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Shining Light: A Time of Heroes Thread 2 - Hopes and Dreams The Prince of Stories!pinkie78OsCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41552420[View All]

#Ask/Invite #Canon: Lost Light Universe #Era: Shining Light #Superheroes #IC

>it is a realm beyond rational knowledge, beyond any mortal concept of space or time

>it is a place with only the vaguest concept of form, ever-changing as if on the whims of an artist
>it is the home to all manner of creatures, great and small, innocent and frightening, all as random and incoherent as the land itself
>it is a place none can reach of their own free will, and yet all have been there
>from the mightiest of overlords, to the most inconsequential of paupers
>from the kindest, to the cruelest, and all in-between
>from the most complicated of beings whose thoughts concern whole galaxies, to the most simple who can just barely form a thought
>and even you have been there before
>you would not recall it very well, for it hangs just on the edges of your memory, but when you fell into a deep sleep, you were there
>for it is the Land of the Dreaming

>like all lands, this one has a creator, and a ruler

>this ruler lives in a castle of his own making, all at once crystalline and stone, spectacular and inviting, while cold and haunting
>in this castle, the ruler governs his land and his people - which includes all those who enter it
>he is a quiet, reclusive ruler - respected, but feared
>for few can understand what goes through his eternal, ageless mind, as his desires are simple, while his dedication to his work is unprecedented
>but what would a being such as him do when there is no work to be done?

>often, he reflects on what he has done, for a being as eternal as he has done very much

>he reflects on love lost, on acts both selfish and selfless, on what it means to engage with mortals whose lives end so quickly, on his presence in their lives and their views of him
>and he often ponders on what his future holds, for even a being as old as he will one day reach his end, and what meaning his actions will have when that time comes
>but for today, he decides to pursue one of his favourite hobbies
>he reads

>in his castle is a most special library

>within its endless halls are every book ever written, from the most popular and largely known, to the most obscure and rarely-seen, and even those forever lost to the sands of time
>it also contains the tomes that will be written, whether as early as tomorrow, or as far away as the end of all things
>and it contains the stories that have never been written, that will never come to be, and remain in the minds of their creators, with pen never having been put to page
>for what is a story but an idea someone first created in their mind?
>and what is an idea but a dream that simply took form?

>in this library, he idly picks up a single book

>it is the second volume of an ongoing tale, its end not yet come to pass
>it is both a simple and complicated story
>it is a tale of heroes and villains, and their opposing ideologies clashing in a never-ending struggle
>it is a tale of love, of life, of growth and learning
>it is a tale of happiness, sorrow, anger, and fear
>it is a tale that has been told many times before, and will be told many times since
>and yet, he reads it all the same, and takes no less enjoyment out of it
>for all stories are precious, and are worth telling and reading, as they all mean something special to someone

>he is the Prince of Stories and Ideas

>he is the ruler of the Land of the Dreaming
>he has gone by many names, but you may know him simply as the Sandman
>and like you, he enjoys a good story
>perhaps you will enjoy this one too


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Twines Light!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41558915

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>"Is... that a thing 'round here...?"
>Twi blinked slowly, staring right at Albert
>and shrugging his shoulders
How should I know? I'm just as new as you are, remember?
>his grin returned, Twi stepping closer to Albert and accepting the handshake
>although it was less of a "shake", and more just Twi placing his hand in Albert's, and letting the second party do most of the work
I haven't heard anything about it, at least, so I don't think so.

Back home, you'd feel all the eyes on you as the new kid. Haven't really felt the same "predators surrounding you" feel since getting here...
>turning back to his bags, he started off by taking out the expected essentials: clothes, basically, all of them looking just a size or two too big for him
Kinda the opposite, now that I think about it...

Seems like a lot of folks are just curious about the newbies... I guess that makes sense; everyone wants to know what cool stuff you can do in a superhero school, right...?
>his grin grew just a bit wider along with a short chuckle
>and from the bottomless "hole" that was Twi's shadow, two figures emerged made out of the same inky darkness as the hand from earlier
>the shadowy figured grabbed Twi's clothes, handling the boring sorting and storing of the wardrobe in Twi's place
Or... who knows; maybe I'm just imagining things...

I'm usually on guard about this stuff... bad-...mnnn...
>Twi paused, very obviously holding back a yawn before continuing
...I've got experience with being the weird new kid in school... but I guess "weird" would be the standard around here, so maybe I'm worrying for nothing...

>the shadowy figures focused back on the bags, now removing more personal items to make Twi's side of the room feel more "homey"

>bed sheets plastered with Transformers; a body pillow rather shamelessly adorned with some anime catgirl witch, it seemed; a Nintendo Switch case adorned with a variety of stickers from various franchises; several small anime figurines to be put on the nightstand; three bigger figurines to be places on the shelves above the bed, just as shameless as the body pillow cover; a dozen or so comics placed nearby; a laptop; and finally, for whatever reason, one of those bobbling hula dancer ornaments more commonly found on a truck's dashboard
>all in all, Twi's luggage was relatively light from someone moving into a new place, but it quite loudly painted a picture of his tastes
>clearly Twi was a bit less cautious about revealing his likes than Albert was

But... I bet you never really had to deal with that, right...?
>Twi casually added as he let himself drop onto the bed
>there wasn't any malice behind the question; just stated very "matter-of-factly", with a hint of that odd sleepy amusement he seemed to always have accompanying that toothy grin
>he adjusted the pillow adorned with the well-endowed witch lady, propping it up in the corner where the bed and the wall met, so he could lean back but remain seated
I'm gonna guess... quarterback back in your old place?

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>it was a cool afternoon in Dis, the sun a bit low in the sky and the streets starting to fill with people as the more nocturnally-inclined people of the town started to come alive in both the metaphorical and literal senses.
>to say that this place got into the spirit of the season would be an understatement; while some of the stodgier elements of society would decry Halloween as a mockery of all monsterkind, or even just raising some honest questions about what the point of dressing up is when you’re already some manner of spooky ghoul, the rest of the town justifiably ignored all of that dumb nerd shit and got in on the festivities.
>decorations of all levels of effort and spectacle had gone up in storefronts and homes across town – even the ones that didn’t seem to be staffed or occupied by anyone, living or dead.
>San Samael’s was comparatively modest in its decorations, nothing more than a few fake plywood tombstones scattered across the front lawn.

>and, in one particular case, hanging around the neck of a rather unfortunate young wolf-man lying in pain on the sidewalk just outside the gates after Sadako had smashed the thing over his head, and was now standing over his half-conscious body chiding him like a disappointed schoolteacher.

Seriously, Keith, I’m getting tired of telling you this! Stealing is wrong! I swear, if I catch you like this again, I’m not gonna have any choice but to take you to the police!

Twines & Virn!E2Vbn7o74sCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41558918

>hello Halloween
>hello giant awful bags of candy

>ever since first arriving, Virn O'Raidhin had almost become a standard face in the crowd in Dis

>not exactly because she visited often, she just had a habit of annoying/frightening a good number of people whenever she did visit
>as hard as it was to make the judgment call not to write a story about Dis's existence (her soul felt all nice and clean now, and she hated it), that just meant a new opportunity had popped up instead
>after all, Dis had its own publications on the look for the right photos, and for an O'Raidhin, money was all the same regardless of if it came from a human hand, or a demonic tree made out of human skin

>but right now, Virn wasn't in job-mode, and instead committed fully to tourist-mode

>this included trying out some snacky delicacies that you simply couldn't find anywhere else
>and as she popped another eight or nine Hell-In-Your-Pocket spicy snacks, she definitely found the wavers she had to sign just a bit much
>they were tasty, at the very least, but she questioned the authenticity of the packaging's boast of literally burning your mouth

>as Virn wandered past the San Samael's former church, a rather familiar figure entered her sight

>Virn hadn't really gotten to talk to Sadie much, but she never forgot a face
>well, an interesting face
>...OK, a cute face

>tossing another handful of snacks into her mouth, short glimpses of fire being visible with each crunch, she casually spoke up with:

Obedience school is an option too.

Had an uncle whose dog kept stealing his slippers, so he took him to one. Now my uncle brings him the slippers on command.

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>Sadako visibly perked up at the familiar voice, completely forgetting about the guy whose ass she had just kicked.

>said guy, meanwhile, suddenly scrambled to his knees and started trying to bail out of this scene entirely, the horrible spicy pain fumes hanging off of Virn’s person being just the shock to the system he needed to forget about his probable concussion.

Oh! Hey Ada!

>...she never did actually give Sadie her real name, did she?

>oh well, ‘sfine probably.
>Sadako paused to sniff at the air a moment, picking up the same aforementioned horrible spicy pain fumes, but had quite a different reaction.

Oh no way! You like those too?! I could eat those things every single day, but I’m not allowed to keep them in the house anymore ‘cause blah blah blah “being in the same room as them is basically the same as being tear gassed and I’m saying that from experience” blah.

>she huffed a bit, but her smile didn’t falter.

Anyways! It’s been awhile since you came to visit! What’s up?

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>Albert was now just a bit unsure of what to think after Twi's initial answer
>while he knew he was right in that the vast majority of the people at STAR were decent and just wanted to get to know the new blood, there were potentially still those looking to cause trouble
>once again, Glenn just existing was evidence of that
>still, that didn't mean he was suddenly going to get jumped by some big student he'd never met and throttled for funsies

>he did start to move over to Twi's bed to help him unpack, but then more of those strange shapes came out of the floor, and he instinctively halted when he saw them

>this time at least he was able to conclude that they were a result of Twi's powers, so it was less worrying than the brief freak-out from earlier
>he watched as Twi's constructs unpacked for him, noticing what he was pulling out piece by piece
>he did start to relax finally; if he was fine with showing off his interests, he might as well dig his stuff back out in short order

>though he didn't just yet, instead giving a sheepish smile once Twi finished talking

Wrestlin' team, actually. Though I had some help with that, so...I kinda know what you mean.

>he took a seat on his own bed, glancing briefly at his backpack at the foot of it, wondering if he should actually make the big reveal

>he had a feeling he'd have to sooner or later; if he really wanted to train properly with his powers, he'd have to use them at their fullest potential, which meant everyone in class would know
>but it might be better to just wait and see if that comes about
>instead he looked back to Twi, then rolled up his sleeve slightly to show his muscly arm, though he didn't flex to show off or anything

Once I got my powers, this kinda...happened.

I started workin' out t' try an' maintain it, just 'n case...

>he rolled his sleeve back so he felt less awkward, then let out a sigh before continuing

Before that, I was some scrawny nerd who explored th' forest lookin' fer ghosts, an' that was definitely "weird" fer people...

Kinda says somethin' when that jus' stopped, really...

>quick to get away from that, given what he'd sort of stepped into, he asked the more obvious question to ask

So, you always had those...shadow things?

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>Virn only gave a casual hand lift as a greeting
Please, call me Virn. Ada was my father.
>that was explanation enough, right?
Just tried 'em today, actually.
>she held out the bag to Sadie, offering some up if she wanted
They're pretty good, I'll admit, but nowhere near as spicy as advertised so they seem a bit overpriced.

Seems more like a "special occasion" treat than a snack; know what I mean?

>shrugging her shoulder lightly, she continued

Not much, not much. Suddenly felt the siren's call of random curiosity, and figured I'd stop by!

I was walking 'round a shopping mall and as I saw all the Christmas ornaments, it struck me that 'tis the season to be spooky, and I wondered aloud to myself: "Would a real life Halloween Town celebrate Halloween?"

I got some weird looks from the Hot Topic, but I'm used to it, and then figured I'd pop in here to answer my own question!

S'pretty sweet to see people have as much fun with it here as any other place. Truly there's nothing that brings people from all walks of life than an excuse to wear slutty witch outfits.


By the way, you remember my partner, right? Would you say she's a size small or a medium; I have a totally unrelated Halloween outfit I want to buy for her, but I want it to be a surprise.

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>”Please, call me Virn. Ada was my father.”

Oh, okay!

>fortunately, Sadako was not one to question what she was told, so Virn would be spared any further explanation.

>especially since she was more concerned with the horrible death snacks that she had been offered, happily munching a few while just as ignorant to the literal hellfire in her mouth as Virn, despite being approximately 100% less weird indestructible space ghost than her.

Yeah, it’s pretty cool! You should swing back around later in the month too; the mayor really likes to go all out when it comes to holidays, and all the public places get suuuper decked out. You think this place is like Halloweentown now, wait til’ you see actual Halloween!

>Virn’s entirely unrelated question made her pause for a second, putting a hand to her chin in honest thought for a few long moments.

...well to be honest with you, given how ginormous her boobs are, I’m pretty sure you’d have a hard time fitting her right in anything off-the-shelf. You might have to talk to an actual tailor.

>Sadie truly never hesitated to cut straight to the heart of matters with a complete absence of tact or subtlety. she didn’t even seem to have any ulterior motives to bringing up Virn’s galpal or her gigantic baps, her tone simply being one of absolute blunt honesty.

Speaking of which, how is Jill? I never actually got much of a chance to talk to you guys before you left last time!

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>"Wrestlin' team, actually."
>Twi blinked from his cozy spot, the smile on his face sticking to it
Oof... yeah, I take it back; I imagine you've got your own set of hard times to go along with that.

Still, pretty cool. Never been to a school with its own wrestling team before, personally, but...
>he scoffed, playfully flexing his own "muscles"
Not like I'd get much from it either...

>as Albert explained himself further, Twi only politely nodded his head

>he seemed about as attentive as someone who always seemed to be a minute away from collapsing out of exhaustion, but he somehow hung on
Instant muscle, huh...? What, were you part of some sorta... super-soldier experiment or something?
>he chuckled a bit, still trying to adjust himself on the bed
>but some energy came back to him as soon as Albert mentioned:
Woah! You ghost hunt? That's awesome!

I've heard some people say this place has a bunch of weird unexplained mysteries and stuff, so I guess you'll feel right at home still...

>another shadow construct approached, this time with two smaller pillows to shove behind Twi, and help him find a more comfortable way to lean back

>the shadowy things then simply vanished back beneath him
Well... I dunno about always. I hear this mutant stuff used to only kick in 'round puberty, but I know there's been reports that they're happening earlier and earlier...
>he shrugged
Maybe I did have it, but I never learned about it 'til... two? Three years ago, tops.

It's a pretty sweet power to have... bit tricky to really control it, though... can't have any of my extra guys doing a bunch of stuff all at once, much as I'd like...

It's like that... what was it... that thing where you have to rub your belly and pat your head at the same time?
>two shadowy figures emerged again, one rubbing its belly, and the other patting its head
>and while they seemed to do these just fine, when they tried to do both actions at the same time, there was clearly a lot of difficulty there
Simple things are fine, but anything complicated takes focus. So sadly, I can't have one of them clean my room, while the other does my homework... they're still brainless dummies after all.
>the shadows vanished back beneath Twi again
How 'bout you? Did you just get the awesome power of Chadittude, or can ya do something cool?

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>Virn let out a light and entirely immature snicker over hearing Sadie mention Seras's "ginormous boobs"
>but her advice to just find a tailor wasn't bad one, even if it would require Virn getting Seras's measurements somehow
>"Speaking of which, how is Jill?"
Please, call her Seras. Jill was my temporary other father.
<"Lousy free hippie lifestyle..."

Yeah, I'd like to bring her over some more, but she's got a job and stuff like a dweeb. She can't just stop by whenever I want.

But I'll definitely pull out all my willy ways to get her to come over for Halloween! That girl could use a party or two under her belt.

>she looked into the bag, taking out a few more snacks, but seemingly content with letting Sadie finish it off

But enough about me and my awesome life; how's everything been 'round here? You doin' good? Stayin' in school, eating your prayers and all that stuff?

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>Albert blinked in surprise at Twi's rather lax usage of "mutant"
>he'd been under the impression that wasn't exactly a term people liked to hear anymore, but he opted not to bring it up
>Joanne had never expressed her thoughts on the term either way, so he didn't know if that was OK or not

>as he watched Twi continue to speak and explain his powers, he couldn't help but notice him sort of slowing down here and there

>it typically wasn't for long, but it happened enough times that Albert was able to notice
>which did make him wonder if the poor guy was sick or something, or possibly still just dizzy from his earlier fall
>although the noticeable bags under his eyes was more of an indicator of what the problem might be

>he noticed that he'd asked another question, which drew him from this more contemplative mindset, soon enough to look rather embarrassed at the term Twi came up with for him


W-Well, th' easiest way t' put it is...

Y'know how Animal Man or Vixen copy animals' skills an' all? I c'n do that, but only if they're from Canada.

I'd demonstrate, but...well, th' reason I'm here is t' better control this an' not end up accidentally hurtin' someone...

>not that he'd actually done that, at least not yet

...hey, are ya OK over there?

>he leaned forward slightly, focusing on Twi's sleepy expression

Y' look like yer gonna fall over there...

Do we need t' go to th' nurse's office?
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>Twi slowly nodded his head again, but this time was harder to tell if it was because he was listening to Albert, or if he was struggling to stay awake
>or maybe just both; who knew
Yeah... yeah, they... uhh... the lady told me something about that...not you, specifically, just that... a lot of guys here don't have full control over their stuff... so I get it...

You don't really have to worry about me, though! I don't mean to brag, but... I doubt there's that many folks here who could match up with my extra guys at full power...
>he snickered a bit, definitely bragging at least a little bit

>"Do we need t' go to th' nurse's office?"

Hm...? Oh, no, it's cool, it's cool.

I just haven't slept all day, so I'm a bit... y'know, n'here nor there... I'll catch up with a nap later in the day; it'll be fine... but it'd be rude to fall asleep right now, wouldn't it? We're just getting to know each other!

>he leaned forward slightly, his grin stretching out a bit more

So, c'mon! Show me something cool from the Great White North! Can ya grow antlers or something? How does that work? Don't leave me hangin' after I showed off my stuff!

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>Albert figured it was just a lack of sleep concerning Twi, although hearing he hadn't slept at all that day was still concerning
>he considered asking why, but Twi was far more concerned with seeing his own powers in action
>and he was right, it'd be kinda rude to not show him something, so maybe he could go with something relatively tame

Well, I probably can't grow antlers, but let's try somethin'...

>he shifted around on his bed so he was sitting on his legs on it

>then he closed his eyes, taking in a slow breath
>the change was very subtle, and only someone paying close attention would see a subtle glow coming off of him
>but more noticeable than that would be the feathers now poking out of his arms, having just sprouted there in a couple of seconds
>Albert then opened his eyes, except they were much darker than before
>and once he opened his mouth...


>he let out an almost-unmistakable sound to explain just what he was emulating then

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>Twi quickly brought a hand up to his mouth, but it was a pointless action
>the boy just started to loudly laugh at the goofy HONK that had left Albert's mouth
O-Oh my G-...khhh-hahaha... Oh... Oh, Jesus... oh, OK, OK, I-I'm sorry, I just...
>it took him a few more seconds before his laughter turned into snickering and chuckling, before he finally calmed
O-Oh God, that was priceless...!
>still snickering a bit, Twi pushed himself off the bed to wander over to Albert's bed
>and without even asking, he simply climbed on top of it to examine the feathers on Albert's arms up close
That's sick, dude! Are you sure you can't grow antlers? Even tiny ones? Seems like you have no problem with spontaneous feathers!
>he reached forward to poke at them, just to feel if they were real, or some kind of magic construct
Does it hurt to grow these things? You look like a really gross monster effect from an 80's B-movie or something! That's awesome!

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>”Please, call her Seras. Jill was my temporary other father.”

Oh, okay!

>once again, Sadako was not one to question anything.

>especially not when there were more important things to worry about, like getting new friends together for a bomb-ass Halloween party.

Awesome~! I swear, you guys are gonna love it!

>Sadie was about to go into further detail about all of the cool stuff that would be on display right until Virn redirected her one-track mind entirely, leaving her staring into space for a moment while she tried to catch up.

...uhh, well, I actually just finished with all of my high school stuff a few months before you guys showed up and I haven’t started college yet, and I’m not really religious – I don’t really know any religions that involve eating things anyways; my dad was kinda into some Buddhism stuff when I was little but I dunno if…

>Virn would be learning quite a few things about Sadako today, including the fact that she was entirely too literal-minded for most of Virn’s style of playful banter.

...Well, anyways! Other than that, things have been good! Not a lot to talk about, just helping out where I can around town, training for some local martial arts stuff, stuff like that. I was actually just on my way over to the gym before, y’know, what you just saw happened.

>a brief contemplative look crossed Sadie’s face before she looked back to Virn.

How ‘bout you? I just realized, I never actually got to ask you or Seras about yourselves when you last visited! So what’s your life like? What kinda stuff d’you get up to out in the not-Halloweeny world?

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>Virn didn't seem at all bothered by Sadie's on-track train of thought
>it just made for a lot of funny comments, really
>as a chatterbox herself, she could find herself easily following along with Sadie's thought process
>"I don't really know any religions that involve eating things anyways..."
...huh. Now that you mention it, it does seem like it's more common for them to ban food than anything else. Weird.
>"What kinda stuff d'you get up to out in the not-Halloweeny world?"
Ho-ho; what don't I get up to!

...well, there's a lot I don't get up to, but my life's exciting enough that I can miss out on one exciting event or two.

I'm a freelance photographer, y'see; traveling all over the place and sniffing out all sorts of interesting secrets is half of my existence! That's how I even found this place to begin with!

It's kinda ironic, really. The paranormal stuff usually bring in good bills, but when I seek it out, I never find the barest of activity; not even a lens flare I can squint into looking like a ghost.

But when I come all the way to Spook Country, USA in search of a big government conspiracy, and find enough paranormal shots to last me a lifetime, it'd make me feel like a terrible person making it known even to the wackiest and most underground magazines.
>she shrugged her shoulders with a light scoff

Anyway; y'said something 'bout a martial arts thing? You into MMA or somethin' like that? I'm a bit of a brawler myself, y'know!
<"Granted, I'm usually 50 feet tall, and fighting rampaging monsters, but that still counts! Sometimes they're just aliens too."
Even took part in a big tournament once, but it never got to the finals; turns out the guy in charge was... well, let's just call the whole tournament an insurance scam, and leave it at that.
<"More like an alien warlord trying to gather up the power of a bunch of strong fighters, but details..."

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Oooh! Sounds fun! The lone intrepid reporter sneaking behind the scenes, exposing all the ugly truths behind our society, bringing down the corrupt powers that be with nothing but a camera~. It’s like something out of the movies!

>sure, she knew that was probably exaggerating Virn’s job somewhat, but it was fun to pretend!

Heh. Anyways, I’m glad you’re not gonna blow the lid on things around here. There are a lot of really nice people here, and they’ve got good reasons for wanting to keep things a secret.

...Still kinda weird though, how even though people are getting more accepting of mutants and aliens and stuff, they’re still scared of monsters.

But I’m sure you’ll find your big cool government conspiracy eventually, Virn! You’ll be like… uh… what’s his name? The guy who exposed that whole zombie thing in Colorado like a decade ago?

>but then, before that thought could finish, Virn said the magic words.

>”You into MMA or somethin' like that? I'm a bit of a brawler myself, y'know!”
>Sadako froze in place, eyes wide, staring at Virn in silent awe.
>and then, just as suddenly as she locked up, the dam burst.

>Sadie’s eyes lit up with childlike glee, wedging herself right up in Virn’s personal space with the biggest smile her face could possibly manage.
My dad taught me how to fight when I was really little and ever since then I’ve loved it a lot and I’ve always wanted to get as good as him so I train all the time and I’m always looking for people to practice with and then when I got here it turns out everyone else really likes to fight too and it’s awesome and they have a big tournament at the start of the year and I’ve been getting ready for months and I’m totally gonna win this one but even if I don’t that’s okay because I got to fight cool people and it’s the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
>Sadie suddenly interrupted herself with a big dramatic gasp.
>and then got even further into Virn’s already-intruded personal space, grabbing Virn by her shirt and dragging herself nearly nose-to-nose with her.


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>Virn was pretty sure Sadie wasn't expecting a deep dive conversation into a fear of monsters, so she elected to keep her mouth shut with her own viewpoint on that
>at least Sadie was nice enough to offer up a distracting question in the form of "the guy who exposed that whole zombie thing"
You mean Michael Co-
>but before she knew it, Sadie was already onto another and probably more interesting topic
>it would probably be hypocritical of her to have any trouble with her personal bubble being broken, so Virn kept a friendly smile on her face
>buuuuut OK, Sadie grabbing her shirt was maybe just a tad bit much
>grabbing Sadie's hands with a slightly shaky grin on her face, Virn tried to lower the excited girl's hands
O-OK, OK! It's not like I have anything to do, after all!

I wouldn't mind sparring with ya; keeps my reflex sharp and all!

>there was a charming sincerity to Sadie's excited outburst

>Virn hoped she held on to that "fun for fun's sake" mentality, and not let it get beaten out of her
Just lead the way! I didn't exactly bring any workout clothes, but...
>she shrugged
I usually don't fight with clothes anyway; I should be OK.

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>Albert couldn't help but grin at Twi's reaction, and felt just a tad relieved that he was able to manage this with little incident
>he'd just have been mortified if he ended up trying to fly around the room or start pecking at Twi just for being there
>which normally wouldn't be a major concern, but after the last few trials he had to wonder if his control was slipping altogether

>he looked over at Twi once he hopped up onto his bed, letting him feel the all-too-real feathers sticking out of his arm

It's kinda not up t' me what grows 'n' what doesn't, but it's never been horns.

>he lifted his arm and waved it slightly, letting the feathers wave about in turn

As fer feelin' it...

Y'know how when y' go t' th' dentist an' they numb your mouth, an' how ya c'n tell something is happening, even if it doesn't hurt?

...it's like that.

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>Twi blinked at Albert's explanation of the process
...your dentist has better drugs than mine does.
>he added with an amused smirk
>making himself comfortable on Albert's bed, he still seemed interested in looking up all the changes done to Albert with this transformation
>the feathers were pretty self-explanatory, but the subtle change in his eyes were curious too
So it's not a case of... you getting to pick what animal trait you get?

You just think of an animal, and your body does whatever it wants with it? Maybe it'll just take some time before you grow into it!
>he reached over to playfully tap at Albert's head
You're still too baby to grow horns!
>he snickered a bit, but still seemed very interested in seeing more
What else ya got? Don't really know much about Canadian wildlife, so surprise me! There's gotta be wilder stuff you get to pull off, right?

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>While Bram was dealing with his weak spell and the reality of being in physical contact with an older woman, Mallory was having her own panic attack about being in contact with the endearing object of her affection. Counterbalanced with the absolutely glee of being in contact with the endearing object of her affection, Mallory was encouraged to shove off the the moment she got conformation.

Then off we go!
>Cheeseburgers 'n Curly Fries: The Leafiest of Lettuce, more commonly known simply as CC's, was a family owned food truck that operated in Metropolis for some time and prided itself on making mouthwatering fast food items based objects, monster, and themes of a popular pen and paper table top RPG it closely borrowed from the name of. Popular with both foodies and fans of that particular game, CC's always had a steady flow of customers, of which Mallory was a regular when she happened to be out and about. Thus she parked nearby where the truck was situated, at the city's park to catch all the evening goers who were enjoying the crisp dusk air as Fall started to set in.

And here we are! These two make the best burgers and fries I've had outside of my mother's kitchen!

>Inwardly, she was happy to see that the owners of the truck, Tom and Addo, twin bothers with twelve arms between them, weren't swarmed with hungry people tonight, meaning that the line up would be short and sweet, giving the necromancer's mouth just enough time to water as she thought about sinking her teeth into a Beholder's Bane.

Mmmmmmmm caramelised onions galore~

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>Albert watched Twi poke and prod at him, wincing with each touch but mostly rolling with it
>as he did, and Twi got closer to his face, Albert found himself staring at his curious and eager expression


>and then quickly averted his gaze, trying not to think too much about how close he was

<"Don't start that again, don't go down that road again, Zach is Zach, he's the lone exception WAIT HE'S NOT EVEN THAT WHAT THE FUCK"

W-Well, th' point is jus' me doing what they do...lookin' like 'em is some side-effect, I think? I wasn' exactly told how it all works...

>at the request for something different, Albert paused to think of something relatively harmless, then nodded slightly

OK, gimme a sec.

>he closed his eyes again, starting to concentrate

>the feathers soon slid back into his body, somehow very easily
>there was a brief delay, then the slight glow would return
>Twi would see faint coarse brown hair growing off of Albert's arms and neck
>but probably more noticeable were the large incisors slowly growing out of his mouth, forcing his lips to part to accommodate
>once done, he opened his now-all-black eyes, then asked

How'sh thish?

>now he was even more unintelligible than before

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>Well good, now Chris could update their notes with this new information.
>Subject: Ezekiel, (Zeke)
>Quirk: Chilling voice and being huge?
>Body Type: TALL
>Data collecting aside, it was time for introductions.

Chris-- ...Christine Wilder, but Chris is usually what I prefer to go by. So um...

>How to do this subtly?

What on god's green earth was that before I knocked myself out????

>Nailed it.

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>the ride was... a new experience
>well, multiple new experiences
>riding an actual bike was a new experience
>clinging on to Mallory was a new experience
>clinging on to dear life because he's riding a bike was a new experience
>and somehow keeping his lunch firmly locked up in his stomach through it all?
>definitely a new experience

>never look a gift horse in the mouth; Bram was just glad he made it out of that alive and without embarrassing himself too much

>that would come just now, when his sickly body seemed to absolutely refuse to let go of Mallory
>as if it was still under the impression they were on the road, and still needed to protect itself from falling over at all costs
<"Please let go please let go please let go please let go please let go...!!"
>it was a rather slow and painful process that, unfortunately, wouldn't begin until after Mallory had tried to get out of the bike, and likely have noticed he wasn't letting go
>this can still be saved; just say something right away to get her mind off of it immediately!


I-I... like... burg'r too...
>brilliant work, Twain

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>Twi didn't even try to hold back his laughter this time
>he just let out a loud chortle, laughing for a good twenty or so seconds at Albert's appearance
>but he also calmed down faster this time around, wiping away some of the tears gathered in his eyes
O-Oh, Jesus... I haven't had a laugh this good in a few weeks... that's so priceless...!
>he leaned to the side slightly, trying to get a look at Albert's back
>or more specifically, really hoping there was a big ol' fat tail coming out of his butt
B-But, OK, funny as it looks, this is really cool, man!

You're probably, like... the most versatile guy in this school! One of, at least!
>he straightened up to again grin at Albert
If someone's drowning, you can just turn into a beaver; or if someone's lost, you can turn into... like, a dog or a wolf! And if someone's stuck somewhere-
>he paused, suddenly realizing that, despite Albert turning into a goose earlier, he never really asked:
Can ya actually fly? Seems a bit weird, but-... well, I guess flying without wings isn't that weird nowadays...
>he snickered a bit, settling back down on a more comfortable seated position next to Albert
Man, I'm kinda jealous now... I can already see all the ways you can use that for hero work, and it's awesome!

And if you're not looking for a hero career, I'm sure you'd do great as a pro wrestler! You'd have fifty gimmicks in one body!

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>Sadako was literally vibrating with childlike excitement when Virn agreed to fight her, but still tried to calm herself enough to respond.

Sorry, sorry! I just – I don’t get new people to train with that often, ‘cause I’ve fought Cory a million times and Morty and Bea usually don’t wanna do this stuff and Nemea doesn’t come into town that often and -
>deeeeeeep breath
-this is just… a lot of fun for me! Sorry for going a little overboard.

>finally she stepped back out of Virn’s bubble, a little calmer but no less obviously overjoyed.

Well, the gym I go to doesn’t let you fight naked – believe me, I’ve tried a bunch of times – but it’s fine! I always keep a spare set of clothes in my locker! You can borrow ‘em if you want, I’m sure they’ll fit fine.

>granted, it probably wouldn’t be a super flattering fit given that Sadie was a bit more on the wide-built side, but it’d probably be fine!

>assuming Virn wouldn’t get all weird about wearing a cute 18-year-old almost-stranger’s clothes, of course.

Just follow me! It’s a bit far, but that’s fine. It just means we get to take the scenic route and I can show you some cool stuff on the way!

>a slight mischievous smirk crossed her face as she added;

Besides, you said you wanted to see a real Halloween Town, right? It would be a lame visit if you didn’t get to see some of the spooky stuff, right?

>their first stop was only around the corner from the mission, and a good tone-setter for the scenery for the rest of the afternoon; a sketchy, grafitti-riddled unmarked door set in the middle of a dingy alley, christened only with what could charitably be called a “sign” that had been completely blacked out with spray paint.

>and Sadako just went right ahead and shoved the door wide open, revealing…
>an actually very well-stocked and surprisingly tidy arcade, a dark room full of the din of arcade cabinets, cheap neon lighting, and beautifully tacky 80s carpeting.

>which contrasted heavily with the faux-scary horror narrator Sadako put on as she seemingly tried to channel the spirit of that guy from the opening to the 90’s Goosebumps show.

A mysteeeerious business with no name, run by no staff, taking the money of an unsuspecting populace for who knows what dark ends, one quarter at a time…

>okay, she really couldn’t keep that voice up for long before devolving into a mess of giggles.

Pfft, okay, but seriously though! This place is actually pretty cool! Everyone just calls it “The Arcade”, ‘cause nobody seems to actually run the place to give it a real name. Everything just kinda runs itself. Me and Cory hang out here a lot ‘cause it’s got some good games, and ‘cause the vending machines have the chips I like. Fair warning though; don’t mess with stuff too much. I’m pretty sure this place is literally alive, and I haven’t personally seen what it does to people it doesn’t like, but I’ve heard some pretty messed up rumors.

>the alley lead out to a cozy little side road circling around the town center, flanked on the side by dense trees.

Sooo, on a side note, you said that you’ve been in a big tournament before, right? Any chance you or Seras might have any interest in joining in on the one we got coming up~?

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>Virn couldn't really argue with Sadie's logic
>much as she was the type to visit foreign countries all the time, and just stick with the nearest McDonald's (there's nothing to be ashamed about wanting to ensure you have a filling meal you'll enjoy, dammit!)
>admittedly, when their first stop was a dingy alleyway, she was starting to have questions regarding this "scenic" route, but the reveal of The Arcade pushed that out of the way
>a small whistle left Virn's lips, clearly impressed at the sight before her, and the story being told
>"Fair warning though; don't mess with stuff too much."
Bah! I would never dare defile the holy ground of an old-fashioned arcade! Only villains do that, and they definitely deserve what's coming to them!

I'll definitely start coming by here; if this guy has Berserker, then it'll have to start prying me off from its innards!
>she added with a bit of a chuckle, even if she wasn't necessarily joking; Berserker was awesome, dammit!
>but when Sadie started walking, Virn lagged behind just a bit, opening the door just slightly and asking out loud to nobody in particular:
Shot in the dark; you know a guy name Mogo? Big, kinda round-looking...?
>seeing Sadie started to wander a bit far, Virn had to abruptly finish the question
We'll talk later. Maybe. If you can even talk.
>and hurriedly made her way over to Sadie before any pertinent questions could be raised

>"Any chance you or Seras might have any interest in joining...~?"

Oh-ho... Pretty bold question!
>Virn quickly added, followed by a thoughtful hum
Y'know, I have no idea how Seras would feel about it. It can be a bit hard to tell behind those-...
>she motioned with her hands over her chest for the obvious word she was going to use
But Seras does act like quite the tomboy. Maybe she wouldn't be against a rumble in the pumpkin jungle, but I'd have to ask her about it.

As for me, weeeelll...
>she seemed to hesitate a bit
>it certainly sounded fun, no doubt about it
>but every time she seemed to be involved in a tournament, there was always some big nefarious conspiracy going on behind it
>or just out in the open, with that Warworld business about a decade ago
>but hey, surely the eighth time's the charm, right?
...y'know what, I just might. If my schedule can be cleared up for it, it might just be fun to step back in the ol' squared circle!
>she looked down at herself, patting the side of her hip
Pretty sure I wouldn't be able to get in my old costume, but I'll think of something.

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>Twi would no doubt be disappointed to see that there was no tail sticking out of Albert's rear
>not even a little stubby one

>as he went on, Albert ended up feeling more than a bit bashful over all the praise he was getting, especially since Twi had only just met him

>he never really considered his powers to be that impressive, or at least not as much as Twi was making them out to be
>and with him talking about all the things he could do with his powers, he was starting to feel just a little nervous
>was he going to get this kind of attention when class really got going?
>and would certain expectations come with that sort of attention?
>of course he knew what he was getting into as far as being a superhero went, but if everyone else in the class was going to expect him to be the number one guy, that was a lot to think about

>as Twi spoke, the faint glow would come over Albert again, and the fur and teeth would retract back into him

>more just so he could speak again
>and so by the time Twi finished, Albert was able to grin sheepishly at him

Would ya believe me if I said I'd considered it?

>he then looked away again, staring at the floor as a blush came across his face

But I mean, I can fly, an' run pretty fast, an' I'm pretty strong when I wanna be...

But there's plenty of heroes faster 'n' stronger 'n'...fly-ier than me, y'know? So I dun expect t' be that good a hero...

>he looked back up at Twi, wanting to stop the conversation from being just about him

B'sides, you c'n be versatile too!

You could prob'ly take on a whole army 'f bad guys with all those shadow things! Or rescue a bus full 'f people in one go!

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>Twi let out a low chuckle as Albert tried to shift the attention over
>he simply shrugged, his tone of voice barely changing from his usual one
Sure, it's pretty versatile... but just like you said: there's plenty of heroes out there who can do the same thing I do, and do it better.

At the end of the day, I'm really just a Green Lantern who can't fly, or make a big green fist... and not to mention-
>he reached up to rub at his eyes
I have a pretty big drawback... when it comes to my stuff...

For... whatever reason, sleeping messed up my powers. It's like my extra guys get drawn in when I'm awake, but if I sleep, they get bored and just wander off to do... whatever it is they do.

Go to bars or somethin'? Drink shadow drinks? I don't even know what these things are... my grandma used to talk a lot about my family's history... and how the Lights used to be really into some old pagan beliefs, and in tune with the spirits and the afterlife, and blah blah blah...
>he shrugged
Every three generations or so, someone in the family was born that was... kinda like a lightning rod for all the spirits of the village... and they'd basically act like the shamans or whatever, appeasing the old ghosts, talking with them, making sure they stuck around and kept the living safe...
>he leaned back against the wall, the shadow beneath him stretching out
>and from it, a head peaked out with two glowing white eyes beneath long stringy "hair" made out of the same darkness its body was
>basically, it looked like a traditional ghost you'd find in a Japanese movie
>Twi just stared at it for a bit, tilting his head slightly as it looked back at him
...but I dunno... I never got the feeling these guys were alive... or... dead, I guess? Alive in death...
>the shadow began stretching further, five more head poking out of it
I've certainly never recognized any dead relatives either...
>the shadow continued growing, more and more void-shapes emerging and staring at Twi and Albert with their glowing eyes
>soon, nearly the entirety of Twi's half of the room was covered in the endless black hole of his shadow, countless forms peering out
>even with their lack of color or skin, no two shapes looked the same, with very human-like features being visible among the darkness if one were to stare close enough: noses, mouths, even wrinkles...
>if one didn't know better, they could definitely pass off as the afterimages of real human beings that had long since passed on
...so heck if I know. Maybe I have an army of the dead at my beck and call; maybe I don't...
>the figures retreated back into the shadow, which itself shrunk back beneath Twi
My goal's the same...

Even if I end up the third-rate G.L., bein' a hero's been my dream for as long as I remember. That's what I was going to do before STAR picked me up; that's what I'll do even if they decide I'm not cut out for it.

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>Sadie waited with bated breath while Virn made up her mind, bouncing on her feet and looking at her like an excited puppy.

>”...y'know what, I just might.”


>she did a suitably anime-hotblooded little double fist-pump.

When we get to the gym, I can introduce you to the lady who runs it, she can help you sign up! It’ll be awesome, trust me!

>she took a deep breath to try to pace herself, then went on to give more detail.

Okay, so, here’s the deal; so this tournament’s at the start of every year, and it’s got some super long complex name ‘cause it’s been running for hundreds of years or whatever; but everyone just calls it the Blood Moon. Which, by the way, super cool name, right?

It’s not as prestigious as something like King of Fighters or King of Iron Fist, but apparently there are more monster-y places than just Dis, and the whole thing gets put on display for all of ‘em, so you can still get to be a little bit of a celebrity if you win.

But more importantly than that, it means that monsters from all over come to compete! Which meaaans~! You get to fight some really really cool people! Like, one year there was this huuuuuuge, like, twelve foot tall shark dude just hitting people with a whole freaking anchor, how rad is that??

>Sadie gave Virn another excited smile, positively beaming at her.

I still don’t really know how your whole weird-alien-thing stuff works, ‘cause, y’know, you left before I could ask – but I’m sure that you’ll be able to do something awesome! Seras too; I swear I could just feel a big ol’ cloud of strong floating off of her, like one of those anime things!

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>Virn followed Sadie along just fine, but she was clearly at a lower level of excitement about this than Sadie was
>she definitely appreciated her hotblooded-ness, and she hung on to every word she was saying, but Virn didn't quite have the same battle-hungry mentality
>kinda the opposite, really; she wished her job could end more peacefully than it normally did
>unlike Sadie, Virn's life generally revolved around fighting, and generally not the friendly sparring kind
>there's nothing wrong with having a lot of respect and fun for the art of combat, but perceptions can easily shift when you grow so used to fighting for your life, you kinda wonder if you start seeing it as a regular job
<"...god, am I finally growing old? I hate this."
>in some way, that was why Virn was somewhat looking forward to this tournament
>maybe having a bit of fun, with a strong dose of sportsmanship, and not having to worry herself over defending a deadly blow every other second could bring back some of that energy
It's a pretty catchy name, no doubt.

Bet it makes a killing in the merchandise. I'd shell out some cash for a "Blood Moon Berserker" shirt, or something.
<"Man, now I have Berserker in my head..."
>as Sadie brought up her weird-alien-thing stuff, Virn tensed up for a brief moment, but with Sadie admitting she didn't know how it worked, she relaxed just as fast
>she didn't mind Sadie knowing about the alien thing, but she still had a secret identity to keep; she couldn't risk revealing which alien thing she was!
>three people were just too many!
Well... i-it has its benefits...

Don't get too excited for anything flashy; most of it is just the standard "more strong; more tough" package, with maybe a trick or two here and there.

But a fighter never reveals the magician's fighting tricks; right?
>she flashed a bit of a grin at Sadie, but didn't have much to offer in regards to Seras
>Sadie was absolutely right, and the times Virn had seen Seras fight certainly gave her similar vibes
>she still wasn't 100% sure what was up with Seras, in more ways than one...
I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed!

I've seen Seras in action, and she's quite somethin' in a fight. You'd almost think they were two totally different persons: the cutie-patooty-Cockney-booby belle, and a laser-focused predator looking to end the fight as efficiently as possible.

It'd be kinda scary if it weren't Seras. She could rip out your guts and twerk on your corpse, and still look adorable!

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nice to meet you, chris.

>Zeke freezes, glancing away with increased nerves and even... was that shame in his body language?

i'm sorry. that was... me. this is a disguise.

>He holds up a long, thin arm to show the watch-like image inducer wrapped around his wrist, turning it slowly to show it off.

it... doesn't work all the time for me. we don't know why.

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>Albert looked a bit worried when Twi explained his powers a bit further
>the revelation that his powers got weaker after he slept was certainly concerning, and he was already trying to think of some suggestion to make to get around that
>granted, anything he could come up would probably be something Twi had already attempted, but he still wanted to help

>he listened to him continuing on about the backstory with his powers, as he watched the shadow stretch out from him along the floor

>he had thought he had gotten used to it by now, so when he saw the shape poking out, he didn't think too much of it
>but as the shadow grew, more shapes poked out from it, and Twi continued to talk about basically being a carrier for all the spirits of his home village, he found himself getting more and more unnerved
>until the small army he predicted was indeed covering half of the room, causing him to press against the wall behind him, curling up out of reflex, yet unable to look away


>then the shadow finally shrunk back down, though Albert didn't react right off the bat

>as encouraging and heartwarming as Twi's speech was about wanting to be a hero even if he was a lower-tier one, Albert still had to come to terms with what he just saw
>on a scale of 1-to-10 on the pants-shitting scale, it was still below the encounter with Abigail, but it was still above the lower half

>after he recovered though, he looked to Twi and managed a shaky smile

Y-Yeah, I-I know what y' mean! I-It's th' same fer me! I-I wouldn't be here otherwise, right?

>he paused, hoping that if he just took a breath, he'd stop sounding so strung out

>then he managed to ask the obvious question:

But, y'know, as far as this drawback of yers, someone around here's gotta be able t' help!

If it is actual ghosts following ya, Ms. Friday's probably th' one ya gotta talk to! An' maybe she'd have an idea of how t' keep them attached t' ya while ya sleep!

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>Twi didn't respond right away, his head nodding a bit as he seemed to be close to passing out again
>but catching himself, he glanced aside at Albert without losing that grin

The scientist guy told me they had ways of finding out about this stuff... I'm just waiting for their signal, is all...

>slipping his hands into his hoodie's pockets, he seemed to curl up slightly along with Albert

>but just to get comfy, as opposed to "instinctive fear-based reaction"
Admittedly... it'd be kinda cool... I always liked my grandma's stories... parents hated her telling me that... heh...

I-I guess they figured stories of ritual sacrifices and deals with demons weren't good bedtime stories for a six year old...
>he snickered lightly, his grin noticeably growing
Heheh... b-but, hey! It's history, right! Family history, e-even! Doesn't hurt to know about this stuff! You gotta keep it alive, right?
>he turned his head to look at Albert properly
I've been documenting everything I could find from these old practices. But it's a bit hard, since most of the stuff I can find is in Japanese... that's where my great-grandma came from; from my mother's side...

But they moved here a bit after grandma was born, so my mom was born and raised here, and her Japanese is a bit rusty. Same here...
>he shrugged again
Still, I have a decent collection. Pretty proud of it. I can show it to ya someday, if ya want.

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>after talking a bit more with Twi, and just hanging out for a while, Albert felt more at ease being around the guy
>sure he was a bit of an oddball, and really talkative once he got going, but overall was a pretty cool guy
>and once Albert actually got his side of the room back to what it originally was, they certainly had enough to talk about and find common ground
>but as day turned to night, Albert found one small flaw with being Twi's roommate
>namely that due to his odd sleeping habits, he almost never went to bed when he should have
>this in turn made it harder for him to sleep - either that, or he was still kind of wound up, likely due to a combination of his earlier testing and the undoubtedly creepy stuff Twi had shown him during their conversation
>so after excusing himself, he headed out that evening to get some extra exercise, in the hopes that it'd tire him out enough to sleep properly

>it was much cooler out than Albert expected as he started his jog around the campus

>obviously not enough to really phase him, the walking snowman that he was
>but it was still enough to get him to make a small "huh" as he headed out
>as he ran, he couldn't help but notice that maybe this wasn't the best time to do this
>the wind was starting to pick up just a little, which sent the yellow and red leaves flying about around him
>and naturally since it was already dark, it just added to the growing eerie mood
>Albert tried to dismiss this, figuring he was just being silly, looking up at the sky while he did
>only to see something that made him clench his teeth somewhat nervously

<"...a full moon too? Seriously?"

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>STAR Academy at night was... surprisingly dark, all things considered
>there were definitely a lot of lights out, and the campus itself wasn't dead by any means, since the night classes were in sessions
>but wandering around the outdoors areas meant being met with rather sparse lighting; and depending on the area, lighting that wouldn't even turn on until you were close by
>this gave the outside a much different look at night than it ever had during the daytime
>any strange noise or larger-than-average shadow could pierce the skull of even the bravest of students, and get that paranoia knocking even if just a little bit

>whether Albert would befall to the same spell as a figure stepped out of the darkness right into his path was anybody's guess

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>Albert was still trying to keep an eye on the moon as he ran, if only because it was the one consistent light source that he had to work with
>every so often he'd pass under a lamppost, but that didn't do much to help him figure out where he was, mostly just having to go off of memory as far as where he was heading
>but with him looking around as much as he was, partially to try and see where he was going and partially because his growing paranoia was telling him he was about to be attacked at any moment
>so as a result, he didn't see the shape step out in front of him, until it was too late




>and he crashed right into the shape, toppling right onto it in a heap

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>the mess of hair and limbs crashed onto the floor, falling easily beneath the speed picked up by a small Canadian bear
>the weak flashlight in her hands tumbled a few feet away from her, Furia's body thankfully falling onto the much softer dirt, as opposed to the cobbled path she was walking on
>Albert certainly got the softer landing, but it could've ended worse for her, and that's what mattered right now
>or at least, it would have, were it not for Furia Saudade's metahuman properties: the sting going up her lower spine, the bothersome bump on the back of her head, and even the weight of Albert above her would all be felt by the man in question as if he were standing in her shoes

>not that she realized this, letting out a short groan as she slowly reached to rub her head

>and in a tone much more concerned about the second party than herself, quickly said:
O-Oh dear, oh gosh... I-I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to get in the way a-and make you crash into me, I'm sorry, I-I'm sorry...!
>she pushed herself up slightly, straightening her glasses as she looked at Albert with concern
A-Are you hurt? I-I'm sorry, I'm sorry if I made you get hurt! P-Please don't yell at me, please, please, please...!

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>the first feeling Albert noticed, at least briefly, was a surprising softness where his head landed
>so clearly he'd landed on a person, and the sound of a heartbeat right by his ear gave him an idea of where exactly he fell
>but before he could think about that, he felt the sudden aches that came with the fall, wincing and rolling off of the body to hold his suddenly-sore head
>he heard a panicked woman's voice speaking to him, but couldn't quite see her because of the poor lighting from where they had fallen
>he still tried to reassure her, rubbing the back of his head as he did

N-No, no, it's OK, really! I shoulda looked where I was goin'!

Uh, hang on...

>he noticed the flashlight having rolled away, so he got to his feet and wandered over to retrieve it, though he winced as he walked


>he reached down and picked it up, then turned back and slowly waved it over Furia, starting at her legs

>which caused Albert to briefly jolt once he saw them, sweeping the light up her, until he briefly saw her face
>then he winced again and lowered the light, suddenly feeling like he'd briefly been blinded by it somehow

S-Sorry! Sorry!

>he drew closer to where she fell, quickly holding out a hand to help her up once he got closer

How 'bout you? Are ya hurt or anythin'?

>he briefly wondered if he'd seen this woman before

>she must've been a member of the staff, and he probably just saw her walking around the halls
>which made him just a tad worried if he was now in trouble for bowling a staff member over in the dead of night

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>Furia flinched lightly as the light got shone in her face, but it was brief
>Albert getting nearer and offering his hand seemed to cause her to flinch yet again, but she quickly realized he was just trying to help
>so she took his hand, stumbling back onto her feet a little
N-No, I'm fine. N-Nothing serious, I'm sure!
>she managed a very shaky smile, but was clearly still a bit on edge over something
>especially given how she still hadn't let go of Albert's hand, and that nervousness of hers was starting to get imprinted onto him
>embarrassment over the crash; guilt for possibly causing Albert harm; and while it was smaller now, there was still some fear of retribution inside her head
>but in a very sudden turn, all of those thoughts were instantly gone from Albert's head, and he was back to normal
>even the pain was gone, Furia putting on a more forced smile to hide her own
Y-You're-...a-ah, sorry!
>she quickly released Albert's hand
Y-You're Mister Patterson, c-correct? M-May I ask, uhm... if it's not a bother, wh-what you may be doing out here at this hour?

I-If I remember correctly, you weren't ever scheduled for the night courses...

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>Albert helped get Furia up to her feet with surprisingly little difficulty, but as he watched her, he was starting to deal with a number of nagging feelings that weren't going away so easily
>while she reassured him that she was fine, he still worried that she might be downplaying the matter just to save face, and that possibility only made him feel that much worse
>plus he still wondered if she'd end up telling someone about this and get him in trouble
>but then why would she say everything was fine if she was going to do that?
>but what was stopping her from just going behind his back just to hurt him?
>was she the kind of person to do that?
>were there people like that working at STAR?


>and like that, the feelings finally started to subside, even while his questions remained unanswered

>not entirely sure what brought that on, Albert stood there looking dazed for a moment, before managing to answer her

U-Uh...y-yes, that's...me...

>he blinked a couple of times, before looking up at her with a rather embarrassed look

I jus' had trouble sleepin', so I went out fer a jog...

>he hesitated for a moment, but figured it'd be safer just to check

...are ya sure yer alright, ma'am?

I mean, not jus' whether yer hurt...ya look worried about somethin'...

>maybe if he could help her with that he'd stop feeling the same way?

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A-Ah... I see...
>Furia seemed to quickly accept the answer
A-And... have you been doing this a lot r-recently...b-by any chance?
>she asked between a few deep breaths, clearly trying to steady herself
>"...are ya sure yer alright, ma'am?"
>blinking, Furia's forced nervous smile seemed to soften and become far more genuine than before
Thank you for your concern, Mr. Patterson... I assure you, th-this is... pretty normal for me.
>she bowed her head slightly
My-...I mean, allow me to introduce myself. Furia Saudade. We-...We haven't properly met yet, but you will be in my English class, so...uhh...nice to meet you.
>she cleared her throat, her nervousness visibly subsiding, allowing her to speak with a bit more confidence
>even adding a bit jokingly:
You'll-...You'll come to realize how normal it is for me to look worried s-soon enough!
>she weakly chuckled, then cleared her throat again with a light blush crossing her cheeks at her own joke

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>Albert shook his head slightly at Furia's question, but let her continue to speak rather than confirm that he hadn't been out before
>he listened as Furia introduced herself, and felt a fresh surge of anxiety over discovering that he did indeed bowl over one of his teachers
>she didn't seem to be at all upset, but he was still a tad worried she was keeping how she really felt hidden for some reason
>he wasn't sure why he was still worrying about that, but the thought had been introduced to him, and it was still lingering a bit

>he gave a nervous laugh of his own after she did, though her admitting that she was naturally worried was...well, worrying in and of itself

I-It's nice t' meet ya too, Ms. Saudade...

>figuring it might be better for her sake to move along, he elected to just ask the obvious question

So...um...if y' don't mind my askin'...

What're you doin' out at this hour, anyway?

D'you teach nights too, or...?

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>Furia shook her head at Albert's question, clearly not minding answering
N-No... not usually, anyway...
>all of a sudden, Furia's more nervous demeanor seemed to come back to her
>almost as if she had just been reminded why she was there in the first place
>she paused, taking a moment to breathe
>then quickly turned away from Albert to slap both her hands over her face
>then quickly turn back to Albert with a less shaky demeanor
Th-There's been some reports r-recently from our students...
>she pointed over to a nearby building, which was currently completely shrouded in darkness
S-Some have said they've-...they've spotted s-strange lights coming f-from some of the classrooms l-late at night...

I-I've been sent t-to investigate...a-and see if there's been any students s-sneaking inside the classrooms...




B-But... u-uhh... y-y-y'see...
>she shrunk slightly, already starting to tremble again
S-S-S-Some p-people a-a-also think i-i-it could be a gh-gh-gh-gh-ghost a-a-a-and I-I-I've b-been trying t-t-to work up the c-c-courage to g-get inside a-a-all this t-t-time...
>she let out a frail whimper, lightly grumbling to herself:
Wh-Why didn't they ask Mallory for this... wh-why meee...!?

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>Albert watched as Furia began to grow more nervous as she explained what she was doing, soon realizing that this wasn't just her personality at play here
>as she revealed that there was some sort of shenaniganery going on at night, his mind was already whirling with possibilties
>sure, it could just be some students doing something unusual, it wouldn't be all that hard to believe
>or it could be something supernatural
>not necessarily a ghost, but certainly something
>and while he was already starting to get interested in the possibilities of what he could find and report on, it was tempered by a growing feeling of anxiousness
>maybe Furia's was just rubbing off on him, or maybe Twi's earlier display of his powers was still creeping him out
>still, despite this feeling, he'd made up his mind on what to do

W-Well...it prob'ly is jus' someone goofin' around, nothin' too serious...

...but, jus' in case...I could come with ya t' check it out!

I mean, this isn' th' kinda thing t' look into alone, is it?

>he tried to sound a bit braver than he immediately felt, if only to help put Furia at ease

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>Furia quickly blinked as Albert suggested to help right out of the blue
>she knew she probably shouldn't
>this was her job, and academy duty
>certainly not something a student should be concerned with
>but also, ghosts!
>what if something escaped from the magical studies building!?
>like hell was she going into the dark on her own!

...i-if you're offering, th-then why should I say no!
>Furia quickly slid closer to Albert
>or more like "cowering slightly behind him"
>but he was still holding her flashlight, so clearly he meant to go first!
Th-Thank you so much, Mr. Patterson! I-I'm sure it'll be nothing, b-but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a partner in the investigation!

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>Albert was just a tad surprised when Furia ducked behind him the way she did, looking back at her in turn

>considering the height difference between them, she'd have to duck quite a bit to properly hide behind him
>not that Albert raised any complaints about this, even if he did look a bit embarrassed by this

Y-Yer welcome, ma'am!

>mostly because she was pressing rather close to him, and that was just a little distracting for obvious reasons

>he took a couple of steps forward, getting back onto the pathway, but stopped again as he realized something crucial


Which way're we goin' again...?

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>Furia blinked, a bit surprised Albert forgot so quickly where she pointed
>but it wasn't that big of a deal, and she just pointed over to the nearby-ish building again
Uhh... it's th-there. Building 4.
>the building itself was probably the one that least stood out in the entire campus, being very blocky-looking and plain
>it seemed more like an apartment complex than anything, if one were to be kind with their description
>but maybe most noticeably, at this hour, it seemed to be the only building that wasn't in use by the night classes, and its lights were all turned off
It's... one of the oldest sections around the Academy, and has served several purposes throughout the years...

It used to be the main entrance down to the Labs, then served as a temporary main building before that was built; it's also been housing for construction workers and staff, even dormitories for students...

N-Nowadays, it's mainly simple classrooms and storage... b-but I suppose, thanks to its age... i-it's gained somewhat of a reputation among the students...

>the closer they were to get to the building... it didn't really seem all that more interesting

>the main lobby seemed to be in the middle of some refurbishment, with some chairs, desks and other assorted furniture being piled up on certain corners
>the floors and walls were a strictly basic, utilitarian pattern, with none of the flair in its construction or paint job like the other buildings to give them a more "homey" flair
>the biggest sticking point to this, whoever, was a large mural that had been painted on one of the walls, looking very psychedelic and 60's-inspired
>a bit out of place, but it helped make the building feel just a bit more unique than it normally would

>wandering away from Albert, Furia quickly made her way to the main power board of Building 4

>and with a quick flip of a switch... nothing happened
>flick, flick, flick, flick...
>a light but lengthy squeak left Furia's throat
>and she quickly scooted back over to Albert and the safety of the flashlight
Th-th-th-th-th-there's n-n-no power o-o-of course there's no p-p-p-power they're doing s-s-some construction work o-obviously there's no power th-that's it th-that's the obvious explanation yes h-ha ha ha...

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>Albert was still in a bit of a dazed and distracted state as he headed for the building in question
>partially because of what they were heading towards, but mostly just having Furia so close to him made it harder to focus on the task at hand
>hearing her breathing so nervously so close to his ear was certainly...distracting, for a handful of reasons
>and he tried to focus on the rather plain and out-of-its-time surroundings of the building once they went inside, but it was still pretty hard to get his mind off of things
>once Furia pulled away to try and get the lights on, Albert took in a shaky breath to try and steady himself

<"You seriously need to get it together, Albert! She wants your help with something because she's scared, that's all! Plus, she's a teacher! She wouldn't even think of-"


>Albert jolted when Furia suddenly latched onto his back again, briefly looking back at her in surprise, before nervously exhaling

>he reached back and lightly patted her hand, smiling shakily at her

I-It'll be alright!

Long as we jus' stick t'gether, nothin' bad's gonna happen!

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>whether Albert's reassurances helped at all or not... it didn't seem like they did
>Furia just held on to his shoulder as they made their way deeper into the building
>most of the "sightings" had happened in the second and third floors, so that was their destination
>the rest of the building wasn't any more unique or interesting than the main lobby was
>once again, the cold utilitarianism of its construction was impossible to miss, and definitely resembles the style of the Labs far more than any other place on campus; likely derived from the building's former use as a main entrance to said Labs
>checking each classroom only revealed more of the same: a lot of desks, and nothing else
>it seemed like Building 4 had no specialty rooms, like a music room or a shop
>the only major shift was when an unoccupied classroom was being used as storage for anything and everything

>for a noticeable number of minutes, the search itself was remarkably uneventful

>so much so that even Furia's nervous trembling had mostly gone away
>of course there weren't any ghosts!
>there probably weren't even any students sneaking inside anyway!
>it was probably just the lights from the outside reflecting off of the glass windows!
>that all made sense!

>what didn't, however

>was the sound that suddenly penetrated the hallway
>it was faint, for sure
>but definitely something both intrepid explorers would hear
>the sound didn't seem like anything that could be easily explained away
>a constant, crackling, guttural rattle that began echoing every few seconds
>when it seemed like it would finally end, the short moment of silence would be broken once again by repeating:
>and it wouldn't take long to realize where the epicenter of the noise was
>the second-floor girl's bathroom

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>maneuvering the hallways of the building proved to only be somewhat difficult in the darkness, with the provided flashlight doing its job adequately
>only issue was that the search was quickly turning out to be rather...well, boring
>each classroom they examined turned out to be the same - empty of anything unusual, abandoned but not derelict, no real mysteries to pry into or question
>Albert tried to keep the mood light by just talking to Furia, figuring if he'd brought up some of his expeditions back home that were ultimately fruitless, it'd keep her at ease

An' he swore up an' down that th' cabin had been used fer some black magic ritual 'r somethin'...

I must've torn into every part 'f that old place an' didn't find anythin'!

>he led her out of the latest classroom they'd peeked into, then started heading for the stairs

So really, y' can't always believe these kinda things...

Sometimes stories jus' spread around an'-

>Albert halted once they got up to the second floor, now able to hear that distinctive sound

>it was almost unmistakably there, but what it was wasn't so clear


>he looked back to Furia with the same shaky smile, but still tried to be optimistic

...i-it could jus' be...someone's recordin' of...somethin' from a movie!

Y'know, playin' a prank 'n all?

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