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May 11, 2021 8:32 AM
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"Superpowers aren't as be-all end-all as you might think, really. ...what is your thing?"

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"I have the worst superpower ever. I'm not even sure it counts but they haven't sent me home yet, so." Shrug. "Uh, I get these really awful headaches and then I see something bad happening to someone somewhere. I, uh, I'd call the cops, and pretend I was near where it was happening and I'd seen it, only one time my dad overheard and figured I was making fake 911 calls..."

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"- woah, you're a seer? That's like the best power! Well, except for the headaches, that sounds kind of horrible. But other than that. Especially if they're clear visions. I think I get prophetic dreams sometimes but they're mostly pretty useless. Not completely useless, but like - not the most straightforward way to learn things."

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"It really isn't. It's, like, once a month, and usually I collapse in front of people, and the police are almost always too late."

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"Oh, that is a lot worse than it could be. But maybe if you had better communication lines then people would be able to get there in time more consistently?"

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"I - yeah, probably. The government people also thought it'd happen more if I was in a big city, thought it might have a range limit."

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"Do you think it does? Like, is it always in your area?"

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"I've never had one that was too far away."

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"That makes sense. Maybe you should move to New York or someplace. Except for how you're a minor and can't do that and also might not want to do that because of the headaches."

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"Yeah. I dunno if I'd ever have enough time between headaches to call 911, in New York."

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"Ah. ...maybe someplace medium-sized. I hear Cleveland has problems. Or, uh, alternatively maybe a remote village in Alaska, if you don't wanna keep dealing with it. Except I guess you still can't. Although if you wanted to I bet the government could help you."

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"My dad would be so mad. It's - 

 

- I guess this isn't very superheroic but I just wish it'd stop, I just wish it'd happen to someone else."

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"No, that makes sense. Uh - in comics it always seems like everyone with superpowers ends up either a hero or a villain, but I feel like most of life is actually not criminals and crime-fighting. So, uh, I think it's OK if you wanna do other stuff. I'd take it if I could but I guess that's not how these things work."

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"I can't - I feel how scared they are. I can't do other stuff. I just wish I could. You can have it, if they ever figure out how. It hurts really bad."

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"Ah. I'm sorry."

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"Uh. Anyway, there's. That. Sorry to be a downer."

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"Oh, no, depressing things are sort of weirdly - I feel kind of better now. Thanks. ...do you maybe wanna grab some pizza? We don't have to stay in the cafeteria to eat it if you don't want to."

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"Yeah. That sounds ... good."

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Well, that could have gone worse. Zach probably doesn't totally hate her or anything.

When Sunday rolls around she goes to find Emmy and see if Emmy is at all interested in attending Mass with her.

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Emmy is kind of startled by this. "I - yeah. Um, how'd you know?"

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"Oh, uh, I don't know any other Catholic people here and it's kind of lonely going alone? I guess someone must have said something at some point."

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"I, uh, haven't been. Going. Specifically because I thought people'd think it was weird which is even worse I think."

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"It's not ideal. I can't receive either this week, though, so, y'know. But we can still go if you want?"

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"Yeah. I do want. Karen, right?"

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"Yeah! You're Emmy?"

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