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    Mick Rory's life was changed forever by the fire he didn't escape.

    (in which Mick Rory retires, raises goats, and saves the world more than a few times)

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  12. 25 Jun 2018

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    3
    “So, did it work?” Mick asks when Len swans in. “I assume since you’re here and not in a secret prison somewhere, it couldn’t have gone that badly.”
    “That was a delight,” Len says. He’s beaming like a maniac.
    Mick shakes his head in amusement. It's been a while since he's seen Len all jumped-up on adrenaline and loving every last second; Len's heists have tended more towards cautious and controlled recently. This, though, this is classic Len: running on the very edge of danger with a smirk plastered on his face and his heart singing.
    It's good to see.
    “So, anyway, I lured him out, no problem,” Len says, throwing himself down on the couch next to Mick, utterly ignoring the papers Mick had been perusing a few minutes earlier. He just did a thing; now he tells Mick about it. It's a system - their system - and it works. “No, that’s not right; it was a problem. First he didn’t show up to the first time I set something up – the car job thing I told you about –”
    “Yes,” Mick says dryly. “I know. You called me right after and complained about it for way too long.”
    “Four minutes, twenty seconds!”
    “As I said: way too long.”
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    “So I lured the Flash to a one-on-one, right in the middle of town, right out there in front of all the cameras and police and everything – but he was – damn, he was fast –”
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    a letter one of his old buddies from prison had written him. It contained both gossip and a not-so-subtle request for him to figure out when Len had gone and /lost his mind/.
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    "Besides," Len adds, "everyone wants to get rid of the Families. That means that the Flash has to team up with me about it, if he wants it to happen, and that's gonna drive him nuts."
    Well, that explained everything.
    Mick invests in enough comic books to confirm that Len is just indulging in childhood fantasies of superhero-supervillain team-ups
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    “So, was the goal of this to get the Santinis and Darbiniyans and the rest of 'em to be terrified of you as the new player in town, or was it to get the Flash more confused about your position on the good-bad scale than a teenager analyzing their sexuality?”
    “Why not both?”
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    “Holy crap!” a youthful voice shouts, followed by a flash of lightning that goes straight up a tree, the geese in hot pursuit [lol barry got treed by geese]
    [.] “Yeah. I’m – not always that good with discretion.” He turns to Mick and sticks out a hand. “Hi! My name’s Barry Allen.”
    Mick looks at the hand in amusement. “Barry Allen. Any relation to Doc Allen, Iron Heights?”
    “Uh. Yeah? I mean, that’s my dad.”
    “Good man,”
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    Mickey [the goat] headbutts Barry again.
    “Oh no!” Barry says, crouching down and pretending to fall over. “You’ve discovered the Flash’s one true weakness! Adorable goats! Help me! I’ve been defeated!”
    Even Mick has to crack a smile. The kid’s as cute as a button.
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    “You really need to stop collecting your little band of rogues,” Barry says. “Or you’ll start outnumbering Team Flash.”
    “Rogues,” Len says. “Heh. Cute.”
    “Oh, great,” Mick says. “Now you’ve gone and given him ideas.”
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    Mick studies Barry, who looks thin and sad and like his battery is all out of charge
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    “Did you just adopt my superhero?” Len whines.
    “He’s depressed,” Mick says. “He won’t make a very good superhero for you to fight if he’s all worn out and sad.”
    “…stop making sense.”
    Barry is ordered to show up for regular goat therapy, too, which is what Mick calls “sitting in the goat pen and letting them prance all around you” because all of his goats are drama queens
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    If Barry's going to keep coming around - and seeing the improvement in his mood since he started coming around, Mick is determined that he will - then they're going to have to get over this silly superhero-supervillain rivalry.
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    Actual bonding [between len n barry]. Mick is so pleased. Maybe this will make their future battles more lighthearted. Len needs more friends, anyway.
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    4
    Len had declared Mick’s farm to be a neutral territory, respected by all, and Barry had backed that up with threats of rather-un-superhero-like super-fast violence. This mostly results in scared metas heading to Mick’s farm before they go anywhere else or try to turn their powers into a villain gimmick – though if there’s any more of them coming soon, Mick will need to bring in Ji-hyun to the farm to work as a full-time intake therapist for terrified metahumans, and she won’t like that.
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    Mick had gotten kidnapped once, from the farmer’s market – some Santini Family goons trying to make a name for themselves. The Flash had rescued him within twenty minutes and had apologized profusely for the delay: he’d had to find someone to cover their stall while he zipped off to the rescue.
    Mick approves of Barry’s priorities.

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