Acros wakes up on the top floor of an abandoned parking garage. He is slowly recovering from when he was knocked out the day before. A small fire is lit with several people surrounding it. He frantically backs away while still laying on his back. Everything is a blur, and voices sound cloudy.
It's alright. These dudes are chill.
Guess again, shithead.
He slowly rises to his feet. Almost losing his balance. The Man who kidnapped Acros, a mid-twenties guy with mildly long grey hair, walks to him.
Look who's awake.
I was the one who knocked you out last night, sorry about that. Anywa—
Acros weakly slaps Mike in the face, almost missing from his disorientation.
Yeah, I thought you might do that...
Hey dum-dum, why don't you introduce us and tell him what we are before telling him you were the one who kidnapped and knocked him out last night.
Yeah uh. I'm Mike, we're The Reformers... er, that's at least what we call ourselves. Thats Aria...
...and over there is Harmony.
Hia~~ Welcome to our sooper dooper secret hideout!!~ ♡(◕ᗜ◕✿)
I hate it when she does that.
Great, so why are we here?
Right uh, we have reason to believe that you, Dan... you're Dan right?
No, I'm Acros
Did we get the wrong piss head.
Hey who are you c—
She does that, don't worry about it.
Right, Dan, we have reason to believe that you were a victim of the government purposely killing one of your loved ones or family members for an unknown reason.
We currently don't know why this is happening, but everyone here has had the same experiences as you, and we want to get to the bottom of it.
My wife and daughter died two years ago in a car accident and nobody knows anything about it. No one believes me and I was denied permission to see them. I was just told and thats it.
So there's another one.
I suppose so.
Welcome to our headquarters. I know it may just look like a utility closet for a forklift or two because it is, but it holds the greatest secrets yet to publicize.
So what have you found out?
She walks out of the room from frustration, tiredness, and the desire for something to drink.
I've been trying to hack my way into the government's database and see what I can find. No luck so far. Maybe you or your friend here can help us with something.
I know y'all're supposed to be living off the grid and such, but you might some better equipment to raid the government.
That's our issue. We have an inside contact, but he has yet to respond to us. If he rats us all out, we're dead.
This is neat and all, but how did you actually find us?
(✿◠‿◠) 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝒾𝓈 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝒾𝓉 𝑔𝑒𝓉𝓈 𝒾𝓃𝓉𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓈𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔
She's ... getting ony my nerves now.
We followed three SUVs to some sort of party and saw you being talked to the men in suits. Aria, who was secretly attending the party, notified us that you were leaving the party. I sent Aria and Harmony out to get you. Unfortunately, we had to snag both of you, because we didn't want the other to file a Missing Person Report. Aria said it was dark out and couldn't tell who was who, so they kidnapped both of you.
Aria returns, now with a glass of purple lemonade. Nobody questions it, mostly due to fear of her snapping.
Jeez. Saying "kidnapping" sounds like you're committing a crime.
She takes a loud-ass sip of her lemonade.
We technically were.
Say something like "we were taking you to another location without your consent."
fine... We we're taking you—
...so we were taking you to another location without your consent, and here you are!
Ok. This is totally bonkers! I don't trust a single thing these guys are saying. What if it's all a lie and these are some sort of terrorists? Have you thought about that? They KIDNAPPED us.
Wha- you're leaving us? .｡･ﾟﾟ･(＞_＜✿)･ﾟﾟ･｡.
um, n- NO... we were—
I hear you. You two are in a real dangerous situation right now. You two seem to be good friends, and whoever those people are who told you that your family died, are probably watching you very closely. I'm willing to bet that they don't want people discussing this with other people that went through it. That's why we're all here.
Mike takes a few steps toward Acros and Dan. Acros wants to back away further.
Let us prove it to you. Give us a few days, I'm sure we can dig up something. We aren't any terrorists, we just want to figure out who's behind this and why.
I also have to still go to my work. I've almost used up all my vacation days. But in the time around that, I'll help you and your Reformers.
And if you do anything fishy, we're out.
Deal. Let's look for some more information over the next few days. That way you can do your job or whatever.
Also, we must not all meet up like we're doing now in public, they could be watching us.
The Reformers let Acros leave the building, wearing a hat so he won't be identified.