Max Jackson didn’t much like bullies. Bullies made things complicated. Bullies that were harassing him and Terry made things doubly complicated. It wasn’t as if the pair didn’t have enough problems. It wasn’t as if they weren’t both already trying to deal with high school, parents, life, and concealing superpowers. That last part was the worst. Especially right now, with Daniel Tompkins grinning at him like the cat who’d got the cream. At least Terry wasn’t here, so there wasn’t that risk. Terry had a hard enough time masking his preternatural speed when he was on the track, hiding it in a fight would be almost impossible.
He could hear the laughter in Daniel’s voice and Max clenched his fists, wanting so badly to just activate his powers and make it obvious who exactly Daniel was messing with. Then he heard another voice, a new voice.
“Hey, Tompkins, why don’t you go bother someone who actually bothered you?”
Max looked up in time to see a girl walking towards them, and not just any girl. That was Jessica Morrow. That was Crusader’s daughter. She had her arms crossed over her chest and was glaring at Daniel Tompkins in a way that said she was going to take no nonsense from him. He glared back for a moment and then stormed off with one last passing shot.
“Guess you have to get saved by a girl, Jackson.”
Max sighed and stood.
“Thanks for bailing me out, Morrow.”
Jessica returned his smile and held her hand out to him.
“No problem. And it’s nice to finally meet you.”
Max raised an eyebrow at that and Jessica leaned in to whisper for his ears only.
“I’ve got access to Sanctum records, Jackal. And I’ve wanted to meet you and your partner for a while.”