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Arthur Romero

"Let's not get too ahead of ourselves.."

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a character in “Guiding Heroes”, as played by HereMeNow

Description

→ Arthur Romero ←
↘ Blitz ↙


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Age:
21

Role:
Boy 3

Brief Description:
Arthur stands 5'10" tall and weighs around 132lbs with medium-red hair and violet-red eyes. He has an average build, not big on muscles but not too skinny either, yet still strong enough to hold his own. Though he doesn't particularly care about what others think of his appearance, he still likes to dress nicely and look neat for personal satisfaction.

Power:
Hand-Eye Coordination

Now, Arthurs ability isn't just any hand-eye coordination. In fact, many people have quite good hand-eye coordination, but Arthurs far exceeds that of a normal humans. To make this brief, Arthur has an extraordinarily quick brain which results in extraordinarily quick reflexes and reactions. His eyes are the key to all of this. Anything he can lay his eyes on, even for less than a split second, moves to his brain nearly equivalent to the speed of light(A little slower than the speed of light but faster than the speed sound, basically in between).

From his point of view, it seems more like things slightly slow down, giving him time to think about how to react to certain situations. Naturally he is very adapt to absorbing a plethora of information at a time and evaluate that information. He has the gift of catching every little detail and knows how to work fast. He does pretty well behind a computer and no one could beat him in a video game match, but his ability also helps him out quite a bit in a fight.


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Personality:
Arthur is a very independent person who likes to have his own outlook on things, but isn't really the kind to shoot down others opinions either. He has a bit of a trust issue and, even though he'll never hesitate to protect someone, he would never fully put his trust in others to do the same for him, not that he'd even want them to. He has a habit of letting his pride get the best of him and doesn't think he should have to depend on others to help him. His problems are his own and if he gets himself into a troubling situation then he should take care of it himself. It's simply the way he thinks and isn't swayed from that easily. He takes the protection of human life very seriously, especially when it has to do with those close to him or those who can't protect themselves. He may seem a little lazy sometimes(one of his favorite things to do is sleep), but always knows when it's time to focus on what's important.

Because of his independent way of thinking, he often tries to keep his relationships at more of a physical connection rather than an emotional one. Even so, he is still quite friendly and not entirely difficult to get along with. He's intellectual and likes to be in the company of others whom he can have a good conversation with, whether it is a serious one or not. Despite how confident or calm his posture is, he still gets a little clumsy sometimes. Since most of his attention is directed to where his brain is rather than where his feet should be going, don't be surprised if he's having a completely serious discussion with someone and then suddenly trips or falls over without warning(though it doesn't happen on a daily basis). He also becomes a tad flirty around pretty girls, but usually just does it for fun because he likes to see what reactions he can get out of them(Let's be honest, Italian boys just can't help themselves when they're around pretty girls). He enjoys being around passionate and confident people, though sometimes he can too smart for his own good which may cause other people to get a little annoyed.

History:
Arthur wasn't always so confident and independent as he is now. In fact, he used to be a very shy boy with very little self-esteem and didn't believe he'd be capable of doing much. He was born into a rich Italian family and was the youngest out of his four other brothers, so he knew he wouldn't have much chance of taking over the money-making family business and his parents didn't have a lot of expectations for him and since his ability developed quite slowly, he didn't really give them much to be proud of. He was born in Italy, but their family would often move around due to his fathers line of work. At age fifteen they moved to the states and began living in New York. By that time Arthur's hand-eye coordination had began to surprise him and it started to develop much faster. A couple of weeks after transferring into high school, he met his best friend [Girl 2]. At first, he wasn't very fond of his upperclassman's sarcastic and crazy personality, but soon began to look towards her as an escape from his pressuring, uneventful, and strict family life.

Two years passed, and by this time his parents were very disapproving of his best friend and their youngest son's new attitude. Even with all of the complaint's of his parents, he continued staying very close friends with [Girl 2] and quite confidently came out of his tight shell, much enjoying his new personality and way of thinking. Even so, due to his fathers work, the news of having to move back overseas soon came. Of course, [Girl 2], whom by then knew plenty about his ability and was also already in the Alpha's, told him that he should join. Only a week before the moving day and two months before he was supposed to turn eighteen, he packed up his things and left for good.

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Skills:
- Arthur is quite musically talented when it comes to playing the piano and can play many difficult pieces that often require speed. He's also extremely fast at typing and a pretty good cook as well. He's quick in the kitchen and if you want a fast meal it would be wise to ask him(of course don't expect him to do it unless he's hungry too). He's also quite the fast learner when it comes to combat, but he couldn't show you anything unless he has something to react to since his defense is mostly based on instinct.

Weaknesses:
O Arthur gets frequent headaches due to his ability. The human mind can only absorb so much information until it crashes, the same as a computer. He used to have constant blackouts and crippling migraines when in his teen years as his mind would attempt to sort out and dispose of less-important information and memories. He now takes a special kind of medication every morning that helps a great deal with his blackouts, but he still gets bad headaches if he doesn't give his brain time to sort things out, which is why he favors sleep. During sleep the brain is free to do as it wants without him having much control and without him having to suffer from headaches. Even so, he still gets stabs of pain in his temples every now and then since his eyes are constantly sending information to his brain.

O Arthur has quite the serious case of motion sickness. He is perfectly fine if he can close his eyes the entire time or if he is in a vehicle with no windows available to him, but riding in anything where he can just barely get a glance of the world moving outside will cause him to get very dizzy and sick to his stomach.

Fears:
X Arthur is deathly afraid of the dark. If he can't see, his mind can't process information, making him quite helpless when it comes to defending himself. His eyes are everything, and the dark renders them useless and makes him feel very open and vulnerable.

X He may be mostly disconnected from others emotionally, but he still hates the thought of being unable to protect his friends or being forced into a situation where he has to choose which life to save.

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Other:
- A Few Things you Should Know -

- Arthurs first language is Italian and he lived most of his life in Italy and didn't really have a lot of time to learn English before moving to New York. With that known, you'd probably expect him to have a heavy accent, but it's actually the very opposite. In fact his English is incredible and, unless you pay very close attention to his voice and speaking, you might not even realize he's Italian unless he tells you himself. He does have a few words though that sound quite Italian when he uses them(just small words such as 'it's' and short words that start with 'Th' as well as a few words with the letter 'L' in them).

- People may often see Arthur with his eyes closed. This is because he's giving his mind a little time to sort things out so he has more room for information and he can better avoid headaches. He's not ignoring you or falling asleep, he's just keeping himself from absorbing unnecessary information. It's nearly impossibly for him to sit still with his eyes open because his body has nothing to react to. (I think it's safe to say he doesn't have much control over his ability and it's not likely he'll ever improve either).

- Arthur absolutely does not drink any kind of alcohol, even in the smallest amounts. The drink causes his mind to become jumbled and makes it very difficult to sort things out. Sure, he'd probably one hell of a hilarious drunk, but since the drink messes with the medication he takes for his blackouts along with his brain, it risks him loosing memories he shouldn't loose or mixing up information, causing much confusion. If these risks weren't in the way though, Arthur would most likely be the kind to drink and enjoy it.

- Last but not least, Arthur's Hero name, 'Blitz' means 'a fast, intensive, and violent attack' or 'a lot of energetic activity'. The word 'Blitz' can also stand for 'lightening' or to indicate that something is happening very fast. He wouldn't tell you, but it was actually a name he gave a stray cat that he used to feed when he was a child until it was hit by a car. Since the cat was his first and only pet, he was quite sat when it died.


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Theme Songs:
There for Tomorrow - The World Calling
The Cab - High Hopes in Velvet Ropes

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So begins...

Arthur Romero's Story

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The unnecessarily loud sound of the morning alarm pounded on Arthur's eardrums for a few moments. The boy was awake, laying on his back on the messy king-sized bed centered in the middle of the room, though his eyes were still closed. A lamp that stood on the nightstand beside his bed was lit with a dim light, just barely bright enough to make the room visible. Arthur continued laying still with the blankets over his head until the alarm finally silenced and the room went quiet again. A few minutes passed before he let out a long sigh and he forced himself to sit up. He let out a large yawn, keeping his eyes closed as he swung his legs over the side of his bed and stepped down onto the carpeted floor. With his eyes still closed, he walked over to the side wall where his closet was located and slid the door open. Finally he opened his eyes to pick what to get dressed into; a white, long-sleeved button-up shirt with a folded collar along with a pair of black jeans. Lastly he slipped on a loose black vest over his shirt and a pair of white socks.

At last he turned on the light, blinking a couple of times as his eyes adjusted before combing out his hair and splashing his face with some cold water. He left his room with the lights off and finally made his way downstairs just in time to watch Ron leave the kitchen. He glanced over where Derek sat with his quite self on the couch with Erin. He always ended up being the last one out of his room, since he usually took the longest time to get out of bed and get dressed. He then turned and entered the kitchen where Rain and Jasper were. "Ciao, guys!", he said with a friendly smile, "How's everyone's morning's coming? Also, is there some reason it smells like soggy burnt toast?", he asked as he made his way across the kitchen to pick up one of the muffins. He leaned against the counter and took a large bite. "I swear that alarm just keeps getting louder. Can't we all just get little personal alarms?" He mumbled through chewing before taking another bite.

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Jasper nodded at Rain as she walked into the kitchen. "It's fine; however, I'd like to know how you slept through that bloody alarm. Oh, by the way, Ron's offering ten dollars to anyone who's brave enough to eat some of his eggs." Rain smiled a little at Jasper and shrugged. To be honest, she'd gotten used to the alarm by now; she didn't really mind it. But then again, that was Rain; she adapted pretty quickly without complaints. As for the eggs - well, Rain knew Ron's cooking well, and despite her feelings towards him, she didn't really want to try.

Deep down, Rain cared for Ron quite a lot. No, not really cared - she had stronger feelings that than for him. Never in a million years would she tell anyone, but it was hard, trying to keep him from knowing. She hadn't even told Jasper - that was how much she cared for him. And when Rain decided to keep things to herself, people had better start watching out - it definitely had to be big.

Jasper stood behind Rain and squeezed Rain's shoulder. "So, what's up, Squirt? Your eyes are all puffy." Rain ducked her head, eyes trained firmly on her cereal. "I... I dreamt about my brother again." She'd told the rest about her brother before. It wasn't a secret that she still missed him, but she probably never had a chance of him finding her. After all, she'd changed her name, and Daniels probably wasn't an uncommon last name anyway...

"It's okay. I'm fine - fine." Rain shook her head and resumed eating. She didn't feel like breaching this topic today with the rest.

"G'morning grasshoppers!" A welcome distraction came in the form of Erin. Rain liked Erin's bubbly personality, and was glad for her arrival; it meant that the others' attention would be taken off her for a little while. Rain waved at Erin cheerily.

"Ciao, guys!" Arthur followed a couple of minutes later. Rain smiled at him too. "I swear that alarm just keeps getting louder. Can't we all just get little personal alarms?" Rain shook her head at Arthur. "How long has it been - a couple of years? Shouldn't you have gotten used to it by now?" she asked.

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Ron came back in the room and noticed that everyone was up. He looked at his little family for a minute, it was wonderful. So nice to know that there were people in this world that cared about him, and people he could care about. He smiled and shook his head as he came into the room. "Erin, Arthur, morning, hope you two slept well. Schedule is not that bad for the day. Practice for the week has been canceled on account of Ron falling through the wall....twice." He read off the paper and could feel the smirks of the team on him. "My shoes were new and I think the just had mopped..." He said making up a excuse as he rubbed the back of his head. "But, we've been doing this for quite a while, I think we can go one week without warm ups right? As for the patrol routes today, we have Arthur, me, and Jasper in the city and Rain, Erin, and Derek in Brooklyn. Remember call it in on the radio if you see something, blah blah blah, the same crap the past thousand and a half times. I asked Berk if we can get the morning alarms turned down but we know that probably won't happen. Good news is, Christmas Day, no training, no alarm, no work, we have that day off." He said with a smile, he knew that Berkman didn't say that out right but Ron was going to get his team a day, definitely christmas. He didn't care if he had to do patrol all day by himself, they were getting that holiday. "Besides that, let's pony up, get your gear ready and we'll meet here in a hour to leave. Stay safe as always and I'll make you a hot meal tonight." He said jokingly as he turned back to the hall. "Pizza's on me tonight. Now let's go!" He said happily, damn did he love his job.

Ron went into his room, making sure to leave his door open in case anyone needed to talk to him. He put his black jacket on with the wool collar over his white shirt. Putting on his skull cap and gloves, making sure he was ready and on top of his game. He tied up his boots tight and looked in the mirror making sure he looked alright. Ron sat on his bed flipping on the news again. They were talking about some movie shoot out on 6th and Washington so it was going to be crowded and jammed pack. He looked at his watch as this was prepping time. This was the only part of the day he really didn't like, He wasn't around anyone, he had to wait to go out with the others and be close to them. Now he didn't have to be around people 24/7 it was just that when he was a kid, his family wasn't around much. They were out working or had something to do and he spent many nights eating dinner by himself. He just wanted to be around his friends because he knew all to well what it was like to be alone.

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Jasper Maze


Jasper almost choked on her muffin when she saw Ron attempt to eat his eggs. She pounded on her chest and had quite a bit of a coughing fit before she could say something snarky to Ron about his cooking skills and by the time she finished coughing he was out of the room, off chasing after Berkman.

"I... I dreamt about my brother again." Rain said quietly, looking down at her food glumly. Jasper had almost forgotten the girl that she was standing behind. She frowned and pursed her lips. She knew only what Rain had told about what had happened between her and her brother, and felt sorry for the poor girl despite the fact that Jasper had been an only child and didn't really know how it felt. Unlike Rain, very few people in the group knew about what had happened to Jasper's father. Very few meaning Ron. She wasn't as open about her past as some of the others, the only reason why Ron knew was because he had seen it while it was happening and Jasper couldn't do anything about that.

"Aw sweetie..." She cooed, not knowing what else to say. She wasn't really the comforting type and only showed this side of her to Rain. Jasper felt that they both had a sort of connection- family problems, just of different calibers.

"It's okay. I'm fine - fine." It was obvious that the conversation was over and Jasper nodded, giving the girl her space. She walked over to the fridge and poured herself a glass of chocolate milk and was drinking it when Erin walked in. Jasper nodded to the other girl casually and continued drinking. She then went to the sink and began washing it.

She was drying off the cup when Arthur walked in, "Ciao, guys! I swear that alarm just keeps getting louder. Can't we all just get little personal alarms?"

She smiled at the Italian and held up the cup as if proposing a toast. "Here here!" She exclaimed, "that's what I've been saying, but despite the millions of dollars they spent on making this fancy house for us, they seem to be completely adverse to squandering up a few bucks for some decent alarms."

"How long has it been - a couple of years? Shouldn't you have gotten used to it by now?" Jasper shot a look at Rain and turned to put the glass away in the cupboard .

"Uh Rain, I think you're the only one who's insane enough to 'get used' to that monstrosity. If I could, I swear I would make that thing explode. One day...I'm telling you." She snickered and walked out into the living room where Ron seemed to be debriefing the rest of the group on the schedule.

Ron's comment about Christmas caught her off guard. It was coming up and she was actually hoping they'd have some sort of work that day, the reason being that she hadn't even thought of what to get the others. They all meant so much to her, but she had no idea what they wanted or what to give them to tell them how she felt.

When the group broke to get ready for patrol, Jasper jogged up to her room to grab her jacket and a scarf. She would love to wear gloves but, unfortunately, having something on her hands hindered her already pathetic amount of power. She put on the jacket and buttoned it all the way up to her chin, then wrapped the scarf around her neck, preparing for the cold waiting for them outside. Finally, she grabbed her panda bear-shaped hat (a gift from Ron for Christmas last year) and made her way to Ron's room.

She stood in his open doorway and pulled the hat on over her purple hair and then watched enviously as her friend put on his gloves. Her hands always got so cold...

Jasper stood in his doorway and crossed her arms, "Skull themed winter-wear? Pretty bad ass if you ask me." She said sarcastically, "you get those in the discount bin at Wal Mart?"

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"How long has it been - a couple of years? Shouldn't you have gotten used to it by now?"

Arthur stuffed the last bit of the muffin into his mouth. "That doesn't make it any quieter! You'd think after this long they'd shut it off. Of course, Erin probably just turns it down every morning..lucky." As he mumbled the last word Ron returned from wherever he'd disappeared to, Arthur hadn't been down early enough to see where, and began began with his normal routine of letting them know the days schedule. For the first few months that Arthur had joined, he'd always go over the schedule himself every morning, but eventually he just got used to Ron repeating it and he'd stopped reading it all together. He glanced over at Jasper for a moment as Ron read off the teams for today and a little smile pricked at his lips, but not enough to be noticed and he quickly moved his eyes back onto Ron as he continued. He'd worked with the purple-haired girl plenty of times before, but that never changed his excitement.

The girl probably already knew that Arthur had some feelings for her, saying as he attempted to confess his feelings only a couple of weeks after the girl joined Alpha, but she didn't waist any time turning him down. Back then, he didn't actually feel very strongly about her and really wasn't sure why he had been drawn to her, but over the past year or so he realized that he might actually have real feelings, which wasn't something that happened all too often for him. Even so, it wasn't entirely difficult to tell that she had her heart set on someone else.

"Good news is, Christmas Day, no training, no alarm, no work, we have that day off."

Arthur closed his eyes and his smile grew a little more. It had been a while since they'd all gotten a day off with no work, and it was going to be on a holiday as well. That sure gave him something to look forward to since the group hadn't had a real Christmas since they all got together.

"Besides that, let's pony up, get your gear ready and we'll meet here in a hour to leave. Stay safe as always and I'll make you a hot meal tonight."

"Maybe I should get hit by a car today..", he opened his eyes as he mumbled quickly, Ron's next sentence overlapping the end of his own.

"Pizza's on me tonight. Now let's go!"

(I'm going to assume we are in the wintery months ^^)
With that, Arthur returned upstairs and flipped on the light as he entered his bedroom. He removed the shirt and vest he'd put on earlier and changed into a dark, reddish-brown, V-neck sweater and put on a nice-looking, plain black jacket over top, leaving it unzipped as he loosely wrapped a pale red scarf around his neck. He also changed into a pair of black dress pants and slipped on his usual pair of casual dress shoes and brushed his teeth. Opening the mirror above his bathroom sink he pulled out a blank white bottle and popped open the lid, tipping it until two red , oval-shaped pills sat in the middle of his palm. He placed the bottle back in its original place and tossed the pills into his mouth, swallowing them without ease and then making his way back downstairs. He entered the living room and plopped down on his back across the longer couch with his feet propped up onto the armrest. Bringing up his left arm he let it rest over his eyes and the other hand rested on his stomach as he waited for the others.

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Jasper snickered at Rain. "Uh Rain, I think you're the only one who's insane enough to 'get used' to that monstrosity. If I could, I swear I would make that thing explode. One day... I'm telling you." Arthur jumped in. "That doesn't make it any quieter! You'd think after this long they'd shut it off. Of course, Erin probably just turns it down every morning... lucky." Rain shrugged and polished off the rest of her cereal. Just then, Ron started briefing them about that day's patrols.

"Brooklyn? Sounds good to me," Rain replied. "But patrol routes are incredibly... uninteresting. Anywho, see you guys in a tick." She got up, dumped her bowl in the sink and bounded upstairs.

In her room, Rain pulled on her winter hat and boots. After changing her skirt for a pair of jeans, she flopped backwards onto her bed, thinking about her family here.

Christmas was here, and Rain had already decided what she wanted to get for everyone. She hoped that she would be able to go shopping for presents later, but for now she would concentrate on patrolling.

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Ron noticed the bead of sweat and felt really bad, he forgot that it took it out of her everytime. He rolled his arm again, "much better, hey I'm sorry about bothering you about such a trivial injury. I shouldn't come to you about every little ache and pain." He trailed off, "So christmas huh? It'll be nice to have everyone together finally, just relaxing. I was thinking about cooking but, well I guess I need more practice." He said with a laugh. He couldn't wait for christmas with the group, he had already gotten gifts for everybody since they usually had to do it early. He had gotten Rain this beautiful diamond necklace, only Arthur knew about it because he was there when Ron got it. It might have been excessive but he thought about telling Rain how he had felt for years about her this christmas.

"Hey I'm sorry that today you got the short end of the stick today with just the two of you going on patrol. You two can handle yourself though." He said with a smile. Ron turned and looked at Ran, there was so much he wanted to tell her, to talk to her about, yet all together, he couldn't say a thing. "Hey this morning, you looked a bit tired, anything you want to talk about?" He said as he turned to her, he might not be out right about his true feelings but he would always be there for her to talk to even if she didn't feel that way about him. He got a piece of paper out, writing down some numbers. "Look, this is my private radio channel, if you want to talk about anything while we are out there, anything at all, just switch to that channel and I'll talk to you." He said as he put the piece of paper in her hand, holding it there for a little as he shot a smile her way. "I got to go, 20 minutes and out the door." He stood and started to the door. "Oh, and could you check on Jasper when you get a chance, I may have hurt her a little when I was giving her a hug...." He said that and it brought him back to his childhood, when he couldn't touch someone. He remembered the first time he could even shake Jasper's hand, he cried, she must have thought he was so weird. Even after all the time that Rain and Ron had spent together over the years, he couldn't remember a time he hugged her, which was weird considering that he had hugged even Derek before. He was so afraid of hurting her that he didn't want to risk it.

As he came into the living room he took two of the muffins and tossed one behind him, he whistled a little and knew the Arthur would catch it. "You know man, it's hard out here. Powers are great and all, but not even people with other powers can understand some of the shit, you know?" He sat on the chair across from Arthur, bitting into the muffin. "So! What's up with you man?"

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Arthur lay on the couch with his arm resting over his eyes, listening to the voices upstairs, though they weren't loud enough to understand. Lately it just seemed to be the same thing everyday with only a few changes every now and then. Of course, he loved being away from his family and living here with his new one, but repeating the same thing everyday eventually started to become a little boring for him. He was glad that the crime rate had gone down so much and all, but after it's all said and done he wondered if the Alphas really would be shut down. If the government could handle the crime themselves now, what would be the point in paying a bunch of kids to do it for them?

Arthurs thoughts were broken by the sound of footsteps and whistle and he moved his arm from her eyes just in time to see a small object being tossed to him. He quite easily caught it, careful not to crush the bread in his hand when he did, and then sat up, turning so he was now sitting properly on the couch.

"You know man, it's hard out here. Powers are great and all, but not even people with other powers can understand some of the shit, you know?"

"Completely, it's definitely not easy. All of our powers have sideffects.", He said with a small, agreeing smile before taking a bite of the muffin and leaning back against the couch. It was true, Ron and Arthur both being the ones who experienced the most of that sideffect.

"So! What's up with you man?"

"I was wondering why Jasper and I have been put on the same patrol for a week now? You're the one who puts the teams together." He let out a small sigh, leaning back a little more and slightly slouching his shoulders. "She already turned me down a long time ago, remember?"

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Jasper Maze


Jasper jumped, her cheeks flushing as she felt Derek's hand on her shoulder, whether it was from anger or something else she wasn't sure. Ron told her once that he thought she had a crush on him, but she quickly shot it down, believing it was absurd. However, it wasn't far fetched, Jasper did feel a connection with Derek. They both had a lot in common personality wise, and if she needed someone calm to talk to at the house, she knew she could go to him for good advice and some well needed quiet.

"I'm not all all that wise and what not, but you only have one life. Don't let that one event in you life hold you back from having other events that might make you happy. I don't know all of the details between you and your father, but he's gone now. Don't let him hold you back."

"I'm not letting my dad hold me back," she said defensively, "he's dead, it's done. That's not why I don't want to get in a relationship. I'm just not ready for that kind of commitment. I know that I'm 21, I'm only young once, YOLO, and all that crap but... I don't understand why everyone is trying to push me into some sort of relationship." She looked into his eyes, then averted her own, her cheeks burning for some odd reason.

Jasper took the water bottle and turned to finish getting ready for patrol routes. She stopped, her back facing Derek and swallowed her frustration before muttering, "but thanks...maybe I'll try harder to be happy. Or something." She walked out to find Arthur and Ron.

As she was walking, she opened her water bottle and took a sip- only to zap herself in the face. "Ow! Godammit!" She hissed, quickly pulling the bottle away from her face. Anger and water didn't seem to go well together for her. She sighed and concentrated on controlling her electricity. Slowly, fearing that she wasn't doing it enough, she brought the bottle to her lips and took a hesitant sip. There was a small shock, but nothing too major. Still, she wasn't ready to try again, and she approached Ron and stuck it in his jacket pocket.

"Hey." She greeted as nonchalantly and she could while she was rubbing her lip. "How long until we have to go?"

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He smiled when he asked why he was in the same group as Jas, "Honestly it was the rotation, I switch up a pattern every month. Arthur, Arthur my man. You going to quit after once?" He said with a little laugh as he sat up a bit. "That's a complicated woman right there, nothing will work without practice. I would say trust me but to be completely honest I have no idea what that woman will do, ever." He said finishing off his muffin. "But I do have a good feeling.' He said as he saw Jasper come into the room and leaned close to Arthur. "Keep at it man, don't give up on her, she's worth it." He smiled at her as she came in and slipped the water bottle in his pocket. He knew what that ment, she was getting emotional and was loosing a little control of her powers. She'd gotten shocked many times by drinks and she'd either throw them away after the first drink or hand them to Ron without a word. He opened it and took a drink as he looked at his phone. "Mm! Bought now actually, let's head out to the cars." He stood up hustling down to the hall, "Rain! Derek! We are heading out! Your car will be waiting out front, stay safe out there!" He said as he let Arthur then Jasper pass. He put his hand on Jasper's shoulders and walked with her to the door as he leaned down to were he could whisper. "Deep breaths Jas, deep breaths." He told her, trying to calm her down. It sucked that she couldn't just get extremely happy and he tried to comfort her as best as he could. He rubbed her shoulders and let go off her as they went out the door and into the car.

On patrol, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Ron jumped up from a alley and walked the roofs. Now that Ron had his powers he could do all kinds of things, jump higher, run faster, it was amazing. "Agent's status report." He said over the coms, asking if both teams saw anything. When Ron was on a mission or just patrol, he had tunnel vision. There was a objective and that is what mattered. He sent a text to Jas, asking her what he should get Alice for christmas, because, you know, you're a girl. Was his exact words, he may have been focused on the task at hand but if there was anything that could take him of path, it was Rain. He kept a eye out as he saw nothing but a peaceful day in the city.

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"Honestly it was the rotation, I switch up a pattern every month. Arthur, Arthur my man. You going to quit after once?"

"Don't worry, I don't give up that easily." He replied with a smile as he straightened himself up a bit.

"That's a complicated woman right there, nothing will work without practice. I would say trust me but to be completely honest I have no idea what that woman will do, ever."

That was definitely the truth. Jasper was a very complicated person, but that was the reason Arthur liked her so much; because he couldn't figure her out. Usually he was quite the genius when it came to girls. He'd always know exactly what top say at exactly the right time and could always put together the pieces of practically any girls puzzle, but Jasper was the very opposite. Despite working with her for so long, she was still a mystery. The only thing he really knew how to do was get her annoyed(which he naturally finds amusing), or all he could do was act casual.

"Keep at it man, don't give up on her, she's worth it."

"I'll keep that in mind." He said with a light smile as Jasper walked into the room and then Ron announced that it was time to get going. Arthur took the lead to the cars and during the ride he did what he always did when in any moving vehicle; he sat in the back with his eyes closed and his face down and resting in his hands. He'd always been very easily dizzied whenever he was in any form of transportation, but as he got older and his ability developed more and more, his motion sickness got worse. This was pretty much the only way he could ride in something without passing out or getting utterly sick.

On patrol, Ron took his usual position up high while Arthur preferred just a normal walk down the sidewalks. He kept his hands tucked into his jacket pockets and a light smile on his face, doing his best not to take in too much unnecessary movement as he walked beside Jasper. "I wonder if it will snow for Christmas. It's great that we have it off, isn't it? I can't remember the last time they gave us a break from all this patrolling. So, that is it what Miss Jasper is hoping to get for a Christmas present this year?!" He asked curiously, a friendly smile playing over his lips. "Oh yes, that reminds me I'm going to need to get presents for Ron, and Derek, and the other girls as well. I guess I'm going to be a little busy for a while."

Christmas was one of Arthurs most favorite holidays, right next to Valintines Day and Halloween. When he was growing up, since his parents had a lot of money, his brothers and him would always get plenty of presents every year, but it was still never really a family thing. It wasn't until he met his best friend that he actually started to find meaning in the holiday. This was going to.be the first time they'd get a holiday off, so he was going to put extra effort into making it special.

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Rain waved Ron's words away. "Don't worry about it. I'd rather you were safe with me tired." She smiled, just to show him she was fine with it.

Shaking her head in answer to Ron's question, Rain opened her mouth and was about to tell him she was fine when he pushed the piece of paper into her hand. Instead of speaking, Rain shut her mouth with a snap. Why should she tell him, he was fine, anyway? Shouldn't she have the right to voice her feelings?

After Ron left, Rain sat on her bed for a full five minutes, committing the radio channel to memory. She then carefully folded the paper and placed it inside her pillowcase.

Downstairs, she watched Jasper. She seemed fine to Rain, so Rain decided it would be safe to skip asking if she needed a once over. After waving goodbye to Jasper, Ron and Arthur, Rain turned to her own team. "All right, guys! Ready to go?"

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Jasper nodded when Ron told her that they were just leaving, and she followed Arthur without a word. She was feeling better after talking to Derek, but she had quickly become frustrated again after the water bottle incident. "Deep breaths Jas, deep breaths."

She followed Ron's soft orders and took a heavy breath then let it out slowly and nodded. The simple exercises did have a profound impact on her control of her powers, but she was always too frustrated that she never thought to do it without someones instructions to do so. In most cases that someone was her longtime friend. After Ron's "gentle" squeezing on her shoulders became too much to bear, Jasper winced and shook him off. "Thanks, that's enough." She muttered, stuffing her hands into her jacket pockets before getting into the car.

She watched Arthur curiously while they were in the car. It was somewhat morbid, but she enjoyed seeing the side effects that the other's had with their powers; it made her feel less uneasy about her own issues. However, she did feel bad about how sick he looked and she awkwardly placed her hand on his back and tried to comfort him best as she knew how.


While on patrol, Jasper took her normal route with Arthur. She strayed behind, taking her time to look in the windows of the shops they passed, silently wishing she had any idea what to get the others. Christmas was coming fast, and while they all lived together and were rather close, it was startling to her how little she knew about what they all liked. It wasn't like Jasper ever had the need to buy them Christmas presents. In all honesty, Jasper knew very little about the holiday, and never really got much for it. Since her parents owned their own business, their income depended on customers and during the slump, most of their money went to her father's addiction. Even after her father's death and their unexpected rescue, they had to work hard to make ends meet and Jasper was used to skipping holidays for work. When she was old enough to actually buy presents, she spent the holiday working, so she didn't need to anyway. The stress of the thought of what to get the others was quite literally making the ends of her purple hair singe.

"I wonder if it will snow for Christmas. It's great that we have it off, isn't it? I can't remember the last time they gave us a break from all this patrolling. So, what is it what Miss Jasper is hoping to get for a Christmas present this year?! Oh yes, that reminds me I'm going to need to get presents for Ron, and Derek, and the other girls as well. I guess I'm going to be a little busy for a while."

Jasper jumped as Arthur's voice brought her back to Earth. She hadn't even realized that he had come up next to her. "I grew up in the city, Arthur, it snows almost every year." She pulled her hands out of her pockets and attempted to rub some warmth into them. "You don't need to bother getting me something, I don't want anything. Honestly, it's just nice that we'll all be able to settle down and be lazy together for once." A small smile threatened to cross her lips. "I agree, I haven't even thought of what to get anyone." She looked to Arthur, "I suppose it wouldn't be too life threatening if we make use of this time in the city and go shopping, eh? I think I brought the company card. How about you?" The only thing criminal about patrolling lately was how boring it was, she regretted not taking advantage of the time earlier. Their routes were also lined with stores and the credit cards the agency gave them was suddenly burning a hole in her pocket. "Maybe you could help me find something for everyone, what do you say?"

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"You don't need to bother getting me something, I don't want anything. Honestly, it's just nice that we'll all be able to settle down and be lazy together for once."

He looked at with with utter surprise before letting out a small sigh and shaking his finger at her. "No, no, that won't do. I'll get you a present whether you like it or not."

"I suppose it wouldn't be too life threatening if we make use of this time in the city and go shopping, eh? I think I brought the company card. How about you? Maybe you could help me find something for everyone, what do you say?"

"Now there's an idea!" He purred with a small, mischievous smile. "I doubt that anything will happen that the police can't handle themselves. Nice of them to give us money to spend however we want, no? I'd love to help you out with picking out presents, as long as you help me out too, though. An eye for an eye." He stopped walking as he turned his head from side to side, trying to pick out a good store they could go into first. There were plenty of choices in the small shopping district, but he wanted to go somewhere where they might have something for each of them. Then again, it might be better to just go to a different store for each present, that way he could spend more time with Jasper. He spotted a small shop across the street, the window already decorated with a Christmas theme and the front of it lit up. "Hm..how about that one the--"

"T....This is Agent R....I've had a casualty...killed by..m-my strength, I need a clean up crew at 237 frankforth...apartment 37."

Arthur's sentence was cut off by Ron's voice on the radio and all thoughts of spending time with Jasper instantly being pushed to the back of his mind. For a few seconds he questioned whether Ron's voice was all in his head, but that would just be silly. His eyes narrowed slightly and his happy smile quickly vanished as he reached his hand up to press the device in his ear. "What happened, Ron?" He asked, his voice serious as he did a fine job at keeping it from shaking as he asked the question. This wasn't the first time Ron had accidentally done something like this, and Arthur knew the guy would be greatly disappointed in himself for a while, but it had been such a long time. How could he have possibly lost control so easily and so quickly? "Listen, just head back and we can go over your route for you, capisce?" He said before bringing his hand back down to his side.

"You can head back too and I'll go over your route as well. I'm sure Ron would probably prefer having you around rather than any of us or the other agents." He said, glancing over at Jasper and giving her a forced smile. "We can go Christmas shopping later, deal?"

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Rain wove her way through the crowd, her eyes darting around for signs of potential trouble. She looked just like one of the crowd doing their last-minute Christmas shopping, so she thought that she could blend in pretty well.

"T....This is Agent R....I've had a casualty...killed by..m-my strength, I need a clean up crew at 237 frankforth...apartment 37." Rain stopped short as the words crackled into her ear. "What happened, Ron?" Arthur's voice followed a couple of seconds later. "Ron, do you need me to go over?" she asked hesitantly, her voice a little higher-pitched than usual. She'd never tried reversing death before, but it was worth a try, if only to raise Ron's spirits on that particular day.

When she got no answer, however, Rain started to worry. She reached Ron's private radio channel. "Ron, you okay?" She spoke gently, hoping to comfort him.

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Lauri's morning started out like any other, with a tall glass of orange juice with a piece of cinnamon toast and then a small cup of coffee just before leaving the house. She naturally took the longest to be ready to leave. Since she owned so many clothes, it was hard for her to pick which ones she wanted to wear. Finally she settled with her blue jacket, shorts, tights, and a pair of black boots that kept her feet warm. Satisfied with her outfit, she finally joined the others downstairs just before they left.

On patrol, she slightly trailed behind Derek and Rain, her hands tucked into her jacket pockets and not really focusing on what she was supposed to be doing. Hearing that they'd have Christmas day off really got her excited. One of her favorite things to do was shop, especially for others. Of course she'd end up getting them all some kind of clothing, but she found it most exciting to shop for Jasper and Rain, since she had a better feel on what to buy a girl. Just before she was about to suggest that they do some Christmas shopping, she heard Ron's voice speak into her earphone and she stopped walking.

"T....This is Agent R....I've had a casualty...killed by..m-my strength, I need a clean up crew at 237 frankforth...apartment 37."

Well, that sure wasn't expected.

"What happened, Ron?"

That time it was Arthur's voice telling Ron to head back. It wasn't unusual for the Italian to sound so perfectly calm despite the current situation. He just had a knack for seriousness.

"Ron, do you need me to go over?"

She looked forward where Rain was, the healer taking her turn to speak through the radio. The atmosphere was tense for a moment, and Lauri took this opportunity to throw herself in. She put a big smile on her face and stepped forward, throwing her right arm over Rains shoulder and her left over Dereks. "C'mon kiddies, lets go get some drinks! It's still early but, as the song goes, it's five O'clock somewhere, right?!" She said cheerfully before a sudden realization hit her and she turned her head to Rain. "That's right you're still just nineteen, huh? When are you going to turn twenty one?", She smirked before finishing her last sentence, "I wanna see what kind of drunk you are. I bet you're the cutesy/shy type, or maybe the flirty type?" She let out a small chuckle before lifting her arms from both of their shoulders and taking the lead and putting her hands back into her pockets. "Let's do some Christmas shopping!" She said, slightly turning her head to look back at them.

For now, she just wanted to get the subject away from Ron's accident. It had been a really long time since he'd last had one, so Lauri guessed the boy was taking this one pretty hard. Having a bunch of people crowd around and ask questions probably wouldn't be the best treatment. "Hurry it up!"

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"T....This is Agent R....I've had a casualty...killed by..m-my strength, I need a clean up crew at 237 frankforth...apartment 37."

One second Jasper was with her friend, ready to go Christmas shopping, the next she felt as if she was falling. The edges of her vision went black and her fingers struggled to grab hold of Arthur's shoulder to keep her up. This hadn't happened to Ron in so long. He was going to be devastated. She remembered back to when they first met and he had accidentally broken her hand shaking it. His goofy little kid smile turned to devastation and he turned and ran away. She hadn't seen him until months later and even after they became close friends, he was too scared to touch her for the longest time. The first time Ron actually hugged Jasper was when he saw her dad come home drunk and poured scalding hot coffee over her.

"Daddy?" "H-h-hold on Caroline, how about you show me your room, daddy is relaxing." She nodded and grabbed Ron's hand, pulling him down the hall. "M-make it a...sensitive clean up."

She clutched Arthur's shoulder tightly, volts of electricity spider webbing all around her body. He didn't seem to hear the last part of Ron's comm before it got shut off, but Jasper sure heard it. There was a child involved.

"You can head back too and I'll go over your route as well. I'm sure Ron would probably prefer having you around rather than any of us or the other agents."

Arthur's voice brought her back. She snapped out of it, and though still in a daze, she nodded at him and released her grip. "Thank you." She muttered before running as fast as her legs (still zapping with fine threads of electricity) could take her to 237 Frankfourth, apartment 37.

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Jasper didn't even bother knocking. She was still sparking when she reached the door of apartment 37, and when she touched the metal knob, instead of shocking her, it did something to the mechanisms inside of the lock and the door swung right open without a fight.

Berkman looked up when she stepped in, but didn't say anything. He simply nodded towards a corner and her eyes followed to a dark figure huddling up, almost invisible. The electricity from her body shut off like a switch and she just stood there.

Slowly and silently, Jasper made her way to Ron and sat down next to him, waiting for him to say something, giving him time.

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Jasper waited patiently. She knew how to handle Ron when he was down, just like he knew how to handle her. She sat, staring into her lap until his voice caused her to look up at him. He looked scared, the face of the little boy who accidentally broke his new best friend's hand: probably 15 years ago. It seemed so far away.

"I....I killed someone, he was a good man to, just getting a bear for little Caroline, Caroline." He looked up at her with that sad face, "How long.... How long have I been losing it, how long have I been hurting you and everyone?" She didn't know what to say and simply looked into her friend's eyes pleadingly, hoping he'd understand. He didn't, however, his face seemingly clouded by grief and rage. "How long?!" He exploded.

Shocked, Jasper jumped a bit. Anger didn't look good on Ron, she wasn't used to it. She was usually the one yelling, not the other way around, and she didn't like being on the other end of it at all. Slowly, she took a shuddering breath, "Ron, you know you've never hurt anyone, and you don't loose it. Honestly, this is the only time you've ever been like this and... I don't like it. You've only ever helped all of us at the mansion...especially me. You helped me with my d-" She reached over and gingerly attempted to touch his arm, trying to comfort him in the only way she knew how. It obviously didn't help, in fact, it did quite the opposite.

"No! Don't touch me! I might put you in a comma, or, or...Just leave me alone." He was up and out before Jasper could stop him. She walked over to the door that now hung in shambles, shaking but otherwise looking bored; a facade that she had learned to put up when she was truly hurt. She knelt down and prodded at the rubbish, finally realizing how strong her friend really was, it never struck her since he was always so gentle.

Lost in her own world, Jasper jumped sky high when Berkman placed his hand on her shoulder. However, he quickly removed it as (quite literally) a jolt from her surprise shot up his arm. She didn't bother apologizing. "Do you want me to drive you back to HQ?" He asked, rubbing his arm.

She stood up and straightened her back, looking out the door. "No, I need to go find Arthur and help him finish patrolling."

"I think you've all had enough patrolling for one day." He said as-a-matter-of-factly.

Jasper shook her head stubbornly and stepped over the wreckage, "nah, the two of us were going to go Christmas shopping."

"Jasper don't do this." He argued, but it fell on deaf ears, Jasper was already gone.


She tried calling Ron multiple times on her way to find Arthur, but after 4 miss dials from her shaking fingers, 2 phone short-circuits, and 5 voice mails, she gave up. She shouted, suddenly frustrated at herself and Ron, and the phone exploded in her hand.

"Just bloody great." The purple haired girl muttered, rubbing her newly burnt fingertips. She then decided to find a payphone and she dialed up Arthur. After finding out where he was, she quickly made her way there and found him. Upon sight of the red haired boy, Jasper began shaking ferociously, tears threatening to spill down her flushed cheeks. Emotional outbursts were hard to come by with her, but she was also never yelled at by Ron before, and therefore she felt incredibly torn.

Without thinking, she ran over to the Italian and buried her face in his chest. "C-can we g-g-go shopping now?" She hissed, crying and also angry because she was crying.

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He had to admit, going on patrol alone was one of the most boring things Arthur had ever done, not to mention difficult. Doing this with the others made it much less important for him to pay attention to everything, but now he had to keep his eye on anything that might look suspicious and that caused a bit of a slight throb in his temples. He'd first finished his own patrol, then Jaspers, and was about half way through Ron's when he finally decided to stop and take a breather and close his eyes for a bit. There hadn't been any news from Ron or Jasper for a few hours now, and he was starting to get a little anxious. Though, he was mostly worried about what the higher-ups would think of Ron's accident once they found out. They were already being threatened to be shut down, but so far had done a wonderful job at keeping up with the demands, but with Ron's accident..it could really leave a bad impression.

"M-make it a...sensitive clean up."

He let out a sigh. Whoever Ron accidentally killed was an innocent person, which just made things worse. Alright, enough of that, he thought to himself, bringing up his hand and lightly smacking his cheek as he opened his eyes again. He put his hand back into his jacket pocket and turned around on the sidewalk, ready to continue patrolling when Jasper suddenly latched onto him and buried her face into his chest. That was one of the last things he was expecting to happen and he was quite surprised at first, but quickly became concerned for her when he felt something wet soak through his sweater. Jasper was actually crying?

"C-can we g-g-go shopping now?"

Arthur hesitated a moment, even more concerned now that he heard the shakiness in her voice. What happened to the stubborn, strong Jasper? The only reason he could think of for why she'd get like this was if Ron did something to upset her. Arthur knew the guy would be in a shocked state right now, but to take it out on Jasper. That idiot..

Finally he was able to give her an understanding smile and he lightly hugged her. "Definitely. You've got to help me pick out a present for Ron, after all." He said before bringing his hand up to his ear. "Hey, guys, Jasper and I are going to go Christmas shopping, you might as well too. I think we've done enough patrolling for the day."

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They didn't spend a lot of time shopping, let alone talking, but Arthur kept up his happy act the entire time despite that. He was still furious with Ron for causing Jasper to fall into such an emotional sate, and he'd get an ear full from him the next time he'd see the guy. For now though, he tried to keep the mood as light and positive as he could, every now and then trying to reassure Jasper that Ron would be alright after h got some alone time. In the end he managed to get a gift for Ron, with the help of Jasper of course, and one for Lauri as well, though he still needed to find something for Rain and Derek.

When they got home Arthur would've cooked something up, but since he'd used up a lot of space in his brain and a head ache was already bothering him an hour before, they just brought home Chinese and he quickly headed up to his room, telling Jasper that she should get some sleep in the process. Once he was alone, his happy act quickly dropped and he found himself feeling rather frustrated that Ron still hadn't been home yet and they weren't able to get a hold of him either. If his head wasn't throbbing so horribly he probably would've waited up for him, but instead he quickly changed into boxers and a t-shirt and it didn't take long at all for him to fall asleep, tucking away Ron and Lauri's gifts before he did so.

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After a while, Jasper had calmed down and was back into the emotionless mask that she had put on for Berkman back at apartment 37. She stayed quiet as her and Arthur wandered up and down the streets and through stores, her hands stuffed in her pockets and her jaw clenched with pent up emotion. She just followed Arthur's lead and helped him pick out a gift for Ron.

Near the end of the trip, she began feeling better, a combination of the Italian's therapeutic smiles and the fact that she finally had gifts for everyone. One less thing for Jasper to stress over. They entered a fancy looking clothing store and she separated herself from her friend to find something for Rain. She loved to see Rain in the color pink, and quickly found a nice sundress (on clearance because of the fact that it was winter), and an outfit that was more or less made for comfort. When she was contempt with what she got for rain, she met back with Arthur and went to buy Derek a gift card for an expensive resturaunt, Ron a fuzzy frog hat that matched her own panda one, Lauri a new deep blue and white starburst electric guitar. However, Jasper was at a loss for what to get Arthur. She decided to ask him what he wanted later, too tired to do any more shopping.


Once they were home, Jasper took her Chinese muttered a goodnight to Arthur before he went up to his room. She didn't listen to his suggestion to go to bed, and instead shuffled her way into the living room, removing her scarf, jacket, and boots on her way and leaving them on the floor in her path. Jasper sat down on the couch and crossed her legs before turning the tv on and half listening to a horror movie that was on while eating. As some point her lizard, Booze, made his way on top of her heat and curled up in her hair. Once her food was gone, it didn't take long until she began falling asleep as well. She placed the take out container on the floor and lay down on the couch, giving into sleep just as the main protagonist of the movie was about to be sawed in half.

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Arthur's dark camellia eyes slowly opened and he found himself staring at the barely-lit ceiling of his room. He lay still for about a half hour before finally letting out a sigh and forcing himself out of bed. He had been waiting for the alarm to go off before he got up, but for some reason he felt like it was taking too long. Turning, he noticed the clock on his nightstand showed that it was fifteen minutes pass the time the alarm was supposed to sound, which surprised him quite a bit. Maybe they really did turn it off after Ron asked them again. Arthur narrowed his eyes and moved them onto the carpet flooring for a few moments. He just hoped Ron cam back some time last night and didn't go off and do something stupid.

He spent a little more time getting dressed, putting on a white, v-neck T-shirt with a dark brown suit jacket, keeping it unbuttoned of course, along with a pair of black slacks. After that he brushed his teeth, combed his hair, and slipped on a pair of dark blue socks before splashing his face with some cold water and heading downstairs.

"I don't want to hurt you... I killed a man with my finger yesterday. What if my hug is to strong and hurts your back..." Ron stopped for a moment as he reached the bottom of the stairs as he heard Ron's voice, somewhat relieved and yet he still felt angry with him.

He continued down with his hands stuck in the pockets of his jacket and turned the corner to see Ron's back turned to him with Rain's arms wrapped around him. He hesitated a moment before casually lifting his foot and planting it in the middle of Ron's back, giving him a good kick, clearly interrupting the moment the two were just having. It most likely didn't do anything at all, but it made Arthur feel a little better and Ron would hopefully get the message. "Where the heck were you last night?" He asked, passing him and then moving over the the cabinets above the coffee maker. "You're an idiot, disappearing like that and tossing out your earpiece so we couldn't track you." He continued on, pulling down a box of cinnamon toast cereal and setting it on the counter before grabbing for a bowl and pouring the box. "Did you even think about how that could make you look to the higher-ups?" He opened the refrigerator as he spoke and grabbed the milk, glancing over at him with a piercing gaze as he poured the liquid into his bowl. "And Jasper was worried sick about you."

He twisted the lid back onto the milk and shut it in the refrigerator before straightening up and facing Ron. "Quit acting like you're the only one who has problems, you're being selfish and not to mention childish. How do you think your emotional crash is making the rest of us feel? We're your friends, and the last time I checked friends are supposed to help each other. You're making that a bit difficult." Finally he got himself a spoon and picked up his bowl, ready to take it to the floor below and find himself a table to sit alone. "Now go take a shower or something. I'd rather not share a house with someone who smells like alcohol and sweat." He said, then looking over at Rain and giving her a smile. "Oh sorry, good morning to you, Rain, excuse me." He said before turning to leave, though he stopped as he passed Ron. "I hope you're going to go apologize to Jasper after this."

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"Never. You'll never hurt me. I know it." The tears let up slightly, and Rain managed to gulp out those remaining words. Her hand rubbed small, comforting circles on Ron's back, trying to convey what all the words in the world couldn't possibly say.

Ron jerked forward a little, startling Rain. She glanced up over his shoulder and caught sight of Arthur. Somewhat embarrassed at being caught like that, she pulled backward, quickly wiping her cheeks. She knelt on the floor for a moment while Arthur berated Ron, trying regain her composure.

Finally, Arthur stopped. He smiled at Rain and greeted her. "Good morning," she replied. A slight blush crept up her cheeks, heating her already tear-stained face. Hoping it wasn't too awkward, she smiled tentatively at Ron.

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Ron closed his eyes and smiled as Rain pull'd him in close and lightly rubbed on his back. It was so nice, after all these years, finally. He very cautiously put his arms on her back, not wanting to apply much force, if any. As he felt so happy, he realized how big of a dick he was to Jasper yesterday, and how much he probably hurt her. He couldn't remember a time when he had yelled at her, now he felt like shit in this great moment, and it wasn't stopping there. Ron got kicked in the back and while that wasn't very effective to him, he still felt it, which made him tense up a little, which could have hurt Rain. He let go of Rain and turned around, ready to make sure whoever was touching him knew just what he could do. When he saw Arthur, he stopped, still a stern look on his face but nothing else. He listened to the beating he was dishing out onto him as he got his small breakfest together, like he was chatting small talk.

"You think I was being Selfish?! You think I was being SELFISH?!? How dare you call me selfish! Acting like you have problems like this, I killed a innocent man, and then had to tell his six year old daughter that everything was ok, that here daddy was just relaxing, then watch her get hauled off to some home where anyone and there brother could screw her up! You can go screw yourself you little Italian prick because you have no clue what it's like, to go through what I did, and know that you might have just FUCKED EVERYTHING UP for your friends, your family, and someone you love. I have put everything on the line for this team, staying up for days at time, going out on 24 hour patrols by myself so you all could go enjoy yourself for a day and you want to call me selfish!? How about you go try to get with my sister over there, and relax with her by the fire on christmas day, while I go cover for you!"

But he said none of that, his brain sure did but he didn't. After the barrage of insults at him he just nodded a little. "...You're right..I'm sorry, and I will make it up to Jas, I promise.." He looked at Arthur until he left for the downstairs dinning room. Ron turned back to Rain and saw her smile, he gave her one back and hugged her, more like a normal hug this time, and it felt so good. "I'm sorry but I'm going to have to cut this short. I have to go apoligize to someone." He said as he let go of her and walked out into the living room. Ron looked down at the still sleeping Jas and sat down where he had slept. He picked up Booze and put him on the table behind him, not wanting the lizard to get caught in the cross fire of what might happen next. "whew....Jas...Jas wake up." He said with a very light shake to her shoulder.

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The morning came a little later than usual for some reason, as if the alarm never actually went off. When Lauri realized that she'd slept in an hour pass the time the alarm would've originally gone off, she was pretty surprised. Even though she did always use her power to turn it off the moment it came on, she'd never slept any later than a few minutes afterwards. This time she was never even woken up. She sat at the foot of her bed and spent about twenty minutes brushing through her hair before putting it back up into a piggy tail and tying a dark blue ribbon around it as she went over the events of the day before. She'd gone shopping with Derek and Rain and managed to buy Arhur, Ron, and Jasper each a gift along with buying herself a few new pieces of jewelry. She'd already wrapped up the gifts and slid them under her bed before she ate and went to sleep. As far as she knew Ron still hadn't come home yet, so she hoped he'd be back this morning.

As usual, she went downstairs in her PJ's, a small spaghetti-strapped, light blue top and equally small matching shorts with pink lining. Once she got downstairs, she entered the kitchen and stopped to wave to Rain as she opened the refrigerator. "Good morning!" She said with a smile as she peered into the fridge, only to have her smile instantly vanish. She wasn't exactly planning on drinking in the morning, but that didn't mean she didn't check to make sure her afternoon beverage wasn't there. The entire thing was gone! "W-who....grr" She straightened up, clutching the handle of the refrigerator tightly as she lightly slammed it. Arthur doesn't even like the smell of beer, Rain was under age, Derek doesn't drink, Lauri definitely didn't drink it all. The only two who could've possibly stolen it would be Jasper or Ron, and what better therapy was there after accidentally killing someone? She turned away from Rain without another word and was about to yell for Ron as she left the kitchen when she spotted him in the living room. She stopped abruptly when she figured out he was trying to wake up the sleeping Jasper and her eyes softened. Maybe she'd let things settle a little before killing him.

She turned around and decided to go the opposite direction. She was able to catch a glance of Arthur going downstairs so she followed him and found him eating his breakfast at one of the tables below. Putting on a pouting face, she walked up behind him and threw her arms around his neck, dropping to her knees behind the chair and practically hanging off of him as she pressed her cheek against the left side of his head. "Arrrthuurrrr....Ron stole my beeeeerrr..go buy me some, go buy me some, go buy me soommeee!" She begged playfully, though she was being a little serious as well. "Please, please...I'm too tired..go buy me some!" She continued, slightly shaking her arms.

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Jasper had awaken when Rain had come down. She listened curiously as her best friend and his long time crush talked and talked and she could practically feel the raging hormones as they slowly became more than friends. She was actually surprised, she hadn't expected them to get together so quickly. She was happy for him, but also a bit jealous of Rain. It wasn't that she liked Ron, they were like siblings, but she did like having Ron's attention. He was the only person that ever seemed to care enough to get to know her, he accepted her flaws and helped her when her dad started drinking and abusing her. He knew more about her than she did, and while she wasn't going to admit it, Jasper wasn't sure she was ready to share him with anyone. She realized how much attention he'd give Rain when they got together, and Jasper was simply afraid of being forgotten, left behind, becoming a third wheel. Her fists clenched unconsciously and small sparks erupted from her fingertips. However, when Arthur entered the room, she quickly attempted to calm down and go limp, in case he noticed her laying there. He seemed preoccupied with yelling at Ron, so she peeked open an eye and listened to what he said. On one hand, Jasper wanted to hop up and defend her friend; but on the other, the shock from last night was gone, replaced by anger towards how he had treated her, and she agreed with most of what Arthur was saying.

Once Arthur left, she heard a quiet exchange between Rain and Ron, they were no doubt hugging and being mushy she thought bitterly. She was jealous and angry that he let Rain hug him when he didn't even let Jasper touch him yesterday. She heard him stand up and begin walking towards the living room and quickly shut her eyes and pretended to be asleep again. She felt Booze get swept off of her head and then Ron's hand on her shoulder, carefully trying to wake her up.

"whew....Jas...Jas wake up."

She stayed quiet for a bit, afraid that she would be too exhausted to argue with him, she wanted to yell at him so badly. However, he persisted and she gave up, grabbing his arm and sent a shock, fueled by her frustration, up his arm. It was one with enough power to knock grown man unconscious, but to Ron it would just hurt a lot.

"It'll take a lot more than that to wake me up, Champ." She muttered irritably, rolling onto her side and glaring at him with her violet eyes. "What do you want?"