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"Oh you look like Henry again!" she smiled.
"Thought I'd meet my father as me, you know?" "Well I have to head out to work in about an hour, the other girl got sick so I need to fill in. So I won't be here when you get back" Jane said.
"Oh that's okay, I think I'll be up there for a while." "Well I'm going to miss you" Jane said as she hugged Henry.
"I miss you too" Henry smiled. "Good luck with everything" Jane said.
"I promise we'll do something after you've finished with work"
"It's a date" "Jacque you ready? It takes an hour to get there remember?" Dan yelled out.
"Yes I know, I was just finishing getting dressed. The suit you made isn't exactly the easiest thing to get into."
"Sorry about that. Come on the van's outside" "You remembered everything?" Jacque asked.
"Of course I did! The vile's in the back, that's really all that's important"
"I can't believe that after all this time, it's finally happening"
"You do have an escape plan don't you? For afterwards"
"I factored everything in, nothing could possibly go wrong" "124 Riverbend Road, Pleasantview" Henry announced to himself. "Now to gain the courage to knock on the door" He tapped the door 3 times as softly as he possibly could. Within seconds a grey haired old man answered the door.
Henry nervously asked "Are you Hugh Reynolds?"
"Who's asking?" the man replied.
Henry thought about it for a moment, what should he say? But he thought he might as well come out and say it.
"My name's Henry, I'm your son" he gulped. "You must be mistaken I have no children" he replied.
"I think we both know that's not true, I really wanted to talk to you"
"You're really Henry?" he asked.
"Alright then, come in" "So, what did you want to talk about" he said gruffly. Henry laughed nervously "I don't know, I didn't think I'd get here"
"Well if you haven't anything to say, you can leave" That wiped the smile off Henry's face. He thought about what he wanted to say, but could only think of one thing. He took a deep breath.
"I'm Captain Hero" he said as he exhaled. "I thought if anyone would understand it would be you"
"Yeah I understand alright. Let me give you a piece of fatherly advice, quit, or it will destroy your life" "Is that what you did? You quit because it destroyed your life? What about the people that needed you, that relied on you?" Henry asked.
"The people needed to rely on themselves!" "How many disasters could you have prevented? Instead you were locked up in your house ignoring the outside world" "Don't you come in here boy thinking that you know me. Because you don't! Being Captain Hero ruined my life, it made me lose my wife, my boys and eventually myself. Something you couldn't possibly understand" "I understand perfectly. But it wasn't the job that ruined your life, it was you. You left your wife, you left me. That had nothing to do with Captain Hero."
"It had everything to do with him!"
"It was you and your inability to realize what was more important. You were running from your life and consumed it with the job, that's why you lost everything" "Besides, you still have my brother" Henry stated after his long speech. "No I don't" Hugh said slowly. "He was taken by a social worker when he was young. They said I was neglecting him and maybe I was. But I thought what I was doing was important, it barely made a difference" "You were helping people, saving their lives, giving them hope. It made a difference."
"Maybe it did. But after Daniel was taken, that's when I stopped. That's when I gave up."
"You never tried to get in touch with him?" Henry asked. "I hired a private investigator a couple of months ago, and found out where he lives now as well as you. I just didn't have the courage to do anything about it" he sighed "But I can give it to you if you like" "Hello Jane" Dan said as he walked into reception
"Dan!" Jane smiled "Haven't seen you around here for a while and..." Jane looked at Jacque.
"Oh this is an associate of mine, Jacque Norton. We're here for the board meeting that's taking place today, got a big presentation" "Oh congratulations. I always thought it was unfair of them to dismiss you like that" Jane started checking her computer, hoping for a note from the other secretary regarding their attendance.
"The other receptionist hasn't written anything, but I'm sure it's just a mistake. I'll take you up to the board meeting" "Sir I have Dan Reynolds and Jacque Norton for you" Jane smiled as she entered the meeting.
"Dan Reynolds? What's he doing here?" "What do you mean sir? They said they were part of this meeting" Jane replied confused. Jacque turned around and locked the door.
"Jane if you could sit down, we'll explain ourselves" Dan said to her. "You made a grave mistake when you pulled my funding, all those months ago." Dan started.
"We will not be intimidated" said the head of the board.
"Oh no, of course not" Dan mocked him "Jacque would you mind?" "Sure babe" she replied.
"Now just all sit still while Jacque comes round, you don't want to find out what happens if you struggle" Dan said from across the room. Jacque starting going round and tying everyone up. "Now in front of you all is a vile" Dan said "I was trying to think of the best way I could get revenge for what you've all done to me. I thought I might threaten your lives, but it didn't seem I don't know...creative enough. Then it hit me." "What is the most important thing to a scientist? His mind. So therefore I have concocted a potion so potent that even the faintest whiff of this and you'll go permanently insane" "You can't be serious!" exclaimed Mr. Kosmokos the head director of the board.
"Oh but I can. You took away the most important thing to me at the time, now I'm going to take away yours" "Dan this isn't you. You're a great scientist, can't we come to some sort of arrangement?" Jane pleaded with him whilst staring at the potion.
"I'm sorry darling, but I'm afraid it's not up for discussion" Dan replied. Dan continued to rant as Jane tried to reach into her pockets. She was trying to stay inconspicuous but she was struggling to get her phone. Finally she had it in her hand, she dialed 1 then call. "I'm sorry I was so abrupt before. You remind me a lot of myself when I was your age, and I just didn't want to drag up the past. But I'm glad you came, you've grown into a fine young man."
"I'm glad I came too, and thank-you for my brother's address. It's still strange to say that, I can't believe I have a brother" "And now you know your father, don't be a stranger okay?" he said as he hugged Henry.
"I won't" Henry said "I'll see you at the wedding"
"Wouldn't miss it for the world. Literally" he smiled. All of a sudden Henry's phone started to ring. He answered it didn't sound like there was anyone on the other end of the line. Until he heard voices. "So you're going to use that potion, and then what Dan?" Jane asked as loudly as she could hoping that Henry would hear.
"Then, I live in bliss knowing that I've destroyed all of your lives, quite simple really" Dan said smiling.
"You'll never get away with this Dan, someone will stop you"
"Ha! Who could ever stop me now?" Dan chuckled. "You can't kidnap all the people in this office and expect no-one to notice"
"Of course I can" he retorted. "And I'm not kidnapping you, I'm just temporarily holding you against your will" Jacque started walking over to Jane, something didn't feel right. As she approached Jane got more and more nervous. Jacque saw the phone and snatched it off her.
"Dan she had her phone!" she yelled. "We've got to do it now!" she said as she hung up the phone. "What's wrong?" Hugh asked.
"I have to go" he replied softly. "Come on Dan, hurry up and put your mask on" Jacque pleaded, the phone call had made her nervous.
"I just want to get a good look and their faces, of them knowing this is the last moment that everything makes sense." he chuckled. At that moment Henry burst in the door.
"Party's over 'Dan' " he said having heard his name on the phone. "Oh for a minute there I thought you were going to be some great threat." He laughed "It's just Captain Hero"
"Put your hands in the air!" Henry said through gritted teeth. "It's over"
"Umm...I don't think I will" Dan smiled. Dan put his gas mask on, and reached for the vile.
"Henry! The VILE!!" yelled Jane. Henry dove for the vile and reached it just before Dan. "You have to get rid of it!" Jane yelled. Henry followed her advice and ran to the window, he shot a glance at Dan who looked utterly defeated, then flew out the window to discard of the vile. Henry returned but Dan and Jacque had already left. He untied all the board members and then Jane. How much he wanted to hug and kiss Jane until neither of them could breathe, but he was also aware of the other board members. "Are you alright?" he whispered. She nodded her head.
"Meet me on the roof" he said and left. "I thought I'd lost you!" Henry said as he squeezed her tightly.
"I did too for a minute" she replied softly.
"Are you sure you're alright?" he asked concerned. "I am now" she said.
Good Vs. Evil: Chapter 10
Nov 1, 2010 by clairepitts1994
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