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Five Years Gone
Date: Spring 2012 Characters: Lucy Vorena, Mohinder Suresh, Candice… 
2nd-Oct-2007 05:04 pm
Date: Spring 2012
Characters: Lucy Vorena, Mohinder Suresh, Candice Wilmer
Summary: The Company investigates a past test subject.
Warning(s): None
Status: In Progress

There was a cool breeze in the air around the courtyard of the school. The school day was just beginning and the crowds of students in maroon jackets had already dispersed to their various classes. Lucy was late, as she often was, she liked to drive to school and finding a suitable place to park her benz often took more time than the actual commute.

As she approached the building she debated on whether she should bother with home room, which was a waste of her hour anyway, or walk down the street to the library and study for calculus. Lucy didn't expect anyone to be loitering on the school steps as she approached, nor did she expect that they would look directly at her. It seemed like they were waiting, and even more unsettling, they seemed to be waiting for her.
2nd-Oct-2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
She wasn't anyone's babysitter, no matter where they ranked in the food chain, or so Candice kept telling herself as sat on the cold concrete steps. Suresh's experiments were the stuff of rumors for people like her in the Company - everyone talked so everyone had something to say. He was salvation. He was a murderer.

He was just another guy, just another 'normal' and she couldn't quite believe she'd woken up so early to make sure he wasn't attacked by pre-schoolers.

"Is that the girl?" she nodded discretely, looking up at the good doctor without making a move to stand.
2nd-Oct-2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Mohinder didn't have to look at the files in his shoulder bag to know the girl when he saw her; he'd spent plenty of time studying the data on her as it stood. He could be obsessive when he had new potential DNA to analyse, and really, he was chomping at the bit to get on with it, no matter how exhausted he felt, and he was. Weariness was a constant companion these days.

"So it seems," he agreed softly, glancing down at Candice from where he was leaning against the metal railing. "Here's hoping she agrees to come quietly. I've no stomach for theatrics this morning."
2nd-Oct-2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Lucy shouldered her book bag, and intended to pass the other two without acknowledging she had seen them. It worked enough on the other adults she dealt with on a daily basis. Ignore them, and they usually ignored her.

If they really were waiting for her, there would be a problem.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Candice would perhaps have liked to say something about teenage girls and theatrics going hand in hand, but it wasn't her place to fraternize with the enemy. Company policy could say all it wanted about cooperation and mutual goals, as long as people like him wanted people like her dead, he was the enemy. It didn't matter that she'd once, not so long before, been married to the enemy. He'd just worn a different face, then.

Shaking herself from such thoughts, she stood, digging her hands deeper into her pockets.

"Lucy Vorena? We'd like to talk to you for a moment, if that's alright," she called out to the girl, hoping it would be, hoping they wouldn't have to use force.

Enemy or not, Candice always followed orders.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Mohinder nodded a little bit. He always wanted to flash a badge like they did on television, but that was ridiculous, he knew. Amazing what nonsense the brain amused itself with.

"Just a few questions," he reassuringly added, smiling kindly at the young woman. That was a lie, but he'd become adept at lying. Mohinder didn't know what that said about himself. So, as with so many other things, he just shoved it aside and refused to think about it.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Lucy stopped on the stairs, while keeping appropriate distance, and stared petulantly at the both of them. Strangers who knew her name were never good, especially if one of the strangers looked like the man known for his research on meta-humans.

"I'm not dumb, I watch TV and I have a subscription to Scientific American, if you are who I think you are," Lucy paused and stared directly at the man, "you wouldn't waste your time just asking questions unless there was some legal issue involved that is forcing you to do it yourself. I'm late for class, what do you want?"

She rested a hand on her hip and pursed her lips as she continued to stare petulantly, knowing that sometimes not showing fear was intimidating enough to those who posed a threat. It was something she had plenty of practice with in dealing with her father.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Candice stifled a smile that threatened to make its way to her lips. It wasn't so hard, considering what she could do, but it was habit for those days when Suresh finally figured out how to make them all normal.

Darting a look to the Doctor, she kept otherwise silent, more interested in potential dangers and getting out of this as quickly as she could. It was never pleasant dealing with rookies and even more so if they were like her. She almost didn't want to tune out what Suresh needed with the girl. It was irrelevant.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
"Very astute," Mohinder said, arching one eyebrow. This was not going to be easy. It was never easy. If Mohinder had cause to believe in God, or various incarnations thereof, he'd be sure that the Divine existed solely to make his life difficult these days. "But class is, I should think, rather low on the priority list at the moment. You've come up as a person of interest to various organisations, and if you suppose you know who I am, then I suppose you can gather why that might be. We can discuss this here, or you can come with us and we can discuss this at a more secure facility. But we shall be discussing it all the same, Miss Vorena."
2nd-Oct-2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
"You're here because of my father, because of what he could do. He's dead and you can't perform your tests on him." Lucy rolled her eyes, getting straight to the point. "I'm his daughter and alive, so you'd want to do your tests on me instead. I've been there, done that. I was listed normal back then, I'm still the same I was six years ago. We'll just be wasting time."

Which was a lie, but they didn't need to know that.

2nd-Oct-2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
She was a tough kid, Candice had to give her that. No matter how many people were brought in, the experience couldn't be called mundane. It was scary and difficult and no one quite got over it.

People like Suresh couldn't understand that.
2nd-Oct-2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Mohinder suppressed the urge to sigh. No-one ever wanted to be studied, he understood that. It just was such a bloody irritation! "Your DNA is abnormal, but the question is if said abnormalities have presented in any meaningful way. So no, miss, you were not listed as normal. You've been observed, and that's the long and short of the issue," he explained. "You need to come with us for further testing, and if you haven't manifested anything interesting, you will have my sincere apologies for interrupting your schooling."
2nd-Oct-2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
"There's no chance you're going to leave me alone until I go," Lucy sighed and rolled her eyes at him. "Fine. Do your tests, but when I say we're done, we're done. My father left me with a lot of money and friends in high places. Even you wouldn't risk pushing me too far, doctor."

For all of the tough talk and hard stare, Lucy was terrified. But she'd go to hell first before she'd show it.
3rd-Oct-2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Candice shuffled her feet, blowing out a sigh. This wasn't how things went for people who got picked up by the government, but self-deception was as good for survival as any gun.

"Whatever you say, sweetpea," she breathed, turning her attention to Suresh. He outranked her, he had the last word in mostly everything.
3rd-Oct-2007 12:06 am (UTC)
"I assure you, we're entirely aware of your familial connections and status, Miss Vorena. But thank you for your consent," Mohinder said, relaxing a little. She was going to be a trial, but at least she was coming along without much of a fight. Thank goodness for the small things, really.

He nodded a little at Candice, indicating that yes, it was time to go, they had enough consent to take her in. Her presence, as much as he was aware of the low level of hostility that lurked there beneath the surface, was reassuring. He wasn't allowed to do field work on his own, but given Vorena's connections and his own willingness to get out of the office, he'd decided he'd at least venture out for this. Candice did give him a sense of security, somehow. She might not have liked him, but she wasn't going to allow him to be killed, of that he was certain.
3rd-Oct-2007 01:59 am (UTC)
"We will take my car, I'll drive, you tell me where to go." Lucy stated as she began to walk back to where she had parked, showing no concern if they kept pace with her or not. "I'm sure you have people to retrieve your unmarked car or van later. When we're done I would prefer having means to go home without your assistance."

And you're less likely going to tranquilize me while I'm driving.
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