Nick is beaten so severely that he can't move and can't stop Alan from firing the gun. But he doesn't have to stop him. A blur rushes out of the darkness and sends Alan and his cronies flying through the sky.
It's not hurricane season, but these winds in New Orleans are strong.
It turns out not to be the wind. It's a blond man who seems to have super strength and super powers. Thanks, blondie.
Nick blacks out, and the man, whose name is Kyrian Hunter, carries Nick to the hospital.
In the waiting room, Kyrian bumps into Acheron, "an eleven-thousand-year-old omnipotent immortal" (2.33) who doesn't look much older than eighteen. What moisturizer does he use?
Acheron appears to know who Nick is, even though he's never met the kid before.
Acheron says he'll take patrol while Kyrian looks after Nick. What a philanthropist.
Nick wakes up with his arm in a sling because he was actually shot in the shoulder. Ouch.
Nick's mother rushes in and immediately starts yelling at him.
Kyrian defends Nick, saying the accident wasn't Nick's fault. He informs Nick's mother that Nick got hurt trying to protect a pair of innocent tourists. That'll redeem Nick in his mother's eyes.
And yep, Mom calls Nick a "hero" (2.85). But she's still worried about paying for the hospital bills.
Kyrian offers to foot the bill, because he's loaded.
Nick's mother is too proud to take this offer, so Kyrian suggests that Nick work for him to pay off the bill.
Nick is suspicious, wondering what kind of work this man would make him do.
But it's nothing demeaning. No, Kyrian only wants Nick to run errands.
Nick takes the job.
Everyone leaves Nick in his hospital room to rest, but he can't sleep.
Instead, Nick plots revenge against Alan, the street rat who did this to him.