He sat down on the couch, putting his feet up on the coffee table, and I grabbed a glass of orange juice before sitting down next to him.  Would he put his arm around me, or-

“This thing with Coil.  Do you have a plan?”

Time to talk business, eh?

Opportunity missed.

I shook my head.  “More like I have a bunch of smaller plans.  Can’t commit to anything, in case things unfold in an unexpected way.”

Given factors like Coil and Imp and the various powers on either side, that’s fairly likely. And, y’know, because this is a story.

“Okay.  Let’s talk about them.  Plan A?”

“I whip my territory into shape, Coil decides that it’s more valuable to keep me in his service.  The idea is that he values my ability to keep an area stable more than he values having Dinah.  He lets her go.”

So the plan that you’ve been gunning towards for a while now. Not going to happen.

“Not likely.”

I frowned.  “I almost gave up on it after Burnscar torched everything.  It isn’t that impossible.”

So you’re seriously going for it after all? I suppose this Arc is called Colony for a reason.

“Think about what it would mean in terms of security leaks.  If he let Dinah go home to her family, she wouldn’t be able to return to her normal life.  If Coil was dumb enough to let her go with no safeguards and without people to watch her, then the heroes would swoop in on her and use her to get him.”

Good point. She’s kinda screwed on that front now that the Protectorate, Triumvirate and Cauldron know about her, though at least the heroes are better about consent and treatment.

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