Crescent - The Hub (Chapter 11)Tasha lead Philip into a small alcove where the wall had been. She stood still and waited.
Philip was just about to ask what they were waiting for when the wall dropped back into place and the small room fell with the speed of a bullet. Ten seconds later it came to a stop and Philip stumbled while Tasha gave him a sympathetic look as she remained standing.
"You get used to it." she said. The wall lifted again and Philip felt his jaw drop. Another metal room lay beyond the opening in the wall but this one was as big as a football stadium and as high as a cathedral.
The others were there practising their own abilities. Closest was Kyle and he was throwing streams of fire from his hands and sheets of metal that rose from the floor before falling back again. Philip watched as a sheet of metal rose beneath Kyle and he backflipped to get away before kicking it and burning a whole where his foot had touched. He wore a metal band around his head with a yellow light on the front, now that Phili
Crescent - Part of the Computer (Chapter 10)They filed out of the room and Philip was stumped. The others went either left or right down the corridor without looking back. Pixel was six metres away when she looked back at him.
"Nobody told you were to go, did they?" she asked, smirking slightly.
He shook his head. "No."
She sighed and muttered. "Someone should have told you." She placed her hands so they made a rectangle in front of her and then stretched them out. As she did, the air shimmered and turned blue then Philip was looking at Pixel trough a shimmering blue screen and two back-to-front lists. Pixel scrolled through the lists and tapped rimmed buttons on the side and after a few minutes she announced "You're with Tasha, try to keep your eyes in your head, and in Block D, corridor four, room nine E."
He gave her a blank look as her arms fell to her sides and the screen faded.
"Oh, right - take the corridor behind you and keep going past three crosses in the corridors, then on the fourth, take the corridor on your left, k
Crescent - Captain Shade (Chapter 9)The lights in the room faded as a projection screen unwound from the ceiling, lowering into place behind Beam.
"So, after the business in London, Domito and McGregor have come to the conclusion that Shade has an Aquanan, someone who controls water." A picture of the Thames river appeared on the screen, except all the water was gone. "This picture was taken two months and three days ago. We believe the next target is Sudbinam and then off around the world. We've pulled you all out of missions all over the world, Void in America, Probe in France, Chameleon in Scotland and we've even had to halt training to some extent while also picking up some new hands. Our fellows around the world are getting worried, water was no where to be found in London for five weeks and if any passed through to the city in instantly vanished, no explanation so the government pointed the finger at us. Over three million died, and while London had a population of eight million and it was utterly decimated by a mi
Crescent - The League (Chapter 8)Philip unlocked the door to the flat and went in. He dropped his bag in the living room and his sister ran in.
"Phily! Phily!" she cried, jumping up and down.
"How many times, Sasha? Don't call me that!" he sighed.
She smiled like only an eleven year old could. "That's why I call you it." she laughed.
Philip was about to respond when his mother rushed in. She held Philip's face in her hands and her eyes dug into his. "Are you okay? You're not hurt are you?" she fussed.
"Why would he be hurt?" Sasha asked from the sofa where she was now watching something on the TV.
"I'm fine." Philip said at the same time.
"Sasha, can you go to your room for a minute?" Philip's mother, Violet, said, looking at his sister.
"Mum!" Sasha wailed.
"Go." Violet said forcefully, pointing out of the room.
Sasha grumbled but, reluctantly, left the room.
"Mum, why did-" Philip began.
"This is dangerous, Philip." his mum interrupted him, her face more stern than he had ever seen it before. "Are you sure you want
Crescent - Return Home (Chapter 7)Philip walked down the straight corridor and back into the main cavern. Everyone was still working on their computers and tablets. He was walking towards the lift when Pixel called called to him.
"Falcon, hey, wait a sec. Let me just finish up and I'll be right over, I've gotta go back to Hayfield too." she said. She flicked some images round in a seemingly random order then called to someone below. "Doctor McGregor, I'm giving you control." she said, tapped her console and the green light faded while a man sitting at one of the computers nodded.
Pixel ran over and got in the lift with him. "Where about in the Haystack do you come from?" she asked, pressing the black button.
"How do you know I come from Hayfield?" he asked then instantly regretted it - it made him sound stupid.
"Really? You're asking me that? Well, A: your accent and B: I read your file." she said with arched eyebrows.
"I should've guessed." he mumbled.
"Yeah, you should have." she said as the elevator opened onto the
Crescent - New Era (Chapter 6)The white, metal table began to pulse green then what appeared to be bolts of green lightening sparked and spread from Pixel's fingers and sunk into the metal. The electricity showed above the metal occasionally as it followed the curve of the table. It illuminated intricate patterns of parallel lines and circles. In these circles, images pixelated in from the edges, became clear and rose into the air, one from each circle and there were about seven circles on the surface of the table. Pixel flicked her left hand and sent all but one of these images into a column on the left side of her console where they floated and moved up or down in order of the line. Her right hand, however, pulled up one image, tapped it twice and it appeared on the large screen.
"Here we are..." Pixel muttered to herself. She zoomed in on the image on the screen, it was a line drawing of the layout of the cavern with red or green dots at certain points. She flicked it around until she found a green dot in the mi
Crescent - Headquarters (Chapter 5)After Beam had left, Philip concentrated on lowering himself back onto the bed. After a few minutes of hard concentration he managed to flop back onto the hospital bed, the springs adjusting to the new weight, and almost instantly a woman of about twenty five, dressed in a lab coat and jeans and a T-shirt came in. Her auburn hair was tied back of her pale face and her brown eyes shimmered with warmth but she looked formal and business like as well. She had turned the beeping machines off and undid the straps tying him down.
"It seems you have control, come with me." she had said and led him through the doors into a wood panelled corridor. She had shown him a bathroom, handed him a blue T-shirt, some jeans and a pair of trainers and left so he could change out of his tattered school uniform. A few minutes later he had gone back into the corridor, shoving the uniform in his school bag that she had handed him, and followed her round a maze of corridors at a brisk pace. After a few minutes
Crescent - HATE (Chapter 4)Philip blinked once, twice and then answered. "Um, yeah, a little. Weren't they responsible for the drought of the Thames?" he said.
"Ah, that's where many people are wrong. Before that, we were considered heroes, people looked up to us, but after the... Incident in London, most think of us as terrorists." Beam sighed.
After a few seconds when Beam had not carried on Philip said "Um, sir, you haven't fully explained who you are."
"Oh, sorry, I keep going off track. We are the Hidden Alliance of Talented Exceptions." Beam said, sitting on the end of Philip's bed.
Philip stared in disbelief. "So you are superheroes?!" he said.
Beam nodded. "People had to get their inspiration from somewhere, even if we are just rumours and urban legend to most people - past and present. Like Spiderman, he was based on an agent of ours named Arachnid. Magneto too, they got very close with this one as the agent's name was also Magneto. But as of late, someone has been recruiting into their own priva
Crescent - Game Change (Chapter 3)Kyle looked at Jess as she almost crashed into them. "What's wrong?" he asked.
Jess panted and leaned on Kyle's shoulder. "Sh-Shady's guy... Entrance." she breathed, clutching her side.
"A shady guy? As in black suit, sunglasses and slicked back hair kind of thing?" Kyle asked, raising an eyebrow.
"No, not... Not a shady... Shady's, big s and apostrophe." she said.
Realisation and some fear dawned on Kyle's face.
"What?! What do you mean 'Shady's guy'?" Philip said, completely confused.
"Phil, this is big. You're gonna have to leave, like, now." Jess said, standing up straight now.
"Yeah, we'll come with you but we just need to get you out of here." Kyle said, heading for one of the exits from the quiet English corridor.
Just as Philip was about to move towards the exit, they heard boots are on the tiled floor. They all looked round and standing in an archway to an adjoining corridor stood a large, rough looking man. He wore black combats with a leather belt that held a range of weapon