“Stay still, son.” a man stated, holding a syringe close to a young boy’s neck. The boy was struggling to get out of the restraints that held him there, slightly yelling out until his mouth was forcibly covered. “This won’t hurt as bad as long as you stay still, Akira.” Akira continued to struggle against the restraints until he was held down by his father’s coworkers, the man injecting the liquid into his son’s neck before they released him. Pain seeped in as the liquid coursed through his veins.
He tried to yell out, but next thing he knew, he was back in his room that he and Kiara shared. ‘What happened…? Where’s Kia…? Did they do the same thing to her?!’ Thoughts coursed through his mind as he got up, eventually grabbing onto his head as he felt more pain seeping in. Soon enough, everything sort of paused. Everything, but himself. The pain ceased and he let go of his head. He looked around before taking a step forward. Akira then looked at the clock in the room, noticing that it wasn’t working. It’s odd… That clock always worked…
He tried to reach out to it, only for everything except for the clock to resume. It was just stuck on the same time as before, starting to levitate as he kept his arm outstretched towards it. Akira brought his arm back, bringing it over to him only to drop it when someone came into the room. He looked over at the door to see his father walking in, holding his sister in his arms. He didn’t look surprised, just smiling at his five year old son.
“It actually worked for you… We’ll have to continue your treatment and see how powerful you can get.” he said, setting his daughter down on her bed.
“Your sister should be awake in the next few hours.”
“I-is she ok?!” Akira asked.
“Of course. She just needs her rest.”
“Ok…” he glanced at where his sister was sleeping. Their father left the room and he went over to Kiara, deciding to try to wake her up. When it didn’t work, he backed off with a sigh. All he can do is wait for now. About 7 hours passed before she woke up, but she wasn’t in the room. Or so she thought… Kiara woke up in what looked to be a forest, standing up to look around. It looked to be outside a small town that she didn’t recognize, having never been allowed to leave the lab. Soon enough, a wolf pup and her mother passed by, completely ignoring the girl.
“Wait, where are you going-” she tried to ask, but the wolves didn’t seem to hear. Nothing could hear her… Kiara backed up a bit, her breath quickening. ‘Is this a dream…? Where am I? What am I doing here?’ she thought before everything around her disappeared. She was left confused, looking around the dimly lit room she shared with her twin brother. He wasn’t in there, so she decided to go find him. “Aki!” she called out, looking into each room until she found him in the training room. Akira looked at her and immediately ran over to bring her into a hug.
“Are you ok? Did anything hurt you?!” he asked, worry clear in his voice.
“I’m fine. Nothing hurt me, I think…” she answered.
“Good… Daddy said that they’re going to continue our treatment and train us… He wanted me to tell you that.”
“Train us in what?”
“I don’t know.”
“Yeah…” They were both silent after that. A few minutes later, two of the scientists that work in the lab found them and brought the twins back to their room. The two were told that they’ll be allowed out of the room either later that day or tomorrow for another injection for their treatments…
A year later, there was word about a new ‘patient’ who was supposed to be sent to the lab in the next few months or so.
“‘Kaylee Bowden’…?” Akira read off the file, having taken it without their dad knowing.
“Do you think she won’t be allowed to leave like us?” Kiara asked her brother, peaking over his shoulder.
“Maybe. But, it’d be great to have someone else here.”
“Yeah! We just have to wait.” Though, the other ‘patient’ never arrived to the lab. A few more years pass by and the twins are 10 now. The ‘treatments’ went extremely well as the two trained and the scientists had enhanced the powers when needed. Overtime, Kiara and Akira figured out a way to combine the powers to essentially see what’s happened on the outside and what could possibly happen.
They knew about all the things that happened with students from one particular school through this. It helped the two feel like there were things that are actually out there, even though they had to just watch without anyone knowing they’re there.
“She failed to reach her goal in the end.” Akira stated, slightly criticizing what he saw Erin do.
“Not surprised. She really was all bark and little bite.” Kiara responded, just sitting on the ground. Her brother was standing, so he could manipulate which time frame the illusions are showing. “Jessica is gone too, right?”
“So, that leaves room for someone new to try their hand at being the big villain. Aki, maybe we can try that. Actually give ourselves a challenge with this.” Kia suggested, standing up.
“That would be interesting, but dad wouldn’t let us remember. He’s trying to make sure the world doesn’t see us or anyone else being treated here.”
“One of the patients from years ago is in that school though. What if we convince him to let us at least go to the school long enough to get them for him. It’d be a win-win situation.”
“True…” Akira let out a sigh. “Fine, we’ll try to convince him, but just this once. When we get ourselves in too deep, that’s when we need to retreat back to here and not leave again.”
“Yay! C’mon, Aki! We don’t have time to waste!” Kiara grabbed her brother’s hand and they exited the illusion before leaving their room. She led the way to their father’s office. “Hey, dad. We have a bit of a proposal.” she said with a smile. The man glanced at his daughter.
“What is it now?” he asked with more of a bored tone.
“We can leave the lab and go to the elementary school just to get Kaylee Bowden for you.” she told him, having to use Kai’s birth name… That caught his interest, but he slammed his hands against the table.
“Are you crazy, Kiara? The people here don’t need to know about you both, especially since you still have no control over your powers!” he yelled.
“We’ve been down here training for years, dad. We need a challenge!” Akira joined in on this. The two bickered with the man for a few more minutes before an agreement was settled on.
“Alright, fine. I’ll enroll you both there, but you have to make sure no one knows where you’re from or anything about you and the powers. That could get all this found out and shut down.”
“Yes, sir.” they both responded. The next week, they started school and by now, the new arc had begun.