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Crossing paths part 8

Disclaimer: The only thing here that is mine is the character of Theodora “Thea” Frost (she’s named for my late dog, Teddy, who was a traditional empath and the poet Robert Frost.)  I don't get paid for this; I'm just a fan having fun.

Rating: PG 13 mostly due to language and most kids might freak at some of the subject matter


Characters: Claude, Thea, Peter Petrelli, Molly Walker, Mohinder Suresh, Claire and Noah Bennet, mentions of Sylar

 

Pairings: Claude/Thea

Note:  I started this story line back in April after and have gone through 2-3 rewrites before settling on a direction.  This bit I worked out in late July to mid August. 

 

Spoilers: Heroes season one (all of it), also some of this is based on news spoilers that I’d read about season two



Part 1(Histories)    
Part 2(
Recent events- where Claude went)    
Part 3(
The Exploding man- it was on the news)   
Part 4(
A distraction- warning this is a rather graphic chapter )
Part 5
(Aftermath of chapter 4 and direction for the future)
Part 6 (On the road...)
Part 7 (In the City)

Crossing Paths 8 of 10

 

 

            Since Thea’s car was now dead, Claude had spent the last day showing Thea around New York City, on foot.  The invisible tour was interesting, to say the least.  The later it was the quieter and more distant Claude seemed.  Thea knew why that was.  She was sorely tempted to offer to be the contact person, so that Claude wouldn’t have to deal with his ex-partner, but, given what she’d learned of and from the invisible man,  Thea realized that Claude would rather face this head on or not at all.  Fight or flight seemed to be his modus operandi.  So instead, Thea said to him, “For what it’s worth, Claude, I’ve got your back.”

            “Thanks,” Claude said simply, giving Thea one of his rare smiles.  The thing about Thea that Claude was really grateful for of late was the fact that he didn’t have to deal with any pretense: no show, no masks.  He’d already impressed her on several levels and she accepted him as he was.  They’d kept walking, after Claude had finished the tour, and had arrived at Mohinder’s address.  Turning to Thea, Claude asked, “You game for something, Thea?”

            “Sure.  What do you need me to do?”

            “Take my hand.”

            Thea did so and both she and Claude vanished.

            Claude had a plan beyond being used to invisibility.  As he gained entrance to Mohinder’s building, he reflected on it.  Claude reckoned that if he was invisible and hanging about outside Mohinder’s flat, it would trigger Molly’s gift.  By taking Thea with him, Claude hoped that in finding Thea, who was still powerless, might prove as an aid to Molly in finding Peter, whom Claude suspected might now also be powerless.  Granted it was a long shot, but Claude had to try something.

 

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            The young man enjoyed his latest hotdog then returned to his shelter in the sewers.  He’d seen a few other people down here but they rarely spoke to him, or each other.  It wasn’t the greatest place, but at least down there, he didn’t get shoved aside or snowed on.

 

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            Bennet parked the car on the street.  He, Claire and their two passengers were about to get out when Molly spoke.

              “Mohinder?”  Molly was nervous.  She could sense something, someone near her and Mohinder’s home.

            “Yes, Molly, what is it?”

            “We have some company, a guest,” Molly frowned, “Or is that guests?”

            “What do you see Molly?”  Mohinder asked.

            “I see the invisible man.”

            Bennet tensed.  “Claude,” he said by way of explanation, looking at Mohinder.

            “Why would he go invisible?”  Mohinder asked.  Bennet had told him a bit about Claude when he’d woken.

            “I don’t know.  Maybe as a surprise?  He surprised the hell out of me when he did that, back when we started working together.”

            “Do you think he’s a threat?”  Mohinder took protective hold of Molly.

            “Nah.  Definitely not to you or Molly and not Claire, either.  As for me, I suppose you could say he and I have unfinished business, doctor.”

            “Dad?”  Claire said, offering her dad help in the one word question.

            “S’ OK, honey.  I think he’s just trying to get Molly to work her magic.  From what Nathan said, Claude’s trying to find Peter.”

            “Do you think he can?”  Claire sounded hopeful.

            “If anyone has a shot at finding Peter, he would.  What ever else he may be, Claude always was clever.”

            The quartet slowly left the car, all glancing at Mohinder’s building.  Molly frowned.  “There’s someone with the invisible man.”

            “Who is it, Molly?”  Mohinder asked, curious and also wanting to protect Molly.

            “She’s hard to see.”  Molly turned her gaze inward, trying to see who this was. 

            “Does she have a power, Molly?”  Mohinder was curious and also not sure how best to help his young charge.

            “She does, but she can’t use it and the invisible man is hiding her.  They’re both up there and looking out the window in the hall at us.”

            Claire and the two men looked up but saw nothing.

 

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            Meanwhile, upstairs, Claude and Thea were, in fact, peering out the window.

            Claude spoke first.  “Looks like it’s working.  From the look of things, Molly has picked up me, at least.  C’mon, Thea.  Let’s go down and say ‘hello.’”

 

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            “They’re coming down.”  Molly seemed calm, almost intrigued.

            Noah Bennet, on the other hand, seriously debated whether he ought to grab his gun, but then he realized that the action would likely make matters worse.  Whatever his ex-partner had planned, if Claude had meant any of the group harm, Claude would have taken such action already.  Molly’s voice cut into his thoughts.

            “They’re in the doorway.”

            Three sets of eyes were on the doorway, where the door had just opened seemingly of its own accord.  Bennet didn’t like this standoff or the silence.  “Claude, would you mind going visible- you and your lady friend?  Don’t you think things are tense enough?”

            Claude decloaked himself and Thea, the pair appearing in front of the door.

            Mohinder was fascinated.

            Claire was impressed but unsure of her former favorite uncle.

            Molly was amused but not surprised.

            Noah Bennet half expected to get punched in the face.

            Claude broke the silence.  “Just a demonstration.  C’mon, Bennet, you of all people ought to know better than that.”

            Noah Bennet wasn’t sure what was worse: the beating he’d expected or the look Claude was shooting him now.  Noah noticed no fear in it, just hurt and anger with wary caution.  “Nice to see you, too,” Noah said sarcastically, breaking the new uneasy silence.

            “Yeah, sure it is.”  Claude sounded like Bennet had just tried to sell him the Brooklyn Bridge.  He turned his attention briefly to Claire, his expression softening slightly.  “’ello, Claire.”  Then Claude turned his attention to Mohinder and Molly, the two people that he and Thea had come here to see.  “I assume you’re Dr. Suresh and that you are Molly Walker,” he said, looking at each in turn.  “We need your help.  Molly’s mostly.  Did Congressman Petrelli tell you why?”

            Mohinder spoke first.  “Yes he did.  Claude is it?”

            Claude nodded.

            “How do you do that?  That’s amazing and you can still see?”

            “As well as you.”  Claude had expected this.  Scientists in particular had this reaction to seeing Claude’s gift.

            “Why were you two hiding?”

            “I wanted to see if Molly would notice my friend here, Thea.”

            Thea had expected this.  She’d had a rough idea what Claude had in mind, but it didn’t stop her being nervous.

            Mohinder was puzzled.  “Why did Molly need to find her?”

            “I know why, Mohinder.  It’s because her power doesn’t work right now.”

            “Very good, Molly.”  Claude grinned.   “I thought that if you could see Thea now, that maybe you could find someone else for me.”

            “Peter Petrelli?”

            Claude nodded.  “Peter might not have any power right now either.  I can tell you this much, Molly; before Thea lost her ability, she saw Peter lost alone and confused.”  Claude crouched so that he was at eye level with Molly.  “You’re probably the only one who can find Peter right now.  Thea was able to find out that he survived but doesn’t know where he is, and I know you tried to find him before.  What I want you to try is to think about Peter but recall what it was like when you found Thea hiding with me.  OK?”

            The girl looked at her protector.  “Mohinder, get my map.”

            Mohinder dug out a map and a push pin and handed the latter to Molly and spread the former in front of Molly on the side walk.

 

            Back by the car, Bennet and his daughter quietly watched.  Claire kept glancing up at her dad as if checking to make sure he was OK.  She was glad she had insisted on coming.  Initially she had thought her dad would need her for company on the trip back as well as another set of eyes.  Now, she felt he might need someone to talk to. “Are you OK, Dad?

            “What?”  Bennet looked at Claire.  “I don’t know Claire.  It’s weird.  I half expected him to come over and kick my ass; as it is he still might.  I shot him and left him for dead 7 years ago and recently I tasered him.”

            Claire had missed her eccentric “Uncle Claude” but was uncertain what to expect from the scruffy man before her now.  Though she may not agree with all that Bennet had done, in the end, he was her dad and she loved him.  Despite that, Claire could understand why Claude would be angry, if not furious with Bennet.  However, from the look of things, it did not appear that Claude had planned to settle any scores today.

 

            Molly’s hands hovered over the map and she pushed the pin in.

            New Jersey, Jersey City,” Mohinder read aloud.

            Suddenly, Molly froze, her eyes wide with fear.  “Mr. Claude, you have to find Peter fast.  The Boogieman is looking for him, too!”

            Boogieman?”  Claude asked, certain the girl wasn’t referring to a closet monster.

            “Sylar,” Mohinder replied with disgust.

            “What do you know of this Sylar, Dr. Suresh?”

            “He killed my father, for starters.  He collects special people.  He cuts out their brains and steals their powers somehow.  He’s very dangerous.  We’d thought Hiro had killed him, at last, but it looks like he survived even that.”

            “What can he do, besides kill?”

            “He has enhanced hearing, telekinesis and can stop bullets with it, he can melt solid objects.  I heard him say something about painting, and given that Isaac Mendez was found murdered in his studio in a manner consistent with Sylar’s work, it’s likely he can now paint the future as well.  From what Peter told me, some time ago, it’s likely Sylar would have to be painting to see anything.  I’d go with you, but Sylar has already made a try for Molly once.”

            “I understand, mate. Thanks for the information.”  Claude turned to Thea, “Thea, maybe you should…”

            “I’m not leaving you, Claude.  Thea spoke for the first time in ages. “I may not be able to access my gift, but I can still watch your back.  You shouldn’t face Sylar alone.  Besides, you said it yourself; Peter will likely need a nurse.”

 

To be continued…

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Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
john_jones
Aug. 17th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Claude always was clever
Anybody never doubted)))
I enjoy your creativity again and again.I cannot decide which part is the best))
bigbadwolfeboro
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
bigbadwolfeboro
Aug. 20th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Part 9 is up!
9drdork
Aug. 18th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
You have Claude dead-on! Thanks for the heads up on parts 7&8. Can't wait for the next one!
bigbadwolfeboro
Aug. 18th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :)
bigbadwolfeboro
Aug. 20th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
part 9 is up!
bigbadwolfeboro
Sep. 16th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
part 10 is here if you hadn't seen it:

http://bigbadwolfeboro.livejournal.com/38167.html

there are links to all prior chapters
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