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Heroes of Tomorrow -6- Discrimination

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Title: Heroes of Tomorrow
Author: Del Rion (delrion.mail (at) gmail.com)
Fandom: Heroes
Era: Post season 4
Genre: Action, drama
Rating: M / FRM
Characters: Claire Bennet, Noah Bennet, Edgar, Ando Masahashi, Hiro Nakamura, Peter Petrelli, Micah Sanders, Mohinder Suresh, Sylar, Molly Walker (+ various other Heroes characters)
Summary: The road from hero to superhero isn’t easier or less bumpy than the one from citizen to becoming a hero in the first place. With the will of the many and injustice to fight, there are those who will stand up and do what others cannot – whether it means saving the world, or getting burned while trying.
Work in progress.
Pairing: Peter/Sylar
Warnings: Violence, slash (m/m).

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Written for Heroes_Contest’s (heroes_contest) Drabble Challenge 33 (Defended).


After their little showdown in Kansas, Peter had been informed that he ought to take a break from work. They didn’t say why, but Peter had a feeling his appearance in some of the biggest national news had something to do with it.

Until now, he hadn’t been too obvious at work, but with common knowledge of the specials spreading, and certain fears growing at an even faster rate, he knew it was only a matter of time before the truth about him came out.

He decided not to make a scene, and chose to see how this all went; he had been nothing if not a dedicated employee, so there was no reason for them to kick him out of his job just because he happened to possess powers that even in worst-case scenarios helped to save lives.

Sylar didn’t agree on his treatment, though – nor did Claire, who happened to stop by for a visit the very day Peter came home from work early.

“It’s not right,” Sylar said.

“If it’s because you’re a special, that’s… discrimination!” Claire declared.

Peter allowed himself to take a while before replying. “You starting to speak for special rights now?” He didn’t mean to make it sound so irritated, but the whole situation irked him a bit. Not to mention these two made him feel like he had done something wrong when he left work without protestations.

“Well, if this is how they’re planning on treating specials who are contributing to this world by working like normal people, then of course they should have rights!” Claire decided. “Can’t they see you’re doing more good than anyone else, with your powers?”

“And when the people realize what I can do, and think I’m going to end more lives than I save?” Peter muttered.

“Why would they think that?” Claire asked, frowning. “Have you given anyone a reason to doubt you?”

“Because people fear what is different, and… I don’t know,” Peter snapped. He didn’t think it was fair, if truth be told, and the more these two rubbed it in his face, the worse he felt. “I’ll give them some time to think it over. I’m sure they’ll see the benefits of the situation.”

Claire still looked like she was going to organize a parade to support special rights – to defend their right to fit into society. How many specials actually wanted to be defended like that, one could only guess. So far, Claire’s attempts to raise awareness and understanding had made things worse rather than better.

Sylar simply chose to look at him, probably wondering how long Peter was going to sit at home, waiting.

Peter was starting to wonder the same thing and it had only been a few hours since he was sent home.

to be continued…

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Posted by: Paynesgrey (paynesgrey)
Posted at: April 21st, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)

Great installment. I really like how you touch on their personalities here. I can totally picture Peter feeling this way, as well as Claire's outrage. Well done.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: April 21st, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you ^^

Yeah, Claire's never been one to... step down if there is a wrong that needs to be made right, and Peter's content to hope that things might turn better.

Posted by: tanbo6 (tanbo6)
Posted at: April 24th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)

I used to visit Heroes Slash Almost daily and that was over a year ago and am now beating myself for it!
I now realize how much I used to love this show and I still do!
First, let me thank you for I just finished reading this story and I really enjoyed it! I'm hooked!
Love that Hiro and Ando together again and Sylar tugging along with them... what a motley clue we have!
Claire's head strong feistiness was dead on, though I see that it could be irritating to some...
And Peter...ever empathetic...just a beautiful character...

I'm glad you are still writing this story. I cannot wait for the next update!!

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: April 24th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Re: Hello

I seriously need to re-watch this show, to get the hype back on for real.

Glad you liked the story - and hopefully there will be updates sooner rather than later!

I tend to try to write the characters true to the show, although mixing it with the image in your own head sometimes messes up with that... I guess Claire is easier than most, since I never really liked her, and keeping that kind of character "real" is a bit easier since you've not that invested in it... or something :P

Posted by: Maddy (meredithleon)
Posted at: April 25th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
S1 Peter

I love this! It's a great look into each character's mind, their motivations. Really good chapter! Do keep updating, we love this series.

What you said about people messing with characterization to match their own image, that's so true. It's so subtle that most don't even realize they're doing it!

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: April 25th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Milo *thoughtful*

Haha, glad you liked - and are waiting for more. I shall have to try and deliver... ;)

Yeah, it is hard - especially when the show itself messed with its characters plenty. The longer you spend with a character in your head, the more likely it is to go wrong (I admit I must do it with Peter, and it is a struggle to sometimes "downgrade" him into what he truly is XD).

Posted by: DD3 (dancingdragon3)
Posted at: April 26th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)

Loved this latest installment. I like how you keep showing multiple sides to each point of conflict. And as much as you are showing how Claire's attempts are having bad consequences, I fear that I agree with her in most things, and would probably be shouting about special's rights, too.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: April 26th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)

Yeah, that's always the thing with some group's special rights, although the usual human conflicts are a bit less edgy... But I'm rehashing a usual mutant theme here, about their rights to exist and live their lives although they are, potentially, a smoking gun waiting to explode.

Glad you liked, hopefully I'll get time to write more soon! :)

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