2007-06-15: Curse You, PETA

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Daphne_icon.gifElena_icon.gifElle_icon.gifJack_icon.gifJaden_icon.gifJane_icon.gifMara_icon.gifMarcus_icon.gifMcAlister_icon.gifPeter_icon.gifRandall_icon.gifWilliam_icon.gif

Summary: A get together at the Zoo erupts in a crazy demonstration by an animal rights group that leads a few people to get injured. Look out for falling Jaden's and their Jadenpants.

Date It Happened: June 15th, 2007

Curse You, PETA


Location

The sun is starting to set lower in the sky now; normally the zoo would be closed for the evening cleanup, but not today. It's actually still fairly crowded, and for good reason. The dedication of new gardening is quite important, doubly so, because of the fact that the donation to make it possible all came from one person, and this is the Bronx Zoo's way of saying 'thanks!'

The pathways are lines with red and white flowers, with various gardens displaying all sorts of hues, from yellow to pink, to blue and purple, and everything in between. As well, there are new trees planted, like flowering dogwoods that won't actually show their colour until next year, as well as some maples that will take many, many years to grow. It really is a beautiful sight, and the day could not possible be better for it. There's not a cloud in the sky, and it's nice and comfortably warm, which means the animals are all out, watching the festivities with passive curiosity.

It's almost become a carnival of sorts. There are a few rides - nothing huge, but the classics will keep people entertained, like the tilt-a-whirl, a ferris wheel, and, of course, a carousel. Added to this are a whole range of skill games, each with stuffed animal prizes ranging from the normal - like lions and meerkats - to the fantastical - like dragons and unicorns. Also, be on the lookout for animal handlers with a few of the zoo's tamer specimens. There's a camel, a lion cub, and a macaw parrot out and about, just to name a few. And if you get hungry, hey, there's free food!

Somewhere, there's music playing from a stereo, which is broadcasting throughout the park. When it gets dark, though, there's the promise of a live band. That won't be for a little while yet, though. It's best to give the guests a little time to settle in for the evening before the dedication speech and the live music, right? In the meantime, zoo staff are busily working, cleaning up animal enclosures last-minute, so that they look great for the guests. After all, the zoo's been open all day already, and let's face it, animals don't stop making messes.

—-

"Name? Anonymous. It's the best way to give, lady. Just take the envelope, ok?" Jack is a little frustrated. Here he is, trying to make a charitable donation to support NYC's population of cute, cuddly creatures in captivity, and he's finding it impossible to do so without leaving his name and his social security number. Jack doesn't even know his social security number.

The woman he's talking to (presumably one of many people who are taking donations) looks appropriately taken aback. "Sir. This is cash. A lot of cash. I can't…"

"Yes, cash," Jack interrupts. "People used to use it to buy stuff." He claps both his hands to the sides of his face in exasperation. "Whaddya want from me? A urine sample? Just take the money and use it to feed some cute little meerkitties or somethin'." And that's it. Jack spins on his heel and strides back to where Mara is waiting for him, muttering obscenities under his breath all the while. "Double donkey punch. Stupid. GRRR."

—-

Ali, apparently, got here early. You know, free food and all. In fact, she's scarfed a trio of hamburgers (all the way!) and a handful of chips, a sports bottle of what one hopes is water and … currently, she NOMNOMNOMs away, back against a fence to the left of the entrance, grinning across at the Zoo's resident pachederm. Nothing like an elephant and a sandwich, right? Right?

—-

As this is an offical event of sorts, and his brother's running for Senate, and there may be photographers, Peter took the time to look nice, a long dress jacket and slacks, white shirt and dress shoes. Only thing he could have done better is to wear a tie of some kind, but that wasn't on the menu today. He wore a bowtie at the rally. He's not planning to do so again. It's not THAT public an event, right? Still, he made sure the boys are dressed up as well. The boys are dressed in nicer clothes, with little 'Vote Petrelli' pins on their jackets, and Monty's arm remains stuck in a cast.

They've been at the Zoo for a few hours now, with his babysitter-in-crime, 'Auntie Elena' — a nickname that doesn't fail to amuse him. He's smiled a little every time one of the boys call out to her. In fact, now that the rides are being readied, Monty tugs on her arm with his free one, "Auntie, it's okay to ride on some with my broken arm, right?" Why is he asking Elena? Maybe he thinks she'll be softer about it than his uncle!

"I want a dragon," pipes up Simon, who looks towards the prizes for the games of skill.

"Fine, I'll win you a dragon. Do you want anything?" he asks towards the tugger and the tugged.

—-

William strolls into the zoo. He has no good reason for attending this. No kids with him, no large donations, but hey, everyone loves cute animals. And free food. He pauses outside the big cats for a moment to watch a tiger before he's off to find the hamburger man. Good is calling.

—-

High above the skies of the zoo, there's a young man about to jump from a plane. One of those cheap planes you see in air shows, not the 747. He's decked out in a black long sleeve shirt and some majorly cartoonish cargo action pants! His hair has been blonde-d and turns to the pilot. "Thanks for the lift, Johnny!"

"Hey, after the way you handled those suicidal pigeons, it's the least I could do."

"No big. Me and KP handle bad birds all the time." He's right in the middle of reaching his hand up to salute, when his boot slips on something and he goes tumbling out of the plane.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!"

The scream can be heard down below, if people are paying attention, but the body falling might be more reason to look up. Here's to hoping that whomever that is has a parachute.

—-

Today, the Gomez Trouble Magnet opted for casual, considering she was under the mistaken impression that it was going to be -way too hot- to gussy up for the dedication. But the white sundress with the yellow and blue pattern was certainly cool enough, with a light skirt that made things comfortable. Flat, gladiator-type sandals grace her feet - she still couldn't understand the capacity for some of the more fashionable New York females to be able to walk around this city in heels. No thanks, she'd rather not fall on traffic and expire from the Steering Wheel Stylings of cab drivers like the one she and Nathan managed to get while trying to track down Heidi.

Elena tugs absently on her low ponytail, gathered at the nape of her neck by a simple butterfly clip, looking around and a little awed by what she sees. All this was the product of Jaden's philanthropy - alright maybe not just his, but certainly a good chunk of it. She can't help but be amazed as the power of her boss's wallet. Reverie of the sort is broken by the tug on one hand, and she looks down at Monty. "You can ride something," she laughs. "But not the ones that shake a lot. If this were any other day I'd take you to the rollercoaster, but not with that cast. That cool?"

When Peter addresses her, she looks up. "Hm? Oh!" She laughs. "No it's okay, I think I'm covered. Monty wants to ride something, so I'm going to see if there's something I— " The scream catches her attention. She turns her head to look up…at….

Oh, she KNOWS who that is.

"…J….JADEN?!" There were rumors that the CEO was planning some crazy stunt today for the zoo. She stares open-mouth at the spectacle above the skies. She didn't know he knew how to skydive.

—-

Mara stands leaning against a fence, rather than against her black lacquer cane, watching Jack with an amused smile as he attempts to get his cash donation accepted with no questions asked. She lifts her eyebrows at him when he comes strolling back over, tugging the ties of her pigtails a bit tighter in an absent sort of gesture. "That wasn't so hard, was i-" The unnatural redhead tips her head to one side and listens keenly. "What the…?" Then she tips her head back, angling her gaze to the sky. "Oh. My. God." She grips her companion's arm tightly and points.

—-

Someone in a zoo shirt holds a radio up to her face, speaking quietly into it, waiting, then confirming a reply. She heads out of the crowd, possibly to take over with the animal handling duties while other zoo employees are working with the other attractions. Looks like almost everyone who works at the Bronx Zoo is here today, though none of them can really complain. Considering this is after hours, they're getting time and a half for it!

Another woman wearing a green shirt, this one with block letters under the pocket logo that spell out the name 'Daphne,' heads through the crowd with a bright blue hyacinth macaw on her shoulder. The bird is quite tame, polite, and has been holding really interesting and detailed conversations with people so far. Except when it looks up into the sky and says, "Hey, lookit the idiot!"

…Which causes Daphne to look upward, only to find that someone is /sky-diving/ into the festivities. "What the f— " Daphne starts, looking around to see that other people have definitely noted the arrival of Jaden, as well. Problem is, it looks like one of two things will happen: He'll get lucky and land on one of the paths, or he'll parachute right into one of the animal enclosures and get mauled by, say, /hungry tigers./ To that end, she starts running off in an estimated trajectory of where he'll land, so she can hopefully prevent him from being eaten.

The woman with the radio looks up from the edge of the crowd. She doesn't mind the distraction at all.

—-

Jack shrugs his shoulders to settle his black suit jacket a bit more comfortably. When Mara takes his arm, he follows her pointing with his eyes. After holding up a hand to shade away the sun and squinting, he positively IDs the object as a man falling from the sky. "Ahh," he replies eloquently. "If I'd known it was going to be that kind of party, I would've worn my tights. You reckon we should try and see where he lands?"

—-

NomNOmNOM… oh. Hay. Ali swallows, blinking - one hamburger into that trio, staring up at the now-falling aeronaut with undisguised curiosity.

Who knew there was skydiving /too/? Oh, my! And, for now, that sight has her miss Peter, Elena, and the source of guilt in his cast babbling his way through the zoo. Apparently, for the moment? It's just her, a grin, an elephant, and a falling man.

—-

"OH COOL!!!" One of the boys (Simon) exclaims, looking up towards the sky as Elena draws attention to it. Suddenly all thoughts of having his uncle win him a dragon is completely forgotten as a /super hero/ is falling from the sky!

"Can I do that ride?" Monty asks, pointed up towards the sky and the man diving. That ride looks like fun. And besides, he can fly. He just hasn't figured out how, yet. Even if his brother insists he's actually a wallcrawler, or something. He'd rather fly. "Can we go see him when he lands? Please?" He wants to meet this person! Cause that's so cool. And Simon's right there with him on this. The boys agree!

Peter, on the other hand, looks a little skeptical, glancing towards Elena, and the man falling from the sky. "Uh— I suppose we could…" But he's looking a little anxious about this. There'd been great lengths made to warn him about the man falling from the sky. And a public arena with photographers would not be the best place to accidentally run into him.

—-

William gets his hamburger settled (because ketchup is an absolute neccessity) just before his attention is captured by the man falling from the sky. He looks up, watching for a moment before he mutters. "Sweet." There's a good bit of envy in that tone. Seems Monty isn't the only one who wants to ride that ride. William isn't dressed for it though. He's actually dressed pretty nicely in a pale green button down shirt and chocolate brown pants. He aims his path for where he thinks Jaden will land, munching on the hamburger as he goes.

—-

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!"

More screaming from good ol' Jaden Stoppable. His fall is quite long, but that's probably because it's happening in slow motion to everyone else. His flailing hands reach for the parachute thingy and he yanks!

Pants Go Bye-Bye.

"WHAT?!" Jaden looks in his hand and there's his belt. Definitely pulled the wrong thing, that's for sure. But at least the red and yellow polkadot boxers are keeping this a family affair. Scrambling, there's more yanking at everything else that's on his body and with a crazy aerial something or other, the parachute opens up and he's pulled back up into the air! Which is good, because he's no longer freefalling.

With no maneuvering ability whatsoever, Jaden Stoppable ends up sailing towards a pile of trees… and likely where some scary aminals are located. There's some crashing and scraping and scratching… but in the end, Jaden's hanging from the tree, by his parachute.

"…. That went well."

Probably because he hasn't figured out which evil animals are underneath him yet.

—-

Randall is being slightly different from the crowd today, going for a hot dog instead. As a murmur of commentary starts going up, he follows their collective gaze, starts, and hurries to finish up what he's doing. "Yeah, keep the change!" That extra dose of jalapenos will come back to bite him later, but for now, his attention is fully on getting a head start on the bulk of the crowd - which he barely does, by about five seconds, just in time to see Ron/Jaden come into proper view, and hop up onto the brickwork next to one of the trees that didn't eat his kite/parachute.

—-

"….I don't think that's a ride, Monty," Elena sighs, a hand coming up to rub the side of her face. But she's smiling, since well…it's Jaden. "I think it's a performance of some kind." When Simon and Monty seem to be in agreement that they want to meet the jumper, the young woman glances at the anxious uncle. "Peter I can take them…" she offers. She knows he's been warned, Jane's told her - and if he wants to hang back, she'll facilitate the boys meeting the Evosoft's CEO.

She can't help but follow the wake of the CEO with her eyes, the parachute coming out (thank god), and him sailing towards the trees……..and probably in some animal display. "We're going to have to wait until personnel gets him out of where he landed, okay?" she tells the boys with a smile, but once they turn away from her to look at where Jaden landed, her expression can't help but look a little worried. "…what was he thinking?" she murmurs.

She won't head over there just yet. She glances over at the younger Petrelli brother again, somewhat apprehensively at that.

—-

"Where's Nathan when you need him?" Mara mutters. "I swear I'm getting too old for this. If that's Jaden Cain," and they both know it is, "then it might be a good idea to boogie on out of here before we discover he's got the orphanage coming down behind him, dressed as Care Bear Paratroopers."

—-

Somehow, that macaw stays attached to Daphne's shoulder, despite the fact that it could so easily escape with her making a mad run across the zoo as she currently is. This means she has to run in between and around a whole bunch of zoo-goers, in all manner of dress, from suits to shorts and t-shirts. On her way, she brushes past Peter and his nephews, as well as Elena, /just/ avoids running right into William, and comes to a stop right next to the gorilla exhibit… Where the animals are expectantly looking upward at Jaden, dangling from their favourite tree. Thankfully, the gorillas are probably one of the easiest animals Daphne can converse with. As they start to gather under him, the parrot flies off her shoulder and begins chewing through the ropes which are holding Jaden to the tree. It's all part of the plan! …It just doesn't look so great at the moment, really, and Daphne understands that. So she calls out in order to reassure the zoo's benefactor: "Jaden, you /moron./ What the /hell/ were you thinking!?"

It's getting close to /something./ There's some sort of tension in the air, something various people might be able to pick up on. Someone else with a radio looks up into the tree above the gorilla enclosure, then vanishes back into the crowd. This couldn't be more perfect.

—-

Jack raises both eyebrows at the sight of a man hanging from a tree by a parachute. The only time he previously saw the younger man there was an animatronic rabbit suit involved. As such, there's no recognition in his unmocking laughter until Mara mentions him by name. Then he winces. He's still living down the last Jaden event, after all. "Yeah," he murmurs. "I did what I came here to do. Let's vanish."

And they do. It's not hard to slip out when everybody's looking at a failed skydiving experiment.

—-

"You can take them over there if you want, yeah," Peter finally says, glancing over in time to watch the poor man's pants come off and leave him falling in his boxers. Simon and Monty still seem to think that's cool.

The boys definitely want! They think whoever fell from the sky must be the bravest super hero ever, even if he used a parachute. But first he depantsed. In fact, Simon says, "I wish I could just wear my underwear in public!" Underwear is so much more comfortable than these clothes his uncle made him wear. But that's not the point. The younger of the two Petrelli brothers notices the brushing through a certain employee of the Zoo he's met before, and then nods towards his babysitter-in-crime and leaves her with the boys, while he gestures towards the games of skill and everything and says, "I'll work on winning that dragon. Did you want anything, Monty?"

"I want… a dinosaur!"

"Okay, a dinosaur and a dragon." And probably a couple other stuffed animals in the end. Choosing the balloon breaking game (since it has the dragon and the dinosaur both), he starts to fish out money to buy darts.

—-

McAlister shakes her head - obviously, this was all part of the show, right? Right? But see, now she's looking down and away, curiously peering over the crowd.. and there. RIGHT THERE - there's boy-with-cast. And. Dangit. It's /that/ kid with a cast. And that, of course, means she gets a vague air of guilt and sort of starts drifting that way, a path right for Peter and Elena and Would Be SuperHeroes there, trying on a bright (if a little lopsided) smile as she works through the zoogoing public.

—-

William turns to stare at Daphne for a moment as she just about runs smack into him. But she doesn't, and so he heads to look at the pantless parachuter. At least until Monty catches his attention. He recognizes him from the same time McAlister does, but the man steps over to give the kid a smile. "Hey kid, how's the arm healing up?" Now whether Monty will remember him as the guy who pulled him out of the water remains to be seen.

—-

While waiting for Jaden to escape the clutches of that tree and make his by-now-expected Major Public Announcement, Randall continues to make his way through the crowd, happening upon the little line-up of carny games from the other side. Just in time to overhear Monty's tailing comment, as it happens. On impulse, he picks up one of the smaller stuffed lizards near the front and starts waving it around. "Well, lookit this one here, she's really a beaut! She may look small now, but when fully grown, she'll be tall enough to knock down that tree over there and still have room for dessert!" Young children are such a convenient excuse to ham it up, aren't they?

—-

Wearing the basic little black dress she saves for society events like this, and it qualifies with being a dedication and all that, is Jane Forrest. No guitar or backpack, which perhaps has the five foot eight inch twenty-something brunette feeling a bit naked. She's carrying only a small purse which fits with the dress and two inch heeled black pumps. Running a bit late, she makes her way in and quietly scans the persons present. And stops frozen when her eyes settle on a man in a tree, a parrot working to eat through the ropes holding him there, and… no pants. It takes about thirty seconds for her feet to move again, moving her closer to that area. Little attention is paid to anyone else around at the moment. "Jaden," she murmurs, shaking her head, "skydiving with no pants?"

—-

So this is what it feels like to be fruit. Jaden just hangs there, swinging until the bird has decided to try and cut him down. Which is just strange, if you really stop to think about it. They're some pretty thick ropes, but who knows what kind of strange power the parrot possesses! Who knows!

Jaden's response to Daphne as she approaches is mostly a helpless shrug. "Sorry? I was just trying to bypass the line." Not that he even knows if there was a line or not, but he's currently more worried about…

"AHHHH! MONKEY!"

And the flipping out at the gorillas underneath him is what has his boxer clad body flailing around like there's no tomorrow. Somebody's got a crazy phobia. But the arrival of Jane has kind of calmed it down. A little.

"I started with pants!"

… minor flail.

—-

She can't help but laugh, especially when Simon declares that he wants to run around in his underwear. Daphne brushes past her, and Elena can't help but turn her head to watch her go. Yeah….there's going to be trouble, she wonders if personnel would start yelling at Jaden now. Maybe she could help him out a bit. Turning to Peter, she smiles at him. "We won't be long. Good luck with the games!" And with that, she starts heading in that direction, holding one Petrelli scion in each hand.

"Do you know who he is, Elena?" Simon asks, looking up at his babysitter part deux.

"Do you?" Monty choruses. "Because he's -awesome-! Can he really fly? Does he fly all the time?"

"Well, I work for him. He's very funny," Elena explains to the kids with a hint of a grin. "But no, he doesn't really fly. He used a parachute, see? Ask your Papa about that one day, he's had to wear them before."

"REALLY?!"

"COOL!"

Gah, Nathan. You so owe her. She grumbles a little bit inwardly. Why the hell does she insist on helping that smarmy, canoodling—

She pauses when two men call out in her direction. One she doesn't know, and one she does. She blinks at William, though she's distracted by Randall, who she waves at with a small smile. Simon furrows her brows at him, and Monty beams at him. "Oh it's fine! Auntie Elena says her Papa thinks that I'm a big boy now because I broke a bone." He lifts his cast. "It doesn't hurt anymore!"

—-

Marcus is just another face in the crowd, watching the flailing man he moves to get a better view, and can't help but laugh a little.

—-

These macaws chew through rock, so a little rope - or a big rope, is really no problem. As one of the ropes snaps, the bird moves on to the next, methodically cutting through the strands with a beak that can crumble concrete. "Just relax," she says to Jaden, now offering /slightly/ more of a comforting reassurance. The gorillas below are waiting around to catch the man when he inevitably falls, and since there's a bird chewing through the ropes, that won't take /too/ long.

Looking behind her at the gathering crowd, she says, "Okay, move it." Go enjoy the games or something, jeez! It's like no one's ever seen a pantsless man stuck in a tree before!

Another rope snaps.

At the same time, there's a scream from somewhere down the path from where people are gathering to watch the rescue. It's a distraction, and so Daphne directs the parrot to /chew faster, please!/ Of course, if she knew what kind of distraction it was, she wouldn't be so glad for the interruption.

—-

Randall sets the Rex doll down, mercifully dropping the bad Croc Hunter impression. Dad in a parachute is way cooler, anyway. And so is a cast, 'cause chicks dig casts, right? "I bet you were real brave, huh?" he offers to Monty. Straightening up from a slight crouch, he turns and tries to say something to Auntie Elena next— but there's that scream down the way. Son of a crap. This is why he hasn't had a chance to get to know her any better than he has, there's always something /happening/, geez. Naturally, he sticks his head out and tries to see what it is, as if he might actually spot something that the people right next to it would miss…

—-

Marcus looks toward the scream, frowning a little, cocking his head to try to figure out if it is a bad scream or a good scream.

—-

William squats down next to Monty to smile over at him. "I'm glad it's healing up well. Have you gotten lots of people to sign your cast?" He asks before he stands again giving Elena a smile. "I'm William Connors. I was there when he broke it." The man states, trying to give her a reason that he's talking to the kid. See? He's not a scary pervert. The scream catches his attention. He's not moving yet, but he turns his head to look off in that direction.

—-

Elle enters the area. Well, the roommate is here, and her boyfriend is supposed to be here…so she finds herself at the zoo. Which would normally be really boring. But, screaming. That could be interesting. The blonde starts over towards the screaming to see WHY there is screaming.

—-

McAlister actually opens her mouth, having sort of bellied up next to Peter in an 'Honest, I Didn't Mean to Shred Your Nephew' sort of way. Not that she gets anything out of it before there's a scream and the man's off throwing darts at balloons anyway.

Wait. There was a scream? And.. it wasn't coming from people pointing at boxers, apparently.

Ali's not the sort of soul that goes leaping headlong into conflict.. but she /is/ the sort that goes leaping headlong into curiosity. Biting into the last of her hamburgers, she lets the Guilt Brothers go about whatever they're going about, drifting in the direction of screaming. Of course.

—-

She's not at all concerned by the scream, if in fact she even notices it. Jane's attention is focused on man in tree, rope-chewing parrot, and gorillas which wait to catch him. She moves closer, as close as she can get. Fingers grip the fence which probably exists between people and animals in the zoo. "Jaden. Anything broken? Cut?" Looking up, she's trying to check for any evidence of physical injury. Inwardly there's a stray thought, which wonders if being in a tree by parachute and without pants is less or more embarrassing than her own recent nudity.

—-

Monty nods to Randall. "Sure am!" To the other guy asking about his cast… "Not really, but it's green!" Monty says, showing off the cast to William.

"Like the Hulk," Simon chimes in, nodding sagely.

When William introduces himself, Elena gives him a small smile. "Elena Gomez, I'm a friend of their mother's," she supplies, before the man gets the impression she's kidnapped them from their legitimate caretakers. She wonders how the man remembers Monty - he was probably involved somehow, and not just some random passerby who witnessed the break. At the scream, she blinks and looks over to where it's coming from. "……" God she hopes nothing's eating her boss. It -sounded- like Jaden, but she can't be sure.

—-

Still hanging from the tree, even though the ropes are being taken out by KILLER PARROTS OF DOOM, Jaden Stoppable is only still alive because of the whole gravity thing. Which now takes effect as the last rope is cut. And there he goes! Dropping towards the evil gorillas that are waiting to eat his face off the moment he lands.

Of course, there's nothing really to stop him from landing in the arms of the "MONKEY!" and stop him from freaking out. "I'm fine! Except for… MONKEY!" He's flipping out over here, because of the gorild like, which means people are more able to get away from it as it gains footing in unfamiliar territory.

Elena jumping over a bench grabs its attention, because she's still close enough for the creature's brain to process it. Having made up its mind on a target, it charges, right at the bench.

—-

Randall doesn't have any powers, showy or otherwise. Well, he sorta thinks he does, but nothing that would help here. So, instead, he wades into the crowd and tries to help direct traffic. "Everyone on this side, head for that wall over there, everone on that— Elena, BEHIND YOU!" he interrupts himself, before turning and executing Special Maneuver #42 (run away, run away!) instead.

—-

Marcus moves behind the Rhino for the people who have already been injured, he immediatly begins moving those who can be into cover, and starting triage treatment to make sure if any are in critical condition.

—-

She looks much relieved when Jaden is put safely down by his gorilla catching squad, and remains still entirely unaware of the charging rhino. Standing on the other side of the enclosure door, able only to reach fingertips through the fence, Jane answers his question deadpan. "Oh, you missed some guy who tried to skydive into a zoo with trees, who likes movies but somehow didn't register that in almost every one of them stunts with parachutes go funky, and some guy lands in a tree. Even the Longest Day, remember that one? Paratroopers missed their zones by miles and a bunch landed in the town during a fire, which had all the Nazis in the streets?"

—-

Don't look back.
Don't look back.
Don't look back.

Monty gapes at Elena as she does what she does, but Simon isn't looking at their babysitter. He's staring at the large animal that's decided to chase after them. "Wow, it's HUGE!"

Randall's warning doesn't help any better. The Gomez girl keeps her eyes forward as she keeps running, hearing the bench CRUNCH and SPLINTER at the wake of the rhino's charge behind her. A sharp shard of wood flies at her, slicing deep at her shoulder and causing one spaghetti strap to tear away. Great. Not only was the rhino going to kill her, it's even trying to strip her.

Thankfully, due to the very nature of what she was, she doesn't feel it.

"Hang on!" she cries towards the boys, her heightened eyesight taking a gander on her surroundings and picks the route with the most stuff in it. She suddenly switches her course, around one of the statues in the zoo, cutting quick to another direction. She doesn't know how long this is going to last, but she's careful to keep switching and going around HUGE LARGE HEAVY STRUCTURES rooted on the ground. If the rhino decides to go in a straight line, he's going to have to deal with those. She doesn't know how long this is going to last but she's making the most of it.

—-

"Why was I not a drill sargent?" William laments to himself as he watches people run around, setting the rhino off more. He slows his pace as he nears the animal. "How in the hell do we get him back in a cage?" The man wonders aloud, looking to see if there are any zoo workers with a good answer to that. Isn't keeping this sort of thing from happening their jobs? Well, getting the more breakable out of the way seems a good way to start. He reaches out to grab a kid that escaped his parents for a better look. He swings the child into his arms then passes him off to a man moving away from the action. "See if you can find his parents and tell them to get a leash." He states before taking off after the rhino again.

—-

Hey, look! The rhino's after other people.. like.. Elle! And.. that guy who was with the kids! And.. huh? They're going toward… what? Ali ducks behind one of the relatively immature maples (such /wonderful/ cover, that), looking incredulously at the civilians that are crazier than she is. She even raises her voice… "Hey! Get out of the /way!/ It's bigger than you are!" Helpful. So very helpful.

—-

And…oh, hell. Now the thing is going after -Elena-. It was bad enough before. Now it's worse. If it wasn't someone she actually had some concern about, she'd let the rhino trample them. But Elle likes Elena. And Ali. And…so many people… She's been running that way already. Please, please, PLEASE, let no one have a camera. Don't let Daddy find out. She runs a little closer, trying to minimize the distance…but once the danger-factor to her friends is too high, there's no other real choice. A hand raises, and enough electricity to light up the entire zoo arcs out at the rhino.

—-

With the particular target of the rhino, Peter has no other choice but to /try/ and do something. Even after it already busts through the bench. He just didn't manage to act fast enough. In fear that it might keep going after them, he reaches out with a hand as if grasping at the air, calling upon all the force of his mind and tries to reach out for the rhino's horn. The mental force wraps around the desired location and he jerks his hand back and /holds/. He feels bad because this might hurt the poor thing, but he can't allow it to hurt anyone else, especially not when his target has become his nephews. Not as showy as some abilities, like, say, the electrical bolt flying at the thing, but someone paying close attention may wonder why he's waving his arm around like that, and why it looks as if it's straining him a great deal. Because it really is.

—-

Screaming. Screaming all over the place. And Daphne wasn't the only zoo worker heading toward the rhino… There are others, some with tranquilizer guns, and others with something a whole lot heavier, because they can't let it hurt more people than it already has.

Thankfully, there aren't too many people with picture-taking on their minds right now, which means Elle is hopefully getting away scott-free with her electrical display. The bright blue light temporarily blinds people who are too close as it sizzles and pops across the beast's thick hide. It's enough of a surge to seriously slow it down, but with layers and layers of fat surrounding it, the charge hurts just enough to piss the rhino off as it falls to its knees.

It's back on its feet a moment later, but the desired effect has been achieved. It's no longer chasing after Elena and the boys— Because Randall is closer. With a mighty bellow to rival battlecries of yore, in charges—

Only to find itself crashing over on its side, legs flailing as it attempts to get back on its feet. Whatever unseen force knocked it over seems to have done the trick, at least for now. From somewhere, a dart comes flying, but it bounces off the rhino's skin.

They're reluctant to kill the thing. After all, it's endangered. The zoo will be in a lot of trouble if they shoot it to kill.

—-

Look back. Don't want to, have to. Randall turns his head around, just in time to see it get bug-zapped. Did he see who was doing the zapping? Who knows.

Okay, it's not chasing Elena. Good times. But it /is/ chasing him. Bad times. Gulping, he turns and focuses on flat-out speed without actually running directly into anyone or anything. He gets a fair distance away before he hears the crash, daring to turn around again for another quick look.

—-

Marcus has gotten the injured to saftey, and like the dumb idiot he is he comes back, just in time for Elle's light show, he frowns a bit, then heads over to see if anyone else is hurt.

—-

"Huh?" Jaden looks around, before he gets himself to the safety of being next to Jane and throws an arm around her. And then the other. Definitely making with the hugging because he's loving his girl right now. That's for damn sure. "It worked on Kim Possible?" He shrugs a bit more helplessly, still mostly ignoring the screaming and rampaging stuff. He's too busy looking at Jane's hotness. "Hey, not that I'm uh… complaining. But we could've came dressed alike…" Here he goes with his costume fetish again. Sheesh.

—-

Her eyes close, her head shakes, and she laughs. "Rule number one: Skydiving should only be done over a nice, wide open field. No place with trees, or crowds, yes? See, in movie stunts when it works, they can make it look like it worked, adding the people and things in later." It's a what am I going to do with you moment. When her eyes reopen, Jane's participating in the hug as best she can with an enclosure and enclosure door between them. She still hasn't registered all the carnage of charging rhino and dodging people in this zoo. "We really have to work on our communication. You didn't tell me about this plan."

—-

This was starting to look more scary than fun. Monty's already crying, and while Simon tries not to, a few tears leak from his eyes. Elena doesn't look back - she doesn't see the zapping, the fact that Randall is now being chased, or the crash. All she knows is that she has to keep going. Heidi entrused the boys to Peter and her, she's not about to fail the mother, and judging by the incident she is NOT taking any chances and leaving the boys out in the open. No way.

Already she could feel the warning signs. she could feel the back of her brain burning and her abilities faltering gradually. She needs to find a place where she can stop, some sort of barricade… she catches sight of the small structure that housed bathrooms for zoo-goers. This is where she goes. She doesn't stop.

She also doesn't care that she's also going into the men's bathroom. It was the closest. They're just going to have to deal. Setting the boys down when she gets there, she jerks the bathroom door open, and herds them in before entering herself. She slams the door shut, and locks it. Without catching a breath, she jumps on the other toilets, shutting and locking the windows. This was no police barricade but it'll have to do.

The boost fades. She could feel the shakes, cold and uncontrollable. She staggers over to the boys and drops on her knees, reaching out to hug both of them while her body twitches and spasms. She ignores them, and holds onto them as they cry and cling to her.

"It okay," she says through gritted teeth, closing her eyes and riding it out. "It's okay. I've got you."

Someone clears his throat.

Elena looks over her shoulder to see a middle-aged man with his hands on the sink, staring at the three of them.

"….lady I don't know if you saw the sign but….this is the men's bathroom," he says slowly.

Elena stares back at him. Quick Gomez. Tell a story. ANY STORY. Think fast! Get creative!

"…..custody dispute," she says weakly.

NOT THAT CREATIVE!

—-

The electricity nearly brings William to a stopping point. "What the hell?" He questions turning to look for it's source. But then the rhino is starting to get up and he's moving towards it again, to try to protect the people near it. When Peter pulls it to the ground he turns to look to see if there is anyone near. He comes to a halt then moves a bit more calmy toward a zoo worker nearby with a tranq gun. "Does it have a weaker spot in it's skin? Aim for there." He advises, bouncing on his feet. Really, he looks rather like he wants to take that gun into his own hands.

—-

PZOT. And Randall's /right there/.. and Ali? Ali's had /enough/. She ducks back, taking shelter in the reptile house's doorframe, eyes wide, and… well. It's not a train wreck? But it's close. odd enough, it's the drama at the rhino she's watching - and it's Elle, admittedly, she's watching the closest - if one can't help directly, one can /fret/, apparently.

—-

Elle is not going to zap the thing again…not -obviously-. But since it's on the ground still for a moment, and since she's been running at it all along, she reaches out to put her hand on it, and if she manages, there'll be a powerful taser charge to back it up.

—-

Holding onto the rhino the same way as he grabbed it, Peter keeps all of his attention on the large creature in an attempt to keep him from getting back up until they manage to tranq it enough so that it's out of danger. He looks really concerned as Elle approaches it, switching his hold to anything that might flail at her if she does what he /knows/ she's going to do… Unfortunately, considering how strong the creature is, how big it is, this will mean he starts to bleed from his nose, a little line of blood sliding towards his lip.

—-

Because it's down, there's a much softer spot exposed - the belly. The man with the tranq gun nods to William, raises his hand—

And suddenly the rhino is struck with a volley of darts, hopefully missing Elle as she tasers the animal. Probably way too many, unfortunately, because even for the animal's size, there is a such thing as an overdose. But with injured people all around, they can't take the chance that it'll get back on its feet. At least with people running away from it, there wasn't any chance the sharpshooters would strike pedestrians.

The rhino stops struggling as sleep overtakes it. Its breathing gets shallower, and soon, it's out like a light. A team of veterinarians move in now to try to save the thing's life while its heart is still beating. The whole thing? Over in less than ten minutes.

As things seem to quiet down, though, the sky swarms with a whole manner of brightly-coloured feathers. Parrots, exotic geese, tropical birds of paradise and many others head every which way in the sky, though there's hardly anything anyone can do about them. Zoo employees are rushing toward the departing flock, but it'll be a miracle if they're all caught.

And somewhere in the chaos, somehow, messages appeared on the walls of many of the zoo's permanent food stands, the outsides of the restrooms, even across the stone fountain. 'Animals don't belong in zoos,' and 'This was a warning' are just a couple of the seemingly spray-painted words. Whoever put them there, though, is a mystery.

—-

Randall sits down on the ground, his attention wandering between the downed rhino and the upped exotic birds. In the midst of all this, he's still got his hot dog in a plastic carrying container, simply because he never got to a point where it looked like ditching it would help him go any faster. So, while he works on recovering his wits, he goes ahead and starts in on it at last. "Ow. The hell?" Yeah, you should have been paying more attention earlier, but them's the breaks. He looks around as /that/ wave of shock passes, offering Ali a tentative wave.

—-

Marcus scans the area, not having anyone else in need of medical treatment his next priority is to see who might have caught the light show on film, he does a quick look for anyone with a camera or the like.

—-

"I didn't think you were the skydiving type. I mean, I'm not either but the opportunity was just too good to pass up." Jaden finally gets a chance to try and look around at other stuff, but only partially because well… he'd much rather look at Jane. Who's the hottest chick out here at the moment anyway. "You're coming to my place, right? There's still time to try it on…" Wink wink.

—-

Her eyes close again, Jane rests her forehead against the enclosure door and turns it side to side a few times. An expression of disbelief is shown on that part of her face he can see. "I mean communication, like you tell me what you're planning, and we talk about how to make it truly awesome, instead of a you being caught in a tree. At a zoo. With no pants." The eyes reopen, she's starting to laugh a little. "I'll be over later." It's only then she begins to look around at whatever might be happening. "Holy… What rampaged through and graffiti'd the place?"

—-

William relaxes as the rhino is knocked out. He glances around the area, catching sight of Peter. He may not have medical training to help the others, but hey, a bloody nose he understands. He has one of those old fashioned cloth handkercheifs in his back pocket, thankfully a quite clean one. He steps closer to the other man offering it out. "Here. Looks like you could use this." He states before he finally notices the spray painting. "Rampaging rhino and what do you want to do? Spray paint a wall." He states with a shake of his head. He's calm with a tone of humor to his voice.

—-

McAlister looks shakily across at Randall, pale and worried. She calls - "you okay?" That distinctive alto carrying easily, at least. And, hey - she can do that. Ask the question, anyway. But she doesn't come out from the shelter of the door by the reptile house. She /does/, though, point out - "Pop always said New York would never offer you a dull day."

—-

Elle is standing right near the spray of darts mentioned above, since she's touching the rhino. And she has enough time to realize. "Ow, that hurt! What the—" And she gets about there before the dart in her bottom drops her like a rock.

—-

Accepting the handkerchief from the man, Peter nods, letting his body relax, even as the blonde girl manages to get herself shot in the butt with a dart. "Thank you," he manages hoarsely, before he starts to make his way towards Elle and the rhino. The zootenders will probably be freaking out at hiting a random person, but he says that he knows her and he'll take her somewhere safe, before he removes the dart, picks her up and moves to find a bench to sit down. Once she's seated, he pulls out his phone and dials for a driver from the Petrelli's. He doesn't know that her roomate is already here. He hadn't even known SHE would be here.

—-

Marcus sees Elle go down while he's canvasing and immediatly moves to her, where Peter has her pulled aside, and he kneels down he says to Petrelli, "It's ok, I'm a medic" before checking her vitals, "Ms. Bishop, can you hear me?"

—-

Randall nods to McAlister, straightening up and wandering toward the felled rhino, though he stays far enough away that the medics have plenty of room to do their thing. "Yeah, I think so. And yeah, he did— I'm trying to figure out which knee to kick him in first." Spotting a patch of graffiti, and putting two and two together, he shakes his head. "Yeah, /real/ good way to take care of the large mammal, huh? I get what they're trying to do, but they're still doing it wrong."

—-

"Probably some kids from Harlem. They do that, y'know." Jaden remarks to Jane, though he's more worried about what time she's going to be at his crib. Since, y'know, there's all kinds of fun stuff they can do. "I'm seriously thinking about, like, inventing a Kimmunicator. I could totally re-revolutionize cell phones with one of those…" Oh lord. Here he goes.

—-

"Stick with the jPhone," she recommends. "Those are good enough, Jaden." Her reply is delivered with her eyes wandering, trying to take everything in. "This doesn't look like anything from Harlem. This looks like a wild beast got loose, and someone used it as cover to graffiti the place." Jane looks back at the enclosure door, then looks around for a zoo employee to let him out. Unfortunately, she doesn't spot the knocked-out Daphne.

—-

William passes off the handkerchief and then stops to look around. He shakes his head at the graffiti and the wreckage, but then he turns to head off. There's nothing for him to really do here now, so he might as well not get in the way. He turns to stroll off into the evening.

—-

McAlister takes that moment to drift away - to fade back into those who are still moving for the gates, the unsettled masses getting away from the party. Arms wrapped around herself, pale and shakey, she retreats.

Home may not be much, but there's no angry rhinos in it. One hopes.

—-

Elle is, to both of the medical types checking her out, out -cold-. Rhino tranq is MORE than enough to drop a tiny blonde. She's going to be out for a long, long time.

—-

"So am I," Peter says to Marcus, giving him a look before he frowns at her name being used. Who is this man and how does he know what to call her? "She's just out cold. That dart was more than enough to take her down," he explains, though the other man can see that to. The car should be on it's way. Turning the phone in his hand, he dials another number. He's not sure where she went, but he needs to make sure his nephews are okay.

—-

Marcus looks up, "Your a friend of hers then? Where should I tell her father she is being taken?"

—-

"Whoa. Somebody just had a total Jinkies moment." Jaden remarks to his woman, since she's managed to find all of this stuff, while Jaden just sees Harlem Warlords being bratty and spray painting stuffs. He's never really been the most observant, unless there's hot babes involved. "I smell like monkey. This is not a good sign." He sniffs himself and makes a face.

—-

"I'm going to get someone with a key," she replies. Looking around again, or still, for someone to let the man out so he can go home and shower, to not smell like gorilla, Jane finally sights the downed Daphne. Her steps are quick, crossing to the woman. Once there she kneels and checks for signs of injury, then lightly taps at her face. "Hey," she speaks in a clear voice, "wake up. Are you okay?"

—-

Binary Sunset starts playing in her pocket.

The boys are exhausted, so they're lightly dozing against her side. The man in the bathroom has long since left, but Elena's kept the door locked. She lifts her hand to take it from the small bag looped in her shoulder, and she answers the phone. "…….Peter?" she murmurs, sounding a little drowsy. And as if reading his mind… "We're okay…..we're in the men's bathroom. I need to find someplace I could seal. The boys were scared."

Her shoulder hurts. She had torn up the skirt of her new sundress - the one she bought at Nadia's recommendation, to patch herself up. Nothing she can do about the strap though. Hopefully she'll be able to go home without anyone asking her questions. She can just say she had an encounter with an angry rottweiler.

—-

"Yeah, you can call her father and tell her that — Peter Petrelli — made sure she got home," Peter says to Marcus, pulling the phone away from his mouth after he hears the words from the other side. She'll hear a whispered response, before he puts the phone back in place and says, "The rhino's tranq'd. Looks like someone vandalized the event— freed some of the animals, including the rhino. I'll meet you at the men's bathroom. I called a car." Two, technically. But they'll deal with that later. Hanging up the phone after she has a chance to respond, he puts it back into his coat pocket and stands, carrying the small blonde girl, as he goes to look for this men's room. …Why did she duck into the men's room? He could have sworn she was hurt—

—-

Marcus follows Peter to the mens room, since he seemed to have been talking to someone, and he wants to make sure there are no more injured in the area before heading in.

—-

"We'll stay put," Elena says quietly, The men's bathroom is well away from where the Rhino was dropped. The door, as she had told Peter, was locked.

Whenever Peter arrives and someone knocks on the door, Elena wakes the boys up gently. Once they have their bearings, she stands up, and moves over tiredly towards the door. The face that greets Peter and Marcus is exhausted, and somewhat pale. Her hands are twitching now and then on her sides. A bloodied swatch of cloth is tied around her shoulder. She was pre-med, and she volunteers for hospitals, she knows first aid.

"Uncle Peter!" Simon cries, in unison with Monty, who both get up from the floor and head for the door.

—-

"The bathroom was the…" Peter starts, only to cut off when he sees the state she's in. First aid or not. There's a frown, before he turns towards Marcus. "Can you hold her?" he asks, as he hands over Elle to the other man, shrugging off his long dress jacket and passing it inside to Elena, as he says. "Come on. Let's get to the car." And then to the two boys, "We're going home. Your mother's never going to let us babysit you two again. I didn't manage to win you two stuffed animals, but I'll buy you some next time." Technically he did win the dragon, but it's laying somewhere far away when he ran off to go after the escaped rhino.

—-

Marcus takes Elle, carefully, to let Peter have a look at Elena, "Elena, you ok?" wow he seems to know everyone doesn't he? "Long time no see"

—-

Once Peter hands Elle over to Marcus, Simon and Monty move over to hug their uncle's legs, one each, and they start talking about how they were moving really fast, and how the rhino was big and scary, and that there was this really weird man in the bathroom who tried to kick Auntie Elena out of the bathroom because she was a girl.

The young woman in question looks grateful at the jacket offered. She takes it, and slides her hands in it - Peter may be of average height, but compared to her, he was much bigger, so the sleeves are loose and the shoulders sag a bit along the line of hers. To keep her shaking hands from view she stuffs them in the pockets and gives Peter a faint smile. "See? All's good," she says, keeping her tone light.

To Marcus, she looks over at him, and hesitates. "I'm okay. We just really need to take Heidi's kids home," she says.

—-

With Daphne not waking up, Jane stands and goes for other assistance. Soon enough she finds someone to give the woman whatever attention she needs, and someone to let Jaden out of the enclosure so he can go home. Then she herself begins to head out of the zoo, coming upon that men's room along the way. She pauses there, looking things over, and approaches. "Pete? Elena?" For whatever reason, she won't make eye contact with the Petrelli uncle. "Is everyone okay? What happened?"

—-

Taking Elle back, with the intention of seeing her and the boys home, as well as their babysitter, Peter nods in thanks to Marcus, though he's frowning again. He does seem to know everyone. It's Jane that makes him double take. When did she get here. "I'm going to have a driver drop Elle off at your place. Do you want to ride with her? She got tranq'd." And with that, he'll take the women and the kids off towards the place where they'll meet not one, but two Petrelli cars. One for the kids and the would be babysitter, and one for Elle (and Jane, if she chooses).

—-

"Hey Jane," Elena says tiredly. "Yeah I better get going, I'm okay. The boys need to go back to their mother." Thank God they weren't injured. With that, she starts heading after Peter, reaching out to take Monty's and Simon's hands as she goes, since Peter's got his hands full with Elle.

—-

Starting to move with the group, Jane withholds further questions. Those can be asked of Elle once she wakes up from whatever she was injected with. The queries, however, remain in her eyes and on her face, seen perhaps only by Elena. Eye contact with Pete is still avoided. She accepts the transportation, and accompanies the unconscious Electric One to their apartment.

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