Gentle whirring and pings came through the glass as the children of Sarah Lockheart watched her unmoving form through the viewing panel. Chevie’s hand rested against her little brother’s shoulder as he stood on the small stool beside her his 2 year old body stretching to watch his mum. “Ca’rn kids, I got places to be and yer ma aint going nowhere” Chevie reached around and took Hudsons hand as they followed Crazy down the long hallway, the staff of the small Champion Tower hospital watched as they left, turning to attend to the limp form of Sarah Lockheart as she lay on the hospital bed, tubes and wires trailing from her bruised and broken body, the nurses testing machines and tapping on liquid that slid down tubes.
Metal doors pulled aside as the trio walked out into the sunshine, crossing the compound back into Champion Tower. Hudson running ahead chasing a butterfly that drifted in and out of the bushes as Chevie walked beside Crazy “No word from dad yet?” she placed her hand in his as they walked “Nothing yet kiddo, we have sent word everywhere we can think of, but you know what SHIELD are like, and your dad’s mission is super top secret so we are doing our best, I am sure once he finds out what has happened he will come home” Crazy squeezed her hand as they walked through the front entrance, Chevie absentmindedly missing the doors and phasing through the wall as the others went through the door “bloody show off” Crazy muttered under his breath as he lead the kids up to the common room and left to meet up with the other Shadow Squad members, trusting they were safe with the other Young Champions.
Hours later the afternoon sun swam through the window of the common room, Hudson played with blocks on the floor as Chevie read on the couch, no one noticing that Hudson had spelt out dodecahedron with his blocks. The other members of the young champions had flitted in and out of the common room as the day went on each going about their own relaxing routine as the weekend came to an end.
Dropping her book and sighing Chevie looked over at her little brother and smiled “Huddy want to go play in the halls, I can phase with you now, I learnt how to” the small boy stood up excited and touched her leg I have a plan sister, I have been thinking it over and I believe I know how to get father to return speaking through their telepathic bond that was the only way Hudson was able to communicate with anyone, Chevie replied out loud “How?” Grabbing his sisters hand he toddled through the room, his nappy waggling as he walked and reached up his arms now raise me into your arms and take me up into the communications room bending over to pick him up she looked at him “where the heck is that?” his small face squeezed together in concentration and puffed his breath out in annoyance Head upwards I believe shrugging Chevie lifted him up onto her growing hips and bounced through the walls. Laughing as he gripped her shoulders they bounced through the walls disturbing other members of the Young Champions as they ran through their rooms waving at other members who rolled their eyes at the pair, used to the antics of their leaders kids.
They ran through the house in and out of rooms and down shafts but after an hour found absolutely nothing, puffing with the energy she had used up Chevie flopped to the floor with Hudson beside her Sister, what are you doing, we have plans afoot! Ignoring him Chevie closed her eyes, her body depleted from the energy it took to phase she began to fall asleep as Hudson crawled across her chest and began pulling her hair, crying SISTER WE MUST BRING FATHER HOME! He yanked at her hair so hard she screamed and sat up lifting him up in the air and shaking him slightly “dude stop pulling my hair” Hudson kept crying and pulled on her hair harder “STOP IT!” she screamed in pain as she lifted him above her head trying to pull him off her in one big yank she managed to get him off but phased him up through the roof, dropping her arms she squealed and climbed on a chair phasing her head through the roof trying to find him, but all she could see was dust where he had been and a trail of wires leading to a room that she had no idea existed the whirring and humming from the room sounded through the corridors, standing on the edge of the chair, she pushed herself up wards trying to reach into the room and grab her brother but the chair broke, the back snapping with her weight, as the chair below her cracked and she fell to the ground banging her head and passing out.
Just as Chevies head was hitting the ground the building began to vibrate every door and window slammed shut as metal shutters dropped down, lights went out as purple and blue globes replaced them in every room and corridor, a voice broke out through the Tower disturbing those inside a voice echoed through the halls…
“Lockdown has been issued, remain where you are. Lockdown has been issued, all enemies will be controlled”