"I'm less interested in a cut of your loot than I am in cutting a deal," the shark-grinned man said. He leaned against his umbrella almost uncomfortably close to Morgan as Mimi was running up, and out from his coat, he pulled a business card. He slid it quickly into the pirate's hand. "Now, I do think you should run off, shouldn't you? I don't know why you're still sticking around if you're on the run."
He pointed down to her feet. The sticky substance that had kept her in place was no longer there - all that was left at her feet was a pile of ashes.
"Tally-ho, Miss Avery. I do hope you consider my proposal."
The man patted her on the shoulder and walked past her, towards Mimi. He leaned against his umbrella and gave her a quizzical expression. "Dangerous? Pssh, there's little danger in the wonderful town of Proprius, young lady! Well, if you're not running through the streets, that is! You might slip and fall into traffic, you know, you really SHOULD be more careful!"
The card now in Morgan's hand was a black card with white text - "THE DELIGHTFUL DR. MALUS - Searching for Supers ready to change the world! Interested? Call at (555)555-5555 for more info!" - and a cartoonish logo with a monocle, top hat, and that man's shark-like grin.
----Bean Lately Coffee Shop
Just outside the coffe shop, a rather...intense young man passed by Caralyn. He seemed upset...in fact, he seemed to be LITERALLY steaming.
The doors to the shop burst open, and the young man - a red-head wearing loose business attire and a pair of fingerless gloves - entered...and he did not seem to be happy.
"Out of my way.
The man stomped past Althia and Sara as they were headed in for a drink. He approached the counter and SLAMMED his fists onto it, causing the barrista to jump back in surprise. The glare he gave the poor man was borderline deadly. "Coffee. Black. Now.
"WHATEVER SIZE!" the man roared out, slamming down a random amount of one dollar bills. The terrified barista nodded, grabbed the money, and, as fast as he possibly could, prepared a cup of black coffee and placed it on the counter. The young man snatched the drink and stormed off before he could even get a "Please come again".
The young man sat down in a corner table by the windows. He angrily drank from his coffee and tapped his fingers on the table as he muttered to himself. "Damn telemarketing jobs...Stupid assholes ask stupid questions, and I
get fired for it?! If they don't want to get yelled at, maybe they shouldn't be such freaking jerks! And villain fights blowing holes in my hotel...'Closed for maintenance' my ass!" He chugged more of his coffee. The steam coming from the drink was intense...in fact, it seemed to be getting more intense over time. And something smelt burnt. Needless to say, this guy seemed a little intense.
----St. Martha's Academy
A bell chimed and a message came over the intercom."Attention, students. There has been a supervillain incident in the city square today. Although the situation has been dealt with, for the student body's safety, classes will be cancelled for the rest of the day. Please have a nice day.
"Seriously?" one girl said. "That's, like, the 4th time this month."
"Can't the dudes just chill out for like, one week?" another replied.
"Maybe they're compensating for something."
"Wouldn't doubt it."
The two girls' friend stood up and stretched with a loud yawn. "Aw well! At least we get to chill out of school now, right?"
"You seem awfully relaxed, Maria," one of the girls said with a smirk. "Not spooked my supervillains?"
"Of course not!" Maria said confidently, a sharp grin on her face and her fists on her hips. "I'm a Super, too, y'know. I bet I can take them on myself!"
"What are you gonna do, fall apart all over them?"
The three girls giggled as they all stood up to leave the class.
"Oh!" Maria suddenly said. "I should head to the bakery, actually! My mom's birthday's soon. I wanted to surprise her with a cake, but haven't really had the time to go get it. This might be a good chance..."
"Want us to head there with you?" one of her friends asked.
"Pssh, naaaaw, I got this!" Maria said dismissively. "It'll be super quick and I know the way there. Besides," she grinned, "I know you get super spooked whenever there's an attack, and I wouldn't want to see you cry~!"
Her friend blushed. "I-I do not cry! That often..." She sighed. "Alright, just be careful, okay? Don't be too stubborn to ask for help if you need it."
"You worry too much!" Maria shrugged. "But alright, I promise. Seeya!"
The group split up, and Maria stopped in front of the school to take out her phone. "Heh heh...I maaaay have forgotten where the bakery is." She scrolled through her apps to bring up a map, standing there on at the edge of the campus.
Volt Maxim stood about for a moment, tapping his foot and thinking heavily. "Hm...What to do, what to do...AH!" He slammed his fist into an open palm with revelation. "Alright, Captain! If the evil forces of Dr. Malus and his goons are growing, then I believe it's time that we take the initiative ourselves! Let's find some potential recruits! We shall scour this city for Supers with a heart full of justice and bring them to the side of good! We may have a rain-check from the Ice Cream Crusader, but I'm confident we can walk away today with some bright new recruits!"
He paused for a moment, then nervously twiddled his thumbs. "A-At least until DV tells us what we should do next."