In the shadows of the forest night, we watched as the deal was going down in the headlights of two cars facing each other. After blinking a couple times to get the slight burning sensation out of my eyes I looked off to the side the darkness nonexistent through my eyes. Quickly spotting my clansmen and daughter, I signaled and we moved closer to our unknowing prey.
Once on the ground I looked around my hiding place. "What do you think Goliath?" Brooklyn asked through our radio link.
I carefully placed the tip of my claw on the special earwig that Lexington recently made for us. "Looks ok but if we don't move soon we could lose them Captain Bluestone," I said.
"I hear you my friend but my orders stand! Wait for back up!" he said.
Uncontrollably I emitted a quiet growl, peeked again, and saw the money being exchanged. "If we wait we lose them! Broadway get behind them and move on my signal!" I said and slipped further into the shadows.
"What will it be?" he asked.
"You'll know it when you see it," I replied.
Less than a minute later I was behind the nearest of the cars. "Now Broadway!" I said when the moment came and I grasped it under the bumper, in one motion lifted it onto its front wheels, and flipped it forward.
I slipped out of sight I smiled as I saw Broadway get what I had planned as the other car flipped over the lights going out.
I watched with amusement as the all crowed back-to-back then frowned as some slipped on night vision goggles. "What now big guy?" Brooklyn asked.
I looked at him in a tree on the other side of the men. "We pick them off, Taurus you with us," I muttered and watched them turn at the pounding of hooves and Taurus came crashing through and taking two with him.
As he did, me and the others climbed to a tall branch and with a grin on my face, I spread my wings and took flight.
I silently glided down to the men, at the last second turned, and saw me before I grabbed him screaming as he and I vanished into the darkness. I knocked him out before we landed and dropped him to the ground. I turned in time to see one by one all but Lexington glided down and snatched a man from the group some firing their weapons wildly.
Soon only one man remained; he twisted in circles looking for us as I circled above him. "What the hell are you!" he demanded openly.
With a grin on my face, I dived and landed right behind him and he froze then whipped around to point his gun at me. I seized it from him then grasped him by his collar lifting him off his feet and he started kicking.
"Your worst nightmare!" I growled my eyes aglow and he froze petrified to move.
In a short while, we had the men tied up using pieces of the cars. As I finished I twisted hearing distant sirens and saw through the trees signs of flashing lights.
"Well those lads finally decided to show up," Hudson said coming close and I nodded as Lexington dropped down onto all fours.
"Do you think they'll be angry we moved without them?' he asked looking up at me.
"If they are it was my decision and I will take responsibility," I said and feeling a hand on my shoulder, I turned and looked at Taurus who nodded at me.
"Hey why would we be in trouble we got the guys maybe they'll just be angry we showed them up!" Brooklyn said and I silenced him with a glance.
We waited as the police pulled up and Captain Bluestone climbed out of one in his usual trench coat. The officers surrounded the men he had tied up as Bluestone came over looked at them then at us. As he walked over I heard reports of another Nightstalker murder, I closed my eyes in sorrow, and opening them faced Bluestone.
"I know you're used to working on your own old friend but this was supposed to be a joint operation between divisions," he said.
I held his gaze. "If we had waited for you it would have been too late," I said.
He sighed shaking his head. "Well you know I'll have to take it up with your unit commander though I doubt it'll do much good considering it's your wife. Now did you guys get the evidence?" he said smiling, I smiled back, and I nodded at Lexington.
He went forward and handed Bluestone the surveillance video. "Now we must go its a few hours before sunrise," I said and moved for the trees.
Soon we were gliding through the night air heading for the city. I listened and talked with the others as we made our way over the rooftops heading for the castle. As we came over the courtyard, I smiled at the sight of two boys about the same age playing floor hockey.
I hovered for a second as I watched one swipe the ball away from the other started for the goal. When he was close, he fired his shot which soared thought he air toward the middle of the goal. Then at the last, second the ball halted in midair and zoomed in the other direction.
"Hey! No magic Alex!" the boy shouted as he caught the ball as it zoomed by
He caught sight of me and broad smile spread across his young face. I dove for the ground and landed with a run as he ran toward me as fast as he could.
"DAD! ANGELA!" he shouted as I scooped him up in my arms and twirled us around.
"How's my Little Sentinel?" I said plopping him on my broad shoulder after folding my wings over me.
"Good," he said taking Angela's hand as she smiled up at him.
"Did you get the bad guys?" he asked her as Alex skated over.
"We got them David," she said as Lexington converged on Alex.
"I heard you had quite a night,"
I turned and smiled as I saw Elisa walk down the stone steps to the courtyard a half-stern half-smiling look on her face. "David I have to speak to your father alone about something," she said reaching the bottom.
I slipped him from my shoulder and placed him carefully on his feet. "Come on David lets go play some games," Angela said and the others led the two boys from the courtyard.
When they were gone, Elise walked forward. "I got two calls tonight one from Hudson the other from Matt," she said.
I sighed. "It was under control Elisa and Hudson as some would say is a little up tight in his old age," I said walking to meet her and we embraced.
"Nothing wrong with old age we all get there, but still you should have waited for backup. This unit was designed to bridge the gap between the NYPD, New Olympians, and Gargoyles not for them to compete with one another," she muttered as we separated.
I held her upper arms then looked away. "I know but if I had waited months of work would have been for nothing, and I could not let that happen. I did what I did and now those men are where they belong," I said.
The two of us were silent for a few seconds before I muttered, "I heard there was another murder, who was it?"
Closing her eyes, she looked away. "Anna Greenson," she muttered and uttering a soft growl looked away.
"That's four support party members who's doing this?" I demanded.
She was silent then cupped my face and turned it to look at me. "I don't know but for right now as your unit chief I'm telling you to wait next time to be safe, and as your wife I'm tell you to be more careful," she said and I smiled before bending down to kiss her.
We parted lips and turned to see David pretend to throw up. "Oh yeah! Well now you're going to get it!" Elisa barked and darted after him.
I smiled as I watched her chase him into the castle before looking up at the night sky and saw a star shoot across it. "DAD! HELP ME!" I heard David shout through the walls.
Smiling I returned may gaze to the door out of the courtyard and ran through it.
Later that night my wings folded against my chest I stood with David in the courtyard of the castle with his bike recently released of the training wheels. "Dad put the training wheels back on," he said as I came around to his right side.
Smiling I knelt down next to him, "don't worry you can do this, remember never give up," I said then stepped behind him and gently took the back of his seat.
I heard him take a couple deep breaths then he began to peddle and I walked behind him. "That's it keep peddling, keep peddling," I muttered as we went a few feet.
After a few more feet I muttered, "I'm going to let go now," I said then slowly let go.
"Keep peddling keep peddling," I muttered as he went wobbling a little ways on his own then fell on his side with a clatter of metal.
In a second, I was at his side seeing if he was all right and less than a second later Elisa and Fox came running and at the sight of her David raced to Elisa's side. After checking that he was all right, she let him go inside.
"Come on Sentinel don't quit now," I called out.
At once Elisa round on me was as close to my face as she could get. "Don't be so hard on him he's just a child," she barked and I flinched back.
She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. "He just needs to know you be there for him," she muttered.
I looked at her for a second and nodded. "You're right, you're right," I admitted and she slowly turned and walked back in with Fox.
I slowly turned running my claws through my hair looking up at the moon. Feeling eyes upon me, I turned back and saw David looking at me from the battlements. I smiled and placed my fist over my heart and he smiled back as Elisa appeared over his shoulder. All too soon, me and the rest of the clan were getting into position for the day.
Before I climbed on to my pedestal, I looked back and saw David and Elisa come up David with his usual sunglasses. "You mind your mother now, and be good at school ok," I muttered kneeling down.
He nodded and we shared a hug. I then looked up at Elisa then slowly stood and she smiled her black hair whipping in the light wind. She stepped forward and hugged me before we kissed and again David made a gagging sound.
When we separated, I turned and hopped onto the pedestal and assumed a pose as it saw the horizon begin to lighten then knew no more.