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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:44 am 
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"This isn't exactly my area of expertise?" Birch pointed out. "So I'm guessing there's another reason you brought this to me."

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Gemma shrugged. "I admit I don't know a lot about you girls, but it sounds like you want to help them. Like they look up to you and you're doing your best for them. Sounds like a lot of pressure."

She split into two again. The new one, dressed in a brown jumpsuit, picked up Cloud and hugged him tightly. She took a long sniff of his back. "Somebody's getting stinky," she said, heading upstairs to the guest bathroom and locking the door.

The remaining Gemma brushed herself off and smiled at Jennifer. "I know a thing or two about being pulled in different directions."

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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:12 am 
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"If I went to anyone else on their team, they wouldn't understand it either. Worse, they'd probably insist on watching me twenty-four seven." Laika muttered. "And I didn't want to worry Nick, but I am scared. If I'm doing this in my sleep, what else could I be doing?"

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Jennifer could hear Cloud whining. She smiled a little and looked at Gemma. "It's hard to shed a personality that everyone sticks you with. Being with Graham, I've found out I don't have to be a slutty actress to get ahead in life and have people like me. People can like me for my mind or my personality, not just my body. I can be funny and not care what they think of me."

She grinned. "It's kinda nice."

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
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Birch thought that Derrick would better understand the equations, but he figured that wasn't the kind of understanding that Laika was looking for. Still, he didn't want to overstep any boundaries.

"So you don't want me to have someone watch you while you sleep," Birch stated. "I can recommend a way to confront your subconscious, if you'd like."

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Gemma smiled, but there was a pain in her eyes. "It feels like you finally know who you are and that nothing could ever change it."

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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:49 am 
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"Confront my subconscious?" Laika tilted her head a little. "I don't understand."

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"...Something you want to get off your chest?" Jennifer asked Gemma.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
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Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:54 am 
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"Do you want the short version or the long version?" Gemma asked, giving a mischievous smile.

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"A while back," Birch explained, "we confronted a person with the ability to manipulate dreams. He's from a long line of powered individuals known as Sandmen. He took us inside our own dreams and pitted us against our own worst fears. But in the past, with more compliant individuals, they've shown the ability to walk a person through their dreams to work out deep seated issues."

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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
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"Hm. Long version." Jennifer glanced in the direction of the library. "Sounds like they might be a while."

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"Can Nick be with me if we go that route? If I'm gonna go to that extreme, I want him by my side." Laika asked Birch, wringing her hands together.

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Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:03 am 
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"Of course," Birch replied. "But I'd also like Mr. Kane to be present as well, though not in the dream. He proved resistant to the Sandman's ability last time, and he's gotten a lot stronger since then."

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"Long version it is," Gemma replied, offering Jennifer a chair. "You're a telepath, right? Have you ever entered into someone's memories before?"

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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
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"Once." Jennifer answered. "Not exactly a fun trip either."

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Laika nodded. "When will this happen then?"

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Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
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Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:18 am 
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"The Sandman we dealt with is being held in the asylum," Birch explained. "His family contacted me a while ago asking for leniency. They promised to punish him themselves and that he'd cause no more problems. For the moment, I'm not getting involved in the matter either way, but it's true that I could have him released with a little work. I simply promised not to work against their requests to the asylum. I'll contact them again and see if we can't trade favors. Hopefully one of them will be willing to come here in a day or two."

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"I've done this a couple of times, so I should be able to make it easier on you," Gemma replied. "Just put your hands on my temples and I'll open my mind to you."

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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:27 pm 
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"I hope so." Laika mumbled as she looked back at the papers. She frowned and glanced over at Birch. "What should I do in the meantime?"

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Jennifer gave Gemma a skeptical look before placing her hands on Gemma's head where she indicated.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:42 pm 
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"I'd recommend a nap," Birch replied. "Doing these calculations all night can't be restful. Try to keep your energy up and be ready for when this happens."

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"A lone girl stands on a rooftop, watching for signs of movement from the city below. They thought their money and valuables were safe, but nothing is safe in this world..."

Gemma's voice was echoing in Jennifer's head. A moment later, the image came into view. They were on a building overlooking the entrance to a museum. A girl dressed in all black was peering through a spyglass. Her face was covered, but the fabric across her mouth moved slightly whenever she talked.

"That was a lesson they would all soon learn..." Gemma's voice continued, but it wasn't coming from the image of the present-day woman standing next to Jennifer. Instead, it was coming from the girl dressed in black.

"Funny thing about being able to be multiple people," the present Gemma noted. "Doesn't make talking to yourself any less weird."

The images shifted, showing another girl dressed identically standing over two unconscious guards. Three other girls were nearby, each working on disabling the security on different displays.

"My power lets me be in multiple places at once," Gemma said. "I was my own crew, including the muscle and the lookout, all while having a perfect alibi."

With the security disabled, the girls began filling bags with priceless treasures.

"In the beginning, I was what my power allowed me to be: a thief," Gemma continued. "Split myself apart so I could study electronics, gymnastics, martial arts, and architecture all at the same time. Then use those to take what I wanted. Or, as it quickly became, take what others wanted. For the right price, I'd take anything not nailed down, no questions asked. I was a legend, a myth, and a tool, but not a person."

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Name: Grace Meredith
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
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Laika frowned, but a yawn escaped her. She looked at the floor and then back to Birch.

"You have a couch I might be able to borrow?"

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"I see. It still must have been fun." Jennifer commented.

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:26 pm 
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"There's a nice private room downstairs where you can sleep it off," Birch replied, heading over to the bookshelf and pulling on a book. The hidden passageway opened, revealing the stairs heading down into the basement.

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"It was at first," Gemma replied. "But as time went on, I got more...unsavory jobs. And when I protested I was threatened and demeaned, like a puppy who refused to do a trick on demand. I stopped enjoying the work and was eventually doing it because I didn't know anything else."

The images shifted, showing a young Gemma going from happy and carefree to labored and depressed. But a bright light appeared next to her, seemingly undoing the damage that time had caused. The light began to fade, showing the form of a smiling teenage girl with tanned skin and long, silky hair.

"Then I met Cynthia," Gemma said, smiling slightly. "She changed everything. She saw me for me, and adored me for it. She didn't have any expectations for me. She lived life one day at a time. We were best friends, and even..."

There was a quick flash of a scene involving Cynthia and no less than three Gemmas in a dark bedroom.

"Sorry," Gemma said as the image quickly disappeared. "Got lost in memory for a second there. Anyway, I stopped taking jobs and put all of my old life behind me. For a while, I was happy just to be with her."

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Name: Grace Meredith
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Naem: Enzo Greyson
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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:10 am 
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Laika smiled at Birch and she went down to look around the room to find the couch.

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"I once...with a girl. Made me realize I liked guys." Jennifer chuckled. "She's to you what Graham is to me."

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Name: Jennifer Hamilton Bewitching Seer
Sigils: Dryadin, Willowisp, Vienta, Vemous, Freija, El-Ahriril
Runes: Endorok, Nichser, Tier, Morpho, Unviro,
Quest/ORP on: Silver Wings

Character Name: Alice Springward Unlucky Witch
Sigil: Cherubim, Nariad
Runes: Destrok, Sentak, Vitale, defkon
Quest/ORP currently on: Mansion of the Sun

Name: Van Cheerful Thief
Sigi: Vienta
Runes: Destrok Morpho
Quest/ORP currently on:

Name: Ramona Servant of Y'Leigha
Quest/ORP on: Free the Children


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 Post subject: Re: Insecurity
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:34 am 
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"Was," Gemma clarified, overlooking the comment about genders. "Cynthia was a telepath. Her specialty was memories, and she could actually use other people's memories to add to her own skills. I let her pull from my training memories, but eventually she asked why I learned so many things I didn't do anymore. I didn't think it would make a difference, and that life was behind me, so I told her. I didn't realize that would change everything."

There were flashes of Gemma finding her room turned upside down, a note left on the bed, and walking towards an abandoned warehouse.

"Cynthia wanted...more out of life," Gemma explained. "She had skills of her own from years of reading memories, and she used mine to get in touch with old contacts. She tried to pull some quick jobs for cash, but she screwed up really badly for people you don't want to owe. She said she knew someone who could get the job done, so they contacted me."

Another series of flashes, this time with different heists and capers. "I stole enough to pay off her debt. Then I stole to pay for the trouble she'd caused. Then I stole even more so they'd let her go. Finally, I decided to break into their base and steal Cynthia back. Only she wasn't a captive anymore. She was working with them, sleeping with them, doing whatever it took to get on their good side by exploiting me. I told her to go to hell, that I was through, and that if she had any sense she'd disappear."

A scene of a heated argument flashed past, with Gemma storming out angrily.

"They found her body a week later."

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