2016-01-17 We Three Teens
This scene is rated Everybody
Warning: N/A
2016-01-17
Players: Jake Duncan Ember
GMed by Random Acts of Spongebob
Title: We Three Teens

Jake has found his way to the food court! Its quiet considering its a sunday, so the mall itself isn't exactly filled with a big crush of people. Jake has himself some Panda Express, feasting on some delicious orange chicken and sipping on a cherry mountain dew. One of the best things about the mall food court was those amazing vending machines with the 30 different flavors and hundreds of flavor addititives. He has his iphone 6 out on the table in front of him, occasionally using one clean pinky finger to flick through whatever he is reading.

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Eating even less healthy than Jake is none other than known mutant Duncan Valentine, stepping away from the KFC with some kind of spicy chicken burger and popcorn chicken. He was tapping away an an older iPhone 4s with a BMO phone case. The teen looked to be in a good mood and had a couple shopping bangs hanging off one arm. Spotting Jake, he makes his way over to his schoolmate. "Hey! Jake, right? From the paint field?"

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Jacob stirs slightly, looking up as someone says his name. "Oh. Hey, Duncan right? Yeah. Thats me." He seems almost a little surprised to have been recognized, but he sits up straight and gestures across from him. "We take some classes together, too." He adds as an afterthought. Jake is usually pretty quiet in most of his classes. "Hows it going?"

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Duncan uses his foot to hook a chair leg and pull it out so he could take a seat. "Yeah… I think we have com sci together or something?" Duncan was constantly missing classes. It would be a small miracle if he was getting half decent grades in any of his classes. "Not too bad! I'm gonna be doing the super hero gig. I'm fucking stoked. You know Paul? Smaller guy? We are gonna do a Youtube channel about it."

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"Yes, I got here fine." The voice comes from a couple tables over, a teenaged woman talking on one of the more low cost prepaid flip-phones. "Yes, I got in clean. No spectacle. And I've already got some of the supplies." She has a few bags from mall stores at her feet. "I'll be at the food court when you all catch up." (…) "No, I could not wait. You drive too slow. Hell, /Earth/ drives too slow for me these days." (…) "Yeah… call when you hit the city limits and I'll put your order in for you." Ember closes the phone and slides it into one of the bags, then starts to people watch since there's nothing in a food court that's of use to her anymore.

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Jake grins a bit to Duncan. "Yeah." He says with a nod, "And history." He adds. "I… Yeah, I heard you uh were one of those registered people." He agrees. There is an idle glance around the food court before he looks more pointedly towards Duncan. "Paul? Yeah, I know Paul. So what are you going to do? Whats like… Whats the plan to be a hero?" He asks with a clearly curious tone. The youtube thing doesn't seem to phase him much either.

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Duncan leans back in his seat, chewing on his burger. His gaze shifts to Ember when her voice touches his ears. Like any teenage boy, his gaze lingers as he speaks to Jake. "God, Mister Frank can eat a dick," he mutters about their history teacher. "Well… I mean like, just kinda go on patrol's for now. I'm not going to be punching Sentinels or taking out Doctor Octopus or anything yet. Baby steps. I got a bunch of gear ready to go… Don't really have a costume or anything, or a cool name… But I think I'm gonna go for an urban ninja vibe, ya know?"

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"An… urban ninja vibe…" Jake says slowly. He looks faintly amused. "Well, I like Mr. Frank. I get how some don't." He says with a slight shrug. There is a grin and a curious look. "So… What kinda things are you going to do? Solve small crime and stuff?" He asks with that same intent interest. He looks around for a moment, and then asks in a much softer voice. "Is Paul like…. your sidekick?"

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Although she's likely the least paranoid resident of the Institute regarding sentinels and all the current bullcrap about mutants, Ember is still aware enough that such words as 'registered', 'superhero', 'patrols', and 'YouTube' will pique her interest. And of course she notices the one lad when his gaze lingers. But because it's the kind of thing she'd likely be expected to keep an eye on, Ember concentrates and extends a wisp of energy to form an invisible, silent eavesdropper which she sends to hover over the table where Jake and Duncan are chatting.

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Seeing that Ember has noticed his gaze, he gives an overconfident and what he believes is flirtatious wink to the older teen before his attention shifts back to Jake. Duncan returns the shrug with one of his own. "Yeah, small crime. I don't really have the offensive abilities to take out any of the big names. I'm good, but I'm not like, Tony Stark or Thor levels of awesome." There was a smirk on his face, and he looked like he was very nearly vibrating he was hiding so much excitement. "I actually already have a meeting with Pepper Potts and Tony Stark later. I get to meet the mother fucking Iron Man."
The excitable teen bobs his head. "Yeah, as side-kicky as a regular person can be. He's a good guy, really." A brief pause of thought. "Well, more like a business partner than anything. I don't think I'm big enough of a deal yet to start pulling sidekicks."

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That definitely brings a nearly surprised gape to Jakes mouth. "You are meeting /the/ Iron Man?" He says, sounding a bit flabbergasted. "How did you swing that?! Did they hear of something you did or something?" His gaze briefly moves over to look at Ember when he sees Duncan winking off at something. She is given a more cursory look by Jake before his attention goes back to Duncan. "Oh, he is regular too, huh?" He says, nodding a bit. "So… I mean. How does that work? Like, do you have to register with someone to do this hero stuff?"

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If she still had lungs and all, Ember would be sighing to herself right now. She doubts she's more than a few years older than these two but it seems like a lot longer. Now she has an idea of how Kitty might have felt about her when they first met. But today… she puts the 'visible' version of her at her own table into a semi-random activity loop while the 'real' her shifts over to the table with the two boys. First indication that she's there is her voice, low and quiet. "Meeting Iron Man would be very cool, I agree. But you should be careful about where you discuss certain topics. Who knows who might be listening." As she speaks she gives her aura a mental twist and shifts her state so that she's visible only to Jake and Duncan. She puts a finger up to her lips in a 'shhh' gesture. "Objects in the mirror aren't really here."

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"I dunno. I just figure heroes just go out and do shit, you know? The solo ones, anyway. I'm sure The Avengers and such have government sanctions or whatnot. But like, Spiderman? Daredevil? I think if you are not in a team you just… Do it. I kinda got fucked over when I was forced to be registered, but that's not gonna stop me."
The mutant leans back in his seat, folding his hands behind his head in an attempt to look casual. "Yeah, I met Miss Potts down in China Town earlier today. God dude, she is smoking hot. We talked for a bit and she invited me up to Stark Towers. I get to meet /the/ Iron Man! I wonder if I'll get to see one of his suits…" The voice that appears right next to their table makes the teen jump slightly. The apparent twin of the girl he winked at earler's appearance has him staring a moment, looking back and forth between the two. "Uhhhh…." He seems a bit stumped. "I mean, it's not a big deal… I'm fully registered. It's public record what I can do, right? It's not like people won't figure out who I am once I start doing shit? Also… Hi." He hasn't clued in that there was illusions going on at the moment. The kid was still very much new to all this.

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There is clearly a sort of awed manner of Jacob, especially about meeting Tony Stark. Taht all changes though when the voice sounds right over their shoulder and the woman just sort of appears. There is a flinch from the man and keen eyes might for just the briefest of moments see a faint glimmer along his skin before he shifts to move his chair back a bit from the apparition of Ember. And he turns to look at her illusion over at her table, then back to her. "… Uhm."

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The apparition of Ember, still only able to be sensed by Jake and Duncan, sits down at one of the table's remaining chairs. "In a perfect world you'd be right about that. Unfortunately, registration isn't so much a guarantee of your rights as it is a form of live animal tagging." She raises an eyebrow towards Jake as she senses the pulse of energy that flares outwards from him at her arrival but doesn't say anything about it. "Not sure if you've seen the surveilance video that was 'leaked' from the Times Square thing on New Year's? The one showing just how happy everyone else was when the sentinels showed up and started disappearing random mutants?" She shrugs and makes a gesture towards the people around them in the mall. "Just something to stay aware of. For the record, I approve of your idea to do good. And from what I hear, Mr. Stark is very protective of our kind. Not the most protective, but the most out front about it."

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Duncan goes quiet for a brief moment when she mentions the sentinels. He gets a dark look in his eyes, and his voice is filled with determination. "Those buckets of bolts would need to catch me first." Any kind of flicker on Jacob's skin is completely missed by the Valentine boy. "So… Uhh… Who are you?"

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Jake seems to calm down slightly as Ember sits back down, though he can't help that glance back over towards her illusionary self then back towards her. "… Are there two of you here right now, and you are saying we aren't being subtle?" He says with a rather perplexed look. He swallows a bit, and then glances towards Duncan briefly before back to Ember. "No. I didn't really see it. Don't know much about these sentinels, either." He admits. "Who is sending them after mutants?"

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Ember smiles enigmatically at the questions about who she is and what's up with the other version of her. As partical answer, the 'her' at the other table stands up, gathers up her bags, and walks over to the table to sit down where the apparition of Ember currently is. When the two merge, Ember appears fully solid. From the perspective of anyone not at this table, it just looked like she got up and joined the two boys at their table. And yes, the bags of stuff are very real. "As the reigning Queen of Subtle, I'd say you could have been doing better." She nods to Duncan's words about sentinels, "I agree with the sentiment, but caution against dismissing them outright. They're a whole different brand of nasty."

Jake's question about them gives her a bit of pause. "The easy answer is that the government approved their use because they don't want mutants around anymore. But nothing is every easy or simple. Full answer is we're not sure who's behind the sentinels this time around." She then smiles and offers her hand to both of the boys, "And you can call me Wishfire."

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Duncan starts getting the feeling that perhaps he should follow politics a bit more. He likely won't, but he gets the feeling that maybe he should. He does stare quite openly as the two girls merge into one. "This is some anime shit right here," he mutters mostly to himself. He extends a hand to shake her own. "Duncan Valentine. I uhh… Don't have a cool nickname yet."

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The show of one illusion merging with the other, or perhaps returning to its master, is watched with a surprised look from Jake. Who then immediantly looks around to see if anyone else in the mall is watching that wtf moment. When they don't seem to be though, he asks a quiet question. "Whats the name you go by in school?" Jacob asks Ember curiously, ignoring her 'special name' for the moment at the introduction. "And I'm Jake." He says simply. "So the goverment approved them, then?" He asks curiously, shifting to take his pepsi as he sips from it. "Huh. And who are you uhm, with, Wishfire? Are you independent? One of the X-men? Part of some kinda other group?" Oh the poor babe, with eyes yet unopened to the world around himself.

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Ember's smile widens at Jake's continued questions. "I don't go to school. I graduated not quite two years ago, just before a giant snake out of Norse myth tried to swallow the world. Figured I should get my diploma before all that." She shrugs and then winks to Duncan, "No worries on the name front, Duncan. It's not a requirement for the club or anything." Jake's other question is given a brief shrug, "Right now I'm technically independant. Used to be with a larger crew, but things happened and I decided to take a bit of a, ah… vacation. Still getting back in touch with folks, y'know?"

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Duncan pops a couple pieces of popcorn chicken into his mouth as he glances back and forth between his schoolmate and the first real other mutant he's knowingly met before. "I.. Still kinda want to get a cool name," he mutters a bit lamely.

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"Don't most people get their names from other people?" Jake asks Duncan curiously, before looking back towards Ember and slowly nodding his head. "I see." He says softly, examining her curiously before he looks to Duncan next. "… So what do the both of you do, anyway? Like… Wishfire, you clearly can make illusions.'

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"It depends. Wishfire isn't the first codename I've gone by. My first was Aura, and I choose it myself based on how my gifts worked at the time." Ember considers her words a bit more from here on out. She doesn't want to be a source of bad information, or to be discouraging. "And yes, illusions are what I'm most skilled at, but it's more of a talent rather than what my gift is. I absorb, channel, and manipulate energy. I can give it mass, even turn it solid to certain degrees. When I first manifested, it was just light that I could affect, and I used it to hide myself. That's how I got good with illusions." She nods to Duncan as a non-verbal indicator that he can pick up the thread for himself if he wants to.

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"So like… I just do my thing and let the press or whatever think of a cool name for me? I guess that kind of makes sense… It would suck if I got something lame, though. Like… Darkness boy. Or like, The Cloud. Kid invisible." This is apparently a big deal for Duncan. "Can you imagine if they called me The Great White Ninja? My wiki page would be a picture of Chris Farley or something." He crosses his arms over his chest.
He listens attentively to what Wishfire had to say, nodding here and there during her explanation. When she gestures to him, he does indeed pick up where she left off in answering Jacob's question. "Invisibility and I can phase through objects. I can also make, like… Three dimensional shadows. Kinda like smoke clouds. When I go all ghosty and shit, I call it my Shadow State, cause I kind of leave a bit of that shadow stuff in my wake. I basically just kind of stop existing. It's weird."

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Jake listens to both, not interrupting either as they describe what it is they can do. He soon turns his attention back towards Wishfire. "What do you mean, energy? Light electricity? Or do you mean literally energy, cause thats like… the most broadest thing I could imagine." He says with a soft laugh. He looks back to Duncan and nods his head. "Invisibility, huh? So both of you seem to have gotten that trick, but it sounds like from different ways…"

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Ember seems impressed with Duncan's abilities, "I know someone else that can pass through solid matter, but that's the whole of what they can do. None of the extra bonuses. And from what I've gathered the past few years, just about all of us get a bit weirded out by what we can do at first." Jake's question causes her to shrug, "I mean all kinds. Thermal, electro-magnetic, chemical, kinetic, photonic, nuclear… Basically if it's a form of energy that intersects with the physical world, it's in my wheelhouse. And yeah, it's a very broad range that gives me some serious juice, although there are others a fair bit stronger." She grins as Jake points out the similarities between herself and Duncan. "That's true. Have you had much chance to give your abilities a solid workout?"

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Duncan isn't a terribly book smart teen. He skipped out on a lot of his classes, so Ember's power set merely pulls a knowing nod from him. "Damn, that's super cool," he mutters. "A solid workout? I mean, like… I play with it a bit. I use it instead of the bus to get around sometimes. Jumping roof to roof is a lot faster and cooler than taking a bus." When you weigh almost nothing, it's surprising the distance you can get on a solid jump. "I've like… Not used my powers in a fight or anything, though."

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Jacob is left just staring at Ember. "How… You can do /anything/." The man says, peering at her with clear suspicion. He probably doesn't believe her. "If you can manipulate energy to that extent, in that varied amount of things there is almost nothing you couldn't do if you set your mind to it. Energy is just a property of physical objects that can be transferred or converted to other forms. Thats basic physics. If you are able to mess with that, you are fundamentally a walking god limited by your perception and reaction time, and scant else. Unless you are exaggerating, or have limits you haven't told us yet." Its the former that he seems to be more inclined to believe.

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"That's all true, Jake. But I do have certain limits, at least for now. The big one is that, with the exception of my pure illusions, I can't extend my abilities outside the borders of what my 'body' currently is. My own physical 'borders' act as a kind of event horizon." Ember seems comfortable discussing her powers on a scientific level. "I've only had this range of ability since the Battle of Ragnarok back in '14. And I haven't really, to use my own term, given it a good workout. I do know that my mutant abilities can't affect any energy attached to a living mind other than my own. So I couldn't, for example, drain a person's chemical energy potential. But I can absorb their thermal bleed-off once it leaves their body naturally." She doesn't mention the pulse of energy she absorbed from Jake when he flared earlier since he hasn't volunteered anything himself. Thou shalt not divulge for others and all that.

She grins at Duncan as the conversation gets a bit technical "That sounds like a solid form of workout to me, actually. It wasn't until years after I manifested that I first learned how to fight with my gifts. Still learning, really. My combat and self defense instructors are always reminding me how much I don't know."

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Duncan glances back and forth between the duo, his eyes widening a little bit. He had only a vague idea of the intricisies of the discussion, but he did obviously catch the 'walking god' bit. "Huh? Oh, yeah. I mean, I can't really punch or kick someone while I'm in my shadow state… But I've found a way to cheat that." He wasn't dumb, just mostly ignorant.

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Jacob slowly nods his head. "And what is the border of your body? You mean your flesh?" He asks, with a curious motion of his hand towards her as his head cants a bit to the side. "I mean, thats definitely a limiting factor…." He shakes his head slightly. "Still…. Wow." He says simply, before he smiles a bit. "Thats really impressive." He looks towards Duncan, and tilts his head slightly. "Your shadow state? How does that work?"

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"Just a second. Let me make sure we're not disturbing the locals." Ember pauses a moment and concentrates on the area immediately around their table, her aura extending outwards to its full reach to see if anyone is taking more than a passing interest in the chattering teens. Once she knows it's all clear, she retracts her aura back to herself and weaves a minor illusion around their group to make sure it stays that way. When Duncan mentions a way to cheat she shows her interest, "What do you mean? Cheat how?"

She lets Jake's hand reach out to and then /through/ her forearm. She gives him a moment to react, then states very simply, "What flesh?" She shrugs and settles back in her chair. "I mean, I used to have it. Until Ragnarok, anyway. Now I don't."

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Duncan lifts his shoulders slightly. "Fuck if I know. Don't ask me how I don't just fall through the ground whenever I change into my shadow state. Realizing that spooked me out of changing for like a whole week." The teen gives a dramatic little shudder. He glances between the two, but obviously has no idea what Ember is doing. He assumes some kind of illusion, and glances around a bit to see if he can figure out. The question prompts an answer, however.
"Cheat? Oh. Any equipment that leaves me almost instantly returns to being physical. I basically plan to shoot marbles out of a paintball gun. They have been covered in some layers of plastic so they are the right calibur. I'm sure that guns or a bow would do the same thing, but I don't want to like… Kill dudes." He would reach over to also poke the older teen. "You… Don't have a physical body?"

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Jake looks a bit surprised when his hand goes through her forearm. "… Huh." The surprise gives way to curiousity and he does it again once before bringing his hand back to himself. "… Double-huh. So uhm. Right now, no one else can hear anything we say or do, right?" He looks to Duncan, and grins a bit. "… So thats why you were talking about glassbreaker balls." He murmurs softly, "And that sounds pretty damn cool man."

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Ember seems duely impressed as Duncan explains how he's worked out how his abilities work and how he can use that to good effect. "It's a good attitude to have, the not killing of folks." She grins as both Jake and Duncan test her lack of a body. "Nope. I traded my physical body for one of an undetermined energy type during Ragnarok. It wasn't my idea." She says this last part with a touch of wry humor. "And yeah, I've got us covered. As far as anyone more than a foot from our chairs is concerned, the three of us are talking about everything from Bieber to The Walking Dead."

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Poke, poke. "That is so fucking freaky cool," Duncan mutters before taking his hand back. "Yeah. Push my gun to a solid three hundred and those little fuckers can do some scary damage. I'll likely run them at two hundred or so, though. Enough to make fuckers think twice at least, you know?"
He looks to Ember and nods a little, looking thoughtful. "So, like… Do you stay together by yourself? Do you stop existing if you don't use your powers to hold yourself to- You know what? That's a fall-through-the-planet question. Shouldn't ask those kinda questions."

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Jacob laughs softly at Duncans actions before he just nods his head to Ember. "Okay." He says, listening to and nodding to her explanation of both her own body, and the limit of her protective illusion. "Then well, good as time as any. Uh, Duncan? Reason I was hoping to bump into you? I knew you were a registered mutant, and I kinda needed someone to talk to about that. Just a bit of a uhm… coincidence Wishfire happened by when she did."

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Ember seems to take all the poking in stride. She nods as Duncan talks about how to use the paintball guns he's thinking of. "Just take care when you're practicing that, and remember that every shot hits /something/. And I do stay together on my own. I've found it helps some folks to think of how I am now like the structure of an egg. There's my core, which holds my mind and is what my physical body became. That's the yolk. And the white is my aura, which protects and contains my core. I've had that since shortly after my abilities manifested."

Jake's comment about coincidence gets a grin from her, "I was just here on a supplies run for the place I work. Decided to wait here for them since they had to drive." Then she quiets down since it seems Jake has things he wants to talk about.

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"Sounds cool, Egg-head." Oh God, that was going to be a thing now. Duncan gestures towards her body. "So, like… None of you is actually physical. That kinda sucks, in it's own way. Shit, I don't know what I would do if I was just stuck in shadow state all the damn time…"
Duncan turned to look at Jacob and just stared for a few moments. His next word started slow and low and gradually increased in volume. "Yooooooooooooooo! You're a mutant?!" With the illusion up, he wasn't afraid of being a little loud. He clapped his hands together before pointing at the other teen. "A mutant! Damn, dude! That is sweet! What can you do, man?" Duncan was super excited.

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Jake smiles to Ember, nodding his head to her words. "Thats easier to think of." He agrees quietly, before clearing his throat. He has to think about what he wants to say next. And then the dim light in Duncans head brightens, and Jakes cheeks color. "…. Yeah." He says quietly, looking a bit embarassed as he glances around.

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Ember reinforces the illusion around their group while making sure her aura keeps any errant sound from breeching its border when Duncan's excitement gets the best of him. Then she reaches over and puts her hand on Jake's as he blushes. The hand is very solid and warm, different but not too different from normal. "It's a big step. I can leave if you want some privacy. Don't have to be here in person to maintain the illusion."

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Duncan rattles his hands a few times on the table. "Alright dude! Spill the beans! What's your super power? What can you do? Any plans on how to use it, or are you just gonna do the civvie thing?" He glances to Ember and then back to Jake. It was his decision on whether or not Ember was going to leave, apparently.

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Jake does look a bit embarassed, but as Ember touches his hand he just gives her a faint smile, looking a bit reassured. He looks towards Duncan. There is hardly a change of expressio, but suddenly one of Duncans hands is no longer able to pound the table. On its downswings, its being stopped about two inches over the tables surface. At first it'd seem like nothing but a keen eye looking would see a nearly imperceptible… 'something' there, stationary and at a fixed point in space. It doesn't budge. "That." Jake says, with a tip of his head. "I can make… well. Mental glass, I guess. I focus at it, and that happens.

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Ember watches Jake closely, and when his hand comes down she notices the flare of energy from before but this time it doesn't go away. "Very interesting. A flavor I haven't tasted before." She lets Jake continue to explain or demonstrate as he chooses, and doesn't get in the way of Duncan's enthusiasm. Just because her own 'coming out' was less than ideal doesn't mean she has to rain on others' parades.

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Duncan catches the weirdness almost instantly, pulling his hand back as if burned. Almost just as quickly he was touching and pushing on the field. "You can make force fields? Invisible force fields? Dude, that is sick!" He bangs his fist a bit on the mental glass before putting a single popcorn chicken on top of it.
"Can you move it once it's there? Like, can you use it to lift the chicken upwards? Dude, can you use this to fucking /fly/?!" Yeah, Duncan is an excitable kid. Jake was apparently among supportive friends here.

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Jake laughs softly, and he leans forwards to reach for it. He plucks it from where it is, then brings it back towards himself to set the the shard over the table and then release it. The second he comes out of contact with it, it hovers. He sets his glass on it casually and lets it just float there. "I can make them stationary, or moving. But once they are moving, I can't change their course unless I touch them again. So if I wanted to fly on one… I could probably do that, I think." He muses. "I've never tried. But I can like… 'run' on them. I do a lot of parkour. This really helps." He explains. His head bobs. "Yeah. Shields I've done. For fun, mostly. I've never like, practiced with it outside of my own time. My parents don't even know." He is looking more and more relaxed as everyone seems so natural about what he does.

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Ember listens and watches as Jake has his coming out event. Duncan tends to ask the same questions she would. Well, in all the questions he's asking he hits one of two along the way. So she mainly just watches and uses her own abilities to sample the edges of Jake's mental glass. "Interesting manifestation. And it can support your weight? Very cool."

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"Oh. Yeah, if you like, wrap yourself in a bubble, your touching it, right? As long as you don't go too fast and keep your wits about you… You should totally be able to fly right? Dude, you have no idea how fucking jealous I am right now! I mean, I can jump really high, but I can't fly. Dude, that is fucking awesome!" Duncan is grinning wildly, leaning forwards in his chair as he watches Jake show off a bit of his powers. "We should totally test out how strong they are sometime. Figuring out the limits of it is super important. I wonder if you could stop bullets?"

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Jake reaches up and rubs his neck a bit, looking up to Ember. "Yeah. I've used them to scale buildings, or make handholds, or catch myself when I've slipped." He says with a nod. "I've managed to make them anywhere within my line of sight… I mean, there isn't much reason to throw one really far away to begin with, but I've practiced." He looks towards Duncan, and he smiles a bit. "Yeah? I mean… I'm down for that, I think. I know it works on paintballs."

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"Very cool. Sounds like you're just scratching the surface on what you can do with them, Jake." Ember sits back in her chair and puts a portion of her mind on the possibilities, coming up with more than a few. "At some point when you have another chance to practice, try doing what Duncan suggested. Put a good size one under your feet and then see if you can get it to move upwards at a shallow angle. You already know you can catch yourself if something goes sideways." Then she grins to Duncan, "I know it's a bit of a mental no-go zone for you right now, but that person I mentioned before? The one that can move through solid objects? She learned how to use it to walk on air. It's not flight, but it's not nothing either. You might be able to pull off something like that."

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"… Man, you better not be using powers to wipe, that would be totally uncool," Duncan teases lightly. "Still man, that is really cool. We should definitely test that shit out at some point. What are you thinking of doing with it all? Do the hero gig? Become my arch nemesis? Just do the day to day thing?"
His gaze shifts back over to the more experienced of the trio. "To walk on air? I mean… I dunno, Maybe? I don't even know how my power works. I know what it does, but none of the how."I still don't know all my limits. I mean, I know I don't need to breathe. I'm not sure if I even have a body, or if I just perceive myself as having a body when I'm in that state. I just don't know. And yeah, this is getting into some of that no-go zone. I don't want to think myself out of existence or anything. I don't know how much of this shit is perception, ya know?"

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"I really don't know." Jake admits with a slight shake of his head. "I don't know what I'm going to do with it. I mean, I've been trying really hard not to be caught practicing so I like… I don't often practice." He reaches for his cup, and the shard of energy underneath releases before he sets his cup back down. He looks curiously towards Duncan as the other teen speaks more in depth of what he can do.

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Ember nods her understanding to Jake, "Trust me, I get not wanting to get caught out. That's the whole reason why I got so good at illusions. Kinda had to since when I first manifested I wasn't exactly human looking anymore. And deciding what to do with all of this? That's not something you need to decide right away." She shrugs again and points to herself, "I'm still working that bit out, myself sometimes." She considers her next words carefully, since it's not something she's really talked about with the Professor or Emma. "As for finding a time or place to practice. I know some folks who might be able to help you on that score. If you want, I can give you their contact information."

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Duncan leans back, eyebrows raised in curiosity as he listens. "Just take your time, man. Figure yourself out. I know what I want, so I'm gonna take that. You do you." Much of his attention was on Ember at the moment, however. "Oh, that makes sense. I kinda imagine the real you as some kind of light show, huh?" When the offer is put on the table, he curiously watches Jake to see his reaction to it.

***

Jake nods his head to Ember. "Well. I can't do the illusion thing." He says with a soft smile, and he nods at her. "Well… Yeah. I guess I'll take that contact information, sure." He agrees with a nod of his head, before glancing towards Duncan just briefly. His gaze flits back to Ember. "People you trust, right?"

***

Ember nods slowly, "Yes, people I trust. After… after things went bad for me back home I came east to finish school. I ended up with them and they steered me right. Just send an email to this address," She holds her hand out flat, palm up and the energy in her aura starts to condence and solidify, then crystalize. It takes the shape of a white crystaline business card with red lettering for the email. Once it's finished she clicks it on the table and slides it over towards Jake. "Mention in the email that the referal is from Ember." She grins up at them both, "That's me." She nods to Duncan as well, "From what I understand, Mr. Stark has some connections with the same people that I work with."

***

Duncan watches the little card trick, looking impressed. He never got to see powers at work in person aside from his own, so he was more than interested in watching her work her magic. "I'll be honest, I just kinda bumped into his fiance at the market. I have no idea what is going to happen when I go to Stark Tower… But I'm hoping at least for an autograph. Anything more than that is icing on the cake, really."
Jake grins a bit at the card trick, and his head nods a few times as he reaches out to take it. He reads the email on it with some interest. "And who is this going to?" He asks after a moment, moving to pocket the card. He looks to Duncan and grins a bit. "Well lucky you, man. Thats still a way to meet him. I'm sure he'll be interested in you."

***

"A private boarding school that's not too far from here. Beyond the usual subjects, they have an excellent program for helping folks like us get a handle on things." Ember taps the table with her index finger idly. "I'm not being intentionally vague, but right now with sentiels and everything seeming to be going the wrong way around, it might be best to keep things electronic at first. Once you can talk with our Headmaster, you can decide if you want more details and they'll be able to talk to you directly." She nods at Duncan's remarks about Tony and Pepper. "I'm sure it'll be a fun experience no matter what. And if you want that email as well, just give the word. I can always make another card."

***

"That sounds cool. Yeah, I guess I wouldn't mind a card, if only to get in touch with others like us. Today's been pretty crazy so far, it would be super cool to keep this train wreck going. Card me up, hot stuff." Duncan grins wide.

***

Jake rises to his feet. "Thank you for this, Ember." Jake says with a smile towards the woman. "Listen I'm going to get home you two. Uhm. Here is my phone number if either of you want to get in touch. I've got a lot to think about before I email off to these guys. But I'm pretty sure I will. Duncan, good luck tomorrow!"

***

Ember repeats her earlier creation of the email card and slides the crystaline item over to Duncan. "Here's yours. I don't really have a phone of my own right now. The way I normally get around, I can't carry anything with me, and my old phone account got canceled while I was out on that vacation I mentioned. But you can send me a message via that email." She nods to Jake as he rises to leave. "Take care of yourself, Jake." She looks past the food court and gives a quick wave to a pair of people coming from the mall entrance. "Looks like my pack mules are here, too." She stands up and makes sure the illusion she's maintained synchs up with their real movements. "Talk to you both later, yeah?"

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