"Because I was born this way, I've got lightning running through my veins." PACIFIC ROYAL COLLEGIATE AND UNIVERSITY ~An Institute for the Extraordinarily Gifted~ | In Character | Out Of Character | "You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." -Aristotle The quad rotor plane slowly circled around the city before descending into Winnipeg. Flying towards the smoking building, the plane's wings shifted into their vertical position as it went into a hover and lowered towards the ground. Officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved towards the vehicle, covering their faces from the vicious upwind that the rotor blades created as the landing ramp was lowered from the vehicle. Exiting from the plane, a man in a long black trench coat and a black beret walked towards the officers, flanked by three other similar dressed people. "What happened here?" The lead man asked, his rich Irish accent coming through with every word as he looked towards the once glistening building. The silver windows stained with smoke, as fire crews worked to clear away the rubble from a collapsed wall. "Someone broke into the primary vault, ripped it apart. We were instructed to give you a call, looked like it was one of yours that did it." The RCMP officer said as he directed the man forward. "One of 'mine', wouldn't have done it." The Commander said marching forward. "You've been targeted by someone who's chosen to abuse their talents." The officer rolled his eyes as he followed behind the man as the group made their way towards the wreckage of the Royal Canadian Mint's primary vault. Most of the building seem fine, until they came upon the area which housed the vault. Twisted and broken metal spilled out into the hallway as the group rounded the corner and came face to with the worst of it. The site where a wall once stood was blocked off by crime scene tape and wind was blowing freely down the hallway as nothing stood to obstruct the building's interior from the elements. Stepping over the rubble, Command Killain O'Bran took a look around carefully examining the scene in front of them. "Have you determined what they took?" O'Bran asked as he peered inside the vault, taking note everything as his keen eyes darted back and forth. "We haven't found anything missing, doesn't even look like they were after anything. Simply just extremists making a point." The RCMP Officer answered from outside the vault as Killian turned around and moved towards him. "But it does certainly look like a Hype ripped the vault open." He added motioning towards the wreckage as O'Bran stepped over a twisted girder. "I believe you're wrong Officer." The Command stated as he kneeled down to take a closer look at the warped metal. "Someone broke out of your vault." "That doesn't make any sense." The Officer said in disbelief. "If they got into the vault without making all this mess, why create it to get back out." Turning to the officer, Commander O'Bran pulled out a cigar and lit it as he motioned to his squad to begin securing the area. "Take a full inventory, verify that nothing has been taken. Lock the area down and secure all security footage, call in the rest of the squad, we're going to need to perform a full investigation." Taking a drag of the cigar, O'Bran turned back to speak to the Officer as he started to walk away. "To answer your question, it's simple. Someone wanted S.H.I.F.T.'s attention." Sunlight warmed Aiden's already tanned skin as he floated aimlessly around the large pool located in the University dorm courtyard. Adjusting his sunglasses, Aiden reached forward for his can of Mountain Dew as he lifted the pop to his mouth and took a refreshing drink. While he could have easily done this all summer, he had actually took summer courses which had just finished a week ago in order to give the students a break before the Fall term. New students had been arriving all weekend, however the only one who was recently added to the Team 21 roster arrived a few months ago. Aiden had seen him on a campus a few times but aside from him, it looked to be the same team as last year which Aiden had no problem with. It wasn't that he had a problem with new people, Aiden was in fact a very sociable person however, no new team members meant no one had left whether by graduating or otherwise. That's what made Aiden happy as he struggled with people leaving especially friends. Looking around the edge of the pool through his tinted lenses, Aiden took in the wonderful sights of some of the ladies of P.R.C.U. lounging about in their own swimwear. While the school uniforms left plenty to the imagination, these did not and it was always a refreshing change to see everyone in their casual wear free of the monotonous forced wardrobe. Feeling his eyes begin to burn slightly, Aiden decided he'd be best to change the topic of his thoughts least he ruin another pair of sunglasses with an unwanted optical discharge. "Yo Roth!" A familiar voice called as Aiden sat up on the inflatable plastic chair he had been lounging on, looking around for Bruce's smug face. "Can't you see I'm busy here?" Aiden called back sarcastically with a smug look of his own as he raised a hand to shield his vision from the sun. Despite wearing sunglasses, the sun was still blinding as it hung out directly overhead pelting his skin with it's sensational rays. Suddenly something hit him in the chest and Aiden fell backwards, the sound of splashing water was amplified by the cries of sunbathers who were caught by the spray. Spitting out the salt water of the pool, Aiden popped his head out of the surface as he saw a volleyball floating nearby. The sound of laughter echoed through the courtyard as Aiden looked over at Bruce and two others who were nearly killing themselves with mirth. "Grab the ball and c'mon! We're heading over to the beach!" Bruce called as Aiden hauled himself out of the pool, grabbing his towel from a nearby chair whilst apologizing to the girls for splashing them. Tossing the ball into the air towards Bruce, he opened his eyes and fired a concussive blast launching the ball hard as Bruce caught it and fell backwards. "Why the rush down to the beach?" Aiden asked as he extended a hand to help Bruce up with a laugh. "Shark's down there, said he'd manipulate the waves to allow us to surf." Bruce answered as he stood up and began walking. "I don't have a surfboard though." Aiden said as he tilted his head to knock some water out of his ear. "You don't need it, we're going body surfing." Bruce grinned as Aiden reluctantly followed behind him. Moving through the campus, the school was alive with students enjoying the last day of summer before having to return to stuffy classrooms and stiff uniforms tomorrow. Trucks drove by, moving and back and forth between the port where new students were coming to the island from the ferry, staff and parents alike helping to move them in. Walking over to a small garage, Bruce flashed his student ID card as the attendant scanned it before the small group walked over to what was once a desert patrol vehicle before it had been retired and stripped down to a dune buggy. Climbing inside, Bruce took the driver's seat as he started the engine and pulled out of the garage before flooring and driving towards the beach. Provided you had acquired a valid driver's license, the school implanted that information into your student ID card allowing you to borrow vehicles to make travel significantly faster over the campus. Some of the older students were even able to rent vehicles on the mainland for when they visited. The ride down to the beach went by quickly, as the agile vehicle made its way through the forest trail and down onto the sandy dunes. Bruce brought the vehicle to a halt, pulling up alongside others that had already been parked at the far edge of the beach. Climbing out of the dune buggy, Aiden gazed around at the sea of students getting the most of every last second of their summer that they could. Volleyballs flew high in the air as several games were going on and Frisbees whipped by, one student ever changing into a dog to chase his. High waves hovered over the beach, their size challenging the cliffs that surrounded the inlet before the students controlling them sent them back to sea so as not to flood the sandy dunes. Adjusting his sunglasses, Aiden looked at the rest of the beach as it was covered in sunbathers, males and females and swimsuits of all kinds. "Don't just gawk Roth! C'mon!" Bruce urged as he began to jog through the hot sand and Aiden followed behind him. Seeing a familiar face, Aiden suddenly veered away as Bruce continued to the water before the sound of a large splash caught Aiden's attention as he turned and watched Bruce get sent sprawling by Shark as the latter slammed him with a pillar of water. Shaking his head, Aiden continued towards two girls, a blonde in a skull bikini, and his friend Desiree, a brunette in a tasseled bikini. "Hey Des! Enjoying the last day of..." He paused looking around as he noticed the blonde was no longer nearby. "Where'd your friend go?" He asked hesitantly as Desiree just gave him a confused but amused look. "Think you've been out in the sun too long there Roth." She teased as Aiden scratched his head. "Seriously? There was no one there? Blonde, pigtails, black bikini with a skull embroidered on it?" "Nope!" She replied in a sing song voice as Aiden shook his head. "Huh, so anyways how has your summer gone? I haven't seen you on campus since the spring?" He asked as he tried to recover the conversation. "It was good, I wasn't on campus for the summer though. I took a job with an activist company, working towards Hyperhuman rights." Desiree replied, though she seemed distant, almost aloof as though she wasn't interested in the conversation. "Oh awesome, out there fighting the good fight for all of us then." Doing his best to breath life into the conversation, Aiden was beginning to get the impression that Desiree was no longer interested as her gaze went towards a large Herculean built student. "Yeah something like that." Desiree replied weakly with a thin smile. "Well I think I've embarrassed myself enough for one day. Catch you in class sometime!" Aiden said as he walked away still baffled at what had just happened. He knew Desiree as they had a few courses together but come to think of it, he had never seen her use her power. Not that it really mattered, Aiden had other people he could talk to. Looking towards the water, he saw Bruce riding the wave that Shark was controlling, he had to admit that did look like fun. Aiden however wasn't really into just jumping into the sea yet though, seeing some other members of Team '21' Blackjack, Aiden decided perhaps it would be better to go talk to them. After all they would all be going on the year kick off camping trip with Tempest this week.