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NEW VINDICATORS: tabula rasa #2

Moments after learning of Missus Jenkins’ demise, Eric set out to investigate the cause of death. He swiftly recruited his roommate, Derryl, and Gene to his cause. Together, the boys broke into the deceased’s office as well as the office of the headmaster. Failing to find any clues, they uncovered the woman’s home address from the headmaster’s address book and made plans to search the apartment in the morning.

The three boys were not the only students making plans, however: while Cyndi skipped class to spend the afternoon with Jim, her roommate continued to work on building a relationship with the introverted painter, Matt. Meanwhile, Dirk and John attracted the attention of Kim and Suzette. After making plans for the next evening, they also attracted the attention of Remington—Suzette’s ex-boyfriend and Kim’s ex’s best-friend, Jim.

The following morning, John awoke to find his laser disc player missing. Outraged, he began going door-to-door until he found a clue that would lead him to Remington’s door. Along with his roommate, Abe, the boys tried to ransom the device in an attempt to get John to cancel the double-date. When he responded with the threat of violence, the boys enacted Plan B: after slipping the machine back to John’s room, they informed the headmaster of the youth’s barging in and threatening them both—claims backed up by the hallway’s security cameras. Though the headmaster let both boys off with a warning, a line had been drawn in the sand…

Eric, meanwhile, led Gene and Derryl into the Jenkins’ home. There, Gene assessed the cause of death was liking an aneurysm suffered while the educator slept. Derryl, during their investigation, began to hear a body-less voice. Ultimately, Gene noticed the speaker standing on the room of the building across the street and Eric distorted topography to meet the man…

The mysterious figure indicated that Missus Jenkins had indeed been murdered and that he knew who had killed her. Warning the boys to stay away from the mystery—that her death had occurred in order to prevent a great calamity from befalling the universe—but Eric refused to be cowed. In an attempt to intimidate the man, Eric grabbed his hand and warped the pair away. The drifter responded by then spiriting them away again, although rather than across the globe, he proceeded to take them across dimensional rifts.

Matt and Aisha’s date, meanwhile, floundered as Matt’s apparent lack of interest threatened to doom them. A chance encounter with Jim and Cyndi resulted in the girls going off on their own while the boys were jumped by a group of thugs. Splitting them up, Matt proceeded to incapacitate his while Jim slew his in cold blood. The pair spotted a young man watching them and soon met up with Gene and Derryl—coming from an encounter with their own mystery man. Announcing their intentions to return to the school, Jim stalled them long enough to claim a pair of souvenirs from the two thugs he had killed…

Returned to his home dimension by the Drifter, Eric returned to the school and made plans to inform the headmaster of all he had uncovered. Before he could, however, news of a black orb making its way up Roosevelt Island reached his ears. Recognizing Cyndi’s power signature, Eric took Gene and Derryl to retrieve the young woman…

There, Cyndi told them about Aisha’s obsessive ex-boyfriend, who had ambushed their dinner and displayed an ability that let him disintegrate matter. Teleporting the girls back to the school, Gene skulked off, leaving Derryl alone to wait for Eric’s return.

At the school, Aisha explained her ex’s abilities: Ebb’s powers allowed him to not only deconstruct whatever he touches but render his entire body perfectly intangible. When asked if she could find him, Aisha borrowed the youth’s senses and realized he was outside of the school—with Gene.

Gene’s attempts to subdue the villain failed, as did Eric’s, Derryl’s and Matt’s. Ultimately, it was the arrival of the headmaster, Mister Himura, that scared Ebb off—though he vowed to return and take Aisha home with him to Los Angeles.

Fearing the inevitable encounter, the boys asked Aisha about any weaknesses Ebb may have possessed. She offered one solution: arachnophobia. Armed with knowledge of Ebb’s lone weakness, Matt made a cold retreat from his date’s presence, winning him a disapproving look from her roommate…

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