What seemed to be a natural fog, coming across the nearby lake to cover Gateway City, stayed unnaturally long: three weeks. Flights could not land, including the one carrying a big-name performer for White Dwarf’s circus. Vehicles could not move safely, including
delivery trucks and emergency vehicles. Some businesses simply closed until the weather cleared. Looting was rampant. Small-time criminals took opportunities created by the fog and ordinary citizens who had never committed a crime before gave into the impulse to break into a store and grab what they could.
Ilsa, Solar and White Dwarf individually decided to patrol the streets to stop what looters they could. Their patrols brought them into contact with one another, as Solar was easier to see through the fog than nearly anyone else could be. Just as they met up, a pair of alarms moved them half a block over to where two stores – almost directly across the street from each other – were being emptied. One was a pharmacy; the other was a home entertainment outlet. Solar went to the home entertainment outlet and sent the criminals home, after making those Solar could see drop the stolen goods Solar could see, while the rest escaped through the back. Ilsa and White Dwarf went to the pharmacy, where entire shelves were being emptied into carts, baskets, bags and jackets. White Dwarf managed to stop one thief with a cart, but when he went to stop the cart, the thief escaped. Ilsa tried to pursue more than one escaping criminal, but lost them when they split up in the fog. The heroes patched up the broken windows with improvised barriers, then reported to the police when they
arrived. The police considered these to be attacks of opportunity, but the heroes suspected mind control.
Ilsa examined the chemical structure of the fog, but found nothing suspicious. Solar flew upwards to examine the fog from above and saw that it centered on one edge of Gateway City. Making a concerted effort to burn away the fog, Solar wiped it away and found that it had centered on the Gateway City Airport. A police officer gave the three heroes a ride through the now empty and visible streets, to the airport, and summoned back-up to meet them there. As soon as Solar stopped concentrating, a cloud started growing where the fog had centered. Instead of turning into fog, however, it started dropping hail. Police back-up started showing up shortly after the heroes entered the airport. Solar was able to determine what in the airport was below where the cloud had started forming, and the three heroes split up to search the three floors simultaneously. White Dwarf’s reputation was critical in gaining the helpful support of Airport
Nothing suspicious could be found on the second floor, or in the basement. On the main floor, in the cafeteria, Solar noted that half the people looked travel-worn and appeared to have been camping out at the airport for several days. The other half seemed to look fresh and energized, sitting scattered amongst the tables in clean and pressed business suits. Five of the suits were lined up along the windows, looking out upon the airfield, standing directly under where the fog
had been centered and where the cloud had started to form.
Solar politely engaged the attention of these five, the centermost of whom acted as spokesman. The spokesman convincingly explained that they had been coming in every day for three weeks, and staying throughout the day, in hopes that a very important flight would come in. A multi-billion dollar business deal rested on this flight coming in speedily, and safely. Solar left these people and met up with Ilsa and White Dwarf to compare notes. While they did so, all of the people who had been looking fresh and professional in the cafeteria got up and scattered in small groups, trying to leave without drawing attention. They did not quite succeed.
White Dwarf went to confront the five suits by the window, and found the cafeteria much emptier than it had been moments before. Simultaneously, Ilsa and Solar noted some who were leaving. Ilsa
changed shape to blend in, and Solar turned bright purple and caused the air to whistle by moving through it in a particular manner. Solar had been trying to become invisible and inaudible, but had misremembered the spectra and frequencies human eyes and ears were capable of perceiving. Mistaking Solar’s change for a call to arms, Ilsa ran to join Solar in pursuing the five who had been by the window, but had then borrowed a luggage cart, and were now entering a
limo in front of the airport.
Meanwhile, White Dwarf had found a beautiful, petite, Irish woman wearing a tailored and freshly pressed business suit; she was leaning against the windows where the five suits had previously stood. He introduced himself, but the woman refused to shake his hand – citing personal superstition. She did say that her name was Jennifer, and that she was finding the chase scene playing out to be entertaining. She then very blatantly tried to bribe White Dwarf into leaving the airport alone for one more week. Her bribes grew increasingly blunt, but also increasingly pointed at White Dwarf’s weakest spots. White Dwarf resisted and left to aid his companions, but not without some emotional cost.
Ilsa flew through the doors of the airport, knocking out a revolving door, and entered the limo before the doors could be closed. Solar looked into the limo shortly after, and noted that four of the people inside were the ones who were standing by the windows, but the spokesperson was missing. In his place was a man of similar height, weight and hair colour, in a similarly coloured suit, but he was obviously not the same man. Solar looked around to see who else was
leaving, and saw many cabs full of business folk heading in different directions. Solar chose one at random and followed it.
White Dwarf bounced through the airport lobby, out the opening made by Ilsa, lectured the passengers in the limo, and slammed the door forcefully, before following Solar. Ilsa rode in the limo, and accepted a glass of champagne. A young Asian woman, who had originally been one of the four silent suits, now took the role of spokeswoman and conversed with Ilsa.
The cab went to a park, where the passengers got out to feed ducks. The limo went to a Greek restaurant, where the passengers went out and had a meal. Ilsa had no money, and so waited on the roof of the restaurant. Some hours later, four out of the five suits left the restaurant. The heroes gave descriptions of all involved to the police.
The next day, the weather went back to normal, and news broadcasts mentioned briefly that three local banks had been purchased by Olympia Financial. High ranking negotiators from these banks’ headquarters were unable to attend the meeting in person, due to flight delays.
Some days later, White Dwarf received an invoice from Olympia Financial for limo repair.