May 21, 2022 3:21 PM
Freedom Five Unity and an island of clones
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"Heh, I am not sure how good we are in a fight. At least against something that isn't, like, a fish or bird we are trying to shoot out of the sky."

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"It's a bird! It's a pancake! It's...not a joke you'd recognize, sorry." Devra drowns her awkward in maple syrup. 

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Henry slices a piece of pancake into the rough approximation of a bird.

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Gabe covers its head with maple syrup before taking a bite.

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At this rate, soon there will be no more pancake. 

 

Only slightly less disastrous is the thunderous noise and sudden darkening of the sky outside. 

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Gabe looks at the signs of a storm coming. "Does the weather usually changes dramatically like this?"

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"Heck yeah!" Unity blurts. "I mean...uh oh. No. It does not. Probably a supervillain attack. Which is, uh, bad."

 

Unity's Bee Bots dart forward, one knocking over a jar of syrup in its haste. The bots arrange themselves to hover between their table and the door. Panicked screams and shattering glass can be faintly heard over the thunder. Wide-eyed Sunnyside breakfasters duck for cover in their booths, a few frantically mashing phone screens. 

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"Uh... We probably don't have time to create a barricade, but maybe we could try? Or maybe we should be a distraction while everyone evacuates?"

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"I dunno," Unity shouts over the din, "that didn't really sound blockable! But we can do distractions! Think you could make some more Bee Bots?" A pair of the bots in question zoom to hover within reach of Henry and Gabe. 

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"Make some cover, Gabe." Henry snatches the Bee Bots and starts the crystal-cloning process.

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Gabe silently does that, raising a shielding barrier around them. And working on expanding it for wider cover. He is also keeping an eye out in case they are going to need to bolt.

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Unity turns her attention to a set of empty tables and stools nearby, each held up by a single metal rod. The bolts anchoring them to the floor glow purple and unscrew themselves, and the metal begins twisting into a skeletal humanoid shape. A handful of the Bee Bots disintegrate midair, their parts zooming into the newly-formed golem. The rest of the palm-sized bots join the small swarm near the door. 

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Sounds of destruction intensify, and an intent listener might pick out recurring beats above the din, as if of giant footsteps. The building shudders, and outside, shattered glass falls on the concrete like rain. 

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By that point Henry has gotten the hang of duplicating the Bee Bots enough to send them Unity's way.

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Unity adds the replicated bots to her swarm. More disintegrate into parts that latch onto the body of the new bot. Layers of scavenged metal wrap around it protectively, making it look vaguely like a metallic mummy.

The building shakes again; a chunk of ceiling drops onto a table, and a wall visibly cracks. 

"Evacuation is looking good right about now!" urges Unity. "My bots will distract whatever it is - think you can get these people out?" 

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"Now sounds like a good time to get them out!" Gabe says, eyeing the chunk on the table.

Do people look agreeable to being evacuated?

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Many are watching the proceedings in various states of awestruck or paralyzed with fear. Getting their attention would be easy. Convincing them to move might have mixed results. 

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"Look! I understand. I am really good-looking! But you need to make yourself look away and run!"

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