"I know," Chiro replied, pulling off his mask and running a hand through his hair. He was making the right decision, there was no doubt about it. There was always a feeling in his gut that kept him down the right path. Call it a conscience, but Asher would rather be here than anywhere else.
Ignorance really is bliss.. if Asher had been kept in the dark about DG, who knew how long he'd have been working for such a corrupted company? Asher took hold of Youta's hand to steady the shaking he'd begun to do without even noticing it. Why was he shaking? In anger? Fear? "I'm sorry that this happened to you, Damien," Asher said
(Heck, every person he has on speed dial, probably)
Asher tensed up as the man holding Damien used his real name. Then he sighed. "So Damien told you too, huh?" He said. Asher wondered if it was before or after Asher specifically told him not to tell more people. Probably after, honestly. Damien would tell more people just to spite him.
"Hey, everyone, I'm Chiro, but my name is also Asher!" Asher says, so everyone in close proximity could hear it. "Woah, gasp, drama, gossip, go and tell all your friends!"
( that’s exactly what he did, Asher is correct, Damien is a dick.)
Damien snorted, “ they all already know.” He yawns tiredly as he holds onto Antonio,
“ I told everyone, but Youta.” He shrugs. “ Didn’t think it’d be funny if I outed you as Chiro, because I was hoping for him to flirt as Apophis and just watch this mess unfurl.” Damien said casually, still clinging to this man.
The other red eyed male laughed, as he carefully led him to the infirmary.
Youta is huffy. “ you’re a terrible person!” He called out.
“ just say dick!” Antonio calls back. Damien’s laughter echoes through the compound,
Apophis gets back into costume.
“...time to go broadcast everything?” He murmurs
"Of course you did," Asher replies to Damien, unsurprised with his antics at this point. Asher felt partly responsible for what happened to him though, he couldn't get angry enough to actually yell or pick a fight with Damien at the moment.
"Okay, lead the way," Asher said to Youta, putting back on his mask. He was unfamilar with this place, though it seemed to house many villains. Well.. what DG labeled as villains, anyway. Asher couldn't be sure anymore if half of the people he'd been fighting most of his life were truly evil
Youta led him to the area where the love press conference was being held. Youta held his hand the whole time.
“ The DG has falsely been claiming myself and my colleagues as villains for a while now, the minute I showed up,I stopped a bank heist, and I was attacked by one of their heroes. The DG have been claiming the deeds done by the heroes of Soliels hero organisation as their own. The only true hero they still had, was Chiro.” Apophis said gently.
The reporters were hooked, waiting for chiros side.
Chiro went into a panick mode. He might've been a well-known and famous hero, but he was always one to get nervous around cameras. He fiddled with his hair with one hand and squeezed Apophis's hand with the other. Everyone looked at him with expectant eyes.
"Apophis is right. The people who run DG have begun to let the power it holds get to their head. They see heroes as nothing more than ways to get money, and their intentions have begun to become not as pure as when the corporation first started. DG has framed innocent people, they've kidnapped people who didn't deserve to be kidnapped, and they've even started to work in shady businesses, such as human trafficking," Chiro said, remembering Jolt. "We're gonna do everything in our power to stop them," Chiro promised.
"Of course," Chiro said as Apophis stood. He made sure to steal a kiss from him before he left. Chiro turned back to the reporters. "As of today, I no longer work at DG, I'm officially quitting," he said to the cameras.
So many things had happened over the past few days, Asher couldn't wait to just sit and take a nap honestly. He'd have to call his family soon, check up on them.
Once the two were alone, Apophis threw his arms around Chiro, holding him tightly. “ we did it.” He mumbles gently as he snuggles into him.
“ we should...probably go rest before doing anything else.” Youta sighs.
“ y you could share a room with me if you uhm wanted to, but there are enough spare rooms.” He says shyly,
"Oh, I'll definitely share a room with you," Chiro said with a smile as Apophis threw himself onto him. Chiro wasn't complaining though, having Apophis on him made him feel a lot better and more grounded.
Chiro wrapped his arms around Apophis and did a little spin, then placed a kiss on his forehead before setting him down.
Apophis actually squeaked, “ h hey.” He said blushing darkly, before leading his boyfriend to the rooms.
His room was decorated in newspaper clippings, lots of Cryptid memes.
“ sorry, my siblings are...so I may or may not have adopted mothman,the jersey devil and the el chupacabra?” He says bashfully as he removes his mask, carapace and then his cloak.
He quickly gets changed into pyjamas,
‘ I t-posed at the jersey devil’ is on his shirt, and he’s wearing bottoms with a tumblr esque mothman on them.
“....y you’re about antonios height I’ll go raid his closet,”
( I’m not sorry.)
Chiro followed, he was intrigued by all the cryptid memes and articles. "Honestly not surprised," he said, cracking a smile. "Next you'll tell me that Dracula is your great grandfather or something," Chiro said. "Well, actually, maybe not yours, but Damiens," he thought out loud.
Chiro nodded as Youta went to raid Antonio's closet. He absconded some bathing supplies and yeeted himself into the bathroom so he could take a shower.
“ how did you know?” Damien calls as he comes in with Youta.
“ I’m leaving the clothes by the door!” Youta shouts,
“ Damien, you know he doesn’t go by Dracula any more.” Youta scolds.
“ yeah yeah, don’t rat me out to my dad.” He says pouting.
Youta laughs and kicks him out, just needing someone to help bring files into the room.
Youta assessed the damage reports from a few fights.
JD had gotten absolutely demolished by a hero, who had just attacked them because they’d found them in the woods, practising their powers.
Thankfully, Antonio had been about to help them.
The downside was that everywhere the eye could see was scorched. So he’d be donating some money to help fix that wildfire issue,