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Somewhere in Cyberspace, or more to the point in one of Hotwire's data centers. The mass of data that once was a human being floated in the cyberspace habitat.

"Is everything ready Code Monkey?" She asks as she looks at floating screens of shots of a bank.

"Yes, I got the local cameras focused on the bank and the special equipment ready. Are you sure she will arrive?"

For a moment her digital form flashed red "HOW SHOULD I KNOW?" then she calmed down "sorry CM I want that Duchess, but there no telling if she be the one to show up. If other's would show up as well I have no idea."

"It's alright Sera It took me months to get what remained from the data centers the Motorheads destroyed because of that edited file she sent them. They almost..."

"Yeah yeah and remember Sera dead. There's just Hotwire now." She said as she vanished from the data center mainframe.

"Not to me... sister." He said softly as he shut down the monitor he was using and put on his gear before teleporting.

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A few moments later or a few seconds depending on one's time scale Hotwire appeared in front of Fith National Bank. Her body was a shimmering blue and lines of electricity flowed along her form. Beside her teleporting in appeared Code Monkey he was in blue jeans yellow shirt and a white and red jacket with a big N on the left side. On his side was a holster with a gray and orange NES Zapper gun, his belt buckle was a Nintendo game pad, on his left had was a Powerglove and he even had a Laserscope. Yes, Code Monkey looked like a bad Captain N the Game Master from the 80s. "Really you went with that look?" Hotwire asked as she looked at her henchman and brother.

"It's a classic." He motioned to the bank's door at the same time around the city locations where Hotwire gambling centers were numbers went up and footage of her marching her way in were shown.

"Hello, Titan City! It's your Digital Deva of sin Hotwire! We all know the drill this is a stickup and robbery. Seems I lost a good part of my funds and I need to make a withdraw. So down on the floor people, I don't want to make a mess!" The security drones turned to target her before a bolt of energy hit them and they jerked. At the same time, three of the bank's computers were also hit. From the computers jumped three Imp like electrical beings. The Security Drones shifted and took up new shapes becoming Hotwires drones. The people on the lobby got down as she walked to the tellers "Don't worry about the cash in the registers. I know that not that much."

Code Monkey went to one of the bank official's computers and reach down yanking the woman up. "I would like your password please." "What are you suppose to be? Some henchman?" Code monkey then pulled his zapper and blasted a nearby desk to smoking splinters. "I said please."

The woman hurried and typed something then the screen went red and the words blocked flashed. "Like hell, I give it to you." She said defiantly.

"Oh I like her she got spunk," Hotwire said before blasting her with enough electricity to knock her out. "Not a lot of brains thought."

"Right the hard way it is." He removed the game controller belt buckle and put it on the computer tower. Then he pressed up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start then cords snaked out of the controller and connected to the tower on the screen a code breaker program started. "We got five minutes till we are in."

"Damn... Alright, folks, everyone gets togeather this is now a Hostage situation!" Her minions started herding the people togeather. "No heroics now. I got my heart set for The Duchess."

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The state of the art security

The state of the art security program reacted to the attempt at webstering the password by opening links behind fifteen false passwords, chosen to be likely to be ahead of the real passwords in the queue of the hacking program, to the public webpages of various law enforcement agencies, at the local, state, and federal levels. Messages were also sent to those agencies, as well as to the nominal headquarters of the company which published the security software.

At M&S Software, the message was automatically forwarded to the real brains behind the software. One of those brains was biological, and would effectively get the message when the other, an artificial intelligence house in what amounted to a private server farm, briefed him. Meanwhile, M.A.N.D.I.E. took some actions on her own initiative. Security cameras and cell phone links in the area were checked for traps that might lead to Mandie's physical location being compromised, and where it seemed safe cameras that could see the bank and smartphones in the bank were tapped to gather more information. So when Hotwire announced the status of the hostages, new messages were sent to appropriate law enforcement agencies, as well certain super hero teams. One of the latter messages went to a secret lab underneath a certain resort hotel.

The resident mad scientists were interrupted in their studies (of a piece of alien technology that had been found in the bay) by the chime of the email client. Millie brought it up and started reading it aloud, and she opened the drawer which contained a single Sacajawea dollar. She closed it again when she got to the part where Hotwire called out the Duchess. Marianne had already shed her lab coat and buckled on her weapons belt from a bin labelled "Hotwire", and then put on her duster, mask, and white Stetson-style hat.

"Looks like you've got three minutes, more if the software gives Code Monkey trouble," advised Millie.

"Not likely, though it would be nice. Any chance you can hack the power company, cut off the power to the system?" The Duchess mounted her grav cycle and started powering it up, then switched on her com gear as she shot through the launch tube. Her heads-up display showed her ETA as 95 seconds and the Time-to-Hack as 155 seconds.

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M.A.N.D.I.E might have some

M.A.N.D.I.E might have some trouble with the cameras given that the Hotwire worm was already in their systems she could just piggie back the signals given how they are focused on the Bank already. If she tried to figure out where the signals go to she would have trouble as more aggressive Viruses act as guards to the Hotwire data centers. Not to mention as hard as she would try the signals seem to stop in Clarkstown, of course, the reason is far more than tech as the influence of Grayson Tower would act preventing any detection.

There does seem to be a van parked a short distance from the bank with a line of sight view. It could be deduced it might be a getaway van, that is if either of the two didn't just teleport to the bank. The side of the van was advertisement for a place that went out of business a year ago called "The Gamer's Den"

"The software more complex than I thought Hotwire." He tapped the head gear looking at the readings. "Very clever I say mad science levels of complexity." Holding out his hands he started typing in the air activating systems and his own hacking on the Augmented reality vision he had.

Hotwire spun as and tilted her head "Oh someone playing with the cameras. We got incoming, brother. Is that program going to be a problem?"

Typing faster as the data streamed across his vision "My guess this was done by a super level intellect. One super brain fighting another but, I have the advantage I'm actively hacking where this is mostly automated. Two minutes and 20 seconds till I get to the true bank's network. Cleaver got multiple dummy locations."

Hotwire rolled her eyes "This is no time to geek out. The heroes going to be showing up soon."

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The Duchess approached the

The Duchess approached the bank from the south, launching a pair of Blue Tail drones to keep an eye on the other sides. She was coming in for a landing by the main entrance when the power went off. Switching her mask to compensate, she looked through the windows to see what she could before entering.

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When the lights went out so

When the lights went out so did the computer "Crap almost had it." Code Monkey removed his device and replaced it to his belt buckle. Then he looked at the hostages and started pointing at a few. "You, you, and defiantly you with the kid. Get out of here. We might be crooks but we aren't monsters." He had chosen the oldest and the one woman with a 7-year-old leaving 8 remaining hostages.

Once the ones they let out got to the police line Hotwire smiled "I know you are their Duchess you know I can access technology around me. Would be dumb to not be using the security cameras."

"She's here? Damn, there goes five bucks. I was sure she would figure it was a trap when I was the one hacking." He tapped a few buttons on the power glove.

Outside the Van with the Gamer's Den logo exploded as a robot stood up and fired a missile into the air. The missile flashed and what could only be considered a large building size Blue Glowing Cube started falling over the bank. The Robot called out in a digitalized female voice. "Warning Incoming Game, Warning Incoming Game!"

(basically this)

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As the four hostages went out

As the four hostages went out the door, the Duchess looked up, and judged the size of the descending cube. "I'd get at least a half block away, pilgrims. Leave some room for Titan City's Finest." After they cleared the doorway, she entered. "Whether or not there's a trap ain't relevant, CM. Only robbers who don't set up traps are those who are either planning to be long gone, or who think they can take whoever comes. Question is, is your trap," she gestured past the ceiling, "good enough? Ya get points for style, at least. Reboot was a favorite of mine back in The Day. So is this gonna a be a simulation, or a transference? And do ya really need the other eight bystanders?"

Outside, the two Blue Tail drones watched, and transmitted, as the cube descended.

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"A little of both. Using

"A little of both. Using what I discovered by studying my sister's digitalized form I figured out how to make more constructs." He said as Hotwire snorted.

"More like I figured it out. I'm no longer restricted to robotic minions." The electrical Imps hissed as Hotwire motioned to them.

"A pocket reality is in the cube, eight levels a hostage in each. They won't be harmed you have my word on that. There even a bonus at any time another person enters the cube they can join you. A little Coop feature."

He looked up at the ceiling as it disappeared the cube came down. "It's Game time."

For the moment when the cube fell fully it was all white. When the white faded Duchess would find herself on a grass field in the distance were floating boxes and bricks. Before her was a Turtle running at her on two legs holding a sword. The theme song of Super Mario started playing. The hostages, Code Monkey, and Hotwire were nowhere to be seen. In the distance, there was a castle. Between her and the castle was a clear obstacle course. In the air, Hotwire's face appeared "Oh remember don't fall. You only have one life." Then her face vanishes.

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It would've been nice to keep

It would've been nice to keep the anti-Hotwire gear a secret, but it was (barring a flaw in the theory) the best weaponry the Duchess had against these constructs. So she set her mask lenses to record, then drew from the hip and sent a medium-strength narrow beam EMP at the Koopa soldier, as usual being careful to keep the area behind him clear. Collateral damage could put the hostages at risk; nothing had been said about them not being transformed like the other residents of the Mushroom Kingdom were in the game lore...

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In a courtroom-like setting

In a courtroom-like setting seven of the hostages were sitting in the Jury booth. One wall was showing the Duchess shooting down the Koopa. "See how easy that weapon destroys a being construct. Such a weapon be as deadly to my sister as a normal gun." He was sitting in the Judges seat and his outfit was changed to fit the role.

"See your Hero just a name. I was willing to fight for this city and she tricked the Motorheads to attack me. Why? A petty argument about a drone?"

A big red OBJECTION flashed in the air. "Sister let the Duchess show her true nature." Out in the real world, Hotwire's network was showing the very same scene.

In the Mario world, the Koopa disintegrated into digital sparkles. Behind the now gone Koopa came a two Goombas. Above on a cloud appeared Hotwire or a cartoon inworld version of her. "Remember there is a timer on these maps!"

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The Duchess thumbed the power

The Duchess thumbed the power dial down a setting as she put the weapon away. She picked a nearby obstacle - a wall with what looked like a walkway beyond it - and sprinted towards it. "Vera, take a note: Medium setting is way too high." She leaped into a flying kick just before reaching the nearest Goomba, hoping that it would react more or less like the game creature would to a stomp from above. "Finer control is needed before further testing."

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It seems the game world

It seems the game world worked much like the Videogame. The Goomba reacted just like the version of the game and vanished when stomped.

Elsewhere the wall and T.V. changes showing a shot of the Duchess from a year ago. "Good news, Hotwire! You get to explain to Pale Ride what happened to its swarm, including the one you turned into a camera drone!" s she started up her 'cycle.

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury. As you can see right away the Duchess was out to get me. Blaming me for what happened to the swarm when it was the lab coat guys activating the EMP. I simply used a dead broken bot and rebuilt it."

One of the hostages raised his hand "Um what does that have to do with anything?"

"I'M GETTING TO THAT!"

Code Monkey sighed "Hotwire settle down. We got only so much time before Duchess gets past the delay tactics. Then she will answer for her crime."

He then looked to the hostages "Notice what my sister said when she first appeared?" The screen around to when Hotwire showed up.

That was when a student static feedback went over the com than a woman's voice "Hello... this thing on? Greetings out there in Hero land this is Hotwire the face of Villain T.V. coming to you live from a secret lair. Oh no, I'm not part of whatever going on I'm just pissed off someone cutting into my profits. So I'm joining you at least for the time being. No one messes up V.T.V.! And that bastard that took down the grid fried one of my dishes!"

"She said Hello, is this thing on. At the time my sister was using holographic manipulation. Noticed the metallic hardware that now she no longer required to need to appear in physical form? There is a reason Hotwire is now pure energy instead of a hologram of hard light. You will see for yourself soon."

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The next set of threats were

The next set of threats were just repeats of the foes one sees on level one Mario. As she came to a pipe the jaws of the games plant monster came out snapping at Duchess.

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The Duchess threw a Koopa

The Duchess threw a Koopa shell at the piranha plant to stun it, then jumped to the top of the pipe, jumping from there to the top of the nearby wall. From here she could see a clear path to the castle. It twisted a bit, and of course it wouldn't stay clear....

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(Going to the final level.

(Going to the final level. Was hoping more people would join in.)

Duchess entered the final chamber and found herself in a courtroom. On the wall was playing the scene where the Duchess recorded the file.

"Duchess, you are charged with attempted manslaughter how do you plead?"

The scene on the wall changed to what looked like a lab. There was a woman on a bed wires and tubes integrated into her own body even wires connected to her head. The audio file started playing the very same Duchess recorded and leaked to the Motorheads.

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Hotwire wrote:
Hotwire wrote:

someone else used an EMP to kill the swarm motorhead drones. We all know they individually have the mental ability of an ant. What did I do? Rebuild it and now it's a hovering camera drone.

The Duchess took of her pseudo-Stetson hat before answering. "Not guilty. Yes, I recorded that off of Hotwire's live transmission. And I put it in a transmission that was more likely to be received by the Motorheads, so that there'd be a chance Pale Ride could get his people or property, however he considers 'em, back before the CSI team locked 'em up as evidence. Not my fault if a woman with little sense but more guilty conscience thinks that'll cause Pale Ride to chase after her and threaten her with a horrible fate, that she considered worse'n that." She gestured toward the screen. "And if he did, well, Pale Ride is definitely a sapient being, and responsible for his own overreaction."

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Hotwire looked over "He

Hotwire looked over "He killed me. And by extension, it was caused by you."

The scene on the wall played on, the room on display exploded as a swarm of Motorheads entered. The original destruction caused a power surge of the equipment. The result was the organic Hotwire screaming in pain as the overload entered her body. "Fried! Because of your actions Duchess. You basically started a gang hit on me. I don't know if Pale Rider wanted to talk or meant to destroy the computer I was hooked up to, but the result was the same. My life as a human being is no more. Now I'm just a ghost in the machine!"

"Your own words Duchess 'there'd be a chance Pale Ride could get his people or property, however, he considers 'em, back before the CSI team locked 'em up as evidence.' All that for a basic already destroyed drone. I maybe a criminal Duchess but I find it odd you would prefer Pale Rider get the drone before the CSI team. This court isn't the one you have to answer to. Everything we said was broadcast you can explain to the Titan City PD why you were willing to do such a thing. And you have to face yourself knowing a simple file cost a real life."

"Speaking of real life haven't you figured it out yet? My sister could and can still interface with technology. My power is generating digital creations. Bringing coded programs or Virtual World creations into real life... like the avatars in this room."

With that "GAME OVER" was broadcast and the courtroom, hostages in the jury booth, Hotwire, and Code Monkey vanished in pixilated lights. Above standing on a pink (back to the future) Hoverboard was the real Code Monkey "We shall see how the court of popular opinion judges you Duchess."

Then the hoverboard started off, unlike the movie version he could go over buildings as he sped away. The money was left sitting in front of the bank clearly the robbery was a setup after all.

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"And like that's proper court

"And like that's proper court procedure. Hide your evidence until the dramatic moment, and then fly off before the accused can respond." The Duchess replaced her hat, and while waiting for the police to arrive began collecting the digital evidence for her defense. Beginning with the whole podcast of Hotwire that Memorial day, and Code Monkey's parting statement here. If it ever got into a real court, those should be enough for reasonable doubt. Then the was the "Hot Seat" series of 'casts. The "wanted: dead or maimed" posters could go either way with a jury, but the actions of Hotwire at the time -after the incident since she mentioned the Motorheads - and Code Monkey's voice calling her "Boss", those would suggest that at that time, she was still alive, in his opinion. There would be more... her lawyer could present the TCPD with a subpoena for all security recordings of the theft of the Motorhead hardware in question from the evidence room, and medical reports of the officers injured. Since the theft had not actually occurred, the official response would drive the point home: if the Duchess was responsible for the actions of Pale Ride after ensuring he got his children back, she would have been equally responsible for what he would have done, had she failed to do so.

When she was finished, the Duchess would address any interested press, and present her defense. If the courts wanted her to, she'd present it there, as well. It was too far into the future for her sixsight to guide her. But that didn't change her duty to make the best decisions she could, with the information she had available. And face the consequences, whichever way things turned out.

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