Sacrifices“What are you guys watching?” Charles asked. Nathan, Pickles, Reeve, Reno, and Elena were parked in front of the widescreen television in Rufus’s mansion.“Oh, it’s a delightful program,” Reeve said. “The Report covers news stories in a—““It’s ‘The Daily Show: Gaia edition’,” Pickles announced.“Ye gods, don’t tell me they have one of those on Earth,” Rufus sighed, coming up behind them.“The closest thing we have to unbiased reporting, sadly,” Charles answered.“This guy even looks like Craig Kilborn,” Pickles said, pointing to the host.“Tonight! We’ve all heard of the genetically-engineered super-warriors living near Costa Del Sol! Are we in danger?! What kind of people are these creatures?!”Everyone shut up and looked at the television.“The Report correspondent Ed Hugo brings us an exclusive int
Independence“Loz! Are you ready?!” Zack called.“Just a second!”“Dad, why does Loz get his own house?” Miki asked. “Because he’s a grown – because he’s older than you,” Zack answered.“Grampa Cid says it’s because he’s in the doghouse so much you decided to build him one,” Miki continued.“Thank you, Grampa Cid,” Zack muttered. “Miki, you know what happened; after Eri was born, Angeal and Genesis moved in, Yazoo moved out, and we had to do some re-arranging. There was only so much we could build onto the main house and Loz didn’t want to leave the family.”Zack looked around at the tiny house on the point by the beach. It was little more than a detached studio apartment; a bathroom, a living room, and a sleeping loft. There wasn’t a kitchen so Loz came up to the main house for meals. Unless he was working. Or hung over.