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Wellspring Arms Meditation Room, Tuesday Afternoon
It had been... far too long since Jonothon had gone to pester meet Cable for the training that he'd requested under Sherlock's sound advice. There'd been spring break, and an invasion of small children, and that whole thing where he'd blown himself up for the sake of freeing Rinoa from some evil man-woman's giant torso, and, well, the opportunity just hadn't presented itself.

Which he was fairly certain wasn't going to slide, exactly, with Cable, considering he'd been told to make this a weekly event, and Jono had gone and dropped the ball in a big way.

Maybe that was why he'd taken the initiative to contort himself into that stupidly uncomfortable meditation pose without even being told, today?

Well, that, and Cable was huge. Not that Jonothon was intimidated or anything. Honest.

[For that huge mutant!]


2011-03-08 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Chamber," said Cable, a minute or so later as he walked back into the meditation room. The entire island could continue to call Chamber 'Jono' all they wanted-- the kid was going to stay Chamber to him. "I didn't think I'd see you back here again."


2011-03-08 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jono glanced up - and up, and up, and up - at Cable as he entered, and then nodded a little, looking properly chastened as he did so.

//Things have been a bit hectic,// he replied, managing a bit of a fidget. The use of the codename always managed to throw him around here, but at least they made all of this seem more... formal? Official? Something like that. //I can't imagine you want to hear my laundry list of excuses, though. I wasn't frightened off, at least.//


2011-03-08 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hectic or not, if you don't keep to a disciplined schedule, this won't be of any use," Cable said, and picked a spot on the floor a feet or two, three away from Chamber to sit down. "Nightmare weekend or no."


2011-03-08 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

There was a moment's pause, and then Jono nodded again, turning his gaze down to the floor. He couldn't even pout about that. Cable was right, after all.

//I'll be better about it from here on,// he replied. //Things haven't been as nightmarish as all that, anyhow.//


2011-03-08 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Good," Cable said, and shot him a calculating glance. "Anything I need to know about?"

Powers-wise. Whatever teenage drama Chamber was involved in otherwise-- Cable did not want to get near it.


2011-03-08 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

That worked out nicely. Jono loved nothing more than to whine about his teenage dramas to his peers, but teachers were a completely different story. Particularly any who had ever worn an X.

//Actually... there might be,// he said, after a moment of hesitation. //Something happened a couple of weeks ago that I... wasn't exactly expecting to live through.//

Another pause.

//I'm not entirely certain that I did.//


2011-03-08 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)


You didn't need extraneous words to make a point.


2011-03-08 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

That was true enough, and Jonothon took a moment in order to piece together enough words to tell what had happened without throwing in a bunch of extra gobshite to round it all out, as well.

//A few friends and myself got into a bit of a... tight spot,// he explained. //There was a... being... who had enveloped a friend inside of... her.//

It was hard to be certain what gender Adel was, but everyone referred to her as a 'her,' so he'd go with that, sure.

//We were on a bit of a countdown, so I took her out, all at once. By...// He hesitated for a second before managing the words, there. //Completely letting go, and taking her with me.//


2011-03-08 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You burnt out your body with psionic energy," Cable surmised, like that was the kind of thing that just happened on a Sunday evening if the wind was right. To be fair, he'd seen it a couple of times. "And put it back together... unless I've got a new mutant ability I didn't know about..."


2011-03-08 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

//No, that sounds about right,// Jono replied, glancing up (and up) at Cable again. //Blew myself apart, rather on purpose. And then pulled myself together without really being aware that I was doing it in th'first place.//

He still sounded a bit bewildered, talking about it.

//That's... normal?//

He had no clue.


2011-03-08 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Not at all," Cable deadpanned.

Thank you for that reassuring message, Nathan.

"But it is interesting. It tells us a few things about the nature of your power set."


2011-03-08 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

//I... suppose it does,// Jono replied, a touch dubiously. //I know there's not much left of me, under these wrappings. Figured th'psionic energy was what was keeping me alive. I didn't... really expect anything like that, though.//

Obviously. Maybe if he had, he would have been less dazed while Garden had dragged him through the entire medical ward, trying to douse the flames.


2011-03-08 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

"It means your psionic energy carries a blueprint of your mind and your body," Cable said. Which made it... less oh-god-I'm-a-monster than Chamber's interpretation might lead one to believe. "In theory, you could extend yourself across distances. Might tie into the telepathy."


2011-03-08 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sorry, Cable. Jono was going to need a few seconds to get his head around that.

... Okay. A few more seconds.

//Extend mys-- Wot?//

It wasn't a difficult concept to grasp, no. It was just a difficult concept to grasp in relation to himself.


2011-03-08 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"In theory."

At least he had this giant half-metal wall of laconic calm to beat his head against?

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