Noh watches as a foot-tall man comes out from the shadows, shrinks down and climbs into the robot. He stays about 10 mins, then he climes out and has a couple of parts in a bag over his shoulder.
The rest of us wait about downstairs, for the officials.
1/2 an hour later, army trucks arrive with a few black-suited agents. Agent Corellel is with them. Domino speaks briefly to Agent Corellel, and then notices that Ms. Mechanic is still here!
Noh continues to follow the little marvel. He shrinks some more, and makes his way under a vat, over to a window, and then up to the roof. Noh follows.
The mysterious masked marvels are on the rooftop. Dynamo approaches them. They react as Noh approaches. Their deal is that they are the “Marvel Mercs.” – in the grand tradition of capitalism they sell themselves to the highest bidder.
After a brief discussion, Tommy Thunder smashes his orbs together and they fuse together and elongate into a small platform. The others step onto it and they fly away.
We go back down to speak to Corelel. They’ve allowed two factory employees to tend to the crucibles of molten metals.
We agree to meet atop City Hall in an hour, so we go for a burger. We eat at a diner without incident. The waitress gives us the meal for free as her brother was in the Angel’s fall incident.
We go meet Corelel. He tells us that the US air forces is working on a project – a supersonic plane. The army has created a new division: the air force. There’s a race between all three companies to come up with a viable supersonic jet design. The three companies are Bell, Lockheed, and Hughes.
He tells us the Marvel Mercs work for Bell (via a dummy corporation).
Sunday morning, 1st August.
Mamma Montoya makes a huge breakfast before mass. Before the various folk go to their divine service.
The assault on the factory wasn’t in the news. But our dinner out was!
Stacey makes four communication cards (screamers).
Monday, 2nd August
Mark goes to work. Domino shadows him. Rosie/Noh goes to Burbank to wait in case she’s needed. Emillio does his regular routes, checking in with Mark every 1/2 hour or so. Ernesto and Angelo went to work helping a local rebrick his house.
Today Mark is given a job to weild the superstructure of a P38. He motions to Stacey when they approach the door to the tool locker. She shadows the next person into the room and starts to investigate. Mark goes back to work. Eventually, one guy comes in to get a tool and he goes way into the back and he stops in an area when there’s no shelves. He steps towards the corner (after moving a garbage can) and step through the wall.
20 minutes later, he comes back with another person. They don’t really phase through the wall, although it is warm to the touch.
They go into the factory and among the workers and stop not too far away from Mark. Where they talk about him. They mention the name Mr. Brand. Domino’s heard the name at the conference. He’s the director of R&D at Hughes aircraft.
Mark makes a friend. Another wielder picks up a job near Mark, and he’s chatty. Mark gets the feeling that the guy is trying to fish around; seeing if Mark is looking for a special project.
10-15 minutes later, the 2nd guy comes back. Again he asks for a blade for a #4 saw. The guy at the desk presses something and the guy between the wall and the trash can disappears into the wall.
Noh is reading her book and is reading her book. She sees Maggie and her boyfriend. He’s wearing overalls and a cap and heads towards the factory. Maggie comes inside. Noh/Rosie slips out when Maggie is busy and follows the boyfriend. She finds lingering shadows and becomes Noh to continue shadowing the boyfriend.
Mark comes to get a #4 saw blade, and actually is told how to get a #4 saw blade. Domino hides him and then, invisible they try to go through. It fails.
The boyfriend disappears between two barrels and becomes tiny. Noh looses him.
El Nino goes and picks one of the traveler’s pockets. He returns everything. He’s got an amount of money, house keys, and a souped-up pistol.
Another man comes in asking for a #4 saw.
It’s the guy who came to talk to Mark.
The tiny man slips into the room.
The guy – goes into the spot and he looks at the corner, and starts crossing his eyes and steps forward.
El Nino manages to step through. Domino speaks to the tiny man. “You must be the 4th masked merc.” There’s a loud thump, where the small man bumps his head against the bottom of the locker.
Domino makes the guard leave, he locks up behind him; we take time and pass through the corner (cross-our eyes and step through).
We’re in some kind of magic box. On the giant work floor, they’re building a rocket ship. Dynamo thinks the project is under-staffed.
El Nino finds a giant robot under a tarp.
We go up the stairs into the tower. In there is the future man, someone impecibly groomed and fine. With him is an older man with gray skin. He’s wearing a backpack, but it’s a tank with fluid and pistons. Its pumping liquids into beneath his jaw. It comes out black and with spots and it goes back into the tank. He has a cane to lean on, and his seat holds the tank level to his back.
The future man knows us. And waves us in before Domino can knock. “Rudger Brand and Lord Estiniacs”. The other gentleman is Dr. Robert Goddard. Dr. Goddard is known to have died some time ago.
When Noh looks at Rudger Brand, he seems to be two men at once. The halk-nosed man with wavy hair who occasionally whispers to Mr. Brand. His doodles knock Jorge out. He informs us we have no powers and tells us we should just give up or we can wait and his guards will beat us up without mercy.
Domino tries to negotiate, but Dynamo says to hell with that, gets up and tries to punch Rudger Brand.