The Family Reunion
Bolt sped down the corridors of the Destroyers' headquarters looking for her old teammate, Icicle. Mind Controller had suggested that she ask for Icicle and Magnetizer's help to get the rest of Team-A out of jail. She found Icicle just entering the main hall.
"Hey, Icicle," Bolt said cheerfully, as she raced to the light-blue skinned girl with whitish-blue curly hair.
"Bolt, it's nice to see you. It's been about a year now, hasn't it? The last I heard, you had a run in with Flash and Speed," Icicle asked.
"Well, that's why I'm here. You see, on our last job, Flash, Speed, and I think their daughter, showed up; and to make a long story short, everyone but Mind Controller and I were caught. So, we were wondering, if you would be willing to help us break them out of jail. Magnetizer has already agreed to help; how about you?" Bolt asked.
"Sure, I don't see why not. Wait a minute, everyone? I am not rescuing Flame Thrower. He's the reason I transferred off this team in the first place," Icicle replied.
"That's why we have Magnetizer; you won't have to go near Flame Thrower," Bolt explained.
"Well," She paused. "Ok," Icicle replied hesitantly.
Lisa came home from her last day of school and found her mom rummaging through some old boxes in the attic.
"What are you looking at?" Lisa asked, as she sped next to her mom. "A birth certificate?" Lisa asked curiously, "Who's Maria West?"
"She's..." Caroline paused. "Your older sister."
"My older sister? But I don't have an older sister," Lisa replied confused.
"We should have told you a long time ago, but the subject never came up. You see, Maria died the same day she was born, exactly eighteen years ago," Caroline replied sadly.
I had an older sister. Lisa thought in surprised.
The room went completely silent.
"So, do you think you will be able to come on patrol with us tonight, now that you're done with your training," Caroline asked, breaking the silence.
"Yeah, that is, if it is ok with you and Dad," Lisa replied uncertainly.
"Sure, it's fine. As long as you are careful," Caroline replied, putting the birth certificate back in the box and pushing the box aside. "Hey, why don't we surprise Dad with a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies?" Caroline suggested, as she got up and went down the stairs.
Bolt sped into the meeting room at their new headquarters. Everyone, but Mind Controller, was already there. Icicle and Magnetizer were both studying and discussing the layout of the high security prison, which was normal for Icicle to do before any mission. Bolt sat down in a chair across the table from them and waited for Mind Controller to join them.
"Ok, let's get going; we have a lot of planning to do," Mind Controller said, as she entered the room. "Icicle, do you have any comments before we get started?"
"Yes, I have studied these plans very closely, and thought of every possible way to do this, and it is impossible," Icicle replied.
"Icicle, you are always over studying things and thinking of anything and everything that could possibly go wrong. Let's all discuss it and then decide if it is impossible," Mind Controller replied. "Now which way is most likely going to work?"
Icicle sighed. "Bolt would have to go over the wall that surrounds the prison. Then she has to open the front gate, the only gate; but first, she has to disable the cameras and motion detectors, which, I might add, are everywhere. She will have to go to the Control Room to disable them. And to get there she will have to memorize where the cameras and motion detector are so she won't set any off on her way there. And there are guards guarding the door so she will have to go through the wall and knockout five guards without making a sound and without lettingthem set off the alarm. Then she can disable them and then she will be able to go to the front gate and let us in. Then..."
Wally opened the front door, then closed and locked it behind him. He instantly smelled a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, which made his mouth water. He sped into the kitchen and saw a bunch of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the cooling racks.
He smiled at the design that the chocolate chips formed on the cookies. The position of the chocolate chips formed the symbol that was on all of their super hero suits, the Flash symbol. He quickly grabbed one of the cookies and was about to take a bite when he felt two pairs of eyes staring at him. When he turned around, he saw Caroline and Lisa staring at him with identical expressions on their faces and their arms across their chest.
"You weren't trying to sneak one of those cookies now were you?" Caroline asked, tapping her foot against the floor.
"Um well..." he paused "You want one?" Wally asked hopefully, picking up one of the cooling racks and holding it in their direction. They both looked at each other, smiled, and then they grabbed two cookies. Wally shook his head smiling, put the cookie rack back on the counter, and grabbed another cookie.
"Then when we are on our way back to the gate, Mind Controller and Bolt will have to go back to the Control Room and reactivate the cameras and motion detectors. Then put in the visual recordings of Demolisher, Expander, and Flame Thrower in their cells, so no one will notice that they are gone, at least not right away. And, that should give us all enough time to get away. But we have to do this all before the five guards wakeup in the Control Room, otherwise we are going to have some company," Icicle replied.
"Are you sure that there isn't an easier way to do this?" Bolt asked hopefully.
"Yes, there is, but this is the safest," Icicle replied.
Bolt sighed, "Well, I better get started. I have a lot of memorizing to do," Bolt said, pulling the prison's layout closer to her side of the table.
After dinner, Lisa cleared the table and changed into her new super hero suit. She quickly sped down the stairs into the secret room where her Mom and Dad were waiting for her.
"So, are you ready for your first patrol?" Flash asked smiling proudly.
"Yeah," Lightning replied excitedly.
"Well then, see if you can keep up," Flash said teasingly, as he dashed out of the room with Speed following right behind him.
Lightning ran right after them and quickly caught up. Once they reached town, they slowed down. The city was very peaceful.
"Hey, Mark, I see you're back from vacation," Flash said, to a brown haired man who appeared to be in his late forty's.
"Hey, Flash, Speed, how are you guys doing? Oh, who might you be?" Mark asked, noticing their new partner.
"I'm Lightning," Lightning replied politely.
"It's a pleasure to meet you," Mark replied. "I wish I could stay and talk, but I'm running late as it is. I'll see you tomorrow. Have a nice night!" Mark said, as he climbed into his blue pickup truck and drove off.
"Speed, how are you doing?" a blond-haired woman asked, as she crossed the street.
"Good, how are you?" Speed replied.
"I am fine. Is this your daughter?" the women asked, referring to Lightning, standing next to her.
"Yes, this is Lightning, Lightning this is Helen," Speed introduced.
"Nice to meet you, Helen," Lightning said, holding out her hand.
"Nice to meet you too," Helen replied, shaking her hand.
Suddenly an alarm system went off.
"Sorry Helen, but we have to go," Speed said, as they bolted in the direction of the alarm. The alarm was coming from a jewelry store around the corner.
When they reached the building, they saw a man dressed in an expensive looking suit trying to get in the store. "Did you forget your briefcase again?" Flash asked knowingly.
"Yeah, you'd think I'd learn by now," the man replied.
"Just hang on a minute," Flash said, as he went through the door and disappeared into the shadows. The alarm stopped and then Flash reappeared with the man's briefcase. "I think this is yours," Flash said, handing the briefcase to the man.
"Thanks," the man replied.
"You're welcome, but aren't you running late for something?" Flash asked.
"Uh? Oh yeah I have to go," he replied, getting into his car and driving off.
"Do you know everyone?" Lightning asked.
"No, there are still some people we don't know," Speed replied.
"Hey, Bolt how's it going?" Magnetizer asked, as his quietly closed the door behind him.
Bolt yawned. "Slowly," she replied. "I thought everyone went to bed."
"Everyone else did; I just wanted to see how you were doing. You do need your rest too you know," Magnetizer reminded her.
"Yeah," she yawned. "I'll go to bed in a little while," Bolt replied.
"Ok, I'll see you in the morning," Magnetizer said, as he left the room.
How do I get her to go to sleep? I don't know; she's a stubborn one. She would have to be up when everyone else is in bed. At this rate I'm never going to be able to do it. I guess I can always try again tomorrow night, but with my luck someone else is going to be up. Magnetizer complained.
It was 10:25 p.m. the next night. Icicle, Bolt, Magnetizer, and Mind Controller were sneaking around the high security prison and just reached Flame Thrower, Expander, and Demolisher.
"Well, look who finally decided to show up," Flame Thrower said sarcastically, as he got up and walked over to the cell door. "Icicle! Did you have to bring her along? I thought we finally got rid of her!" Flame Thrower complained.
"Watch it Flame! If you're not nice to me we might just leave you here," Icicle warned, walking right past his cell and unlocking Expander's.
"You're the one that should watch it! And it's Flame Thrower not Flame!" he replied annoyed.
Icicle just ignored him and continued what she was doing. "Hold still, I don't want to hurt you," Icicle warned Expander, as she froze part of a metal collar (that was preventing Expander from stretching) and yanked it apart.
"Ah, it feels good to be able to stretch again," Expander commented, stretching her arms.
"Now everyone, be as quiet as possible and just follow me," Icicle instructed. "Flame Thrower, that goes double for you.
"And why should I take orders from you?" Flame Thrower asked.
"Because, I'm ordering you to," Mind Controller answered. "I'm going to go with Bolt to the Control Room to help Bolt. Now begood Flame Thrower," she said, as she and Bolt went in the other direction. "Oh, and you have fifteen minutes to get back on the other side of the wall, not a second more," Mind Controller warned, disappearing around the corner.
"Why does Icicle get to be in charge? She's not even a member of the team," Flame Thrower complained quietly to Demolisher.
"Because, Mind Controller put me in charge," Icicle replied. "So stop complaining and just follow me. The sooner we get out of here the sooner you get rid of me," she added, turning around and walking down the hall.
"Boy, she's touchy today. How did she even hear me?" Flame Thrower asked quietly.
"I can still hear you," Icicle replied. If it wasn't for him I would still be on Team-A. I sure do miss the others, but I can only take so much of him...
"Yeah, I'm glad she's not going to stay, she had me worried for a minute there," Flame Thrower commented, drawing her out of her thoughts.
"Flame Thrower, be quiet. Do you want to let everyone know that we are here?" Icicle warned, getting annoyed.
"Flame Thrower, be quiet," Flame Thrower repeated sarcastically, making faces.
Just ignore him; he will eventually be quiet. You know he is only doing it to annoy you. Icicle thought, as ice formed around her hands. Suddenly she heard footsteps walking toward them. "Shh," Icicle warned, hiding in the entrance.
"What? I didn't say anything," Flame Thrower replied defensively.
"Shh," Icicle repeated. Just then, the alarm went off. "Flame Thrower!"
"Freeze!" a guard said, catching everyone's attention.
Mind Controller sighed with relief. She was glad to see that everyone had managed to escape capture at the high security prison. She shook her head sadly at the thought that Demolisher and Expander were injured during the escape.
"I just got off the phone. Demolisher and Expander are taking some time off to recuperate. Flame Thrower, will you need any time off?" Mind Controller asked.
"Na, I'm fine," Flame Thrower replied unconcerned.
"Ok then, we will need replacements until they are ready to come back, so the leaders have assigned Magnetizer and Icicle to our team until then.
"What!" Flame Thrower exclaimed. "They can't do that! She doesn't even want to be on the team!" he argued.
"I'm afraid they can, but it is just temporary," Mind Controller replied. "It's been a long night. I'm going to bed, and I suggest everyone else does the same."
"Yeah, I think I will head up to bed too," Icicle replied, exhausted.
"Ok, I'll go to bed in a little while. Good night," Bolt replied. I wonder where Magnetizer is. Bolt looked around the room. "Flame Thrower, do you know where Magnetizer is?"
"I think he went to bed," Flame Thrower answered calming down. "I'm going on my computer; I'll see you in the morning," he grumbled.
"Ok," Bolt replied. Well, I guess I'll go to bed too since everyone else is, she reasoned.
As she zipped past the library, she noticed that a light was on. I thought everyone went to bed. Curious, she sped into the room and was surprised to find Magnetizer at one of the computers. She moved closer and was astonished to see that he was reading the Destroyers classified documents. "Magnetizer!" Bolt exclaimed in shock.
"Bolt, when did you get here?" he asked, quickly turning around, clearly trying to block her view of the computer screen.
"What are you doing! You know that those documents are classified and are only to be seen by a captain of a team or anyone with a higher security clearance," Bolt reminded him.
"Um... Didn't you ever wonder what the big secret is with these documents? What is so bad that no one but the team captains and higher ranking officers can see it?" Magnetizer asked.
"Yeah, but..." Bolt started.
"No 'buts', now's your chance to know what Mind Controller has been keeping from you all these years,"
"It's none of our business. If they wanted us to know, they would have told us. Now turn off the computer or I am telling Mind Controller," Bolt warned.
"Aren't you the least bit curious on who your parents are?" Magnetizer asked.
"No, and you wouldn't be either if they left you at an adoption center just because you where different," Bolt replied.
"No, they didn't leave you at an adoption center. Ninety percent of the Destroyers were taken from their parents, six percent was taken from an adoption center, and four percent joined voluntarily. You can check for yourself and see if you were really put up for adoption or taken away from you parents," Magnetizer encouraged.
"I don't know," Bolt replied hesitantly.
"Go ahead, I won't tell anyone if you won't," Magnetizer insisted.
"Well..." Should I? I've always wondered who my parents were and he won't tell anyone. Go ahead do it. You know that you're going to regret it if you don't. "Ok," Bolt agreed reluctantly, as she sat down in the chair beside him.