Annual 2018- Earn Your Stripes

Blessed Inversion SWAT Emblem

Previously on Blessed Inversion SWAT…

While out on duty Steven Kessler, the vigilante known as SWAT-Spider, was caught unawares by the kingpin of Silver Plains Biohazard. Enduring torture for two days before being rescued. He’d then go on to help stop the mad machinations of Pheromaster with the Inhibitors, Black Ice, Doctor Khonshu, and his own son Jetstream. Adopting the former Inhibitor, Wendell Hoffman, along the way. Now he begins the slow process of recovery and makes the most of his time…

*Note: The events of this take place after Blessed Inversion SWAT Chapter 11- Rebirth

Steven Kessler/SWAT-Spider Gabriel Kessler/Jetstream
Wendell Hoffman/Titan

Almost a week has passed since Wendell came to live with Steven & Gabriel. Today marking the first weekend together. Wendell was still using Stevens room while he stayed in the living room. Wendell felt bad having him move to the living room while still recovering from broken ribs but was unable to argue against it. As he had been for the last five days, Wendell got out of bed and walked down the hallway to see if Steven had awoken yet. There Steven sat on the couch with Gabriel leaning against his left shoulder half asleep. They were watching the old kung-fu flick, The Black Dragon. A cult classic blaxploitation film about a would-be martial artist in New York who takes down a crime ring.

“Mornin’ Wend.” I say to Wendell who waved back before going to sit on my right. “Ever see this before?” Wendell shakes his head no. “It’s good, you might like it.”

“When do I get a costume?” Gabriel asks when there’s finally a commercial break.

“Huh?” I glance at Gabe. I knew what he asked but had to hear it again.

Gabe stops leaning on me to face me and give me his full attention. “When do I get my costume? Everyone has a costume but me.”

“Wendell has a uniform.”

“But that’s a costume. I just have to wear my regular clothes…I want a costume too.”

“Finish your training and you’ll get a costume.”

“When do I finish training?”

“When I say you’re ready.” I could already tell this was going to be a long conversation.

“When will that be?” he keeps prying. I know he won’t stop until I give him a straight answer.

“When I say you’re ready.” This time I say it just to mess with him.

“No fair! I helped save the world didn’t I?” Gabriel frowns.

“You did and I’m very proud of you.” I pat him on his head. “You’re still not getting one.

“No fair…” he grumbles under his breath. Crossing his arms and pouting. I forget how dramatic he could be sometimes when we actually disagree on something.

“Okay, let’s make a deal.”

“What kind of deal?” Gabriel asks hesitantly.

“I’ll see about getting you a costume made. But you’ll only get it AFTER, we complete all your training.”

“Can I decide how it looks?”

“I’ll think about it.” Not that I didn’t trust Gabe’s fashion sense…but he was still a kid and I didn’t want him adding anything needless to the suit. “Did you need a new costume too?” I looked over at Wendell who seemed to contemplate the idea. “I’m sure Doctor K could make something for you too.”

“Wait, Kreon is gonna make the costumes?” Gabriel interjects.

“Yeah, something wrong with that?” I ask wondering where this is gonna lead.

“No…I mean…a little. What if he makes it all weird? What if he gives me like thirty pouches? Or! Or he gives me tons of belts? Or maybe both! What if he doesn’t give me a cape and just gives me like a whole buncha spikes!”

“He won’t do that. At work it’ll be grey with some neon in it.”

“That’s somehow worse…” Gabe laments the idea of Doctor K making his costume. He wasn’t particularly unfashionable but he had a very specific style with his designs. Although, we could always just paint over it later.

“Do we have a deal?” I hold out my hand.

“Promise you’ll make sure he doesn’t make something weird?”

“…I make no promises but I’ll do my best.”

“Fine…” he replies with a firm but hesitant handshake.

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