chAPTER 1-Waiting for a sparkSeattle, Washington11:48 AM
The room was lit up with the light of the mid-morning sun as Delsin Rowe lay in bed with a small puddle of drool next to his mouth on his pillow. Fetch had already left early in search of drug dealers or any other criminals in the city, Delsin decided to stay and get some more sleep, having stayed up rather late last night. Until his friend in glasses and a hoodie came into his room that morning with news that would forever change not just his life, but all their lives.
"Zzzzzz...." Delsin snored, still asleep.
"Delsin." Eugene called to his friend. "Delsin, wake up. Wake up-"
"Huh? Uh...wha...?" Delsin mumbled, still half-asleep.
"Dude, I just got a message, I think you should come see this."
"Yes. Yes. This is really important, you gotta get up-"
"No- duh...five more minutes."
"No. Not 'five minutes', dude, you-you have to get up, RIGHT NOW."
"Dude, dude, just-"
"Just five minutes. Why do you-"
"Get up, man."
"Why-why you gotta be such a bedtime nazi?"
"What do you mean, 'I'm being such a bedtime nazi'? You went to bed at like, twelve in the morning, hammered."
"Yeah, you are, you're..."
"Delsin, I'm gonna count to five."
"That's not gonna scare me, dude."
"That's not gonna scare me."
"That's not gonna scare me."
"That's- OKAY, okay, fine, I'm-I'm gettin' up. I'm gettin' up." Delsin said as he quickly sprung awake.
"Good, now come on." Eugene said as he left Delsin and Fetch's bedroom.
"God, [sigh] fuckin' nazi..." Delsin muttered as he threw on his usual outfit: A flannel shirt, a white hoodie, and his denim jacket with his tribe's symbol of Justice and Hope, a white and blue falcon, embroidered on the back. As he proceeded to follow his friend to his hideout located in the Rainer District square.Later...Eugene's Dominion
Delsin walked down the stairs to the hatch as he entered Eugene's hideout. He still remembered when he first came here, when Eugene broke him down into code and data and pulled him into his little pocket dimension. The sensation was uncanny. Hopefully he wouldn't have to do it again. He kept walking until he saw Eugene typing at his monitor, trying to pull something up.
"So, uhhh, what exactly is this FOR anyway?" Delsin asked, rubbing the sleep from his eyes.
"I've already called Fetch to get over here. You need to come see this."
"What?" Delsin asked as he glanced the monitor. He read the message on the screen."I'm at the Longhouse. Figured I would get acquainted with the old lady. Better hurry or you'll miss all the fun." -
"We need to-" Eugene started.
Delsin's eyes widened as he quickly shot out the hideout and out of the city towards his hometown of Salmon Bay. Eugene quickly scampered up and materialized a pair of Angel Wings and dashed after him at the speed of radio waves.
"Hang in there, Betty. I'm coming." Delsin said as he sprinted across the still ruined bridge and through the forest road.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Salmon Bay, Washington12:01 PM
Delsin skid to a halt as he came in front of the Longhouse, rushing up the steps and bursting through the door. Strangely enough, he didn't see any DUP APC's or helicopters. He only saw a lone, red pickup.
Delsin looked around and saw only the elderly woman who cared for him as a child in a wheelchair, sharing coffee with a man he had not seen before in his life.
"Delsin! Welcome back." Betty greeted her surrogate son, who sported a look of confusion.
"Uhh... H-hi, Betty. You're...alright?" Delsin asked. Completely flabbergasted.
"Of course. I was just getting to know your friend here."
"He is your friend, right?" Betty asked, with an eyebrow raised.
Delsin looked at the man, he wasn't even in DUP uniform. He was dressed in civilian clothes. Just sitting there, with a smile and cup of coffee. He didn't seem hostile. And strangely enough, he did feel like he knew him. Betty then grabbed Delsin's arm, gaining his attention, as she whispered to him.
"If you don't know him, just say the word and I'll chase him off with your father's old rifle if I have to."
Delsin pondered for a second, before looking back at the man, who nodded as a gesture that he came in peace. A few seconds of silence later, Delsin finally spoke.
"Err, yeah...yeah, he's okay." Delsin said begrudgingly.
Betty kept a skeptical look, but merely shrugged, deciding to trust Delsin's word.
"Well, then any friend of yours is a friend of mine. Now why don't I go get you a drink? After all, you did just run all the way from Seattle."
"Thanks, Betty." Delsin smiled as Betty rolled her chair into the kitchen area. Delsin then turned his attention to the mysterious stranger, taking a seat next to him ready to get some answers.
"Now..." The man started as he set his mug down. "Let's get down to business. I'm sure you have a lot of questions-"
"No shit, I got questions!" Delsin said, with a heavy tone yet quiet voice. "For starters, who the hell are you?"
The man raised his hands in surrender as he began to answer. "My name is Sam Cooper of the Department of Unified Protection."
"That explains why you signed the message with the emblem. But why the hell did you be all vague? I thought Augustine might've sent some of her 'loyal soldiers' here from behind bars."
"Well, I figured there was no other way to get your attention. If I had just given my name and my reason, you probably wouldn't have even considered taking my invitation."
"Well, you're not wrong there..." Delsin admitted.
"Honestly, I'm surprised you didn't recognize my voice when you came in here."
"What do you mean, I've never even...wait."
"Yeah, remember? I left those Audio Logs all over the city for you." Sam revealed.
"So you're the informant? Well, it's been weeks since I took down Augustine, and the government's been arresting rogue DUP forces across the country. What do you need me for now?"
"Actually, I need you, Walker, and Sims. You see, all those Conduits that were locked in Curdun Cay? They're still there. And the remaining DUP have all gathered to fortify there. My associates and I have been planning on storming the place to free them and take DUP down once and for all. And we could use some help."
"Really? Well, who am I to say no?" Delsin replied.
"Good answer, once Fetch and Eugene get here we can get moving right away. There are some people you should meet before we head out." Sam explained.
"Sure. Hey, by the way, congratulations on not getting caught all these years. You sure are a sly one, aren't you?"
"Well, I did have to-"
"Ooh! Ooh! Can I call you that?"
"Uuuh, sure, why not?"
"Okay, 'Sly Cooper', nice to meet you!" Delsin said with a grin spread wide across his face as Sam just stared blankly at Delsin as he tried to process what just happened.
"You're a bastard." Sam replied.
"Too fucking bad. That's your nickname. FOREVER."
"Here's your drink, Delsin." Betty said, wheeling herself into the room with a cup of lemonade.
"Thanks, Betty." Delsin said smiling, taking the drink from her hand.
"Now, is there anything else I can get you, Mister Sly?" Betty remarked with a grin similar to Delsin's.
"[sigh] I need to use the bathroom. Hope you choke on that drink..." Sam said as he got up from his chair and walked into the back.
Delsin and Betty both chuckled as Betty wheeled over to her bed to lay back down, when suddenly, the door to the Longhouse suddenly flew off its hinges and flew instantly across the room and lodging itself into a wall. The one responsible, Fetch Walker, sped inside with her hands ablaze with Neon energy. Eugene entered after her with his wings spread wide and his sword brandished.
"Delsin?!" Fetch exclaimed, seeing he was just sitting in the rec room with a lemonade glass.
"Hey, Fetch, Eugene, what's up?" Delsin replied simply.
"What's up?!" Eugene asked.
"I'm right here, Abigail. You don't have to shout. You're gonna give me more ear trouble than I already have." Betty said, making herself known.
"Oh..." Fetch then settled down as the energy dissipated from her arms. Eugene did the same, as his sword and wings disappeared. "Sorry about the door."
Betty chuckled, "That's quite alright."
"I guess you already took care of the DUP, huh Delsin?" Eugene asked.
"Oh, no, he's still here."
"Wait, WHAT? Where?" Fetch asked.
"Hold on, clam down. He's alright." Delsin tried to explain.
"Alright?! He's a DUP!"
"Trust me, Fetch, he's okay." Delsin assured her.
"How do you know?"
"Because he helped me. I trust him, and you should too, Eugene."
"Delsin, he's DUP. Do you not remember what they were like? From our memories? From Seattle alone?" Eugene said.
"I know, but he isn't like the others."
"What if he's lying to you?"
"Ungh! Just listen to me!" Delsin shouted.
"You weren't in Curdun Cay, D! You don't know what they did to us in there!" Fetch snapped.
"Guys...look." Delsin said, taking a moment to collect his thoughts. "I'm not asking you to trust him, I'm asking you to trust me in trusting him."
"Sorry Delsin, that's not gonna happen." Fetch told him.
"The Fetch I know isn't one to walk away from a challenge." The three turned to see Sam walking back towards them. Delsin felt the need to introduce him.
"Fetch, Eugene, this is-"
"Sam?" Fetch muttered. "Is that you?"
"How are you, Fetch?" Sam asked as Fetch continued to walk towards him, as of in a trance. A few seconds later, she was only feet away from his face, then she rushed in and hugged him. Sam hugged her back. He looked back up to see Eugene, who was just as stupefied.
"Come on, kid. Get over here." Sam said with a smile. Eugene then rushed over and hugged him as well.
"I thought you got caught." Fetch said.
"You kidding? I'm too sly for that." Sam said as he looked at Delsin and winked.
"Wait, I'm so lost right now." Delsin said. Fetch and Eugene broke away to give him room to talk.
"I was assigned to take these two to Curdun Cay. I did everything I could to prolong their tests and tried to get them out." Sam explained.
"Actually, I meant about you coming out. Did you even go to the bathroom or did you just go back there to make an entrance?" Sam sighed and held his head down.
"Is he always like this?" Sam asked Fetch.
"No, sometimes he's just a jackass." Fetch answered. Earning an eye roll from Delsin.
"Didn't stop you from dating me." Delsin remarked.
"Don't worry, Sam. You'll like him the more you get to know him." Eugene said.
"Eugene, I don't we can get him that drunk." Fetch replied.
"Ha, ha." Delsin remarked in a sarcastic tone. "So...you guys in?"
"If it's with Sam, I'm in." Fetch told Delsin.
"Count me in too." Eugene said.
"Thank you all. Now, if we want to rescue them, we need to move out as quickly as possible. There are some people you should meet beforehand, and we need to go over the plan and escape route." Sam explained.
"Alright, Sly. We ready to get a move on already?" Delsin asked.
"Actually, I need to pick up something before we go. You guys should take care of anything you need to before we leave." Sam said.
"What? Like pretend to go to the bathroom just to make a dramatic entrance?" Delsin remarked. Sam scoffed and turned away as the heroes prepared to make their journey to Curdun Cay.
TO BE CONTINUED...