through the RV to free himself!


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (determined and thought balloon)

NOT TO MENTION IT'S DIRECT OBSESSION ON TAKING ME DOWN.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (determined and thought balloon)

LOVE TO HAVE SOME OF THAT DETERMINATION FOR MY ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT.


PANEL 5

Indigo looks up and see Tess-1 up in the air who looks like it's plans to stomp him with it's foot! A RA-NA-NA-NA-NA sound is made.


PAGE 4


PANEL 1

Indigo manages to leap out of the way as Tess-1's foot stumps the ground so hard that it causes damage to it and a small pile of dust! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 2

Indigo gets behind a heap of junk to give himself some breathing space!


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2, but Tess-1 goes through that junk heap in a attempt to get Indigo! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 tries to grab the determined and getting tired Indigo who dunks! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 5

Astarte Atelidae, Sledge, and Sage are shown. The three give Astarte a awkward look because of what she says.


ASTARTE (confident and arrogant)

YOU DO REALIZE THAT THIS WILL END IN OUR FAVOR?


ATELIDAE (confused and awkward)

SAY WHA....?


PAGE 5


PANEL 1

Indigo continues to fight Tess-1 the best he can! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ASTARTE (not shown and word box)

MISTER INDIGO IS MORE THEN JUST A BRUTE, BUT A GENIUS AHEAD OF HIS TIME.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

SIGN. HERE WE GO AGAIN.


PANEL 2

Upfront is Astarte who seems a bit annoyed to what Sledge says, while in the background is Sledge, Atelidae, and Sage.


SLEDGE (serious and a little depressed)

LISTEN, LADY, YOUR BOSS CAN BE THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE MULTIVERSE FOR ANYONE TO CARE, OR YOU CAN BE ONE OF THOSE WHO THINK THERE'S A SOLUTION FOR EVERYTHING AS AN ABSOLUTE, BUT LIFE CAN SOMETIMES BE LIKE CARDS AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE TIMES WHERE YOU'RE DEALT WITH A BAD HAND, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE.


SLEDGE (serious and little depressed)

FOR YOUR BOSS, IT'S ONE OF THOSE SUCKY TIMES.


PANEL 3

Upfront, the backs of Astarte, Sledge, Sage, and Atelidae are shown, in the background, are heaps of junk. Astarte tunrs her head to look at Sledge.


ASTARTE (annoyed and arrogant)

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and in disbelief)

AND” HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THAT.


ATELIDAE (annoyed and in disbelief)

YOU'RE REALLY INTO THIS BELIEF THAT EVERYONE'S A DIMWIT WHEN COMPARED TO YOU AND YOUR BOSS, AREN'T YOU?


ASTARTE (annoyed, arrogant, and direct)

MISTER INDIGO “WILL” WIN!


PANEL 4

Same as panel 3, but in the background, a flying Indigo hits one of the junk piles with his back! Astarte is surprised by this!


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but Indigo falls onto the ground face first! Dust is produced from the impact!


ATELIDAE (mild and sarcasm)

YOU'RE DOING AN AWESOME JOB, MISTER INDIGO.


PAGE 6


PANEL 1

Upfront is Astarte, while behind her is Sledge Atelidae, and Sage. Astarte is both annoyed and surprised.


SLEDGE (serious)

I SUGGEST YOU PUT A STOP TO THIS AND LEAVE BEFORE HE RUNS OUT OF STAMINA.


PANEL 2

Tess-1 has the junk RV again and plans to bash Indigo with it again! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hurting and sarcasm)

YOU MUST REALLY LIKE THAT RV.


PANEL 3

The hurt, but determined, Indigo gets up and tackles Tess-1 who drops the RV as it's pushed back!


PANEL 4

Tess-1 is on the ground on it's back with Indigo on top! The determined Indigo starts to punch the robot hard! Static ionic energy is shown on the hit spot of the robot!


PANEL 5

Tess-1's hand is shown grabbing the distress Indigo!


PANEL 6

Indigo is up in the air and out of control after being thrown!


PAGE 7


PANEL 1

The hurt, but determined, Indigo gets up! Not willing to show any weakness to his opponent!


PANEL 2

Tess-1's in running mode and heads towards Indigo! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hurting, annoyed, and determined)

YOU....UGH.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hurting, annoyed, and determined)

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU'RE....


PANEL 3

Tess-1 attempts a punch, but Indigo manages to grab the arm! A hot rod engine sound is made.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (direct and determined)

MESSING WITH!


PANEL 4

Indigo uses Tess-1's momentum to flip him over!


PANEL 5

The movement ends with a throw of the robot into a junk heap!


PAGE 8


PANEL 1

The exhausted Indigo falls on one knee.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hurt, amused, and tired)

HEH! GUESS THAT'S IT FOR ME.


PANEL 2

A bad-ass chainsaw comes out of Tess-1 right fore arm!


COMPUTER READOUT BOX

IMPROVISE.


PANEL 3

Tess-1 is in running mode and quickly heads towards the exhausted Indigo with plans to strike the deviant down with the chainsaw! A hot rod engine sound is made.


TESS-1 (machine voice)

ELIMINATE.


PANEL 4

Tess-1 is about to deliver the killing blow! A hot rod engine sound is made.


PANEL 5

The chainsaw is close to Indigo's neck!


ATELIDAE (not shown and loud)

STOP!


PAGE 9


PANEL 1

The chainsaw near Indigo's neck stops running!


PANEL 2

Upfront is Indigo's head and the chainsaw near his neck. Indigo stays firm to show no weakness. In the background is Astarte, Sledge, Ateldiae, and Sage.


SLEDGE (serious)

IT'S OVER, YOU LOST, AND I'M GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO WALK AWAY FROM THIS BECAUSE I'M A VERY NICE.... AND STUPID.... OLD MAN.


SLEDGE (serious)

YOU DIDN'T LIVE THIS LONG BY MAKING STUPID CHOICES, INDIGO, SO DON'T START NOW.


PANEL 3

Astarte reacts to this by generating energy from her hands as if she's about to go into action! Atelidae is there and has a facial expression that says that she believes Astarte is asking for trouble.


ASTARTE (angry and determined)

WE WILL NOT STAND DOWN, OLD MAN, AND YOU AND THE REST HERE WILL BE COMING WITH US AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT AFTER WE BLAST THAT PIECE OF JUNK INTO OBLIVION!


ATELIDAE (awkward)

WOW, YOU'RE GOING TO SERIOUSLY REGRET SAYING THAT ANY MINUTE NOW.


PANEL 4

A force beam hits Astarte and pushes her back to into a junk heap “HARD!”


ATELIDAE (chilling)

TOLD YA.


PANEL 5

Indigo starts getting up. Tess-1 just stands there while the chainsaw starts to go back inside it's fore arm.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (hurt, firm, and in charge)

FINE. CONTINUING THIS WOULD JUST GET IN THE WAY OF MY PLANS WHICH I'M NOT FOOLISH ENOUGH TO THROW AWAY IN A GRUDGE FIGHT WHERE I DON'T HAVE THE ADVANTAGE TO WIN.


SLEDGE (a bit impressed and serious)

ALWAYS THE GOOD BUSINESSMAN WHEN YOU NEED TO BE, BUT IF YOU DON'T WISE UP ABOUT THIS WORLD TAKE OVER DEAL, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A BUSINESS TO BE ONE WITH.


PAGE 10


PANEL 1

A half-hour later, the transport arrives in the form of a advanced aircraft. The injured Sword team enter the aircraft. Indigo and Astarte are waiting until everyones in, while Sledge, Atelidae, and Sage are waiting for them to leave.


PANEL 2

Indigo and Astarte start entering the aircraft.


PANEL 3

Sledge, Sage, and Atelidae start to go back to Sledge's place. Atelidae stops and turns her head when someone calls her.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (not shown)

HEY, KID.


PANEL 4

Astarte is almost inside the aircraft, while Indigo will be the last to enter.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and a bit impressed)

THAT ROBOT, WHICH I'M GUESSING IS YOURS SINCE HE OBEY THAT STOP ORDER FROM YOU, IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.


ODYSSEUS INDIGO (firm, in charge, and a bit impressed)

WHAT DO YOU CALL THE TECHNOLOGY?


PANEL 5

A closeup of Atelidae's face.


ATELIDAE (smirk)

HEAVY METAL.


PAGE 11


PANEL 1

Inside Sledge's place, Sledge seems to be in a hurry and Atelidae and Sage notices this.


SLEDGE (serious and in a hurry)

RIGHT! TIME TO DO A MAGIC TRICK AND DISAPPEAR!


ATELIDAE (concern)

WHERE WE GOING, GRANDPA?


PANEL 2

Upfront, the back/side of Atelidae's head is shown. In the background, Sage and Sledge are shown. Sledge has turn around and looks concern about what Ateldiae just said.


PANEL 3

Same as panel 2.


SLEDGE (serious)

RIGHT! TIME FOR THE ADULTS TO TALK!


ATELIDAE (shocked and angry)

HEY!


PANEL 4

Sledge and Sage are in the same hallway that they were in when they were delivering Vanisher's burger.


SLEDGE (serious)

LISTEN, I SUSPECT THE REASON YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWING MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS BECAUSE OF HER HUMAN FATHER WHO'S STILL HAS HIS MUTANT POWERS AND IS MISSING.


SAGE (business-like)

IF YOU'RE ASKING ME TO PROTECT HER, THEN THERE'S NO NEED TO ASK, SINCE I'M MORE THEN WILLING....


SLEDGE (serious)

PLEASE, I'M TRYING TO MAKE A BUSINESS PROPOSAL.... A FAVOR FOR A FAVOR.


PANEL 5

Sledge opens a painting like a door lid to reveal an advanced safe.


PAGE 12


PANEL 1

Sledge brings out a portable device from the safe and Sage watches him.


SLEDGE (serious)

NOT ONLY WILL THE DOMACLES FOUNDATION BE COMING BACK SOON, BUT IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE FORWARD STRIKE LEARNS OF THIS PLACE, SINCE THEY'RE SERIOUSLY EAGER OF WIPING OUT ANY DEVIANTS ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET.


SAGE (business-like)

NORMALLY, I WOULD SUGGEST CALLING THE X-MEN ON THIS, BUT THEY'RE ALREADY STRETCHING THIN WITH RESOURCES, ESPECIALLY WITH THE REPAIR WORK AFTER THE MAJOR ATTACKS.


SLEDGE (serious)

AND HAVING BOTH THE FOUNDATION AND FORWARD STRIKE AS ENEMIES WOULD PROBABLY PUSH THEM TO THEIR BREAKING POINT.


PANEL 2

Sledge hands Sage the device.


SLEDGE (serious)

AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO PLAY IT SMART, TO WAIT FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT TO ACT WHEN A OPENING APPEARS, BUT FOR NOW IT'S BEST TO MAKE IT HARD FOR BOTH GROUPS TO GETTING WHAT THEY WANT.


SAGE (business-like)

AND THIS DEVICE?


SLEDGE (serious)

IT HAS DATA ON ALL MY CONTACTS, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO OWE ME BIG FAVORS WHO CAN HELP YOU IF THE NEED COMES.


PANEL 3

Atelidae is sitting on the couch acting snooty for being left out.


SAGE (not shown and word box)

YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE WE'RE PARTING WAYS.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

I'M AN OLD MAN WITH BAD LEGS WHICH WILL DO NOTHING BUT PUT YOU TWO IN EVEN GREATER DANGER.


PANEL 4

Sledge's hand is shown carrying another device.


SLEDGE (hand only shown)

BUT IT'S NOT LIKE I'M GOING TO WAIT AROUND AND MEET MY END.


SLEDGE (hand only shown)

THIS DEVICE I RECENTLY CREATED IS AN AMPLIFIER WHICH WILL HELP VANISHER TELEPORT OUT OF HERE, BUT WITH HIS INJURIES IT WILL BE A SHORT RANGE OF TRANSPORT, WHICH MEANS WE'LL BE PUSHING IT CLOSE WHERE THE ENEMY, IF THEY KNOW WHERE WE ARE, WON'T ALLOW US A DAY REST.


SLEDGE (hand only shown)

THIS WILL BE A RISKY GAMBLE FOR US, ESPECIALLY SINCE TELFORD IS A CERTIFIED BACK-STABBER, THERE BY MAKING THAT GAMBLE BECOME EVEN MORE RISKY WHICH IS WHY IT'S UNWISE FOR ATELIDAE TO BE WITH ME.


PANEL 5

Sage and Sledge are facing each other.


SAGE (business-like)

YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER AND I HAVE THIS DEAL, THIS IMAGINARY LINE, WHICH SEPARATES US AND A BIG ROBOT TO ENFORCE IT JUST IN CASE.


SLEDGE (serious)

NO PROBLEM SINCE I'M HER GRANDFATHER.


SLEDGE (serious)

I'LL JUST TELL HER THAT THE DEAL YOU TWO HAVE IS OFF AND THAT SHE HAS TO DO AS YOU SAY FOR NOW ON.


SAGE (business-like)

WELL.... IF YOU SAY SO.


PANEL 6

Sage and Sledge start to head back. Sage is in the lead and Sledge has just pass the door which leads to the room that Vanisher is in.


VANISHER (not shown and from door)

I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ME.


SLEDGE (grumpy)

AH' SHUDDUP, YA CERTIFIED BACK-STABBING BASTARD!


PAGE 13


PANEL 1

A few minutes later, Sledge is the main focus.


SLEDGE (angry and direct)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN “NO!”


PANEL 2

Sledge and Ateldiae are facing each other. They're in the room where the coach and TV are.


ATELIDAE (angry)

I WOULD BE SAFER WITH A PACK OF HUNGRY WOLVES WITH RABIES THEN THIS X-MAN!


ATELIDAE (angry)

I MEAN SERIOUSLY, THESE PEOPLE PUT THEMSELVES IN ONE PLACE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS WHERE THEY ARE AND I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF SOME PEOPLE IN SAN FRANCISCO WORRY THAT SOMEONE WILL DECIDE TO NUKE THEM!


ATELIDAE (angry)

HOW DO YOU CALL THAT BEING EVOLVED IF YOU'RE THAT STUPID, AND YOU WANT ONE OF THEM TO WATCH OVER ME?!


PANEL 3

Upfront, Sledge and Atelidae are giving each other a tough guy staring contest, while in the background is Sage watching while raising one eyebrow. The two deviants are giving out a mild growl.


SAGE (business-like and thought balloon)

I HAD A FEELING THAT SLEDGE'S EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN WAS LIMITED WHEN HE SAID THIS WOULD BE EASY.


PANEL 4

Another view of Sledge and Atelidae. Atelidae is sticking her tongue at Sledge.


SLEDGE (angry)

LISTEN HERE, YOUNG LADY! I.... AM.... YOUR.... GRANDFATHER.... AND I SAY YOU'RE GOING TO GO WITH THIS WOMAN, AND IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, I'M ALSO BIGGER AND OLDER THEN YOU!


SLEDGE (angry)

AND PUT THAT TONGUE BACK INTO YOUR MOUTH!


ATELIDAE (annoying and tongue sticking out)

MUCK MEH!


PANEL 5

Again the two are doing the tough guy staring contest, while Sage is still watching. The two deviants are giving out a mild growl.


SAGE (a little tired, business-like, and thought balloon)

THIS WILL DEFIANTLY TAKE ALL NIGHT.


PAGE 14


PANEL 1

Atelidae is the main focus.


ATELIDAE (angry)

PAPA CUSTOMIZED TESSY TO PROTECT ME FROM THREATS LIKE FORWARD STRIKE, SO WHY WOULD I NEED ANYONE ELSE?


SLEDGE (not shown)

YOUR FRIEND IS GOOD AT THE KILL, SMASH, AND DESTROY THING, BUT SOMETIME YOU NEED SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T BRING ANY UNWANTED ATTENTION, LIKE A WELL ARMED ARMY.


SLEDGE (not shown)

TESSY IS A FORMIDABLE MACHINE, BUT THE HARDER YOU PUSH BACK, THE HARDER YOUR ENEMIES WILL PUSH, AND SOONER OR LATER SOMETHING IS GOING TO BREAK, AND IT MAY COME FROM YOUR SIDE.


SLEDGE (not shown)

TRUST ME ON THIS, SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY IS TO AVOID SOMETHING THAT'S TOO MUCH TROUBLE AND LEAVE BEFORE YOU'RE SPOTTED AND CAUGHT IN THAT MESS.


PANEL 2

Ateldiae's is shown as her grandfather faces her.


SLEDGE (serious and sad)

LISTEN, ATELIDAE.... I'M NOT DOING THIS TO PUNISH YOU, BECAUSE YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. THIS ISN'T YOUR'S OR ANYONE'S FAULT, EXCEPT FORWARD STRIKE, WHILE THE DAMOCLES FOUNDATION WILL PROBABLY END UP POURING GASOLINE INTO THE INFERNO.


SLEDGE (serious and sad)

I'M DOING THIS BECAUSE I'M A GRANDFATHER, ALTHOUGH A BASTARD AT TIMES, WHO WANTS HIS GRANDCHILD TO HAVE HER FUTURE THAT'S STILL AHEAD OF HER AND MY OPTIONS RIGHT NOW ARE LIMITED.


SLEDGE (serious and sad)

IF I HAD A BETTER IDEA, THEN I WOULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.


PANEL 3

Another view of Sledge and Atelidae.


ATELIDAE (concern)

BUT WHY CAN'T YOU DO IT, GRANDPA?


SLEDGE (serious and sad)

YOU'RE A SMART GIRL, SOMETIMES SMARTER THEN US ADULTS, AND DEEP INSIDE YOU KNOW THAT I'LL JUST BE MORE OF A HELP TO THE ONES AFTER US BY SLOWING YOU DOWN, BUT I HAVE PLANS OF MY OWN TO GETTING OUT OF HERE WHICH HAS A LOT OF RISKS INVOLVED AND THE ODDS AREN'T AS GREAT AS I WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE.


PANEL 4

The concern and sad Atelidae is the main focus.


SLEDGE (not shown)

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WE DON'T WANT TO DO, BUT SHOULD AT LEAST BE THANKFUL THAT IT ISN'T WORSE, BECAUSE IT CAN BE WORSE WHICH WOULD FORCE EVEN HARDER CHOICES.


PANEL 5

The next day and morning, they're now outside of Sledge's place. Sage has her motorbike and Tess-1 is there standing.


PAGE 15


PANEL 1

A close look at the three.


SLEDGE (trying to be cheerful)

I GAVE SAGE MY CONTACTS THAT MAY HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY, BUT DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON THEM, AND I'M THINKING YOUR UNCLE MAY ALSO BE A HELP WHO'S.... DOING....”SOMETHING”.... IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD.


PANEL 2

Atelidae is the main focus and has her fist next to her in a “power to the people” kind of thing.


ATELIDAE (spunk)

HE AND OTHER DEVIANTS ARE PRETENDING TO BE HUMANS DISGUISED AS MONSTERS AS THEY GO ON TOUR WITH THEIR BAND CALLED “WICKED EVIL”!


SLEDGE (trying to be cheerful and awkward)

YEAH, I SEEM TO REMEMBER HIM DOING SOMETHING WEIRD, BUT THERE'S A CHANCE THAT HE WILL BE SOME HELP WITH THE STUFF I LEFT WITH HIM.


PANEL 3

Another view of Sledge and Atelidae.


SLEDGE (trying to be cheerful and amused)

TELL HIM I SAID TO HELP YOU.... ON SECOND THOUGHT.... LIE AND TELL HIM THAT HIS MOTHER SAID TO HELP YOU.


ATELIDAE (amused)

HE'S ALWAYS BEEN “TERRIFIED” OF GRANDMA.


SLEDGE (trying to be cheerful and amused)

YEAH, AIN'T THAT SAD?


PANEL 4

At a somewhat distance, Atelidae and Sage are leaving. Atelidae is on Tess-1's head who is walking away and Sage is pushing her bike. Sledge is watching them leave.


PANEL 5

A close look at Atelidae as she turns her head to look back with a sad face.


PANEL 6

A view of Sledge who gives a smile as a sign that says things will be alright.


PAGE 16


PANEL 1

A close look at the left side of Sledge's smile with a mild laugh.


PANEL 2

The backs of the three are shown as they walk away.


SLEDGE (not shown and word box)

A CHILD AND HER CLOCKWORK TOY.


PAGE 17


PANEL 1

Elsewhere, at the Forward Strike base, Mary Sandmon is walking in a hallway with a computer pad in hand.


PANEL 2

She passes by a target practice room where some soldier are shooting at some cardboard targets made to look like monsters that represents deviants.


TRAINER (loud and demanding)

MAKE SURE YOUR FIRST SHOTS COUNT BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE A SECOND ONE!


PANEL 3

Sandmon passes by two employees talking.


EMPLOYEE #1 (busy)

WE MAY HAVE FOUND A POSSIBLE DEVIANT HIDEOUT IN VERMONT.


EMPLOYEE #2 (busy)

THERE ARE AREAS WHERE THERE AREN'T MANY PEOPLE WHICH WOULD MAKE IT PERFECT FOR HIDING.


PANEL 4

Some soldiers with guns runs pass Sandmon who acts as if this is routine here.


SOLDIER IN CHARGE (loud and demanding)

MOVE IT, PEOPLE! DEVIANTS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN KANSAS, AND IF THEY'RE GONE BEFORE WE GET THERE, THEN THERE'S GOING TO BE HELL TO PAY FOR YOU LAZY BASTARDS!


PANEL 5

Another view of Mary as she gets closer to her destination.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES (not shown and low tone)

SECTION 234 ACTIVE.... SECTION 156 ACTIVE.... SECTION 567 ACTIVE.... SECTION 987 ACTIVE.


PAGE 18


PANEL 1

Mary Sandmon enters a big room where Thomas Graveton is sitting next to a machine that's generating a big hologram of the earth.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

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PAGE 19


PANEL 1

Mary Sandmon is no standing behind the sitting Thomas Graveton.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 390 ACTIVE.... SECTION 256 ACTIVE.... SECTION 334 ACTIVE.... SECTION 767 ACTIVE.


MARY SANDMON (professional)

AND SO IT BEGINS.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

YES.... IT'S AS YOU ONCE SAID, BY NOW THEY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT SOMEONE IS AFTER THEM AND THEY ARE NO DOUBT MAKING PREPARATIONS, SO WE MUST CHANGE OUR TACTICS AND DOUBLE, OR EVEN TRIPLE IF WE MUST, OUR EFFORTS.


PANEL 2

Another view of Mary and Thomas.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 998 ACTIVE.... SECTION 1043 ACTIVE.... SECTION 787 ACTIVE.... SECTION 651 ACTIVE....


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

THE RISKS ARE NOW MUCH HIGHER THEN BEFORE, SINCE LOGIC INDICATES THAT BEINGS DEFENDING THEMSELVES ARE MORE DANGEROUS THEN ONES CAUGHT BY SURPRISE, BUT THE PRICE OF TAKING SUCH RISKS ARE MUCH LOWER THEN DOING NOTHING AND ALLOWING THESE “THINGS” TO TAKE OVER ONE DAY.


PANEL 3

A close look at Thomas.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 334 ACTIVE.... SECTION 878 ACTIVE.... SECTION 1026 ACTIVE.... SECTION 435 ACTIVE.


THOMAS GRAVETON (in charge)

WE MUST FIGHT THIS BATTLE.... AND WE MUST “WIN”!


PANEL 4

Thomas, Mary, and the earth hologram is shown above from a distance.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 925 ACTIVE.... SECTION 12 ACTIVE.... SECTION 777 ACTIVE.... SECTION 200 ACTIVE.


PANEL 5

The outside of the Forward Strike base is shown above at a distance.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 544 ACTIVE.... SECTION 321 ACTIVE.... SECTION 1067 ACTIVE.... SECTION 890 ACTIVE.


PANEL 6

A part of the earth is shown. The United States part.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

SECTION 678 ACTIVE.... SECTION 470 ACTIVE.... SECTION 9 ACTIVE.... SECTION 22 ACTIVE.


PAGE 20


PANEL 1

The round earth is shown.


COMMUNICATOR VOICES

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PAGE 21

Nothing but blackness, a blank state, with white letters that say “WAR IS COMING.”.


PAGE 22


PANEL 1

Back at Sledge's place, Sledge is still standing where he was as he watching his granddaughter and the other two leave, who are now long gone, but he seems to have used his energies on looking at what looks like a pocket watch.


PANEL 2

Inside what seems like a pocket watch is a picture of Atelidae as a baby who is smiling.


PANEL 3

Sledge starts to go back into his place as he puts the object insode his pocket.


SLEDGE (mild and a bit tired)

MINE AS WELL AS GET GOING WHILE I STILL HAVE THE CHANCE, INSTEAD OF STANDING AROUND IN A DAZE.


PANEL 4

Sledge's place, outside, is shown at a somewhat distance.


SLEDGE (not shown and from place)

GET UP, TELEFORD!


VANISHER (not shown and from place)

WHA....?


SLEDGE (not shown and from place)

I SAID “GET UP”! WE NEED TO GET GOING AND YOUR MY ONLY TRANSPORT SINCE THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THEY CAN DETECT MY DEVICES HIGH ENERGY SIGNALS!


VANISHER (not shown and from place)

ARE YOU INSANE?! I'M SERIOUSLY INJURED HERE!


SLEDGE (not shown and from place)

YOU'RE GOING TO MORE THEN INJURED, YOU'LL BE “DEAD” IF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE HERE COME BACK, OR SOMEONE JUST AS BAD!


VANISHER (not shown and from place)

THE X-MEN DON'T KILL, AT LEAST MOST OF THEM, BUT....!


SLEDGE (not shown and from place)

THOSE WEREN'T X-MEN, TELEFORD!


VANISHER (not shown and from place)

THEN.... THEY'RE....?


SLEDGE (not shown and from place)

YEAH, THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE, SO LET'S GET GOING.


PANEL 5

Same as panel 4, but a sound of teleportation is heard from with in.


THE END