Belladonna awoke with a splitting headache. She lay in her bed, carefully tucked under the covers. What happened? Then memories came back to her once more, clear and unmistakable. There were bits and pieces missing, but overall, her memory was back.
The door opened a crack, and Ace peaked in. He smiled seeing her awake. She glanced at him, and looked away. He lied to me, about who I was. She thought angrily. He noticed she was upset. He came over to the side of her bed.
"Belladonna, are you okay?" she slapped him, and turned away. His cheek hurt a little, but he ignored it. She mumbled something to herself. "Could you repeat that?"
"I said, that's not my name!" she replied, glaring at the wall. Realization dawned on him.
"Buttercup…" he said, gently placing a hand on her shoulder. She didn't move.
"Yes?"She asked. He knew for sure then.
"You okay?" he asked, concern leaking into his voice. She began remembering how kind he was to her, and her anger softened. She turned and hugged him.
"You lied to me." Gentle tears traveling down her face. Her old self wouldn't have cried, would have kept them inside. She had changed.
"Would you've believed me?"
"… no." she said. He chuckled.
"Then it's fine, ok?"
"Okay."She hugged him a little tighter. "Thanks."
Jane entered her Dex labs apartment room. She opened a door she originally assumed was a closet, revealing a bedroom. The window let in the red-orange light of the setting sun. She briefly wondered what she would do next. Then a yawn interrupted that thought, and she went to bed.
Buttercup sat at a desk in the recording studio, writing down on a piece of paper. She let her thoughts and memories flow onto the page, through the pen she held. She had been doing that until the sun began to set, when she had no more to write. She headed to bed.
Jane was awaken by a loud beeping from her Nanocom. It was an alert for an email. Dexter wanted her to patrol downtown. She equipped some armor and set out. She had been climbing a building when she noticed something. A boy, a little older than herself, was being surrounded by Fuse's monsters. Jane raced to the nearby zip line, hand bumping her Nanocom as she attached a hook to the line. She removed one hand from the line as she speed ahead, barley noticing a Nano following her. She grabbed the boy's wrist as she passed. She kept her eyes forward, realizing she hadn't figured out how to land. The two were flung as the line stopped, tumbling as they landed.
"Are you okay?" she asked, rubbing her head as she stood up, wobbling only slightly. Her released Nano caught up to her and she returned it to the Nanocom.
"I've been through worse," The boy said, getting up,"but thanks. I'm Ben."
"Jane." She was able to get a good look at him for the first time, and realized he was Ben Tennyson. Then his 'watch' started flashing and beeping. He grinned excited, a bit of hope shining in his eyes as he slammed his right hand on the alien device. He was engulfed in a green light, but nothing happened. He stared at it curiously as it continued flashing, somewhat disappointed, although the beeping had stopped. Jane also gave the device a confused glance, knowing this probably wasn't a normal thing for him. Something blue entered her field of vision.
"Ben?" he looked up. Hovering in the space between the two was what appeared to be a large blue moth. But both of them knew better than that. The alien kept a shy distance from Ben, whom it was facing. It didn't even seem to notice Jane's presence at all. The green flashing was ignored as they stared. The creature was having trouble staying up. It finally noticed Jane was there when she caught it as it almost fell. It let out soft chirping as it returned its attention to Ben.
"There is something in the area, investigate." Came a sound from her Nanocom.
"Something as in?"
"Around the size of a Nano. Its origins trace back to the sun."
"I think I know what it is." She sighed, glancing at the boy across from her. I'm kind of holding it.
"Excellent. Bring it for analyze."
"That might be tricky to do."
"Use whatever means you feel necessary." The transmission ended.
Dexter was working on a complex scientific equation when a warp pad sounded behind him. He turned to find Jane holding an oversized blue moth. It let out little chirping sounds, with its gaze behind her. The person standing there was Ben.