The Cleveland HeroCon Guest of Honour finally gets to speak. Please read the chapter before continuing.
The villains have been stopped. Why hasn't the story? Because the story arcs for the characters haven't. Not that I knew that I was working on character stories at the time of writing, mind. Each character, though, major and minor, did have a story of their own along with the major plot. I have improved in that area; Unruly shows different arcs for each girl, from Laura trying to fit in to Caitlin's war with Verity to even Jenn's quest to claim her own name again. Thus, I need to wrap up the story arcs for the heroines still, including Nasty's turn as a guest of honour at a convention.
Eric has found a new way to distract Nasty from panicking. It's super effective. Nasty's self-esteem, as shown in Subject 13 isn't high, but she also has a low opinion of people in general. The people she knows, she hold in high esteem, so if one of them calls her cute or kisses her on the cheek, it's enough to focus her mind on something else.
The question and answer session is more or less what you'd find at a convention. Charles is moderating because Nasty has never handled a crowd before. Switching from one line to another lets people clear away from a mic and still keeps the questions going. It's efficient, from the moderator's view, and makes sure that anyone who has a question can ask. Moderators are good at getting the questions going; sometimes, a little prodding is enough to get a guest to ramble on about something that the audience hadn't heard before. Given Nasty is new, the audience is getting a lot of new information.
The reactions Nasty mentions of her family has been partially written. Those of you who have read /Subject 13/ will have noticed that Maria isn't married. Maria knows who Nasty's father is, but Nasty doesn't. Not going to spoil the reveal here, but suffice to say that superhero stories are the teenaged boy version of soap operas isn't that far off from the truth. Lives get complicated, but some questions will get answered.
Having Pixie and Prototype Alpha also at the convention means I could throw them into a crowd scene any time I wanted. I wanted to add Vicki to the Q&A. She was trying to put Nasty on the spot about joining the Youth Brigade. Nasty dodged out of the trap and gave Vicki an ego boost while she was at it. That probably won't stop Vicki from trying to recruit Nasty, but she'll know why the offer is being turned down.
There's more cosplay in the crowd. Feral is from the Global Vanguard, my analogue to the Justlice League and the Avengers. Feral fills in the Wolverine niche; the scrappy fighter can keep going despite the pounding received. Nasty would fill that role as well if she was ever on a team. Q-Ball, also from the Vanguard, fills the Iron Man and Rocket Red niche; the power armour creator. The name Q-Ball comes from mixing cue ball and the character's name, Quentin Q. Quinn. Major Flagg, a solo hero from in-universe comics, is a Captain America analogue. I populated my world with heroes to make it feel a little bigger.
Tomorrow, Crossover Chapter 23.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, Star Wars: The Role-Playing Games.
Saturday, over at Seventh Sanctum, Thunderbirds Are Go.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of Lost in Translation.