Prompt: 7/08 - True & False
Notes: Set early in the 5YG 'verse, when Peter is still actively fighting
Wordcount: 260 per WordPerfect
[locked up tighter than a DHS facility]
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, or however that quote goes. That's how they see me -- I'm America's Most Wanted, and I'm also the lead general in the war to free my people from tyranny. Tyranny, I might add, in the form of one of our own. My own brother, President Nathan Petrelli.
I could bring him down in an instant -- I could out him as one of us, and popular opinion would turn on him so fast. The masses would be screaming for his impeachment and for shipping him off to one of the Homeland Security facilities...
But it wouldn't change the laws, and it wouldn't fix anything. All it would do is result in me betraying my brother -- and despite everything he's done, I won't do that. I can't do that.
Not when this terrible world we live in is my own fault. They don't know it, all those people who look up to me and fight for me. All those people who fight for our freedom with me as their inspiration. None of them know I'm the one who exploded at Kirby Plaza and killed all those people in New York. None of them know Nathan lied and covered it up to protect me. None of them know I'm a mass-murdering monster.
No, Nathan keeps my secret and I keep his, and everything in this hellish world of ours is built on top of those lies.
I still hear the screams when I try to sleep at night.
I wonder if he does, too...