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>A superpowered quest!

Hattrask, NC. A small coastal town busy only during the summer months. The source of a bit of attention though recently, because of an unfortunate super problem! Ever since that eclipse some decades ago beings with super "powers" have been a reality, albeit a very uncommon one. Maybe, maybe one in a million, usually the subject of big cities. With a population a little above a thousand though, Hattrask has at least three known supers and it's been causing trouble for awhile now!

You are Emily Eaton, a native of town and another... well, arguably a super yourself, though not a known one. Of the mutant variety, half-shark to be precise, you've spent most of your life hiding away inside your home. On your most recent, 20th birthday you didn't look outside. But with all this super trouble now, and hearing some foreboding rumors about it, you feel you have to act. If only for the sake of your town, given that you doubt these supers aren't even from around here! You have to... you have to show them who's boss and beat some sense into them! Show them they can't just treat your town like a playground to terrorize.

At least that was the idea but another day swaddled in covers and laying in bed on the computer, watching a broadcast from elsewhere in town of trouble brewing, it seems it's finally time to do something about it... only, you hardly ever go outside to begin with, let alone getting involved with some super trouble.

>What do you do?
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>>3522864
Install a dating app and find a boy to talk to
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>>3522877
+1
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>>3522877
>>3522894
Hiding in the surf and spying on that lifeguard wistfully is not a realistic outlet... or a healthy one. The first step in more ways than one to getting used to the outside world is making contact with people!

At least, that's what you tell yourself. You'd considered it before after your only friend, Mike, suggested it. If it's just for the purpose of talking though, you can manage that at least.

"A picture of yourself... we'll come back to that..."

Having found what you believe to be a popular dating app, you set about making an account while the livestream news runs in a side tab. There are some barriers you face, most notably the need of a picture... you're not sure how you can get around that. With shaky hands though, you click and create an account.

Now to just... wait? How does this work, you've never done this before... you could just leave your account and see what happens but without a picture who knows. Or maybe try seeking someone out? Either way you don't expect that you'll be talking to a b... another person, so soon.

>What do you do?
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>>3522897
Shakily and reluctantly take a "selfie". Maybe use a filter to make yourself look better.
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>>3522937
You've never really taken pictures of yourself before, why would you? Already have to see yourself enough in the mirror...

Uncertain though and after several failed attempts, you finally muster the courage to try and get a selfie but end up taking a ton before you find something not depressing. Thanks be to your long hair is all you can say, well to cover most of your face as need be. Something better than any filters could do, but you mess around with them anyway. Eventually you end up with something which doesn't totally upset you to look at, even if it... doesn't really show anything about you at all. Just a bunch of hair and the faintest glimpse, sliver of a face from a certain angle.

But that's all the requirement is, you just need a picture. Nothing says it has to be flattering let alone good. Now comes the biggest challenge of all; overcoming the obstacle of actually uploading it to your profile.

>Make a roll of a d100 to be able to!
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Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>3522966
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Rolled 14 (1d100)

>>3522966
Wow we're an uber NEET
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>>3522970
>>3522971
>14

Yeeeaaahhh... n-no picture...

Maybe you can find a nice blind boy to talk to...
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>>3522976
In any case, your profile is made so you suppose it's just a matter of time... if anyone can get past not having a picture. Not like messages are going to flood in minutes after the fact, so you may want to find something to do in the meantime till you check back later.

...after the last thirty minutes spent staring at the notifications and hitting refresh several times a minute.
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>>3522988
Read the news
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Rolled 8 (1d100)

>>3522988
We will enter dating scene God dammit!
Third time's a charm?

>Read the news
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>>3523034
>Rolled 8
Ok no pictures...
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>>3523007
>>3523034

"No... Nothing..."

Maybe, maybe if you add a picture, you'll get more attention? If you just-

>8

No! No pictures! You'd only depress yourself and scare others. No, just keep checking your account for attention, while minding the news.

There's the usual national and international news, politicians saying this, celebrities doing that. But the local news is your ongoing focus now, ironically your only connection to town since you never go out. A livestream independent news channel on Viewtube, since the actual local news stations won't cover... perhaps aren't supposed to cover super affairs. Not after the police got involved at least.

At present though, you and many other active viewers can see on the livestream, the current event of super trouble. Downtown, or as much of a downtown as a town like Hattrask can have, Quickstep the local villain is in front of the general store basically holding the place hostage and calling out Helion the local hero. Such names, but it's what people have taken to calling them, doesn't seem like anyone chooses their names in this super scene.

As you've heard however, it doesn't seem like the authorities will tolerate this trouble for very much longer. Thankfully no one has been killed or else things would be much worse, but if these supers keep up their rivalry and continue gallivanting about town then there might be something like a state of emergency declared. If the police can't or won't stop it, then someone needs to before it gets out of control!

...right? Err, it is rather sunny out today though, maybe going outside isn't such a good idea...

>What do you do?
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>>3523048
>Put on the hoodie and maybe one of those tie on face mask, and go for the jog around the block.
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>>3523048
Lets swim, that always cheer us up


thank god no dating app
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>>3523103
Also, our powers? Do we just swim well or have superstrength and can smell people by their blood or something?
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>>3523078
>>3523103
Not that you are unable to go outside, occasionally you sneak out to go swimming, spy on people sometimes. Half of you is from the ocean, it's only natural you'd feel at home there too. But going outside in the middle of the day for a jog around the block?

Well, if you want to try your hand at this super business or at least the effort to put a stop to it, then you'll need to be able to go outside.

"...mask? Mask... where's a..."

Untangling yourself from the covers, you roll out of bed and sit on the floor for awhile, trying to mentally prepare yourself for this. Clamoring to your feet then eventually, you rummage around for something to wear, something baggy. Sweatpants, and a hoodie? It's about as unbecoming as can be, even you have some self-respect as to not try to act super dressed like this... right? But for now it's just going outside. And it works well enough to hide most of your body, though your tail still hangs out the back, not much you can do about that besides wearing something like a long coat or a poncho or something. Ironically your biggest worry was your face, but you realize you can just cover most of it with your long hair. With that and your clothes you can pass as a person, but at the end of all things it's your tail that's your biggest problem.

Maybe you could come up with something to conceal it, or if it's only a short trip outside. Sure enough if you want to go down to the beach and hit the water, then that would be a short enough trip you're familiar with, where you wouldn't need to worry so much about your appearance. It's just risky if you plan to keep around the streets and neighborhoods...

>>3523104
Thanks to your hybrid physiology, obviously you can swim well and are able to breathe underwater thanks to gills on your neck. It's also pretty easy to remain in good shape and even despite your sedentary lifestyle you have a fit body, a little effort of exercise (in your case the occasional swimming) goes a long way for you. Then of course there's your teeth, and some good shark senses... and woe betide those near to you when you smell or god forbid taste blood.

Over the years you've also noticed a better endurance than the average person, sure you can exert yourself more but you're also just plain healthier and heal better. And don't forget... well it's not super strength but you are very strong. You can't lift a car and throw it but you were able to bend a car door off just by accident once when you were upset at Mike. You can only assume that if you try to get stronger and into better shape, this will be reflected in your strength. Maybe even size?

These are the things you know, from your life already. Who knows what else you might discover about yourself if you start engaging people or supers.
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>>3523111
Wear long sleeve t-shirt and tie hoodie on our waist
+Put a cap on
Run along the beach, if someone approach us we can jump into water
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>>3523120
Order a shark mask online afterwards
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>>3523125
>>3523120
A mask may be in order if you follow this idea of yours, though you'll have to wait till one arrives after buying it. In the meantime you can just settle for your hair, or come up with something else if need be.

Trying to figure out what to do with your tail then, you come up with a clever idea of tying something around your waist to hide it. Not a perfect solution but better than leaving it hanging out. With that taken care of then...

"Juuust... a little sun... nooothing wrong with that..."

For a long while you wait at the open back door, till hesitantly stepping a foot outside. You manage to stand in your backyard for a bit and take in the sea breeze, feel the sun, before you stumble back inside. Gripping the counter, you try to calm your panicked breathing and choke down a glass of water. Shaking, still holding the empty glass in your hands, you stare outside for awhile more before taking another step out. Deep breaths, try not to panic, set the glass down and go for a walk...

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You know the way to the beach well enough, thankfully it doesn't take following any roads. Just crossing your backyard, traversing a stretch of undeveloped land, and then clamoring up and down the grassy dunes the rest of the way to the beach. It is summer so the busy season, but a Tuesday afternoon and with a super problem taking place in town, it's not like the beach is packed with people. Though there are some but hopefully they'll just mind their own business as you go for a run.

Or rather, lay and hide against one of the dunes, peering through the grasses at people as you try to build up the courage to make it to the beach and go for a run...
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>>3523151
>74

Thankfully, you don't run into anyone. Most folks are happy enough fishing, playing in the surf or sand, and enjoying the beach. Happy enough, to not bother you. Some may notice a weird woman fully dressed on a run, but none care enough to approach you.

Given this then, you're able to run for awhile in fact, till you near the lighthouse even by the time you work up a sweat. Quite a different experience from just trying to sneak to the waters and swim out of sight of anyone. You feel so much more exposed, noticed, but at the same time it feels almost liberating to be able to do it. To be able to get so close to people even if it's just running past them.

>What do you do?
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>>3523158
Now is time for a swim, to reidrate our skin afyer all this sun and sweating, maybe find a fish or 2 to snack on, we love ultra fresh sushi
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>>3523172
Supporting
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>>3523111
>Maybe even size?
We need to get all the hottie by becoming the ultimate muscle girl!
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>>3523181
>ultimate muscle girl
I could get behind this
...
I AM getting behind this.
Muscle girl +1
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>>3523172
+1
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>>3523175
>>3523181
>>3523190
>>3523191
Well you are somewhat fit already, only a little bit of chub perhaps from laying in bed all day. But you always manage to slim and get fit after enough swimming. Getting huge and swole though? You'd never really considered it. Maybe that lifeguard would notice you if you were as big as he was... or bigger.

Shaking such silly thoughts from your head, you manage to find a decent spot on the beach where there's not so many people around in either direction for a good distance. You had the forethought to bring a towel to set down, and with swimming in mind you bothered to put on some swimwear under your clothes. So after some nervous looking around, you leave the towel out with your outer wear. Then after quickly wading into the water, you can take off your shirt and the one around your waist. Looking around for a rock, you bundle up the shirts and then find a spot that won't get buried by the surf to leave them, after which you're free.

Just about the only time you really can be free, free to move around as you wish, free to be yourself, free from notice. The ocean, your second home, as you paddle around the shore for awhile before diving and swimming farther out off the coast and to greater depths. Really able to swim, and swim hard, give your gills a chance to work again.

---

"Princess! Take your rightful place!"

"No, leave me alone!"

Again with the sharks. You just want to swim around and enjoy yourself, and thought by coming in the daytime you'd avoid them. But sure enough, within an hour at least, some other sharks find you again and like always try to plead and pester for you to "accept responsibility" or some nonsense.

You're just trying to drift a little and appreciate the currents while you munch on a fat fish, the last thing you want is to be bothered right now!

>What do you do?
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>>3523217
>>What do you do?
Go back home and search on the internet about shark civilization
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>>3523217
Try to find Sawtooth
He's a nice tiger shark that is not into the recruiting effort, he may be around again, we can try to beat him in a race this time
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>>3523224
+1
So we can talk to fish, at least to sharks
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>>3523224
How about we just ask the sharks about it?

Ask them whats these responsabilities? Do they have a city or something?
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>>3523224
>>3523229
>>3523240
>>3523250
These damn sharks again, always pestering you. So what if your father was their king or something, you're not one of them or only half as much. You live on land, you have a house, you pay bills. You only come to the ocean occasionally to relax and enjoy yourself, you're not interested in becoming their queen.

"You have a duty to your people, princess!"

"Come along, we'll find you a suitable prince and you shall be queen!"

"And what, only be queen half the time? I live on land, find a princess who lives in the water!"

If it weren't for your father they probably wouldn't have anything to do with you... well, they probably wouldn't even be able to communicate and think like this. For as long as you can remember, when swimming you've always been approached by them. When you were younger it was an enjoyable thing, getting to swim and spend time with the other half of your own kind. Who wouldn't want to hang onto a shark for a swim around? After years though of it and hearing them request the same thing of you, it's become more an annoyance than anything.

At this rate, you prefer spending time with other kinds of sharks, non-great whites like you and these annoying ones. Sure those other sharks aren't... "intelligent" but you can feel more at peace and relax around them. Like Sawtooth, if you can find him. Always being careful though of course, other sharks don't regard you as special or beyond attack.
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>>3523272
>16

Unfortunately, no you can't seem to find Sawtooth for the time being, can't pick up on his scent through the waters. The best you can hope for is to try and get these sharks to leave you alone, or to try and avoid them. Torpedo junction it's called, off the coast here. Graveyard of the Atlantic, often enough you can find some old shipwreck or underwater debris to hide out in for awhile, if need be.

>What do you do?
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>>3523277
Find an old navy ship, see if we can find anythibg cool while we wait them out
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>>3523291
For all the time that these old wrecks have been down here, all but the deepest ones off the coast have been explored for many decades. People scuba dive them for fun after all. Still though, you can swim for awhile and find an old wreck to hide in, till you're able to lose the sharks. Inevitably they can find you again, they can always sense you at some distance, but it's the chance you need to get a head start and swim away. Back towards where you'd been before, nearer to the coast at least.

A good exercise as well, all that swimming. You could call it a day for now, but it's not like you have to. You could very well just live and survive out here in the ocean, it's just whenever you feel like returning home and getting back to your normal life. Or whatever business you'd had in mind. By now you expect the super situation in town will have blown over though.

>What do you do?
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>>3523352
Get dry and go by there, see if it's been dealt with
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>>3523365
You want to risk going out in public? You can return to shore and get dried and dressed, but going into town is something else.

Not that you can't, but you may want to roll if you plan to risk getting attention or noticed by people.
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Rolled 1 (1d100)

>>3523371
Rolling then, we are kind of curious and all that shark harassment makes me want to be around some more humans, if we can't interact with them we might as well be shark royalty
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>>3523388
Hue

Humans never again, let's find a cave and live forever at the sea
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Rolled 59 (1d100)

>>3523371
Look for the place and try to listen in to people to see how things went
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>>3523352
>>3523388
Go home. Just go home and watch some anime
Then shitpost on 4chan how 8 season of GoT sucked ass.
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>>3523557
Bring some fresh fish with us to make some sweet, sweet sushi
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>>3523388
>>3523406
>>3523557
>1

Having caught yourself some fish to wrap in one of your shirts, you look around for awhile till you can find the same bundle. After that it's just a matter of tying the other shirt around your waist, then looking around out of the water till the coast is clear to rush onto shore and dry yourself, get dressed. It's not perfect since you hurry, and with one shirt bundled with fish you end up just having to wear the hoodie over your swimwear. But the important thing is, no one saw you. You're dressed and ready to go after a nice and enjoyable time out swimming, and best of all it was in the middle of the day!

Knowing you're able to do this, you would look forward to doing it again... sometime in the future. Maybe not anytime soon, but again.

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It's about sunset by the time you make it back into town, and cautiously head over to where the big supermart is. By now, the super situation looks to have sorted itself out, with police and a crime scene line around the area. But not without obvious trouble as you can see signs of what must have been a conflict to have taken place. Collateral damage, a growing problem in town. By the sound of things from a couple reporters, no one was killed or hurt thankfully, but you expect it's only a matter of time till-

"Augh! Wh-What is that?!"

You feel something off your tail and hear a scream, when you wheel around to find that a young child in the gathered small crowd must have noticed your tail under the wet shirt and pulled it off to see. The child's mother though upon seeing screamed which drew all attention including news cameras to you. For perhaps a brief moment you hope that you can just... not react or anything, that people might look at you but not see anything untoward.

"S-Something out her back!"

"Is that... some monster?!"

So much for that hope. People freak out at the sight and clear away from you, but they don't run. Just a collective horror and fear at... whatever you might be as they all murmur and stare at you, and the cameras catch all of it. Trying not to panic yourself, you attempt to just back away as they continue to make space for you, but in the process of backing up you trip and fall over the street curb. Is that laughter you hear? Whatever the case you flee the area, face buried in your hands in shame.

"Freak!"

"Don't let it go!"

While there's no angry mob after you, people aren't so keen on letting some... monster just run off into town. You hear calls and complaints for the police, and by the time you're away from the main road you can already hear the sirens of a police car leaving the supermart, probably looking for you. First instinct is to just flee home, but should you go there right away? Or try something else?

>What do you do?
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>>3523606
>>What do you do?
Go swimming till night, then sneak back home.
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>>3523620
We can always try sushi if we get hungry
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>>3523606
Run home, cry a lot, swear that these people are worse than sharks

If we were a hero they wouldn't say those mean things
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>>3523606
>Run home, cry a lot
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>>3523630
>>3523625
>>3523620
>>3523649
Part of you wants to just retreat to the ocean again, where you feel safe and free. Maybe it's your instincts, telling you to return to what you know or... where you belong. Given the reactions of those people, that may just be how it is. But right now after that scary and upsetting experience, you don't want to have to sneak to the water and the wait some time to just sneak home again. More than anything, you want to just curl up in bed and hide in the dark, where you belong.

So running home as fast as you can, hoping no one saw much or followed you, the front door slams behind as you make it inside and fall to your knees feeling queasy from the adrenaline. Shedding your wet clothes on the way to the bedroom, you collapse into bed and swaddle yourself among the covers again, burying your face in your pillow as you cry your eyes out.

After all that effort, all that courage it took you just to go outside, and it was still miserable. You're still just a monster. As you cry yourself to sleep, all you can remember thinking is, if you were a hero they wouldn't look at you that way. You wouldn't be just some horrible monster to them...

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A knock at the door startles you awake. Long ago you had the doorbell disabled, so it must be urgent. But then, what strangers ever come around to your house for any reason? As remote as Hattrask is, it's not like you get people going door to door trying to get signatures or sell things. You think to just ignore it and roll over back in bed, but the knocking again makes you jolt up in worry.

Falling out of bed, you can see the time on your computer, it's a little after eight at night so you must have only been asleep an hour or two. Stumbling out of your bedroom to the living room and then the front door, you can look out and see a police officer. Jumping back from the fright, you can feel the dread setting in and what it could mean.

Maybe... he'll just go away? you think to yourself. But can you afford to just ignore it? Do you even want to answer the door? No of course not, but what could it mean if there's a cop outside?

>What do you do?
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>>3523672
Put hoodie and a scarf, tell we have a cold, open the dor just a bid and ask if he needs something
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>>3523682
A hybrid sure, but you're not so different that you can't somewhat pass as human... if you hide enough of yourself. You want nothing to do with the police, but you need to know what's going on if it might pertain to you.

"J... Just a minute!"

Hurriedly looking around, you scramble for some different clothes to put on. You don't need to get fully dressed, just enough to open the door, and make sure you keep your tail out of sight. Your hair, and maybe some clever concealing of your face can do the rest. Gathering what courage you have then, you take a deep breath and open the door a little. Leaning from behind just to peer out, you can even bring your arm up like you're holding the door but to obscure the lower portion of your face.

"Good evening m... ah, sorry to bother you at this hour, but there were reports earlier of a suspicious figure in town, possibly having been this way. We're just letting folks know, and checking if you might have seen anything, or know anything?"

While it's worrying that they seem to be looking for you, it's also a relief that they're just going around to people's houses so they must not have much an idea at all by this point. You can just keep your responses short and to the point and try not to seem suspicious. Of course your withdrawal from other people doesn't help, but you're able to make it through seemingly alright you think as the officer thanks you for your time and tells you to watch out and be ready to call the police in case.

Once the door is shut though, you can slump down to the floor and sit against it. Deep breaths, shaking in anxiety, but relief slowly creeping in as you think you managed to get through it without suspicion. If you can be done with this and put it behind you, that'll make you happy enough, but the paranoia will probably keep you up for awhile till late when you can feel better and feel certain that you're not at risk of being caught or noticed.

>What do you do, for the rest of the night?
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>>3523746
Look up footage of what happened earlier.
Train some super hero moves
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>>3523746
Get some exercise
Look for info on those supers that are causing trouble, we can maybe catch one
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>>3523746
>What do you do, for the rest of the night?
Look for clothes that would hide our features. Long skirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hats. Order some. Then shitpost on /mut/ complain about those shity normie humans
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>>3523750
>>3523751
>>3523759
First thing first, to take your mind off things, maybe a little exercise. You're really only used to swimming, and you lack things like proper equipment for it. But maybe for now you can start trying just with what you can manage and the space you have. Push ups, sit ups, squats, things like that. You're no fitness expert but you can manage a basic workout, right? And maybe try some super moves in between.

And while you'd only planned on it for a little bit to clear your head, you end up going till you're quite exhausted. Breathing heavy and sweating, you're clearly out of shape in some ways and yet you still managed to go for longer as a complete novice than perhaps someone who regularly works out. Perhaps in time you can get it down well, and even some equipment to help? For now though, achy and wobbly, you grab your computer before returning to the living room to slump on the couch along with those fish from earlier and some steaks from the fridge. Yes, mostly meat in the fridge.

"I-I... l-look like... that?"

For sure you'd promised you wouldn't do any super business dressed like a hoodie and sweatpants, and going to the scene of the crime couldn't be considered hero work but still, seeing yourself there caught on camera... it's very hard to pick up the shattered pieces of motivation to continue. That clumsy, baggy looking, reclusive... thing. Burying your face in a couch pillow you can't help sob a little, ending up ripping into some steaks to try and make yourself feel better. It takes some mindless background drone of the TV and sitting there staring up at the ceiling, thinking about your life for awhile till you can pick up where you left off.

"Helion... and vigilantes, Quickstep... and minions, Eclipse... and some other."

These are the three, or four known supers plaguing Hattrask. A hero, a villain, a more neutral one, and the signs of some other person that seem villainous. You're vaguely familiar with them as you've been watching the news and then the livestreams when the news stopped covering the clashes. And for sure there's a fair bit of information on the big three, from previous recordings and reporting. If you want you can focus on a particular one, or just try to get a better sense of them in general.

All the while in other tabs, you consider shopping for new clothes, and posting online to try and vent your grievances.

>What do you do?
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>>3523778
>What do you do?
Call Mike
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>>3523787
No just send him a message it's quite late for calls
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>>3523778
Look eclipse up
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>>3523787
>>3523789
>>3523795
Between doing some digging on Eclipse, you fetch your phone to text Mike... and find your message box exploded. Something like thirty texts from him in the last hour or so, all to the tune of wanting to know what is going on with you and if you're alright, and to call him immediately. It seems he saw you on the news, and has been trying to figure out what's gone on.

At the very least you can text him back, apologize for missing his messages, and let him know that you're at home and you're ok. Almost immediately he responds wanting to know more, asking that you call him, and if you want him to come over. You wouldn't mind seeing him, you could use some cheering up, but then you also wouldn't want him to see you like this... a literal bloody mess from eating carelessly, face drenched with tears and moping around on the couch.

You can think it over at least and how to respond to him, while you find more info on this third super. Eclipse, identity unknown but she's a woman unlike the other two supers, she appears to have the power to control and direct light both into harmful attacks and such as being able to render herself invisible. From old reports you've seen, she can play tricks on peoples eyes and she can zap targets with lasers. While it seems some petty crimes like trespassing and break and entry, she's also dealt with some criminals like minions of Quickstep as well as having saved some people. Generally she's remained separate of the clash going on between the hero and villain, but still is a disrupting force in town that people and the police want dealt with. If you researched into news and such about her you could probably start to get an idea about her habits, and if you could manage to subdue her then you're sure people would appreciate you... though being able to turn invisible and stuff, what could you do with someone like that?

>What do you do?
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>>3523807
Check out your dating profile?
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>>3523807
>What do you do?
text Mike and set up meeting tomorrow
clean the place up
take shower
go to sleep
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>>3523838
This
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>>3523830
Mike doesn't have to worry, you can meet tomorrow. Maybe he can even help with your idea, since he has a car so you can get to places faster, or like when he takes you out even just to get fast food or something but in his car you don't have to worry about people noticing you.

So then, feeling maybe a little bit better about yourself though still down in the dumps, you make an effort to clean up after yourself, and even take a shower. Both for the bloody mess on your face and lower, but also something that doesn't translate well from your hybrid physiology; hair. You're thankful you at least have a head of hair like a normal person, helps for blending in more and appearing "normal". But going for swims in the ocean, sand and salt, you always have to wash it after. Still, you'd never complain about getting in more water, any chance to wash like a reminder of that big blue home away from home... hey, what if you bought like, a small pool or something to sleep in? Ah, no, then you wouldn't have the comfort of your bed nor be able to use your computer.

Brushing and checking (for loose) teeth then, you dry off a little with some towels and put on a comfy bathrobe till you'll change to PJs, and you fall into bed to check the posts online you'd made earlier. In the process though you get distracted by your dating profile, when you remember to refresh it. The sight, makes you sit up in alarm as you stifle a gasp.

"F... Five messages? O-Or, whatever those number things are..."

Eyes flickering at the gleaming screen, your hand slowly lowers from your mouth shakily to the touchpad. A rush of surprise, excitement, fear, confusion? Feeling your heart rise, you begin to check through them.

"Oh, well, ads or whatever..."

Three of the messages are just automated and seem to try to sell you something. Two though... seem real? One is from a fit looking guy who wants to chat you up and see your picture, and is already talking about going out and getting drinks from his opening interest, though to be fair he is visiting the area. The other is from a nice looking guy who wants to know about you and what you like, and if you know any fun places around town since he lives and works here.

For longer than you'd like to admit you lay there in bed reading the messages over and over and staring at the pictures of the guys and trying to imagine their voices and them saying it... and of course, how you could respond. So long spent in fact, that you end up falling asleep in front of the computer before you can remember to change to your PJs.

>That's all for tonight! If you like the quest so far, stay tuned for next time!
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>>3523867
chat with both
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>>3523867
Thanks for running!
>>3523875
+1
We did this just to try and socialize ourself more right?
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>>3523867
Ignore both. Delete app. Date app really isn't for us we should use anonymous chat app just to talk. Here people have expectation and there is no point leading this guy when we have problem with walking outside.

Small step and all that
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>>3523952
agreed, dating app sucks

that eclipse girl seemed too tough and not that evil
let's look Quickstep up
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>>3523867
>Chat with them but explain that we're sick and can't really go out at the moment.
First we talk over the internet then in person.
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>>3523987
>>3523953
>>3523952
>>3523882
>>3523875

"Wake up!"

"Augh!"

The shock of waking up to a splash of cold water, as you jolt back in bed against the wall, startled and confused. You don't really get a chance to gather your bearings though as you feel your hair gripped and are dragged along in pain, out of your bedroom.

"Owowow! What'd I do?! Janice please!"

"You disgusting, fucking little- look at this!"

Your aunt drags you to the living room and throws you before the TV, stomping on your tail to get you to look. Wincing, you look up to see the recordings of yourself on the morning news. It seems besides the super conflict, you're the other big news of the day, as they're labeling you some unknown human-posing creature. Seeing and hearing what they say of you, it's hard to watch and tears well up in your eyes wanting to look away, though Janice grabs you by the hair again and force your face against the screen.

"Do you have any idea what this looks like?! And after all I do for you?!"

"Janice p-please, I'm sorry! I j-just wanted to go outside-"

"You can't go outside you dumb bitch!"

She lets you off the TV screen only enough to give you a smack, before letting you go. Leaving you there on the floor sobbing, she takes a seat on the couch fuming. Normally she visits each weekend to buy you food for the week and other such necessities, but chances are she saw the news and stormed over here the moment she did. Not that she's ever had much love for you, but you're family so she begrudgingly takes care of you. Obviously though she has little patience for your escapades. Eventually she does simmer down, as you adjust your bathrobe to try and cover yourself up again after being dragged and thrown around. The bitterness is still clear in her words, though she does try to offer some consolation or seem to try.

"Emily I'm... sorry, but you know how it is. What it would mean if people found out about you. You're always so good about it, I understand how hard it can be living in hiding, and I admire you for it. But why now, why this? You never care about going outside before..."

Obviously she doesn't know about your forays to the ocean now and then. In any case she beckons for you to come and sit by her, try and make up you suppose.

>What do you do?
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>>3524628
>Admit that you've been going outside for a while now. You can't live your whole life cooped up in a small house. You just happened to be caught this time.
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>>3524628
>>Admit that you've been going outside for a while now. You can't live your whole life cooped up in a small house. You just happened to be caught this time.

tell her we love swimming and can breathe under water
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>>3524660
>>3524669
If this is the state of things and how she feels, then you might as well be up front about it. Why hide anything for it to probably come out later anyway? Though she knows you can breathe underwater, but not the extent you're making use of that.

"...w-well actually I've been going outside for awhile now-"

"What?!"

"Erm... going swimming, in the ocean. Mostly only at night though..."

Your admittance startles her, but clarifying does ease her anger, and concern a little.

"Well, that's... not so bad. If you want to swim though we can just get you a pool."

"I... I can't just..." you try to find the courage to speak your feelings to her, "I can't live my whole life cooped up in a small house. What does it matter as long as I don't get caught?"

"You know why! And you've lived inside for years now, almost a decade? You never complained before, why now? What's changed?"

She's not wrong, you're not like some princess locked up in a tower longing for freedom. Maybe because you've grown used to it, but you don't mind just living inside, and certainly prefer it. You feel safer, more comfortable... ever since mom died, you remained inside mostly and accepted it just fine. You come back to your same inner conflict though; whether you want to have a more... "normal" life, or merely feel you should. While you don't have some deep desire to be out among people, maybe you should, which worries you since you don't know any better.

And maybe all this recent focus on the super nonsense in town, is just a cover for those feelings. Ah, but you're not going to delve into that now, and you're certainly not going to go to length about it with Janice now. But you still need some reason to give her, one that could stand up to her reasoning because you know to an extent she's right. Why would you now want to go outside when you knew and only reaffirmed knowing, that people likely won't accept it.

>What do you do?
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>>3524736
>"Nothing has changed. I've always been sneaking out. I just happened to get caught this time. Is it really so bad? There are like 3-4 capes in town now. I won't be so weird."
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>>3524736
I need to go to the ocean, and I don't mind sneaking out, is not that I don't like to be inside, I do, and it's not like I want to be around people, I don't, but I'm trying to have a more....normal life? and with all those other different people around I don't think they will mind much if I'm good...right?
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>>3524752
>>3524756
Her prejudices are deep and long running, stemming from a dislike and shame of you, especially how you could reflect on her. Your isolation is as much because of her, as it is self-imposed. So trying to convince her otherwise, now, is unlikely to go well let alone work. But it's not like you're running for mayor, you just want to be able to go outside more.

"Does anything have to change? I can just want a different life... if I want."

"Not if it affects me. Think of your family, what it would mean for us!"

"There's three people in town who wear costumes, have super powers, and cause trouble and commit crimes. How is it bad if I just want to go outside sometimes?"

"Are you going to start wearing a costume? Don't be stupid, no one is going to want to... no one is going to be ok with seeing you."

That hurt. The thought that she might be ok with you going outside as long as your face is hidden people don't know who you are, or could come to link it to her in any way. Then again, maybe that's the only way it ever could be for you in this world. It's not like you desperately long to be popular and loved by people, hell not even being normal since you know that will never be the case. But at least being able to fit in, or otherwise go among a crowd of people without causing fear and panic, few things would make you happier. You'd just never assumed it was possible, and yesterday was a painful reminder of that. How would wearing a costume or something make that any different?

Still, you suppose you could play along for her sake. Pay her some lip service so she gets off your back, till you can figure things out better for yourself.

>What do you do?
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>>3524788
>Tell her you want to know what it's like. You'll wear a mask and costume if you have to, and make sure you aren't followed back here.
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>>3524788
entertain the idea of wearing a costume
we can ask Mike for ideas when he comes over later
look information about quickstep and his minions after our aunt leaves, we can start our career by grabing one of his underlings
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>>3524804
>>3524797
You can speak to your intent to actually disguise yourself, though she doesn't get angry, but she gives an ultimatum which she's never done before; if you risk exposing yourself like this and things go badly for you, she won't be there to help you. She can't control your life but after all she's done, if you turn that away now, she won't keep it up.

Needless to say it kind of puts a damper on the rest of your time together, as she figures to spend the morning together while she's here. She makes breakfast for the both of you, and while you can get washed and dressed and ready for the day, she'll dip out to get you the usual groceries for next week since she'd normally be visiting a couple days from now anyway. After she returns then and you sort the groceries out together, you have your goodbyes and share a hug before she gets in her car to leave... though the smack to your face is still on your mind all the while.

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It's not yet noon so Mike won't be over for another couple hours. You can try looking up more info on the other supers, but you can certainly do more than that in the time you have, if you like?
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>>3524864
More info on quickstep and minions
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>>3524868
Also, prepare some costume designs
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>>3524871
Well that's up to you, whatever costume ideas you may have. Probably, depending on how serious you are to get into this super business.

Because you totally could, just wear your normal clothes plus a mask. Or go full out and try to piece together a full on super costume.
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>>3524876
Just normal clothes and a mask for now. We can add as needed. Only other thing is a tail hider. Maybe a big fanny pack or loose pants.
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>>3524876
A mask that covers our mouth, maybe a sea pattern bandana, and one of those eye masks cat burglars use
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>>3524885
>>3524897
>>3524973
Maybe just normal for now, not like you're going to be jumping off rooftops and saving babies from burning buildings. As far as you're concerned, you're just in this to put down these other supers and restore the peace. And for that, you don't need some full on costume. Though, at the point where you're covering your face at least, how much would you need to hide anything else? Probably not your tail, it's only a problem if people figure out who you are which shouldn't be a risk if you're careful and hide your face...

"Quickstep... and minions."

Sitting on the couch in the living room with your computer, you start to go through the same research process as with Eclipse. You're not finding these people's social security numbers or anything, but there's a good amount of info on them just from recordings alone over the previous months. In this case, Quickstep is the local villain with speed powers. Not so much super speed it looks like, not faster than the eye but certainly faster than a car and very quick in combat and reactions. While Eclipse seems more neutral, this guy is definitely a villain with crimes like robbery and attacking and evading the police. If you had to guess, the only reason he hasn't done things worse is because of this ongoing clash with Helion for him to focus on.

Besides Quickstep himself as well, because of the restraint by the police, it's encouraged some opportunistic folks to follow after him and sort of act like his minions or just criminals by chance. Quickstep isn't the sort of villain to have something like an organization and true minions it seems, but it looks like he tolerates and uses these people who want to try being criminals as well and they seem eager enough to work with him. Just normal people themselves though, they get subdued or caught often enough but more than once Quickstep has been nice enough to free them later, and as many as might be subdued there always seems to be more who will take up the cause of criminality. Kind of the reverse for the other side, vigilantes who have taken up the cause of justice at the restraint of the police and following Helion's example. Kind of a two-tiered engagement even, you can find recordings of; the super villain and super hero clashing, but also smaller clashes between vigilantes and showoff criminals.

Probably around that level, where you want to start. All of it is disruptive and troublesome to people's lives and the town, which you intend to put an end to! Maybe then, people might not look at you as such a monster...

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"Ey! Em! Open up! My hands are full!"

You hear the car pull into the driveway first, but Mike kicks at the door when you'd have expected him to just come in or something. He's here though now, that'll be nice, as you brush off your clothes and look yourself over while thinking of how to greet him.

>What do you do? Also we can take a break for now, and continue maybe in a few hours.
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>>3524988
open up, help him with whatever he is carrying, greet him warmly and thank him for coming, talk about yesterday and our plans to kick some villain ass
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>>3524988
Backing
>>3524997

Ask if he'd help with a training regime to get into fighting shape.
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>>3524997
+1
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>>3524997
>>3525074
>>3525456
Eagerly you open the door to see your friend hefting a big metal canister.

"Hup! Hey Em, got the propane! Er... maybe I should have just gone around ba- oh hey, I got it if you... well whatever."

The back patio has enough privacy that you can sit outside together and grill sometimes. You take it from him to carry though, he doesn't have to lug it around when you can carry it easier, and open the back door to set it outside.

"Cooked breakfast? Not just steaks again?"

"Ah... no, my aunt came over."

"Oh. How was that?"

Mike's leaning on the kitchen counter by the time you set the canister outside, noticing the signs of breakfast. You can properly greet him with a hug though, friendlier than usual but you're feeling down and he notices, as you explained what happened and then inevitably getting around to talking about what occurred yesterday while moving to sit on the couch.

"No way, you wanna take it to those supers?!"

"...m-maybe? They're causing trouble right? It would make the town a better place, wouldn't it?"

"I dunno, they kinda make the place interesting don't they? I mean we got, what, three here? Not even Raleigh has three."

It would be impossible that everyone felt the same way about the supers, but some take kindly to them. Helion the hero at least, but Mike is a local like you and as far as he's concerned the presence of the supers is like a splash of activity to this normally sleepy little beach town. Though, he doesn't mind helping you at all when learning that you're interested.

"I can drive you around if you need. Did you think of a name though? And what are you going to do about your look? I mean the other supers can just hide their face but if people see you... how many other people around here have a tail?"

He raises a good point. In some way or other, part of all of this is a chance for you to get out more often. But as a possible super that could get attention, if people come to know you as a person with a tail at least if not your other inhuman features, then you can't really expect to pass as an alter ego in public. Can't just appreciate going outside among people as yourself, if there's a known super with a shark tail or webbed fingers or toes.

>What do you do?
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>>3525525
Is the tail hard to hide?

We'll just have to manage it, when they like us enough they can get to know the real person

Accept the car ride, we'll look for some minion
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>>3525619
Well it's a few feet long, almost like a smaller, third leg. It doesn't touch the floor when you're standing but it does hang down or out depending on how you control it and what sort of bottoms or pants you're wearing. Everything else about your hybrid nature you can more or less hide and pass for human with normal clothes, but not so much your tail. Tying a sweater around your waist and sticking your tail in it, or wearing a long dress has been among your best bets, you've found.

That is, other than chopping it off, which you've considered before but... you've had it for so long that you feel it's part of who you are, and you're used to it. Though... if it were so simple as removing, and people would accept and embrace you...

Either way, you can hang out with Mike and monitor the news or viewtube in case anything comes up, and make a d100 roll for the chance.

>That's all for tonight! We'll continue next time with any rolls till then.
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Rolled 38 (1d100)

>>3525624
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Rolled 39 (1d100)

>>3525624
Thanks for running!
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Rolled 66 (1d100)

>>3525624
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Rolled 99 (1d100)

>>3525624
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>>3525816
>>3525738
>>3525694
>>3525685
>99

"I bet like... he's being used. By the other guy? Because he has amnesia."

"What? I'm just trying to watch the movie."

Your usual passtime with Mike ends up being watching TV together, Netfilms is a good one. A movie buff himself, he invariable always tries to call or predict things before they happen. Though in truth, at present you're actually more focused on watching out for any news.

"...hey."

"Hm, what?"

"...hey hey! How far is Frisco again?"

Smacking on the couch to get his attention, it seems you might have picked up on something on your laptop.

"I dunno, like five, ten minutes maybe?"

"Driving? Can you drive me there?"

By the look of things, if the stream that just went live is anything to go by, a tour bus is being robbed. No sign of any supers, yet, just some opportunists. They can cause trouble like that, Helion might show up, but then so will Quickstep so the petty criminals can get away with their trouble.

Not if you show up though.

"Is this live? How'd the guy filming it get there so quick?"

"Who cares, this is my chance!"

In a hurry you scramble about for anything you might need to get ready, while eventually you can pester Mike to take this seriously that he gets up and checks for his shoes and keys. The sooner the better, if you can get there before any supers. But before you go...

>What do you get or bring? Your first potential super involvement, naturally nervous, you'll want to take anything that could be needed or come in handy!
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>>3526466
A bat, something sharp to cut ropes or something, our mask with jeans and a hopdie, tie our hair inside it, leave a first aid kit with Mike at the car and tell him to film it
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>>3526466
Oh man oh jeez I dunno

2 sets of extremely baggy clothes? Several water bottles. Your phone.
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>>3526481
Quick as you can, you rush around the house grabbing anything you think you might need while Mike starts the car. Everything except a mask you can get, and for that you can just use a bandana for now. Stuffing most of it in a backpack, your clothes don't look at all flattering, basically a baggy hoodie and tracksuit pants with your tail hanging freely out the back. But at this point you've reconciled a little more that you might not be able to look your most impressive if you're just trying to hide your identity first and foremost.

"Are you going to be able to film it?"

"You don't have to ask, like I wasn't gonna anyway."

Hurrying outside you throw your stuff in the back and see him covering his license plate with a trashbag, before the two of you hop in and peel out of the driveway, off down the highway to Frisco. Speeding and radio blaring, like he always drives, while you try to keep the stream going on your phone.

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A much smaller town than Hattrask, not so many people actually live in Frisco but there are a few attractions like the Maritime, and Native American museums. As is the case here, a tour bus having stopped in the parking lot of the former attraction, and the unfortunate Asian tour group being held up by a few opportunist criminals. Anyone sensible has avoided the area and the occasional car just speeds past. Mike is able to pull down the opposite way though of a sand road to the beach, and merely stop halfway, leaving the car idling while the two of you spy back the way to the parking lot and the confrontation going down.

"If we wait here too long, they're gonna see us."

"I know, I know! I just... I'm thinking..."

You're here now, everything ready to go, and a crime taking place more or less across the street. Just a couple hundred feet or so away, all you'd need to do before getting involved now is just covering your face... but how to get involved, and do you even want to yet?

>What do you do?
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>>3526570
Shit we shoulda brought binoculars

>Survey the situation. Any capes here yet? Any guns? Other weapons? How many criminals? How many hostages?
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>>3526570
how many are there?
cover our face and try to approach from their backs, lay down the smack
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>>3526579
>>3526582
For sure binoculars or something would be good to have, but from what you can see, there's three criminals that you can see all wielding similar melee weapons like what you have. Baseball bats and such. No guns by the look of things (though who knows what they might have concealed), but generally all this super trouble has seen the avoidance of guns. Otherwise they'd probably be inviting police snipers to get involved at that point.

No signs of any supers yet though, and you're not sure you'd say hostages because the poor folks are just being robbed and soon enough probably, the robbers getting out of here. Avoid the police, but avoid the supers too one would expect.

"You sure you don't want any help for this?"

"You're the getaway driver! Plus, what if you get hurt? Those guys look tough... or at least they look like they know what they're doing..."

You don't think you'll get a better chance to act, so if you can gather the courage to make the final step, then you can go ahead and make a roll for the approach.

>Do you have a plan of attack in mind? Do you want to actually attack on the approach, or try to get near and act sneakier, or even attempt to defuse the situation?
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>>3526644
Speaking of getaway drivers, do the criminals have a vehicle? We could sneakhurry over there and flip it.
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>>3526644
Stop the robbers after they leave the building, or after they leave the patrons alone. You don't want anyone to get hurt.
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>>3526651
Maybe do this before what I suggested.
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>3526644
fuck them up
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>>3526664
If it's with this roll, I also vote for fucking them up
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>>3526664
kektus

with a roll like that can we wave and make poses for Mike's camera while we beat the shit out of these guys?
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>>3526651
this
if we don't see one sneak up to them and then go for takedowns
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>>3526651
>>3526655
>>3526657
From the beach side you can at least approach as far as the road, before you'd have to cross it to the parking lot. At this distance, while anyone with sense wouldn't get involved, you can start to notice a few people here and there similarly on the outskirts watching. Plus, some others in the museum you can see crowded at the windows.

As Mike said though, it's only a matter of time being this close before they notice you, and then it's up to them how they respond. However, you approached for a reason; of course there's cars in the parking lot, not a whole lot but you can see one at least which looks like it was left with its doors open. So either... that's their car, or someone else just happened to be around here and abandoned their car.

Though, you're not strong enough you don't think, to be able to flip a car but you sure can damage one.

>>3526664
>>3526669
Would you like to make a spectacle of it?
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>>3526686
sure, get it all on camera
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>>3526686
You should make rules for rolling dice. When how many etc
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>>3526686
>3526686
Hell yeah.
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>>3526686
Try to flip it, we've surprised ourselves before.

Whether or not we succeed we should confront the highwaymen after. Demand they surrender.
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>>3526701
When I ask for it, and everyone can roll. We'll go with the best roll, unless the lowest is atrocious.
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>>3526722
I love it. What if they're all atrociously low?
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>>3526731
Just don't roll low.
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>>3526686
sure if we look good doing it
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>>3526708
>>3526702
>>3526701
>>3526693
>98

Nervously giving Mike the signal then, you tie the bandana around your face, and hesitantly jog farther down the road a little so you can cross over and be at the back of the parking lot. From there, you can crouch low and hurry over to the car you're hoping is the one.

"Uh... flip a car?"

You're not sure how to disable it without trying to smash the engine or something, you don't know much about cars, but maybe if you could turn it over? With all the doors open then, you sidle against the vehicle and with your hands pushing against the roof from the inside, you huff and puff and push with all your might. Straining against the car as your body tenses to the effort, you grunt and growl and breathe hard. Not in vain though as you hear, and feel the creaking of the vehicle as weight comes off the suspension when it starts to get lifted up.

"Hah! Ahaha!"

Laughing in surprise at yourself between breaths, you feel encouraged and so increase your effort! Your whole body burns from the strain and your tail swishes violently, the promise of soreness later, but you won't stop even as the roof begins to buckle to your hands! The shock though comes at the sound of groaning metal which you think is a good sign, but after a final buckle and sudden lurch the car drops back to the ground with a slam as though you'd suddenly just let go.

Only, you didn't let go. The cacophony of tearing metal, as the whole roof of the car just straight rips off to your lifting, dropping the rest of the car. Glass shatters, metal twists, and in surprise you stagger backwards and fall over from the unbalanced weight of the car roof in your hands and resting on your shoulder. Dropping it down from the fall though, you sit there on the asphalt in shock, eyes wide and panting for breath as you stare at the car.

"Ahah... convertible!"

"Hey, what the fuck?!"

An angry voice approaches, all that racket can't have gone unnoticed, as one of the criminals runs over hefting a backpack over one shoulder and wielding a metal pipe. Dressed in clothes about as casually as you but with a dog party mask, it clearly takes him a bit to process what just happened in as much shock as you are.

"M... My car!"

Confusion turning to anger, he chucks the back into the car, no roof now and approaches you with the pipe. Instinctively you crawl back away from him but are stopped short with a yelp when he steps on your tail. Jabbing the pipe to your chest, looking to see what the deal with you is... but standing on your tail, your initial fear subsides and you bring your hand around to grip the end of the pipe and keep him from jabbing it into you again.

Even when he tries to pull it free from you with all his body weight. Unless he lets go, you've got the chance to have the jump on him.

>What do you do?
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>>3526797
Didn't anyone tell you stealing is wrong?

>remove the pipe from the equation by ripping it away
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>>3526797
>>3526803
Follow up by grabbing him and just throwing him really high
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>>3526809
Well I don't want to kill him, he could break his neck if he lands wrong.
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>>3526809
throw a bitch
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>>3526817
>>3526816
good point, maybe not high, but far
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>>3526803
>>3526809
>>3526821
In a sharp effort you just yank the pipe away from him, and in an effort strong enough that drags him after it, fortuitously causing him to fall onto you. A short struggle ensues where he tries to get off but you just grip him in a hug and get up to your feet, able to pick him up entirely.

"Let me go the f-!"

"D-Didn't anyone t-tell you... stealing is wrong?"

Without much effort you take him in your arms and hurl him a good twenty feet or so across the parking lot, yelling all the way till he lands in a painful tumble across the asphalt. Groaning and clearly dazed, he struggles to right himself while the others must have noticed, heard and another comes running.

"Hey you! Vigilante or something?!"

A woman surprisingly, she runs at you and swings with a metal baseball bat. You can try to dodge and stumble back, though she does manage to whack your arm on a second try but it doesn't hurt much beyond the initial impact.

>What do you do with this next one?
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>>3526864
When she pulls back for the next swing, tackle her. Then try to throw her into the first guy.
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>>3526864
takcle her to the ground struggle a bit while waving at the camera, throw her away but try not to hurt her as much as we did tghe other guy, we don't want anyone dead
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>>3526864
>Tackle her and try to get the bat away from her
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>>3526881
>>3526890
>>3526900
Again more casual clothes plus a cat mask, you think you're noticing a pattern. Another swing from her though this one you successfully step back from, and then pounce forward to tackle her to the ground. A similar struggle ensues as the two of you kick and scream at one another, but after having fought with the first guy you can manage better with this girl. Maybe not fun, but invigorated sure, and in a bit of a show you manage to hoist her up onto your shoulders. Rising to stand, it's an impressive sight as you hold her above you, a not-so-subtle pose for the cameras before throwing her right at the other guy just now getting up himself... only to be knocked back down when his partner in crime lands on him with a shared yell.

Only one left now, as he likely hesitates behind his chicken mask. Like the others he'd been roughing up poor tourists for their valuables, but now he's put a little distance between and is probably evaluating whether he wants to engage you or not. Especially after he just watched you subdue and toss away two people and likely the source of the car ripped apart.

Now you think, is your chance to say something if you want to him for everyone to hear! Or you could just keep up with the assault and make a dash for him to put an end to this.

>What do you do?
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>>3526927
"Don't be a chicken you coward, come at me!"

run up to him and fuck him up while smiling at the camera
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>>3526927
>"Surrender or be tossed!"
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>>3526943
Supporting.
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>>3526943
+1 We are lucha now
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>>3526938
>>3526943
>>3526963
>>3526973
As much as you're feeling excited and would like to show off more in front of the cameras, some mind does have to be paid towards your reputation. You're trying to be a hero at the end of the day after all, right? At least, it seems you should want to be a hero, but hero or villain doesn't much matter in the face of your main motivation of restoring the peace.

For now though, rather than getting into even more of a fight, you try to do the heroic thing.

"Ah! Um... sur... s-surrender! Or be to-! O-Or I'll throw you!"

Without looking you gesture to the other two off to the side, making an intimidating pose like you're ready to chase him down. Presented with that, he staggers back and you can hear him muttering something at a distance, but he soon shakily drops his weapon and the bags he had with him in an act of surrender.

Yeah, that's more like it! Some super action, and super personality with it! You're certain that you look and sound amazing on camera! Why wouldn't you?

"Hey fat-tail, heads up!"

The sudden sound of very rapid footsteps approaching, as you look back only to be met with the resounding whack of a blow to the face. A flash of white, a jolt of pain, and you find yourself dazed on the ground looking at some of your teeth and blood lying on sandy asphalt.

The talking sounds blurry at first but as your senses quickly recover, you shake your head and blink a few times before hurriedly affixing the bandana about your face. Just in time to look and see Quickstep marveling at this little scene the criminals cooked up, though seemingly not a care about the criminals themselves. Just that he's being watched by a fair few people now.

>What do you do?
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>>3527041
Also we can take a break for awhile here, and maybe continue later.
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>>3527041
wait for him to get close and grab him, he can't run if we catch him
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>>3527041
>"YOU!"

>Get up and start stomping towards him

>"I came out here all for YOU!"
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>>3527088
Pretty much this.
Remember to guard our head when fighting. It seems we can take a hard blow and deal some harder, but being hit in the head is just disorienting, which is bad when dealing with a speed villain such as Quickstep.
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>>3527088
>>3527055
You try not to gasp, but you hadn't expected to actually see or meet... the villain!

"YOU! I came out here all for YOU!"

"Me me me, everyone's always interested in me!"

Smiling with a sigh, he treats you rather carelessly after that initial punch. Although he has a decent super suit that looks pretty tough-made, it's mostly for his torso and the closer half of his limbs. While he has some eye covering visor, the rest of his head is exposed in particular his long wavy brown hair. Of course you don't know the man but he must enjoy the attention side of being a super.

"You seem to know me, but what about you..."

You stomp towards him but he just casually backs up, not needing super speed but keeping light on his feet in case you try to lunge for him. When you back him against the bus though and almost catch him, he ducks down to the side and rushes around behind you.

"...Ms. Tail? What is this, from a dolphin?"

He grabs onto your tail and tries squeezing it as if to check it's real, and though you angrily wheel around on him, he just remains behind you just as fast and still holding on. To the point where he tries tugging on it, seemingly playfully.

It's hard to not get angry, upset for him grabbing you there but you try not to loose your cool. As close as you are to him while he's playing games with you, you can get a growing sense for his speed. And you think, that opening strike of his... he might have delivered it after running super fast all the way up to you. Going on a hunch by how he grips your tail though, he doesn't seem that physically strong and even when you try to shake him free his whole body is moved with your tail when you try swinging it.

>What do you do?
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>>3527523
try to bring your tail closer to our hands and grab him, once we do grab him we can give him some super punches
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>>3527523
>What do you do?
Get something long to hit him off with like the car piece we tore off or something.
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>>3527539
>>3527678
This will probably count for when we next resume, but if you like you can make a roll for the effort. Or any other player until next time, if you have other ideas.
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Rolled 13 (1d100)

>>3527688
Alrighty
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Rolled 7 (1d100)

>>3527688
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>3527688
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>3527688
Go for his feet, do like a super low leg sweep. He can't dodge a follow-up if he jumps. At the very least he'll have to let go of our tail.
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>3527688
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>>3528641
>>3527986
>>3527836
>>3527830
>>3527722
>51

You feel like a dog chasing your tail trying to reach for it and him, which feels all the more humiliating since this is all on camera. You could try and get something long to hit him with, but that would first require going and getting it. At the moment though you have the idea of just hitting him low. So after leading him around a little more, without warning you suddenly just fall forward and kick your legs straight back. Under your tail, which he's holding onto, you manage to kick him right in the knees and knock his legs out from under him. A mix of the suddenness of your action, and the added benefit of your tail visually obscuring what your legs do when looking down.

"-oof!"

The both of you hit the ground, but you intended to fall so can quickly jump up and then round on him. In a humorous display he actually tries to crawl back at super speed since his legs just took a blow too much for him to try running so soon. It's not fast enough though for when you rush at and lunge for him, a face first dive as you once again hit the asphalt.

"Now that was rude!"

"Owowowow!"

This time though you land on his legs as he's trying to crawl back, holding him in place now. Though he does try to super speed kick you away and delivers a ton of rapid blows with his feet to your face, eventually you're able to grip your arms around his legs and stop that. Of course his next instinct is to try hitting you off with his arms then and you suffer a second similar attack as he super speed punches your head. Compared to his initial blow where he had distance to run up and punch you though, here in the normal range of motion any person would have... well it hurts and is stunning, getting punched in the face let alone so rapidly. But it's not all that damaging to you with your hybrid toughness, just disorienting mostly.

So with a growl you rise to your feet, lifting him up by the legs and promptly slam him back down. Stunned from the blow, you are now able to pin him down entirely. Though he certainly tried to get free and his limbs vibrate rapidly in the effort to break out, he's simply not strong enough to escape your grip and your weight on him is too much.

"Ahahaaa... no hard feelings, right Dolphin?"

>What do you do?
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>>3529204
>Ask yourself if you really just won your first fight against a cape

>"I want you out of my town by midnight. This used to be a nice place to live! It was peaceful! "
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>>3529204
"I-I'm a shark!"
>Show him our teeth, try to "intimidate" him
>probably fail
>he shall be tossed
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>>3529231
DO NOT SHOW TEETH

but I support the shard sentence
we must remain hidden
>>3529204

toss him on the ground until he is hurt

tell mike to call the cops to pick him up
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>>3529268
>>3529231
Toss him, you mean like pick him up and throw him? Like the others?
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>>3529271
It's not like he can superspeed away in midair, right? Right?
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Not sure why you guys want to do anything further to a guy we have pinned who has pretty much verbally acknowledged our win but ok
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>>3529275
He can't fly, so no, you wouldn't expect he could be able to super speed escape while in mid air toss.
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>>3529287
Toss him on the ground, and still holding hom, or else he'll get away

Hold him for the police, just rough him up a little
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>>3529286
Well he's a bad guy, we gotta give him to the cops, right?
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>>3529296
So why not keep him pinned rather than hurting him?
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>>3529286
because he just called us dolphin, dolphins are assholes, we know, we met them

hurt him so it's harder for him to escape, and he did cost us some teeth from that first punch

>>3529287
crush his gay ass glasses too for good measure
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>>3529298
Because he might superspeed away while we're distracted or something?

And I'm retracting the toss motion, we shouldn't let go, not once. Maybe shake him about like we're some kind of carnival ride?
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>>3529311
>>3529306
Those aren't good reasons. If we beat on someone who surrendered the poloce will arrest us too.
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>>3529223
>>3529231
>>3529311
>>3529306
>>3529298
>>3529294
The almost euphoric haze over the possibility that you defeated a villain, an actual super, leaves you at a loss of what to do for a moment as you just stare down at the guy as you keep him pinned to the ground wondering what to do. His dolphin comment though nags on you, and the annoyance brings you back to some clarity.

"I-I'm a shark! A-And I..." flustered over the species mistake, you try to compose yourself more seriously, "I want you out of my town by midnight. This used to be a nice place to live! It was peaceful!"

"Your town? And who the hell are you? Some freak with a tail who think she ca- oof!"

He'd seemed playful and teasing before but when you make demands of him, his demeanor changes as fast as he is. It's a little intimidating even his fierceness, even though you've dominated him in all ways currently. To try not to seem intimidated though, you almost panic and just do what feels right; body slam him again! Before he can even finish speaking you just pick him up and swing him into the ground by the legs, like a kid with a doll. That does a number to stun him and shut him up, as you're then able to just pick him up and hold him under one arm against you with his limbs currently dangling as he's dazed. Sure he can super speed try to kick or punch of flail, but he's not strong enough to escape your grip so as long as he never makes contact with the ground or anything else other than you, it shouldn't be a problem.

Plus a better chance to defend yourself, when you see the opportunistic criminals have gathered themselves again. Hoping to free the villain, two of them run at you and try to beat on you. With only one arm free then, you do have to suffer a couple blows, painful but not damaging same as before. Once they're close enough though you can just grab one of their weapons and shove him onto the ground hard, while the other you have a neat idea of spinning around and whacking her off her feet with your tail.

The third is in full retreat and trying to start his torn in half car, which may be cause for attention. As you also notice however, the tourists (at a perceived "safe" distance) are now clapping for you and randomly cheering your praise... at least you think they are, it's in another language. Taking pictures though, they're clearly thankful for your saving them from further harm, and also in awe of your fight with a super.

>What do you do?
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>>3529351
Pose for the cameras while holding the villain, twist sometbing so he makes a painful face for the photos.

Tell Mike to call the cops

Ps: I'm willing to bet that Dubstep(we should call him that) here and Helion are in league and fake fight each other for the press, this guy was not that hard, helion could have taken him, Eclipse knows the truth and thats why she only does her thing and doesn't get involved, we should talk with her
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>>3529351
Tell Mike to call the cops and then just walk over to the last criminal. Try and carry a criminal under our other arm.

"C'mon, man, don't do this. We know how it's gonna end."
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>>3529351
Get the cops here.

Throw one of the weapons we've got on the one trying to escape, but if they want to leave let them, they just fucked up, the real asshole here is Quickstep.

>>3529377
Dubstep yes
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>>3529377
What are Helion's powers anyway? They haven't been mentioned before.
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>>3529380
>>3529377
Feeling a bit heroic and conscious of the cameras, you pose valiantly a little for the cameras, shaking Dubstep so it looks better. Sure you don't look the best in casual clothes, but as a first time effort... you feel pretty proud, perhaps even confident.

"Mike? Mike!"

"Yeah?" you notice his head pop up from behind a parked car not so far away, likely having filmed everything.

"Call the cops! These... uh, criminals are all going to jail!"

He can do as you ask but from what you've seen of recordings and know a little about new super response laws, the police can and should respond to a scene but should not get directly involved until the threat is determined to be concluded, at least in a non-lethal scenario. Well you've dealt with the problem and this whole fiasco has been going on for a good twenty minutes or so at least, so chances are the police are merely waiting nearby. If they know the actual super, the villain, is dealt with then they can move in.

That just leaves the last criminal in his car, as you approach.

"Come on... err, I mean, don't do this. We know ho-"

"Fuck you, bitch!"

Your attempt to defuse things further or get him to surrender goes awry when he just hits reverse and floors it into you, clipping you with the rear of the car and knocking you to the ground. You don't lose your grip of Dubstep but it gives the criminal enough of a chance to drive a little further down as his partners in crime panic and try to flee as well. You suppose you could get up and try to chase them down, but Dubstep is the main focus so let the police handle them.

And besides, you can always-

"Wagh!"

You manage to make it to your feet with villain in hand, but a sudden small shockwave from a crashing impact into the tourbus by something, catches you off guard and the pressure feels like a small punch to the chest. Certainly it knocks all the tourists to the ground in panic and screams. Eventually the bus, the entire back half totaled, shudders a little before a figure emerges from the wreckage and hops down to survey the scene.

"Oh, sorry about that!"

The hero. Having landed on the scene from afar like a meteorite into the bus, Helion offers an apology before looking over the getaway car and now you. While Dubstep really embraced the track star look for his super identity and costume, Helion is not so dedicated on a look. He merely has normal enough gear in the way of a motorcycle helmet, padded leather jacket, gloves and boots and then just a normal pair of jeans.

"Sir- Ma'am- ...citizen, please release that suspect! This is no situation to be getting involved with!"

Maybe you'd expected a congratulations or something, or even assistance towards arresting and handing to the police. But instead he speaks rather commanding to you, though still in the manner as a hero of course.

>What do you do?
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>>3529452
>"I dunno, I'd rather hold him until the police get here...."
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>>3529452
"But I got the bad guy! Let the cops pick him up or something!"
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>>3529452
"No need to be worried Helion, he's under control I'm just waiting for the police thanks
I'm a hero too"
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>>3529452
"Dubstep here id controled, let's wait for the police"

There we got his new nickname on camera

If they ask us for a name can we panic and call ourselves the same name of our shark friend? Sawtooth? Or some other equally horrible name?
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>>3529480
>>3529463
>>3529462
>>3529459
Well it's not what you expected, but this is probably all just a big misunderstanding.

"...what? N-No, I've got it under control, I got the bad guy! I'm a hero too, let's just wait for the police."

"Oh it's ma'am. Ma'am? Ma'am, I don't know who you are but vigilantism is a crime! Please cooperate to avoid further difficulty."

Is this guy serious? You were so happy at first to see him, but he's not extending you the same courtesy as you might expect among heroes. Well to be fair this is sort of like your debut so he wouldn't know you anyway, but he's not even giving you the benefit of the doubt. Clearly you've got the villain under your control but you're being regarded as just a "citizen".

"I-I... no, no I-I've got Dubstep under control! I'd rather just let the police take care of the rest!"

"Better do what he says sharkwoman, you wouldn't want to be a criminal now, would you?"

Dubstep speaks up from under your arm in a mocking tone, though it does give you some uncertainties. Helion looks pretty serious as he approaches, to take the villain off your hands or let him go? He can't seriously be considering the latter, the police not only are completely out of their league to deal with a super powered person, but they're not even supposed to get involved anyway till the situation is secure so they'd never have the chance to catch a villain in the first place!

>What do you do?
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>>3529559
"Uh, isn't a citizen's arrest legal?"
>Nervously edge away from Helion, you don't want to give Dubstep a chance to run.
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>>3529559
"This is not vigilantism, he attacked me first, I got it all on tape, I'm a citizend doing a citizen arrest on thid guy who assaulted me, you are on tape too, say hi."
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>>3529571
Also, I knew they were in cahoots! In cahoots! They are cahooting!
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Dear oh dear, whatever will happen next!

We'll take a break for now then, maybe continue later and see how things go. In the meantime, you can plan for whatever may happen.
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>>3529559
>"This was self defense! Also you're a vigilante yourself!"
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>>3529587
drawfag lurker here, loving the story so far. keep it up!
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>>3529812
Wow thanks, that's amazing!

>>3529612
>>3529587
>>3529581
>>3529571
>>3529567
You don't like his approach, nor his seeming attitude that you're the focus here and not the villain.

"N-No... th-this isn't vigilantism, it's uh... citizen's arrest! S-Self defense, he attacked me first! Ask anyone... it's all on f-film, so is us... er, so is this."

"Well I'd have to see that first, but it's best left to the police."

If anything you'd like to just call Mike over here and have him show what was recorded... or hell, anyone here recording it all. But you don't want to get them involved, or at least closer to a villain and destructive hero. Trying to address his hipocracy then, you muster some courage and stand firm after he's backed you up enough to the road itself.

"A-Also... you're a vigilante yourself!"

"Ha! Please ma'am. I'm a hero. Now I'll ask you again to unhand him, otherwise I'll have to consider you a kidnapper."

By now Dubstep is more or less recovered from your beating, and is thrashing around under your arm. Super speed kicking his legs and swinging his arms, trying to hit you or push away from you but to no avail as you squeeze him tight, your hybrid strength more than his only-average strength.

"Hey that's right, yeah! She's kidnapping me! Help! Help! I'm being kidnapped!"

Annoyed by his captivity, the villain starts speaking up and tossing fuel to Helion's fire. Which, obviously you don't want, but some reprieve you notice that now the police are on approach; already there's a blockade down the road and you can see cops taking a measured approach for the scene. If you could just get their attention... or do you even want it?

>What do you do?
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>>3530240
call the cops, say that this man assaulted us, tell Mike to show them the video
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>>3530240
>Kidnaping a man that has multiple charges of helping prisoners escape? And plenty of other crimes?
>Point out that if we let him go he will simply run away.
>Ask him what he is planning to do with him.
>Simply wait until police arrive

We could use some zip ties right about now.
Technically we started with wrecking their car. So approach "they started it" is not the best one. We were protecting tourists is much better excuse.
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>>3530240
Get the cops involved. Helion is sketch as fuuuuuck.
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>>3530240
>Accuse him of being in cahoots with Quickstep
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>>3531170
Cahoots!
They are cahooting I tell you!
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>>3531252
>>3531170
>>3530518
>>3530403
>>3530248
Despite it all, you hold firm! In your heart you know you're right so you're not going relent just because a hero tells you otherwise. And you even fear for the worst when he sounds aggressive finally about it and makes a move as if tying to scare you, well you do flinch but you don't let go of the villain and with the police on the approach now Helion can't do anything... drastic.

"Hmph... I'm sure we'll be seeing each other again."

With the cops nearby and now calling out for everyone to surrender, Helion doubles back to take cover behind the wrecked bus. You notice he starts to glow a little for a bit, after which he crouches and makes a jump that sends him hurtling off through the air like being tossed by a catapult. Well that makes sense how he arrived then.

"Wh-What? No! Don't leave me!"

The realization of the hero's retreat hits Dubstep and he starts to panic now, and struggle all the more though still in vain. Like he hadn't accepted defeat before but now it's becoming a reality.

"Down on the ground!"

"Let him go!"

Now close enough to start shouting orders and ready with their weapons if need be, the police begin to secure the scene.

"If I... if I let him go he'll just run away!"

You don't want to get into a shouting match with the cops, but can try to get across your point about the villain. They still want you down on the ground and to surrender, but they'll accept you keeping Dubstep under control until they can detain him themselves. Though, if you go along with this and end up this close with them... you'll be at their mercy, assuming you don't fight back.

>What do you do?
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>>3531482
throw dubstep HARD on the ground, enough to daze him and let the cops catch him and then run for it, run where there are no roads, in the direction of the beach.
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>>3531482
We can't let the cops get us or they will get our ID and aunt will not like that

Reminder to bring rope next time

Hurt his legs so he can't run.
Make a break for it, tell Mike to upload the video
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>>3531494
>>3531517
Make a roll to escape from the cops then, if that's your plan!
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>>3531517
This
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>3531494
>>3531517
Jesus, you people. It's like you want us to be tracked down by the police.

>>3531482
>Toss him over to the cops and then book it. Not hard enough that he hits them, but enough that he rolls to a stop at their feet.
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Rolled 22 (1d100)

>>3531548
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>>3531575
Guyss, roll, there's no limit, its one roll per player
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>3531482
I know my vote probably won't count, but I missed the post due to work, and I wouldn't have minded surrendering to the cops.

Hand Dubstep to the cops and then book it. Throwing him is too risky.
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>3531548
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>>3531620
>>3531563
Magical doubles as the higuest!
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Rolled 88 (1d100)

>>3531482
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>>3531661
>>3531620
>>3531615
>>3531575
>>3531563
>88

It's all so much to deal with and happening so fast that you don't really have a good chance to stop and think things over. So you just go on instinct, as you lay down basically on top of Dubstep till the police can cuff his hands and feet and get a hold of him with an officer to each arm. Right away though they don't waste any time in trying to deal with you as they attempt to arrest you as well, and you get a few officers on you with the intent to handcuff. Now that Dubstep is out of your hands though you don't wait around!

"Resisting arrest!"

Once you struggle against them, attention quickly falls to you as the police get more direct. But once you can push up off the ground, you have to strain against them but manage to force your way free with your hybrid strength and make a run for it. Yells for you to stop and chasing after you, even threats. They're not willing to shoot you though thankfully, not when you've not yet shown any weapons or intent yourself. They do try to tase you though but in a chasing pursuit only one of the electrodes hits you. Still you take it as a bad sign and really put your all into legging it, managing to reach the beach soon enough. Though Mike was supposed to act as your driver, better to not involve him now you think so you just try to flee on your own.

>What do you do? Either you can just head into the ocean or continue to outrun them on the beach, but if you manage to lose them, what do you do after?
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>>3531799
>What do you do? Either you can just head into the ocean or continue to outrun them on the beach, but if you manage to lose them, what do you do after?

Right into the sea. Catch a meal, chill for a few hours, swim home.
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>>3531816
This

Find a friendly shark to talk to if possible
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>>3531816
support also those cops are fuck nugets
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>>3531816
>>3531826
>>3531848
You don't want to ruin your phone, but you don't have a lot of choice. While running then on across the sand, you try your hardest to dash onward to put some distance between you and the couple cops still chasing. Then as rapidly as you can, you hop to take off a shoe and a sock, put your phone in the sock, and then kick a hole in the sand to quickly bury it. Hopefully the cops don't notice enough to find it, as you look around and try to memorize the location quickly, then run straight into the water and swim out enough that you can dive under...

---

"Princess, Princess!"

"I told you before, I don't care how cute he is I'm not attracted to sharks!"

Having spent about an hour already underwater to avoid the police, you can't help avoiding the fellow great whites that detect your presence and come swimming. Some females this time trying to convince you that you could have a fine shark husband to make you happy.

"Those land-livers can't be any better! They aren't big and strong like a shark, they can't swim and hunt."

"They can't even keep up with you!"

You just want to relax and eat your fish in peace while you wait out the authorities, but always these sharks have to come bothering you. Unfortunately it will still be awhile longer, since you've checked now and then if the coast is clear, but they've currently got the coast guard looking for you. Probably thinking the suspect fled into the sea but by now has probably drowned.

Ideally you'd want to wait till you can get back on shore and find your phone, then call Mike for him to come pick you up. But that won't be till this evening probably or whenever they give up the search. Though, you suppose you could always just swim home...

>What do you do?
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>>3531875
wonder who is our dad and how did our mother fuck a shark and have us
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>>3531875
Ask the female sharks how their kingdom is, and how far

trade some fishing ground information, get to know them, we have nothing better to do

then swim home, we can ask Mike to drive us back here later to get our phone
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>>3531885
that also
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>>3531875
>Swim home

>"Sorry guys. I'm more human than shark."
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>>3531898
I will not dismiss shark husband so easily, maybe it could be interesting, humans are kind of shit
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>>3531878
>>3531885
>>3531893
>>3531898
>>3531909
You talked with your mother often enough about your father. After the eclipse that caused super abilities and mutants to start emerging, it's not like humans were the only ones affected. You're living proof, your father was a super great white and your mother was a marine biologist that ended up discovering and studying him, till they formed a relationship and you were born. He was super enough to have abnormal intelligence but also apparently super enough to crossbreed as well. A similar case with these other intelligent great whites, they're all descended from him and at least have his intelligence, family too you suppose. Unfortunately he was killed by an orca and mother died of cancer when you were twelve, presumably from having a relationship and reproducing with a mutant.

Though your human family, like your aunt Janice are not accepting or proud of you, on the other hand your shark family are all too obsessed with you and think and treat you like something you're not. At least though they aren't abusive of you, you suppose and one of your half-brothers protected you from a bull shark once. If only they weren't so pressing about expectations of you.

"Where even is the kingdom anyway?"

"All around, you know. We're sharks, we don't build things. We do have some land-liver wrecks but the open waters are our domain!"

Sure enough they do just swim around and spread around, propagating more intelligent or even super great whites where they go. The ones you encounter on a regular basis are just the few that dwell in the waters of this region but there's others elsewhere. Not really a certain or central kingdom as much as a nomadic extended family, though time and again they've been interested in you and your potential to actually build something perhaps.

"Sorry but I'm human as well."

"Priiinceees!"

You try to swim away though they are faster than you, but eventually take the hint and leave you alone. You'd considered sharing things with them, but you know that any increase in great white sharks around areas where humans vacation and live and swim the waters, will cause trouble in other ways. Last thing you would want is to tell them good places they can go and then they get killed for it.

In any case it will take some work but you can try to navigate home. You've never done it from the sound-side, always the ocean-side. Make a roll for the sea-travel and navigating.

>Unless you have anything else in mind...
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Rolled 45 (1d100)

>>3531935
We should be more kind and willing to at least talk with our shark family, they mean well and don't treat us like freaks like the humans in general
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>>3531959
support
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Rolled 67 (1d100)

>>3531935

>>3531959
I'm ok with good relationship with them, but we aren't attracted to sharks. We aren't gonna marry one.
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>>3532058
No, but who knows, I bet our mother wasn't at first...kindness, respect and understanding goes a long way.

But I'm getting sidetracked, boys(sea or land dwelers) is the last thing on our mind, we should focus on our new career, they would only get in the way and should not be given any thought
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>>3531959
>>3532013
>>3532058
>>3532089
>67

While you wouldn't want to just cut off your shark relatives entirely, it's hard to feel so close with them when they pester you all the time. And imagining a life with them, a life spent in the sea just swimming around and eating and... not much else. Maybe it feels natural, but you don't feel it's a life you could be satisfied with. And because of this, you tend to have little patience with the other sharks.

In any case, you seek a way home. It's not like you can get lost from the land but trying to find Hattrask from the coast and then your home, is not so easy. Before anything else you can at least seek out the old lighthouse, so you reach proximity to the town. After that it's a case of swimming up and down along the shore till you start to recognizes houses and other familiar shoreline sights. In the process you notice a boat out, interesting enough find though you'd normally ignore it. But in this specific instance, over the course of your swim here you've realized a bit of a problem; apart from your cell phone, you have no other phones. No house phone at least, it's 2019 who even has house phones anymore unless you're rich? So calling Mike may be difficult unless you have some way to do it... and there's maybe a cell phone on the boat. Otherwise you'd have to go looking elsewhere.

Either way though, you feel confident that you recognize the shore now that you can make your way back home again. Would be nice since you're getting tired of dragging this waterlogged bundle of all your clothes behind you.

>What do you do?
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>>3532095
>Go home. Maybe Mike is waiting for us there? Make sure no cops or people are around where we emerge and re-cloth ourselves.
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>>3532095
Go home, if Mike is even half witted he will meet us there, if nothing else we can use our laptop to send him a message
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>>3532107
>>3532130
yeah support
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>>3532107
Mike is a bro, supporting.
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>>3532195
>>3532191
>>3532130
>>3532107
It's sunset anyway so you figure just to wait for awhile till it's dark, that you can emerge back onto shore and... well do you even need to get dressed in soaking wet clothes? You have the bundle with you but you just hurry across the sands beneath the cloudy moon. You can see some people out on the beach, a couple fires here and there farther up and down the shore but none here are watching out for you. After that, just a trek overland across the grassy dunes and scrubland, before you're at your backyard and then your porch.

"Yes! Nice one Mike!"

Thankfully you can see your friend's car parked in the driveway, so putting on your pants and a shirt at least, you enter into the house.

"Oh? Oh hey! You're back, are you ok? Whoah, still wet? How long were you out there?"

Sure enough Mike is just chilling on the couch when you come inside, but he bothers to get up and offer to help you with... well, whatever you may need. He can fetch some towels for you while you dump all the wet clothes in the laundry room for later. Of course he wants to know all about what happened, but you're more interested in seeing what the news has to say.

"How long have they been saying that?"

"About Quickstep? Hours now, nothing about you though yet, you know they don't report stuff on the scene... but online, you should see it."

Ongoing reports on the news about the capture of the villain Quickstep today, and how he's currently in police custody. You hope they can hold him, but any worries are greatly overshadowed by your amazement about having your deeds reported on the news! And Mike says there's more from people online, about the actual recordings of you on the scene?

You... well you're not sure what you expected getting into this, but it certainly wans't this much attention! It's hard not to feel, nervous but excited as well. It's not exactly fame, but is also not exactly not fame...

>What do you do?
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>>3532232
Take bath to clean off the salt water.
Ask if Mike can drive us back to our phone later, we pay dinner as thanks.

Tell him about our growing suspicious that noble gas was in cahoots with dubstep, he was way too easy to get and noble gas was very forceful about us letting him go.
Maybe we should seek that Eclipse out and see if she knows anything about it
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>>3532232
Take bath, clean up, hang with Mike.

Tell him about cahooting, see what they're saying about us.
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>>3532232
Obviously check out the online comment sections to see what people are saying about us

>>3532242
Helium is the noble gas. Helion is more closely related to the sun.
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>>3532258
Gas ball?
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>>3532242
This
If we don't get that phone back our aunt will be super mad, get on a drive-through on the way and pay Mike something to eat for his help, he's a bro.
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>>3532283
>>3532258
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>>3532242
A chance to wash then, as you sit in the tub and clean off from your time in the ocean. That's the idea at least but you're so giddy about all that's gone on that you keep getting lost in thought, clenching your hands to your face and kicking at the foot of tub with glee and sloshing around the water to spill a mess. After that, it's getting dry again and dressed, for him to take you to look for your phone. By now it's late though so while the actual crime scene still has some police there, going on the beach isn't a problem and Mike can keep lookout and you spend awhile trying to remember and retrace the distance you ran to look for your phone.

"Heeeya, I got it!"

Annoyingly it takes about an hour to find it again, but digging in the sand you pull out your sock and unbundle the phone, just about to turn it on when... you'd probably prefer to leave it off for now. At least till you get home.

"Well that's good, wouldn't wanna have to buy another."

"Dinner? I mean out, I'm buying."

---

It's too late by then for any restaurants besides bars to be open, but the gas stations still are. Mike can find a parking spot to the side and more out of the bright lights, while he just gets a bunch of snacks and cheap food for the two of you to enjoy, sitting together on the hood of his car and watching the occasional cars come and go for gas.

"Oh no... they're trying to make up names for me..."

"And you think the hero and the villain are working together? That's crazy, why'd you think that?"

Maybe it's a little risky to be sitting out in the open like this, but only your tail is hanging out, laying across the hood. Unless someone were to get close they wouldn't notice anything strange otherwise, just two people chilling outside the gas station. And you don't mind the risk, a rare chance to be outside and in the open without having to worry too much.

>You can spend awhile here hanging out with Mike, and do as you please. If there's anything particular you'd like to you can, otherwise you'll head home eventually and probably bid each other goodnight.
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>>3532348
Thank him for the help and tell him to not let any stupid name stick.

Bid him godnight and go to sleep, we did good today
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>>3532410
we must thank him
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>>3532686
>>3532410
besides thanking him, he is kind of our sidekick now, he needs to get a mask too
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>>3532348
"Well Helion was trying to get me to hand Dubstep to him even though the cops were right there, right?"

Also thank mike, we don't deserve him.
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>>3532348
Backing
>>3532697
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>>3532697
This, adding that he was waaay to easy to catch so how could Helion not have caught him by now unless they were working together?
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>>3533461
>>3532966
>>3532697
>>3532693
>>3532686
>>3532410
You're busy checking your phone for all the fuss happening online, hoping a poor identity isn't the one that is chosen, but there's not much you can do about it. All of this, anything to avoid your message box exploded with calls from your aunt who probably saw all about your efforts earlier.

"...thank you Mike. I couldn't have done it without you."

"Whoah hey, you did all the work!"

A hug would lift your spirits right now, though he insists that he didn't do much and you're the hero. It's a conflicting situation for sure, but rewarding at least to know that your prime motivation about restoring stability to town, is a viable one after capturing the villain. Maybe people will thank you for it, but as long as you have Mike you're happy enough.

---

On the way home you can talk about your suspicions over Helion and Dubstep, some strange things you think. Of course Mike wasn't involved on the scene like you were, to be privy to all that transpired. He was only able to film it at a distance and avoid being noticed much. Some of it makes sense to him sure, but if what you're saying is true then why would he let you turn Dubstep over to the cops at all? Well, you're sure there's something up you just need to think about what it is.

Or maybe not, what does it matter now that he's in jail.

"Thanks again Mike, for everything."

"Anytime Em. Get some sleep, you can call me if you need anything."

You wave goodbye as you stand and watch him back out of the driveway, then speed off. Alone again, but after such a day you'd appreciate some time to yourself as you kick your shoes off and shut the front door. At least awhile before bed, it's late but not terribly so. You could do for another hour or so up, maybe, checking on the responses to your actions today. You're becoming a bit obsessed though, maybe best to just go to sleep and let it settle.

"Oh... right. My dating profile..."

Something else you notice while at least checking viewtube for comments or activity, in all the fuss you never disabled your account on the dating site. Well, not like you need any of that now, right? You're a hero, you're not hiding in your bed all day yearning for human contact.

>What do you do?
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>>3533666
>Check the profile, but also check the messages from your aunt
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>>3533666
>What do you do?
Well satan.
I think its time to think of our hero name and stare people of internet in proper direction.
Shark Lady?
Also delete dating app. Mike is a keeper. Even if we never ask him out.
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>>3533666
Disable the profile

Search for info on Eclipse, she is not exacly a villain, but she is a supers, ee could talk with her and see if she knows anything about dubstep and helions relationship.

If I'm not mistaken we already have her favorite hangout spots so we can send Mike a message to pick us up and drive there.

We can cook/buy food as payment and thanks
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>>3533666
Delete the dating app, that thing is for creeps and we are not a creep...anymore...

check aunt's messages, hope she is not coming to kill us

>>3533684
this is good, start steering internet discussion to calling us Shark Lady, push that meme like it was Milhause
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>>3533692
we can see about talking with her after we deal with aunt I think
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>>3533707
>check aunt's messages, hope she is not coming to kill us
this too
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Whoops, had to repost,

>>3533741
>>3533734
>>3533707
>>3533692
>>3533684
>>3533680

Before you'd just wanted to talk to someone and were desperate enough to make a dating profile for it. Now though you're going outside and... well only indirectly interacting with people, but still more than you've done in many years. Your confidence is more now that you feel... maybe you don't need this after all, an account. Of course you'd love to have a relationship, you don't want to die alone. But you don't need to rely on dating apps for this, right?

After you get ready for bed then you can stay up for a little while longer as you lay and check online for necessary information, while you let your phone messages run. It's a lot of what you expected though, a lot of anger and upset. You don't want to cause strife for your aunt, but how could you do anything outside without upsetting her?

You can deal with that when it comes time though, for tonight you can settle to sleep with dreams of being out in the sun among other people.

---

"-bwuhh?"

A banging at the door stirs you awake, as you roll out of bed and land on your tail with a groan. Staggering to your feet and making your way to the front door, you check who it is.

"A-Aunt Janice?"

"Open this door right now!" you hesitate for a moment but she must have known, "And I mean now!"

Cautiously you open the door with a weak, nervous smile to try and greet her but you're met with a shove to the floor as she forces her way inside. Shrieking in fear, you cower from her and try to crawl away but she just grabs you by your tail and fights against you, as she slowly backs up and pulls you across the floor despite your panicked attempts to grip at the carpet or anything you could get your hands on.

"You might be bigger than me, might have grown up, but I can still spank you like a little girl! Is that what you want?!"

She's clearly still upset and screaming at you about your actions yesterday. Though in your frantic state of mind you still can't help but dwell on what she said and how she didn't care if you did, just that she wouldn't be a part of your life anymore. Yet here she is, seems she's not giving up on you so easily.

>What do you do?
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>>3533851
Fuck us. Well fist aren't flying yet so that good.
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>>3533851
She said we could do it, we didn't show our face and nobody knows who we are
sorry aunt but I wanted to help people

I swear I won't be an embarrassment for you, you won't have to look at me, I'm sorry
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>>3533851
>Ask why she's mad. You kept your face covered, no one traced this back to her, and you even caught a supervillain.
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>>3533851
Accept the beating, if nothing else for fear of hurting her if we try to resist, and as we saw in our fight against dubstep theres very little she could do to actually hurt us.

When she gives us the chance tell her we were very careful and nobody knows who we are and that she is our aunt, she doesn't need to be ashamed, we will not let them know and we got a supervillain that was causing problems
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>>3533881
>>3533871
>>3533870
>>3533864
You give up resisting and submit when she starts kicking you in the butt while holding your tail under her arm, not much you can do apart from defending yourself which might go badly.

"Please Janice I'm sorry! I was just trying to save people, I kept my face covered and was careful! I even caught the guy!"

"Your-" smack "-God-" smack "-damned-" smack "-tail!"

She gives your hide a tanning and making your cry tears for apology as you beg and plead, try to get her to stop treating you like a naughty child even though you can't help but feel like one. But then she's always been this way with you.

"You left your tail hanging out! There's people online already making names for you, they know you're a shark! How many other people have you ever heard of with tails? How are you going to expect to live a 'normal' life now?!"

She's still fuming, still yelling at you as she grips your weeping face to try and get the point across, but at least she's not hitting you anymore... though you suppose she may be right. You didn't, and you can't really hide your tail, not easily. Of course no one would know who you are, but assuming you were to go outside among people... well you couldn't ever go unrecognized for having your tail, some pretty poor alter-ego that is.

"Now, because of this, we're going to have to move you again!"

"-what?! N-No!"

It wouldn't be the first time you had to relocate because of being discovered, but it can't really be that bad of a problem, right? You don't want to leave Hattrask, and it's not like people actually know where you live or your literal true identity.

>What do you do?
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>>3534000
>Object. We already couldn't go outside or live a normal life. Nothing has changed.
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>>3534000
But nobody knows me here

and aunt Janice, one day I'll have to show myself, I can't be locked forever, I'm disguised they won't know who I am, just that I have a tail.
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>>3534030
>>3534009
Not to talk back and make her angrier, but you feel it pertinent to raise the concern about your presence here already. It's not like anyone knows you, or that you can go outside anyway so what's the risk? Though Janice asks you directly, if that wasn't your plan to begin with? She didn't agree with it, but she thought you were going to try to start integrating into the world from here on, and try to interact with people and see how that could work for you. Acting as a super though, getting in trouble with the police, now you can never integrate into the world.

Basically like telling her you had a dream of being a dancer while only having one leg, but then going and chopping your other leg off; it might have been hard to find your place in the world but not impossible perhaps. Now though, she doesn't see how it could be possible, all because you wanted to play hero for a day.

>We can take a break for awhile now, as you figure out what to do next. Both in regards to your aunt, and your motives about the super problem.
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>>3534087
Well, we wanted to be accepted by resolving the supers problem, we would never be accepted for who we were, but if we helped them get rid of those supers that only cause trouble we would be accepted, if she wants we can talk with the chief, we have everything in video and that super attacked us first, we were only defending ourselves against him, a citizen arrest you know? we just run away because of our appearance,but we are ready to talk things over with him if that means that we can stay and try to be accepted
if humans don't want anything to do with us we can always move to the sea....
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>>3534000
Okay, you know what? Fuck this cunt. She's done stuff for us, family and all, but that doesn't give her the right to beat on us when we did some good. Kick her out and block her number.

Fuck her with a cactus.
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>>3534087
Wouldn't this make us more accepted though? Yesterday all they saw us as was a freak. Now they might see us as a hero.

>>3534163
No
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>>3534178
Not once has she done anything other than yell at us or smack us now. Why, exactly, as a grown-ass adult, should we put up with this?
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>>3534181
Because she cares for us and we're super dependent
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>>3534184
If she does care for us, it's in a super unhealthy way, and in a way that stifles our growth as a human being while ENSURING our dependence on her.
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>>3534163
No

>>3534181
Because we are not a grown ass adult, we have no work, we barely interact with people and aside from kicking people's ass and we have no other skills.

Besides, she's family, and our aunt, let's not be an ungrateful bitch even if she is acting mad because we did somethibg reckless
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>>3534087
Argue that they cam accept us now, and even if we move, one day or the other people will see us. With all the supers around we are not that strange
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>>3534192

Disagree
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>>3534233
>>3534199
>>3534194
>>3534192
>>3534184
>>3534181
>>3534178
>>3534163
>>3534096
You don't like being treated like a child, especially not by someone you could kill in about an instant. But Janice is your family! She's always taken care of you since mother passed away, without her you wouldn't be able to survive! So maybe she's always been ashamed of you and a little cruel because of it, but she's shown you that's how the world is. Right? Better some tough love to learn the lesson, than to find out the hard way.

"I-I could... I could be a h-hero! People will l-like me then!"

"There's nothing to like about breaking the law! People can like you all they want, but if you try to walk down the street you'll still be arrested, still end up in a jail cell! Then you can see how much people liking you really matters!"

Well she's clearly thought about this more than you. Not that you don't believe in your own reasoning, but you know how she's always prepared to talk to you, and since she's one of only two people you really know she's always got the upper hand... and when she doesn't, a little abuse to remind you. Eventually after venting her anger at you enough she lets up on the punishment, and lets go of you. As is custom, she takes a seat on the couch to grumble about it, waiting without saying for you to crawl over and apologize as you sit on the floor and hang onto her leg for forgiveness. Not that you have to but you know it's always best to appeal to her and mend things between you sooner rather than later.

"Janice, please. I'm sorry. I'll... I could go to the police if that would be better?"

"That would be better for you, but I can't be involved with your life anymore. It's too dangerous, too easy to be found out. All they would have to do is just check on the owner of the house, and that's just what first comes to mind... I'm sure there's plenty of ways our relation could be found out."

You rest your head against her leg, trying to think of a solution. That would be worst of all, not if you got arrested or in trouble, but if Janice or her family got in trouble somehow for it. Maybe if she wasn't at risk, she wouldn't be so upset... probably not, she cares about you it seems, enough to not want you to throw your life away for something silly like dreams of being a hero and being loved. At least, she would say such things are silly.

>What do you do?
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>>3534318
>Ask why Helion doesn't have to deal with all this. Is there some special hero registration he did that we can do?
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>>3534344
Helion is wanted by the police, he's a vigilante through and through. Also counts of property destruction and such.
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>>3534318
After she calms down

maybe we could move to a different house then, and talk with the police, maybe Mike can help us, if we are not in a house from Janice, and have no other tie we could try to be a normal person...maybe Mike could help, we should ask him
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>>3534359
Oh. He did not give that impression when we talked to him.

I dunno then. Go to the police but tell them we're homeless?

>>3534378
I don't think it's that easy to just switch houses.
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>>3534378
>>3534387
Well that's why Helion fled the scene when the police actually started to approach, they'd have tried to arrest him too.

In terms of connections though, the only ways you can think of it are, the house of course and your typical bills in Janice's name. And then your own identity, if someone were to dig enough they could perhaps find her and her family, though it would be exceedingly hard since you have no online/social presence. Money isn't the issue really since from your time spent in the waters around here, you've found a treasure or two in your time, kept in a sea cave you discovered. The problem is the ownership, bills to names, that sort of thing usual to living in the world today. No one knows you live here or your identity, but if you were caught coming back here that would be easy to track to Janice, and if you were arrested then they would look into your identity.
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>>3534494
Oh, so we have money to buy our own house?

I think the solution is to do that and move out. Then we can go to the police and tell them it was self defense, we have a video showing him assaulting us.
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>>3534520
You've got a small fortune yes, a few years back you discovered pirate treasure buried underwater a little ways offshore. Would you want to keep your same house then or buy a new one? If the latter, then you can go house shopping.

Before, or after you decide to handle this matter with the police.
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>>3534520
>we have a video showing him assaulting us.
The same video also shows us rolling up on the scene to beat down some punks
>>3534318
It's not like we were going to have a normal life anyway.
>>3534625
We live in a beach town right? So does everyone have beachfront or near-beachfront property then? What if we went to live with mike?
Also, what would the charge be for our crimes/how long in jail, and do we have enough money to pay our way out of it can be paid off?
And as a final thought, the police in this town suck if a shark girl and her nerdy friend have a faster response time than they do.
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>>3534625
a beachfront would be nice, then we can start paying our own bills and Janice would no be worried about being discovered
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>>3534318
>Apologise for being a nuisance
>Ask for a week of time before me move out
>Thank her for everything
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>>3534805
>The same video also shows us rolling up on the scene to beat down some punks
...You know we can just edit that part out, right?

>>3534625
New house, and before
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>>3535142
>>3534963
>>3534948
>>3534805
Mike wasn't the only one recording though.

As for where you live, yes it's a beach town. Houses are for the most part separated into two types; big flash beachfront vacation homes, and smaller "normal" inland homes. You, like most locals have the latter. Though you can afford any house you want pretty much, it's a matter of choice then. You could live with Mike but he rents an apartment, doesn't have a house. If nothing else you never need to worry about being totally homeless, but having a place to live is nice of course.

As for the police, you'd have no way of knowing what they might charge you with and what punishment that could entail. You'd have to think about what happened, and then guess what the outcome would be. At the very least you can assume resisting arrest though, that was the one you heard shouted at you. And response time... well, it's a town of only about a thousand people, and you were on the lookout for a livestream that went up pretty much the moment the crime went down.
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>>3535548
ask Mike if he would mind a roomate, we can share rent, if he doesn't oike the idea let's try to get a house near the beach that is not too expensive
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>>3535548
The criminals still attacked us first. The only thing we possibly did wrong was mangle that one dudes car, and we could argue that as part of a citizen's arrest.

Anyway small house.
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>>3535743
>>3535639
You can make a roll then if you like, to start searching for a new house. The better the roll, the closer and better the house.

>>3535639
Mike may give in and let you stay with him but he's in a small apartment complex, do you want to risk being near and living among other people?
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Rolled 11 (1d100)

>>3536020
nat 100 we get one next door
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>3536020
finding a house
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>>3536050
oh look, fairly close to mike!

and with access to the beach!

and with several dunes around for a stealthy approach!
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Rolled 34 (1d100)

>>3536020
>>3536052
We bought a bunker!
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>>3536048
If you wanted something so similar you could have just kept your current house, just have your aunt sell it to Mike or something, and then him to you.

>>3536066
>>3536052
>>3536050
>>3536048
You can start seeking out a house then, and hope for the best you can find. Just a heads up that we probably won't be playing today, or not until later. But till then you can determine what your final consesus is on the pertinent matters, and in what order you do them;

>Moving out of this house, so your aunt will probably sell it
>Find a place to live until you find a new house
>Going through the process of actually buying a new house
>Turning yourself in to the police, and seeing if you warrant any punishment
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>>3536367
>Going through the process of actually buying a new house


>Moving out of this house, so your aunt will probably sell it

>Turning yourself in to the police, and seeing if you warrant any punishment

Although that house passdown from aunt to mike to us sounds pretty neat, as long as our aunt is ok with it. I figured she'd be too paranoid for that.
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>>3536367
>>Going through the process of actually buying a new house

>Turning yourself in to the police, and seeing if you warrant any punishment
after we get the house so aunt doesn't freak out
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>>3536371
Well she would even sell it to you if you wanted, her concern is just that someone could check the owner history of the house to see. Though, she does have a different last name to you... if you thought, maybe you could come up with some ways of mitigating her worries.
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>>3536392
We could buy it at a high price so that she could claim she was happy to make a profit and didn't look too much into who she was selling to.
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Hey all, just a heads up that we will be resuming in awhile now.
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>>3538979
nice
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>>3536413
>>3536371
>>3536380
It seems there is a slight preference to keeping your house. So you can get into contact with Mike who is fine with the idea and tomorrow can ask Janice to get in touch with her real estate agent. Then it can just play out where Mike "buys" the house from Janice, then you handle whatever trouble you might be in after which point he can either just continue to hold onto the house for you, or eventually you can then "buy" it from him so you're the owner without worry.

The question is, do you want to be involved in any of this process? Or let the others sort it out. If not involved, then you've probably got a few days to a week where all the process takes place, and you're free to do as you please.
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>>3539169
I guess we should be involved. Personal responsibility and all that.

But I still want a rocky training montage in our free time.
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>>3539169
I want to get involved. Start taking our life by the horns, getting our own agency, stuff like that.
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>>3539216
>>3539219
sure

>>3539169
can we dedicate the time between it to train and get huge?
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>>3539232
>>3539219
>>3539216
Sure you can get involved. Well with the process, with Mike and Janice. Would you really want to get involved with a real estate agent or other such strangers when you're only known publicly as a wanted criminal?

In the meantime though you can certainly figure out a training regimen and get along with it. Feel free to make a roll for how your progress goes overtime!
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Rolled 29 (1d100)

>>3539285
muscles!

I guess no involvement
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>3539285
I think it'd be in-character to want to be involved, but not know how, and due to our inability to leave the house or the ocean, just end up annoying our aunt and hanging around Mike constantly, trying to help.
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Rolled 65 (1d100)

>>3539285
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>>3539335
>>3539323
>>3539318
>65

Over the coming week then, you concoct this plan with Mike about transferring the house ownership. He doesn't mind doing you the favor, and although Janice is upset at first, when you can get across your wanting to not be a liability to her she accepts. Through the "sale" process then, Mike and Janice are around the house often enough along with an estate agent. You try to help out however you can and are eager to do so, feeling emboldened by your experiences outside. Really though you just end up being a burden, annoying Mike and upsetting Janice for the risk of the estate agent seeing you and realizing your identity. They can handle the process without you, but you still keep trying to find ways to get your foot in the door. But how can you help it? You're excited at the prospect of owning your own house!

During this whole time, when you're not busy online with your own image or hanging out with Mike, you're busy getting in shape and strong! All the better for your meat diet! Mike can buy some basic exercise equipment for you as you learn to make use of it and start pushing your limits and improving your fitness. Sure it's hard work and you feel terribly sore for working out two to three times longer and harder than a normal person. But that's just a sign that you're improving! After a week of constant exercise and swimming elsewise, you're starting to notice certain definition and working off your extra pudge. No more chubby shark belly for you!

Of course it will take longer, but like anything improvement takes time. Thankfully you have Mike to motivate you, and you're curious to see how strong and fit you can get. Some slight trepidation about scaring people if your physique becomes too imposing, but you're more focused on keeping active and potential super work first of all.

And for good reason.

"Hey uh... you see this?"

"What?! He escaped?!"

"Apparently the other one helped him."

A little over a week and the house selling process has been taken care of, while Mike has his own bedroom now. Not that he's living with you full time, but sometimes now he can spend the night in his room if it's really late or he feels like it. All that's left is the transfer of ownership which will take a few more weeks to a month.

All that is ahead of you though; Dubstep escaped jail!

>What do you do?
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>>3539392
Mike can leave in the spare bedroom if he wants, it will save him some money.

But backnto action! Let's tract down Eclipse, she is not in league with the other two and could help us catch them
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>>3539392
Hang on, by other one he means Helion and not Eclipse? Just to make sure. I'm surprised he dropped the charade so easily instead of just posting bail or something.
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>>3539409
>>3539419
Well Mike still has his apartment lease, so he's not going to just move in with you. At least not for awhile anyway.

As for Dubstep, it was neither Helion nor Eclipse, that helped him escape apparently. The fourth unknown super. No bail either for people with super powers. Naturally you want to track him down and catch him again, but how would you go about that? Eclipse could be a good idea but where or how would you find her?

Also, you want to forgo dealing with the police for your own sake, to pursue this new turn of events?
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>>3539430
We made a search some time ago for her usual places, we could check those, or search online for places where we can find her
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>>3539437
You made a search about her and things she's done, but you found no such thing as "usual places" for her. You just checked past information about her crimes, but certainly no conclusions about where she actually may be.
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>>3539430
see if we can find images about this new guy

and see if we can find past associates of dubstep, maybe they know where he hides
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>>3539461
Maybe she has social media? Lol, it's worth a try to get in contact with her.

>>3539469
This seems good too

Try to see How this other guy bust dubsy out
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>>3539478
Also, calling it now, the new supers is just Helion in a different costume lol
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>>3539469
>>3539478
>>3539483
The fourth remains unknown because there's little evidence about them at all. Really it's just more like several reports and reported crimes by people that seem to indicate the involvement of a super as that's the only logical explanation at this point other than mass hysteria. All you can find though is a similar trend; random persons being kidnapped and left in the various empty beach houses, while people who know them claim to have spent time with the person as normally as they always would... until each time the kidnapped person was found or escaped. So the impression of the same person in two different places at the same time.

As for how Dubstep was allowed to escape, a similar situation that a police officer was kidnapped and restrained during which time that officer was known to have brought Dubstep out under the excuse of transferring him apparently. There's not a whole lot of information since surely the police wouldn't want to let on much, and it's considered to be a mistake on an officer's part... except you saw the short news interview of that same cop claiming he was tied up the whole time.

As for Eclipse or past associates of Dubstep, you can search online if you like and make a roll for the effort, to see what you find.
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Rolled 89 (1d100)

>>3539494
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Rolled 3 (1d100)

>>3539494
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Rolled 27 (1d100)

>>3539494
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>>3539494
So 4 seems to be a shapeshift or specialized psychic. Spooky.
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>>3539779
>>3539737
>>3539720
>89

You do more online digging and can find various pages or social media groups dedicated to Eclipse. Not very big since she's only a local super, but it's not like videos online are only watched locally so she has some fans around. Whether or not she can be contacted this way though is unclear.

...and perhaps unnecessary. As always you've got viewtube open on the side to watch for any videos, and after a couple days sure enough, a stream goes live. Eclipse having intervened in a small conflict between some vigilantes and some opportunist criminals. There's a little spat going on off the main highway through town, and if you wanted to and hurried you could either ride your bike there or call for Mike to hurry and drive you.

As usual though, you'd want to determine what you wear and what to bring with you, if you're going to get involved.
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>>3540548
>Bike there, super baggy clothes and mask once more.
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>>3540564
This, its a social call, we hope
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>>3540564
this, but tell Mike where we are going, he can meet us later
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>>3540584
>>3540564
Rather than getting all overwhelmed with things to take like last time, this time you just keep it simple as can be. As baggy clothes as you can find, your phone, and that's about it. You even put on the most oversized hoodie you have, which hangs on you comically but at the same time it can do a passing job of covering up your tail somewhat... as long as a person isn't standing behind you. Riding your bike will be a giveaway but it shouldn't take that long.

So you give Mike a call to let him know that you're going to the scene, which catches him off guard since he wasn't aware a situation was going down. He tries to get you to wait for him, but you don't want to wait so just leave it at that! All that remains is hopping on your bike and pedaling over there, shouldn't take too long.

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A little unsteady since you haven't ridden your bike in some time but after about ten minutes or so you can make your way over to the scene, relying on neighborhood streets at first and then having to cut through the woods for a bit when you see police on the periphery of the scene waiting for their chance to get involved.

"Oof! Uff! Ugh!"

Pushing your way through branches and leaves, you finally catch a glimpse of the situation and set your bike down among the grass and leaves before creeping towards the highway road. Across the way are a set of stores, and among the backlot you can see the trouble unfolding. Some criminals must have been robbing one of the stores through the back when some vigilantes engaged them and a fight ensued, no one severely hurt it looks like and no lethal weapons visible.

However at some point Eclipse must have arrived on the scene because now both sides are taking cover and seemingly from out of nowhere at occasional intervals, you can see a colorful beam of light try and zap anyone that attempts to continue fighting or flee the scene. The safe assumption is that she's invisible and keep moving to zap from different angles, and she's probably trying to hold things down till the police deem it safe to intervene.

>What do you do?
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>>3540663
Also just a heads up that I unexpectedly have to duck out for a bit, but we'll give it some time here for you to come up with a plan of action, and then we'll resume when I get back.
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>>3540663
"Hey, psssst, Miss Eclipse, over here, let's talk."

If she does come, explain to her that the police won't come near until he stops zapping people, we can help get everyone to surrender and in exchange we would like to talk to her about something
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>>3540663
Tri to get her attention, maybe she will recognize us fron the videos, make sure to assume a non-threatening stance
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Hey I'm back now, will resume in a bit.
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>>3540685
>>3540771
You're eager to get her attention if she is indeed here, but it's hard to imagine doing so towards a... well, a big open space of nothing. Sure she's there, but you have no idea where.

So you make your approach, trying to call out for her attention. Pretty quickly you're noticed thoguh, and not long till you're recognized; the nearest criminals try to get away while the nearest vigilante tries to attack you! Fortunately he gets zapped by a beam causing him to yell in pain a little and be forced to return to cover. It seems that while the situation is in this sort of stalemate, you can't exactly get into proper contact with her.

That is, while there's a fight basically on pause, the two of you can't just step to the side for a minute and have a conversation. Or at least, she doesn't respond to let you know as much. So you may either have to help deal with this situation yourself, or try to get the police involved and break it all up. Because Eclipse seems capable of stopping a fight by forcing people into cover, but incapable of personally subduing anyone.

>What do you do?
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>>3541028

Fuck
we shoulda brought some zip ties
put those on our shopping list
For now I guess just wade into the fray and subdue the criminals, hoping Eclipse doesn't zap us too.

By subdue the criminals I mean pin them and hand them off to a hopefully friendly vigilante.
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>>3541028
>>3541036
she wants everyone to stop fighting, if we start throwing punches I think she will zapp us too
let's try to tell them to leave first

>>3541028
yell for the vigilantes to stand down, the police is here, show them our shark explendor and remind them that we captured dubstep just recently, tell them to leave or that we will force them to leave

then we can repeat that with the criminals

the best case scenario here is everyone going back to their houses
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>>3541041
Let's not reveal our sharkness. If throwing punches is bad, how about grabbing people and carrying them out of the brawl?
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>>3541045
we could grab one at a time and send them walking, sure
anounce our intention to Eclipse so she can zap anyone that tries to help the ones we are grabing
she must be tired of these stealmate as much as everyone
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>>3541045
Support
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Rolled 26 (1d100)

>>3541056
>>3541105
>>3541045
Sure thing, worth a roll just to see how it goes down and you can try your best.
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>3541109
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Rolled 38 (1d100)

>>3541109
Shark girl screaming for them to go home like she does with the recruiting sharks
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>>3541115
It wasn't a roll for players.

>>3541109
Most know you are here, but before long everyone knows for sure!

"...a-alright! That's enough! The police are here so you'd better run!"

You don't get zapped just for talking out, and most of the folks gathered when they start to realize the truth of their wrods, don't stick around much longer. Almost al the vigilantes try to flee rather than get arrested, and faced with the prospect of Eclipse and now the shark girl, they aren't stupid enough to stay and wait to find out what happens. Especially not when there's no reason to stay no with the vigilantes on the run.

You get assaulted by a couple remainers, though don't suffer more than a harmless hit to the arms. But a zap quickly hits them and you're able to follow up with tackling them to the ground. In the end, you've got a criminal man and a vigilante woman under each arm. Subdued and unsure of what to do with.

"Not bad. If you can make it out of this, we can talk."

You hear a woman's voice from... somewhere, though assume Eclipse is now responding to you after the situation has died down. Anyone who's anyone has either escaped or been caught by the police escaping, though assuming the police will make an approach you have to get out yourself.

But what about these two you have in your arms?

>What do you do?
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>>3541129
Also I figured for ease, all supers will talk in red now rather than also black like normal people. Except you of course.
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>>3541129
>Toss em at the police and book it
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>>3541129
Leave them somewhere and get the hell out, try to lose them on the confusion
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>>3541129
Throw them off. Run away, if we can't get on our bike call Mike to let him know where it is so he can pick it
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>>3541165
>>3541155
>>3541144
Without any better idea, you end up just throwing the two captives aside and booking it out of there! Unfortunately you can't get back to your bike because it's on the other side of the highway and that's where all the police cars are pulling up now. You can try to make an escape on foot though, but it may be a little hard since there's no water nearby. There is Mike you could try and get to, calling and finding out that he's driving around trying to avoid getting near the police roadblocks, not so far away.

But you'll still need to reach him. Made all the more difficult that, without Eclipse to be seen and the situation more or less resolved as the police move in to mop up, you're the only person of interest remaining. Which means you're the only person worth filming, and you notice the guy responsible for the viewtube streams pretty close by and just filming you now with obvious intent to follow if you leave.

>What do you do? At the very least no matter what, make a roll if you're trying to escape the police. Depending on how you try to do it, will require a harder or easier roll to pass.
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Rolled 51 (1d100)

>>3541179
>What do you do?
So we need to lose viewtube guy and the cops?
How about we just tell him to shut off the camera or he won't be getting any footage of us for a while? Then we just need to run, which we should be able to do faster than a normal human, lose the cops, and get to Mike.
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Rolled 80 (1d100)

>>3541179
>Tell him he's really harshing our mellow
>Then jog away, we have been training for a week for this!
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>>3541292
>>3541299
>80

You try to tell the guy filming you off, but annoyingly he doesn't listen and just stalks you at a distance filming and giving commentary to all the viewers. Fortunately, indeed you have been preparing for this so putting the effort into it you can just leg it as hard and as fast as you can and outrun the guy or any would-be pursuers till you're a fair distance away from the scene of trouble now. And Mike actually, or where he is but you can just call him again and give him a new location to meet you at; behind the supermart. Where, you'll just find a place to sit out of the way, basically hiding behind the dumpsters till he pulls up with the car.

"Huff... huff... whew, you're fast! So... huff... what did you want?"

The disembodied voice from before startles you, but you can quickly put two and two together, that Eclipse must have followed after you but sounds quite tired in her attempt to keep up. Taking a breather though, she's willing to listen to what you have to say, it sounds like.

>What do you do?
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>>3541326
"H-hi!"

>ask her if she knows about the cahooting
>just learn more about the vigilante scene, really
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>>3541334
This
She seems nice enough
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>>3541326
>Ask about her goals and what she knows about the other 3 capes in town
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>>3541334
>>3541341
>>3541346
You hadn't expected to meet like this, but you suppose it's better than nothing.

"H-Hi!"

"Hi. Nice to see another girl in the game."

Nervous as usual, you try your hardest not to make a fool of yourself in this first impression, and probably fail but not in a way that you notice and unhinge yourself. After some confusing introductions since you don't have a designated super name yet, you try to talk to her and ask what you can. In a lot of ways it's help for you as much as it is information gathering, since your only exposure to supers so far were two guys who just caused you trouble. One you can talk to, in a way is like helping you figure out your place in all this.

"S-So... do you know the other hero- uh, supers? Here I mean, in town."

"Helo and Quickie? About as much as I care to, which isn't much. They play their little games and I'm not part of any of that."

"So they're in on it together? Like a team!"

"Did I say that? I don't think so, they've just gotten so caught up in the whole... 'super' thing that they actually believe it. They just want their Saturday morning clashes and for the whole world to watch them... like a creepy crush on one another."

Well you don't want to tell her she's wrong, but she did admit that she hardly knows the other supers so in a sense you feel your stance on the subject has more ground than hers. That, and she doesn't really seem to care that much about them so probably hasn't bothered thinking about them as much as you have. Maybe there's merit to what she says, but of the two of you, you actually clashed with them and you saw how they behaved...

"So uh..." getting a little sick of sitting behind some dumpsters, you offer to... well, where you assume her to be, to sit on the back steps into the supermart. If anyone comes along, you've got bigger things on your mind anyway, "...why are you in all this?"

"The money, obviously!" at that she appears to fade into view as she considers, and takes a seat beside you. Wearing sleek pants and a fashionable... and expensive looking jacket, she keeps her face obscured by a gleaming radiance that looks like a small sun or a flashlight. Before taking a seat, she sets down a big lot of bags she must have been carrying since the conflict, "Heard some goons were robbing a store, they did all the work for me! So what about you, what's your deal? Why'd you start getting involved?"

She sits comfortably next to you, crossing her legs while she listens eagerly to your response. You can't help but feel uncomfortable though, between realizing that she might... not be as good as maybe thought she was, and that she's rather friendly to the point of curiosity as she takes one of your hands in her own and inspects the webbing between your fingers. Of course, you try not to let on your discomfort...

>What do you do?
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>>3541384
"Oh, uh, I wanted to be a, um... ˢᵘᵖᵉʳʰᵉʳᵒ"
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>>3522864
>But with all this super trouble now, and hearing some foreboding rumors about it, you feel you have to act. If only for the sake of your town, given that you doubt these supers aren't even from around here! You have to... you have to show them who's boss and beat some sense into them! Show them they can't just treat your town like a playground to terrorize.
our actual motivation
>>3541384
>What do you do?
Tell a half-truth! Saying we want to be a hero might not go over well...
"Well, I... you can see I'm a mutant. Part shark... you can probably guess I don't get out ofte- at all, really. Hard to have a normal life."
"And maybe... How did Hattrask even get so many supers?"
With how "sheltering" our family is, or at least aunt Janice, how did we even make friends with Mike?
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>>3541467
start with this
as we are a mutant, we though people would I don't know, at least like us or maybe even...talk to us if we were a super

>>3541391
an this too


this is a nice girl, is she the first person we talk to face to face beside Janice and Mike?
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>>3541523
+1
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>>3541384
>"Helo and Quickie were bothering me with their act. I've lived here all my life, and now these out of towners think they can just waltz in and use my home to become celebrities? "
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>>3541600
Supporting this as well
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>>3541391
>>3541467
>>3541523
>>3541536
>>3541600
>>3541801
Maybe you shouldn't be so comfortable towards her but she seems nice and is friendly to you... that you can't help feel at ease and want to do whatever you can to maintain this interaction with her. It's so wonderful being able to interact with another person, besides just Mike of course.

"Oh, uh, I wanted to be a, um... superhero."

"Hah! What, why?"

"Well the other supers were bothering me with their act. I've lived here all my life, and now these out of towners think they can just waltz in and use my home to become celebrities?"

"I'm an out of towner."

Eesh, well you suppose she has a point. You're not going to attack her though, right? She's so nice and friendly, not like those other supers. So... so what if she commits crimes as well, you can look the other way for her, right?

"Well, I... you can see I'm a mutant. Part shark... you can probably guess I don't get out ofte- at all, really. Hard to have a normal life."

"Why would you want a normal life? Have you seen normal people? You want to be like them? Look at you, you're amazing. So much better than normal. We all are, even Helo and Quickie... though I think we can agree we're better than them even."

Oh dear, such nice things to say, she makes you blush and feel all funny inside. You want her to stop piling praise on you but you also want her to continue, more than anything in the world right now. Such that without asking she takes your bandana off to reveal your face, which catches you off guard and startles you, but only so she can rest her hand to your face and marvel at your hybrid shark features. It's not an attraction, but this kind of earnest attention, why she could ask for your name and address and you'd give it to her without second thought. Thankfully she doesn't.

"A-And m-maybe..." you stammer from the attention, "H-How did Hattrask even get so many supers?"

"You tell me. I just came here because... uh... well it just felt like a good idea."

She seems a little confused for a moment like she probably hasn't really thought that deeply about this, maybe to an extent as much as the other supers she's just here for some fun?

"Ooh, what's that on your neck?"

You could sit here all day with her, appreciating your new best friend. Out in the open though at the back door of a supermart, maybe not the best place. Also Mike's probably worried sick about you... but, how much would he mind if you're meeting new people and making friends?

>What do you do?
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>>3541523
>>3541467
Mike is an old friend from middle school. When you were born, you were not as mutated a hybrid as you are now, and it wasn't until about middle school that more significant hybrid features started developing like your tail. Before that you could live normally enough with people and even go to school but by the time of middle school it started getting significant enough that you stood out and made your time there bad enough that you just never went to high school. But you did always know Mike and he was nice enough to befriend you when others wouldn't and stuck by you even when your body continued to diverge more and more from human. And so here you are today, your oldest and best friend.

As for contact with other people, no, Mike and Janice would be the only ones personally. After middle school and with mom passing away, you became a shut in. Well, also Janice not so subtly forcing you to stay inside with how hybridized you were becoming.
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>>3542339
Maybe exchange contact info? We can chat and set up suprts stuff.

Ask her about that other supers, the one that released quicky, could he be a mind supers, and could he be the reason so many came to such a small place.


Ask her what she does with the money, we have some but we neber got out and besides swimming don't know whats fun out there
Maybe comment we can speak eith sharks, that can get a new praise, those are cool
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>>3542339
Backing
>>3542405
but with a focus on unknown super 4. As much a mystery to her as they are to you?
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>>3542339
tell her the things on our neck are to breathe underwater, we could even live there if we wanted, we can show her around someday, the sharks call us princess

>>3542405
this is good too
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>>3542405
Oh, ask her about her power too, can she make other stuff or....other people...invisible, asking for a friend
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>>3542454
>>3542434
>>3542418
>>3542405
Nobody's been interested in your hybrid nature since mom passed away.

"O-Oh those are my gills, so I can breathe underwater... I can also talk to sharks!"

"...what do they say?"

Why, there's nothing wrong with telling all about yourself to a friend! You can even exchange contact info, you nervously blurt out. Eclipse doesn't seem to mind though and gets your number (after you have to check since you don't have it down to memory), then sends you a funny text so you have her number. Wow is this what having friends is like?! You feel so happy, imagine if you had lots of friends... she even accepts your offer to show her what you're familiar with at sea sometime.

"What do you do with the money though? Err, is that rude to ask?"

"Do you know how much this jacket costs? Well I also just put it away for a rainy day. Anything I need really, anything I want. That's the life, living how you want and doing what you want, it's how you should live too."

You think if she was going to rob and do crimes for money she would have picked a better place than some tiny sleepy beach town, but then again if it's easy and safe and without opposition then maybe it's not such a bad idea. You also bring up the other super but she seems completely unaware of this person, not like some mental block but simply she doesn't really pay much attention to local events so she wasn't even aware that there might have been another super besides the two fools who clash for the cameras.

Out of curiosity you also ask about her powers, and indeed she can influence or conceal things other than herself as long as they are near her, but before you can get into much detail your phone starts ringing again with Mike on the other end. Probably wondering where you are now.
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>>3542632
Of course you don't want to leave Mike hanging but you also don't want to end things with your new best friend.

>What do you do?
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>>3542637
ask her to turn us invisible!
that's so cool!

then say goodbye and tell her that we need to get going

call Mike back and set up a pickup place, put the bandana back
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>>3542637
Tell her that you can't turn invisible and sneak off with loot like she can. Plus you can find pirate treasure in the ocean so you don't need to steal.
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>>3542680
Don't tell her about the pirate treasure
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>>3542696
I want to see her reaction. What's she gonna do, invisible her way 400 meters underwater?
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>>3542712
I suppose that's true
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>>3542789
>>3542712
>>3542696
>>3542680
>>3542644
Her powers don't work that way, she can't literally make you invisible she can just tamper with the light. So to you, you wouldn't notice any difference, it's just to other people they wouldn't be able to see you. She can do it regardless but there's no one around to try it on.

"Mmm I can't turn invisible to steal money."

"It's not just about the money, it's about living how you want to. You said you don't get out? Well, why? Why not just go out and do whatever you want? There's a pair of idiots who dress up and yell speeches at each other on camera, you're telling me you can't just go out and put anyone who tries to stop you in their place?"

Something to think about at least. And surely it doesn't have to be about money, since you can let her know about the pirate treasure. She only finds that amusing though, but seems to have no envy as she's happy with her own means of "earning" money.

In any case you can thank her for the talk then and say goodbye for now, as she departs from view once more and you're left feeling all giddy and clutching your phone with joy. Eventually you can coordinate with Mike to come and pick you up, and he's all worried asking if you're alright and trying to check if anything happened, but you're in a bit of a dreamy state after that lovely interaction with your new best friend!

>What do you do?
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>>3542861
Tell him we are ok, that we met Eclipse and she is cool as hell!
Let's try to get our bike back.
Discuss with him the 4th super situation and ask him if he agrees with Eclipse, specifically the part that she said we shouldn't be ashamed and that we should just walk outside normally, maybe even go somewhere were there is people
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>>3542861
Tell him everything went ok but she didn't really know anything about the others
don't mention the stealing thing, Mike might not understand
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>>3542861
Tell him Eclipse is cool and even thinks you're cool too.
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>>3543004
>>3542906
>>3542889
Mike is there to pick you up as expected, as he drives you to go get your bike and take you home.

"...and she's so cool and amazing and she even thinks I'm cool and it was so great I loved it and I even got her phone number..."

"Well it's good you're meeting new people."

Mike is happy for your sake, though he doesn't seem very trusting of Eclipse even when you left out the less than pleasant details about her. Maybe with a normal person it would be different but with a super it's that much more risky, he thinks. Though, he doesn't know about a potential fourth super either. Not clueless, he'd heard of some kidnappings but he had no idea that it could be because of someone rather than just some hearsay.

"She even said I could go out like normal and meet people and do what I wanted!"

"What about your trouble with the cops?"

Oh right, there is that. Kind of what Janice said, even if you were to go out like normal and people were ok with you, it'd be pretty quick that the police would get involved and try to arrest you for your previous run-ins with them that went poorly. It's a shame you didn't meet Eclipse before all this, she could have convinced you to go out and try to act normal before you were wanted by the authorities.

Well in any case, you were able to get your bike after which Mike took you home again. It's only about late afternoon now so there's plenty of time left in the day to do stuff. But after all that commotion he'd like a chance to stop at home, to drop your bike off at least, and appreciate a rest for a little while. Though, you're eager and active after all that earlier excitement...

>What do you do?
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>>3545109
Spend some time with Mike, play some games with him and all that

maybe see what is the punishment for our crimes, see if it's worth to clear things up, maybe call up a lawyer?
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>>3545109
Let's go to the beach? Maybe Mike would like that, meet some of our shark friends
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>>3545109
>Get in your daily workout while Mike chills. Afterwards, do >>3545229
Ask him what he thinks of the supers in town too.

>>3545287
He can't talk to sharks though.
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>>3545292
>>3545287
>>3545229
If Mike wants to chill for a bit that's fine by you. Feeling as motivated as you are though, you want to do something! So you just set your mind to exercise, continuing in your regimen to get strong and fit. As your dedication to it increases too, so does your repertoire and you're starting to incorporate different workouts for a more well rounded fitness. Before long some proper equipment will be necessary you think, though for now at least just on your own you've more or less eliminated any chubbiness and are starting to notice hints of muscle definition.

"Phew! That was pretty good!" you exhale in triumph as you slump down on the other end of the couch.

"That whole time? How in shape are you gonna get?"

"I dunno, when I feel enough is enough. Hey, want to go to the beach?"

After that you could do for a swim, which Mike isn't opposed to but he didn't bring his trunks and also he's in the middle of a game. Which you end up getting caught up in as well, and the two of you play for awhile and have some fun. Eventually though after him beating you enough you get frustrated and end up sidetracked online, looking up info about yourself again.

"Resisting arrest... misdemeanor... hey, what do you think about all this trouble with the supers in town?"

"Trouble? They never caused me any problems. Well I guess some people- a lotta people don't like them. Probably be better without them, but they do make the place more interesting. They scare off some tourists but bring others."

It doesn't seem to bother him much but then he's not say, a business owner in the community or a homeowner. You can see how for younger folks who visit here or live here might think the super situation is an interesting one and more like some of the big cities. But for older people and ones more invested in the town properly, how the supers are just a nuisance. Same way you feel.

In any case, you could do for that swim now, a chance to relax and clear your head as to properly consider this situation with the police. Maybe even with need of a lawyer. With or without Mike you can go to the beach, though you could just as easily do something else instead, together if you prefer.

>What do you do?
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>>3545397
Maybe start looking into a consultation to see what our options are here. I mean, with so many vigilantes in town the penalties can't be too harsh.
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>>3545397
bring him to swim with us, lend him some shorts or something

>>3545423
I guess that too, maybe there is even a lawyer advertising for that thing exactly

"are you a vigilante? want to get squared away and go back to a law-abiding life? call Abel Goldsmith! we can help you!"
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>>3545474
>>3545423
Make a roll, it's worth an attempt!
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Rolled 67 (1d100)

>>3545496
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Rolled 53 (1d100)

>>3545496
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>>3545499
>>3545541
>67

While Mike tries to look for something to wear then, you search online for any lawyers. Unfortunately you can't find one specialized in super affairs as you may have hoped, but you do find one that seems decent and capable with common law disputes in the area. He's not in Hattrask itself so will take a drive, but it's probably the best you can get.

"Screw it I'll just wear my pants."

---

"Eesh... a bit colder than I remember."

Well it doesn't bother you at all, probably your hybrid skin and flesh. The two of you can make it out to the beach by sunset though, and without many people at all around, get into the water without trouble. It's been awhile since Mike's tried swimming though and a while longer since you've gone swimming together, but it's always amusing to you since it's such a natural thing for you but an effort for him and humans in general, that you can quite literally swim circles around him.

Still though it's fun, but you can tell he's here for your sake. If only you didn't have company.

"No! Not now! Go away, you'll scare him!"

"What's the matter Princess? Are you planning on eating that land-liver?"

Sure enough your fun is interrupted when a great white shows up offshore and keeps stalking along. Brought here for you, but she seems to think that you're going to kill and/or eat Mike and so would be happy to help or join in. Telling her no is enough to suffice but you don't trust her to not attack despite curiosity. Probably because the sharks never really get a chance to go near humans normally but it's obvious why.

You can keep her at bay at least, if you don't trust her. But if another, or more show up, you don't think you can hold them all at bay. All the while Mike remains unaware and just paddles around struggling to stay afloat against the occasional small waves.

>What do you do?
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>>3545610
Get mike out of the water, tell him that our subjects from the shark kingdom have come and asked that if we were going to eat him,try to laugh about it

ask him where he would like to go, we want to try walking around without trying to hide
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>>3545610
>Tell her he's your land buddy. And that they shouldn't eat humans anyway as fellow sentient beings. Be ready to tell him to swim to shore if more show up.

Does he not notice us talking to the other shark? Is it telepathic or are we just underwater/far away?
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>>3545651
>>3545650
You try not to get him to panic, but any mention of sharks invariably causes him to panic. You're not worried about Mike actually being eaten, normal shark attacks are rare enough but the intelligent descendants of your father know better anyway. The real worry is the result now, of Mike panicking and having a harder time swimming as he starts to sink under from his frantic struggle to reach shore.

"Don't worry, they're not going to eat you! Calm down, I've got you!"

"Ghurr-Get me bhrrl-back then!"

You can swim to him and hold him afloat with you, it's not difficult at all but his flailing still makes a mess of things as he coughs up water. Holding him with you then you begin to swim back to shore, though can't help but dwell on how incapable normal humans are when it comes to water. You're only half-shark but it's still like being worlds apart.

---

"No don't worry, she can't come this shallow."

Once you get to a depth where he can stand, he starts thrashing around again trying to get ashore. You can hold him fast and assure him though, which for your sake he listens but is still anxious. Obviously he'd rather just get back onto the sand, but this might be a rare chance to try and introduce two sides so to speak. In deeper water it was a mistake, but closer to shore maybe you could convince him to tolerate the shark's presence? As long as she behaves... you don't want to upset Mike and as you know he'd rather not, but for your own interest you would like to see this.

Though some consideration could alter your decision of course. Either way he can't hear you talking underwater when you do, just... well like anyone else trying to talk underwater, just some muted dull "sound" of vague speech.

>What do you do?
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>>3545732
Yeah I guess we could give being a translator a shot. Kinda worried about shark people eating humans and getting exterminated. Don't want that to happen.
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>>3545732
ask Mike if he would like to meet one of our friends, here in the shalow there is no risk, translate questions between them, the lady shark can ask him things and he can ask things, that way they can get to know each other better
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>>3545772
>>3545769
You feel a little bit guilty because even though you ask him, you know he won't say no even if he doesn't really want to. But you feel it'll be worth it so you pull him back out a little ways, enough for the shark to be able to circle around because she always needs to keep moving, this you know.

"She wants to know what it's like eating trees... I think she means plants."

"Uh... sort of crunchy, doesn't taste as good as meat, but it's good for you right?"

What follows is admittedly a bit of a ridiculous display as you help Mike stay afloat while a great white circles around the two of you slowly, and you keep alternating between shoving your head under and above water to translate between the two. It is fascinating to you though, something of a bridge between two worlds; human and shark, and you the hybrid middle point. It makes you wonder how things were between your mother and father, both before and during their relationship.

In any case, good thing it's night out by now so no one would see such a strange sight.

"He wants to know if you've ever seen a sea monster."

"What's a sea monster? Ah, nevermind that... what answer would he like to hear the most? Tell him that."

Something of a nice success too, when after several minutes of a shark circling around and not getting attacked, Mike eases up. Enough even that by the end he hesitantly accepts a ride from the shark that you suggest to her, coming to enjoy himself as he hangs onto her fin for a bit. You thank her of course and bid goodbyes between them, feeling quite satisfied when you near the shore again but Mike isn't so desperate to get out nor is he as bored anymore. Seems a swim with a shark was enough to awaken his enjoyment of coming out here.

"Thanks... Em..." he surprises you with a hug once you reach the shallows enough to stand again, his earlier fear of being out in the water not but a elevated heart rate.

"Haaaah... it's fine, I'm... I'm glad you liked it."

Though the moon's out, it's not so late but maybe time to head home. It was a long day for both of you, but you expect the same of tomorrow if you're going to seek out a lawyer and follow up on this police business. Of course you could chill out here for awhile but you didn't bring a blanket or anything to lay out, nor anything to start a fire with... though there are other people on the beach, and some fires both farther up and down the beach...

>What do you do?
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>>3545912
>Draw on the self confidence you got from Eclipse and ruthlessly intrude on an existing fire. Try not to spill any spaghetti.
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>>3545912
ask him if he would like to go near one of those fires, if he doesn't feel like it invite him to stay over, he probably needs a bath and to get warm, so he can sleep at our house and we can keep hanging out

>"What's a sea monster? Ah, nevermind that... what answer would he like to hear the most? Tell him that."
shark-chan was interested in Mike! a new hybrid on the horizon?
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>>3545941
>>3545935
A funny thought, but the possibility of Mike being your brother-in-law, father to your nieces and nephews, is harrowing.

In any case make a roll for approaching a fire!
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>3545957
time to bloom
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Rolled 44 (1d100)

>>3545957
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>>3545957
>Mike being your brother-in-law, father to your nieces and nephews, is harrowing.
Sounds like rimworld, mc probably plays that.
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>3545980
Arg, the roll
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>>3545974
>>3545982
>>3545966
>75

You're feeling bold, why not try to join one of the fires? That's a safer first step than just going out for a walk on the streets. So mustering the courage you have, and with a lot of support from Mike, the two of you approach calmly as can be and towels draped about you.

"Heyo! Just went for a swim, you don't mind if we stop by for a bit?"

"Hey, not at all."

"Nice to meet you, what are your names?"

Three guys, two girls, around your age you'g guess. Just having some drinks and roasting some stuff to eat. You and Mike introduce yourselves though the initial friendliness fades once you nervously approach to take a seat, and they get a better look at you in the light. Whispers among them, unease.

"So... uh... Emily was it? You uh..."

"...y-yeah it's um... m-my tail... I l-live here, I uh..." no point in trying to hide anything as you do your best to speak plainly, but end up kind of just trailing off and saying whatever springs to mind. Thankfully Mike is there to help you out.

"She swims at night, less people out so easier to get along."

They can feign politeness but you're aware of their discomfort, however it does slightly ease overtime the more you try to... act "normal" around them, with Mike's help. The more they can try to envision you as human-like, and not some monster. Things take a real change though when one of them after checking on his phone, comes to recognize you from the recordings of your actions.

"Oh! So you're like a super? Like that's your power? Not a bad super though..."

It's not as though they immediately become accepting of you, but they can make more sense of you situation now. Rather than just some weird freak that approached out of the darkness, you're a super person the likes of which many have strange appearances. Probably if you were wearing full clothes it would be easier since it's not just your tail that gives away your hybrid nature when you're only in swimwear. But it's an explanation for your appearance regardless, rather than some sea monster.

"Can... Can I get a picture?"

"Jeff!"

"-ah, no. It's... it's fine."

With some photos or shared selfies out of the way, their impression of you improves for the better. Now they can get back to more normal conversation, though obviously about you... though not entirely about your hybrid self, they're also interested in you merely as a person. Like your life here, do you like living in Hattrask, do you know of any good places? Things like that, since they're summer tourists.

>It seems they're tolerant of you, and are ok to have you along to their little beach chillax. How open or involved do you want to be with them? From personal interaction to sharing food and drinks?
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>>3546063
Haha! I knew capeshit would help public perception!

>personal interaction, with assistance from Mike. No food/drink sharing, because we don't have food or drinks and sharing would make us a dirty mooch.
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>>3546063
Get some drinks!!!
Talk to them about the good spots to swim and the submerged wrecks, ask them where are they ftom and what do they do
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>>3546095
>>3546083
Drinks? If you start drinking, make a roll!
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Rolled 6 (1d100)

>>3546112
oh god
I said no drinks!

Oh well, what could possibly go wrong?
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Rolled 40 (1d100)

>>3546112
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Rolled 35 (1d100)

>>3546112
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>3546126
>>3546154
Other player said drinks! Coin toss then, 1 drinks 2 no.
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>>3546165
oh boy
time to drunkenly kiss mike and try not to rip out a piece of him with our teeth

or just get wasted and have him take us home
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>>3546164
>>3546154
>>3546126
>40

With questions simple enough about cape Hattrask itself you can have an easier time answering and opening up, and before long some drinks are offered. You don't want to seem like a mooch, so excusing yourself for a couple minutes you run into the sea and return with the biggest fish you could find on short notice. Compared to just some store-bought hotdogs they had, this is a big improvement and not only are they impressed but their impressions of you are now much higher!

As such you can take to conversation with them... well not perfectly, not even that well but you try your best not to come off like a social recluse and the drinks help, as does Mike. Maybe the drinks help too much though as you get a little tipsy. You can learn though that they're students from UNCW here on a summer vacation stop, and are in fact renting one of the beach houses here with some friends. College students, you've never been but from what you've seen in TV and movies it seems so cool and these folks don't disappoint.

"You can come back to our place if you like, it's pretty big actually since we all chipped in."

"Yeah, if you want you can show us some of the places you know tomorrow!"

Oh dear oh gosh, it seems they like you or at least think you're weirdly interesting enough to hang out with on their vacation. As buzzed as you are from a drink too many, it sounds fun enough for you to want to accept too, feeling both a fun chance to get to know people your age but also a valuable chance to spend time with normal people as sort of a crash course before experiencing the "real" thing. This small group of tourists seem ok with you, so a good way to learn and experience before immersing yourself in many more locals.

By the time which you get friendly enough to think to offer them some of your own teeth as souvenirs, Mike interjects though and talks about how it is getting late and he should probably get you home. Not that he could force you though, it's just whether or not you want to let him take you away from your cool new friends.

>What do you do?
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>>3546199
>Mike with the save. Let's go home
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>>3546199
Let Mike take us home. Dang Mike, getting away with being a caring, responsible friend.

Curse him, yarr, etc and so forth.
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>>3546199
Tell them it was really fun and go back with Mike
>>
Hey all just a heads up that we probably won't be running today, or not until pretty late if so.
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>>3546199
>Tell them maybe some other time.

I WANNA DIVE IN DEEP but let's trust Mike's judgement
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>>3547268
>>3546562
>>3546362
>>3546335
As much as you would like to go with your new friends, Mike has the good sense to intervene and attempt to escort you home. You're none too happy about it and grumble and growl all the way but you trust Mike to have your wellbeing at heart. So you slur some tragic goodbyes to your new friends and hope to have another chance to meet them, after which you hang onto your friend's shoulder and he can try to drag you across the grassy dunes and back home again.

---

A benefit of your hybrid nature, that you can still get drunk but inevitably you process it much better. So by the time of waking up, well it is late in the morning when you do, but you feel just fine more or less. Yawning and stretching in bed, you note yourself still in your swimwear so Mike must have just tucked you into bed and left it at that.

Hearing rustling and clattering of plates or silverware from the kitchen as well, you figure he must have stayed over. So after a needed trip to the bathroom as well as a chance to wash your face and put on at least some pajamas, you exit your room to slump on the couch and hope for some breakfast perhaps.

"G'morning Miiike..."

"Almost noon shark girl."

You'd just assumed Mike to be in the kitchen of course but hearing... not his voice, you look and see... not him. Quickstep, ironically enough having been in the process of making a late breakfast or lunch, sets down what he was busy with and leans on the counter with a smirk.

You try not to panic or react too quickly, if he's going to act so nonchalantly then it could be a benefit for you. But a creeping fear is too much to bear.

Where's Mike...

>What do you do?
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>>3550950
repeat the question while holding the fucker by the neck and slamming him against the wall
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>>3550950
>"Um, how do you know where I live? Also you were supposed to be out of my town like a week ago."


>>3550960
No quotes around that last bit, which means we didn't say it out loud, just thought it. Also do you really want to fight this guy again in the middle of our house? He won't go down as easily as last time now that he knows what to watch out for.
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>>3550997
>>3550960
You can't help panicking, but you don't lose your composure at least.

"...where's Mike? And how do you know where I live? Also you were supposed to be out of my town like a week ago."

"Your friend is occupied, finding you was as easy as following his car. I suppose the situation with the town is like this house of yours though... is it really yours if I can take it from you?"

You'd very much like to grab him by the neck and slam him against the wall. Doing so though, would initiate a conflict for sure and you're still considering if you want to do that... yet. If you want to here, now, as things are at the moment...

>What do you do?
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>>3551028
Approach him

Ask what he wants, why is he here

Get reafy to grab him
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>>3551028
>"Funny that you're talking about taking things when your boyfriend Helion ditched you. What do you want?"
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>>3551042
>>3551092
You can approach but he is much more careful around you now and maintains a constant distance from you.

"Funny that you're talking about taking things when your boyfriend Helion ditched you. What do you want?"

"My boyfriend? What about your boyfriend? I spent time in the slammer, now it's your turn. You'll turn yourself in then, or Mike is going to suffer for it. That's what I want."

He's going to hurt Mike?! You almost instinctively surrender then and there for your friend's sake, but do you want to put yourself on this guy's mercy? A villain? You can't tell if he's serious since he's always seeming to not be all that serious, but is it a risk you even want to take?

>What do you do?
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>>3551100
>"We aren't the same. You're a criminal. You attacked me and I defended myself."
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>>3551100
you are going to give hi to me or I'll break every bone in your body, where is mike, show me if you really have him
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>>3551100
>"I want you to prove you really have mike first."
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>>3551145
>>3551135
>>3551117
Turn yourself in? For what?

"We aren't the same. You're a criminal. You attacked me and I defended myself."

"Then you've got nothing to lose by going there, do you?"

Well he might be right, you choose to believe nothing bad would result in any case. He's the one that got arrested and imprisoned. Probably still be there or some higher grade holding facility if he'd not been broken out.

"I want you to prove you really have Mike first."

"Hah, look outside. His car's still here. I'm not going to show him to you, but where could he have gotten off to without driving?"

Sure enough to go to check through the blinds and Mike's car is in the driveway same as it was since yesterday evening. So either he... walked off to the corner store or something which he never does, or he's somewhere still here... possibly hidden by Quickstep.

>What do you do?
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>>3551166
There's something wrong, if it was a small crime and we turned ourselves in we would not even spend time there

He has something more planned.

I won't turn myself in, not now, only after Ihave Mike, I was already planning on it, even looked for a lawyer
But if I'm arrested I can't make sure he's alright.
So you either give him to me or I'll beat you up....again

This crowded space is perfect to catch him, he is not fast instantly, he needs to gain momentum, and here we can throw stuff at him and try to grab him
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>>3551178
>"We'll all go to the station together so I can be sure."
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>>3551178
>>3551196
Why would you give in to this criminal's demands?!

"We'll all go to the station together so I can be sure."

"You'll go on your own or else you'll be seeing Mike in hospital, when you see him."

He presents his ultimatum them, in trying to bargain with a villain you suppose. He's not here to play games, he's here to get what he wants.
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>>3551211
>Ok, fine then. Grab him. You know your own house, you can box him in."
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>>3551227
Make a roll, if you plan to act against him!
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Rolled 30 (1d100)

>>3551231
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Rolled 62 (1d100)

>>3551231
*Nervous laughter*
Hero time
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>>3551316
>>3551240
>62

In your best attempt and without warning, you lunge for the guy and try to grab him! Even without warning though, he's too fast! He merely sidesteps you or backs up, and when you manage to corner him he just ducks under you or your arms super fast. All the while, correctly recognizing this as a conflict now, he keeps delivering strikes at rapid speed. Punches and kicks and other hits, though they don't cause you any actual harm really, the initial pain and quickness of the blows is stunning to you!

As well it's not a clean brawl as you're overturning furniture and breaking things to try and get at him, for as clumsy as he makes you seem compared to his speed. Compared with the confrontation at the tour bus, Quickstep doesn't seem to be taking any chances this time, likely as he isn't keen on getting caught and/or arrested again. You try at this effort for a few minutes more, yet no gains are made and you never even once get a grip of him thanks to his super speed meanwhile he's been hitting you constantly and by now has probably made several hundred strikes to you.

"Really no effect? You're tough. Let's try..."

A dash to the coat closet and he's back with a baseball bat you keep there, probably having already searched some obvious places in your house while you were asleep. He makes many more rapid strikes against you with the bat this time, and while it hurts more, still no serious harm. With his quick mind processing, he finally runs to the far end of the house and then rushes back at super speed to swing at you from that gained distance and momentum.

"-oof!"

This time, it hurts and this time it causes effect as he hits you right in the gut leaving you winded and clutching your chest on the ground. In delight he looks at the bat and just drops it aside while clenching his fists. Now it seems he's getting an idea of how he can better fight you, since this close quarters attempt at grappling is going nowhere...

>What do you do?
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>>3551353
>What do you do?
Grab the bat
"Why do you want me to go to jail, anyway?"
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>>3551353
Grab the bat when it hits us.
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>>3551353
Grab the curtains and throw them at him.
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>>3551413
Changing to >>3551493
Use them like a net
Hey if we wanna be a hero a net should be part of our gear
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>>3551493
this, anything to dusrupt his speed
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>>3551353
Definitely grab the bat so he can't use it. At some point his hands are gonna bruise faster than we will.
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>>3551778
Supporting
>>
Apologies, later start than usual

>>3551413
>>3551468
>>3551493
>>3551585
>>3551672
>>3551778
>>3553002
Since he let go of the bat and seems confident enough to use his fists, that's just a chance for you to pick it up. Not that it's going to help you much, you weren't fast enough to grab him and a bat doesn't prove any harder for him to avoid. You can even ask him why he's so eager for this idea of his, but he doesn't respond any more than a kick to your head.

Eventually though you get an idea, and intentionally forcing him over to the living room, you try to trick him with a flurry of clumsy blows till eventually, without warning you quickly reach back for the curtains and pull them forward with all your might to try and hurl them at him. That much fabric spread out and fling in his direction, does actually prove to be too difficult for him to dodge in one go. Unexpectedly however, while you do wrap him up, just throwing curtains at him doesn't knock him down or hit hard or anything. He goes into a panic and runs around blindly at super speed till he inadvertently ends up smashing into and through the glass backdoor to the patio. In a rough tumble he lands there, while you rush after him and risk stepping all over broken glass. Unfortunately he's too quick that the distance he put between you by running through the glass, he's able to speedily untangle himself from the curtains and roll to his feet just in time as you swing the bat down at his leg!

Stumbling to his feet, he shakes his head and tries to look around for what he can do to you next. The good news is though, you got him outside. He may have more room to move around but it won't be inside and trashing up your home.

>What do you do?
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>>3553186
Well rape?
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>>3553186
Can we get him? Is his leg hurt? Because if we can't we have to go back inside, here he will be too fast
Repeat the strategy of throwing something on his way to trip or entangle him, grab bed covers or other things, throw chairs and whatever
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>>3553266
>>3553209
You almost were able to hit him, but no he avoided it and is back to his ability at avoiding you and making attacks. Though you're right, that out here he can zip farther away and then back again to deliver more harmful blows.

Luring him back inside, despite the sake of your house, may be for the best. You can try again to entrap him though if you like. Maybe something else inside like the curtains, you could entangle the guy with.

If you want to for the attempt you can make a roll to see how it goes.
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Rolled 60 (1d100)

>>3553298
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Rolled 7 (1d100)

>>3553298
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Rolled 41 (1d100)

>>3553298
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>>3553314
>>3553316
>>3553317
>60

Well, it seems you're kind of trapped in a stalemate then unfortunately. Quickstep seems to have wised up to your attempts at trapping him with curtains or sheets, or throwing furniture at him, and you can't seem to catch him otherwise for as fast as he is. All the while, every so often he keeps landing a blow here or there from a running distance which leaves a mark and you're starting to get bruised. Not as though he can easily just win the fight, but it seems eventually that while he can hurt you and you can't catch him, he's inevitably going to beat you up even if it takes a whole other hour or so.

Not that you're giving up and just accepting his terms, but you'll need to try something different or rely on another resort to get rid of him. With his speed though, what would work...
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>>3553325
>Pocket sand . fake falling down grab fistful of sand and throw it at his face when he will be closing to us.
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>>3553325
water on the floor, make it harder to brake
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>>3553429
Oh yeah this, just make the floor too slippery. Use water or canola oil or something so he slips around and hits himself on something.
>>3553373
This too for added disorientation. Even if he does wear goggles, something flying at his face might make him flinch
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>>3553325
Something like
>>3553429
Anywhere nearby with difficult terrain that him sprinting over would result in twisted ankles?
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>>3553325

If we decide to throw sand at him, stun him and break his legs with the bat.
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>>3553749
Nothing so harmful
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>>3553759
maybe not break his legs but if we catch him he is getting beaten up at least to look worse than we are
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>>3553763
Why? If we catch him we've won. Why go farther?
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>>3553765
the guy kidnapped Mike, broke into our house and helped us break our house apart, that's not counting all the bruises and painful blows, he deserves a good a through beating
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>>3553852
I mean, if that's what it takes to take him down, fine, but I'm not gonna beat him while he's down. We're not bad girl, even if we are technically guilty of a couple crimes.
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>>3553856
Yes...to keep him down....let's go with that exc-I mean, yeah
He stepped in the wrong shark tank
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>>3553860
He's not that hard to keep down, we can literally hold him with one arm. I'm talking about if we have to whoop his ass to knock him out or something.
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>>3553852
He's really only guilty of the first two. The house breaking and blows were more self defense. I feel like I should bring up that he could have tied us up in our sleep, or just told the police we were here instead of talking it out and having us turn ourselves in.

>>3553856
Has the right idea. We're not the kind of person who would keep hurting someone we already beat.
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>>3553759
Why not? We want him to stop committing crimes, right?

Plus it will scare him straight.
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>>3554581
Or cause him to come back at us even harder
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>>3553429
>>3553373
Very clever! Most of the houses here in Hattrask have smooth floors, tile, linoleum, and such in case flooding happens. At least on the ground floor, and yours is no exception. If you were fighting outside more, perhaps chucking something in his face would disorient him enough to get the upper hand. You don't keep sand or anything inside the house though, but water... that's very doable.

So after some effort of moving to the kitchen while trying to fend off his blows, you wait for him to make some distance for an attack, the chance that you take to get the sink running. You suffer a few more blows in the meantime for your trouble, but when you get the chance again you drag the sink hose over the edge to start pouring on the floor. The next time Quickstep goes for some distance to do another running attack, he zooms in to deliver the blow and floors you, but on the retreat he slips up all over the wet floor! Scrambling and trying his hardest to stay upright, he flails about at super speed and ends up slipping and smashing right into the fridge.

"Wagh!"

"-got you!"

Still recovering from the previous blow, you stumble a bit yourself to try and get to him, but just barely manage to grab his leg before he can scramble to his feet once more. He does resist your grip, flails about and hits you, kicks you. But though you suffer the worst of it, you refuse to let go and once you have your footing and can grab his leg now with both hands, you pull him sideways with all your might and smash him hard into the low cabinets and stove. That stuns him enough that you can grab his other leg, and then just lift him up and slam him down into the floor.

After that, well you turn off the sink and then just drag him back to the living room, dropping him on the couch and proceeding to sit on him. You caught him, so a short chance now to catch your breath, take a load off and rub at where he hurt you in places, and think about what to do with him.

"...you know I always respected you shark girl, no hard feelings right?"

>What do you do?
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>>3554731
>Ask where Mike is
>Ask who broke him out of prison
>Ask why he was so fixated on us turning ourselves in
>Ask if he's gonna be out of our town by midnight
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>>3554731
>>Ask where Mike is
>>Ask who broke him out of prison
>>Ask why he was so fixated on us turning ourselves in
>>Ask if he's gonna be out of our town by midnight

with a punch for each hesitation or half answer
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Whoops, forgot the proper text colors

>>3554744
>>3554757
A minute or so to settle down, then to business as you lean with your elbow on Quickstep's chest, let him know who's in charge.

"Ok... where's Mike?"

"Why should I tell you? The moment I do, there's nothing for me to- yow!"

Without hesitation you punch him in the side, hard, with your free hand.

"-o-ok, you win! He's outside the house, tied to the hose... or, it's a faucet, the thing sticking out the side for the water."

Well that's a weird place, but to his credit you wouldn't easily have found Mike then since you never go outside.

"Who broke you out of prison?"

"It was one of the cops. Weird guy I guess, he just let me out and let me go. Never seen him since, and I didn't think to ask questions."

That does check out with what you'd heard. Though a little frustrating, you'd hoped to learn some more from the villain himself considering how the police were pretty hush hush about the whole thing. It really does sound though like one day one of the police showed up to the holding jail and simply let the villain go, apparently out of the blue.

"Why are you so fixated on me turning myself in?"

"I didn't want to kill you, we've been pretty good about that... but how else to get back at you? It seemed like a good idea... at the time."

"Are you going to be out of my town by midnight then?"

"O-Oh, sure! Sure thing shark girl, I'm gone!"

You don't know people that well, or at all, but even still you can tell he's lying he's all smiley and smug about it and can't help himself. You can threaten and beat him all you want, but you're not sure you can actually force him to leave. Not in any way without getting too brutal for your tastes. And otherwise, how could you stop him? The moment you let him go, he might disappear... but then a few days later he could just be back again.

>What do you do?
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>>3554886
>"Hang on I gotta take some selfies."

>Take pictures on your phone of you over his defeated body

>Maybe draw things on his face

>Then let him go, reminding him that a man's word is his bond.
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>>3554886
beat him up some more
make sure Mike is where he is

tie him up and leave him at the police station again
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>>3554893
This
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>>3554893
Do not let him go, the guy is obviously lying and that is stupid, just dump him at the police, if he escapes again the police will be in deep shit
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>>3555005
>>3554945
>>3554899
>>3554893
Now that you got all the information you wanted, you feel it's time for some retribution. For your sake, and for Mike's, so you pound him a good few times. One for each serious blow he landed on you, and a yelp from him for every one. Not finished just yet though, you fetch a marker.

"Hang on I gotta take some selfies."

"Aw come on, that's just rude!"

It's not enough to beat him but you want to humiliate him some as well, as you get some pictures with the defeated villain and draw all over his face too. After that, you tie him up... tape him up too just in case, and drag him by the feet after you. Thankfully Mike is indeed outside but he looks beaten pretty badly in fact. Seeing this enrages you and you kick Quickstep a good few times on the ground hard, before untying Mike and carrying him inside to his bed. Desperately worried, you want to get him to the clinic to see if he's badly hurt but he insists that he's fine if he just gets a chance to lay down for awhile, while not tied up.

Though he won't be able to drive for the time being, if you heed his request. So you have Quickstep restrained, but unless you carry him to the police yourself you'll have to mind him for awhile.

At least until you let Mike to rest for a bit till he feels up to drive, or you take matters into your own and and see them both to where they need to go; medical attention and arrest.

>What do you do?
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>>3555106
>>What do you do?
"If I ever see you again, I'll release these vids claiming that you came to sexually harass me."
Then go about cleaning up the damn mess he made.
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>>3555106
"... C'mon, man, you know that you won't be able to beat me, just leave. It's not like there's any real large scores around town, you're just making a ruckus for no reason. And haven't I been nice? Until you beat up my best friend, I was just catching you. Why would you come back?"
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>>3555106
We know he will be back
Tell him that if he accost our friend/relatives or he again start shit in our house they will start calling him QuickWheelchair because this will be his only way of communication.

>>3555126
I'm not really comfortable with throwing woman card out there.

Ask Mike if he has someone that could report it in our stead
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>>3555106
Call the police, report a break in and let Mike talk to them and deliver quickstep
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>>3555389
actually, this is a good opportunity to deal with the police and come clean about what we did before, for this one he committed no crime since he broke into our house and we were defending it
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>>3555389
>>3555390
Yeah. Call the police and ambulance and we meet them ourselves
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It'll be poetic if we turn ourselves in and take him with us. We can say we're just doing what he wanted.
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>>3555402

Second this
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>>3555454
>>3555432
>>3555402
>>3555390
>>3555389
>>3555376
>>3555246
>>3555126
Your preference would be to threaten him and chance never seeing the villain again, however you saw how that worked last time. He's a villain after all, you don't want to rely on him keeping his word or threatening him to stay away. What if there's a next time, and next time he doesn't just beat up Mike but do worse?

So you finally decide to call the police, and report a break in. You're not screaming bloody murder so you hope they don't come in guns blazing so to speak. But sitting on Quickstep the whole time, you can expect the cops before long. Probably want to let Mike know as well before they arrive.

But the big question of all; are you going to be involved? Are you willing to turn yourself in now, or leave it up to Mike while you hide?

>What do you do?
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>>3557036
Well we're the only ones who can keep Quickstep on lockdown, so I guess we're turning ourselves in. Hopefully local cops should be reasonable.
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>>3557036
>Let's turn ourselves in now. Quickstep gets his wish. Too bad he's trapped under us when we do it.
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>>3557046
>>3557051
You make the decision then, time to turn yourself in and end this reckless wanted stint. Fortunately as you had hoped, it doesn't go... too badly. A couple officers arrive and quickly realize who you are, especially when you let them in and show them Quickstep tied up. Naturally they aren't supposed to assume anything about anyone but when there's a woman with a tail like a certain wanted person and a pretty perfect match for the villain, they're willing to go out on a limb.

An initial but unpleasant exchange as you're treated a little roughly, made to get on the ground and cuffed, searched for weapons. But it's only quick, after that considering you're cooperative they focus on Quickstep. As soon as they're able they get the call out for backup, and soon your little house is host to several police officers. You let Mike know about it so he ends up getting escorted out to try and explain what's happened, while the officers inside wait for orders on what to do with you and eventually you and Quickstep are led to police cars and shoved in the back to be taken to the station.

---

The whole process thereafter lasts the rest of the night and into the next day as you basically have to deal with being handled properly at the police station. Back and forth between a cell to an interview room, questioned about this and pressured about that. You remain cooperative the whole time though and thankfully Mike is diligent about it to be there for you, and come the next day have a lawyer involved. By that point it ends up mostly out of your hands, Mike says to let the legal man take care of it instead.

Even though it's mind numbingly boring and you have to wonder if it really should take this long as you're about the only two people in here their focus should be on. Eventually though with your lawyer and a detective, the terms are discussed. They recognize that twice now you've caught a super villain, willingly turned yourself in and cooperated with the police, have no criminal record... or any record, and your admittance that you're not really interested in this whole super scene you just wanted to restore some stability to the town, yourself a lifelong resident (which also helps). That said you are still a criminal with your prior acts so they can't just let this by completely. However they think something can be done to help both of you.
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---

If you'll take a plea deal then, this whole process can go by quickly and smoothly. You'll just have to spend sixty days in jail here, do some public service, and you'll get misdemeanors to your record. Basically the police's way of showing to the community that vigilantes are not above the law nor supers. However if you do this, after a year or so you'll be able to have your record cleared and perhaps most appealing of all the police and state services will make an effort to "introduce" you to the community more or less. They understand your reasoning for why you got involved and what you would hope to have happen from your success, well they can try for one step better and let people know that you exist and help both them and you get used to you living a normal life in Hattrask.

Otherwise, you don't have to accept the bargain but then you'll have to take it to court. Being that, you can be out on bail but who's to say how things might go in court. Could be better, could be worse. Naturally you are naive to... most anything about the law, but on such short notice your lawyer doesn't seem all that pleased however he does recognize that yours is a special case and naturally would not be the same as for someone else. Mike when hear tell about it, at least things it helps with what you wanted and your whole reason for doing all this; to be able to get something of a normal life...

>What do you do?
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>>3557145
>sixty days in jail

Ok, I was willing to cooperate with the police. But 2 whole fuckin' months in jail? Fuck that, any jury would take our side. Public service and some misdemeanors, fine. Bail, fine. Actual jail time? HELL no.
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>>3557145
Yeah right to jail time is bullshit. With all the vigilantes already in the city? Not even house arrest? Tell our lawyer we're paying him pirate treasure to get us a way better deal than that.
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>>3557169
You want to try to haggle it down to less? If you can present a case good enough for it, and make a roll, they might lower the number. But you'll be seeing some amount of jail time regardless if you take the plea.

>>3557176
The vigilantes caught before got sentences worse than that.
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Rolled 74 (1d100)

>>3557177
Everything we did to Quickstep was self defense. The only thing we did that was questionably legal was try to remove the car of those criminals holding up the tour bus group. We went out of our way to not seriously injure anyone, and didn't even try to fight. We shouldn't even get one month.
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>3557177
Ok now that is absolute and utter horseshit. Vigilantism charges are handed out with the severity of the crime. We didn't even inflict lasting harm on any of the criminals we apprehended, the worst we could be charged with is the lowest case of battery or a misdemeanor count of assault. And that's like, a week in jail. And hell yeah I'm haggling it down, two months in the clink is like, property damage or fraud.

Any fucking judge in any fucking court. Something's up with these cops. Dirty as fuck. I want a jury of my peers.

Roll is to negotiate it down to a week or so, anything less than a month. If they seriously expect any fucking person who was doing good, and in the real world, would get a fucking commendation from the goddamn cops for taking down armed robbers and a home invader without any fucking serious conflict, to just lie down and take it?

Fuck these cuntholes, a week or nothing. FUCK this makes me impossibly angry. I thought they would be reasonable about this, due to our BEING A GOOD PERSON.
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Rolled 77 (1d100)

>>3557177
>>3557197
>>3557200
What they said
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>>3557197
Evading the police, resisting arrest, which upon these there's mention of leaving a crime scene. These are all things which seem petty to you, but it feels like the police are going by the letter of the book on how they can level charges against you.

>>3557207
>>3557200
>>3557197
>77

One month! You can try and haggle and press your case, and the injustice of it! Not to mention the services you've done to them and the town.

Sadly though, one month is the lowest they are willing to go. You can fume about it but that's the offer in the table...
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>>3557230
Then I guess we're going to court, by my vote.
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>>3557238
This
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>>3557230
Eh, I'm willing to take a month.
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>>3557255
>>3557238
>>3557256
Seem a slight majority then of refusing the deal and taking it to court?
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>>3557256
A month doesn't seem too bad until you realize that's three times the just penalty for what we did.
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>>3557335
Just so I don't sound like I'm trying to escape all punishment, a week in jail, a month on house arrest, and community service for a good three months would be fair. Hell, I'd be even fine with keeping our record if it meant we didn't have to stay in jail for such an absurd time.
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>>3557230
What Mike and Lawyer think, should we take it?

>>3557305
I would go toward taking it but not sure
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>>3557350
Y'all know my feelings on the subject already.
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>>3557350
Well Mike had figured it was worth it before, so a better deal is even better! Your lawyer had to work to get you the plea bargain for what it was in the first place, let alone a reduced one.

>>3557353
>>3557346
>>3557335
It's not THAT absurd. Just man up and pay your debt to society! Or, woman up! Or, sharkwoman up!

Or don't, and fight it in court!
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>>3557358
Yeah paying my debt to society is all well and good, but the justice system is supposed to be just.
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>>3557359
Ob-fucking-jection
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>>3557359
I would go with the deal mostly for the sake of local police department. Give them morale bust and shown that super can be cooperative. Resisting arrest can go up to 6 months, year in some states so deal is not that bad. Also chance to learn about justice system from inside out.

Also opportunity to catch police officer or someone that helps them escape.
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>>3557386
"Not that bad" is still not "good", and the cops' morale can go fuck itself. Part of me wishes we played a more hateful character so I could be a spiteful fuck to these morons, but the other part wouldn't give up the socially awkward sharkfu.

Catching the crooked cop is literally the only benefit, maybe it'll get Dubstep off our dick.
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Demand trial by combat!
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>>3557661
also, tell them we need to swim regularly, show them our neck things, they probably don't know any better

how do we handle pools? are they poisonous for us with all those chemicals that would pass through our gills?
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>>3557662
>also, tell them we need to swim regularly, show them our neck things, they probably don't know any better

Why lie to them?
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>>3557682
Freedom and happiness

>>3557346
Now that I think about it, penalties are probably harsher right now because of the huge vigilante infestation. They're giving harsher sentencing because this has become such a problem.
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>>3557358

At the very least, I hope Mike will frequently visit while in prison.
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>>3557705
Probably. But I hope to shit that they get their asses beat by someone like Helion while they're out there, so when they look to us, we can give 'em the good old Rorschach.

>>3557735
Hopefully. Also, it's jail, not prison. Two different things.
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Apologies, another later start today.

>>3557359
>>3557375
>>3557386
>>3557399
>>3557661
>>3557662
>>3557682
>>3557705
>>3557735
>>3558152
You're obviously contested over the matter and it doesn't seem at all fair, but is there a slight preference to accepting the deal then? A month in jail and community service, and such? In no world would you rather it, but maybe it could be better to just do the time and get it out of the way rather than have to drag it out overtime to a court case and possibly worse punishment. You feel confident you could probably beat this in court... but what if not? Part of your own worries as well speaking up, would a jury side with a shark person?

Either way, you get the usual "I'll wait for you!" from Mike so you won't just be abandoned to your fate.

>Yes? No? If yes, well you've a month in the slammer to do as you please while in there, if no then you can walk on bail you certainly have enough.
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>>3559366
>Take it

Ask to have Quickstep as your cell mate. Ain't no one breaking him out again on your watch.
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>>3559366
go to jail and train like crazy in there
watch out for mind controling bastards

>>3559398
disagree
boys and girls can't be at the same cell
and the last thing I want is to be near that asshole
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>>3559366
>Take it
How large can we make our gains in a month?
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>>3559401
>>3559398
>>3559456
You'll accept the bargain then. A month in jail, and eventually hoping to get it taken off your record anyway.

Over the coming month then you can specify if there's anything you want to do particular, besides the already stated of exercising. For which, you can make a roll for your success.
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>>3559456
Shit, can we tell them that we need a salt water pool, they'll be less willing to house us if it will cost them money.
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>>3559460
Dangit, too late.
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>>3559460

tell them we need the ocean, one of the reasons that we got to live here
exercise as fuck
try to keep contact with Mike and send Eclipse a message if we can

can we ask what happened to the cop that set quickstep loose before?
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Rolled 52 (1d100)

>>3559464
Do you really think our socially awkward ass could pull of even a simple lie like that?
>>3559460
G a i n s
Do they teach martial arts in jail? Could we pick up a martial arts book?
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Rolled 84 (1d100)

>>3559474
>>3559464
forgot to roll
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>>3559469
>>3559464
>>3559474
Well you can roll to try and convince them you need water. It's not like they can tell you're lying or not, you're a hybrid anyway. If you do get away with it, they'll certainly have to come up with some interesting accommodations...

As for the officer who let Quickstep free, he was found handcuffed inside his own police car. The real officer at least, the "officer" who was the one to let him go, nobody knows what happened to him.
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Rolled 88 (1d100)

>>3559476
We're a half shark person, for all we know we do need occasional salt water dips. And since it would be medical, they would have to supply it.
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Rolled 99 (1d100)

>>3559481
gib water

Ok so we're continuing our fitness journey. Keep an eye out if we can for any guards behaving suspiciously, I guess? Maybe unknown upper will try to break us out.
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>>3559484
They would rather release us then supply us with a saltwater pool.
The cost of the pool would be expensive, and it would be rarely used, seeing as we'll only be there for a month.
AND
The salt would greatly reduce lifetime of the parts making it even more of a money drain.
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>>3559499
oh no guess they can't jail us for medical reasons
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>>3559484
Hell it could be possible, I mean we swim regularly anyway so how would we know what happens if we go without it?
But we should tell them about our diet specifications so we don't end up getting fed something we can't eat.
>>3559499
I totally see them getting a bucket of saltwater and dumping it on us once a day
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>>3559497
>>3559497
>>3559497
>>3559497
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>>3559513
But that's unsanitary, they have to supply us with medical facilities related to our health.
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>>3559497
nice
it seems we are going beach side
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>>3559529
>>3559526
>>3559513
>>3559508
>>3559499
>>3559497
>>3559484
>>3559479
>>3559476
>99

You make a strong case, or a sob story, about needing the sea! Access to saltwater is essential for your health, they can't deny you that. Look at the gills on your neck, see!

Well they aren't just going to let you go, and taking you out cuffed each day to the sea for a swim is too risky for you to escape. Already they're having to make a special set of jumpsuits for you because of your tail, they'll just have to figure something out. And, in the end their solution is to get a big outdoor, above-ground pool for you. They set it up in the walled-off parking lot of the station and manage to get a pickup truck to haul trash bins full of seawater to the pool every couple of days or so. They wanted to imprison you? Well, you're not making it easy on them and because of your physiology they have to oblige! Your diet too is another concern, and you put an emphasis on the meat. Not that you can only eat meat but you're trying to get fit here!

So, a month in jail. Thirty days and nights... at least you can make the best of it!

---

"Em! Finally you can- holy shit you're huge..."

You got the regular visits from Mike during your time inside, but he never really go to see in person how your fitness has improved.

"I've done time Mike, I'm hard now."

You joke with him, but even you are surprised by your gains. Thanks to your shark side, you're halfway to great white size more or less! After a full month of nothing to do but work out and eat meat, not only have you got quite the ripped physique but you've even grown two inches, you're taller than Mike now rather than always having been the same height. Sure you're not the frumpy, chubby shark girl who generally speaking could pass as an average woman, but your new fit body is something to be proud of! You can't wait to actually go for a swim in the ocean.

First however, though you have served your time, as they finish processing you in the police station they also have something of a press event scheduled. Both to show the work the police have done but also as they promised, this is their effort to inform the community about you and work towards integrating you to a more normal life.

You can expect a few reporters and cameras, and the officers are willing to do most of the talking while you're just present for people to see... if you want though you could be involved in the press conference as much as you like. Normally you'd rather die than be in front of cameras, but if this is your coming-out appearance so to speak...

>What do you do?
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>>3559627
>to get a pickup truck to haul trash bins full o
...
this is extremely unsanitary and a hazard to our health.
We should sue, especially since we were taking this water that has been in trash cans into our gills.
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>>3559634
Brand new trash bins obviously.

Though you can still try to sue if you like!
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>>3559637
>Brand new trash bins
That's a little better.
>>3559627
>>What do you do?
Tell em you just want to go home and maybe take a swim.
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>>3559627
>What do you do?
Primarily just let them speak, but if something important comes up that we have to correct them on then we should. Maybe say something nice, idk. Impressions and all that.
Also...
>halfway to great white size
>Great white sharks weigh 1500 to 2400 lbs
>We weigh 750 to 1200 lbs
How tall is Mike again?
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>>3559690
>How tall is Mike again?
Not tall enough
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>>3559690
Not literally halfway to great white size, just that you've bulked up significantly and lost your chubbiness.

>>3559695
Mike is six feet tall-even though a lanky fellow, and you were the same height but now you're 6'2".
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>>3559627
Gotta get huger!

Did dubstep remained incarcerated? With his break in, assault and kidnapping I imagine he went to actual supers prision and not sone jail right?

Let them talk and just correct them if they lie about anything

Let's celebrate our freedom, and test if we can actually go aroynd town, take Mike to a bar to celebrate
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>>3559726
I need to ask. How ours education? We can read but what level of schooling we were provided?

I assume we don't have proper document like ID and stuff could police officers organize that while we are in jail?
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>>3560023
I think we have an ID number and social security since we only turned when we were a teenager so the documents to prove we are a person are there, maybe we can make some updated ones with our current photo

>>3560017
going out with Mike sounds good

Call Eclipse too and set up to meet tomorrow to catch up and show her our awesome new body, maybe we can go to the beach, we probably know some secret beaches were no one would bother
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>>3560023
More or less implied that we took online courses through high school (I think, if I remember correctly) after our more serious mutations started appearing.
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Also, you think we’ll see Janice or someone else of interest?
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GOING OUT DRINKING?

You're not old enough, though you can still obtain drinks. But make a roll for drinking!
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>>3560023
Oh, and for education you only ever finished middle school. You bothered to self-educate some over the years so you're not a complete dunce, and have the intelligence for it, but your proper education is lacking.

And, you do have ID and such, you were born in a hospital and all and your mom registered you and took care of everything needed pretty much up until she passed away. Though, for sure while you're in police custody before you leave you can get an up to date, proper state ID. You even get to choose, if you want as the background;

>Mountains
>A lighthouse
>The Wright brothers' plane
>The state bird
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Rolled 94 (1d100)

>>3560038
Drinks rolling!
>A lighthouse
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>>3560051
Our new size made us hold our liquor better it seems
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>>3560044
>A lighthouse
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>>3560052
Or we drinked responsibly this time rather than hammer one beer after another
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>>3560044
>A lighthouse

>>3560051
Nice, we are water tipe after all
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>>3560058
>>3560055
Was meant for you
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>>3560044
>The plane
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>>3559627
>I've done time Mike, I'm hard now

Why is this line so funny?

Anyway a press conference is a bit much. Say a quick line about how you hope to get along well with everyone and duck out.

I assume Quickstep is still imprisoned?
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>>3559627
Leave with Mike as soon as it seems that the cops won't stop you.
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>>3560219
>>3560184
>>3560051
>94

You go through the motions then of the press conference, stand there and be seen and answer pertinent questions, make sure you're not misrepresented. It takes a lot of courage but you can get through with it and... people there don't seem to mind that much? At least not when they learn that you've lived here all your life, are a local like them. Plus, your working with the police in cooperating, making it clear vigilantes don't get a pass despite capturing Quickstep (who finally has been transferred away to a proper prison since he escaped jail last time).

After that, well you can leave with Mike no problem. You do get a little harassed on the way to his car of people wanting to continue the reporting, folks with cameras and mics asking more stuff and wanting personal interviews. Which doesn't sound too bad actually but you're getting anxious anyway so try to avoid them while Mike tells them to shove off and nearly get in a fight with a pushy cameraman. He has to defend your honor after all!

"So where to?" he asks getting in the driver seat.

"Uh... I'd kind of like to go out, I've been in a small room the last month."

He thinks he knows a good place, so floors it out of there, screeching the tires to stick it to the reporters one last time.

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Along the way you text Eclipse now that you have your phone back, try to schedule maybe spending some time together. Eventually though Mike pulls off the main highway into the parking lot of a bar and grill. You'd wanted to go out, but... maybe not like this.

"It's cool, I come here sometimes, you'll like it."

"Err... somewhere so public though?"

He opens the passenger door for you, but looking at the place and a few people around, you're having second thoughts maybe... then again, isn't this what you always wanted?

>What do you do?
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>>3561370
Lets test it, if its bad we just leave
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>>3561370
>Try it

We survived a press conference, we can do this
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>>3561370
Mike is a good lad. Lets' just hope no one harasses us.
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>>3561399
>>3561403
>>3561592
As much courage as it took to get through that press conference is as much as it takes here! After a long time of getting yourself in the mindset though and Mike encouraging you all the while, you climb out of the car and awkwardly follow after him. Trying not to panic as he leads the way, already on the approach you can see people on the front deck of the place starting to notice, look and whisper.

But... nothing yelled, nothing thrown at you. That's a good start.

"Hi! Welcome to- oh..." the waitress gives a typical greeting till she notices you.

"Table for two, please!"

Mike doesn't miss a beat though and acts like nothing is wrong, while the two of you wait shortly before being shown to a booth, and then at his request a table specifically so you can have a chair that your tail will hang down. Again, inside you notice stars and whispers which makes you want to bury your head and leave. But Mike acts confidently as to try and make you feel better, like nothing is wrong while he engages you as he always would. And by the time you feel up to responding to him normally, you notice much of the surprise about you has died down. Still some looks and comments, but people came here to eat and drink not gawk at you so they try to mind their business.

"So far so good..."

"I'm Tanya... I'll be your server... so! What can I get for you?"

Like the girl at the door, your waitress reacts a little put off at first, but quickly adjusts to normal once she gets used to you. Enough that, at Mike's prodding you even order for yourself. Just something simple, a few steaks. No booze yet since you'd get carded but Mike will pick some up after.

Otherwise, you have a normal and even pleasant enough time at the place then. The more time goes on the more people just accept you and let you mind your own business. You're only bothered now and then by a few people approaching to ask for a picture with you, recognizing you from the news. And of course, the manager on shift wants a picture of you with their food and maybe some staff, so they can hang it on the wall with other notable patrons.

>What do you do? If there's anything else you'd like to do here while you're out at a restaurant for the first time in almost a decade, and after when you leave.
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>>3561653
>>What do you do? If there's anything else you'd like to do here while you're out at a restaurant for the first time in almost a decade, and after when you leave.
We eat the food, and drink large quantities of soda or tea. Then we go swimming
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>>3561653
"Man... it's been forever since we came to a place like this, huh?"

Encourage reminiscing with our best friend who's altogether too good for us.

>>3561668
And this.
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>>3561668
We still need to go and try to talk to discovery and become the poster girl for shark week.
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>>3561673
Also, we invite Mike to swim with us.
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>>3561677
I meant that
I really did
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>>3561678
After a couple of steaks you feel better, more comfortable in the place. Enough to talk evenly with Mike now rather than him just trying to coax you out of your shell.

"Man... it's been forever since we came to a place like this, huh?"

"Yeah, woulda been... what, your twelfth birthday?"

"Hah... something like that..."

A chance to think back on times gone together and how things have changed. How things may change now, going forward. So you get the pictures, finish your steaks and down some drinks before heading out of here with Mike, not such a bad experience after all. He stops to get some beers at the gas station on the way home and planned for them later tonight, though you can't wait and start downing them as well. With your talk of swimming he tries to stop you but it seems pointless anyway when you both get home soon enough.

And... you're not feeling tipsy at all! Maybe your extra bulk and size has something to do with it? After he parks then and you can carry everything inside, put the rest of the beers in the fridge, the both of you get changed to swimwear before heading out the backdoor. It's good to be home again but you want the freedom of the sea you missed. And the freedom to walk freely outside, not have to sneak around at night as the two of you make it past the grassy dunes and can casually walk to the shore.

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"Brrr! It's... well not as cold, still chilly for my tastes."

"Oh it's just wonderful for me! This is... this is great!"

Mike keeps to the shallows while you return to splash around with him now and then, but getting to swim out and have the open ocean await you is just about the most welcome return you could imagine after your time behind bars. And some benefit too that you don't find yourself plagued by talking sharks. Probably you were gone so long that they stopped lingering around for you. They'll return in time you bet but for now, you have the sea to yourself!

>What do you do?
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>>3561763
Swim WITH Mike, not just around him. Let him hold onto our shoulders or something
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>>3561775
>sholders
Hey mike, hold onto my fin for a second.Then speed him around in the water, but not for too long, don't want him to get hypothermia.
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>>3561775
It's not that cold, it's summer after all, Mike is just a big baby like that. But while you don't have a fin, you do have an idea. Given the location where you are, it'd be pretty easy too. So you tell Mike to wait here as you run back to shore and grab a flashlight. You'd brought it in case you were both out late but he'll need it here.

"Hey Mike, can you hang onto me? My shoulders, I'm going to swim with you."

"Sure, but why? I can swim on my own."

"You'll need it this time, it hasn't been an hour yet since you've eaten! And when I say so take a deep breath and hold it."

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With him holding onto your shoulders then, you swim out a little ways and leave him to float for just a moment as you swim down to double check where you are and make sure of the spot. Returning to him then, you tell him to hold on tight and hold his breath, when at the count of three you dive down and swim hard as you can with him hanging on.

Your biggest worry is actually about the pressure since it's not so long for him to have to hold his breath, but he seems fine as you find what you're looking for and swim inside.

"-buaaah!"

He gasps for air when you break the surface, during which time you can turn the flashlight on.

"Wh... Where are we?"

"Sea cave... I found it a couple years ago. There's nothing really down here and it's not that big... but it's pretty cool I think."

Pulling him along, you swim a little farther in till you reach the sandy surface of the very small shore in here that gives way to the rocky cave floor. Helping him out of the water, the two of you can stand together and marvel at the sight as he shines the light around and is quite impressed.

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"So, no more villain in town... I guess Eclipse but she's not as bad as Quickstep..."

Kind of funny that you left one enclosed space of your jail cell just to come to another, but the two of you spend some time sitting in the cave and appreciating the location. Just the sound of the water and each other as you talk and breathe. Peaceful, a chance to relax for awhile in a secret place. You don't tell him, though you could, but you actually have your pirate treasure stashed at the back of the cave.

"And out of jail now too... so what are you gonna do now?"

>What do you do?
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>>3561763
Find sawtooth, see if he's around
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>>3561830
For your own interest? He's just a normal shark, not one of your intelligent siblings.
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>>3561828
"Well first... I thought I would spend some time with my best friend in the real world. Then, maybe, I dunno, get a job?"
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>>3561828
I guess study? Maybe college, or even get in the police, they prevent suppers if I'm around right?

Get back home now to sleep
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>>3561828

Get our GED.
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>>3561828
>I'm gonna find Helion and call him a shithead."
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>>3561844
>>3562035
>>3562416
You never went to high school and while you don't plan on it now, you could at least complete your basic education and have something to show for it. Then, maybe get a job? With the police even, perhaps. Or the coast guard, that would be convenient for you. And you still have something of a score to settle with Helion if you see him again.

Those are all plans for the future though. For now you can spend awhile more in the cave with Mike before you carry him on your back once more to the surface. Again, worry about his sake in regards to the pressure but thankfully the cave isn't that deep and he seems fine. It's sunset now anyway when you reach the surface, so plenty of time to get home and then chill for the rest of the evening, and get to the rest of those drinks!

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Well, unless you had anything else in mind you wanted to do, I think you've reached a pretty good point in the story. We're on page 9, but as far as the thread is concerned you've pretty much taken care of everything you set out to do. You dabbled in the super scene, served time for it, took down some criminals and got rid of the local supervillain (without whom things will return a lot closer to normalcy again), and best of all you were able to enter the outside world with what could eventually become a more normal life.

Your goals are your own of course, but everything you initially wanted, you set out to do and attained.

>Happy end? Anything else?
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>>3563726
That was a comfy ending, SeaBreeze. Is this just the end of the first thread, or was the quest a oneshot?
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>>3563732
I had only intended it to be a one shot since it's just a small town with only a few characters, and you managed to resolve all the problems within one thread. I'm glad if you guys liked it though!
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>>3563748
I liked it, for sure. Barring my one outburst. I'd read a full-length quest about a sharkgirl waifu fighting crime, most definitely.
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>>3563759
>>3563748
I'm with him, it was nice
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>>3563759
>>3563926
What they said
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>>3563759
Yeah, good quest. I liked it.
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>>3564003
Dawww thanks! And thanks for playing too, couldn't have made it through with you all.
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>>3563748
Lurker anon coming out of the blue to say that this shit was some of the best stuff I've seen in a fair while.
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>>3563748

Also lurker here—only been coming on qst lately for this! Glad we got a happy ending for Emily and Mike, and, as much as I want this quest to go on indefinitely, this is a nice way to end it... well, unless you have an epilogue.
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>>3564163
By the time you reach home and cross the backyard to the house, it's already getting dark. It was a fun time had though, and all the sweeter now that you're free and can appreciate it more.

"So did you talk to Janice at all while I was inside?"

"Huh? Oh yeah... she's fine. Wanted to know about you and what was going o- oof!"

With stuff carried between you, Mike ends up being unable to see his feet it seems and trips up on the back patio, falling forward and banging his head. Worried, you try to help him up but he shrugs it off, sitting up a little comically with a towel on his head.

"Are you alright? I can-"

"-no no! I'm fine, I got it, just tripped. Hey, speaking of, get out the drinks will you?"

A good suggestion that you're looking forward, as you open and leave the door open for him, while you set things down on the counter and get to the fridge.

"You coming or what?"

"-just picking up the stuff, think I dropped me phone."

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While you're busy getting the drinks out of the fridge, outside Mike peeks to see you're not visible and pulls the towel from his head. "Mike", though a completely different face. Where he tripped and faceplanted, it must have messed him up and jarred his head some that his features are all wonked. With a deep breath, his features shift to somone completely different, a her. Doing a quick check, a feel that her face is back to normal, she concentrates and after a moment her features change once more to Mike's again like some muscle memory or something of recalling the form just recently used till then. He finally gets up, and tests the restored face with a smile.

"I'll be right there, Emily..."

>The... End?
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>>3564307
Wtf! You can't do that! Is that even legal!
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>>3564307
Aaaaaa
Red text! A supers! That one who broke out dubstep!
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>>3564307
Wow what a tweeeeest

Thanks for running!
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>>3564163
>>3564053
Thanks that means a lot! I had actually made this quest kind of as practice for a subsequent quest I have in mind after this, hence why it was a one shot. So if you liked it, look forward to that one too!
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>>3564307
The only hope is for Emily to realise that Mike would call us "Em". But we are not paranoid enough for that, I think.



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