hazy shade of winter

hazy shade of winter

private rp between myself and huneycomb

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hero noun
he·​ro | \ ˈhir-(ˌ)ō
one who shows great courage
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Superhumans walk among us every day. Friends, colleagues, classmates, siblings, parents, enemies. They're all around us. Some attempt to hide their abilities in the hope of living a normal life. Some use their powers for their own gain, to steal and hurt and gain power. It's their right, they say, because they were given this gift. And then there are those that use their gift for good. The heroes. Some chose to become a hero. Others seemed to never have that choice.

Of course, the world just sees the heroes as that. Superheroes who sweep in and save the day, and who disappear once they're no longer needed. They forget that there's a face behind the mask, and that the face is sometimes younger than they anticipated. Four heroes, who also happen to be high school students. Their lives are complex and often stressful as they come to grips with who they are... and then there's also their abilities and responsibilities to come to terms with.

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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It had been a perfectly normal day. Classes had run relatively smoothly, and they’d actually managed to get through a sparring session without anybody getting hurt. One would think that in a class of superhumans, this was an impossibility, especially in unarmed combat where they weren’t supposed to use their abilities. You would be very wrong. All of them had to learn some degree of powerless, unarmed combat. For Ollie and Skye, this suited them down to the ground. Their abilities themselves didn’t allow them to fight. Others found it... a little harder.

Their classes were finished for the day, and they were waiting for the call to dinner when the alarm went off. ”Apollo, Beast, Echo, Kronos, you’re all up,” a voice called, seemingly coming from nowhere and everywhere. “A bank robbery. Six hostages, all employees, four perpetrators. Backup will be on site in case it goes south. Urgent response required.” In other words, pretty much no time to change. Ollie and Skye rolled their eyes at each other, already making their way down to the car. Both of them happened to be nearby, menacing they reached the garage before the others. Masks and protective vests were the only gear they were given, but they both stopped to retrieve their weapons of choice. For Skye, a set of spiked knuckles, a knife, and a small handgun. For Ollie, just a set of throwing knives. He preferred to avoid being close enough for punching to be an option, and his aim with a gun was pitiful. Skye had the opposite issue, but guns were loud and messy. It was a backup only.

They piled into the van, already pulling on their vests and masks. “You look like such a stereotypical teenage hero,” Ollie remarked as he looked Skye up and down. “And you look like you’ve mistakenly wandered out of a Starbucks,” Skye retorted with a smirk. She sighed as she instinctively bounced her leg. ”Any inkling on how this is going to go down?”. In response, Ollie only shook his head. “Cool.” was all she said in response.

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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On Thursdays Theodore was given special training for his abilities, but if anything it felt more like a research project. Testing his adrenaline, reflexes, hormone levels, it was all very taxing but thankfully it meant he always got out a little bit earlier than the others. By the afternoon he had settled in one of the empty classrooms that he had designated into a little 'hangout' room with beanbags and all. With one earbud in playing Claire Da Lune he read Invisible Man slowly absorbing the pages, as he had always not been the fondest of readers. Professor Beaton repeatedly reminded him how important it was to relax his mind when he wasn't training as if to focus it even further, and determined to have the utmost control over himself Theodore spent as much time as he could reading, writing, playing music. Anything, to get his mind in a better place.

He had barely kept track of the time and he was pulled out of his trance by the intercom crackling overhead. "Apollo, Beast, Echo, Kronos, you’re all up. A bank robbery. Six hostages, all employees, four perpetrators. Backup will be on site in case it goes south. Urgent response required." He grimaced slightly, he hated the name they had attached to him when he had arrived but he wasn't given much ground to argue about it. Theodore had always wished they were given a heads up before being sent out into the field. Especially in his case. He placed the book on the wooden shelf he had made himself, building was another pastime, and shoved his earbuds and phone into his pocket.
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Sterling had blown through his classes, as he always did. Lately he found himself losing focus- or passion for that matter and was nothing more than a body in his classes than in actual person. Of course, no one really ever perceived him in that fashion, he had always been rather good at keeping his outward appearance normal. Sterling always got more closed off when it got closer to the anniversary of his mother's passing. He was more than thankful when the announcement came filtering through the loud speakers, a mission was the perfect thing to get his mind off of his mother and back onto what mattered.

Sterling made his way down to the garage grabbing his favorite Bowie knife and attaching it to the belt. With his abilities, close-quarter combat was his forte. His mind was too focused on the task ahead to remember who was placed with him so when he got to the open van door his eyebrow raised slightly. "Martin. Maeda." Sterling said rather curtly stepping into the van sitting in the unoccupied seat facing the back of the van. "I apologize for my tardiness, guess I - lost track of time. I hope you two are well prepared, I'm certainly not looking for a loss." He crossed his arms across his chest and leaned back into the seat with an air of ease and confidence.
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Theo jogged his ways through the students filtering through the Academy to the dining room as he made his way to the garage. He grabbed only a simple pair of black, leather driving gloves which he slipped on as he opened the door to the van his face lighting up to see Ollie and Skye already nestled in and ready to go, faltering slightly when he saw Sterling. "Room for one more?" He spoke teasingly as he took a seat next to Skye, instantly placing an earbud back in his right ear out of habit. Sterling rolled his eyes at Theo's entrance, "Perfect, we get stuck with the bull in the China cabinet".

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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On Sterling's appearance, Ollie managed to maintain a poker face. Skye did not, rolling her eyes. "Matthews," she drawled in response to his curt greeting. "You know, given that we were actually here somewhat promptly, it could be argued we're more prepared than you," Skye retorted. She smirked and raised an eyebrow, leaning back in her own seat. None of them were looking for a loss. A loss wasn't just a bad grade. It was people's lives at risk. She knew Sterling knew that, but goddamn, he could do with showing it a little more.

Ollie instinctively grinned at the arrival of Theo, a reflex reaction that he barely even noticed. Sterling's comment made him raise an eyebrow. "Don't worry, Theo, if we're tight on space, I'm more than willing to sacrifice Sterling," he said with a venom laced smile towards Sterling. "I second that motion," Skye remarked as the engine started up and the van set into motion.

Skye bounced her leg nervously as they drove. In contrast, Ollie was still, staring out the window in thought. There was something in him that wanted to try and trigger a vision, just to see how it would all work out. Just to... make sure that it would all work out. But it was too much of a risk, too potentially draining. If he had to trigger a vision, better save it to mid-fight. If only his power was more predictable, things would be so much easier.

Skye was aware that her nervous leg bouncing had to be annoying someone, and she just hoped that one person was Sterling. He was such a goddamn snob. Theo couldn't help the nature of his ability any more than any of them could. He'd just drawn the short straw in the grand scheme of things. Hell, if Skye's ability ever went haywire, god knows what chaos she could cause.

"We're here, folks."

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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"You know, given that we were actually here somewhat promptly, it could be argued we're more prepared than you" Sterling rolled his eyes leaning back into his seat. There was something about Skye that just got under his skin like no one else. He could never truly pinpoint what it meant, but it annoyed the hell out of him. Sterling hated the idea of anyone ever getting some true reaction out of him, but the girl was truly a test for his patience.

Theo returned Ollie's warm smile, a wave of relief washing over him. Oliver's presence had somewhat of a calming effect over his nerves. "Don't worry, Theo, if we're tight on space, I'm more than willing to sacrifice Sterling," The comment received a chuckle from Theodore and he subtly winked and mouthed a simple 'Thanks' to Ollie. It was best not to get him antsy or worked up in any fashion before a mission, at this point he was probably the most cautious he'd ever been in his life. That didn't mean it necessarily worked all the time. "I second that motion," Sterling shook his head in annoyance shooting a look at both Skye and Ollie. "oh, good grief" he muttered under his breath.

Sterling leaned back into his chair, and closed his eyes focusing on the area around him as the rumbling of the van became a simple background noise. He could hear the faint whisper of music coming from Theodore's headphones, and the tap, tap, tap of Skye's leg as she nervously jittered, most likely in anticipation. Then suddenly it went quiet. When he opened his eyes, everything was moving in an almost blur, as he simply made things go - well, a little bit faster. What could he say, his patience was running a little thin. It was a small enough shift not to really drain him of his abilities.

Within a matter of seconds everything suddenly shifted back into clear as the van stopped, and he twitched slightly in his seat as things fell back into place. "We're here, folks." The corner of his mouth twitched up in smirk and he glanced at the other three"Finally" He said quietly to himself.

The van stopped about a block from where the bank actually sat, and already the sounds of police sirens and chaos could be heard. Theodore finally broke the silence, speaking up from his spot in the van. "I can help corral the hostages and get them out before anything gets too ugly. Ollie-" He shifted his gaze towards the boy, "I don't really know- how it works, but I might need some help finding them". He was inferring to the boys precognitive abilities, as they could be quite useful if the hostages were trapped in a certain section of the bank. Sterling turned his head to Skye, giving her a rather smartass grin, "I guess that leaves us on damage control, huh?".

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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Ollie jolted to awareness as the van came to a stop. Adrenaline started pounding through his veins in anticipation of whatever the hell was about to happen. He listened as Theo took charge, suggesting that he and Ollie would retrieve any hostages. He nodded at Theo's question about using his ability to try and find the hostages. He didn't even have to try and induce a vision; out of nowhere, one hit him. Thankfully not that intense, but clear enough that he had a clear picture of what they needed to do to get them out. "In a stunning move of originality, they have them in the basement. Not actually in the vault, surprisingly. We're going to need you two to act as a distraction to get in." In the vision, Ollie and Theo had been noticed. They'd still made it down, but not without a few close calls along the way. He'd seen blood; he hadn't known who's. But if Skye and Sterling could cause a little distraction, then it might just work.

Skye dramatically rolled her eyes at the thought of damage control with Sterling, but in reality they worked pretty well together. He drove her insane, getting to her like nobody else did, but she did at least have to concede that they were a half decent pairing. Didn't stop her from half wanting to punch him in that smartass mouth. She nodded at Ollie's suggestion of a distraction. "Sterling's ego should be enough of a distraction, but we can work something out. I'm thinking maybe another gang of armed gunmen might just storm the building," she said with a wicked grin. Her ability was perfect for distractions, and it minimised the amount of the risk they'd be putting themselves in.

"We should probably get moving. Don't want the boys and girls in blue getting too antsy," she said, pulling the van door open. She made sure her mask was secure, before picking up a jog towards the bank. Ollie followed her out, but waited for Theo after he did so.

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Character Portrait: Ollie Martin Character Portrait: Skye Maeda Character Portrait: Theodore Walder Character Portrait: Sterling Matthews

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xxtheodore walder & sterling matthews
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"In a stunning move of originality, they have them in the basement. Not actually in the vault, surprisingly. We're going to need you two to act as a distraction to get in." Theodore nodded, smoothing the simple black mask over his eyes. "Sounds simple enough".

"Sterling's ego should be enough of a distraction, but we can work something out. I'm thinking maybe another gang of armed gunmen might just storm the building," Sterling cracked a smile at her jab, as he actually found the insult quite amusing. "And to think I was actually feeling a little humble this evening" He placed a hand on his chest, mocking as if he was rather hurt. "Regardless, when they start shooting I'll be there to save your ass" He turned his gaze to Theo and Ollie, "you two should be able to get through the back entrance, without getting shot. That is if everything goes correctly".

"We should probably get moving. Don't want the boys and girls in blue getting too antsy" Sterling hopped out after her, matching his pace with hers as the jogged to the bank. "Your wish is my command Maeda" His tone oozing with sarcasm.

"Did you see anything else, in your - you know" Theo spoke as he stepped out of the van after Ollie, his eyes following Skye and Sterling as they made their way to the front. Oppositely, Theo and Ollie moved towards the back entrance of the bank, which oddly was clear. "Obviously they're not the best criminals in the world" Theo said with a slight chuckle as he stopped in front of the back door to the bank. Which was, as expected, locked. He reached out grabbing the handle with his hand, tightened his grip and with a single pull ripped the door clean off its hinges. Definitely used a little more force than he would've liked. "Whoops" Theo's ears turned red slightly in embarrassment before he stepped inside the back of the bank motioning for Ollie to follow him.

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