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(( I'm sorry for it taking so long! finally beginning this thread for us =) This is mostly for/about Wren and Grace, but others should feel free to watch and have fun with it!))

Wren stood in the park waiting for her new friend's arrival. She was in her hero-suit of a light blue and black onesie with its attached skirt, boots and all. Next to her on the lush grass sat a bag full of what looked like childrens' toys and circus gear.

She moved in the slow, controlled motions of t'ai chi ch'uan. There was a sense of unrushed, contained power behind her motions. The feeling of tension and potential simply waiting to be released. Chubby and short she may be, but while practicing, one saw mostly muscle control and grace.

The trees seemed to move with her, swaying as she flowed from one form to the next. Watching her, one could easily imagine grain swaying in rippling waves as wind passed by and through it, or the gentle running of the waves toward and away from a smooth sandy shore. A faint smile on her lips expressed the serene contentment that lay beneath the bubbly personality. This was a person who was at one with herself, untroubled with sorrow, anger, or fear. For these calm moments, this serenity ruled her mind and body, ridding her of all negativity she may have felt before.

Her wings made a beautiful counterpoint to her motions, moving almost as a second pair of arms. The bright blue and tan hiding and then revealing the girl attached to them, the feathers rustling in the breeze almost as if each one were alive.

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Grace, plied with cocoa and

((After all, it's in a public place, so... :) ))

Grace, plied with cocoa and snacks and some genuine, non-judgemental company, had slept better than she had in weeks. She'd woken up later than she'd wanted to-- Wren was going to help her with her flying today, and maybe show her around, and who makes her clothes-- but Nick's suite was just too nice to want to leave. She'd never been in a place like that-- both from how high up it was, and the understated /luxury/ of it. There was plenty of space to move around the modern furniture, and certainly the bed she'd slept on was a vast improvement over the unfortunate sleeping arrangements she'd had to make on the journey to the City in the first place.

Grace had showered-- a freeing experience in and of itself, having plenty of room for once-- and had taken her time carefully grooming and drying each of her feathery white wings. She actually brushed and braided her hair tightly this time before going out, wanting to make sure her hair stayed out of her face for-- well, /whatever/ Wren had in store. She'd thrown on the same pair of black jeans and shoes she'd worn the day before, and one of the only other tops she had that would fit her-- a thick, halter-neck type style, fitting snugly and zipped up the back with an open cutout showing a swathe of bare skin between the shoulder joints of her wings, but this time in a dark navy blue that comes close to the color of her eyes.

Locking the balcony door behind her, she'd climbed up onto the railing and felt the late morning wind in her face... and instinctively stretched her wings out to catch it. It never ceased to thrill her, getting airborne like she does now-- hurling herself off a fifth story balcony into open air is an adrenaline rush she has readily available anytime she wants.

The park wasn't very far away, in any case, but Grace took her time anyway, gliding lazily with only a few beats of her wings from time to time. She spotted Wren easily, and made as quiet of a landing near her as possible, not wanting to disturb her-- the girl looked like she was practicing something. It was really quite beautiful to watch though, and with a sense of peace and a subtle, insidious happiness, Grace is content to wait and enjoy the beautiful nature around them.

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One of her pointy ears

One of her pointy ears twitching, Wren smiles. Her next set of motions turn her toward Grace, and she reaches out to take one of the girl's hands. A light, feathery-feeling energy flowing from Wren's hand up Grace's and on to surround her. The energy would feel like a million downy feathers, light and cool, before shrinking down to a skin-tight shield.

"There. That'll lighten you up and protect you and those wings until you learn how to 'skinny' them down when you weave in and out of the trees and such." She points off in the distance to a more heavily forested area. "For now we'll practice with trees... later it'll be faster and with buildings." Grinning, Grace would see the same energy field surround Wren. It even -looks- like a bubble made up of feathers, scintillating with an uncountable number of colors, some never having been seen before.

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Grace had smiled warmly and

Grace had smiled warmly and let her hand be taken-- but quickly started to feel very strange indeed. Something seemed to be-- transferring-- from Wren to Grace through their hands. All the little hairs on her arms and neck stand up, Grace feeling rather oddly as if countless tiny, downy feathers were tickling her skin. Her own wings puff up a little, the girl looking nothing so much like an animal rubbed by static electricity. A startled sound had come out of her, but she didn't pull away.

Dazed, Grace had continued to feel /different/ even after Wren let go, weirdly light and giddy. She'd seen a terrible lot of Magic just since yesterday, but none of it had directly effected her. She'd been about to ask Wren if this was indeed magic, but her blue eyes had gone very round at actually seeing the energy around Wren.

She puts her hands up for a moment and knuckles her eyes, blinking owlishly at Wren again. Wren's words had started to make sense finally, but Grace could only nod meekly, asking with quiet wonder, "...Is this-- magic?" She looks down at herself, holding arms and wings away from her body, fascinated and still quite giddy. It's fairly obvious that things folk here take for granted, naturally understanding them, Grace is quite innocently ignorant of.

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Wren grins. "Yep. Flying

Wren grins. "Yep. Flying isn't the only things I do. I got the wings from mom, and the energy manipulation from dad." She laughs, "Boy were they surprised when I blew up the couch fort I was building. It can be useful, and doesn't -have- to kill. A big thing to remember. Just because something -could- do irreparable harm doesn't mean it has to." With that, she takes up the bag next to her and straps it across her chest, securing the waist strap to keep the bag from fouling her wings.

"Time to fly, little sister." With that, she launches herself into the air, the lightening effect of the shield causing her to soar higher and faster than usual.

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((Sorreh, I've been fierce

Wren's comments about killing and lethality ring like a bell in Grace's heart. It's essentially along the same lines that Ron had been talking the night before... but different, easier to digest. She thinks about the white wood bow, conjuring an image of it in her head-- and just like that, it's beautiful again. It's a weapon, yes, and she /could/ hurt someone with it... but she won't. It's just that simple.

Grace snaps back to reality and cranes her head back as Wren launches into the sky, going higher and faster than she had the first time she had seen Wren flying. Giddy with freedom and possibility, Grace crouched almost all the way down to the ground, jumped as hard as she could-- and sailed up almost as high as Wren had! She felt /definitively/ lighter in mass, her wings not having to work nearly as much to keep her up.

She's speechless with gratitude and a joy that's plain on her lightly freckled face and in her dark blue eyes. All she can do is grin at Wren, and nod to convey her readiness-- her eagerness to get started!

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Wren grins wide at Grace's

Wren grins wide at Grace's reaction to the height and speed, "Instantly addictive, isn't it?"

Without waiting for a reply, she launches herself through the air at something under her top speed, but definitely lively enough to begin with. At this speed, weaving in and out of the trees, she'd -had- to shield both of them. Wings were delicate things, and an impact at high speeds would surely tear muscle and skin if not break bone. So to show Grace what was possible, even in the tight quarters of the tree-cover, Wren turned in tight barrel-rolls, flipped top over end and generally just had -fun- with it.

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Grace followed Wren to the

Grace followed Wren to the trees-- but slowed considerably, hesitant at first. It wasn't that she didn't feel happy, she was just... /careful/. She'd had the great fortune never to hurt her wings beyond strains and sprains from overflying in the past. Not being able to fly because of a false sense of competence getting her injured would have been unbearable...

Grace tried to keep up with Wren anyway, choosing wider gaps between the trees-- which also gave her a marvellous view of the aerial acrobatics Wren was engaging in. It actually made her laugh a little and speed up to try to keep a better pace and line of sight with Wren, rapidly getting used to how it felt to have the greater sense of lightness and mobility from Wren's shielding.

After several minutes, Grace started to forget her inhibitions from the infectious /joy/ of Wren's flight, and began to choose more complicated routes through tighter spaces in the trees-- though she refrained from trying to spin or roll in the air. She'd simply never done it before, even in open sky! But based on how she's catching up to Wren, her wings flashing white and bright in the dappled shade from above, her agility at least is unquestionable-- the ability is very much /present/, but perhaps yet untapped.

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Elsewhere in the part a

Elsewhere in the part a twenty something man was holding a vile of gold powder. "The latest thing kid. Not even illegal, cops don't know about it. Just swallow a pill and off to fantasy land." The kid was maybe 15 and looked at the strange drug. "I don't know." The punk dressed drug dealer smiled "It's safer then ecstasy. Faster too." The kid in question handed over a few bucks. "All right. Thought I still want the weed." Pulling out one of the many small plastic bags and a bag with the powder. "Here I let ya have three pills free. Try the rush no fuss." The deal made the two separate.

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Slipping up into the leaf

Slipping up into the leaf-cover of the trees, Wren pushes herself and Grace to new feats of agility in the air. She flips and kicks off branches with her feet to help her jump to greater heights. The wind passing by takes her breath a few times when it gusts, but she's gotten used to it by now, and it doesn't leave her breathless as it once did.

Again she feels the exhilaration she once did, the pure joy of flight. It feels as if each feather were alive as they shifted to contain the air, moving with minds of their own. Brief, goosebump-raising bursts of air creep past the downy feathers on her back, only to be shut out, the skin warmed up again by those same silky-soft feathers. There is nothing to compare with this sensation, this freedom. The only tethers are gravity, other air traffic, and her own body's limits. Finally she stops, and hovers in wait for Grace.

After father died, flying helped her to recover and cope, the serenity and freedom flooding her soul. After mother followed him, it was the only thing that kept her from the soul-crushing grief that threatened to consume her. She could be found almost any time of night or day flying - at nearly mach speeds eventually - through the city, using the skyscrapers as hurdles and obstacles. She pushed herself farther and farther each day, coming as close to a tree or building as she could without crashing into it head first. She took children for rides, carried groceries for old ladies, helped to lift things for construction crews. it was in this service that she found herself again. Helping other people, easing their burdens, helped her to feel almost as alive as the flying. It was then she was able to let herself remember the look of exhilaration on her parents' faces when they'd finished a mission, how much it meant to them both.

So she decided to become a hero and follow in their footsteps. She hasn't regretted that choice since.

Out of her satchel, she pulls a water bottle filled with a greenish liquid, and drinks deeply. Some thin, light crackers made with cracked wheat and dried vegetables, follow the drink as she waits.

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Grace couldn't help but be

Grace couldn't help but be effected by Wren's passion for flight. It had taken her awhile to decide to attempt it, herself... and she had done it alone. That was alright with Grace, though, to an extent-- by that point, her life had become suffocating, surrounded every minute of the day by people wanting a blessing or a healing, a miracle... A little solitude was unutterably precious.

But, that meant that the only /person/ she knew could fly was herself. Watching Wren, now, stroking the air powerfully with her own wings to stay close, she felt a small pang-- both of regret and of bone-deep joy. Regret that she hadn't had a teacher until now, had spent so much time feeling lonely even surrounded by so many well-intentioned people; Joy for having someone to learn from, even just by watching, now.

Grace is unable to match Wren's feats of agility. Being bigger-- taller by several inches, and with a wingspan that reached proportionally further-- there just wasn't space sometimes to take Wren's routes through the trees. As Wren decides to go /up/ of a sudden, Grace is forced to back-wing strongly... and a shower of twigs and leaves falls around her as Wren uses branches to push her way up. Grace laughs, watching which branches Wren had chosen, and follows after the shower of debris has stopped, albeit far more carefully.

She sits down next to Wren, mantling her wings a little in a position that feels 'restful' for her, breathing hard from exertion and joy-- but seemingly not as exhausted as one might have assumed. "Do you have... anything I could drink?..." she panted with a smile, rubbing the back of her neck under the tight braid. "I didn't think... to bring any-...thing..."

Her voice trailed off a little, a furrow pinching her brows. She'd heard voices for a moment in between her recovering breaths. "Did you hear that?" She says a bit more softly, swiveling her head around to try to pinpoint the voices. They hadn't seemed /too/ far distant, and-- a weird sense of unease had briefly made the hairs on her arms prickle a bit. The unease had started to fade, and she said strangely, "Huh... thought I heard somebody..."

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Wren laughs merrily and hands

Wren laughs merrily and hands Grace her bottle. In it is a juice made of many different fruits, and baby spinach which gives it the green color. It is frosty and, with their exertion, likely to be utterly satisfying as it fills the body's need for vitamins and minerals expended during their flight. She also holds out the little bag of crackers, "Try both. Fruit in one, veggies in the other." Pretty amazing to get a whole sentence out... used to it as she is, Wren is still out of breath, and sweating buckets. She pulls a couple of towels out of her bag,handing one to Grace as she mops her face and neck, and runs the towel through her hair.

"Hoboy.... I haven't shown off that much in a loooong time!"

She turns to where Grace had been looking and went silent. Her head tilts, pointed ears twitching as if to catch sounds.

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Grace had accepted the juice,

Grace had accepted the juice, still catching her breath, and had a gulp. Her face had lit up, the unease finally slipping away on the chill, fresh flavors. "Wren, this is great!" She has a few more gulps, obviously not squeamish about sharing the bottle, and fishes out a cracker or two when presented with them. Nibbling, she wipes the sweat of exertion from her own face and neck, some escaped hairs around her face sticking wetly to her skin.

Her head turns back toward where she'd initially felt the sense of... /weirdness/... but it seems to have passed. She then looks a bit embarrassed. "I just... I felt /funny/ for a second or two," she explains lamely, gesturing with a half-eaten cracker in the direction she'd felt it. "...But it's pretty much gone now."

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Wren loved perching far above

Wren loved perching far above the milling crowds of the city. It felt so -free-. There was no one up here to try to mug or attack her, no one needing her desperately, certainly her new friend didn't -need- her like the poor souls she lived to help needed her and others like her. 'Teaching' Grace turned out to be simple, easy, and fun. Just a matter of -showing- her what was possible, and taking her own joy in the flight. It was simply a matter of showing Grace that -she- could be as free as the birds whose wings they shared. The chase was a great way to show her, as it allowed Grace to forget about 'impossible' and focus on catching her friend.

She listens to Grace's explanation and shrugs a shoulder. "well, if it comes back, just let me know and we can hunt the feeling/sounds down! For now, how do you feel? Muscles all nice and warmed up for some -real- fun?" she grins mischievously and noms on a couple more crackers.

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Grace just had... /feelings/

Grace just had... /feelings/ sometimes. Usually uncomfortable or uneasy ones... but had learned that they usually were right. Now that the feeling was gone, she simply nodded at Wren, a shy smile on her face.

She'd caught back most of her breath, and the energy from the nutrition, along with the lightness of body from Wren's shielding, made her feel as if she /was/ ready-- even though she had never exerted herself quite like this before. She reached over her shoulder and touched each wing at shoulder joint, 'elbow' and 'wrist'. She stretched them out fully, every feather quivering and rustling, then fanned them several times, intimately aware for a moment of every muscle, every feather...

Surprised, she says, "I-- I actually feel okay. I really didn't know how strong I was-- how fast-- anything like that... It's like I almost, sort of 'remember' how to do things, sometimes?" She shakes her head a bit, handing the towel and bottle back to Wren. "I was a little winded, but I think I can do some more. Never gonna get stronger if I don't push some, huh?"

Grace finishes her present cracker and sucks on her fingers, before carefully climbing to her feet again, wings moving instinctively to help her keep her balance. "Yes, I'm ready for some more-- but only if you promise to show me how to change directions so fast like that! And, well... maybe /not/ in the trees at first." She manages a grin, feeling her way into playfulness and teasing.

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Wren laughs merrily, the

Wren laughs merrily, the sheer joy of having someone to fly with bubbling over. "You've got it, Angel!" She stows all the supplies in her bag again and drops it onto the highest branches.

With that, she leaps high as her wings stroke powerfully downward, shooting her up into the air like a rocket. She looks back to see if Grace is following and then continues upward. Up past the tallest trees... passing buildings and still climbing. Her body is arrow-straight, her wings slicing through the air as easily as they would were she to be lazing about. Up and further up, she could feel the strain beginning as the air density lessened the higher she flew, but the shield around her seemed to -attract- more air than she should be able to dig her wings into up here. Higher, and higher still, as fast as possible, passing now, the highest skyscrapers in the city. it was a rush, but she knew what came next would be far more of a rush, not only for her, but for Grace as well.

She stops at a breathless height over the city and simply waits, hovering in lazy circles, for Grace to catch up.

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Grace watched, counted slowly

Grace watched, counted slowly to three, before crouching low and jumping up as hard as she could with a howl of happiness.

The pause had been to make sure she and Wren wouldn't run into each other, not that she thought she could catch the girl... but, maybe, that was part of her problem? Not believing in herself enough? a quiet voice said in her head. Grace smiled a little and mimicked the motions of Wren's wings, squinting hard against the rush of air into her eyes, around her body. The air grew cooler and cooler, goosebumps rippling now in weird contrast to her sweat as she stroked strongly up-- and up, and up!

By the time she reaches Wren, the hovering is well-received, and for a moment she just catches her breath-- which seems harder to come by, this high up. She then catches sight of the city and hovers in a slow circle, taking in the view with a deep thudding of her heart. "It's so pretty..." she breathes, amazed.

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Wren smiles, "Beautiful, isn

Wren smiles, "Beautiful, isn't it? Up here where only the clouds are. No sirens, no anger, nothing but the peace of the skies. Alright... you ready for the roller coaster?"

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Grace had nodded with a smile

Grace had nodded with a smile, having flown pretty high before, but maybe never THIS high... "Rollercoaster? I've never been on one... but I guess so!"

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Wren grins evilly, and flips

Wren grins evilly, and flips over. Curling her upper body down as if she were diving into a pool, her wings almost flatten to her back, keeping -just- enough spread to let her guide herself through the air. She turns her head back once, and fires a shot of pure energy at Grace as she falls. It envelops the girl and strengthens the shield that's already there. If Grace winds up losing control, the extra protection will be needed.

Wren continues in her fast plummet, eyes almost closed against the wind until she judges it's time, and angles her body forward at the same time as she unfurls her wings fully, arced to cup the air and slow her fall as her trajectory altered in an eyeblink. Suddenly she was shooting forward over the tops of the buildings at that same speed. Colors whoosh by below her, blending in to one another as she flies past at something over 80 miles an hour.

The rush of flying is doubled... quintupled as she skims lower, just barely missing the tops of the trees. Angling herself very shallowly, she moves into a tight circle, spiraling back up with deep, fast beats of her wings. Up, and up.. losing momentum, but still climbing in a dizzy spiral to about half the height of the largest building around the park. As she reached that height, she bent downward again, keeping the spiraling pattern as she angled downward in a controlled glide to a clearing in the center of the park.

Scrunching herself up, she shoots a foot down to barely touch the grass before laboring upward again. She's feeling the strain, but this was her day to put herself through the wringer, to fly to exhaustion and push herself as far as she could. This time the spiral was left off, but to take its place she began to weave side to side as she struggled up into the sky again. it wasn't enough... it was never enough, this testing, but still it satisfied a need she barely recognized that she had. She -needed- to push herself, to improve, to grow, to be better than she had been. her skills had been hard-won, and she'd be damned of she'd let them go by being lazy.

Finally, she angled back down toward that same clearing, diving as a hawk would stoop on prey. Almost too close to the ground for comfort her wings opened to their fullest, cupping the air, and then back winging to slow her down enough to land. She collapses in a hot, sweaty.. but -happy- heap and watches for Grace.

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Sitting in the parking lot

Sitting in the parking lot was Ron on his Harley lifting a pair of binoculars. He felt bad for how he fussed at Grace the night before, oh what he said did need to be said but the how was the issue. Lowering the binoculars he thought about it, was he really becoming like an old cop walking the beat and barking at rookies for mistakes. Closing his eyes he pictured the scene again. Yeah Levi was right near Nick and that computer brain could have plotted every course that arrow could make. Getting off the bike he undoes the gift he strapped to the saddle bags. It wasn't a Longbow like the one she was practicing with, but he looked at the sport compound bow he got one painted white and shining metal reinforcement parts that sparkle as if they were silver. There was even slots on the bow for a few arrows for quick draw needs. He then picked up the quiver and the last surprise a picnic basket/okay it was his beer cooler but he did pack a lunch picnic in it. He set those down on a table and sat on the bench to wait.

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Grace stared with her jaw

Grace stared with her jaw hanging open. Her eyes followed Wren who diminished to a small speck, but was able to be seen nonetheless. Grace had never, /ever/ seen anything alive move that fast, experiencing an awe that she, too could learn to do that... And learn she did, watching with as much sharpness of eye as she could muster, noting the changes in the positions of Wren's wings. Her heart pounding audibly in her ears as Wren landed and looked up for her, nothing more than a smudge of color in the clearing, Grace lets go of her inhibitions and turns over in the air. Her wings tuck against her back and she begins to dive through the air, going faster, faster, faster than she's ever gone-- on a direct collision course with the ground.

And yet.... Grace isn't afraid. Having left her fear high up in the air, in the space she's just vacated, there's a strange sense of /knowing/ in her chest as she streamlines her body, allows herself to go as fast as freefall will let her... All of a sudden, something jerks in her, and she changes the angle of her body, snapping her wings out to either side to cup the air, twisting slightly at the shoulder-- and with a giddy cry torn from her grinning mouth, she's shooting along parallel to the ground, just above the tops of the trees. There's a strength in the way her wings are holding themselves that she's not felt before, flexed against the powerful currents of the air flowing around them...

She reached down a hand, catching her fingers painfully against leaves and twigs that snap off at her rapid passing, but it's a small pain that she relishes as much as she does her freedom. Soaked with sweat, she pushes her muscles that much harder, beating her wings as she angles her body upward again, straining to gain a little more height-- before turning downward again toward the clearing and angling her wings to take her into a tight, gliding, downward spiral.

Back-winging twice, she stretches her legs out to reach for the ground, makes contact-- runs a few steps-- trips-- and goes tumbling headlong into the grass, skidding a few feet in a tangle of wings and limbs. She comes to a rest finally on her back with her face up to the sky, laughing between wheezes for breath, a hand on her stomach, as yet totally unawares of Ron.

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Wren staggers to her feet and walks the few paces to where Grace has collapsed. With a laugh, she flops down and hands her friend the second bottle of the concentrated fruit drink. Somehow the bottle is still cold, almost as if it's cooling itself. She dropped the baggie of crackers between them, and began thirstily drinking from the bottle they'd shared.

"See? Now aren't you glad I put that shield on ya?" She chuckles a bit, and continues, "Drink up, I have a ton of it at home... though that reminds me, I need to go grocery shopping soon."

she finally notices Ron, and waves him over. "Heya! Come join us on this lovely -still- grass." she laughs and groans softly, starting to really -feel- the soreness.

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Grace lay with her wings sprawled at two very different angles, and if she hadn't have been giggling and snorting with mirth as she gasped for breath, they may have looked broken. She's only able to prop herself up on a quivering elbow, her wings dangling as if they're boneless, reaching for the juice and tipping her head back-- and back and back, drinking half the bottle before forcing herself to stop with a satisfied, "Ah!" She then smiles at Wren and nods, pushing damp hair back behind her ears that had come free of her braid. "Yeah definitely! Thank you so much!"

At Wren's looking over her shoulder, she cranes around a little too, openly surprised to see Ron, his arms full of things. A tiny part of her quails a bit and shrinks away, but outwardly she takes a few more breaths and smiles, beckoning with a hand on a weakly floppy wrist. "We're just a little gross, but you can come join us!"

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Wren leans into Grace a bit and whispers, "He's awesome, don't worry so much." She drinks down her bottle of juice, and stows the empty bottle back in her bag.

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Grace seemed reassured by Wren's comments, smiling quietly back at her. Her emotions smooth out, and she props herself up on her elbows, the pushes herself up to sit, her wings totally unresponsive still-- though this doesn't seem to concern her. She scootches back into a bit of shade from a tree near the edge of the clearing and waits for Ron to join them.

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Ron headed over holding the items as he walked "Well got to say the flying stunning. Perhaps Mouse can show you how to land on your feet?" He chuckled to show it was meant to be a joke. "Wren one of the best flyers I know few could keep pace with her and you done well. Look I was a bit hard on you at the Danger Room and I apologize. Seems I'm starting to show my age. So I got you something."

He set down the cooler and then passed over the case with the bow inside. "Take a look it's yours. Had a heck of a time with the sales person never knew so much went into them."

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Grace had managed to get her

Grace had managed to get her back propped up against a tree, every breath making her wings heave a little. She smiled up at Ron with a blush, rubbing the back of her still slightly damp neck. She giggles a little, "I just have never landed going that fast before... maybe I'll ask Mouse." Her tone indicated she knew it was a joke, and she'd become far more at ease.

Her face was shy as Ron declared that he'd been hard on her. Well, yeah, maybe it had been harsh but there's been truth in it...

She stared at the long, flat case, then back up at Ron, blinking rapidly, but sat up and leaned forward to open it obligingly, saying, "Ron-- it's okay, I forgive you, y'know. You were trying to help-- you don't have to get me--any--thing..."

Grace gasped, as laying in the case was possibly one of the most weird, wonderful, lovely things she'd ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on. It was a bow, that was for sure-- but nothing like she'd ever seen before. White of haft, with silver-looking, polished edgings, the string wound around a few times to create /three/ strings in all-- and she could positively say the thing wasn't made out of wood. Though, what it /was/ made out of she hadn't the faintest idea.

She hadn't realized she'd picked it up until it was in her hands. Her back rested against the tree again as she held it with an obvious look of awe on her face, pulling one string then the other, feeling it flex under her fingers. Quite tuned out from the world for a moment, she even is able to discern that the meandering, twisting look of the haft is actually designed to hold a handful of arrows at more ready availability for rapid shots.

When it occurs to her how much this gorgeous, modern work of art had probably cost, Grace looks sharply up at Ron. "You didn't have to spend a fortune on me just to say sorry for telling me the truth a little bit harshly!"

But Grace hasn't put the bow down, her face warring between a growing love of the thing in her hands and a sense of honor-- she probably shouldn't accept a gift like this! But maybe this is just how people act and do things in big cities...

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((Something similar in style to this, i imagined, but with the cap pieces polished and shiny :3))

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"Now -that's- a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship. Compound, aluminum body?" she looks over the bow with an appraising and appreciative eye.

Sitting still in her last position, she simply rests. All her limbs are loose, her wings spread and slightly limp, the long flight feathers trailing on the grass behind her. She holds out the bag to Grace again, and jiggles it to get the entranced girl's attention.

"Aaaaaangelllll... crackers?" She grins, messing with Grace is just too much fun. It'd be entertaining, later, to pick on her for going googly-eyed over, what Wren has to admit is, a beautiful piece of machinery.

The flight had been fun, and she was now more determined than ever to get Grace's flying up to Wren's speed. She remembered flying with her mother, nearly wingtip-to-wingtip. It was such a thrill, an amazing feat of coordination and agility that had never ceased to amaze and awe her.

She didn't know Grace very well yet... but she could feel the friendship between them growing stronger even in the short time they'd known eachother. She is looking forward to flying more, perhaps patrolling with her friend.

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Reminded of food and

Reminded of food and nourishment, Grace had blinked a few times, coming out of her contemplative trance. The bow had been laid with a semi-reverence back into it's case, left open so she could continue to look at it if she wanted...

...Before she tore her eyes away and snatched the bag from Wren's hand, shoving two or three crackers into her mouth and chewing noisily-- but at least remembering to chew-- as she's suddenly reminded of a bone-deep hunger she hadn't anticipated. She suffers a thought that maybe Ron had brought food, too-- seeing that he had a cooler under her arm-- and she struggles to control her behavior, washing down the crackers with more of the provided green juice.

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"I can see a gift when I see it. I meant what I said that was a perfect shot. These arrows have rubber tips hurts like heck, but won't do fatal damage. You can change the arrow heads with the more standard types for when you really need to. Oh and you should see some of the arrows the store had can you believe they even had one with a micro fiber net inside... don't worry about cost. You be surprised how much you don't spend when your dead and don't really need to eat."

He set down the cooler "Speaking about eating I did get some cold cut sandwiches at the deli. Hope you like ham and cheese with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Oh and some Dr. Pepper 20 ounce bottles."

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Grace wiped her hand across the back of her mouth, looking down at the bow again... then back up at Ron. She smiles slowly, but it's a natural smile, easy. "I'll pay you back for it someday," she says in a decisive way that brooks no argument. "Even if it's not with money-- you won't regret it."

She closed the case, fastened it shut, then said thoughtfully, "...I'm not a vegetarian or anything, so that sandwich sounds awesome. I didn't realize how hungry I'd get!" She pops the lid off the cooler and reaches in for a sandwich. "Want one, Wren?"

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A whistling of an upbeat tune

A whistling of an upbeat tune can be heard before it's source is seen, a redheaded teen wearing a labcoat, a worn pair of jeans, a black tee with the periodic table imprinted on it, and sneakers that had been well-used. He appeared to be alone.

When he walked up to the group, Nick spoke with his usual grin. "Hello, everyone. I noticed a few winged people above the park and thought I'd swing by. And, by any chance, have any of you seen--"

All of a sudden, a small, acrobatic figure, about five feet tall at most, swung down out of a tree, performed a series of flips, and then tackled Nick against a tree. "BOO! I got you Master Ridley, I got you! You were too slow, were you even trying Master Ridley? C'mon, let's go again, let's go again!" At the last exclamation, she had released Nick from the pinning move she had him in against the tree, and jumped up and down, clapping her hands excitedly. She didn't notice him gasping for breath from the tackle. She speaks again before he can catch his breath and explain.

She was the same color as Levi, and she had no facial features except eyes, just like him. Her form was feminine, but she lacked the hair that was normally associated. Her voice was high, but happy. It could easily become annoying to some people.

She suddenly noticed the other people around. She gasped. "WINGS. YOU PEOPLE HAVE WINGS!!! Master Ridley, is it normal to have wings? Why don't yo have wings Master Ridley?" She ran over and gingerly lifted one of Grace's wings wihout asking permission, investigating with glee. "You are Grace! Master Ridley said you were a friend. Hi friend!" She waved happily.

She then ran over to Wren, exclaiming, "You're so bluuuuuee! And your ears, they're so pointy! You are Wren, you are a friend too!"

After that, she ran over but stopped several feet from Ron, standing completely still and silent. She slowly tilts her head to one side. "You're name is Ron. You're a friend. You're dead."

She then ran off into the field of the park, doing cartwheels, round-offs, and multiple other gymnastic feats perfectly, speaking to herself excitedly.

Nick sighs, shaking his head and sitting down, obviously exhausted. "That's Maddeline. Or Maddie. Levi's sister."

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Grace had looked up with the alertness of some kind of animal, sandwich in her hand, at Nick's whistling. She knew it was him, even before she could see him, and a smile broke across her face in happy welcome when he arrived-- still not entirely conscious of her state of sweaty disarray. "Nick!" She said happily in greeting-- before dropping the sandwich in her lap and letting out a startled shriek, recoiling from the blurred figure that tackles Nick to a tree.

Putting a hand to her heart that has started frantically thumping against her ribcage again, Grace stares open-mouthed at what is obviously a female version of Levi-- she was even red! The girl had opened her mouth to say something, but all of a sudden the female robot was next to her picking up one of her wings, and Grace hadn't the strength to jerk it away. She watches the robot as it talks constantly, flitting about between her friends... "Hi..." she managed to say weakly at one point.

The robot bounded and acrobatically absconded into the park proper, and Grace slowly reached up to rub her neck. "Um... OKAY then... Anyway, uh... Hi Nick? You-- look like you might want to sit down...."

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At Grace's question, Wren

At Grace's question, Wren takes on a pleading tone of voice and facial expression.

"Sammich! Blue Wren needs food badly!" She leans forward and nabs one and a bottle of soda, -devouring- the sandwich before even cracking open the bottle of soda. While she's gobbling, she does take note of the little girl bot, but shrugs it off with a laugh. She nabs another sandwich, and opens it, tuffing it with some of her enriched veggie chips, and noms happily and crunchily.

She waves to Nick and chuckles, "Your other little friend is very... uh... alive. Yeah, that's a good word for it." She takes a few bites before continuing, finally opening her bottle of soda. "I was taking Angel here through some strengthening, agility and speed exercises. She did hella well, by the way."

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Nick blushes a little at Maddie's antics, taking Grace's advice and sitting down on the soft grass, cross-legged. "Sorry about her...enthusiasm. As an experiment, I created her synthetic soul to be much more...happy, I guess, than Levi."

At Wren's compliment to Grace's natural talent, Nick grins at Grace, "Awesome. Can you break the sound barrier yet? I bet you can so break the sound barrier."

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What a face Ron had at the antics of Maddeline "Okay..." Shakes his head "Don't tell me your one of those commander types going to build yourself an army of robots Nick? Hmm might not be to bad three of those small fast types perhaps two supporting drones and Levi."

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Grace blushed and put the sandwich back together in her lap. In Nick's presence, she ate far more /neatly/ than she had been a few moments ago, pushing a few sweat damp strands of hair away from her cheeks and interspersing her bites of food with Dr Pepper and shy conversation.

"...I don't think I did, or can. I mean, I'm not as fast as Wren, and I don't think /she/ did... I probably would have known if she did, anyway..." She pondered briefly, her wings slowly regaining their passive mobility as she restores her energy supplies, flexing and lifting off the grass to rest against her back again.

"And don't worry about Maddie-- she's..." Grace smothers a sound of amusement. "...She's cute. Oh! Nick, look!" Grace sucked the crumbs off her fingers before flicking open the long, flat case on the grass next to her, so Nick could see the silver and white compound bow Ron had gotten for her. The look of adoration she gives the object is plain, her eyes exquisitely soft, just like her voice.

"Isn't it awesome? Ron gave it to me..." She sighs happily, touching the weirdly wonderful, twisted up haft. "I have to think of a name for it..." That was almost an afterthought.

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Wren grins, finishing off her sandwich, "Maddie's like my cousin when she was seven. Hyper as all hell, and poking her nose into -everything- she could squeeze into." She offers Nick some of her crackers with a laugh.

"And no, she can't -quite- breach the sound barrier yet, but she'll possibly get there! I'm gonna do my best to help her out there, but she's got some fantastic natural talent." She stops, and gives Grace's foot a hug as apology for talking -about- her and not -to- her.

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Nick grins at Ron, a

Nick grins at Ron, a mischievous look in his eye. "An army of robots you say? Of /course/ not. Never crossed my mind."

Nick admires the bow, "/That/ is a high quality tool right there. Choose the name wisely. A name can define a personality."

Nick accepts the crackers from Wren thankfully, Maddie had almost drug him out of his house this morning, and without breakfast. "Thank you." Just before Nick gets to munch on the salty-and-delicious gift, Maddie comes out of nowhere and lands on top of Nick, sending him sprawling. She is currently on her knees on his chest, holding a Frisbee, speaking rapidly, "Master Ridley, Master Ridley, I caught this weird circle thingy, and I thought you'd like it. Do you like my gift Master Ridley?"

"Ah, yes, Maddie, but--"

"YAY!!!~ Master Ridley likes my present, Master Ridley likes my present!!~" She gets up and hops around Nick in circles, prancing with glee, leaving the Frisbee on his face.

Nick removes the Frisbee and looks up at Maddeline, "Maddie, where did you find--"

Maddeline gasps, and yells excitedly, "BUTTERFLY!!!!" She runs off, most likely chasing the small creature.

Nick sits up, looking down at the crunched-up crackers in his lap. He sighs. A dog trots over and sits patiently, and Nick hands it the Frisbee, petting it on its head. "Thank you for understanding." The dog then runs back into the park, probably to its owner.

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Maddeline would come across the drug dealer dressed in his cross between Goth and Punk. He had on army boots, jeans, a T-shirt with arcane markings and a black trench coat with more arcane markings. "Well Well what we got here? Someones toy?"

Ron looked at the bow "Yeah I think I got hood winked when I was buying it. Really have no idea what I was getting into and was already committed when I started to think I should have read up on what's what with bows." He smiled "So Nick ya not having plans on having ya own force then ya just been making friends? Literally?" He takes out one of the bottles of soda and drinks. "Face it that was way to easy."

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Grace jerked a little at

Grace jerked a little at Maddie's abrupt return, but managed not to kick Wren in the chest as she hugged her foot. She giggled, watching with large eyes as Maddie knocks Nick flat again, and puts a frisbee on his face. She nibbles delicately through the last few bites of her sandwich, then wipes her hands on her jeans as Maddie prances off to some other cheerful exploration, followed shortly by the dog who had come looking for the frisbee.

She smiled a little and reached readily out to touch Nick's ankle, gripping it gently. She looks a bit sympathetic, making direct eye contact. "I'm /pretty/ sure you're going to need to get a lot of rest, when Maddie's out and around... At least until you can maybe, uh-- tone her down a bit..." She just-- /looks/ at Nick for a few moments, then lets go of his ankle. She'd be a bit more exhausted, herself, but Nick would feel more energized and awake.

Grace leans her head back against the tree in the shade and smiles at Ron's comment, putting her hand to her mouth to stifle a sound of amusement. "/Making/ friends... Hehe..."

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Nick grins at Ron's comment,

Nick grins at Ron's comment, and Grace's reaction to it. "Yes, Ron. Yes. I enjoy making friends that can punch holes in walls and blow things up with their eyes."

When Grace makes direct eye contact for longer than usual, Nick smiles shyly, knowing full well what she did. "You didn't have to do that, you know. She doesn't mean to wear me out. If I asked, she'd try to contain herself, but she has the robotic equivalent of ADD. Making her sit and be quiet would be cruel."

When the dealer addresses Maddeline, she hops over, speaking joyfully, "Hello. I am not a toy. Who are you? Your clothes are black. Are you Batman? Master Ridley says Batman wears black. Do you have batarangs? I want a batarang, and then I can give it to Master Ridley and he will be so proud of me, because I met Batman."

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"Oh I'm not batman he has a mask with pointy ears. Call me Sandman, oh I have something for your Master Ridley." He opened his coat and from one of the many pockets pulls out a small bag with gold dust in it. "It's like a candy just sprinkle some of this on the tongue and he be happy for an hour. Having a wonderful dreamlike bliss." said as he handed Maddie the pouch.

"Punch holes in walls and blow things up. Sounds like half the people I know." Ron said with a smile as he starts to eat his own sandwich.

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Maddeline examined the pouch,

Maddeline examined the pouch, "Ooooh, shiiiiiny. This chemical compound has a high probability of being illegal. Is it illegal? Because illegal is bad. You're not a bad man, are you, Mister Sandman? Because then I'd have to beat you up. But Master Ridley says I can't hit too hard, or you humans will go squish. Going squish is bad. Will you go squish?" Maddeline says this all without pause, speaking in a normal, conversational tone, not recognizing what she said is potentially a threat.

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"My my aren't you a cleaver one. As far as I know there are no laws against that designer candy. That little packet lets a person have a lucid dream any time they want. Now wouldn't your Master Ridley enjoy having such pleasant dreams? There even a touch of magic to give it a boost." and highly addictive but of course he wouldn't say that to a robot that already stated it would fight. Okay the robot was now a problem as soon as it was gone it would be time for him to leave the park. About the same time elsewhere the teenage boy he gave some of the drug too was having his own lucid dream. The problem was he was also sleep walking and headed right for the road with out a care in the world.

Ron then looked to Grace "I been thinking. How much do you enjoy healing people? Your gift could be useful at a hospital or the medical clinic at the Maul. Of course they would also want you to learn about healing with out your gifts, so you take lessons. At the same time there are a number of beings in the city who's bodies aren't easily healed say a fellow who's body been changed into rock like structure. Your healing could help there and you get paid. On top of that what about normal schooling?"

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Wren is content to simply lay back in the grass, almost dozing as she listens to her friends talk. It had been a very fun few hours, and she certainly looked forward to more.

'I wonder if she's even close to ready to take on patrol... probably not... but soon enough, I'd imagine. The kid learns fast, that's for dang sure.' Her thoughts meandered along these lines for a while as she let the sun warm and relax her muscles. She tried to pick out individual sounds... that's a bumble bee... the wind through that tall grass over there... there are two... no, three birds in the tree just behind Grace...

It felt -good- to be among people again and simply relax with them.

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Grace sighed a little, but

Grace sighed a little, but without negative inflection-- she was simply relaxing as her heart rate came down and her adrenaline dissipated, the energy from the food absorbing into her. She swivelled her head toward Ron, thoughtful, and growing used to the long lists of questions people ask her. She starts from the beginning.

"I enjoy it," she'd started. "It's something that, ever since I've been able to do it-- it just feels natural. It's the right thing to do... And I /had/ been thinking about trying to help out a doctor or hospital." She rubbed her neck a bit, looking very thoughtful. "I wouldn't mind the lessons, either. I need to sort of know what's wrong before I can fix it-- and knowing more about muscles and bones and-- /special/ stuff like supers... That would be really helpful. As for schooling... I was home schooled my whole life, but I don't feel like I'm awfully behind anyone else on that front..."

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"Master Ridley has nightmares

"Master Ridley has nightmares. He does not dream. Why would he want to have nightmares any time he wanted?" Maddeline states this matter-of-factly, as if it's common knowledge.

She looks down at the pouch in her palm, examining it again. "Mister Sandman, is this mystical-and-chemical compound made for usage of people with diabetes? What about users with heart defects? Falling into a dream state at an irregular time could cause the heart to...malfunction. Is that used to correctly, Mister Sandman? Master Ridley says humans malfunction. Master Ridley says that is why they are human. I do not think they sell this compound at Walgreens, Mister Sandman. But Master Ridley says to be nice, because I'm a big girl and I have to be a hero now. I'm going to be nice and give you a warning instead of beating you up. Okay? Have a good day, Mister Sandman. I recommend you acquire a PhD or work at a pharmacy before selling drugs like that again. Bye-bye!!~"

Maddeline prances off, taking the small pouch of drugs with her, and then cartwheels around to the edge of the park. She notices the young teen wandering towards the street. "Teenaged male!!! Teenaged maaaaaaale!!! You are on a collision course with the street. There is a great probability of you being hit by a vehicle, silly!"

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Grace smiled at Nick slightly

Grace smiled at Nick slightly, readily answering this question too.

"It took a while to get the courage to try, but when I did I didn't have anyone to help me... it sounds silly, but I did actually learn a lot from birds." She blushed, but continued quickly, "Baby birds don't know what to do in the beginning either but they start by just flapping their wings a lot-- you know, to get used to their muscles and get some coordination?"

Grace shrugged a little with a ruffle of feathers. "So I would go off by myself and just awkwardly flap around. Then... well, I didn't have anyone to push me out of the nest either, so I would just jump off of things and hope for awhile..." She blushed a bit harder, shrugged a final time. "It's like I got the instincts too though... once I had the strength to do it? I could watch some bird flying and it just. .. made sense."

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Wren yawns, rolling over on her stomach, and propping herself up with her elbows, chin in her hands. Her wings lay quietly against her back, covering her body like a warm, fluffy blanket. Remarkable appendages, they are rather more useful and flexible than one would imagine.

"I was lucky there. Mom took me out to fly with her, well, with me on her back," she chuckles softly, "and showed me the exercises I needed. You're right, Angel... most of those exercises were mimicking birds and how they fledge. A little more work on flexibility, and there are a lot of things we can do with our bigger brains, than just fly straight, or dive like the birds."

She smiles contentedly, and lays her head on her crossed arms, letting the sun work on her back. The halter top helps get the sun's warmth to her back and the shoulder blades of her wings. Watching her friends, she relaxes utterly. Were she a cat, she'd be purring.

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Nick nods at Wren and Grace,

Nick nods at Wren and Grace, smiles encouragingly at Grace's shyness on the subject. "Yeah, that makes sense. I wouldn't have thought to do it that way. I probably would've hurt my wings or something."

Nick pulls his legs up, hugging his knees, trying to find a more comfortable position. Distractedly, he blows a puff of air upwards, causing his bangs to shift out of his eyes slightly. Among all these super-powered folk, he was feeling a little inadequate. Sure, he had his protectors like Levi and Maddeline, but...he couldn't really /do/ anything but think. Making your creations do all the work didn't seem very heroic to him. They were some of his closest friends, after all.

Nick decides he'd mull over the subject later. Ha, thinking again. He disregards the subject, but instead speaks to Wren, "So, your mom had wings too? What about your dad? Sorry, I mean if you don't mind me asking." Nick rubs the back of his neck, slightly embarrassed.

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The Sandman took the chance to leave he wasn't running, but walking as fast as he could with out drawing attention. The teen boy wasn't paying attention to Maddeline as he headed into the street a driver slammed on his brakes thought at going 45 miles per hour stopping in time would not be possible.

Nick wasn't the only one showing signs of not being comfy thought he tried to hide it and of course his face wasn't very expressive. "Perhaps you should try to mimic a falcon or eagle something with a wide wing span they glide more then smaller birds."

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Grace, watching Wren turn over and lay on her stomach in the grass, decides to give it a go herself. Scooting away from the tree, but at some distance to Wren, given their wingspans, she flops onto her stomach and props herself up on her elbows, exposing her limp wings and partially bare back to the sun-- having been wearing a halter-top type arrangement, herself. The sun is immensely soothing, the heat of it soaking into tired muscles as she kicks her legs up into the air, crosses her ankles and waves them back and forth a bit in a peaceful rhythm.

She envied Wren, it was true... to have known from birth that being different was alright... but, well, Grace had the other winged girl as her friend now. And Nick, too.

Propping her chin on her hand, Grace shifts a bit uneasily, feeling awkward all of a sudden, but not for herself and her slightly disheveled state. She rarely seems to even give herself much consideration, let alone credit for what she's capable of doing. Most of her energy seems directed /outward/ to others-- making her friends feel happy and relaxed. And something felt slightly strained somewhere... She wasn't exactly sure what.

So she reaches out and puts her other hand on Nick's shoe and says lightly, but with great honesty, since it doesn't yet seem possible for Grace to lie, "I dunno if Wren minds, but I hope not-- I'm sort of curious, too, y'know..." She flicked a quick smile to Wren, then smiled sincerely back at Nick, squeezing his foot gently once. "I'm really glad you showed up today, by the way. I'm just sorry you didn't get to see Wren. /I/ wasn't much to look at I'm sure..." She smothers an amused sound, and takes her hand back, cradling her chin in both hands now, feet swaying in the air placidly.

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Wren lifts her head to prop her chin in her hands again and smiles, shaking her head, "No, I don't mind questions at all. The wings I got from mom... though hers were -gorgeous-. All white and a metallic-looking gold." Here, she takes out a well-worn photo of a very handsome man, a woman with the aforementioned wings, looking gorgeous, and a kid with little baby wings. "That's the last picture we had together before dad died. From him, I got the ability to manipulate energy. Just raw energy. I can shoot it at people, and use it to shield myself or up to... well, the last I tested was three other people. I dunno if it's grown since then." She hands the picture to Grace.

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Maddeline responded instantly

Maddeline responded instantly to the situation, sprinting from a complete halt straight into the road, tackling the teen into a roll, and then attempting to carry him to the other side of the road, dodging and/or jumping over vehicles.

Nick smiles more earnestly this time, blushing slightly. How had Grace known to do that? "You didn't do so bad. Hmm, I would've given you, maybe...a seven out of ten? I'm no expert, but I think I can say you would've done better than me at those flying maneuvers."

Nick nods at Wren's comment. "Oh, that's really cool. But, you know, I'm sorry about your dad. My dad died when I was young. Cancer."

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Grace had taken the picture very gently, gazing intently in to the faces of Wren's parents, her heart giving a soft squeeze of protest against the knowledge that they were no longer around.

She gingerly handed the picture to Nick so he could see as well, making an embarrassed little scoffing sound at his proclamation about her flying. "Ffft... Wren's a hundred times better than me..." she murmured by way of demure, though she hasn't stopped blushing for a while, and she rubbed her cheek a bit at the compliment.

Somber for a moment, she says softly, "...I feel sort of bad now. To the best that I can say, my parents are still alive-- and it feels weird to be guilty about that."

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"Don't be. There are worst things then feeling guilty about, be glad your friends had families that loved them." He takes another drink and then looked over thinking he heard a horn blow.

Sure enough the driver hit the horn of his car just moments before moments before Maddeline grabbed the boy. He went limp in her arms and his eyes was in rapid eye movement and they had a golden hew to them.

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Wren chuckles softly, "It's

Wren chuckles softly, "It's ok. They both died protecting this city and her people. They died honorably doing what they did best. We all know it's a possibility when we start on this path...you do your best to avoid it as long as you can, but some day we'll all come up against something bigger and badder than we are, and that's alright."

She reaches over and hugs Grace, that sense of peace and contentment filling her and spilling out a bit.

"Sure, it makes me sad sometimes, but I'm damned proud of them, and I can only hope they're proud of me." And it's true, this isn't an act to set her friend at ease. She truly is at peace with the deaths.

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((Kinda long, apologies))

((Kinda long, apologies))

Nick smiles at Wren's comment and hug with Grace. He looks down for a moment, obviously thinking about his father. He looks at the photo, and then hands it back to Wren, saying softly, "They'd be proud."

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Maddeline carries the teen to a street corner, and a bus happens to pull up at just the right moment. She steps on. "Mister Bus Driver, would you please take this teenaged male to the hospital? He is under the influence of a strong drug."

The driver is somewhat stunned, but accepts the occurrence merely because of the city he lives in. "Uh, sure, but--"

"Thank you Mister Bus Driver!!~" She promptly dumps the kid into the driver's lap, and exits the bus. She then skips back into the park, heading towards the small group.

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Nick sits back, repositioning again, attempting to keep from thinking about his father for too long. He starts picking at the grass in front of him, but is then hug-tackled by Maddie.

"MASTER RIDLEY, I JUST SAVED A PERSON!!!~ There a guy, and then there was this other guy, but the first guy was Batman, but he was a pharmacist, and the other guy was sleepwalking, and then I saved him from a car! Did you see it Master Ridley, did you!?!"

Nick laughs, used to her nonsense. "No, Maddie, I didn't, but I'm very proud of you." He sits up, and Maddie repositions into a lazy hug around his upper body, and resting her chin on his shoulder, looking at everyone from behind Nick. "Helloooo!!~ I saved a person."

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Grace smiled softly up at Ron, nodding a little. He seemed to know a great deal about... /things/, things that seemed important just at this point in her journey.

Grace is then hugged by Wren, and is consequentially very surprised and wide-eyed. She laughs as Wren lets go, and feigns falling over into the grass, wings flopped at angles-- before scrabbling back to her position on her stomach a moment or two later. Her emotions seem to be highly variable today-- feeling a weird tension still resting in the pit of her stomach, though everyone else seems relaxed...

To say she was getting used to Maddie's explosive entrances is an overstatement. But she only jerks a little with more surprised as the female robot reappears this time, trying to follow her rapid-fire dialogue.

Plopping her chin in her hand again, Grace tilts her head at Maddie, and replies amiably enough, "Hi again Maddie. I'm very glad to hear you saved a person-- it's a good thing to do!"

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"Yes a very good thing Maddie

"Yes a very good thing Maddie. You should be proud of yourself." Ron shifted a bit and looked in the cooler to see if there was another sandwich. "So you meet a Batman too?"

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Maddie is very excited about

Maddie is very excited about all of the attention on her. "Yes, yes! I saved a young teenage male. He is on his way to the hospital in a wonderful public transportation vehicle." She rolls off of Nick and onto the grass, on her back, looking at evryone upside down.

"Ooo, you're walking on the sky. And yes, I met Batman!~ Except he had no pointy ears, which made me sad. But he was nice! He was a pharmacist. He wanted me to give Master Ridley a free sample of one of his over the counter drugs, but I deemed it was unsafe for Master Ridley. Batman said it could make Master Ridley fall asleep and dream while he was awake, but Master Ridley never has dreams, only nightmares when he sleeps, which is rarely, so I thought Master Ridley wouldn't want it. It was also unsafe for diabetics, but Master Ridley is not diabetic." Nick raises an eyebrow, disregarding the comment about his sleep habits.

Maddie rolls back and forth in the grass happily. "If I could feel, I would think this grass was sooooo soft!~"

Nick is suspicious. "Where did you meet Batman, exactly? And was this drug illegal?"

Maddie stops rolling, now covered in grass, and looks up at Nick,"I met him over there, Master Ridley," She points in a vague direction across the park. "Batman said the chemical compound was not illegal, but it tested positive for outlawed substances. I also believe that the teenage male I saved had taken the drug." Maddie suddenly curls up worriedly, "Did I not do something right, Master Ridley?"

Nick gives the group a look that says, 'Anyone else think what I'm thinking?', but he smiles and pats Maddie on the head. "Nah, you did great." "Yay!"

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"You saved someone's life kid. That's right and you told us about the bad batman fellow so we know he's out there." He looked at Nick "Can you get an image from her so we can give the cops more then just a description of a batman like guy?"

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Wren grins a happy, wicked

Wren grins a happy, wicked grin, "You know... it might be fun to find this... Batman... and discuss the errors inherent in his 'chemical compounds'..." she looks over at Grace, then at Ron. She climbs to her feet, yawns and stretches. Even her wings stretch out to their fullest extent, showing some of that metallic color in the blue parts of her wings, like metal over velvet. She's had enough rest from her exertions, but is still stinky with sweat. She pulls a bottle of water out of her bag and opens it, pouring it over her head, letting it drip down her face and neck before toweling it off. Feeling better than she has in a few weeks, she looks at the group.

"Who's up for a little exercise?"

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Grace had scrabbled up to a

Grace had scrabbled up to a seated position, now adding blades of grass to her recently sweaty body, messy braid, and big eyes. That was an awful lot of information at once-- Nick's nightmares and bad sleeping habits, which was something Grace probably could have helped with had she known, but of course it was early days yet...

That the person Maddie had saved was on a type of drug, which was probably very much illegal and unsafe.

That said 'Batman' person had tried to get Maddie to give /Nick/ a drug-- which, just the thought of, makes Grace's stomach drop perceptibly.

And finally, that though she hadn't really been able to interpret Nick's look adequately, it seemed pretty likely that Wren, at least, was going to go after the dealer and try to-- she doesn't know what, but suspects it will involve confrontation, and/or fighting. Both of which are not exactly Grace's strong suit. Apparently it seemed /amusing/ in some fashion, at least to Wren.

Personally, she thinks Ron has the right idea, and says nervously, picking grass blades off her shirt with wings protectively tight to her back, "I think getting an image to the police would be helpful, if Maddie would be nice enough to produce one for us..." She hesitated, looking at the new bow in its open case with a clear expression of uncertainty. "...But if you are going after this guy-- I would have to come to. You could get hurt, or drugged accidentally or something..."

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Maddie looks at Nick with a

Maddie looks at Nick with a questioning glance. Nick nods. Maddie and Nick stand, and then a holographic image is projected from Maddeline's eyes, a mirror image of 'Batman'.

He was wearing a mix of punk and goth, mostly black, which is where Maddeline had gotten the name from. There were many archaic symbols located on his clothing, possibly for defense, possibly for offense. In the image, he was seen leaning forward with an outstretched palm, holding a small packet of what poked like golden sand. His face looked as if he was about to speak at any moment.

Maddie's voice became monotone, like a voice from a computer, stating facts about the individual, "Batman, AKA Sandman, presumed local drug dealer. Products: magically enfused golden sand, causes user to enter a lucid dream state, leaving outside world altogether, unknown length of time of effect; presumed also a dealer of marijuana; other products unknown. Highly possible he is a magic wielder. Other abilities unknown. Charismatic. Possibly prejudiced against diabetics."

Nick coughs awkwardly after the readout is complete. "Is that good?"

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"Well that's good. Alright my guess he chose to split as soon as Maddie here got near. Wren and Grace ya take aerial reconnaissance if he has a car or such he be headed for the parking lot. If not I bet he be headed for the subway. Maddie what is ya top running speed? Ya be our best bet for land reconnaissance so head in the direction of the subway terminal. Don't engage instead come right back here and then I can make a portal to intercept." He looked to Nick "that is if ya don't mind me giving Maddie orders."

The Sandman was headed for the parking lot and a blue sports wagon. Drawing up his jacket hood hiding his features. "Damn robot now I have to find another place to find test subjects."

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Wren just nods, "Angel, lets

Wren just nods, "Angel, lets do a spiral over the park and see what we can see. We're a lot faster than he is, and if he's out in the open somewhere, we should be able to intercept. Bring your bow. They're non-lethal tips for now, and you're a damn good shot. This'll be good practice before I take you out on patrol with me." She grins, and straps her satchel at shoulder and waist, shaking her wings to ensure the bag falls correctly.

"I'm ready to go when you are, kiddo." Wren is full of confidence and a fierce determination, and it probably shows. This isn't her first crook-chase after all, and she's glad it's come when she's tested Grace's flight ability and found it in excellent condition. Sure things could go wrong, but that's no reason to -assume- they will!

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Grace had simply stared at

Grace had simply stared at the hologram, open-mouthed, for a long series of moments, clearly awed and impressed by the technology.

She then turns that stare to Wren, and flicks a glance to Nick and Ron... and snaps her mouth closed abruptly, reaching for hip quiver and arrows in the grass. Kneeling, she straps them around her waist, then picks the bow up out of its case. She has some doubts about her ability to use it effectively, considering how many strings it has... but it feels familiar to have the haft of it in her hand. Getting up and dusting off her pants, Grace puts three arrows in the slots designed for them along the haft, and unfurls her wings in a stretch that mimics Wren's from earlier-- extending to their fullest and then some, every feather seeming to become visible, quivering with exertion before snapping back to a more neutral position.

"Fine. Just help me find him, and I'll... I'll immobilize him. ...He won't be looking up." Grace's voice sounds far from excited or happy. More... /resigned/, sighing a little. She spread her wings and beat the air several times, before launching upward and straining into the sky, above tree-top height and waiting for Wren to join her. When she did, Grace would say, "...I guess I'll start near the parking lot. I dunno if you-- if you wanted to split up or anything..."

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"This unit's top running speed was last measured at 55 to 60mph." At Ron's request, Maddie had looked over at Nick for permission. He nodded. She instantly took off at a steady, quick run, occaisionally doing a flip or two. Nick shrugged. "She follows the orders only I approve or give. But if he's in the subway, he won't be there long."

Nick feels awkward just standing there, so he does a few mock stretches of his own. "Yeah. We got this."

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"Alright. Nick, you and

"Alright. Nick, you and Maddie take the subway route, double back if you don't see him on the way there. Angel, you and I will stick together, and spiral outward from here. We're quick enough that it won't take long to cover most of the ground between here and the parking lot."

With that, she surges into the air, luckily relaxed and re-energized from their lunch and rest. She flies upside-down under Grace, giving her hands a light touch in passing, with a smile. After that, she flips over and takes off in an ever-widening spiral over the park, her eyes glued to the treetops and what ground can be seen between the trees. Her hair flows behind her like caramel that's been stretched out and given a life of it's own.

She smiles at the thought that this will give Grace some easy, nearly risk free experience in what it means to be an active hero. If they manage to catch the dealer, then it'll just be the icing on the already delicious cake. If not, well, they have the man's image and report from Maddie, so it certainly won't be a total loss. There will still be a reliable report to send to the TCPD, whether they have the criminal in hand or not.

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Grace followed Wren, but

Grace followed Wren, but toward the outer edge of the park as they quickly made their way outward from where they'd been resting, her bow held by the haft, ready for use. It isn't terribly long before Grace notices the hoodie of the figure they'd seen in the hologram, and swerves down to get Wren's attention by tapping her foot with an arrow, and pointing, not wanting to make any noise. The dealer was on his way to the parking lot, veering toward a station wagon... If he manages to get inside, they won't really have a chance to catch him.

Though she still feels a definite unease about using a weapon on someone, she reassures herself with the rubber, somewhat rounded tips, and knocks the arrow she had loaded. She tests the pull on the string, says a little prayer in her head, and fires the first arrow. As soon as it leaves the string she knows it's going to go too low, likely to skitter across the pavement behind the shrouded figure, catching up to him and laying damningly at his feet.

Grace jerks a second arrow free of the haft where she'd had some poking through, ready to use. She fired the second arrow with more confidence, though the bow still feels alien in her hands. It flies fit to land about a foot or more higher than the first-- had the dealer hesitated at all from the appearance of the girl's first shot.

If he had remained facing away from them, the second arrow is likely to strike the back of a knee or thigh. If he'd turned back to see what had shot at him, the arrow seems aimed to hit either the front of a leg-- or something altogether more valuable to males of the species.

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As Maddeline reaches the

As Maddeline reaches the subway, she slows down to a walk, and stops once she reaches the near-center of the room. She rotates slowly, scanning all the faces in the room, coming and going. She even jumps the turnstile and runs along the train windows. Batman wasn't here. She calls it in over she and Nick's comms. "Batman is not here, Master Ridley. And there are no sleepy people, either."

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"Thanks Madds. Ron, he's not in the subway." Nick rubs the back of his neck, looking upbringing the sky above the park for the other two. "D'you see them anywhere?"

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Wren nods at Grace, and

Wren nods at Grace, and gesture to her to go ahead as Wren simply watches, circling above Grace. She's there to offer support if needed, but she won't interfere unless there's real need for her to.

As Grace takes her shots, Wren is filled with pride. All their support and even harshness seems to be paying off in this confidence Grace seems to display in her talents. Sure knowledge of Grace's fitness for the job fills Wren to overflowing. Unless something comes along and terrifies her into inability to function, or undermines her confidence to the breaking point, Wren has no difficulty in seeing Grace as an able and fit fighter for the City's survival and safety.

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(Due to real life I'm going

(Due to real life I'm going aowl for a time.)

Sandman turned hearing the first arrow. However he didn't turn fully to be hit in the most sensitive spot. Seeing Grace and wren he pulled out a vile of liquid and smashed it to the ground. This caused a smoke screen to rise and he made his get away abanding the car he took a drink from another vile and in a blurr of motion took off runnig at top speed.

Ron looked at Nick."Don't sell ya self short kid. Thinking a big part of this. Tactical and detective thinking more important then power. Heck Just look at Batman he no push over and has no powers. Now I'm off to the cops to give them the info." With that he ws gone walking into a portal.

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Nick sighs. "Well. Stuck here

Nick sighs. "Well. Stuck here." Nick calls Maddeline over the comms, "C'mon back, Maddie. Let's go see if we can find Grace and Wren."

"Yes, Master Ridley!" She is back in a few moments. "Where did Zombie Ron go, Master Ridley? I was going to ask for a tissue sample."

Nick shakes his head. Like brother like sister. "He went to tell the police about Batman. He'll be back soon. But don't ask for a tissue sample. It's rude."

Maddeline is already preoccupied with chasing an unfortunate squirrel, stating with a robotic giggle, "Yes, Master Ridley." Once she teaches the top of the tree, she pokes her head above the leaves. She sees a couple far away winged heroes, and exclaims "I see Little Dove and the Blue Songbird, Master Ridley! Little Dove just threw a stick!"

Nick had just begun to think he was going to have to sit on tithe sidelines. "Grace and Wren? And Grace shot her bow? They must've found him. We need to get over there in case they need help." A portal would've been good about now. "Maddie, can you carry me at full running speed?"

"Of course Master Ridley!" She drops down out of the tree, and picks up Nick with little warning. It was quite uncomfortable, but it'd have to do. "Let's go."

"Okay, Master Ridley!," Maddie takes off in the direction of Grace and Wren. Nck receives many odd looks from the people he passes, but he makes faces at them as he speeds by. As long as the bad guy -- or Grace -- didn't see him being carried by a five foot tall female robot it'd be okay. He didn't plan to interrupt, he knew it was Grace's first fight, he just wanted to be there in case things went south, even though Wren could handle it. Wanted to be /useful/. But, Ron had said brains were a big part of the job. It was true, but punching was also involved. Nick was had always been terrible at punching.

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((Because of the AWOL from

((Because of the AWOL from Ron, who is our bad guy, I'm working on the assumption that the Sandman gets away!))

Thankfully Grace had been up high enough to avoid whatever potential drug effect the smoke screen might have had, but it's appearance had startled her enough to lose focus. She's tried to line up another shot, but the black-clad figure was speeding rapidly out of her range with an inhuman speed.

Frustrated, Grace spiraled down to the parking lot well clear of the dissipating smoke and landed roughly, jarringly on her feet. She slunk over to her two spent arrows and picks them up, deflated, returning them to the hip quiver. It didn't matter that she could fly, that she was technically a 'super'. It didn't matter that she'd only just gotten this weird bow and hadn't had time to practice with it before needing to use it.

She'd missed. She'd missed, and the bad guy got away, to potentially hurt someone in a future nearer than she cared to think about.

Red faced and tight-winged, Grace is briefly overwhelmed with embarrassment and shame, staring after where the dark figure had gone.

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Wren follows Grace to the

Wren follows Grace to the parking lot, and lands with a swift backwing. "Well, we got the image of the guy, at least. That's better than nothing, don't you think?" She elbows Grace gently, "It's not a loss or failure, Angel. It's just a little bit of a setback, right?"

She gives her friend a hug, wings wrapping around her with gentle warmth. The scent of cinnamon and vanilla enfolding her.

"Everyone needs to learn the hard fact of heroing... you don't always get the result you want, but -any- result is better than nothing."

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Nick was dropped

Nick was dropped unceremoniously on the ground when he and Maddie'd arrived. As Nick stands, brushing himself off, Maddie spoke with her usual excitement to Grace, "Little Dove, Little Dove!! Did you get Batman? Where is he? Do I need to go get him?" Maddie notices Grace's hurt pride all of a sudden. She speaks more softly, taking a step towards her, hoping to make Grace feel better, "Little Dove...do not be mad, he was Batman. Bats are very hard to catch by hand because of their small size and erratic flight pattern..."

Nick remains quiet, catching the tail end of what Wren had said. He says quietly, "It was the new bow, you know. You could've totally whooped his butt with a bow you're familiar with. That's all. And did you see how fast he ran? He was pretty darn scared of you." He punches Grace's arm gently, "You can be pretty intimidating, even Levi almost oiled himself when he first saw you."

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Grace was wrapped up in Wren

Grace was wrapped up in Wren's wings, her arms crossed over her chest, holding the bow against herself, feeling summarily useless for a few more moments. Her wings have only a faint, natural scent-- warm, clean, animal-like in a pleasant way...

She does have to wonder a little though, snuffling and wiping her eyes on her wrists to try to get herself back together, if "Little Dove" was Maddie's own nickname for her-- or something Nick had said about her, outside of her hearing...

Grace, already self-conscious for having lost the dealer, suddenly becomes aware that her hair is fraying out of her braid, and her clothes are a bit sweaty, and-- She slings the bow over an arm for lack of a better place to put it, and lets down her hair, quickly combing her fingers through the loose strands, the tie held briefly in her mouth.

She almost spits the tie out as she's gathering her hair at the back of her neck in a neater ponytail, but manages to save it with a quick grab at Nick's punch to her arm-- and really, more because of his statement. She finishes the ponytail, and says softly, with a bit of melancholy, "Aww, Nick... I'm not /intimidating/. ...Angels-- Doves-- aren't intimidating..."

She looks down at the bow, unslinging it from her shoulder and holding it in both her hands, and says softly to it, her eyes lowered, "...I have to practice, I guess." She doesn't seem to relish the idea, but a determination and stubbornness is starting to creep back into her voice and her face.

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Nick smiles, blushing a

Nick smiles, blushing a little, "I suppose your right. But maybe he had a reeeeaaaally big fear of birds. Oh, and when you practice, make sure you don't use any apples. Ron might get angry." At this statement, Nick remembers where he had gone off too. "Ron went to tell the police about the dealer, by the way."

Maddeline is still a little sad for Grace, "Little Dove?" She says shyly, "Do you...do you require--" She thinks for a moment, "--Recharging? Batman is a tough opponent, and this unit always enjoys a recharge session after a difficult battle." Maddie has trouble with translating concepts.

To clarify, Nick says, "Rest. She means rest. And don't act like you're not going to try to force me into a pillow fight like last time." The last statement was referring to Maddie, not Grace. Maddeline giggles. "I enjoy winning, Master Ridley." She looks over at Grace earnestly, with large eyes, "Is this acceptable for Little Dove? I would enjoy more company in defeating Nick at pillow battles. Blue Songbird is invited also."

"But, uhm, my house isn't really very large, so we might have to go the suite." Nick says, rubbing the back of his neck in embarrassment.

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If Grace had been needing a

If Grace had been needing a distraction, she had certainly gotten one. She stared blankly back between Maddie, Nick, and Wren.

"Pillow... battles?..." A pillow fight at Nick's suite, which Grace was currently occupying. Were they really trying to initiate a pillow fight after all this?

It suddenly seems like the most logical, highly desirable thing at that moment. A slow smile starts to creep gently across Grace's lightly freckled face, and she, at least, nods her quiet assent. "...Okay, Maddie. I guess that might be fun. I mean-- it's a bit more even, anyway, between everyone..."

She looks over to Wren with a hopeful, inquisitive expression.

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Wren grins, "You know... I

Wren grins, "You know... I probably have more pillows in my place. Plus, I have soda, homemade popcorn and chocolate. All kinds of delicious things." She laughs, continuing, "So how about it, guys?"

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Maddie giggles and jumps up

Maddie giggles and jumps up and down excitedly, clapping and even doing a small backflip. "I do not mind where the pillow battles take place, I only wish to be part of them." She hops over Nick, and begs, "Pleeeeeeeaaaaaaasse Master Ridley may we go to the Songbird's apartment? Pleeeeasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease?"

Nick looks thoughtful for a moment, smiling slightly. "Hmmm. I dunno..."

Maddeline looks even more desparate, "Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease Master Ridley? I do not wish to miss the opportunity of honing my skills in live pillow combat. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseple--"

Nick gives in, "Alright, alright. But what did we talk about before we came here today?"

Maddie hangs her head, speaking dejectedly, "I will not cause a city block power outages if I get too excited..."

Nick grins, finally feeling Maddie's infectious excitement, "Good. I'm so going to beat you this time, Maddeline! Just you wait!"

Maddeline giggles, "My skills far surpass yours, Master Ridley. I have beaten you all 143 times we have declared war. But you are commended for your determination!"

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Grace smiles a little bit,

Grace smiles a little bit, and softens her grip on her bow. She turns to Wren, and says softly, thoughtfully, "...You said you could carry someone... Do you think you could carry Nick? Maybe if I helped you? He seems to like to fly a lot..."

And Grace is desperately needing to do something to make herself feel useful and wanted again. She is startled into a laugh at Maddies' comment about winning.

"...As long as you're gentle enough not to knock me unconcious, Maddie-- I sure wouldn't want to play a game like that with Levi!"

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Wren laughs, "Lets go to my

Wren laughs, "Lets go to my place, then!" And proceeds to grab Nick under the arms, locking her hands around his chest. She leaps upward, her energy field surrounding the two of them as she rises into the air. Now they're lighter, and the wind is attracted to Wren's wings making it easier to rise and fly. She flies in lazy spirals above the parking lot by a few dozen feet, and calls down to Grace, "Hey Angel, see if you can fly Maddie?" And proceeds to hurl a ball of energy at Grace, where it would 'splat' and spread around her to give her the same lightening shield. it will spread to Maddie if Grace is to lift the little bot.

Just to get him used to the idea, Wren flies Nick back and forth slowly, banking into gentle curves to one side and then the other.

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Grace watches with a bit of a

Grace watches with a bit of a blush in her cheeks as Wren picks up Nick abruptly and takes off. She then turns to Maddie with a smile and comes up behind her, slinging her bow over her shoulder. She puts her arms just beneath the robot's and clasps her own wrists over the robot's chest. Wren's blast of energy hits her, and a giddy feeling occurs in her own body, like her stomach has turned into a helium balloon and is pushing her heart upward, urging her to get into the sky again, to be happy again.

"Here goes nothing!" Grace pumped her wings and shot into the sky much more easily thanks to Wren's lightening energy. She's surprised to find that the bot doesn't weight a terrible lot anyway, and is now even less with the combined magic from Wren. She circles up to join Wren at her height, grinning with a mischief she hadn't displayed before.

"Are you still conscious, Nick?" she called as she caught up to Wren, and turned to start them flying back to Whitehold. No doubt Maddie was seriously enjoying herself, too!

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At the sudden action, Nick is

At the sudden action, Nick is quite surprised, "OH MY JEEZUS!" As he gets more used to the motion, Nick relexaes. He becomes quiet, awwed at the view and general feeling of flying. He says quietly, with awe, not realizing he says it out loud, "Is it always like this?"

Maddie giggles "I will not not hurt you, silly Dove. And Bubba does not like pillow conflicts, he always seems to rip the pillow. Which lets me win by default."

When Grace picks up Maddie, and is lifted into flight, Maddeline is having a great time. She sticks her arms out like a plane, and giggles, making amusing airplane noises.

Nick looks over at Grace, smiling from ear to ear, "If I'm not conscious, I don't think I want to be!"

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"Yep, it's always like this.

"Yep, it's always like this. You should try flying in a storm." her voice goes sort of dreamy and the smile on her face is one of fierce joy. She flies straight up, and captures Nick's legs with her own before continuing forward, so that now his back is pressed to her front. Easier to carry, and better aerodynamics.

"It always feels wonderful," she smiles happily at Grace, "It's the ultimate in freedom from everything. We'll all have to get together for a picnic on top of one of the skyscrapers. A 'picnic in the clouds'."

She strives higher and higher, flying slowly so Nick has the most time he can in the air. She makes lazy spirals and turns, meandering her way through the sky. Flying with another flier was always amazing, but the ability to take another person up with her was better yet. It felt amazing to show someone the view, and give them the feeling of unrestrained flight for the first time.

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Grace smiles at Nick's

Grace smiles at Nick's comment, having found her equilibrium again, even with the weight of the bow hanging against her shoulder. It doesn't seem to impede her flying any.

"That sounds like an awesome idea, Wren! I wanna get a phone tomorrow-- you'll have to call me when you wanna do that!"

With Wren's lightening magic, she's able to mimic a few of Wren's gentle spirals and banking turns, obliging Maddie's airplane noises with a smothered laugh. She doesn't seem in any hurry to get out of the sky either, and promises Nick in a loud voice to carry over the wind of their passage, "I promise, I'll try to get stronger so I can carry you someday-- then you can fly whenever you want, too!" Her smile is sincere again.

They arrive not long after at Whitehold, and Grace calls out to Wren, "Should we go right to your balcony?"

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