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    128 KB Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:05 No.15276939  
    "Hey there, kid, you must be Aino! So Stretch didn't scare ya off the first time you were here, huh?" the huge orange man says amiably as he engulfs your hand in his own rocky four-fingered grip and shakes it. "Welcome aboard, name's Grimm, but you can call me Ben," he continues, letting go of your hand and gesturing behind him to the lobby of Four Freedoms Plaza. "Reed'll be down in a minute - he's always got some too-important-ta-wait project goin' on. Ya get used ta that pretty quick. Nice ta meet ya, kid," he says, as the express elevator doors open, revealing the tall, lanky form of Dr. Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four!

    "From what I understand, Ben, our newest employee has already met us on a few occasions, or at least beings very much like us," Dr. Richards says, stepping out of the elevator and shaking your hand. "Hello, Aino, it's good to see you again. To be perfectly honest," he says as you and Ben Grimm follow him back into the elevator, "I wasn't sure whether or not the events you'd witnessed in the past week had soured you on our company."

    "What happened? She come in when I was sleepwalkin' again?" Grimm asks.

    "Hardly, my friend," Richards says, shaking his head as the elevator ascends toward the top floors of the hundred-story building. "Through events that may be connected to us, Aino was transported to a past time, where she met a younger version of the Fantastic Four*."

    "How come I don't remember ever meetin' her before, then?" Grimm says incredulously.

    [*See issues 12-16 -Prof.]
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:06 No.15276950
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    "Indeed, the first I'd heard of this was when Professor Charles Xavier informed me of what you had told him," Richards continues, looking at you. "Since we have no recollection of the event, it confirmed my suspicions that your actions created an alternate timeline branching out in a different direction."

    "So what, you were worried that she got one look at your junior-league mug and decided to high-tail it?" Grimm says as the elevator reaches the laboratories on the 81st floor.

    "Hardly, Ben," Reed says with a twinge of discomfort on his face. "You see, the catalyst of her time-travel experience was precipitated by a future version of myself - one who robbed her of her mutant powers in a misguided attempt to save the timestream from collapsing."

    The year is 1995, and anti-mutant riots are sweeping the nation. Fearing what might happen to you if your true nature is discovered, your parents have enrolled you in Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, where you can learn to harness your amazing gifts, or at least be isolated from those who fear and hate you.

    With a week left in your two-week break before the summer session begins (and thanks to a few well-placed words from Dr. McCoy of the Xavier School), you've been granted the chance to work as an intern for Dr. Richards! Once school resumes you'll have to make this a part-time job, but for one week, at least, you're a full-time member of the Four Freedoms staff!

    Time to make with the gofer work, and make a good impression on Dr. Richards and the lab staff! Let's find out how well Aino shines by rolling a d100! To roll, type noko dice 1d100 in the email field! Highest of three rolls determines how well she does!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:11 No.15276985
    rolled 91 = 91

    I can do SCIENCE, me.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)14:11 No.15276986
    Woo! *Time* to shine.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)14:12 No.15276993
    rolled 50 = 50

    dammit captcha
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:15 No.15277015
    rolled 58 = 58

    I love that whenever it's time for Aino to show off her smarts, the /tg/ dice always pulls through.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:15 No.15277018
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    I made this while I was waiting.
    >> Kreetn !TROLlvzGSU 06/15/11(Wed)14:18 No.15277032
    rolled 76 = 76

    fuck YES, this guy's rolls I like.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:22 No.15277063
    Sweet, Mutant Quest!
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)14:22 No.15277069
    Everybody put your SCIENCE goggles on, 'cause things are about to get funky.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)14:25 No.15277100
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    This is a plan I can support!

    Hey prof, just out of curiosity, what's the team's uniforms colors?
    >> Kreetn !TROLlvzGSU 06/15/11(Wed)14:34 No.15277185
    rolled 28 = 28

    it's 1995, and the man torch is still alive, so they're not in the white 'n' black future foundation outfits yet.

    shoulod be standard blue and white.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:34 No.15277189

    "When I was an intern in college, I spent many a night washing beakers and glassware," Reed says, showing you around the lab. "Now, of course, those chores are all automated. Besides, based on our conversation the first time we met, I have the feeling your talents would be wasted over the sink," he smiles.

    "To familiarize yourself with this equipment, I'll have you start by monitoring this virtual reaction," Dr. Richards explains as he taps on a computer and brings up a screen of test agents. "Most of this could be done with no human oversight, but even the greatest minds must start somewhere!" As he leaves, he stretches his neck back inside and says "This should take you at least a few hours to work through. I'll come down and check on your progress in an hour."

    One hour later...

    "...and this is where the portal to the Negative Zone is housed," Dr. Richards says, gesturing as a large armored door slides open, revealing a huge structure housed within the two-story room. "Of course, access is strictly controlled," he notes as the door slides closed again. "Even for someone as bright as yourself, it is still an incredibly dangerous place. One that I don't wish to return to."

    "I'm still amazed that you were able to get through that entire set of reactions in such a short amount of time," he continues as the two of you leisurely walk through the hallway of the 90th floor. "I can tell Dr. McCoy was not exaggerating when he called you one of his brightest students. I wasn't planning on introducing you to the staffed laboratories for a few weeks, but it seems I've underestimated your aptitude," Richards says.

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)14:49 No.15277285
    Troll Richards asking him if sending enemies to the Negative Zone is a way for him to not REALLY DEAL with them (do what must be done, grimdark batman, etc) and go back to his SCIENCE! shenanigans! As if it was really that humanitarian to DOOM his foes to an eternity of...negativeness? instead of FINISH THEM!

    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:51 No.15277296
    "Here we are," he says, as the two of you enter the bright, gleaming laboratory on the 92nd floor, stepping into the busy, well-lit room. Several men and women in lab coats work dutifully throughput the room, and behind them a broad window gives a view of the Manhattan streets far below. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Aino Virta, our newest intern. She'll be working with us this summer," he says, as several of the staff look up and greet you.

    "Dr. Monroe is one of our chief researchers," he says, introducing you to a short man wearing a Hawaiian shirt under his lab coat. "He'll be your direct supervisor as long as you're working in here."

    "Hi there, young lady," Dr. Monroe says, looking up. "I'd shake your hand, but I'm a little preoccupied. We've been working all month to get these links established between our reality and the Microverse. If what Dr. Richards suspects is true, we might be able to use the ambient forces of another dimension to provide nearly unlimited power."

    "I think you'll find that Aino is capable of rising to whatever task you present to her," Richards tells him. "Aino, I'm sorry to run off like this, but I have some things that need attending to elsewhere. Since you're a little ahead of schedule, feel free to simply observe these men and women and learn the routine."

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:51 No.15277297
    No. Let us not ever do this ever.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)14:51 No.15277300
    None of that has happened yet, hipster. The whole civil war/negative-zone-prison thing won't come up for another decade.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:51 No.15277303
    And so you do, trying to stay out of their way and simultaneously show how helpful you can be, in only the way that a 15-year old can accomplish. A few of the staff seem to be impressed with your ability to recall and connect disparate ideas into useful forms, and while some others seem to resent having a teenager in the middle of their lab, your first day seems to be going great!

    "Yes?" one of the scientists asks, picking up the telephone on one wall of the lab. "Of course. Excuse me, miss?" she asks, holding the phone out to you. "You have a phone call." As you cross the room to answer it, a couple of the less-enamored scientists glance up at you, but when you hold the receiver up to your ear you suddenly have something else to think about!

    "A-Aino?" Sam's voice chokes out with a sob. "Aino, I'm so- I'm so-" she stumbles, breaking down and crying into the phone unintelligibly.

    "Excuse me, some people have work to do," a technician says irately as he pushes past you around the counter.

    What now?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:52 No.15277306
    rolled 100 = 100

    I think we'd have more than a little trouble talking to the Thing at least. Probably seem distracted, subdued, or uncharacteristically mournful. (It WAS our fault they all got killed...)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:54 No.15277312
    "Sam! What happened, what's wrong? Just, just take deep breaths and tell me," Hug the phone, be as small as you can, and have the rest of the world turn it's lights off, you just, the phone, sam, and a featureless black panel.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)14:55 No.15277321
    "Sam! Sam, are you allright? Please calm down. What happened?"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)14:55 No.15277322
    rolled 24 = 24


    Try and understand what's wrong with Sam
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)14:56 No.15277325
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    >That wasted 100
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)14:59 No.15277343
    seconding this.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)14:59 No.15277347
    rolled 68 = 68


    Having a blast being the intern of awesome, but Sam is first priority. I am not opposed to leaving the Four Freedoms to be with Sam in her moment of need. Maybe even taking the fantasticar as a shortcut. . .

    Of course, we can fix our absence and theft. . . um borrowing, later.

    I say that as a long term goal, we should work on being able to build small stable time loops. (Start with looping to the past minute, then the past 5, then the past 10, etc.)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:02 No.15277362
    >What now?
    Seriously? I really see only two options: go all "calm down, tell me everything" on her or hang up. Which do you think we're going to pick...

    Who the hell do you think we are! She is our bro in a skirt!
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:02 No.15277365
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    "Hey Sam, you okay? Need...to talk?"

    "oh, nothing that can't wait for the time girl. Don`t worry. I'll be there before you can say "Magellanic Penguin" "

    And then, using her powers, be there before she can literally say it!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:10 No.15277417
    Relatedly, I would like to see Sam be made into a badass hero type.

    By which I mean, Aino already has several "I win" buttons for combats, science, and other shenanigans. . . I would like to think that our bro-sis Sam should have her own set of awesome. . . Maybe even save the day!

    She can fly. . . But I have a daydream of seeing her dogfight F-16s, and saving the Space Shuttle and other fun stuff.

    /TG/, today we are the bro-in-a-skirt to our Other Mutant Hero, Sam Binh~!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)15:10 No.15277420
    Actually, I'd like to see if there's a way to reverse our power to accelerate time, rather than slowing it in varying increments. If there is, we could duplicate super-speed in a small bubble around ourselves and be there in seconds. If 'flexing' our power slows time, what would happen if we 'stretch' it instead?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:10 No.15277421
    Do we talk like that? I'm pretty sure we don't talk like that.

    Seconding the gist of it, though. Get there ASAP, explaining to Dr. Richards that something's come up first.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:12 No.15277440

    "It's m-my dad, Aino!" Sam manages to get out. "H- he came home to get some things, and he got into an argument with my mom, and he said he's moving to Nevada. And - and he wants me to come with him. He doesn't want me going to the Xavier School anymore!"

    "Aino, what am I gonna do?" Sam asks piteously. "I mean - huh? I'm at our apartment right now. Why?"

    "Is everything all right, Aino?" Dr. Monroe asks, noting the look of concern on your face. "If you need to-"

    "-Hmph, kids these days," he says as he realizes you're not next to him anymore. "That's odd-" he mutters to himself as he checks his watch. "Battery must be getting low. I could swear it showed the same time as the building clock this morning..." he says, looking up.

    So... what's the plan, now? Borrowing the Fantasticar? Taking a taxi? Something else?
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)15:14 No.15277454
    Hyperspeed running. That should get us there quickly.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:14 No.15277459
    >I really see only two options: go all "calm down, tell me everything" on her or hang up. Which do you think we're going to pick

    I mainly asked to see whether Aino would go someplace else or take the call right there. I keep track of these things.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:15 No.15277468
    I'm interested in this too. That's why I like temporal manipulation. . . It's the literal "taste the rainbow" of awesome extraordinary abilities. . . Possibilities abound!

    I however, think that speeding up time may have unforeseen consequences. . . (Like accidentally aging ourselves one week in a day. Inb4 we are aging up to go to rated R movies legally in our CCA universe. . .)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:16 No.15277471
    rolled 71 = 71

    Borrowing the Fantasticar is outright theft, and the thought wouldn't cross our mind. Taxi is more likely, but we can run in a pinch.

    For now, try explaining the problem to Dr. Richards and apologizing for the problems it caused. Make it clear that we are leaving, though.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)15:19 No.15277483
    how big of a time-bubble can we make?

    I say we hoof it as far as we can, maybe catch a taxi if it's too far to run. The Fantasticar might be nice, but we don't want to upset Mr.Richards, we don't know how to fly it, and we don't want to blow our internship on the first day.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:19 No.15277484
    Go all Sonic up this bitch!
    Spam Taunt Down!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:19 No.15277487
    What do we know of Sam's dad? Has she or her mother ever spoken about him in any detail? Where does he work? Does Sam like him? How did he respond to Sam's Mutation?

    Just asking so we know whether to be angry-supportive, or kindly-supportive. But be genuinely empathic. . .
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:20 No.15277497
    Gotta agree with this. This is our first day on the job, and leaving right in the middle without even telling our boss would make a really bad impression.
    That said, we should have told our immediate supervisor, Dr. Monroe, who probably could have fronted us the cab fare if we asked nicely.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:21 No.15277498
    >how big of a time-bubble can we make?
    100-foot radius around yourself.

    >Hyperspeed running. That should get us there quickly.
    Definitely, if you don't accidentally launch yourself into the stratosphere.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:22 No.15277505
    Yes, Aino can't fly the fantasticar, (unless it has a similar control set to a powered mining suit. . .) but I'm pretty sure it can fly itself. . .

    But I'm also fine with not using it. Crashing and burning is more Ricardo's thing anyway. . . (Oooh, sick burn!)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:22 No.15277509
    We had this discussion before, in that issue where we borrowed Ice Queen's(that white ice-cast bitch, can't remember the name. The White Queen from the hellfire club, , ah yes, Emma Frost!) limo? or the one before that? we kinda agreed on it being something out of our scope I think. Issue 7-8 I think.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:24 No.15277524
    rolled 23 = 23

    We respect Dr Richards, and we're not the thief type unless it's absolutely necessary or we're provoked.

    Tell Dr Richards, and then make a run for it unless a better way comes up. Sam can't wait. Science can, for once.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)15:25 No.15277539
    Didn't our powers increase a little bit after TimeLost saga?
    And yeah, I doubt Aino would consider much about her own safety at the moment, she needs to get to Sam as quickly as she can and if she knows a way then by Stan the Man she will use it.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:26 No.15277547
    Our visit with Sam might be passable as 'job-related'. "OK, Dr. Monroe, I'll be back as soon as I can. I just have to deliver these. . . these. . . " Scramble for the nearest utensils and beakers in the lab, grabbing whatever's handy. "These Bioreactive Ionizing Fluctuator Pinions?!?! Errr, right! Yeah, so I'll just deliver these to the remote labs, save everyone here the trouble. . . I'll bring back donuts by lunch time too!"

    tl;dr Report to boss, <give excuse here>, Promise food to appease scientists!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:29 No.15277560
    I'm sure that we could fly it, were we to take it. Which we aren't. However if Sam's place is within, say, 3 miles we could quite easily run. I'd prefer using the Penguinator mining armor though. (We can remotely call it even if it's back at the mansion, right?)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:30 No.15277571
    perhaps we shouldn't stretch the truth with doctor Richards? Surely he'll understand our concern for our best friend?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:30 No.15277575
    Bad idea. Bad. We're not stupid, however desperate we may be, and stealing a (somewhat) trusted and respected mentor's vehicle or using a suit of military grade equipment from the future in a crowded city are both Bad Ideas.

    We won't get to comfort Sam by causing national headlines.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:35 No.15277606
    We should bring something to Sam. Something that may cheer her up. . . But I'm not sure what would be appropriate? Maybe tell her to fly over her house for a bit, to cool down while we get there (flying would be amazingly soothing I assume). Promise ice cream (it's summer!) and then deliver ice cream and friendship.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:35 No.15277607

    Or in the case of the Latter, get beaten up/seduced by Tony Stark. I'm pretty sure that suit, being made by future stark tech has stark components. When was the armour wars again?
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:35 No.15277608
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    "What's this?" Dr. Monroe says as he notices a piece of paper laying on the counter of his workstation. "'Dear Dr. Monroe... sorry I couldn't stick around, emergency... back before 3:00...'"

    A short time later (even shorter, for some people), you track down Dr. Richards with the aid of one of the building's omnipresent robots. "Here you are, Ms. Virta," it says pleasantly as it floats into an identical laboratory, except this one is empty aside from Richards himself!

    "Aino, what's wrong?" he says, the concern still plainly evident on your face. "Your friend- yes, I remember Samantha," he says, nodding as you explain what's wrong as confidentially as you can. "I understand. The people we care about are the most important things in the world. Take as much time as you need to sort this out," Richards says, stretching one hand out behind you down the hallway. "I'm afraid I can't accompany you - this procedure is at a crucial stage - but the Fantasticar will carry you there more quickly than a taxi could, and you'll avoid the noontime traffic as well."

    Dr. Richards leads you to an elevator and the two of you go up, all the way to the top floor, where the amazing Fantasticar lies parked and waiting! "I'm programming it to take you to her address," he says, holding up a small device from a nearby table. "When you're ready to return, just select this-" he demonstrates a control on the Fantasticar's panel.

    As the window of the 100th floor slides away, Richards waves, and the Fantasticar glides forward, carrying you out into the air high above the Manhattan skies!

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)15:35 No.15277610
    agreed. The Penguinel should be reserved for apocalyptic emergencies only. Anti-mutant sentiment is high right now, we need to NOT draw attention and fire from the media or government.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:36 No.15277620
    Uh, I was against taking the Fantasticar. But one flying power armor isn't really going to make to the papers, not with all that Stark-tech around. And hey, our armor actually is from Stark(-Fujikawa)!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:37 No.15277623
    "Thank you, sir!"

    On the way, think about how to comfort Sam and what the problem is likely to be.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)15:39 No.15277637
    I believe a barrage of 'thankyouthankyouthankyou's is in order.

    One powered suit, maybe not, but an UNFAMILIAR powered suit of unknown origin with greater-than-current-stark-tech capabilities? That's a bit too eye-catching to ignore.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:42 No.15277662
    >>draw fire from the Media and government.

    More like drawing fire from the AA batteries. . . I mean Iron Man himself got fired upon before he identified who he was. These are not friendly skies for unidentified powered armor.

    I hope we remember that button. How's our memory under stress. We are often borderline genius, so it stands to reason we should fuzz out on things. . .
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:44 No.15277687
    Thank you so much Dr. Richards. NOW ONWARD, BECAUSE FRIENDSHIP IS THE GREATEST SCIENCE OF ALL, ALSO IT IS MAGIC! (goggles on, standing on seat, leg up captain morgan style, pointing to the future)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:45 No.15277689
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    >"I win" button

    So I went ahead and tried to make a young Aino using Hero creator 3. Tried to capture Aino's smug nature, not sure if I managed to (inb4 someonearguesI'mseeingthingsthataren'tthere); smart, quirky, cute and smug, what's there not to love? All we need is some purity and RAEG to become the Ultimate AnimeGirl!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:46 No.15277717
    Smugness isn't a huge part of her character, it's there at times, but it's not a major character trait. Also, the image...needs work.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:48 No.15277731
    I believe Thank You's are in order.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:48 No.15277733
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    Whoops, poor layer action on her thighs. Doesn't look good, corrected the issue.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:49 No.15277744
    Looks good. Maybe too tall for a 'young' status, but that's Hero creator.

    Yeah, Smugness is there when justified. Usually washed out by BOUNDLESS ENTHUSIASM / STUBBORNNESS for the task at hand.

    Good show.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:50 No.15277748
    I'm open to suggestions, not that I can do much given my limited skills. Still, better than Sonicchu's comics. Don't know how proud I should feel about that.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:50 No.15277752
    Is her hand IN her suit? Or her gut?
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:51 No.15277756

    "I'm going outside!" Sam shouts angrily, thrusting her Yankees cap down on her head and stomping out of her room. Her mother begins to say something, but whatever might be contained in that word balloon stretching out from off-panel is obscured by Sam yelling "I don't care!" as she slams the door.

    "Arrgh!" she shouts, flying down the hallway to the elevator and landing just in time to avoid being seen using her mutant power by an elderly couple as they step around the corner.

    "Kids these days," the old woman mutters to her husband as the two of them stand waiting for the elevator.

    "I swear, I'm gonna punch the guy who designed that elevator-" Sam says to herself a few minutes later as she bangs the front doors of her apartment building open and tromping out into the dazzling summer sun, still frowning. "Why they decided to install the slowest elevator in the world in my building, I don't-"

    She stops, and the last two panels on the page are both the same close-up of her face. In the first she's merely dumbfounded, but in the second she asks simply, "Aino?"

    Sam stands looking out at the Manhattan street and the tall buildings beyond with her back to the reader, but immediately before her Aino stands leaning on the side of the Fantasticar casually, holding two ice-cream cones.

    What now?
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)15:52 No.15277769
    I love it!

    Except for the phasing hand thing.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:53 No.15277773
    "Are you alright?"

    Offer her the cone. Ice cream will help, right?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:53 No.15277776
    Where is her hand?! Also, I'd change the shape of her head and wipe that stupid grin of her face. (And I think she has longer hair)
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:53 No.15277777
    Offer one cone to Sam.
    "Hey, eat up before it melts."
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)15:54 No.15277786
    Naughty, naughty, but no, CCA, in her back, probably crossing her fingers or voiding a promise. Can't never tell.
    The background made me realize how poorly synched the elbows were. I'll fix that.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/15/11(Wed)15:55 No.15277788
    still needs some work. Focus on hand and arm posiitons and layers. Also, see if you can trim the baby-fat from her cheeks.

    Now it's time for a long, heartfelt talk someplace private. We need to help her parse down her problems and feelings. Establish exactly what she wants to do with her life, help her decide on the best course of action to achieve that goal, And how she should respond to her problems.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)15:55 No.15277792
    "Let's talk."

    By the way, couldn't we just build some kind of a portal from point A (Her possibly new) and point B (Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters) or have a teleporter fetch her to school everyday?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:55 No.15277797
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    Hate to say it, but the original works better. Just seems...off somehow.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)15:57 No.15277814
    Out of our league, but it wouldn't be out of character for her to try.

    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)15:58 No.15277821
    Don't say anything. . . Just offer the ice cream, and wait for Sam to tell her side. . . We are here for her, and she needs to get her stress off her chest. . .

    Unless, of course, something witty comes up. . .

    Also, are we dressed in standard clothing, or are we Totally-casually rocking our labcoat?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:03 No.15277860
    Totally wearing our labcoat, it is whipping slightly in the breeze from the slight elevation of the fantastical, if this were an action rescue with empty hand instead of ice cream cones, it would be so heroic...and in the current scenario it is.

    Also, say nothing, but empathy face.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)16:03 No.15277863
    Updated pic from Professor X is the best there is IMO.
    That version has an unfitting face.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)16:08 No.15277914

    "I don't know, it's just-" Sam begins as the two of you walk down the sidewalk eating your ice-cream cones as they begin to drip in the hot sun. "I mean, my dad is cool with me being a mutant. He wasn't, you know, jumping up and down with happiness when they found out, but it's not like he ever let it come between us. The whole reason I started going to the Xavier School was because of this girl in Queens that got killed the year before. Some people found out she was a mutant and pushed her out a window."

    "My parents got really scared that something was gonna happen to me if people found out I could fly. That's funny, you know?" she says, crunching the last bits of her cone. "I mean, I can just fly away from trouble. But that's not how they saw it. Then Mr. Summers and the Professor came over, and told them they knew I was a mutant. Mom and Dad got so scared that they were gonna turn them in to the police or something. I didn't know what was happening. Then after they explained it, Mom wanted me to go to the Mansion so I'd be "safe," but Dad said that I would be better off being around normal kids and just not using my power."

    "But I can't do that!" she says, suddenly raising her voice and making a pair of competing sidewalk T-shirt vendors look over at you. "I can't do that," she continues, more quietly. "You know what I mean. I can't just *not fly*. That's like asking a marathon runner to just sit still forever."

    Anything to add so far?
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)16:11 No.15277942
    *Let her carry on.*
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:11 No.15277946
    Let Sam vent a little more.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:13 No.15277957
    Don't take sides, but comment that her father's just trying to protect her. That, or just be a listening ear.

    Also, this should get Aino to think about her own parents, and seeing them again. (Something we should probably have had her do after the time travel affair.)
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:15 No.15277975
    "I understand. It's what makes you, you. It's your talent, and if I were your dad, I'd be proud!" <Embrace Sam> "You know, I don't remember ever seeing your dad at the school's Parent Open House. Think he'd change his mind if he actually visited the mansion? I mean, we *are* a bunch of normal kids!" <exaggerated face>
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:16 No.15277986
    "Its who we are, its a part of us that gives us a freedom we never knew could exist...but for each of us that relish and exalt in what we are...we're the lucky ones. Megan's power kept her from people...and I can't imagine Dr. McCoy's appearance makes his life easy. People can look at and exalt super heroes...they can look at men and women who wear spandex to be heroes or villains with exaltation and fear...but when its us...normal people...anyone could have a power it scares them. Your father loves you, and he wants you to be safe; would he feel that way about you being hidden and around normal people if you were gay, if you weren't a mutant but had a physical deformity. People make snap, and not always good, decisions out of fear. Whether it is a fear they possess or a fear they have for the welfare of someone they care about."
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:16 No.15277992
    ". . . Except Ricardo."
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:21 No.15278039
    Also, once she's finished talking, we hug her forever.

    Time Frozen forever. just the best, longest hug anyone can give someone.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:23 No.15278050
    Maybe we should get more politically involved. It is 1995 and anti-mutant riots are sweeping the nation, but surely, there are also pro-mutant protests and appeals to government. I can easily see 15yr olds getting involved in this movement. . . But that's for another day.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:25 No.15278069
    This is a good idea, because as Dr. Richards will later prove (even though he developed the formula when he was still young, and is still calculating public opinion and current events toward the project wide awake event as he did in civil war) social science is still SCIENCE
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:29 No.15278099
    Some Finish science nerd bringing together sociologists, philosophers, historians, psychologists and many other experts who are interested in the assistance of Mutant Kind?

    That'll never happen!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)16:31 No.15278112

    "Urgh, this is too much stress. I'm supposed to be on vacation!" Sam says, as the two of you carefully pick your way down the grassy embankment to a small playground at the bottom. "You ever think about just leaving all this stuff and going into the superhero thing full-time?" she asks as the two of you sit down on the swings next to each other.

    "I know some of the other guys joke about it, but I heard a story once, when I first moved to the Mansion," Sam continues. "Noah talked to this guy that used to hang out with the teachers, and he told Noah about this group of mutants that's not with either the Professor or Magneto. Like, they used to be friends with the teachers, but then they split."

    "He said they were called X-Force," she says, looking up at the clouds beyond the office high-rises in the distance.

    "Anyway, I don't know what's gonna happen. It would be nice if there was some way I could just get back and forth between my dad's and the School, but I don't think I could fly across the country every day. Maybe I'll spontaneously develop teleportative abilities," Sam says, deadpan. "You like that? I learned that from Megan. "Teleportative abilities."

    "Maybe you're right," she says, looking at you. "Maybe if he sees that it's not like a zoo or a riot at the Mansion all the time, he'll be OK with it. You're right, we are all normal!" she says, and when you add the caveat Sam joins in at the same time and you say together "Except Ricardo!"

    Thirty seconds, one crying jag and one five-minute hug later, Sam wipes her face with her wrist and smiles. "I've got until the end of the summer before things are finalized, at least. Maybe I'll be able to get him to come up and stay with us for a little while. Oh, geez, you don't think some crazy supermutant is gonna try to break in while he's there, do you?"

    What's the plan now?
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:31 No.15278115
    Especially when it hits close to home. It's one thing that random strangers hate and fear you (It's New York, we live with it.), but when it makes your family life difficult, then the injustice eats at you.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)16:34 No.15278132
    Now that everything is taken care of on her part, BACK TO WORK!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:34 No.15278134
    Make sure that Sam is okay for now, then get in the Fantasticar and get back to work.

    We can be given some slack due to being a teenager, but that will only go so far. We need to prove to the other researchers that we're a SCIENTIST!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:36 No.15278145

    "If one does, I will perform time stop shenanigans to comically keep him totally unaware of the events as they transpire around us and at the same time ushering him to safety,"..."Or we could try and bring him to a super hero meet up party with the X Men, the FF, and the Avengers...wait...are there any non mutant exclusive super teams out there? I know there is the other academy in Mass...but are there just teenage superhero groups mutant or otherwise?"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:36 No.15278151
    Walk her back home, and see Mister and Miss' Sam. Maybe if Sam's dad sees us and the Fantasticar he might not be so worried.

    Other then then, big Sam Hug, again, and back to Science!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)16:40 No.15278177
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    >Maybe if Sam's dad sees us and the Fantasticar he might not be so worried.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:42 No.15278190
    Can Sam come to work with us? Gives her something to do, she can talk to us throughout the day, and her dad may be more reluctant to move her if she is 'working'. Actually, maybe we can get her hired too. She's not as Science! as we, but she's a good kid.

    Also, bring donuts back to the lab. Science doesn't advance without donuts!

    Send a phone call to the Professor, or Ms. Grey from the fantasticar. Schedule a parent tour back on the Mansion, since the first one didn't work out so well. Get Mr. Binh invited.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:48 No.15278221
    This gives me an idea: Sam can fly. Does her hair cascade toward her feet or the ground when she is upside down?

    If it's toward her feet, she's a gravity manipulator. Seriously badass power, if she can learn to project it onto other things. Y/N, /tg/? I vote for Y, if only so she gets a badass power equal to us.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)16:51 No.15278239
    Is Sam actually about to become Greta Gravity?
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)16:53 No.15278253
    Pretty Sure it's a telekinetic "force" that lets her fly. And plenty of room for that to be awesome. Just that we have to let her have a moment in the spotlight, instead of being timefreeze triggyhappy.

    But, oh god. If she had gravity, we would have Time, Gravity, Electricity. Most of the Primal forces. That would get us kidnapped by Magneto or other forces and brainwashed until we served their side. . . . Actually, I'm surprised that that hasn't happened yet. We are high profile targets. . .
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)16:57 No.15278286

    "I reeeeally don't think he wants to see me hanging out with the Avengers," she says as the two of you walk back up the sidewalk toward her apartment. "Even though that was like the coolest thing ever. I mean, he gets all worked up about how great Captain America is, when he sees him on TV," Sam grins, rolling her eyes. "But that's not something his totally helpless daughter should ever-"

    She stops as the two of you near the Fantasticar and see a man walking out to the curb with a small cardboard box - a man who looks a lot like Sam!

    "Oh, um... hi, Dad. This is Aino," she says. "She goes to the Xavier School with me."

    "Hi, Aino," he says pleasantly. "Do you live in the city too?"

    "Aino's super-smart and works for the Fa- uh, for a science company, Dad," Sam interrupts you to blurt out. "She's on her lunch break right now."

    "Uh-huh," he says dubiously, looking at the Fantasticar parked in front of the building.

    "Um, Dad, can I go hang out with Aino at her job?" Sam pleads, using a voice you've heard her use before on her mom. "I'll take a taxi home? Pleeeeeea-"

    "OK, sure, honey, whatever you want!" he says, smiling and agreeing. "You two have fun today, OK?" he says, bending forward and hugging her.

    (cont. on next page)
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)17:03 No.15278315
    How can Sam be Awesome? Flying battle-valkyrie. Dog-fighter. Lift & drop (objects or people, depending on level of desperation). She could probably go into space if she had an appropriate suit on.

    Don't forget, she is fast when flying. She could escape from exploding volcanoes all Aladdin style. We just have to give her opportunities to shine
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)17:06 No.15278327
    He seems pretty friendly and reasonable. I wonder what's in the box?
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)17:07 No.15278331
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    Goddamn it, HeroMachine is not tweaked for teenage heroes! the worst part is getting the proportions "right", and I'm sure I did not quite achieve it. Can't quite name it, but she is slightly off. Seems a bit like a dwarf to me.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:07 No.15278337
    rolled 74 = 74


    his wife's severed head.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)17:09 No.15278349
    "Oh, hey Dad," she says, holding up a finger as she remembers what else she wanted to say. "DAD!" she shouts when he doesn't hear her right away.

    "Dad, I want you to come up to the school and see what it's like," Sam says, standing firmly and resolutely. "I know you saw it when you first brought me there, but I think if you saw what it was like when we were all in school and doing productive work that you would change your mind."

    "I know what you're gonna say-" she cuts him off as he starts to talk, "and I'm serious. I want you to come see what it's like."

    "Uh-" her father says, caught off-guard. "Uh, sure, honey. I'll be - tell you what, I'm pretty busy right now, but I'll call your teacher and we'll set up a time soon, OK?"

    "That went better than expected," she says as the Fantasticar climbs into the sky. While you contact Dr. Richards (for the second time) and explain your idea to treat the other employees for their patience, he smiles and says "You're a very thoughtful young woman, Aino. I know just the place."

    Fifteen minutes later, the two of you re-enter the laboratory, just as the scientists reach a point in the Microverse experiment where their attention is not demanded!

    "Hey, everyone, donuts!" one of the technicians calls into the hallway, and a few minutes later you are joined by several other staffers, as well as Dr. Richards and Mr. Grimm, as they enjoy an impromptu donut break!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)17:10 No.15278359
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    (going to have to go AFK for about 20 minutes, then we will be back with more action-packed Mutant Quest!)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)17:11 No.15278372
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    Seriously , dat hip. HeroMachine offers nothing in that regard that's not sexy, not even in the male department! Which is quite cool for the stripteasing, fanserving bikini-mail superheroines most anons wants, but seriously out-of-place for a teenager like this.

    Good tool but poorly suited for this task.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)17:12 No.15278378
    But. . . But, but, he can't be the BBEG. . . We just had Ice cream!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)17:19 No.15278413
    Awww, yeah~! Donut breaks. We are going to be their favorite intern. On a first-name basis with everyone. . .

    I guess we have a conversation with Sam in the Fantasticar before we arrive, and then introduce her to people. What is Sam's aptitude? Alternately, what would she have as a profession, if she had to pick Right Now? I bet we can get her headed in the right way.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:24 No.15278447
    rolled 72 = 72


    His evil ignores even the best of ice creams.

    Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)17:24 No.15278448
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    I've gotta say, I like your style. But, as far as I can remember, Alan Moore is not in the writing board for this series.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:37 No.15278560
    And thank goodness for that!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)17:39 No.15278572
    Leads to Epic showdown. . . Sam must face down this new dreaded villain. . . Only, in his evil and oppressive command center/throne room he makes his reveal through thick mechanical breathing. . . "Sam, I am your father!"

    "NOOOOOooooo! That's impossible!" "Search your heart, you know this to be true!"

    Heh. So much awesome nostalgia

    That said, I am genuinely concerned about Sam's turn to the darkside. She has expressed interest in leaving and doing the superhero thing, which means likely to run away. . . .
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:40 No.15278586
    Aino's not the sort to give up on friends.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)17:47 No.15278635

    "Hey kid, this ain't too bad!" Ben Grimm says as he dips one of the donuts into a cup of coffee. "A fella could get used ta this! How come you don't ever bring us donuts, Stretch?" he asks, chiding Dr. Richards as his wide rocky mouth breaks into a grin.

    "I hope everything was all right," Dr. Monroe, the lab's senior scientist tells you as the empty boxes begin to pile up. "Dr. Richards told me that you had to leave to attend to a personal matter. As much as I loathe absentee employees, I suppose you did make up for it," he says, smiling as he points to the boxes with stylized dancing donuts on them.

    "Thanks again, kid," Grimm says as he departs. "I'll leave you at the tender mercies 'a these eggheads. I gotta hit the gym before them donuts make me lose my girlish figure!" he says, clapping his hands together and knocking up a small cloud of powdered sugar.

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)17:48 No.15278648
    I see, you take vigilantism to be a way of escapism? A similar point was explored in one of the Watchmen addenda, the Hollis Mason' book. Also, in Civil War were...


    Reed Richards decided to deal with his erstwhile friends not as the people he knew but rather as mere components of a problem that had to be contained, isolated and ultimately dealt with. he didn't face them as persons; the friends and foes with an emotional component, just as mere factors of a bigger equation. He lost touch with humanity, which led to Mary Sue? whats-her-name Invisible woman defecting to Cap America side.

    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)17:48 No.15278649
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    "Say, Aino, when you get a moment, run this up to the ninetieth floor repository, would you?" one of the other scientists asks you as she wheels a cart with some prototype equipment on it up next to where you and Sam stand.

    "Can I come with?" Sam asks.

    "I don't see why not," the scientist responds as someone else calls her over to their workstation. "Just come right back down as soon as you drop it off," she says as she hurries away.

    "So how many times were you in here before?" she asks as the two of you take the staff elevator up. "Once in the past, and once in the way future, and once in the sort of future when you were in your grown-up self's body-" she counts off on her fingers, recollecting each leg of the strange tale you told her about.

    As you wheel the cart down the hallway while Sam continues, you notice that a heavy door on the wall is open partway - and you realize that it leads to the room with the portal to the Negative Zone! From beyond, you hear a crackling sound and a loud voice proclaim "Ah-ha! My plan has worked perfectly! Richards' traitorous servant activated the portal, allowing me to penetrate the heart of his sanctuary with ease!"

    Peeking through the doorway you see a huge, hideous-looking humanoid emerge from the strange portal which now stands open and active! It looks around, not noticing you, and proclaims "Now I will destroy him and have my vengeance!"

    What do?
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)17:53 No.15278690

    Don't let me stop you pal. Richards is on the third floor. Godsend I couldn't stand the bastard anymore!


    Kidding, of course!

    Go warn Richards about this, mention the packet we were bringing here.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:53 No.15278691
    rolled 13 = 13

    "Bored now." Stop time for him, get Richards or somebody on communicator, and let them know you've got this guy. If it's one of the Four or a bot, that would be best, since we don't know who the "traitorous servant" is yet.
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 06/15/11(Wed)17:56 No.15278713
    Put him in a time-out box and have Sam go get someone to help.
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    >Father seems to be nervous about something.
    >"Whatever you want.."

    Allowing daughter to have some fun before springing bad news? Knows something bad will happen and figures it'll be better for her not to be home when it does?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)17:58 No.15278731
    We also have to make a snarky comment at the villain about loudly announcing his plans to nobody in particular.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:00 No.15278752
    rolled 25 = 25

    "Shut up and go back in there!"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:01 No.15278755
    "Are you finished speaking?"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:02 No.15278762

    "So, you were saying Sam?"
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:02 No.15278765
    Yeah, they are just spoiling her given the separation. Overcompensating so she doesn't break like a twig under all the familiar pressure and become Goth or Emo or some crap like that. OR ISN'T IT!?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:03 No.15278775

    I still say her father just killed the mother and that his evil is greater than any ice cream in the universe.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)18:07 No.15278804

    "This day, all the insects of Earth shall know the name of Blas-" he begins to say, before he stops in mid-monologue, frozen in time.

    "Right, chief, plan delta, over and out!" Sam calls as she flits into the air and speeds down the hallway to the elevator, grinning with the chance to fly, as you turn your attention back to the would-be murderer as he continues to be held helpless in the grip of your tachyon bubble!

    A minute later, Dr. Richards, Ben Grimm and a woman who can only be the Invisible Woman emerge with Sam in the lead, and gasp in wonder at the being imprisoned by your power!

    "Defeated by Earth children! How humilitating!" the being rages as he comes to his senses, now bound with heavy high-tech manacles provided by Dr. Richards. "You will rue this day, Richards!" the being shouts at him, before turning to you. "And you! Do not think I will suffer this indignity, human child! I will-"

    "Yeah, yeah, back innna box where you belong," Grimm says, stuffing him down inside a reinforced containment capsule. "We'll take care 'a you later," he says, giving the lid a solid thump with his fist to latch it closed.

    "I can't imagine what kind of horrible thing he had planned," Mrs. Richards tells you as Grimm hefts the box up and loads it onto a sled aimed at the now-inactive portal to the Negative Zone. "It's very nice to meet you, by the way. You say you two attend the Xavier School?" she says, conversing with you and Sam.

    "Well-" Dr. Richards asks, after the commotion is all over. "Nine a.m. tomorrow?"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:09 No.15278814
    "Yes, Dr. Richards. Thank you."
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 06/15/11(Wed)18:14 No.15278845
    "It would be my pleasure!"
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:17 No.15278871
    "Who, or what, was that thing? But," Lean into Doctor Richards, to whisper "He said that traitorous servant activated the portal," ANd nod, smiling. "Yeah, Xavier School Pride!"

    And nod and a big smile...and...taxi, Fantasticar, or how shall we get Sam and ourselves home? And is Sam staying with her parents? Because we should so sleep over.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)18:18 No.15278875
    Sam would be a good office courier. . . I wonder if she can get an internship helping out with that. . .

    Also, at the mansion, we have to do everything in our power to get Mr. & Mrs. Binh together again. Parent-trap style! In fact, get the rest of the students in on it too, concocting strange plans to get these two adults to remember that they love each other. . .

    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:19 No.15278882
    This. Also, make a note to spend a lot of time around the Building in case it gets loose. Maybe examine the bindings ourself as well?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:22 No.15278900
    No, no, we shouldn't force them together, that's just weird.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:26 No.15278936

    You are right. Cancel begging a favor from Ms Frost. Also I think that may be a little unethical.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:28 No.15278949
    Aino isn't the sort to let little things stop her once she has an idea in mind. Besides, it's hurting her friend, and she's likely to try and do something clever to encourage them to get back together, if only for her friend's sake. How well that goes, well...
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:28 No.15278954
    The solution: Trap them in the mansion, with their children getting trapped by [villain of the week] and it's up to them to stop them.

    This looked so much better in my head than it did in text.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:28 No.15278955
    We should still totally do the sleepover, though. It would give us a better opportunity to figure out the exact nature of the relationship between Sam and her father.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:28 No.15278956
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    "Donuts, SCIENCE!, supervillians! This place has it all! I'm gonna love working in here! So far, the Second-Best First Day I've ever had!"

    Shift to a mugshot of Invisible woman saying "So... what was the best one?"

    Answer nodding to Sam knowingly: "My first Day at the X-School. So, see you tomorrow?"

    Leave with Sam, ask her what she wants to do, suggest blowing some time off at the central park, seeing the sun go down. Photograph tiem!

    >implying he doesn't suggest this so as to make a case for his shitty photoshop. Man, it's like applying makeup to a whore, it doesn't make her look glamorous, only decadent.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:29 No.15278967
    Agreed, but we have to be subtle about it. No Parent Trap style shenanigans.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:30 No.15278971
    Hey, let the prof do the writing, hmmm?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:31 No.15278978
    It's Aino. Clever is what she does. Now, if only relationships worked like SCIENCE...
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:32 No.15278988
    >mfw we SCIENCE! a way to save a marriage.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)18:34 No.15278999

    "I've been to the Xavier School once or twice," Mrs. Richards confides. "It's a lovely place. I'm sure you enjoy it very much. Aino, you're interning here now, is that right?" she asks. "And what about you, Sam? What are you doing this summer?"

    "Well, uh-" Sam says, looking around at the amazing array of equipment in the huge two-story room. "I don't really have a job or anything. Mostly I just sit around and watch TV. You guys aren't looking for a - I mean, if you're in charge of that kind of-"

    While Sam and Mrs. Richards make small talk, you flag down Reed and draw him aside from the others. "I see-" Dr. Richards frowns slightly as you tell him what you overheard. "His name is Blastaar. He was once a tyrant who ruled an empire in the Negative Zone, but his people overthrew him. Our paths have crossed since then - he sees Earth as a viable conquest for a new empire, I'm afraid. It's fortunate that you were able to halt him before he noticed you - he has the ability to create incredibly destructive energy beams. In fact, I'd rather you not directly confront anything that may crop up here," he says, standing up straight and looking between you and Sam.

    "That goes for both of you."

    As he turns and walks away, he looks back and says "I'll have intern papers drawn up for you tomorrow morning. Just have one of your parents sign it. Welcome aboard, Sam."

    After the squeals of delight subside, Sam's eyes suddenly widen. "Oh, no, I spent all my cash on donuts! How are we gonna get home?"

    "Don't worry, dear," Mrs. Richards says. "I'll drive you there."

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:34 No.15279006
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    It always seems to be the case, doesn't it? Don't let it discourage you, TROLL HARDER! NEVER DESPAIR, NEVER SURRENDER!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:36 No.15279017
    Well, if it's gotten into our head, Time Warp and Parent Trap shenanigans is how we'll do it, but I don't think we should make two people stay together if they don't want to.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:38 No.15279039
    Need more information; nature of their relationship, their history, recent conflicts that lead to this breakdown. I'm not so hot for this one, let them sort it out. Anything more would be simply disrespectful.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:39 No.15279050
    The problem with Parent Traps is that it personally gives me the feeling that the relationship is being forced, regardless of what the parents feel afterwards. It'd be no better than having Prof X or Emma mind control them.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)18:42 No.15279076

    One more ride in the Fantasticar through the skies of Manhattan later...

    "Oh, wow, I had no idea it could go that fast!" Sam raves as she steps out of the passenger compartment. "Thanks, Mrs. Richards!" she says, waving as the craft rises back up into the air, leaving the two of you on the afternoon sidewalk.

    "Mooooooooom?" Sam asks a minute later, sticking her head in the doorway of their apartment. "Mom, can Aino spend the night? We were gonna - Hey, where's Dad?" she asks, realizing that her mother is sitting alone on the couch.

    "Oh, sweetie, he got a call while you were out. He has to go to Tennessee for a week or two, but then he'll be back. He said he's going to drive up and visit the school when he gets back!" she says, standing up to give both her and you hugs. "I think he'll change his mind. He just likes to bluster a lot. He was like that when we were dating."

    "Oh, geez, Mom, I don't need to know about that," Sam says, throwing her hands up. "So can Aino spend the night tonight? Please?"

    "Of course, sweetie! Your friends are *always* welcome here," she says, going into the kitchen.

    "So what were you planning to do tonight?" she calls from off-panel.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:43 No.15279083

    >It'd be no better than having Prof X or Emma mind control them.

    Well, there goes that plan. What about mind wiping the idea to move? X has shown to have no moral issues with that one (sometimes, varies by writer) and Frost has no moral issues...pretty much ever.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:43 No.15279087
    rolled 66 = 66

    Voting AGAINST Parent Trap. Way too much effort. It would either completely derail the campaign or it would be so simplistic as to be idiotic.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:45 No.15279099
    Well, we could start off by sitting her room talking about our FEELINGS...
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:46 No.15279106
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    I was thinking of going out and get a little *air*, afterwards come back home, cook some popcorn and watch THIS!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:47 No.15279115
    No. That's OOC for Aino. She respects the right of people to think and feel whatever they want. Using powers to change his mind for him would be wrong.
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)18:47 No.15279116
    Save that for the late night cuddle. inb4CCA!CCA!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:49 No.15279130
    Far better to use manipulation in the background and reasoning with him.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:53 No.15279152

    I wasn't serious. Mind wiping and rape is both OOC and wrong. The former due to the latter.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)18:57 No.15279171
    Regarding parent traps. Yes, ethically, I believe that relationships should not be forced. Either through powers or situations. However, the idea came to me in the form of "What's a CCA way of familial problem resolution?" Clearly, Disney has subverted my conscious thought processes here. . . Basically, I support learning more about their relationship, asking other trustworthy adults (Professor X, McCoy, Logan?) about relationship advice, and giving Sam's Folks more opportunity to talk to each other. If the 'forcing' isn't working, let it be, if it does, then great! Maybe his job is the problem, if he is so far away so often. . .

    A) Sam should tell her mom about her new job! SO EXCITING!

    B) We should spend part of the night listening to Sam's Mom explain how they were when they dated, why they liked each other, etc. Maybe go through some old photo-albums, and 8mm slideshows. (90s!)

    C) "Oh, no, I spent all my cash on donuts!" - I totally got a Homer Simpson vibe off of that.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/15/11(Wed)18:57 No.15279173
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    I think we should cheer up Sam by pairing up Noah with her.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)18:59 No.15279188
    I think she has bigger problems, but encouraging Noah to talk to her is a good idea.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:00 No.15279200
    I'm gonna suggest this one...and renting...Oh, has Terminator come out yet? That and a horror movie.
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)19:03 No.15279221
    Also, nice work Hipster. . . You've inspired me to attempt to illustrate parts of MQ. That may take a while

    Mutant Quest!
    Action! Adventure! ~Friendship!~ Time Travel! Ethical and Moral Dilemma! Dedication in the face of Adversity! Internships! Flying Cars! Flying People! Flying People Flying Flying Cars! Powersuits! Sentinels! Blackbirds! Penguins! Relativity! SCIENCE! Truth, Justice, and the American Way!
    This quest has everything!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:04 No.15279230

    "Oh geez, I can't believe how dorky you guys look!"

    "Well, that was a long time ago! Things were different!" Mrs. Binh says as she takes the photo album back from you and Sam, while Rashomon plays in the background. "Hmm-" she says, running a hand over the laminated photographs.

    "You are *not* pulling a Parent Trap with my mom and dad!" Sam laughs, four hours, one pizza and two movies later as she hurls a piece of popcorn at you from the floor of her room. "And you're not getting the Professor or Ms. Frost to make him change his mind, either. That's creepy. Plus, it's totally unethical, remember? Free will and all that stuff."

    "Listen, I know you want to help, but this stuff... it's complicated, you know? Some things you can't fix with superpowers. And you're not a psychologist, you're a nerd who solves crime on the side. You're- aaah!" Sam shrieks as she finds the bowl of popcorn upside-down above her head an instant later. "Aaaa! No powers, no powers!" she cries, flying up into the air next to the heavy-metal posters on her wall and shaking popcorn out of her hair.

    Later that night, after everything else has settled down, you lie on the futon near Sam's bed, staring out at the lights of the city, when her voice rouses you from the edge of sleep.

    "Hey, Aino?"

    "You're a pretty great friend."

    (cont. on next page)
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)19:08 No.15279270
    Heartwarming. . .
    Or in the /TG/ vernacular. . .
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:30 No.15279421
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    The next days are hectic, with Aino shuttling between the Mansion, Four Freedoms Plaza, and the Binh household. Her work keeps her busy, as we see a page-long montage of the scientists making more use of her and Sam throughout the week, while she becomes an increasingly familiar sight in the Binh's apartment. Before she knows it the week is over, and her full-time job working for Dr. Richards comes to a close as the summer session of Professor Xavier's school draws near.

    "OK, sweetie, you be good! Love you!" Mrs. Binh calls as you and Sam climb out of her car at the steps of the Mansion. "Bye, Mom! Love you!" Sam hollers back, rolling her eyes as she looks at you. "Parents. Gotta humor 'em."

    The two of you walk up the path to the steps as Sam's mom drives off, but as you reach for the doorhandle it opens, and Clarissa stands on the inside!

    "Ohmygoshyouguysaren'tgonnabelievethis!" she blurts out, frantically.

    "Whoa, whoa, slow down, tiger, what's the problem?" Sam asks, reflexively floating up into the air. "More Sentinels? Dinosaurs? Killer clowns?"

    "They're bringing the students from the Massachusetts Academy down here for the summer! You know, the school Ms. Frost runs?"

    "So?" Sam asks.

    "So?" Clarissa asks irately. "Have you ever *met* those kids-"

    She stops and looks past the two of you, down the driveway to where a long black limousine turns and rolls through the open gate toward the Mansion. As it approaches, it slows and stops with the passenger side facing you. A moment later, the door opens and Ms. Frost steps out.

    "Good morning, children. Say hello to your new friends."

    With that, the doors open, and seven people roughly your own age step out - three young women and four young men!

    "So this is Xavier's class?" one of them asks, scowling at you. "No wonder they're second-best."
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:32 No.15279447
    rolled 8 = 8

    Slice their fingers off, just the tips, no joints. They will grow back. Aino does not like people who diss her friends. Any chance of a super battle next issue, Prof?
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:35 No.15279470
    this if inter-school rivalry, for goodness sake! Not a nazi raiding party.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:35 No.15279476
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    The Negative Zone! The skies over Manhattan! The Binh kitchen! Is there no place our intrepid heroine didn't visit in this, our nevertheless notable nineteenth issue?!?

    As the summer kicks off and some new faces appear in the Mansion, let's kick over the Mutie Mailbag and print some letters!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:36 No.15279478
    Rival confirmed. Finally, Dicardo is no longer the biggest jerk on campus!

    And one last full page panel of us standing togeather with our best friends minus Megan and give them a Look.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:36 No.15279484
    somebodies asking for a butt kicking
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:37 No.15279494
    Dear Powerful Prof!

    We got some new students, huh? Who are these jokers, or will that be revealed next issue?

    Worried reader!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)19:38 No.15279499
    "Second-best?" Raise eyebrows, smirk with Sam & Clarissa. . . "What rock did you crawl out from under?" Turn to wave at Ms. Frost "Hello Ms. Frost! Enjoying your summer?"

    Stick tongue out at jerk-student when we have the chance?
    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)19:38 No.15279502
    Wait, is that true!?

    Also,yes, but let THEM initiate the fight so we don't lose any Influence Points with Emma.

    "Cute, does the dog also bite or just bark?"

    Ok, never been good at these.

    16? characters prof!? My brain can't process that many at once!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:40 No.15279517
    >Dear Powerful Prof!

    >We got some new students, huh? Who are these jokers, or will that be revealed next issue?

    >Worried reader!

    Worry not, faithful reader! While these faces may be new, we'll learn all about them in our action packed, double-sized 20th Issue Spectacular!
    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)19:42 No.15279538
    Dear Mutie Mailbag. Very enjoyable issue. (I took a vacation from work today! So I actually got to PARTICIPATE in MQ, instead of reading it after the fact)..

    Holds very much true. . .

    Now for the question. Now that Aino is a powerhouse of ability, how much can we expect the other Xavier students, (and I guess Frost students) to push their own development? I figure that most of them should be growing their powers as Aino is, so are suprises in store?
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:46 No.15279564
    >16? characters prof!? My brain can't process that many at once!

    Don't worry, Hip! We're sure they'll all be quite memorable...
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:47 No.15279572
    You know what this means?

    >> MutantQuestEnthusiast !!QOoWKpGx5OM 06/15/11(Wed)19:49 No.15279583
    Massachusetts school? Rivalry? Superpowered pranks?
    See http://hacks.mit.edu/ And add mutant powers.

    >> Hipster-who-speels-Magick-with-a-K 06/15/11(Wed)19:49 No.15279585
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:51 No.15279597
    rolled 76 = 76

    These dicks could actually work in our favor. What better way to convince Sam's father than by having a baseball game or whatever between the schools on the day he visits? Makes us look much less isolationist. Powers-on, too, so he can see Sam being happy, enjoying what she is. Makes his suggestion to just hide her mutantness seem stupid and short-sighted, even to himself.
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)19:52 No.15279604
    Dear Sirs,

    I have just read this issue that my son bought and found that two of the main characters have shared a night together! And they are both female, and one has divorced parents! What does Marvel have to say for themselves?

    Alexander Jenkins
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:52 No.15279609
    >Dear Mutie Mailbag. Very enjoyable issue. (I took a vacation from work today! So I actually got to PARTICIPATE in MQ, instead of reading it after the fact)..

    >Holds very much true. . .Now for the question. Now that Aino is a powerhouse of ability, how much can we expect the other Xavier students, (and I guess Frost students) to push their own development? I figure that most of them should be growing their powers as Aino is, so are suprises in store?

    You're right that the rest of the class has been progressing with their own abilities! Come to think of it, we haven't had a knock-down, drag-out all-student brawl for a few issues! Let's hope that changes!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)19:56 No.15279645
    >Dear Sirs,

    >I have just read this issue that my son bought and found that two of the main characters have shared a night together! And they are both female, and one has divorced parents! What does Marvel have to say for themselves?

    >Alexander Jenkins

    We understand that as a parent you might feel that some things are inappropriate for certain readers. We always suggest that families read our comics together - after all, that way everyone gets to enjoy them!
    >> Anonymous 06/15/11(Wed)20:04 No.15279709
    rolled 37 = 37

    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)20:36 No.15279970
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    Looks like the end of this issue's Mutie Mailbag! Tune in next time for more thrills, chills and spills in Mutant Quest's 20th issue!

    Remember, back issues can be read in full on the suptg archive:

    Keep up to date with the Mutant Quest Information Page!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/15/11(Wed)22:27 No.15280874
    Just for fun...


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