"I'm sure they'll tell us," Nighthawk replied to Skylark after her rapid couple of questions. "I can hear their egos from across the room."
"And here I thought you were the nice boy" the woman replies with a hint of a genuine smile on her lips."The dark broody one over their is Rick Van Danski, famous rock star and occasional mysterious recluse,"
Pretty Deadly said, giving Rick the gimlet eye, "Your fans miss you, Ricky boy, and I've been wanting to have a few words with you about using me as a catspaw, paying me for a meeting and then dropping me in the middle of... your enemies we might suppose?"
Pretty Deadly turned to the others in the team. "Ricky here met me on a rooftop and told me to meet him at that warehouse. I'm guessing the rest of you also got invitation to this... this snipe hunt."
"Oh a fan" Rick says as he straightens up "I didn't think to bring any signed photos but if you have a lp cover or a poster I could sign it or maybe your top ..." His voice trails off as he notices the dirty look from his partner.
Waiting a couple of seconds in case Rick started talking again the woman continues
"They are fair questions and you all deserve some answers." as she looks at everybody "Firstly my name is Kismet and I am a member of ForceOps, "Ricky" here helps us and calls it a business expense. ForceOps was founded by Archer whom I assume you have all heard off and we are trying to protect and bring justice to this city until the Moore Act gets tossed in the bin."
"One of Archer's sources mention a number of names of individuals who had a similar outlook to us and were trying to make a difference"
"Wait a minute Kismet are you saying that this is one of Weird Mag .." Rick interrupts until another look from Kismet shuts him up.
"As you are probably aware there is a lot going wrong in this city no matter what City Hall or the media say and ForceOps can't be everywhere. We tracked down most of the names our source suggested though I see one of them isn't here tonight and" looking directly at Skylark "I don't recall you being on the list, unless .. hmm ... you were perhaps the fledgling. There were a couple of names that we couldn't put bodies to but our source is never wrong just vague. Anyway we knew META was a problem but we had other things we were dealing with that meant META ranked down our list so, I don't make any apologies but we pointed you in the direction to destroy the distribution site."
"You all did a lot better than we ever expected and we never thought that RIOT would show up yet you gave them their biggest hiding that I can recall" and you all can detect the admiration in Kismet's voice as she continues "As to how we knew you would be here tonight lets call it a trade secret"
"Trade secret my ass. I guess that this is from our source but this would be the fourth night in a row that we have spent all night waiting in this dump for these heroes to turn up" Rick volunteers, ignoring the look from Kismet "and I have had to cancel a number of shows too though singing you to sleep almost makes up for it."
With a slight sigh as though she has heard this many times before, Kismet continues "While it is not always obvious we found that working as a group especially in this modern Freedom City increased our chances of survival and I or ForceOps would like you all to continue. This place here could be a good base if you don't have one as the previous squatters are still running out of town" and you sense that Kismet is not looking at Rick at all,
"Also there are a couple of places that have stockpiles of META and if you can destroy it, I know that a lot of people would be a lot happier once that drug is gone for good. Now I am sure that you have questions"
You all are aware that Archer was the formerly known as Arrow and was the sidekick of Bowman. Back in 1978 Bowman entered combat drunk with Arrow and caused a very humiliating public defeat of the crime fighting duo. After that Arrow operated solo until he took the name Archer in 1980 and started waging a one man war on crime using lethal force. The Bowman disgrace and actions of Archer were used as examples of why costumed heroes should be outlawed by Moore during his election campaign. It is fair to say that Archer is number 1 on the City's Most Wanted List.