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Juniper McKinney

Mistakes are a part of life, they don’t define us. What’s important is how you pick up the pieces, and if you put yourself back together stronger or not.

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a character in “Gods and Monsters: Olympus Has Fallen”, as played by Kohananinja

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xxxJ U N I P E R x M C K I N N E Yxxxx c h i l dx o f x h e s t i a x




"Mistakes are a part of life, they don’t define us. What’s important is how you pick up the pieces, and if you put yourself back together stronger or not."
- June McKinney




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n i c k n a m e s x // x June , Miss McKinney

a g e x // x33

g e n d e r x // xcis-female

s e x u a l i t y x // xHeterosexual

l o y a l t i e s x // xloyalist

r e l a t i o n s h i p x // x June is not hostile toward her godly mother, but there is a strain that exists between the two for a few very distinct reasons. The first being Hestia’s unwillingness to disclose the identity of June’s mortal father, which privately she holds as a kind of personal betrayal. The second is June’s insistence that Melissa McKinney is her real mother, and her refusal to refer to Hestia as such. The two will chat occasionally, but it is usually initiated by Hestia.






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D E M E A N O R


h e i g h t x // x5'7

w e i g h t x // x138 lbs

h a i r x // xJune has long honey gold hair that usually styled with a slight curl.

e y e s x // x Big, green, and fully of warmth, June's eyes are her most distinctive feature.

o d d i t i e s x // xJune has a scar that runs across her left shoulder blade from a knife wound that missed her heart.

a p p e a r a n c e x // xJune's always had this pretty, 'girl next door' aura about her that people tend to remember most. She isn't a flashy dresser, but she is very put together, favoring more classic cuts and style that is undeniably feminine. This tends to give June a soft, warmer look that many find inviting, and she can generally be found with a smile curving her lips, and a smile lighting her green eyes.






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P O W E R S

f i r e x // x June can conjure flames in her hands at will, and if immune to damage from fire. After her Agon victory 15 years ago, this ability has been somewhat enhanced, leaving her with far above average skills at manipulating existing flames as well.

l u c k x // x Good fortune tends to befall the children of Hestia in small ways that might go easily overlooked. Change meetings, finding something that had gone missing unexpectedly, a knife hitting just right to leave the least amount of damage, these are the sort of unreliable boons this passive ability grants.

c o h e s i o n x // x Often overlooked as a power of Hestia's children, this passive ability, often manifesting in their natural personalities, can be a factor that keeps a group together, and on the same wavelength. They can often be the "glue" that binds a group of people together, and while that won't win any sword fights on its own, there is value in it for a team setting.



S T R E N G T H S

g o o d - l i s t e n e r x // x People have always liked to talk to June, whether it's those big green eyes, open face, or calm demeanor is anyone's guess. Regardless, people tend to open up around June in a way they might not normally, and June has always been a steady shoulder to cry on.

c a r e t a k e r x // x June has always been good at figuring out what people need, whether they are her students, friends, or something more. She also has an innate drive to fulfill those needs, which can make her very skilled when it comes to getting along with people.

p e a c e m a k e r x // x June has always been good at smoothing ruffled feathers, a calm voice of reason in the middle of a chaotic debate. In a group setting, she's great at mitigating disagreements, and helping everyone get back on the same page.



W E A K N E S S E S

c o m b a t x // x June isn't a fighter. Outside of some very basic defensive capabilities anyone walking out of Legacy has received, June isn't a combative factor in a fight.

o p e n x // x June has always been easy to read, face and eyes never able to disguise what she's feeling. This openness can sometimes leave her open to manipulation if she's not on guard.

j u d g e m e n t x // x June has learned the had way a few times that she can be a little too trusting. She often sees the best in people, which she often misreads as their natural state.



F E A R S

l o s s - o f - s e l f x // x Part of June’s personality that she’s worked hard to get past is her unhealthy compulsion of people pleasing, and changing herself to please those she cares about. This was more of an issue when she was younger, but it is still something that really worries her.
d a r k n e s s x // x This fear is a fun little souvenir from her own Agon in the labyrinth. He absolutely can snot stand being in dark spaces where she can't see.
l o n l i n e s s x // x This one is much more Sub-Conscious, and she blames it on her godly mother’s influence, but June has always had this dream of one day having a big family of her own. (“Five kids, three dogs, and one grumpy looking cat all in a two story yellow farm house with white trim.”) After Her failed engagement, and the major fallout from breaking it off, she’s not really sure that’s meant to happen for her, or if marriage is even something she’s cut out for.





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P E R S O N A L I T Y
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The things people tend to notice first about June is her sense of humor, natural warmth, and seemingly boundless energy. When you’ve got a problem or just really need to talk, June is your girl, and she will go out of her way to fix issues for people. Among her friends in college she was jokingly referred to as the “group mom”. A label she did not altogether enjoy, but there is a nurturing quality to her personality that is hard to deny. June is also known for being funny, whether appropriate or not, as it tends to be her defense mechanism to stressful or uncomfortable situations. Her compulsion to take care of others and play peacemaker is one though that she has had to be careful to temper with a strong sense of self as an adult, as she’s learned from firsthand experience that her people pleasing prerogative can morph into something more dangerous if she lets it, changing things about herself to make others more comfortable.

When out with friends, June has a bit of a sassy side, and she’s not shy about flirting with men when she finds them attractive, at least outside of work. Mortal men she can handle, but the demigod kind are a breed of their own. While a very attractive one, after Caleb, she’s become more careful about initiating relationships with demigods. Not that it will stop her from looking of course, she’s not dead. When it comes to her own negative emotions, June is much more private about sharing them, and is likely to downplay or laugh them off among friends. Or bake. One sure fire way to figure out if June is upset is by the sheer volume of baked goods in her house, a habit her colleagues tend to be the beneficiaries of. When it comes to cooking, June can get downright competitive, a remnant of growing up in the south as well no doubt, and insulting her food is a guaranteed way onto her shit list. Despite her warm and affable exterior, being enemies with June can be a very uncomfortable experience, as she’s known to hold a grudge and nurse it well.






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H I S T O R Y


Juniper McKinney was born from an adulterous affair between the goddess Hestia, and a family man that June has never known. The one time June did ask her godly mother who her biological father was, she was met with silence. Hestia’s only explanation that she didn’t wish to destroy her father’s family, which an unwanted and illegitimate child would surely bring upon his household. This position is also one that has caused tension between the two for the better part of fifteen years. Over the years June has pictured her mystery father and his perfect family she wasn’t good enough to fit into, and it was the subject of much of her teenage angst back in the day. Today it’s a subject she prefers to not think about.

Growing up however, before June turned thirteen and learned of her Godly parentage, she had a very normal an happy childhood growing up in Northern Tennessee. June loved both her adopted parents dearly, and in fact wasn’t even aware of the fact she was adopted until her powers manifested. The three were extremely close, which made Melissa’s tragic death in a car wreck that much worse when June was away at the academy for her freshman year. Her death left a wound in June that has never really healed properly. In this stage of her life, June went through a delinquent phase and gained a bit of a reputation as a party girl. Joining the Agon at that time in her life with her friends had just seemed like a natural progression. Dangerous, a little reckless, but an undeniably thrilling challenge. They'd all gone in so confident, never imagining the horror show that the labyrinth became. After she survived the Agon, June was a wreck, but she was lucky enough to get the compassion and guidance of adults in her life who truly cared, which helped her to pull her life together as best she could. This in part is what led to her current career, and determination to help the kids at the Academy as their councilor. Trying to put her past in the rear view mirror, June went to college, made dear friends, and met a man she thought she was going to marry and build a home with. A perfect life free of monsters lurking in dark corridors ready to snatch the unwary.

Eight years ago, June would have seen her life in a very different place than it is today. Her then fiancé Caleb was a fellow demigod, a son of Aphrodite, and June had thought they were in love. They had booked a fall wedding, were house hunting, and beginning to build a life together. Their romance was sudden and whirlwind, which in retrospect, should have been a sign. Caleb was doting though, attentive, and treated her like a queen. June almost couldn’t believe how much she loved him, how she could end up so lucky, and once June would have thought nothing could come between them. That changed very quickly when it was brought to June’s attention that Caleb had been manipulating her emotions, altering her feelings like a conductor throughout their relationship to weave a tapestry of affectionate fabrications in a macabre imitation of love. Eventually, after she had come to accept what was happening, June broke it off, the relationship ending messy and violent, but she was able to walk away. It was a shattering experience that left its fair share of scars, both figurative and literal, but June has worked hard to put the relationship behind her. From there she picked up the pieces, and went back to the academy, this time as their school counselor, putting herself back together doing what she loves most. Trying to help people.





h e x c o d e x // x #FF8000 x // x f a c e c l a i m // x Leah Pipes x // x c r e a t o r x // x Kohananinja x // x c s x // x mjolnir

So begins...

Juniper McKinney's Story

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Character Portrait: Maya Torres Character Portrait: Lux Slade Character Portrait: Khayla Sinclair Character Portrait: Abby Rae Jarvis Character Portrait: Jesse Lynn Bower Character Portrait: Wesley Tate Character Portrait: Juniper McKinney Character Portrait: Leland Shepard
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Lee Shepard // Child of Poseidon// Mentor // Location: Legacy Academy
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The annual pre-Agon bash was Legacy Academy’s worst kept secret. Considering most of the staff were alumni, that wasn’t exactly surprising. Generally, there was a long standing tradition that for this one night, the teachers would turn a blind eye, the consensus being if the students were old enough to risk death in the field for gods and glory, they’d earned the right to some Grey Goose. For the students’ sakes that was fortunate, as some idiot this year had decided on a rave theme, and that light show was fucking hard to miss.

“Whatever happened to being subtle…” Lee grumbled, feeling thoroughly old as he stared across the lake to the student side of campus. Fifteen years wasn’t a comparatively long period of time in the grand scheme of things, especially to the company he’d been keeping lately, but in this moment it felt like a yawning chasm that had somehow begun to define his life. Fifteen years ago, it had been him acting like a dumbass at that party, naïve, reckless, actually eager for the day to come. He’d walked into that slaughter with a grin on his face, so sure he was about to get his petty wish to humiliate his father. How much that wish had cost him…Lee took another swig from his half empty bottle of bourbon, hoping he could wash down the unpleasant memories threatening to surface.

“Ouch, what’s your liver done to you lately?” The voice brushed past him like a soft summer wind, spreading warmth across Lee’s skin that has nothing to do with the bourbon. He shivered, not interested in the peace being offered. Lee didn’t deserve it tonight, and being comforted by a god somehow felt like a betrayal of those he’d lost. The fact they were...whatever it was they were doing here...it didn’t change that. So Lee said nothing. Stoney silence had a wonderful habit of making people leave.

Side stepping the hint, Apollo saddled up to him instead, gently reaching for the bourbon. “Alright…but maybe we should at least pace ourselves a little.” The tone wasn’t judgmental, but Lee snapped at him anyway.

“I don’t have a drinking problem Andy.” Lee jabbed at the god’s current moniker, cradling the bottle protectively to his side. If Apollo was offended by it, he hid his displeasure well, instead raising a brow as his summer green eyes swept across the pile of discarded bottles Lee may have pre-gamed with.

“Some of those are June’s.” It sounded defensive even to Lee’s ears, but he wasn’t going to apologize for it. Not tonight. Apollo agreed with a wane smile, sliding his hand down to Lee’s in a loose grip that the son of Poseidon was both grateful for, and immediately disgusted with himself for wanting. Even if it wasn’t tonight, demigods knew better than anyone how relationships between gods and mortals ended. Why Lee continued to court disaster with…it was beyond his logic. But he couldn’t bring himself to pull away from it either; betrayal or not.

Intimate moments are delicate things, hard to maintain and easily broken with the wrong kind of pressure. That was doubly true when one of the participants in question was emotionally handicapped. Not that Apollo minded or anything; that was just part of Lee’s charm, but it was difficult sometimes when it always felt like he was pulling away.

“Do you think they’re ready?” It was a question asked out of love, not lack of confidence, but even Lee could pick up the note of anxiety that lay within. The god of light, and music, and bedroom eyes was also a father, and a pretty damn good one as far as the gods went. Lee had lost friends, peers, and students to the Agon, but Apollo had lost children. Perhaps Lee wasn’t the only one in need of comfort tonight. His grip on the god’s hand tightened just a fraction, his thumb tracing circles along his skin as Lee watched Apollo flash a smile at someone from across the field.

“No one’s ever ready.” Lee admitted with another drag from the bottle. “But they’re strong, and they picked their friends wisely.” Sometimes that’s all anyone could rely on. Apollo had two daughters in the fray this year, and Lee knew both of them well. Lux was far more combatively competent than her sister, but Maya was no one to underestimate either. It also helped that they’d both been smart enough to align themselves onto some of the stronger looking teams this year. Lee couldn’t make promises they’d survive this, but he felt the odds were in their favor.

“Why do you go along with it?” Lee asked impulsively. It was something he’d never understood about the god who seemed content to masquerade as a human and steered clear of the politics in Olympia. Why support the Agon, the source of so much heartache for both of them, if he didn’t involve himself in the power plays that was its primary function.

“What’s the alternative, open war?” Apollo ran a hand through golden locks, the exhaustion of his tone suggesting he’d agonized over the issue quite a bit. “I’ve seen what that looks like, the death that sows. At least now they have a choice…some semblance of a childhood.” He seemed less convinced by the last part, but Lee didn’t comment, instead passing him the bourbon. It took a lot more than a bottle of Kentucky’s finest to get a god tipsy, but Lee figured he’d appreciate the gesture.

Their fingers lingered together on the bottle, and Apollo looked up as if to say something, or maybe do something else… Lee’s eyes lingered on full lips, plump and glossy in the moonlight, their faces inching slowly forward. Why was a sun god allowed to look so fucking good in this lighting?





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Abby Jarvis // Child of Ares// Brawn // Location: Legacy Academy

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“WOOOOOOOO! LIZARDS RULE!”

You’d think these idiots never had tequila before. Abby thought tersely, as a junior covered in neon glow paint streaked across the field with nothing but a baseball cap shielding his delicate bits, and a sparkler waving frantically in hand. The scene up field wasn’t much tamer, as throngs of students covered in neon bounced and bobbed (in what Abby could only assume was an attempt at dancing) under pulsing strobe lights and black lit canvas. The makeshift dance floor and accompanying bars were covered in more of that glow paint, which was only made more surreal by the fireworks shooting off in the distance. Someone must have recruited the Hephaestus or Hecate kids for the pyrotechnics, because the colors stayed in the sky far longer than natural with pictures of everything from the classical to obscene dancing around in the sparks.

The spring air was warmer than usual tonight, which was fortunate for the student body since most of their outfits were on the bare side of skimpy. Enough to make Abby feel overdressed in her Aerosmith tee and cut-offs anyway, but she hunched into her jean jacket regardless. Party pooper? Maybe, but she definitely wasn’t drunk enough to be cooped up in this crowd. Big day coming up or not, that was a problem in Abby’s power to solve. Glancing around at the open bars, it looked like the neon theme had extended to the drinks, with brightly colored liquids and jello shots littering every flat surface. Whether it was simply clever lighting, or less perceivable sources giving the drinks that unearthly glow, Abby was more interested in the less assuming bottle of Jack. Unfortunately, it was sitting on the middle bar right by the dance floor…and Wesley Tate. Just because they were teammates didn’t mean she liked him, much less the gaggle of minions and leeches currently surrounding their self-proclaimed team leader. Abby would be stuck listening to his crap enough starting tomorrow…not to mention Sebastian, (Who came with his own special set of annoyances.) so she decided to take her chances at another bar.

Lux and Khayla (The two people here she might actually have enjoyed drinking with.) were nowhere in sight, but she spotted Maya Torres not surprisingly at the one tiki themed bar set up. It was both glaringly out of place with its fake palm trees and plastic birds, and somehow fit right in with the accompanying LED string lights and shimmering iridescent bubbles. Abby had a hunch the tiki bar had been Maya’s doing, if her hula skirt and light up coconut bra was anything to go by. Maya was alright, though not necessarily Abby’s first choice in drinking companion. Still, the lure of rum might have been enough to draw her that way if Abby hadn’t heard Lottie by the neighboring bar.

“Umm t-that’s ok, I don’t mind! I’m actually kind of chilly.” The shy demigod’s voice practically squeaked as she wrapped the ugliest neon green sweater Abby had ever seen more tightly around herself. Lottie was with a couple other sophomore girls in similarly warm clothing. “Lucas, we’re fine..really! We just wanted to dance…”

“Ah come ooooon! Ya don’t wanna overheat do ya? You’ll feel looooads betta wi tha clunky jumpa off; dress fer the occasion loves!” Abby couldn’t tell if the overly friendly redhead and his leering sidekicks were sophomores as well, but they definitely weren’t Lottie’s friends.

“Hey ginger, take a hike. They’re not interested.” Abby muscled her way over to the bar, casually placing herself between them as she reached toward the bottle of Hennessy on the counter. It wasn’t Jack Daniels, but it would do in a pinch.

“Oi! Tough girl! Tha’s me stash yer pilfering there! Ye gotta be showin a bit more skin ‘n tha ta be gettin anythin fer free!” Lucas had the audacity to laugh as he moved to intercept, but it wasn’t until he grabbed hold of her jacket collar as if to yank it down off her shoulder, that Abby snapped.

One second the ass was upright by the bar, and a flash of red later he was a good twenty feet away, flat on his back while cradling his broken bleeding nose. Abby was looming over him when sense returned, one foot resting on his crotch, which his howling suggested had already taken some abuse. ”Touch me, or any other girl here again without permission, and next time I’ll kick them off.” She ground her heel in again for good measure before glancing toward the miraculously intact bottle of whisky still in hand. “This is mine now.”

The crowd that had gathered to watch her pummel Lucky Charms parted like the red sea as she walked back toward Lottie, who looked like she was warring between relief and mortification.
“Oh um t-thanks Abby, but you didn’t have to do that. Lucas is mostly harmless y’know...” She glanced nervously around Abby’s shoulder at Lucas’s still prone figure. “Will he be alright?”

“I changed my mind, I’m taking one ball as insurance!” Abby hollered back toward the crowd. Lucas was up and darting away in a flash, confirming his status as a son of Hermes. “Looks fine to me.”






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Jesse Bower // Child of Hermes // Mentor // Location: Legacy Academy
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The fireworks were in full swing by the time Jesse got back to campus, creeping stealthily through the main building like a thief in the night. Given her earlier activities that evening, it wasn’t a wholly inaccurate description. She’s been gone in Olympia for a number of days, not exactly what she would have preferred to do with a team to prep the week before the Agon, but if Val was right, this would help keep her kids safer than any last minute pep talk. Val’s classroom wasn’t hard to find. This time of night the school building was practically deserted, and the soft glow from the older woman’s desk lamp shown like a beacon as Jesse made her way quietly inside.

“You’re late. We expected you back at least a day ago.” Val didn’t even look up from her desk as she continued scribbling some kind of correspondence. She was old school like that, and hey, to each their own. Legacy Academy had never really pushed modern technology much outside the science department, but for a woman who valued efficiency as much as Val, you’d think email would be her thing. Still rude though, all things considered.


“Oh no, don’t worry about me. I made it out safe and sound after tracking down that milkrun of a grocery list you laid on me.” Jesse retorted dryly, shouldering off her pack. She’d been in too much of a hurry to change out of the silky getup she’d fled her last stop in, and as Valerie’s gaze finally left the desk, her eyes racked up Jesse’s frame with a lingering stare before settling with a pointedly raised brow.

“Get up to a bit of fun down there while you were at it? You know how the brass frowns on fraternizing with the locals. Tell me you at least used protection.” Valerie intoned in a manner Jesse was familiar enough with to know she was being teased, but rolled her eyes anyway. The silky lilac getup she’d filched was classically grecian, with a sleeveless cut and plunging bodice that denoted it’s wearer as working a very specific occupation. So y’know, assumptions could be made, but Val knew what her skill set was and why she’d been down there, so hardy har har.

“Well the evening did end with a little impromptu bondage, but all things considered, I think a fun time was had by all.” Jesse quipped back with a little smile as she thought back on dark eyes and a sinfully talented pair of lips that had seemed perpetually curved up with humor. Well...maybe not at the end there with the handcuffs, but remembering the look on his face once he realized what was happening had Jesse’s grin widening anyway. There were probably stealthier ways Jesse could have gotten into the mercenary’s room and found her prize, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as fun. Gorgon scales were pretty hard to come by, and cost a small fortune to get your hands on because of it. They’d been lucky Jesse was able to track down someone bringing them to auction at all. She pulled out a soft leather pouch, and set it on the desk before pulling out some of the more easily acquired supplies on her co-worker’s list.

Val snorted at Jesse’s satisfied look, and began cataloging her haul. “Well, let’s just hope you didn’t piss off anyone too important.” Jesse shrugged at the warning, not feeling overly concerned. There were a lot of mercenaries in Olympia, spread out among all the different kingdoms, they didn’t all play ball together as a collective unit. She’d probably pissed off one guy with a sword, and besides, It wasn’t like she was ever going to see him again anyway. Which felt kind of like a shame, a less rational part of her who’d enjoyed that heist a little too much sighed. It was also probably for the best though. Even if that bridge weren’t thoroughly burned, the no hanky panky rule was there for a reason, even if it did feel a bit hypocritical coming from the big man upstairs. People in Olympia weren’t really supposed to know that they were here, and pillow talk has never been very conducive for secret keeping. Jesse also dipped her toes into their world enough to know it wasn’t a good idea to be much more than a passing face in the crowd to anyone down there. Just because there was a stranglehold on lines of communication between worlds didn’t mean people were stupid.

“So how long does it take to brew this greyscale cure? Will it be ready by tomorrow for the kids?” Jesse asked, changing to subject to the business at hand. When Val had told her the challenge this year involved monster hunting, including gorgons, it hadn’t really taken much prodding to convince her they needed to make a safety net. Those were some pretty high danger targets, and while manticore venom and other monster related poisons had some common treatments in the academy infirmary, Greyscale was a much more dangerous affliction. When the gods are known to use something to punish crimes, they don’t make the cure for it easily available, so this little trip had been strictly off book.

“We’re a little behind the eight ball here, but hopefully yes. Now I’ve got work to do.” Val replied with a wave of her hand, signaling a clear dismissal. It was a typical Val move, and Jesse was used to it enough from her friend, but she still huffed a little at the shrug off.

“You did good work out there Jess, I wouldn’t have trusted this to just anyone. You should get some rest though...we’ve got a big day tomorrow.” Dark eyes softened a bit as they glanced up at the younger woman. There was something there in her eyes that bothered Jesse, almost like an apology. It was supremely out of character, and made her a little uncomfortable. But then...given what day it was, maybe Val was just feeling introspective. All the staff who’d survived the Labyrinth got a little off this time of year. Trauma could be like that, and they all handled it differently. Knowing Lee, he was probably halfway through a liquor store by now, and June had been in a baking frenzy before Jesse had left, so there was probably a veritable muffin army lurking about. So after a long, lingering look, Jesse decided to bite her tongue and turned away. Val was pretty private about her grief, and she could respect that. “Night then. You get some rest too okay.” Jesse called back softly in parting as she headed back toward her apartment.

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Normally, Ali would have talked out his Agon worries with June, but when she presented him with an obscene amount of chocolate muffins, he knew that he should probably avoid bringing up any of his problems with her. At least for now. Normally, with problems he didn’t want to talk to his sister about, he’d go talk to Elliot, but he seemed pretty busy inspiring and helping students who had powers that they could actually control, and were useful. There was no way he was going to talk to his own teammates about his anxieties (they didn’t deserve that. They had their own worries and he would only make it worse.), and talking to someone on a different team, regardless of how close they were, just felt like a bad idea. So- believe it or not- he’d spent the days leading up to the Agon (and, by default, the party) brooding by himself, eating muffins.

He wasn’t really sure he wanted to go to the party. Parties weren’t usually his idea of a good time. He didn’t like loud music, he didn’t like crowds (he didn’t like fun, said the helpful depreciating voice inside his head), so he wasn’t sure what good going would be. But Reagan said she was going, and before he knew it he was saying he’d be there.

So there he was. At this party. Woo-hoo. He felt really out of his element. Looked it, too. It wasn’t as if he never got together with his friends, but all of this paired with the quickly approaching Agon was a little overwhelming.

He scanned the crowd when he’d arrived; there were plenty of people he’d consider friends hanging around. Should he say hi? Most of them seemed to be having a decent enough time without him. He didn’t want to be a buzzkill. You’re always a bit of a buzzkill. Why does anyone hang out with you? A compelling question; certainly something to consider late at night as he fell asleep.

He would need a drink if he was going to stay at this party.

However, as he stared down the options at one of the open bars, he felt absolutely sure that nobody should be putting anything that glowed like that into their body. Eh, bottom’s up. This was a party. It was supposed to be fun. It was fine. He was fine.

After that, he managed to worm his way through the crowd. It wasn’t as if he was avoiding people, he was just avoiding people. A part of him wished he’d worn something less colorful, but he didn’t want to be accused of being a killjoy. Not that it wouldn’t have been a fair accusation.

Then he’d found Reagan, or she’d found him. He didn’t know who’d spotted who first, but she was impossible to miss in that outfit. “Oh, thank god,” He said as he approached her, quickly pulling her into a potentially-awkward-but-not-at-all-awkward one armed hug. He let out a heavy sigh, which Reagan was likely more than used to hearing from him, and said, “I hate it here, Rae.”