"Tell me what happened," Sir Isaac Newton said.
Tatjana took a deep breath. "You know what happened," she whispered. "You were the one who brought me here, to your office, and told me my father was in trouble."
"Miss Nelson?" the headmaster asked. "Can you speak up?"
"I'd rather not," she whispered. "I'm very upset over what's happened today. I'm upset and I'm afraid that having to justify my actions today will lead to me screaming and if I start screaming, people's ears start bleeding." She smoothed her skirt over her thighs and cleared her throat before continuing. "You told me my father was in trouble and you told me there was nothing that could be done. I was upset and I went to Martin and the others for help. I asked them to come with me to Germany. We encountered two hostile Neo-Sapiens and we beat one--the other got away. We saved my father and found out Jason's mother may be involved in whatever was going on.
"Is that enough?"
"Tell me what happened."
She puffed out her bottom lip in a pout and exhaled, blowing up her fringe in the process.
"That'swhenthiswomanwho'sgotVlad'spowersandisoldenoughtobehismomcomeschargingdownthestairsand Lexseestheknifeandtriestoshoweveryoneelsewhataherolookslikeandhetakesherdownbutshethreatensto blowupsoViktorhelpshergetawayandthat'swhenwemetEmilywho'sparentsweretaken." Kirstie frowned. "We did so much to help Tatjana's father but... I feel like crap that we haven't moved to help Emily. It's not right." The young woman sighed dejectedly. "AnywayMisterAnderpopsinandstartsyellingandthenwe'rehere.
"Did I miss anything?"
Michuru81 wrote:After everyone gives their testimony, each of the truant teens are taken back to solitary confinement (i.e., their rooms) until summoned once more. You all sit before one of the two headmasters, who addresses you all together...
"Thank you for your patience," he said. "This ordeal has gone on much longer than I anticipated but... we've come to the conclusion, it seems.
"First and foremost, I want to address what so many of you said: none of you are being expelled. I would have hoped that the Americans would understand what it is we're trying to do best: outside of these walls is a world that fears and hates you for what you can do. We strive to give you the tools you'll need to have a happy, healthy life after graduation--in whatever career you choose to pursue--and simply casting you out like scraps to stray dogs would be counter-productive to that. Rest assured that unless your presence here endangers the lives of other students, there will always be a home for you here.
"Second, I do not fault any of you for acting as you do initially
. You moved to help a friend and to stop terrible tragedy from unfolding and for that--for the departing as you did--I applaud each of you. John 15:13 says, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' No, it's not what you did today that has put you here but the methods you employed...
"Tatjana, I apologize to you for stealing your hope. Iconoclast was a larger threat than your father, the Vindicators presumed, and with them mobilized to stop him, there really wasn't anyone who could be spared to tend to the situation in Germany. However, I see in hindsight that you could have done well with a chaperon: a teacher capable of coordinating your skills and abilities to defuse the situation. I apologize to all of you for not trusting in your abilities before and promise you, I'll not underestimate you so again.
"I feel that if anyone is at fault for how things went down, it is this institution. While I'm aware that the majority of you have only been here two days, we didn't adequately prepare Miss Nelson nor Miss Arnett for this level of field work.
"I hope to remedy that now.
"The first problem that arose was in flying the plane. It was apparently by sheer luck that Mister Lamperouge was able to fly the plane. We need you trained and for that... Mister Lamperogue and Mister DeGallow? Your... 'punishment' will be personal sessions with Captain Nelson. You will surrender your Saturdays towards learning to pilot a plane--that if a situation similar to this one arises in the future, you will be better prepared.
"Mister Rexton and Mister Radikovich... As I understand it, the two of you both employed varying levels of tactics today. Let's work on honing those skills. While we require a student's Wreck Room training sessions to be governed over by a faculty member, I am giving you both full access to the facility on the condition that you both be present." He looked to Alex Murphy, as if there was something more he wanted to say, but couldn't in front of everyone else. "Look after each other--watch each other's backs--and I look forward to seeing what new tactics you devise."
"Mister Curie and Mister Murphy? As I understand correctly, you both demonstrated staggering power in the face of opposition: I've heard of Mister Curie's ability to restrain his opponents and Mister Murphy's talent for disabling them. You both demonstrated that it was possible to overcome an opponent without lethal force or brutality. It is with this in mind that I'm nominating the both of you to be named prefects for the school. In group exercises and field missions, this will put you in a position of authority over your peers. Just remember that it's one thing to be given authority and another to earn respect. A badge doesn't always entitle obedience--the best leader is one who cares for all of his or her comrades and understands them.
"Miss Nelson and Miss Arnett... I don't say this to insult either of you, but I know the lament you must feel over the effectiveness of your abilities. Both of you have powers that only aid in certain situations. It is for that reason that I'm recommending both of you for personal training in the martial arts. I assure you, it will likely be a long and difficult road, but perhaps with martial training under your belt, you'll both have more confidence in yourselves and will bestow more strength on your team.
"Miss Adler, I am truly sorry for the abduction of your parents. Rest assured, the Vindicators are working to try and discern the location of Laputa's base. It is my sincerest hope that your family is found swiftly and in good health. However, until then, your homeland has agreed to erase your involvement from what happened, provided you remain in the custody of this institution until such a time as your parents can be recovered.
"Now then... are there any questions?"