Changes can be painful...

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In the days following Catherine's first meeting with Salvio, she kept practicing her first power until she could consistently use it at will without having to rely on a burst of adrenaline first. But since that time a new power has emerged that gives the aspiring singer the ability to sense the emotions of every type of feline within city limits if she opens herself up to them. She can also communicate with the cats too and it first happened to her when she went to the city zoo. A lion of all things began talking with Catherine, but no one else could understand him and only she could.

At first Catherine thought for sure she was going crazy, but it had to be real. A lion was talking to her! It was a simple language, not overly complicated, and no one else seemed to notice a lion was talking. It was strange. But getting over her initial fear and shock, Catherine decided to communicate back and the lion responded. He said things like hating the fact he's locked up and wished to be free. Catherine's heart went out to him in that moment, but soon the two had made such a scene that she was asked to leave. To everyone watching, Catherine seemed like something of a nut talking to the lion like she did. She bid her farewell before making her exit.

A new power has emerged for Catherine and now she finds she can communicate with cats as well as sense their emotional state. Before, she was even allergic to cats and didn't like them very much but now she can't get enough of them. She loves and adores them and even has a few cats of her own now that she bought. Although she still aspires to be a singer, she's caring more about herself these days than a career that might or might not take off. As her powers continue to emerge, Catherine's personality also continues to change as she slowly becomes a little more selfish and more flirtatious. She's also spending a bit more money on shiny and attractive jewelry whereas before she didn't care too much for such things.

It's not exactly a concert, but Catherine has a singing gig in Los Angeles in a Pub. Her last song is Man! I feel like a woman!

After this last song, the crowd cheers and claps as Catherine smiles, waves and bows. Then she leaves the stage and picks up her white cat before having a seat. Several come by to compliment on her on her performance, what a great voice she has and she even signs a few autographs before finally being able to be alone to have a meal and a drink.

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His family still needed his help in their business but he could easily hip hop all of the place between breaks, wasn't like he had a time limit. Today he was off, and he wanted to make run around like he usually did. Of course when he did things like this he mostly stuck to a few places, this time it was Los Angeles. And he, by some fantastic fortune, had made it to the last song of Catherine. He'd met her in Expendable, boy was that an unusual interaction.

Whether or not she noticed the Italian phase-runner watched from the crowd smiling on.

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It was definitely not a song he was familiar with, though to be fair he really didn't listen to that type of genre very much. Whatever genre it was. But he knew she did it very well!

He clapped and used his fingers to whistle as she finished and went off to have a seat. Well there sure was a line in the way of getting to her. Dang, and he'd really like to say hi too.

Unfortunately there wasn't much chance of that right now, so the boy tried to make it some other way, see if he could get to her later. Didn't seem like that was all that wrong right? She was a friend after all.

However it was, he was going to see if he could get a way to talk to her, see how things were going, talk a bit, et cetera et cetera.

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Eventually, Catherine gets some alone time and when she does, she sees a familiar face. Salvio. A man that is wise beyond his years. Whatever future he decides for himself, Catherine is sure he is destined for great things. Perhaps the man is not a super-hero, but he can help people in other ways. The world needs more people like him.

Upon seeing Salvio, Catherine rises from her seat and walks, hips swaying from side to side in a sensual way. Arms cradling a white house cat as she comes over to Salvio and sits next to him, letting the cat down beside her. Without saying a word, Catherine smiles at Salvio as if greeting an old friend. And then...unexpectedly, she leans and tries to kiss him if he allows it. Right there on his lips. And IF Salvio allows it, it's a full kiss, not a quick one and filled with passion that might make one weak in the knees.

Allowed or not, Catherine pulls back a bit to take a good look at her friend. And should the man blush a crimson red at the kiss, weather successful or not, this only causes her to smile playfully at him, "It's so nice to see you again, Salvio. I hope you enjoyed the show. That song is going to be on my upcoming album."

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Salvio smiled widely at her as she saw him and came over, he was ever so happy to see her again. Though he admittedly wondered what his parents would think of the situation, he'd probably tell them. He knew Aunt Sara and Uncle Alfonso would almost certainly be excited, those two, they were fun. Probably where he got it. Though to be fair, they weren't related by blood. He actually wondered why they were considered family, they were adults after all. Never-mind.

Catherine had a cat, which he smiled at to. Cute little thing. Then he found Catherine lean in and kiss him. He hesitated for a second, but he didn't really stop it. And he was in far too much of a surprise to really think about doing so. It wasn't just a quick peck like the last times either, which alone got him to turn red. When she pulled back his face seemed to mold in some bit of embarrassment and delight and he put a hand over his forehead looking down as he turned an absolute shade of red and let out a cough trying to compose himself. Though even when he looked back he was clearly still thinking about it. "Ehe, Hi again Catherine! And it was fantastic! I'm really glad I got to catch it!"

"I uh, how have you been?" He asked rubbing his hands together nervously and smiling. He was still as awkward as before, maybe he'd get over that eventually. But it sure wasn't right now.

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As predicted, Catherine sees a blush and her lips turn up into a seductive smile the more she sees it. It's too adorable to see he's still thinking about the kiss even if his lips say something else. Then she trails a finger down his chest before backing off a bit to answer his question, "I've been great!" She says rather enthusiastically.

But then Catherine lowers her voice, scooping her cat up in her arms again as she does in order to pet her, "I got a new power. I can sense the emotions of cats now as well as communicate with them. Happened while I visiting the zoo where a lion talked to me."

Feline Empathy? So Catherine's some kind of beast master now, right? How cool is that?! But little does Salvio know that the more powers that emerge, the more mental changes occur inside of Catherine's mind to change who she is a person. In other words, her personality is becoming different over time. To be more cat-like. Still basically her, but more in line with a cat's personality. She's not nearly there yet, but the changes have already been occurring. The same thing happened to Catherine's sister but that was far quicker. With dear ol' Catherine, it's happening gradually and slowly.

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Ive been trying to pick up Pretty Kitty but I wont drop here

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@xerxes__: Feel free to drop in if you like as Pretty Kitty. I don't mind at all if Amicus does not. ^_^

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@xerxes__: Feel free to drop in if you like as Pretty Kitty. I don't mind at all if Amicus does not. ^_^

Yeah I'm fine with that. Also I'll try and post again today.

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Salvio felt just a bit uncertain what to do with how she was acting. She had kissed him before but not like that, she was more...intimate? Then last time. Unfortunately, he was too easy to make awkward to easily realize it. She picked up the cat and explained how she now was able to sense emotions and even talk to cats, "That's incredible!" he said excitedly shifting in his seat

"Though, even without it, you'd still be incredible." He said with a chuckle, "Still, that's gotta be awesome!"

He wondered what that was like, being able to talk to cats. Just seemed wild. Well, talking to any animal really seemed wild. Like what could it possibly be like? To communicate with something you never had before that shouldn't even be capable of speech?

"You think you're well on your way to just being able to be you then? That you can choose your path, regardless of what you can do? Even if it may have it's own little pieces of your life?" He asked curious if their last discussion had brought fruits.

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Catherine strokes the white furs of her cat who is purring contently at the attention, then she swivels her head to look at Salvio as she listens to his praise. She can't help but agree with him. Her emerging powers are awesome and she can't wait to see what else she might get. Her sister seems to have gotten cat-like abilities. So far, Catherine seems to be getting similar powers as well. But it remains to be seen what else she gets.

The cat sitting in Catherine's lap is not talking to her master, otherwise the aspiring singer might feel inclined to tell Salvio what the feline is saying. The cat's name is Snowy due to her white fur. The conversation shifts, however, from simple pleasantries to Catherine's concerns from days earlier.

Catherine thinks for a second on Salvio's words before she smiles again, "I'm an aspiring singer, Salvio. My concerns were unfounded earlier when last we talked. I feared the unknown because of what happened to my sister and how I saw her personality change. I see now that she became the best version of herself." She sips some tequila that has been brought to her, setting down the glass once she has finished with it, "I still don't understand why or how this is happening to me, but I've made my peace with it. I have also come to the conclusion I'm changing into the best version of myself, just like my sister. And I wouldn't have it any other way."

What Catherine does not mention, however, is that her sister went from a relatively good person to a cat burglar and a thief. A seductive temptress who loves shiny things as well as more self centered. And Catherine is slowly becoming very much like that but she's not quite there yet since she has a long way to go before that happens. The mental changes are so subtle that Catherine herself is not noticing them.

Catherine deigns to place a hand over top his own as she tries to lock eyes with his, "But to answer your question, yes. I'm on my way to being who I was meant to be. It's a path I choose for myself and so far, I like what I'm seeing."

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Salvio never did hear what it was that her sister really became. Regardless, they were in the present. Talking about what her aspirations were. A singer, just like she'd been today. It was a pretty interesting career her imagined. When she said that now she saw that her sister became the best version of herself, he had the slightest tinge of uncertainty. Usually, that king of a swap between fearing a change that sounded bad, to seeing it as an optimal condition, was because of something fairly important. Well that or lying, but he didn't believe she was lying. Regardless, she continued. Saying she still doesn't understand it, but she's accepted it fully.

He smiled again as she looked into his eyes and said she was choosing her path, and liked where it was going. But at the same time, saying she's becoming who she was meant to be. Maybe, if Salvio was just a bit wiser, he might mention it. Rather then wait. But, then again, he's not the type to try and criticize people. And he doesn't want to incur only more stress if it's not really necessary. Besides what really is wrong with any of the changes so far? She certainly wasn't bothered, and she'd done no harm, that he knew of.

"Glad to hear it!" He responded, "It's definitely good to know where you're headed."

He scratched his head in thought, "Man I actually need to work on that for myself. I have a few ideas in mind it's just really hard to set them in stone you know." He waved aside his comment, "Anyway, where do you think you're gonna go from here? You already have like a route in mind? Sorry I have no idea how singing careers work." He admitted

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@amicus_pacis: @supreme_sapien(OOC: I'm tagging you because I'd like you to see this post since it references what happened in Madripoor and the real Catherine becoming a rising star in the singing world. ~_^)

Catherine might only be able to detect the emotions of felines like the on her arms, but her feminine intuition says to her that Salvio might not have completely bought into her story. To Catherine, it's 100% true. But that's only because the changes she's going through are altering in ways even she doesn't know. The way she thinks, feels and acts are all being affected along with the physical changes as well. Catherine's powers are changing her but far more slowly than her sister. Her sister literally became a new person overnight but Catherine is slowly becoming someone new. And with each power that emerges, Catherine continues becoming more like her sister.

Catherine smiles, purring like a cat. Wait...humans can't purr! Must be a new change she's gone through because she can purr. But she stops when she opens her mouth to answer him, "My album will be done soon. I just need to record a few more songs and, sign some more papers and then I plan on going on tour."

Then Catherine drops something of a bombshell on him as she hands him a newspaper clipping of a woman's death that happened in Madripoor a year or so ago. A lot of people died in what authority officials are deeming a terrorist attack. But that's not the most interesting part. It's the woman who had apparently died there, an aspiring singer. A woman whose picture is shown. That woman is a dead ringer for none other than Catherine Durant herself. The eerie part? The article even mentions Catherine by name and they both share the same name.

If Salvio looks surprised, Catherine smiles regardless if he does or not, "Seems I have a double out there somewhere. I've never been to Madripoor. Either that, I got kidnapped and someone erased my memory, faked my death and placed me here. But I highly doubt the last part even if it's somewhat plausible. So...why am I showing you this? Because if I go on tour, I'll need protection. Who better to do that than you?"

Truth be told, Catherine is worried the same thing might happen to her. If someone killed her double then they might come after her too. She's curious as to who did it and why, but she doesn't voice that.

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His uncertainty had not gone unnoticed, but, it did go unmentioned by Catherine at least. Was she purring now? That was unexpected and caused him to cock his head and smile in some combination of curiosity and amusement. She said that she'd have her album soon, just a few more things then on tour, he clapped his hands, "Well that's wonderful!" he exclaimed, though certainly trying to keep his voice down, "On tour, that's gotta be interesting!"

He paused as she pushed him a newspaper clipping, was that her? His lit up eyes stopped and his smile faded...dead singer. Maybe over a year ago. And Catherines name was on here, he looked back up at her in concern and confusion waiting to see what she was going to explain about it, and so she did.

A double? Well, could be worse but still. Then she said if she went on tour she'd need protection, that's why she was telling him. He could be useful, he smiled and chuckled but it faded as he furrowed his brow in thought. Could he help out? Yes, absolutely. But...he naturally wanted to know the possibilities. Why had this last person been killed. He bit his lip in thought and looked up at her again with a nod, "Yeah, I'd certainly help. Couldn't possibly let you go alone now that I know could I?" He frowned again, "Though, I do wonder, why someone did it. And why it's such a coincidence. Sorry. But yeah, I'll definitely come, I'll stay on high alert. Have to tell my parents I'll be busy for awhile, so they know I can't help out much at the restaurant. When you planning on going."

If he'd actually known about it, he could be useful to have more then just himself. His family had a lot of people working for them he didn't know about who could make this type of thing easy, but he wasn't a part of that life, nor did he know anything about it. So he'd just do his best.

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Catherine bows her head when he claps as if to relish the attention given and the congratulations. It's been a long time coming and it's been a dream that has been put on hold for far too long. Little do either of them know her singing career was delayed by hidden forces.

Catherine's feeling that Salvio would be curious about her double's death is proven correct when he not only shows it but agrees to be her 'bodyguard' while she's on tour. At the moment, there's no one she'd rather trust and he's already saved her once.

In answer to Salvio's question, Catherine says, "I'l be ready in two weeks with my album ready in just days. By the time I'm ready to go on tour, my album will be available in select stores, not wide spread like the more famous singers. Not yet anyway." She says, taking another sip of her drink before eating the green olive. She throws away the toothpick and glances at him, "I'm curious as to who killed my double, same as you. But I'm not going to ask you to investigate because it happened in Madripoor and the evidence has likely been locked away somewhere in a police station."

So why then does Catherine have a dreadful feeling in the pit of her stomach that screams she's going to be finding out how her double died weather she wants to or not? That's why she's asked Salvio to help protect her. Suddenly a surge of power overcomes her and Catherine gasps, the glass in her hand suddenly shattering from her grip with the liquid spilling all over her. The cat jumps, startled and Catherine has to calm Snowy down before looking down at the shattered glass with curiosity and surprise.

Then Catherine glances at Salvio, "I...I think I just got a new power."

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@black_felina: It was quite worrying why such a coincidence could occur. She went on to explain that while her album would be done very soon, the actual tour would be in two weeks and her songs wouldn't be available everywhere. She wondered who did it, of course. It was natural. And, probably, logical to need to know. It could save a life if they already knew who to keep their eyes open for. He let out a grunt as she explained the police in Madripoor probably already locked everything away. That did make things difficult. But, he wasn't technically an investigator. So while he might have been able to help, it's not like he officially had any authority to do that. But, hey, if he can keep her safe just by being a bodyguard, that was fine with him.

He nodded thoughtfully, "Well, do you think you should tell the police? I mean, it is incredibly similar right?" His question however would be interrupted by the glass in Catherine's hand shattering and spilling, as he leaned back blinking at the unexpected breaking and the cat freaking out, he zipped away for a second and was immediately back with a few towels, as he heard her say she got a new power.

"Oho! What is it this time?" He asked with some combination of excitement and curiosity, "You're collecting them like coins at this point."

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Now Catherine looks bored, waving a hand, "I already went to the police. They say it's out of their jurisdiction. But they claim they got into contact with the Madripoor police department and they say the case is closed. No other word, which is a bit weird since I look like the woman who got killed. They say it's coincidence and nothing more, but I think it's there's a lot more going on than anyone thinks."

Catherine finds herself getting easily bored now that her personality is becoming more and more like that of a cat. With the emergence of yet another power, she slides ever further into the woman she originally feared about becoming. But to her, it's a change that she doesn't even notice since it's happening to her. She doesn't have an outsiders perspective, not like Salvio.

Catherine switches gears when she turns to him in order to answer his question. She is about to answer his witty comment with one of her own when three large men come over to her. The middle one begins hitting on her with verbal words and pick up lines. But Catherine is bored again, barely even acknowledging their presence, "Get lost."

The men don't take kindly to that and they say things like why hang out with him, meaning Salvio. Catherine continues to ignore them until one of the men puts a hand on her shoulder, not appreciating being ignored by such a smoking hot and gorgeous woman. Catherine narrows her eyes, hissing under her breath as her left hand comes up in a flash, not even registering as a movement to the human eye. "I said..." She begins as she twists the man's wrist and forcing the man to cry out in as he is rendered helpless and resorting to going on his knees, "...get lost." Catherine hisses again. The other two men are shocked to find Catherine is so strong but as they come to try and rescue their friend, the aspiring singer round kicks one of the men with such incredible force that she sends him into a wall, making a hole in it. The other man slams a fist into Catherine's face but thanks to her newly awakened enhanced strength, only her head turns but otherwise nothing more happens.

Catherine smiles as she releases the first man that thought to touch her and now both remaining men stand before her in obvious fear, glancing at their fallen friend who had been knocked clean out. Cather narrows her eyes, clenching her fists and ready for anything. "Well? Your move."

Suddenly both men dig in their shirts and take out guns, pointing them at Catherine and their fingers begin to squeeze the triggers. Now is Salvio's chance to jump in if he chooses to do so.

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She got bored fast. That was a little odd, it was another sign, building on top of others, to the more uncertain changes she had he wasn't certain on. Still, at least she'd already gone through that process. Unfortunately, the results were less then promising. He furrowed his brow in thought and set his hands together frowning. It was a legitimate danger and he was taking it seriously. Though, they were both superhuman. It wasn't like a normal person would have an easy time doing it. But there were many others with powers out there these days.

However before she could answer the question he'd gotten excited about, three large men came up. He narrowed his eyes at them. He knew he wasn't threatening. Just some kid who liked getting dressed up. They started hitting on her and he let out a groan. There were three of them. That's what made him especially questioning on them. People like that liked to feel good in large groups. Catherine tried to tell them off, and that should have been the end of it. But it wasn't.

They continued trying until one of them put a hand on her shoulder, Salvio's eye twitched and he already felt himself getting ready to stand up, however. Maybe he was just now getting to see sed power as he watched Catherine the man was forced to his knees by her strength over his wrist alone. He smiled. Fun thing was, she could totally get away with that since they touched her first. They tried to help him, which they shouldn't have, and he watched in the slightest bit of amusement. But at the same time, concern, as Catherine sends one into a wall before finally releasing one of them. It was a cocky attitude. And, to be fair, it wasn't completely undeserved. But it was more aggressive then normal for her. It seemed wrong, not morally, but psychologically. Not that he was a psychiatrist. But it still seemed like another tick.

Then the men made another mistake, they pulled guns. Time slowed vastly for the Italian boy. He stood up through the table, in the middle as they were raising their guns. He checked the cameras to ensure they were pointed directly at the three firing the pistols. He then reached his fingers into the gun, pulling out the cartridges and then pulling out a pocket knife on them. When those hammers would hit, nothing would fire. And he'd be standing with the cartridges in front of them, a knife held towards them and a look of anger on his face. "Now you listen to me. She told you to get lost. Well that's not even an option now. You attacked her first, then you attempted murder. You'll be dealing with some officers soon. It's just a matter of how much of that time you'll be in the hospital before you get to a prison. Get it?" Humans were far from something that Salvio had to fear, a few pistols were child's play. If they were powerful, that might be different or at least more difficult. Maybe he didn't need to take it as seriously as he did. But he wouldn't let them fire a shot at Catherine. Superhuman as she was or not.

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Catherine was about to shift into that other dimension in order to avoid being shot since she no longer needs the kick start from adrenaline. But something tells her that Salvio's got this one so she lets him defend her honor. She is not disappointed when he does.

Even to Catherine's senses, she still doesn't seem Salvio move. In less time than it takes an eyeball to blink, the deed is done. It's such great speed that it would make even the Flash jealous with envy. Salvio may be just a young man who doesn't look rough and tough, but he's a force to be reckoned with in his own right. And the after what he did, the men once more have fear written all over their faces as they drop the guns. Muttering things such as, "We don't want no trouble." and "...we'll take our friend and go."

Catherine tilts her head, glaring at them with pupils that have become small as the pinpoints of a dagger. "Go ahead, run. That will be an idiot thing to do. The cops will just chase you down and you'll get caught."

But at this point, Catherine doesn't care if they run or not. Either way, they are done for. The tavern bouncers are the first to arrive on the scene, to restrain the men so the cops have time to get there and arrest them. They briefly ask Catherine what happened and she describes it briefly, but leaves no fact unsaid. They nod and are then given a wad of a cash from the aspiring singer, "For the damage I caused and with my sincerest apologies." The bouncer takes the wad of cash, intending to give it to tavern owner before taking the men away for when the police arrive.

Giving the wad of cash instead of keeping it to herself shows that Catherine has not completely succumbed to her mental slide into her new personality. She still has a heart to do the right thing in the end, which has always been a characteristic of hers to begin with even if she's a bit more selfish these days as well as more aggressive. But how long will this last? Catherine turns towards Salvio, trying to pull the young man into a hug as she whispers in his ear, "Thank you. That's twice you saved my life." She says gratefully.

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Once again the men showed fear. Cowards and foul men. Salvio was a patient kid most of the time. But there was a certain limit of what he would tolerate. And people like this were on the wrong end of that tolerance. They started mumbling about not wanting trouble and wanting to leave and he narrowed his eyes at them. What Catherine said was absolutely true. Running was the idiot thing to do. They'd been caught already and these actions don't get thrown in the trash because of some pleading. They get recorded. He let out a breath to clam himself and unclench his teeth. Fortunately he didn't have to deal with this long. The bouncers were there momentarily and soon enough the cops were as well.

He cooperated of course, this was the second time someone had attacked Catherine he'd been around. She really attracted quite a lot of attention. He did note she handed cash to one of them for the damages. He smiled at her, that was good. Whatever was changing, hadn't stopped her from feeling sympathy at least. Eventually things calmed down more completely, Catherine pulled him into a hug thanking him for the second time.

He stroked her shoulder, "Well hey, if I'm going to be your bodyguard, I should probably start taking it seriously huh?" he said, though it might have sounded lighthearted. There was little light hearted about all this. Second time she'd been attacked. He actually wasn't even sure he was needed. But it didn't really matter. He was going to do his best to protect her, "Next time, I'll try and act a little sooner though maybe. You really shouldn't have to deal with that nonsense." He added.