Holding my ground as Julius steps into my personal space, I don't dare look away from the icy gaze of the single obsidian eye trained on me."Sir, with all due respect..."I begin, fire burning in the pit of my stomach at the borderline insulting way I'm being spoken down to in my own home,"I....
"I'm offering you a way out of this."
My silent pause is one of quiet interest. Already working under the assumption that I'd have to pay for my hasty actions, I'm caught off guard by the proposal. Subtle changes in Julius demeanor are picked up by my empathetic abilities. When he first begun to speak he had been a mad dog, unleashed with the express intent to wreak havoc on my ego, but now he spoke to me as a friend, as someone who understood that sometimes, even the best of us stray from the path.
"I can see how my actions might've endangered your image." My fists clenched as I'm reminded of everything that I've been through by the leaders of my own country since the mission to Iceland, I decide to speak my mind, let out all my frustrations. "Its just...all I've ever wanted to do is be a hero, Director. I know that might sound childish, but it's true. I've always stood up for what I believe in, and where has that gotten me? I've been declared a terrorist, Julius, blacklisted from my own country, hunted by the same people who took down psycho Sam Washington., the guy who pointed nukes at all out major cities."
"It's like...you try to fix one injustice, only for ten more to crop up in its place. You feel powerless and I know for a fact that a lot of the American public feels the same way. I wanted to do something, anything, to show them that they're not always going to be in control." Anger gathering in my chest, I attempt to center myself in the Force, knowing full well that a warrior of the Light has no business venturing into the dark.
"But I went too far, and I made it about myself. I can see that, and I won't deny it. I'm ready to fix this, so what do you need from me?"
"I'm placing one of my most trusted Equalizers on that squad of yours, who also happens to need a little redemption himself. And secondly; you don't tell anyone I'm helping you. Not even your closest ally, not your lover, nobody. I'm just the invisible middle man."
The idea of being forced to take on a new member for We Are Legend is something that I immediately want to shoot down. WAL is more than a team to me, it's meant to be a family, Luna Island a safe haven for us to escape the world that's crumbling all around us. Unfortunately, at this point my back is against the wall, and Julius holds all the cards.
"Deal, on both counts. Just understand that while on this island, your man will be under our command first, and yours second. Now...how the hell do we fix this?"