In the undefined time we have between the end of the last ep and whenever stuff progresses further (though sooner, rather than later), Jason will buttonhole the various Menagerie members to chat with them as possible (vs, emailing them).
(These aren’t intended to require a reply or further dialog, unless that’s desired. More to get across what Jason wants to say to the various folk in the Menagerie at this juncture, whether in the setting as described or the next time there’s an opportunity during the holiday downtime.)
Just to make things simple (and with the assumption that the Yulepocalypse blurs into Winter Vacation for the schools involved), this takes place as folks are gathering for the next Menagerie meeting – maybe a couple of days later – unless otherwise noted. Or, if that doesn’t work, sometime soon.
Harry is always early, so he can find out what kind of a food run he needs to make before things get started.
Jason grabs his hand, shakes it. "Dude. You were awesome. I mean you’ve done cool things, used your powers in neat ways, but, jeez, you were the superhero in the house for that whole thing. You proved yourself. I mean, I know the whole Father peering over the shoulder thing, though I think you feel it more than me. But even without all the stuff that came out about the HHL, if he’s not sputtering with pride for you, then he’s an idiot. You were great, and I am so glad you’re on the team.
Before, she arrives, Jason goes to a corner of the the floor the team meets on and, into a dark corner, softly says her name. “Charlotte.”
"Hey, I just wanted to say – thanks for all the stuff you did in Leo’s body. You were seriously kicking … butt. If it was as weird for you as it was for me – well, you handled the whole thing really well. I just – well, I want to let you know I tried to take care of your body and treat it politely. And honorably. And … all of that. It was a really interesting experience – the things you see, and perceive, and what it’s like being in your head. I just want you to know, I think I understand you better, but I know I still can’t really understand your perspective on things. I’d love to talk more about it though, sometime.
Jason asks Adam’s help in pulling out stuff from the kitchen to feed the hungry maw of the Menagerie (most of which is Harry, but the rest of the teens manage to do themselves proud). "Hey, that was really crazy out there, but I saw how you handled yourself, and how you tried to help, and all the stuff with Sol and all that. You really did help, even in a really scary sitch – and [he adds rapidly] so did the Concordance. If you need to talk sometime about it … just let me know. I mean – after the stuff that happened a couple of days ago, I feel like I need to prove myself to you."
Pneuma arrives with Leo, as usual, but a bit more … proximate to him than usual. He tries to call her aside when Leo’s engaged in conversation with someone else, probably unsuccessful in his subtlety, but …
“Pneuma – hey, glad to hear you and Leo, y’know, kind of back, like he said, or emailed me. That’s really cool. I think you’re good for him, and I hope he’s good for you. You both – anyway, thanks for helping out there, especially lending Charlotte a hand. I honestly don’t recall whether you are listed in the official AEGIS roster as a member of the team, but you should be, and I’m going to talk with Waters about that, because you really are a full-figured – full-blown member here. So … thanks. And, um, congrats!” He smiles overbroadly and gives two thumbs up.
Jason finds a moment to head down to the street where Otto hangs out during the team meetings. “Hey, Otto, just wanted to say you were incredible out there, fighting against the Vyortovians. I mean, you drew their fire, you knocked out their stuff, you were great. And … I feel really guilty that you sit out here while we have our meetings, because you really should be part of them. I can set up a wireless connection to a speaker in there, if you want, or we could maybe do some meetings up on the helipad so you could sit in. Or in the garage, but the garage gets really depressing, and one year the warehouse manager decided to save some money by having the holiday party down in the garage, on the third level, and it felt like we were the last remnants of humanity celebrating the holidays deep in our bunker, and then they ran out of turkey before Dad went through the line and it was – anyway, the point is, I would like you to be able to be a part of what we do, not just be Leo’s … friend. Though that’s a pretty cool thing to be, too.”
Before the meeting, Jason goes into a small conference room, and says, “Numina?”
When she appears, he looks at her a moment. Opens his mouth. Closes it. Then says, “Hey, thanks for helping Charlotte out there. You and she were awesome, really brave, really helpful in dealing with the cat, and the Vyortovians, and all that. Just – yeah. I – am going to help Leo figure out how to make sure you are safe here. Because you should feel safe. Here. From everyone – everything. So – thanks.” He heads for the door. “Okay, gotta pull out some chips, let me know if there’s anything you need – to be safe, or comfortable, or anything else.”
author: *** Dave H.