Liverpool, England; STAR Headquarters
Denny woke up to his cell phone ringing. He did not want to answer it, because he knew it was about work, and did not feel like dealing with them this early. Sighing, he rolled over, tucking his phone underneath him to muffle the sound. If they really wanted him, his leader would call him.
Just when he was dropping back to sleep, his phone began ringing again. This time, it was his leader, so he answered it groggily. "Hello?"
"Hi," his leader's stern voice came over the other end. "Get your ass out of bed. We are needed in the conference room. Hurry up, Hartley." He hung up before Denny could reply.
Denny rolled his eyes, tossing the covers back. He knew his leader did not like him, but why did the guy feel the need to be an ass? Oh, well. He didn't care how what other people thought about him and his leader was not an exception. Not even Ben was.
Getting dressed quickly, he ran a comb though his thick, dark red hair. He would deal with whatever ridiculing he received when he got there.
Once everyone was in the conference room, the chief began. "As you all know, there was a theft from our control room. We have been investigating the similar incidents in the United States, and believe they are somehow related. We also have reason to believe that there is an individual with powers that is teleporting between the different countries, as there have been witnesses to sitings. We will be sending a team to New York as soon as possible to help find out what is going on. I will let you all know who will be going, as it will not be an entire existing team. Be ready to hear from me, so you may be able to pack quickly. You are all dismissed, except for Agent Hartley. I need to have a word with you in private."
Denny glanced at Ben, who shrugged.
After everyone else had left, the chief turned to him, unsmiling. "Agent Hartley, I know that you are not happy with your current situation, so I will definitely be sending you," he offered a small smile. "It is only because I am looking out for your well being. Be ready to leave soon. I am sorry I did not inform you of this sooner."
Denny shook his head. "Whatever you say, sir. I will go pack my bags. Does this mean that I need to say goodbye to Ben, or is he going, also?"
"No, he is not. He has a family here, and that would not be fair to his wife," the chief paused. "I know you are close to him, but I am sure that you understand why."
Denny nodded, swallowing hard. "Yes, sir. I will leave now." He walked out after getting a nod from the chief. He had a feeling that they were just trying to push him out. That was something he had expected for a while now, since Ben was the only one who ever treated him with respect, as if he belonged.
Walking to his room, he packed quickly, then returned to his bed.
The captain in New York got a call on his beeper from the police force.
"I'm sorry for the inconvenience, sir, but we need immediate assistance. A mutant just popped up, and is threatening us. We need all of your teams on hand, especially the leader of team C. There is a man using electricity, and Agent Mathias would be the best choice to handle him. Please send them in soon."