Well, the Weather Witch doesn’t want guests.
Nita’s anger at Simon’s expressed.
And Peter says no.
There is no wendigo.
Fuck those cupcakes and damn Ashley West.
"The Sentires are so popular now there are cobwebs on our web pages."
Lulu: "Can you science this cupcake? Figure out what's in it?"
Ana: "…what do you think I do?"
Ana, to Kono: "What crashed through your fence? I didn't know Nita was driving around up here."
Casey, to Christy: "I am perfectly willing to freeze you both! Do you want to stay here or do you want to get kidnapped???"
Koray: "Is she your friend?"
Ana: "I certainly…LOOK like her friend."
In his exceptionally creepy wake, Control Freak left one grounded Nita scurrying home, one ruffled Simon confronting a know-it-all (absolutely all of it) brother, and three concerned Delta Force members darting to the Lafie Estate to check up on The Guild.
Tesla broke into an encrypted channel and discovered that the following prisoners were broken out during the explosive rash of villainy in the city:
BK1BR3ST11C1.032411A – Caleb Sparks (Scourge) [Escaped]
SK9NN0ST11C1.2374111 – Melanie Kaley (Wraith) [Escaped]
SR2BT7ST11C1.2103134 – Harrison D Moore (The Hangman) [Escaped]
TI9MS9ST11C1.21610121 – Thomas Dalton (Professor) [Escaped]
SR8TK8ST22C3.0017132 – Kyler L Innerick (Genesis) [Deceased]
TH8MS8ST22C3.0017131 – Treyvor D Osser (Storyteller) [Deceased]
Koray covered for Nita’s soccer-time bear antics by lying to their parents, promising that she was with him, cowering in the safest possible corner, throughout Control Freak’s rampage. The trusting Chase adults praised their daughter, but Koray pushed his advantage. He asked Nita to see if Tesla could loan him his old suit. Nita, ever tactful, lied and promised to check into it. Hopefully he was placated by the video game she bought him.
Meanwhile, Simon frantically texted Chris about Peter’s impossible-to-meet demands. Peter wanted Delta Force to “lay low” because their crimebusting has apparently hurt Hannah Hall’s political chances. Chris sympathized and provided moral support.
Finally, Ana, Lulu, and Nikolai encountered a very irate Weather Witch at the Lafie manor. Weather Witch told the group that the prison break intervention involved The Guild fighting through “a scene of active CIDD investigation” and then getting completely outgunned in another scuffle upon reaching the transport van. Jack and Tom were disabled in the fight, so Weather Witch precipitated an escape. Ana, worried yet imperious, demanded to see the wounded Tom, but Weather Witch refused. A brief fight broke out, quelled only when Lulu convinced Ana to give up and leave. Thankfully Nikolai was there in his heavy armor to catch Ana before Weather Witch blew her forcibly into a wall. Nikolai encouraged the Weather Witch (affectionately, “Dubs”) to give Delta Force another shot and sympathized with her concern that her brother’s willingness to help out could get him hurt. Ana was initially piqued by Nikolai’s diplomacy, but the two talked things out via text.
Everyone gathered in the Delta Den Sunday (the next day) at Simon’s desperate behest. In the common room, while Niolai did push-ups, Simon admitted that his brother, Peter, knows the identities of all of Delta Force, including Nikolai’s real name. Immediately, Nita jumped up and punched Psych right out of his chair, and he sported a black eye for the remainder of the week. Ana and Nikolai attempted to intervene, but, to no one’s surprise, Nita couldn’t be stopped. She raged at Simon that he had put all the civilians at the Robo-soccer tournament in danger by pulling Lucy Horn away from Control Freak. She accused him of being foolish and reckless and said that one person wasn’t worth saving at the expense of a crowd. Nikolai, unspeakably upset at the way Nita was talking about Lucy, silently left the room until Ana had Simon fetch him back. During their return, Nikolai thanked Simon for helping Lucy. Lulu tried to talk Nita down, but Nita insisted that Simon had simply gotten lucky that things turned out okay.
During the fight, Tom knocked on the door, leaning heavily on his sheathed sword. He apologized for his sister’s behavior and said he wanted to patch things up. Ana showed him to her room and told him to wait for her there.
Eventually, Ana managed to get the team back on track and focused on solving the Peter problem. (Nita: “I feel better after punching you.”) Nikolai offered that, if Peter is a Delta, he might have pericognition, mind reading, or omniscience. Delta Force struggled quite a bit with how to deal with Peter. Ultimately, Ana’s plan was adopted: Simon was to tell Peter, in person, that we needed to compromise. We wouldn’t stand down or stop superhero-ing, but we would help Hannah Hall win. The promise to help Hall would be a bluff, intended to save us time while we searched for blackmail info on Peter. Simon was also meant to try to steal Peter’s blood (for Ana) and his phone (for Nikolai).
Ana went to her bedroom to offer Tom a place to crash (he stays the night), and Nikolai, Lulu, and Simon headed to the gym to exercise and train. It’s notable that Nikolai was being uncharacteristically friendly to Tom.
Monday at school, a barrage of drama assailed the team. Ruby snidely reported that Phil, Nikolai’s roommate, was taken to the ER due to unstoppable retching and severe dehydration (and this only after she mocked Simon/Nita and Ana/Ilya). Nikolai had the team join him in his room to look around after Dr. Wright told him to move dorm spaces due to the risk of bacteria/mold. Delta Force left Chris in the lunchroom (he had been sitting with Simon, openly and unashamedly enjoying time with his adorable boyfriend). Delta Force found a cupcake, a cupcake wrapper, and a note. The note said: “I’m sorry about what happened at the Science Olympiad. Please give one to Ana.” It was signed Ashley West. At Nita’s behest, Nikolai confirmed that it was probably Ashley’s handwriting, but the note looked a little erratic. Nita tried a tiny bite of the cupcake and got violently nauseous. Definitely poisoned, probably!
Nikolai, Nita, and Simon took the cupcake and the note to the principal’s office. On the way, they ran into Ashley who 1) looked suspiciously at them, 2) took a bite out of the cupcake, and 3) dropped it on the floor. Ana and Lulu went to get Mr. Foster in case he was also a victim of cupcake poisoning, and Ana texted Delilah and Randy to “not eat any food from Ashley.”
Ana and Lulu had to deal with the Bones bullies on the way to the biology lab. Rosa intervened, violently kicked Chet’s knee and basically dropped him. The Bones bunch insisted that the school cameras would reveal that Rosa was the aggressor, but Lulu pointed out that the bullies had “grabbed them.” Rosa walked off into the sunset, and one can only imagine that she’ll be a great member of Delta Force one day.
Mr. Foster did indeed get a cupcake and followed Ana and Lulu to the principal’s office. Delilah and Randy were also present, holding their cupcakes. The principal, Mr. Foster, Lulu, and Nikolai all gorged on the cupcakes and no adverse affects arose. Ana apologized to Ashley, who then left. Lulu reported the bullying incident to Dr. Wright; Nikolai made sure Lucy was okay and told her he was proud of her.
The night of Nita’s departure for Thanksgiving, her dad bailed. Apparently, this is a pattern. Koray, Nita’s mom, Nita, Nikolai, and Ana leave to spend the vacation at Nita’s grandparents’ place. Simon is going to confront Peter; Lulu is going to stay with her dad, having a historically-accurate meal.
Koray and Nikolai hit it off mightily, and this displeased Nita. It’s clear that Nikolai is one adrenaline-fueled conversation away from promising Koray a powersuit. Kono, Nita’s grandfather, chatted and joked with Nikolai and Ana. He then informed everyone that his fence had been knocked down by something in the forest. He teased Koray, saying it was the Wendigo, an evil shapeshifter who hoards the souls of its victims. Koray even got freaked out enough to fetch Nita and Ana when he woke up in the night and saw a face in the window. Spoiler alert: it was no nightmare.
The next day, Imala gave Nita some instructions about plants to pick to help Koray with his nightmares. The Delta trio tromped into the forest, and Nikolai was way too excited about the trees. An abandoned campsite led the group to a tall, long, skeletal humanoid munching on a murdered camper. A Wendigo?! Spoiler alert: no.
The ensuing fight actually involved two antagonists: Carla Silcox (Sally’s sister, turned Delta and feral by ArcLabs experiments) and a sentient hive-mind of bacteria animated by ArcLabs’ unethical nonsense. Carla kept excitedly asking if Nita had “come to hear the forest’s song,” and Nita was unable to use her powers on the “contaminated” ground. Nikolai, in his nanosuit, couldn’t do any damage despite throwing his little body at the Wendigo several thousand times. Ana assessed the situation, giving us our info, and “cleansed” a part of the ground so that Nita could transform. Eventually, Carla was overpowered and Nita communed with nature. The hive mind swallowed her with mud, showed her a vision of a pregnant sillouette, and gifted her with a mudball. Nikolai put the pieces together, asked the contaminated earth patch if it wanted children, and it confirmed. Patchy wanted the trio to take the mudball to Daniel Hesson, the skinless “mother” of ArcLabs whose blood was used to create other Deltas. The mudball has concentrated bacterial growth, and they lugged it out on some nanobots.
Meanwhile, Peter refused Simon’s compromise and demanded again that Delta Force lay low. He also told Simon not to steal his phone and asked if he knew who the Sentries were. Simon DID manage to scratch Peter, securing a blood sample.
((Also Casey rolled a 30, critical success, for Nikolai’s paper on Titan. Now that fact lives here forever.))