Those Halcyon Days II -- All New, All Different

Game Master Stalwart

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Soldier | Danger -2 | Freak +0 | Savior +3 | Superior +1 | Mundane +3 | Soldier +2 Potential:▶️✴️✴️✴️✴️ | Conditions: Afraid, Guilty, Hopeless

"Yeah, for sure." He says, uncomfortable. "But I fear it might not be that simple... like, I don't know how deeply he has messed with Skyler's memories." He sighs, trying not to feel pessimistic about the prospect, knowing that it would only give him power.

"As I've said, Connie has a plan. We are working on it and we'll bring you and the rest of the team up to speed when the moment is right. The more people involved the bigger the risk of Cortex discovering we are after him." He says, before adding. "I'd have told you all already if not for Femtite... like, she almost destroyed her world because she just can't keep her mouth shut."

When asked about the Coprs, he shakes his head. "I haven't told them yet. The organization is big and I don't know them enough with such a delicate matter... and it is also outside of their scope. If Cortex was a demon, or whatever, then yeah."

"For now, I'm just working with them in finding a way for Skyler to train in how her powers work."


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Connie is profoundly unfazed by Whippoorwill's body language snub, secure in the knowledge that she actually has the answers the hero wants.

"I'm uninterested in a conversation with one-sided respect; you're mistaking a lack of deference for goading, kinda' telling. But rather than get more bogged down in the dynamics of what are luckily infrequent meetings: Caio knows." She ticks off points on her fingers. "He's not meaningfully psychically compromised as I said quite recently, and I cannot express to you how much he's being a Good Boyfriend to her. He also hasn't lost time or had anyone else in the mental driver's seat since at least..." her eyes flicker, "When you and Shin were dealing with the Busted Flushes." She begins scribbling a quick note on the palm of her hand and keeps going. "Since the big aggressive telepath tricks are domination, compulsion, mind reading, delusion, and mental blasts he's better covered than most. More psi-shields would actually be great though, thanks. Better if we had a psychic who operated on his wavelengths to run them through trials, but that's hardly an insurmountable obstacle, especially if Skyler helps out."

On her hand:
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Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:
Femtite wrote:

Femtīte doesn’t size-shift. She stifles an awww upon seeing the dragon-cat form, and by the time she decides on a fairy dress, Percy is back to full size, so she remains human-sized.

“I don’t know how it would’ve gone anyway. Of course I was prepared to back you up. But… I was also mentally prepared for Mr. Hendricks to downplay his words. I’m sorry you had to experience this.” She hesitates a moment, but decides to just say it anyway. “The bright side is, you won’t be shocked when similar words are blurted in the courtroom.

“If the lawyer on our side said it, you can expect Mathers’ lawyer will.” She adds, “Just to fluster you,” and her glow reddens.

She stops talking so her fire will cool to its usual golden hue.

Percy gives a great and wide shrug, "I dunno either, and honestly I don't know how I'd react if it happened in the court case. I don't even know if I'll be taken seriously in the court. I mean the way he was talking I might not even be protected under Human laws."

With a great sad sigh with drooped wings and all he shakes his head, "Anyway I'm going to get going now, not much more we can talk about right now anyway. Plus I've got to check in with Feya's costume guy. While it's nice and freeing, I don't think the citizens of halcyon would like me to remain sky-clad while saving people at least not in my other form."


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Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Connie and Whip

Shin is trying to listen to his mentors advice and take it seriously. He could probably figure out something at school, talk out openly in neutral ground, and be prepared in case-

"Conflux." He speaks up to her. "Why didn't you tell anyone else? Not Imagerie, or Yeoman, or Ordinance - someone who would be immune or resistant to tampering you could trust?" Hidden behind Whip's wings, she wouldn't be able to see his expression. "Why would you discuss this only with Rain?"

There's another thought that comes out...

Rain

"...so you and Connie decided to keep this to yourselves. For security reasons. Because you couldn't trust me, or Femtite, or any member of the Alliance either resistant or immune to mental tampering - or the Corps, even though you trust them to help train Skyler in her inherited powers from her father."

There's a lot of disappointment in Shin's voice right now as he looks at Caio. "You've obviously met Cortex before. And it's obvious that you dislike him. Why are you keeping his daughter so close? Why are you giving her access to the Corps' resources? Who gave you that idea?"

Conflux

"...why is it that you trust Skyler when she's more likely to have been mentally influenced than anyone else?" He asks her. "Who gave you that idea?"

Assess the Situation: 2d6 + 2 - 2 ⇒ (6, 2) + 2 - 2 = 8

What here can I use to rule out that Connie has been mentally conpromised?


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

"Yeah bud, not everyone's excited to take my calls. I have contact info for just Imagerie out of those three, I don't have any reason to assume she'd be particularly resistant to Cortex's tampering, I used my chit with her trying to make sure Femtite wasn't turning her girlfriend's brain into goo, and we haven't exactly been chatting since."

She shrugs and tightly tosses her head "Anyways, telling Whippoorwill is just more efficient. I get to learn more about how Cortex structures his compulsions, she has the odd insight like pointing out that the Alliance had done not even the slightest interview of their candidates, and eventually she was willing to listen to me saying over and over that something was wrong with her brain.

"Lastly, nothing I've said should be mistaken for my trust in Skyler. Caio trusts her, and it will make things a lot less complicated if he's right. The facts definitely suggest that she's unwilling to some degree, but I'm not the kind of person to expect simplicity out of their relationship."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Femtite leaves Percy with a simple, “Just know you’re not alone… and being Different isn’t always hard.” She decides now is REALLY not the time to tell Percy about her fans. She simply lets him go on his own with a “Can’t wait to see the new costume!

“Later!”


==========
Later…

Femtite heads back to her dorm. She could just read, or go fly around, or peer into the subatom—

I keep putting this off. Bug-Eye?

Femtite telepathically dictates a text.

Skyler:
☀️: Remember where you sat the first time we talked?
☀️: I was mistaken about your reason for sitting here.
☀️: That’s because I was making a guess based on what my reason would have been if I was the one isolating myself.
Skyler: I also remember when you focused on protecting me and the noobs from that alien who attacked us.
Skyler: If we're reminiscing

☀️: Can we talk?

She’s about to add girls’ room, 15 min before first class. But why wait for tomorrow? Considering the likelihood Skyler is alone at the moment, unless Caio went directly from the DA’s to her dorm (also highly probable), she wonders whether she can just get this out of the way now.

☀️: If you’re free for a few minutes, you can stop by my dorm.


Soldier | Danger -2 | Freak +0 | Savior +3 | Superior +1 | Mundane +3 | Soldier +2 Potential:▶️✴️✴️✴️✴️ | Conditions: Afraid, Guilty, Hopeless

"Dude... give me some credit, ok?" He asks. "Hear me out and let me give you more context."

"Look Shin, first and foremost, please don't reduce Skyler to 'Cortex's daughter'." He asks. "She isn't him and I'm doing whatever I can to assure this, ok?"

He sighs, uncomfortable with sharing so much. "Skyler... she doesn't really have friends. You might have noticed that in school. She is never around other students. She has no siblings that she knows about. Her mother, the only person she trusts, is mentally ill and can't even take care of herself. Cortex is her real father, and her adoptive father is the leader of the CHC..." Looking into his eyes, he adds. "So, messy family, powers she doesn't really understand, couple mistakes or crimes in her past, probably being pressured to commit them, someone she feels she should care for, few empathy from others, feeling she doesn't deserve being helped... does this reminds you of someone else?" He asks, hoping for sympathy by comparing just how similar Skyler's and Victoria's life are.

"So... no one gave me any ideas. Back when we were dealing with Femtite's f+@+up and Imagerie and Gothic came to meet us, Gothic told me Matariel had already purged anything Cortex tried to put in my head." He explains. "From my first meeting with Cortex, I knew for sure he had gotten inside your head and, frankly, can you really blame me for not trusting you with my personal problems after you knocking me out literally minutes earlier?" He asks, before continuing. "I don't trust Femtite, Percy was dealing with a lot of s**@ and I did not know if Cortex had got him as well, but Connie I was certain she was clear because she questioned the whole thing as soon as she saw us three. So yeah, she was the only one within the team that I knew was safe to talk about it."

"The Alliance wasn't also an option. Cortex said he'd handle them and even if I was sure he'd not be able to get all of them, I could not know who to trust, even if I could reach them in the first place. Like, don't they have much more important things to do than helping us with our personal s&~!?" He keeps going. "The Corps aren't much better. They are much more private and I don't even know their whole business yet."

"Look, even if looking back this might seem a bad move, I felt I had no one but Connie to trust and I was afraid of the consequences of breaking Cortex's safeguards to keep Skyler safe..." He explains. "I'm not happy with her part in the CHC and I'm not happy as well that Cortex entered your minds to keep her clear of legally answering for them, but considering everything, I do believe this was the least s+*%tier outcome."

Knowing how that looked, he was quick to elaborate. "I honestly feel I'm the only person in her life that is sticking up for her. As long as she is with me I'm certain I can show her how her life could be different than from what if has been, ok?" He asks. "She'd not have left a juvie as a better person and for sure it would have been even worse if Cortex had disappeared with her."

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

With Femtite

"Yeah, hey thanks for just hearing me out and giving me some good advice Femtite. I appreciate it, we should see if the gang wants to do a movie or something later. Between saving the world the busy holidays and legal stuff, I think we could use some together time where we aren't beating crime. I'll put a message out to everyone, or you can if I don't get to it maybe, I'll catch you later."

With that he began a jaunt down the street, waiting for a good opening on the road to merge into it and use it as a runway to take flight and head off to the costume designer's place.

If Femtite didn't have influence already I'd say she gets it again. Feels just a little gamey to get a free label shift though

Later at Unity station

Percy is lounging in the front room, flipping through a tiny, by comparison book, one for school work. Due to his clawed digits he's trying very hard not to tear the pages though the marks in the side show he's been not as successful as he'd like.


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Femtite smiles sweetly, and is glad Percy seems to feel better. She’ll still hold off on telling him about her fan club though because this conversation was for him.

Gaining extra influence:
⬇️ Mundane down because Percy is Different, and that’s okay.
⬆️ Savior up because Femtite sees First Class is floundering, and thinks Percy is the team’s best hope in part due to his willingness to both give and receive advice.

But will the team really want to hang out and watch a movie if I’m there? She’s not so sure. But she doesn’t want to undermine what Percy’s trying to accomplish.

“I think you should contact the team with this idea, since… well… it is your idea. But if you want me to help by suggesting a movie…” She remembers enjoying Peter Pan with Connie, so she has Bug-Eye project an alphabetical list of movies in ultraviolet, so only she can see it. (And Glasswing, if she were here!)

It only takes a couple seconds for her to blurt, “Alien—no, wait—Aliens! Yes, I am interested in a movie called Aliens-plural!”

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

"Hah, Aliens huh. I think we missed the mark on that one by a few months. I'll see what the others think though, if you've got any other ideas we can add them to the list, that way we have a good set to chose from."

Unity

Sighing at his inability to not ruin books, Percy shifted down into his smaller humanoid shape and grabbed his phone.

Team
Percy: Hey guys I passed this idea by Fems earlier, but I think we should do a movie night or something just us, no funny business. She suggested Aliens, I was thinking to get some ideas and maybe a time where everyone'd be free. Thoughts?


Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Connie and Whip

"You could have asked me for any contact info. I could have given it to you, no questions asked. I am a resource with access to more resources, and a g$&+#&n supercomputer in the same place you have your extradimensional trashcan. I get that we were compromised in your eyes and you had to have data on what psychic abilities could do, which again is something you could have looked up with Clocktower. There were plenty of opportunities for you to ask."

He shakes his head. "Sensei's willing to listen. But you need to treat her at least like your peer and not dig at her for things she didn't know until you deemed it right to let her know. Please meet us halfway. And as for Skyler, who you've said is also under her father's influence and suggestions, I don't think we should trust her powers are going to be able to help counter his own."

Rain

Shin sits and listens and tries to interject a couple times while Caio's speaking, but eventually settles until it seems like he's finished rationalizing his behavior to him.

"You answered question one. I'm sorry I reduced her to 'the daughter', that was obviously reductive. And yes, I do see the similarities even though we're comparing apples to oranges when we're talking about them. However. You did not in that whole speech touch my other two questions."

He holds up one finger. "So I'll rephrase it. Why are you asking the Corps to help her train her powers when we're literally in superhero classes and can talk to other heroes who can help her with that? And was that your idea to go to the Corps, or someone else's?"


Rooftop

Whippoorwill steps back and folds her arms, letting Horizon and Conflux discuss.

There's not much around to really verify that Connie's not compromised. He could try to shock her system, like with smelling salts or a flashbang.

Femtite:

☀️: Can we talk?
☀️: If you’re free for a few minutes, you can stop by my dorm.
Skyler: I guess.
Skyler: I'll be down in 10

It's more like fifteen minutes, but Skyler knocks on her door. Seeing her up close after the holiday break, it's evident that Skyler has a little sunburn peel on her cheeks around a dusting of freckles that were less obvious before. She's also growing out her pink hair, with her usual shaved side of her head sporting a couple weeks worth of fuzz.

"Yeah? Whatcha need?"


Soldier | Danger -2 | Freak +0 | Savior +3 | Superior +1 | Mundane +3 | Soldier +2 Potential:▶️✴️✴️✴️✴️ | Conditions: Afraid, Guilty, Hopeless

"Oh, because I trust them more than the Alliance." He says, without thinking twice, then shrugging. "Look, I understand you think highly of the Alliance and can rely on Whippoorwill for help. Femtite seems to be closer to Imagerie now and Percy always talks to Feya, but me?" He shakes his head. "I have the Corps."

"Back at the ball, they came to help me before I knew they exited. They figured out a lot about how Skyler's powers worked. Later, when I needed their help they gave me Matariel's sword, then actually trained me. They were also there to help us reach Italy and after to offer the tech to stabilize the Nanometeor."

"It was my own idea to look for them and I'm confident in my choice. Half the time I've interacted with the Alliance I was treated like a child." He shrugs again. "They probably have their reasons, but in contrast the Corps treat me like one of them. No interviews, no fancy galas, no action figures... the world doesn't even know they exist."

"They are different. If they are better or worse than the Alliance is up for debate for sure, but I do identify myself much more with them. It is a matter of preference and that is all."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Skyler:
Femtite had done quite a bit of decorating in her room. She has a framed picture of herself with Chastity, both holding cups from the fro-yo place by the museum. Her loft bed has neatly arranged photos, alternately pink and yellow that include things like a NASA photo of the sun in which the sun appears to be smiling, sunflowers, a sunset… and there is a special place for the fairy dust, sketches of a doll design, and a photo of Femtite and several human girls dressed like Femtite!

Femtite is clad in the same outfit she had on when she rescued Skyler and ‘the noobs.’ (Many cosplayers also wore that—her argyle sweater-vest, plaid skirt, thigh high tube socks…)

She has graham crackers, marshmallows and dark chocolate laid out, and two mugs. “Please, come in. S’mores flower?” she offers, “And to drink, hot chocolate or tea?” If Skyler is interested in the snack and/or drink, Femtite’s Heliokinesis heats everything to perfection.

Sky may take a seat on one of the pillows under the loft bed. Femtite will side sit on the other, if she does.

Regardless of how niceties go…
Femtite is a polite hostess. She wants Skyler to feel welcome. She really isn’t upset. Not anymore. If she were, she wouldn’t bother. But now that it doesn’t hurt anymore, she can talk about it…

“Thank you for coming. I’m sorry we haven’t really talked since… well, since that old text from November Whateverith.” She doesn’t dance around the topic. “So, you and Caio are a couple, and you know what he thinks of me. And whatever you two talk about is none of my business.

“Except when I’m the topic.”

There’s no anger in her voice. She’d been putting this off and putting this off and afraid… and with the Nanometeor safely stowed, the nightmares no longer recurring, it’s all so much easier now. Especially with Conway back. And the fans!

“I hope I’m not… I’m not trying to make you uncomfortable. I’m not even upset, really. Not anymore. But reputations matter. I would like an opportunity to clear any misunderstandings.”

PtM, Influence: 2d6 - 2 + 1 ⇒ (4, 5) - 2 + 1 = 8
How can I get Sky to hear my side of a disturbing story Caio told her about me?


Femtite:

Skyler hovers by the door, not getting comfortable or eating anything, preferring to wait to see the reason for Femtite's invitation.

When the Pixite explains, Skyler's hands go up. "Whoa." She looks like she's about to bolt, glancing behind her at the door.

She lowers her hands deliberately. "Look. Me and Caio are in a good place right now. Like, really good, okay? And I'm not going to do anything to mess it up. So... I don't really know what your goal is here? But he really hasn't said anything. No deets, anyway."

She takes a step back and puts one hand on the doorknob. "And since you two are still on the same team? I'll pretend real hard that you didn't ask this."

You'll have to really convince her that this isn't some effort to get her to take Femtite's side over Caio's.


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Skyler:
“Skyler, I don’t expect you to jeopardize your relationship with him.

“I just thought… okay, my goal.” She decides it’s best to get to that. “I feel like our team isn’t in a good place. I guess my hope was that he said something to you, and we could talk about it, and because you’re his girlfriend you might help me understand why he thinks of me that way…

“Okay, this idea didn’t seem dumb in my head, but now that I’m in the middle of it… glaring flaws.”

Getting back to the goal, “I don’t know how to get on Caio’s good side, and the rift leads to probably-mutual trust issues. I thought you’d be the best person to talk to.

“I’m not going to disrespect the guy you love or expect you to be somehow against him because of anything I say. I’m not even asking you to keep this conversation a secret. He’s your boyfriend. I have no right to ask you to keep anything from him.

“I’m hoping to make things better for the team, which is to Caio’s benefit as much as mine.” She hopes Skyler can sense her sincerity, or if her powers don’t do that, does she agree with the premise?


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Connie looks resigned. "Bud, I'm not gonna tell you not to worry. Worrying is good. However, I stand by Whip being more efficient. I also wanted both of you here so I could get more data on external cues easier to recognize patterns when you have more data points after all. If Clocktower actually has the kind of data that I needed that would really surprise me, and then..." She considers. "Yeah." A nod. "That would've been worth poking you early. But I don't think Clocktower has data on mystic-psychic crossovers, right? Again, I don't know for sure, but that was what I was operating on, and if I'm wrong I would like to see them."

She looks honestly confused at his point about Whip. "Treating her like a peer is what I'm doing... kind of?" She turns to Whippoorwill "I'm acknowledging your additional years of experience, but that does come with annoyance when I feel like they aren't adding what I expect them to. Also, you've been rude as s+@# since I met you, and especially since I got here, and anyone who expected me to be the only one bringing pinky-raising etiquette is just completely delusional or looking for me to fail. I don't know how else to express this - this is half way! I know that just because you get absolutely punked sometimes doesn't mean you're actually a useless a*%&!!! - THAT IS WHY I AM TALKING TO YOU WHEN I COULD HAVE JUST LET THE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS COMPULSION LIE, BECAUSE I THINK YOU ARE MOST LIKELY A NET POSITIVE." She looks back and forth between her and Shin. "Seriously, do you think I just reflexively clue people in who don't need to know? Especially when it could be dangerous?"

"Okay, but Skyler. I have no idea what she'll be able to do with her powers. Having the home field advantage in her own head should help overcome any weight-class issues with proper motivation and leverage, but maybe it won't be enough. That's not the only way out or through; I barely care about if her powers give us an edge against Cortex; that doesn't mean I'm going to let her be f~+$ing locked up in her own mind any longer than I have to, and I f@~!ing hate that it's been this long, and if either of you can't figure out why I might be furious at both the danger that Skyler being brought into our class could represent, and the depths of the way that the people who took responsibility for her have failed her, then maybe I'm wrong, and getting punked by compulsion aside, you are stupid, useless a+$+&%$s too g%+&!$n wrapped up in your own failure.

"You lost one round; this is how we can get an actual win."


Femtite:

Skyler relaxes visibly. She takes her hand off the doorknob and leans her back against the door. "Okay. That... that's not terrible."

She's quiet as she thinks over Femtite's words. "Well..." she begins, but quickly shakes her head. "I mean, there's... no." She thinks some more. "You could-- um, f~!%. Well, definitely not that."

She deflates. "I have no f~*@ing clue. Sorry. And don't think I don't sympathize, but... I really don't want to get involved. Caio... I can't... risk..." Tears start welling in her eyes. "S+*@. F*+$. Why am I so f!$!ing weepy all the time?" She fishes out a used tissue from a pocket and dabs at her eyes.

She sniffs while staring at the ceiling to stave off even more tears. "Sorry. I'm gonna go."

Rooftop

Whippoorwill remains stoic while Conflux makes her points. She lets her speak, only arching an eyebrow when she's accused of being rude.

"At the risk of prolonging this debate unnecessarily," she says somewhat tiredly, "Skyler's presence in the classes was not a security breach. They're educational. We're not offering up trade secrets, we're trying to raise the next generation.

"But it will be telling to find out who put her in the class."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Skyler:
Femtite did not anticipate this.

“Oh no… Skyler? Wait. You said you don’t want to get involved—that’s good enough for me.”

She grabs a tissue box and holds it out so Skyler can take one, or as many as she wants.

“Please, Skyler, accept my apology. I didn’t think this would be hard on you.” She has no idea what is going on with the poor girl. Maybe this is why Caio is so uptight. He has his own problems, or he’s helping Skyler with hers? It is not my business. “You are free to go of course. But why not sit a moment? Just to dry your eyes, so you may walk out calmly.

“I promise you, I will not pry. I will not speak of this interaction to anyone. You are safe here.”


Femtite:

Skyler tries to get it under control on her own, then has a second thought and accepts a fresh tissue. She sniffs a few times as she dries her eyes. "Thanks," she mumbles.

Hovering at the door, Skyler begins hesitantly, "Look, I hope you two can get back to, you know, a good spot or whatever. But if I talk to him about it and it doesn't, you know, work out... I'll feel bad like I pressured him.

"So, yeah. Good luck."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Skyler:
Femtite is glad Skyler stuck around long enough to calm down. Reputations matter. She doesn’t want Skyler walking the school grounds teary-eyed. People would talk.

Femtite will tell no one. She won’t ask why Skyler cries so much. And she certainly won’t ask Skyler to talk to Caio on her behalf because that’s practically guaranteed to go very badly.

“It’s okay, Skyler. I wouldn’t want you to do something that would come off as pressuring him, especially for my sake. No good could come of that, and actually, I’m very grateful you took the time to talk to me. It was helpful, in fact, to hear your perspective.

“And I’m happy for you that things are going well with him. So just hang onto that, and know that no matter how weird things might be between Caio and I, you are still my teammate’s girlfriend. So whatever this is—“ She holds up the tissue box. “—I won’t ask. But I am on your side, if you need me to be.”

C&S, Influence: 2d6 - 2 + 1 ⇒ (6, 3) - 2 + 1 = 8
Fem wants Sky to feel good about having helped already. Aaaand since that’s 7+, also kinda hoping the feel-good means Sky doesn’t think it comes off as rude to leave, because she keeps hovering at the door and my read is she feels trapped.
_
Not sure if Fem’s aura gives Sky the read, but she truly feels better from this conversation (though it didn’t go as planned) and doesn’t think Sky needs to speak on her behalf.


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Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Connie and Whip

"Yeah, no, I get it. She's got a bad dad who's controlling her. I see the parallels," Shin says. "We'll work on this now. I'm going to go check with Caio later, make some additional assessments. Because December 2nd was a while back. And Cortex could have crossed paths with the boy dating his daughter again easily." He scowls. "In fact, this makes me think of something else that happened to him and Skyler - the missing bits of time they were having. Cortex would fit for that."

He looks at her scribbling on her palm, stepping close to try and see what she's writing, and looking confused at the gibberish. "...I have a notepad and pencil in my kit if you need to write something."

Rain

"...see, that's where you're wrong. We are children." Shin tells Caio. "We're children, so that's why the Alliance treats us with kid gloves. Or were you not there when we nearly imploded from our own stupidity trying to deal with Femtite's temporal troubles? Until you act to disprove the Alliance otherwise, they're going to keep treating us like kids."

He lets out a slow breath. "Okay, tangent over. Now, you're saying it was your idea to let Skyler work with the Corps? Has she visited their facilities?" He asks slowly. "How many times have you visited them with her, and do you have any logs of those visits?"


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Connie gets very still, spinning the pen in her left hand around her fingers as she mutters, "It doesn't need to parallel anything, especially in the present tense, to recognize that she could be living in a frozen hell."

She jams the sharpie back in her pocket.

"Of course it also doesn't take a genius to recognize that someone whose known powerset potentially includes learning secrets about people that she studies closely might present different opportunities for a security breach. Just if anyone was willing to stop pretending there hadn't been a pretty glaring f$**up, take the L, and move on to fixing things.

"So. I'm proposing I try to debug her mind. We try to get her on side and give her an actual chance to help out. Simplest would be get a qualified psychic to take a look, but if I were him, and especially if I knew she'd be poking around where she might bump into Gothic, or Imagerie, or Psyche, not to mention palling around with the cult... Well, I might not think precisely like him, but I don't want someone else getting hurt without checking my hunch. We'll need to tell the rest of the team too. I'd rather wait till the last minute, to avoid any possible psychic pick up, but honestly, I feel like that'll hurt cohesion enough to make the added OpSec not worth it. So we should give 'em at least a couple days. At least to get ready in case it goes wrong."


Soldier | Danger -2 | Freak +0 | Savior +3 | Superior +1 | Mundane +3 | Soldier +2 Potential:▶️✴️✴️✴️✴️ | Conditions: Afraid, Guilty, Hopeless

"Right." He agrees with Shin's assessment. In truth, he did not agree in the least, but when did arguing with him or correcting his views has ever ended in a positive outcome?

"Yes, it was my idea." He affirms for the third time. "She has visited them only once, back at the ball night. We are still arranging everything for her trainings to begin, so there is no logs."


Time Passes...

The Alliance assists in the sweep for Heartache, but all the leads on the Instigators' whereabouts are dead ends.

Similarly, Cortex is showing no signs of being currently in Halcyon City. An investigation into the Worrells' residence discovers a guest room that the family had completely forgotten about that shows signs of being used as a safehouse for the CADRE mercenary. Outside of his tagged winter coat and a few other bits of clothing, nothing else of interest was located within.

More strange occurrences appear in the intervening days, including sightings of a herd of centaurs in Ditko Park and a subway entrance tunnel turning into a gloomy dungeon corridor, complete with flaming sconces and barred cells containing bleached skeletons.

================
Halcyon Prep, lunchtime

The lunchtime period this weekday is typical, with the various cliques and couples congregating at their regular spots. Skyler is her newly lovey-dovey self with Caio, while Chastity is putting up her transparent "we're not a couple" show while still sitting next to Maeve in the Gina, Ngon, and Raquel group.

Shin is startled by an empty tray slapping down on the table next to him. "I hope this is the cool kids' table, 'cause I'm going to be so disappointed in you if you're not." Valerie Tepe slides in the seat beside him, drawing a decent amount of attention from nearby students, being the new girl with impeccable fashion. "Tasha Rembert. Pleased to meet you."

Across the cafeteria, Connie notices another new student chatting with some boys who have decided to be her welcoming committee. She has dark hair with purple tips, and distinctive mismatched eyes.

What do you do??


Secret Identity | Danger +1 | Freak -2 | Savior 0 | Superior +3 | Mundane +3 |

Maeve feels lighter as she continues her daily routine of reading, exercising, and being close to Chastity while feigning ‘not that close.’

She is more than happy to talk about about music or books or—Oh, movies! Because of the thing!—so she eventually starts that topic. “It’s not like I didn’t watch ‘American’ movies as a nymph, I mean kid, and in fact, I even know quite a few pix—girls with a rather unhealthy obsession with Star Wars. Just the first three. By which I mean Four through Six.”

Skipping to the point, she asks the girls—and Ngon too, “Do you prefer contemporary movies, or movies of your parent’s’ generation? What genre or specific movie?”

(Maeve is oblivious to the new girls at school. She is in a good mood, and not really watching her back or stressing over life’s challenges.)


Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Lunchtime

Connie wrote:
"It doesn't need to parallel anything, especially in the present tense, to recognize that she could be living in a frozen hell."
Caio wrote:
"As long as she is with me I'm certain I can show her how her life could be different than from what if has been, ok?"

Shin's sleeping terribly as of late. Its not enough to be stressing about the upcoming trial of Connie's dad, Femtite's new found fame he was worried would cause problems, Heartache and the Instigators out in the wind, Cortex and the CADRE - no, now he was secretly worried the new sudden events of strange things cropping up in the city had to do with reality unraveling again from one of the Sentinels' earlier nemeses. And on top of that, he had to learn about the 1980s and the end of the Cold War.

So he's shocked out of his state of staring at the same sentence in the textbook for several minutes by the arrival of a shocking face. He looks at her in surprise for a couple seconds, things clicking fairly well before he speaks to her. "Shin Akebono. You look great." His eyes drift to her empty tray, but he fully understands that's not what she gets sustenance from anymore.

"I used to hang with the volleyball team. It's been awkward for a while since I broke up with Grace. And then the whole cat mutant serum incident." He shrugs. "So, are you living on campus? Need a tour guide? Or I guess I can introduce you to some of the cooler people on campus if you're looking to network. I like Tasha. Did you pick that?"

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

Time passing

In his spare time Indy goes to check out the rumors of the centaurs in the park, choosing to go as his humanoid form to not cause too much of a ruckus.

Hal-prep, lunchroom

Percy gets ready to take a seat near shin with two full trays, "Hey Shin, new lady. Uh.. i'm not interrupting anything if I sit here right?" He asks 'Tasha' cautiously, "If it would be I can ya know." He tilts his head further down the table.


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Oh if that's her that would just be sillie.

Connie weighs observation vs. investigation, and decides to delegate. She leaves the cheer table with a quick smile and wave and breezes past Caio and Skyler. "Hey bud, you see the gal with the purple tips. Can you let me know if she does anything weird? Oh and Pinkie Pie, we should chat soon. Hit me up?"

With that Connie goes in search of her favorite easily bribable office aide. New semester, new suspicious-ass transfers...


Ditko Park

Indarius definitely finds signs in the frozen ground of hoofprints. More than just rumors, a few bystanders managed to catch cell phone video, and the security cameras set up in the park show the centaurs racing from one copse of trees to another, vanishing once they're out of sight of the cameras.

===============
Lunch period

Maeve learns Raquel doesn't watch movies, but Gina and Ngon enjoy action films and mocumentaries.

"I like the American Greetings Channel movies," Chastity ventures.

"That's because you haven't watched anything else," Raquel says, not looking up from her phone.

"They're wholesome," she defends, to which Raquel just gives her a look.

Gina leans in. "You should watch the Impossible Mission Force movies. The main actor, he does all his own stunts. And he's baseline. That's impressive."

"He's got super resilience or something. That's just propaganda," Ngon says.

"Nuh-uh, remember, he broke his ankle filming the one before last."

"Just a lie to sell it. No one's going to care as much if he's not going to get hurt if he falls off those planes. I mean, it's still cool though."

* * *

At Shin's table, the new girl scoots over to make room for the dragon. "I'm new here," she says with a smirk. "You could kick me out if I'm taking your spot."

She turns back to Shin to answer his questions. "The name's a long story. Sure! I'll take a tour. I haven't decided if I'm going to live on campus. It'd... be a change, that's for sure. But I don't back down from a challenge." 'Tasha' arches an eyebrow at Shin.

* * *

"Wait a sec!" Skyler calls after Connie, getting up from her seat. She forces her to wait when she turns back to plant a deep kiss on Caio, then hurries to catch up.

"Hey, I don't know what you need, but I was wondering real quick. Do you have any spells or potions that can speed up hair growth?" Cheeks reddening, she lifts the longer half of her hair that is draped over her shaved side, now sporting a couple weeks of growth. "Caio, you know, likes long hair. And this is going to take a while to grow out, you know, naturally? Any chance you could hook me up? I'll owe you one."

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

Ditko Park

Indarius hums at all the evidence presented to him, he approached some of the trees and pulled out his communicator.

Team-wide
"Hey guys, checking out the centaur stuff out here at Ditko park. Seems it might be a bit more than just illusions and smoke and mirrors. I'll try to keep you updated, but I think we should reach out to them and figure out what's going on."

With that he ventured into the trees on foot keeping aware of his surroundings with his enhanced sight making it a bit easier to deal with the shade of the trees or any glaring snow blindness.

Hal-Prep

Indy sets his trays down, "Nah you aren't taking my spot, it's just polite to ask." He sits down and begins to munch on the provided food since he's got the normal amount of time to eat double the order. "Think it's good for Shin here to give you a tour myself." He turns to catch a glimpse at Shin causing the tapetum lucidum in his eye to reflect for a moment giving it an almost ominous glare effect. "So long as he leaves extra curriculars out, I'm sure you'd be done by the end of tomorrow even."


Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Previously, Team Channel

Horizon: Don't go alone, take Rain or Femtite with you to investigate. You never know with these events. I don't want anyone disappearing into another dimension or slipping through time.

Lunchtime

"It's fine, Percy. Tasha here," He emphasizes her name, "Just wanted to sit at the cool kids table and I was about to tell her no one in school is cooler than you." He knows better than to talk business while they're in school, or else he'd ask how the investigation went.

He looks to 'Tasha' to speak to her. "Glad that you feel up for the challenge of closet sized dorm rooms, shared shower spaces and college prep courses. And," He adds, looking back at Percy, "If there are extra curriculars you're interested in I can help introduce you to the right people."

He pauses, and realizes that he's got to tell her about Heartache. Not now, but later when they have a few moments alone. "What's your schedule like? I have a free period this afternoon, might be great for scoping out the campus."


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Team Channel
"Odd omissions there."

***

"Hair growth? Yeah sure that's pretty easy. Warning, it does get itchy." She looks sideways at Skyler. "You like it too, right? No one with a do like yours doesn't have hair opinions."


Ditko Park
Approaching the trees where the centaurs apparently disappeared, Indarius gets a sense of something like deja vu. A residual magic is in the air that feels oddly familiar.

Unfortunately, the faint traces do not have any more strength, and like snowflakes they melt under the pale sunlight of winter.

===============
Halcyon Prep

Tasha leans back and watches Indy tear into his food with some fascination. "Cool. Yeah." She scoots a few inches further away while pulling out a school tablet. "You make this sound so glamorous. Let's see... English Lit then Media Arts after lunch. I might be able to get excused from that for the tour."

* * *

Skyler tugs at the longer side while making a face. "Not itchy all the time, right? I'll grow it out the old fashioned way if that's the case."

Thanks to the power of suggestion, Skyler scratches the fuzzy side of her head. "Yeah. Asymmetrical hairstyles are fun, but I'm ready for a change. I always figured I'd shave it all, but that's like, not really an option now."

That afternoon

Tasha is chatting with a male student when Shin finds her after her Media Arts class. He seems to remember him as Alden, one of the football players. She excuses herself from the conversation and waves goodbye to the much bigger youth.

"Tour time?" she asks when he approaches.


Secret Identity | Danger +1 | Freak -2 | Savior 0 | Superior +3 | Mundane +3 |

Mae thinks Chastity’s taste in movies is so innocent it’s adorable. She says to her, “I was hoping your mother might permit you to do a movie ni…well, Movie Noon? at Raquel’s.” Turning to Raq, she says, “but you don’t like movies, so that’s out.”

She says to Gina and Ngon, “I don’t know why it would matter whether or not an actor has powers. I mean… not in a way he should lie about it. Powers don’t make the hero, and there are heroes without powers.” She smiles proudly at Chastity. If Conway started a fan club for her, Mae would join it! “It must be the case for actors as well. Power or no power, do their actions make me want to root for them? Are their characters believably portrayed as heroic? Do their stories interest me?

“Oh… and since you like action movies, have you seen Aliens? I saw Alien on an alphabetical list, and it jumped out at me. But I think I would prefer the plural-form version because there are surely two aliens or more.”


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Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Team Channel

Horizon: Who's going to rescue them if they do get spirited away?

Afternoon tour

Shin looks at Alden with a blank stare for a couple moments. Sizing him up, considering his strengths and weaknesses. Then he realizes what he's doing and focuses instead on 'Tasha'.

"Let's go around campus. Gymnasium, art rooms, library, computer lab, auditorium..." He says as they start to walk. "I see you're making friends already. Getting the pulse on the social scene here?" He asks.

"...I'll be honest, I didn't expect that you would enroll here. I thought that if you did enroll in school it would have been a more low profile place." He tries not to notice the difference lip gloss makes for her smile. "Not that I'm unhappy with your choice. I'm actually really happy."

He adjusts his glasses, looking out at the campus quad. "...there's stuff I've found out. But I don't want to burst this pleasant bubble right now. We can talk about it all later."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Team Channel
☀️: Appreciate the vote of confidence. -_-


The Scene of the Whatever
Femtite offers, “I could look into the subatomic unstructures. Perhaps the hoofprint, unless you feel there is an object or location of greater significance.

“My ability as a Seer is powerful, if used properly, and also time-consuming. I’d rather have your input before I commit.”

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

Ditko Park
Indarius: I think that'd actually be a good idea. This feels very.. familiar and I can't quite place why. Actually if a few of you are free, could you come by I'd like to dig a bit deeper into this. I don't want a repeat of the golem situation from Rustside, and there's a whole other part that might be connected. You know the Subway turned spooky fantasy dungeon. I don't want to say it's coincidence but something about that reminds me of when we did the realistic D&D game with one of the Mathers.

There is a significant pause, Indarius: I'd actually like to trance out here, see if I can find the focal point for the potential rip in the veil, last thing we need is for people to get trampled or worse by centaurs who are just running through the woods. But Femtite let's maybe not mess with the subatomics of potentially magical entities and dimensional tears. I'm good with you coming to back me up though if you want.

Hal-Prep

Percy stops to laugh weakly at the jab, "Haha, get it cause I'm a walking ice box. Thanks for the reminder." He retorts blandly, while shaking his head at Shin completely missing his point on Extra Curriculars. "Anyway. Yeah, hope you two have fun." Percy eats quietly the rest of the time and when he's done picks his things up and goes to return the trays, feeling like Shin always gets so mean when there are people he likes around.


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

"Just during the rapid growth period. If you're not great at suppressing itches I'd take a sleeping pill and then add the ointment. Why isn't shaving an option? You'd look good bald."


Lunch time

Gina's eyes go wide. "You have to see Alien first. Then Aliens. It's a sequel."

Ngon squints in thought. "What would it be like seeing them the other way around?" He shakes his head after concluding, "No way. Can't recommend it."

Raquel huffs. "Maeve, it's not like I'm opposed to watching a movie. I've seen them. The smell of popcorn gives me a headache. Ngon, you've got a good setup in your dorm, right?"

"Yeah, I'll host!" he perks up.

Chastity shifts uncomfortably. "I'll... see if I can get permission."

* * *

Skyler blinks like Conflux is talking nonsense. "I just told you. Caio likes long hair."

===============
Afternoon tour

Tasha jams her thumbs in her skintight denim jeans and starts walking alongside Shin. "Yep. Alden asked me to be the model for his photo project."

When he mentions being surprised she's here at Hal-Prep, she barks out a laugh. "Yeah, right. Like I'd choose some dive like Franklin. And Halcyon North is just too close to, well, you know." She smiles back at him.

Her smile fades somewhat when Shin mentions finding something out, but seems fine with setting it aside for now. She follows him on the tour, looking suitably impressed at the facilities.

"So I gotta ask," she begins, "who's Grace? You dumping someone... wasn't expecting that."


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Femtite deflates at the change of heart.

“Indy… I can never improve my power without practice, and the power of a Seer only works when there is something to see.

“How about you trance out first, and if there is still more to know, you can tell me where to focus my power?”

It’s also possible Percy will have all the answers he needs after he does his thing, but she’s willing to chance she’s more likely to convince him she’s being rational about this if she doesn’t act without persuading him first. Worst case, they maybe ask me next time?


Secret Identity | Danger +1 | Freak -2 | Savior 0 | Superior +3 | Mundane +3 |

Mae lights up as Ngon supports this plan, and she turns to Chastity, smiling brightly—obviously tickled her girlfriend wants to come see a not-wholesome movie. “Oh, I hope you can! It’ll be so fun, and maybe we can do the sequel next time.”

She doesn’t want Chastity to feel pressured. She makes sure to communicate this. “But you know if your mother says no, I won’t hold it against you, right?” She gives Chas’ hand a gentle touch. “No pressure.”

PtM: 2d6 + 3 + 1 ⇒ (5, 3) + 3 + 1 = 12
• What do you want me to do?
• How can I get you to tell me whether/how you want me to fix things with your mom?
• What are you really planning?


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2
DM Stalwart wrote:
Skyler blinks like Conflux is talking nonsense. "I just told you. Caio likes long hair."

"...k." adding That to the list of things to check on. "Hey, I've gotta run an errand, but if you get a chance, can you pop a quick gander on purple-tips over there? Lemme know if you want the hair goo"

***

Connie: hey toothless
Connie: I need your say-so on something in the letter for hendricks.
Connie: [attached file]

The Attached:
For the attention of Assistant District Attorney McCoy Hendricks, Esq.

I have no experience with trial law or the tactics thereof, but I know that overcharging can be a tactical error, so not charging all of these makes sense. You might have charges that while he did commit them, you might not feel competent or prepared to make those charges actually stick. What you do not have, however, is a defendant who committed no actual crimes that match with our statutes (I have appended lists of different felonies for which he might be charged for your perusal), nor do you have an excuse to be an unbelievable prick to one of the targets of these crimes simply because as a result of this and other times he's been engaged in saving the lives of people like your ungrateful ass, he no longer has a human typical appearance. Shame on you, you absolute sack of loose s@!&.

-Me – i.e., Conflux, AKA Connie Westcott Mathers

Appendix 1: Instances of assault/attempted murder:
Yeoman: bit by hellhound summoned for that purpose by Mathers, William W. - assault on a peace officer
Indarius: appearance change due to captivity and mystical workings of Mathers, William W. – assault INDY – DO YOU WANT THIS CHARGE LEFT IN?
Wolf: cracked ribs from battery by demon summoned for that purpose by Mathers, William W. – assault
Indarius: blasted by lethal energies while standing on a ledge by Mathers, Quintus W. assault, attempted murder
Horizon: stabbed and hospitalized by a lethal ward conjured by Mathers, Quintus W. Aggravated Assault
Captain Stalwart: targeted by Saunders' Fulgurant (a lethal spell designed to penetrate mystical defenses) by Mathers, William W. - assault on a peace officer
Conflux: thrown into wall at speed sufficient to render traditional wards irrelevant by Mathers, William W. Attempted Murder/Attempted Aggravated Assault
Indarius: targeted by Saunders' Fulgurant (a lethal spell designed to penetrate mystical defenses) by Mathers, William W. Attempted Murder
NB: There was a period where the primary defendant had conjured multiple duplicates of himself to engage and assault the various peace officers on sight, but I cannot speak to the specifics of each instance.

Appendix 2: Assorted other felonies:
Criminal mischief in the second degree
Criminal possession of stolen property (NB: Indarius's book will need to be appraised for 1st degree, but it was a one of a kind relic once belonging to the presumably late Dr. Infinity that also served as an immense magical power source. If my father could have paid a million dollars for it, he would have.)
Criminal trespass in the first degree
Grand larceny (viz appraisal)
Two charges of kidnapping in the second degree
Two charges of attempted kidnapping in the first degree
Menacing a peace officer
Reckless endangerment
Robbery in the first degree
Two charges of unlawful imprisonment in the first degree DD, HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT BEING POTENTIALLY HARMED BY UNLEASHING AND CONTROLLING YOUR INNER DEMON? THIS COULD BE A THIRD CHARGE IF YOU WANT.

NB: I haven't audited anything on environmental law yet, but it seems like a fruitful direction to take things if you're interested.

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

"I'm not saying you can't. I'm saying we should work from similar to less similar methods first. Cross dimensions and timelines are your thing, breaching mystical barriers is more on my end."

Ditko Park once everyone shows up

"Alright gonna see if I can locate any specific focal point for any breaches."

He stood and started to perform some simple hand gestures, pulling some mint of all things from a small baggie on his person.

Unleash(Extend): 2d6 + 3 ⇒ (4, 3) + 3 = 10

Read Only

Flicking through the document Connie had sent him he hums.
Toothless: I don't know Connie, I mean the scales started with the chronowraith. So I think.. I mean I know what he did made it significantly worse, but do you think we'd be able to get him on something like that considering what I am? I think we could still go with kept in captivity cause that certainly wasn't a guarantee without him doing what he did. I think the rest of it looks well put together though.


Ditko Park

Indarius's efforts searching for breaches into mystical realms or magical worlds come up empty. By the time his ritual is complete, he's certain there was no breach, rent, rift or gateway anywhere in the vicinity -- at least within the past year. With Halcyon... just about every place has had something weird happen at some point.

=============
Lunch period

At Maeve's touch Chastity starts to lean toward her, but quickly straightens her back. "I know. It's just... not fair. My mom's so worried about what I'm exposed to. It's not like I'm going to stop believing just because I've seen a sci fi movie."

She smiles bravely. "You can enjoy the movie if Mom says no. All right? Don't feel bad."

She doesn't want Maeve to hold herself back even though she's stuck behind her parents. She's not going to want Maeve to involve herself with her parents, so that would go nowhere. She plans on keeping the status quo until she can't.

* * *

Skyler looks back toward the cafeteria. "Is that the favor...? Whatever. And yes, I want the hair goo."

She disappears through the doors to the cafeteria.

Caio

Several minutes after Skyler chased Connie out of the cafeteria, she's back and jumping onto Caio's back for an impromptu piggy-back ride. She squeezes him with her arms and legs while nuzzling the back of his neck. "Mmmm. Missed you."

She stays on his back as long as he'll let her. "So, you scope out the purple haired girl? Any idea why we're supposed to-- Oh. Hmm."


Potential: 0/5 11A Labels: Danger: +1 Freak: -1 Savior: +1 Superior: +3 *Mundane*: +2 | Conditions: None
Influence:
Influenced by: Devil Diva, Femtite / Influences: Scorch, Mosaic, Frostbite, Psyche, Ballista, PATIENT X, Sarah, Triplight, Conflux, Indarius, Femtite, SG

Campus Tour

"Yeah...that's a long story. But you should know. You worked together briefly. Only she was encased in about a ton of ablative armor and weapons at the time," Shin tells her. He keys on his baffler and keeps close to her so they can continue to talk in privacy.

Steel Guardian, falling into that rebound relationship after thinking Psyche might have abandoned him and humanity, struggling with keeping her secret identity from the rest of the team, then having it come out in the open when she fell victim to the cat mutation serum. And how in light of that, learning that Grace had slept with a teammate, tried to get him to forgive that and be part of a throuple with Max, then eventually losing control of her impulses to her new cat instincts and having to go with other victims to a hospital upstate.

"...So that's the story of Grace in a nutshell. Not my finest hour. It didn't help suddenly having all this responsibility for the team on my shoulders. Not that I think of them as a burden, they're my friends." He sighs. "So what's going on with the new name? Is Victoria using one too? Have new IDs to go along with them?" He asks.


Secret Identity | Danger +1 | Freak -2 | Savior 0 | Superior +3 | Mundane +3 |

Mae tells Chastity, “We’re all friends here. So yes, I’ll watch the movie whether you can go or not.”

She then tells herself: You’re not going to the girls’ room to cry. She’ll know, and that will pressure her. You see what Sky’s doing, lovey-dovey in public, crying when nobody’s looking. Follow her example. No pressure. It was you mouthing off to Mrs. Robertson about pressuring Chastity earned you The Golden Boot, so deal.

She deals by collecting the empty trays at her table. “Please. Let me clear these off.” She smiles pleasantly. And calmly. Perfectly calm. The rattling fork almost breaks her calm, but that’s impossible—because she’s perfectly calm, as one can plainly see from that calm expression of life’s challenges not getting her down!

Maeve carries the trays calmly—despite the rattling fork that keeps forking rattling—and gently, ever so gently lowers them.

And breathes. Just a few seconds before she gets back to her table and makes it perfectly obvious that the status quo is fine, just fine.

No pressure.


⭐️ | Danger +1 | Freak +3 | Savior 0| Superior +3 | Mundane -2 | Potential:✴️✴️✴️✴️⏹️
Conditions:
♥️INFATUATED♥️
Influence:
Chastity, Chumpchange, Connie, DD, Drake, Horizon, Indarius, Ngon, Raquel, Shane, Skyler, Valorian, ((not yet: LaQuesha, Victoria)) / Faetite

Femtite asks Percy, “Is there any particular place I should use as a focal point?”

Grand Lodge

influence Given to:
Caio, Devil Diva, Femtite
Has influence on:
Caio, Nightclaw, Devil Diva, Femtite, Lua, Conflux
Influence locked out:
Mathers
Potential[][][][][] Dragon, Silver
conditions:
Guilty, Insecure
| Labels- Danger:+0 Freak:+3 Savior:+3 Superior:-1 Mundane:-1 |Burn:

After coming out of his little spell trance Indy looks to Femtite a bit disappointed. "Uh.. no, no I think. I think whatever it was has dissipated fully, I'm not sensing anything."

He just looks into the trees for a bit his eye ridges finally furrowing down, "Why does this feel so.. familiar."


Influence:
Influenced by: Caio, Femtite, Percy, Queen Millie, Shin Influences: Caio, Candy Grrrl, Devil Diva, Femtite, Jade, Jasmine Jacobson, Percy, Ringtone, Shin, Tyg
Labels: Danger: -1 Freak: 1 Savior: 3 Superior: 3 Mundane: -2| Conditions: Afraid, Guilty | Potential 1/5 | Condition Heal/Team Hold: 0 | Diva Samples Hold: 1/2

Connie hustles as soon as Skyler leaves. If she just turns right around to talk to me who knows when I'll get her casually alone? Plus, purple-tips's records will be illuminating too...

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