William entered a bar near his home that he frequented. Nothing was special about this basic club. The drinks were cheap and the usual bartender robot had friendly programming. But something stood out to Will today. Or rather someone, wearing a navy GI uniform.
Will walked up to the person that he recognized.
"Felix, I thought that was you," he said pleasantly.
Felix turned and faced him.
"Billiam! I was wondering if I'd run into you down here. Sit down, join me."
"What're you having?" Felix asked his old acquaintance from the war.
"Oh I stopped drinking."
"Ha! That's a good one. Hey, droid, get my friend here a sidecar. You still like those, right?"
"So what brings you to the City of Angels?" Will asked.
"I'm on an assignment here for the IIA."
"Oh you're in the IIA too?"
"Yeah, joined right after the war. I talked to them about giving you a position but they wouldn't budge. You know, with... What you did..."
Will stared down at his drink.
"I know I went too far but..."
Will went back to his days in the Collective War, to a mission on Etrion. He paced in front of three captive Collective soldiers in an abandoned and rundown structure.
"One of you will tell me where my men are," he said in a harsh tone, filled with anger.
"I'm asking you one last time. Where are you keeping them?"
None of the soldiers replied.
Again, the soldiers were silent.
"Alright. We've wasted enough time on torture. Clearly none of you are gonna talk. That means you're useless to me."
William shot one of the soldiers and kicked his body down. He moved on to dispose of the other two.
"General's lost his sh*t," one of the other GI soldiers said quietly.
An older man, seemingly of a high rank, then quickly entered the room.
"General Nantucket! What do you think you're doing?!"
William's memory was interrupted by Felix.
"Hey, Will, you still with me?"
"Yeah. But, uh... My intentions were good."
"I know, man. I was one of the people who defended you. Hell, if I was in your position, I might've done the same thing to those Collective scum. Hard to believe we're all on the same side now."
"Yeah... So IIA, huh?" Will asked changing the subject. "You know, I've been doing some freelance work for one of your guys. Dane? Duscott?"
"Oh yeah? With Dane Duscott?"
"Yeah, um, like one time we intercepted a toxicodone shipment."
"Huh. I didn't know about that."
"Dane said he'd turn in the stock."
"We never got anything."
"Oh. Well also just recently I helped him recover that bio-weapon."
"We didn't get that either. Say, when was the last time you talked to Dane?"
"A little over a week ago."
"That's odd. None of us have heard from him in a couple months. We're a little worried."
Felix then glanced at his watch.
"Oh, shoot I'm late. It was nice seeing you again, Will. And if you see Dane, tell him he needs to come to HQ. We need to have a chat. Enjoy your drink."
Soon after, Will left the bar and decided to take a walk. He approached a small house.
He pressed on the buzzer next to the front door.
"Dane, you home?"
Even after a few moments of waiting, there was no response.
Will pulled on the door and found it to be open.
"Your door's open. I'm coming in," he yelled as he went inside.
"Dane?" he said walking through the house. It was apparent that it was empty.
Will entered one of the rooms. He looked around at the various furniture.
Something drew him to the closet. He pressed the button to open it.
The closet door slid open revealing a black suit with a red cape on it.
"William," Dane said coming into the room.
Will turned around.
"Tell me this isn't what I think it is."
"I wish you hadn't seen that."
"You're the Red Cape?! You bombed the factory. Why?!"
"The Imperium isn't what it used to be. It needed to be overthrown."
"You're a traitor."
"No, the council betrayed its people. Aurelia sees this. They'll make things the way they were again."
Will was silent for a moment. Then he asked, "Why did you ask me to do those jobs for you?"
"The jobs? They were all part of my plan to overthrow the Imperium. The drugs would fund the opposition. The bio-weapon would give its military an edge. And that's not all. The destruction of the factories would destabilize the economy. All I had left was to find and kill the council members. The GI would be finished."
"You really thought things through didn't you?"
"The IIA trains us how to overthrow governments. They should've considered the possibility that their agents could overthrow their own government."
"You used me, Dane."
"I wanted to tell you, William. You could've joined me. We would've been famous for defeating the Imperium by ourselves."
"I never would've joined you. You won't get away with this. The people will know what you did."
"You think the people will take the word of an unhinged drunk over a distinguished officer of the law?"
"They'll believe me."
As Will started to walk away, Dane grabbed him.
"I'm afraid I can't let you leave."
Will punched the traitorous agent hard in the face.
Dane quickly ended the brawl by electrocuting William.
Everything went black.
A little while later Will began to regain consciousness.
He sat up and looked at his hands then the rest of his body, covered by the black suit.
There was loud knocking on the front door of the house.
"Police! Open up!" he heard.
The police officers then knocked down the door and rushed up to find Will wearing the costume of the terrorist.
"Hands up! You're under arrest!"
"No! I'm being framed!" Will yelled. But it didn't matter to the officers.
So I decided to start wrapping up this story arc. I probably could've stretched it out more but I didn't think it was that interesting. And honestly I want to leave L.A. and start exploring the other planets lol. Some trivia; I actually made a version of this episode where it was almost entirely a flashback but I didn't like it very much so I started over with this and included the twist at the end. Also I'm trying to get my builds in before the end of the month so expect some more stuff next week.
Ooh yes! That's a good one! A little short and I think you probably could have drawn it out further, but still, very enjoyable! The betrayal was unexpected as was the framing. Very good! 6 points!