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#1 Posted by Embargo (773 posts) - - Show Bio
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Ruby loaded the students into the plane, while the staff made sure they were all properly strapped down. "Alright, guys we leave in 5 minutes" She called out, before going to meet the Assistant Headmistress at the end of the plane. "Norfleet, we need to make sure the other classes are gainfully involved, no one is to come on the grounds while we're gone. No one is to leave." She said nodding toward her right hand assistance. "Copy that ma'am" As the plane picked up to take off Ruby moved back in position to brief the children on the new developments.

"Alright listen up. New York City has been evacuated, because of it our suspect has been flushed out. We just picked up a murder, meeting the same MO in Philadelphia, Pa." The thrusters kick in on the plane sending them searing across the Connecticut skies. "The victim is 15 year old male, same MO his remains were found by his human mother this morning. She's agreed to let us check out his room."

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Ruby noticed early on the influx of people flooding the nearby city, whatever was happening in New York was serious enough to bring hordes and hordes of newer people into the city. After landing at the pad, Ruby led the small group via escort of the police to the victims home. "Remember guys...this woman just lost her son, be respectful." Moving through the threshold, Ruby instantly noticed two stands of blood splattered across the floor. What something like claws marks along the windows, and the still dehydrated corpse lying face up under a sheet on the floor. "Alright, you guys are looking for clues. Blood, any sign of struggle, but most importantly we're looking for some sort of pattern. Something that's the same from this murder compared to the others. I'm going to speak with the mother of the victim."

Pushing through the house Ruby found Ms. Holmes surrounded by a horde of human investigators. One of the first things she noticed was the woman was injured. Perhaps she had some involvement in the scuffle. She looked a bit unhinged, as anyone in her current situation would. "Ms. Holmes, I read in the report that says you weren't home when the attack occurred. May I ask how you received that cut on your arm?"

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"I don't remember..." She said, seemingly shivering. There was an odd atmosphere surrounding this woman, how could a woman that had nothing to do with the scuffle be injured in the scuffle?

"I need you to think, Think Really Really Hard" Ruby continued, trying to get to the bottom of this mystery.

"If any of you guys have the ability to read energy signatures, I need a full sweep of this room."

Farmington Connecticut

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Interim Headmistress Norfleet sat in Ruby's office feeling as if her breast were changing. "This is kind of weird" She said, maneuvering her shoulders in curiosity. As she did Barnes opened the door and the two former STRIKE admins shared an awkward silence. "Ok...there Pamela Anderson, Ruby asked you to get these classes involved. Do I have the go to begin the Iceland BFT.?"

"Uh, Um. Yeah sure fat back" not her best clap-back, but good enough to get him out the office. Just as she prepared to address the class, another one of the admins entered and informed her of a foreign energy spike located on the outside of the school. "What is it?"

"We're picking up signatures that are similar with the energy readings Ruby found in New York and Philadelphia..."

"Frick!" Norfleet screamed, getting on the PA System; she had to close down the school on the first day! "Students of all Classes please make your way to the gymnasium, the school is now on lockdown, no one is permitted to enter. No one is permitted to leave Please make your way to the Gymnasium in an orderly fashion.

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#2 Edited by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo: Aedan was walking through the halls, a hot sauce covered burger in one hand and a book in the other. His nose started to twitch, another new scent, suddenly Norfleet's voice rang through the school telling students to gather in the gym. Aedan knew what this meant, a hostile intruder, he shoved the rest of his meal into his mouth and laid the book on a desk. He'd probably get kicked out for ignoring those orders, but someone had to find the intruder. He began following the scent.

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#3 Edited by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

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@embargo: Aedan was walking through the halls, a hot sauce covered burger in one hand and a book in the other. His nose started to twitch, another new scent, suddenly Norfleet's voice rang through the school telling students to gather in the gym. Aedan knew what this meant, a hostile intruder, he shoved the rest of his meal into his mouth and laid the book on a desk. He'd probably get kicked out for ignoring those orders, but someone had to find the intruder. He began following the scent.

Dove heard the voice through the PA system and saw this as a chance to redeem herself from her earlier blunder of inaction at the gym, as the school went in lockdown a army of ice golems manifested in every part of the school Dove visited earlier.

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They began to speak in gentle voices as they corralled the students towards the gym, there were about a hundred Ice Golems spread out in total near key positions so it wasn't going to be too difficult to get a significant portion of students to head towards the gym.

Dove spread ice particles through out the hallways and various rooms to enhance her perception via detecting body heat and made sure that no students were locked or left behind and if any were, there were sure to be Ice Golems patrolling the hallways for stragglers and would most surely get them to safety. Dove escorted a dozen students down the hall way when she saw Aedan "Hey what do you think you're doing?" she asked as four ice golems that accompanied Dove continued to escort twelve students to the gym.

She created a six foot thick ice wall to completely cut off Aedan's advance "they said go to the gym so we're going to the gym"

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#4 Edited by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: Aedan looked at the golem, "fascinating," he shook his head reminding himself of the current situation, "look, we don't have time to argue, suffice to say, I've been trained for this sort of situation. If you can gather and defend the other students, I can deal with whatevers out there."

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#5 Edited by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: "Uhhh no, that's not happening" Dove replied back nonchalantly but then added more "Think about it for a moment, there's safety in numbers yet additionally the gym is also better defend-able. You're better used defending the students at the gymnasium instead of going solo on what ever caused the school to lock down"

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#6 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: Aedan thought this through, it made sense tactically but....Aedan shook his, "it's just....," he looked at Dove, she meant well, Aedan sighed, "ok I'm going to be honest with you, part of me is worried that this thing is targeting me, if that's true then me going toward it will keep the others safe, if it's not after me then I'll still be able to put it down." Aedan looked her in the eyes, flashes of the monsters Weapon X was trying to create going through his head, "I came from a very bad place, and if one of my enemy's agents were to hurt a student I'd never be able to live with myself. Please, let me find this thing, I can track it, and I can stop it."

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#7 Edited by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: Dove made a stern face "Fine, however I'm not letting you go alone" Dove manifested twenty more Ice Golems "have them follow you, they're regeneration and durability is enough to help against most enemies and the numbers advantage will be useful against who ever you fight" she glanced to one of the Ice Golems as she spoke "Follow him, obey him and most importantly protect him" she looked at Aedan "I'll unlock the path but don't be a stranger, if you need help just talk to the Ice Golems and as long as there's one remaining I can manifest more where ever they are..so promise me you'll ask for help if you encounter the danger"

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#8 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: Aedan nodded, "thank you, I'll tell your golem if I need help," Aedan took a few big sniffs to make sure he was still on track, before taking off, golems in tow.

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#9 Edited by Matthew_Cassidy (1135 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo:

The Spider was the first to enter the son's room, leaving his bag rested against the wall just outside the room. His head to toe was clad in his iconic suit. Were he not in the unique company of his schoolmates he would have stood out like a sore thumb. Compared to them, the hydrokinetic ilk, Matt had an advantage of investigation running in his blood.

Scarlet fingers crept towards the sheet after The Noetic Ninja crouched by the body, gently removing it and exposing the boy below. “Holy...”, whispered he as his eyes made contact with those shriveled and glassy of the dead boy. One of the teachings of Buddhism is that of a certain death but an uncertain cause and that while there is no prevention, there is preparation. This? This was an untimely departure.

“Dehydrated. Again. As much as I don't like saying it, the poor boy looks like an Auschwitz survivor. Chalky skin and bones.”, briefly he glanced over to some of the pictures on the victim's drawer in which he figured as a somewhat burly figure. “Biology isn't my strongest suit but whatever took his life not only malnourished him almost instantly, it literally must have burned out his organism.”, paused he and then turned to @odessa_calidus and @cold_snap. “You guys are hydrokinetic, right? Can you... I dunno, feel what fluids he is missing? Blood, Spinal fluid, bone marrow even. Anything that would tell us about the killer's motive.”

Matt then scanned the room for any signs of struggle, leading him to focus in on the clawing around the window with his enhanced sight. 'The window is closed... How did the thing leave the room then? Unless someone closed it after... or it didn't leave...', Matt added pieces into the puzzle as he investigated the boy's hand for the condition of his nails.

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#11 Posted by Odessa_Calidus (98 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo: @matthew_cassidy: @cold_snap

Odessa walked though the home of the latest victim, following closely behind her fellow teammates has her eyes looked upon the household. This was it, this was the delicate vale between the world of heroes and civilians that she heard about and here she was about to venture into it. There was no going back, not anymore. The young half breed was right behind the arachnid hero as the group began to make their way into the victims bedroom. Her eyes became distracted for a moment as they gazed upon the decor. Posters of favorite bands and TV shows littered the wall as his computer still softly hummed on and the TV turned off with several DVD's and video games scattered around it. But then the sight of two stains of blood splattered across the floor by the body and then her eyes looked upon a portion of the wall that had small droplets of black scattered out along the posters, dried blood? From the victim probably.

Her attention was drawn back to the victim as she heard Matt speak up to both her and Michael, questioning them about their powers. "Yes, I can." Odessa first spoke up, walking up to the body as her face slightly twinged at the sight of the shriveled teen.

Walking to the opposite side of the body as Matt she knelt down, looking upon it for a moment as she began whispering a small prayer in her Atlantean tongue for the young victim. As soon as she was done she rose her left hand up to her lips as she bit down on the tip of her thumb until she drew some blood before quickly drawing a symbol upon the palm of her right hand, saying a couple of words in her natural tongue as her once hidden Atlantean tribal tattoos began to give a soft electric blue glow. Extending her hands outwards and hovering above his body she began to slowly move her hands down to his feet and began to slowly rise it up to the top of his head trying to not only feel for blood, but any fluids inside the body that contain any traces of water. The entire time her expression began to shift from confusion to worry. "It's not just his blood." She began as she looked up to her teammates. "It's cerebral fluid, spinal fluid, even the fluids from his bowels have been removed. There's is no traces of water in his body." She confirmed what her teammates may have already known as she pulled her hands away for a moment before beginning to take a closer look at him. But what were the connections between the two victims? They were both mutants. They both were in their teens. But that's it. Odessa couldn't put her finger as to why these two were specially pointed out. But as she continued to examine the body, she noted something else. "His body doesn't have any serious injures aside form a few scratches. But there are splatters of blood along the floor and dry droplets on the wall that I noted earlier." she motioned to the two blood stains on the floor and the poster covered wall that had several, yet small, droplets of blood scattered about it. "So... could it belong to 'X'?"

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#12 Posted by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: @team_sigma:

The raven haired prince carried himself through the halls of the Academy. The vast number of abandoned halls and dorms as children fled for their lives. It made him remember, remember that he had no childhood to recollect. He was a boy grown in a tube and designed to be a weapon, stopped in the middle of development, and then taken in as a prince. He was designed in a lad using genetic engineering and modification while others were raised happily by parents. That was the difference between these students and himself, they were children because they were allowed to have a childhood. Octavian never did which made him something else, he was programmed to be a warrior and it was the warriors blood mixed with the blood of a Cross that made him superior to others. The reason why he held himself above them was because he truly believed himself to be, if he wasn't then what would he be. Just another being floating through time going through the motions, no he was better, he had to be better and that was why the directions casted throughout the school went deaf to him. They became nothing more then white noise, he would show his superiority to the Terrans and show them why he was more then them. Show them and more importantly himself why he was something, why he existed.

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A stray collection of frozen water wandered the halls, it's hulking mass cast an imposing shadow upon the ground. The gargantuan mass of ice lumbered forwards as if trying to herd Octavian towards the rest of the sheep, to guide him to the slaughter. His eyes closed with the color blue and as they reopened an amber blaze filled his irises. His mind sent him behind the beast and in a swarm of blue he was gone, behind the living ice sculpture. He waved his hand and in a glass like explosion the negative energy in his body flowed outwards taking the form of a collection of floating blades. Another thought and they were brought down upon the limbs and joints of the creature. Chunks of ice fell the the floor one by one before the swords and axes dissolved back into the void, back into negative energy. His hands reentered his pockets as he trudged onwards, his raven hair jostling slightly.

It was near this time that he heard the arguments of disgruntled students, his silence aided him as he peaked around the corner. A beast stalking their prey so the speak, these two conversed about going after whatever was in the school. The monster that was strong enough to make the staff flee, these children could never take on such a powerful foe. More of those ice creatures began to erect themselves from the ground as one of the students went to leave. It was at this moment that Octavian stepped out into view behind them, his hand moved and in front of the boy shards of negative energy exploded outwards. They themselves would do no physical harm, rather they would leave a wall of swords and axes in their wake. A blockade preventing him from going any further, a wall that he would not be allowed to pass.

"This is no place for children to be playing games. As Octavian Thaddeus Cross, High Prince of the Andromedean Empire I command you to rejoin the other students and get rid of those Ice Sculptures. They'll only get in the way of real warriors doing their jobs."

"Dont make me say it again"

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#13 Edited by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: @octavian_cross: Aedan looked to Octavian, shaking his head, "look, I'm going after that thing, if you want to come, fine, but take the blades down."

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#14 Posted by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: @octavian_cross: Dove lost concentration when she felt her first Ice Golem fall and stopped her search for other students as she recalled the rest of the Ice Golems to begin heading towards her position as she thought the intruder was the one who initiated the attack.

"This is no place for children to be playing games. As Octavian Thaddeus Cross, High Prince of the Andromedean Empire I command you to rejoin the other students and get rid of those Ice Sculptures. They'll only get in the way of real warriors doing their jobs."

Oh its this f**** again, "Look princess of Andromeda, you better get your head out of your *ss and get out of the way if you know whats good for you" Dove blinked and sighed "the only thing that was stopping me from defeating you was the teacher" she smirked as she opened it again and the thin space between each of Octavian's weapons froze around the hilts and tips of the weapons, using sheer weight the ice brought them down to the floor and held them in place as they densified to prevent breaking apart.

Dove spoke to Aedan who was being guarded by the Ice Golems "Go on, I'll keep him busy"

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#15 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@octavian_cross: @team_sigma: Aedan turned to go, but he couldn't this wasn't right, he stepped between his fellow students, "all you two fighting will do is draw the enemy here, it's clear you two have a problem with each other, but we have a duty to protect the students and take down the enemy, please put aside your anger and help me."

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#16 Edited by A-Friend (325 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo: @odessa_calidus: @matthew_cassidy:

Little Green saw the grim room, something that her hero demeanor tried to unseen, but it happened anyway there was nothing they could do about it to prevent the lost life. She sought to bring justice..

But bring justice to what? Whatever it was, it was instant and threatening like a natural force beyond their comprehension. It frightened her as she saw a glimpse of the boys texture. Looking through the screen at the academy of the dried up girl already scared her, but now she saw it in person. The youngsters empathy made her green eyes quiver a bit. Staring at the dead boys room trying not to make eye contact with her classmates and the resting body so they couldn’t see her dismay. It made her courage unstable how she had to inspect a murder that herself couldn’t prevent. Something that people was defenseless too, how could you protect other people from such a nightmare. Mustering up some courage she sat beside the spider boy and looked down at the blanket that covered the recent corpse. “How can you fight against something like this?” She muttered. Green didn’t have a super powered sense of smell with her nose, but the room still smelt clean, it didn’t smell like a rotting corpse like she imagined. The body didn’t reek of blood unlike the stains of the floor and wall.

“Only pattern I see is that the suspect has attacked mutants our age..Other than that, I see it as any other intrusion..” She wasn’t the greatest at inspecting for clues, it was the only thing she amounted to at the moment. “But if you really want to know…” She stated towards to remarks of blood..

Nana didn’t like doing it, It felt like it was rude or even disgusting, especially in this scenario, but it was called for. Sticking out the tip of her tongue like a snake, this was the proper way to scan the mystery of the blood by tasting the air of the entire room. The scent of the room clasped her taste. It disturbed her as she had to taste or smell the corpse with her mutant deformity, the kill was recent and clean…Small amounts but still giving off hints of its aroma, the blood was distinct from the environment of the body”..From what I can tell..The blood doesn’t belong to the boy...” Wiping a tear from her eye with her hand. The act she performed felt like she defiled his resting place. It was necessary, but it was wrong to her. Maybe because the boy was almost her age and a mutant. It made her feel sick at the thought someone would also feast on her as well. Or how the boy must of felt defenseless from whatever this was, but they had to stop it no matter what, so no one else can be a victim from this horror.

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#17 Posted by Hope_ (171 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: @octavian_cross: Dove lost concentration when she felt her first Ice Golem fall and stopped her search for other students as she recalled the rest of the Ice Golems to begin heading towards her position as she thought the intruder was the one who initiated the attack.

"This is no place for children to be playing games. As Octavian Thaddeus Cross, High Prince of the Andromedean Empire I command you to rejoin the other students and get rid of those Ice Sculptures. They'll only get in the way of real warriors doing their jobs."

Oh its this f**** again, "Look princess of Andromeda, you better get your head out of your *ss and get out of the way if you know whats good for you" Dove blinked and sighed "the only thing that was stopping me from defeating you was the teacher" she smirked as she opened it again and the thin space between each of Octavian's weapons froze around the hilts and tips of the weapons, using sheer weight the ice brought them down to the floor and held them in place as they densified to prevent breaking apart.

Dove spoke to Aedan who was being guarded by the Ice Golems "Go on, I'll keep him busy"

I had been quiet for awhile, it felt strange here and I was ready to help everyone defend the school if necessary. When things suddenly escalated between my best friend and another student, I couldn't be silent anymore. I strode forward and stepped between Dove and this prince fellow. "Excuse me." I said to both of them.

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"This is wrong." I tell him, I don't really care that Dove was involved in the argument, he was the one threatening people. "We're all students here, we're all on the same playing field in the eyes of our teachers, who are doing what they can right now to keep us from having to use our powers in our own defense. Maybe sir you come from a high shiny place where you are prince of all you see, but here, you're on Earth and more than that, you're in America. We don't bow to princes here just because they have royal blood. You could be a lot of help, but you're going to have to work with the rest of us. If you don't..." I wave a hand a little. "You'll be escorted out before long. Everyone here has to learn to work together before and above anything else."

I look at him for a long moment before I continue. "I don't mean any disrespect to anyone here, but it's not a mistake that all of our teachers come from a background where they had to work as a team. Some of them are very powerful, Solar Hawk is a White Lantern for example...but they all learned to work together because there's always a threat we can't deal with on our own...and that includes me." I say, remembering the speeder guy that tried to take all my speed away and how I'd needed help from Dove. "Now...please put your swords down and stop making threats to the people who are your fellow students and let's work together to figure out how to best defend this gym."

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#18 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@octavian_cross: @team_sigma: @hope_: Aedan nodded to Hope, "we need a group defending the gym and someone tracking the intruder. If you guys can protect the students I can find our unwanted guest."

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#19 Posted by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: @hope_: @team_sigma:

His eyes blazed red, a scorch that resembled his searing anger. The lights around would feel like shadow compared to those red eyes, this girl was becoming a nuisance. He had warned her last time what would happen is she pulled another stunt like that. Her ice froze over his swords, spears, axes, and the other weapons that made up the wall. The weight was a strange change at first causing his mind to lose slight control, they fell to the ground. Rather then waist time compensating for the unexpected change in wait the blades dissolved back into blue particles of negative energy.

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"I warned you once girl...."

He took a step and in that step he was gone, blue dust silhouetted where he was standing previously, his position had shifted to be in front of Aedan rather then behind. His foot hit the ground continuing his stride as his brain thought faster then that of most Terrans. Blades formed and moved like a flash of white and silver, five of the golems stuttered in their movement. The upper half of their torso's slid to the ground, their lower half collapsing. No doubt they could reform from one wound like that, however Octavian had made more then one cut. This wasn't apparent until after the halves of bodies hit the ground and broke into smaller chunks of ice.

"And I'm a man of my word."

He drew his sword using the momentum to spin on his right heel before planting and halting his arm. The tip of his blade aimed towards her forcing a familiar scene, the glass like explosion of negative energy. The blades that were left surrounding her. The fact that this was an almost deadly situation, if not for the student had stepped between them.

"all you two fighting will do is draw the enemy here, it's clear you two have a problem with each other, but we have a duty to protect the students and take down the enemy, please put aside your anger and help me."

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Aedan spoke words that most would consider the truth but, in Octavian's mind this girl was a threat to the safety of everyone. Her temper leading her to try and strike down a student, even when he got upset he wouldn't go that far. He was ready to go through with his assault when another student got involved, one who had the respect of the prince. She was powerful and more then a child like the rest of them, she was like him in many ways. Combine that with her impressive demonstration during the first test and she was someone who Octavian would listen to. She wasn't weak, she understood responsibility like he did. She was respectable.

This is wrong." I tell him, I don't really care that Dove was involved in the argument, he was the one threatening people. "We're all students here, we're all on the same playing field in the eyes of our teachers, who are doing what they can right now to keep us from having to use our powers in our own defense. Maybe sir you come from a high shiny place where you are prince of all you see, but here, you're on Earth and more than that, you're in America. We don't bow to princes here just because they have royal blood. You could be a lot of help, but you're going to have to work with the rest of us. If you don't..." I wave a hand a little. "You'll be escorted out before long. Everyone here has to learn to work together before and above anything else."

I look at him for a long moment before I continue. "I don't mean any disrespect to anyone here, but it's not a mistake that all of our teachers come from a background where they had to work as a team. Some of them are very powerful, Solar Hawk is a White Lantern for example...but they all learned to work together because there's always a threat we can't deal with on our own...and that includes me." I say, remembering the speeder guy that tried to take all my speed away and how I'd needed help from Dove. "Now...please put your swords down and stop making threats to the people who are your fellow students and let's work together to figure out how to best defend this gym."

He lowered his blade and the blades surrounding Sigma dissolved themselves back into the power that coursed through his veins. He turned his back to the group of them.

"I have alot more then royal blood Hope and I don't work with children like them. I have no respect for children like them who think they can be heroes when they have no understanding of ANYTHING. They don't get how the world works, they understand real responsibility and to top it off. That Terran is a danger to anyone in this building, she can't control her temper, like a child, and lashes out with lethal intent, like a child. You want the gym defended do it but, I have more important things to spend my time on."

He began walking away from the students, his raven hair jostling slightly as his strides carried him away from them.

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#20 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: @hope_: @octavian_cross: Aedan, was aggravated at Octavian to say the least, he assumed things about Aedan when he knew nothing about him. Aedan knew the world, it was a dark and violent place, where duty and honor meant very little to most. "You call us children, yet here you are, demanding better treatment like a spoiled kid."

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#21 Posted by The-Rogue (49 posts) - - Show Bio
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A small cackle on the far side of the Academy cause it to appear, the mutant deity feeding off other mutants to survive. It had no real gender, just a need for massing energy--what for? only it knew. But the incidents in New York and Philadelphia were all it needed to draw a small portion of the student facility away, now inside the vessel of a poor Class 3 student the mutant menace could strike. Elena Jhenko, 15 year old teen from Boston; with the ability to absorb energy.

At the present moment there were kids being huddled into one area, apparently the small use of energy on the perimeter was enough to whip the Academy into a stir. As the massive energy force drew closer to the school it could feel the presence of multiple students arguing idly on the outside. "Finally!" It hissed before shooting a spore into the air, it's exact location would be known to the students, but in truth it was heading straight for the BFT.

@aedan_drago "You've looking for me haven't you!" The Mutant Pariah hissed, allowing it's ornate energy to free flow from it's body. Surrounded by the Powerhouse Hope, and Dove; The mutant menace began warping the field in front of them instead of the dimensional confides of Earth the setting was to change to a vacuum. "Now....Let's have fun"

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The spore hit the BFT and began overriding the functions that cast illusions, instead of crafting simulations and illusions the BFT began to generate real hazardous situations--I.E someone could possibly be killed now. Out of nowhere hundreds of U.N troops began to flood the Academy grounds, they received their orders to specifically target mutants.

Aiding them in their conquest, where of course the sentinels. Many of the Students had dealt with them just a few hours ago, but these Sentinels were also ordered to attack the Non-mutant students, allowing the special task force to gather up the mutant population.

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#22 Posted by Embargo (773 posts) - - Show Bio

@odessa_calidus: @a-friend: @matthew_cassidy:

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As Ruby tend to the erratic mother, Ruby, Odessa and Little Green were hard at work trying to decipher what the exact situation was here. According to the students the blood traces that were found, they didn't belong to the actual boy. His body was completely devoid of fluids, so if the blood didn't belong to him then...

Ruby eyes immediately dart back towards the boy's mother. She claimed she wasn't home for the attack, but she was injured anyways. She was lying. But now they somehow had to piece together the clues. "Excuse me officers, I have some more questions for Ms.Holmes" She said, trying to interject before being forcefully shooed away. "Students" She called out, gathering with them in the boys room in a hushed tone. "Something here doesn't quite feel right, I suspect that the mother is involved in this somehow" She reported, only to have a live message go off in all of their earpieces--The sender? Trisha Norfleet back at the Academy.

"Ruby! we're under attack! Sentinels....soldiers! attacking students!" the message was choppy, but she was able to piece together some sort of situation back home, and now it was time to go. As Ruby commanded the students to prep for departure the policemen in the room halted them. There eyes glowing a ornate purple, under the control of this "X"

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"Go kids" Ruby screamed, pulling her pistol from her holster firing two shots taking down an officer. Almost on cue the policemen swarmed them firing at will looking to kill all the kids. Thru the mayhem, Ruby was able to catch a glimpse of Ms. Holmes still and steady as ever, as if there was nothing going on. "She's a vessel. Humans....we're a sustainable vessel" She whispered, realizing she may be infected. But she couldn't let them know. Not yet, not until she got them back to the Academy.

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#24 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@the-rogue: Aedan immediately moved into the action, he wanted to question it, see if it was from Weapon X, but now wasn't the time. He leaped bouncing off a tree, his right hand poised to punch the creature, but it was a feint, he needed to test the entity. His real target was the nerve bundle in its right shoulder, which his left hand would strike if the enemy took the bait.

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#25 Posted by Kristina_Huntington (161 posts) - - Show Bio
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The Huntington heir was preparing herself to go to the Nightclub, as the 3rd class student she wasn't allowed to go; but when you can shape shift it kind of didn't matter. The first several hours of her time there were spent trying to get to know some of her other classmates. She was a socialite meeting new people was something she was known for--other than being the youngest national champion in the history of Track and Field.

Having finally slayed her hair perfectly coupled with her immaculately beat face, Kristina prepared to show off at the Nightclub like never before. That was until Norflect's voice came over the P.A commanding all the students head to the gymnasium. "Oh Em Gee!" She grunted, realizing she might've gotten all dressed up for nothing. As Dove's Ice golems escorted them into the gym Kristina made sure she got close to Norfleet, if for nothing at all; to get the scoop on what was happening.

They all sat there in a sea of innocuous chatter; trying to decipher the reason they'd been placed on lockdown. Just as the assistant Headmistress was preparing to take the podium, Soldiers began to flood the auditorium. "Not this sh!t again" Kristina groaned. It wasn't until the soldiers began firing at Norfleet that she realized...this was no drill. Norfleet didn't have any powers, even if she were in a simulation she could sustain serious injuries.

"GO, everyone go follow the golems!" She screamed, to those that weren't able to defend themselves. Jumping into action the shapeshifting Huntington transformed into Cold-Snap, and with it his powers.

Octavian help!
Octavian help!

It took a while, getting used to his powers. But after a few tries she got a rudimentary understanding of how to navigate with them. Sliding around on an ice platform Kristina froze dozens of soldiers, even manage to barricade Norfleet and some other students in a ice fortification. But...the sentinels...they made things hectic. "@octavian_cross help!" She screamed realizing this was no drill, but the soldiers kept coming.

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#26 Edited by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington:

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He had not gone far from the gym, his walking speed wouldn't allow him to get very far. That was a good thing, sound waves bounced off the walls and ceiling. They collided with his ear drum causing him to stop mid stride. His hair josteld slightly as he looked back towards the Gymnasium, he heard gunfire and in that instant his body was gone from his location. The blue dust was all that was left to show he had been there. Left, right, left, he moved through the corridors as fast as his teleportation allowed until he stopped directly in the doorway of the gymnasium.

Hostiles armed and firing bullets filled the room, some encased in prisons of solidified water and others firing on what looked to be a barrier protecting the students. This wasn't the work of Sigma though, it was the work of Cold Snap. He was supposed to be gone though, which meant it was Kristina. Either way this was not the time for thought it was the time for action, he held out his left hand and in it his blade formed itself from shards of negative energy.

"You picked the wrong day to fudge with me"

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A group of soldiers turned their attention towards him, and on his face a devilish smirk grew. His eyes turned amber red changed from a their earlier stride to a full on sprint. Blades floated around his body serving to intercept bullets fired at him, as one blade broke another would form to take its place. He closed in on the group of soldiers his personal sword moving as it cut through the flesh of throats and chests. Swing left...duck right...swing right...duck left...he continued this motion cutting down what he believed to be robots. The scene was all too similar to their earlier test and thus his brain would believe it to be so. He held no remorse for the machines he believed himself to be killing and was going to fast to notice the amount of blood gushing from the corpses.

Time seemed to slow as he picked up on the movement from a soldier directly in front of him, the muscles in his right bicep were extending and the muscles in his left tricep were contracting. This motion was associated with swinging and thus, since he was holding a rifle, he would swing his rifle. Octavian leaped into the air his sword erupted into shards of negative energy and in its wake their was a spear. He thrust it downwards through the mans left lung while using his free hand to grab the rifle. He carried the momentum from the jump into a spin while simultaneously firing the gun, the bullets ripped through the bodies of the soldiers around him. He was focused on this motion which hindered his concentration elsewhere, that elsewhere was his defense. One blade didn't reform quite fast enough and a bullet ripped through his left shoulder the impact knocking him out of his spin to the ground.

He rose to his feet looking to see if he was okay, a hole in his shoulder showed otherwise. A very real hole that was made by a very real bullet which meant this was all real, he looked around seeing the blood and corpses he had left behind for the first time. Yet he felt nothing inside, he knew he should feel bad but he just felt content. He was confused he had no clue what he should do or what was going on. His hands reached up and took hold of his head, they pulled on his hair and the only sound he could make was a loud scream. It was like a battle cry as hundreds of swords began filling the area, blood trickled from his nose and his ears. The number kept rising, more and more blades forming around the room. Octavian pushed the air sending the hundreds of weapons forward into the chest of a sentinel, its mechanical body was being pushed back and it began making grinding noises. It fell the ground, a couple sparks flew from the openings in it's circuitry and it let out one last groaning noise before it became inactive.

Octavian dropped his arms, the blades turned into blue dust, and he collapsed to the ground.

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#27 Posted by SolarHawk (739 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo said:

@odessa_calidus: @a-friend: @matthew_cassidy:

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As Ruby tend to the erratic mother, Ruby, Odessa and Little Green were hard at work trying to decipher what the exact situation was here. According to the students the blood traces that were found, they didn't belong to the actual boy. His body was completely devoid of fluids, so if the blood didn't belong to him then...

Ruby eyes immediately dart back towards the boy's mother. She claimed she wasn't home for the attack, but she was injured anyways. She was lying. But now they somehow had to piece together the clues. "Excuse me officers, I have some more questions for Ms.Holmes" She said, trying to interject before being forcefully shooed away. "Students" She called out, gathering with them in the boys room in a hushed tone. "Something here doesn't quite feel right, I suspect that the mother is involved in this somehow" She reported, only to have a live message go off in all of their earpieces--The sender? Trisha Norfleet back at the Academy.

"Ruby! we're under attack! Sentinels....soldiers! attacking students!" the message was choppy, but she was able to piece together some sort of situation back home, and now it was time to go. As Ruby commanded the students to prep for departure the policemen in the room halted them. There eyes glowing a ornate purple, under the control of this "X"

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"Go kids" Ruby screamed, pulling her pistol from her holster firing two shots taking down an officer. Almost on cue the policemen swarmed them firing at will looking to kill all the kids. Thru the mayhem, Ruby was able to catch a glimpse of Ms. Holmes still and steady as ever, as if there was nothing going on. "She's a vessel. Humans....we're a sustainable vessel" She whispered, realizing she may be infected. But she couldn't let them know. Not yet, not until she got them back to the Academy.

Solar Hawk didn't hesitate to step in. She'd been silent during the investigation because investigation was far from her strong suit, better to let others better suited for it take care of it. She activated her White Lantern ring, constructing a white energy shield in front of the students that followed them as they made their way for the exit. She slipped her mace from its belt loop and charged into the crowd of officers. She swung her mace with enough force to pulverize human bone and charged it with fifty thousand volts of electricity. The first target of her attack would be the nearest officer's chest, intent on basically crushing his rib cage and shocking him to death at the same time.

Assuming her attack landed she'd step into the crowd of officers, a white shield covering her skin as she continued her assault, bringing another weapon strike around at the next officer, this one aimed at decapitating him with pure brute force. All the while the mace remained charged and she kept an eye on the kids, hoping they'd be quick enough to get out and not risk their own safety in engaging the officers.

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The salvage of evidence was short to come to a final verdict of the case but the signs were there, she couldn’t deny it herself. Green payed no attention to the mother before because she was afraid to show disrespect but at the moment of their entry, the environment gave her a troubled shudder as if her instincts told her to stay away. They couldn’t just smear suspension on her from her appearance no matter how apathetic the woman seemed. Nana thought it was just that depression has seized her. Looking into the eyes of the still woman that sat somewhere staring off at a wall, they were totally absent of emotion, it was inhuman as if something was controlling her. She couldn’t have been lying…she was his mother..What monster could possibly amount to something so omit of morality.

As Ruby commanded the students to prep for departure the policemen in the room halted them. There eyes glowing a ornate purple, under the control of this "X"

"Go kids" Ruby screamed, pulling her pistol from her holster firing two shots taking down an officer. Almost on cue the policemen swarmed them firing at will looking to kill all the kids.

Then the static arrived to the motionless environment. Ruby’s radio brought them an unreal result that told them of strife among the academy. Attackers? While they weren’t there to participate in defending it? Nana would begin to rush with them until-

The whites of the officers eyes became distorted in an undertone of purple energy. Nana wasn’t aware what was going on, but before she could even react Ruby’s training and experience were already retaliating against the onrush of attacks that blatantly came out of nowhere. However Green wasn’t so prepared or was unsettled from the gloom of the boy’s death and evidence. Finally attempting eye contact to only be flummoxed by the purple figment eyes that was fronting her. All of their morality were gone in the pursued death that was pointed at her. Nana was a regular to combat, but the demonic tone opposed her normality of being a friendly neighborhood hero making her sheepish against what seemed like demons to her. The cops were descending them in a bustling setting of flying projectiles and destruction of what was a happy home. Standing defenseless at the barrels that faced her eye to eye she could only quiver and defend her head with her forearms out of instinct. The cops all had their weapons out in a quick draw, all she could do was react in her frightened mood. It was a tight corridor and she wasn't very agile, the only thing she could do was pray that when they did hit her, it would be somewhere that wouldn't hurt much.

The propelled ballistics were aimed with the desire to kill. A projectile skinned her cheek, leaving a thin red streak across her face. Another bullet would bore into the flesh of her forearm ending its path against her mutant deformity. If it weren’t for her durable bones she would have been dead by the wraiths attacks. She was shot, but it was only a flesh wound on her skinny forearm. Nana would undergo self defense, quickly prying open her enlarged tongue that lashed out to the officer that was shooting at her. Sending him back across the apartment and crashing through a wall, hopefully knocking him out. She never attacked to kill, it wasn’t in her nature. "What's going on?!"

@embargo@odessa_calidus@matthew_cassidy

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#30 Edited by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @aedan_drago: @octavian_cross: @hope_:

The Ice Golems relayed everything that was happening in the Gymnasium to Dove but before she or the others could do anything the prince Octavian took care of it at the cost of an injury "The Prince is down, my Ice Golems have just informed me" she told the other two students with her while she commanded the remaining Ice Golems to continue serving as mobile ice shields for the defenseless students.

"Hope, you should go help Kristina. I think her power is to mimic others, two of you would be beneficial to deal with anything else that comes" she looked at Aedan "you're welcomed to join us, I'm not going to force you but me and Hope are going to the Gymnasium" the Ice Golems that Octavian destroyed earlier in the short dispute had reformed "so quick recap, Ice Golems will continue protecting students, Hope will go to Kristina and support her, I'll see if I can slow down Octavian's injury by putting him into suspended animation until the faculty can heal his injury" with that said Dove quickly headed towards the Gymnasium

When Dove got there she saw Kristina who chillingly looked like Cold Snap "Kristina, try to copy Hope's powers" Dove advised as she knelt down to Octavian's body to check his life line The wound's not that bad, it could be worst she touched the student and attempted to slow down the blood loss by delicate use of freezing "I'll stay here and keep the ice barrier up in place" Dove informed Kristina and believed it to be the best course of action due to her greater skill and experience as a cryokinetic user.

Dove not only reinforced the ice barrier Kristina placed but also manipulated its shape in a dome so the non fighting students were protected in a safe and super durable defense from all angles.

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#31 Posted by Hope_ (171 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @aedan_drago: @octavian_cross: @hope_:

The Ice Golems relayed everything that was happening in the Gymnasium to Dove but before she or the others could do anything the prince Octavian took care of it at the cost of an injury "The Prince is down, my Ice Golems have just informed me" she told the other two students with her while she commanded the remaining Ice Golems to continue serving as mobile ice shields for the defenseless students.

"Hope, you should go help Kristina. I think her power is to mimic others, two of you would be beneficial to deal with anything else that comes" she looked at Aedan "you're welcomed to join us, I'm not going to force you but me and Hope are going to the Gymnasium" the Ice Golems that Octavian destroyed earlier in the short dispute had reformed "so quick recap, Ice Golems will continue protecting students, Hope will go to Kristina and support her, I'll see if I can slow down Octavian's injury by putting him into suspended animation until the faculty can heal his injury" with that said Dove quickly headed towards the Gymnasium

When Dove got there she saw Kristina who chillingly looked like Cold Snap "Kristina, try to copy Hope's powers" Dove advised as she knelt down to Octavian's body to check his life line The wound's not that bad, it could be worst she touched the student and attempted to slow down the blood loss by delicate use of freezing "I'll stay here and keep the ice barrier up in place" Dove informed Kristina and believed it to be the best course of action due to her greater skill and experience as a cryokinetic user.

Dove not only reinforced the ice barrier Kristina placed but also manipulated its shape in a dome so the non fighting students were protected in a safe and super durable defense from all angles.

"On it Dove." I tell her with a smile and then take off flying, not hyper fast because I don't need to inside the building. Instead I fly quickly to the location of Kristina, who is now apparently male..that's...a little weird. I activate my laser eyes, an ability I have been carefully learning to control for awhile now. I learned in LA that I can blink super fast and turn beams into little bolts of energy. I've also learned to control the intensity of the beams. So with rapid fire blinking I send little bolts of hot energy towards a dozen soldiers closest to Kristina to ease her stress a little. We're operating in a simulated vaccum here but I discover that it doesn't seem to bother me at all.

Remembering that this is a simulation I shift my focus, looking around for the simulation projectors. I don't think this is real but it seems the safeties might be off. I try looking really really hard...and find myself seeing through physical objects. This lets me look through the simulation and to the actual gym itself. The holograms basically fall away and I find the source of the simulation.

"Kristina, get close to me and see if you can hit that spot right up there!" I shout to her, pointing up to where the simulation is coming from. "Blast it with cold so we don't have to rebuild it later." I then shift my focus to the Sentinels and once again use my heat vision in broad, sweeping beams, aiming to decapitate each of the towering robot things.

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#32 Edited by Matthew_Cassidy (1135 posts) - - Show Bio

@embargo: @a-friend:

When the toad-like teenager confirmed that the blood splatters belonged to someone else, Matt picked up the disgust in her face for having done so. How couldn't she be disgusted? She wasn't some inhumane vampire thing but a normal kid with a few oddities to her name. He wanted to hug her or do atleast something but then all hell got loose. “Hey, it's...”, his Spider-Sense exploded into a full-blown anxiety attack as the men outside drew their weapons. 'What the...hell?', hands palming his head The Amiable Arachnid glanced one last time over the crime-scene. “The blood isn't his... the broken nails... the closed window... Oh no.”

Then the first gun shots rang in the narrow corridor of the humble abode as whatever took the boy spread onto the officers. The Spider recruited his herculean athleticity and fought through the pain like a Spartan hoplite to push charge into the close quarters gunfight. “It's in them!”, yelled he as A-Friend's tongue blitzed past him with ballistic speed. One officer was down and he wasn't intending on letting any more of them hurt any of his squadmates. So he projected his webbing to quickly seal off the assailants from the team.

“I---uh...”, Matt's heart raced as he checked his friends for any signs of damage. A-Friend seemed bleeding, and at the time he didn't measure the severity of the wound. All that mattered was that they got out of the killing floor. “We need to m-move...”, he stated the obvious and then looked over to Miss Gallagher. “I'm going to clear you guys a path just don't stop, alright?”, glancing over to Odessa and Cold Snap. “You guys block anything that moves your way. Understood?” 'I hope so.'

With that he moved at the end of the next room and exploded into a full-blown sprint towards the wall. He was rather scrawny with his 76 KGs of weight but whatever he lacked in size he made up in actual strength. Guessing the position of the apartment entrance found in the room ahead, Matt made an X-shape infront of his charging head and busted through the wall as if it was sheet paper and not even the doors ahead could stop him. They burst outwards off their hinges and into splinters that cascaded down the stairwell. Matt reduced his speed into a jog to check the people behind him. In doing so he noticed a large piece of concrete shrapnel stuck in his fore arm. “...shhit.”

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#33 Posted by Kristina_Huntington (161 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: @hope_: Kristina's rudimentary knowledge of wielding Cold Snap's ice powers were working, for now. As she moved elegantly on the ice shielding her fellow classmates from a bombardment of gunfire. Bullet's heavily damaged most of her ice structures, but with the help of Dove's golems she was able to stand firm while the other students fled. 'What to do, What to do, what to do' was all she could think, the popular socialite was far from a hero, and she typically only used her powers to escape her bodyguards. How did she go from the met-life gala, to fighting for her life.

The heroic cries from Hope and Dove pulled the 15 year old from her erratic thoughts. Nodding in compliance with Dove's orders, the 3rd Class student gracefully slid toward Hope's locale, landing on the gymnasium floor with a frosty chill. "Alright, let's see what I got" She said, managing to actually channel the ice to her hands. Pushing forward, the ice construct hit the simulator freezing it over. But--nothing seemed to happen. "Um...was that supposed to do something?" Kristina called out, shifting back to her regular form, before doing as Dove suggest and shifting into a perfect imitation of Hope.

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Immediately, the young Huntington jumped into action, opting to shadow what she saw the upperclassmen do. Spiking her shoulders, Kristina's head pushed forward releasing a devastating amount of superheated plasma, so much that she couldn't control the force behind it.

Stumbling backwards, the energy shot upwards, splitting the top of the gymnasium down the middle cleanly. "It....it's too...much power...." Kristina grunted trying to stop the ionized energy blast, but was powerless to do so.

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#34 Posted by The-Rogue (49 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago: The kid was brave, it had to give him that much; but he was also foolish. The Entity watched expectantly as the boy converged on him, moving in conjunction with what it perceived to be a strike from the right. The specter maneuvered the body directly into a left handed strike which hit it's host in the shoulder. Dropping immediately, it could feel the body finally giving out it needed a new host--It needed him.

Pushing it's fingertips into the ground, The Entity attempted to sow a spore into Aedan to steal his body.

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#35 Posted by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@hope_: @kristina_huntington: Aw sh*t I forgot Kristina was a third class student, Dove's mind raced as Kristina was losing control "Don't worry Kristina, I take full responsibility for that" she consoled as she began to use her second power which was telepathy

Tapping into Hope and her own telepathic bond she began to search through the current experience Hope had in controlling her powers and copied it like one would copy information from a hard-drive and then transferred it into Kristina's mind so she would have an equivalent skill in controlling the superheated plasma like Hope did, mean while Dove used her cryokinetic powers to reduce the damage by created a field of cold around the heat vision that would shrink the splash damage.

"Hope, do me a favor. I just copied some of your experience to Kristina but you'll need to guide her to get this over quicker"

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#36 Posted by Hope_ (171 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @team_sigma

oh...she's going to use my...wait nonnononoononno! Too late...I knew she wouldn't be able to control the powers, I barely know how to control them. I fly over to her position quickly as Dove gives her some of the information she needs to control it, but this is all too complicated...there's a different way that she needs to focus on. These powers are almost instinctive.

I kneel down and put my hand over her eyes, immediately cutting off the beams of energy. They don't stop coming out of her eyes but they blast into my hand and diffuse rather than cutting all over the place. Good thing my own beams can't hurt me. "Ok, listen carefully Kristina." I tell her. "Think short ranged thoughts. Stop thinking about the energy blasts and think about something else, like...uh...hugs, or holding something, anything that doesn't require distance to do. Just focus on those thoughts and the beams will cut out."

It may sound goofy, but it's how it seems to work. Gosh I feel silly saying it out loud though.

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#37 Posted by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

@hope_ said:
@team_sigma said:

@kristina_huntington: @aedan_drago: @octavian_cross: @hope_:

The Ice Golems relayed everything that was happening in the Gymnasium to Dove but before she or the others could do anything the prince Octavian took care of it at the cost of an injury "The Prince is down, my Ice Golems have just informed me" she told the other two students with her while she commanded the remaining Ice Golems to continue serving as mobile ice shields for the defenseless students.

"Hope, you should go help Kristina. I think her power is to mimic others, two of you would be beneficial to deal with anything else that comes" she looked at Aedan "you're welcomed to join us, I'm not going to force you but me and Hope are going to the Gymnasium" the Ice Golems that Octavian destroyed earlier in the short dispute had reformed "so quick recap, Ice Golems will continue protecting students, Hope will go to Kristina and support her, I'll see if I can slow down Octavian's injury by putting him into suspended animation until the faculty can heal his injury" with that said Dove quickly headed towards the Gymnasium

When Dove got there she saw Kristina who chillingly looked like Cold Snap "Kristina, try to copy Hope's powers" Dove advised as she knelt down to Octavian's body to check his life line The wound's not that bad, it could be worst she touched the student and attempted to slow down the blood loss by delicate use of freezing "I'll stay here and keep the ice barrier up in place" Dove informed Kristina and believed it to be the best course of action due to her greater skill and experience as a cryokinetic user.

Dove not only reinforced the ice barrier Kristina placed but also manipulated its shape in a dome so the non fighting students were protected in a safe and super durable defense from all angles.

"On it Dove." I tell her with a smile and then take off flying, not hyper fast because I don't need to inside the building. Instead I fly quickly to the location of Kristina, who is now apparently male..that's...a little weird. I activate my laser eyes, an ability I have been carefully learning to control for awhile now. I learned in LA that I can blink super fast and turn beams into little bolts of energy. I've also learned to control the intensity of the beams. So with rapid fire blinking I send little bolts of hot energy towards a dozen soldiers closest to Kristina to ease her stress a little. We're operating in a simulated vaccum here but I discover that it doesn't seem to bother me at all.

Remembering that this is a simulation I shift my focus, looking around for the simulation projectors. I don't think this is real but it seems the safeties might be off. I try looking really really hard...and find myself seeing through physical objects. This lets me look through the simulation and to the actual gym itself. The holograms basically fall away and I find the source of the simulation.

"Kristina, get close to me and see if you can hit that spot right up there!" I shout to her, pointing up to where the simulation is coming from. "Blast it with cold so we don't have to rebuild it later." I then shift my focus to the Sentinels and once again use my heat vision in broad, sweeping beams, aiming to decapitate each of the towering robot things.

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Whooosh.....crash.....whooosh.....crash.....the sound of waves rolling against land awoke the prince from his slumber. His eyes opened to blue skies and sunlight beating down upon him, the red in his irises melted away to reveal their natural deep blue hue. He pushed himself into a sitting position, a sense of calm washed over his body as he looked out at the landscape. The warm golden sand, the bright sun, the lush trees, and the blue water all seemed to emit a calming aura. The whole place was perfect, Octavian didn't dare move for fear of disrupting the landscape.

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Next to Octavian a young boy cloaked in a black robe stood. He had silver hair and yellow eyes, his appearance was unnatural yet it felt as though he was supposed to be there. The Raven Haired prince remained seated, not even looking in the direction of the other.

"What is this place, why does it feel so familiar?"

His words seemed to carry out along the sea breeze dragging out the sounds.

"You've been here before Oct, we all have."

"What do you mean 'we'?"

"Theres not alot of time to explain, you coming back has disturbed him and your not ready to fight it yet. For now just know that you are special and you have a large role to play in the coming days."

The ground began to shutter as the waves began to grow in ferocity. The sky's blue color began to dim, fading into a purplish black.

"You need to go Octavian, you won't wake up here again, this place is going to be destroyed. We'll reach out to you again once we have a safe place, we'll explain more there. Now go."

Black tendrils began to snake around him his vision becoming obstructed as they did so, the beach began to fade away and he was met with darkness.

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His eyes opened, he was back in the gymnasium and he remembered this time. He could remember everything that was said but, their was no imagery to go along with it. Just a conversation, it wasn't mush but it was better then he had before.

A gunshot snapped his attention back to reality, the school was being attacked. Right now he needed to go help but, he was cold, very cold.

"Hey can someone get me out of here."

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#38 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@the-rogue: @team_sigma: Aedan formed a ionic katana, he charged the creature, he intended to end it. Something flashed before his eyes, his katana dropped, something forced him to his hands and knees. Voices filled his head, flashes of pain and death filled it. He looked up to see the creature's now dead puppet body, a cruel chuckle echoed from inside his body, he go up slamming his fist into a tree, "you parasitic bastard!" The creature forced images of his classmates dying into his mind. He looked to the school, he ran towards it, stumbling every few feet as the creature mentally attacked him. He'd felt this before, Weapon X had tried it, forced there commands into his head, but it didn't work then and he'd be damned if he was going to let it works now. He smashed through a window, he let his senses take over, he quickly found what he was looking for, he smelt the rubber, heard the buzz, "DOVE!," he screamed as he formed a ionic sledgehammer and brought it down onto the floor, breaking open a hole, he knew how beat the creature but he was going to need help.

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#39 Posted by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @the-rogue: @octavian_cross: @hope_: @aedan_drago: As Hope dealt with Kristina the mutant turned her attention to Octavian who was waking up "Look take it easy princess, you got a bullet wound on your shoulder. I froze the blood in your body to slow down the injury but treating bullet injuries is not my specialty, just don't move and you should be fine until medical help comes"

"DOVE!,"

Dove heard Aedan shout her name and she turned around to see him digging something, in a near instant she could tell something was wrong by the way he was acting and instiviely knew he was possessed or infected some how "just tell me what you need done Aedan" she replied nonchalantly as she was kneeling beside Octavian.

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#40 Edited by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@the-rogue: @team_sigma: Aedan looked to Dove while he kept digging. "Start dropping the temperature around me to subzero," the creature screamed into his mind, he stumbled shaking his head, "when I say so, you form a block of ice around me, an I need it cold enough to freeze skin," he stopped hammering, he'd found what he was looking for, he pulled the main power cable up using a ionic knife to peel a section of the rubber off, he looked into Dove's eyes, "if I don't make it, find my sister, find Anie Drago." He bit into the cable, the electricity shot through him, he stumbled back, that big of a jolt would have killed the average person, he wasnt average, he shook his head, "do it form the ice box."

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#41 Edited by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@aedan_drago said:

@the-rogue: @team_sigma: Aedan looked to Dove while he kept digging. "Start dropping the temperature around me to subzero," the creature screamed into his mind, he stumbled shaking his head, "when I say so, you form a block of ice around me, an I need it cold enough to freeze skin," he stopped hammering, he'd found what he was looking for, he pulled the main power cable up using a ionic knife to peel a section of the rubber off, he looked into Dove's eyes, "if I don't make it, find my sister, find Anie Drago." He bit into the cable, the electricity shot through him, he stumbled back, that big of a jolt would have killed the average person, he wasnt average, he shook his head, "do it form the ice box."

Dove gave an affirmative nod as she complied with the fellow students request, unlike some students Dove didn't have a problem causing physical injury or even killing others due to her daemon ancestry "I'll do as you say" she replied back with out any tone of regret as the ice manifested around him.

Dove refocused all her cryokinetic efforts onto Aedan , the ice manifested in a condensed sphere and now that it had Dove's full attention it was durable to the point it could withhold a large nuclear explosion, in addition to this Dove used her advance skill in cryokinesis to negate almost any attempts of phasing or teleportation so what ever Aedan had planned could only be interrupted if Dove stopped.

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#42 Posted by Aedan_Drago (75 posts) - - Show Bio

@team_sigma: @the-rogue: Aedan formed a ionic knife, he cut his finger, it didn't heal. He sat down cross legged, placing the rip of the blade against his stomach. He calmly spoke to the creature, "you either leave my body, or you die with me." He took a breath, and shoved the blade into his gut. Blood began to drip out around the blade, he reiterated his ultimatum, "leave or die."

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#43 Posted by Odessa_Calidus (98 posts) - - Show Bio

@matthew_cassidy: @solarhawk@embargo@a-friend

”..From what I can tell..The blood doesn’t belong to the boy...”

Odessa let out a huff of air as she took in the new information. Which means whoever the person was that killed him… was wounded. But wait… wasn’t the mom wounded- she was pulled away from her thoughts as Gallagher then called out to the students. The young Atlantean stood up as she walked over with the rest of the group, only to tell her what the rest must have been suspecting by now. But before they could speak any further about the situation her eyes darted over to the policemen who were standing before them, making them unable to exit the room as their eyes began to glow purple.

Odessa yelled cursing in her Atlantean tongue as gunshots were fired upon them. Instinctively she threw up her right hand to protect herself only to have the bullets stop before her. A white energy shield now protecting created by Solar Hawk as she pushed forward. But the shock of what happened next caused her eyes to widen in shock. “NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” Odessa screamed as she watched the winged warrior kill the police officers. “You killed them!” she yelled with mixture of fear, shock, confusion and anger. “They’re not in control of themselves and you just killed them!” Her fist pound against the white shield that had just protected her as tears began to swell up in her eyes. She had never seen anyone be killed before, let along being brutally killed like what was just displayed. She could feel her stomach turn as the taste of something acidic began to leave a taste in her mouth.

But her attention was quickly pulled towards her other teammate, Nana, who was shot. “Nana!” Odessa yelled out as she quickly made her way towards the fellow teen. It was a wound she could heal, if they could get the hell out of here. Her eyes looked over towards Matt as he began taking charge once more. The teenage Atlantean gave a sharp nod to the head, showing that she understood. Odessa’s eyes began to give a blue glow as her tattoos made yet another appearance, stopping on the ground the Earth shook as a wall of rock pushed through the foundation of the home and made a wall that separated the team from the hostile group that were unconscious rather than dead as well as blocking the entrance to the room they were still stuck in… for now.

She watched as Matt broke through the wall, creating a path for the group to follow. Odessa moved forward with everyone as her Atlantean tattoos continued to glow, her senses on high alert to be ready for any sudden action that may come forward from either direction. But as they caught up with Matt she noted the wound upon his arm. “I can heal that for you, if you want, as soon as we get to decent cover.” Odessa didn’t wait for an ok or argue against her, she began to walk down the stairwell taking the lead for her wounded teammates. Her still glowing eyes darted back and forth as her ears trying to pick up anything out of the ordinary as she reached the exit door that should be leading to an alley way, or so she hoped. Pushing it open it led directly where she thought, in an alleyway. “Come on guys, we should be able to get to the jet from-“ but her speech was cut off as several police cars began to pull up on both ends of the alleyway. How many officers were under the influence of this X!? How powerful was this mutant? Raising her hands above her head The Atlantean slammed her fists hard upon the ground as the Earth once more let out a thundering tremble before the ground broke through the concrete floor of the streets and now blocked both sides of the alleyway for her teammates. Gunfire however, could still be heard on the other side of the wall that protected them. The only way to now… was up.

“Come on! We need to go up! Ms. Gallagher can we have the jet pick us up on top of one of roofs?” she yelled, trying to overpower the sound of the gunfire that were still echoing through the sky.

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#44 Posted by SolarHawk (739 posts) - - Show Bio

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”..From what I can tell..The blood doesn’t belong to the boy...”

Odessa let out a huff of air as she took in the new information. Which means whoever the person was that killed him… was wounded. But wait… wasn’t the mom wounded- she was pulled away from her thoughts as Gallagher then called out to the students. The young Atlantean stood up as she walked over with the rest of the group, only to tell her what the rest must have been suspecting by now. But before they could speak any further about the situation her eyes darted over to the policemen who were standing before them, making them unable to exit the room as their eyes began to glow purple.

Odessa yelled cursing in her Atlantean tongue as gunshots were fired upon them. Instinctively she threw up her right hand to protect herself only to have the bullets stop before her. A white energy shield now protecting created by Solar Hawk as she pushed forward. But the shock of what happened next caused her eyes to widen in shock. “NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” Odessa screamed as she watched the winged warrior kill the police officers. “You killed them!” she yelled with mixture of fear, shock, confusion and anger. “They’re not in control of themselves and you just killed them!” Her fist pound against the white shield that had just protected her as tears began to swell up in her eyes. She had never seen anyone be killed before, let along being brutally killed like what was just displayed. She could feel her stomach turn as the taste of something acidic began to leave a taste in her mouth.

But her attention was quickly pulled towards her other teammate, Nana, who was shot. “Nana!” Odessa yelled out as she quickly made her way towards the fellow teen. It was a wound she could heal, if they could get the hell out of here. Her eyes looked over towards Matt as he began taking charge once more. The teenage Atlantean gave a sharp nod to the head, showing that she understood. Odessa’s eyes began to give a blue glow as her tattoos made yet another appearance, stopping on the ground the Earth shook as a wall of rock pushed through the foundation of the home and made a wall that separated the team from the hostile group that were unconscious rather than dead as well as blocking the entrance to the room they were still stuck in… for now.

She watched as Matt broke through the wall, creating a path for the group to follow. Odessa moved forward with everyone as her Atlantean tattoos continued to glow, her senses on high alert to be ready for any sudden action that may come forward from either direction. But as they caught up with Matt she noted the wound upon his arm. “I can heal that for you, if you want, as soon as we get to decent cover.” Odessa didn’t wait for an ok or argue against her, she began to walk down the stairwell taking the lead for her wounded teammates. Her still glowing eyes darted back and forth as her ears trying to pick up anything out of the ordinary as she reached the exit door that should be leading to an alley way, or so she hoped. Pushing it open it led directly where she thought, in an alleyway. “Come on guys, we should be able to get to the jet from-“ but her speech was cut off as several police cars began to pull up on both ends of the alleyway. How many officers were under the influence of this X!? How powerful was this mutant? Raising her hands above her head The Atlantean slammed her fists hard upon the ground as the Earth once more let out a thundering tremble before the ground broke through the concrete floor of the streets and now blocked both sides of the alleyway for her teammates. Gunfire however, could still be heard on the other side of the wall that protected them. The only way to now… was up.

“Come on! We need to go up! Ms. Gallagher can we have the jet pick us up on top of one of roofs?” she yelled, trying to overpower the sound of the gunfire that were still echoing through the sky.

Solar Hawk paused for a moment, surrounded by the slain officers. She shook her head at the way the kid had panicked and apparently didn't trust the Hawk Lord to do the right thing. Kids. She mused. She walked from the building the same way the kids had, soon joining them in the alleyway. There she knelt down, listening with her hawk like ears to the approaching cop cars. "Good idea." She told them. "But we can't count on it. Be ready to act if the mutant has something more than simple police officers under its sway. Next time I do something, I need you to trust me, not panic." She instructed the Atlantean girl. White energy snaked out from her ring and raced back into the house where it flowed over the fallen officers. "The mutant has to abandon its hosts when their bodies die remember?" She smiled a little. "White Lanterns have power over death."

The cops she had slain would be revived, their wounds erased, their minds returned with what was effectively a hard reboot, at least that was the plan. Just in case the mutant immediately took them over again though she didn't bring them back to a state of consciousness. "Those officers will be fine, when they wake up. Now what's your plan for getting on the roof?" She asked, intending to prod the kids into a teachable moment rather than just telling them what to do next. "And what's your plan for when a police helicopter shows up with a sniper?" A very real possibility they needed to consider.

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#45 Posted by _Muse (240 posts) - - Show Bio
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His short exchange with @octavian_cross had his nerves a bit jittery so he skipped the PA call to the gym. It had to be another drill. He got an "F" on his last one. @embargo wrote a terse message with it.

A few meters from the Zoo, Jeremiah lit a blunt with RVIDER KLVN's "No Mussel" bumping loud in his earbuds. "Out the land of the darkness/my whole hood Trayvon Martin!"the Cali native rapped a line from Nell's verse, miming a smooth dance like he was performing live onstage.

Sticking the joint between his lips he took his first hit with no hands, blowing thick smoke out his nose. It hit his brain quicker giving him a stronger high. He thrashed his head to the trillwave track and stopped when he saw two bodies. Exhaling a hit and squinted his eyes to make sure he wasn't tripping. The two bodies were still there and walking. He ashed his Honey Berry Backwood and sucked his teeth under his breath. "They got the simulator running on the entire campus?"

The magic notification bling sounded from his iPhone and a message badge from Anna Cat appeared:

You in the gym Jeremiah, I can't find you! The school's being attacked!

Anna was the only classmate he met that he could vibe with and wasn't a goofy. He shot her a text back, glancing back and forth from his screen and the two heads approaching.

"Nah I skipped the meeting. I'm by the zoo, but I ashed it. We can finish after this?"

His magic ringtone went off twice and he watched a video message from Anna recording pandemonium in the gym. She pointed the camera to the ground with a dead body in uniform, bleeding out.

He snatched his earphones out and made a mad dash for the campus house. The silent crunch of his feet in the grass and creaking insects was interrupted with six shots popping off. It was a jerk reaction, but he released an electrical current in the soldiers direction. Expecting the bullets to rip through him he felt his body for liquid. Warm blood. Nothing. He was dry.

Pulsing electrical energy in his hands , he faced the soldiers. He couldn't run when they had guns pointed at his back. He pulled up his Levi's and prepared to fight the two armed soldiers...

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#46 Edited by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

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@kristina_huntington: @the-rogue: @octavian_cross: @hope_: @aedan_drago: As Hope dealt with Kristina the mutant turned her attention to Octavian who was waking up "Look take it easy princess, you got a bullet wound on your shoulder. I froze the blood in your body to slow down the injury but treating bullet injuries is not my specialty, just don't move and you should be fine until medical help comes"

"DOVE!,"

Dove heard Aedan shout her name and she turned around to see him digging something, in a near instant she could tell something was wrong by the way he was acting and instinctively knew he was possessed or infected some how "just tell me what you need done Aedan" she replied nonchalantly as she was kneeling beside Octavian.

Octavian's eyes flashed hot red amber. His mouth grimaced at the princess comment, the fact that she so willingly disrespected him caused his blood to boil. His hand curled up into a fist as he pushed himself off the ground. His legs carried him slowly to the door, he was struggling to regain his balance as he moved forward.

"I'm not just gonna sit by and let someone else handle my shat for me."

Octavian raised his arms causing the whole auditorium to fill with glass like explosions of negative energy. Rather then blades though these were blunt objects like hammers and maces, things he had never been able to create before his dream. The number kept increasing and this time his nose didn't bleed, in fact he felt just as he did before. He created enough to hopefully disarm the gunman in the room.

"No one else dies today"

With a single blink the weapons moved heading for hands and heads seeking to knock weapons to the ground and incapacitate hostile targets. His attention then turned to Aedan inside the ice prison with a blade in his stomach. Babling about something inside his body needing to leave or die, Octavian raised his hand and inside the ice barrier their was a singular explosion of negative energy. The shattered particles scattered revealing a large hammer type weapon. Octavian's power is based on creation not teleportation of phasing It moved aiming for Aedan's head looking to knock him out cold, he would still be imprisoned so whatever was inside him would hopefully be contained or disabled with him.

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#47 Posted by Team_Sigma (1565 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @the-rogue: @hope_: @aedan_drago: @octavian_cross:

Dove felt the foreign object inside her sphere due to her intense focus on it, "Dam you princess Octavia, get your toys out of the way" she scolded Octavian as she had her eyes closed and intercepted the hammer with her own exact ice replica, more replica's began manifesting as her ice constructs began to play a game of VIP as they protected Aedan against Octavian's constructs "trust your team mates!"

Dove didn't want to do this but she attempted to use her telepathy to enter Octavian's mind and begin attempts to twist his perspective into summoning and commanding his constructs else where.

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#48 Posted by Octavian_Cross (62 posts) - - Show Bio

@kristina_huntington: @the-rogue: @hope_: @aedan_drago: @octavian_cross:

Dove felt the foreign object inside her sphere due to her intense focus on it, "Dam you princess Octavia, get your toys out of the way" she scolded Octavian as she had her eyes closed and intercepted the hammer with her own exact ice replica, more replica's began manifesting as her ice constructs began to play a game of VIP as they protected Aedan against Octavian's constructs "trust your team mates!"

Dove didn't want to do this but she attempted to use her telepathy to enter Octavian's mind and begin attempts to twist his perspective into summoning and commanding his constructs else where.

Octavian stumbled backwards, his hands reached up taking hold of his hair as the constructs exploded back into negative energy.

"Get out of my HEAD"

His body engaged natural defenses sending blunt weapons hurtling towards Dove. He sumbled towards her looking to take hold of her skull and kick her out of his mind.

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#49 Posted by Xiomaera (8 posts) - - Show Bio

@_muse:

The echo of raids of bullets radiates through Xiomaera’s head as she rises from the ground. Lifting her saggy eyelids the young academic pressed her fingers against her scalp to feel a liquid drying on the roots of her dark hair. Examining her hand blood droplets trickles freely down to her wrist. Placing her clean fist onto a plethora of posty notes on a bulletin board to her left. Xi balances herself as she realizes something knocked her out cold in a classroom from the hallway.

Inching herself away from the board she leans against a window. The warm sunrays flourish onto her skin with a compelling hug. The bruised teen’s hazel eyes widen in awe as she watches two gunmen from across the courtyard about to shoot her fellow classmate named Jeremiah. A torrent of blue and purple chromas spark from the dark circles of her eyes. A surge of energy oozes down the girl’s arms as it crawls to form a portal before her.

Stepping into her self-made doorway she feels the fresh air splashing onto her skin as the scent of recently used ammunition reaches her nostrils. Appearing next to her colleague the two soldiers pointing their guns to her face and shoots in a fearful response. Xiomaera raises her arms to have a flow of indigo ripple from her touch. The aura slices through the abundance of bullets aimed for the two causing the ammo to vanish to reappear a yard away to hit the dirt. Angling her left wrist her vibrant hand jolts to release a haze of violet smoke to push the frenzied soldiers five yards away from the them. “You have an idea of why we are being attacked?” She frantically asks as her eyes search for more of them through the open air. “Think of anywhere we can head to?” Xi turns to her classmate in search of answers.

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#50 Posted by _Muse (240 posts) - - Show Bio
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@_muse:

The echo of raids of bullets radiates through Xiomaera’s head as she rises from the ground. Lifting her saggy eyelids the young academic pressed her fingers against her scalp to feel a liquid drying on the roots of her dark hair. Examining her hand blood droplets trickles freely down to her wrist. Placing her clean fist onto a plethora of posty notes on a bulletin board to her left. Xi balances herself as she realizes something knocked her out cold in a classroom from the hallway.

Inching herself away from the board she leans against a window. The warm sunrays flourish onto her skin with a compelling hug. The bruised teen’s hazel eyes widen in awe as she watches two gunmen from across the courtyard about to shoot her fellow classmate named Jeremiah. A torrent of blue and purple chromas spark from the dark circles of her eyes. A surge of energy oozes down the girl’s arms as it crawls to form a portal before her.

Stepping into her self-made doorway she feels the fresh air splashing onto her skin as the scent of recently used ammunition reaches her nostrils. Appearing next to her colleague the two soldiers pointing their guns to her face and shoots in a fearful response. Xiomaera raises her arms to have a flow of indigo ripple from her touch. The aura slices through the abundance of bullets aimed for the two causing the ammo to vanish to reappear a yard away to hit the dirt. Angling her left wrist her vibrant hand jolts to release a haze of violet smoke to push the frenzied soldiers five yards away from the them. “You have an idea of why we are being attacked?” She frantically asks as her eyes search for more of them through the open air. “Think of anywhere we can head to?” Xi turns to her classmate in search of answers.

Entranced by her sudden appearance and light show, Jeremiah stared in silence. He locked onto her glowing eyes and broke the deceptive silence. His eyes flickered over the incapacitated soldiers. "Damn, Ultraviolent.", he teased tempering the electricity sparking from his fists with a sharp crackle. He shot a smirk, simmering with a slight snicker. The medicine kicked in. "Nice save."

"I'm headed to the gym." he realized he probably smelled...earthy; so he sprayed L'eau D'issey cologne on his neck and arms, rubbing the rest on his clothes. "You should come with me Ultra..." he stopped himself and popped two sweet cardamom Tic Tacs in his mouth. "What's your name?" he asked tying his locs into a quick bun. He predicted more fighting and his locs were getting in his face.