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Rain S. Daniels

"Give me time, it will be done."

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

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Rain Skyler Daniels

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Age: 19

Role: Girl 3

Power: Power of Healing - Rain can heal minor ailments with the touch of her hands. Healing uses up her energy; the amount energy used depends on the severity of the wound. She can heal sicknesses and injuries, but not major ailments, such as cancer. She also cannot reverse age or death.

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Description: Rain has long brown hair that hangs straight down her back. She has large amber brown eyes that sparkle with emotion. When she's excited, her eyes sparkle so much that they give the impression of almost wanting to crack, rather like glass or crystal. Despite the picture, Rain usually has a gentle smile on her face.

Personality: Rain is quiet and reserved, and wants only to live a peaceful life, and security. She feels a strong internal sense of duty, which gives her a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks given. Organized and methodical in her approach, she can generally succeed at any task she undertakes.

Rain is loyal, faithful, and dependable. She places high priority on honesty and integrity, refusing to lie most of the time. Despite the fact that she takes things seriously, she does have a sense of humour and can be a lot of fun when she's not on duty. She believes in laws and traditions, and expects the same from others. She's not comfortable with breaking the rules, however she will do so if she sees a good reason for doing so. Even so, she is good at lying.

Rain is very dependable on following through with things that she has promised. As a result, she has a problem with saying "no", even when she's given more work than is reasonable. Still, she will try her best to do it, no matter the amount. She is naive, and easily taken advantage of. She is practical, and will always take the easier and shorter solution to complete a task.

However, being a perfectionist, she does not pick up on others' feelings and emotions easily. She does not express herself easily either, and has a slight problem with showing emotion. She may not be very strong physically, but she is strong mentally, and believes in her friends.

History: Rain had a normal enough childhood, like most other little children. She spent a lot of time idolising her older brother, whom she loved very much. She would follow him around all the time, helping him and playing with him. However, he mixed with the wrong people and fell into bad hands. Rain was devastated, but she could do nothing about it, not having much experience with dealing with people, other than her brother.

Soon, her brother was in too deep. However Rain tried, she could not pull him back from the people who had stolen him. Rain knew that her brother was doing this for her, but she was still very upset. She cried herself to sleep many nights, worried to death about him. Finally, at the end of her tether, she left him.

When she was 16, she met the Alphas. She has worked with them for 3 years, even up until today.

Skills: Rain is a good strategist, often coming up with plans that help the Alphas.

Weaknesses: Rain used to faint at the sight of blood. Now, she doesn't do so, although she still does get a little queasy when it comes to blood, so she may not always be at her best when healing.

When healing, it drains her energy, sometimes to the point of fainting from exhaustion.

Fears: Rain fears letting down her friends. She is afraid that everything they have worked for together will come crashing down because of her, and tries her best to prevent that.

Other: Rain owns a grey kitten which she named Mist. She loves the kitten very much, and cares for it deeply.
Rain got her super hero name not only from her power, but also from her personality. A star is a guiding light, something that gives hope in the darkest of times. Just like her healing, which brings relief from pain, her personality offers a channel for others to share their feelings, to open up their heart to someone trustworthy.
There is something ironic about Rain's name. Somehow, it ties in with the simile 'as right as rain'. But she's never drawn attention to it.

Theme Song: A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

So begins...

Rain S. Daniels's Story

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Character Portrait: Derek Bale Character Portrait: Van Hakkyou Character Portrait: Jasper Maze Character Portrait: Rain S. Daniels Character Portrait: Jason Miller Character Portrait: Ria Riley Character Portrait: Ron "Metal Jacket" Faulk
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New York City at was a dangerous place... or it used to be. Nowadays, the super hero group, known as the Alphas as kept the city quiet for almost 2-3 years now. They had earned enough funding and gained a lot of trust from the government, allowing them to create a base of operations. They had the latest technology and access to all security data bases. They are the top dogs. The base is hidden and under high security to make sure no one will enter the base except for those they trust. The base could fit almost 500 people, but it is left to 6 kids and some maid who come to clean after them since they can't clean after themselves. It hold bedrooms for every child and a kitchen big enough to fit all of them at once. There is a briefing room with a large screen to talk about their current objective and watch movies... It has surround sound ^.^ After these 3 long years, the government has thought about closing them down, but these teens have no worries. They know that something will come up soon.

It was a bright early morning at the the Alphas HQ. Everyone was asleep and was bound to wake up once the alarm went off. The day before had been the same as the day before that... and the day before that... and so forth and so on. No crime had been reported. All criminals were in jail. These kids had nothing to do. Until today. The alarm blared on, echoing throughout the base. It was time for breakfast, then morning training. As usual. An FBI agent would usual arrive at 9:30 to help them train. He was no expert at their powers, but he was a successful combat instructor. Derek opened his eyes, groaning. That sound of the blaring alarm drove him absolutely nuts! He couldn't take it... He jumped out of his bed and slipped on his clothes to go eat his breakfast.

Jason fiddled with his thumbs, nervously. He was still a little unsure about going against his sister... but... it was for her.... or so he thought... was he doing the right thing? Was he? Was he doing what was best for his sister? Jason wasn't sure... That girl... Ria... she said that the world would be better when they were done. And that other guy. Van? He was a little weird, but Jason trusted him. These people had all the power to do what was right for the world. The world would be a better place for everyone... Jason couldn't wait. But still... was going against his sister the right thing? He stood up from the couch and walked down the hall to the kitchen. Did his sister even know about his powers? Jason was trouble with all these thoughts, he didn't even notcie when he ran into Ria.

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Ria Riley


Sometimes, Ria simply couldn't help playing her games. Not only that, but working with two handsome guys sure was enticing aswell. She had the looks, the charm, the power, the strength, the cunning....in her mind, the list could go on and on, and if she wasn't worth something, then Van wouldn't of invited her to join him in the first place. What she wanted, was to win, and if there was one thing she wanted, she'd make sure she got it. It was what drove her, not to mention that once it was all over and they won, she'd have even more power, and the first thing she could do was bash the coppers who held her down. Then again, she couldn't help being the "Most Wanted".

The thought made her smile, but in doing so, she was brought back into reality to face someone else that had become part of her life....even if he had a weak mind. Fortunately for him, he had one of the greatest minds with him, and what she lacked in strength, Jason made up for with his. Course, she had some strength of her own, especially to compete in strength with the two guys she was with. Afterall, she'd rather fight than be at base, barking orders, and missing all the fun. Besides, how could anyone expect her to be successful in her heists and come out so easily. That was the one thing she had trouble with her powers, which was when there was too many to control at once, so when she couldn't do that, she'd have to use her stealth abilities and knocking them out with her hands, rather than her stunning looks.

However, there were those that just made Ria giggle inside with how they acted, and Jason was one of those, especially his sweet little face after he bumped into her, and then turning away from her. Was her face so bright that it was blinding to him. Well, she couldn't help it, as Jason then revealed what was on his mind, "I was just...thinking about my sister. I'm just worried I'll hurt her". She could of guessed it would of been about her sister. He worried too much, and often times, despite having the ability to reach into the mind of others, there were those that she could see right through them from past experience.

Though Jason had taken a step back and had looked away, Ria then closed the gap between them, as Jason went on, "I...", only to stop as Ria's hand gently weaved into his soft silvery hair. It sure was fascinating, and Ria loved fascinating things, as she then spoke softly, first continuing his sentence, "...shouldn't need to worry about a thing, for it'll come together. Just like a lost piece of a puzzle, the piece is found, and all fits into it's place", before adding her own with a little chuckle, "You sure sound cute when your worrying", a little tease.

However, it was Ria's job to put his mind at ease, and putting his mind at ease, was what he would do, as her left hand gently meandered round him and touched his right cheek, beckoning him to turn. If he did not, then her hand would slowly steer him in the right direction while she moved in the opposite direction so that their eyes would meet. Her expression changed to one of admiration, as she then spoke up again, "I mean no offence, as I truly admire how you worry for your sister, but you need to remember that this is the reason why we are here, why we are doing all this". In a way, she was envious of his sister, getting all this attention and worry, a man with the desire to help her. She'd never had such attention. She was always defending herself.

Her right hand moved to his shoulder, while her left hand moved from his cheek, to just below his neck, before slowly falling down, her fingers stroking his chest till she came to whereabouts his heart would be, as he carried on, "You have such a big heart Jason, but there are those out there who have the power to help your sister but won't. That's where we come in. We have the power to change the world, and we have it for a reason", even if she was flaunting her powers right now. How terrible was she! She pulled back from him a little so she weren't so close, but that both hands were on his shoulders, as she then smiled, "There are those who don't like what we do...afraid of the truth, afraid of what is real, but maybe, just maybe, we can convince them to do what is right...perhaps get your sister with us, so she is well and truly safe". That would surely be something he was hoping for, maybe for a present for the cutie, she'll go and get her herself, as a sweet smile shone.

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Rain S. Daniels


"Come back to me, please?" Rain pleaded with her brother. "You don't have to do anything - just leave them and come back to me." He shook his head forcefully. "I'm sorry. This will help in the future, I promise. I can't leave them." Rain stared at him in desperation. She could not think why he would do this - but she knew that she could not put up with this. "Then I will leave you." She turned and walked away. The tears that she had held in for so long started rolling down her face.

The alarm sounded through the room. Rain jerked awake, tears still glistening on her cheeks. She realised that it had only been a dream. "Jason..." she murmured into her pillow. She lay there a minute longer, trying to hold on to the image of her brother before they separated. After a minute or so, she felt that there was no use trying to ignore the alarm any longer. She got up and changed quickly into a long-sleeved shirt and skirt. Then, pulling on her favourite jacket, she went downstairs.

Entering the kitchen, Rain saw Jasper, Ron and Derek."Good morning," she greeted them softly. Grabbing a cup of tea and some cereal, she pulled out a chair and sat down. "Sorry I'm a little late today."

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Jasper Maze

Jasper listened to halfheartedly to what Ron was saying. "Hmpf, not really. I'm not good for much when it comes to fighting crime..." She trailed off, trying to control her anger with herself. It frustrated her to no end that she couldn't control her powers as well as the others. Her coffee sparked a bit and she sighed. "I just have a headache from stunning that fat guy; he just did not want to go down." She placed the mug on the floor at her feet and massaged her temples. Jasper caught the remote and looked at it crossly before facing the T.V. and trying to change the channel using her powers. She only managed to make the screen go fuzzy for a few seconds, so she gave up and used the remote to change it to some sort of comedy.

"I'm going to talk to the guys about quieting the wake up alarm too, they can keep the emergency one but that's got to be a little quieter."

Jasper sneered at this, "don't bother, I've tried to ask them multiple times but obviously that didn't work." She turned to Derek, but he seemed even less happy to be awake than she was, so she decided not to say anything and placed the remote onto the armrest next to him.

"Anyone know the schedule today? I kind of blanked out after last night, was a little tired. I'd appreciate a day off, but the city does not seem to want to quit this crime thing!"

She stood up and followed her friend into the kitchen, standing behind him as he got the stuff together to make eggs. "No, maybe when you ask the guys about the alarm you can ask them for an extra schedule, I bet they'd be more than happy to print you out another one." She said sarcastically, smirking a bit.

Jasper eyed the pan with the eggs, but shook her head and walked to the other side of the kitchen where there was a container of muffins someone had given them a few days ago. "No thanks, I think I'm just gonna have one of these." She picked one up and bit a large chunk out of it. She pulled herself up onto the counter next to the stove and sat on it, crossing her legs and watching Ron make himself eggs.

Rain walked in and Jasper nodded in acknowledgment to her, a mouthful of muffin keeping her from saying anything to the younger girl. She swallowed, "it's fine; however I'd love 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." She sent a mischievous smirk to her best friend. She hopped off of the counter and stood behind Rain.

"So, what's up, Squirt? Your eyes are all puffy." Jasper asked, squeezing Rain's shoulder's comfortingly.

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Ron shook his head with a smile as Jasper made fun of his cooking, she was always roasting him but he loved her for it. "I'll have you know that I've been getting better, I'm more than your guys muscle machine you know?" He said with a wink and smile at Rain as he sat on the other side of the table from them. He put a bite in his mouth and started chewing the rubbery egg. He nodded with a grimace as he spit it out on his plate and put the plate of eggs in the trash. "Maybe I need more practice." He said with a smirk toward Jasper as he sat back down in his seat. "Yea you OK? You sleep alright?" He said as he reached and picked a bite off Jasper's muffin and popped it in his mouth.

It was barely a secret that Ron had a thing for Rain, but Ron couldn't tell if she had any feelings for him. He usually had to have Jasper to tell him things because even though Ron could crack a vault with his index finger and thumb, he couldn't crack girls sometimes. He tried so hard to, he could usually help them when need be and swore he learned a little more every day but found out there was even more the next. He kept up his warming smile as he looked between Rain and Jasper. He tilted his had and looked over to Derek watching TV. He knew Derek was a bit of a loner and didn't like to hang out most of the time but Ron kept pushing him, hoping that he would warm up to them over the years. He had his good moments and that was plenty for Ron. "Hey man you sure you're not hungry?" He leaned asking Derek but didn't expect a answer.

He saw out of the corner of his eye Agent Berkman walking past the doorway to the living room and figured he go talk to him. "Hey I'll bee back later," He got up and walked to the other side of the table and put his hand next to Rain's on the table and leaned down next to her. "Hey, if you need to talk later, my doors always open, OK?" He said with a smile as he looked into her eyes. He stood up and nudged Jasper as he passed. "Your in charge kid, try not to bring upon the apocalypse." He said teasing her as he left.

Agent Berkman was like a care taker, the team voiced their request or complaints to him and he did what he could. "Hey Berk! Wait up!" Ron shouted after him as he chased him. "Ron it's agent Berkman, I've told you that for years." "Yea but you look more like a Berk. Hey I had a few things I wanted to run by you." "I'm sure you do Ron." Berkman said looking over his papers as he kept walking. "So first, the alarm man, for wake up can't we just get it turned down a little? It's more of a siren then a alarm." "I don't think I can Ron it's.." "Just a little man, come on please?" "I'll see what I can do, what else?" "Well, christmas is coming up, I was wondering if we could get christmas day off." Berkman stopped and turned to Ron. "Ron, you know we can't do that, you guys are our front force. What happens if something big happens, you get the night anyway." "Don't act like that's normal Berk, come on man, some of these kids haven't had a right christmas in years. Can't we get one day, one day, to relax and enjoy ourselves?" Berkman thought about it and sighed as he nodded a little. "I will try, I can't promise anything." "I really appreciate it man. Hey do you have a copy of today's schedule? Practice, Patrol, all of that jazz?" Berkman pulled a paper out and handed it to him as he turned and walked down the hall. "Thanks Berk!" He yelled after him as he turned back down the hall, reading the paper as he headed back to the group.

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Erin Young


The sun shining through the wide windows must have not woken Erin up. It was strange, since even though she looked like non-morning person, she loved to wake up before anyone and have the entire base to herself even if it was only for a couple of minutes. Plus, she enjoyed cooking, and she liked beating Ron to it. She knew he liked to cook too.

The alarm echoed throughout Erin’s room, bouncing on the walls and giving her a headache. Groaning loudly, she extended her hand outside the covers and pointed to the source of the sound. “Shut up!” she yelled, and then using her powers, she lowered the sound of the alarm. Lazily, she stood up kicking her duvet to the floor and punched the button shutting the noise off. She smiled arrogantly and skipped to her bathroom. She took a quick shower, ran a comb through her crimson red hair, pulling it up into a messy pony-tail and dressed up in casual clothing; just worn out jeans, a gray sweatshirt and tennis shoes.

She slowly descended the stairs, taking her time and yawning loudly in the process. Hopping down the last steps, she finally arrived to the main floor, where the living room and kitchen where located. She walked through the living room doorway and spotted almost everyone there. “G’morning grasshoppers,” she called to them. Erin loved to make fun of the fact that she was the oldest of them all, but of course she acted like one of the youngest with her immature and arrogant personality.
Quickly crossing the distance between the living room and the other rooms, she arrived to her personal food temple: the kitchen. She made her way to the fridge and got out her beloved orange juice. “Ah! There you are!” she said when she found it. Grabbing a glass from the shelves, she poured the orange liquid into it and took a large gulp. She then made her way back into the living room and plopped down into an empty sofa and stared at the TV.

“Anything worth worrying about?” she asked in general.

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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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As Ron walked away from his room he decided that he should talk to Rain. He noticed that this morning she looked tired and he was worried about her. He went and knocked on her door, not wanting to invade her privacy. "Uh Rain? It's Ron, I just wanted to talk to you for a little." He said as he quickly checked himself over, he straightened out his jacket and hat as he took a breath. He looked like he was about to propose he was so nervous, he was always this nervous around Rain. She was amazing, she was everything he wasn't. Ron could only break things, she healed them. Back at the start of the program when the group was first meeting, Ron use to purposely try and hurt himself so he could come to her room and spend some time with her.

"Hey!" He said happily as he looked down at her. "Wow, you look great." He caught himself off guard with that, making himself search his brain to find where that courage came from. "I was wondering if you could give me a quick run over before we leave. I think I hurt my arm tossing that trailer yesterday." He said rolling it, acting like it was in more pain that it really was. Truth was he wanted to talk to her about this morning, he knew Jasper told him to wait but he just wanted to be around her.

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"Hey!" Rain jumped and turned around. A couple of seconds passed before she realized that someone was outside her door. She opened the door. Ron stood there, smiling at her. Rain breathed a small sigh of relief. She hadn't wanted Ron to see the presents before she distributed them that evening. Thankfully, the cupboard door was closed. "Wow, you look great." Ron complimented her. Rain blinked, a little uneasily. Ron didn't usually say stuff like that, so where had it come from? It's the magic of Christmas! a small voice chirped inside her head. Rain allowed herself a small smile before ushering Ron inside.

"So, Ron, what did you want?" she asked, sitting them both down on her bed. "I was wondering if you could give me a quick run over before we leave. I think I hurt my arm tossing that trailer yesterday." He rolled his arm as he spoke. Rain sighed a little. "That's why you should take more care," she murmured, carefully prodding her fingers up the length of his arm. Closing her eyes, she placed one hand on Ron's elbow and the other on his shoulder. She concentrated hard on sending healing energy from her hands to his arm. A warm, tingling sensation passed between them.

Once the tingling sensation stopped, Rain opened her eyes and removed her hands, clasping them in her lap. "Better?" she asked, breathing heavily. Perspiration was prickling her forehead and her cheeks were slightly flushed. This was the part Rain hated; she hadn't controlled her healing well enough to reduce the amount of energy it took each time. Still, for Ron, it was worth it. Besides, she'd come a long way, compared to when she'd faint every time she did healing, not to mention the fact that she became queasy at the sight of blood. Still, I'd do it again and again for Ron, if only to keep him safe and unhurt.

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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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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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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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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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Derek looked off into space thinking about Ron... wow. It's been too long since something like this happened... "Ron, do you need me to go over?" He heard, but it didn't register in Derek's head. He had his thoughts focused on Ron. With all this focus, he was quite startled when Lauri wrapped her arm around him. The touching... the touching was always a problem.
"C'mon kiddies, lets go get some drinks! It's still early but, as the song goes, it's five O'clock somewhere, right?!" The girl paused. "That's right you're still just nineteen, huh? When are you going to turn twenty one? I wanna see what kind of drunk you are. I bet you're the cutesy/shy type, or maybe the flirty type?"
Derek pushed Lauri away. "I uh-"
"Hurry it up!" Lauri chimed. Derek looked at her with his ever serious expression and said, "I don't drink." Derek was just really sensitive to alcohol. One sip, and he'd be totally wasted.

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Jason smiled hearing Ria's thought in his head. The fact that it was just in his head made him feel better. He turned his thoughts back to Van. He said they had to spy on the heroes.... could he do that? Of course. He had to. It was for a better world. He looked up at Van with a determined composure. "Just tell me when to go."

Jason felt like he needed to prove himself to Van. He got the feeling that his boss didn't think to highly of him. Jason needed to become his right hand man. This was a new start for him to be more than just Jason.

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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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Rain jumped when Lauri suddenly slung her arms around Rain's shoulders. Still slightly dazed, she listened as Lauri babbled on and on about drinking. Finally, when Lauri mentioned Christmas shopping, Rain came back to her senses. "Well, I already bought everything, so I don't really need to shop..." she said quietly, wondering how Lauri could be so happy when a death had just occurred.

Still, she managed to keep her wits about her, following Lauri and Derek around the mall. Luckily, her shopping was already finished, so not much input was expected from her. Finally, the three of them returned home. Without another word, Rain trudged to her bedroom and was sprawled on her bed without even changing. She'd think of a way to comfort Ron later, but for now, it was time to let the day's events be lost in dream.

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Rain tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep a wink. She couldn't stop thinking about Ron, how distraught he had seemed when he had reported the death. Finally, she gave up, lying on her side and staring out the window at the twinkling stars. How ironic. Yesterday night I was desperate to get out of sleep. Today, I'd give anything to sleep for a couple of hours.

In the early hours of the morning, Rain got up, figuring that there was no need to lie there anymore. She put on a turtleneck sweater and jeans, and went downstairs.

The kitchen was in darkness. Rain flicked the switch, only to see a figure sitting at the counter. She shrieked softly and jumped backwards, then realised that it was Ron. "Ron..." she said quietly, stepping forward. She carefully put a small hand on his shoulder, trying to comfort without words.

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Ron sipped at the coffee, nursing it as he stared off into nothing, leting his jumbled head try to put itself together. He looked up a little at the shriek to see rain. She looked so pretty, and with simpathy filled eyes she went to see if he was ok. Her hand touching his shoulder, now usually, Ron would love the sympathetic touch of someone, especially Jasper or Rain. But now that he realized how much his power was out of control, he didn't want to be touched, well he did but he didn't want them to because he was afraid of his strength. What if his muscle twitched or something like that and tore her hand off. He slowly moved out of her hand, turning to look at her after. "Im sorry.... I just don't want any of you to touch me. Im out of control....I might accidentally break your spine some how or..." He stopped and set down at the same seat. He wanted a hug so bad, but he kept telling himself he couldn't, never wanting to hurt rain in his life. "Would you like some coffee?" He asked as he sipped at his own sadly.

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Rain reached out a hand, then thought better of it and pulled away. "Yes, thank you," she replied quietly, wondering what she should do. Obviously Ron didn't want to touch her, but Rain had never been good with words.

Cradling her coffee in her hands, Rain watched Ron over the steam issuing from the cup. The feeling of helplessness she had grew stronger and stronger, until she couldn't stand it gnawing at her any more.

Pushing away her chair, Rain got up and rushed towards Ron, wrapping her arms around him before she even knew what she was doing. "Please don't be like this," she cried. Tears welled up in her eyes and rolled down her cheeks. "Don't touch me anymore if you must, but I can't stand seeing you like this. I don't care if you hurt me, I just want you to remain unhurt! I'd give up my life for you, if only you would be happy and safe!"

There. She'd said it all, confessed her feelings for him. Her only hope was that he wouldn't hate her; she didn't think she could take that.