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The Maul (Shopping Mall Open RP)

The Mall was a vast building sporting not one but two food courts a 10 screen IMAX theater and of course many stores and restaurants. What made this mall different then most was one section was designed and set up for Super powered individuals. Among the Super powered shops was also a state of the art Gym, Medical Clinic, Sparing arena and the Danger rooms. Many of the shops in the normal section of the Mall closes at ten. The Super powered section stores are opened 24 7 for those beings who are nocturnal. The Maul also houses a near private army of highly trained security guards and state of the art anti-crime equipment.

The danger rooms can be set up to simulate any type of hazard or environment. There also a big sign on the wall next to each door stating this.

Danger Room are monitored at all times. They are not a holodeck for romantic getaways! We are watching and recording for your safety and protection. Do not enter a closed Danger room with out using the door bell button to alert the person inside you are coming in. Even if you are invincible the people behind you might not and a stray blast could cause injury and even death. DO NOT BARGE INTO THE DANGER ROOM!

Outside the Maul door a portal of black shadows appeared above the pavement and through it walked Ron Bolton aka Rotten Luck. Dressed in work boots, jeans, black T-shirt and leather jacket he looked like a biker, thought his skin and features were clearly that of someone that was dead and mummified. After arriving he moved out of the way of the portal to wait for the others to walk through.

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Entering soon after Ron, Lady

Entering soon after Ron, Lady Nova stood hand in hand with Whipcrack, smiling to Ron as she continues her thought...

"I was simply suggesting it Ron, it's not like I suggest EVERYONE become a hero...alright the Delivery Guy with diamond skin was one time! How was I supposed to know he could only cost himself in salt?!" Blushes sheepishly before turning to Sam...

"Oh, and I think I'm finally getting my energy weaving down!"

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"Oh I know that Nova. Just I

"Oh I know that Nova. Just I also know that if we aren't careful it could seem as if we are pressuring them to become heroes. Often times when people feel pressured even if it's just in their heads they rebel."

"It's cool that you getting it down. Next time you can create the .... um... I shut up now."

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When Hypatia finally pulled

When Hypatia finally pulled herself away from trying to figure out how Ron had created the portal, she turned off the illusion that had concealed (from somebody, she hoped!) the now reddish-gold hair and hazel eyes and stepped through portal. Remembering that Lady Nova had asked her a question, she lifted the staff with its reinforcing bandings of the gold-colored alloy. "I figured Goldenrod would do." Looking down at her jeans and sweater, she added, "I think a costume is in order as well."

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Grace comes spilling out of

Grace comes spilling out of the portal as if pushed, making a strangled squealing sound. She bumped into Hypatia, and fanned her wings awkwardly to regain her balance. "S-sorry Hypatia," she apologized sincerely.

Her face is immediately red, and she quickly steps aside, lest someone run into /her/ on the way through the portal, unsure who was coming through next.

She self-consciously brushes herself off, her hands white and shaking, but her expression looking contrastingly exhilarated. She turns her head on a swivel, her mouth hanging open, her face an open book and as easy to read-- awe, wonder, excitement at the location and the people in it.

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Nick and Levi exit the portal

Nick and Levi exit the portal, quite disoriented at first. "Woah...that's weeeeeeiiiird..." Nick shakes his head, attempting to lose the minor dizziness. "Can you do that at any distance?" He asked Ron.

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Grace watches Nick and Levi

Grace watches Nick and Levi come through, and seems to sense Nick's disorientation. She reached out and touched his arm briefly, and without asking permission first this time, her fingertips strangely cool. The dizziness would leave him immediately, and almost as quickly, so would her hand.

She smiled wide, a grin that might split her face. "Ron-- that's just a /fantastic/ thing, that is!"

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"It's OK, Grace, I should've

"It's OK, Grace, I should've stepped clear." Then, having noted Grace's expression, Hyp- no, Goldenrod! - added, "If the parking lot is this impressive, I can't wait to see what's inside!"

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Nick is caught by surprise by

Nick is caught by surprise by Grace's touch and healing, but is grateful, "Thanks, I needed that." He and Levi step out of the way of the portal, not wanting to block the path.

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Grace smiled shyly at Nick,

Grace smiled shyly at Nick, nodding. "Anytime." And she meant that.

She rubs her neck, turning to Hypatia again and agreeing, "I've /never/ seen anything this big in my life!"

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Almost forgotten FrostBurn

Almost forgotten FrostBurn stepped out the portal, lost for words.

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Mouse scrambles through the

Mouse scrambles through the portal, coming to rest near the group. She's crouched on all fours like the cat she resembles. Her loose, horribly-fitting clothing has now tightened, and seems to have changed into a onesie with a sleeveless top, and bike-length shorts. Her eyes seem to glow a golden color, and her body seems tensed as if for action, her tail twitching with agitation.

"I'm so rrready forrr this..." (picture Ertha Kit's voice here, just lighter, lol) she growls slightly with her words.

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"Is that everyone. Keeping

"Is that everyone. Keeping these things are.. I mean keeping these portals open for long kind of draining. As for distance yeah I have a limit. Give or take about five miles the Maul just four miles away from Whitehold. I do tend to keep them shorter like in line of sight range because I really don't know what on the other side. If you notice the parking lot has places marked for teleporters and Portals so it's safer." He smiled to Nick "You really don't want to know all the details."

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"Cool." Nick replies to Ron.

"Cool." Nick replies to Ron. "Levi, warm up your combat algorithms. It's time to have some fun. But, no broken bones this time. Or crushing people. Just don't leave permanent damage. And no damage to property, either."

"Yes, Master Ridley. Combat ready."

"Hope you guys are ready," Nick grins mischievously.

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Jeremy landed on this side of

Jeremy landed on this side of the portal, moments before Ron went to shut it.

"Is it possible to get lost in one of those things?" Jeremy asked as he adjusted his bag on his shoulder. He looked rattled, but it seemed mostly psychological. The average faced 6'3" skater-barista shook off his nerves and now stood slightly taller with a confidence he hadn't yet shown. He brushed the hair out of his face, trying to tuck it behind his ears where it would. As he followed the group, he popped off his wristbands and put them in the front pocket of his bag. Unknown to him, his aura had become focused, reflecting his attitude about his training. It appeared to flow into the ground and into the air more than just emanate around him. Outwardly, all he did was smile at how many had come to the Maul this time. "Hey Ron or Pat, either of you know if it is possible to set up rapid transport portals between here and Whitehold so Ron doesn't have to be the bus driver all the time?"

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"well I guess this is all of

"well I guess this is all of us?" said FrostBurn bursting with an undiscovered excitement.

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"Okay closing it now, and

"Okay closing it now, and Jeremy you don't want me to tell you the truth about getting lost in one of the portals. Why you think I ride my bike most of the time." He closed the portal and then pulled out a bag of beef jerky and ate some. "Nick we won't be fighting just target dummies in the Danger Room. Levi they you can damage all you want." Looking at Jeremy again "A stable portal to go four miles? Hmm maybe thought only reason I'm doing this is there is a large crowd and it be faster then waiting for everyone to arrive." He then headed into the Mall as he put his jerky away.

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Nodding to Ron, Lady Nova

Nodding to Ron, Lady Nova smiles at Grace and Nick's reactions to the Maul, and to Hypathia as she speaks...

"Goldenrod hmm? I like it..not that you need my approval!" She then turns to Jeremy, stating...

"You seem more grounded, confident...your aura I mean, it's even...refreshing." Smiles before turning to Grace, Nick, and Levi...

"Just wait until you see the Theaters and Food Courts!"

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"Hurry up Mouse, we're

"Hurry up Mouse, we're getting left behind". Mouse and FrostBurn slowly catch up as everyone start to walk towards the Maul. "Can I have some jerky please, i've never tasted it before?" says FrostBurn as he mildly blushes.

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"Four miles on a bike is

"Four miles on a bike is different than four miles on a longboard. I admit, I never looked at a maps to find out where the Maul is relative to Whitehold," Jeremy chuckled nervously as he turned to respond to Lady Nova and blushed, "Huh, wow. I guess a good long nap did me some good."

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"Mrawr!" Mouse growls, and

"Mrawr!" Mouse growls, and leaps up to FrostBurn's shoulder, if he lets her settle there for the moment, she'd wrap her tail around his arm. "On, noble steed!!" The food seems to have restored her batteries to full, or overly-full. She's excited and full of fire and sass.

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"Where shall we go first guys

"Where shall we go first guys?". Mouse's tail coiled FrostBurn's arm as he rubbed her ear. "Woah it look so cool" said FrostBurn. As soon as they enter the Maul, their faces light up with joy.

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Jeremy looked over at the two

Jeremy looked over at the two and shrugged, "I dunno what you guys need, but I'd like to reserve some time in a danger room for an hour or so. Last time I was here I didn't have much time to really get a grasp on what I could do. Ended up in the clinic and that took me to the costume shop for the wristbands I have in my bag. It was my 'easy way' out last time, and I'm not looking for easy anymore."

Jeremy's pace and stride almost had him now leading the group before he stopped next to Pat, "Did I hear right, Goldenrod?"

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FrostBurn looked lost but

FrostBurn looked lost but then grinned with determination and replied to Jeremy "yeah I think I should too, I'm going to practice my Ice Shards and Fire Blast attacks!" "Are you guys coming? are you too Mouse?"

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"Alright then it to the Gym

"Alright then it to the Gym and I get a room. Wile I'm there I have you switched from Lady Nova's Sidekick to my own Jeremy." He looked around then gave up and went to the display map. Okay the Danger rooms are at the end of the next hallway on the right. Oh look Grace there a store just for flyers called Avionics. It's on the way."

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"Goldenrod seems fitting, but

"Goldenrod seems fitting, but you should prepare yourself for a load of C-3PO jokes from myself and my Lady." he jokes, settling an arm around Nova's shoulder as they walk into the mall.

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In rare form, Jeremy was

In rare form, Jeremy was genuinely comfortable around Lady Nova. He could look past the initial apprehension to be a hero, and just saw her as a person like him. It was comfortable enough he felt safe to crack a joke, "C-3PO? I was thinking Shirley Bassey myself, but I guess that implies a Midas touch."

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She chuckles as she comments,

She chuckles as she comments, planting a kiss on Whipcrack's cheek before joking to Jeremy...

"If she's C-3PO, doesn't that make you Luke, young padawan?" She smirks before staring back to Sam and cutting him off playfully...

"No, I will not put my hair in twin buns, I'm not a princess!"

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(Apologies for the delay. My

(Apologies for the delay. My phone's browser was on strike.)
Goldenrod answered questions in turn, but the order here may be off ^_^
"Danger room for me, as well. Considering the predominant color of this staff, Goldenrod seems right.
Bring on the jokes. I roomed for four years at University of Chicago with a gaming nerd and a USAFROTC cadet. It was non-stop F&SF. Action films like Goldfinger were close behind.
A permanent Gate? It would take a lot of time..."

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((School, sorry))

((School, sorry))

Nick and Levi follow the group, Nick looking around all the while. He didn't come to the Maul often.

"Danger room for Levi and I, please. If it won't be too crowded."

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"Curses you mentioned

"Curses you mentioned Goldfinger. I was just about to hum that tune." Ron headed for the Gym and the fellow at the counter. "large group for one of the Danger Rooms basic target practice. Oh I like to change Lady Nova's Sidekick member to my account." The fellow at the desk looked over to Nova "Miss is that correct? I need your approval before I remove anyone on your membership."

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Mouse leaps from FrostBurn's

Mouse leaps from FrostBurn's shoulder to the counter, and sniffs at the guy behind it. acting very much like an excited cat, she creeps along the counter, curling up at one end, her tail flipping back and forth quickly, and then roaming back to the other side. Leaping from the counter to his shoulders, claws on her hands and feet retracting and extending... apparently she's been here, and done this before or the man's simply seen enough that nothing phases him any more since he puts up with it with only a long-suffering sigh to mark that he's noticed at all.

"Time to play... heeh..." she grins,a nd leaps back to the counter and down to the floor, managing to stand up like the person she is rather than the cat whose attributes she's been given. her aura pulses with the ever-present sparkly blue and green, with only the spikes of red aggression changing it and pulling it slightly out of shape.

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While the rest of the group

While the rest of the group was distracted by Mouse's antics or the sign-in process, Sam snuck over to the rules sign on the wall next to the door leading back to the Danger Room. He smiled mischievously and began throwing very small, very thin strands to create lettering on the sign. Underneath DO NOT BARGE INTO THE DANGER ROOM, he wrote in equally large letters THAT MEANS YOU, LADY NOVA!!!

His mischief managed, he snuck back around to stand behind the rest of the group again.

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Grace had followed the group

Grace had followed the group in an awed silence for awhile, the world seemingly too big for a short while.

When they arrived at their destination, she had finally jerked a little, as if 'coming back down to Earth', and had said shyly, "I just want to watch, if I can do that..."

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"Blame Jeremy, he mentioned

"Blame Jeremy, he mentioned Dame Shirley." Noticing the sign, Goldenrod asks, "Lady Nova, is there a reason they've mentioned you on that sign, or is someone getting creative?"

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Now that someone had noticed

Now that someone had noticed and gotten her attention, Sam shot a strand up to the high ceiling and silently ascended, then hung upside down and waited for Sarah's reaction, a playful grin on his face.

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The Gym was still active and

The Gym was still active and looking like any normal gym thought the bench press machine was hooked up to some heavy duty hydraulics and the guy lifting them was pumping about five thousand pounds. Glancing to the sign Ron laughed and headed to the danger room "Okay folks how about level 0 simple target practice after that I pump it up a bit and we see how you handle being hit as well." He opened the door and using the arch doorway controls activated a simple target range. As well as a few benches for those who want to watch.

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After setting up her

After setting up her membership, Goldenrod followed Ron into the room and Looked around. The walls and the door seemed to be magically reinforced, as well as being rather thick. Unless there was a lot more to what the Staff had done to her than she thought, those walls would take all she could throw at them. Unless she attacked the enchantment first, at least. She took a position on the line, then looked back towards the door to make sure it was closed, and waited for a signal from Ron.

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Mouse scampered through the

Mouse scampered through the door, and crouched at the line in front of a target. Hypatia among others, would likely be able to see or feel her shields tightening around her, her aura calming down and slipping under the shields as well. She almost vibrates with potential and active energy... just a little ball of readiness.

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"Go on in, Levi. Research

"Go on in, Levi. Research potential opponents," Nick said with a grin. The seven foot tall robot squeezed through the door into the room, one of the rare times Levi would leave Nick's company.

Nick looks over at Grace with a grin, "Coming?"

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Blinking as she eyes the sign

Blinking as she eyes the sign, blushing in embarrassment, she hesitates before speaking as they proceed to the Danger Room...

"Let's say once upon a time an in progress training session had a -minor- interruption from your's truly." Shifts her heeled feet awkwardly as the memory resurfaces, before pouting to Sam, as her bottom lip quivers...

"W-why?"

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Grace blinks rapidly a few

Grace blinks rapidly a few times, then shuffles her way over to Nick when invited, smiling with a flush of exhilaration

"Yeah!"

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Smiles at her from up near

Smiles at her from up near the ceiling. "Oh no! I ain't falling for that. If I come done there, yer gonna clock me."

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Lady Nova actually appears to

Lady Nova actually appears to be genuinely upset as she turns her heartbroken expression to the ground, tears upon the ground as she whispers...

"That was m-mean." You can't possibly resist, she needs a hug.

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"C'mon," Nick enters,

"C'mon," Nick enters, motioning for Grace to follow.

As he takes a seat on the bench, Nick asks Grace, "You've had quite the first day or so here. You're not overwhelmed?"

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"Not to mention cutting in on

"Not to mention cutting in on my bad habits. There a style, an artistic flair to a bad joke. Face it that was just... defacing property any fifth grader with a paint brush could do that." Ron said as he looked at the sign. "Besides I'm sure more then one person had walked into closed Danger Rooms."

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Grace seemed... /hesitant/ to

Grace seemed... /hesitant/ to enter, but had done so anyway, sidling onto the bench next to Nick.

Her hands fold together in her lap, fingers twisting about with each other as she fidgets a little, unable to stop looking at-- well-- /everything/ for a few moments.

Finally, she turns her gaze back to Nick with a sheepish smile. "I'm so so /so/ overwhelmed... but I figure if I only take, you know-- five or six minutes at a time-- I don't get so dizzy it feels like my head'll spin off." She rubs the back of her neck, as if imagining her head spinning off.

"But it's... it's nice, anyway. I'm never gonna learn if I don't watch and go and talk to people." Her smile turns shy, her wings fluffing, rustling, and smoothing again. "I never said-- thank you for being so nice to me-- you and Levi. I dunno what I would've done if you guys hadn't come around when you did."

She laughs a little, looking a bit more relaxed. "...Probably flown into somebody's window on accident or something!"

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((sorry raiding XD yes, I'm one of those people - don't hate me too much))

Jeremy signed the necessary paperwork to transfer his membership status, noticing they had taken the liberty of connecting his State ID and legal name to the information since he didn't have a pseudonym or a registered vigilante license. "So much for keeping it a secret."

A quick jaunt into the lockers Jeremy shucked off the hoodie and track pants leave him in his gym shorts and the t-shirt from earlier. With the bag and phone safely tucked away, he caught up with the group in the Danger Room. "Who... oh no..."

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"Oh my god, what am I, a

"Oh my god, what am I, a supervillain?" Sam asked, then descended from the ceiling and landed behind Lady Nova. As he landed, he looked over at Ron. "It's not defacement if it's temporary." he argued, then shot a strand across the room to hit his little sign. The energy forming the letters was reabsorbed, then the strand dissipated. Sam then turned to Sarah and hugged her, even though he was sure it was a trick.

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(i live in England and i'm in school))

"so I guess i'll go in too, how do I get in?" said Frost, "KNOCK,KNOCK,KNOCK!"
"can somebody show me how to get in the danger room?"

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She hugs Sam tenderly, before speaking in a flat tone...

"Couch for the night. Want to plead your case?" States in her lawyer tone, making it unclear if she is kidding or not before turning back to Jeremy as she speaks with friendliness...

"Don't worry, your identity will remain confidential, and there are ways to register to keep it that way." Reassures as she recognizes the look on his face.

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Nick laughs. "I'm sure you would've figured something out. You're smart."

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((Pah, I expect better! *tease* It's alright :) *hug* Le school is important and we're all easy going))

Grace looked up, startled, and a bit abashed. Coming from Nick, being called 'smart' is apparently considered, at least by Grace, to be quite a loft compliment indeed. Given that his only 'power' was to be smart!

She blushed furiously and her feathers ruffled in embarrassment, taking on that 'fuzzy' look as she stared into her lap at her hands. Somewhere in her humbled, shy fidgetting, she murmured, "Yeah, I guess I would have..."

She clears her throat in a tiny, girlish way, and distracts herself firmly by looking around for Levi--... Maybe watching Levi fight would get her mind away from feeling unduly flattered. Even better if someone needed an emergency heal from her-- /that'd/ get her back on track!

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He takes out his bag of jerky

He takes out his bag of jerky and hands it to Frostburn "Hickory smoke flavored beef that been slow cook to the dry point. Takes some time to chew but it's all flavor. On top of that it's safer for me to have something meat based if my magic gets low." Glancing to the door "See those buttons to the right of the door the one right under the speaker is the alert button it activates an intercom to the inside. Then there that big button under it that opens the door. The one marked Open."

Then to Jeremy "Tell me why you think Whipcrack's joke went flat and upset Nova?"

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((Le school is incredibly

((Le school is incredibly boring))

Levi was standing near the middle of the room, ready for the target practice to begin. He was unsure if they would be taking turns or if they would each have their own et of targets. Levi decided the best course of action was to wait for further instruction.

Levi looked back over his shoulder at Nick, like a kid checking behind them to see if their parent is still there. Nick gave Levi an enthusiastic thumbs up. Levi looked back towards the direction he presumed the targets would come from, waiting for the others to get ready and for Ron to start the excersize.

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((yeah i just finished for the day -_-))
Frost chewed the jerky almost choking from the rush of flavour because of eating it too fast. With his mouth wide open (full of chewed up jerky) "Mmm soo nice!".

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Scratches his head "Guess he

Scratches his head "Anyway." He walks into the danger room where everyone else was "Alright lets do this one at a time some of us are melee fighters some range. A few don't even know what powers they have. Hence this simple target practice. I see that your already prepared Levi so you can go first see how many targets you can hit as fast as you can."

There was 15 targets five stationary on the floor five moving targets. And five up high representing flyers four of those are stationary and one is moving in a zigzag pattern.

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Jeremy stopped jumping in

Jeremy stopped jumping in place trying to raise his heart rate. He looked at Ron while he thought about his answer. Most of his thoughts went to memories of pranks and jackassery with Theo and his skater buddies years ago. He shrugged, settling on his conclusion, "Execution. There's like this art to trolling and it takes a skill to insult without being overt...Personally I think it's funny, but...ah who am I to be considered judge?"

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Ron nodded "Spoken like a

Ron nodded "Spoken like a pranker. Think of the people involved and the relationship. Nova power level huge few could match her in raw energy out put. Then Whipcrack came along not only does he also have a lot of energy, but also more control then Nova dared thought possible. Not only did she found an equal she found a teacher and a lover. So when he reminded her of a mistake even done via a prank and a very minor mistake, the emotional sting was high."

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Callum waits awkwardly and

Callum waits awkwardly and then speaks "who else does ranged target practice?".

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"Both for me, so I'm thinking I should go with the last of the ranged people." She stood with the Staff in a ready position, betraying at least a bit of training.

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Jeremy caught on to something

Jeremy caught on to something that Ron was implying, regarding Jeremy's personal relationship drama with Katrina in reflection to this. Jeremy found the words and insight relatable, and nodded to indicate this understanding. "I Hadn't thought about that. Who's brain did you eat to gain that wisdom?"

He smirked at Ron, overtly implying he was poking fun for the sake of poking fun. He moved out a few feet and began stretching. After taking a few minutes he was limber enough to push himself tonight. With a final shake-out and a few more jumps, he looked around. He was ready to start training and wanted a good place to start. A lone target dummy popped up nearby that looked both organic and inert. It was unsettling, but he suspected the Danger Room may be sentient enough to know what was needed. He dismissed the suspicion quickly, arguing there were plenty of theorized pseudo-intelligent algorithms to analyze and predict needs and other theoretical enchantments that could do the same.

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Callum's arms begin to spiral

Callum's arms begin to spiral with a blue aura on his left arm and a red aura on his right. "I'm still not used to this" Callum muttered akwardly.
The auras stop spiralling and instead burst into ice and fire. His left arm pure solid ice like a shade of light blue, whilst his right arm had crimson red flames searing down to his fingers. Callum was prepared for hard, long session of training.

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Grace folded her wings as tightly as she could agsinst her back, goosebumps rippling along her forearms as the targets appear. There's something very acute and focused in the way she watches the targets move that are in motion, an idea forming in her head. Her eyes pass from Levi to Callum, her brows furrowed for a moment at the flames at his hand....

To Ron she says suddenly, unusually motivated "Does this place rent equipment for people to practice with? If it does... I want a turn with the ranged people."

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Callum lifts up his fire trailed arm ,blasting a red ball of crimson flame that scorches the target dummy engulfing it's head in nothing but flames. He himself is shocked by the fireball, so he tries to do the same but with his left ice fused arm. His left fist tenses into a strong position and releases a a focused blast of snow/ice, freezing what was once a target dummy head blazing with crimson flames. The result is a frozen dummy head left with a system of shattered ice. "I think i'm now ready for the superhero name FrostBurn!" His face glowing brighter than his flames with joy.

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While Callum -FrostBurn- unleashes fire and ice, Goldenrod steps back to get some clear space around her and begins doing some slow katas to loosen up.

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((Whoot for school holding me up, sorry. Just got home.))

After Ron's encouragement, Levi immediateely stills when the targets appear, his head tilting slightly forward, the red light of his eyes intensifying. The look was quite intimidating, coming from a seven foot tall red bot like him. An audible humb commenses as his gauntlets are activated, and occaisionally a red sliver of electricity crawls across his lower arms, sometimes striking off into the air, but quickly dissipating three to four inches from his arms. Then, he moves.

In an instant, Levi leans into a running stance, and charges forward at a speed that would seem impossible for something of his size, and he barrels through two targets, sending them flying, and him sliding to a halt near the wall, and jumping near ten feet in the air and bringing two clasped hands down onto another defenseless dummy, making it crunch into piecces. Another dummy is done away with after a mighty backhand to its midriff, sending it into a wall.

Levi then untenses, returning to the more docile state, eyes becoming less intense and the gauntlets and their hum clicking off. He walks back and sits next to Nick as if nothing happened.

"You totally could've gotten the rest of those, you know. I programmed and built you, I should know. Why'd you stop?" Nick asked.

Levi looks at Nick and tilts his head to the side slightly, "I believed it would be rude to remove all available targets. There are others here who wish to practice."

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Grace watches FrostBurn a bit

Grace watches FrostBurn a bit uneasily, but seems fascinated with Levi's performance. She claps softly so not to disturb anyone, but enthusiastically for Levi as he retutns and sits on Nick's other side. "That was cool, Levi! You're way faster than I thought you'd be!"

She considers for maybe another moment or two, before standing up abruptly.

"Be right back," she said, hastening to the door. She waited for a lull in the practicing before saying loudly enough to be heard, "Going out-- back soon!" She seized an opening and slipped out the door, closing it behind her before any errant magic or powers could escape.

This is unusually straight forward for Grace. What is she up to?

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Callum stops practicing and

Callum stops practicing and focus' on where Grace has flew off too. "anybody got any idea where Grace has gone too?". The flames riding his arms simmer and the ice melts away revealing his arm again but leaving his fist still fused with ice.

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As she turned away, Sam

As she turned away, Sam looked at Sarah's back as if she'd grown two heads and he mouthed, "Really?"

He then overheard Rott and Jeremy talking about the situation and could see the wisdom in Ron's words. He still thought Sarah might be overreacting, but what was done was done. So he shrugged and followed the group into the Danger Room. This was actually his first time in a Danger Room, so he whistled at the expansive interior.

He watched Levi and FrostBurn take their turns, then looked over at Ron. "Is there a middle ground? Something for someone who does ranged and melee?"

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"I think she has an idea.

"I think she has an idea. She didn't look upset so I'm sure she come back." He presses a few buttons resetting the Danger Room and having the targets replaced automatically as they are destroyed. "Okay be careful of anyone else and everyone go ahead. Range people be aware that sometimes us Melee folks can't see what's behind us so if we get into your line of fire either yell at us to get out of the way or change targets."

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Levi is thankful for the appluase, "It was merely a prelimnary excersize. Specialized combat was not needed, but is more asthetically pleasing. There is a possibility it will be necessary later." This was Levi's form of saying "That was just me stretching, just wait 'til you see what I can /really/ do."

Nick leans back against the wall, cracking a grin. "I've got an idea. But I don't wanna ruin the surprise for anyone."

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Grace had hesitated outside the Danger Room, looking for an employee, and finally spotted one-- a woman, thankfully for Grace. It was just less intimidating still to talk to women.

"Excuse me?"

"Yes, miss?" said the young woman behind the counter politely.

"I'd really like to practice in the Danger Room with the others over there," she indicated with a flick of a wingtip, surprised at it's response instead of her hand, but quickly continues, "--but I'm new in the city, and I don't have any of my stuff with me. Do you have, um... some weapons... I could borrow just while I'm here?"

The young woman seems slightly amused, but readily brings the sign-in sheet in front of her. "Sure thing, kiddo-- happens all the time. We'll need to put you down on the books though if you're going to do any training though. Name?"

Blushing, Grace said, "Grace. Just Grace."

The woman had scripted down her name-- unbeknownst to Grace registering her 'super' name as "Just Grace"-- before standing and beckoning.

Grace had followed the woman to another room, waved in by what looked like a heavily armed and armored guard, and paused, amazed. The room was extremely well organized, as well as being stocked with any number of weapons of all shapes and sizes and descriptions. The woman had been saying, "We keep it carefully under watch, so I'll need to make note of the registry number for whatever you end up borrowing for the night. What exactly were you looking for?"

Grace jerked her eyes away from the racks and cases lining the room in warehouse-like fashion, and tried to pick her jaw up off the ground.

"Bows. Like, a bow and arrows."

The woman smothered an amused sound, and led Grace to a far wall, where the winged-girl's life becomes suddenly very much more enjoyable. A rack of bows and case of quivers and arrows is before her, some of makes and materials she can't even guess at. She surveys them all for a moment, running her fingers over bow hafts and arrow shafts, before finally picking a bow off the rack on instinct.

"This one."

The woman took the bow from Grace for a moment, and scripted down a registration number burned into the grip on a pad of paper she produces from her back pocket. The bow itself is a white, almost birch-like wood, a longbow, and of a classic, very simple style. Grace tried the string a few times before slinging it over her shoulder and reaching for a hip quiver. The woman again checks the registry number and says, "That's got thirty arrows, miss. Try not to lose 'em or get 'em fried up, if you can-- but if it happens, we understand, considering the magic users you've got in that Danger Rom right now."

Grace has to strongly resist the urge to hug the woman, feeling about ten feet taller with the finely sanded and polished birchwood bow over her shoulder.

The woman smiles, obviously having seen this look of relief and excitement before. "Check out with me when you're finished, kiddo. And don't forget to knock and ring the button before you try to go back in the Danger Room."

Grace bobs her head enthusiastically and thanks the employee breathlessly, trotting back to the Danger Room. She knocks loudly three times, and pushes a button by the door, signaling her desire to come back in.

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In the danger room a buzzing sound rang out when Grace pressed the button "Hold Fire!" Ron went to the control panel and when no one was actively blowing something up he pressed the intercom. "Okay we are clear come right in."

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Grace quickly re-entered the room in a flurry of feathers and limbs, shutting the door again as quickly as possible.

Breathless and a bit flushed, she smiles at Ron-- "Thanks!"-- then smiles wider at Nick and Levi, hurrying back over to them. She sits down with a soft thump, and the arrows in her hip quiver rattle against each other.

She takes the bow off her shoulder and shows it to Nick, saying, "Look! Isn't it pretty?" Her excitement is palpable-- /almost/ literally-- semi-infectious in the way that Wren's cheerfulness effects others.

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Nick laughs, infected by

Nick laughs, infected by Grace's excitement. "It looks great." Nick thinks for a moment, and then grins mischievously, "Could you shoot an apple off my head?"

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Grace stares at Nick in

Grace stares at Nick in bewilderment for a moment-- though as he's shortly to find out, not exactly the kind of bewilderment he might have expected.

"Well, /yeah/, of course! I used to target shoot all the time at... where I'm from. Have you got an apple?" She reconsiders for a moment, saying, "But you'd probably better let me hit some targets for a minute first, so I can get to know this bow first..."

Seemingly decided, she sprung up to her feet and moved several paces away, nocking an arrow and pulling the string idly several times to get a feel for it. As she does so, her previously lithe-looking, pale-skinned arms flex, showing off a healthy muscle tone beneath.

She takes in the other people in the room, spreading her wings slightly for balance... and focuses on a ground target, stationary. In a movement that looks long-practiced and smooth, she draws the bow, sights for no more than a moment, and a rush of singing air is followed by a hefty THUNK. The arrow had struck the target in the 'throat' area.

Grace pursed her lips for a moment, then with hardly a pause, chose a different target at random, drew and fired, shoulders and arm muscles slipping and sliding gracefully about. This arrow strikes the target in the head, directly between the 'eyes'. She lowers the bow with a grin. /Now/ she's getting the feel of it!

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Ron leaned against the wall at first glance one would assume he was just chilling as people shot at the targets. However if one payed attention he was focusing one each and every one as they attacked. "Levi tell me how much force does it take to register a hit on one of these targets vs how much force to brake them?"

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Levi claps quietly. "Your aim

Levi claps quietly. "Your aim is impressive, Miss Grace."

Nick halfheartedly smiles. Levi notices, "Are you not impressed, Master Ridley?"

"Yes, I am, Levi," Nick clears his throat nervously, "Just go get an apple."

"Yes, Master Ridley," Levi stands and walks out of the room and gets an apple and soon returns, Nick opening the door for him.

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Grace gives Levi a bright smile, hopeful and happy, her wings fluffed out with pleasure. "Thanks Levi!"

It's obvious that she's not attempting to 'show off', by her reactions to the positive feedback. It's just an activity that boosts her confidence and makes her happy.

As Levi exit the room to go fetch an apple from... somewhere... Grace sobers noticeably at Nick's expression. Something about how he's acting makes her feel uncertain, even a little uneasy. She'd been about to make another shot, but reconsidered, and came back to the bench to sit down next to Nick.

Her voice is low, almost apologetic, pitched just for him to hear. "...Did I do something wrong?" Her concern is genuine-- it seems almost impossible for Grace to lie.

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As Levi returns, he responds

As Levi returns, he responds to Ron, "It takes roughly 300-400 MegaPascals to register a hit. To crush the entirr target, it takes roughly 800 MegaPascals. MegaPascals are used to measure force. I was using roughly double of each."

Nick smiles as Grace comes over. At her comment, he looks confused for a second, but then grins, "Of course not. I'm just not used to having people shoot things off my head." He bumps her gently with his shoulder, "But I trust ya."

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Sarah turns to gently grab Sam's arm and whisper...

"Meant to be a joke, kind of dissolved...I'm better at combat then humor it seems, I'm sorry." Smiles apologetically.

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Grace searches Nick's face

Grace searches Nick's face with dark blue eyes, not really sure what she's trying to look for... but she feels like he's at least /trying/ to be honest. She starts to relax a little again, and tries for a small smile, being bumped and swaying unexpectedly. /That/ makes her relax the rest of the way.

She takes the apple from Levi with a quick but sincere, "Thanks Levi--" then says encouragingly to Nick, "Well you should! I've never hit anything alive with my practicing, and I'm not gonna start now!" Her confidence is surprising, and hopefully reassuring.

Standing up, she takes Nick's wrist and puts the apple in his palm. "Here-- just go down the range a little bit. Not too far-- don't get hit by anybody /else/, y'know!-- but wherever it doesn't make you as nervous."

She waits at the bench, taking out an arrow and putting it to the string, pulling the bow a few times while she waits. Her adrenaline is up, but with excitement, not with nerves. As every teen is prone to, making a good impression on her friends and seeming at least a /little/ bit 'cool' is pretty important to her just now.

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Nick smiles legitimately at

Nick smiles legitimately at her new courage. "Let's do this,"

He gets up and walks out toward an open corner of the room, thinking over the probability of her missing. Let's see...looking over her accuracy of the other two shots...divide that by two, and then add ten for the superhuman factor, and another five for trust, then carry the one...yeah, he was still a little nervous.

Once he reached his destination, he placed the apple on top of his head, and gave Grace a smile. He then held up one finger for "One sec," and then reached up and took a bite out of the apple and then put it back, giving her a thumbs up.

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This was no longer practice,

This was no longer practice, it was showing off. So Goldenrod saw no reason not to invoke the blessing of Artemis on the young winged archer. Quietly, of course.

(Grace gets an accuracy buff^_^)

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Grace had put the arrow back

Grace had put the arrow back for a moment, held the bow between her knees, and had taken the tie out of her ponytail. Combing her fingers through her hair a few times, she'd quickly wound it back up again, and retrieved arrow and bow. It would really suck to have her hair fall in her face for this!

She'd looked back just in time to see Nick take a bite out of the apple and put it back on his head. She smothers a laugh, shaking her head.

She doesn't allow room in her mind for anything except that apple, nothing else into her vision. In fact, it might have been on the pasture's fence post back home...

Her fingers seem hyper aware all of a sudden of the smooth grain of the wood of the bow, the grip firm in her hand--... Without even realizing she'd done it, she lifts the bow, draws the string and fires.

The apple goes sailing off Nick's head and plonks juicily to the ground a few yards behind him, speared halfway onto the arrow. She'd taken it through the bite he'd taken out of it, though it had gone a little high-- just in case-- and pokes out at an angle.

Grace blinks a few times... the raises the bow in her clenched fist with a whoop of exultation. "Hah! See-- I told you!" She grins fit to split her face... Then realizes this might be construed awkwardly. She collapses back to her shy self, dropping her arm and tucking in her wings in the same quick motion-- but can't help continuing to look embarrassed and pleased at the same time.

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"Well, babe, you did kind of

"Well, babe, you did kind of use your courtroom voice. Y'know, the one where you're staring down some dirtbag from across the room, psyching him out while cross-examining him? But all is forgiven." he said, kissing her on the cheek.

Sam spent several minutes stretching, then he did a nimble kip-up and had Rotten Luck alter a portion of the landscape to resemble a city intersection with a multitude of targets. He faced the arrangement of targets and studied the position of each, putting together the battlefield in his head. "Alright, let's dance."

His dull amber psychokinetic armor snapped into place and he fired glowing strands at two targets forty-five degrees from each other. The bulbs at the ends of those strands smashed into targets and detonated with concussive force, destroying the targets. Before the strands had even hit their targets, he had turned and fired two elastic strands on either side of another target. They stuck to the wall behind it and catapulted him towards the target. He smashed into the target with both legs extended, wiping out the top half of it, then spread his arms and legs and hit the wall, sticking to it.

Vaulting off the wall, he turned in mid-air and fired two elastic strands at the moving aerial target. In response, it sped up and began zig-zagging evasively, pulling him across the room. He released his strands and smashed into a stationary flying target with his shoulder, knocking it from the sky, then tumbled across the roof of a low building. He came to his feet and did a running leap off the edge of the building. Flying across the avenue, he landed on the back of another stationary flyer and punched it in the head with a glowing fist. He rode the "dead" target down, then leaped off it's back to hurtle between two standing targets, dispatching both of them with backfists to the head. He finally tumbled into the last group of target and became a blur of motion, dispatching the five of them with a flurry of kicks, punches, and close-range strandwork.

Sam stood up and calmly brushed himself off, then whirled suddenly and fired a bulbed strand up into the air, where it impacted the moving flyer and the concussive force flung it into a building. He then turned back to the group, sketched a shallow bow, and trotted back over to sit with Sarah.

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Nick laughs at her joyful

Nick laughs at her joyful outburst. He picks up the arrow and apple and jogs lazily back over. "That was pretty awesome, I gotta admit." He plucks the apple off of the arrow, offering it to her with a grin, "You know you're totally allowed to celebrate, right? I'd celebrate all the time if I could do that."

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Well the apple would have hit

Well the apple would have hit the ground if Ron didn't catch it first. His face wasn't that relaxed calm look he normally has. "Does this look like America got talent? We are here to practice using our abilities safely. That doesn't include stunts and showing off. Grace it is impressive you hit the apple now tell me what would have happened if say Frostburn over there fired a blast of super cold air at a target? That blast could have thrown off your trajectory and it wouldn't have been your mistake just random chance. Risk is part of our lives. Taking unnecessary risk could end it."

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