Being Honest
Roleplaying Log: Being Honest
IC Details

Lois Lane interviews Captain Marvel on the upcoming Registration Act.

Other Characters Referenced: Captain America, Superman
IC Date: January 29, 2019
IC Location: Metropolis
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Posted On: 06 Feb 2019 02:34
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This has been in the works for a little while. Lois was lucky enough to get Carol's contact info from Jessica Jones, and. Well. Lois Lane, daughter of General Sam Lane, has been writing articles about metahumans for years. She's been writing about the meta community regularly, but her articles have picked up since the introduction of the Registration acts. Her articles are neutral, though: she's written about marginalized meta communities, about the trouble meta kids have in school, about the helplessness of police forces in dealing with metahuman criminals. She's made reference to anti-meta groups and to SHIELD, to extremist groups, to community organizations. There's no one in the country more qualified to interview Captain Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel.

So here she is, wearing a quietly professional outfit with touches of her usual lilac as well as blue and gold, ready for the cameras.

There had been some discussion on how to do this. As much as Lois likes to hear The People's Voice, she also recognized immediately that a live audience panel discussion would quickly devolve into the sort of furor more suited toward Jerry Springer. It seemed best to have a one-on-one chat with Danvers, so there they are.

It's a quiet set. As few camera operators and crew are present as possible. The result is a setting as private-seeming as a television set is capable of being: two dark wooden chairs with blue upholstery, warm-toned light, even a ficus.

The cameras are still being checked, but Lois isn't sitting silently in her seat. She extends a hand to Carol instead, even rising to meet her when she comes in: "Thank you so much for meeting with me. Welcome to Metropolis. Do you have everything you need? Water, maybe some coffee?"

When Jessica Jones gave Carol a phone call about the possibility of an interview with Lois Lane, she jumped at the chance. Lois Lane's body of work has helped define the icon of the metahuman superhero in the 21st century. She coined the name 'Superman' and most flying capes have just been following his lead since - the former Ms. Marvel included. There is no one else Captain Danvers would rather have for an interview.

There was some deliberation on what the Captain should wear. For formal occasions she should wear her Air Force dress uniform, which is protocol for ex-members of the armed services. There is also a SHIELD dress uniform she could wear, her current organization. In the end, she wears her superhero uniform. The blue and red well-fitted jumpsuit with golden starburst emblem that has become her symbol.
Right now she considers herself speaking for and towards the metahuman community and with Registration on the horizon, the costume will be considered admissible wear for such formal occasions as court or similar. It's a statement of who she is and who she represents.
Her blonde hair is well-kept in a swept, high and tight look. The makeup department took extra time making her presentable for HD television. Sometimes it's difficult to get the tangles out when one flies supersonic without a helmet.
As Carol arrives, she accepts Ms Lane's hand with a gracious smile, "Thank you so very much for having me. I've been a fan of yours for years. I used to listen to the Superman Interviews on repeat for hours. I am glad to have a chance to speak on such an important topic."
Her tone is clearly pleased yet measured. She is likely the most outspoken Registration Pundit to date and she is putting her best foot forward. She eases herself onto the chair. Knees together with folded hands on lap, shoulders straight. A very military posture but not forbidding. "No, thank you." Responding to the offers of refreshment with a nod.

Lois's eyes actually light up at the admission. "I'm honored," she replies. "Sincerely. I've been following your career for quite some time myself. I've wanted to get you into that chair for some time, though we might be a little restricted for time and subject today."

She regards the costume with a faintly approving smile. A military uniform would have reinforced every worst opinion of the people already skeptical of the Registration Act. Wearing it… well, it could have been seen as playing to her base. The famous costume makes it clear she's trying to reach out to her fellow metahumans.

"If you need anything, just ask," Lois replies. She herself has been powdered and hairsprayed within an inch of her life. Hair and makeup have given her a natural, feminine look: no power-red lipstick, no smokey eye. A calm, professional face, and not unwelcoming. She settles into her own chair, relaxed yet poised in the way of dancers, Southern belles, and the professionally telegenic.

The final preparations are completed and Lois has a few final words with the producer. If she's at all nervous about the prospect of interviewing Captain Marvel, she doesn't let it show as they count down from five… four… three…

"For the Daily Planet, I'm Lois Lane, here with Captain Carol Danvers, better known to the world as Captain Marvel. For several years, Captain Marvel has taken to the skies, protecting the vulnerable from those who would do them harm. She's also the public face of the Metahuman Registration and Public Safety Act, most commonly called the Registration Act, which we'll be discussing today. Captain, welcome to the program."

After the welcomes are finished, Lois just gets right in: "There's been a lot of discussion around the Registration Act. Can you give us a snapshot of its requirements under the law?"

Captain Marvel laughs with the faintest fluster, clearly flattered. As much as she wants to continue the back and forth of mutual respect, as Lois mentions the clock is ticking. "Absolutely. We had best get to it." It's clear her good mood is genuine as she straightens another moment before relaxing just a fraction.

When the countdown finishes she is at rest, keeping her eyes on Lois as she's introduced. Smiling as she bows her head an inch or two, "It's great to be here, Ms Lane."

As first basic question is asked, Carol responds immediately. This part has been much rehearsed, "Of course, I'd be happy to. The basics are that those of superhuman abilities living within the state of New York need to formally register their demographic and biometric information, have a simple test to determine the extent of their abilities with regular bi-yearly appointments. All of this will be held with absolute confidentiality, just like anyone's medical information except with even higher standards of privacy. They will then be given a License and then they're free to live their lives safely and with a number of benefits for their trouble."

Much rehearsed indeed.

It's worth saying that Lois is definitely one of the consummate professionals of her field, but that doesn't mean it's always clear how she's going to pursue an interview. She's ambushed people before. Then again, she's also had very sober, very solemn conversations about Important Subjects, and she's had warm heart-to-hearts. The Superman Interviews started a bit with the second and slid into the third. The first is generally reserved for the corrupt and the irredeemably disingenuous and smug. Carol's probably safe.

"Let's go through that from the beginning," Lois replies. "What kinds of demographic and biometric information are people expected to provide, and what's done with that?"

Captain Marvel seems happy to follow up on at least some specifics as she adds, "Important contact information of course. How to find and contact them if need be, as well as other contacts in case of emergency. We need DNA samples for identification purposes, finger prints, retina scans and a few others. Once we get that information it will be archived in a facility with top of the line security and only accessed if absolutely necessary."

"You say bi-yearly appointments," Lois continues, indeed going on down the list. "Why so often? Do superhuman powers change that much, that often? I know I generally have one annual physical. I guess I'd have two or three if I were a metahuman. Will they need to pay for these exams?"

"Actually they can." Captain Marvel replies to that question with a moment's pause. A briefly haunted expression before continuing, "Metahuman ability is a very, very broad generalization. Its true that some individuals seem 'set'. Superman's abilities do not seem to change with age, not that we've noticed. However, there are other meta-sets that do evolve over time. Keep in mind we're including extraterrestrial species on our list, many of whom do have life cycles that can vary dramatically with time. There are similar situations but to be honest the field is so new and broad, we do not know exactly what to expect. Consistent observation is the key to good science."

After a moment she suddenly recalls the last part of the question, "Oh! No. The State of New York will fund the examinations."

"Consistent observation," Lois repeats. "That makes these meta powers sound a little like a disease. Though not a debilitating one, at least not always. This, then, would be the beginning of solid research into how various types of metahuman and other superpowers work. Would this be purely observational? Let's say a young man registered because he began to exhibit powers. Would he be offered medical treatment — or in some cases would medical treatment be required if his powers were uncontrolled or potentially harmful?"

Captain Marvel shakes her head, not perturbed by the association, "Not at all. They are a new frontier of understanding of the natural world." As Lois picks up on that thread she nods, "Right. For two-fold reasons. First, if we understood how these individuals manage to somehow bend our conventional understanding of physics we can push ahead mankind's comprehension of the universe by leaps and bounds. Second, metahumans have inspired a great amount of fear from the populous. If we came to understand them, get to know who they are and why they are, I sincerely believe we can effectively combat that fear."

Captain Danvers then listens to the example, her smile wanes as she waves a hand, "Now, I'm not going to follow every potential what-if and example. That's a rabbit hole there's no end to. But yes. One of the main benefits of registration is that individuals experiencing meta-genesis will have access to the best medical care we have. Very often metahumans first experiencing their abilities could potentially harm themselves and will need care."

"These are definitely new medical and scientific horizons. Not to mention societal. I don't think we have time to explore every what-if tonight, but they all will need to be explored. This is very new territory, and I think we agree it's important to get it all right."

Lois gestures very slightly as if to indicate a slight shift of subject. "Metahuman features seem to come from many different sources. They also seem to have many different levels of… presentation, let's say. One person might have the ability to roll boxcars every time they play craps. Another might be capable of leveling cities. Now, obviously that second person is probably going to know something's up, but if someone's meta nature is not evident, do you think they should get tested? And would the penalties for avoiding registration be different between those people?"

"Absolutely. Yes." Carol nods with Lois' assessment, agreeing.

The superhero listens intently to this new line of inquiry. There is a moment of thoughtfulness before her reply, "If someone is unaware that they're meta-capable and we have no means of identifying them then there will be no penalty under the law. Mutants, as an example, do not often express their meta-characteristics until sometime during puberty. Until their powers are expressed they do not need to register. To be honest, if someone has an ability that is so extremely difficult to identify, chances are they aren't really metahuman. After all, is Usain Bolt a metahuman or human with incredible physical gifts? Would he need to register?" Carol laughs off the notion, shaking her head, "No. We're really trying to identify those that can truly defy, if not break, the laws of physics. Not people who nominally obey them."

She then adds, "As far as someone of incredibly destructive power? I think it would be best if they had themselves tested and registered as soon as possible." Not going into any sort of detail of a sliding scale of penalty.

"That's actually a very fair question!" Lois lights on it with sincere interest. "What really defines a metahuman? As I understand it, it's a very wide umbrella term that still requires a great deal of research and understanding to narrow down. There are aliens and alien hybrids. There are those who are cybernetically enhanced — at what point does an amputee become a metahuman? They're doing amazing things with prosthetics lately; if I had a prosthetic hand that I could control neurologically, would that make me metahuman? What if that hand was considerably stronger than my natural hand?"

Lois's smile is warm, almost indulgent as she goes on: "I know we don't have the answers to all of these questions. But in a month, people may be prosecuted depending on where they fall on this spectrum. If a person's in doubt, what do you recommend they do? And if a person's differences are, as far as they can tell, purely cosmetic or minimally… 'useful', shall we say, or minimally 'supernatural', are they still expected to register, undergo regular medical testing and biometric updates, and so on?"

"Absolutely." Carol fans the flames of this interest as she further adds, "Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist, has stated that eventually all of us will be augmented with computers and machines. There have already been instances of this occurring we currently label metahuman. The truth is, Metahumans are pioneers. Most unwilling but many have taken up this responsibility. They are the tip of the spear for the rest of us. We currently do not understand how much of these things work but in just a few decades? What if everyone can be like Captain America? It's only a matter of time."

However, Captain Marvel switches track as the spectre of prosecution comes up. Her expression turns grave.

"I want to make one thing absolutely clear. To you. To your viewers. To anyone listening to this interview." Adjusting herself in her seat she leans a fraction closer, tempted to stare into one of the cameras but keeps her steel blue gaze level on Ms Lane.
"The government of the United States of America and the State of New York does not tolerate bigotry or prejudice in any way shape or form. All Registrations will be private matters. Anyone using this Law as an opportunity to commit hate crimes will be discovered and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law. You can be assured that I and others in the Registered superhero community, will defend the rights of all American citizens. No matter their status."

She lets that sink in a moment before settling back into her chair, her expression regaining a fraction of its approachability, "But yes. Even if a metahuman has entirely cosmetic differences they will be expected to Register and have all required check-ups. Of course, the process for them will go very quickly."

Lois takes that seriously. Solemnly, even. She listens and nods, leaning forward a little in her chair when she hears it.

"I'm glad to hear that," she says. "As glad as everyone watching right now. You yourself, Captain, have worked alongside other metahumans for years with the goal of keeping people safe. But I gather you're aware of the criticisms being leveled against the Registration Act. I'd like you to speak to some of them. Address them publicly."

Lois shifts her position slightly. Making herself more comfortable, perhaps, but her eyes certainly never leave Carol's face. "Let's start with the implications of these checkups. There's been some suggestion that since registration will be mandatory, medical procedures — not just checkups, but any further mandatory procedures, regardless of motive — would be a violation of our right to bodily autonomy; that is, our choice what to do with our bodies. Can you speak to that?"

"Of course. I'd be happy to." Captain Marvel remains settled, her expression now serious yet receptive. She listens to the first of these criticisms carefully, nodding once or twice in a wordless 'go on'. There is a moment of hesitation in the response - only a moment.

"Our testing procedures are still evolving. As no two metahumans are exactly alike, much of the testing will have to be designed very quickly. The guiding principle will be 'The Minimum Necessary'. We will only test for data associated with metahuman abilities, nothing unrelated or invasive to those properties. If we'll indulge Mr. Bolt's example further, we would be testing to see how far and fast he can run. Nothing else."

"But you would be requiring, in this example, Mr. Bolt to undergo a battery of tests. Under international human rights declarations, if I were… say, dying of cancer, and a drop of your blood would save me — just a drop, not even a real inconvenience to you — under international law as it now stands, no one could force you to save my life. There are exceptions to that right — euthanasia, for example, or the strip searches of prisoners. But this would expand that exception to a wide and varied population of people, the vast majority of whom haven't committed a crime. There's an argument that their right to privacy would be violated by this medical testing. Why is it appropriate in these circumstances to curtail that right?"
Lois is still as neutral as ever. Polite, interested, and apparently sincerely asking these questions. By all appearances, she really wants to know.

Another moment of hesitation.

"We are in an unprecedented situation. At the end of the day, I'm no Lawyer. I am aware there are several ongoing litigation struggles right now. I'm certain there will be more to come."
Further hesitation as she looks down to her hand, palm faced downwards with fingertips on her knee. Tapping there in thought before continuing, "I can only speak as to why I personally find it appropriate. I believe that people have a right to know." She lets that sit a moment, her palm tapping her knee as she looks back to Ms Lane.
"The role of the American Government is to safeguard the people from threats, foreign or domestic. Many metahumans? We have no way of knowing if they are a threat. The vast majority are not.. But some are." Her expression levels. "Consider the example of Superman, as I do. Over fifteen years ago he arrived on the scene. He identified himself. He told us all that he meant no harm. He pledged to help us anyway he can. That certainly inspired me to follow in his example."
A beat.
"I believe he knew that people would fear him. He has tremendous power and before he spoke to us we had no idea of his intentions. If he remained unknown to us, we would have no choice but to consider him a threat. But he came forth and told us there was nothing to fear."
She spreads her hands a moment, "We are giving others like him a chance to step forward and tell us their story. That there isn't anything to fear. For those who do not step forward? .. We have to know why. We cannot allow someone who is capable of mass destruction, willingly or otherwise, to walk among us without some kind of understanding. We are inconveniencing people, yes. Bending their rights? .. Probably. But I swear to protect those who are innocent and to ensure this process of understanding disrupts their lives as little as possible."

"You suggest that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Again, her voice is calm. Understanding, even.

"That may be hard for Americans to cope with. In a country built on individual freedom, from its very foundation, telling people that they MUST give up some of that freedom for safety is hard." Her tone shifts a little, gains a bit of reminiscence. "When I was a kid, I went to school on military bases. I remember when they came to fingerprint all of us and I, as a seven year old, I remember actually thinking "well, I'd better not break any laws now". It was a long time before I found out that wasn't something done at most schools. It would've caused an uproar. But we were military kids, and used to obedience."

Another slight tilt of the head as Lois goes on. "Now, I believe that you'd come down like ten tons of bricks on anyone trying to use this information for personal gain or to harm metahumans. But with all that information in one place, no matter how good the security, it just takes one bad actor to get that information where it doesn't belong. What happens when the cows are out of the barn? And do you think New York — and the other states in the union about to take up their own versions of Registration — do you think they're all ready for this awesome level of responsibility? Up to now, SHIELD has handled matters like this."

"Or the one." Carol smiles a little wider then.
Yes she's a Trekkie from way back.

Captain Marvel returns to listening to Lane's childhood story then listening to the following comment with quiet observation. "I don't expect anyone to allow themselves to be registered lightly. It's unfortunate but it has to be done. At the very least they can be treated with dignity and integrity with compensations for their trouble."
As the competence and security of the State of New York is questioned, Captain Marvel straightens. Her shoulders squaring as she speaks evenly, "There is no such thing as perfect security but I will say that SHIELD will be applying its full weight and expertise, along with a number of extremely experienced third party allies and institutions, to ensure the Registration Database will be among the most secure in existence. SHIELD's charter is no less than the continued protection of the world. Protecting the secrets of Registered metahumans will be one of our most important duties and we will assist and oversee the efforts of the State of New York to match our highest standards."

"That's going to mean a serious uptick in SHIELD's efforts," Lois replies. "Up till now, as I understand it, their primary aim was to handle incidents and track down dangerous metahumans. It's a massive organization, and it's about to be flooded with the personal information of… how many metahumans are in New York? I suppose we'll be finding out."

All this talking, and Lois hasn't even reached for the bottle of water sitting just off camera. Laser focus. But her eyes did crinkle when Carol caught her reference.

"So. Morning of March 1. The metahumans currently resident in New York are, say, 80% registered. What happens to the other 20%? Will they be getting personal visits? What sort of crime will it be to be an unregistered metahuman?"

Its questionable if Carol really needs to drink anymore. She makes no move for refreshment either. She is as measured now as she can be, knowing every word she speaks will be reviewed and examined over and over again for years. Possibly decades.
"That is one of our chief goals and we will continue to pursue that goal." Captain Marvel confirms. As Lane herself suggests no one knows how many meta humans there are, Carol only tilts her head and smiles lightly. Also in agreement. They will just have to find out.

"Well, as you suggest we honestly do not know how many metahumans there are in operation in the state of New York. The twenty eighty is a complete guess but we'll go with it as a hypothetical. Let's say twenty percent do not register."
A moment of pause, gathering her thoughts as her eyes drift, "I imagine those who we know to be metahuman and do not register will be given a summons. A fine and a last chance to show up for Registration in person. Every effort to peacefully abide by the law will be offered."
She then continues to the other aspect, "For the metahumans we are unaware of and have not registered? We will be keeping our eyes open. Any unlawful vigilante activity by a metahuman that was overlooked in the past will not be any longer. Any metahuman discovered will be arrested and processed accordingly."

"Just like any other law," Lois replies. "Except people can't stop being illegal unless they comply to registration. As the owner of a registered handgun, I could sell that weapon at any time or transfer its ownership to someone else. You can see how that's hard to do with your genetic code. What would you say to people who, despite your assurances, don't feel comfortable registering? So many of them have been hurt, and sometimes even by people who seem to mean well. They don't feel like they can trust our government to keep them or their information safe."

Carol Danvers shakes her head, a slow deliberate motion with a hint of fatalistic resignation in her gaze.
"No more than I can stop being what I am." She holds up her gloved hands, "I did not ask for what happened to me. I am capable of far more destruction than any handgun and I can't turn it off or give it up. There are those who would say 'big whoop, you're invulnerable and can fly to the Moon, how sad your life must be' and such but the truth is I have no choice. The vast majority of metahumans have no choice. In so many cases this is tragic and almost all of them are worthy of our sympathy and understanding."
Her hands refold on her lap, her tone hardening, "But we have to face facts. Many of us could be dangerous to those around us. I believe it's the responsibility of the metahuman to prove we are no threat to anyone. I earn this trust by serving the public with all my ability. At the very least, others can step forward and show they mean no harm. This is the safest and most peaceful way of doing that. It is unfortunate that we are in the position of having to do so but we have to work with the hand we are dealt. We cannot wish for better cards."
On the final topic of trusting the government, Captain Marvel's sympathy diminishes, "Trust is a two way street. All our government can do is reach out to those it serves. If people refuse to reach in kind then there isn't much government can do for them. If someone is in possession of significant meta-ability … They will be discovered, sooner or later. The wisest course is to let us help them and keep their lives secure. Again, we aren't perfect… But it's far better than going it alone."

"Not much the government can do for them. But a lot the government can do to them. This is an at-risk minority, and a great deal of the future will be determined by how we work with them. What's been your strategy for working with the rest of the metahuman population?" Lois inquires. "Learning about their concerns and addressing them. Have you had much success?"

"Now there I'll disagree with you." Carol adds to the first, raising a hand to wave her index finger, "The government can do a lot for them. There will be tax breaks. Medical benefits. The option to volunteer with law enforcement and first responders with significant incentives for doing so. If metahumans choose to work with the Law there will be significant rewards for doing so." The other option of government intervention remains unelaborated.

"Ah! I'm glad you asked that. Apart from my own example, we have a number of metahumans working within the ranks of SHIELD in any number of capacities. I brought with me footage of these living success stories in how they've been a gigantic help in recent rescue efforts. Here, take a look.."
Gesturing for Ms Lane to cue up the footage for the audience and viewers at home.

What follows is montage of SHIELD footage set to bold trumpets and a full orchestra. Many SHIELD agents are shown working with law enforcement and first responders. Images of normal human SHIELD agents shoulder to shoulder with fire fighters digging through the rubble of Hell's Kitchen, searching for survivors. Footage of Merrow bringing potable water to the desperate and safely washing away debris. Security Cam footage of Captain Marvel and others fighting demons inside the Triskelion and rescuing visitors. Testimonials about how joining SHIELD was the best thing that ever happened to them. Other obvious metahumans saying they didn't know what to do with their lives but becoming part of something bigger gave them a sense of such belonging.

When the feed cuts back to the interview Captain Marvel seems visibly moved, a prideful smile as she adds, "To answer your question, Yes. We've had great success. A number of metahumans who were frightened and confused came to SHIELD. With compassion and training they've exceeded all expectation and become real heroes in their own right."

Captain Marvel looks visibly moved. Lois looks… neutral. Perhaps impressed now and again at the actions of the people on screen. It'll be real interesting when Merrow sees this footage, though.

"Heroes indeed," she agrees. "There's plenty of people who would join those organizations willingly, and clearly plenty who have. I saw the footage of the disaster in Hell's Kitchen: a disaster caused by neither mutants nor metahumans. I think we might be able to agree that the problem lies with violent people, not necessarily people with powers."

Lois's smile brightens then: "And then there's the possibility of government employment. I expect that to be comforting to people having trouble getting jobs. The unemployment rate of metahumans is several times that of the rest of the population, as I understand. The opportunity to work for the government that's taking such an interest must be very appealing."

"Absolutely." Captain Marvel leans in to emphasize agreement on the point about 'violent people'.
Carol then nods lightly at the point on unemployment. Such metrics she's a touch weak on however she offers, "As mentioned, Registration offers a number of benefits. The healthcare options alone could help struggling households. Anti-Discrimination laws will hold for metahumans as well as traditional minority groups. Employers found discriminating against metahumans will be subject to a number of penalties under the law. I can say for certain SHIELD is very interested in any metahuman looking for employment opportunities. We have many excellent positions open in technical and administration fields. But yes, Registration will create awareness of discrimination and give metahumans the support of the government in finding and holding good jobs."

Carol is smiling sincerely. Confident in this.

"And all for the cost of putting their health details in the hands of the State of New York. It's quite a new department," Lois continues, "though it's coming up to speed surprisingly quickly. How quickly do you think Registration will spread throughout the country? Throughout the world? More than that… in, say, a year's time, what would New York look like to you under Registration?"

Captain Marvel exhales, sinking into her chair as if deflating as the question of the future is asked. She does not respond immediately, eyes going distant. After a time she finally responds, "I think how quickly Registration spreads will entirely depend on what happens in New York over the coming year." The answer is evasive but the truth. Straightening she continues, "As we know, next year is an election year. Without doubt Registration going national is going to spearhead at least one election campaign. My great hope is that the American people will use Registration responsibly. I hope it becomes something that helps defeat fear and bring us all closer together. I hope this gives us a structure to show that we're all in this together and we can face dangers together."
The word 'Together' is emphasized as its repeated several times, it's a catch phrase that represents her fondest desire.

"I think we can agree that, whatever path we take forward, we must take it together." Lois's tone of voice changes slightly: "Thank you very much for coming, Captain Danvers. I hope we've cleared up some doubt and uncertainty together. I wish you the best of luck."

Unspoken: you're going to need it.

"That concludes this interview," she finishes, looking straight into Camera Three. "For the Daily Planet, I'm Lois Lane. Good night."

"And… CUT!"

Letting out a sharp breath, Lois unclips her microphone, sets it aside, and rises. Reaching out to shake Carol's hand, she adds: "I think that went well?"

As Ms. Lane's tone changes, Captain Marvel straightens. Recognizing that the interview is at an end she offers a gracious nod, "Thank you for speaking with me, Ms. Lane. It's been an honor."
Only then does she regard the camera, conveying an expression of bold confidence and certainty of purpose. A brave Captain in troubled waters. An expression held until..

Carol flops back into her chair like a puppet with her strings cut. Letting out a long breath she didn't know she was holding. She reaches up under her chin to fiddle with the small microphone affixed at the lapel of her super suit as aides and attendants begin to flock onto the set to assist and clean up.
"Heh!" Carol responds, handing the tiny mic to a technician was a soft but sincere 'thanks'. Standing to her full height she reaches out and accepts the hand, "Far better than I could have hoped for. Tough questions but fair. I didn't expect any less from you." Steel eyes conveying true gratitude beyond what could have been considered scripted.
She then tilts her head, fingers moving to her ear as if listening to an invisible speaker before nodding again, "I gotta get going. There's a situation with a communication satellite over Europe. Apparently begging SHIELD to send me is a lot cheaper than scheduling a shuttle launch. You take care Ms. Lane."

"I'm not known for going easy," Lois replies, a trace of a smile still on her face. "But I hope I'm known for being fair. And I mean it, Captain — the next few months are going to be hard for everyone. Please, I urge you: use your best judgment. These are human lives we're talking about."

But then Carol's being called elsewhere, and Lois's mouth crooks up at the corner. "Sounds like your life's a lot like mine. Never really off duty. Take care, Captain Danvers. I sure hope you're right."

But she doubts it, if she's being honest.

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