Tales From New Phoenix #1 - Jason and Maggie
Maggie knew that something was off when Jason finally came home from work that evening. It was later than usual, and while that's not out of the ordinary, Jason would usually try to call her if that were to happen. She pondered all of this as she sat on her plush couch in her spacious living room.
She approached the front door as she heard it open, prepared to rip into her husband with a practiced lecture about not calling in but the strong smell of vodka combined with her husband's demeanor gave her a clear signal that something had happened.
"What's wrong, baby? '' Maggie immediately states in an attempt to console her clearly broken husband.
"T-tonight at the camp...they…" Jason can't finish his sentence, he tosses his Dynamation badge on the counter and makes his way towards the couch.
Maggie's expression switches from concerned to fearful. She sits next to Jason and places a hand on his shoulder.
"Jason, tell me what happened," Maggie urged.
"Fucking TURN! They raided us again. I was almost killed!" Jason exclaimed.
Maggie ponders this for a moment before she responds, "I'm glad you are okay."
She kisses him on the cheek and strokes his hair.
"I’m sick of all of this! I didn’t become a scientist to have men in vests wave guns in my face,” Jason sighs.
Maggie responds, “I don’t understand. Why would TURN raid a science lab? That doesn’t make any sense.”
“Most of the stuff they took was useless...most of it.” He struggles to get the next sentence out. “Mag, they took the prototype.”
“Are you fucking serious?” Maggie says in a sense of urgency.
Jason only nods in agreement as Maggie pulls up a chair, sits down, and processes the information.
“Jesus, Jason. What are we going to do?” replies Maggie as she nervously bounces her knee.
“Nothing. Not a single fucking thing. I’m quitting and you and I are leaving New Phoenix. I’m no longer going to tolerate being a minion of Dynamation.”
A look of shock washes over Maggie’s face as she realizes what her husband is saying.
“But...I don’t want to leave New Phoenix. I love it here. Besides, do you really think that Dynamation is just going to let us leave like that?”
A look of anger washes over Jason’s face. “Whose side are you on? I thought we were in this together! You know what they were trying to use that formula for. Genetic mutations? This isn’t what I signed up for...why I became a scientist.”
Jason rises to his feet as Maggie watches him pace the room. She replies softly, “We worked so hard to escape the pandemic. We came here because you thought you could make a change. This is where we are supposed to be.”
“And what about all of the people I’ve tested on? the experiments and torture? The things I’ve seen...just for all for my work to get stolen? I can’t do it again!”
A stern look hits Maggie’s face. “Well, if you leave. I’m staying here. I can’t go back out there. I won’t.”
Jason smirks. “Figures, you would rather be comfortable than do what’s right…”
Jason begins to move towards the door. Maggie moves towards the door to stop him.
“Jason, please don’t do this. Just sleep on it.”
Jason shakes his head “I just need to step outside for a minute. Get some fresh air.”
Maggie shakes her head and she moves in closer. “Why? So you can walk out that door and never come back instead of laying down with me?
“Don’t do this right now, Mags.”
“No, YOU don’t do this! You are talking about leaving the wonderful life that we built here together instead of just manning up and doing what you were meant to do! I’m calling bullshit!”
Jason hesitates before he relents. “Fine...I’ll sleep on it at least.”
“That’s all I’m asking.” She moves in for a kiss. “Now how about we go relax for a little bit?”
Jason nods as Maggie takes his hand and leads him to the bedroom….