[White Chalice returns to Earth's atmosphere, and is around Europe to that. That means it's time to put Devon's plan into action: after hugging her daughters so tightly, she prepares her luggage - very small and light, tinier than what she had with herself when she first appeared onboard.]
I will be departing for a trip. It is a selfish act - but it will take but a single day, no more than two at most. The White Chalice should be fine during my absence.
It is time to reconnect with my past. The old SECT headquarters... only ruins remains by now, but I will revisit them.
[Following part as well as prompts 2 and 3 locked only to VERY close CR]
If you wish to, you are welcome to accompany me. I would be glad.
[Devon departed on a small shuttle craft, with Laura and possibly others - but before checking out the old HQ, she steered the vehicle in a slightly different direction.
Towards a small European town, one surrounded by forested wilderness. In that quaint place, she has one place to visit, a single old building.]
So it was... fruitless after all.
[She states after walking through the building's rooms, emptied and abandoned a long time ago. Not even a single document or piece of furniture left, just a hollow feeling remaining.
The building in question? An orphanage in which Devon was raised - before she ran away from it, to live on her own in the wilds.]
[Some time later, another abandoned location - a much larger one this time, and the one that was an actual destination for this voyage. Say hello to SECT's old base, located on a tiny uninhabited North Sea island. Several modern buildings stand tall, bustling with life in the past but now only wind travels through their halls. The location is hard to reach enough that neither vagrants nor wild animals made their way here. But none of the above ground constructions interest Devon.]
Straight to the heart of the base as I remember it.
[No - she heads towards the underground section.]
Devon has had plenty of time to consider everything. Two individuals - one, a Nietzschean lone warrior. The other, a wife, mother and politician. The former accused the latter of being weak, betraying her principles. The latter accused the former of irresponsibility and hypocrisy.
The two are one person. Their... her goals are one and the same. Protect, not just those dear to her but the whole of humanity, even if one person at a time. Punish, those who ruin others' lives with their callous behavior, even if one person at a time. One does not exclude the other. But the hardest thing to realize...
Is one's humanity. Humanity means you are flawed - you screwed up in the past, and probably will so in the future. No one is perfect and flawless, Devon included. This trip gave her enough proof of that, made her remember many bad decisions made in the past. But, in this realization, she achieved inner strength.]
I know my goal now. As long as there are those who make good people cry, I will not stop my pursuit in bettering the world. I will stumble during my mission. I will make mistakes - I am only a human. But for as long as I live, I will not give up.
Because I am a human. This is my greatest power.
[Devon leaned on the wall, in a pose of confidence. Just like old times.
But it's not mere posing. She wishes to impress no one. This expression of resolution is how she really feels.]
I am back.