"Hey Reno!" Elena chucked a polystyrene coffee cup at the dozing red-head, "Have you ever wandered what it would be like to have a twin?"

"You woke me up just for that ?" Reno was disgusted, "No, I haven't." He felt something trickle down his back, "And there was still coffee in there yo!"

"Sorry!" Elena said, over Rude's sniggers, "But honestly, have you ever thought about what it would be like to have a twin?"

"When I was a kid, what I mostly thought about was how I would get my next meal. I don't have time for imagination yo." Reno snuggled back down into his desk chair, and shut his eyes.

"I always wanted to have a twin," Elena interrupted his doze again, "Somebody to replace my older sister. It would be so cool to be mistaken for each other, wouldn't it though?"

There was a pause.

"You hear that silence Elena?" Reno yawned, "That would suggest that nobody cares, if you get my meaning."

"Oh fine then, grumpy," Elena turned her back on him, "What about you Rude?"

"I never really thought about it. I guess it would be cool," Rude shrugged, fiddling with the assortment of wire and dynamite on his desk, "Doesn't really bother me, to be honest."

"Maybe if it was a girl, and she was hot," Reno grinned.

"Urgh, you guys suck!" Elena threw her hands into the air in exasperation, "You never think about anything except food, girls, and sex!"

"So what?" Reno threw the coffee cup back at her.

"Dude," Rude's eyebrow raised under his glasses, "You would sleep with your own sister?"

"It was just a joke,"

"Gross though."

"You'd like to have a sister then Reno?" Elena pressed the conversation further, "Older or younger?"

"Huh?" Reno looked shocked, "I don't wanna have a sister," He thought for a moment, "I guess it would be quite fun to have a little brother though. I could teach him how to do stuff."

"Like what?" Both Elena and Rude were all agog now.

"I dunno," Reno shrugged, "How to stick up for himself, how to do good in life. All that traditional big brother crap."

The door to the private office next door opened, and Tseng came out.

"Hey Tseng, would you like to have a brother or sister?" Elena asked.

"I've never thought about it," He said, "But there's more important things going on right now. Something completely out of the way has happened."


"A portal has appeared in the middle of Plate Four."