She couldn't believe he asked her here, nor could she believe that this place pretty much had remained untouched since she had been here last. The city and the federal government were both indecisive, about what to do with the grounds and even a year after 'it' had happened, nothing much had changed. This was her daughters living quarters, it had been almost 18 months since Miranda
had become the first female member of TAC. She remembers her daughter's excitement that first day. The drove from Edgewater, NJ to the Willow Grove, where the TAC unit assigned to Philadelphia, lived and trained. The place at one time was a Naval Airbase and being former military herself, Rita wanted to tour the entire compound, anything to keep her mind off that her baby girl, was one of America's finest and as the first female in the The American Corps, all eyes would be on her soon.
The next few months were easier as Miranda had more than proven to the world, herself and more importantly Rita, that not only did she belong there, TAC, was fortunate to have her; then 'it' happened.
Two hyper humans, later identified as Philip and Aria Mora (father and daughter), had used their ability to open up dimensional portals in order to make way for an invading demon force, but with the intervention of a Zeta Division squad, the two's powers reacted explosively with each other, causing the whole world to be immersed in a red light, killing the pair along with the Zeta Division squad on site. The energies released also had deadly effects for the members of TAC. TAC members took a drug which caused a slight change in their bio chemistry that reacted to dormant inter dimensional energy, giving the enhanced strength, speed and agility, the Red Event, as it was now called, caused several things, about half the members of TAC, lost their connection and would never be superhuman again, about 40% either imploded, killing themselves, or exploded, killing themselves and others around them, a few were wildly mutated in body and mind, and seven kept the abilities without the use of the drug. Miranda exploded, luckily she was in her quarters at the time and no civilians were harmed.
Since then, the remaining members of Zeta Division under the direction of William Gunner (who lost his wife Lilly) and a few others were the world's first line of defense in things extra terrestrial and paranormal. There was something about Mr. Gunner, Rita didn't like, she didn't know what it was...but each time she heard his voice on the television, she had to turn the channel. On the anniversary of the Red Event, Rita was proud to hear her daughter's name mentioned alongside those of Marcus and Alexander Williams, a father and son who died ending the threat of the Mora's, along with Lillian Gunner, her son William Gunner Jr., and the very notable members of TAC, but being here today didn't bring of that sense of pride, just a dread sense of loss, wishing that if her daughter had to die, it would be fighting like the Williams' and the Gunners'.
"It's a lot to take in" a man's voice said from behind her. "I wanted you to see this first and I'm sorry if it dredged up some bad memories, but I need your help."
Rita, looked at the man...actually through the man, she wasn't sure what she was seeing "The...the news....they said you died four weeks ago..."
"That's what I needed them to think." he pauses "Forgive me, I'm Daniel Turner..."
Rita almost laughed, "Who doesn't know American Corps Prime Commander?"
"Former" he corrected her "And I apologize because I led you here under false assumptions, but like I said: I need your help Rita."
TO BE CONTINUED
THE STUFF PREVIOUSLY POSTED AT movementheroes.deviantart.com/…
SERVES AS A PREQUEL TO CURRENT EVENTS AND AS YOU CAN SEE FROM RITA'S POINT OF VIEW (IF YOU READ THE OTHER STUFF) SHE' AND THE REST OF THE PUBLIC DEFINITELY HAVE HAD SOME 'FAKE NEWS'.