How did the school choose to discipline us? Are we back in detention? Or all of us in the Fortress of Attitude under a mountain of class-skipping homework.
No, we’re before the Headmaster, Hellbinder.
Alex’ program searching for similar sets of transactions, money trail with the school, the museum, or other locations. “A really bad look for the school …” esp. for Hellbinder and SURGE.
Mette is against getting SURGE in trouble.
Joey is definitely in favor of breaking Hellbinder’s desk.
Alex finds plenty of evidence of this having happened. Not quite every semester.
Prior to Hellbinder … definitely happening in the 80s-90s, in coord with AEGIS, and not subtle.
In 2/3 of the cases, the kids it happened to have gone on to success. Unless the scenario didn’t go well.
Assess the Sitch! --> 7!
Some people are clear winners. And others clear losers. And others you need to test. The folk picked for these weren’t the shining heroes or the opposite.
In the timeline she remembers, it was a huge disaster. Emma burned half the building down, Nono was injured, SURGE wasn’t involved in the selection.
A - Understand we’re not supposed to skip class, but had good reason, and want to ask for some time off, even some school assistance.
H - Your proposal intrigues me. But … understand, you didn’t attend class, your teachers have a duty of care in education. But let’s talk more about this other thing.
A - Ancient temple ruins! Multiple members! Education, also personal development. They should have the right to pursue these things wherever they are located, and the rest of the team may come along for support.
H - Official?
A - Students.
H - I mean …
J - AEGIS.
H - Admire the initiative. The plan. Intrigued by the subject matter. I can’t in good conscience, or justify to the school board, allocate that kind of support, without more official standing for your group. Your press was good last week, but … not one of our clubs.
A - Sympathetic! We will cost much less than $250K this time.
H - But how do you put a price on good PR?
A - Agree. (Slides evidence over.)
H - (Puts in drawer.) Need to be sure academic rigor is ensured. But in future, with proper warning, can allow adjustments to curriculum to this, and maybe some credit hours self-directed study. Need an academic advisor. [Walks to wall of faculty pictures.] You want to approach the faculty to see who’s interested? I’m going to make it contingent that you find a faculty appropriately skilled for this situation. Extra homework.
J - [watching dialog. cracking knuckles, restraining self]
M - Costumes!
H - And code names. and … [pulls out Academy uniform boxes, fire nation colors Lycra suits]
… exit … ((But not before Joe gives a token slap to the desk.))
Fortress of Attitude. Lots and lots of homework. Consultation with throwing names out of potential faculty advisors.
Into the Home Room
Class clubs …
Macaron, Evan, Hunter, Vic, Sequoia.
Evan - Speaking of Saturday, I believe we have plans.
M - The pier. The … arcade?
E - Yes, promenade, amusements, rides, the wheel of iron …
J - [pencil snaps]
E - [seems a scosh distracted] [reacts to people coming in, moving into seat] [Joe stares] [flashes winning smile and chin nod]
J - [snap]
Who notices Evan’s discomfiture about something?
Sequoia is being talked to by Vic.
Paul kinda turned that way.
Aliud is brooding with a frown.
Gothwitch is … flirting? … with Roddy.
G - Museum thing was crazy. … What’s Kiln’s deal? Magic weapons?
R - Fireballs!
Chris becomes really still.
Poly-Anna comes back to Joe, and does small talk about the lab that’s due, but not paying that much attention.
J - Everyone is looking back at him. Disapprovingly.
Sequoia - Glaring at Joe, flirting at Mette.
Evan doing a grenade of lurves.
Jillian - whatevs
A - So much high school melodrama.
Evan … not making eye contact with Poly-Anna. Which seems to have been the point of her wandering over.
Poly-Anna is tapping her fingers on her desk and it is slowly turning to a clicking noise as her hands change shape.
Nono is talking Last Airbender to Vic.
Emma is just smouldering.
Gym – applied skills (Superheroing 101). SURGE!
Work in the Real World. “Entering the Super-Heroic Workforce” … photocopied (poorly) reading.
Not just about wearing the suit, you need a media presence (snark). Need support / 1000 followers on HeroTracker. Need to be a star.
Groups up folk. Our team together. Various combos of the others.
Worksheet – 1/person. School form + supers character sheet. Superhero ID. Social media ID. Anti-villain focus / Cause. Team name. (Costume design - color palette, iconic identifier.) Team name. Placement of supervillain/calling (team? self?), dream mentor.
Fill out individually, but as a group. Desks all scooshed over.
Roddy - Cause: To Be Awesome
SURGE has people hand off sheets to the next person, fill in any blanks.
Roddy -> Joe -> Mette -> Kiln -> Alex -> Roddy
A - This should be online! [So they can hack into the school’s forms system.]
J - didn’t fill in costume (eek, many erasures), as well as the Why I Do This.
M - fills in… “it’s the right thing to do”. Also …
R - didn’t fill in … the social media thing, plus public engagement strategy. The rest is all “It’s awesome.”. Except the team name, “The SURGE Suppressors”. Dream mentor “P…”
J - @TheAwesomeOne … display my unbelievable awesomeness. Underlines, one in each color. Team ^Awesome
M - Didn’t have … social media. Mentor is illegible.
Superhero Name: Dragonskift
Villain Focus: Fix the timeline. Why Am I Doing This: Fix the timeline
Costume: Tan and Olive with lots of pockets
A - Mentor, secretest secret agent guy.
Superhero Name: Cybertron
Villain Focus: Dumb ones, which is all of them because of my big brain.
Why Am I Doing This: To flex with my awesome robot arms.
K - It’s all in scratch glyphs.
Get Mette’s, realize what he’s done, just stares and does nothing.
Left social media presence blank.
Team Name … glyphs erased and written over multiple times.
A - copy-paste scratchy glyphs over from another field.
All Right, Everyone? What Are Your Team Names?
Sequoia, Aliud, Macaron, Poly-anna
came up with a group name Variable Stars. No, Outsiders (P pushed because Jillian frowned)
Hunter, Vic, Kid Cool, Gothwitch
Runez (then Gothwitch sighs, “with a z”)
Problem Child, Nono, Hot Mess, Hellblade, Seven Year.
(Sequoia turns to Poly-anna, “See? Exactly …”)
… (dead silence) …
and the bell rings.
(Nono, “They probably picked the Outsiders, too, and they’re trying to think of something”)
SURGE - Given the arrangement you’re working toward, you really need to sort. This. Out. [clearly brought up to speed] So … first thing next class.
“SURGE Suppressors”? We owe him more, and Mette would disapprove.
“Menagerie”? Joe is … not amused.
End of Session
- Joe - Closer … Mette (the form) … [Potential] -freak +savior
- Mette - More into self (took this seriously)
- Roddy - More into self (awesome)
- Kiln - More into self (those glyphs were very, very insightful) (present and their role in it)
- Alex - Closer … Roddy (awesome sheet) … +Superior, -Mundane (Superior is maxed) … no, -Soldier, +Freak