[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)   Posted by Aeternitas.Group: 0
Aeternitas
 GM, 88 posts
 Teller of Tales
 Herder of Cats
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 04:12
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)


The thread for Tony's session with Calvin Logger on Wednesday morning, September 2nd.

Calvin Logger
 NPC, 8 posts
 Counselor
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 04:14
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
During the break in between science class and physical education, Calvin meets with Tony, leading him to an office. It's largely bare, but there are shelves with a couple binders and a few books, and a pair of those tacky motivational posters on the walls. The seat looks comfortable.

Calvin goes to his own chair on the far side of the clear desk and sits, "Come in, come in, close the door and relax."

This message was last edited by the player at 04:30, Fri 30 Sept 2016.

Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 167 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 05:00
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Thanks, Mr. Logger," Tony says, and has a seat. He sits forward, leaning his elbows on the armrests. He laces his fingers together and rests his chin on his hands. As he sits, his tail flicks back and forth reflexively, seemingly an outlet for Tony's nervous energy.

"I think you already have a good idea why I'm here," he says softly, "and I think you'll understand why I have to ask this first before I continue. I'm sure it'll sound insulting, and I'm sorry...but I have to do it." He locks eyes with Calvin before continuing.

"This is confidential, right? I'm not being recorded or video taped, am I?"
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 9 posts
 Counselor
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 05:02
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Yes... I might just be calling a friend to talk to myself, after what happened yesterday. And everything you tell me is strictly confidential unless you tell me you're going to hurt yourself or someone else. Then I'm obligated to intervene," Calvin says candidly.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 168 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 05:22
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Tony nods when he hears Calvin's answer. He visibly relaxes, and his tail stops flicking back and forth. However, he stays hunched over in his chair, holding up his chin with his hands.

"Understood," Tony says. He takes a deep breath and then sighs before continuing.

"Coming here was probably the biggest leap of faith I've ever taken in my life. It took me away from my family, my friends---well, the ones that stuck with me after all this happened---and the only home I've ever known. I knew it was going to be hard, but I was hoping it would be a chance for me to change and grow. And it has been...just not in the way I was hoping."

Tony stops for a moment. He closes his eyes and puts his head in his hands.

"When I first learned about other mutants, I had mixed feelings. I was glad I wasn't alone, but I was also kind of jealous...I mean, why do some of them get to look human while I look like this? It was frustrating because it just felt unfair. However, I managed to laugh it off and hope that I could find a way to fix it in the future. Maybe someone would find a cure, or maybe there was a way to meditate and suppress it. If others couldn't find a cure, maybe I could.

"Coming here was good at first. I met Blake, Emily, and Jeremiah. They all transformed into something that looked different. It made me feel like I wasn't alone. And then, well...then that PE class happened..."


Tony sighs, hesitating for a moment as though measuring his words.

"That was the first time I felt afraid of other mutants, and started to hate what I had become."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 10 posts
 Counselor
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 05:41
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"If you will pardon my language young man, I will say that was one hell of a disaster. I almost quit myself, right then and there. But I started doing this to help kids like you navigate the hardest part of their young lives, and the kids here have it particularly hard. Some of you are dealing with it better than others, but you know what? At the other high school, we have the exact same problem. One of the kids who lives out in a bit more rural part of the county came to school in his dad's truck like he always does, only this time, he had a hunting rifle in the cab. That boy didn't mean anything by it, but as you can imagine, lots of people got very scared," Calvin says.
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 169 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 07:01
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Yeah, I suppose," Tony replies reluctantly.

"But I'm guessing that kid didn't pick up the rifle, swing it around, and then shoot someone with it.

"I mean,"
he continues, "if Jeremiah had flung anyone else against that wall, that person would have been shattered, paralyzed, or probably DEAD. Then, Keri MELTED Emily. She MELTED her. Emily walked away from it, but jeez, I wouldn't have. And then there's Daniel making the room cold and revealing that he can suck the life out of people..."

Tony stops and shakes his head.

"This is the first time I've ever felt afraid by just standing around other people. I can imagine that's how others must feel around me, too, and I'd never gotten into so much as a fight before. Just hearing that Dennis and the military interests here have been gauging us and saying I'm a 'class 3,' bothers me. And it makes me hate the fact that I'm starting to feel afraid of my friends even more."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 11 posts
 Counselor
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 16:01
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"No, he didn't. He didn't have to," Calvin says with clear lament in his voice, "The school went on lockdown. Everybody spent the next three hours or so expecting a gunman to break into or fire into their classroom and kill them all. That student was arrested and expelled."

He gestures to Tony as he continues, "The point I am trying to make, is that you can look at this from a different perspective. I would never try to say that you and some of your classmates don't have the potential to cause harm to each other, far from it, but you can't live your life in fear Tony. People living in fear is how an innocent mistake cost that boy his entire future."

His gestures return to neutrality as he asks, "Do you really think any of your classmates would hurt you on purpose?"
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 171 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 17:20
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Oh," Tony murmurs when he hears Calvin finish the story about the student and the rifle. The tone of his voice betrays his surprise at the outcome.

"I see what you mean."

When Calvin asks him if he thinks his friends would hurt him on purpose, Tony bites his knuckles as he considers the question.

"On purpose? ...no. By accident? Well...yeah. I mean, not Blake. He seems fully aware of what he can do. Or Donato because of the nature of his power. And not Emily...or even Keri... Their fight was pretty intense, but they ended up stopping things before either of them got hurt. Or Tammy...although her power display was a little...well...weird. David? I dunno...he's hard to understand, and he seems to think he's dangerous...but that could be the way he was brought up. Daniel...kind of. Like, hearing people compare him to a WMD doesn't help, and although he hasn't done anything, his own display was unsettling to say the least."

Tony sighs before finishing. His body language indicates that he is uncomfortable having to admit this.

"I guess I'm mainly worried about Daniel, Jeremiah, and ┴ngel. Daniel because of his power's potential, Jeremiah because he DID hurt someone---and he's really freaking lucky that she's taking it so well, and ┴ngel because of his temper. I mean, I kind of felt like dealing with ┴ngel was like walking on eggshells even before seeing him fight against Jeremiah. Anything that gets him mad seems to set him off, and that's just hard to live around. After seeing that fight, seeing what they did to the gym...well...I hate that my mind goes there, but I can't help but feel a little afraid of what might happen if he loses control."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 12 posts
 Counselor
Fri 30 Sep 2016
at 17:44
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin nods patiently as Tony works through his thoughts.

"I'm not going to lie, Daniel's power is terrifying. Do you know what a 'salted bomb' is? I looked it up on Wikipedia last night. It's a nuclear bomb designed to leave a lot of radioactive waste in the area so that nobody can live there. I can only guess from what Dennis and the Professor said that the correlation is to... I can't even believe I'm saying this. I think they're referring to him leaving the walking dead behind. But at the same time, that boy seems to be haunted by something, don't you think? Maybe literally, all things taken into account. But the bags under his eyes, and the way that he isolates himself from everyone, I think it's safe to say that he knows better than anyone how terrible his power is. Thinking about it that way, do yo still think he would hurt anyone on purpose?"
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 172 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 03:04
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Yeah, I thought I recognized the name when Prof. H mentioned it. I double-checked it later to make sure. And you're right, he does look haunted by something. I can't imagine what that must be like to know you have the potential to do something like that..."

Tony shifts uncomfortably in the chair.

"Yeah, I get what you mean, but...that's the thing, right? I doubt any of them would hurt someone on purpose, but by accident? That's what worries me about them, and what bothers me about myself. Like, I don't want to feel afraid of them, but I can't stop my mind from thinking about it."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 13 posts
 Counselor
Sat 1 Oct 2016
at 03:31
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin nods, "But do you think it's any more likely that he would do anything on accident, either? He's clearly suffered a trauma, though he hasn't come to talk to me about it, which should make him extra cautious. And Jeremiah, while he actually did hurt someone in front of all of us, let's review the events. It seems to me it started when Jeremiah pushed Angel, right? Angel was trying a move and Jeremiah just shoved him off. But Angel wasn't hurt by that impact at all, in fact, he came back even harder at Jeremiah, like he was really trying to hurt him. In that situation, with the adrenaline running through him, it's much easier to make a mistake like the one that he made. Well, I don't care for the phrasing of his retort, either, but that's a conversation he and I need to have some time. Considering the whole situation, do you think either Daniel or Jeremiah are likely to have an accident like that under more regular circumstances?
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 175 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Sun 2 Oct 2016
at 01:07
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Tony pauses for a while before speaking again.

"I dunno," he says finally. "It sounds reasonable when you break it down. And now that I think about it, I remember overhearing Daniel talking with Tammy during the PE class. He thought we were all nuts, too. So...maybe you're right."

Tony sighs again. He shifts in his chair, placing his head in his hands again.

"I should have said this off of the bat, but I'm a classic over-thinker. My memory is really good, so it's hard for me to just forget things. As soon as I start thinking about something, my brain gets flooded with anything and everything associated with it."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 14 posts
 Counselor
Sun 2 Oct 2016
at 04:31
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin smiles warmly at the fuzzy student, "I thought that might be the case. I used to do the same thing, myself, and that's why we're going over them one at a time. The last one is the most difficult one to assuage, because he's the one who popped off and deliberately hurt someone. It wasn't bad, but Jeremiah had been put through the ringer pretty good, all in all, and much like what happened to Tamera, I don't know that anyone other than Jeremiah and Tamera herself would have come out okay. But in this case, the mitigating factors that you can use to calm your fears happened after the incident, rather than before. You try this time. Step through it one thing at a time."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 181 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 03:08
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Tony stays silent as he mentally processes all of the details that Calvin asked him to consider. His eyes focus on the ground as he concentrates. Even his normally-antsy tail stops twitching.

"Given normal circumstances, where people aren't being thrown into combat, then you're right. Jeremiah doesn't provoke Angel, Angel doesn't get Jeremiah riled up, and Jeremiah doesn't fling someone into the wall. Also, Daniel probably doesn't manifest his abilities if he's not surprised that Tammy is dangerous to him."

Tony bites his lip.

"This might sound crazy, or maybe a little paranoid, but...will circumstances always be normal? We're all superpowered strangers from different backgrounds cooped up in the middle of nowhere. To make matters worse, we're all teenagers going through puberty. What happens if somebody pushes someone else too far? Who will step in defuse it?"
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 15 posts
 Counselor
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 03:22
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin thinks this over for a moment or three and then says, "I'm not even going to pretend that I understood half of what was said in that gym, Tony, but I do know this. Only some of the greatest acrobats in the entire world could pull off that stunt you pulled in your match with Blake. Emily got struck by lightning - twice! - and didn't seem particularly phased. Keri ran all the way back to the mansion, found the Professor, and back again in a matter of seconds. And for Blake to toss you around like that, he's got to be pretty strong, too. And all three of them gathered around you as you were walking back. You ask, who will step in? All of you can. Maybe not alone, not safely, but how much stronger would the four of you be if you acted together? And Tamera, as well. While the rest of us were standing around gawking, only she ran right in the middle of them, without any hesitation at all. Whether or not that's because she knew about her power in advance, I cannot say, but according to her record, much like Daniel suggested, the official sources all concluded that her ability was passive. Some kind of super immune system perhaps. Surely the five of you can do what any one of you might not be able to achieve alone."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 184 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 04:06
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"That's..." Tony starts, fading off as he reconsiders what Calvin said.

"That's...that's true... I didn't think about that. We could keep things from getting out of control if we work together...

"Power of friendship, right?"
Tony asks half-jokingly.

"It works in comics...why not here?"

OOC:

Thank you for working this out with me! ^_^ I was going to use this thread to maybe create the origin of an Obsession(Cure) complication, but I think it helped sow the seeds for the Relationship(Friends) one I asked about earlier. I think this fits the character better, too. Thank you! :D

Calvin Logger
 NPC, 16 posts
 Counselor
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 04:12
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin laughs, "And failing that, although I wouldn't ordinarily say this, some tough love might be in order. I also feel like I should say, in Angel's defense, that he got hold of his own leash again real quick once Tamera got to him. I don't know what's eating that boy, but there's the foundation of a strategy for dealing with him and not getting hurt."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 185 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 05:12
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Tony gives a snorting laugh when Calvin mentions "tough love." However, he winces and frowns a little bit when Calvin mentions Tammy intervening on Angel's behalf.

"True, but that's the other thing that worries me. What happens if she's not there, they get in a fight, or---God forbid---they break up? I'd rather he get a handle on himself, or be open to other people talking him down.

"And just to be fair,"
Tony adds, "I trust Angel to an extent. I think his heart is in the right place most of the time. But that anger? That's a problem."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 17 posts
 Counselor
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 05:22
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Without missing a beat Calvin says, "What do you think you could do to help him with that?"
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 186 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 06:59
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Well," Tony says, "I'm going to try to be his friend, and hopefully he'll listen when I tell him that he's got to set his emotions aside."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 18 posts
 Counselor
Mon 3 Oct 2016
at 07:14
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin nods again, "That seems like a good place to start."
Tonauac 'Tony' Torres
 Student, 195 posts
 "The Coati Kid"
 I'm Smarter Than I Look
Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 01:50
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
"Yeah..." Tony trails off. He looks up at Calvin and gives him a reassured smile.

"Thanks, Mr. Logger. That helps. I've still got my concerns, but it gives me a starting point to work through them. I'll...I'll probably need to talk with you about this in the future. I hope that's okay."
Calvin Logger
 NPC, 19 posts
 Counselor
Tue 4 Oct 2016
at 02:43
[Side] Counseling Time for Tony (Wednesday 9-2-15 morning)
Calvin chuckles softly, "Of course Tony, any time you need."