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61st Gear... This is not a valid coping mechanism, Nautilus. [Accidental Video]
Defiance.
naniteknight wrote in thewake_rp
[There is a figure in a black Organization coat standing atop a building in the Northern District, easily seen against the gray of the roof top and the white of the snow blanketing the ledges. For the first few seconds of the broadcast, the hood of the coat obscures the figure's face, but then he turns, gloved hands lifting to pull the hood back...]

[It's Rex, his gaze distant and cold as he looks out across the city, expression unreadable.]

[One hand moves to his collar, fingers looping under cords to draw out a pair of necklaces from beneath the coat. One of them, the shorter of the pair, is strung with bird feathers and beads. The other had four pendants hanging from it: a hand painted charm with kanji on it, a silver tribal-style metal pendant, a silver gear and a steampunk styled piece with wings on it. Rex simply gazes down at the lot passively for a second before suddenly tearing them away from his neck, the cords breaking.]

Worthless.

[He is about to toss them all off side of the building when he pauses, looking once more at the silver gear.]

Hmm, except this. I can still use it.

[The gear is dropped into a hidden pocket. The other parts are then disposed off, tossed carelessly off the roof before Rex teleports away, the feed ending soon after.]

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It's as simple as this - I don't have them. The city took my heart, probably because I wondered what it would be like to be without one. Magnus is gone and it hurt me. I've lost so many people over the last year, friends and housemates... Adopted parents and brothers. I got tired of hurting.

[The corners of his mouth twitch in a false smile.]

But it's so easy, now. I don't feel anything.

[Caesar's eyes grow wide.]

No.... We have to get your heart back! How do we get it back?

[There's no marked reaction at all to Caesar's alarm, no shift in expression.]

Nothing here is permanent...usually. It'll probably come back in a few days. Maybe a week.

[A beat.]

If I let it.

[Breathe. Breathe. Okay, temporary he can deal with. Temporary means that it'll fix itself. That brings back some measure of calm. ... well, until that last bit. He's still worried, but now he's frowning.]

You'd better let it come back, mijo. You need your heart, even if it hurts. It's what makes you, you.

[Finally, a frown. But it's just a mask. A false expression based on memory.]

You're sure about that? Maybe my heart was what made me weak. Kept me from doing everything that could be done. How many headaches could have been saved if I'd just killed every single one of my enemies at home when I had the chance? My heart's always stopped me...but it won't anymore, since it's gone.

[Exasperation.]

Just because they're your enemies doesn't mean they deserve to die, Rex. You're not a killer. Don't just decide to kill people because it's 'convenient' to you!

It's not about convenience, bro~.

[And there, for just a second, his voice fluctuates enough to sound like Rex with a heart...but then it's gone again, his tone falling flat.]

It's about getting rid of problems, which, let's face it...are hardly ever convenient. If something is cause a problem, you either fix it or you remove it. You're a scientist, isn't that how it's done?


Scientists don't kill people. [At least not the good ones.] We work together to eliminate problems like disease or genetic disorders or cancer. That's why I worked on the Nanite Project.

[Of course, there was Alpha... but that was different. He was a danger.]

...the Nanite Project.

[Rex lifts his chin somewhat, one eye narrowing a slight fraction.]

The project that turned into the most devastating event in human history, mutating people and resulting in death all over the planet.

At least I'd be a little more selective in who I'd eliminate. The ones who actually have it coming.

[Caesar's quiet for a long moment, looking stunned. Of course he knew that, but....]

That never would've happened if those fools had understood what was the right path for the project and not done what they did! Something that you can no longer understand with the way you are now.

And yet you and Rylander and the others didn't get rid the problem members of the group after what they did nearly killed me.

They were allowed to stay.

That's not logical.

I think I understand enough.

[Caesar breaks his gaze from his data pad.]

They seemed to have seen our way was the right path. We had no idea what they were planning.

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