Weston city park.   Posted by Justice.Group: 0
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 280 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Tue 12 May 2020
at 18:47
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Dane looked contemplative for a moment, but it was tinged with sadness. He thought to himself, "Pretty sure I don't want to know how my soul looks. Although I'm not sure souls exists, I think auras do, and I'm pretty sure mine would be a deep crimson."

He merely smiled, and said to Andy, "Without the theological or metaphysical undertones, I like kids too, and for similar reasons."

This message was last edited by the player at 18:47, Tue 12 May.

Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 215 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Thu 14 May 2020
at 23:47
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Andy Black:
"...the Hounds that normally eat anyone who time travels."


Mits' eyes went blank and she shuddered at the mention of The Hounds.  Not that she's ever encountered them!  No that would be crazy!  Nothing to see here.  Move along.

Mits' phone vibrated, so she took a look.  Her eyes lit up and her hand and phone both disappeared into a portal.

"If any bullies pick on you, you can threaten that you know a silly pigtail girl who can pop in and kick their butts with a toy."

A toy Hulk Fist appears on the hand still in the scene and Mits punches at the air with it.  The toy roars.

"They'll never live it down.  That threat works surprisingly well on many occasions.  'Whatever.  You're not worth my time anyway.'"  Heh.  Not that you'll ever need to.  You shoulda seen Dane de-escalate some punks like a boss just now!"

Mits smiles at the arrival of Donny and the cute exchange between Mav and Andy's Mom.  She quietly chuckles at stealth-obsessed Mav asking about soul-searching.

"I wouldn't worry too much, Mavvie.  Much the same sneakiness that works on normal senses works on the sixth sense too.  Is why ghost hunters have such a hard time finding ghosts and why ghosts can sneak up behind wizards to spook 'em."

Mits idly wonders just how mind-blown Andy would be when Matt's influence puts the ban-hammer on the "go directly to Hell, do not pass Go," Mark.  She also thinks on the debunked pseudoscience claim that ice remembers all the good or bad emotions directed at it with pretty or ugly crystals, and figures that there's probably plenty of butterfly colored villain souls, and mud-colored hero souls.  What counts as "pretty" is rather subjective anyhow.

"Mittens wonders what color her own soul is."

She un-summons the Hulk Fist to so she can take off her shoe and sock to look at the sole of her foot.  "Flesh colored!

"I'm guessing Andy's is purple like his eyes.  Dane's is olive drab.  Ant's is pink like her pink voice.  Maverick's is the color of air - invisible.  Matt's is brown.  Seraph's is golden.  And Donny's is sky blue."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:48, Thu 14 May.

Andy Black
 NPC, 1333 posts
Fri 15 May 2020
at 21:09
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Andy shook his head, and said "Mine's an odd mix ofdark purple, midnight blue, tinges of pale cyan and the occasional electric blue streak.  Vic's is a richer, more vibrant mix of golden yellow, orange, dark blue, emerald, streaks of orange and lavender.  Mav's has a lot of deep blue, like a deep clear mountain lake, with cyan, pale blue, cloudy grays, wide ripples of green and mint.  Mitts, yours has a riot of colors, I'd almost call you a tye-dyed rainbow whirlpool leaning toward the neon end of the spectra.  Dane, yours has a lot of the darker reds and blues, some dark gray, but overall, very much in the cooler spectra.  Donnie's is simpler, tends more toward the brighter primary colors, although there are streaks like lightning of a dark blue-purple shade.  Auras, by themselves, can be just beautiful to look at, but all of you are good folks, so the colors are purer, healthier.  Bad people have colors that look sick, twisted, unhealthy or repulsive, and that almost never happens in children.
 Sometimes it can, but that's very rare, and when it does, usually there was an outside influence making it happen.  Aura reading is very helpful in dealing with the occult and spirits, which is a lot of what I do."
  He paused, then took a breath before admitting "And Mitts, if you and Matt can locate Megs first, I'd appreciate if you could bounce in and check on her too.  Then we can all go drag her out to be sociable with Bella."
Maverick Sargas
 editor, 163 posts
 Quiet Kid. Collects rocks
 Knows the stars.
Mon 18 May 2020
at 03:12
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Maverick looks in awe at Andy as he describes the auras. He smiles from his own aura being brought up, but smiles even brighter at how Mitts' aura is described. "That's really cool, Andy. I'd like to learn from you about auras and what they mean. Call me curious. You willing to teach me?"

He then looks at Andy's mom. "We can make our way to the games whenever you're ready."
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 138 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 18 May 2020
at 03:19
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Antoinette is guessing Serena's aura probably looks bright orange and yellow, but with mixtures of dark blue and grey swirling in it. At least if the colors mean what she theorizes they mean. "What does my aura look like?" she asks in her usual soothing voice, but with a bright, upbeat tone to her voice, indicating her excitement on the topic, despite her usually distracted nature.

Her mind is also racing with different invention concepts for how to either aid Andy or aid others through Andy's gift. Probably won't get around to developing it unless it becomes clear it is useful, but that doesn't mean she isn't already inventing.
Andy Black
 NPC, 1334 posts
Mon 18 May 2020
at 19:29
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Andy nodded to Lifelight, and his shades just seemed to melt away, even as he gazed at her with those odd bottomless abyss eyes with purple flame pupils.  He said thoughtfully "Yours is primarily a pale golden, shot through with rich streaks of deep emerald like the clearest, purest stones, and swirls of cotton candy pink.  There are very few other tones, which is unusual for someone your age.  And I would be delighted to teach you to perceive auras, and what they mean, Mav.  Learning to see them isn't hard.  Reading them?  Takes a long time to master."  He waved a hand at Seraph, and said "Hers is a dazzling irridescent gold, with streaks of white, but it's also shot through with the darkest shades of an almost unhealthy blue that is mottled like a bruise.  Which, no offense Seraph, means you carry one heavy weight of depression or despair, and you need to fight that or it will eventually do you great harm.  I'm not trying to pry or invade your privacy, but something has hurt you badly.  I am sorry for that."

  His mother let Andy give Mav his answer, then she said "Any time you're ready.  I really do want to win one of those pretty calico fantail goldfish."
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 318 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Wed 20 May 2020
at 02:20
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Antoinette showing the difference between a normal scientist and a super scientist.  Quickly deciding that it's more interesting to hear people talk about their mystical aura than it is to complain about the fact that souls are even a thing that exist.

  "Right, while you catch fish I'm going to see if I can both locate Meg, and if trying to bribe her with cotton candy is any help."  Not that you'd need to bribe someone like Meg to do something reasonable, but sometimes 'why not' is the best answer.

  How to ruin the spectacle of a guy do it yourself ziplining into space.  Make sure you freeze your posture, and look like a bad edit sliding upwards out of frame for a moment before going to more practical instantaneous speeds.

------------> Wheeee ---------> The Lab
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 281 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Wed 20 May 2020
at 02:58
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
In reply to Andy Black (msg # 440):

Dane listened to Andyís description of Seraph with sympathy, and nodded, sadly. He turned to Seraph, and said, ďI donít have the ability to see auras, but I know youíre a hot mess, through no fault of your own. And like Andy here, I hope you face it and work through it, because the past is messing with your life. Remember, Iíve seen you in action, and I would trust you with my back in a fight... and if you know anything about me, you know that I donít say that lightly.Ē
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 216 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Wed 20 May 2020
at 16:09
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
"Whee!"

Mits takes out an LED staff and spins it to make a colorful pattern in the air.  ( https://i.ytimg.com/vi/g2tT6mOZPig/maxresdefault.jpg )  She always figured herself to be akin to Pinkie Pie wearing a Rainbow Dash suit, but although she's not terribly surprised to find out that her aura looks like a clip from a My Little Pony Movie ( https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2017/9/30/1548115.gif ), that doesn't mean she can't be happy about having a Tiefling Superhero confirm it for her.

"Cotton candy pink suits you!" Mits cheers for Lifelight.

She laughs from Matt's Exit.  "That never gets old!"

A flood of thoughts come to mind when the manly men show support for Seraph.  Kirk's speech about, "I don't want my pain taken away, I NEED my pain!" among them.  And the beautiful works of art from the famous blue period of Picasso.

So in an attempt to turn her thoughts into encouragement for Seraph, Mits puts a puppy puppet on her hand and has it say, "Your aura sounds so beautiful!  Arf!"

Yes, that was a deliberate reference to Maggie.
Maverick Sargas
 editor, 165 posts
 Quiet Kid. Collects rocks
 Knows the stars.
Mon 25 May 2020
at 02:47
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Maverick watches Matt leave and giggles. "Love how Matt makes me feel like I live in a video game..."

Maverick then looks at the wands Mitts is flailing about and says, "Cool... can I have one?"

Maverick gives a smile and nod of thanks to Andy. "Thanks, Andy. I really look forward to that. Studying people is one of my favorite things. I feel like... with something like that, I could be more helpful, and a bit more informed."

Maverick begins walking Andy's mom to go get that fish. It goes without saying, he invites Donny to come along, but he also won't mind if the others join him.

This message was last edited by a game editor at 03:26, Mon 25 May.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 139 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Mon 25 May 2020
at 03:00
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
When Andy mentions Lifelights's colors, she gets a childlike innocent smile, as if to confirm Andy's comment about Lifelight's similarity to children. "Thank you, Andy. You're nice."

To Mittens, Lifelight says softly, "I'm glad you think so. Rainbow suits you too."

As if to compliment Mitts' light display, Lifelight has her suit do some strobe light effects.

Lifelight glances at Seraph as people start talking to her about her darkness. She smiles and leans over to whisper in Seraph's ear. "They admire you and they know you have what it takes. But more than that; you have been a light to the children here at the festival."

Lifelight had mentioned as much back at Seraph's apartment, but did not want to bring up anything private while in mixed company.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:25, Mon 25 May.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 149 posts
Wed 27 May 2020
at 14:11
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Seraph had walked over with a Mittens and Antoinette to meet Andy and his mum. She was quite polite and genuinely pleased to meet them as well as getting the chance to Matt and Dane again.

When talked turned to auras she was both curious and slightly nervous. She knew the tragedy she carried would be visible which Andy confirmed. The support of her friends and Daneís respect elevated her sprit and she smiled, spreading her wings to enfold Antoinette and Mittens. ďIím trying to work through it. Iím very lucky to have the support and friendship of some wonderful people.Ē
Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 324 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Thu 28 May 2020
at 15:22
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
The Lab --->

  If Matt's return from space with Meg and Bella brings to mind cartoon bungie cord sound effects, that's probably because he provided them and it's not your imagination.

  Well, looks like we're just in time to not miss seeing the adorable hugs."  Sorry Bella, looks like you have some competition in the 'aw, how cute' department already.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1777 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Thu 28 May 2020
at 19:21
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Megs smiled, and said "Definitely a good thing for Bella here to attend.  Although I might have to keep her on a string like a balloon  . . ."  Clearly this was a gentle joke, since Bella had floated up and out of Meg's arms like a helium balloon and was gently 'patting' at Seraph's wings with a baby-giggle as she said brightly "Pretty!!"
Andy Black
 NPC, 1335 posts
Wed 10 Jun 2020
at 11:30
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Andy was clearly happy to see Bella, she made him smile as he reached over and told her gently "Very pretty, but they are wings, and you know you don't just go poking other people.  You're very strong Bella, and you don't always realize how strong you are."  He knew from dealing with timejumped-Bella a bit that she was far stronger than she yet realized.  HE would survive any mangling without permanent harm done, but he didn't know if Seraph had that ability or not.
Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 140 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Thu 11 Jun 2020
at 01:46
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Lifelight has that peaceful smile of hers as she cuddles to Serena's side while being engulfed by a wing. She looks at Bella as the baby touches Serena's wing and keeps her smile. Unlike Andy, Lifelight has no idea there is any danger in letting a levitating baby touch your wings.

Lifelight herself isn't all that powerful, honestly. Super smart, perhaps, but due to her personality, she avoids powerful armaments in her inventions and such.

She is also quite happy that Serena has Mittens for a friend as well. "I am happy to be your friend, Seraph." she says softly.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 220 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Mon 15 Jun 2020
at 03:17
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Mits is busy with helping out Daystar's search, so that means she has need of half her face elsewhere.  Since most get perturbed by half of someone's face suddenly vanishing behind a portal or three, Miss Adventure put one of those Phantom of the Opera half masks on first before portaling half her senses to a cabin out in the wilds to search for signs of an escaped para.

Mits grins at Lifelight's compliment and complimentary lightshow.  Surprised by Seraph's wing-hug, she mews.  Also surprising is Seraph's response.  Suddenly being made the center of everyone's sympathy after having a private trauma exposed would have been enough for most folks to make a wounded, "None of your business" comment followed by a hasty exit.  That she reacted so well speaks volumes of her emotional strength.

"I... er... wise words...  Oh, I hear sproing sounds, must be Matt retur-Ah!  Surprise cuteness!"

Mits jogs in place and jaz-hands at the appearance of the adorable Bella.

"Pretty is right!  And happy to be your friend also, Seraph!"

Randomly, she covers her mouth with a jet pilot's oxygen mask to say something she doesn't want to bother the others with.  Super hearing types would be able to hear well enough, though:


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"Wowzers!  You found the secret cave nearly instantly!  And from the smell of things, our friends were here not long ago.  Not sensing any danger, or any emotion, or even a small animal.  Strange...  Mmm.  Maybe not so strange.  Even with that yummy smell to attract them, I think most animals have common sense enough to figure this must be the den of a big predator."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:22, Mon 15 June.

Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 152 posts
Mon 15 Jun 2020
at 12:33
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Seraph smiled at her two fiends and withdrew her wings but stretched one out for Bella. ďHello, sweet pea. You are adorable, you know that. You can stroke my wing. Itís tougher than it looks.Ē

The flames that normally cover her wings and lick the feathers are doused for the baby whilst she touches her wings.
Megaira Kattakara
 NPC, 1778 posts
 Dressed casually
 casually serious.
Tue 23 Jun 2020
at 20:21
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Bella giggled gleefully and wriggled out of Andy's gentle grasp to float right over, and used both hands to pet those lovely feathers, declaring "Soft!!"  She had, Seraph discovered, a pretty strong tug, but she then put one hand on her mouth (after tugging pretty darn hard) on a long one, and said "No hurt?  I strong girl."  She was, Seraph could tell, superhumanly strong.

  Meg smiled, and said apologetically "She's getting a good idea,  but she still doesn't always realize how much stronger than a normal baby she is.  She's Excel and Fluid's daughter, you see.  I gengineered her for them because they couldn't have a baby without some serious help."
Serena Wyndham
 Seraph, 153 posts
Wed 24 Jun 2020
at 00:54
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
"She's wonderful," Seraph told Megaira with a big smile. She gently rubbed one of Bella's cheeks. "No, little one. That didn't hurt but any harder and it might so be careful. You can keep touching them if you want."
Dane Sinclair
 Rampage, 283 posts
 War Hero
 Badass Powerhouse
Fri 24 Jul 2020
at 22:10
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Dane chuffed a short laugh, and said, "That's why I don't ever see myself having kids. With my luck I'd have a kid who could light things on fire with her mind, or turn into a demon, or a dinosaur. She is cute tho... that's how they get you."
Maverick Sargas
 editor, 166 posts
 Quiet Kid. Collects rocks
 Knows the stars.
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 05:10
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Maverick is returning to the group, calico fantail goldfish in hand and hands it over to Andy's mom. He catches Dane's comment and smiles. He looks up at Dane and says, "I just watched you transform rebellious punks into guys who wanted to hang out with you and listen. That's the part that matters more than any super powers. You would be a really good dad, Mr Sinclair."

He then looks at the baby. "Who do we have here?" he waves at Bella.

This message was last edited by a game editor at 05:14, Sat 25 July.

Antoinette Rebeca Haze
 Lifelight, 142 posts
 Soft-spoken
 Always thinking
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 05:13
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Although Lifelight is thinking of a great many things, she doesn't add to the conversation. She is smiling at Seraph, Meg and Bella. With her visor HUD, she begins examining data readings on Bella out of curiosity. Whatever is available is enough for her. While she is naturally curious, she isn't one to pry into people too much unless the person's life depends on it.
Mittens
 Miss. Adventure, 223 posts
 Attention Deficit
 Ooh Shiny!
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 05:59
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
Mits is also softly smiling at the adorableness.  When not disappearing her mouth to continue her conversation with Daystar.  Wait.  Did Megs just casually mention that baby Bel is biotech?!  Probably not a good time to mention that most of the council worlds would place her in a reeducation facility for splicing super-genes faster than you can say, 'Crime against all sentient life.'  And that's the nicer aliens.  The rest of them would steal the gene code and start cloning armies of Bella soldiers.  (Or maybe that was just a Star Trek movie plot.)  Not to mention the things she's heard about people having emotional melt-downs over finding out that they aren't natural.  Right!  Putting a pin in that one.

"Mittens has parenting-phobia as well.  Which isn't a real mental illness.  Just something she made up.  Mav's prolly right.  You'd make for a kick-ass dad.  According to a 70 year study, parenting is as simple as 'Don't abuse or neglect your kids.'  Tack on consistent bed time and suddenly you're a genius at raising healthy kids.  Mittens will not get into the irony that her parents' love is largely to blame for the fear they have for her not surviving the dangerous career she's chosen."

This message was last edited by the player at 06:07, Sat 25 July.

Matt Matthews
 Unknown, 325 posts
 Just your friendly local
 lurking monstrosity
Sat 1 Aug 2020
at 21:57
Re: Weston city park - Children's Festival on the Green
  Like Maverick, Matt is pretty sure Dane could handle raising a kid who turned into a demon dinosaur that breathed fire.  Though sometimes Matt is still far too optimistic so who knows?

  "Well, Bella is a smart kid already.  So if she isn't safe to be around then every baby is a danger to the world at large."  Babies with knives was not the strangest straight to video movie he ever saw, but it was still far more plausible that the one about children with radioactive hugs.