“Almost done,” I tell Charlie as we work on the last of Sektain sensor beacons.
We got all three of the three metre tall towers, made entirely from the greenish-purplish grey alloy that the Sektain use, set up in a spare room down in the base. The beacons are quite unusual by Earth standards, but feel quite normal for Sektain stuff. They have a wide and low tripod base with a generator that shoots a small beam of yellow energy into the air that only reaches the top of the beacon. Several metal rings surround the energy beam while three curved pillars protect its sides.
“Good because as fun as it is to mess around with alien tech, it feels weird,” replies Charlie.
“Really?” I say, “I enjoy it. Nice to work such advanced stuff.”
“Eh,” mutters Charlie with a shrug, “You’re the genius here.”
“You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for,” I tell him.
“Seriously Daniel,” insists Charlie, “You are a genius. Why do think you’re the Sentinel? Your grandfather picked you over both of his daughters, your sister and your cousin.”
“Yeah, well, he picked because-” I start to reply, but become flustered as I realise my argument is these cases is that Granddad picked me because I was the smartest.
“See!” says Charlie, “Of us New Leaguers, you’re the only one that could do your grandfather’s job.”
“I still don’t see how that- got it!” I exclaim as I get the last sensor beacon working, “Hey Janelle, can you start scanning for the Machine’s creator?”
“Already on it,” replies Janelle, “You also have your aunt on her way here. She’s bringing Freya along with her.”
“Who is Freya?” asks Charlie.
“A Class 5, one of the only three in the country,” I tell him, “Her powers manifested when she was four and the government has kept her hidden since then, roughly a decade ago if memory serves. To stop her from accidentally hurting others and to stop people trying to use her for their own gain. My Aunt Mary has been looking after her since then, pretty much adopting her as a second daughter. So now Freya Griffin is family, at least to those that know about her.”
“So what is she to you?” inquires Charlie.
“The younger cousin I never get to meet in person,” I reply, “I’m surprised she got permission from the government to bring her here. Let’s go and meet her.”
“Nah,” says Charlie, “I got to get back home. I’m already pushing how long I can stay here.”
“Okay, see you around then,” I reply, “I’m going to get back to work one of my new major projects.”
“What is that?” asks Charlie as he heads for the doorway.
“Another AI to help us out like Janelle does,” I tell him and Charlie freezes in a doorway.
“An AI?” repeats Charlie, “You sure that’s a good idea? Haven’t you seen how that goes in the movies?”
“Those are not true,” I reply, “I would much rather based my judgements about AI going by the real life ones rather than the fictional ones.”
“Eh,” says Charlie as he leaves the room, “I’ll trust you to get things right.”
I wait at the exit for Aunt Mary and Freya to arrive in civvies. It’s just family so no need to wear the Sentinel armour.
Honestly, I’m feeling quite nervous. Freya may be family, but I never actually met her before and have no idea what she is like or what she thinks of me. And that’s not even taking into account that fact she has Class 5 powers.
“Hello Daniel,” says Mary as she lands, wearing the Warden armour, “Were you waiting for us?”
“Pretty much,” I reply as a girl climbs off Mary’s back, “I’m looking forward to meeting Freya. We haven’t exactly had the opportunity to do so before.”
“MI9 does like to keep a close eye on her,” Mary agrees as I take a look at Freya.
The girl is surprising tall for her age to the point I feel confident in saying that Freya will be one of those supers that end up over two metres tall when they’re finished growing. Her hair is in a long pony tail with an odd colour, a strange mixture of blonde and red, both colours being intertwined with each other.
Her eyes are a deep blue and Freya has pretty face. Not to mention a good figure like Narszara. And her clothes are pretty plain, simply black trousers and a brown t-shirt.
“Hi Daniel!” says Freya, “It’s great to finally meet you and to get out of a government building for once.”
“I’m glad to meet you too,” I tell her before turning my attention back to Mary, “How did you get permission to take Freya here?”
“I didn’t,” replies Mary bluntly, “I told them I was taking her to visit the League of Heroes base as we were leaving. Now let’s get inside the base before anybody stumbles across us.”
And that explains a lot, I think as we enter the base.
“Say Daniel,” says Freya, “Would it be possible to meet Narszara? Because I really want to.”