Latevember: Day 21
Molly is an example of a mutant who lost practically all memory of her past life pre-experimentation. She is such a severe case, that all she really can recall of her former self is her name, and that's primarily only because that's what the lab papers she saw when in captivity referred to her as. It drives her mad, she's insatiably hellbent on recovering the fragments of her past and piece herself back together as well as find her family. Initially, Molly joins the Freedom Flyers not because of the goodness of her heart, but because she thinks working with them might help her find clues and such to recover her past life. Of course, over time, she grows into the role as well as grows into a better person. She stops being so selfish, and begins to enjoy her work because she just enjoys making others lives better. And in that regard as the series goes on Molly's life improves so much and she gains so many amazing friends and loved ones that she eventually decides she doesn't need to recover her past life, it's the past and she's perfectly content with the present now. It's foolish chasing memories I can't even say are worth chasing when I can make so many great ones now with who I have in my life now.
A challenger appears eventually though, to step all over that progress and development. Mel
, Molly's older sister.
A splice with a human teen and an Orchid Mantis, Mel was abducted by the government's goons simultaneously with Molly. They were separated rather early though, and shipped off to different bases for experimentation. Both however were given similar mutations, Mel is more of a 'perfect' and 'pure' specimen being just one animal in her whereas Molly is a hodgepodge of multiple animals, but primarily showing her Mantis fusion appearance-wise. Mel has most of the same abilities and powers that Molly has; seriously enhanced strength, heightened senses and perception, lightning fast agility and reflexes, a venomous stinger, flight, and the ability to communicate with all
Mel may have the same arsenal Molly packs, but their usage couldn't be more different. Even when enraged or frustrated Molly does not go into much of a fury, but Mel is almost always in a destructive state. She doesn't really care about anything or anybody and smashes everything, she does
know her own strength but doesn't
care about withholding it so she breaks most things even when doing mundane tasks like putting a drink on a table and breaking it in half doing so. She takes a lot of joy in being an ***hole. She's a grade a delinquent, and was such almost straight outta the lab. She was an insane handful for the research staff and eventually managed to break herself free. She ran amok and completely destroyed the place, and when she escaped stole a very dangerous piece of military equipment. A control helmet, seen here, that is directly synced to a newly launched satellite that houses a gigantic mirror-based laser beam. It harnesses and stores the power of Earth's sun and releases it on command as a massive blast of energy at any target on the globe as directed by the wearer of the helmet. Mel takes it cause she thinks it looks cool, as well as stealing a ton of other experimental weaponry and an armored van. When she figured out the actual function of the helmet though, she was ecstatic and she uses it frivolously obliterating entire buildings or forests just for fun. Possession of the control helmet easily makes Mel one of the most dangerous people on the planet and one of the most wanted criminals in the Mutant underground. Unfortunately, her nomadic nature driving the van across America constantly spreading mischief makes her very difficult to catch. The satellite cannot be turned off either, because the control room is in the van she stole. Nuking the thing is out of the question too because the satellite is outfitted with auto-turrets that will shoot down any threats sent to it. No one really can get in the way of Mel's cross-country spree of wanton teenage debauchery coupled with WMDs.
Eventually in the series Mel appears in Boeing reuniting with Molly. At this point Molly's gotten past her search for her lost family and past, but the moment she gets the opportunity to meet her sister again all that progress flies right out the door. All her maturing seems to slip away in an instant and she becomes purely dependent upon Mel. Mel's very abusive to Molly, she talks down to her constantly and berates her, as well as manipulative. She'll make Molly do things she doesn't feel comfortable with all the time, and says she will tell her facts about her past as rewards if she does so. Everyone in Molly's life absolutely cannot stand Mel, and openly say she's a terrible person. She always just laughs it off though and says 'I'm just being a big sis!!" Molly is an extreme push-over, and doesn't speak up. Well, she's mute but, you know what I mean. She's so beyond happy to have her sister she did not even know she had back in her life regardless of her attitude and behavior and tries to spend every waking moment with Mel to make up for all the lost time. The more she does and the more she starts to learn about her past though, she can't help but wonder if she truly was better off left in the dark and disgusted by the picture of her past self that Mel starts to paint for her. She keeps going along for the ride though, and no matter how much she thinks Mel takes things too far she can't bring herself to speak up against her or stop her, even when Mel starts abusing and pulling pranks on her friends and people she's come to love. None of the Freedom Flyer or the Astronautical crew can bring themselves to try to fight Mel off though, because no matter how much they despise it they can see how happy Molly is.... Trying? To be, now that her sister's come back into her life, and they don't want to interfere with it. They all try their hardest to put up with her, and some even try to become friends as best they can with her but her personality is just so beyond toxic it never gets anywhere. Cephie thinks she's a terrible influence on Rachel and Tracie so tries to keep them distant, Sharon thinks she's a horrible witch, Barry and Sacha can't stand her, Frank thinks she's ok but takes the 'fun' too far and kills the mood, the only one that gets anywhere close is Ace. That's only because being Molly's best friend he tries the hardest to please her by being nice to Mel, which is a terrible mistake because Mel turns him into her new personal pin cushion boy toy, always treating him like garbage behind Molly's back and threatening to eat his head off if he squeals on her. When Molly's there Mel acts like Ace is getting along great with her, which only makes Molly trust the two alone together more leading to Ace getting further abused, Mel gets so comfortable that she straight up starts waking him up to go hang out or taking him away from dates with Sharon which infuriates her. Mel's sudden appearance totally flips everybody's happy lives upside down, but they try their darndest to put up with it for Molly's sake. Mel holds a seriously dark secret and malicious scheme though, and when Molly's friends begin to uncover it she has to decide whether family first is really a mantra people should ascribe to. Or if the friends we make, are the ones who truly earn our devotion and trust above all others.
Mel was designed over a year ago now, and I'm sooo glad the challenge let me finally draw a full reference for her. I LOVE this girl, I dunno where it started but between her and Rai and a few others... Since when did I love bad girls so much!?!? ASKDMLAS I guess hotness runs in Molly's family.
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