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The Sixth Extinction

Character(s): Gabriel "Sylar" Gray and Claire Bennet
Summary: Building 26 is never shut down. No one convinces the president that it's best to just drop the matter of evolved humans, and Danko is given cart blanche to deal with the super-powered threat as he sees fit. In the next century the Evolved are hunted to the brink of extinction, either out-right exterminated, or imprisoned and exploited for their ability. The number of specials used in this way grows fewer and fewer as time and mishaps progress, but one type is still coveted above all. Exterminating a regenerator is exceedingly difficult, anyway...
Status: In progress/PRIVATE

...all my foolish, fuckin' wishing...Collapse )


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Jan. 11th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
"Aesthetics were my least concern. I've had to regrow organs and look for limbs in rubble before. It sucks, but... No. What bothers me is different. It's the violence, the violation itself, and the pitilessness of the 'doctors' who handled everything. It's difficult to explain the way the energies effect me."

he shifted slightly, drawing his legs up a bit, his long body curling slightly. "Its like who I am gets subverted for a bit, and the memories flood everything. It's different with objects, they don't have their own psyche. You do."
Jan. 11th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
"Wait... how to you read an objects mind? That sounds diffi... oh." It suddenly dawned on Claire that Sylar had an ability that she'd completely forgotten. The brunette could touch thins and see where they've been... he had touched her and...

"Oh my God... I'm so sorry." She reached over and touched his face gently. "You had to feel it... didn't you?"
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
He nodded softly under her touch, eyes falling closed for a moment. "Its alright. I think it's kind of a good thing. You aren't alone in your suffering. I understand that now, too."
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
"But I wouldn't wish that on my worst... on anyone." Claire smiled, not finishing the sentence. Sylar was once her worst enemy. Now their relationship was quite confusing. She really wasn't sure what the brunette was to her. She cared about what happened to him, but the word friend was so simple, so unrefined for what the meant to each other.

"It was fear like I've never felt before. Especially the eyes... that was the most frightening... and my heart to forever to grow back." Claire shivered and frowned, color fading from her skin for only a moment before flushing back. "I guess taking away my pain was a blessing. I didn't 'feel' a thing." Though her mind was considerably pained by the end. Broken in fragments that Sylar was so kind to pick up and try to put back together. He was doing a decent job.

"I was broken open so many times..."
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Sylar had to laugh at the way she interrupted her own sentiment on enemies. It was gratifying to know that he hadn't fallen into that category except as an ironic after thought. When she began admitting what had troubled her most though, he sobered and reached across the shrinking space between them to draw her near again. "Well, that's a small blessing, the numbness, but very small in terms of everything else Shenoy and I've done to you. Now that you can feel, I'll make that much more certain that those bastards never get their hands on you again. You'll stay whole and healthy from now on."
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
"Something tells me to pity anyone who tries to hurt me now." Claire gave a small smile. "You'd probably destroy them with a thought." That was actually slightly satisfying to the girl. She liked the idea of this once feared monster now being her powerful ally.
Jan. 12th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
"Um, yes, I think that's accurate," he grinned, just a tinge of mischevious darkness, though in all honesty he hoped to not ever need to use it. "You really are the best friend I've ever had, Claire. You're one of the very few I haven't had to mislead, and the only one to really try to understand and accept me. I'm definitely going to protect that."

It made his long and empty life so much more worth the living.
Jan. 12th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
"Same." Claire grinned, moving just a hair closer so that the space between them was certainly more friendly and familiar. She wanted to be nearer anyways. She needed that protection from him, not just physically, but mentally.

"Tell me stories of you're life." She said, closing her eyes and cuddling down into her pillow. "What have you done since I last saw you? What was the war like for you? After?"
Jan. 12th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
"The war? The war was... Frustrating. I spent a lot of the early part trying to get myself back, trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted. I'd thought that it was ultimate control,but that failed, miserably. When the government went public and began hunting us openly, my only real goal became staying a step ahead, and doing what damage I could when the opportunity presented.

"I probably could have done more if I'd been capable of trust and teamwork then, but after Angela and Parkman mucked around in my head I couldn't have teamed up with anyone if I wanted. I'm actually ashamed of what small role I played at that time. Not thinking of the future again, I just assumed let survival of the fittest finally sort it out. Maybe if I'd still had, or come across Sprague's ability though I might have taken Washington out." He shrugged one shoulder slightly.
Jan. 12th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
"Touching." Claire frowned. "Good to know you would have leveled the world." She wasn't impressed by that idea.
Jan. 12th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
"Well, we are talking about the me nearly a century ago. Angry, alone, and in spite of my crimes, still only able to see the points when I was the victim. I looked for another radioactive special, but thank God I never found one. If one existed, the government obviously got to them first.

"It wasn't until afterward, when I realized we were all gone and I was truly alone that I eventually accepted the fact that I would have to blend in. Be part of humanity, because if I didn't I'd spend the rest of my life playing cat and mouse with Shenoy and their ever increasingly effective methods of containment.

"So I stopped living in empty tennements. I made valuable substances, sold them and started new lives. I kept to myself at first, but eventually people tried to get to know me, and I had a habit of watching people anyway, so I started getting to know them. It wasn't easy at first. I was still bitter and sometimes I'd get angry with their ignorance, but eventually..." he drew a breath and sighed. "Well, I think I'm about as close to normal as I've ever been in my life."
Jan. 12th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
"Took a while, huh?" She laughed, rolling over so that she could stare up at the ceiling. "I actually laid as low as possible after the war. Of course I fought in it as long as a could before it was obvious that we weren't going to win." Claire explained, closing her eyes to think back. "I had to get under the table work first and I would only stick around for a few years before moving on. I couldn't get legal places to live for a long time. Saved for years before I could talk to folks who could get me IDs and socials that would cover for my non-legal status." She rolled back on her side and smiled at the brunette.

"Then I was stupid enough to not look both ways before crossing the street..." She laughed. Claire was actually finding her idiocy in that moment rather funny. Stupid, but funny. "And then you found me. Can't say that it hasn't been pretty sweet to be able to open up like this without fear of getting fucked..." Then she suddenly giggled hysterically.

"Metaphorically speaking..." Claire wasn't completely blind. She knew that Sylar found her attractive. Why else would he have kissed her before?
Jan. 12th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
"Hush, you're safe, literally, too. I'm not THAT evil," he winked. "The most questionable it's ever gotten is the women I'm with not really knowing who they're actually sleeping with. Maya Herrera's the only one who ever found out and took it badly. I think..." He looked upward, thoughtfully.
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
"Wait, you slept with Maya!?" Claire gaped. "When? Wasn't she Mohinder's girl for a while?"
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
"Was she? Oh... Oh, hehheh," he couldn't help it. He and the Indian had been rivals for so long... "Yes, well... At that point I was still carrying the Shanti virus. I was trying to get to New York at any cost and Maya's ability was proving useful... So I was, quite literally, using a softer touch to coerce her into helping me. I guess after I ran Mohinder ended up picking up the pieces." He gave an apologetic smile. "Obviously I was still a total jerk back then."
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
"Oh? And you aren't anymore?" Claire laughed, pushing at Sylar's shoulder playfully. "I just think it's funny that you and Maya were a thing. You must have been desperate. I couldn't stand that woman." She groaned with a roll of her eyes. "She cried too much."
Jan. 12th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
"You have no idea! I know Aurthur took her ability, but before that? Depending on how pissed he got when the waterworks started it was like drowning in motor oil. Awful ability, and in the utterly wrong hands. I don't know what mother nature was thinking," he shook his head firmly. "But she was pretty, and wrapped around my little finger. I figured I might as well take advantage of the situation. Not to mention I had to keep her from finding out about Alejandro..."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
"Riiiight. You murdered her brother." Claire nodded, recalling the kill as if it were something as simple as burning the turkey one year. "She never got over that, though she did kill her whole family at a wedding. Nice, right?" The blond rolled her eyes and played with some fuzz on the sheets. "And Mohinder was so embarrassed of her after a while. She never grew out of the shy doe she was. Always blubbering about something. Eventually Peter sent her home, giving the girl up to INS. Kinda funny, actually."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
"Really? Peter? I can't imagine what they did in the D.R. She was a killer as far as they're concerned, with no explanation of how everyone died," he frowned. "But with out Alejandro to testify against her I suppose they'd have a hard time explaining how she did it, too."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
"From what I understand, they just sent her home. I don't think she went back as a Hererra. I think she changed her name and disappeared." Not that Claire cared what happened to the woman. She annoyed the hell out of her. "She was certainly one person I do not miss."Again, the former cheerleader rolled over, this time onto her belly, tucking her arms beneath her pillow. "And for what it's worth, I like you far better than her, even when you were trying to eat my brain."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
He rolled his eyes and groaned, the sound degenerating into a laugh. "Great. Thanks. But I'm a long way from my 'brain eating' days. Can I ask what did happen to Peter? He was, well... We fought a lot. I was insanely jealous of him and he did his damnest to kill me once, but I still always sort of admired him."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Claire's smile faded a bit and she looked down at her pillow as she thought of her uncle who passed on so long ago.

"He had the choice to live forever with us, but he chose to die." She frowned, shaking her head slightly. "He died at the end of the war. You remember the bombing of the Shenoy building in Miami? I tried to get him to touch my hand. He was older, in his late fifties at least, but he said that he would mean more in death than if he lived on and faded into the dark." The blond looked up, her eyes a little moist. "He died that day. That was just before the end. Just before the last stand in DC when the specials tried to take the White House."
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Sylar nodded softly. He didn't bother saying anything about how Peter lived on in their memories. It wasn't the same thing as having some one right there to talk to and he knew it. "Yeah, I remember. Brave Peter, to the end. Funny how the Universe sort of balances. His light went out and my darkness faded. Now all that's left is this muted gray "
Jan. 12th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
"Tell me about it." The blond groaned, rolling her eyes and laying her head back on the pillow. "Sometimes I feel like all this shit if completely pointless." Claire frowned. "Like no matter what, our lives are no longer worth anything."
Jan. 12th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
"Maybe not as much as it used to. Only as much as it means to ourselves," he shrugged one shoulder. "But suicide's a no go, so... I suppose it's just going to have to be enough for now, until we find something worth more."
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