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Vigilantism 101


Have you ever clenched your fists and gritted your teeth when you noticed crime about the air? Have you ever looked up as the clouds parted for a flying hero and thought you wanted to be something MORE than some toll booth worker? Well, this is not only the whereabouts of a certain vigilante built from his own willpower, but a guide that should inform you on the do's, don't's, and risks of being a self-appointed defender of justice.

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Tick, tock, tick, tock. The movements of the clock on the wall seemed to get louder each time Aaron watched them go by a mark on the circular time-keeper. He lowered his chin back into the palm of his hands as he had other things on his mind than learning about the mitochondria.

Crime rates were doing anything but lowering with the appearances of all these super-powered heroes. Mainly because villains were appearing at just as high of a rate, inspiring many to follow their lead. It wasn't order, it was chaos. Aaron constantly saw such events going on for a while.

The only real friend Aaron had at school had to be Cameron Bergen. His comedic, yet surprisingly loyal and trustworthy best friend. His father was a police officer, so Aaron hadn't always been to fond of the man, since it almost seemed like they were relying on heroes for help. He knew what they taught at school. If you really wanted to help shove the crime rates down, you should join the police force.

"That corrupt organization? Hmph." He mumbled to himself as the bell rang. It wasn't like he was wrong. Yes- he respected the brave members of the police force for putting their lives on the line, but there was some big time corruption as well.

The walk home was relatively silent between him and Cameron. Aaron and Cameron were practically polar opposites. Aaron was usually serious, with deep blue eyes, bags, and black hair. Cameron harbored some raggedy, curly brown hair, along with hazel eyes and a cheery expression. Aaron finally managed to get something out.

"I've been thinking." Cameron interjected quickly with his own comedic retort. 'What a shocker, huh?' "No, Cameron, I'm serious. I have.. kind of.. a radical idea, if you're interested. Not the cool kind of radical." Cameron immediately perked his head up a little more, the boy shifting his gaze over to Aaron as the shuffled past some crunchy leaves. 'You haven't come up with a "radical idea" since you got back at the big dude for talking bad about your parents. I'm all ears.'

Aaron sighed as he looked around for anyone else around them. "..I'm.. well, I'm thinking of doing some.. self-justice, for the greater good. Commit a crime to stop crime.." Aaron worked the words out, trying to keep Cameron's excitement at bay. Although, it didn't really work. 'Dude, you wanna' be a freakin' hero?!' He exclaimed as Aaron cut him off by a punch to the shoulder. "Shut up, not so loud." That was one of the things that ticked Aaron off. Cameron used 'freaking' a lot. He'd be quick to say any cuss word but the big 'F'. "Plus, not a hero. I don't have any super powers." Aaron casually commented. 'Batman doesn't have powers.' "I also don't have access to top of the line technology that probably costs more than my future." Cameron lifted a finger, but lowered it. Point made.

'So.. why're you telling me this? Aren't her-- vigilantes supposed to remain.. you know, not known?' Cameron questioned. Aaron then rubbed the back of his neck. "I need your help. I need a mask." 'Done.' Cameron quickly said. "No, not a domino mask. And not a bandanna. I mean a helpful one, a full facial one."
Cameron quickly caught on, before realizing. 'Wait, you want me to steal a gas mask from..' "Yeah, look, your dad's an officer, right? Plus, I've seen you steal someone's phone case before right in front of them, so don't act like you aren't experienced." Aaron accusingly pointed at him. Cameron sighed, rubbing his face. 'Yeah, I know, dude, but.. just.. I'll see what I can do, alright? Also, have you even trained at all?'

Aaron pondered. "I was thinking about this a while before now. I started working out. With my mom, granted, but it's still fitness nonetheless." Cameron slowly nodded. 'Yeah, but it's not all lifting weights.. can you.. take a p--' Cameron interrupted himself by spinning on his heel and throwing a sloppy punch towards Aaron. Of course, it wasn't exactly a prepared one, so Aaron easily brought his arm to meet the back of his wrist, pushing the punch to the side as he threw back his own punch.

Cameron grabbed his nose. 'Ow! Dang, dude! Ok, lesson learned. You know your stuff, sensei.' He joked a little as they stopped at a two story house. 'Whatever, I'll catch you later, man, ok?' Aaron nodded at him as he walked backwards, Aaron heading down the driveway to his house. "Yeah, see you later." Aaron grabbed his doorknob, before looking back at the falling leaves, and walking inside the house.


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LESSON 1:

Listen. If you're going to start fighting crime, you need to make sure you have some things prepared. One, be sure that this is what you want to do. Vigilantism is dangerous. Be sure it's a path you really want to take. Two, have your materials already acquired. Aaron here made a mistake. He told someone about his plan before he's even started it. This could possibly cause some problems later on, especially with his friend being a loudmouth. Three, be prepared. Take as much time as you need-- crime isn't a travelling band. Work up your strength, practice your reflexes-- because trust me, you'll need it.

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It was a big city. Aaron didn't honestly know how he expected to be able to just show up and know where crime would be happening in the city. For all he knows, he could give up searching in one alley while a murder happens in the adjacent one. To be honest? He was scared. He could easily get shot, and that would be it. 'Super-hero wannabe gets capped.'

It didn't matter, though. He had to remind himself that he wasn't doing this for himself. First, though, he had to have a talk with his parents. As Aaron walked downstairs, he had made sure his dad was out. He was the hardest to talk to these things about. "Hey, mom?" His mother looked up at him, taking a sip of her coffee with her bedhead. Aaron quickly continued. "You know how I've been asking for that two seat car as my first car for my birthday this fall? I.. I want a motorcycle." His mom gave him a skeptical look. 'Why on earth do you want a motorcycle, honey?' "I just.. I want to feel a little more.. open, when I drive places, you know? I don't want to be just like everyone else sitting in traffic."

It was a bit hard for him to ad-lib his reasonings, and frankly, it didn't seem like she was all too convinced. 'I'll think about it.' He sighed. That was basically her way of saying 'That's never happening.' It's not like he could stay and beg, though. That'd make the situation even worse. So, Aaron headed off to meet Cameron. It was somewhat of a walk, but he didn't want to just meet him at some obvious area. So, they went to the outskirts of their town. He saw Cameron being a bit shady on the sidewalk. "You know, if a cop drove through here, you'd be arrested right away." Cameron glanced over, rolling his eyes. 'Come on, man, I'm trying, ok?' "Did you actually get it?" Cameron nodded. 'Yeah, man.' He pulled out the gas mask from his bag, yanking it from Aaron's reach for a second. 'Dude, this isn't just a costume piece, though. Make sure the actual.. uh.. things aren't in the gas mask unless you're ACTUALLY using it. You can get poisoned like that.' Aaron sighed at his friend's safety speech. "I'm not an idiot, Cameron. Thanks for the help, though."

As Aaron turned, he felt a hand on his shoulder. 'Dude, be careful, though. I don't wanna' be holding a sign like one of those 'don't text and drive' commercials, but for vigilantism. Ok?' Aaron stared his suddenly serious friend in the eyes, before slowly nodding. "Yeah, I got it. Don't worry about me."

'Oh, and Aaron?' "Yeah?"

'I'm coming up with your hero name when you get famous. Deal?'

"Deal." Aaron smiled lightly.
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