Two years later, Emerald turned 20. He was out of school for some time now and worked as a delivery guy for a local restaurant that focused on catering. During the two years though, he had worked out giving himself a rather athletic build, now with defining muscles that would certainly make him look more like a man but he kept the long hair. He also had new additions to his features. He often dressed in dark clothing and large hooded sweatshirts. Emerald also wore golden earrings given to him by a female companion by the name of Courtney as well as black tattoos along his arms and upper chest. He saw this as a way to differentiate himself from others around him. Some would think of his look as emo. Emerald casually decline the fact as he stated this is how he liked to look and dress. All the while, he continued his job as a delivery man, making meager money. Emerald has even told friends and family that he hated his job. Interestingly, Emerald would go through five more jobs just to try and be comfortable with what he did. Unfortunately, his life would take another hard blow like it did during the Battle of Detroit. Over the next few years, the Qularr Invasion occured, striking Millennium City hard. The mass destruction it caused left him without any family now, Emerald's mother dying in the initial wave. Her body was found by Sapphire, a female heroine that was part of the supergroup, Champions. Just as the invasion ended, Emerald's depression would start back up as it left him alone with nothing or no one to turn to or fall back on. While he had friends, he wasn't fully connected to them and did not trust them. The majority were drunks and had alcohol problems. Hell, they all partied everyday too, leaving them in such a stupor that Emerald was often left to clean up the mess and drive people home. He was saddened by this and eventually secluded himself to his home in Downtown where he would hide for months to come, trying to figure out his life and what he wanted to do with it... That was when he looked out the window towards a particularly flashy looking building in the distance. He would soon find out that this place was Club Caprice... a place that would help alter his life and bring back the happiness he once had.