His father called it a personal favor, nothing to do with the Light and their plans. He was to attack and recover several items from the Star Lab’s marine research facility. He was not told what, only the location.
He had discovered that his father had a certain tone of voice when it came to business. That tone was absent when he described this mission. He actually seemed shaken, vulnerable, and for a second Kaldur’ahm forgot all of the vile things his father had done. So even though he could have refused, his submarine was parked outside of the facility. A mixture of pity and curiosity directing his steps. He and a small squad of soldiers exited the sub and advanced upon the facility.
Paula was working at the front desk, near the Techno-Facility in front of the Marine research facility , the same facility that helped her regain movements of her legs.
She remembered the moment when Paula, sitting up from bed and Artemis was holding her hand to pull her up at that moment, she was taking a few steps and finally a bigger one. She could walk again.
Artemis was so proud of her mother’s accomplishment and the job her mother was offered to take at Star Labs. Paula held her daughter close, it seemed the mistake of her past was finally in the past as she walked.
She was wrong.
Paula worked on some reports on the Marine Tech and their supplies, she’s been working herself in to more hours than it was possible, it was the only way for her to keep her mind busy and not think about Artemis’s death.
The moment NightWing came to her house, Paula sensed something was wrong for she had not known that her daughter went back to work with her old team.
And was killed by an ex-teammate. Kaldur.
The devastation, the moment she lost any feel on her legs, she buckled down to the floor and covered her tear-stained face. While Nightwing held her close and rocked her gently, all Paula could think was the loss of her daughter, a terrible twist of fate, she regained life within her legs and later her daughter lost her life. It wasn’t fair.
Paula shook her head from the memory, she locked her fingers on the key board and typed the reports, trying to ignore the pain that ached inside her heart. Paula was determined to keep her mind away from the pain, her tired eyes and stilled face, not knowing that fate was not done with her yet.
In need of money, Roy had taken a job as a guard protecting an unknown specimen of marine creature Star Labs had recovered recently. The night shift had been desperately boring watching from the rooftops. He sighed looking out to the area, his thoughts straying to his baby at home, hopefully fast asleep. “She always was a night owl… and an early bird,” he chuckled to himself watching as the ocean rippled. However the waves were far too large to be caused by the breeze or tide. Suddenly a black submarine broke the surface of the water.
“Well, things just got interesting,” he muttered readying his bow and arrow as troops began to make their way towards Star Labs.
Kaldur’ahm ordered his troops ahead. They entered through the front. Blasting down the door. They filed into the front lobby weapons ready. Kaldur left them to their business. He would find a quieter way into the facility.
Paula abruptly woken from her apparent nap at a booming sound but she rubbed her eyes, she cannot bear to stare at the screen any longer but she must distract herself if not by the reports than what? She decided to walk around the facility, the sound she heard was probably the scientist that still work on more later hours than her’s, strange people with their almost sound proof buildings—too strange.
Paula got up and stretched a bit, her white blouse rose and showed her midriff, she admits it’s nice that some men still find her attractive. Especially Harry the security guard, whistles and playful banter is what he does but he is a sweet man. She walked a few feet from her desk, Paula heard footsteps coming her ways from the other side of the hall—must be Harry coming back from his break.
It was wasn’t Harry.