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Orion Speaks with Theo Edit

"This is going to sound like a stretch, but..." Theo sighed. "It really comes across as if you might be Orion."

"Interesting." Karma blew away the steam drifting out of his cup. "Orion as in the founder of the Zodiac Organization, correct?"

"Right." Theo nodded. "I know it might be a stupid idea, but something called the Orion Foundation operating out of the same city as a terrorist group lead by a man named Orion seems...fishy, to say the least."

"Oh, it's not stupid at all, really." Karma noted, taking a sip of his tea. "You're one hundred percent correct."

"I...what?"

"I am Orion." Karma set down his cup of tea and pulled out Orion's stone mask from a pocket inside his coat. "What of it?"

Theo stared at Karma in disbelief for a few moments before replying.

"...Why would you tell me that?"

"Why wouldn't I?"

"You're a terrorist!" Theo snapped, slamming his fist down on the table. "It's my job to take you down!"

"Careful, you'll spill the tea." Karma chided. "At any rate, that is not your job, it's the Plumbers'. Why are they sending a teenager to do their dirty work?"

"Because they have to." Theo replied. "They don't have-"

"Don't try and tell me an interplanetary law enforcement agency doesn't have the resources to do their job." Karma interrupted. "It's just convenient if you do it for them. You're a pawn."

"You don't get to lecture anyone about using pawns!" Theo retorted.

"My allies are hired help that share significant amounts of authority over the organization." Karma replied flatly. "Do you even get paid?"

"That's not the point." Theo growled. "I don't give a shit about money. I'm helping them because my goals line up with theirs."

"That's very weak reasoning." Karma noted. "I'm willing to bet money that you and I have similar goals, for example, but our methods of achieving those goals put us at odds."

"I was under the impression your goals consisted of bitching about how much the world sucks and blowing it up because of that."

Karma stopped speaking for a few moments and took a deep breath.

"...Theodore, I understand how I must look to you, but I assure you, that is not my intention." Karma closed his eyes in thought. "I lost everything once. I want to create a world where nobody has to suffer what I went through ever again."

"Bullshit!" Theo snapped. "You call what you're doing "creating a better world"?! Your organization destroys people's lives, and hell if I'm just going to let you sit here and stroke off your own ego while, at this very moment, someone, somewhere, is probably having their home and livelihood destroyed by the people you command, you son of a bitch!"

"I know." Karma replied calmly. "I don't like it either, but sometimes you have to hurt people in order to save them."

"What the hell is that supposed to mean?!"

"Better hurt and alive than dead in a ditch."

"Excuse me?"

Karma stood up and gestured towards the door to the room.

"Perhaps it would be easier to understand if I showed you what I meant. Follow me, please."