The days passed quickly until the time Vanessa had agreed to. Jude and Paul clambered into the car, Jude dressed in his Dayspring uniform, Paul in a suit. They were both so excited at the prospect of a new hero that they had hardly slept.
“So, I feel like it’s appropriate to gamble about what her powers are.” Paul buckled his seatbelt.
“Alright, alright, wait though, I feel like you have a bit of an unfair advantage here.” Jude laughed and cranked the car.
“Fair, how about this, I go with my second guess, and you go with your first.”
“Fine, if one of us is right… loser does the dishes for a month.”
“Sounds good. Alright my bet’s on ice powers.”
“Hmmmm…” Jude stroked his chin in an over exaggerated manner. “Maybe laser eyes? Yeah laser eyes.”
“Alright, it’s a bet.”
The two joked in a similar fashion about what her powers might be for the remainder of the trip until they reached the address they were given.
“I didn’t know they made mansions in cities! Would you look at that!”
“I’m blind, Jude.” Paul said deadpan, remaining serious for a moment before laughing.
“Okay, okay, it’s huge though.”
“Wow they have an indoor track!” Paul drummed his hands on the dashboard.
“I still can’t get used to that.” Jude laughed.
Jude was directed to park outside of a garage, and then the pair were silently led by an older gentleman in a suit through the estate, into, sure enough, a room with an indoor track and loads of fitness equipment. Vanessa and her father stood on the track, Jude and Paul approached.
“Hello Mr. Smith!” Dayspring greeted him.
“Pleasure to see you again, Dayspring. You as well… Paul was it?”
“Yup, pleasure.” Paul nodded.
“Now I won’t be staring over your shoulder while you conduct your tests, but my associate will.” He gestured towards the man who had escorted them, “This is Passepartout.”
Passepartout nodded, “Please, call me Jean.”
“Pleasure to meet you, Jean.” Paul stuck his hand out in a random direction for a handshake.
Jean looked confused for a moment, but Dayspring reassured him, “He’s blind, he’s just pulling your leg. Ignore him.”
“Feel free to get underway.” Mr. Smith said, before nodding to Jean and walking away.
“Don’t worry, I’ll try to stay out of the way.” Jean stepped back.
“Much appreciated.” Dayspring nodded. “Now, Vanessa, how have you been?”
“I’ve been alright, I guess” She paused for a moment. “A little nervous, a little bit of mood whiplash from ‘almost murdered’ to ‘potential superhero’.”
“Yeah I get what you mean. How are you holding up?”
“Well… I mean I guess I’m alright…” She glanced to the side, placing her hand on her neck. “Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Well, I’m available if you want to talk.” He replied. What are you a counselor?
“Thanks…” Vanessa paused and looked to the side. “Well I’m ready to start if you are.”
“Alright, let’s get down to business then. Have you noticed any changes since the green light?”
“For example, I went blind, but started having visions. Fun fact, blind people don’t get super hearing, disappointing I know.”
“Well… I can sometimes hear things that people didn’t say. Mostly at the end of conversations, at first I thought people were just pulling my leg, but then I saw somebody remain absolutely still but I still heard them speak.” Vanessa paced around the track.
“Alright… Maybe mind reading?” Jude looked to Paul to see what he thought. Mind reading would be an interesting prospect…
“Come here, Vanessa.” Paul motioned to her. As she approached him, he spoke, “Take both of my hands.” She obliged. “Now try to tell me what I’m thinking.”
Vanessa closed her eyes and concentrated. She focused on entering his mind and suddenly she could hear him, but she looked and he wasn’t speaking “If you can hear me say purple penguin.”
“Um…” She paused for a moment, then released Paul’s hands, “Purple penguin?”
“Oh, nice, she did it!”
“Great work,” Dayspring clapped. “So you can read minds, but what else can you do?”