Earth 2: Part 30

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Anastasia stood alone in her new room. She looked in the mirror at her track pants and hoodie. Vanessa had agreed to give her some of her old clothes, considering Anastasia had about 3 presentable outfits, and one of them was a uniform for a pizza place.

She brushed her hair behind her ears and put it in a ponytail. She wasn’t used to trying to dress to impress someone. She eyed the remnants of a few palettes of makeup and considered it. She decided against it, considering the main person she wanted to impress was blind. She figured it was probably a good thing that she decided against the makeup, as she hadn’t messed with it in years.

Her heart was racing as she walked down the hallway towards the track. She thought about where she was just a few days ago. It was amazing the difference that a few days could bring. She walked down the hall of the mansion too excited to stop and appreciate the decor.

She swung open the door and stepped into the gym. She was dumbfounded. She looked around and saw a huge indoor track, with loads of exercise equipment around it. It looked like something from her school, but even nicer because everything was new and worked.

She looked around the room and saw Paul, Jude, and Vanessa standing together on the track. Her heart raced even more as she walked towards the superheroes of Atlanta. Sure she had already met them, but this was way different.

“Hey! How’s the room?” Paul called to her as she approached.

“It’s way better than any room I’ve ever slept in! This place is crazy!” Anastasia couldn’t help but look around at the room.

“Hey, wasn’t that exactly what you said, Jude?” Paul elbowed him.

“Pretty much.” He laughed for a moment. “Alright then, Anastasia, we think you have something along the lines of cold based powers. We’ve come up with a few tests to see what you can do. Are you ready?”

“Ready as I’ll ever be.” Anastasia took a deep breath.

“Alright.” Vanessa stepped slightly away from Jude, she was holding a pen and clipboard. “So, we’re going to start nice and easy. Try to make the room colder.”

“Okay. Colder, no problem.” Anastasia sighed and began to concentrate. She began to focus on the coldest she had ever been. She happened to be homeless during a blizzard, and almost died from exposure. She recalled to bone chilling cold, and how she couldn’t even open her eyes.

“It’s alright if it takes you a little-” Vanessa stopped talking, as the room got noticeably colder. Anastasia continued to take it further, it began to feel like winter. “Alright, Anastasia that’s enough.”

Anastasia thought Vanessa sounded a little irritated, and wondered what was with her. She stopped making the room colder, but the room still remained frigid.

Jude looked down at a thermometer in his hand. “Wow, you hit negatives!” He held it up closer to his face. “Something like negative ten.”

“Alright, well my outfits not meant for negatives, so can we bring it back to room temp?” She looked to Anastasia.

Anastasia panicked for a moment. She tried to raise the temperature, but it didn’t seem to be working.

“It’s alright, I’ve got it.” Jude began to glow, and the room began to warm up. It felt like Anastasia was standing in front of a stove in a freezing kitchen. “Okay, very good. It seems you’re a quick learner.”

“Yeah, you got it even quicker than Vanessa.” Paul patted Vanessa on the shoulder and chuckled, missing the death glare she was giving him.

“Thanks!” Anastasia was ecstatic. “So, what next?”

 


 

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Earth 2: Part 29

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Jeremiah hummed along with the radio, and tapped his steering wheel along with the beat. It was nothing fancy, but it got the job done. It was a van big enough to hold all of his equipment, who cares if it’s ten years old? His tools rattled around in the seat next to him.

Jeremiah worked for Morten and sons plumbing, and no, he was not one of the ‘sons’. Business had been good lately. Ever since Jeremiah discovered his new abilities, life had gotten a lot easier. Being able to control water is unsurprisingly useful for a plumber, but recently he had found he could do more than just control it.

He discovered that he could listen to the water, find out where it’s coming from, where it’s going, or what’s in it. He had been doing well enough at this, that he was considering starting up his own company.

His van rattled to a halt, as he pulled into his driveway. He stepped out of his car and took a look at his house. It was nothing fancy, just one story. It did them okay, and it was definitely a step up from their trailer.

He fumbled with his keys, but the door swung open in front of him. There stood a woman, wearing sweatpants and a shirt. “Honey, you’re home early!”

“Yeah, yeah I am.” Jeremiah hugged her and stepped into the house. “Finished the job early.” He took off his boots and laid them by the door.

“Peyton’s still at school, and William’s asleep.” She followed him into the living room.

“Well, it appears we have a little time to ourselves.” Jeremiah plopped down on the couch, and she sat down next to him. “Alright, so I’ve been thinking… What if I started my own plumbing company?”

Karen looked off to the side. “I don’t know… With me staying with the kids… Do you think you could do it?”

“I know I can.” Jeremiah took her hands and looked into her eyes. “I know I can.”

She smiled and hugged him. “Okay, honey. I trust you. We can talk over some numbers later tonight, but I trust you.”

“This is gonna be big. We’re gonna-” Jeremiah was interrupted by the phone beginning to ring. Shortly after, there was a cry from the next room.

Karen sighed and laughed. “So much for a little time. Can you get the phone?”

“Oh well.” Jeremiah chuckled, as he walked over to the phone. “Hello?”

“Hey, man. It’s Jamal, how’s it goin’?”

Jeremiah sighed. These single people always had a knack for calling at the worst hours.  “Well, I was about to have a moment alone with my wife, but now the baby’s awake. Do you need anything?”

“Oh, sorry about that, man. I was just seeing if you had plans tonight.”

“Well…” He glanced through the doorway at his wife. “What have you got in mind?”

“Me and the guys are gonna get together and play some poker. I’ve got a… Business idea.”

Jeremiah hushed his voice and shut the door. “What kind of idea have you got? You know how I feel about… You know.” He hoped Jamal wasn’t about to go where he thought he was gonna go.

“Just show up, no commitment. I think you’re gonna wanna hear it though. It’s an easy job, big money, nothing’ll go wrong.” There was a pause. “C’mon man, you’re a super. Nothing can touch you! What’s the worst that could happen?”

“I get shot.” Jeremiah whispered under his breath. He shook his head and sighed. “Alright, fine I’ll be there. That it?”

“Yeah man, see ya tonight.”

“See ya.” Jeremiah hung up the phone and rubbed his face. He had that feeling about this, but he needed the money. He figured that nothing bad could happen from just hearing him out.

 


 

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Earth 2: Part 28

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Anastasia sat silently on the couch. She was trying to come to the grips that this room is probably worth more than her. Everything in here, from the velvet drapes to the couch she was sitting on, was probably worth more than the nicest thing she had ever owned. It was an unnerving thought, like you’re one sneeze away from financial ruin.

She tried to occupy herself thinking about the furniture, but the furniture clearly didn’t even want her here. She glanced over to Jude who was twiddling his thumbs, trying to pretend like he didn’t notice her.

“So… Uh, I’m Jude.”

Anastasia jumped. “Oh, um, I’m Anastasia.” She looked back down at the ground. She wondered what to say for a moment, but was interrupted by Paul and Vanessa walking back in.

“Hi, Anastasia, I’m Vanessa.” She said. Her voice was kind, but her face was more like someone being forced to give an apology.

Tears welled up in Anastasia’s eyes. She couldn’t believe she had let her hopes get up that high. Nobody here wants anything to do with her, and it would be easier if she just left. She tried her best to contain her tears, so that maybe Paul wouldn’t notice. “I’m sorry… I shouldn’t have come here…” She could only get that far before she ran out of the room, stifling her sobs.

She couldn’t quite remember where to go, but she just wanted to get far enough away. If she kept going she could find a door, and just run away. It dawned upon her that she had nothing to run to, but that thought was interrupted by a repeated squeaking noise.

“Anastasia!” Paul squeaked down the hall with his walker.

“I’m sorry, Paul… I just shouldn’t… I should’ve known this would be too good to be true.” She said between sobs.

“Hey. No, this isn’t too good to be true, because I swear, if I have to, I will train you myself!” Paul hit his fist against his walker for emphasis.

“Paul, they don’t want me here. I’m just some random poor girl.” It stang as she said it, but she knew it was true.

“No, you’re not random, my vision took me to you, you were the one who decided to help some confused blind guy at a street corner. And so what if you’re poor? Most of this team was poor until we got in here, now we’re just poor in a nice house. Now, I want to train you, are you in or not?”

Anastasia looked into his deep brown eyes for a moment, and wrapped her arms around him. Nobody had ever been this nice to her. Everything just melted away as she held him. She blushed as she pulled away, afraid she had held on too long.

“Alright, let’s go then.” Paul said, before taking off down the hallway.

Anastasia did her best to keep up. Her heart tried to escape from her chest as she entered the room behind Paul.

“Okay, listen up.” Paul pointed towards Jude and Vanessa. “This is Anastasia, and I’m going to be training her with or without you. I swear I will walk to an abandoned warehouse every day to train her if I have to. I’m-”

“She’s on the team.” Jude interrupted.

Anastasia thought she might burst. She wrapped her arms around Paul, and almost brought him down. “Thank you!” She said, breaking off.

“Alright, we’ve just got a couple of forms for you to fill out.” Vanessa rose from her seat. “This is an actual job, after all.” She looked less irritated, and gently put an arm on Anastasia’s shoulder, as she led her out of the room.

 


 

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Earth 2: Part 27

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Anastasia led Paul down the street, the way they had come from, until they reached the intersection where she had found him. A car horn sounded in the distance.

“So where to from here? This is where I met you.”

“Alright, so there should be a mansion with a big metal fence and the gate says ‘Smith’. Can you find that gate?” Paul began to think about ways he could get in… He vaguely remembered being given some kind of gate code, but didn’t really remember what it was… Maybe 0578?

They walked another ways until Anastasia spoke again, “Alright, we’re by the gate, there’s some keypad here, do you know the code?”

“Try 0578.” Paul really hoped that was right, but the keypad beeped.

“Alright, that one didn’t work? Any other guesses?”

“Try 0857” Paul began to worry about how many tries he had before something happened, and once again the keypad beeped.

“Still no, any other guesses? You do actually live here, right?”

“Yeah…” Paul laughed nervously, “Oh I think it’s 4729!” Paul remembered that was definitely the code for something… or was that his social…

The keypad beeped twice as much as it had before and an alarm began to go off.

“Well, I guess that’s one way to get in… Don’t worry, Jean will let me in.” Paul was a little worried about pissing off Mr. Smith by tripping the alarm, but he figured he deserved one freebie.

“Oh, here’s a car driving up, maybe they can let us in.”

Paul’s heart fluttered for a moment, but then he heard the whirring and occasional kicking of Jude’s garbage car, and sighed with relief.

“Can I help you?” Vanessa had a particular distaste in her voice, which threw Paul off a little bit. “Wait… Paul? What are you doing out here? Who’s she?

“Hey, Vanessa! Glad you’re here, I’ll fill you in inside, just buzz open the gate.” Paul couldn’t wait to tell his friends about his vision, he felt like they’d really like Anastasia.

“Is she with you?” Vanessa seemed a little irritated.

“Yeah, of course. Just open the gate, I’ve got good news.” Paul excitedly tapped his fingers on his walker until he heard the gate slowly slide open, and followed the car to the garage. He then went with Vanessa to the living room, Anastasia following him close behind.

“Wow, this place is huge!” Anastasia sounded like Jude when he first got here, Paul was pretty impressed by the first vision he had of the track though.

When they reached the living room, Vanessa pulled Paul to the side, “Hey, Jude we’ll be right back.” She pulled him into the hallway. “Paul, who is this?”

“Her name’s Anastasia, she has ice powers. I had a vision of her, so I went to find her, she’s really nice. We have a new teammate!”

“Whoa, slow down!” Vanessa let out an exasperated sigh. “Okay… You just grabbed some random person from the street and brought her here?”

“No not random, I saw her in a vision, and then the vision came true. Funny story, she actually helped me find the spot where I thought I-” Paul started

“You can’t just go bringing people in! Besides, you shouldn’t be going out alone!”

“What’s the problem with her?” Paul was a little bit irritated now. “And I’m blind, not a toddler.”

“Paul… That’s not what I meant.” Vanessa sighed again, she seemed to do that a lot when she was mad. “She looks… Sketchy. Besides, I’d prefer it if you checked with us before you made additions to the team.”

“Wait… You’re saying she looks sketchy. Do you actually have a problem with her because she’s poor?” Paul admittedly had ridden the high horse before in his life, but he was knocked down a while ago.

“No! I can’t believe you’d say that!” She sighed once again, this time louder than the last. “I just don’t trust her.”

“Then trust me!”

“I do trust you… it’s just… Let’s just go in.” Vanessa stepped back into the living room and Paul followed.

 


 

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Earth 2: Part 26

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Paul was sitting in his room, waiting for Vanessa and Jude to get back from a Dayspring run. Paul had decided he wanted to surprise Vanessa with a song, so he took what time he could to work on that.

They had a date tonight, so Paul was finding it a little hard to concentrate. He couldn’t believe that he had actually gotten the girl, it was like an actual dream.

As he worked on the song, he suddenly felt a little strange. All of a sudden, he saw the gates to a mansion, the gates said ‘Smith’ in ornate curving letters. The vision then zipped along the sidewalk, and into an alley, between a donut shop and a pizzeria.

Paul figured it was another crime, but then he saw himself, with a walker, talking to some girl, about his age. He saw she was wearing a name tag, ‘Anastasia’ it read.

Paul then fell back on the bed, exhausted. It was surprising how much these visions took out of him. Paul had left the walker by his bed for short night time runs to the bathroom, but he hadn’t used it extensively. He groped around next to him until he felt it. He hadn’t mentioned it to anyone, but he felt like his vision was actually getting worse. He could still only see a blur, but it seemed to be even less clear, which he didn’t think was actually possible until it was. He could still tell if there was a wall right in front of him, but his eyes weren’t much use beyond that.

He grabbed the walker and slowly felt his way along the walls to find the door. He had heard about counting steps a while ago, and decided to give it a try. Thusfar, it seemed to be working. He had been in and out enough that he had a loose idea of where he was going in this house.

He found the side door that they usually went through and stepped out onto the sidewalk. He thought about calling Jean, but he figured it was just a short walk. After all, if he doesn’t test his limits how will he find them?

The warm summer air washed over him. He took a deep breath, and breathed in all of the car exhaust, fast food, and maybe a hint of garbage. It smelled like freedom. He couldn’t remember the last time he had gone on an outing alone, and his heart began to race.

He continued along the same sidewalk until he encountered a fence. He heard cars whooshing by on the other side, and figured he had found the road. He groped the fence where the sidewalk ended and cut himself on some sharp metal. He eventually found some form of knob and it opened up the fence, so he set out onto the main sidewalk.

Cars continued to go by, and the people on the sidewalk seemed to be giving the mad man with a walker a wide berth. He had walked for a moment when he suddenly realized, he had absolutely no idea how he was going to get back into the gate. He figured he may as well do what he came for.

He encountered his first intersection and began to have second thoughts. He came to the realization that he had no way to tell when to cross. He was actually going to have to ask for help to cross the street like a little old lady.

“Excuse me!” Paul yelled in the general direction that he felt people going by.

After a moment, he heard a woman’s voice. “Hey, do you need help or something?”

“Yes, actually, I kinda realized that I need help to cross this street. I’m blind.” Paul chuckled nervously. It had been a while since he had been out on his own like this, but he vowed to do it again.

“Oh, sure, I’m headed that way anyways.”

“Thanks.” Paul sat there in awkward silence. “Broke my leg falling down the stairs. If you’re wondering.”

“Yeah I was a little curious about the walker, but I wasn’t gonna say anything. Where are you headed?” Her voice sounded kind and well-intentioned, it was lucky he bumped into someone like her.

This outing seemed to be going well. It was hard to believe that something as unremarkable as walking down the street was now a grand adventure. Paul began to think that maybe he had given up too much freedom. He made a note to bring it up to Jude.

“Well, it’s kind of hard to explain, but I’m headed to an alley between a donut shop and a pizza place. It’s straight along this sidewalk, but I’m not exactly sure where…” Paul realized that he should probably plan more before he left the house on a whim, as he had no way back and no clue where he was going.

“Oh, I know where you’re talking about! I can show you where it is. I’m actually headed to work there. At the pizza place, that is”

Paul was pleasantly surprised at his change in luck, he was curious what the girl in his vision meant. He figured he’d get there in no time at all with someone who knew where they were going. “Wow, that’s a crazy coincidence.”

“Yeah, weird. Oh, we can cross, it’s not too far from here. It’s just a couple of blocks.” She gently guided Paul along the crosswalk, and down the next couple of blocks. “Well, here’s your… Alley? What are you doing in the alley, dare I ask?” She laughed a little.

“Well, I’m meeting someone. It’s nothing sketchy, despite how sketchy it sounds. Thank you though!” Paul was admittedly a little sad to leave his walking companion, but this meeting felt important.

“Well, have fun with your meeting! Maybe I’ll see you around?”

“Maybe, have fun at work!” Paul headed into the alley. He figured he probably wouldn’t see her again, as he didn’t exactly leave the house much. He walked through the alley, brushing past various trash. He really hoped he didn’t step in anything. “Anastasia?” He figured he should probably check that she wasn’t already here, but he received no response, so he figured she wasn’t.

Paul stood there for a few minutes, not wanting to lean on a wall in case he leaned in something. After awhile, he began to question the accuracy of his vision. Maybe the girl had brought him to the wrong alley. Shortly after he began to doubt, he heard shouting from the street, and quiet sobbing which began to grow near.

“Hello?” Paul called in the direction of the sobbing. Maybe this was his girl?

“You’re still here?” It was the girl from earlier, but it sounded like she was crying now.

“Yeah, I’m beginning to wonder if my person is showing. You alright?” He wasn’t entirely comfortable consoling a crying person, but he figured he owed her a good try.

“Well, I just got fired, and I don’t know how I’m going to pay for my apartment.” She sniffled.

“Ouch, that bites, well I’ve not really got a way to get back home right now, so I guess we’re homeless buddies.”

“Yeah, guess so.” She laughed a little, so Paul figured he didn’t completely screw that up. “It sucks that your person isn’t showing. Who are you waiting for?”

“Oh, hey maybe you know her, I’m pretty sure her name’s Anastasia, and I think she works at the same place as you. Well, as you used to.” Paul chuckled nervously, he seemed to be doing his best to offend this poor girl.

“Oh, hey, my names Anastasia. Definitely not another there. Maybe you’re looking for me?”

“Oh wow, I didn’t even think of that!” Paul really couldn’t believe he hadn’t thought of that, it was so obvious, it wasn’t luck, it was the prophecy! “So, here’s the deal. I’m not exactly sure why it is I’m looking for you… I work with Dayspring, and I get visions… And I saw us here.”

“Whoa, the Dayspring, like the superhero?” She seemed to have stopped sobbing, so Paul figured he accomplished that.

“Yup. The Dayspring. Do you mind if I take your hand for a moment? Sorry it’s the best way for me to get more specifics.”

“Oh, um, sure.” She sounded unsure, but she put her hand into Paul’s

This time, he saw her standing in the training room. Jude was there, off to the side, and so was Vanessa. Anastasia sent blasts of ice, soaring across the gym.

Paul stumbled back, but Anastasia caught him. He winced as his leg hit the ground, but he lifted it up quickly. He couldn’t help but notice that her hair smelled really nice, maybe pomegranate?

“Alright,” Paul started, as she released him, “So I think you have superpowers.”

“Superpowers?”

“Yup, so how would you like to come train with us. Hey, we can offer you a place to live!” Paul then remembered that he had teammates that he needed to check with, but he figured the visions hadn’t been wrong before, and he definitely saw her there.

“That’s…” She paused for a moment, “Unbelievable… I guess I don’t have anything else going for me right now, so sure.”

“Alright, your training begins now!” Paul laughed, “Your first task is to help me find my way back home, and somehow inside the fence again!”

“Mission accepted!” She laughed, “Come on.” She led him out of the alley.

 


 

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Earth 2: Parts 1-25 Recap

Hello, all! In an effort to lower the entry barrier for this series, I will be releasing periodic recaps. I’m still not decided on the frequency, but that will come later. What follows is the gist of the story that has already been uploaded, but doesn’t contain every detail. I still recommend reading for the full experience.

 

 

 

Paul and Jude were just hanging out, when a green light washed over them. Paul found that he couldn’t see, and went to the hospital. He was then informed that he is likely permanently blind. He moves in with Jude and adjusts to his new life. Some time passes, and Jude found that he had the ability to create light. Paul revealed that he had been having visions, and had a vision of a crime. They went out, and Jude put a stop to it.

Meanwhile, Jamal and Deven were at work when the light hit. Deven turned into metal, and Jamal found that he can control electricity. Jamal attacked his boss, and walked out with Deven behind him.

Paul continued to have visions of crimes, and Jude continued to stop them. One day, Paul had a particularly bad feeling about a crime. Jude, hard pressed for time, found he could fly, and took off for it. He busted in to stop it, but was knocked down. He got back up and quickly dispatched the criminal. He then took Vanessa to the hospital.

At the hospital, Jude spoke with Vanessa, and she agreed that she would like to train to be a hero. A few days later, Jude and Paul rolled up and began to train her. They found that she had psychic powers, and could create disks with her mind that she could use as weapons. Her father expressed reluctance, but Vanessa talked him into letting her be a hero.

Mr. Smith offered Jude and Paul full time employment to train his daughter and keep her safe. A few weeks later, Jude and Paul moved into the mansion. Vanessa helped Paul unpack, and they shared a moment together.

After some time training, Vanessa went out on her first mission as a superhero. She and Jude easily stopped the robbery, and she went back home to celebrate. She sat in bed aftwerwards, when she heard a disturbance. She investigated, and found that Paul had fallen down the stairs and couldn’t get up. She talked Paul into letting her and Jean take her to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, Paul was told that his leg was broken. He was informed of his mobility options and sent home.

While talking to Jude about his leg, Paul had a vision of a bank robbery. Vanessa and Jude went out to stop it. They found Jamal and Deven holding up the bank with their powers. They almost beat them, but Jamal took a hostage. Vanessa tried to attack him while he was leaving, but she missed and he hit her with electricity.

Paul and Jude visited Vanessa, and found that she was in stable condition. She had some permanent scarring, but she would be fine. Paul takes this moment to tell Vanessa that he cares for her, and she told him that he reciprocated. Jude told Vanessa that he would understand if she didn’t want to continue being a hero.

Jude went to Mr. Smith and asked him to allow Vanessa to make her own decision. Mr. Smith and Jude got into an argument, and Jude flared up with his powers. After a moment, Jude walked out. Mr. Smith reflected on his mistakes in life for a while, until Jean talked him into going to pick up Vanessa. Vanessa happily embraced her father when she saw him. Vanessa and Paul went out on their first date, which was interrupted by Paul having a vision.

 

Earth 2: Part 26