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When a Queen and Emperor Collide (WORM: Time-Travel, Khepri!Taylor/Teen!Kaiser)

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Hazel Louise Demasu-ay, Oct 6, 2019.

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    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay

    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay Getting sticky.

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    Summary: In desperate need to stop Scion before he attacks, Taylor Hebert, or Khepri, is sent to the past to stop him with Phir Se’s help during Gold Morning. As a result, she ends up in the year 1994, but unexpectedly lands in the middle of a baseball game, where Max Anders is playing. Coincidence? Well, the resulting collision between a Queen and Emperor can be felt through time. (Worm: Time-travel AU, Khepri!Taylor/Teen!Kaiser)

    Author’s Note: So in this story, Taylor goes back many years into the past. From June 2013 of Gold Morning to around Spring of 1994. So Max Anders will still be in highschool at this time and he is 18 years old, when Taylor arrives. Also, Taylor is in her canon age during Gold Morning in this story.


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    After the deaths of billions and the number of defeats they experience during Gold Morning, Taylor planned for the chance to take Scion down before he can launch an attack all throughout the alternate earths. Fortunately, she has the mind to assemble an army and delay the inevitable destruction of every reality while Taylor swiftly move to enact her last plan to stop Scion.

    Currently, Taylor is grateful that her passenger has completely stopped bleeding into her personality and her mental deterioration has ceased due to a specific cape she fortunately finds in Earth K, who has the ability to reverse and heal any kind of injury or ailment at an atomic level, even to the point that her Corona Pollentia is altered more for her benefit. In addition to that, Taylor is able to get her arm back as well. So she is now completely whole again, and if not for that, she would not have been able to find different ways to stop Scion from completely obliterating everyone for six consecutive days.

    Now, as Khepri, she made use of Phir Se to create a doorway further back into the past, much further than the cape usually does with his power. Unfortunately, Phir Se can only send one person back in time and Taylor knew that this still requires a certain sacrifice for it to work. Thus, Phir Se would have to die in the end.

    “Just keep in mind that this journey is going to be dangerous. You might not even end up somewhere on land in Brockton Bay. Or know how many years you are going to travel into. So you better be prepared.” Tattletale tells Taylor right before Phir Se opens the doorway.

    Not wanting to draw attention to herself upon her arrival, Taylor Hebert decides to leave her armor and anti-gravity pack while she chooses to bring her trusty knife. She knows that she has plenty of time to get a new armor and gear, one way or another while she's stuck in the past. So she forgoes in attiring herself in full battle regalia, but also mainly because her entire armor and equipment suffered too much damage during the Gold Morning attacks. Thus, she chooses to wear something that will make her remain inconspicuous when she arrives.

    As she is transported back to the past, she is already prepared for the inevitable. She is even expecting to end up somewhere in the ocean, but what she doesn’t expect is something like this.

    The moment she arrives, Taylor already feels like she is ready to empty the contents of her stomach. Worst. She is dizzy, weak and about ready to collapse. She hasn’t even able to scan her surroundings yet, or even notice the surprise shouts from all around her, when something suddenly hits her in the face so hard that her head whips back. A flash of pain immediately burst from her left cheek, where the object had hit her. Not a moment later, Taylor drops to the ground, groaning in pain.

    She doesn’t know where she is at the moment, but it seems there is a crowd of people all around her just base from the cacophony of noises in the area. And as she instinctively reaches out for her bugs, she soon realizes that her current weaken state had completely reduce her range into only a few meters away. At this rate, she can't even scout out her exact location or search the area completely for any potential threats to her person. She has nothing much to do about it but remain vigilant with only a few dozen bugs under her control.

    Taylor is still lying down on the ground, when she hears the sound of running feet as someone quickly approaches her.

    “I’m sorry!” A male voice says loudly and Taylor looks up in time to see a handsome young man with brilliant blue eyes and dark hair kneels down next to her. “I swear I didn’t mean for the ball to hit you! I wouldn’t have taken that pitch, if I’ve known you were about to appear out of nowhere!”

    At the stranger’s words, Taylor can only grunt in reply. She still feels faint and shaken from her time-travelling experience and being hit in the face by a ball just exacerbated her poor condition. She tries to sit up, but it seems her feeble body won’t cooperate at the moment.

    “Are you alright?” The boy asks shortly in concern while he places a hand behind Taylor’s back to support her upright. Not seeing any other option, she reluctantly leans on him to keep herself from slumping down on the ground again.

    “No, I’m not alright..." Taylor manages to say while she looks around her. She realizes that she is currently in a baseball field, where she just outed herself as a cape right then and there after appearing in the middle of a game.

    Well, shit! She curses inwardly when she notices the people staring at her. Some are even making their ways towards her. Perhaps to question her sudden arrival.

    "Where am I exactly?" She inquires after a moment.

    “You are in Immaculata High.” The boy replies, meeting Taylor’s gaze. “But don’t you know that already? Being a Mover and all.”

    “I'm not a mover,” is Taylor’s short answer.

    “But you just appeared here all of a sudden and the capes who can do that are those with mover powers. A cape who can transport themselves anywhere with a destination in mind. So I immediately assume your power falls under this category.” The boy informs, frowning at her.

    “I'm sorry, but you presumed wrong. I arrived at this location because someone else transported me here,” She is forced to explain to him. “However, I'm not going to say anything else...not when I really need to get out of here right now. But sadly it seems that I’m not in a state to walk at the moment. So can you please help me? Perhaps you can even take me to your school clinic?”

    “Oh..." The boy says, “So do you want me to carry you then?”

    At his question, Taylor’s face turns scarlet.

    “I...errr…Yes, I think so since I'm not quite sure if I can walk without getting sick to my stomach," She stutters in both uncertainty and embarrassment. She really doesn’t want to be carried, but at her current condition, she can’t even sit upright without support. It feels like most of her energy is sapped away during her travel and now she is left like a fragile husk.

    However, more than that, Taylor seriously needs to leave from there before anyone can start asking her question.

    “I’ve traveled far and it left me quite unsteady on my feet and more than a little dizzy. I’m certain I will fall flat on my face even if I stand. So I really need your help.” She informs the boy, who now looks worried for her. Meanwhile, Taylor suspects that her face now resembles a tomato after her explanation.

    “I see...If you are feeling like that, then I don’t mind carrying you to the school clinic,” The boy answers.

    “Thank you,” comes her instant reply while she gives him a small smile.

    “But before I can lift you up, perhaps its best if you can wrap your arms around my neck first,” the boy instructs, locking his brilliant blue eyes on her.

    “Alright,” Taylor responds, trying to control her furious blush even when she slowly does what the boy instructed. Once she has her arms wrapped around his neck, the boy then gradually moves his arms behind her knees and back to support her.

    “I’m going to lift you up now and I hope you won’t vomit all over me from the sudden movement.” The boy states, meeting her gaze again.

    “I’ll try my best not to vomit all over you,” is her only reply.

    “Good,” the boy remarks.

    Thereafter, he carefully begins to lift her up from the ground and Taylor's stomach instantly lurch at the action. Fortunately, she is able to keep the contents of her stomach from spilling over. At the same time, she is more mortified at that moment when she lets a complete stranger carry her in bridal style. However, she doesn’t have a choice on the matter.

    “What’s your name?” Taylor can’t help but ask the boy the moment they begin to move.

    “My name is Max Anders, and you are?” The handsome boy says while he strides steadily towards the school building.

    However, the moment he introduces himself, Taylor nearly stops breathing altogether because...what the actual fuck?!


    The one who is currently carrying her is none other than Theo Ander's father, Max Anders - or better known as Kaiser - the notorious Villain who holds an iron fist over Empire Eighty-Eight in the future.

    Her brain can't even process the strange situation she finds herself in.

    Would she even consider it a terrible coincidence that she happens to arrive in the place where Max Anders was playing baseball? She thinks so because now Kaiser literally has his hands on her.

    In fact, Taylor Hebert is feeling slightly faint when she realizes that Kaiser - the Emperor of Blades - is currently carrying her bridal style in his arms, like some kind of sick fantasy in an alternate universe.

    "What's your name?" Max Anders - or Kaiser - repeats the question.

    It takes a while for Taylor to answer, but she does eventually.

    “Taylor,” She admits with extreme caution, not intending to reveal much of herself to him now that she knows his secret identity.

    “Any last name, Taylor?” Kaiser asks curiously while he glances down at her.

    “Just call me Taylor,” She responds evasively.

    “Well, it’s nice to meet you Taylor-with-no-last-name,” the strange boy comments almost in amusement.

    “Yeah, it's nice to meet you as well,” is Taylor’s mumbled answer.



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  2. wigg55

    wigg55 Know what you're doing yet?

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    This coudl potentialy lead to interesting places.
     
  3. Hazel Louise Demasu-ay

    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay Getting sticky.

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    thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment!
     
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    Overpalada Getting sticky.

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    Oh dear can you hear that , it sounds like a butterfly the size of Mothra just flapped its wings ...how fun this will be.
     
  5. Hazel Louise Demasu-ay

    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay Getting sticky.

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    Lmao. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment!
     
  6. Threadmarks: Misconception
    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay

    Hazel Louise Demasu-ay Getting sticky.

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    Author's Notes: So I'm making this story a slow-burn. Anyway, the next chapter will be more interesting. Expect for more Max and Taylor interaction and the appearance of some important people.
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    Kaiser's coach - some pot-bellied man with a mustache - came to the clinic, where he proceeded to scold Taylor for disrupting the game and then started questioning her presence thereafter. Thankfully, if it wasn't for Kaiser's interference, the man would continue with his interrogation and Taylor would be forced to set one of her bugs at the older man if he hadn't shut his mouth.

    "Since the game is about to start, perhaps it's time for us to go back to the baseball field, Max."

    Taylor listens to the the old coach say to Kaiser.

    "I'm not going back there," is Kaiser's instant response and Taylor is completely shocked and puzzled to hear his answer.

    After hearing Max Anders reply, Taylor notes how the coach seems to be too astonished to say anything else. Well...until he does a moment later.

    "You can't just leave the game, Max! You are the star of the game!" The coach burst out.

    "Coach, just let the others play in my spot because I'm not going to leave the girl until I make certain that she is properly tended to," is Kaiser's adamant reply. "I feel terrible for accidentally hitting her with the ball and this makes me feel responsible for the injury that she might have incurred."

    "That's not a good reason for you to quit in the middle of the game, Max!" comes the coach's angry retort. "I'm certain the girl will survive an hour without you hovering by her side. So you better come back and finish the game!"

    "I'm sorry, Coach. But I'm not going to change my mind about this," is Kaiser's only reply. His will is as unbending as the blades he summons.

    So after a few more minutes of arguing and trying to convince Max Anders to return, the old coach finally gives up and leaves the clinic looking absolutely defeated.

    Afterward, Max Anders remains in the school clinic with her. Taylor, of course, suspects the true reason he is there.

    Carefully, she glances at him from the corners of her eyes and notes that the future Villain is currently leaning against the wall with both of his hands tucked into the pockets of his baseball uniform. He appears to be relaxed and looking bored, but Taylor knows better than to think that. She knows that Kaiser's brilliant blue eyes don't miss much and he is carefully observing her and her reaction. She also understands that the boy is simply feigning concern for her welfare in that moment just to learn more about her and her suspicious appearance.

    In fact, Taylor has a feeling that Kaiser is doing all this just to confirm his suspicion that she is a cape and will probably use this information against her at the first opportunity.

    God damnit! I don't need some future Neo-Nazi nosing into my business, especially not Kaiser! Taylor thinks angrily. At her sudden agitation, she senses her bugs, which are placed in specific key location, reacting to her distress. Her range is only a few meters still and Taylor is seriously irritated by her current limitation.

    As the two wait for the school nurse to arrive from her lunch break, Taylor decides not to say anything to the boy, who is now trying to make eye-contact with her and clearly wants to talk to her.

    The silence between them is oppressive but Taylor chooses not to do anything about it.

    A moment later, she hears Max Anders clears his throat, obviously to catch her attention, and Taylor's eyes instantly flies towards him.

    A pair of brilliant azure eyes meets her stormy grey orbs, where it locks and holds for a long time.

    "I'm sorry about what my coach told you." Kaiser says to her, giving Taylor an apologetic smile. "He said those things to you because the baseball game means a lot to him, so when you suddenly appeared and interrupted the game, his reaction is to be expected."

    "Anders," Taylor begins to say. She doesn't want to call him by his first name since it feels too intimate if she does, especially when she sees him differently. So she chooses to call him by his last name. "You don't need to explain your coach's behavior to me. I understand his reason for being furious towards me."

    "Call me Max," the boy says to her, "And I'm glad you understand. I don't want you to feel attacked by my coach for being at the wrong place and at the wrong time. From what I gather, you probably arrived at the baseball field quite by accident, am I right?"

    Well, shit...Taylor thinks when she notices Kaiser's inquisitive look as he regards her closely. He's very sharp, isn't he? He may look young but this Kaiser still has that inherent analytical prowess that turns him into a calculating and manipulative man in the future. A man who always has a hidden agenda up his sleeves.

    "Why are you so curious about me?" Taylor asks instead of answering his question. She's not going to give the young Kaiser more ammunition to use against her by answering his questions. So she will have to watch what she says around him starting this time.

    She observes when Max Anders simply arches a brow at her question.

    "I'm curious because your sudden appearance during the game present a mystery to me and I have the tendency to obsess over mysteries that needs some further investigation," comes Kaiser's blunt answer.

    Damn...She mentally states when she realizes that the young Kaiser isn't even holding back on his answer. Why does he have to be so blunt though? Is he trying to manipulate me into believing something? Or is he simply implying that if I don't sate his curiosity right then, he's going to start obsessing over my existence and start following me around? If that is the case….Well, fuck that! I'm not going to let a young Kaiser stalk me like some kind of hilted-boyfriend from another universe!

    "So you mean to say that you're going to stalk me from now on just because you find me mysterious?!" Taylor asks angrily.

    At her furious accusation, Kaiser looks completely amused. In fact, Taylor notices the little twitches that graces the corners of his mouth as he gazes at her.

    "I believe you misunderstood the reason for my curiosity," Kaiser states, "I may be curious about your sudden appearance, but that won't be enough reason for me to resort into following you around everywhere."

    "Well, thank you for the assurance…" comes Taylor's sarcastic answer. "For a second there, I thought I might have acquired myself a stalker just based on your statement alone."

    "Well...believe me when I say that you are the last girl that I'm going to stalk," is Kaiser's wry reply.

    At his bland words, Taylor immediately is on a warpath.

    Oh no he did not! Her mind screeches. Did Kaiser just effing insult me?! That fucking wannabe Neo-nazi!

    "Are you implying something else to me this time, Max Anders?!" She snaps out, "Perhaps to tell me that I'm too far below your notice because of my ugly appearance?!

    Taylor instantly sees the moment when Kaiser tenses. His blue eyes locking into her furious gaze while Taylor seethes in anger.

    "I didn't say anything about your appearance," comes Kaiser's calm remark. "So you have no reason to be angry at me. Also, I don't find you unattractive."

    However, before Taylor can say anything more to the arrogant bastard, the school nurse suddenly arrives and hastily makes her way towards Taylor.

    "I apologize for the delay. I wasn't made aware that there was a patient waiting for me." The school nurse says as she walks towards Taylor, who is sitting upright in one of the beds of the clinic.

    "It's fine," Taylor replies as she looks at the woman.

    "My name is Lisa Osborne, but you may call me Lisa. And you are?" the school nurse says while the woman extends her hand towards Taylor.

    "My name is Taylor," She replies, grabbing a hold of the woman's hand before shaking it.

    "And I think I recognize you..." The school nurse, Lisa, comments when her gaze lands on Kaiser's tall figure. "Max Anders, am I correct?"

    "Yes, Ma'am,"

    Taylor hears Kaiser's reply while she watches him nods his head respectfully at the school nurse.

    "So what brings you both here to my humble clinic?" the nurse asks them shortly while she looks from Taylor and then back to Max.

    Taylor opens her mouth to reply, but Kaiser beats her right into it.

    "Taylor here is not feeling well. I brought her here since she is experiencing bouts of dizziness and nausea. Other than that, she told me earlier that she is not able to stand or walk on her own so I had to carry her here myself upon her request. If I hadn't done so, she would probably have fainted or vomited all over the floor."

    At Kaiser's words, the school nurse turns her attention on Taylor, who instantly fidgets when the nurse begins to scrutinize her rather closely.

    "Your symptoms...When did it start?" the school nurse inquires while she takes out a clipboard and begins to jot something down.

    Once more, it is Kaiser who answers for her, to Taylor's increasing frustration.

    "She told me that she shortly experience the symptoms the moment she arrives during the game,"

    "I see...May I ask when was your last menstrual cycle?" comes the school nurse abrupt and unexpected question.

    At the nurse shocking inquiry, Taylor's face is instantly flooded with color while she notices how Kaiser looks absolutely uncomfortable at that moment.

    This time, Kaiser doesn't even dare say anything else.

    "I...am...err…" Taylor stutters out. "I don't remember...actually."

    "It is really important that you remember, Taylor…" the nurse tells her in an almost reprimanding tone.

    "I'm not really sure when it was," She answers in uncertainty.

    What the heck?! Why is she even asking me these questions?! And right in front of Kaiser no less! She mentally wonders.

    "May I ask if you are menstruating regularly?" comes the nurse next question.

    Taylor glanced back at Kaiser, who looks like he's ready to bolt out of there, and Taylor doesn't blame him for it, not when the questions are just getting more and more awkward.

    "Yes, I believe so…" is Taylor's response.

    "And did you notice if you miss your period for the past months?"

    "It's hard for me to remember...maybe I did...I don't know..." comes Taylor's answer.

    How the heck am I going to recall that detail when most of my mind was almost subsumed by my passenger? Taylor thinks. She knows that her memories were affected during her Rise as Khepri, but she doesn't realize how many minor and trivial memories she's been missing, not until the nurse points it out to her regarding her menstrual periods.

    "One last question. The question that I'm going to ask you both is very important. So I want you to be honest with me because this is a serious matter," the nurse states in a severe tone while she looks at both Taylor and Max Anders, "My question is...In the past months, did the two of you often use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse?"

    For a second, Taylor thinks she misheard the nurse's question. It is only when she hears Kaiser making a choking sound that she realizes that she hasn't misheard at all.

    That's when her mind seems to cease functioning properly because...WHAT THE FUCK? Me and...Kaiser?! Did the nurse just -?! Did she just ask me if I'm using condom while engaging in sex with Kaiser?! Taylor Hebert thinks faintly while she sways on the spot. Holy fucking hell! What universe did I traveled into?! Am I dreaming this?! Because there is no way in hell that I was having sex with Kaiser for the past months like the nurse implied! Where the fuck did she even gets the idea?!

    "Like I said before," the nurse begins to say and Taylor instantly freezes with increasing dread when the nurse continues to speak, "My next action hinges on both of your answer. However, based on Ms. Taylor's answers regarding her menses and her current symptoms, I suspect that your girlfriend Mr. Anders might be pregnant. This, of course, is a serious matter. I hope you both already know that teen pregnancy is frowned upon in a private catholic school such as Immaculata High, especially when it concerns a male star athlete like yourself, Mr. Anders. If Ms. Taylor is found pregnant, I'm afraid both of you will face expulsion."

    After the nurse has finished speaking, there is a moment of stunned silence wherein they can practically hear the crickets chirping in the background.

    This, of course, is instantly broken by the sounds of Taylor Hebert and Max Anders bursting out rather loudly at the same time.

    "She's not my girlfriend!"

    "He's not my boyfriend!"

    In that moment, Taylor Hebert suddenly realizes that meeting Max Anders is probably the biggest mistake of her life.
     
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    Blackenedthorn Getting out there.

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    What am mainly looking forward to is when Taylor explains she is a master who controls bugs and when she deploys The Swarm to prove a point, you don't fuck with a girl who can blot out the sun with enough iinsects to make the bible jealous.
     
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    Ahaha...thanks for reading and leaving a comment! Yeah, Taylor is a complete badass with her Swarm
     
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    After the school nurse apologizes profusely, Taylor easily forgives the woman's mistake and is only glad that the bespectacled woman changes the subject thereafter. She seriously doesn't want to dwell on, or much less discuss about the horrifying idea of Kaiser and her in an intimate and sexual relationship.

    So when the school nurse begins to ask more about her situation, Taylor doesn't hesitate to tell the woman about what actually happened at the baseball field. Afterward, the nurse is able to inform Taylor everything she needs to know.

    "Your nausea, weakness and dizziness are something that can be expected for someone who is transported by a Mover cape, but judging from the strong side-effects you are experiencing, I presume that you travelled a long distance to arrive here?" the school nurse inquires and Taylor can practically feel Kaiser's interest being piqued at the question.

    Not wanting to reveal anything more, Taylor simply nods her head in response to the nurse's question.

    "Since you're still experiencing these side effects of your travel, I think it is best that you stay here for a while. However, I might suggest that you call your family and inform them where you are right now just to keep them from worrying." the nurse suggests. "And perhaps ask them to come and get you before the school closes for the day."

    Well, damn! She curses when she realizes that she doesn't have a good cover-up story for a family that doesn't even exist yet. What am I going to say to the nurse?

    "Amm...I don't need to call anyone at all since I am an orphan and I live alone." She lies instead.

    Kaiser at this time seems to have become more interested in her words.

    "I see…" the nurse mutters while she gazes at Taylor for a moment. "But how do you go back home? I presume that you don't have a car nearby since you were basically transported here in Immaculata High. And if you did have a car, I would still advise against you driving in your current state. Moreover, I also advise against you going home by yourself in public transportation, especially when you are still experiencing weakness and dizziness. So I suggest you ask someone else to take you home."

    However, before Taylor can answer the nurse's question, Kaiser suddenly says,"You don't need to worry about that Mrs. Osbourne, because I am here and I don't mind taking her home myself."

    Taylor whips her head around to gape at the other boy, who simply regards her with an inscrutable look.

    "That's a terrible idea!" She blurts out without thinking. Taylor knows that if she allows Kaiser to drive her home, he'll soon finds out that she doesn't have a home at all to go to.

    "Don't be unreasonable, Ms. Taylor…" the nurse scolds. "In your current state, you definitely need someone to drive you home. So why don't you allow Mr. Anders to do just that?"

    Taylor grits her teeth while she considers it for a moment. She understands that she is not familiar with Brockton Bay at this time. Some buildings and other establishment she knows in her future might not even exist during this time. So she will probably have trouble locating a cheap apartment in the City, which she can use as her fake home if Kaiser insist that he drives her home. Hence, pretending to have a home somewhere in the City is out of the question.

    The other option she has is just to simply reveal to Kaiser that she doesn't have a place to stay at all and might need his assistance in finding a cheap motel for her to stay in a couple of days. And as Taylor continues to carefully analyze her entire situation, she even begins to consider the possibility of taking advantage of Kaiser's interest in her.

    Early on, she was determined to keep Kaiser from knowing more about her. However, now that she realizes that her lack of knowledge of this time, her meager resources and her non-existent connection to anyone will just simply put a wrench in her plans to stop Scion. Apart from those things, she understands that she will have a difficult time acquiring work, especially when she doesn't have the proper documents to prove her identity.

    Hence, Taylor decides that she might need to use Kaiser to improve her current situation. She knows that Kaiser is ungodly rich, has a lot of connections to certain people, and a vast knowledge of this time, which are things that she can take advantage of. Furthermore, she already knows that Kaiser is interested in her because he suspects that she is a cape. So why not use his interest to ingratiate herself with him this early on?

    If she allows herself to get acquainted with Kaiser at this time, she knows that he can procure fake ID's and documents for her, or even allow his Nazi-loving Father - the Allfather - to provide Taylor some work.

    Even though Taylor might have brought money with her at this time, but she knows that it won't last long. So finding a way to support herself during this time period is her top priority. The next thing she needs to do is build up her social connection, which she will start with Max Anders.

    "Fine," Taylor finally replies in a reluctant voice. "You can take me home Anders."

    At her answer, she observes the gleam of bemusement that seems to flash in Kaiser's brilliant blue eyes.

    "And here I thought you were going to be stubborn about it," comes the boy's wry comment.

    Taylor just scowls at him and says, "I may be stubborn, but I'm not unreasonably so. I understand my current situation very well. So if the nurse tells me to ask someone to drive me home, I'm going to listen to her, despite my negative opinion on the matter."

    "Well, I'm glad you see the reason behind it," Kaiser responds as he continues to regard her closely.

    "Since you two have come to an agreement, then both of you are free to leave once Ms. Taylor is feeling better." The nurse states. "Although I suggest doing so before the school closes for the day."

    "We understand, Mrs. Osbourrne." Taylor says. "In fact, I won't need an hour to recover some of my strength. Perhaps I will even be able to leave after thirty minutes."

    "If that is what you believe, then you may do so…I trust your judgement regarding your physical health, Ms. Taylor."

    "Thank you, Mrs. Osbourne…" is Taylor's reply.

    "Now, if you two don't mind, I will be going back to my office to finish some paperwork. However, if you need more medical attention or if something changes in Ms. Taylor's condition, please don't hesitate to knock on my door and inform me about it."

    "Of course, Mrs. Osbourne…" Kaiser responds in a smooth voice. "We will be sure to call upon you if something else comes up."

    "That's good," the nurse says while she nods her head. "I will be seeing you both later then."

    Afterward, Taylor watches as the bespectacled woman walks towards her office.

    The moment the nurse is gone, the tense silence which follows is deafening.

    Taylor, however, chooses to ignore it and instead searches the location for other arthropods to distract herself. She knows she still has the Master power to control people within her usual range, but she doesn't dare do it. Perhaps she will have to resort to that when it is absolutely necessary. However, at the moment, she has no reason to use her Khepri powers on anyone, not even on Kaiser.
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    An hour and a half later, after bidding their leave to the school nurse, Taylor finds herself sitting next to Kaiser, who apparently owns a brand new convertible.

    Filthy rich boy, is Taylor's grumbling thought when she settles herself in the leather seat of Kaiser's convertible. Gods, why did I even agree to this? Oh right, because I plan to make Kaiser as my new BFF now. I just can't wait to tell everyone I know in the future that Kaiser and I are best buddies in the past. Jesus-fucking-Christ!

    "So...where do you live?" comes Kaiser's immediate question the moment he starts the engine of his car. Instantly, the car comes to life, purring and rumbling as the Neo-Nazi rich boy revs it up. In that moment, Taylor can't help but feel like Kaiser is trying to show off his cool car or something.

    What an insufferable bastard! She mentally complains as she glances at the boy beside her, who is clearly waiting for her answer.

    Taylor knows that there is no point in lying now. Still, she hesitates for a moment and wonders if there are better option to her situation. She perfectly understands that she can't defeat Scion by working alone. Therefore, she needs to build an entire army like she had during her Rise as Khepri. However, she won't be able to do that at all if she doesn't know anyone in this time. That's why she needs to start with someone who has a lot of connections to capes so that she can easily build an army and access other parahumans when it is time to deploy them against Scion.

    Thus, establishing some kind of connection with the young Kaiser is absolutely paramount.

    The silence in the car is shortly broken by the audible pitter-patter sounds coming from above her and Taylor immediately realizes that it has started to rain. Thankfully, the car's roof is closed or else the rain would have drenched the two of them soon enough.

    "Taylor?" Kaiser asks.

    Even listening to him refer to her in her first name makes her feel slightly unbalanced. In fact, her name on his lips feels too intimate, like they are friends or something without Taylor knowing about it.

    "I lied earlier," She finally tells him while she meets his curious gaze. "I don't have a permanent home actually...since I travel a lot."

    "So you mean to tell me that you don't have a place to stay at all tonight?"

    "Yes," comes Taylor's honest answer. "However, I intend to stay here in Brockton Bay for an undetermined time. So if you know any cheap place where I can stay for a couple of days, you can drop me there and since I'm not really picky at all, you can recommend me any places you know in the area."

    "I don't know any cheap motels at all," comes Kaiser's blunt answer. "In fact, the only place I know that is moderately price is a hotel a few blocks from where my penthouse apartment is."

    Kaiser has a penthouse apartment? Taylor thinks in surprise. Why am I even surprise? He probably bought his penthouse for some privacy.

    "That's fine. So long as there's a bed that I can crash into at the end of the day,"She answers. It also doesn't matter that Kaiser is living a few blocks from her.

    Truthfully, she has a sneaking suspicion that Kaiser only suggest the place to her since he probably intends to drop by and continue to nose on her business.

    "I'll take you there then. I think the hotel is just fifteen minutes from here." Kaiser informs her.

    Taylor doesn't respond but simply watches when Kaiser slowly shifts the gear and drives the car out from the school parking lot.
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    Nearly an hour later, the rain continues to pour hard while Taylor's temporary driver has trouble finding a parking spot near the Crimson Hotel since the entire parking lot is full. In the end, Kaiser has to park a block from the establishment, where they have to move swiftly beneath the heavy downpour to get to the Hotel because apparently Max Anders doesn't have an umbrella stash in his brand new convertible.

    How-fucking-inconvenient! Taylor curses as she hurriedly walks beside Kaiser.

    Being a perfect gentleman and all, Kaiser had raised his black leather jacket over their heads to prevent the rain from completely drenching them both while they quickly make their way towards the hotel. This of course forces Taylor to be in much closer proximity with Max Anders, who constantly bumps into her side while they are walking. Well, it can't be helped, not when the boy is trying to protect her from the rain with his leather jacket.

    Nonetheless, the jacket is still a meager cover against the natural element. So when they arrive at the lobby of the hotel, Taylor and Kaiser are already dripping wet. But it seems that their trek through the rain is not only inconvenient, but pointless as well. Because Taylor soon discovers that all the room in the Crimson Hotel is fully-booked, which means that they are going to search for a different place for Taylor to stay.

    Afterward, the two hastily leaves the reception area due to the disapproving looks they have garnered from people because of their disheveled and soaked appearance. Their trek once more through the rain is as miserable as before, where they end up being soaked to the bones even more.

    "We need a change of clothes," Kaiser states the second they are inside his car. "If we continue to wear these wet clothes, we are going to end up sick. So I suggest we go back to my apartment and change before we continue the search for a place for you to stay. And since I know you don't have extra clothes to wear, I will lend you some of mine."

    Did Kaiser just invited me to his apartment? And did he just told me that he's going to let me borrow his clothes? A flush slowly creeps up Taylor's face at Kaiser's suggestion.

    She knows that Kaiser is just being rational about their entire situation and he is correct to point out that they need a change of clothes, but she is also a bit wary for any hidden intention. Even though Taylor doesn't want to end up sick if she continues to wear her soaked clothes, still the possibility of being alone with Kaiser in his apartment makes her feel ambiguous. For one thing, Kaiser just only met her that day. Taylor would expect him to be very cautious of bringing a mysterious cape girl into his apartment. So when he extended an invitation for her to come into his apartment and borrow some of his clothes, she knows that he has some kind of ulterior motive.

    Or perhaps he is too confident in his power that he doesn't fear her at all and even dares to bring her into his apartment, despite the fact that he already suspects that she is a cape? Either way, the only thing she can do is go with him and discover what he truly wants with her. Hence, she decides to accept Max Anders' offer and hopes that she is not going to regret her decision afterward.

    "You are right. I think it's better if we change first before we continue with our search." She agrees. She does not quite meet Kaiser's eyes, not when she can feel her face heating up at the thought of going to his apartment.

    "So...to my apartment then?" Kaiser inquires softly.

    "Yes," is her only reply and hopes that she is not walking into some kind of trap. If it is a trap, then Taylor will handle it. Between Kaiser and her, Taylor knows that she will easily win a fight against him if it happens. She will simply use her swarm to overwhelm and incapacitate him in case he becomes dangerous.

    "Alright," comes Max Anders' reply and Taylor carefully notes how the young man seems to put up an expressionless mask in that moment, which makes it all the more difficult for Taylor to gauge his thoughts.

    She wonders what prompted him to willingly invite her - a suspected cape - into his lair.

    Well, Taylor will have to find out soon.
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    The two did not talk during the car ride to the expensive-looking building, where Kaiser's penthouse apartment is located, nor they did not break the silence between them even when they stand side by side inside the elevator and on their way to the top most floor of the building.

    Taylor can practically feel the suffocating tension between them and she has no desire to address it. In fact, she doesn't know what to say to him at all.

    What are you going to say to the future Villain who invites you to his apartment? She thought. Why nothing of course...because that usually doesn't happen at all to anyone, except perhaps if your name happens to be Taylor Hebert.

    "This is my floor," Kaiser informs her the moment the elevator dings and stops at the last floor of the building. "We'll get off here."

    The moment the elevator doors open, she allows Kaiser to walk out first while she shortly follows behind him. Meanwhile, Taylor readies the bugs she senses within her current ten meters range and hopes that Kaiser is not foolish enough to attack her at close quarters.

    The other boy halts before a door and Taylor watches when Kaiser uses his key to open it. A few moments later, she sees how Kaiser waits and holds the door for her. Not seeing any other choice, Taylor slowly and cautiously enters his apartment. At the same time, she grabs a hold of her bugs in preparation for an attack.

    Yet nothing happens, except for the sound of Max Anders closing the door behind them.

    He has good taste, she can't help but think while her eyes surveys Kaiser's entire apartment.

    "There is a bathroom in the guest room to your right. So you can shower there while I get you some new clothes to wear."

    Taylor hears Kaiser say and she turns around to see him regarding her once more with an impassive look.

    "Alright," comes her answer while she glances at the door she can see on her right side. "But what about you? Don't you want to shower as well?"

    "I will be fine," is Kaiser's reply. "I have my own bathroom in my bedroom. So I will use that."

    "Ok," Taylor merely says.

    "I think the guest bathroom is already equipped with towels so I don't need to get you one. As for the clothes, can you wait in the guest bedroom while I get you those?" Kaiser asks.

    "Sure," comes her instant response.

    "I'll see you in a moment," He says to her before he turns around and walks away.

    Taylor watches him enter a room that must be his bedroom and silently wonders what he is currently thinking. Since he hasn't attack her yet, she suspects that he might do so while she's clearly vulnerable. Like when Taylor is showering or changing her clothes. However, after thinking about the possibility for a moment, she knows that it isn't Kaiser's style at all.

    Perhaps I'm thinking too much about this, Taylor thinks while she walks towards the guest bedroom to wait for Kaiser. But it can't be helped. I know I'm more than paranoid person and being invited to Kaiser's apartment is a good enough reason for me to be suspicious. I might as well prepare myself for a potential attack than let my guard down around a future Villain.

    As Taylor waits in the guest bedroom for Max Anders to return with some clothes to lend her, she allows herself to gather more bugs around the area and hides them in locations that will be easier for her to use them in a swarm if Kaiser decides to attack her.

    A minute later, there is a knock on the door which is followed by the sound of Kaiser's voice saying, "Taylor? May I come in?"

    "Yes," comes her reply.

    Taylor watches as the door opens and Kaiser enters the room with a bundle of clothes in his arms.

    "I hope this fits," is Kaiser's remark as he walks towards Taylor and hands the clothes to her. "Since I had to search for something that is close to your size."

    Without hesitation, she accepts the bundle of clothes. Afterall, this is the better option than continuing to wear soaked clothing.

    "Thanks," She tells him, "I'm sure it's going to fit."

    "Well…" Kaiser begins to say as he regards her carefully. "Since I usually take my time to shower. I suggest you hang out in the living room when you're done with yours."

    Taylor can't stop the mental image that seems to flash in her mind of Kaiser naked in the shower.

    Kaiser. Naked. In the Shower. Oh Gods! She thinks as a blush blossoms on her cheeks. I don't need that mental image right now! Goddamnit!

    "Alright," Taylor hastily responds while turning her blushing face away from Kaiser's scrutiny. "I will see you later then."

    "Yes, see you later…" is Kaiser's response. He briefly nods his head at her before he turns to leave the room.

    Deciding to forgo about showering, Taylor quickly strips into her underwear the moment Kaiser left the bedroom. With her bugs ready to swarm at a moment's notice if Kaiser happens to return, she scrambles to put on the borrowed clothes and is somewhat dismayed when she discovers that the clothes are still too large and practically smelled like the future Villain.

    Kaiser is certainly much taller than her, but he is also physically fit and has a bulk of muscles. So the shirt Taylor is wearing is broader around the shoulders and it is longer too, where the hem even reaches past her upper thighs. As for the cargo pants, Taylor has to triple fold the bottom part to prevent from tripping over it because apparently Kaiser has long legs.

    Now that she thinks more about him, Taylor recalls how the top of her head barely even reaches his jaw when they stand side by side. She guesses that the future Villain is probably 6'4 in height at this time.

    Apart from that, the clothes she is wearing smells like him. Like mint, pine-needles and something outright male. It is kind of distracting because Taylor realizes deep down that she likes the scent, although she won't acknowledge it out right.

    As Taylor finishes donning Kaiser's clothes and combing the knots in her wild dark hair, she is somewhat surprised that the Villain hasn't even attack her at all like she had expected. Even as she comes out of the guest bedroom and waits in the living room, she is still waiting for some kind of attack on her. Yet nothing happens.

    Not until Taylor hears the sound of the doorbell ringing.

    Ding dong!

    Instantly, Taylor tenses while she turns around to face the front door.

    Ding dong!

    The doorbell rings again and she looks towards Kaiser's bedroom door. She expects for the future Villain to burst out of it and answer his front door.

    Still, Kaiser's bedroom door remain closed.

    Ding dong!

    The doorbell continues to ring and Taylor becomes agitated.

    I think I better answer that, She soon decides when Kaiser hasn't appeared yet.

    Ding dong!

    A moment later, Taylor finds herself standing in front of the door while she peeks through the eyehole to see who is outside. Immediately, she sees a beautiful blonde-haired woman standing outside and shortly begins to gnaw on her bottom lip in worry.

    Is that Kaiser's girlfriend?! She thinks in concern. If I open the door, the woman will probably assume the worst about my presence here in Kaiser's apartment…But do I really care? This is Kaiser I'm thinking about. He's a goddamn future Villain who can't keep his nose out of my business. So if my presence here results in a lover's spat... Well, too bad for Kaiser...because I couldn't care less at all about his relationship with anyone.

    Ding dong! Ding dong! Ding dong!

    It seems the woman has gotten impatient and has started to abuse the doorbell with a vengeance. The woman only stops pressing the doorbell when Taylor finally opens the door to Kaiser's apartment.

    For a moment, the blonde woman can only stare at Taylor with a frown on her face.

    "Who the hell are you?!" the unknown woman suddenly demands.

    "Hi, My name is Taylor...and I'm -" Taylor tries to finish, but is immediately interrupted by the woman.

    "Are you my little brother's new girlfriend?" the woman asks rudely, but before Taylor can say anything else. The woman continues to speak without preamble. "I didn't even know that Heith and Max broke up already…not unless you are the girl he's cheating with behind Heith's back?"

    Taylor can only open and close her mouth in surprise.

    Little brother? She thinks in shock. Is she Kaiser's sister? And why does everyone seem to think that I'm in some kind of relationship with Kaiser in this time?!

    "Are you his sister?" Taylor manages to asks while she ignores the woman's wild presumption.

    "Yes, I am. I'm Max's older sister. Elizabeth Anders." the blonde woman replies. "And you are? Are you his new girlfriend or the girl he's cheating with?"

    Well, shit! I'm currently speaking to Iron Rain! The brutal racist bitch who presumably got murdered by Marquis. She mentally realizes.

    "I'm neither actually," comes Taylor's calm response to Iron Rain's question.

    At once, the older woman narrows her eyes at Taylor, who quickly starts mobilizing her bugs in case Iron Rain decides to attack her right then and there.

    "If you aren't his lover, then why the heck are you wearing my brother's goddamn clothes?!" Elizabeth, or Iron Rain, inquires in a harsh tone.

    Fortunately, Taylor is saved from answering the woman's pointed question when she hears the sound of footsteps from behind her.

    "Elizabeth? What are you doing here?"

    Taylor hears Kaiser asks and she turns around to see the future Villain standing there with only a towel wrapped around his lean waist. Apparently, he just got out of the shower because she can practically see the water droplets, which slides down his sun-kissed skin.

    Oh good lord! She can't help but think as her eyes land on Kaiser's perfectly muscular torso. In the future, Taylor never associated the word six-pack with Kaiser, until her gaze catch a glimpse of his abdominals and her mouth just simply drops.

    What the actual fuck?! Her mind supplies almost stupidly as Taylor can't help but ogle the young Villain.

    "Max!" Iron Rain suddenly exclaims while the woman harshly pushes Taylor to the side to speak to her brother. "This girl here won't answer my question! So I'm going to ask you instead! Is she your new girlfriend? Or are you cheating on Heith with her?!"

    "Elizabeth, Taylor is not my new girlfriend and I'm not cheating on Heith," Kaiser informs his sister in a sharp tone.

    "If she's neither of those things, then can you kindly explain to me why this girl is even wearing your clothes?!" Iron Rain demands once more.

    "I promise that I will explain everything to you Elizabeth if you just let me put on some clothes first," comes Kaiser's reply. "In the meantime, you and Taylor can both wait in the living room while I dress myself."

    "Fine! You go ahead and change, but don't make me wait long!"

    Taylor hears Kaiser's sister say.

    "I promise I won't be long," is Kaiser's next words right before he leaves for his bedroom.

    Once more, Taylor is left with the woman, whom she knows as Iron Rain.

    There is only a tense silence while Elizabeth Anders scrutinize Taylor rather closely.

    "Now that I look at you closely, I now believe that you can't be my brother's girlfriend or even a secret lover for that matter because I know my brother's type. Well, at least I did before he left the house and got himself this penthouse apartment…" The woman says to her. "I think you are too tall and slightly skinny for his taste. Although your somewhat pretty and expressive face might appeal to him. However, Max usually prefers his woman a little bit on the short side and especially with the right curves in them. But I could be wrong...Max might have changed his preference in women for all I know...perhaps he prefers woman like you now, long-legged and slender and too much emotion on a face."

    Taylor silently bristles at the woman's description.

    I'm not Kaiser's girlfriend! She inwardly screeches. What's with people assuming otherwise?!

    "I'm not your brother's girlfriend," Taylor repeats in a cold voice.

    "Well, I will just have to hear what my little brother's explanation is going to be regarding your relationship with him. More than that, I'm sure there's a good reason why you are currently wearing his clothes." Elizabeth Anders replies in a saccharine tone while she gives Taylor a savage grin.

    Instead of retorting back angrily, Taylor decides to question the woman instead, "Why are you even here? Do you have some business with your brother?"

    "As a matter of fact I do…" the blonde says cooly. "But I won't discuss the matter until I have Max clarify things about your presence here."

    "Why does it matter to you if I have some kind of relationship to your brother or not?" She inquires in both curiosity and exasperation.

    "Well, I have always loved to butt into my brother's business...and your presence here is just simply too strange and suspicious that I can't simply dismiss it without finding out the truth. Max probably told you already the main reason he decides to leave the house and bought this apartment. You probably know that he likes his privacy very much and he definitely doesn't like me sticking my nose in his affairs."

    "Hmn…" is Taylor's only response while she considers what Iron Rain told her.

    The woman already presumes that Taylor is a close friend to Max Anders. So she chooses not to correct the woman because Elizabeth Anders is giving Taylor free information regarding the Anders family dynamic, which she can use to her advantage at the moment.

    However, before Taylor can find out more about the Family of Villains, that's when Kaiser walks in.

    What a waste of perfect opportunity, Taylor inwardly sighs while she watches Max Anders stride into the living room fully-clothed this time. Perhaps I can find out more if I continue to stick with Kaiser. Well, that's my current plan at least...
     
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