- I couldn't think of any other way to tell you. I don't have to stay. They can't keep me in. But I'll stay for you. And I'll stay for Mom. Because you want me to. Because you say you love me. And I love you just as much as you love me.
- -- Mark Milton
Appearing in "Contact"Edit
- Earth-31916 (Reality) (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Contact"Edit
In the 1970s, a small spacecraft crash lands in a field where a childless and estranged farming couple investigate the crash and find a human-looking baby boy inside it. The wife sees this as a sign from God, and decides to take the baby to their home. As they drive away, government helicopters arrive. As the wife looks over the baby, the husband hears a knock on their door and finds black ops soldiers on his front porch.
The baby is taken by the United States government, and his handlers discover he has powers such as invulnerability and super strength. They consult President Carter and inform him that they don't know about the baby's origins or if there are more like him, and can only raise the baby to be a loyal pawn to their nation. The President gives his consent, and the boy considered a child of the U.S. The baby, codenamed and shared under the project as Hyperion and given his day-to-day name as Mark Milton, is raised in a tightly controlled, isolated environment and exposed to frequent propaganda, while being raise by government agents who pose as his parents to provide companionship. At the age of five, Mark is given a puppy for his birthday. As he attempts to play with the puppy, the dog barks him which frightens Mark, inadvertently causing him to manifest his "flash vision", which incinerates the dog. This incident causes his "parents" to become deeply afraid of Mark, which continues to be the case as Mark grows up.
By the 1990s, President George Bush is led by Dr. Bill Steadman, the scientist who is overseeing Project Hyperion, to Mark's craft, which his scientists hadn't made any success in divining the technology of, with the sole exception that it is organic and it was grown instead of being built. Also, the vessel comes with a crystal that was powering it, and seems to respond to the thoughts of whoever is touching it. Bill then shows Bush that they have retrieved a video recording from the vessel which partly shows Mark's origins - on a large spaceship being under attacked. It is shown that the ship was suffering heavy damage and Mark was deposited into the escape pod - the same craft that brought him to Earth - by what presumably are his parents - before the ship was destroyed. Bush is curious about the recording, and points out two problems: one is that the recordings were taken outside of Mark's pod and probably transmitted into his pod, and if that's the case, then who took them? Second, they know Mark's ship is being attacked, but who is the aggressor: the large ship or the smaller ships attacking it. If the Mark's ship was the aggressor, then what of Mark: an "adopted son" or a "fifth columnist"?
Meanwhile, Mark has grown to a prepubescent boy and has developing his powers to have an acute vision. He is approach by his foster father and tells him that he can see the guards and fences surrounding his home, and as well other people doing their daily lives. Mark's father, who has previous conversations with him, tells him that he can't go outside because of his powers until he is an adult to make sure no one gets hurt. But Mark tells him about the fence and guards that are suppose to keep inside. This led to a silent moment between them before Mark ask his father if he loves him and his mother. His father answer that he loves him and his mother, and ask why he said this. Mark then floats above his surprised father and answers that he can leave and that the guards can't keep him in, and that if his father and his mother loves him and love each other it gives reason for him to stay as they - his parents - want him to, as he loves them in return.
At the White House, Bill express the desirable news of Mark's status to Bush and that the project is going well as planned. But, Bush is extremely doubtful about this and ponders unforeseen consequences to this event.
Somewhere in the deep south, a Mrs. Abigail Stewart shares her appreciation of a babysitter to look after her son Stanley. The two talk about Stanley and details that since his birth, he has suffered an unknown and fatal illness before recovering. And as well being somewhat runs faster and has keeping to himself. Abigail shrugs the latter off as a phase her son is growing up. Outside, Stanley is seen playing with his dog which he then races it, demonstrating that Stanley has super speed capable of breaking the sound barrier.
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