Voxx listened closely, but she could no longer hear the bluff in his voice. "Tsk. Useless," she muttered. "I suppose I could ring him up myself, call that godforsaken hero company and tell them about my hostage. They don't know that you're Apophis, I guess you'll be my little helpless non-superpowered human for today," Voxx laughs at her own genius and pulls out a phone.
She turns to one of her underlings, "Go give me more hostages, put a gun up to a bank if you have to. When the police come, threaten to kill everyone unless Chiro shows his face. Kill someone for every 5 minutes that he doesn't show up," Voxx instructs. The person nods and walks away.
Meanwhile, Chiro was in the DG company building, being careful to avoid main halls so he had little chance to run into Victoria, who was still mad at him.
Youta grimaced. “ look Vox, this isn’t he way to get what you want. You’re motivated by a desire for wealth , right? Then use your powers to make a difference, your powers could be key to diagnosing problems, you could hear if someone was sick long before it could be diagnosed.” Youta reasoned. This was just kind of Apophis’ thing.
“ If it’s power you want, then make an honest name for yourself, become the mayor or run a business, do something worth your time, turning to crime has never been the answer.” He said.
Youta has always been passionate about trying to turn villains towards the light, after all Soleil was made up of plenty of reformed villains.
“ harming innocents to get your way will never work and you know it.” He says stubbornly.
"It's more than just wealth here, Apophis. Chiro has personally humilated me, made me lose, made me almost get caught. I had to run away from him like a scared sheep. And maybe it's villainous of me to do so, but I want my revenge," Voxx says with a sad smile, knowing that Apophis' was sincere.
Voxx made the call.
"Chiiiiiro!" Helmet, another hero at the company, shouted as he saw Chiro try to sneak pass. "Hussshhh! I'm trying to avoid Vic-" Chiro starts, but Helmet interrupts him. "Have you seen the news man? You need to get down to Buxemburg bank like right now! It's already been 3 minutes!" Helmet says.
"..What are you talking about?" Chiro asks in confusion. "No time to explain!" Helmet says. "Go get Wisp and have her transport you!" Chiro nods, realizing how serious Helmet sounds, and runs towards Wisp's station.
Youta looked at her with unjudging eyes. “ I know how it can feel to believe that revenge is your only option, but I can promise you, walking away feels so much better. Sure at first it feels like the weaker option, but once you come into yourself you’d understand that villainy isn’t what you were meant for. Don’t you want to make a difference? The DG are corrupt, Chiro is the only honest one of them, but how long will he last. Do you want to be the cause of this city, the country falling to ruin?”
“ make your own path, don’t let the past dictate you, you’re strong enough to do it, just let others in, let yourself be helped,”
"Ugh, stop confusing me!" Voxx yells at Apophis. "I don't need help! I don't need anyone! I'll make my own path, even if it's a path of destruction! I know what I'm doing," Voxx says. One of her henchmen comes back. "Done," he says, handing her a phone.
"Hello?" Voxx says into it. "This is the chief of police. We formally ask that you release the hostages at Buxembourg bank." Voxx snickers. "I'm afraid that I can't do that without making some demands first. How long has it been sense the person I sent took over the bank? Is Chiro there? I assume I'm being broadcasted. If you can here me, henchman, go ahead and kill someone." Commotion can be heard on the other end of the phone, along with the distant sound of a bullet being shot.
"Stop! Stop! What are your demands?" The chief asks. "Give the phone to Chiro." Voxx says. The chief yells something and shuffling can be heard.
Youta’s eyes darkened, as he heard he gun shot. He began to do his best to untie the rope bindings. Vox certainly knew how to bind someone, but Youta had prior teachings, however it would take him a while to get out of this if he wanted to do so without being caught.
Chiro arrives at the bank, and one of the police officers runs up to him. "They shot someone! But we can't even go in to get her to an ambulance or they'll shoot more people!" She says quickly, without pausing to take a breath.
"I've got this under control," Chiro assures her calmly. He goes towards the window of the bank so he can look inside. Another police officer approaches to him, holding a phone. Chiro takes it. "Chiro! It's been a while, huh?" Voxx says. "Uh huh," Chiro says, barely listening as he accesses the situation in the bank. Atleast three people with guns, civilians on the ground. He had never tried summoning hands while he was behind glass, could he do it?
"I've got your little friend tied up here, I'll stop this whole situation if you surrender yourself," Voxx says. Chiro tenses up. No, that wouldn't do. If she had another person there with her, then she'd kill them if he tried to stop the bank crisis.
“Chiro! Don’t listen to her!” Youta shouted. “ focus on getting everyone out of the bank.” He said. He really wished he hadn’t skipped breakfast, being vulnerable like this wasn’t fun for him, he hated this.
“ This isn’t about the bank, it’s just revenge, focus on the hostages!”
Chiro listened to the phone with a frown. The voice of the kidnapped person sounded oddly familiar.. but he didn't have time to dwindle on it. Passerby were looking at him expectantly, a great hero who would sort this all out in a jiffy and then put a cherry on top. So much pressure, so much weight.. and yet Chiro really didn't know what to do. He certainly couldn't stand in silence forever, though.
"Okay. Person on the other end, please hold out until I can find a way to you!" Chiro yells into the phone. He drops it before hearing Voxx's response and quickly bursts into the bank, where he heard three clicks of guns being cocked. Chiro holds up his hands in a placating gesture, as if giving up, and the gunholders smile like they won. Then the hands appear.
Chiro swipes all three of their guns from them at once. Then he summons even more hands to restrain them as the police swarm in and begin to evacuate people. His head began to hurt, he had to be controlling atleast 12 hands right now.
Youta smirked. “ looks like you overestimated how much Chiro cares for me, which is foolish since we have only met a handful of times.” He says. “ in and out of work.” He expands.
“ so let me go, I have kids to look after.” Youta says.
( I had an idea for how Asher could meet Minako, Maybe the DG agrees to send heroes to Minako’s school ( a different school than ejirous old school.) and Chiro decides to go along to keep blur and the others in line?)
"Looks live you underestimated how much he cares for the wellbeing of every person, actually," Voxx says with a smile. Even on the phone, she can hear basically everything going on. Chiro stopping the robbery. People trying to swarm him in gratitude. Him, picking up the phone again, and giving it to the police for them to track. And Chiro, on his way to them now, his steps fading from her hearing as he gets closer to them but further from the phone.
Voxx's smile falters at Youta"s comment about his kids. "As I said earlier, I have no quarrel with you, so don't worry too much. I just want Chiro," Voxx says, but her own words sounded empty to her. Was she really just setting herself up for failure? Was all of this worth it? She had kids once, too. What would they say if they saw her now..? Voxx frowned at these new thoughts.
“look, I’ve seen this before, even if you do the impossible and kill Chiro, his death won’t relive you of your humiliation. Just tell him this stunt was your way to get his attention so he knows that you’re giving up villainy, Soleil can protect you from the DG.” He says sincerely.
Voxx knew he was right. She knew it! And yet.. and yet, how could she stop now? She had blatantly ordered one of her underlings to shoot someone. Chiro was angry, and she knew it. Why was Voxx testing him, when she knew what the outcome would be? She was so.. conflicted and confused.
So conflicted, in fact, that she didn't even hear when Chiro came in. "Youta?" He says incredulously, but then he remembers that he was Chiro right now, not Asher. "Uh, uh- stop right there, Voxx!" Chiro says. Voxx begins to turn around, but already Chiro had summoned hands to hold her down, and even more to untie Youta