Death was no imbalance. Coming and going touching anyone in its path. It skipped him numerous times but laid the hands upon others. The bite of its mark only lasting in the psyche of survivors. Reminded that there was once life beside them and then it cease to exist. In the past life Slade felt it once. Nearly twice and on occasions through wormholes of lifetimes more than he needed to. Requiring to act logically through get back. To share the pain that drove him deeper into the synapses of fury masked behind armor. The moral standing wavered, tipping closer to evil than one would consider it to be. It bested him time and time again even through the opening of bringing back a child once lost to the life he laid out in the open, there was never any going back. No resurgence of do-gooder when the route taken was graced in stone still formed from manipulation and duties of one gain.
His gain meant more than most. More than a body. More than the bargaining chip of a soul. Righteousness set a tone and one where a judging glare hung down on all of those who did not follow. Did not see it his way nor saw it any other way that the area solid on being hell-bent of being bad. He lived in the grey nine times out of ten. Moved through the rules that were rigid for some but pliable to him if a way was given. The passiveness in these memories were part of a perfect storm behest the squawking of part of his conscience. It broken up with the first punch. Landing right in his jaw and stunning any sense running on optimal precision.
Reflection of himself shrouded around the child that became a man, a man who's neck was slit and ruined the communication of speech that many a time was lost in translation. A rumble between father and son was well deserved. Being knocked around as a folly, a glitch that needed fixing, an error to the lives of his heir that should be corrected, was the brunt of being done with. If it weren't for his dealings as a self-employed operative or running on and by his own rules, the ruthlessness of enhancements now struggling to take care a meta-child roughly laying into him. First line of defense would scream to retaliate and put the kid in his place. Accelerating thoughts told him to do it. To break him as he broke every one of his children. To bow at his feet or test them to the point of questioning their allegiance to his cause.
Worthiness and being acceptance matched what he expected of them. He gave them a choice. Presented it to be smartly discovered but his long withered conscience said to give them a way out. To be better than he had ever been and when he done so in unorthodox ways, that intention of better had been questioned. Another reminder of his wrongs flashed during fight and his flight did nothing because it was what he deserved.