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The Preserve, Thursday Late Afternoon
See, here was the thing. Somewhere among all of the gremlin insanity, weaselled in around things like being attacked by the guardsmen of highly corrupt political systems and conversations about how people had gotten hurt by him in the past, Jonothon had come to the realization that he needed to at least go through the motions of getting out and training himself in the use of his powers.

And it just so happened that Sookie, whose own newer powers happened to manifest in front of Jono back on their rescue-Bobby mission, was in need of somebody to train with, herself.

That worked out very nicely. Especially considering the fact that she didn't seem inclined to do things like stare, or scream, or do a little of both before running the other way, or anything like that.

And that was why they'd found their way out to the preserve. Possibly to train, possibly to commiserate. Whatever the case was, it was an outing that was intended to give them both at least a little peace of mind.

//Yer know, I haven't really trained with my powers in quite some time,// Jono admitted, sticking his hands into his pockets and looking around the little wooded area that they were tucked away in. //Not since my time at the Massachusetts Academy, really.//

[For the Sookie!]

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

<< I only trained a little with Jaina, once, >> she admitted, also glancing around to make sure there wasn't anything too flammable. << Was that a special school? I mean, like this one? >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Slightly more specialized,// Jono replied, giving his shoulders a shrug. He hadn't removed his bandages just yet, though some part of him was almost anxious to just go ahead and get it over with. //There were only seven sudents, myself included, before I left for here. All of us are mutants, th'teachers included.//

One of which was Emma. Which seemed like one of those weird little things that he figured might be best not to just broadcast to everybody around, even if Emma herself was already aware.

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

<< Like Bobby and Jean's school! >> Sookie said in recognition, nodding. Every time she heard about a school like that, a little part of her was wildly jealous. << Must've been comforting. I mean, so's this place, but it must've been wonderful to know that the teachers really understood. >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

//I had no complaints about th'teachers,// Jono agreed. //There were two of them. More than enough for the handful of us, I suppose. And for th'most part, I suppose I didn't mind the other students, either.//

After they'd stopped treating him like a monster, and all. Such a good time that was, being looked at like he was the freak among freaks.

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sookie arched a brow thoughtfully. << Did they help y'all train? Like, as a group? >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

//That was pretty much th'point,// Jono noted, pulling his hands from his pockets and idly reaching for the bandages around his face. Casual. This was no big deal, around people who didn't actually care. //We all had different powers, of course, but the idea was the same for all of us, more or less. It's about focus, knowing what it is that yer want to do, and then trying again and again until yer not only get it right, but yer can do it right in yer sleep, if need be.//

... Yes, he'd lapsed a little in that regard, with his own powers.

//One of us might have some insight that th'rest were missing.//

Or it could just turn into another lecture from Jubilee about how things were when she was with the X-Men.

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sookie was doing her very, very best to not stare at all as the bandages came off -- she was mainly just curious, honestly, since she'd only seen him without them the one time. << That makes a ton of sense. You're getting the best education possible that way, I'd think. And that's kind of what I want to be able to do, too. It takes a bit to work my powers up. The zappy ones, anyway. The telepathy I really can and do have happen in my sleep. You're not always gonna have time to warm up, right? >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Right,// Jono replied. He appreciated the effort put forth not to stare, though he really didn't blame anyone who did, either. So far as faces went, his was somewhat... distracting.

The fire curled around his shoulders and wrapped itself around his head, like a soft blue mane of flame.

//And even if yer do have time to warm up, what happens if yer run yerself dry before yer in th'clear? Do yer know if yer... lightning thing... has any sort of limit to how much yer can use it, at all?//

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

<< Not that I've found, >> she replied, shaking her head. << It only works if I'm upset or scared about something, though, and when I've practiced, I've had to make myself mad over something and it's not as, um, strong as...what you saw. >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

//So, what yer want to work on is having them more readily accessible, at first?//

Jono's head tilted sideways just slightly as he contemplated that, the head from his flames tousling his hair about in all sorts of fun and interesting directions.

//Sounds like it's a very defensive sort of power, then. Maybe what we want to try is working on using it when yer less upset about something. Maybe all yer need to do is exercise it some to get it stronger.// A pause. //Or maybe we'll learn that it's pretty firmly linked to yer emotions. Either way, it's good to know.//

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

The flame-hair thing was pretty neat. While Sookie totally understood why he kept it all under wraps -- so to speak -- it was still a heck of a party trick.

<< I'm pretty sure it's defensive, >> she ventured after some thought, << 'cause of how and when it showed up, you know? It wasn't 'til I was in real, serious trouble. And since then, I've been able to make a few sparks if I think about, y'know, being in danger or something that makes me mad. But otherwise nothing as big as that. But yeah, it would be real helpful to be able to just call it up without havin' to think about, like, scary trolls or something. >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was a crying shame that Jono was generally such a downer at parties, wasn't it?

//Mind if I ask yer what Jaina had yer do, th'last time yer trained with it?//

Because it would be silly to just do the same thing all over again, right?

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

<< I zapped a rock, and we talked about separating calling up the emotion versus actually feeling it, >> Sookie recalled promptly. << That way my anger won't get in the way of what I'm tryin' to do. >>

furnaceface

2010-02-11 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

//Or yer fear, for that matter,// Jono agreed. //A strong emotion might make for a strong attack, but it wreaks havoc on little things like control, as well.//

justwantsquiet

2010-02-11 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

<< 'Xactly. I don't want to get so caught up in being mad or scared that I start focusing on revenge rather than what I'm there to do, >> she said with a firm nod. << That's how good people go scary, after all. >>

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